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Beautiful newly renovated cottage in Lakeside with private assoc. beach

Bedrooms 2
Space 950 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

A short stroll to a private beach entrance, sleeps 6 , 2 baths & more

The Porta Rossa - the Red Door is Located in the Turner Shores area of Lakeside, MI - A historic private beach community located in the popular "Harbor Country" area of MI . This past spring this cottage gem in the raw was purchased, gutted, extensively renovated and lovingly restored into a wonderful rental cottage with a two minute walk to one of the few "natural" passage ways to Lake Michigan.....this means no steps to the beach; just a gradual sandy path which you can easily pull wagons/coolers/strollers down to and up from the beach!

This is a : two baths, two bedrooms, plus a sleeping porch which can sleep two more and has its own entertainment area plus a washer and dryer, dishwasher, AC, outside beach shower, large flat screen TV with wifi & Apple TV, outside deck, outside charcoal grill and of course all new appliances (great carry-out in the area so don't need to use the stove much)!

....this is not a cookie cutter kind of rental. Last but not least, something else to consider for the future, is that the owner has also rennovated an adjacent cottage and two or more families may be able rent their own Lakeside compound! Can sleep 12!

A few facts for those who may not be familiar with the area: Lakeside is a 3 1/2 hour drive from the Detroit suburbs, a 90 minute drive from Western Springs, Illinois , There is daily Amtrak service to our big town of New Buffalo (ten minute drive from the cottage); numerous restaurants, shops, fruit markets, orchards ( blue berry picking in July ) wineries, breweries and distilleries populate the area. Harbor Country also offers golfing, Lake and river kayaking, fishing, boating, biking, horseback riding, casino gambling, antiquing, outlet mall shopping and spa days. Of course, the main attraction are the wonderful beaches and spectacular sunsets. This area is not only a great summer destination but a wonderful place to plan Fall girl's weekends or couple's retreats.

2016 Summer rental dates are available Now.This is a rare opportunity to get first dibs on renting a property in a prime location for the weeks you want . Normally after the first full rental season, returning renters lock up the best 10 weeks of the summer.... forever! Find out if this charming and functional cottage with the all important LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION factor is for you!

A renovated gem!

More Details

Terri marra
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2017

About Terri marra

I live in Michigan with a love for the outdoors, our amazing lakes, friends and family.

Terri marra purchased this cottage in 2015

Why Terri marra chose Southwest

Prior to purchasing this cottage, I rented in this neighborhood for many years and so I am fully aware of what is necessary for a great summer vacation in this perfect location.

This is a magical place and once you arrive you will never want to leave. Make sure you book Soon.

What makes this cottage unique

Lake Michigan is the best there is for seasonal vacation and evening walks on the beach with the most glorious sunsets !


Lakeside Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , 2 newly renovate bathrooms with lrg. size washer and dryer
    2 Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • This cottage has two beautifully renovated bathrooms with all the modern conveniences. Bath tub, shower, large washer and dryer, with plenty of shelves, towels and great lighting.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms and a sleeping porch - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , Great sleeping porch with a bunk bed for two!
    2 bedrooms - 2 bedrooms and a sleeping porch
  • There are two lovely bedrooms and a sleeping porch . The cottage comfortably sleeps a total of 6
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
This is a magical place for a great summer vacation, fall color getaway, or cozy winter weekend. It's the new classic cottage on the block. Just bought and just renovated! Quick grab it before it books up!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

Beautiful newly renovated cottage in Lakeside with private assoc. beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
Ann Arbor, MI

Beautiful Lake Michigan Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Porta Rossa is a welcoming and freshly renovated cottage, with lovely, secluded grounds, that provided a perfect summer getaway for me, a friend and our two dogs. Lake Michigan was just a pleasant stroll through the quiet Turner Shores neighborhood to a clean, sprawling beach where we savored every sunset after romping on the sand and in the waves. We enjoyed the variety of spaces at Porta Rossa, indoors and out, with its lush lawn, wooden decks, gorgeous flower gardens, plenty of outside furniture, and sleeping porch. We especially loved the outside beach shower! The kitchen was recently updated and we readily found everything we needed to prepare meals. Each bedroom was furnished with comfy beds and crisp, fresh bedding. The artwork displayed throughout the cottage and grounds was extraordinarily intriguing and tasteful. We were glad to have a washer and dryer, and wifi! We had a wonderful time and can’t wait to get back to Porta Rossa this summer!

