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

54 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Union Pier Cottage Rental Photos and Description

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

Property Manager
Joan Arquilla
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2016
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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 54 traveler reviews

Lakeshore property, paces to beach. No roads to cross!
average rating of 4.9074073 based on 54 reviews

Clean, landscaped, cozy cottage with all the amenities for a proper Michigan vacation.

  • 5 of 5

Cottage was exactly as described; perfect in every way. Whole property was freshly landscaped and inside of house was immaculately clean. Ample kitchen and beach-going amenities included with stay. Beach was gorgeous and unbelievably close to property; no roads to cross, just out the back gate and down the stairs. Outdoor shower and fire pit were such fantastic amenities and coffee on the porch or patio was picturesque. Joan is the best host and made sure we were wanting for nothing the entire trip. Can't wait to come back next year.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for noticing our landscaping. We freshen up the property for each season as well as the interior is staged for each season. We enjoyed having such polite, young gentlemen at the house. You are all welcomed back to Shorewinds whenever you can get away from Chicago. Only a short 70 minute ride to escape the hustle bustle of city life! Hope to see you again, soon! Joan Arquilla
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The perfect 25th Wedding Anniversary getaway

  • 5 of 5

This charming cottage was everything we could have imagined our perfect "beach house" anniversary getaway to be. The character of this cottage fit our personalities perfectly, and matched our desire for a close-to-home beach getaway experience. The cottage was nicely located, very clean, and had lovely outdoor sitting areas. We were able to walk along the beach and enjoy a couple sunsets while there. With a short walk down to the beach, pleasant decor and close to restaurants and local towns, we truly have no complaints - only gratitude to have had the chance to stay here. Although the cottage is not located directly along the beach - it was still perfect for us. Joan, the owner, was happy to share recommendations of things to do, and we took her up on some of those suggestions and were not disappointed having done so. We enjoyed exploring the towns of Sawyer and New Buffalo over the weekend too. If anything, we only wish we had more time to stay longer at this cottage, so that we could have enjoyed it's charm a little longer, while kicking up our feet and having more time at the beach. There were still other things the local area had to offer, which we did not get time to do, so we hope to return someday soon!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jim and Nancy, you are so blessed to have made a 25th wedding anniversary and I was so pleased you chose my beach house. I am so proud when folks feel the love and joy of being the owner of such a magical little house along our great Lake Michigan. I always say that Shorewinds is the little house with BIG SOUL! Please come back again soon and enjoy all four seasons along the water. All seasons are magical when you are next to our Great Lake!
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Cute place for a weekend getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This was a cute place that had everything as described. The sailing theme throughout the house was a nice touch, and we really enjoyed the fire pit as it was still chilly when we came. The house is very close to other properties, but it did feel secluded as it was on the end. The only remark I would make is that the TV is older and needs to be upgraded. It is located conveniently close to Chicago, making for an easy weekend getaway. The beach area was very clean and pretty empty, so it felt private. Joan was very helpful.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your time and writing a review. Yes, thank you for noticing. We have worked very hard on our landscaping to give it a secluded feeling in our yard as most of the beach houses along the water are close together. Location, Location, Location. The tall pine trees and mature beach grasses hugging the perimeter of the property gives the guest privacy while still being footsteps to the beach.As the property faces lake Shore road, it gives the property site extra space from neighbors.I maximized this feature of the property site and planted the spruces, pines and beach grasses to give the feeling of the woods while still having sunshine in the yard. Our great room TV is a flat screen and is fairly new and respectable. The back up TV in the bedroom is an Old Magnovox , a blast from the past which your Mother owned. It just will not die. It is a shame to throw it out. It rather goes with our other antiques. But, thank you for your evaluation. We might just take it out to make needed counter top space for guests . Come back again! Shorewinds will welcome you back! The little Beach house with BIG soul! owner Joan Arquilla
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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
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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
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
October 17th
Oct 17 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Nov 1 2016 - Nov 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Dec 1 2016 - Dec 28 2016
2 night minimum stay
New Years Holiday
Dec 29 2016 - Jan 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Winter White Months
Jan 3 2017 - Mar 31 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
spring 2017
Apr 1 2017 - May 3 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay
may 2017
May 4 2017 - May 24 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Memorial Day Week
May 25 2017 - May 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
June 2017
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 22 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
summer 2017
Jun 23 2017 - Sep 15 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping weekly $150
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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Union Pier Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
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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