DELIGHTFUL COTTAGE IN AWESOME LAKE MICHIGAN DUNES! RENTS NIGHTLY!

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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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DELIGHTFUL COTTAGE IN AWESOME LAKE MICHIGAN DUNES! RENTS NIGHTLY!

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Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-10) Free Wi-Fi

Why settle for just any beach cottage? Experience the best of both worlds: A very private little cottage in the woods on the corner of unpaved short roads that dead end into the dunes, nestled in the beautiful critical sand dunes of Lake Michigan; and yet just minutes south from downtown South Haven. It's a quiet place where families and husbands and wives can unwind from over-busy schedules, reconnect with each other, read stories together, roast marshmallows or pop popcorn over the campfire, or just swing in the hammock or the wooden canopied glider. You can climb over the unspoiled dunes or take a stroll on the meandering path through the woods around the dunes to get to that unsurpassed view of Lake Michigan where you can play in the Lake, on the beach or walk along the uncrowded, wide sugar sand beach.

Available all year long, experience all kinds of water activities in the summer, crisp fresh air and colorful leaves in the fall, sledding down the dunes in the winter (which can be breathtaking), wildflowers and delicate new leaves unfolding in the spring, and, of course, the Lake Michigan sunsets, which are painted uniquely each evening, no matter which season you are at the cottage. You won't be the same when you go home from this quiet, uncrowded and peaceful place. The cottage is situated in a small community of unpaved roads and is bordered on the south by a state park and backs up to undeveloped land on the north. Make this year the beginning of your family vacation tradition at this cottage in the woods.

It is the fourth cottage from the dunes and was totally renovated in 2008 with vaulted ceilings, new bathrooms, kitchen with granite countertops and a breakfast bar, hardwood flooring, appliances, mattresses, paint, decor, an outdoor shower with hot and cold water, etc. It has 3 bedrooms, sleeping six with a queen bed in the master bedroom and the second and third bedrooms. The living room has a leather sleeper which has a pull out queen bed and there is a twin leather futon and a twin roll away bed which can be put anywhere it is needed. So there are beds to sleep 10 people.

NEW IN 2014 - We completed a $15,000 outdoor project that includes a huge deck, new fire pit surrounded with comfy swivel, sling style chairs, a FABULOUS outdoor kitchen with a Weber Genesis gas grill and a Bayou Classic ceramic charcoal grill, and the interior of the detached Summer House has been completely remodeled. With its large windows, beautiful ceramic tile floor and comfy conversational seating, the Summer House adds about 200sf of additional seasonal living space and provides a terrific place for bug-free and weather protected place to play games, read, chat or take a snooze.

The town of South Haven is just minutes away, a great bike ride. There you will find many more people, the blue stairway to South beach, the lighthouse, concessions and the wonderful riverwalk along the channel, a great spot to sit with an ice cream cone and watch all the different kinds of boats coming and going. The downtown area has plenty of shopping opportunities, delicious restaurants, a bakery that can't be beat and a seasonal Farmer's Market which overflows with fresh local produce and flowers. The Good Ship is docked at the Maritime Museum and can be booked for sailings; jet ski, canoe and kayak rentals can also be found downtown. The Kal-Haven trailhead begins in South Haven and the Black River is ready for canoe and kayak use.

Life along Lake Michigan is an unforgettable experience, to say the least, but to have an opportunity to actually live amongst those pristine sand dunes along the Lake is beyond comparison with in-town rentals. This is the seventh year this rental property has been offered, so don't wait too long to make your plans to spend a week or more in the summer or even just a couple of days in the other seasons. Your time here can make a world of difference when you go back home to your everyday life. We are sure you will want to come back year after year to climb those magnificent dunes, roast marshmallows over the fire in the fire pit, play catch together in the yard, walk the beach, hike area nature trails, and whatever else you enjoy. Just imagine the memories!

It takes approximately 4-5 minutes to walk from the cottage to the dune access and then another 3-4 minutes to get through the stunning dune area to the beach. Most of us have to climb, rest, climb, rest, etc. to get to the top of the dunes. The exhilarating effort involved is well worth it once you get to the top, see the magnificent view and then get to go down the other side! It takes about 9-10 minutes to walk from the cottage on the path through the woods around the dunes to get to the beach. The times given above are based on my walking and I am 62years old. Two other options for Lake access are South Beach which is just a few minutes' drive away in town and Van Buren State Park which is just down the road and there is a paved path that goes right down to the beach.

