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Paul Somers

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french

Luxurious, bespoke, eclectic & private. A vacation home your way.

66 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Southwest Michigan Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Secluded, original and carefully appointed. 3 Bedrooms, 2 Full Baths, Sleeps 7

Thanks to all of new and repeat guests for staying at Fiddlehead Cottage. The greatest reward is knowing that the cottage is being filled with warmth, laughter and memories. Your comments are a great source of pleasure!

March 20, 2015: A wonderful repeat guest sent this note today and I had to post it:

"Can't wait to get there. For me, it's turned into a sanctuary of laughter and healing and friendship and...ugh. I just love it there. It's a very special place...." Shannon S. - Seattle.

It's perhaps the "ugh" in that statement that best describes our Fiddlehead. When you are there, it's a special sense of place you can't put your finger on, it's the "ugh." For each of us it's different. Many guests over the years have commented on healing and others on strengthening bonds, themes that are beginning to resonate. We could all use a little time away be it alone, with friends or family. Fiddlehead is a sanctuary for all that makes each of us unique. If you happen to be lucky enough to be purple, green, white, black, a little blue, female, male, somewhere in between, gay, straight, young, middle-age, old or ancient, 1 leg or 4 paws, you are a part of the growing Fiddlehead family the moment you arrive.

Fiddlehead Cottage is named for abundance of natural ferns in the gardens & woods surrounding the cottage. Though its architecture is a nod to the past, the owner's renovation opened the layout and refreshed the decor with contemporary furnishings. The home features sumptuous furniture by Ralph Lauren, Room & Board plus original works of art, books and a high end kitchen. The 2000 square foot home is tucked into the woods in Union Pier on a private cul-de-sac, minutes from beaches.

Equipped with the latest technology including WIFI, HDTV 46' Sony Bravia w/ Blu-Ray & Bose surround sound, premium cable channel lineup & DVD library.

A 5 minute walk to the bakery and shops in Union Pier, just a few more minutes walk to the beach (3/4 mile), close to wineries, great restaurants and antique stores. Private, yet close to everything...

Cottage Features: The first floor features; a large screened-in porch, living room/dining room with fireplace and vaulted ceiling, two identically bedrooms (both with queen beds) and separate screened-in porch, a full bath and washer/dryer.

Nestled into the forest for privacy and seclusion, the luxurious hot tub has an easy lift cover, 45 therapy jets and your choice of underwater LED lights adjustable at the touch of a button. Seats 5-6 adults.

The second floor consists of a secluded master bedroom (king bed) with attached full bath (shower). The master has a separate terrace overlooking a mature forest - perfect for morning coffee.

Your vacation home is thoughtfully furnished with custom finishes and furnishings, thick towels, custom bedding and high thread count sheets. All interior lighting on dimmers creates the perfect mood.

More Cottage Features: This three bedroom cottage will comfortably accommodate a family of seven. But it’s also perfect for three couples traveling together, or as a romantic and extra-spacious getaway for two, or even one looking for solitude.

All this in a private forest setting amongst century old trees wildlife, a bubbling fountain and naturalized gardens. Quiet and secluded, yet minutes to local shops, the Red Arrow Roadhouse and much more.

The cottage is located on a private cul-de-sac lane on the east side of the Red Arrow Hwy. It offers privacy and seclusion in a safe environment away from busy roads and far from train lines.

******************************************************************************************Dear Guests: We pay HomeAway over $1200 a year to list the cottage on their website and have done so for the past 7 years. Homeaway was recently sold to Expedia and suddenly , without warning, they imposed a "service fee" that you will see listed on the quote. That "service fee" is never in our hands goes directly to HomeAway. They are still requiring we pay a listing fee plus they are forcing us to charge you the "service fee" which they take immediately, but for what we don't know. We apologize for this but we can work around it. If you would like to forego that expense, please let us know and we can make arrangements for you to pay directly to us as it was back when HomeAway was a small company. *******************************************************************************

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Paul Somers (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french

About Paul Somers

Expatting for 12 years: Paris, Dublin, London and now Singapore. The cottage is filled with interesting things and certainly not cookie cutter. I am guessing you don't do cookie cutter either. :-) Fiddlehead is expertly watched over by Shannon and has been for the past eight years. In addition to property management, Shannon is the owner of Ranebow Hills Farm in Buchanan's gorgeous wine country about 15 minutes from Union Pier. She produces the most delicious organic eggs anywhere used in some of the finest restaurants and homes in the area.

