THREE BY THE SEA: PERFECT FOR LARGE FAMILY GATHERINGS!

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THREE BY THE SEA: PERFECT FOR LARGE FAMILY GATHERINGS!

South Haven House Rental Photos and Description

House, 5 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 12-17)

Gather with family and friends this summer at Three by the Sea in beautiful South Haven. How perfect is this: one large house with two roomy units and a studio cottage, big yard, deck, lovely porch with a hammock, close to the beach, close to downtown, with bikes, boogie boards, beach toys galore, all for your use! Grill out, play badminton or volleyball, and just simply relax, gather, and enjoy.

Once you park your car, you won't need your keys again for a week. It's just three blocks to Lake Michigan beaches, and two blocks to charming downtown; walk to harbor festivities, parks, art fairs, churches, the Kal-haven trail, restaurants, the maritime museum, and the farmer's market!

(In winter, it's right by the lovely outdoor ice skating rink and the popular sledding hill by the river!)

This wonderful cottage property featuring two complete rental units and an adorable detached studio cottage is perfect for two private parties, or one large gathering of extended family/friends who like to stay together, yet separate! Each unit has a delightful furnished kitchen, a super friendly, open floorplan, and enough cozy activities to keep you busy when the weather fails to cooperate: games, books, TV's with DirecTV,etc.!

A deck with lots of chairs/tables, a porch with a hammock, a cozy outdoor bistro style area, and a large yard that can accommodate a volleyball net, this cottage never ceases to please! Visit our website (address listed) today for details and availability!

Unit #1 is called Maggie's Retreat: three bedrooms featuring two queen beds and two twins, plus a comfortable sleeper sofa, furnished kitchen w/microwave, gas stove, DW, and a long farmer's table for gatherings, lots of windows and natural light, hardwood floors, two stories, washer and dryer with laundry chute, two TV's with DirecTV, and cable internet (summer only). Deck and porch go with Maggie's Retreat.

Unit Two is called Surfer Joe: two bedrooms featuring two queen beds, furnished kitchen, FUN decor that inspires a light heart, TV with cable, cozy outdoor bistro style area with lantern lights and grill. Absolutely charming and private.

The Studio Cottage is Sheila's Shack, and it's an adorable and comfortable carriage house. It fits 2 people (only) and features a t.v.,dvd player, mini kitchen with coffee maker, refrigerator and toaster oven. It has a 3/4 bathroom/dressing room as well.

Garage has bikes, Burley, kayaks and beach toys for your enjoyment.

Keywords: Large Family Cottage

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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Mike and Sheila Wood, managers/family owned

The Owner purchased this house in 1972

This is my childhood home! Although we haven't lived here in many years, we only decided in 2005 to make it into a vacation rental since it truly is in a wonderful location, and the property itself is ideal for large families wishing to stay together, yet seperate, between the three units. The 3 block walk to the beach is lovely and you are also only 2 blocks from charming downtown South Haven. Our guests come back again and again, letting us know that we are doing something right! We have tried to provide everything WE would want in a vacation home. Choose Three by the Sea for your large family gathering. We feel sure you'll want to come back!

Aside from a wonderful location, we have a garage stocked with a whole fleet of bicycles for nearly all ages, kayaks, gas AND charcoal grills, beach toys, a Burley to wheel everything to the beach, and more! There are plenty of outdoor areas to relax or play: we have a hammock, a deck, and a porch; we have a basketball court, a picnic table, and a tree chair swing that the kids love. Indoors we have comfy beds, a two large kitchens, two washers/dryers, games, books, and an open floor plan for games, t.v., and more.

Sleeps17
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Property type house
Minimum Stay nights
Pay with confidence
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Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Three services to protect your trip:
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4.1
based on 9 traveler reviews

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Three by the Sea: Perfect for Large Family Gatherings!
average rating of 4.111111 based on 9 reviews
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Three by the Sea: Perfect for Large Family Gatherings!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p96427vb
(269) 441-7733
South Haven Southwest Michigan
Chicago, IL
5

GREAT FOR MULTIPLE FAMILIES! WE LOVED IT!!!!

