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Fun Cottages Sleep 2-10-20 People. Pool and Hot Tub. Steps to Beach plus More

Bedrooms 8
Space 3,500 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Two 4 Bedroom 2 Bath Cottages (Sleeps 2-20) Kids and adults love staying here..

Guests who stay at the Beach House at Lakeside, Mi. have their choice of 4 or 8 bedroom accommodations depending on the size of your group. Our rental rate structure will suit groups of 2 to 10 in one cottage and up to 20 people in both cottages. Our tastefully decorated, fully furnished, cottage homes are located just off the shores of Lake Michigan. The property offers alternatives to the beach with a heated swimming pool (for summer guests - Memorial Day to Mid September) and an outdoor hot tub (for Spring, Winter, and Fall guests - Mid September to Memorial Day) with decks, lounge chairs, and beautifully landscaped grounds featuring two outdoor patios. Available parking will accommodate 8 cars.

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A short 200 yard walk takes you from the front door to the beautiful ocean-like sandy beach where you can walk for miles along the shoreline. Visit our Website for complete detailed information including Photos, Floor Plans, Area Maps, Rates, and Current Availability.

Note that our availability calendar may not be up-to-the-minute accurate since we take reservations from several different sources. If you have 11-20 people you will need 2 cottages. If you have 10 or fewer people and prefer 2 cottages, you will receive a custom quote from us. Quotes generated from this site are for one cottage except for summer season rentals which automatically include both cottages. You must inquire or go to our website for current rates and availability.

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The Beach House at Lakeside, Michigan has been a popular vacation Rental for hundreds of Families for over 30 years. Just a 90 minute drive from Chicago and you and your family or friends will have arrived to a place not just on the other side of the Great Lake but a world away from what you encounter every day. In Lakeside Michigan, you are in a small town that is part of family of beach town communities known as Harbor Country. New Buffalo, Union Pier and Grand Beach are among the neighboring towns.

While frequented for decades by Chicagoans who both vacation here and own second homes, thousands from all over the Midwest and other parts of the country make this area part of their summer every year. Yet when you are in Lakeside, you would never know that others travel many miles to come here too. Now, you too can partake in the laid back beach town experience when you stay a summer week at the Beach House at Lakeside, Michigan.

At the beach House, you have a choice of renting one or two fully furnished units. Each unit will comfortably accommodate up to 10 people and has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, fully equipped kitchen, dining room and Sunroom.

After you have arrived and settled in, you will no doubt take the short 200 yard walk to the private beach to witness to one of the most impressive sunsets found anywhere on the planet. It is the main attraction of this vacation destination. And on a day when you need a break from the sun and the waves, you can still enjoy a refreshing swim in a heated pool or pedal a bike along the miles of trails that meander through the neighboring towns, forests, farmlands and wine country.

With outdoor patios in the front garden, and back yard, you also have ample seating around the pool for sunbathing or having lunch. At meal time, you have many options to explore. In addition to grilling on the Weber, you will discover the areas many first rate restaurants, a famous burger joint, ice cream shops and cafes.

When you seek some variety, there are the many antique shops along Red Arrow Highway, Golf courses, Fruit picking, art galleries, shopping, the Warren Dunes State park and even a first class Casino in nearby New Buffalo.

When the summer season winds down, the fun continues. With the Fall Season, the area becomes flush with color and beauty. After the pool gets closed for another year, we open our outdoor hot tub for our fall and Winter Guests. Some of you might come for a girls Only weekend or cheer on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame in nearby South Bend.

Regardless of whether you come for a summer week, or a Spring, Fall or Winter Weekend, you will leave having just experienced some unforgettable memories along the shores of Lake Michigan when you’ve stayed at the Beach House at Lakeside.

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More Details

Frank K
Member since: 2006
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2018

About Frank K

Frank and his wife Mary Ann live with their two children Amanda and Brett in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. Frank is an architect and runs a residential remodeling business. After selling a 2 flat that the couple owned in Chicago, they decided to reinvest in a property they could rent and also enjoy themselves. The property has undergone many changes through the different owners with numerous additions and remodels. After the first summer of ownership in 2001 the couple decided to make better use of the yard space surrounding the cottages. Where previously you could drive almost right up to the front door, it was felt that the cars should be closer to Schaffner St. This allowed the the remaining yard space to be laid out better for the pool, decks, spa, brick patios and landscaping improvements.

More changes are in the works and are usually done in the off season. Our goal has been to provide a clean, comfortable and properly maintained home and outdoor spaces with modern necessities like flat screen TV's, internet access, heated pool and A/C while not over improving the house to the point it looses it's by-gone era nostalgic charm. We focus on some not so obvious things like quality beds and linens, outdoor showers, preventative treatments for insects, easy maintenance of Weber grills, maintaining good relationships and membership with the Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce and our own Orchard Beach Homeowners Association. We have used the same cleaning service for the past several years due to their attentive, timely and excellent service. Almost 1/3rd of our summer rentals are repeat guests, We have one family that has stayed with us for 6 consecutive years.

