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Stollaway - Pet-Friendly, Private Beach, Sleeps 12

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Stollaway at Birchwood Beach; a Forest Retreat


Last updated: 04/08/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Large House, Private Beach, Ravine Views, Close to Beach & Tennis Court!

This wonderfully spacious home is located in the historic Birchwood community in Harbert. Within Birchwood, you will find private association beach access, tennis court, basketball court and playground, all in a nicely wooded setting. The home is nestled on a wooded ½ acre with stunning views of nature and the lovely ravine below. There are three bedrooms on the main floor. The first bedroom has a queen bed, the second has a queen-size murphy bed, and the third has a Full. The upstairs bedroom has 6 twin beds: 1 bunk bed, two twins, and a two-twin day bed with a twin trundle. You will love the large dining area with floor to ceiling windows, the comfortable living areas, the game room, and both gas and wood-burning fireplaces. The kitchen has been recently updated, and is fully equipped. Screened porch overlooks ravine; brick patio in front of the house. Located in Harbert, about 3 blocks to the beach access.

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Member since: 2013

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/08/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2200 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 12
  • Children Welcome:

    Loft has toys, blocks, child-sized furniture, and provides play space children love. There are games, children's books, and a video library for kids....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 12

  • Bedroom 2: 1 double

    Built-in desk. Window seat....moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 murphy bed

    Queen murphy, gas fireplace. Flatscreen cable TV. ...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 4 twin/ single, 1 bunk bed

    Sleeps 6 in dorm-style room. Upstairs....moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Built-in desk and shelves, cable TV....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    large walk-in shower...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Restaurants, galleries, shops, post office, and Swedish bakery are within walking distance....moreless


  • Books:

    Many books for all ages....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Game Room:

    Large table for computing, games, crafts, or jigsaw puzzles....moreless

  • Games:

    Board games, cards, cribbage, backgammon. Many jigsaw puzzles....moreless

  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable:


  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Large flat screen TV in den. Smaller TV in one bedroom....moreless

  • Toys:

    Loft play area with dolls, toys, blocks, and children's furniture....moreless

  • Video Library:

    Some VHS videos and DVDs, especially for children....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Resort:

    'Birchwood Beach,' resort community. Private beach access, tennis court, basketball court and playground....moreless

  • Rural:

    House is on a paved county road toward Lake Michigan from both I-94 and Red Arrow Highway. Easy walking distance to several quaint shops and eateries along Red Arrow....moreless

  • Water View:

    Creek in wooded ravine at back of property....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Two tables can be put together or set up separately to seat 12 people....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Air Conditioning:


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Both a gas and a wood-buring fireplace....moreless

  • Heating:

    Gas. Two separate furnaces provide two zones for maximum comfort....moreless

  • Internet:


  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Quiet conversation area circles the wood-burning fireplace. Large TV and more seating in den....moreless

  • Parking:

    4 vehicles maximum. Park in driveway only (not along Prairie Road)....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Excellent cell phone coverage....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Electric tea kettle. Blender. Large electric griddle. Rice cooker. Large crock pot. Electric frypan....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    U-shaped counter, plus island with second sink and second disposal....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items:

    Fully stocked herb and spice cabinet. Basic items such as salt and pepper, flour, sugar, oil, vinegar, etc....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Side by side with ice maker and water dispenser....moreless

  • Stove:

    Ceramic stove top with large self-cleaning oven....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    Indoor balcony/loft is play space for kids above the den. They can hear and be heard, but mess of toys is out of the way....moreless

  • Bicycles:

    Available for rental. ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Deck in back off the screen porch. Brick patio in front of house furnished with umbrella table and chairs. Screen porch overlooking ravine has dining table and chairs plus seating area...moreless

  • Golf:

    Public golf courses in both Bridgman (8 miles) and New Buffalo (10 miles)....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden:

    Mature landscaping shields house from road. Hammock. Dog pen....moreless



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from 3 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov - May
Nov 1 - Jun 3, 2017
2 night min stay
$300 $350
Fri, Sat
June (First 3 Weeks)
Jun 4 - Jun 24, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Sunday

Jun 25 - Sep 2, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Sunday

Sep 3 - Oct 31, 2017
2 night min stay
$325 $350
Fri, Sat
Nov 1 - Dec 31, 2017
2 night min stay
$300 $350
Fri, Sat

Additional information about rental rates


  • Tax Rate 6%


-Pet Fee: Please Inquire

-Cancellation Policy: Deposits are returned only if we are able to re-book your reservation. If the reservation is not re-booked the full amount will be charged on the scheduled arrival date.

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Last updated: 04/08/2017
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35 Miles
Nearest Airport
South Bend, IN
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Gulistan Restaurant
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
Pebblewood, Bridgman, MI
10 Miles
Nearest Train
AmTrak, New Buffalo, MI
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Luisa's Restaurant at Swedish Bakery
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
Birchwood Private

Car: Necessary

Access to private beach three blocks from property.

