THIS IS IT! THE BEACH HOUSE - PVT LAKE MI BEACH

Cynthia Koch

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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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THIS IS IT! THE BEACH HOUSE - PVT LAKE MI BEACH

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The Beach House -- 3 Bedrooms, sleeps 8, 2 baths, low bluff - AWESOME BEACH!!!

Cozy year-round cottage sits on low bluff overlooking 70’ of private Lake Michigan beach. Stairs from deck lead to sea grass, sugar sand, and shallow water with sandbars. Great place for sand castles during the day and bonfires in the evening. Built in 1910 and recently updated, the original arts and crafts interior includes wooden ceiling beams and hardwood floors. Three bedrooms (two upstairs; one downstairs) sleep 8 comfortably. Wide front porch overlooks lake and deck .

Amenities: Fully-equipped kitchen (remodeled 2011) includes electric range, double oven, dishwaher, soapstone countertops and floor tile. Separate dining area seats 8-10 comfortably. Sitting area has Cable/TV/ DVD, stereo CD/cassette player, and docking station for iPod/iPad. House provides unlimited local phone calls and WiFi Internet access. AC provides comfort in the summer, but don’t miss out on the great cross-breezes from the Lake. Linens provided, along with kitchen equipment, lawn chairs, beach toys, games, videos, and many, many books for all ages. Bring your own beach towels!

Things to do!: Large shaded back yard (70’x150’) provides lots of space for games and seating area for family and friends. Shed is stocked with beach toys and lawn chairs. Take a ¾ mile walk south from the house along the beach to look at the South Haven light house or people watch on North Beach. Head north from the house along the beach to look for sea glass and view steep Lake Michigan Bluffs. Walk or bike across Dyckman bridge and into town (1.25 mile). Shop at local art galleries, food shops, and antique stores in town, or take a 15 minute drive to Saugatuck/Douglas area for more shops and restaurants. Visit one of the local vineyards, and De Grandchamps’ blueberry farm. Pick seasonal fruits in surrounding area. Play golf at public or private courses. Charter a fishing boat or sail with Friends Goodwill--a 3-masted schooner and historic replica. The water sport shop on Dyckman offers a good selection of sports rentals, from paddle boards and jet skis to kite boards and kayaks.

Great location!: South Haven is about 2.5 hours from Chicago and 2.5 hours from Southeast Michigan. It’s a great place to meet up for families scattered across the Northern Midwest. Nightlife includes fireflies and shooting stars, bonfires and ghost stories. Good pubs and restaurants also available in downtown South Haven, or close by in Saugatuck, Douglas, and Holland. List of recommended pubs and eateries available in welcome book at house.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Cynthia Koch (Owner)
Advertiser since 2003
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Guestbook comments from the owner

We enjoyed our stay at the lake house very much. There were six of us for the weekend, and the house/accommodations met our needs in every way. The house is clean, charming, and well maintained. The view from the porch is fabulous. We highly recommend a bonfire on the beach to enjoy the night sky and stars you can't see in the city. The lake house is well located. You can walk to town and enjoy all that South Haven has to offer -- lots of great shops and restaurants. We recommend having lunch on the river. We also recommend a road trip (short ride) to Saugatuck. For those of you who like to poke around in antique shops, there are several on the way.



Your time at the lake house will be most enjoyable. If you've not been to that area of Michigan, its beauty will not disappoint -- neither will the accommodations.
May 2012
  • 1 of 1
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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4.5
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This is it! The Beach House - Pvt Lake MI Beach
average rating of 4.4666667 based on 15 reviews
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This is it! The Beach House - Pvt Lake MI Beach
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p308220
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South Haven Southwest Michigan
5

A Classic Lake Michigan Beach House

  • 5 of 5
I would highly recommend this property! From the moment we arrived we felt right at home. The kitchen has everything you need, utensils, dishes, pots and pans. So well stocked! Bathrooms are beautiful, plenty of nice towels, comfy beds with soft sheets. Everything was spotless when we arrived.The covered porch is a gem, perect place to enjoy the amazing view of the lake and sunsets. Gas grill and more seating on the lower deck make cooking so much fun! Access to the beach is great for rock hunting along the shore or a refreshing swim in Lake Michigan.The owner emailed very helpful information before our arrival and graciously answered all of my questions. Its obvious this charming home is treasured, it has been beautifully maintained. South Haven has great local shops and restaurants as well as Wal Mart if needed. This property exceeded my expectations and was a vacation we will always remember!
  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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This is it! The Beach House - Pvt Lake MI Beach
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p308220
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South Haven Southwest Michigan
1

Huge Disappointment!

