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Charming Victorian with Big Private Yard. Close To Kids Corner, Beach, Downtown

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

Private 3 Bdrm, 2 Bath, Sleeps 6-7, South Haven

Are you looking for a house with close access to the beach, playgrounds, and restaurants? This comfortable, 2-story Victorian has been renovated but still has yesteryear charm with lots of windows and original woodwork. It is located in a quiet neighborhood, 3 blocks to Kids Corner Park and 4 blocks to the beach and Lake Michigan sunsets. Majestic old spruce trees shade the house and yard, and the over-sized lot gives a sense of privacy with plenty of room for outdoor games and family gatherings.

The living room expands into the enclosed three-season porch through double French doors - a great place to sit and read a book, enjoy a cup of coffee or take an afternoon nap. The living room has a flat screen TV with DVD player. We include secure high-speed wireless internet service to let you connect with the outside world and we will not tell your co-workers that you have access. There are also plenty of movies, games, and books to enjoy as well.

The kitchen and dining room have everything you need to prepare and enjoy a meal, including a collection of our favorite recipes. Be sure to try the French Apple Frittata – a family favorite. The dining room seats eight comfortably and the eat-in kitchen has room for four. There is a gas grill (and a charcoal grill for the purist) in the back yard for outdoor cooking, along with a table and chairs. Not cooking on vacation? Downtown restaurants, bakery, sandwich shops and the ice cream parlor are a fifteen-minute walk from the front door.

Sleeping accommodations include a newer king size bed in the master bedroom, twin bunk beds in the second upstairs bedroom, and a full size bed in the downstairs bedroom. The three-season porch has a daybed that can sleep one more.

Park your car and enjoy South Haven on foot or on bicycle – a common mode of transportation in and around South Haven. Bike racks are conveniently located downtown and at the beach. Trail heads for the Van Buren and Kal Haven bicycle trails are both a short ride from the house. We provide three adult bikes with locks and a wagon for hauling your stuff to the beach, but you can bring your own or rent more from the local bike shop.

Linens and bath towels are included. There is also a reasonable supply of consumables to make your trip to the grocery a little easier – things like paper towels, dish soap, bar soap, foil, wax paper, plastic wrap, herbs and spices, etc.

Rental 'Booking' policy:

There are several listing features offered by VRBO that property owners can subscribe and offer to their guests i.e. “Book it now”. We have decided not to use this service due to the additional fees that will be charged directly to the guest. We understand the ‘booking fees’ range on a scale from ~4% to 10% of the rental fee. Our Summer House LLC charges for rent, cleaning, taxes, and security deposits – we have no hidden fees.

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Mary B Hamburg
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2017


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

Charming Victorian with Big Private Yard. Close To Kids Corner, Beach, Downtown
average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews

Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in South Haven staying here. We have 3 young kids, age 5, 3 and 5 months and this was great for us. The older kids loved the bunk beds, and the baby had his own quiet room for naps and sleeping. The house was better stocked than any rental we've stayed at previously. Anything you could need to cook dinner while you were there, and we didn't feel like we had to run immediately to the store to get things like soap and paper towels. It also had everything you could need as far as high chair, baby gate, pack n play, bikes, wagon, etc. Makes packing much easier :) The owners are very easy to book with and returned the security deposit promptly. The house was a short walk to a great park. We did walk to downtown a couple of times, but its also an easy drive (the walk was a little long for the kids) and we didn't have any trouble finding parking. Lots of places to eat and a charming downtown. It was a very nice and relaxing trip and a great place to stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at "Our Summer House" from July 23rd to July 30th, 2016.

The house was very clean, neat, organized, and was tastefully decorated. It had everything we needed, and more! Plenty of bath towels, paper products, kitchen gadgets (a potato masher!), books, games, DVDs - and we loved having the wagon (with lock!) for taking all of our necessities down to the beach. The owners responded quickly to any questions we had during the rental process - and even called us to make sure we were able to access the house. The yard is amazing, and the fire pit was perfect for s'mores after dinner. The kids played kickball, catch, corn hole, and frisbee with plenty of room.

