SUNSET BLUFF ON BEAUTIFUL LAKE MICHIGAN W/ SEMI-PRIVATE BEACH!

Frederick Kidd

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Sleeps18
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

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SUNSET BLUFF ON BEAUTIFUL LAKE MICHIGAN W/ SEMI-PRIVATE BEACH!

St. Joseph House Rental Photos and Description

Large 4 Bed/3 Bath Lakefront Cottage w/ Semi-private Beach, Sleeps 18

Welcome to Sunset Bluff on Beautiful Lake Michigan!

Summer booking season is in full swing! Reserve your stay now before we are filled up!

This wonderful home faces Lake Michigan on a bluff and accordingly has some of the most beautiful sunsets imaginable. Homey and comfortable, our three-story restored home it is made for a happy family life.

But that's not all!

Our semi-private beach (shared with our sister property, 'The Darn Barn'), is the big attraction and is more than 100 feet wide of white sand and clear fresh water just made for swimming and wandering along for as many miles as you like.

We are located approximately 5 miles north of St. Joseph along the shore highway (M63 to our home) with the Jack Nicolas designed Harbor Shores golf course in between.

Our home provides plenty of space and comfort for a weekend getaway or week-long retreat. Two dining areas provide plenty of extra space for those extra warm evenings for eating indoors. Although there is air conditioning, the lower level stays cool and exits at ground level. It is comfortably old and wonderful to live in... and just a short walk to our own private beach.

We welcome you to come stay on beautiful Lake Michigan and enjoy Sunset Bluff... our little slice of Heaven!

Please note that in July and August we only book full week rentals that begin and end on Friday.

For longer stays, please contact for a custom quote.

We'd love to have you as our guest!

Keywords: House, beach home, beach house, benton harbor vacation home, summer vacation home, st joseph, benton harbor, sunset bluff michigan, lakefront cottage, beach house

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Frederick Kidd (Owner)
Advertiser since 2009
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What makes this house unique

Perfect country lake house retreat. Just five miles north of downtown Benton Harbor stores and beaches. Perfectly located for a golf retreat for Harbor Shores.

100 plus feet of white sand Lake Michigan beach. Unbelievable sunsets!

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Sleeps18
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
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Reviews

2.6
based on 5 traveler reviews

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Sunset Bluff on Beautiful Lake Michigan w/ Semi-private Beach!
average rating of 2.6 based on 5 reviews
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Sunset Bluff on Beautiful Lake Michigan w/ Semi-private Beach!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p239255
-+1 3575170
St. Joseph Southwest Michigan
5

Perfect beach get away

  • 5 of 5
Stayed for a weekend with a group of friends and had such a blast! Immediately upon pulling in the driveway we were blown away by the view. The house was spacious and comfortable with plenty of sleeping space. The house definitely has character, which really added to it. We spent the day at the private beach which is down the stairs from the backyard and spent the evening around the fire pit in the backyard. Hope to come back!
  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sunset Bluff on Beautiful Lake Michigan w/ Semi-private Beach!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p239255
-+1 3575170
St. Joseph Southwest Michigan
chicago
2

Nice view; overpriced house

  • 2 of 5
It's a good location. The owner/manager are nice. But the house is simply too old to be clean enough to warrant the rate. No one really felt comfortable in the house. The cleaners do a poor job of getting it ready. The AC is insufficient. It just feels kinda gross inside. Alos, it's literally 250 step to the beach and up, so there's no running back for a soda or whatnot. you'll go to beach maybe twice max in a whole day.
  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sunset Bluff on Beautiful Lake Michigan w/ Semi-private Beach!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p239255
-+1 3575170
St. Joseph Southwest Michigan
1

Terrible

  • 1 of 5
This place is a joke. It was absolutely filthy. The septic tank was overflowing when we arrived. There was dog excrement in the yard. The garbage from the previous tenants had been left in the yard and animals dug through it leaving a huge mess. The house is actually above the beach, 221 steps to get to it! The steps are actually quite dangerous and there are loose parts on the railing. We planned a family reunion and were so disappointed with the property. It was absolutely disgusting. The smells were terrible, sheets dirty, bathrooms filthy. Our attempts to contact the owner and property manager were ignored as well. Do not stay here!
  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were very sorry that this guest did not enjoy the home as most others have. We take special care in up-keeping this big beautiful old country lake house. I believe that this guest was expecting a hotel like condition, which we are not able to achieve. This is, and is advertised as an old country vacation home that sits on Lake Michigan. It is in constant use with weekly guests and the owners staying when no guests are present. As with all old homes, sometimes things need attention.

It is true that our septic backed up when these guests were staying. Once the owner knew about the problem, he called and had it professionally rectified.

When these guests called us to complain about the condition and cleanliness, we immediately had a cleaning crew over to help satisfy the guest. Even though the same cleaning crew had been cleaning the home just hours prior to the guests' arrival. The crew had spent several hours trying to appease the guest. After the home was cleaned again, the guest called back to again complain about the condition.

It was true that there was garbage in the yard. Someone had not closed the garbage cans completely and the animals, like animals do, found their way in to the cans and made a mess. The garbage was cleaned from the yard.

