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!
Keywords: Home, cottage, lake house, cabin
We've always wanted to build our own cabin in the woods in 1994 our dream came true!!
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