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks. You were both great Guests! Hope to see you this summer!!!
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Very Cool Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a chance to spend a long weekend at Porta Rosa and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. For us it was the first time vacationing in that part of the state and we were pleasantly surprised. There is no need to head all the way Up North! The cottage has been recently renovated and tastefully decorated. It's located in a nicely wooded area and just a short walk to a beautiful beach on Lake Michigan. It really is the perfect combination of solitude and fun. It's a perfect place for families with kids as well as a terrific couples getaway. We can't wait to get back there this summer!

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review . Looking forward to seeing you again!!
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Ann Arbor Michigan

Porta Rosa: Perfect in every way!

  • 5 of 5

I was looking for a place to relax. The cottage was spotless, well appointed and perfectly located. Steps away from a quiet beach and only a few blocks away from Three Oaks which provided all the things I needed. To listen to the birds and sleep with the windows open was a treat. I'll be coming back here with friends and family as long as I can! Thank you for a great gift of peace.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jo, you are always welcome here!
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Charming two bedroom cottage walking distance to Lake Michigan

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderfully relaxing adventure at Porta Rossa! We enjoyed walking on the sandy beach of Lake Michigan, watching the sunset. The cottage was charming and very nicely appointed. Fully furnished and very clean. We also loved the fact that there were good options close by for food and entertainment, with Greenbush Brewery just down the road. We did lots of antiquing and visiting local galleries - especially enjoyed the Judith Yacht gallery. We also enjoyed simply hanging out at the cottage - very comfortable and we cooked several meals there as well. We look forward to going back.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Michael for the nice review!
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Beautifully redecorated cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We love Porta Rossa. Beautiful IKEA kitchen, warm and welcoming living area, cosy comfy bedrooms - all smartly pulled together. Owner Terri is an artist and ceramicist and her artistic touches make this a charming vacation home. The property is well stocked with everything you could ever need from kitchenware to towels to beach gear. The lake is a quick and easy walk - you can sunbathe in the daytime, catch an afternoon siesta back at the cottage, then stroll back at dusk for a sunset cocktail on the shore. It's also a very pleasant place to bike - we cycled to the farmer's market, to a very cool gallery, and to quaint shops and eateries in New Buffalo. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Susan! Looking forward to seeing you here this Summer.
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Peaceful Getaway Close To Lake Michigan

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent three nights at Porta Rossa, and felt so at home! It is lovingly renovated with all the amenities you could desire. I love the cozy cottage feel with fresh vintage modern slip-covered furniture and plenty of table space for meals and crafts. Lake Michigan is gorgeous and just a short walk away through the Turner Shores neighborhood. We brought our bikes and enjoyed morning rides along Lakeshore Road, went to an Art show, did some antiquing, and enjoyed discovering all the quaint towns in Harbor Country. We hung out on the deck in the early evening and enjoyed the last of the summer sun. To many good restaurants to mention... Definitely check out Luisa's Harbert Swedish Bakery and Cafe for breakfast/brunch, it was awesome, go early! We look forward to returning next summer (for at least a week) with family and enjoy the peaceful cottage vibes.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Lakeside Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer (Saturday to Saturday
Jun 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $85
Tax Rate 3.25%

Please Note: Holiday Weekend Rates will be higher. Please contact owner for price quote. Weekly rentals are from Friday - Friday. Check-in is at 4 pm EST. Check-out is at 11 am EST. Sorry, no late check outs during summer rentals. Cancellations in writing made 60 days prior to check-in receives a refund of the prepaid rent less a 25% cancellation fee. No other refunds given.

Contact owner via phone or email to provide credit card information. Rates and fees are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Visa, Master Card, Discover accepted. Sorry, no checks. Payment in full to book and hold weekly rental.

Payment in full to book.
Contact owner via phone or email to provide credit card information. Rates and fees are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Visa, Master Card, Discover accepted. Sorry, no checks. Payment must be received.
Cancellations in writing made 60 days prior to check-in receives a refund of the prepaid rent less a 25% cancellation fee. No other refunds given.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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