Open the door to a customized holiday experience!
Mona Dajani- Owner
- english, french
About Mona Dajani- Owner
Hello and thank you for looking at our property! Over the years we have used this house for our family and extended family so it feels like our HOME away Home. We give you, our guests, the personal touch from the moment you make your reservation. Renting our vacation home has been a fantastic experience—largely because of all the interesting guests we’ve hosted! How else would we have met famous authors, sommeliers, not to mention the dozens of other families and friends who have made 'Sanctuaire' their home away from home for many years? We bought the property many years ago as a 'retreat' from the grind of being big-law lawyer in Chicago. We extensively renovated the house to feel like our family home in Aspen, Colorado- yet closer to Chicago. We are blessed with the property and has been a direct positive correlation between our personal and professional lives. Our family of four lives in Chicago and your contact, Mona, works as an attorney (the nice kind). We enjoy renting vacation homes ourselves. We’re avid outdoor family of hikers, swimmers, sailors,snowboarders, skiers and kayakers! Mona, a former Chef in France, loves to cook and invite family and friends to share in her fresh farm to table food and wine pairings! Over the many years, our family and friends simply cherish, love and enjoy 'Sanctuaire' and we offer it to select guests. It has very positive energy. We are meticulous about its maintenance, appearance, and appeal. We have both legal and business experience representing hotels all over the world. Through our commitment, legal & business experience, Sanctuaire has established a business relationship with our guests that will last a lifetime.
Mona Dajani- Owner purchased this Cottage in 2001
Why Mona Dajani- Owner chose Union Pier
We love the location- very close to Chicago and our extended families in Michigan! Its quiet, secluded and private on a wooded 1 acre. Away from the tourists in Union Pier and New Buffalo. There is a cleansing and wellness energy about the place. Simple, So peaceful and in connection with nature. Feels far away from urban life.. We fell in love with Sanctuaire since it is blessed with magnificent natural beauty and located in the one most popular and desirable locations in Southwest Michigan, Sanctuaire is surrounded by clear, natural spring waters with towering dunes and numerous wineries! Sanctuire is nestled in the heart of the Michigan's wine country . Sanctuaire is home to some of America’s favorite vacation and recreation locations. Enjoy world-famous beaches, wineries, hiking, biking trails, water sports, skiing, dining, shopping, and more! With so many activities to choose from, there is something to keep everyone in your group entertained! At Sanctuaire, we recommend fun things to do with your days and to arrange special ventures (from dinner reservations to personal helicopter rides). Whatever you desire, we are here to assist you!We want to make sure that you have everything you need to fully enjoy your dream vacation. One of things that sets us apart is our Concierge Services. If you are interested in any of these added amenities, please reach out to us prior to your stay.
What makes this Cottage unique
We truly want our guests to love Sanctuaire and the surrounding Southwest Michigan area as much as we do! As we are both skilled chefs, we equipped the kitchen to feature everything you would need to prepare a great meal. We even offer wonderful recipes, easy meals that will delight your taste buds and give you energy for days' activities!. We also love our private and clean hot tub overlooking the lake!We have guests who have never traveled to Southwest Michigan and are sometimes a little nervous and so I try to make them familiar before they arrive by knowing what to expect. Also- When you book with us, you will receive more than just a great house however, you will receive customized service tailored to your specific desires. Lastly, please know all utilities, TVs, the hot tub, etc. will be checked-in 24 hrs prior to your arrival; and the porch light will be turned on so you will be welcomed by a warm and inviting environment. So, we welcome your inquiry and invite you to ask us all your questions and express all your vacation wishes so we can make your experience in Sanctuaire perfection! Also know that Mona is a big law attorney with many years experience in renting luxury vacation rental properties. You can trust that Sanctuaire will be exceptionally clean, welcoming, with top of the line accommodations. You do get what you Pay for!
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out: 10:00 a.m.
Absolutely no smoking !
Prior written approval with pet fee.
Crib, highchairs and toys, books and games.
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:8 (sleeps up to 8 adults)
1. Prior written approval for exceptional dog guest with extra pet charge. 2. 25 yr min age. of lead guest-proof of Gov. ID 3. Noise restrictions
Check in is at 4 pm and Check out is by 10 am Eastern Time Check out list should be followed to avoid additional charges
We are strict about occupancy set forth in the contract. We are also strict about pets. Prior written approval plus pet agreement/fee. Thank you
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Perfect Ladies Getaway
Perfect location for our Girls Getaway. Very quiet, but wonderful bonding set up.
Girls Trip Hideaway
We had a great girls weekend here! We loved having the small lake and made good use of the floating swim platform. It was also great to wind down in the hot tub at night. We got to enjoy some wonderful wineries and we weren’t far from shopping! There were some minor issues but Mona was very responsive and even took the time to walk me through an easy fix to one of them. We had a blast and felt like we were in our own little hideaway!
A very comfortable stay
Just what I envisioned. A quite, secluded property with lake views from the large and comfortably furnished screeened porch. Through both sun and storm my husband, dog and I really enjoyed the quite, the space and the opportunity to reconnect at this lovely property.
Love the view
Love the location house was very clean
The only down fall was, the down hill to
Girls Weekend Getaway
This home is really nice, located on a private lake in BARODA, MI not UNION PIER, MI. While the home is located on a gorgeous piece of property, the address listed in the VRBO listing is for a Union Pier address, not Baroda. Had we known that, we would have probably not booked this home as it was another 25 minutes away from the main area we wanted to be in. The home worked out great for us though, and the property was nice. The hot tub wasn’t clean when we got there, but Mona sent someone out the next day. While the home is cute, I’m not sure if we would stay here again.
Great location and property for a family looking for quality time together. Fishing, swimming, bon fire, etc....in a serene setting.
Amenities: Whisper soft Central Air conditioning, DIRECT TV (satellite), Large Plasma 47 inch TV, 1-mid size TV upstairs, 2 DVD/VCRs, work-out gym, canoe, row boat, coffee maker, microwave, toaster, blender, 2-door refrigerator, outdoor hot tub, indoor Jacuzzi tub, outdoor furnishings, (Maytag) washer/dryer, electric air heat, outdoor gas BBQ, telephone, dishes/utensils, 3 Ceiling-Fans, 3 skylights, 1 Wood-burning Stove Fireplace, 1 stone fireplace, 1 outdoor fireplace, 3 season room, fully equipped Kitchen, iron/ironing board, bath-linens, bed-linens, alarm-clock, radio, stereo, fax-machine, with Exceptional Views!
Activities: Fishing, swimming in the lake!, White water kayaking, Antique shopping, Theme parks, Outlet Shopping, Boating, Wine-Tasting, Winery Tours, skiing, Bike Tours, Outlet Shopping, Sight-seeing, Golf, Tennis, swimming, hiking and more!
Area: Less than 5 miles to the the local wineries and Lake Michigan, quick car ride to Union Pier, St. Joseph, Warren Dunes, Grand Mere State Park and Public Golf courses, bicycle and hiking trails on site, 45 minutes to Saugatuck.
Ski: Minutes to Union Pier, St. Joseph, Warren Dunes, Grand Mere State Park and Public Golf courses, bicycle and hiking trails on site, 45 minutes to Saugatuck.