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John's Beachside Cottage -- Short Walk to Terrific Lake Michigan Beach

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Located just down the street from one of the nicest beaches on Lake Michigan, this house was recently and renovated and furnished. You'll love the modern kitchen and bathroom. The property has a fire pit and fully screened porch. A few miles north of St. Joe, this is a great choice for a weekend getaway or family vacation, with shopping restaurants, great golf courses and wineries all nearby. You'll enjoy a new, sparkling clean, wonderfully furnished property that's west of M-63 and so close to the water. We would be happy to accommodate you!

Property Manager
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2017

About Craig

I have several vacation properties in the area and also have a major Planned Unit Development that I'm preparing for groundbreaking. I am a licensed realtor in Illinois and spend most of my time in Chicago when I'm not watching the waves in St. Joe!

Craig purchased this house in 2009

Why Craig chose Southwest

This property is new and impeccably clean! It was very tastefully renovated and furnished just a few years ago.

What makes this house unique

We are just a very short walk down Maple Lane to a fabulous neighborhood beach that hardly anyone else knows about. We think it's one of the finest beaches you'll find anywhere on Lake Michigan!


Coloma House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1) Queen in master bedroom, Twin or Single Beds (1) Two twins in second bedroom. Additionally, we have a sofa and inflatable bed for the living room, providing sleeping for up to six. Great for kids!
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • swimming
The beach, the beach, the beach!


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(17 traveler reviews)

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John's Beachside Cottage -- Short Walk to Terrific Lake Michigan Beach
average rating of 4.4117646 based on 17 reviews

Super clean and conveniently located. Will definitely stay there again

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at Johns cottage this past weekend. Very clean and a great location for the beach, St Joseph, MI or wine tasting.

We will definitely stay here again

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Chris, Glad you enjoyed your stay, come back anytime!
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Columbus, Ohio

Nice clean, well equipped cottage, close to the lake

  • 4 of 5

This cottage was updated, clean and well equipped. It was a quick walk to the lake and convenient for day trips to local lake communities. The small manufacturing plant next door was not a bother, however the neighbors' barking dogs were a bit annoying.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peoria, Illinois

Great location! Responsive owner.

  • 4 of 5

Very clean and conveniently located. Had one minor issue and the owner called us right away. Would've preferred the front door and deck door windows covered for modesty and safety. All in all a very comfortable place for 4 adults. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bloomington, IL

Great home, with some noisy neighbors

  • 4 of 5

The home was great, clean, and exactly what we were looking for. We spent quite a bit of time on the screened in porch, which was fantastic. About a 5 minute walk to the beach, which was very nice. I'd rate the house itself 5 stars; they did a great job preparing the home for us.

That being said, the neighbors took away some from the charm of the house. First, a couple dogs across the street barked intermittently, basically whenever someone walked past. Slightly annoying for those 15 minute stretches, but manageable.

The pain point we had was the manufacturing building being pretty loud, particularly weekday mornings. We arrived on Saturday and didn't hear anything from the building until 5:30 Monday morning with a loud phone ringing. This happened 2-5 times between 5:30 and 6:00 each weekday morning we were there. We initially thought it was coming from inside the house, it was that noticable. The workers were also pretty loud in the mornings, making sleeping past 6:00 difficult. We ended up adjusting our sleep schedule slightly and worked though the inconvenience. I'd probably give the neighbors 2 stars.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing and cozy!!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family really enjoyed our stay!!! The beds were comfortable.....and it was equipped with everything to make our stay feel like home!! Factory beside property was not a factor. Enjoyed the screened porch at night listening to the waves of Lake Michigan! Area was quiet surrounding property and although the steps to the beach were a bit challenging the short walk down the path to the stairs was shaded and short! The beach was beautiful and we look forward to coming back!!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We look forward to having you back next year!
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  • 5 of 5

I want this house to be my own! We vacation in Southwest Michigan every summer, and we stay in a different rental each time. This has been one of my favorites! The location was a good 'middle ground' for trips to New Buffalo, and Saugatuck, as well as a quick walk to the nearly private beach down the road (we practically had it to ourselves each time we went). Loved the screened porch for morning coffee and the back porch for dinners each night. We had no issues with the small manufacturing facility next door and the noise was minimal. I have only two recommendations: Keep a bathmat in the bathroom for guest use and upgrade the brown colored sheets that were on the queen bed (comfortable bedding and decent quality sheets are important)! In regards to the beach: steps leading down to water would likely be difficult for the very young or very old (but a quick 2 minute drive leads you to Hagar Park which offers public beach access that is much more manageable). If you don't mind navigating the steps though, you will likely have the beach to yourself!! Wasn't the prettiest beach in the area, but was awesome having it to ourselves each time we went! House was extremely clean, lots of windows, and ceiling fans galore. Hated to leave but looking forward to returning...

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This is a fabulous location a few miles north of Saint Joseph. There are restaurants, stores, wineries and golf courses in the area. We are west of M-63 in an area of cottages, small businesses, houses and resorts that has lots and lots of trees.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Deposit $250

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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