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Extraordinary Cottage Compound on Paw Paw Lake

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 4 Bedrooms + Loft, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

Description: A beloved summer lakefront cottage compound on Paw Paw Lake for over five generations, this lovely and versatile property is available when the family is not in residence. Located at the end of Bowes Landing, where the lawns create a beautiful park-like setting between the cottages and the lake, the compound faces west with panoramic views of the entire lake. The large front deck on the Main Cottage is perfect for reading, sunbathing, family meals. and watching dramatic sunsets. The sandy bottom lake, with private pier, makes for enjoyable swimming. Children love this summer cottage!

Accommodations: Main cottage faces the Lake: 2 bedrooms + 2 baths; guest house, just behind: 1 bedroom; loft with 2 sleeping areas; additional main floor sleeping area; 1 full bathroom. Compound sleeps 10 comfortably. Main cottage has central air and a fireplace. guest house has window air. Compound layout works well for large, extended or multi-family use.

Coordinates: Paw Paw Lake is the largest inland lake in Southwest Michigan. It is 90 minutes from Chicago and 2 hours from Detroit, 15 minutes east of Lake Michigan, 20 minutes from St. Joe - known for its shops, summer music and arts festivals, 30 minutes from the wonderful art/antique villages of Saugatuck and Douglass. Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana is 50 minutes away. Southwest Michigan is becoming known as a fabulous all-season get away destination.

Activities: Several excellent 18-hole golf courses (including the PGA sanctioned Harbor Shores, a Nicklaus signature course, as well as the local Paw Paw Lake golf course) and tennis facilities are nearby. In addition to a local water park, there is kayaking, sailing, canoeing, swimming, waterskiing, biking, fishing, horseback riding, windsurfing, jet skiing. Area marinas handle boat rentals. A number of award-winning vineyards are open for touring, and antiquing abounds. A wide variety of restaurants and cinemas are close by, as is the new Four Winds Hartford casino. Summer days are filled with fun. Fall weekends are filled with gorgeous colors, exploring and relaxation.

Keywords: Lakefront Property, Vacation Rental, Paw Paw Lake, Southwest Michigan Rental

More Details

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 12, 2017

About The Owner

We are part of a large family that has enjoyed this cottage on Paw Paw Lake for over five generations.

Why The Owner chose Paw Paw Lake

Our great-grandfather chose this spot because it is a beautiful place to live - with a stunning view of the lake and gorgeous sunsets that I imagine are the same today as they were 100 years ago. Paw Paw Lake is convenient to many locations: Chicago, Valparaiso, South Bend, Kalamazoo, Detroit to name a few. In addition to relaxing by the lake, there is so much to do on the lake and in the surrounding towns, that people come back year after year.

What makes this cottage unique

We love to have coffee on the porch in the morning, and watch the lake. Some of us are always cooking for a crowd. Others are watching the kids play. Others are off for a run, tennis, golf or kayaking. We love the sunsets. We love the local movie theaters. We love the weekly $1.00 hamburger nights at the local Board of Trade restaurant or pizza at our favorite Di Maggio's.


Paw Paw Lake Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 35
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No more than three unrelated adults.
  • People other than those in the guest party set forth in the Rental Agreement may not stay overnight.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Our property has a lovely front lawn between the cottage and the lake. It's the perfect place to play (croquet, badminton, wiffle ball, bean bag games and more). It's also a wonderful place to stretch out in a relaxing chair and read and watch the lake.


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Extraordinary Cottage Compound on Paw Paw Lake
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews
Downers grove, IL

Labor day weekend fun

  • 5 of 5

We had a great Weekend. The house and guest house were perfect. The dock was great for our pontoon boat, fishing and swimming. The view of the lake was wonderful and we saw some great sunsets from the front deck....which was huge. Kitchen had every thing we needed for preparing meals. We had 8 adults and 2 children and never felt crowded at all. This is a wonderful place for getting together with friends and family.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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You will want to visit Silver Beach as well as the Sarett Nature Center's Butterfly House in St. Joseph, Michigan; the harbor in South Haven; the antique shops and galleries in Douglass & Saugatuck; and the Chocolate Garden, the Contessa and Karma Vista wineries, and our favorite movie theater, the Loma, all in neighboring Coloma.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 6.0%

Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

Memorial & Labor Day Weekend rates are $475/night with a 3 night minimum. Columbus Day Weekend rates are $375/night with a 3 night minimum.

Special Event Weekend rates are $500/night with a 2 night minimum.

For Pre-season and Summer rentals 50% of total rental is due February 1st or within 10 days of booking with remainder due one month prior to arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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