St. Joseph House Rental Photos and Description
3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps 5
Located on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, this beautifully landscaped property has over 100 feet of private, white sand beach. A wall of windows on the west provides spectacular views of the Lake from both the Great Room and master suite. A baby grand piano and a Vermont Castings wood burning stove are features in the Great Room. French doors from the Great Room open up onto a wood-decked screen porch that adds another 350 sq/ ft. of summertime living space. The 14-foot ceiling is high enough not to obstruct the Lake views from the master suite and still accommodate two large, working iron chandeliers. The kitchen is designed for serious and efficient cooking with stainless KitchenAid appliances and a custom stainless counter with welded sink. French doors lead out to a grilling patio and herb beds. The master bath has a 6' by 6' open marble tile shower with a hand-painted lilac bush tile mural. Many paintings and painted furniture are by local artists.
When you arrive: Lavender House is approximately 90 minutes from the Chicago Skyway Bridge and 30 miles north of South Bend. When you arrive at 3960 Evergreen Lane, turn to the Lake at the split rail fence and drive down a 100-yard country driveway, past Lilac Cottage to arrive at a spacious courtyard area where a 6 foot tiered fountain provides a welcoming atmosphere. From here you get your first glimpse of the magnificent Lake Michigan to the northwest. Perennial gardens surround the residence, with approximately 1800 sq. ft. of blue stone forming a path around the perimeter and three large stone terraces. The house is beautifully landscaped. There is a swing on the bluff to view the spectacular sunsets or just swing and read during the day. A fire pit and bench at the bluff expand your options for viewing the amazing Lake. At the edge of the bluff are the stairs, with landings every 20 feet, down to the private, white sand beach. Often one can walk for three miles without seeing another person.
When not at the beach: Inside, a 46-inch HD flat screen TV with satellite provides viewing options; a CD player with over 600 discs provides listening pleasure. Oriental rugs, original Eames chairs and ottomans, a Mitchell Gold sleeper sofa and leather recliner, furniture hand-painted by local artists, a baby grand piano, and artwork provide a comfortable ambiance. Or, you can experience light lake breezes from the 350 sq.ft. screened porch, furnished with a dining table and four chairs; a chaise; and a rocker. Every room in the house, with the single exception of the interior bathroom, has a beautiful view of either the Lake or gardens. There are stone terraces on three sides and a half bocce ball court on the Lake. After you make your reservation, you will receive Morrison and David's 20 most favorite things to do in the area--guaranteed to be something for everyone.
A cook's Kitchen: Designed for serious and efficient cooking, the kitchen boasts a 6-burner (each 15,000 BTU) KitchenAid gas cooktop; KitchenAid Architect series dishwasher, KitchenAid convection/conventional wall oven and convection/microwave oven; and an Amana double-door with freezer (and ice maker) under refrigerator. All appliances are stainless steel, as is the main counter with a welded sink to create a seamless workspace. Windows over the sink look out at the herb garden; French doors lead out to the grilling patio with a Weber Genesis propane gas grill. There is a built-in bookcase for cookbooks, and a closed-off laundry with Whirlpool Duet front-load washer and dryer on pedestals. Hand-painted tiles cover the top of the island concealing wall. All dishes, glasses, flatware, and cooking ware are provided. Naturally, there is a blender, food processor, coffee makers (drip, French and expresso), and toaster.
There is another house on the property, Lilac Cottage, homeaway.com, # 237744. Both houses sit on 1 1/2 acres and maintain privacy but do share beach stairs, the beach, and the bluff. There are 120 stair steps to the beach, with small landings every 20 steps. NO TELEVISION, ONLY DVD, UNTIL APRIL 18, 2014.
- non smoking only
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- pets considered
- Long-term Renters Welcome
Guestbook comments from the owner
"We stayed here Labor Day week this year and LOVED it. Best vacation ever!!! We were just so happy with everything. Sarah was wonderful to work with...just a great overall trip."