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.
- House1860 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Min Stay1 - 3 nights
A unique combination of colonial antique and modern decor.
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- within one day
- Calendar last updated:
- Aug 15, 2018
About Office Staff
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
Why Office Staff chose New Buffalo
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.
What makes this House unique
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.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Family reunion in New Buffalo
We enjoyed our stay in New Buffalo. The house was very clean and nicely furnished. The bedrooms are small, but adequate. The kitchen was stocked with basic supplies. It you need large baking pans, bring your own as we did. The deck is a nice size for outside gatherings. The fire pit area had lots of seating, but we did not have wood to use the fire pit. The only drawback for us was the loft area where the children slept. Being open to the kitchen, it was not very quiet for the children when people were gathered in the kitchen. The basement area was spacious, but we did not gather there. The family seemed to prefer being on the main level. Loved the pretty glassed in front porch. Nice quiet place to read. Really liked the small town. Easy to walk to the beach, restaurants or grocery.
So glad you had a good time in New Buffalo. Hope to see you again in the near future.
Cute house, perfect amount of room for 9 people.
The property was perfect for our girls weekend! The location was great - close to the beach, restaurants, and a grocery store. The owners were very accommodating and easy to reach, although we had no issues.
Glad you enjoyed the house. We'd love to have you back next year!
My family and I loved our stay. The home was very comfortable and very well furnished with plenty of dishes, towels, and bedding for the entire family. The outdoor area and fire pit was very enjoyable though instructions on use for the fire pit (is there and where to find lighter fluid would have been appreciated). The property was walking distance of the beach and the provided beach parking pass was very useful and helpful as well. The home was spacious and a joy to stay in. My 5 year old nephew and 3 year old niece especially enjoyed their sleeping spots in the loft (though the adults that ended up sleeping up there found it comfortable for them as well) as well as the spacious backyard and small dora table. Everything worked well. Management was easily accessible for questions. No complaints. Awesome location and awesome stay. Thank you very much!
Merchant House I
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.
We appreciate your taking the time to comment. We try to make the extra effort to provide our guests with everything needed so that your vacation will be a wonderful experience. We welcome any suggestions to make your stay as comfortable and carefree as possible.
Good location, nice layout
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.
Thank you for your stay & for your suggestions. We are always looking for ways to improve our vacationers visits!
All Around perfect
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.
We are so glad the house worked well for your Girls' Weekend. Your feedback is appreciated and helps us ensure all of our guests have a comfortable stay.
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.
Additional information about rental rates
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 $325.00 nightly rate only applies to (non-holiday) Monday-Thursday. A refund of one half of the deposit amount will be given if cancellations are made more than 60 days in advance of the reservation date(s). Cancellations made in less than 60 days of the reservation result in non-refundable payments.