Family Vacation House,Sleeps 8-10,Steps to Beach, Walk to Restaurants and Shops,(25 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:3-4 nights
- Property type:Cottage
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
4 bdrm 2 bath. kitchen with great rm, screened porch, patio, hot tub,
French doors from the dinning area lead to the very cheerful three season room where games and a small bar area may be of entertainment. Additional sofa and seating space add to living areas; white cabinets with shelves provide for storage. A small table for four is appropriate for intimate dining under a fashioned canopy candelabra.
A bedroom with queen-sized bed and master bedroom with desk space connect to a spa bath. Walk in shower and jacuzzi tub are accessible. A door connects the master bedroom and second bedroom so the two might share a walk-in closet. The idea originally housed an office and study area. The second bedroom opens to the three season room and is ideal for families with young children.
3rd bedroom has a queen bed and antique furniture, closet space.
17 foot Hallway connects the kitchen 3 bedrooms and laundry room. nice circular flow to the rooms.
There is a staircase built by a Czech craftsman with unique shelving and cabinets under the staircase leading up to a loft overlooking the great room. Board games, puzzles and DVD's, books and old magazines are stored in the units under the stairwell are available for guest enjoyment. The loft consists of a play area and a unique small slanted pink wall bedroom with skylight. A real sweet hideaway. A double bed is in the bedroom and a twin bed and a small child's bed are in the play area.
The house is well equipped for the best cooks. I love to cook.
Pots and pans and all baking equipment. Small food processor, coffee maker, carafe, strainers Fully stocked with dishes ( heavy plates in the credenza) and dish towels and Automatic dish washer soap. A change of bedding: sheets, pillow cases, and warm blankets are located in the big walk in closet for the master bedroom and adjoining bedroom on top shelves. Insect repellents and first aid kit are located in the master bath and guest bath. also leaving most used condiments...ketchup and mustard and spices as most guests have to spend a fortune if they like to cook. Most people like a clean home so I am leaving a vacuum cleaner,mops, brooms, and non toxic cleaning supplies for our guests.
Table napkins and Mats are on a wicker stand in the dinning room.
For the outdoors grill the cover must be over the grill when the grill is cooled down. Grilling equipment and insect spray are inside the outdoor storage box inside the pergola. There is
wood for the fire pit in the wood storage bin.
There is an umbrella and 3-4 beach chairs available for use on the beach.
Going to the beach:
In the back yard which is fenced in on three sides (one side by flowering shrubs and bushes) and very private there is a shed and rack for wood storage. Behind the shed along the fence there round wood cuts that make a walking path to the easements for walking along the sidewalk through the 5 small cottages. This was once one lot with the 5 little cottages and the big cottage on a double lot, between Nolan Ave and Lakeshore Rd. A walking and parking easement was given to the cottages which were 'landlocked' at the time this property was purchased. In other words I have an easement to walk through the cottages sidewalk and they have an easement to park and walk down the path along the split rail fence.
When you walk down the sidewalk past these 5 little cottages ( about 35 yards ) you will come to Lake shore Rd. Look right and you will see a white fence about 1/4 block down the road. THAT IS THE ENTRANCE TO MILLER BEACH! signs at the entrance state NO DOGS, FIRES, OR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ALLOWED ON THE BEACH.
The GARAGE IS NOT AVAILABLE for guest use!
Sand could be washed off from feet and body by a hose behind the hot tub or the side hose at the side of the house. Your beach items could be stored together along the fence near the shed as you return to the house.
Things to do and things to see:
There are 6 public beaches including Warren Dunes State park, Silver Beach in St Joseph which has a fantastic Carousel for kids and adults. Bring your bikes! and bike helmets!many biking trails. Wine tasting at the many vineyards and a wine trail for those who want to sample and drive through the lovely countryside and farm areas. There are many golf clubs private and public in the area so bring your golf clubs...local papers have discount coupons for golfing.
