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Some June dates available - - Secluded + Private Lake Mich Beach + Woods + Dogs

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay nights


About the property

4 BR + Sunroom + Screen Porch + 2 Baths + 2 decks + 150 acres of adjacent forest

'Windy Ridge' is a unique year-round country place, tucked away deep in the dunes where even Google hasn't found it, located in a forest big enough to get lost in, amid hundreds of acres of untouched duneland. You can't see another house in any direction, even from the roof deck. Down a private footpath about 200 yards through the woods (about a 2 minute walk) is a very beautiful and empty Lake Michigan sandy beach, on which you can walk for miles.

It's a great place to get far far away, and it's only 2 hours from Chicago and 2 1/2 hours from Detroit, midway between South Haven and St. Joseph. The house has all modern amenities except central air-conditioning, which you really don't need (there are a couple of window units in bedrooms if you hit a heat wave). Everybody who spends time here falls in love with Windy Ridge as we did 32 years ago.

While the owners use it most of the time, a few weeks are available in the summer, and many weeks the rest of the year. We generally rent by the week, but sometimes a minimum three-night weekend is available. Fall is spectacular at Windy Ridge but due to the likelihood of getting snowed in (or out) we're no longer renting from December through March.

The all-inclusive rental rate is $2900/week in the summer months and $1600 in the Fall and Spring. Please contact us for quotes for shorter periods that may be available.

Keywords: Year round 4BR cottage, 2-level house in the woods with footpath to low dune and big private beach

More Details

Martin R. Cohen
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2017

About Martin R. Cohen

We don't think personal information about the owner has anything to do with the desirability of the property for rental so we choose not to include it. But we are nice people and we take great care of our property.

Martin R. Cohen purchased this cottage in 1986


Covert Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Queen size Beds (4) 3 BRs with Queens, plus one with a Queen and a Double, Double Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
TV/VCR, Linens and towels provided, Charcoal and Gas Grills (BBQ)


5/5 -
(5 traveler reviews)

Some June dates available - - Secluded + Private Lake Mich Beach + Woods + Dogs
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Windy Ridge

  • 5 of 5

We had family from Chicago they spent the day with us on saturday at the cottage. The weather was great it was a fun time on the beach with the kids.Warm days and cool nights we had the best time ever!!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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3 1
Indianapolis, IN

Privacy and peace!

  • 5 of 5

My family of 8 enjoyed spending the week at Windy Ridge --when the description says it is secluded, they certainly aren't exaggerating! We enjoyed having the surrounding forest, house, and beach front to ourselves the entire week. This house comes with everything you would need, and I would go as far as to say it is the best stocked beach house we have ever stayed in. There is a gas and charcoal grill, wifi, satellite television (though, I didn't turn on the t.v. the entire week), and drawers full of utensils and small items you might need, but would have never thought to bring. We found flashlights in the pantry for our nightly trips down to see the sunset as well. (Thanks for those!) The beach was as secluded as you can get --we maybe saw six people the entire trip. My favorite part of the house was the screened-in porch. Sitting out there every morning and night, we really enjoyed being surrounded by the trees without the bugs! There is plenty of space for everyone to spread out and do there own thing. South Haven is a short drive to the North, though I have to admit, we really didn't leave the house/beach much. My husband and I went for several long runs down the fire lane and out onto M63 --scenic and challenging on the way back up!

I would recommend this place for anyone looking to truly get away. Must be a little adventurous --the path can be tricky when wet, and there are ticks to look out for. A little bug spray and some moxy keeps that away! Dog owners looking to bring their dogs will find this place to be perfect! My two dogs were so exhausted at the end of each day, they put themselves to bed!

Marty --thank you so much for the opportunity to visit Windy Ridge! We would love to come back next summer!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ann Arbor, MI

Great spot for family get-together

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week at Windy Ridge in late August 2011. The house sits up high in the forest with amazing views off the two decks, We especially liked the path down to the beach and a few trails through the nearby woods that we found. The beach was beautiful and we had it almost all to ourselves most days. We walked for several miles along the beach in both directions too. The house had everything we needed including a great stereo with speakers out on the back deck and a fantastic grill for cooking out. We really enjoyed our week and hope to come again next summer--it's a beautiful place and we all recommend it.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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3 1
Ballwin, MO

Great for a large family get-together

  • 5 of 5

Windy Ridge is a wonderful house with a two great decks - one off the great room toward the lake and another on the roof of the bedroom wing. When not at the beach, we lived on these decks. The place is in total seclusion and has the feeling of being in the treetops due to its ridge-top location. We were a family of six adults and two one year-olds who were joined daily by another couple and their twin three-year-olds who stayed in a nearby house. Everyone cooked and the kids could play inside or on the rooftop deck with minimal supervision.

The walk to the beach is attractive, running out along the ridge top until it ends above the beach, then descending some rustic stairs to a very private beach (the nearest neighbor, beach-wise, was probably 300 yards away. One can get a good cardio-vascular workout carrying gear and/or kids back up the stairs, but it was worth it for the seclusion and the ambience.

As the owner says in the description, it's hard to get a good overall photograph of the house because of its arrangement and the drop-offs on each side. We were able to park one car and three mini-vans at the house. The house is about a half mile down from the Blue Star Highway which gives easy access to I-196 or to South Haven to the north.

We would all recommend it.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our stay at Windy Ridge w...

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Windy Ridge was great.We enjoyed the private beach.We will be making plans to stay there next year same time.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2006
  • Stayed: Sep 2006
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We spend much of our time at the beach, but nearby are many activities including fruit-picking, golfing, hiking and most anything else you'd want to do


Rates & Availability

Covert Cottage Rental Rates

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $125

The nightly rates and instant quote rates for periods of less than a week are not correct, but I've not figured out a way to turn off that automatic VRBO miscalculation, so please contact me regarding rental fees for specific periods. Thanks much for looking.

50% deposit on reservation; 50% payable two weeks prior to stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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