QUAINT & CHARMING COTTAGE WITH PRIVATE ASSOCIATION BEACH WALKING DISTANCE

Rita McGarry

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 6 nights

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QUAINT & CHARMING COTTAGE WITH PRIVATE ASSOCIATION BEACH WALKING DISTANCE

Lakeside Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Lakeside, MI. 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath - Lovingly cared for by owners over 29 years

As soon as you enter our adorable cottage you will be welcomed by the original woodwork and wood floors. This small 2 bedroom, (updated 1 bathroom and quaint kitchen ) will make you immediately unwind. Your here! We have tried to keep the feel from the 30's and 40's time period with our decorating. This is a place for making wonderful memories. Watch the birds while sipping your morning coffee. The private association beach is about a one block walk to Lake Michigan. There are 45 steps down to the sand. Come back and grill or get ready for dinner (many great restaurants from casual to dressy in the vicinity). Enjoy an evening down on the beach to watch a wonderful sunset and back up to play board games, bean bags or badminton. This is a place where you can relax and catch up on those books to read, organize those photo albums you have been meaning to put in order.

Summer 2014 Reservations Now In Progress: Plan a week or weekend away for wine tasting at one of local wineries. Grab a bottle of wine and head down to our private beach to watch the sunset around a campfire. Get away for some quality family time. Take a hike through the woods, jog along Lakeshore Road or on the beach. Take a morning walk (a nice stretch of the legs to get the paper and a great cup of coffee). The numerous restaurants are great and the atmosphere is totally relaxing. Many of the restaurants offer great weekday specials. Try your luck at Four Winds or Blue Chip Casino. A Little Bit O'Heaven makes you feel so comfortable that we guarantee an afternoon nap is in order.

We are now accepting reservations for 2014. Summer weeks are fill up quickly, we now have many repeat customers so plan your vacation today! Don't hesitate and wait until the last minute.

This place is truly 'A Little Bit O'Heaven'. One Hundred Thousand Welcomes!

The O'Reilly/McGarry Families

Activities and Miscellaneous Information: Central Air/Heat with 6 ceiling fans

1 TV (cable)

1 VCR/DVD

Bathroom with shower (bench in shower) - no tub

Outside Shower to rinse off from beach

Full Kitchen

Refrigerator with ice and filtered water

Microwave

All Linens Provided except beach towels

Cookware & Utensils

Outside Gas and Charcoal Grill

Large Screened House

Parking for up to 3 cars

Full Size Bed in Master Bedroom

Futon in Second Bedroom (very small room)

Full size pull out Sofa Bed in TV/Gathering Room

Stackable Washer and Dryer

Beach Chairs

Bicycles available upon request

Fantastic area restaurants from casual to dressy. Warren Dunes State Park - 10 minute drive. Warren Woods Preserve - 10 minute drive or bike ride. In season strawberry, blueberry, apple to pumpkin picking. Beach, beach, beach days and sunset nights. Cross country and down hill skiing near. Lighthouse outlet shopping mall - 25 minute ride. Numerous golf courses. Blue Chip Gambling Casino - 20 minutes by car.

Happenings: To see the latest events in the area, please contact us for more information. This is the perfect way to prepare for your stay at A Little Bit O'Heaven.

It is time to THINK SPRING and SUMMER ALREADY! OH! It is a WONDERFUL LIFE.

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Rita McGarry (Property Manager)
Advertiser since 2006
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About Rita McGarry

I was fortunate to spend all my summer's in Lakeside, Michigan from Memorial Day through Labor Day from 1960 to 1971. My parents sold 'Happy Stay' in 1971 and it was something everyone had always regretted. My brother, husband and I purchased A Little Bit O'Heaven in 1985 and every time I arrive I know it is A Wonderful Life. My husband enjoys the Fall and peaceful walks along the lake as you can see in the photo above. As for me...I cannot think of a happier place, than to have had the opportunity to watch my children grow up and enjoy their childhood in Lakeside.

Rita McGarry purchased this cottage in 1985

Why Rita McGarry chose Lakeside

It just so happens we were driving around the Harbor Country area in 1985, reminiscing about our wonderful memories in Lakeside. It was just by luck (long story), that the cottage next to our parents old one 'Happy Stay' was for sale. We had no intention of buying a property, but we could not pass it up. Here we are 29 years later...our children now have the same wonderful memories we had and most of our renters are now repeat customers for 27 years plus. This place is definitely made for wonderful, leave the chaotic world behind fun and memories!

What makes this cottage unique

There are so many things that make people fall in love with 'A Little Bit O'Heaven'. #1 is the beach. The home is small, but feels like you have been here before and it makes you feel like it is has been waiting just for you. You come with a certain level of what to expect and it's simpleness just makes you fall in love with it even more. It has a special feeling about it!

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 6 nights
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Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Reviews

Reviews

5
based on 4 traveler reviews

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Quaint & Charming Cottage with Private Association Beach Walking Distance
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews
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Quaint & Charming Cottage with Private Association Beach Walking Distance
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p321768
773 814-4467
Lakeside Southwest Michigan
Chicago, IL
5

Mid-September at the Red House

  • 5 of 5
Wonderful home which has been lovingly maintained. Top line heating, cooling, laundry and bathroom facilities. Home is a short walk to the beach. The owners went out of their way to help us - directions, where to find the Chicago papers, a red wagon for the grandchildren!

