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Stay in Luxury, minutes from Lake Michigan

Bedrooms 7
Space 4,407 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Award-winning guest and main house, located on 2 acres off a private road


Enjoy the convenience of our huge chef kitchen and dining/entertaining areas (Main House) with the privacy of individual apartment-like suites (Guest House). Located minutes away from Warren Dunes State Park and several beaches, the Guest and Main House Inn afford their visitors a choice of 5 outdoor decks overlooking a huge pond in a bucolic, serene setting.

Rabbit Run is on 2 acres on a private dead-end road. Feed the koi and catfish at cocktail time - a Rabbit Run tradition. Or venture out to downtown Sawyer, a five minute drive, with Greenbush Micro Brewery, restaurants and shops.

As owner-managers who have served guests for over 8 years, we are always available to answer any questions on a timely basis and to provide information and local contacts to make your family/group gathering a success. We also provide 24/7 contact information and nearby staff to facilitate your stay at Rabbit Run.

For your lodging, the Main House (occupancy 7-8) has 3 bedrooms, 2 that sleep 2 each, one that sleeps 4, and 2 full bathrooms.

The Guest (occupancy up to 12) has 4 units, each with a private bath and deck, and provides the luxury of each room having a wet bar, fridge, plasma TV/Apple TV.

For a more intimate /group family get-away, the Main House can be rented for 2 nights (minimum) or more, during the months of October through May, 2017, excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. The nightly rate is $795 per night.

The Main House is adjacent to our all-year Inn and is privately set off from the Inn, so your group’s privacy is assured even when Inn guests are staying at Rabbit Run.


Located in the Main House are a kitchen/family room with Wolf stove, 2 dishwashers and a home entertainment system – TV, cable, Apple TV (AirPlay enabled for streaming), and CD Player. French doors open out to a splendid view of Rabbit Run’s koi pond and 2 gazebos. Also adjoining the kitchen is a dining room with seating for 8-10 and which opens onto an outdoor furnished deck with gas grille and fire pit.

For your convenience, Rabbit Run has a clothes washers, clothes drier, 2 dishwashers and large Amana® refrigerator to facilitate your group's stay.


The Guest and Main House's interiors have been profiled several times in Chicago Magazine, the cover of Chicago Home and Garden, Midwest Living, Lake Magazine and more.

Here is a sampling of our recent guest comments:

“The unique layout of this property gave us the opportunity to come together, as a family (17 of us), in the main house and retreat for privacy in the 4 private, inn rooms…. Rodney and Linda Jo were our consummate hosts, answering questions, providing assistance… Our best Christmas house yet!” (VRBO, December 17, 2015)

“Charm, comfort, luxury and relaxing are some of the words I would use to describe the Rabbit Run Inn… The guest rooms provided plenty of room and luxury of a fine hotel. It gave other family members the opportunity to sleep in, retreat to read a book or catch a nap. Linda Jo and Rodney were so gracious and accommodating. We appreciated their going above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed.” (VRBO, November 15, 2015)

“We stayed the weekend at rabbit run in & it was quite possibly the best place Iv stayed overnight anywhere. The rooms and the house were spotlessly cleaned, the rooms were beautifully updated, the grounds were maintained and beautiful. I have nothing but great things to say about this place. I would recommend it to everyone looking for a place to stay. (Also, the beds were the most comfortable night sleep I have ever had in my life!).” (reviewed on Facebook, September 13, 2016)

Rabbit Run Inn has operated as an inn since 2008. In 2015 the inn (guest house) as well as the main house were added to accommodate larger group rentals.

Please refer to the links at the bottom of our listing for more pictures and more information.

More Details

Linda Jo and Rodney Clough
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2017

About Linda Jo and Rodney Clough

Owners Linda Jo and Rodney Clough have been operating Rabbit Run Inn for 8 years. Linda Jo is an interiors designer with clients in Chicago and Southwestern Michigan. Rodney is a retired product designer and former college instructor.

Linda Jo and Rodney Clough purchased this house in 2008

Why Linda Jo and Rodney Clough chose Southwest

We wanted to create a protected property accessible to visitors seeking a natural pristine area of Michigan and who enjoy luxurious accommodations.

