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Large beautiful historic victorian, only 1/2 Mile To Beaches, 1/4 mile to town!

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Large 5 Bedroom Victorian, With A Third Floor "hideaway."

Perfect for a large family gathering! This historic 5 bedroom, 2 bath Victorian has a bonus third floor that the kids can make into their hideaway during the course of your stay. The third floor is perfect for kids to nap, play games, etc...

The kitchen and dining area are open-concept, with a double oven, 6 range gas burner, and plenty of counter space to enjoy family-style cooking! The dining room seats 8-10 with ease, and an additional 5 can eat with the family at the kitchen counter on bar stools. (See photos.)

The dining area opens to a wonderful, 550 square foot patio with a built-in fire pit. There is plenty of seating outside on the patio for the family to gather, mingle, and grill, while enjoying the fire! On either side of the house there is a large yard for the kids to play. The home sits on a double lot on a very lightly traveled corner.

There are two bedrooms downstairs, one is very large and one is smaller. Both have a queen bed. The large bedroom has a fireplace and two built-ins.

There are two full bathrooms, one down and one up. Both are very nice and large. The upper bathroom has a shower and a whirlpool tub.

The living room is large and has two full-size couches, a love-seat, and a large round chair that seats two people. It has a 47' brand new 1080p smart tv.

There are three bedrooms up. All are large. One has a king bed and a twin bed. One has two double beds. One has a queen and a twin.

On the finished third floor, there are four twin beds, a table and four chairs, about 6 bean bag chairs, some games and puzzles, and a TV with a play station 3.

All told, 14 can sleep in beds in the five bedrooms in beds. There is "bonus" space that can sleep an additional 2 adults, and an additional 2 to 4 children.

This is a lovely home where family can gather and enjoy a wonderful week in South Haven! If you enjoy family cooking, dining, and enjoying time outdoors on the patio, this home is for you!

If this home is booked during the period you would like to stay, or if you need another home/more room, please check out my other homes on vrbo. Number 360875 is about 2 blocks away from this home, and is 6 Bedrooms, 2 full baths, and 1 half bath. Number 659488 is 2 blocks to the beach, but further from downtown. It is a 7 bedroom, 3 full bath, with the option to rent the "outbuilding," which is an open-concept, multi-purpose game room/living space with a full bath that is perfect for rinsing off after the beach, watching movies, or hanging out at the custom-built bar after the kids go to bed.


More Details

John J. Frost
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 5, 2017

About John J. Frost

I live in South Haven approximately one block from this home. You'll see me riding my bike and walking in the neighborhood with my kiddos during your stay! I have even been persuaded by certain groups to stop in for a refreshing beverage, if I happen to ride by while they're out on the patio enjoying the fire pit!

John J. Frost purchased this house in 2014

Why John J. Frost chose South Haven

It's beautiful, the yard is wonderful, it's plenty big to host large groups, the neighborhood is quiet and peaceful, and the location is great--only about 3 blocks to town and about 6 to the beach!


Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Gerald R. Ford, Grand Rapids
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Thirsty Perch
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
South Haven's famous South Beach!
Car: not necessary

If this home is booked during the period you would like to stay, or if you need another home/more room, please check out my other homes on vrbo. Number 360875 is about 2 blocks away from this home, and is 8 Bedrooms, 3 full baths, and 2 half baths. Number 659488 is 2 blocks to the beach, but further from downtown. It is a 7 bedroom, 3 bath. Number 571228 is a four bedroom home about 3 blocks from the beach, and very close to 659488.


South Haven House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • Max. adults: 16
  • Min. age of primary renter: 35
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Upper bathroom.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Lower bath--stackable washer and dryer.
  • Lower bathroom has a shower, and a separate door for toilet. Stackable washer and dryer with table for laundry. Upper bathroom has a shower, jetted tub, and a separate door for toilet.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Lower bedroom 1.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Lower bedroom 2. (Has door directly to bathroom)
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , Upper bedroom 1.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 double , Upper bedroom 2.
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Upper bedroom 3.
  • Maximum occupancy of 16 adults/children over 2. An additional ninety-nine children 2 and under are welcome during your stay. 5 true bedrooms, two down and three up. Also has a third floor finished loft, which is great for kids to nap, play games, etc... Each lower bedroom has one queen bed. Upper bedroom 1 has a king and a twin. Upper bedroom 2 has two double beds. Upper bedroom 3 has a queen and a twin.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
This is an old Victorian home that has much original woodwork, original wood floors, updated kitchen and baths. If this home is booked during the period you would like to stay, or if you need another home/more room, please check out my other homes on vrbo. Number 360875 is about 2 blocks away from this home, and is 6 Bedrooms, 2 full baths, and 1 half bath. Number 659488 is 2 blocks to the beach, but further from downtown. It is a 7 bedroom, 3 bath.


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Large beautiful historic victorian, only 1/2 Mile To Beaches, 1/4 mile to town!
average rating of 4.133333 based on 15 reviews

A nice, large house for big groups at a reasonable rate.

  • 4 of 5

The house is great. The location to the beach and the downtown area is ideal! Eat at Clementine's! It was delicious! We had so much fun, and plenty of room for 9 adults and 8 children. The only issue we had, and I'm certain it was a fluke, was that even though we reserved the house and paid in full, I don't think they knew we were coming.

They told us the check in time, and how to get in, and when we arrived none of it was true.

