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'It's a Wonderful Life' in New Buffalo

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

Enjoy a family vacation or a weekend getaway by the beach. Bedford Falls is just one short block from a private association beach. We have all the conveniences of home: central air conditioning, fenced in yard, full modern kitchen, and a rec room--all within minutes of downtown New Buffalo.

Enjoy the Lake Michigan views at the Sunset Shores Private Association beach and enjoy the New Buffalo Public beach as well as local restaurants, antique shops, dining, art galleries, or our marina.

You can also enjoy nearby Michigan City with its shopping and casino or the new Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo. Don't forget about Notre Dame which is a short drive away.

Our home has a bright sunny dining room where your family can gather for meals overlooking a perennial garden and patio with a vine covered arbor--just lovely. We have an open concept kitchen that leads into the dining room as well as the living room.

We have four spacious bedrooms and provide all the linens and towels. Our kitchen has everything you will need--dishwasher, microwave, stove, refrigerator with ice maker, and all cooking utensils. We have a rec room with games, Foos ball table, ping pong table, and electronic dart board. Fenced in yard is great for the family.


Keywords: 'It's a Wonderful Life' Here at Bedford Falls in New Buffalo

More Details

Diane Gajos
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018


New Buffalo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • A (30) day notice is required for cancellation. A cancellation before 30 days of the arrival date will forfeit the damage/loss deposit of $300.
  • Cancellation made within (30) days of arrival date, forfeit the full advance payment. Early departure or late arrival does not warrant any refund.
  • This property is privately owned and managed; the owners are not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illness that occurs while on the premises.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 2 bathrooms have walk-in showers. 1 bathroom has full bathtub with shower.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Convertible bed(s) - 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen size Beds (3) 3 queen beds, Double Beds (1) 1 double bed, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) 1 convertible sofa/sleeper. plus 2 futons
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • churches
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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(16 traveler reviews)

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'It's a Wonderful Life' in New Buffalo
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews

It IS a wonderful life!

  • 5 of 5

From my first contact with Diane to my last, everything was great. Diane was efficient and timely with everything.

The purpose of our visit was a girls weekend/wine tasting trip.

The house was perfect! It was actually much bigger than I expected. There was plenty of space for the 9 ladies that we had in our party.

And it had everything you could possibly need. From a crockpot and coffee pot to bikes to linens to trash bags, the house is fully stocked.

It was the perfect place to relax and spend some much needed time with friends.

I highly recommend this property to anyone who might be looking for a rental in the area.

Thank you Diane for being such a great host and sharing your property with us!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Melanie, Thank you for your kind words. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and hope you will consider us for your future vacations. Thank you once again. Diane Gajos
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Brookfield, IL

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at Bedford Falls this past May. I absolutely loved my three days and two nights! The house was so clean, bright, cozy, and extremely comfortable. Diane and her family have provided everything you could possibly want and/or need. The convenience of being so very close to Lake Michigan is an ideal place to vacation. You can walk or use the bikes that are available in the garage to travel around this quiet, beautiful, restful setting. Diane's house is large with all the comforts of home. The town is so quaint and surrounded by the crisp, clean, cool waters of Lake Michigan. Daine and her family provide maps, booklets that will help you find various places to eat and enjoy homemade meals, brochures on things to see and do, etc. I didn't want to leave Bedford Falls! It is a place where you can just relax and be care-free. The house is filled with furnishings and everything else that will make your stay memorable and most enjoyable. I plan on returning in the very near future. I want to thank Diane and her family for making my time at Bedford Falls one that I will forever and always remember...

Sincerely, Carole R. DiZeo

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2006
  • Stayed: June 2006
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

The house is in a perfect location, close to the beach and downtown New Buffalo! The house also was very clean and organized with everything you need including amazing board games. We had a great time and recommend staying here!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words and glowing review. We appreciate your business and hope you will return.
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central IL

Great place to stay with a group of friends!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I rented this house for my 40th birthday and brought 5 other couples. The house was perfect for a long weekend away with friends. The house is stocked with anything you could possibly need from a crock pot to the chairs to take to the beach. Diane has thought of everything! There was plenty of room for us to all sleep comfortably. We especially enjoyed the backyard patio area to eat and hang out. We loved that we only had to take a short walk to be be able to enjoy Lake Michigan. There are plenty of bikes if you would like to go a little further to the New Buffalo Beach. Definitely check out Oinks for some sweet treats. We also drove 20 minutes north to Warren Dunes and had a wonderful afternoon. The beach and dunes are great! I highly recommend this home for anyone wanting a relaxing getaway, but with plenty of things to see and do near you if you want.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Nichole, Thank you for the glowing review. We are glad you and your guests had a great time--that's our main goal. We hope you will consider New Buffalo and Bedford Falls for your future vacation needs. Thank you once again, Diane Gajos
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Arlington Heights, IL

Perfect fall weekend getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The pictures do not do this charming home justice! Everything about the house showed the owner's pride and care in its presentation. The space is bigger than the pictures lead you to believe. We had four couples sharing the home for a birthday weekend, wine-tasting getaway, and there was plenty of space for everyone. The back patio is beautiful, and very private. The house is close to the water, as well as downtown New Buffalo. We would highly recommend this home to anyone looking for a vacation rental! We will definitely keep it on our list of favorites!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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My Favorite VRBO

  • 5 of 5

I rent a VRBO every year with my family. All 9 of us thought that this was the best house we have rented so far. The house is very well maintained and large. We had no problem with the number of bathrooms or bedrooms for 9 people. In addition to the number of rooms, the size of the common areas was more than adequate. Diane has equipped the house very well. The ping pong and foosball tables are top notch as is the grill. The yard and deck are excellent. There were enough bikes and enough variety in sizes for all of us that wanted to ride. The house is just a short walk from a nice private beach that we enjoyed every day. To top it all off, Diane is extremely helpful and friendly. I wholeheartedly recommend this rental if you want to stay near Lake Michigan.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Train
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Sunset Shores Association beach

Four Winds Casino, Blue Chip Casino, Notre Dame Football


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300

SPRING SEASON- 5-24-18 to 6-22-18 $287.50 per night-min.2 night stay($575/weekend + refundable $300 sec. dep) $1800 per week.

SUMMER SEASON 6-23-18 to 8-4-18 $2400 per week+ refundable $300 sec. dep.
Saturday to Saturday rental during Summer Season.

FALL RENTAL 8-5-18 to 10-29-18 $287.50 per night-min.2night stay ($575/weekend + refundable $300 sec. dep) $1800 per week.

$300.00 security deposit/damage fee to cover any cancellations/loss/damages, refunded within 7-10 business days after your departure

Rental rate PLUS a $300.00 security deposit/damage fee to cover any cancellations/loss/damages, which would be refunded within 7-10 business days after your departure. A 50% deposit of the entire cost is required to secure the booking, with the remainder due 30 days prior to arrival. Fees include tax and cleaning fees. Check, VISA or Mastercard accepted.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.