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Amanda's House - Walk to South Beach and Town. All New Inside

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Sunroom, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

This is a large, classic, in-town house which was completely remodeled inside in 2004, and completely redecorated in 2011-2012 with all new paint, furniture, and carpet. It is a comfortable house for a large family or 2 families vacationing together. The location is ideal - easy walk to beach, town, and Kid's Corner park.

The sunny main living area has a modern, open floor plan, with kitchen, dining room, and living room leading to each other. There is a sun room on the front of the house with a pull-out couch, a desk (bring your own laptop, free wireless Internet is provided)(***NO INTERNET AND CABLE DURING THE OFF SEASON***) and curtains which may be closed for privacy.

The kitchen is well stocked with everything you need to cook at home. The dining room has a table with extension which can seat 10 comfortably in chairs, or you can bring over the bench from the hallway and add a few more people. The living room has a 42 inch flat screen TV with cable and a DVD player, a large super-comfortable sectional couch, another couch, and a recliner. There is also an ipod player and a radio with CD player.

The king size master bedroom with ensuite bathroom with shower (no tub) is on the main floor. The other 3 bedrooms are upstairs, one with a queen-size bed, one with 2 twins, and one with double bunks. There is another flat screen TV with BluRay/DVD player in the bunk bed room for the kids to watch their own movies. There are no game systems, but feel free to bring your own. All bedrooms have closets and suitcase stands. The upstairs bath has a shower with tub, and plenty of open-shelf storage for many guests to keep their things handy.

As an added bonus there is a small mudroom at the main entrance at the back of the house, and a hallway at the side entrance with a bench, hooks, and a table for purses, keys, etc.

The house also comes with a good sized fully fenced-in private side yard with a fire pit, gas grill, large patio with dining table, basketball area with level concrete playing surface, and grass for the kids to play. There is also a front porch facing west from which Lake Michigan is visible (it's not quite a 'lake view' but you can see it if you look closely!)

All linens are provided except beach towels, please bring your own. There is a new large capacity washer and dryer. 6 beach chairs are provided. There are a few bikes but please ask to confirm use of bikes. Week-long rentals are Friday - Friday

Keywords: single family house

More Details

Ellen Kowara
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2017

About Ellen Kowara

We are a fun-loving family of 7 living in Chicago

Ellen Kowara purchased this house in 2011

Why Ellen Kowara chose Southwest

We dreamed of buying a vacation house for a long time be we couldn't decide on a location. After spending a week in South Haven in the summer of 2011 we knew we had finally found it. It is an ideal location for us - close enough to the city of Chicago to be a reasonable weekend get-away, yet far enough to feel like you are away from it all. We love the natural beauty of the lake shore, and the peaceful rural landscapes inland. It feels like a small town far away from the city, but at the same time there are wonderful restaurants and shops.

What makes this house unique

Our kids have had fun swimming late into the fall, spending hours at Kid's Corner park, and sledding or skating on the covered skating rink in the winter. They have especially enjoyed the fact that everything is within walking distance for them. The teenagers enjoy being able to walk to the shops and restaurants in town.


South Haven House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • Master Bath with shower (no tub) on main floor, Powder Room on main floor. Full Bath on second floor.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , main floor master bedroom with full bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , upstairs, share hall bath
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , upstairs, share hall bath
    Bedroom 4 - 2 bunk bed , upstairs, share hall bath
    Sunroom - 1 sleep sofa /futon , main floor, share powder room and upstairs hall bath
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (2)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
basketball hoop with large level concrete playing surface, outdoor fire pit, some bikes provided (ask for details)


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Amanda's House - Walk to South Beach and Town. All New Inside
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
Charlotte, NC

Great location with clean and spacious house and yard

  • 5 of 5

This house was great! We had 2 families for part of the trip and the house perfectly accommodated our group of 8 (4 adults and 4 kids). It is true what other reviewers have said- the pictures do not do it justice. The kids loved the bunk room and the bathroom on the second floor was quite spacious. There are toys and games for kids of all ages inside the house and the owners have ample beach gear, wagons, and beach toys in the garage that we were able to use as well. While its a kid-friendly place, it is nicely decorated and kept quite clean so you feel like you are in a home and not just a regular overused rental. I would highly recommend this place to friends and family!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome vacation

  • 5 of 5

Amanda's House was perfect. I can't say enough to complement the house and owners. Everyone in my group is still talking about how great the house was. The location, fenced yard, beautiful clean house, and all the amenities made this a perfect vacation. We will be back. If you Love South Haven Michigan this is the place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Top-Notch House!

