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The Haven: Family Friendly, Classy, Comfortable, Close to Downtown & South Beach

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,799 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Newly Renovated, Steps From Downtown, Spacious, Kid Friendly, 5 BR's, Great Rm

Purchased in October 2013, The Haven has undergone a total transformation and is now ready to delight and excite you. A PRIMO location, just 3 minutes walking distance from downtown restaurants, movies and shopping, 10 minutes walk to South Beach and Kids Korner, with features that include an:

• Open kitchen with new quartz counters, appliances, breakfast nook and sitting areas

• Open living room / dining room with all new furnishings and a 51” HDTV

• Four queen bedrooms (one with a twin sleeper sofa) that sleep up to 9 adults and a colorful bunk room that sleeps up to 10 young children. Newly created Great Room w/51” HDTV viewing area and a Game & Gallery space, including a PlayStation 4!

• [IMPORTANT NOTICE: The new South Haven short-term rental ordinance restricts the occupancy of the Haven to 14 persons over the age of 24 months, with no restrictions on children two years old or younger. We plan to abide by the regulations.]

• New laundry room with 2 washer / dryer sets

• Spacious refinished deck with piped gas grill and fire pit

• New furnishings throughout the entire house

• Gas fire pit, and more …

The intent of the extensive renovation was to create an environment that we or you would view as a 'Home Away from Home', delivering a high level of comfort and class, and we have done just that! The little touches that delight are everywhere: the artwork, the iconoclastic design of each bedroom, the vibrant colors in the Bunk Room. And we aren’t done yet! We plan to continue to step it up, based on feedback that we get from you.

The Haven's sweet spot is multi-generational families. We are very well suited for granmas and gramps on the 1st floor, moms and dads on the 2nd floor and a bunch of kids in the Bunk Room.

We have no doubt that you will enjoy your experience at the Haven. Creating a “Home away from Home” is a high standard – we plan to meet and exceed it! See you at The Haven!

More Details

Property Manager
Carlton Guthrie
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Carlton Guthrie

After having visited South Haven since the 1980's when my kids were toddlers, we enjoyed visiting South Haven multiple times a year from our homes in Chicago and Detroit before decided to buy an 1860's vintage South Haven home in 2009. After extensive renovations, we now have a beautiful home, with landscaping that merited a slot on the SH Garden Tour in 2012.

Carlton Guthrie purchased this house in 2013

Why Carlton Guthrie chose South Haven

We previously rented the Haven several times to accommodate family and friends who traveled to South Haven for large gatherings of family and friends at our home. While we also rented other properties, the Haven was the perfect rental for us, close to our home, the beach and downtown, it could handle large numbers of kids and adults comfortably and became the hang out spot for our guests who were staying at other properties. All of our guests loved the place, several commenting that they slept more soundly there than they had for weeks prior. When the previous owners decided to sell the house, we snapped it up with no hesitation.

After four years of rentals, we are very pleased. We have received excellent reviews and feedback from our renters (we have a feedback form that we ask you to fill out) and we have stepped the Haven up every year. This past year, we invested in landscaping. including a new gas fire pit and several trees and bushes.

The Haven is best suited for families with children. WE DO NOT RENT TO LARGE GROUPS OF ADULTS! Three years ago, a large group of 20-somethings rented the Haven for a two-day weekend, and they totally trashed the place. The damage far exceeded the $1,000 security deposit. It took us a couple of months to restore the Haven and it is now as beautiful and functional as when we first opened it. While the physical damage has been erased, the psychological damage lingers on, so please don't take offense if we take particular interest in the size and age composition of your group. Children who act like children we welcome with open arms. Adults who act like children, please look elsewhere.

We look forward to your stay at The Haven!

What makes this house unique

• 3 minute walk to Downtown

• 10 minute walk to South Beach

• The ideal configuration is 4 couples and up to 8 young children. The new South Haven rental ordinances limits the Haven to 14 persons 24 months or older. There are no limits from children under 24 months.

• Newly renovated with all new furnishings

• 2 51” HDTVs


South Haven House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2799 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 19
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 18 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , outdoor shower , 1st floor accommodations include indoor and outdoor showers
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 19
  • Green Room - 1 queen , 1st floor cozy BR
    Gray Room - 1 queen , 1st floor BR left off the quaint anteroom
    Yellow Room - 1 queen , 2nd floor spacious sunny BR w/ huge walk-in closet.
    Blue Room - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 2nd floor spacious BR with sleep sofa and sitting area
    Bunk Room - 3 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 3 bunk bed , 2nd fl: sleeps max young children
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • Water Sports Gear
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Gas fire pit


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The Haven: Family Friendly, Classy, Comfortable, Close to Downtown & South Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

A week to remember

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family has been coming to South Haven for several years but we needed a bigger house for our growing families. This house was just what we needed. The 2 refrigerators were a plus and the outdoor deck facilitated a lot of dining and socializing. The fire pit extended our late night conversations. The location was ideal for walking to beach and downtown. The decorating throughout the house was tastefully done. We all agreed that this is the best house we've stayed at and look forward to coming back.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful property inside and out!

