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

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

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

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

Property Manager
Joan Arquilla
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2018

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 Union Pier

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.


Union Pier Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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
  • 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
  • Shorewinds has 1 queen bed in the masterbedroom. Shorewinds has 2 twin beds in the second bedroom Shorewinds has a roll out bed which can be used anywhere. The sofa may be used for an overnight guest stay .
  • 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
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • 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
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Additional Equipment: We provide 3 sets of snow shoes for winter exercise on the beachfront. We provide all beach chairs, umbrella, picnic basket, cooler, ice.


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Lakeshore property, paces to beach. No roads to cross!
average rating of 4.8615384 based on 65 reviews

Wonderful property to rent, steps from Lake Michigan!

  • 4 of 5

This is a lovely home to rent! Lake Michigan is just steps out the side gate! Wonderful location, semi secluded with the landscaping and fence, beautiful outside and inside! Outside shower is a great asset! Fire pit and grills are another added benefit with this rental! We cooked a lot of our meals and the kitchen has everything you need, just bring your own food. Thank you Joan!


  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for reviewing our Beach Cottage. You were great clients to have at the home, and thank you for noticing all our hard work on landscaping, privacy of site plan and our newest addition of our spa shower under the skies. We love the little house and glad you felt the same. Owner Joan Arquilla
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Great NYE Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We really loved the Shorewinds Cottage. As frequent visitors to SW Michigan, it was a perfect home base for us to explore. We got to experience a beautiful lake-effect winter wonderland! The fireplace was an especially cozy spot to defrost and relax. The cottage was spotless and very well appointed. Joan has everything labeled and explained. We will be back in warmer weather!!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review! We do so love the Winter Wonderland of the Lake Effect snow. We have provided our guests with all the amenities for a cozy winter retreat. We have snow shoes for your enjoyment to trek the waterfront. Come back to the house and enjoy a warm fire. Winter seems to be a little more friendly when you are enjoying clean , white snow, nature and birds in a peaceful retreat. We work very hard at keeping the home clean, organized and stylish. Our theme is coastal and nautical with a bit of whimsical charm. Thank you for coming and we hope to see you in Summer's high season. owner Joan Arquilla
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Totally charming cottage next to public beach access

  • 5 of 5

We spent 4 nites in mid October in this wonderful cottage. It easily met our expectations and needs. It was charmingly furnished and decorated and totally comfortable. Joan was easy to work with and has done an outstanding job with her instructions and notes throughout the cottage that made using the fixtures, appliances, TV, WiFi and the fireplace easy. Although our use of the porch and patio area was limited, we took advantage of the grill. Sunny skies and 60 degree temperatures allowed for 3 afternoons on the beach for walks and reading. We brought bikes and enjoyed biking in the area and to the quaint town of Three Oaks. We would love to come back in the summer to enjoy this cottage and all of its outdoor amenities. We certainly recommend Shorewinds Cottage.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: How wonderful of you to take time out of your day to write a review about my beloved, little project called The Shorewinds , ( shore- winds ) ,as we consider ourselves on the Shore front. It is a passion which I love sharing with my guests. Each year we try to improve as we earn our cash/flow. The home is just right for a family of 4 or 5 and its location to our beach ( Chickaming township beach is about 150 paces outside of the garden gate. Our community beach is used only by our surrounding homes. ( No cars, no traffic, just folks within walking distance to the beach path. ) We would love to have such great folks return to The Shorewinds. Our beach house takes on a different look which each and every season. We welcome you to experience all four seasons of Michigan! Joan Arquilla , owner
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Richmond, Indiana

Impressive home

  • 4 of 5

Great place to stay

Beautiful home

Well decorated


Easy to get to

Steps from private beach out back gate

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are pleased you visited and took the time to write a review. You had terrible weather!! I hope you were able to stay in , enjoy a fire, drink some wine and catch up with your friends.
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Nice Place for a Family Get-away

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four stayed at the property for a long weekend in September and were blessed with some unseasonably hot weather. The house was very clean upon arrival and Joan was highly accommodating with our last minute booking. The house had everything we needed including towels, dishes, etc. The outdoor shower was a nice convenience and fun for the kids. The location was accurately represented in the description; it is a very short and convenient walk to the beach. The public beach area is small (bordered by private beaches) but was not crowded while we were there, and the water and beach area were extremely clean. The house is located a short walk to a few restaurants and approximately 10 minutes from New Buffalo which has many restaurants and shops. Overall, we had a fabulous weekend spent at the beach, and would highly recommend the property. Thanks Joan, we will be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very pleased you enjoyed the Shorewinds Beach House. You had Fabulously, HOT weather. Summer weather in fact! for that weekend. Yes, I try to be as accurate as possible when describing our house location. ( Outside the garden gate, down the beach path by about 150 paces.) Our Community beach is small presently which boarders private beaches on each side. We have had several Northwestern storms which took away our beach. It is going to take mother nature awhile to bring the beach back and roll in the sand. We NORMALLY are 75% larger than what you experienced but glad you were able to set up the shorewinds umbrella, chairs, and picnic acessories. Hopefully, the Winter winds will roll the sand back in and replenish our beaches. Fortunately, we still can walk 7 miles beach to the south and as far as the eye can see to the north. We will look forward to having such a NICE family as yours back at the beach house. Thank you, Joan owner
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A Perfect Spot

  • 5 of 5

I surprised my wife with a weekend getaway the weekend after Labor Day. We could not have been happier. Loved it immediately. All you need to bring is clothes and food. Everything else is here. Steps away from the beach, walking distance to great bars and restaurants. A short drive to many local attractions. Watch the sunset, relax by the fire pit, have a drink, sleep in a cozy bed. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is and was exactly my design plan.Provide everything that the traveler would want and need. The cottage is simple and sweet. I wanted to have a cottage which was decorated different from city living, city furniture, city colors. A cottage which was bright, happy , clean and simple. Nothing fussy or serious. All fun! A beach house that takes you miles away from home yet really only 72 miles from Chicago. The house does indeed have the perfect location to the waterfront. Just outside the garden gate and down the path!!! No roads to cross! The home has wonderful karma and rebuilds the spirit and soul just by listening to the waves and watching the sun go down daily. I even like to watch a great storm come in and watch how the waterfront changes it's character and mood from day to day. Or, better yet, a giant white snow fall to get out the snow shoes and exercise the winter white beach front. I am so glad you and your wife enjoyed your stay. You had good weather. You are welcomed back each and every season. It is all good when you are at Shorewinds cottage where life is a bit simpler. Joan Arquilla owner Shorewinds Beach House
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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
Timothy's ,, Frankie's, Red Arrow Road House
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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping weekly $175
Property Damage Protection $79
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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.