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Brand new lake cottage rehab 1/3 acre - steps to private association beach

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Enjoy the best of Harbor Country in Gowdy Shores area of Union Pier. Great location on 1/3 an acre and close to private association beach, boating, biking and restaurants, and much more. Short drive to wineries, Three Oaks, New Buffalo and other area attractions. Vintage single-family home on two lots. Completely rehabbed summer 2014 and 2015 with new kitchen, master bedroom suite, screened room, two fireplaces, bathrooms, A/C and basement bar, kitchenette, tv and games area (including pool table). Basketball hoop, too.

Fully stocked open concept kitchen with new stainless appliances, quartz counters, prep island that seats 5 and an adjacent dining room that seats 8.

Prairie style family room with leather sectional, a comfy recliner and an additional chair, fireplace, 55' TV w. satellite and entertainment system.

Lower-level includes second TV, pool table, games area, bunk beds, kitchenette, bathroom, and large laundry room.

Rental includes beach chairs and umbrella, beach towels, beach toys, board games, weber gas grill, plenty of yard for outdoor fun and plenty of space for indoor fun.

Come enjoy our 5 star experience with plush towels, high thread count sheets, and many more high end features.

More Details

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 29, 2017

About The Owner

Family from central Chicago now - but Texas and Canada previously. Enjoy the short drive to a whole other relaxing world in SW Michigan.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2013

Why The Owner chose Southwest

A great escape with plenty of space for fun family weekends. Sought a property location that offered a reasonable commute but felt away from the city and that had easy walking access to the wonderful Lake Michigan beaches. We also like the convenient train options from Union Station in Chicago as well; rates as low as $10 for a one-way trip and it only takes an hour and 15 minutes.

What makes this cottage unique

We've updated the cottage considerably through 2014 and 2015 with an open flowing plan, new kitchen, bedroooms, and bathrooms. Large lot with outdoor firepit and basketball court for plenty of outside fun and games.


Union Pier Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • 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 Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs guest bath is all new and has tub/shower combo.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , New master bath has a large glass shower and single vanity.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Downstairs bathroom has stall shower, vanity, and toilet.
    Bathroom 4 - outdoor shower , Outdoor enclosed cedar shower has warm water! Refreshing!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master bedroom w/ queen bed, ensuite bathroom and fireplace.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Twin over Full bunk bed.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , Twin bunk bed and a third twin bed in basement games area
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming


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(16 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

FANTASTIC! It's everything you want it to be.

  • 5 of 5

We just spent three weeks in this house and loved every single moment. It's easily accessible to the lake (a short 3-4 minute walk), features a lovely updated kitchen and an open floor plan that's perfect for entertaining. The wood burning fireplace is cozy on rainy days. The big screened in porch is ideal for summer night dinners and card games. The owners are also very helpful, responsive and available for any need. We would 150% recommend this home and happily rent again.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Luxury and relaxation !!

  • 5 of 5

This is a must stay ! Immaculate, modern and comfortable for a large group. Beds are very comfortable, beach a short walk away. Close to wineries, restaurants and farm market. We loved our week !

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Glorious Vacation Rental

  • 5 of 5

This vacation rental is perfection- great location, well appointed with everything you could need for your stay. I've rented in the area for years and this home is the best one by far. The owners have thought of everything in the way they laid out the home, stocked the kitchen, planned for outdoor space and activities. The only thing to know is that this a Friday to Friday rental, which proved to be a challenge for our work schedules and for travel from Chicago (summer Friday afternoons are difficult travel days). Other than that, I can't say enough about our stay and the joy we found in this home. We will back for years to come!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Everything you need and more.

  • 5 of 5

Just got back from our stay at this great property. We have four children of which the oldest is 21 now so we have used VRBO extensively and I have to say this is one of the best houses we have rented. They have thought of everything. We love to cook and this is a great kitchen with everything you need. There is also a Weber grill for grilling and a great patio area. The owners also provide chairs, a wagon, umbrella and beach towels (amongst other items in the shed) for the beach so it was great to not have to pack all these items. The house was recently rehabbed so it is in great condition.You are about 3 blocks from the beach down a nice path. An easy walk and the beach is great. We will definitely be returning. And any question I had were quickly answered by Rod. Thanks for a great stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, clean home

  • 5 of 5

Came here with a group of 9 girls for a weekend getaway and were very impressed with the cleanliness and comfort of the home. There was plenty of room for everyone to sleep and relax. Would definitely return!

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Find!

  • 5 of 5

Great find! We’ve rented several homes over the years and this house is certainly one of the nicest. Fitting floor plan with high end finishes coupled with a fantastic screened in porch and sizeable outdoor space w/ fire pit area. Close to the beach and several dining options. The owners were accommodating throughout the booking process. Loved this place!

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Train
5 Miles
New Buffalo (4 trains/day to/from Chicago)
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Private Gowdy Shores Beach - ~300 ft
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Union Pier Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2017
Jun 16 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 6.0%

Primary renters over age 25; rental agreement to be signed and submitted prior to beginning of rental period; no smoking; no pets.

Cancellation fee of $200 if cancelled 6o days or more prior to check-in date. No refund if cancelled within 60 days of check-in, unless re-rented for the same period, then only the $200 cancellation fee will be charged.

No refund for early departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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