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Serene, comfy Dune Cottage in the shadow of Lake Michigan dunes

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, sleeps 8

This is a quiet getaway cottage, just a pleasant walk from Lake Michigan. A great place to share with friends, relax, re-center and recharge. Mornings in the woods, afternoons on the beach, dinner grilling on the deck, evenings basking in the glow of romance, friendship and the fire pit.

Alison & Brian
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About Alison & Brian

We're a close-knit family living in the Midwest that really treasures making loving memories and supporting healthy, wholesome fun.

Alison & Brian purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Alison & Brian chose South Haven

We have a large family and extended family. This property allows one or two families to be close together and really share each other's company, the uncrowded beach and magical evenings by the fire pit. Nobody has to jump in a car or go back to a sterile hotel room in the middle of the evening. Family and friends can hang out as late as they want and retire to their bed a few steps away.

What makes this cottage unique

Dune Cottage is in the shadow of a Lake Michigan dune. There are 2 or 3 routes to the beach, depending on your preferences. Each route is a few 100 yards and varies between walking through the forest, roads and dune. The beaches are not crowded. So you're able to enjoy Lake Michigan on your own terms. The town of South Haven provides golf, restaurants, groceries, boating, movies and antiquing just a few minutes away. This property also boasts a quiet, friendly neighborhood, scenic deck and fire pit (stocked with firewood). Dune Cottage is just a few 100 yards from some of the most private beaches on Lake Michigan. And Van Buren State Park is less than a mile away. We are also about 1/2 a mile the Van Buren Trail. So there are opportunities for an extended nature walk, bike ride or snowmobile ride. So it's pleasant walk to beach.


South Haven Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bathroom with tub and shower.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
hot/cold bottled water dispenser activities guide bottled water complimentary firewood


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Serene, comfy Dune Cottage in the shadow of Lake Michigan dunes
average rating of 4.571429 based on 7 reviews

Cozy, clean and relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the Dune Cottage while working in South Haven. Alison went above and beyond to make sure our stay was wonderful. She was very easy to communicate with. Her responses were prompt and she was beyond accommodating. The Dune Cottage was clean and had all the amenities we needed. I am an avid runner and found the area and South Haven to be a beautiful place to run. I would recommend the Dune Cottage to my friends and family.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We very much look forward to hosting you again in the future.
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Not What It Seems

  • 2 of 5

I stayed in this cottage this summer and I'm not sure where these reviews are coming from. IF this place was a deal, I wouldn't have been mad, but I was overcharged considering. It is NOT close to the beach at all. If you can scale a small mountain and shimmy up a rope to get to a beach -- then you'll be fine. We had to get a pass to the state park a 30 minute walk away to get to the beach OR basically trespass to get to the water. There is ONE AC unit in the entire place. I LOVE lake living so this would be fine, but the rooms became saunas at night- even with the windows open and fans going. The living room doesn't have a couch. NOTE the total bed count includes a day bed in the living room (which also serves as the couch along side 2 Adirondack chairs). The other day bed is a converted garage with no access to AC. The grill is a camper stove, so we had to get an entirely new gas canister for only one week. The "view" was a rusted out green trailer and an abandoned house.

On a positive note, there is a lot of firewood, a nice fire pit, strong wifi, a lot of parking and VERY quiet. If that works for you - great. If not, I would avoid this place.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are sorry that Dune Cottage was not to your liking. We work very hard to provide a well-equipped, clean, comfortable and enjoyable cottage. Yes, there is a day bed in the living room and a day bed in the sun room (4th bedroom). These are in addition to the queen or double beds in the other 3 bedrooms. You appear to be misinformed about beach access. There are two main routes to the beach, neither of which require trespassing, or using a rope. And, yes, some people prefer to go the Van Buren State Park beach (2 minutes away) or the South Haven city beach (7 minutes away) because it's a shorter walk and less hilly. Yes, there is a dune between the house and the beach (hence the name, Dune Cottage). We have terminated our relationship with the management company from this summer. We believe we can provide a better guest experience at a lower cost. If you're of the mind to give us another chance, please note our reduced booking fee and reduced rental fees. You would likely save $200-300 on a future stay. Kindest regards.
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Clean, quiet, and close to the beach

  • 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time staying here in South Haven. The house is very clean, quiet, and so close to the beach! And the beach is perfect for reading a book, relaxing, or just taking a walk.

The views from every window are exquisite!

I will definitely stay here again soon!! I couldn't ask for a cleaner, quieter, place than this.

Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2012
  • Stayed: October 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Denise! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to your next visit!
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5 0
West Chicago, Illinois

A place to relax

  • 5 of 5

It is important to me to leave the city when I can and return to the peace and quiet of nature. The cottage offered my family a place to get away to enjoy all Michigan has to offer. The dunes and beach were a short walk away and so beautiful and relaxing. The town is five minutes away and offers great shopping and food. The house offers much more than a clean place to sleep; it has all the comforts of home, but its a place where you can relax and breathe in the fresh, crisp air. I haven't slept that well in years. The yard is full of trees and flowers with a fire pit that makes the nights perfect with a drink in hand. I can't wait to go back and visit the cottage again as soon as I can.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2012
  • Stayed: September 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, IL

Great cozy cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at this cottage. The cottage is roomy, clean, well maintained, and very cozy. I love that the property is surrounded by trees, so you really get a feeling of nature and being away from the city. Inside, there is plenty of room for many more people than we had (there were three of us). I'd like to go back with about a group of 8 or so in the near future. The owners have many amenities and extras supplied, so you really just have to bring your own personal stuff. We loved the deck and really enjoyed sitting around the fire pit and enjoying the outdoors. It is quiet and serene. The view of the lake from the dunes is breathtaking. The beach is a clean, white sand beach and private. There are also many paths and areas to explore. The downtown area is about a 5 minutes drive away. Downtown South Haven has a lot of great shops, restaurants, and also wonderful views of the lake. I highly recommend this cottage for anyone looking to get away - just two or a big group would enjoy this cottage.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2012
  • Stayed: September 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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DuPage Co, Illinois

Rest and rejuvination!

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed a weekend with friends and family. Dune Cottage was clean, quiet, comfortable and relaxing. It's super close to a private and secluded beach. The short hike around the dune was peaceful. It's neat to be amist woods, dunes, and then pristine beach. Pictures do not do justice to the home, it is tastefully decorated and stocked. I would definately recommend the cottage to anyone. Downtown South Haven is just a few miles down the coast, and beautiful Van Buren State Park and beach is less than one mile down the road. We went blueberry picking down the road, and enjoyed local fruits and vegetables.

Nights by the fire were great. Thanks to the owners for stocking firewood - great touch!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
South Haven Area Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Curve Inn
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
South Haven Golf Club
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Amtrak Bangor
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Blue Star Highway / I-196
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Mancino's and WIlly O's Pizza
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Timber Ridge and Bittersweet ski resorts
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Lake Michigan
Car: necessary

Serene, comfortable setting; quiet trails leading to uncrowded Lake Michigan beaches.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Booking fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Rates and availability are subject to change until reserved.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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