We have rented this lovely cottage at various times over a twenty year period. We now have the fun of introducing a new generation to the Lake Michigan beach.
  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2008
  • Stayed: Sep 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you! That's what it is all about. We want to make sure everyone has the same opportunity to enjoy and love our "Little Bit O'Heaven" as much as we do. What makes us happy is when we see how much joy not only our home, but the entire area brings to everyone who stays. From outdoor movies on a starry night, to a competitive game of bean bags that last for days. To the wonderful cookouts and sunsets, each year just gets better and better. Thank you to the awesome families we have had the chance to share our home. They care for our home as their own and even water the flowers each day! We love to read the wonderful stories you leave in our guest book. A special THANK YOU from our children who have had the pleasure of meeting people from all over the world, you have given them memories of a life time. We look forward to all returning and new friends. Warm wishes,
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Quaint & Charming Cottage with Private Association Beach Walking Distance
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p321768
773 814-4467
Lakeside Southwest Michigan
5

Truly is a Bit 'O Heaven!

Truly is a Bit 'O Heaven!
  • 5 of 5
My husband and I had a wonderful time. The cottage is charming, comfortable and clean. We also enjoyed the lovely back yard and the close proximity to Lake Michigan. It was only a 5 minute walk to the most beautiful private beach! The owners provided everything and were most helpful telling us the best places to dine and where to find the closest coffee shop. We've already recommended this cottage to our family and we would love to go back sometime.
  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quaint & Charming Cottage with Private Association Beach Walking Distance
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p321768
773 814-4467
Lakeside Southwest Michigan
Crete, IL
5

Great Vacation Cottage

  • 5 of 5
We stayed for 10 days a couple of summers ago and it was one of our best vacations in our memory! Lazy summer days -- cooking out -- sleeping late -- walking down to the private beach. Unforgettable!
  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2008
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Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Quaint & Charming Cottage with Private Association Beach Walking Distance
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773 814-4467
Lakeside Southwest Michigan
Chicago
5

It really is a 'Little Bit of Heaven'

It really is a 'Little Bit of Heaven'
  • 5 of 5
This is a very quaint, very charming cottage. The kitchen and bathroom are updated and the decor throughout the cottage is a perfect complement to the original features as well as the improvements. The grounds surrounding the cottage are well maintained and are as beautiful as the inside. The private beach is a big bonus - it is clean, relaxing, and never crowded.
I have been coming here for the last few years and have found the owners to be very accommodating. Other people in the area are friendly and it is a great place to take long walks or bike rides.This is the perfect place to relax and enjoy beautiful Lake Michigan. Only an hour from Chicago, but you feel very far away!
  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Stray Dog Bar & Grill
Oink's Dutch Treat
"Simply Awesome! Must for a great after dinner treat"
Whistle Stop Grocery
"Walk everyday for morning coffee and paper"
Red Arrow Roadhouse
"Great place to meet and have a glass of wine, beer and great dinner."
Luisa's Cafe
"Have to try it!"
Round Barn Winery
"What Fun and so close"
Barneys Market
"Good place for groceries"
Blue Plate Cafe
"Walking distance. Very comfortable and nice local place"
Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Southbend Regional
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Amtrak in New Buffalo, Mi
Nearest Motorway
0.01 Miles
Red Arrow
Nearest Beach
0.03 Miles
Private Association Beach
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Red Arrow Roadhuse
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Swiss Valley Ski Resort
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Whittaker Woods
Nearest Restaurant
0.6 Miles
Blue Plate Cafe
Car: necessary

Other Activities: Four Winds or Blue Chip Casino

Golf: Whittaker Woods, Pebblewood Country Club, Lost Dunes (Private), Chikaming Country Club (Private), Dunes Club (Private)

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Availability & Rates

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Lakeside Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
In Season
May 25 - Sep 1
Changeover Day: Sunday
6 nights
$193
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $55
Notes $1350.00 a week in Season, $150 a night off season
In Season from (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day) plus cleaning fee. Weekly rentals only In Season. Rent from Sunday to Sunday. Security deposit and 1/2 of rental due before rental date along with a signed rental agreement. Off Season Rental $150.00 a night 2 night min. plus $55.00 cleaning fee
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Amenities

Amenities

Lakeside Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Beach
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Internet
  • Wireless Internet
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Iron & Board
  • Activities Guide
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
Kitchen:
  • Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Ice Maker
  • Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Grill
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Exterior - outdoor shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , no dresser
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • One bedroom has a full bed. Second bedroom has a futon - Full Size Great room has a sleeper sofa - Full Size Sleeps 4 nicely, Room with Futon is very small. Can accomodate up to 6 if you have short term overnight guests.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Deck
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • library
  • coin laundry
  • autumn foliage
  • winery tours
  • forests
  • marina
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • gambling casinos
  • antiquing
  • sledding
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • water skiing
  • hiking
  • wind-surfing
  • fishing
  • roller blading
  • golf
  • freshwater fishing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • sailing
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