After calling the owner, he apologized and got us in, but genuinely sounded surprised we were there. Even though I'd messaged back and forth with him several times.

All of the beds were made, the floors were clean, the house could use an overall deep clean, but that's part of the charm of staying in an old house, right?!

The upstairs loft was great for all the kids! A few of us are very tall, and all the beds were good sized and very accommodating.

Over all it was a great house that suited our needs.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Chelsea! I knew you were coming! The house was just supposed to have been left open for you so you could walk right in, but for some reason the last cleaning-person out locked it. I was just surprised because usually they're pretty good about leaving it open. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay! John
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Great location = Needs a thorough cleaning

  • 3 of 5

This is the 2nd year we've come north into Michigan..and the 2nd time we've stayed in South Haven. Love the area. This home's location is great.

We had 8 adults and 4 children with one infant (10 months old).

The house has "Old Home Charm". The living room really isn't large enough for everyone to be in it at once....but, we spent more time on the patio than anywhere else. I did sweep the patio down and wash it off the first day of our arrival. It would be a good idea to blow this off every time the yard is mowed.

The "Master" bedroom is right off the kitchen, so whenever anyone got up with a child, it was as if they were in the room with us:-)

One item to note, there are no closets or dressers. You are basically living out of your suitcases for the week you are there. There was a small hall closer on the lower level but it housed a dirty mop and spiders.

The reason for the three stars is the lack of cleanliness of the home. We had to mop the floors before we could let the 10 month old down. The refrigerator had had something spilled in it, which we had to wipe down prior to putting our items away. The entire house needed a good cleaning.

The prior renters must have had a birthday party, because there was all this white tape on the top of the door, that didn't get removed. We would have removed it, but feared the paint might come off with the tape..... I emailed the property manager regarding the lack of cleanliness.....he apologized and made an excuse about his normal cleaning crew, not being available...but didn't even offer to refund my cleaning deposit.

We did enjoy the sound system = hard wired speakers throughout the home and the patio. Those were a big plus.

Unfortunately I would not stay here again. I doubt that I'd stay in any of this manager's rentals. It's a shame, had this been cleaned properly, it'd be so charming.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Kathy-- I'm sorry that the home was not cleaned up to your standards. It was not cleaned up to mine, either. As I explained, my normal crew was out and I had to scramble to find an alternate crew. I did offer to come back through and clean. I do apologize. Regarding closets, all three bedrooms upstairs have large closets. The two downstairs bedrooms do not, but one of those bedrooms has two dressers. So it sounds like you may have just stayed in the one bedroom that doesn't have either. You are correct, it is a charming home. I bike or walk past it multiple times almost every day in the summer, and the families that are staying there are constantly enjoying the large patio and large yard, playing yard-games, having a fire in the firepit, grilling out, or getting back/getting ready to walk downtown or to the beach.
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Big house with plenty of space.

  • 3 of 5

Nice house that could use some fixings. Lots of space for kids to play and adults can relax. Wish it was closer to the beach.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location, great kitchen

  • 3 of 5

This house is in a great location, nice walk to downtown South Haven. We had people in our party with knee issues and one 85 yo so we also did some driving and parking (we always found parking). What makes this house great is the kitchen. It is very large, updated and could accommodate many people working in it with plenty of space. Two bathrooms with 17 people was a challenge, but we managed. Very helpful to have the toilets separate. One toilet had a broken chain, so our "handy man" of the group fixed it. It could use some mirrors in the bedrooms and hooks to hang towels. Also, we had some ants to deal with-but that can happen anywhere. The kitchen table was perfect for eating or playing cards with a large group. The third floor (it had 6 twin beds) was too creepy for our little kids and even our adult "kids" only spent one night up there. Several bedrooms were big enough to accommodate air-mattresses (which we brought). Great fire pit and a good amount of outdoor chairs. Charcoal grill, although the owner had told me gas. The house itself looks like a "work-in-progress" and is definitely not perfectly rehabbed, but it suited our multi-generational group very well for a 3 day weekend.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Patty! I"m glad you enjoyed your stay. It's an old Victorian home that has been gutted and upgraded throughout. It's not a new home, so doesn't and will never come across as such. Also, the grill is gas and charcoal. Half is gas, half is charcoal. Regarding the third floor--most families love that space! It offers flexibility, that's all. I don't count it as a bedroom--it's more of an "overflow" space. My daughters often use the home in the off-season for sleepovers with their sports teams and they use that space, instead of sleeping in the separate bedrooms. The large lot, great kitchen, large patio with firepit, and proximity to town--in addition to the large bedrooms and ability to host a large group are the things that make this home special.
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Wonderful and awesome house

  • 4 of 5

This house is awesome with plenty of character and charm. Plenty of room. Kitchen was large with plenty of kitchen item and space.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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We had a good time.

  • 4 of 5

We were very pleased with location and things to do in the area. The house still needs some remodeling. Especially the outside. We enjoyed the large yard, and set up net for badminton, volleyball and a corn hole game. The beach was within walking distance, but too far if having to carry chairs, towels, blankets, etc. The bathrooms could have been a little cleaner, especially the floors around sinks and the laundry machines. Otherwise enjoyed the Victorian atmosphere of the home.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Pet Fee $100

Check-in is 4:00 p.m. Check out is 11:00 a.m. If you would like to stay for a full week, Saturday-to-Saturday, during early summer or late summer, please let me know, and I will offer a steep discount from the nightly rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.