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Joan Arquilla

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english

Lakeshore property, paces to beach. No roads to cross!

51 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

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2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, sleeps 6 (with roll-away bed & couch) - See specials!

An Invitation : Coastal Concepts, Inc., a design and development team, is excited to announce that its latest project, Shorewinds cottage, is now available to rent to discriminating guests. This stylish home is located on the beachside of Lakeshore Road in desirable Union Pier. The interior environment cleverly mixes the use of original artwork, artifacts and antiques in a playful way that captures the essence of coastal living. French doors lead from the kitchen to a side patio which is adjacent to the beach path. Fenced for privacy, you can enjoy outdoor dining while listening to the waves crashing onto the shore. Vintage style wicker furniture sits under the pergola covered deck and is a inviting spot to spend the late afternoon relaxing with a good book and a beverage. A seating is nestled by the firepit for late evening star gazing. This is a cottage that you'll be thrilled that you chose for sharing with your loved ones.

: Reservations are not secured until a 50% rental deposit and a signed contract are received. The balance is due 60 days before the scheduled arrival along with a security deposit and housekeeping fee. There is a 3 night minimum for holiday and Special Event Weekends, at the weekend rate. Payment in full is required with bookings made less than 30 days in advance. Summer rentals are booked as a 8 day/7 night package only. All rentals begin on Friday evening and end the following Friday Morning.

Check in at 4pm and check out at 10am on Fridays for weekly rentals. Cancellation fees may apply.

Special Events:Inquire about our WINTER WHITE Weekends ( includes, snowshoes.) .Call our office for a price quote. The owner will accept personal checks or money orders if given 40 days prior to arrival. Pay pal method is also acceptable.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Joan Arquilla (Property Manager)
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english

About Joan Arquilla

Interior Designer. Project manager and developer of residential home sites. .

Lives in Illinois. Illinois State university and University of Illinois for under grad. degree in art education. 4 year diploma from Harrington Institute of Design. Certified with the National Home Builders Assoc. in project management in Home construction.

Joan Arquilla purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Joan Arquilla chose Southwest Michigan

While developing new home sites in Union Pier under the management of Coastal Concepts Inc.,I fell in love with this little site along the waterfront.

The first time I viewed the property I was so excited when I opened the garden gate and realized I could see the water from the property.

The house is on the shore side of the road and the lot is adjacent to the beach path. The location was unbelieveable, however, the little house had much to be desired. The home went through a major renovation and doubled its size overall.

The porch and pergola are architectural charmers and are very important to the outdoor living! A very private property site was achieved through landscape design. The old garden gate was utilizing and kept for a little bit of the old mixed with the new.

The beach house indeed has its own karma and soul! One feels it from the moment you pull up the pebble stone drive way and walk under the purple flowered pergola and turn the key in the door. The house and grounds exhibit love and care and Shorewinds has its own heart beat and soul.

What makes this cottage unique

A unique location . Approximately 150 paces to the beach platform! No roads to cross between you , the house and the beach! The location is what you would expect of a premium beach house rental.


based on 51 traveler reviews

Lakeshore property, paces to beach. No roads to cross!
average rating of 4.901961 based on 51 reviews

Great relaxing location close to the beach!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful family experience visiting Lake Michigan beaches for the first time. Union Pier is a quaint, cozy, sleepy beach cottage town with warm and friendly locals, beautiful sunsets and nature at it's best. Our hostess, Joan, was easy to work with, and her house became our safe haven for a week. The house was up to date, clean, beautifully decorated, and the outdoor space was private and cozy. It was exactly how she described it in her literature and on the phone. No surprises! Easy, easy access to beach. Favorite things? Sunsets, bonfires, clean lake and beaches, outdoor shower, family time and lots of good seafood. Thank you and we will be back.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so very happy that my" Shorewinds House" and our location met your needs, filled all your expectations and we represented the home as discribed. We LOVE the home and we put much T.L.C. in making it a haven! The home is approximately 70 miles from downtown chicago yet it is a world apart. I always feel like I have gone back in time when life seemed more peaceful, friendly and quiet. Folks seem to wave their hands, smile, chat, walk their dogs and seem to like life a bit more . It is all good when at Shorewinds and Union Pier! Until we meet again, have a great remaining summer! Joan Arquilla
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Beautiful house with Wonderful views

  • 5 of 5

The faclities of the house was amazing. We got to see wonderful views in the beach. The house was beautiful itself and the decorations. In the future if we wanted to visit again can i contact in 020 3514 0104 ?

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very pleased you loved your stay. Thank you for noticing the decor, the sensitivity to details and all the nautical touches. Our property although small has privacy while being next to the water and the beach path. We pride ourself in our maintenance, attention to details and giving the guest a top notch experience! We try always to think of the little things while the big picture is being 150 paces to the beach steps. Your comment has been blocked as per the homeaway website policies. However, I have my own website and I am also a Three Oaks Chamber of Commerce member. I am well know in the community. Thank you again for a 5 star review and noticing all our hard work! Joan Arquilla , owner
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  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our time at Shorewinds. The location is easy to find. The cabin is extremely clean and well cared for. The path outside of the adorable back gate leads directly to the beach. There are minimal steps going down to the beach. The beach is private and not crowded at all. There is an outdoor shower to rinse off after spending the day at the beach. The beds and pillows are really comfortable. There is a gas stove in the well stocked kitchen. The cabin itself is very tastefully decorated. There are several very private, and beautifully landscaped areas outside of the cabin. The area is very quiet, safe, and within walking distance to markets, restaurants, etc. Short drive to New Buffalo & St. Joe. Can't wait to return! Thank-you, Joan!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Adorable cabin by the lake