Originally the Inn and Main House were a 1920's "Michigan cottage" and three car garage. The Main House was renovated and a master bedroom was added in 2003. The 3 car garage was razed and the Inn was built in 2003 on its footprint. Over 30 evergreens have been added to the landscape surrounding the Inn and Main House, as well as a 1/2 acre pond was excavated. "Rabbit Run" is certified as a natural habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.

What makes this house unique

Located within easy travel time to the Lake and area vineyards, Rabbit Run is uniquely situated for a short getaway or extended week visit. Our guests have shared reviews about the luxurious furnishings, the tranquil setting and convenient location (1 1/2 hours from Chicago). Our amenities and decor have been featured in regional shelter magazines including Midwest Living and Chicago Home and Garden.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"...…thank you again for your hospitality, (and) to let you know how wonderful your space was for our family gathering. It was the perfect amount of space given our extended family configuration-- so many nooks to hang out in, and your kitchen is amazing! The grandkids really loved the koi pond and caught some frogs. We were able to do smores over the firepit and we saw the most amazing display of fireflies any of us has ever seen."
Jul 2017
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Sawyer House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4407 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 19
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • 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 10 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Main House Master Bath - toilet , tub , shower
    Main House Downstairs Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Gingko Bath - toilet , shower , Walk-in shower and ADA accessible
    Mahogany Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Opaline Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Seagrass Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 bath (Gingko) is ADA acessible
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 19
  • Inn groundfloor: Gingko - 1 queen , Private entry and deck
    Inn groundfloor: Opaline - 1 queen , Private entry and deck
    Main House Master Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Additional occupancy on twin "day" bed
    Main House Upstairs Double - 2 twin/ single , Upstairs in Main House; short walk from Master Bedroom
    Main House Ground Floor - 1 queen , French doors open to grounds and superb pond view
    Inn: second floor, Seagrass - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Private entry and deck; can accommodate up to 4
    Inn: second floor, Mahogany - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Private entry and deck; can accommodate up to 4
  • The Main House has 3 bedrooms, 1 of which is ground floor. 2 bedrooms have queen sized beds, one including a twin "day" bed, The 3rd bedroom has 2 twin-sized beds. 2 full bathrooms: one upstairs servicing 2 bedrooms, one ground floor servicing 1 bedroom. All bedrooms have bedside tables and occasional sitting. The Inn has 4 units, two ground floor, 2 one flight up. Each unit has a queen-sized bed; additional room accommodations are provided with a twin bed. Two bedrooms have sectional sofas with chaise and can sleep up to 4; two bedrooms have sofa. All bedrooms have bedside tables and occasional tables. All Inn bedrooms also have a wet bar/refrigerator with storage for glassware, dishes and utensils. All have filtered water. Guests with toddlers are encouraged to bring their own crib/pack n' plays. Area rental companies do provide children's' cribs.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Fish food provided for guests to feed pond fish. Area information - where to eat, beach, fun destinations, etc. - provided when guests arrive.


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average rating of 4.8333335 based on 7 reviews

Excellent property in good location for Warren Dunes

  • 5 of 5

Ideally situated and well maintained. Perfect property for large groups looking to spend evenings together.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful property!

  • 4 of 5

Rabbit Run Inn might be the best vacation rental I ever booked and stayed at! They get all the important things right - great use of space, beautiful rooms, and an amazing large outside space including the coy pond. This was a terrific place for a family reunion we held in June.

The negatives were all very small and easily fixable. The gorgeous kitchen did seem to lack in some very basics. We were surprised to find the dish ware very minimal (pots and pans). And there wasn't a wine key anywhere in the house. We were also surprised that they didn't have very basic cooking supplies: salt / pepper / olive oil / etc. Though I must say the 2 dishwashers and oversized coffeepot were brilliant. And even with our group not being the max capacity, there seemed to be a shortage of bath towels and toilet paper. There were not enough towels for everyone in our group.

