South Haven cottage rental - Delightful cottage just a short 7 or 8 minute walk from our Lake MI beach!
Delightful cottage just a short 7 or 8 minute walk from our Lake MI beach!
 
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps10
  • 2 Bathrooms
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
 

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Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-10) Free Wi-Fi

Why settle for just any beach cottage? Experience the best of both worlds: A very private little cottage in the woods on the corner of unpaved short roads that dead end into the dunes, nestled in the beautiful critical sand dunes of Lake Michigan; and yet just minutes south from downtown South Haven. It's a quiet place where families and husbands and wives can unwind from over-busy schedules, reconnect with each other, read stories together, roast marshmallows or pop popcorn over the campfire, or just swing in the hammock or the wooden canopied glider. You can climb over the unspoiled dunes or take a stroll on the meandering path through the woods around the dunes to get to that unsurpassed view of Lake Michigan where you can play in the Lake, on the beach or walk along the uncrowded, wide sugar sand beach.

Available all year long, experience all kinds of water activities in the summer, crisp fresh air and colorful leaves in the fall, sledding down the dunes in the winter (which can be breathtaking), wildflowers and delicate new leaves unfolding in the spring, and, of course, the Lake Michigan sunsets, which are painted uniquely each evening, no matter which season you are at the cottage. You won't be the same when you go home from this quiet, uncrowded and peaceful place. The cottage is situated in a small community of unpaved roads and is bordered on the south by a state park and backs up to undeveloped land on the north. Make this year the beginning of your family vacation tradition at this cottage in the woods.

It is the fourth cottage from the dunes and was totally renovated in 2008 with vaulted ceilings, new bathrooms, kitchen with granite countertops and a breakfast bar, hardwood flooring, appliances, mattresses, paint, decor, an outdoor shower with hot and cold water, etc. It has 3 bedrooms, sleeping six with a queen bed in the master bedroom and the second and third bedrooms. The living room has a leather sleeper which has a pull out queen bed and there is a twin leather futon and a twin roll away bed which can be put anywhere it is needed. So there are beds to sleep 10 people. The detached Summer House with its large windows adds about 200sf of additional seasonal living space providing a terrific place for bug-free and weather protected dining with a large table and 8 rocker chairs. It is also a great place to play games, read or take a snooze.

The town of South Haven is just minutes away, a great bike ride. There you will find many more people, the blue stairway to South beach, the lighthouse, concessions and the wonderful riverwalk along the channel, a great spot to sit with an ice cream cone and watch all the different kinds of boats coming and going. The downtown area has plenty of shopping opportunities, delicious restaurants, a bakery that can't be beat and a seasonal Farmer's Market which overflows with fresh local produce and flowers. The Good Ship is docked at the Maritime Museum and can be booked for sailings; jet ski, canoe and kayak rentals can also be found downtown. The Kal-Haven trailhead begins in South Haven and the Black River is ready for canoe and kayak use.

Life along Lake Michigan is an unforgettable experience, to say the least, but to have an opportunity to actually live amongst those pristine sand dunes along the Lake is beyond comparison with in-town rentals. This is the seventh year this rental property has been offered, so don't wait too long to make your plans to spend a week or more in the summer or even just a couple of days in the other seasons. Your time here can make a world of difference when you go back home to your everyday life. We are sure you will want to come back year after year to climb those magnificent dunes, roast marshmallows over the fire in the fire pit, play catch together in the yard, walk the beach, hike area nature trails, and whatever else you enjoy. Just imagine the memories!

It takes approximately 4-5 minutes to walk from the cottage to the dune access and then another 3-4 minutes to get through the stunning dune area to the beach. Most of us have to climb, rest, climb, rest, etc. to get to the top of the dunes. The exhilarating effort involved is well worth it once you get to the top, see the magnificent view and then get to go down the other side! It takes about 9-10 minutes to walk from the cottage on the path through the woods around the dunes to get to the beach. The times given above are based on my walking and I am 62years old. Two other options for Lake access are South Beach which is just a few minutes' drive away in town and Van Buren State Park which is just down the road and there is a paved path that goes right down to the beach.

Our other cottage in this same neighborhood is VRBO #161098. They are about a 3 minute walk from each other. Consider renting both of our cottages for larger groups providing a sleeping arrangement for 16-20. What fun that would be!!

Check out the link to our website at the bottom of this listing.

Keywords: Cottage, air conditioning, fire pit, walk to beach, washer/dryer, DVD, cable TV

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My husband, Alan, and I have five children, four sons and one daughter. We recently have increased the daughters to four since our three older sons are now married.

