|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
****PLEASE EMAIL ME FOR DATES; I WILL RESPOND WITHIN 24 HRS.....WE ARE ALMOST COMPLETLY BOOKED AT HOUSE NO 1, BUT STILL HAVE PLENTY OF DATES OPEN FOR HOUSE NO 2****
Get a taste of the good life with one of the best holiday retreats southwest Michigan has to offer at the 'Sheppard Chalets'. Cass County is blessed with the largest lake of southwest Michigan's Lower Peninsula, Diamond Lake! Just 2 hours from Chicago and only 25 minutes from Notre Dame!!! Enjoy the game, the lake and a round or two of golf all in one weekend!
House 1: Will sleep 11-12 in beds; Our first home is custom built with that 'up north cabin feel' and is smoke-free!! It features over 3000 square feet with a professional stainless kitchen for the gourmet cook! With 22 foot ceilings in living room and dining area, and a 30x40 family room with a 35 inch TV/Stereo with DVD/VCR and movies, this home has lots of room to roam. There's a king size bed in loft, room w/ a set of bunk beds and a twin bed, a third bedroom w/ a queen size bed, and the 25 x 30 family room has a couch/loveseat plus two twin day beds. Home has knotty pine and cedar throughout the entire house!! Two full bathrooms, 1 with relaxing steamer unit w/ dual shower heads. Enjoy the 150x150 manicured lot for outdoor fun and games. Sit on the front porch and swing and enjoy the professionally landscaped yard and pond, or cook up a barbecue on the back yard deck and awesome outdoor kitchen!!! Roast marshmellows out by the fire on those chilly Michigan nights!
House 2: Can sleep up to 8: 3 Bedroom/2 full Bath w/ jacuzzi, approx. 1600 s.f. home, that sits on the first hole of the DIAMOND LAKE GOLF Course!! Master bedroom suite with king size bed and twin, fireplace, ceiling fan, tv, walk in closet & masterbath with jacuzzi and walk in shower; 2nd bedroom has 2 twin beds and 3rd bedroom has a full size bed, twin bed and loveseat (suitable for small child to sleep on). We can also provide a queen size blow up mattress, available upon request. Brand new back covered porch. Also outdoor firepit, gas grill, and amazing views of the Diamond Lake Golf Course!! Walk to Dussell's farmers market, our private beach, or just walk out the backyard to the DL golf course and ice cream shop for those after dinner treats!
Diamond Lake's shores have sandy beaches and a public marina with a boat launch and various water sports to offer. Be sure to check out the Park Shore Marina for all your boating pleasures!! The marina offers all types of water sport rentals, boat launching, and pier rental. Enjoy the newly remodeled Cafe!! Explore the lake with a ferry ride to Diamond Isle and view the beautiful lake front homes all around the lake. Even golf lovers will have a grand time at your choice of 2 spectacular golf courses, either the new 18 hole Park Shore Golf Club or the 9 hole Diamond Lake Golf Club. Bring your bikes for a scenic tour around beautiful Diamond Lake!
The historic town's downtown area and neighboring Dowagiac has all the amenities with plenty of options for gourmets and shopaholics alike. The town of Jones in St. Joseph County has the spectacular Swiss Valley Ski Resort (just 10 miles) with several lifts and tall skiiing peaks for all the fun of skiing or snowboarding. And those with a taste for wine will enjoy the fact you are staying in the Michigan Wine Country and most wineries offer fabulous wine-tasting tours! A 25 minute drive will get you to Notre Dame and South Bend, Lake Michigan, and Amish Country in Shipshawana. Enjoy a fun day of shopping or enjoy the brand new water park!!
Absolutely one of the best kept secrets in the mid-west....Diamond Lake is only two hours from Chicago!! Make yourself at home...you will absolutely fall in love with either of these romantic Michigan get-a-aways and want to come back year after year!! Recreation apart, simply relax and enjoy looking at the sunset and sip on a sparkling wine while hanging out at the park wondering which of the two - the Michigan wine or Diamond Lake's waters - glisten and sparkle more!
Please email me for any questions....thanks for looking!
Terri and Dave :-)
Keywords: Home, cottage, lake house, cabin
We've always wanted to build our own cabin in the woods in 1994 our dream came true!!