Captain Mikes in Bridgeman on Red arrow Hwy is great for kids who like go carts and other fun rides , many places for shopping and antique shopping along the highway and Three Oaks which also has Vicker's Movie Theater for Foreign and Independent Films and Acorn Live Theater which hosts many accomplished and famous musicians, actors, comedians etc. Also many art galleries in Three Oaks will nourish and satisfy your thirst for any kind of art.
I HAVE BROCHURES OF THINGS TO SEE AND DO AT THE COTTAGE.
When you're ready to book, here are some tips to keep in mind.
Member since: 2014
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Private Chef
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only
pets must be well trained and listen to their master...no barking dogs, they are upsetting to others. Dogs could patiently wait for their family to come home from the beach or other places. While the family is gone, dog should be caged. Dogs that dig would not be allowed . Owner must pick up after the dog...extra charges for pets....moreless
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Away From It All
- Botanical Garden
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Gambling Casinos
- Horseback Riding
- Outlet Shopping
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Basketball Court
- Cross Country Skiing
- Equestrian Events
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Golf Privileges Optional
- Ice Skating
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Pier Fishing
- Roller Blading
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Water Skiing
- Water Tubing
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Room
- Seating for 10 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Towels Provided:
washing machine available for use....2 pods of laundry detergent for guest use..Please put used towels in machine with laundry detergent and start washing machine before checking out at 11 am....moreless
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
Kitchen is modern with all GE appliances. Toaster oven, double toaster, microwave, aerator double sink, self cleaning oven, dishes for 10, pots, pans, cooking utensils, baking pans, pie pans etc....moreless
Deck / Patio:
screened in deck/porch in front for breakfast or other use . picnic table and benches with wicker chairs on each end. wicker sofa and hanging lights above it for romantic atmosphere. Patio in back...moreless
- Kayak / Canoe:
Lawn / Garden:
Nice yard with huge pine trees for shade on hot days. Attractive perennial and flowering garden surrounds the yard and lawn. Enough room for kids to play and run. fenced in on three sides. ...moreless
- Outdoor Grill:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Dec 23 - Mar 17, 2017
3 night min stay
Mar 18 - Jun 17, 2017
3 night min stay
Jun 18 - Sep 19, 2017
4 night min stay
Dec 24 - Dec 27, 2021
4 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Fees and Rental Conditions:
- cleaning fee $200
- Pet Fee $50
- Property Damage Protection $79
Manager's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Historic promenade on Lakeshore Road is open to daily walking, running and cycling. Popular attractions beyond town include Prime Outlets Shopping Mall, resale stores on Franklin St and events in Michigan City, St. Joseph, Downtown District in New Buffalo.
Restaurants, Golf, Tennis, Parks, Fishing, Kayaking, Theatre, Wineries, HorseBack riding, Sun Bathing, Beach Fossil and Glass Expeditions, public transportation.
Year Purchased: 2000
About: First time ...just newly listing my home on VRBO in 2014. My childhood was spent in the southwest side of Chicago. I graduated from Maria High School and University of Illinois at CC Campus. I worked in various social service agencies and would escape to Union Pier for relief from the very stressful work. This area was a place I could come to relax, read, walk the beach at sunrise and think, have a glass of wine and listen to the soothing waves at sunset. BIKING THE ROADS WAS ALWAYS A SHEAR DELIGHT ON WEEKDAYS WHEN THE ROADS WERE PRACTICALLY EMPTY. I was never a big shopper but for anyone who loves nature this was the place. I have a Kayak and one big enjoyment is kayaking on the Gallien River 5 minutes from my home. The Costa Rica river trip I recently took had monkeys and birds.The Gallien has no monkeys but about as much wildlife and so close to home. I enjoy the art scene here in' Harbor Country' Many great art happenings in this area, for foreign and independent films and live theater . I can take the South Shore Train into Chicago whenever I want to visit with friends or go to concerts . Can't beat the price senior rate $4.50 each way and no parking fees.