Frank K purchased this cottage in 2001

Why Frank K chose Lakeside

The beach. It is all about the beach. The texture of the sand. The clear lake Michigan water. The sounds of the waves. and the most incredible sunsets. I have been to allot of beaches in allot of places from Florida to California and I can tell you all things considered, ours is the best. The water is clean, no salt, no rocks, no dead sea life. Just great sand, sun and water warm enough for a refreshing swim. It is amazing how much pleasure you can experience from something so simple. The laid back atmosphere and the fact that the house is such a short walk to the beach (200 yards, yes I walked it off) only made it more appealing. A business client had talked about how much she enjoyed her summer getaways to New Buffalo and how nice it was to have a place in such a peaceful setting yet within a reasonable drive. We had no idea that we would become one of her neighbors. We did not find this out until a few years later.

What makes this cottage unique

Exploring new restaurants and visiting the ones we like (Skip's, Capozios, Red Arrow Roadhouse, Timothy's, Oinks). Antiquing (rarely buy anything). Kids love the pool, everyone loves the beach, and when it gets too cold for the beach or pool, we have the outdoor hot tub. Gas can be up to 35 cents cheaper than Chicago at certain stations in Indiana off I-94. When we need to do any major shopping, Michigan City, Indiana and Benton Harbor, Mi. have huge shopping centers and are each within 20 minutes. Go to Michigan City if you are running late due to the time change.


Lakeside Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Property cancellation policy: Please check under rental agreement.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom A2 - toilet , shower , Full bath on 2nd floor in Cot A
    Bathroom B1 - toilet , shower , Full bath on 1st floor of Cot B
    Bathroom B2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Full bath on 2nd floor in Cot B
    Bathroom A1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Full bath on 1st Floor Cot A
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom A1 - 1 queen , Queen bed in cottage A 1st floor bedroom
    Bedroom A2 - 1 bunk bed , 2 bunk twin beds in 1st floor bedroom 2 of cottage A
    Bedroom A3 - 1 queen , Queen bed in 2nd floor bedroom with window overlooking pool
    Bedroom A4 - 2nd Floor bedroom cottage A with queen bed
    Bedroom B1 - 1 queen , 1st Floor bedroom in cottage B with queen bed
    Bedroom B2 - 2 twin/ single , 1st floor bedroom in cottage B with 2 twin beds
    Bedroom B4 - 1 queen , Cottage B 2nd Floor Bedroom w/queen. Seasonal peek of lake.
    Sleeper Sofas - 4 sleep sofa /futon , 2 Sleeper/sofas in cottage A and B
    Bedroom B3 - 1 bunk bed , Bedroom with trundle (2 twin beds)
  • There are 2 queen beds on the 2nd floor and 1 on the 1st in Cot A. There is 1 queen bed on the 2nd floor and 1 on the 1st in Cot B. See for photos. Twin or Single Beds B has 1 bedroom with 2 twin beds on the 1st floor See our website for photos, Baby Cribs (1) There is 1 pack-n-play, 1 high chair /Cot. Let us know if you need these. Unit A has 1 bunk (2 twins) Unit B has 1 bunk (2 twins) Sleep Sofas A has 2 sleeper/sofas B has 2 sleeper/sofas See for photos
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Fully furnished Kitchen with Microwave, Refrigerator with Ice Maker. Color TV, WiFi, DVD Player, Swimming Pool (Seasonal, Hot Tub (Seasonal), Patios. Steps to the Beach.


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Fun Cottages Sleep 2-10-20 People. Pool and Hot Tub. Steps to Beach plus More
average rating of 4.5789475 based on 19 reviews

Ideal Michigan Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our families had a great time here. The cottages were neat and clean upon arrival and everyone really enjoyed the pool. Of course nearby Lake Michigan, a very short stroll, added to our enjoyment as did the proximity to wineries, taprooms, casinos, interesting eateries and much more.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Deb, Thank you again for choosing to stay at our cottages. It looks like you took full advantage of the amenities offered in the area and on our property. I hope we get to see you again in the future. Frank
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Memorable week of sun and fun with our family

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable cottage with close proximity to beach. Rented both sides to house our family of 18 adults and 2 infants. Well-equipped kitchen(s). Nice Weber kettle grills on back patio. Loved using the good-sized above ground pool with large deck in late afternoons and early evening following early afternoons at the beach. Went back to beach several evenings after dinner to catch the beautiful sunsets that occur at 9:20-9:25pm in this area in early July. Nice bicycles in the shed were used several times. Great, quiet neighborhood for walking, running and biking. Good proximity to markets, shops and restaurants in surrounding communities, especially New Buffalo. Nearby wineries and microbreweries were visited. Travel from St Louis metro area took us 5-5.5 hours; short enough for those who couldn’t join us for the entire week to still make the trip worthwhile. Would rent the place again without hesitation were it not for the fact that we will outgrow Frank’s 20 person limit (although there would be sufficient space for the 19 adults, 2 toddlers under 18 months and two 4-5 month olds we will have next summer!).