This guest is right that there are 221 steps down to the beach. This is something that they were made well aware of prior to their booking. There is a picture of the stairs on all our advertisements, and we also make all potential guests aware prior to booking.

Besides this guest contacting us to re-clean the home upon their arrival, this guest made no attempts to contact us for their other reported problems. The next contact that was made was after their departure, demanding a full refund after staying the entire weekend.

We completely understand if we did not meet the expectations of the guest. But, we've always advertised ourselves as a county home, with country smells and living. The views and the experience at the home are second to none. It is a nice, quiet retreat for us and most of our guests. But, we are not a hotel. We are not a resort. We feel that a resort is what this guest was looking for.

If any potential guests have any questions, please feel free to call, email or even schedule a pre-vacation visit. We are happy and proud to represent Sunset Bluffs. As you will see from your shopping and research, we are a great location and value.
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Sunset Bluff on Beautiful Lake Michigan w/ Semi-private Beach!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p239255
-+1 3575170
St. Joseph Southwest Michigan
4

Great place for large groups to enjoy the Lake!!

  • 4 of 5
Our large group of 15 really enjoyed our stay at Sunset Bluff. The house is a bit older, but was very clean and well-maintained. The views from the house were amazing and the private beach was great for relaxing and playing some beach soccer. The bugs around the house were a bit of a nuisance, but were only a problem if the lights outside were on at night. The owner also provided us with bath soaps, shampoos, linens, and kitchen supplies. The use of the gas grill was also perfect for the BBQ we had. We would definitely recommend this house to larger groups looking for an affordable getaway!
  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sunset Bluff on Beautiful Lake Michigan w/ Semi-private Beach!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p239255
-+1 3575170
St. Joseph Southwest Michigan
C'Ville,Illinois
1

Sunset BUFF!

  • 1 of 5
After browsing charming pictures of the house online, we were greatly looking forward to our week-stay at Sunset Buff in our favorite vacation spot, Michigan. We vacation to Michigan yearly and have always enjoyed our stay. However, this time we were sorely dissatisfied; upon arrival we became extremely disappointed with the house. The moment we entered, we noticed the repulsive, discreet odor of mold--not to mention, the smell of the garbage left under the sink from the house’s last occupants. Moreover, the entire house made one feel claustrophobic with the cluttered array of books, old toys and clothes, useless knick knacks, creepy pictures and overall junk(such as old paint in the middle of the room). The worst part though, was the apparent lack of thorough cleaning; it felt as if the basement had been abandoned! Spiders decorated the ceiling corners and window sills with cobwebs. Different types of insects skulked in between our bedroom sheets and all over the basement floors. The walls were stained and in great need of painting. The corners of each room were black and filthy. Even the bathrooms were grimy and definitely not properly cleaned. We didn’t enter the shower without flip-flops for fear of catching some fungus lurking in the soiled tubs. The toilets we needed to bleach ourselves since they were stained as well. We also changed a few light bulbs ourselves since they were not working. The TV only had one channel. Furthermore, the unsightly yard was always in use by people using the stairs to get to the beach—we never had any privacy! In a beach house one comes to relax and recuperate… Because of the ungainly and disgusting conditions we could not manage to relax and enjoy our vacation. Our stay at Sunset Buff was a complete disaster. We are definitely not going to be returning nor advising anyone to visit the ill-named Sunset Buff.
  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Own semi-private beach
Car: recommended
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Availability & Rates

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St. Joseph House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Base Rate
1 night minimum stay
$325
From
$350
Thu,Fri,Sat
 
 
Winter Rates
Jan 2 - Mar 31
1 night minimum stay
$325
From
$350
Thu,Fri,Sat
$2,100
 
 
Spring Rates
Apr 1 - May 26
1 night minimum stay
$350
From
$375
Thu,Fri,Sat
 
Discounts: 6 nights or more: $300 Nightly
 
June 2013
May 27 - Jun 27
1 night minimum stay
$410
From
$425
Thu,Fri,Sat
$2,875
 
 
Summer 2013
Jul 5 - Aug 30
7 night minimum stay
From
$500
Thu,Fri,Sat
$3,500
$13,200
 
Discounts: 8 nights or more: $475 Nightly

Additional information about rental rates

Fees And Taxes 6% Michigan sales tax added to the nightly/weekly rate.
$200 cleaning fee

Tax and cleaning fees are included in Event Rates (Memorial Day Weekend, 4th of July Week, Labor Day Week)

$500 refundable damage deposit due with reservation
Balance due 60 Days prior to arrival. Within 60 days total is due at reservation
Notes July/August dates have a one week minimum, Booked Friday to Friday only.
Checks, Cashiers Checks accepted. $500 deposit to reserve. Balance due 60 days prior to your arrival.
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Amenities

Amenities

St. Joseph House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Lake
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bathrooms: 3 full bathrooms
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 2 double
    Bedroom 6 - 4 sleep sofa /futon
  • Bedrooms: (Sleeps 18) Bedrooms / Sleeping Arrangements: 4 bedrooms total, with 2 additional areas with 2 futons each - Sleeps 18 1 - King 3 - Queen 1 - Double 1 - Twin 4 - Convertible
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing

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