Why Union Pier, MI, USA:
Our family has vacationed on these lovely beaches for 40 years. Living in Chicago Beverly and then Palos Heights was a short 1-1/2 hour ride here. We rented vacation cottages for the first 10 yrs since the year I was pregnant with my first child. Memories of picnics on the beach with family and friends, Backyard BBQ's, smores and bonfires and sunsets and early morning jogs along the beach with our golden retriever has bound my heart and soul to this area. The kids loved to go to the local orchards to pick blueberries, peaches , cherries, apples and go for long hayrides in the countryside come fall. Memories of family fun, playing in the sand, building sandcastles and frolicking in the in whitecap waves as they crashed on the beach. I loved this area so much, I bought a business here 20 years ago so I could spend my summers on the beach, (or so I thought) and enjoy the beautiful clean white snow in the winter. This last winter was bitter cold and for the first time ever we had white sparkling roads throughout the winter. great for sledding, cross country skiing or even snowshoeing. Winters vary for snow conditions but the warm fireplace is great for lounging with a good book. I have lived in this house since I purchased it. I love this house. Together with my daughter, I created a beautiful shady garden as there was nothing here when it was purchased.... I planted over 200 plants, bushes and trees. Many of the plants were sun loving and now are in a shady area and need to be moved to my other place in the Harbor Country area 5 minute drive away. Since I am so close in proximity, you may call me if there is a problem of any kind and I will be there within the hour.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
This house was very close to the beach and the price was right. It was rebuilt and remodeled with cathedral ceilings, skylights, three season room and loft. Later the front deck and back pergola were built and soon after a screened porch was put on the deck. Most guests love the screened porch. The cottage has a good flow, some say a round flow throughout the house. Good house to entertain. The kitchen is easy to work in with everything within reach. You can watch TV in the living room or have a conversation with family at the dining table or counter bar stools while preparing meals. Don't have to feel isolated in the kitchen because you are part of the happening already. The proximity to the beach is great. You can leave your ' stuff' on the beach and come back to the cottage for a break or lunch or nap and go back in the afternoon for more beach fun. The beach is generally safe and no one here is afraid to leave things like beach chairs and coolers, umbrellas should be taken down and laid on the sand. I would not leave personal items or things that could blow away on the beach because sudden wind or rain could surprise people without warning. The three season room is the room I like the best. So cozy, comfortable and bright with a gentle breeze blowing from the open windows. I rarely need the air conditioner on...the house is cool because of how it is built...double roof in some sections and high ceilings and good flow through the house. The patio is great for small group meals (6 chairs) at the umbrella table . The gas grill was purchased 3 years ago and can grill for 10 people easily! Have good meals, good wine, good laughs good weather and lots of fun on the beach or whatever you experience here in this lovely cottage, dear guests.
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sunset on Lake Michigan
Entrance to the cottage with screened porch on the side.
three season room leading to patio. in view is the bar area
Elegant master bedroom, viewing windows, table and rocking chair for relaxation
Third bedroom with queen bed and antique furniture.
Master bath vanity area and shower entry.
Modern kitchen with appliances and cabinetry.
screened porch with long table, benches and wicker furniture.
relax, sit next to the bird feeders under the shade of a magnificent white pine
almost gone! looking for the flash the moment the sun goes down on the horizon
View as you enter the cottage...skylight. Bar chairs French doors
Dining area seating for 6 but has 2 leaves which extends the table to 10 seats
another view of three season room with large sofa table to store games etc.
intimate breakfast nook looks out onto pergola, patio, picnic table, fire pit
View between rooms: Master suite and second bedroom.
Master bath with spa-like tub and walk in shower. Antique child's potty chair.
modern kitchen next to great room with skylights above dining area.
patio among a floral surrounding back of house. Hot tub and grill not seen here
Red Colorado stone path through shady 80 foot pines goes to back patio /picnic
campfire in a burn pit ...leaves the beach clean...pick it up in the morning.
This listing was first published here in 2014.
Date last modified - Monday, January 23, 2017
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