  • 5 of 5

This home has it all. Beautifully decorated home with plenty of space for all. The owner of this home has thought of everything to make your stay comfortable. Kitchen is very well equipped, two washers and two dryers, two refrigerators, comfortable beds, beautiful basement for kids and adults. The grandkids loved the upstairs bunk room. The adults loved the outside deck and fire pit area. Within easy walking distance to town and beach. Really cannot say enough good things about this home - "perfect" is the one word that comes to mind. The owner is great to work with as well. My family is already talking about a return visit next summer.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Northville, MI

Great Home!!!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect home for our two families!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Now we know what our son-in-law has been saying about South Haven!!

  • 5 of 5

On July 31our entire family traveled from Texas...yes, I mean see what our son-in-law's home town, South Haven was all about. We were 8 adults and 7 children (ages 8 years old to 10 months). The house was more than we expected!! It was very clean and perfectly put together. The many different living spaces afforded everyone plenty of room to relax and/or play, whichever they wanted to do. The basement playroom was a lifesaver for the parents as well as grandparents!! When that young one wakes up way before everyone else, there was the basement to take him/her to without feeling like you were in a basement. The utility room, with 2 washers and 2 dryers, was exciting to say the least. No one had to wait his/her turn. We never asked the owner but we're pretty sure he must have a continuous water heater because even with our large group we never ran out of hot absolute must for me!!! The towels were plentiful and upscale. This might not mean much to some people but I actually brought my own towels from my house just in case. I never unpacked mine!! The décor of the house was upbeat and bright. Adorable pictures throughout. It was pretty warm in South Haven while we were there...88 degrees for a high...but the air conditioners were perfect. The large deck with plenty of patio furniture was well used as well as the very nice size yard where the kids ran around and played. We used the gas grill nearly every night we were there. The house was perfectly situated between the town and the beach. It actually made the location much quieter than had you been closer to the beach or town. We walked everywhere we went without any problems. The restaurants in town the owner recommended were all good with a variety for everyone's tastes. We also took a day trip to Homestead Farms which is only about a 20 drive. Well worth it if you have kids!! If we were to ever return to South Haven we would most assuredly rent this location again!!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Immaculate, Comfortable Vacation Home!!!

  • 5 of 5

We have been vacationing in South Haven for 5 years and The Haven was, by far, our favorite home! We had three families stay at The Haven and the house was beautiful and the layout was perfect for our multiple families. The bunk room for the kids was a big hit and each bedroom was comfortable and spacious with plenty of closet space. The kitchen was fully stocked with anything we could possibly need and there was plenty of dining space for meals. The deck was wonderful for cooking out and just relaxing in the morning or after a day at the beach. The basement was also a great hangout for the kids and/or the adults when some downtime was needed. The storage shed in the back was great for storing our bikes and beach toys, and there were a ton of beach chairs there for our use. The location was perfect being a short walk or bike ride to the beach and to town. We had one clogged toilet while we were there, called the homeowner, and it was fixed within the hour! The communication with Carlton was wonderful from the beginning to the end of our transaction at The Haven. This home met all of our needs and I would stay there again without question and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an updated spacious home for their vacation in South Haven. Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Shelby Township MI

perfect house!

  • 5 of 5

This house is perfect for multiple families - we felt like we had so much room. The house is beautifully decorated, with everything you would need. The attention to detail was amazing - the owners are great hosts. Carlton was right there when you needed anything. We felt very taken care of. The bunk room was perfect for our teenage girls - so much space. The front room/dining room was great to hang out at night when the bugs were out. The deck was so nice to sit outside and have dinner. We also loved how big the kitchen area was with the sitting area. With 20 people, we never felt like we were on top of each other. The location was perfect - we walked to town, and to the beach. Tons of beach chairs were a nice surprise! The garage was nice to put bikes and extra stuff. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Grand Rapids
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Historical Clementine's and over 12 others
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Hawkshead, South Haven Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Tello, Phoenix, Vineyard, and 10 others
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Bittersweet Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
South Beach
Car: not necessary




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $1,000

We require a three day minimum for Holiday weekends.

Booking is guaranteed once the terms of stay, deposit and copy of drivers license is provided.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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