Paul Somers purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Paul Somers chose Southwest Michigan

It's about the ancient trees and the stories they tell; if you stop long enough to listen...


based on 66 traveler reviews

Luxurious, bespoke, eclectic & private. A vacation home your way.
average rating of 4.9848485 based on 66 reviews

Wonderful Ladies Weekend

  • 5 of 5

The home was wonderful, and very charming, for a small group of women for the weekend! There was plenty to do outdoors and there is a great winery tour group nearby that facilitated an all day wine tasting for us. The home accommodations exceeded everyone's expectations!

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jackson, Michigan

Beautiful serene location

  • 5 of 5

The home is located in a wooded quiet area, very peaceful. The home is very well decorated as well as being very clean. While we didn't use the hot tub or the fire pit in the front (I wish we had) these are nice extras. The TV and sound system are amazing and the instructions for use clear (although it took us a few times to figure it out). It's a short drive to the beach, New Buffalo, the wineries, and an easy hiking trail.

I would highly recommend this home at any time of year. As you'll see it's usually rented out. Get your reservation in early.


  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is wonderful to read these reviews and think that autumn is settling in there. The crisp air and the scent of a neighbour's first fireplace being lit for the season... Frost in the morning on the fallen leaves.... I am so far away from the seasons I used to take for granted here in the equatorial swelter of Singapore. Another weekend jaunt to Phuket or Krabi could never take the place of an October day in Union Pier. Thank you, another wonderful guest, for keeping memories alive and Fiddlehead warm until we return.
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Beautiful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for the Texas vs. Notre Dame game weekend. The house is located in a beautiful wooded lot and beautifully decorated and clean. We enjoyed the fire pit. The kitchen was well stocked and we left behind some our non-perishables for others to use. We would definitely recommend to anyone!

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quaint Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Six busy career women reserved the Fiddlehead Cottage for a weekend of relaxation and catcbing up. The quaint cottage is surrounded by tall trees and far exceeded our expectations! Beautifully decorated. Serene environment . We silk definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The house is beautiful. So clean, tastefully decorated, beautiful kitchen,relaxing calm grounds. Totally loved the screen porch. Would stay here again in a heartbeat!!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We Didn't Want to Leave

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Fiddlehead Cottage far exceeded any of our expectations. While the weather didn't lend itself to the hot tub nor the fire pit, we found that a fire on the hearth was the perfect backdrop to our evenings. The house is perfect and invites a repeat stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have the greatest guests in the world! While living on the opposite side of the earth it is comforting to know that Fiddlehead Cottage is full of good friends we may never meet... Thank you and please return soon. PJS
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Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Chikaming Woods
Nearest Train
3 Miles
New Buffalo Amtrak
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Red Arrow Roadhouse
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Lake Michigan
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Union Pier Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring 2016
Apr 2 2016 - May 26 2016
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Wknd 10pm check out!
May 27 2016 - May 30 2016
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Early Summer 2016
May 31 2016 - Jun 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2016 - Book Early!
Jul 1 2016 - Aug 21 2016
7 night minimum stay
Indian Summer 2016
Aug 22 2016 - Oct 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $100
Tax Rate 6.0%

*****Seven night minimum stay from mid-June to the 3rd week in August***** If partial week is available due to previous customer taking more than 7 nights, the reservation must be book for the remainder of the week. Saturday to Saturday booking encouraged.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 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:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Great Room - 1 twin/ single , twin daybed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • marina
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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