|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Custom built in 2009, the 5000 sq.ft., private & tranquil Dream Retreat is like no other! Our guests are mostly repeats & often book the same time year-after-year. They too seek the ultimate spa-like-experience, finest & numerous amenities, spacious outdoor living area, Jacuzzis, Gourmet, Pro-Chef Kitchen, Walk-in-wet-bar, Game Room, & Master Suite that rivals the Ritz!
Only 35 min from Chicago, Miller Beach, is the center of hundreds of attractions. Boat Launch (seasonal) for watercraft is (1/3 mile) away. Only a sliver of National Park & winding dune trails separates you from THE nicest, Semi-Private, sugar-sand beach in IN! Take the sand trail leading from our Pro Sand Volley Ball Court for a sunrise jog, catch some warm, afternoon rays on the soft beach, swim in cool Lake Michigan, or stroll in the surf at dusk & capture a snapshot of the setting sun or Chicago Skyline. No matter what the season or occasion, stay with us for the ultimate in relaxation!
See www.MillerBeachDreamRetreat.com for complete info, details, and photos: Four Queen-sized bdrms/4 baths, dog-friendly, credit cards, Pro-Chef's gourmet kitchen, Pro sand volleyball court (set to Olympic standards, peak season), home theater, Rec Room, nine flat screen TVs with digital cable, Loft, game & poker tables w/ cards/chips, kid/adult games, kids sand/outdoor toys, 6-person outdoor Jacuzzi (year round), wood-burning stove (seasonal), fire wood, pure sugar-sand, 'semi-Private' beach, 150’ sand bar, no rocks/muck/algae, outdoor shower (seasonal), Wi-Fi, binder full of useful info & local attractions, private parking, gas grills w/ extra propane tanks, remote-controlled A/C & ceiling fans, independently-controlled heat on each level/bdrm, linens, towels, coffee makers, blender, toaster oven, crock pots, steamer, wine cellars, cookware, bake ware, flatware, spices, paper towel, shampoo, soap, hairdryers. Bedrooms have dressers, night stands, lamps, flat-screen cable TV, DVD/VHS players, large closets, hangars, & fans. No hassle!
No one offers more amenities and value!: See www.MillerBeachDreamRetreat.com for more photos, our many unique features/amenities, availability, pricing/policies, & booking.
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Guest House (sleeps up to 8) www.MillerBeachDreamRetreat.com may be available for larger groups/families to add more space or for small groups/families requiring smaller facilities.
An Engineer/Architect since 1995, my specialty and passion is designing, building, and managing luxury beachfront homes to accommodate very large families and groups to entertain, relax, and celebrate special occasions together.
Completed in 2009, the Miller Beach Dream Retreat and attached Guest House offer all the luxuries, premium fixtures, and custom amenities to truly have a spa-like experience. The layout and flow is functional with both large gathering spaces to entertain inside and out on a grand-scale as well as comfortable, cozy nooks for managed solitude.
I’ve been a commercial real estate investor since 2001 and have finally built a dream home for my family to call home. We always look forward to 'our private oasis on the beach” to escape from it all...
I truly hope you enjoy our home as much as we do. Please see www.MillerBeachDreamRetreat.com and call (773) 264-1000 to book your chosen dates. We fill up very fast, take credit cards, and are first come, first served.
Hope to see you soon!
Jim and Hilary
Hilary Pappas purchased this villa in 2009
We chose Miller Beach, IN for several reasons. It is THE closest beach side community to Chicago (35 minutes by car or train, 60 minutes from O’hare Airport, 30 minutes from Midway Airport), is right on the Indiana Dunes National Park, and has the BEST “semi-private” sugar-sand beach!
Our backyard and beach IS the IN Dunes National Park!
Unlike most beachfront rentals that are crowded, noisy, and offer little or no privacy, Dream Retreat is built on a quiet, cul-de-sac street, corner lot, the only house on the corner, and 350 feet from the closest neighbor!.
Your views to the North and East are Lake Michigan, the Dunes, and the Chicago skyline. We installed 6’ and 8’ privacy fences to further isolate the outdoor living spaces and Pro-sand volleyball court from the street.
Just follow our trail to the sugar-sand beach and enjoy the 150ft sand bar and crystal clear, warm water. Our beach has no rocks, no muck, and no algae. Also, because we are the Southern-most tip of Lake Michigan, the water gets the warmest fastest and stays the warmest the longest--even well into Autumn.
