|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Three queen bedrooms with large sleeping loft. Large eat-in kitchen with separate dining room. Three-way fireplace between dining room and living room. Large back deck and enclosed front porch. Satellite TV and DVD players in all rooms, Wi-Fi internet. Washer/dryer. Ample parking space. Within walking distance to the beach, shops, and restaurants. Merchant House I is also a short driving distance to golf courses, casinos, wineries, and a one-hour drive to downtown Chicago. French doors open to a huge deck that leads to a custom built, stone seating area and fire pit. Plenty of seating for large groups, family and friends. The deck combined with the stone seating area will accommodate 30 people comfortably. Combined with our other vacation home, Merchant House II, which is on the same side of the street, one lot down could be considered for a combined rental for larger groups such as corporate getaways, weddings, etc.
Grew up in Chicago. Came to New Buffalo to purchase a second home away from the hustle and bustle and fell in love with the area. Relocated in 2000 and have loved the area since.
Office Staff purchased this house in 1997
This property's location lends itself to be a great vacation home with just a short drive to major attractions and walking distance to dining, shopping, marina and beach. The home can accommodate indoor or outdoor dinner parties with ample room for friends and guests. The house also includes a large open loft above the kitchen for the kids to sleep and play. Comfortable amenities to enjoy all seasons of the year. The large deck steps down to the custom stone seating area which includes mini wall sconce lighting for walkways and the seating area. Greek columns with enhances lighting for a romantic or relaxing atmosphere.
Merchant House I and Merchant House II combined will sleep 24. With the additional outdoor entertaining areas any event would be all inclusive, convenient and a relaxing retreat.
I would definitely book this property again. The management company was so easy to work with and physically 2 minutes from the property. The property was in excellent/clean condition and is much larger/roomier than the pictures give credit for. You really do not need to bring any household items as the house if fully supplied.
The deck and fire pit and deck are fully equipped to handle the 11 adults we had staying with us. The location is so close to the main downtown area you really do not need to drive anywhere. My only suggestion was to furnish more towels. With that said we all earmarked our towels and just washed them. We had an great holiday weekend and cannot rave enough about the accommodations.
I would definitely recommend staying at the Merchant House. The house has a nice layout for a large group with kids. The loft upstairs was perfect for five kids. Our big kid was happy to have the pull-out couch in the basement. The house isn't huge, but it's roomy enough where everyone feels comfortable. My bed was comfortable, and I didn't hear complaints from anyone else. The fire pit and bbq were excellent. Although we didn't watch a lot of TV, it was nice that there were so many throughout the house, so you could watch it wherever you wanted to.
The location is great. The kids rode their bikes to the beach, and the adults (and all the beach gear) drove and used the provided parking pass to the beach. The grocery store and restaurants are just a short walk away.
The rental company is super helpful. I probably drove them nuts with all my emails and phone calls, but they were always very pleasant and quick to respond.
If we go there again, I would make sure to pack these things: a sharp knife, a bake pan or large casserole dish, cooking oil, condiments, a plastic spatula for flipping pancakes, a blanket for the pull-out couch.
Here is my small list of things that could be improved:
When we got there, the floors were dirty. Within five minutes of arriving, my baby's legs are hands were black from crawling on the floor, and all of our feet were too. I think there was soot on the dining room floor from the fireplace. With such a high cleaning fee, I would have expected it to have very clean floors.
The closet in our bedroom was very shallow, you really couldn't hang stuff in it. I didn't check out the closets in the other rooms.
Instead of a kitchen in the basement, it seems like the space could be better served with having more seating, so the whole group could sit together and watch a movie. We never needed the second kitchen.
Don't let my list of dislikes deter you! You should rent this place, especially if you're looking for a house that allows you to rent by the day rather than a whole week.
Booked this cottage for a girls weekend getaway, most coming from Chicago and a couple from Michigan. House is huge and very spacious. Plenty of sleeping room, no one was on top of anyone else, supplied with anything and everything we could have needed. Was within walking distance of anything and everything. Didn't have to move the cars once they were parked. Happened to be a beautiful weekend while we were there and couldn't have asked for better accommodations. The welcome basket was certainly a wonderful surprise. Will recommend to family and friends and be coming back myself.
The home was wonderful, HUGE on the inside, very spacious and well kept, beds for everyone. We were walking distance to the shops, bars and restaurants. Some of us even took the train to chicago for one day! The beach was amazing. Everything about our stay was fantastic. The complimentary gift basket on the counter when we arrived was a real treat! This rental comes highly recommended by our group of gals!
As far as I could tell the house was exactly as advertised. It's very close to town, the Warren Dunes, the casino, and Redamack's... what else could you need? It looks small in the outside but the house is huge once you get inside.
Walking distance to shops, restaurants, beach and train. A short drive to Four Winds Casino, golf courses and wineries. Close to 80/94 and about a 1 hour drive to Chicago.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Oct 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
All Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays will be at the peak rate of $475.00 per night during peak season (May 1 - September 30). The $300.00 nightly rate only applies to (non-holiday) Monday-Thursday. Credit card will be held as the security deposit for all damages and missing items. A refund of one half of the deposit amount will be given if cancellations are made more than 30 days in advance of the reservation date(s). Cancellations made in less than 30 days of the reservation result in non-refundable payments.
Credit card to secure reservation with deposit.
One half of the rental fee as a deposit to reserve dates.
Balance, cleaning fee and sales tax due 30 days prior to reservation.