Terri purchased this cabin in 2008
We absolutely fell in love with Diamond Lake and from the moment we pulled up onto our tree lined street, we were sold! We bought our land in 1994 and started building our 'cabin in the woods' in 1996. It was a great little rustic cabin and being only 2 hours from Chicago, it was our home away from home! It took about 4 years to build on the weekends, and off time, and by 2000 it was done!! But in 2001, the area was devasted by a tornado and we lost 14 trees on our property! The home was built so strong though that the only damage was a little roof damage and our porch. So we tore down the porch and in 2002 added a 30x40 family room, basement, front and back porch. Our little cabin turned into a big cabin and we actually lived there for a short time in 2003. But in 2004 we moved back to the Chicago area, and decided to rent it out so that others could enjoy our beautiful custom built home and the great Diamond Lake area! We love it so much on Diamond Lake that in 2008 we did it again! We bought another home, fixed that one all all up, and now rent that one out too! That way, we never miss a weekend on beautiful Diamond Lake in case one our homes are rented!! :)
So, after a day of boating or fishing on beautiful 1029 acre Diamond Lake, sit back and unwind and enjoy a great barbeque on the back deck and roast marshmellows on the outdoor fire pit. You'll want to come back year after year, and soon our home will feel like your home! We hope you enjoy it!!
Dave & Terri
Dear Terri & Dave,
Thanks for much for the use of your beautiful home again. It is so comfortable - truly a home away from home! And the new bathroom is awesome! We will definately be back next summer! Thanks again!
The house was perfect. We planned a relaxing bachelorette party for a group of girls and it fit our needs perfectly. The house was updated with ample amounts of space. It's closely located to the private beach, lake, and downtown area. I would recommend this house to anyone and will hopefully be coming back in the future. Thank you for preparing a beautiful house for all of us!
Dear Terri and Dave -
Thanks so much for renting us your home. My girlfriends and I had a wonderful time during our stay. The house is beautiful and there was more than enough room for all six of us. We especially enjoyed cooking our meals in your outdoor kitchen, and relaxing on the patio. Thanks also for working with us to accommodate the dates we needed. That made our trip planning much easier.
My friends and I had such a wonderful time staying at the smaller property. It was the perfect size for all 5 of us. It was close to the lake so we could walk and take a boat off of the marina. We enjoyed the farmer's market, ice cream shop and many wineries around the area. Thanks for such a wonderful place to stay and relax!!!
My family joined my sister's family at House 2 for a few days - a wonderful family reunion. The house completely lived up to our expectations, shaped by the VRBO listing which proved to be 100% accurate.
The house was very clean, very comfortable, and made for a very pleasant stay. The location near the lake and right on a great little public golf course made it perfect for our young sons, who rode their scooters through the neighborhood and really enjoyed the freedom of the country atmosphere. The folks at the golf course were incredibly nice and very welcoming - the clubhouse is a minute's walk from House 2, and we made that walk frequently because the clubhouse doubles as a wonderful ice cream parlor :)
The bbq grill outside the screened-in porch was put to good use, and we really enjoyed the fire pit in the backyard.
There were a couple little issues - the face of a kitchen drawer came off in my hand the first time I opened it. The screws holding the face were too short to do the job. Tried to fix it myself but no luck, and I'm afraid the owner might have thought this was done carelessly or on purpose - it was not. Same thing with the faucet handle in the tub of the (beautiful) master bath - it literally snapped off in my wife's hand as she tried to shut off the water. Again, this was obviously not done on purpose but I'm afraid it may have ticked off the owner. Also on the very minor side - the long knives in the kitchen were all "dull," and the cable system did not include ESPN so we had to watch to World Cup games on my iPad.
We stayed busy during the day and chilled in the backyard around the fire pit at night. Diamond Lake was warm and clean in late June - the highlight of our stay was the afternoon we rented a pontoon boat and explored the lake, stopping at the sand bar for an hour to swim and relax. Our youngest son used the fishing poles provided by the host and caught a decent-sized bass, which we grilled and enjoyed that evening.
All in all, we can heartily recommend this house for folks looking for a traditional lake community getaway.
This place was great! I was there with my adult children and families and it worked perfectly for us. The grandchildren loved the bubble bath in the "cuzzy" tub after a day at the beach. They were either in their pajamas or swimming suits! We even took them to the golf course ice cream shop in their pjs. The beach is perfect for small children and grami---I loved the shade. The kitchen was fun to cook in and the back porch was perfect for feeding children and for the early risers. Terri, thanks for accommodating us!
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Property Damage Protection||$99|
|Notes||HOUSE 1: Nov-April $300.00/night (3 night min); $2100 Week; Peak season: May-October $375.00/night; (3 night min) $2625.00/wk. HOUSE 2: Nov-April $275/nt; 3 nt min); $1925/wk; May-Oct $295/nt; $2065/wk. Holidays/Notre Dame: $375/night $500 Security Deposit locks in date; returned w/i 2-3 wks of stay upon inspection. Cleaning fee deducted if you don't clean; full refund if do own cleaning!|
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