This spectacular 7 bedroom 4 1/2 bath lake front home sleeps 18 plus the separately available Coach House with kitchenette and 3/4 bath which sleeps 4. The property offers the perfect getaway for lots of friends and family. Quiet, but close to world class golfing, hiking trails, and the galleries, festivals and restaurants of St. Joseph/Benton Harbor. Interior finishes, colors, and lighting combine elegance and comfort. Serene lakefront sunroom, gourmet kitchen, cozy and elegant den with fieldstone accents. Located directly on 150 feet of private Lake Michigan lake front. Incredible crystal clear blue waters and breathtaking sunsets for everyone to enjoy! A great place to experience "Pure Michigan!"
- House6001 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Min Stay3 - 7 nights
Beautiful Lake views, perfect for multiple generations
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within one hour
- Calendar last updated:
- Dec 11, 2018
Why Shannon Arends chose Benton Harbor
Photograph taken by Guest Amy K. during 07/30/15-08/02/15 stay. Read her review
What makes this House unique
Accommodates multi generations comfortably.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
A beautiful place, plenty of room for our group. The host was very accommodating. If you’re looking for a comfortable place to stay we’d highly recommend you chose to stay here. Thank you Shannon for allowing to experience Lake Michigan in you’re fabulous home.
Perfect family getaway!
We rented this home for a multi-generation family vacation... it was perfect! There was lots of space to sprawl out, and the character and charm of the house meant that there were lots of cozy places to hang out. From watching college football in the large living room, to enjoying a cup of coffee or taking an afternoon snooze in the sunroom, to hanging out laughing around the large kitchen table, the house had a great layout for our large-family purposes! The beach was great too. We were afraid with the recent high water levels that there wouldn’t be a beach to play on, but as long as you were willing to hike down and back up 209 steps, there was plenty of beach to play on! When we do this again we will bring 2 way radios to communicate better in order to avoid extra trips back to the top 😉! The side yard was nice to have too since we had lots of kids with us, and they enjoyed the space for playing football and Kubb. We had such a memorable time!
The mansion and coach house was a wonderful property for our family reunion of 20!
It was a beautiful setting and the house and coach house were perfect for our family reunion of 20. It was well stocked with kitchen equipment, including 2 refrigerators. Our only disappointments were —lack of beach and a few too many bugs (ticks, spiders etc. and a little mouse) inside the house. However,
It did not take away from our fun and happy memories of being together! Thank you!
We’re delighted you found our home a wonderful property for your family reunion of 20! It is a beautiful setting only a few minutes from downtown St. Joe, but a world away with dense woods across the street, dense woodland just 300 feet south, and a highly vegetated and rugged bluff.
This park-like setting does come with a price in terms of bugs. Heavy woods and fresh water create a rich environment for insects. We have found the best defense against bugs entering the house is to keep the doors and windows closed as much as possible. We realize this can be a daunting task since there are 5 doors and more than a thousand square feet of windows in the main house; this task becomes even more difficult when 20 people (likely including some children) flow freely in and out of the house and onto the grounds. Even the most diligent guest cannot prevent all bugs from entering. Finally, with respect to ticks, in our experience ticks generally “hitchhike” on a host from the woods and fields where they live. Therefore, if you go for walks in the woods it is prudent to complete a “tick check” upon return to a residential human habitat.
You are the first guest ever in our experience to see a mouse in the house. After you left (and before you posted this review) we did find a dead mouse in the furnace room. We’ve not had a mouse problem at this property but we know that every once in a while even in the most well managed property a mouse may appear. We address such issues immediately and try to take consolation in the fact that the mice out in the woodlands and fields provide food for our local raccoons, red foxes, hawks, and even the bald eagles which can be spotted in the area.
With respect to the beach, the current very high lake water levels have reduced the size of beaches up and down the coasts of Michigan. Even more alarming is that these high water levels have caused extensive erosion damage which can be seen along the beach to the south of the property. Fortunately, you can usually still walk several miles along the beach northward. And our beach still grows and diminishes periodically. In fact, one of our guests this year was pleased to find during their stay the beach was much more substantial this year than it was when they were here last year.
In conclusion, we are pleased to hear any problems you encountered did not sufficiently impact you or “take away from [your] fun and happy memories….”
Shannon and Wade Arends
The property is stunning and located in the perfect location! Well kept and spacious
The house is absolutely beautiful! it is close enough to the downtown area (roughly 7 min drive) to enjoy all the area has to offer, but far enough away to feel the serenity of the country. The property has beach access which really made our stay even more incredible! The house itself was extremely well kept, owners provided plenty of blankets, pillows, and towels for all parties. We had about 20 people in the house but due to its size and layout, you would never know! Owners were helpful and easy to work with. All our guests were truly blown away by the lovely property. We will surely be coming back! If i could give this house more than 5 stars, I surely would. Thanks for a vacation no one will soon forget!
