3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, sleeps 8
Alison & Brian
About Alison & Brian
I am the mother of 4 and a small business owner in the Chicago area. I was born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago.
Alison & Brian purchased this Cottage in 2015
Why Alison & Brian chose South Haven
We fell in love with the soothing beauty of Lake Michigan, the friendly peace and quiet of the neighborhood, the breathtaking sunsets and uncrowded beaches near the house. The town of South Haven is just minutes away, with all of its shops, restaurants and amenities. My family has been camping at Van Buren State Park since I was a little girl. So this house is a touchstone for all of those wonderful family memories as well as our corner of the world to make memories like those with my own children.
What makes this Cottage unique
Short walk to secluded beaches, but still reasonably priced. Quiet, friendly, verdant neighborhood, but just minutes from the conveniences, amenities and events of South Haven. A bike ride from Van Buren State Park, with its public beach and campground.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Minimum age of primary renter:25
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
We had a check-in problem because info provided by VRBO was out-of-date. Owners responded and got us into the property in a reasonable time. There is private Lake Michigan access in the sub, but the dune is tall and steep. Plan on using the beach at Van Buren State Park (about a mile S) or in South Haven. If you like to bike, the location has easy access to the Van Buren & Kal Haven Trails via the Van Buren State Park spur.
My family and I has a wonderful stay in this nice house
Our stay was very relaxing. Everything you need was there, in the kitchen and in the garden. We also love the huge terrace and the Grill. The interieur is very beautiful and the beds were cosy. We would definitly come again.
Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your stay. We were delighted to host you and look forward to doing so again.
Omg, how I love this little cottage! But it’s not so little, it’s roomy, open and big! And...it’s nestled in this little secret neighborhood that looks intimidating at first, then you realize how perfect it is! Alison and Brian were extremely responsive, helpful and patient. The private beach is so awesome if you want a quick beach jaunt up a dune. It’s also literally 5 minutes from everything else. We spent a lot of time at South beach and I’m not kidding, it was a 5 minute drive. Important life event: my 8 yo daughter and I made our first fire in the fire pit. The fact all that was there for us made it so special. We really only used one bedroom, but it was nice that we could have used all three. Having a washer and dryer was soooo awesome! Admittedly the rusty smell of the water was not great, but it made us feel like we were truly on vacation!
I must get back to Alison and Brian. Sooooo awesome from the word go! Responded immediately to my incessant questions and offered so much help and suggestions. But, best of all, left us alone to enjoy our vacation. Perfect balance of helpful and hands off. I just asked my daughter tonight about vacation next year. Did she want to stay closer to South beach? Her response sums it up, “mommy I LOVED our cottage! Why couldn’t we stay there again?” Yep, we will be returning! Thanks Alison and Brian! ❤️👍�❣️
Thank you so much. We are bowled over by your kind words. Family memories like yours are exactly why we share our home. We can't wait to have you back. We ❤️👍�❣️ you too.
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The inside of the house is decorated cute, & the set up w/ 2 separate living areas is very nice. The location is convenient to drive to the beach and there is a cute little shop on the way to the beach. The lot is wooded and feels somewhat secluded. We ran into a lot of problems w/ the stay and I know the owner had issues w/ us as well. The home is very cute, but not pristine, which we were OK with - the slipcovers on the couch were a little stained from previous renters but I didn't think much about it. Driving into the location was a little sketchy - a lot of abandoned trailers around. There were some nice properties as well. The owner provided lots of water which was good b/c the water is untreated well water w/ a strong odor that I'd never experienced in my stays in Michigan (at least 4x/yr since 2002). The washing machine will leave stains on your clothes even if you follow the directions. We thought we could walk to the beach but the walk was grueling up and down sand dunes, & the directions we were provided for an easier way to walk to the beach had "no trespassing" signs and we were asked to turn around. Plan on driving to the beach - NBD. Also, if you plan on eating at the property, plan on doing lots of dishes by hand or bringing disposable plates and bowls, etc. as there is no dishwasher. The TV is a little outdated but the property description indicated there was a DVD player, and when we got there it looked like there was a smart device as well. We tried for awhile and couldn't get either to work. There was a door that fell off the hinge (it wasn't secured properly), and the owner came to fix it - he said he would bring the connector to work the DVD player but he never surfaced w/ it. He did show up two days later on the doorstep w/ prospective renters as we were coming back from the beach. He said he forgot we were there(?). We weren't notified of the visit, and I messaged the owners letting them know this was off-putting and received no response until we had checked out. After checking out, Alison called me saying there were mustard stains on the slipcovers which was odd b/c no one ate mustard & we all took care to keep shoes off and keep the place clean. She said she was going to call me back, but never did, messaged Brian and he said all communications had to be written(?). We checked out 8/4/18 and haven't heard back on our deposit which I assume is gone. I brought family to MI who hadn't been before-disappointment all around
Secluded location with many beautiful trees. Near the state park and bike trails.
Spent a week there over the Fourth of July with my family and two young granddaughters. The house was immaculate and well equipped with everything we needed in the kitchen. Although the property is not on the lake--we went to nearby Pilgrims Nature Center beach and to South Beach in South Haven. Enjoyed the fire pit, grilling in the backyard, and the deck. The owner Allison was great and provided many ideas of things to do--including blue berry picking which was right down the road from the house! Did not get to try the bike trails but will come back some time to do so.
Thank you for your kind words. We are delighted that you could make your own South Haven memories. There are 6 public Lake Michigan beaches within 7 minutes of the house. So whether you want to hike to the nearest beach, bike to the beach or take a very short drive to the beach, there's a beach to suit everyone's preferences. We look forward to hosting you again the future.
The house was a great find in the outskirts of South Haven, but there were little things that needed addressing: need a curtain on patio doors; not enough wash clothes, had an ant problem which we took care of, faucets in both bathrooms were loose, chest of drawers in master bedroom needs looked at; drawers won't stay on rails, and even though the house had its own well water it smelled bad coming out of the tubs/faucets. Fix these few items and it would be a great place to stay. we enjoyed the quiet setting and backyard fire pit; wished the beaches had closer access, but the weather wasn't cooperating much the week we stayed. The whole family would give it a 3.5 to 4 star rating.