The choice is obvious...
become “one with nature”, have no noisy neighbors, enjoy the ultimate in luxury and privacy, and be only 35 minutes from Chicago--one of the largest and most culturally diverse cities in the world!
No other beachfront vacation rental offers this level of privacy, beauty, and luxury. Our guest list is confidential, but includes A-list celebrities on-site during filming of major movies, professional sports stars, and noted journalists.
Met with a bunch of girls who all Scrapbook. That's what we did from Thursday until Sunday in Nov. 2011. Beautiful home, beautiful location, beautiful times!! Would I do again? In a heartbeat!! Oh and did I mention the hot tub. This would be a great place for a small family reunion or maybe a New Years Eve party. Very lovely--hoping to make plans to do it again.
The Miller Beach Dream House was far more than I have expected....much more, may I add. My husband and I have traveled to many destinations and must say that this house, by far exceeds them all. The place is even more beautiful than the pictures online. Every detail was met. We celebrated our 20th anniversary this year and were hard pressed to find a home to accommodate all 22 of us! We were NOT disappointed in the least!
I was surprised and pleasantly happy with how equipped and spotless the house was. It was very spacious. We could see Lake Michigan and the sand dune hills from almost every window and just outside was a beautiful deck and well kept hot tub.
This house was extremely safe and in a lovely neighborhood with nicely kept homes. My bed was a bliss of happiness. As soon as my head hit the pillow, I drifted off to sleep. Items like, dishwashing liquid for both dishwasher and sink were there...and the best products. Detergent was even provided for my laundry.
Hilary and Jim do not skimp on how to make a house perfect for their guests. The think of everything and provide it so you don’t have to run to the local store when you arrive. Bounty paper towels were supplied in abundance along with plenty toliet paper. An endless supply of shampoo/conditioner and soap were there too. Yes, I mean wow! Items like salt, peper and even Pam spray was one last thing I had to buy. The automatic ice maker came in very handy. So did the wine fridges—there are 2!
The gas range was impressive as where the baking oven and warming oven! I love to sit in the shower while shaving my legs and was so supprised to see a bench in the steam shower. Steam Shower! Water pressure and toliets ran perfectly. Wood burning stove with so much wood provided sealed the deal! Everything was conveniently located as far as groceries and local restaurants plus more. Although cold in March, the beach was beautiful to walk on and view of Chicago Skyline was breathtaking! The neighbors were so quiet we didn’t even realize they were there.
My family and I visited this beautiful home during the Thanksgiving Holiday and we all agreed that it would be one of more memorable times together. We live in different parts of the country, so this retreat home allowed us all to stay under one roof, with the atmosphere of a home. We were able to use the beautiful and modern kitchen to make all of the Thanksgiving delights that we wanted. The kitchen had every amenity that you could think of. My daughter is a professional chef (not just a good cook) and is accustomed to having the best at her fingertips, just as a manner of what she does for a living. She is not easily pleased and this kitchen did not disappoint. There was enough space in the home to be together when we chose, and have a little privacy when we wanted as well. Even though it was winter, we enjoyed the access to the lake and the beautiful surroundings of the dunes. Jim and Hilary are very professional in their interactions, and you can see the pride of ownership in their property. I have shared our wonderful experience with anyone that would listen. We plan to book again some time in the future in the Summer! Thanks Jim and Hilary for sharing your wonderful home with my family. Young and old had a wonderful time and we can't wait to rent again!
We had a great time wish there was more time. Jim was great, very pleasant to deal with. Had looked at this house for years and finally got to stay here, The walk to beach through dunes was as easy as he said. We did have concerns about it, we have a 14 year old lab with arthritis but she did fine. House was very clean, and had plenty of kitchen amenities to make cooking easy. Only 1 thing go to Meijer for grocery's PLEASE. Thanks for having us. We will return.
My large (25 person), extended family and I stayed at the Dream Retreat a few weeks ago for an all-too-short two nights but had such a splendid time, we have already booked a full week next Summer! Grilling out and eating dinners on the deck with the IN Dunes Park and Lake Michigan as a backdrop were breathtaking. When not at the beach, our kids played a lot of volleyball—Hilary mentioned during the tour that it was Olympic grade.
The house was spacious and had all the things we needed. In most vacation rentals we’ve stayed at in the past, we usually have to bring our own beach towels, trash bags, spices, foil, paper towels, extra propane tanks, etc. Not here; they had it all!