  • 4 of 5

The owner has done such a nice job with this property. Beautiful little cottage. Right by the access to the public beach on the lake. Short drive to New buffalo for grocery and other shopping (but also a little market that is walkable from the home). We took an hour drive and spent a day in Saugatuck. Very close to lots of wineries. We were hoping for a little more privacy/isolation and felt very close to neighbors and people walking through to the beach. But overall a great stay!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for coming to the Shorewinds. Yes we are very close to the beach and the water activity, however, the gardens have been chosen to create privacy in the Summer Season. As the summer season approaches, the Beach Grasses, trees, foliage, flowers will create a dense , visual barrier from the beach and the neighbors approaching the beach. Your recent stay in May is at a time when the beach grasses are still coming up and the trees are filling in. Our garden gate and privacy fencing has also been installed to create more privacy. Lake Shore property is very limited and the idea is to be as close to the water as possible and still be in a free standing home, have a private drive way, some outside garden space and a campfire at night under the stars. The name of the game is to be as close to the water as possible so it is easy to come back to the house for drinks, potty breaks, lunch etc. We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay and thank you for noticing all our attention to details. We think it is a pretty special cottage next to our Great Lake!
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Amazing Location!

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we have rented this home. The location is amazing! Just steps from the beach. The home has everything you need. I have stayed here with girlfriends but would definitely bring a family here. Very clean, lovely decor, beautiful landscaping, and firepit. Extremely attentive owner. Will definitely book again!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Welcome back! We are so very pleased you choose Shorewinds for a second stay. We value our guests and always want their stay with us to be a pleasing experience. We know you have many rentals to choose from in Harbor Country, however, we feel we provide a cottage with a unique location to the water front. We are little in size but big in heart. The cottage with great Soul! We continually strive to make your limited vacation time an awesome experience. Relax, kick back, feel the moist air and hear the waves! Appreciate every moment of each day and never take the day, the sunset or the great lake for granite! Best Regards, Joan Arquilla
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Very Clean Wonderful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

This a beautiful home and very well kept. Everything is very clean and well taken care of. Would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your glowing review. We consider ourselves very clean and have trained staff in that manner of care. We pride ourselves in attention to details. We care very much about the sweet little Shorewinds. It is a haven and retreat from the every day world and every day problems. It is so pleasant to get away to a quiet, sleepy little place to enjoy nature, kick back and read, gaze at the setting sun or curl up in front of a fire. It is a humble home with grandeur of the lofty estates all around. What we lack in size we make up in heart. The best little beach house on Lake Michigan. Shorewinds has its own soul and heart beat.
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
South Bend
Nearest Train
5 Miles
New Buffalo
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Interstate 94
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Casual Chef ,, Frankie's,Tuscany,Road House R.A.H.
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Lake Michigan
Car: necessary

Enjoy the best of what Harbor Country has to offer. Shorewinds is ideally situated in the highly desirable lakeside community of quaint Union Pier. You can take a morning stroll for gourmet coffee and freshly baked pastries and then enjoy your treats sitting out on the porch before stepping down to the beach. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure sunning, swimming and sitting by the water. During your stay you can visit wineries and art galleries, go antiquing, and berry picking. Dine at restaurants such as the highly acclaimed Timothy's, a short walk down Lakeshore Road or the landmark Redamack's for a hamburger and shake. Or just kick off your shoes and leave your footprints in the sand, get lost in the glow of a fiery sunset, doze off with the warmth of the sun on your face. We invite you to begin a new tradition. To imagine having it all.

Come for Harvest Days and Octoberfests. Pick your pumpkins and fall decorations at Dinges Farms. Bike ride the back roads with marked trails by Three Oaks Spokes. Photograph flora and fauna.

Other Activities: snow shoeing, cross country skiing on the dunes and state parks.

Ski: Snow shoes are furnished at the cottage for our guests' use at no extra charge.


Rates & Availability

Union Pier Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sizzling Summer 2016
Jun 24 2016 - Sep 15 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
september 2016
Sep 16 2016 - Sep 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
october 2016
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping weekly $150 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 6.0%

Housekeeping rate is $175.00 weekly. $100.00 weekends depending on the size of party.
The cottage sleeps 6, which includes a roll-away twin bed and sofa..
All Holidays & Special Event Weekends are pro rated at higher seasonal nightly rate and will be quoted by party size. Holidays require a 3-night minimum stay.
Summer requires a 7 night/8 day min.stay.
Minimum age requirement is 25 years old. Copy of driver's license required, Names of all renters included on contract.
Damage protection required. Any damage to the premises must be reported prior to check out. Damage must be documented for Insurance purposeds.
No refunds for cancellation of reservation. 100% refund prior to 60 days before arrival date.

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Southwest Michigan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower
  • Our new hot cold beach shower is enjoyed equally by adults and children. Remove the sun tan location and sand while bathing under the skies. What a fun way to unwind after a hard day of fun at the beach.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Roll-away Bed - 1 twin/ single
  • Sofa can be used for optional sleeping for a sixth guest.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 1 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Additional Equipment: We provide 3 sets of snow shoes for winter exercise on the beachfront.

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