All of this did not take away from our great time there. We were just surprised the house wasn't a bit more stocked. Especially given the price point for this rental (it's on the expensive end). Rita the property manager was also great at showing us around when we arrived for check in.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Chris, for your review. We appreciate your feedback. We have had negative comments from previous guests about any food products being left in the house at all so we discontinued doing that. We will check out the bath towels and toilet paper situation with our housekeeper. Though we keep wine pulls in the inn rooms, we have added a wine twist type corkscrew in the main house. We are happy that your group enjoyed your vacation at Rabbit Run.
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Chicago, IL

Perfect for family/friends getaway

  • 5 of 5

My extended family and I spent a Thanksgiving weekend here. It was the perfect place to gather -- seven bedrooms (including the three in the inn) and a big kitchen with plenty of places to gather (nice oven, big fridge, good assortment of dishes and cookware and two dishwashers too). The innkeepers also put us in touch with a local business from which we rented extra dining tables and chairs so everyone could sit together for our big meal (reasonably priced). A very well-kept and cozy place. Would definitely recommend. Location in Harbor Country -- very near Warren Dunes State Park -- also a major plus. Easy rental and check-in/check-out process with friendly, helpful staff and owners.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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PERFECT for a NYE with friends

  • 5 of 5

Rabbit Run Inn was the perfect place for my friends and I to ring in 2016! There were 14 of us total and plenty of space. The layout of the property allowed for everyone to be together, but also have their own rooms to retreat too when they wanted.The kitchen was fantastic to cook in, while the dinning room was the perfect spot for us all to gather, eat, and play games. The place was very easy to find and the perfect distance from Chicago. We are excited to come back to ring in 2017, and maybe check out a couple breweries near by, this time!

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Rachel for your complimentary review. And thank you for citing the benefits of individual inn rooms as well as the convenience of our main house kitchen and dining room...well said!
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Detroit, MI

Perfect for Extended Family

  • 5 of 5

The unique layout of this property gave us the opportunity to come together, as a family (17 of us), in the main house and retreat for privacy in the 4 private, inn rooms. The main house kitchen supported all our cooking and storage needs. Too many rental houses leave no empty cabinets for groceries, we had an abundance of storage at Rabbit Run Inn. Three separate areas to congregate around tables for food, conversation, games. An intoxicating sitting room for cozy book reading, relaxing, catching up. Rodney and Linda Jo were our consummate hosts, answering questions, providing assistance - including sharing interior design secrets - the paint color in the sitting room had all of us captivated and the bed sheets(!), heavenly. The setting is truly special; surrounded by trees and a pond, yet minutes to craft brewery, distillery, and good eats (Journeyman, Greenbush, Fitzgerald's, Pleasant House, Mesa Luna). Our best Christmas house yet!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Lovely Stay

  • 5 of 5

Charm, comfort, luxury and relaxing are some of the words I would use to describe the Rabbit Run Inn. We rented the Inn for a family reunion over Thanksgiving weekend. We enjoyed the character of the main house with it's gourmet kitchen, large dining table, a charming living room, breakfast room and family room. We enjoyed watching football, walking the beach and family dinners. The guest rooms provided plenty of room and luxury of a fine hotel. It gave other family members the opportunity to sleep in, retreat to read a book or catch a nap. Linda Jo and Rodney were so gracious and accommodating. We appreciated their going above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed. I would definitely recommend renting the Rabbit Run Inn for family reunions, couples weekend or a girls weekend. Loved, loved, loved it and we will remember our weekend so fondly.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
33 Miles
South Bend
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
I-94, Exit 12
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Mesa Luna
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Warren Dunes State Park
Car: necessary

Located within ten minute drive to 3 state parks, 2 located on Lake Michigan; 3 local parks and preserves, additional acres of maintained woodlands and trails. Fifteen minutes to 8 vineyards, tasting rooms and 5 micro-breweries. Located near to villages of Sawyer, New Buffalo, Three Oaks, and St. Joseph (all within 15 minute drive), sites of summertime music and arts festivals.

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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Damage Insurance $59

June, July and August, 2018: weekly rate of $6720 applies for 7 night stays
Smoking allowed on the grounds only.
We allow only dogs in the House: maximum of 2. Pet fee of $100 per dog is collected with reservation.
Inn rooms and decks are hypo-allergenic.
One Inn room is ADA.
Please complete and sign property rental contract with reservation.

To offset the risk of cancellation, we advise guests to purchase trip insurance

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.