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
 

South Haven Cottage Rental Photos and Description
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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Great Retreat!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2010
We had a lovely retreat here in your lovely cottage. We had two gourmet cooks who think your kitchen is great. The cottage was a great retreat for we three who haven't seen each other in 25 years. Helpful info: the Village Market is open until midnight, the short way to the Lake (over the dunes) isn't as bad as previous writers describe (although we did not have to lug kids anad chairs and coolers), we ate at Thirsty perch in downtown South Haven and it was great. Thanks for the toiletries in the bathroom they were helpful to those of us who forgot. We were comfortable and happy. Many thanks!
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  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2011
  • Stayed: Mar 2011
Thank you so much for allowing us to stay in your beautiful cottage!! My friends and I had a wonderful time. We loved the decor, large space, variety of lighting, the kitchen, bedrooms and wood stove the best! Or maybe the location to the amazing dunes was the best...LOVED that SO MUCH!! No problem about the weather...We expected it to be cold & Mother Nature did not disappoint. The nice thing was it was sunny!!! When we walked the dunes, the beach, and Van Buren State Park, we did get very cold (the wind was biting), but that made returning to the cottage and sitting by the fire that much more enjoyable!!! We watched the sunset from atop the dunes on Friday night, and we'd never trade that for anything, despite the chill. What a wonderful vacation spot! We'd love to rent the place again and will certainly be in touch!
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Never Trade That For Anything

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2011
  • Stayed: Mar 2011
Thank you so much for allowing us to stay in your beautiful cottage!! My friends and I had a wonderful time. We loved the decor, large space, variety of lighting, the kitchen, bedrooms and wood stove the best! Or maybe the location to the amazing dunes was the best...LOVED that SO MUCH!! No problem about the weather...We expected it to be cold & Mother Nature did not disappoint. The nice thing was it was sunny!!! When we walked the dunes, the beach, and Van Buren State Park, we did get very cold (the wind was biting), but that made returning to the cottage and sitting by the fire that much more enjoyable!!! We watched the sunset from atop the dunes on Friday night, and we'd never trade that for anything, despite the chill. What a wonderful vacation spot! We'd love to rent the place again and will certainly be in touch!
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South Haven Southwest Michigan
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Quite Pleased

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
After a 50 mile bike ride from Kalamazoo, we were quite pleased to arrive at such a wonderful cottage! We truly appreciated the air-conditioner and large bathrooms! The beach trail and beach were great! We truly enjoyed our stay and hope to be able to return next year! Thank you so much!
Helpful votes: 4/5
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A Great Find!

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2010
  • Stayed: Sep 2008
Your vacation home was a great find for us! You have thought of everything to provide for a wonderful stay. Everything was unbelievably clean and nice -- allowing us to feel very comfortable 'eating in'. We have felt so very welcome & comfortable here. We've been coming to South Haven since our boys were small. It was nice to be here with our married son & his wife and to explore a new area of the beach. Thanks so much for your wonderful hospitality.
Helpful votes: 4/4
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Great Vacation Cottage!

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2010
  • Stayed: Jun 2009
Thank you for such a great vacation cottage. We had great weather everyday. This was our 1st year, of hopefully many, of planning a group family vacation which included my husband, 2 yr. old daughter, self (8 months pregnant), my parents, my brother, sister-in-law and their 6 month old twins! There was plenty of space in the house and yard and the summer house worked great for early mornings as my daughter wakes up ready to play long before anyone else and the summer house was great for dinner for the adults as the children slept in the house. We made many memories. For example my husband, 2 yr. old and myself made our initial trip to the Lake asap (without reading where the other path was) over the dunes - which was do-able but intense :). But a great thing to do 1st because it made the woods path a breeze! We had no trouble walking the distance thru the woods path even with bags & kids in tow! The neighborhood was quiet Thurs., Sat., & Sunday but Friday night/Sat morning the neighbors were a bit rowdy :). We had a great time grilling & cooking over the fire - the kitchen supplies are great quality and the whole home decor was charming and clean! Thanks you so much for a great vacation!
Helpful votes: 2/2
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Best Vacation Ever!

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2010
  • Stayed: Jun 2009
We had such a wonderful time here at Dune hart! We decided to rent a house in South Haven with our friends to celebrate our June birthdays since they happen to be so close together, and we couldn't havae made a better decision. Your kitchen is immaculate and fun to cook in, the bedrooms are comfortable and the property is so conducive to outdoor fun. Not to mention the dunes are spectacular. Throughout the week we have all looked at each other and said at least once. "Best Vacation EVER!" With all that said, your property is beautiful & we will be back...if you'll have us :). Thanks so much.
Helpful votes: 2/2
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Wonderful Cottage!

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
What a wonderful cottage you have! Everything one could need or want is here. Our-19-month old granddaughter had her first Lake Michigan experience and we could hardly get her out of the water she loved it so much! My husband grew up on Lake Michigan and he loved climbing the dunes! Thanks for everything!
Helpful votes: 2/2
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Darling Cottage in Awesome Lake Michigan Dunes! Free Internet! Rents Nightly!
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(630) 876-8699 (Illinois, USA)
South Haven Southwest Michigan
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  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2009
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
After a 50 mile bike ride from Kalamazoo, we were quite pleased to arrive at such a wonderful cottage! We truly appreciated the air-conditioner and large bathrooms! The beach trail and beach were great! We truly enjoyed our stay and hope to be able to return next year! Thank you so much!
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Darling Cottage in Awesome Lake Michigan Dunes! Free Internet! Rents Nightly!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p168621vb
(630) 876-8699 (Illinois, USA)
South Haven Southwest Michigan
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  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
What a wonderful cottage you have! Everything one could need or want is here. Our 19-month-old granddaughter had her first Lake Michigan experience and we could hardly get her out of the water she loved it so much! My husband grew up on Lake Michigan and he loved cliimbing the dunes! Thanks for everything!