  • 5 of 5
I've been meaning to write for awhile...and now as we plan for this summer I wanted to be sure to get this review posted! If you are looking for a relaxing environment with character, walking distance to the beach and town, this is your place! I stayed here with my husband and 1 yr old along with three siblings + their spouses & kids, and my parents. We would rent again in a heartbeat! Ilse (owner) was amazing - very responsive to my emails & questions and made herself readily available if there were any problems (there weren't any!). The whole property is very family friendly - from the board games inside to the basketball hoop to the bikes, etc in the garage. It would also be great for multiple couples without kids or just a group of friends. It was perfect for us because it has a "lived in" feel...clean, cute, and comfortable. Having a house, apartment, and extra space (Shiela's Shack) was perfect - multiple kitchens and common areas...enough space to hang with the family or get away from the family when needed :) I don't understand the negative reviews - it's a "beach house" - although I wouldn't hesitate to rent any time of year. Shiela's Shack was very clean but had a slightly musty smell. Again, what do you expect from a "beach house"? We just opened the doors & windows to air it out a bit as I'm sure it's not always rented. But it was PERFECTLY CLEAN and COZY. So... if you are expecting top of the line kitchens, appliances, and fancy furniture then look elsewhere. But if you want a comfortable place where you can walk to the beach and walk to town, this is a great rental! If you don't book both of the main units I suppose there is potential to have issues, but there is certainly enough space and separate entrances to minimize contact with your neighbors. One thing - the water is listed as about 3 blocks away. This is true but the entrance to the beach is a little further. Definitely doable - and we had wagons & strollers for the babies & toddlers but the others (4 - 5 year olds) walked just fine. Enjoy it! GREAT RENTAL!!!! And Ilse is wonderful!!!
  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Three by the Sea: Perfect for Large Family Gatherings!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p96427vb
(269) 441-7733
South Haven Southwest Michigan
St. Louis, MO
5

PERFECT FOR OUR FAMILY

  • 5 of 5
Three By the Sea is just perfect for our large family! This was our third year to stay there. Our family comes in from TX, AR, and MO. An easy 7-8 hr drive from St. Louis and those flying in come in to South Bend. Three By the Sea is an easy walk or bike ride to the beach and park and even closer to downtown South Haven. We have plenty of room to spread out between the 3 units and the bikes, basketball goal, and beach gear are in constant use by our children and grandchildren. The owner is very responsive to questions and concerns. We can't wait to return next summer.
  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Young Children
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Three by the Sea: Perfect for Large Family Gatherings!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p96427vb
(269) 441-7733
South Haven Southwest Michigan
Avon Lake, OH
3

FINE, BUT BY NO MEANS EXCELLENT

  • 3 of 5
We stayed here the last week of June 2012. We had 10 adults and 2 young children(2 and 9 months). Things I liked about the place: walkable to everything-downtown and the beach. Now we had young children so we had more stuff than comfortable walking three blocks, even with the beach burley they had so we drove down and dropped stuff off. New furniture than the pictures online. The bikes provided were also great, aside from the tricycle my son loved but the push/steer lever on the back was broken so made it almost impossible for him to ride. It would have been nice to know that they provide a bike trailer as well, that was a nice added bonus for us with young children. We liked the basketball hoop and large yard to play in. Here are some things that they advertise but were NOT there: kayaks, we were very disappointed about that, especially since they specifically said they provide them. There is no hammock on the front porch anymore and no air chair that is in some of the pictures as well. Here are things I specifically didn't like: the floors in both larger units were in desperate need of repair. Linoleum was coming up and was a tripping/cut your foot hazard. The carpet in Surfer Joe could use replacing, I am not a germ freak, but I didn't feel comfortable putting my 9 month old on the floor in there without blankets down. The worst thing was probably Sheila's Shack. DO NOT waste your money. I would have asked the owner for a refund for that place but the rest of the family didn't want to. I would not have stayed in there. The screen door was ripped and the place had bugs EVERYWHERE. In the shower, and the bed. We told the owner this when we met her on our last day there and she wanted to blame the cleaning crew, bugs aren't their fault!!! Now when camping or in a cabin in the woods you expect bugs, but not in this type of place. The bathroom does not have a sink or mirror, which was not conveyed in the advertising. The only sink is in the kitchenette. There is NO place in there to put any clothes away or even leave a suitcase on the floor with your clothes in it. It would be nice if they put up some shelves or something to put clothes in or on. My mother-in-law had her clothes laid out on the floor on a towel until she decided she needed to move into the main house. The rest of the family who didn't have young children enjoyed their time here, and we did too, but if I returned to South Haven I would look for something newer and more updated.
  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Three by the Sea: Perfect for Large Family Gatherings!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p96427vb
(269) 441-7733
South Haven Southwest Michigan
cassopolis, mi
4

REMEDY

  • 4 of 5
All problems mentioned in previous review have been speedily remedied, at great effort by the owners. It is clear that they care very deeply about our comfort. They have been very generous in offering a huge gift certificate to the finest local restaurant to help heal our initial discomfort. The location is great- we can walk anywhere we need to go. Especially great is the huge kitchen table, around which our card and scrabble playing family has enjoyed hours of fun. The wireless internet is also handy. Yes, anyone could have a great time at Three By the Sea.
  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Three by the Sea: Perfect for Large Family Gatherings!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p96427vb
(269) 441-7733
South Haven Southwest Michigan
cassopolis, mi
1

