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'The Brandon Cottage' Beachfront Lake Michigan Cottage-Open ALL year!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals

Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english, spanish
Bedrooms 5
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Freshwater Vacation Rentals

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, spanish
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Within 2 days
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2015
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'The Brandon Cottage' Beachfront Lake Michigan Cottage-Open ALL year!

Bedrooms 5
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Union Pier Cottage Rental Photos and Description

5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 13- luxurious lakefront retreat

Luxury, a phenomenal view and relaxation await. Open year-round! A great place for a your large family or group of friends. Spectacular sunsets, panoramic views, fires on the beach, and plenty of fun in the sun will allow you to create memories that will last a lifetime - and located only one hour from downtown Chicago. Walk-out deck that overlooks Lake Michigan, open kitchen, private beach, beautiful master bedroom with lake view and balcony. Also includes fireplace, TV, CD,DVD, cable, WiFi ,Ping-Pong table and everything you need for a relaxing getaway on the beach. And don't forget the beautiful colors in the fall and the popular football season - only 1/2 hour to Notre Dame football games.

*Perfect for girls' weekend, small weddings, business retreats, family reunions and much more!*

  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Freshwater Vacation Rentals (Property Manager)
Call Manager
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Speaks: english, spanish
Manager indicates their response time is:
Within 2 days
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2015

Why HomeAway

Bedrooms 5
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Travel with confidence
Travel with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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based on 8 traveler reviews

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'The Brandon Cottage' Beachfront Lake Michigan Cottage-Open ALL year!
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews

Tranquility Personified - A Blissful Escape

  • 5 of 5

Union Pier boasts a smattering of walking distance small-town groceries as well as shops featuring organic, premium quality fare. Our experiences in these local treasures truly spoke to the warm nature of this delightful town - when we strolled into a shop after finding ourselves caught in a rainstorm, a local immediately offered us a ride.The teens & children in our group enjoyed the independent shops & the ice cream parlor in nearby New Buffalo where we caught an Amtrak to and from Chicago.

I've utilized a great range of accommodations, from quaint B&B's, to a majestic castle in Ireland.Of all the venues where I've rested my head, this gem is my absolute favorite thus far. Visitors need only meander onto a balcony to take in the breathtaking Lake Michigan landscape, or tread a few yards to experience the private beach.As much as our family enjoyed our beach time, the Brandon cottage was so peaceful, comfortable, & tastefully furnished & decorated that it was tempting to just stay indoors.Our children never thought to raise a complaint when we experienced a rainy day - with plenty of lounging space, basement ping pong, & televisions to spare, there was no shortage of entertainment options, & the open design of the first floor kitchen/dining/living room space kept us "vacationing" together even as we took a break & pursued leisure tasks on our own.The highly accessible, accommodating staff at Freshwater Vacation truly anticipated our every need, which is no small order considering that the guests in our group ranged from an infant to a senior.The cottage was stocked with everything from basic cooking necessities and board games to the makings of an upscale, toast-worthy soiree with classic dishware & wine goblets, & I was relieved to have a grill, dishwasher, & other small kitchen appliances at my disposal. Our children barely resisted bedtime, so much did they love "the cousin room" - a versatile space with large closets, ample dresser space, & 5 twin beds that could be converted to kings..All of the accommodations far exceeded the "white glove test" for cleanliness, yet nothing about this exceptional hideaway felt sterile or commercial. It felt like coming home - in our case, it was like coming home to a home that is worlds nicer than our own home! While certainly not misleading, I felt that the listing couldn't do this endearing space justice, and I was overwhelmed by the proximity of the lake & pleasantly surprised by the added amenities. Encore!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Great location, very we'll maintained home.

  • 5 of 5

Celebrated my anniversary with 12 other couples. Rented all 4 cottages and it was perfect!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Love "The Brandon," at Union Pier.

  • 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at "The Brandon." There is no place like the shore of Lake Michigan to kick back, recharge and relax.

This lakefront home is very well equipped with anything you need. The beds are comfortable, bathrooms well stocked and the kitchen is equipped with the latest appliances. It's great to have a nice pantry to store groceries and food you bring with out of sight. Having laundry facilities is definitely a plus.