  • 5 of 5

We had 11 people, 6 adults and 5 kids (ages 3 - 8). The house was perfect for us with lots of room to spread out both inside and outside. All the rooms are even nicer than the photos, and we had an easy walk to everything we needed and wanted. Two families stayed upstairs in the three bedrooms and bath there, and one older couple without children stayed on the first floor with their own bathroom. The half bathroom on the first floor helped too with so many people. The owners are great to work with and have created a vacation rental with everything provided you could possibly need--and more. We'd love to rent it again.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Amanda's house was a perfect home away from home for our trip to Lake Michigan. The owners have thought of EVERYTHING to make your stay relaxing and comfortable as home. The 4 bedroom house is clean, full of modern amenities, nicely decorated, and definitely spacious enough for 10-12 people for multiple families with small children and/or teenagers. Master bedroom on first floor and 3 large bedrooms upstairs, 3 bathrooms, and large modern kitchen with all amenities, plenty of dish and cookware. The dining area is separate and quite large also. The house is very clean and was not missing anything we needed...from kitchen utensils to Kuerig to dishwasher and disposal to (plenty of) big fluffy towels, plenty of linens, new washer and dryer, hair dyers, wi-fi, flat screen TVs, office area, covered porch, backyard, garage, even a basement with extra furniture if you have a huge group). The owners have even supplied books, games, bikes, wagons, first aid supplies and a smores kit. Our children LOVED their room with 2 sets of bunkbeds and their own TV for DVD watching. The backyard is a great private (fenced in) quiet get away with a beautiful firepit, table with umbrella, and gas grill. The neighborhood is close enough to walk to the beach (3 blocks) and close enough to the great Kids Korner playground. The neighborhood was very quiet and quaint....great for morning or evening strolls to the beach and town. We LOVED South Haven for quaintness of the town, restaurants, shops, the beach (sand is amazing). South Haven is the perfect location for daily excursions St Joseph (Carousel and beach playground), Air Zoo in Kalamazoo, and Saugatuck (Dune Rides were amazing). Lots to do around even on rainy days. All trips were less than an 40 minutes away. Highly recommend this for a fun, easy beach vacation with all the comforts of home. There are major grocery stores (Meijer and WalMart) within 5 minutes drive. There are plenty of unique restaurants and little shops for browsing and ice cream and toy shopping outings (within walking distance). The owners were available and very responsive to questions that we had before and after our stay. You will not be disappointed in Amanda's House if you are looking for all the comforts of home and fun in South Haven.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amandas house

  • 5 of 5

Great yard with Basketball area, firepit and patio with big table. House was very nice and had plenty of room for 8-10 people. Convenient location,easy walk to South Beach, a large park for kids, and the "downtown" of South Haven

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review! The basketball hoop was the first thing we put up, before my teenage son arrived for the first time! It's been a hit.
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Family Friendly Amanda's House

  • 5 of 5

Our family rents a house in South Haven each summer. Amanda's House is a family home fully equipped with nice furnishings, plenty of kitchen necessities for family meals, clean, had a great backyard with fire pit and good location...we walked to the beach and town. It was really nice having a dining table large enough for all of us to share a meal together. We recommend getting ice cream at Captain Nemo's before walking to the beach to watch the sunset. Our family enjoyed our stay at Amanda's House and we thank the owners for their hospitality! Looking forward to next summer :)

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice review! We're glad you enjoyed our house and location! The location has been a big hit with all ages.
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Nearest Point of Interest
South Beach


Rates & Availability

South Haven House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Off Season per night
Sep 20 2016 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day Weekend
May 26 2017 - May 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 29 2017 - Jun 8 2017
2 night minimum stay
Peak season
Jun 9 2017 - Aug 24 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 25 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

*** A $180 cleaning fee is added to each stay of any length.***

The weeks of July 4 is $200 more per week. ($2750)

Taxes are included.

Deposit of 50% of rent upon booking. Balance 30 days before your stay. We use checks and US mail.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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