John Buckingham

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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CHARMING COTTAGE

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2 BR/1 BA Cottage

Darling two bedroom/one bath cottage with a big deck to enjoy summer days. It's a very short walk to the beautiful sandy beach where you can walk for miles. Nice eat in kitchen, large living room with two seating areas. Settle in for a relaxing week or weekend.

Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
John Buckingham (Owner)
Advertiser since 2012
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About John Buckingham

Our family has owned a home in the area for 100 years. We are continuing this long tradition.

John Buckingham purchased this cottage in 2003

What makes this cottage unique

It is a great place to get away and have a fun weekend with family and friends. We love to sit on our deck and walk on the beach.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

Charming Cottage
average rating of 3.5 based on 2 reviews
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Charming Cottage
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p419799vb
- 847-722-7941
Coloma Southwest Michigan
St. Louis, MO
2

Very disappointing

  • 2 of 5
There are some things we wish we had known as it would have made a difference to us.

First thing we saw was an enormous hole in the neighbor's yard and large piles of excavated dirt. Because the deck is on the side of the house, the view is pretty much the construction site -- as well as the woods. At 7:00 a.m. the earth movers started about 10 yards outside the bedroom window. Would hope rental property owners would be able to alert guests to major construction in the area, but you may want to ask.

Couple of feet outside the living room window is an old trailer. The owner later indicated surprise that we would mind it, saying his kids play in there. We did wonder though, since it’s viewed by the owner as a positive aspect of the property, why there is no mention of it on the listing or a photo of it.

A few feet from the side of the house is a 2-3' cinder block wall where the neighbor’s property starts. In plain view were various projects large and small with parts, tools, tarps, etc. in great abundance in their yard.

The house itself is pretty much as pictured inside; small and worn, but clean. Bedroom is smaller than photo indicates There are matchstick blinds which don’t prevent people from being able to see in at night.

The neighborhood is a hodge podge. Lots of rustic (nicest way to say it) homes with stuff in the yards, and some nicer, more kept-up places. A Google Earth search will allow you to see the area of this rental. (Though we found it decidedly less appealing than even Google Earth shows.) The following point is no fault of the owner, but on Google Earth it looks like the house is about 20 yards from the street when in reality it’s about 6 feet from the dirt road. You can see the next door neighbor’s tarps and such on Google Earth and that stuff is much closer to this home than it appears on Google Earth.

Note the lack of reviews. We should have. Definitely not worth the price to us. We ended up staying in a lovely place in South Haven just a few minutes from the beach and paid the same price. In the middle of the activity but not noisy. This rental is about 20 minutes from South Haven.

We asked him to consider a partial refund and received less than one night's rental back though we only stayed one of the three nights. It was our choice to leave and stay elsewhere but if the property had been accurately portrayed, we never would have rented it in the first place. Caveat emptor!!
  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: To begin I would like to point out that VRBO’s policy gives me one option, pay the negative reviewer what they want to remove the review, or suffer whatever they post. I paid already, (while under no obligation), I said it would be small and why. He was paid nearly a nights rent when the deduction from the credit card (which he said he wasn’t going to use) is considered. The check was cashed without complaint. He had over a month prior to his rental to ask about whatever he saw on Google Earth, or anything else. I have to presume that people contact me after they have considered their budget, desires and requirements. I can’t help it that his budget doesn’t match his aspirations. I don’t want anyone in my house that doesn’t want to be there; especially if they feel they’ve not gotten what they expected. We are proud of our cottage and feel strongly it offers a great value. Finally, I was notified by text that he’d left, leaving me no option to find out what was happening.
As I told this renter, I have no control over what my neighbors do. That house has sat vacant for over 5 years. It appears the owners started a 2 day project to add a foundation for an addition. Definitely bad luck, and a near one in a million chance for this renter to encounter, but again, something completely out of my control. I had no idea this was going to happen. I also wouldn’t categorize it as “major construction”. They did have to level the ground, and I’m sure it was noisy, especially early in the morning, but the end result was a small cinder block foundation, the “enormous hole” and “large piles of excavated dirt” were soon gone. I had someone go out there the next day, and the work was finished.
There is a smaller, vintage trailer/camper tucked behind the house. In four years of renting, no one has ever complained. It’s is hard to see from many angles in the living room. I don’t have a picture of it on the listing because it is not available to renters. I may make it so soon. I do view it as a “positive aspect “of the property and am a little surprised someone could get so bent out of shape about it. In addition, there’s also a security aspect to not showing the trailer, as it could possibly reveal the location of my property.

I most strongly disagree that my house is worn. Judge for yourself from the pictures, they are current. It is made quite clear to all in pictures, descriptions and in conversation, that it
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Charming Cottage
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p419799vb
- 847-722-7941
Coloma Southwest Michigan
Indiana
5

Convenient and Fun Vacation!

  • 5 of 5
My wife, 2 yr old son, our shitzu-poodle and I recently stayed at this nice little cabin for a quick getaway. The cabin had great amenities, plenty of space, and was conveniently located! It was clean and had all the basics (pots and pans, silverware, sheets, towels, etc). It was also located on a dead end facing the woods, which gave us plenty of privacy! The owner returned my deposit VERY quickly and was easy to contact if we needed anything.

We took multiple trips over to St. Joe (just 10 minutes down the road) for our son to ride the carousel and play at the beach. We also enjoyed some delicious South Bend Chocolates and cheesecake in St. Joe. We took a trip over to some nearby Orchards, including a little visit to an outdoor "dinosaur" museum. We saw some beautiful sunsets and enjoyed a great dinner downtown Coloma at The Friendly Tavern.
  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Families with Young Children
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Map

Map

It's only a short walk to a beautiful beach where you can walk for miles. Conveniently located between the charming beach towns of St. Joseph and South Haven, Michigan. Lots to do nearby. Close to restaurants, golf, hiking, apple picking, and much more. Enjoy cottage living in a quiet, country, setting. Relax on the deck and enjoy the wooded view.

There's lots of events in both St Joseph and South Haven throughout the summer and fall. There are also some winter festivals, so don't miss the year round fun. Load up on fresh fruit and vegetables throughout the area. See a first run movie at the local theater for $5 including popcorn and a large drink. A five minute drive to Harbor Shores Golf course and several others. Lots of great hiking nearby or out the door.

Close to Chicago, but feels far away. Plenty to do rain or shine.

10% discount for returning guests and referrals.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Coloma Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$150
$850
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $75
Notes No refunds 30 days prior to rental.
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Amenities

Amenities

Coloma Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) In living room
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
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