Our other cottage in this same neighborhood is VRBO #161098. They are about a 3 minute walk from each other. Consider renting both of our cottages for larger groups providing a sleeping arrangement for 16-20. What fun that would be!!

Check out the link to our website at the bottom of this listing.

Keywords: Cottage, air conditioning, fire pit, walk to beach, washer/dryer, DVD, cable TV

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Guestbook comments from the owner
Thanks for sharing your home. We had an awesome sibling week end. Very comfortable home!
Oct 2012
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Kathy

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My husband, Alan, and I have five children, four sons and one daughter. We recently have increased the daughters to four since our three older sons are now married.

We have taught all our children at home all the way through high school, except for our fifth who is just 13 years old and currently working diligently at his school work. We do need to update our family picture, since our 3rd son got married and our second born son and his wife had a baby! So there are two family members missing from the picture above. We love traveling as a family and have covered a good part of the United States over the years. We also had the opportunity to go on a family missions trip to Moscow, Russia.

Kathy purchased this cottage in 2008

We choose to purchase this property in South Haven for several reasons. One is the proximity to Chicago and the main one is that we absolutely love Lake Michigan. As I grew up, my family went regularly up to Pt. Betsie, MI each summer and that cottage was right on the Lake. Since that location is too far for week-end trips, we decided on South Haven. The downtown area is lovely and it is not very touristy which we really appreciate.

We enjoy being away from the bustle of downtown, yet being close enough to make quick trips for dining or shopping.

We always use the fire pit!

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
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Map

Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Regional airport
Car: recommended

Lots of seasonal festivals, many featuring the local produce from the area, wonderful outdoor ice skating rink in downtown South Haven, bowling, seasonal Farmer's Market

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Availability & Rates

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South Haven Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
In-season
Jun 13 2014 - Sep 1 2014
3 night minimum stay
$350
$1,900
 
 
off-season
Sep 2 2014 - Jun 11 2015
2 night minimum stay
$250
$1,050
 
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
$350
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
$300 dep.holds following year dates until Jan.15 when 1/2 of the rent is due.
$300 refundable security deposit on all rentals.
Deposit of 1/2 rental to hold reservation, due within 7 days of booking.
Balance due 30 days before check-in.
PAYMENT PLAN IS AVAILABLE.
Notes Check-in usually after 6:00pm. Check-out usually before 1:00pm.
Can be earlier or later, depending on bookings.
3 night minimum stay on in-season bookings.
2 night minimum stay on off-season bookings.
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Amenities

South Haven Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Beach
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Sofa Bed
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Firewood
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking Off Street
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Internet ...
  • Heating
  • Towels Provided
  • Hair Dryer
Kitchen:
  • Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Kitchen
  • Ice Maker
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Blender
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower , Outdoor shower has hot and cold water.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , The master bedroom has a connecting door to the bathroom.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Queen sofa bed. Twin leather futon. Twin roll-away.
  • Queen size Beds (4) Queen bed in the master bedroom, the second bedroom, the third bedroom, and the sleeper sofa in the living room., Twin or Single Beds (2) One of these is a futon and the other one is a Roll Away Bed which can be put anywhere it is needed, Sleep Sofa or Futons (3) This is a queen size sleeper sofa in the living room. Also there is a twin futon and a twin roll away bed which can be placed anywhere it is needed.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Games
  • Toys
  • Radio
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games for Kids
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Small Cooler
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • museums
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • winery tours
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • recreation center
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • walking
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • antiquing
  • sledding
  • miniature golf
  • boating
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • parasailing
  • swimming
  • golf
  • snowmobiling
  • kayaking
  • cycling
  • wind-surfing
  • rafting
  • water tubing
  • skiing
  • sailing
  • snowboarding
  • water skiing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • freshwater fishing
  • ice skating
Notes:
Our 'mountains' are made of sand! You can see the sand dunes from the cottage. There is also a great fire pit to enjoy. The cottage is equipped with family books to read and indoor games to play along with tetherball and horseshoes outside for some good old fashioned fun! There is a small cooler and 9 folding chairs (one is a child size) you may take to the beach.
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