Great memories! Thanks!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Noblesville, IN

Great time

  • 4 of 5

Everyone had a great time, especially the kids in the pool playing 3 on 3 basketball. The beach is very close and nice. Most everyone would go down the beach during the day and at night build a fire in the fire pit. While the location is close to New Buffalo it's only a half hour drive on the I94 to St Joseph for more restaurants and shopping. The St Joseph beach is a great place for the guys to hang out while the women go shopping. Also, there's a great fresh produce marketplace relatively close in Sawyer, Mi. The only think you have to watch out for is the street sign to the property is hard to spot due to the dense underbrush of the area. You need to slow down as you're approaching it as you'll blow right by.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everyone LOVED it!!!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect for family and/or friend getaway! Comes with a little of everything you need! Nice size cottages, hot tub, and pool. Very close walk to the beach! All was clean and cute! Owner was great at communicating and had everything in order and detailed. Our family is already talking about coming back for another stay! Thanks so much Frank for an awesome weekend! :)

  • Submitted: May 7, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best for big groups, load of kids

  • 4 of 5

Our twosome enjoyed Cottage B which has a gorgeous remodeled kitchen. Six burner stove makes me think large groups are the norm here. Bed we used was extremely comfortable, but sheets a little thin and wouldn't stay on the mattress. The Lake Michigan area is not particularly dog friendly, so we are grateful to Frank and the neighborhood association for allowing our dog in the cottage and on the private beach, especially for such a reasonable pet fee. As it turned out, our lab did not accompany us, and Frank graciously refunded our pet fee. Three concerns led me to a 4-star rating: 1) while the cottage is reasonably priced, very clean and fairly comfortable, it looks "well used" in places; 2) the beach is near (as described), but it is down (and up) 40 or more steps which would make it difficult/impossible for some (I do not recall this being mentioned in the details); and 3) six pages of rules for our stay, a lengthy rental agreement to initial/sign, a checkout list to sign. Frank explained the need for rules, and I absolutely agree that rules are important and necessary, but this seems excessive. We have stayed (with our dog) in VRBO rentals in at least five other states, and have not encountered this before. So many house/beach rules and the beach security cams made us a bit uncomfortable.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments. Anyone who owns a home in a popular area knows you are held accountable for not only your own actions but also those of any guests you allow to use your property. When a private beach or other area commonly used by others is included, the accountability extends beyond the rental property. The 6 pages is not entirely "rules" but also important information about how certain things work, where things are kept and how to get to places of interest. We agree that most responsible people would not need to know all the information we provide however, after 17 years, we think we have seen just about everything that can happen when renting to 2 to 20 guests at a time. At an average of nearly 40 rentals per year, many of whom rent both cottages, we feel that an information packed welcome letter, serves not only as a guide to our guests, but keeps peace with our neighbors.
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It was a beautiful place. Everything we needed and more.

  • 5 of 5

Frank was very accommodating to us and if we had any questions or concerns he would get back to us as soon as possible. I appreciate that was done for us as well as the cottages. They were roomy and comfortable. The hot tub was the cherry on top. Will rent again if I’m ever in the area again.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
99 Miles
Chicago O'Hare
Nearest Barpub
1.2 Miles
Red Arrow Roadhouse
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Lakeside Golf course
Nearest Train
5 Miles
New Buffalo
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
I-94/ Exit 6
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Plue Plate Cafe
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Lake Michigan - Orchard Beach - Private.
Car: recommended

Numerous Antique shops, Art Galleries, Specialty Shops, Plenty of Restaurants with very good food, a couple of Wineries, 45 minutes from South Bend and Notre Dame. 10 minute drive to Four Winds Casino. 5 miles from Warren Dunes State Park, 5 miles north of New Buffalo, Mi. and marina


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet/night (Separate fee) $1
Min Housekeeping/Cottage $140

Summer Season Rates are based on rental of both cottages and include the housekeeping fee for one cottage ($100). There will be an additional fee of $100 for housekeeping of the 2nd cottage included in the reservation quote request.

Pets are an additional $10/pet/day. Pet fees for longer than 2 night stays will be an additional charge payable directly to the owner.

Spring and Fall rates are per cottage and based on number of guests per cottage not exceeding 10 people per cottage. Groups of 11-20 need 2 cottages. See our website for more details. Holidays have special rates and are not indicated here. See for complete listing of rates and availability. Rental Payments made with a credit card are subject to a 3% convenience fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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