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Great Escape on Lake Michigan

5 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights


Benton Harbor House Rental Photos and Description

House - 5 Bedrooms - 3 Baths - (Sleeps 10-12)

Newly remodeled beach house on Lake Michigan.

Large west facing deck complete with furniture and new gas grill - great place to watch the beautiful sunsets over the lake. Two acres of beautiful property on a 100 foot bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. Large mowed yard perfect for playing frisbee, soccer, etc... surrounded by trees, and a great tire swing,

Steps (approx 200) from the property lead down to large private beach (200 feet of beach). Plenty of driftwood around for bonfires. Walk for miles either north or south. Search for beach treasurers. Quiet surroundings.

Enjoy the shops and great restaurants of Saint Joseph, the antique shops along the Red Arrow Highway, the galleries along the Blue Star Highway, the great shops and restaurants in South Haven. Plenty of fresh fruit stands, farms, and local wineries with great wine within minutes to visit and enjoy.

Two hours from Chicago!

This is the perfect place to relax and escape.

No Pets or Smoking.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Jodie Nettelhorst
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
September 27, 2016
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About Jodie Nettelhorst

Hi! I am Jodie Nettelhorst. I manage this property for my family. My husband and I have owned this house and property in 2000. My family has been vacationing in Southwest Michigan since I was young. My mom owns the house and property next door but it just wasn't big enough now that my siblings and I have families of our own. So, my husband and I bought this property so we could have more room for more people to visit and vacation together. My siblings and I look forward to the whole family getting together one week in the summer for our reunion, no matter where in the world everyone is living. We do our best to maintain and improve our property by reinvesting our profits every year. We work to create and maintain a safe, fun, comfortable place for our family and other families to relax and enjoy. We enjoy it when other families can come and share in our special place on the lake.

Jodie Nettelhorst purchased this house in 2000

Why Jodie Nettelhorst chose Michigan

My family has been enjoying vacations in Southwest Michigan all my life. We started vacationing in New Buffalo. As it got more crowded, we moved up to the St. Joseph area. Around 1990, my mom bought her first vacation house in the area on Lake Michigan. It is beautiful property but as my siblings and I married and had kids we outgrew the house. In 2000 my Mom's neighbors wanted to sell. We ended buying the house and property and now have plenty of room for our families to gather, and, plenty of room to share when we can't use it.

What makes this house unique

We have a large, secluded lot. It has two acres of mowed, grassy yard space. The house and property are on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. The sunsets are spectacular and the lake is your western horizon. We try to keep the house as comfortable and carefree as possible. That's the way we like it when we go on vacation.


based on 5 traveler reviews

Great Escape on Lake Michigan
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
Warsaw, In.

Love the privacy!!!

  • 5 of 5

We love the location. All the privacy of the country with a short drive into town. Fires on your own private beach. Large yard for outdoor summer activities. House accomadates many family and freinds. Great place for poping up a tent if you need more room to house extra guess. Family and freinds can come and go to futher enjoy the quaint little shops just seven miles away. A great way to enjoy the company of blended families with fun and celebrations. This is our second year coming here to celebrate the 4th of July. Will probably make it a family traditon.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Perfect Casual Escape

  • 5 of 5

This property was amazing. We hosted a wedding in town and the wedding party utilized this house and the house next door.

I would never have imaged what kind of tone this location would have set for a casual family gathering. When first parking at the property we thought we were in the wrong location. Once entering the houses we were extremely pleased at how we could see this was going to be the perfect setting for us.

The property is beautiful. The houses are clean and comfortable and equipped with anything you could need. The view of the lake is amazing. There are a lot of steps to the lake but so worth the climb down and up. There is a tire swing for the kids. Campfires for all and a wonderful deck and swing to sit and watch the sun set. The property owner was helpful and informed us of everything we needed to know. Thank you for a sharing your homes with us. We hope to bring our families together again and would certainly do it here.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our Summer Vacation

  • 5 of 5

2014 is our third summer here. We love the space to play, cook and have bonfires! Great privacy also.

We have had great grand parents to infants stay with us during our vacations.

Thanks for sharing your home :)

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Adrian, Michigan

Great Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We love this place. It is a wonderful place for a family vacation. We've gone for several years now and plan to return. We've taken our children and our grandchildren and they think it is great fun.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Returning again!

  • 5 of 5

My family has stayed at this house twice, at the small house next door and are getting ready to go back again this year! This house isn't fancy but has everything you need for a great beach vacation! It's clean, convenient and comfortable for a large group. Jodie is a great person to rent from she is always willing to accommodate any requests if possible. Her properties are the first on our list for our annual Michigan trip!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! My family and I try our best. We have always loved the area and every wonderful renter helps us maintain and improve our house and property. We get as much joy out of sharing our place with other families who love it as we do from going there ourselves. It is alot of work but it is worth it as long as there are people who love it.
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5 mins North of Saint Joseph, 20 mins South of South Haven

Other Activities: Boating, Sun bathing, Fruit farms, Galleries, Nature preserves


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Benton Harbor House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall - Spring
Sep 5 2016 - May 27 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $0
Refundable damage deposit $300

******Monthly rentals from November - April $1,000 - $1,500 per month.*******

* Reservation Deposit required ($300).
* Reservation deposit is refundable only if we find other renters to fill the reservation.
* Reservation Deposit becomes a Security Deposit during rental period.

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Benton Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 double
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 10 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
We also leave a couple of tables with umbrellas on the beach for our guests to use, along with the beach chairs mentioned above.

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