THIS PLACE IS ROTTEN

  • 1 of 5
This place is rotten. There was rotten food in the refrigerators. Beds bare, with the dirty linens here for us wash. The garden and flower pots are filled with weeds. There were dirty dishes in the dish washer. The stand alone unit, advertised as air conditioned, is NOT. Along with the stifling heat, that unit lacks a door knob, the shelf is broken, curtains are missing from a window through which the neighbors have a clear view, another shelf in the bathroom is broken, and the ceiling fan is loud. Our phone calls went unanswered for days For the price we have paid for these accommodations to be our home for a five family reunion with our aging parents, we could not be more disappointed. The owner obviously does not care about the condition of her property or for the experience of her renters. I hope that no one else is cheated out of a week of comfort by wasting their money here. The only benefit: the discomfort and annoyances have brought our extended family together. A vacation to remember, indeed.
  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This was written by one member of the family. The rest were deeply grateful for the manner in which we addressed each issue promptly and the fact that we went to great lengths to make her happy. They did not go for days without response. It was one day and as soon as the message was received we immediately drove one hour to the property to investigate, found the window unit for the carriage house missing. Due to the unusual heat, all a/c units were sold out in South Haven and most surrounding cities. We located one in Holland, Michigan and drove all the way up there to get it and install it immediately in the carriage house.

As for the bedding, that was 100% the fault of our cleaning service. We fired the cleaning crew immediately and had a new crew sent in to make it right. As rental owners, these are the unthinkable things that can occur. Our cleaning service was well paid and was expected to deliver the usual positive result, but it didn't happen. Naturally this would be upsetting to a guest, and her confidence in us would be shaken, but she wrote this response during the stay as a way of relieving her frustration, thereby injuring the wrong people. It was the fault of Coastal Concierge, not Three by the Sea, LLC. We pride ourselves on making our customers happy.

Finally, to the weeds in the window box. We put in hundreds of dollars of flowers each year and we pay to have someone come and water them several days per week. The growth of plants is very robust in SouthbHaven and it can be hard to keep up. We do pay someone to care for it, and perhaps they didn't do a good job for us that week. However, we have generally been pleased with her work, and frankly, we don't know of a single other property owner in town who invests in the flowers we do for their guests enjoyment and pays to have someone come and water them to maintain their beauty.

Finally, the rest of the family wrote an apologetic rebuttal to this member's review, but I don't see it here now.
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Three by the Sea: Perfect for Large Family Gatherings!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p96427vb
(269) 441-7733
South Haven Southwest Michigan
Chicago, IL
4

AN PRACTICAL PLACE BY THE SEA

  • 4 of 5
This place was truly perfect for our families. We rented out all three units and there were 15 of us altogether (7 adults, 8 kids). We had a great time. Overall, this place is clean and practical, but certainly not luxurious. Most things at the house were in good working order, but it isn't the Four Seasons. Here are a few quick pros and cons:

PROS
* Location -- very close to both the beach (South Beach) and the town. It was an easy five minute walk to both. When we went in late June, the beach was not crowded.
* Space -- the house was laid out nicely for a weeklong beach vacation.
* Bikes -- There are probably like 7-10 bikes in the garage. All the bikes worked, but you won't be riding in the Tour de France. They will get you to the beach and back just fine.
* Kayaks -- There are three kayaks for use. We used one and had a blast.
* Yard Space -- there is a great side yard with a basketball court. The kids spent tons of time playing in the yard space.
* Wi-fi -- This is not advertised, but I was glad to have wi-fi that worked well.

CONS
* Not luxurious. Clean and functional for sure, but not luxurious. For example, some of the windows did not stay open.
* Outdoor eating space was a bit scant.
* The coach house is really only a sleeping quarters.
  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children

Map

Nearest Point of Interest
South Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Downtown South Haven
Nearest Point of Interest
North Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Kal-Haven Trail starts here
Nearest Point of Interest
Four by the Shore - our other cottage!

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South Haven House Rental Rates

Notes

  • Summer $2925
  • US Dollars
  • Season .................. Maggie's Retreat | Surfer Joe Apt | Studio Cottage
  • Spring, Summer ... $1350/week+tax | $1075/week | $500
  • Fall .. $275/nt. Maggie's Ret; $200/nt. Surfer Joe; $125/nt. Sheila's Shack
  • $300 Refundable Security Deposit per unit. Cleaning fee $160
  • Deposit is half down, half due 30 days prior to arrival.

Amenities

South Haven House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Garage
  • Washing Machine
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen
  • Ice Maker
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Cooking Utensils
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 17
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Entertainment:
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • CD Player
  • VCR
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • cinemas
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • boating
  • sledding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • parasailing
  • hiking
  • wind-surfing
  • snowmobiling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • kayaking
  • cross country skiing
  • basketball court
  • sailing
  • fishing
  • cycling

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