Family Friendly Lake Cottage
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Property type:Cottage
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
We bought this 3 bedroom, 2 bath house because it is perfect for our five person family and it was in the perfect location for a family get away. To us, this house is a refuge from our day to day lives. We arrive and are able to relax and take the days at the pace we wish. Our three boys keep us hopping most of the time, so we simply love arriving in South Haven, relaxing, and taking the days as they come. Most summer days I head out before the kids or wife are out of bed and comb the beach for fossils. Once everyone is up, we generally spend the middle part of the day at the beach---set up umbrella and chairs, build sand castle and walls, swim, run, dive, throw balls in the surf, and look for more fossils! We often leave our gear on the beach and walk back for lunch at the house, then return to the beach for a bit longer. We often play wiffle ball and other sports, in the side yard, with kids in the surrounding homes. The park is one block away and our three boys (14,12,and 9) come and go from park to house (with permission) whenever they wish---safe and no busy streets to cross.
Our house, as mentioned, has 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms. With aging parents (we're not getting younger either), it was important to have one ground floor bedroom. So, our layout is one bed and one bathroom on the ground floor and 2 bedrooms and one bathroom upstairs. The upstairs also has a loft with a futon, for additional sleeping space.
The home was built in 1901 by a Lake Michigan ships captain. We have radiator heat in the shoulder/winter seasons---as well as some mobile space heaters to target high use areas. In the summer, we put in window air conditioners, which are needed some days and other days are not.
We have a dining room and fully equipped kitchen. The kitchen does have a dishwasher and microwave. There is a patio table and chairs off the back of the house and a gas grill for your use.
We are in a family neighborhood. This is not a party house and should not be rented for purposes beyond family vacations.
Member since: 2013
- 1200 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Health/Beauty Spa
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Basketball Court
- Cross Country Skiing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Ice Skating
- Jet Skiing
- Pier Fishing
- Roller Blading
- Water Tubing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jun 3 - Aug 26, 2017
7 night min stay
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Cleaning Fee $100
- Refundable Damage Deposit $250
Half of rental and 250.00 damage deposit due upon reservation(1200.00). Remainder due at least 30 days in advance of arrival date---half rental and cleaning fee (1050.00).
250.00 damage deposit to be returned following positive inspection.
Owner's cancellation policy:
50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Car: Not Necessary
Our home is located in a family friendly neighborhood and was purchased for its close proximity to the best city park in town and the best (least crowded) beach in the area. Those two items are the main attractions for our kids. Other attractions that we have enjoyed include: jet skiing (rental nearby), downtown restaurants, nearby blueberry farm (u-pick and retail store), farmers market, cheap movie theater, winter skiing (downhill and x-country), bird watching along Black River, rails to trails biking, donut shop, walking/sitting along the marina watching boats come and go, fishing, evening music series in the park along marina and at a local music hall, and nearby towns along the coast with unique opportunities.
The vast majority of these items are all within walking distance of the house.
If, like us, you find your normal life finds you spending too much time staring at a computer screen or interacting through a hand held device, this place is for you. Bring the family and enjoy not being in the car. Enjoy a family stroll downtown for an evening ice cream or meal. Easy access to beach and park. Board games on the dining room table. Just re-connect....and not in the digital sense! :)
New Note: The biking trail to Van Buren State Park is finished and completely paved!!! If you bike into the park you don't have to pay to enter. About 30 minutes each way from our driveway to the park. :)
Year Purchased: 2012
About the owner: My wife and I both work at a university. We have three young boys. We love to travel.
Why the Owner Chose South Haven, MI, USA:
Location! We had rented in South Haven for years and when we decided to buy, we knew the area that we wanted. If you are like us, most of your memories will be about the beach/park and hopefully just spending time together away from the chaos of normal schedules. That is why we chose this house. Very close to the beach that we like and even closer to the best playground in town. Our house in South Haven put us in an ideal location to do the activities that we enjoy doing!
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Our mix of location and a price point below the market average are what makes this listing unique. The house, town, beach and park are all what you make of it. We are owners that do really value being able to allow other families to enjoy our home. It is special to us and wishing the same for visitors is much more important to us than the weekly sticker price.
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Our boys striking a pose.
Screened porch (We love this area!)
Upstairs Bedroom. A twin and a bunk with a twin up and full down.
Our oldest standing next to a hole he dug.
Upstairs loft has a queen size futon for additional sleeping space.
This listing was first published here in 2013.
Date last modified - Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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