The ladies loved how clean everything was inside and out, as well as the décor and furnishings. The pull-out sofa in the Guest House was the most comfortable ever—it’s actually a Temperpedic Memory Foam like the one we have at home.
Upon arrival, the owners, Jim and Hilary, patiently gave us a tour (some of the kids had been in the car way too long), answered questions, and pointed out the relevant and fun stuff to do in the area in the House Binder.
Being designers ourselves, we were happy to see some of the ongoing renovations—new themed rooms, paint and furniture in several areas of the home.
For us, this felt like home, we didn’t want to leave and can’t wait until next Summer at the dream Retreat!
The grandkids enjoyed the stay, wanted to stay the whole summer. You have a nice place however it needs a little maintenance. The outside deck needs some attention. Maybe sweep it or blow it off. It also would benefit if you would refresh the stain or replace some of the planks, broke a rotten board. The weeds around the deck and in front of your place should be pulled or use some roundup. Screens needed cleaning right along with the windows. The master bathroom vanity tops need to be updated. The house was hard to keep cool and was very loud.
We just returned from a weekend spent with 4 other couples at your home. We had such a great time together and really appreciated all the amenities and comfortable set up. The website was very accurate. The views of Lake Michigan and the dunes were beautiful. The beach would be wonderful to enjoy in the summer. Hilary greeted us, gave us a thorough tour and lots of good information. We had some concerns about the hot tub, but she assured us it was ok and we ended up enjoying it so much - even with the cold, windy weather. We can tell you put a lot of thought into the furnishings, both in function and design. Thanks for the opportunity to gather and enjoy a weekend of fun! A few small suggestions ( you said you wanted them): could have used a few more hangers in some of the bedrooms, there were no dish towels in the kitchen, noticed some cobwebs and dust bunnies/dog hair that was missed. I don't suppose you can do anything about the potholes in the surrounding streets! :)
These are small things and we loved our stay, hope to do it again!
Custom built in 2009, the secluded, Dream Retreat will help you escape from it all! Retreat is situated on a cul-de-sac street (no traffic) & corner lot (only house on the corner). Closest neighbor is 350 feet away! Completely private compound (6' & 8' privacy fences). Pro-Sand Beach Volley ball court set to Womany's Olympic specifications (Peak Season only). Entire North (lakeside) and East are all National Park land. Hear nothing except the songs of birds, breeze, and waves slapping against the Lake Michigan shoreline. See the Chicago Skyline from the upper decks!
Because of our unique location, only a tiny sliver of IN Dunes Nat'l Park separates us (sand & asphalt trail) from the best 'semi-private' sugar-sand beach on Lake Michigan. We are 1/3 mile from Lake St. Beach boat launch (seasonal) for all your water toys, jet-skis, boats, sailboats, etc.
We personally meet you at check-in to give keys, a brief tour, and binder full of fun and useful info and all the best attractions within a 45 minute drive or train ride.
Other Activities: Centrally located and something for everyone! All attractions are within a 45 minute drive or train ride. Shoppers and gamers paradise! grocery/liquor stores, factory Outlet malls (120 stores), West Lake two-story mall, candy factory tours, fine/casual Dining, EZ train to Chicago: (Loop, “Magnificent Mile” shopping, museums, convention center, airports), water parks, amusement parks, Amish Country, scenic drives, Fall foilage tours, flea markets, National Park hiking/biking trails and classroom discussions, winery tours, Casinos (10 min to Trump, Ameristar, Majestic, harrah's, Horseshoe; 30 min to Blue Chip), Wells Street & West Side Beaches, golf, marinas, etc.
Golf: 19 courses withing a 30 mile radius--list and contact information provided in binder at check-in.
Ski: FourLakes Apline Snowsports is in Lisle, IL approx 60 miles from the Retreat and offer a wide variety of terrain, slopes, lessons, and fun for people of all ages.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
May 22 2015 - Sep 20 2015
2 night minimum stay
|Pet Fee||$69.00 + Tax|
|Memorial Day||$149.00 + Tax|
|July 4/NYE||$299.00 + Tax|
|Thnksgvng/Xmas/Labor Day||$249.00 + Tax|
|Cleaning||$200.00 + Tax|
|Easter||$99.00 + Tax|
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Dogs accepted (up to 3, treated at least 7 days in advance)--CONFIRM FEE
Early check-in 1pm CST/late check out 1pm CST for add'l fees, subject to availability
Holiday premiums for July 4th, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Air Show, Easter
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