So pleased you enjoyed our property especially since you put hard work into planning the special weekend for your family & friends. We’re delighted you experienced several of the exceptional features, including remoteness while being only a few minutes away from downtown St.Joe (South Haven < 20 mins.) Like so many properties in SW Mich our beach was under extreme pressure this year due to high lake levels. Thankfully we avoided huge losses like our neighbors, many resorts, & even public beaches. As you surely noticed, for the first time we kept the extra-wide set of stairs above the sea wall & “out of harm’s way”. 3 sets of stairs constructed to the beach this year were destroyed! Fortunately we can rely on the massive boulders which guard thebluff (& are not subject to sudden destruction even by this lake) for beach access “in a pinch”.Weare hopeful the record high lake levels will normalize & we can reinstall the big stairs soon. As you also may have noticed, even under current harsh conditions our unique location allows guests to walk miles along an almost completely unoccupied private beach in both directions. The blessings nature bestows on our property - the natural majesty & extraordinary home (which as you mentioned somehow never seems crowded or cramped) inspires us to honor the features through personal actions.We plan to tastefully improve the area above the sea wall for those days when the lake is throwing 5-10 foot waves onto the beach below.Thank you for your positive comments on our efforts to furnish guests with sufficient bedding & supplies. We want guests to fully enjoy the property & commit to providing more than enough for all. It’s nice to have an extra pillow & blanket for everyone who wants one (even if there are 22 guests). We took a family ski trip to a similar property in tony Silverthorne Colorado & the owners provided only 8 plates, little silverware, & almost no pots & pans for our 20 person extended family!It tarnished an otherwise marvelous experience. We resolved to go over the top with incidentals (pitchers, plates, cutlery, pizza cutters etc.).Also, thank you for your comments regarding the work of our cleaning crew.We went thru several crews but feel the current crew helps this property shine despite the heavy demands placed upon it.Finally, thanks for leaving it in good condition.You guys deserve more than 5 stars too.We look forward to adding you to our growing list of returning guests.Keep enjoying life! The Arends
We enjoyed our stay at this wonderful home! House is very clean, kitchen well stocked with plenty of chairs and utensils for 12 adults. Backyard is beautiful with gorgeous views of Lake Michigan and plenty of chairs to enjoy bonfires at night. Would definitely stay again!!!
Thank you for your comments. We love our home and are happy you enjoyed it. Thanks for noticing the hard work of our cleaning crew. As owners of this one of a kind property we feel it is important for us to properly clean and furnish the home with furniture and incidentals so its unique charms are not tarnished by poor management.
We are pleased your comments recognize one of the primary features of the property we have always appreciated; that is, the truly special back yard (and side yard) which we feel not only provide spectacular views of the lake but also respect the nature of the bluff. The bluff top peninsula fire ring is truly a magical place to “gather round the bonfire at night” and during the day the side yard provides plenty of space for games including space loving games like volleyball, bocce ball, or croquette.
One subtle aspect of the backyard is its integration with the home and the consequent smooth flow into and out of the home. Many of our guests have told me personally that they share our special affinity for the sunroom. As you may have noticed, the room is almost all windows and it projects into the backyard; this layout provides a very natural vantage point to view and vicariously enjoy backyard/sideyard activities while at the same time allows the observer to enjoy the comforts of the indoors. We highly prize this aspect of the property because of its importance to one of our primary intended uses of the property for multigenerational gatherings. In short, it enhances the experience for those who are housebound or more comfortable indoors and allows them to share in the joy being experienced in the backyard.
Finally, thank you for demonstrating your respect for our property by leaving it in such fine condition. Rest assured that you would be more than welcome by us, if you decide to act upon your comment you “would definitely stay again.”
House with space
We used this house for a family reunion. There were 8 adults 5 children and 2 newborns. We have gathered to many houses throughout the years, but I felt this one gave us the most privacy along with great gathering areas. We loved the sun room and were gathered there all the time. The table in the kitchen could easily sit all 13 of us; consequently, we could dine together every evening. The kitchen is huge and well stocked. I wished I had taken time to really go through all of the cupboards and pantries because as the week went along I found more and more of the equipment that I had needed earlier. We appreciated having two refrigerators, and had plenty of room for storing all the food that we had bought.
A great lawn area for football, soccer, bocce ball, croquet, and any lawn game that you could think of. The hammocks were a great idea, but both had lost their tautness and if you ventured forth to use them, your rear would be sweeping the ground. Not as comfortable as other hammocks I've used in the past.
Besides the size of the house we chose this home because it was advertised as a "beach house". Well after you climbed down the 220 steps you were met by a rocky drop off straight into the water. The brave, who could maneuver over the rocks did find a bit of beach, but hardly conducive to what I imagined a beach house would be. But this said two points:
1. Lake Michigan, according to a newspaper article left in the kitchen is at an all time high
2. There were wonderful beaches 5-10 minute drive from this home.
So even without a beach at the house, we had our beach experiences.
This was a home where many wonderful memories, that we'll always treasure, were created.
Breweries, wineries, and golf courses abound. Walkable St. Joseph a mere 6 minutes away. Miles of groomed cross-country ski trails nearby lend themselves to great hiking year round!
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