  • 1 of 5
Don't be fooled by the existing reviews! Upon arriving at the house we found it filthy, dilapidated, and bug and mice infested. The outside of the house was covered in spider nests/eggs and various other bugs. We understand that it is near the lake but spider nests should be cleared- which we had to do to ourselves to make the porch usable. Bugs were also all over in the house. The landscaping around the house is very overgrown which may explain the bug issue. Upon arrival the inside of the house was filthy. Floors were full of dirt, interior window sills full of spider webs and dead bugs, and dressers/cabinets had dirt and sticky residue on them. The upstairs bedrooms and bathroom had paint chipping off and peeling away. We called regarding the filthy floors and the cleaning service came promptly to clean, however the floors still had such a layer of dirt that our 10 month old daughter was covered in black dirt from crawling on the floors. The furniture in the house is old and the couches, while appearing clean (don't lift the cushions!) are worn and reminiscent of a college frat house. On our second day we saw a mouse near the kitchen and found that it had been eating through bread on the countertop. The next morning, after we cleared the kitchen counters of all food, we found mouse droppings all over the countertops and our belongings. At that point, with a 10 month old and 3 year old we decided to cut our week long vacation short after just 3 nights in this house. The owner did reimburse us for the remaining nights, although at a lower weekday rate (not at the weekly contract amount divided by nights stayed), and had the audacity to charge us a $100 late departure fee as we were 45 minutes late from leaving at the 6pm "agreed" upon departure time. Obviously she has never had to explain to a 3 year old that his vacation is over since the rental house isn't safe/clean or tried to pack up two small children. In addition, while the listing does show the square footage of the house, it would be a miraculous feat to see 8 adults live and sleep comfortably in this house. Lastly, as Lake Michigan water levels have increased this year, the "beach" is only about 6 feet wide.

If you are looking for a "roughing it" type of experience this house may be for you. However for the rental cost there are much nicer, cleaner, larger properties available with the same waterfront location for a similar or even lesser cost. Do your homework or you may be disappointed!
  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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This is it! The Beach House - Pvt Lake MI Beach
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South Haven Southwest Michigan
5

Beautiful home with awesome views and beachfront

  • 5 of 5
The house is amazing - although we didn't spend much time "in" it. The porch is spacious, and the deck provides a peaceful view of the lake and lighthouse, and the beach is small but functional. (We were in the water most of the time, anyway). The town of South Haven is adorable and offers anything we could possibly need - with a Meijer and WalMart right in town, we had convenience and solace right at our fingertips. Our week was delightful - even with a couple of thunderstorms with 70+ MPH winds. We would definitely consider returning to this property for another week of escape.
  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We look forward to welcoming you back! 70 MPH winds? You had the Edmund Fitzgerald experience! The storms on the lake have a lot to do with the amount of beach available as the water roils and crashes into the shore. Fortunately, the beach always comes back :) Did you see the kite-boarders after the storm? Those crazy, athletic men and women who ride the waves and winds up and down the coast are one of my favorite things about South Haven! Thanks so much for writing!
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This is it! The Beach House - Pvt Lake MI Beach
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p308220
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South Haven Southwest Michigan
5

October 2012

  • 5 of 5
I would like to thank Cynthia .....our stay in your place was fabulous....we didn't want for anything....we have a lot going on in our family at this time so it was a bit bittersweet to leave but was very nice once we arrived......we had beautiful sunsets and moonsets!!!!! And walks on the beach.....hope to be able to return ...... Thanks again....
  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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This is it! The Beach House - Pvt Lake MI Beach
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South Haven Southwest Michigan
5

Wow!