We have taught all our children at home all the way through high school, except for our fifth who is just 11 years old and currently working diligently at his school work. We do need to update our family picture, since our 3rd son got married and our second born son and his wife had a baby! So there are two family members missing from the picture above. We love traveling as a family and have covered a good part of the United States over the years. We also had the opportunity to go on a family missions trip to Moscow, Russia.

Kathy purchased this cottage in 2008

We choose to purchase this property in South Haven for several reasons. One is the proximity to Chicago and the main one is that we absolutely love Lake Michigan. As I grew up, my family went regularly up to Pt. Betsie, MI each summer and that cottage was right on the Lake. Since that location is too far for week-end trips, we decided on South Haven. The downtown area is lovely and it is not very touristy which we really appreciate.

We enjoy being away from the bustle of downtown, yet being close enough to make quick trips for dining or shopping.

We always use the fire pit!

43 Reviews of Property 168621 in South Haven, Michigan

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Very Comfortable!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2011
  • Stayed: Feb 2011
Thank you so much for allowing us to stay in your cottage. We found it very comfortable!! Enjoyed the large bathroom. This week-end stay was a gift from our kids. Spent our days at the "Ice Breaker" festival in South Haven and our nights snuggled inside by the fire. Loved It!!
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Amigos Getaway!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2011
  • Stayed: Mar 2011
What a great find! Dune Hart is a comfortable, spacious, cozy location for our 'Amigos Getaway' 2011. We very much enjoyed the wonderful kitchen, terrific wood-burning stove, and abundance of electrical outlets and variety of lighting. Our walk over the dunes to the beach was a good workout for us and we absolutely loved watching the sunset over the water on top of the dunes. Just beautiful!! Thank you, thank you for providing a peaceful, cheery sanctuary for us.
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Snowy!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2011
  • Stayed: Feb 2011
Thank you so much for allowing us to stay in your cottage. We found it very comfortable!! Enjoyed the large bathroom. This week-end stay was a gift from our kids. Spent our days at the "Ice Breaker Festival" in South Haven and our nights snuggled inside by the fire. LOVED IT!! Appreciated the Christian hangings on the walls.
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Blessed!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2011
  • Stayed: Jan 2011
Our family was incredibly BLESSED by your kindness and generosity! This little week-end away was a treasure and we were welcomed by such a sweet home! Everything was in order - a peaceful trip indeed. Loved the location and the dunes. With much thanks!
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First Family Vacation!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2010
This was our very first family vacation! Our boys, 4 & 7 had so much fun. One of them kept calling this our 'new house'. He was heart broken to leave! Thank you for helping us make fantastic memories! God bless!
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A Lot To Do!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
We had a great family vacation! A lot to do with 4 kids under 5 years. The outdoor toys were a big hit! Beach access was not easy with the kids but we enjoyed the beach in town by the lighthouse. The cottage was great! Thanks!
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Awesome Dunes!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
Thank you for letting us stay here with the awesome dunes! We enjoyed hiking and walking to the beach. We really liked the State park's beach. Clementines was awesome! I really liked that we were by the downtown area. It was one of the best vacations I ever had. I loved this house! We will always remember it. The best part was climbing the biggest dune!
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Views From the Dunes Are Spectacular!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2010
We would like to thank you for the great time at your cottage. We enjoyed great weather during our stay, 75 - 80 degrees. The views from the dunes are spectacular. We were able to make at least 2 trips a day to the beach. The dunes are not too bad to manage. (our 7 year old daughter climbed all of them.) We loved the adventure of climbing them. Your cottage is beautiful and well decorated. You have everything one could wish for in the kitchen and bathrooms. The families in the neighborhood were all very nice and easy to talk to (very helpful). Downtown South Haven and board walk are a must see. Thanks again.
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South Haven Southwest Michigan
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A Ball!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2010
From our 82 yr. old great-grandma to our 3 yr. old -- we had a BALL!! What a darling place! Thanks!
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South Haven Southwest Michigan
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Loved the Walk!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2010
Thank you for sharing your beautiful home. We spent five wonderful days here and will have many great memories with our daughter (4 yrs. old) and son (2 yrs. old). Because of the weather, we made it to the beach only twice, but thoroughly enjoyed our time there. We all loved the walk through the woods and hearing the waves as we approached the Lake. As for the amenities found at Dune Hart, we can only say -- fantastic! The list of things we enjoyed is long. Here are a few of our favorites: the toys for the kids (especially the wood puzzle), the kitchen with all the great cooking items, the comfortable mattresses (we slept really well), the fire pit outside, and all the great decorations that made us feel at home. We are already talking about our next visit with our extended family. Thanks for making our first trip to Lake Michigan wonderful!