This is a dream home, very clean and nicely decorated. The sunset view over Lake Michigan from the deck is absolutely breathtaking.

This is a well-managed and maintained property. The property managers we dealt with were very responsive and helpful in all aspects. It's also a nice location with several good restaurants nearby and located close to the 94 expressway. We really enjoyed having a private beach just steps away off the deck.

I can't wait to return to Union Pier and to this location and have already recommended The Brandon to friends. We are from Chicago but live in Michigan. This is the perfect location to meet up with our Chicago friends and family.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Amazing location and fabulous house

  • 5 of 5

Several friends and I stayed at the main house in April. The weather was chilly but perfect for cooking meals in the enourmous kitchen (all needed pots/cutting boards/utensils provided) and drinking wine near the fire-place. The property was very well maintained and the house beautifully decorated. Even though it was a little cold, we took a walk on the beach (right outside the back door) and into the cute little town for coffee, about a mile.

I could not have asked for a better vacation house and cannot wait to go back again!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Incredible cottage with fantastic customer service

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I love the Union Pier area and decided that this would be the perfect place for an informal, fun wedding. We searched Home Away for a cottage that would suit our needs: space for guests, rooms to sleep our family and friends, and a gorgeous backdrop for our wedding. We saw these cottages online and contacted Vilma.

When we came to visit the cottages for the first time we were overwhelmed with how beautiful and relaxing this place was. Each cottage was clean and beautifully decorated. You have to visit to understand how charmed the cottages are: the courtyard has a quiet sitting area adorned with ivy and flowers, the decks offer unobstructed stunning views of Lake Michigan, and the open layouts of each cottage created warm, welcoming spaces. You will not want to leave.

The cottages were very well equipped with supplies for the large meal that was cooked for our guests on site. The beds were comfortable – too comfortable, as some of our families slept in on wedding day! There was plenty of everything you don’t think of: towels, kitchen utensils, firewood, toilet paper and much, much more.

Vilma, the leasing agent, was just as incredible as the cottages! She was extremely accommodating (even for a detail obsessed bride!). Her personality was sweet and fun. Over the course of a year she took time to meet us at the cottages to let us wander through and make sure that we had all of our wedding details covered. She made us coffee, offered her suggestions and the equipment the cottages had in storage (including chairs, tables and an extra fridge for all the dessert). The day we checked in, she spent extra time making sure the cottages were perfect. She even made sure the cottages had pumpkins and mums to celebrate fall. She really cared about us and it showed in so many ways. She is one of the nicest people that you could ever hope to meet.

The wedding at the cottages went off without a hitch: there were Round Barn beers and wine in the courtyard, a ceremony on the deck, a delicious dinner in the New Cottage living space, and a bonfire on the beach. It was beautiful we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to host our event here. We know that the word “wedding” would scare many home owners from renting, and we considered it a privilege to be trusted with these beautiful cottages for a long weekend.

Highly recommended. Thank you for a vacation that we will never forget!

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2011
  • Stayed: Oct 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Chicago, IL

The Perfect Place

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a girls weekend at this vacation rental in Michigan and it was amazing! The house is as gorgeous as it looks in the photos.

It is an easy trip from Chicago, a short drive from I-90, right on the lake with beautiful views. The furnishings were beautiful. The first floor's open layout (kitchen, dining room, living room) is ideal for socializing with a group of people. The kitchen was fully stocked. The rooms slept our 10 guests very comfortably. The bathrooms were beautiful as well - the heated tile floors in the cold winter were a great touch. There were plenty of clean linens and towels.

The leasing agent was very friendly and easy to work with. She even brought us some firewood for the fireplace! We all left hoping that we could find another week to return this year!