Swedish Bakery, Luisa's Restaurant, and Gulistan Restaurant in walking distance. Warren Dunes State Park, antique shops, galleries, golf, woodwork store, boutiques, more restaurants, local brew pub close by along Red Arrow Highway from Michigan City to St. Joseph and in nearby communities of Sawyer, Lakeside, Bridgman, Three Oaks, and Union Pier. Elaborate Sawyer Garden Center with gift shop, specialty foods, and wine. Ten minutes from New Buffalo. Apple Cider Century cycling in autumn. 15 miles to South Shore commuter rail access to Chicago.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 1941

About: I grew up in Harbert, Michigan. Graduated from St. Joseph High School. BA and MA at Michigan State University; PhD from Michigan Tech in Rhetoric and Technical Communication. Career as College Professor, and now Dean for Academic Programs at King University in Bristol, TN. Mother of 3 sons; grandmother of 10, reader, quilter, researcher and author of 2 books.

Why Harbert, MI, USA:
Stollaway was built in 1941by my aunt, at the time a teacher in Evanston, IL. My mother and aunt came to Harbor Country from the Chicago area as small children and continued their love affair with Harbert when they became adults buying Lot 48 in Birchwood and a lakefront lot in Harbert Woods. I inherited Stollaway in 1999. In 2007, I completely re-modeled the original structure and doubled the size of the house. Stollaway is the place of my first memories and has always been 'home' for me even though I have lived and worked in New Jersey, Georgia, and Tennessee. The beauty of the woods, dunes, creek, and beach are important to me. Harbert, home to Carl Sandburg for 20 years and more recently to Roger Ebert, is unique among the communities of Harbor Country. Stollaway sits at the back of a half-acre lot, away from the road, surrounded by majestic hardwoods. The house is intentionally designed for large families, with two separated living spaces, a multi-purpose game/craft room, the loft for children's play out from under foot, and the kitchen/dining area at the center. Front entrance porch has benches to sit on while you brush off the beach sand. When I remodeled, I included all the features that were missing when I was growing up in order to accommodate my children and their families.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Stollaway renews my energy and sparks my creativity; my heart rests in Harbert. Both my mother and aunt chose to have intimate home weddings in front of the living room fireplace, and Carl Sandburg would sit in one of the comfortable wing chairs to read his work when he dropped by on late afternoon walks. Peaceful and shady in summer, lit by the brilliance of fall colors in autumn, blanketed with snow in winter, and graced with the pastels of blossoms in spring, the yard and house provide a refuge from the fast pace of busy workplaces. The view of the ravine comes into the living space through the tall windows; deer, racoons, opossums, ground hogs, squirrels, foxes, and many birds entertain patient watchers. Built-in desks suggest that people write in this house. Books on the shelves beckon casual or serious readers. The piano invites sing-alongs or Chopsticks. The beach, only a few minutes' walk away, boasts 'singing sand,' clear Lake water, glorious sunsets, majestic mounded ice, and star-studded night skies. The Birchwood Creek provides endless hours of entertainment for those who build drip castles, make sand cakes and pies, or engineer elaborate dams. To coin a phrase...'pure Michigan!' Make YOUR Stollaway memories!

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/08/2017

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  • Stollaway at Birchwood Beach; a Forest Retreat

    Stollaway at Birchwood Beach; a Forest Retreat

  • Kitchen - w/ Plenty of Work Space

    Kitchen - w/ Plenty of Work Space

  • Dining Area - View of the Majestic Trees while Dining

    Dining Area - View of the Majestic Trees while Dining

  • Living Area

    Living Area

  • This multi-purpose room includes a queen murphy bed, large flat screen TV & loft

    This multi-purpose room includes a queen murphy bed, large flat screen TV & loft

  • Bedroom - Double bed with a view of the ravine

    Bedroom - Double bed with a view of the ravine

  • Enjoy sunny days and shady afternoons on this lovely brick patio

    Enjoy sunny days and shady afternoons on this lovely brick patio

  • Relax...


  • Summer...


  • Private Drive & Beach

    Private Drive & Beach

  • It's a Hobie day!

    It's a Hobie day!

  • Every sunset is unique.

    Every sunset is unique.

  • Welcome to Stollaway!

    Welcome to Stollaway!

  • Dining Area

    Dining Area

  • Cozy up to the fireplace or catch some sun rays

    Cozy up to the fireplace or catch some sun rays

  • Living area sofa for warm fires or long naps

    Living area sofa for warm fires or long naps

  • Bedroom has queen memory foam mattress, built in desk & cable TV

    Bedroom has queen memory foam mattress, built in desk & cable TV

  • Upstairs Bedroom - Twin Beds

    Upstairs Bedroom - Twin Beds

  • Plenty of sunshine here

    Plenty of sunshine here

  • Spring...


  • Winter...


  • Playground & Tennis Court

    Playground & Tennis Court

  • Lake Michigan

    Lake Michigan

  • Gone to the Beach...

    Gone to the Beach...

VRBO #469475

This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Sunday, April 09, 2017

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