We were happy with the location near the beach and Kids Corner Park, and our kids (8) had no problem walking into town for ice cream or a trip to their beloved toy store. We didn't mind not having a dishwasher at all - the only suggestion we could think of would be having a shower in the downstairs bathroom, but we got by.

I would definitely recommend this rental property for your vacation in South Haven.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a lovely home and rental experience

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay at this house and would recommend it to others without reservation. Beautiful home that is very well equipped with all the basics that you need and even some more unusual kitchen items. Having corn on the cob? There are holders. Like to bake? There are pans and some dry goods available. Cooking? Nice selection of pots and pans. Bought a melon? Good knives and cutting board in the kitchen. There is a supply of baggies, foil and wraps, and so on. Lots of towels available for both bathrooms, and also in the kitchen. Extra linens also. The bunk beds had an extra mattress tucked underneath, which came in handy when my daughter decided she needed to be lower to the ground.

The house itself is wonderful with woodwork and character that you don't find often. The decor is practical and lovely. The lot is fantastic, and not adequately described with "big private yard." The house is on a corner with extra land, and there is so much space that it feels you have a small park next door. Lots of room to hang out around the fire pit, play in the yard, and let the kids run around. We enjoyed the toys and games that were available as well. The sun room is lovely and a nice spot to sit and have your morning beverage of choice and perhaps read a book. The location is great, close to the beach and to Kids Corner, which if you haven't been to SH is worthy of hours of play. The only downside to the house is the lack of a dishwasher, but not too big a deal. The lack of central AC might be an issue for more sensitive folks. We didn't have any scorching weather while we were there, but on the hotter days we found that running the AC units in the later afternoon was fine to cool things down.

The rental process was also quite easy, and we appreciated the informative e-mail we received prior to our stay with information about some of the local attractions and things that were within an easy drive. We went to St Joseph for a day and found the links and information very helpful. The security deposit was returned promptly as well. Very responsive owners and very easy to work with. Overall great stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great vacation rental

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 rented this house for 10 days and were very pleased. It sits on the corner of a dead-end street which was great for letting our kids ride their bikes; something they are not used to in the city. The yard space is very large , and the fire pit was a nice ammenity. The location is just a few blocks from the playground, and a good 10 minutes walking to downtown. The house itself was incredibly well-organized and had a nice fully stocked kitchen with all the pots and pans and utensils we needed for cooking. There was a nice grill, laundry, ample linens and a great deal of space for us to enjoy. We would definitely recommend it!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Better late than never review

  • 5 of 5

Delayed review here... but wanted to make sure to tell anyone looking at this property that you won't regret it. The owners have thought of everything... truly, everything. Pack up your clothes and coolers and you're all set. Just a short walk/bike to the beach. After the beach... best time hanging out around the fire pit. Really private. The only... I mean ONLY complaint (which is hardly a big deal) is the lack of dishwasher.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything you need to relax with the family

  • 5 of 5

We brought two one-year-old children and a five year old. There was plenty of space for our two families and we never woke each other up. The entire house was clean and well stocked with all the essentials and more. LOVED the wagon and outdoor space! Coffee, beach, cute town and a great farmer's market are all with walking distance. It was a little hotter than normal when we stayed so we used the bedroom fans in the main living area but all other rooms were comfortable.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

South Haven House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring 2017
May 27 2017 - Jun 23 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 24 2017 - Sep 16 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

House Cleaning Fee $150
Tax Rate 6.0%

Payment by cashier's check or money order. Your $500 security/damage deposit plus 25% rent holds your reservation. Balance of rent due 30 days prior to check-in. If making reservation within 30 days of rental, security/damage deposit and 100% of rent due upon booking.

Without incident, the $500 security/damage deposit will be refunded within 10 days of departure.

Reservation may be cancelled more than 60 days in advance with no penalty.

Cancellations within 60 days of the check in date will result in the forfeiture of the security/damage deposit.

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South Haven House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , Washer and Dryer located in downstairs bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Master bedroom upstairs with King bed. Bedroom #2 is upstairs w/ bunk bed / twin mattresses Bedroom #3 is downstairs w/ full-size mattress * Three season porch w/ daybed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snowmobiling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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