  • 5 of 5
We just got back from our weekend at this lovely beach home and I'm missing it already. We have rented lots of homes along Lake Michigan and this is absolutely one of my very favorites. The beach is absolutely beautiful. My husband and son built some great sand castles in the perfect sand and my daughter and I had a blast searching for rocks and sea glass. We even found some petoskey stones here which I didn't even know was possible this far south! And of course we loved walking to the South Haven lighthouse. We loved that we could enjoy the beach from the house too. The covered porch is amazing, even better than the picture. I loved the blue bead board ceiling. Little touches like these make this house very special. It was great to watch sunsets and eat our meals on the porch.

To me, the outside is the most important part of a beach house, but I absolutely loved the inside too. It is the quintessential beach house; I felt like I was at a beach house on Cape Cod or Nantucket but it was even better because I was at Lake Michigan. I love a house with character and this house had it...beadboard, pedestal sinks, soapstone tile and lots of other little touches. Obviously this house is well loved!
  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sounds like you had a wonderful BIRTHDAY! September is a lovely month for the beach. So quiet. One of South Haven's secrets.
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This is it! The Beach House - Pvt Lake MI Beach
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South Haven Southwest Michigan
5

Best Vacation Ever!

  • 5 of 5
This was our second year at this cottage. I cannot say enough wonderful things about the cottage, the amenities...everything. This family totally gets it. The location is superb. The view is the best in South Haven! It's clean, comfortable and family friendly. It has old world charm with all updated new bathrooms and kitchen.
There are games, puzzles, and great family movies.There is plenty of indoor and outdoor seating for family BBQs and meals. It's absolutely ideal!!! It's even better than the pictures!
  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: From one South Haven fan to another--Thank you! ~~Cynthia
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Map

Map

Nearest Train
8 Miles
Bangor Michigan - AMTRAK
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
I-196 - 18 miles N of I-94
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Sophia's
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Sophia's

Lakefront, awesome beach, art, music, festivals, antiquing, tall ship sailing, jet-skiing, fruit picking, hiking, Van Buren State Park & Dunes

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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South Haven House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Early Fall
Sep 2 2014 - Oct 9 2014
2 night minimum stay
$525
From
$600
Fri,Sat
$3,000
 
 
Late Fall
Oct 10 2014 - Nov 9 2014
2 night minimum stay
$350
From
$425
Fri,Sat
$2,600
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%
Notes $2600 - 4200/Week - Holidays as listed or +15% of posted rate
A 6% state tax will be added to the total. Booking requires a 50% deposit to hold the house. Full payment of balance due 60 days in advance of arrival date.Please inquire for availability & rates. Reservations are made on first come/first served basis but are not guaranteed until receipt of rental agreement and deposit. Reservations
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Amenities

Amenities

South Haven House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1510 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Waterfront
  • Beach ...
  • Lake ...
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Family
General:
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Telephone
  • Internet
  • Wireless Internet
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Heating
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking On Street
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Toilet Paper
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Blender
  • Kitchen
  • Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main Floor - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Upstairs - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Main Floor - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Connecting bathroom
    Upstairs Lakeside - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Twn/trundle sleeps 2
    Upstairs Streetside - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Video Library
  • CD Player
  • Television
  • Stereo
  • Books
Outside:
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 10 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • library
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • antiquing
  • sledding
  • scenic drives
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • hospital
  • groceries
  • Babysitter
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • tennis
  • pier fishing
  • water tubing
  • swimming
  • fishing
  • wind-surfing
  • jet skiing
  • hiking
  • cycling
  • sailing
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
Notes:
Please bring your own beach towels - washer/dryer provided. Beach chairs are stocked at beginning of the season -- they have a way of appearing/disappearing so best to bring some folding beach chairs just in case. There are usually kids sand toys in the shed, however these too have a way of appearing and disappearing so come prepared! There is a nice store called Outpost Sports at the corner of Dyckman and North Shore Drive that has beach gear, beachwear and all manner of water toy rentals. It's an easy 4 block walk.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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