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Family Friendly Lake Cottage

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


About the property

3 BR, 2Bath. One block from city park. Two blocks from beach!!

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.

More Details

Matt Bailey
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2017

About Matt Bailey

My wife and I both work at a university. We have three young boys.

We love to travel.

Matt Bailey purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Matt Bailey chose Southwest

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!

What makes this cottage unique

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.


South Haven Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Two full baths. Upstairs bathroom with large shower but no tub. Downstairs bathroom has a tub/shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Downstairs and master bedrooms have queen beds. The third bedroom has a twin bed and a bunk bed (twin over double). The loft has a futon. Please only kids on bunk. Not made for heavier persons.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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(9 traveler reviews)

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Family Friendly Lake Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Fantastic cottage, great location for week with family!

  • 5 of 5

This lake cottage was fantastic! The owner was great, so helpful and responsive. Upon arrival, we were so impressed with the roomy, clean, and comfortable house. The dining room and porch became two of our favorite places for enjoying dinner, boardgames, and true relaxation after full days walking to the beach, town, biking, etc. We really appreciated the convenient location to beach, bike trails, and town of South Haven. Sunsets on Lake Michigan were breathtaking. As we were pulling out of the driveway, we missed this place already! Would definitely return anytime we have a chance. Thank you to the owner for allowing us to enjoy such a lovely cottage!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review, Karen!! Love that your family had such a fun experience. Come back again if the chaos of life permits!! Regards, Matt
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Birthday/girls weekend

  • 5 of 5

The Bailey cottage is a wonderful well equipped, clean getaway for a long weekend! There were 8 adults & the cottage had more than adequate space, beds, bathrooms for all of us. Loved that it's close to the beach, downtown & trails for biking, running/walking. All the ladies kept commenting how comfy & homey the cottage felt, especially the front porch!

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind review!! Glad you ladies enjoyed your time in South Haven! Regards, Matt
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Chicago, IL

Wonderful cottage!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is quite simply fantastic. We've stayed at a number of different places in South Haven over the years, and this house was the best. Fully stocked with everything you could want. Clean, comfortable, and a front porch that makes you want to sit back, relax, and stay there forever. An added plus - the owners are great! Very responsive and easy to work with. We barely pulled out of the driveway at the end of our stay before we decided to book again for next year!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Carrie!! You folks went above and beyond as renters---and we much appreciate it! Certainly look forward to you staying at our place again next summer. Nothing is better than knowing good families are in our house and enjoying it as much as we do. Regards, Matt
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Awesome house!

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic owners, great location, and a porch perfect for relaxing, reading, chatting, and enjoying your favorite cool beverage!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Jon! Pleased you and your family had a great week. We completely agree about the porch----our favorite part of the house! :)
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A wonderful, relaxing week away from the grind

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was everything we expected--no hidden surprises. We took an easy two-block walk to an uncrowded beach every day. Absolutely beautiful and relaxing. The children's playground (a block away) was amazing and a big hit with our seven-year-old. If you have a family, this is the place to be in South Haven. The neighborhood is peaceful. We threw open the dining room double doors at night and enjoyed the fresh lake air. Lots of antique shops to discover in town (walkable) and Su Casa was yummy! The owners of this cottage were easy to work with and extremely helpful.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words!! You have hit on the perfect use for those double doors!!! Throw them open and enjoy the fresh breeze! :)
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Carbondale, IL

Perfect Girls' Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Four of us (over-55 gals) enjoyed this charming and comfortable cottage for a getaway in March.We were pleased and found the descriptions and photos to be accurate. Everything we needed was right there and the owners had everything well marked. The temperature on the first floor was perfect and the space heaters upstairs kept us toasty warm at night.

We loved the fact that we could step outside on the front lawn and see Lake Michigan! The lake is just two blocks away. Two of our group walked to church for Mass on Sunday morning - just a five minute walk away. It was quite cold during our visit and one evening, we were delighted by a lovely snowfall. Talk about a relaxing retreat! In spite of the cold, we walked to the downtown area every day (10 minute walk or so) either to shop or to have dinner and thoroughly enjoyed admiring the homes and cottages in the neighborhoods along the way (took a different route each time). In fact, once we arrived, we did not drive our vehicles again until the day we drove north for more shopping.

We spent most of our cottage time in the spacious dining area using the large table for puzzles and games before TV area upstairs to watch a movie before bed. There are plenty of good restaurants within walking distance. I highly recommend this spot for a winter retreat!

  • Submitted: May 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for submitting a review!! Particularly glad to have a review from an off season stay!! Shoulder season is absolutely my favorite time in South Haven. Also am glad the girls outing was a hit. My wife often uses the house for small friend gatherings and it always goes very well.
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Kalamazoo MI, South Bend IN
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Multiple Courses Nearby
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
I-196, I-94
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Timber Ridge
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 35 minutes each way from our driveway to the park. :)


Rates & Availability

South Haven Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Summer Season
Jun 3 2017 - Aug 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum 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 if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

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