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2010
  • Stayed: Jan 2010
  • Source: HomeAway


Warren Dunes State Park
Whistle Stop Grocery
Red Arrow Roadhouse
"Fabulous food- I've never had anything I didn't thoroughly enjoy here!"
Skip's Restaurant & Catering
Roma Pizza Junction of Us 12 & M 60
Stray Dog Bar & Grill
Boozer's Guide Service
"Book your fishing trip here!!! Guests meet near Buchanan, MI approximately 30 minutes east o..."
Frankie's Other Place
"Excellent food and drinks. I was thoroughly impressed last time I was there. Loved the Aus..."
Brewsters Deli & Cafe
"Our guests have had rave reviews on the food here."
Round Barn Winery
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
South Bend (SBN)
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Red Arrow Roadhouse
Nearest Ferry
113 Miles
Muskegeon to Milwaukee (Lake Express)
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Chikaming Country Club
Nearest Train
4 Miles
New Buffalo
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
US 94 at Union Pier Exit
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Red Arror Roadhouse
Nearest Ski
54 Miles
Swiss Valley Ski Area
Nearest Beach
out your front door
Car: recommended

The corner grocery store, bakery, and gourmet restaurants are all only a 10-minute walk away through peaceful country roads. Public tennis courts are only a 15-minute drive to New Buffalo. There are golf courses in the area, and rainy-day shopping at the outlet mall in Michigan City is about a 20-minute drive away. Explore the local art communities, Three Oaks, New Buffalo, and Sawyer, MI. Or try your luck at Four Winds or Blue Chip Casino in nearby Michigan City. A perfect place for cycling, running, searching for antiques, or taking long walks on the beach or through the countryside.

Other Activities: Biking, running, taking long walks on the beach.


Rates & Availability

From $500 Per night

Union Pier Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Off-season Special
May 1 2015 - May 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
May 31 2015 - Sep 7 2015
7 night minimum stay
Sep 8 2015 - Oct 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
Off-season Special
Dec 31 2015 - May 28 2016
2 night minimum stay
May 29 2016 - Jul 31 2016
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%


  • cleaning fee included
  • We have 3 additional cottages that are available next to the property as well. Please inquire about discounted rates for renting all 4 of the cottages. 10% discount for booking all 4 cottages

    Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express, Cashier Checks, personal or e-checks, are accepted.

    Our weeks consist of 7 nights/8 days with flexible arrival/departure days.

    10% discount if you were to book all 4 of our Union Pier Cottages.

    Please note: The available dates shown on the Homeaway Calendar may not be 100% accurate, as large groups require extra planning time. It is never just one quick decision. There are many players, often with complicated schedules to consider, when coordinating dates. Plus, we do accept checks, so at times, the check is literally in the mail. In general, bookings are removed from the web when the initial payment is received.
  • *Last-minute bookings welcome. Within 30 days require a payment by credit card.
    *Flexible arrival-departure time based on avail.

    Non-refundable accidental damage deposit waiver fee: In lieu of a security deposit, guest is required to pay a non-refundable accidental damage waiver fee. This fee is automatically included in your rental fees. The waiver does not cover intentional acts that may cause damage or any deliberate violation of a stated Freshwater Vacation Rentals Policy. The damage waiver covers up to $1,500.00 of accidental damage per stay. All damage must be reported to our office prior to your departure. Freshwater Vacation Rentals will assess the nature of the damage and respond accordingly. If damage is not reported, this waiver is void.

    Cancellation/Refund Policy.Notice of cancellation must be in writing. $100 cancellation fee applies to all bookings.
    *45 + days prior to your arrival date: You will receive refund of advance payment less $100 cancellation fee.


Union Pier Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 15 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Master Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , lakeview, heated floors, soaking tub, 2nd floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , on the 1st/main floor
  • All Bathrooms have heated floors. There is a bathroom on the 1st floor
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Guest's BR1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , 2nd floor
    Guest's BR2 - 2 twin/ single , 1st floor
    BR5 - 5 twin/ single , 2nd floor
    Master BR - 1 king , 2nd floor
    Guest's BR3 - 2 twin/ single , 1st floor
  • Bed option: We have 3 king-sized bed bridge converters for 2 twin beds, so if you would prefer that we make a king-sized bed out of the 2 twins, just let us now upon booking and we'll have that set for you upon arrival.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 13 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
There is also a playground with swings, climbing, and slide on the property. Basement : TV / Cable / BlueRayDVD; corner sofa, Ping-Pong table, plus an additional folding table

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