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THE BRANDON (Union Pier): Luxury Lake House on Lake Michigan, Sleeps 13

Union Pier, MI, USA
  • House3500 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms5
  • Sleeps13
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Mininum Stay2 - 7 nights

5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 13- luxurious lakefront retreat

BRANDON LAKE HOUSE SLEEPS: 13 (3,500 sq ft) BEDROOMS: 5 BATHROOMS: 3 PARKING SPOTS AVAILABLE: 3 MAX SORRY, NO PETS ALLOWED *LAKEFRONT (on Lake Michigan) *3 other cabins surrounding Brandon are also available for rent! (None of our Union Pier Cottages accept pets.) Stay at the gorgeous Brandon (New) Cottage located right on Lakeshore Avenue in Lake Michigan. With access to the private beach, enjoy a great family or romantic getaway. Panoramic views through large windows, campfires on the beach and beautiful furnishings await your stay. Enjoy the large walk-out deck that overlooks Lake Michigan, open kitchen, private beach, beautiful master bedroom with a soothing view of the lake & balcony. The bathroom has a heated floor, sunken tub and a shower. A TV with basic cable is in the master bedroom. This gorgeous cottage has a wood-burning fireplace, TV, CD,DVD. The master bedroom has cable, WiFi throughout the home, and Ping-Pong table in the basement. Come relax, enjoy, and explore Michigan's natural beauty at your luxury vacation retreat. ** Parking is at a premium at our Union Pier location. While we do not have an on-site parking attendant, please keep the neighbors in mind and park as close together, and as close to the cottages as possible. There is a maximum of 3 parking spaces for the Brandon Cottage. Rent all 4 cottages grouped closely together for a 10% discount. (1 night stays do not apply.) Beds: Main floor: Bedroom 1: 2 Twin Beds Bedroom 2: 2 Twin Beds Upstairs: Bedroom 3: 5 Twin Beds Bedroom 4: 1 Queen Bed Bedroom 5: 1 King Bed (master bedroom with a private bathroom attached) Bed option: We have 3 king-sized bed bridge converters for twin beds, so if you would prefer that we make a king-sized bed out of 2 of the twins, just let us now upon booking and we'll have that set for you upon arrival. Deck/Outside Sitting Areas: The Brandon Lake House is next to the Sawyer Cottage (3 bedroom/2 bath) with separate deck sitting areas for each family to enjoy while facing Lake Michigan. There is an additional private deck off the upstairs master bedroom of the Brandon Lake House. The cascading walkway toward the beach consists of a 72 steps total. This additional 2 level deck toward the beach is shared by both the Brandon Lake House and Sawyer Cottage. Yes, you are within earshot of each other, so it is fun to rent both places together. Since the walkway leading to the private beach area is in front of the Sawyer Cottage living room window, you may see Sawyer Cottage guests While it isn't commonplace, you may see guests from the other 2 cottages (Grace (3 bed/2 bath) and Alex (2 bed/1 bath) as they use this direct walkway to the private beach area. This private beach area is shared by all 4 cottages. There is a public access point (Miller Public Beach Access) adjacent to the Brandon Cottage. This entrance is accessible from the Brandon Lake House basement door, just 26 steps to the beach. More often than not, the Grace and Alex Cottages take the public access shortcut of just 26 steps to the beach. Both the Brandon Lake House and Sawyer Cottage next door have a private deck sitting space, with a shared walkway and an additional small shared sitting area on your down to the beach. Location: 90 minutes east of downtown Chicago 1/2 hour north Notre Dame 3 hours west of Detroit 2 1/2 hours south of Traverse City LOCAL ATTRACTIONS Casinos Four Winds Casino: Just 5 miles from the cottage! Blue Chip Casino: A larger casino. Located in Indiana, just 22 minutes away from Union Pier, try your luck at this exciting casino Big 10 University- Notre Dame : Just a half-hour from this prestigious school Wineries: Take a tour or visit a local winery~ Winery Tours: The closest starting point to the cottage is in New Buffalo, approximately 5-10 minutes south. Round Barn Winery: A brewery/distillery and a winery all combined in one trip. Just 14 miles from the Union Pier Cottages, about a 20 minute drive. Saint Julian Winery: Enjoy a great glass of wine at this local vineyard


Freshwater Vacation Rentals

  • Member Since 2005
  • Response rate: 80%
  • Response time: within one hour
  • Speaks: english, spanish


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
      • Bedroom 1
        2 twin/ single, 2 Twin Beds
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single, 2 Twin Beds
      • Bedroom 3
        5 twin/ single, 5 twin beds
      • Bedroom 4
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 5
        1 king, Master bedroom with a private bathroom attached and balcony
      • Bed option
        We have 3 king-sized bed bridge converters for 2 twin beds, so if you would prefer that we make a king-sized bed out of the 2 twins, just let us now upon booking and we'll have that set for you upon arrival.


      • 3 Bathrooms
      • Master Bathroom
        toilet, shower, jetted tub, lake view, heated floors, soaking tub,connected to master
      • Main floor
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Heated floors
      • Upstairs
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Heated floors
      • All Bathrooms have heated floors. There is a bathroom on the 1st floor

      Location Type

        • Beach View
        • Beachfront
        • Water View
        • Waterfront


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Luxury
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Iron & Board
                    • Air Conditioning
                    • Fireplace
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                    • Parking
                    • Telephone
                      There is a landline
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                        • Microwave
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining Area
                              Dining area seats 15


                                • Ping Pong Table
                                • Books
                                • Game Room
                                  Ping pong table downstairs
                                • Games
                                • Music Library
                                • DVD Player
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                • Toys
                                • Video Library


                                    • Balcony
                                      off of the Master bedroom
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Large deck facing Lake Michigan
                                    • Outdoor Grill


                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • autumn foliage
                                            • restaurants
                                            • winery tours

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • antiquing
                                                • beachcombing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • eco tourism
                                                • photography
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • jet skiing
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • water tubing


                                                            • There is also a playground with swings, climbing, and slide on the property. Basement : TV / Cable / BlueRayDVD; corner sofa, Ping-Pong table, plus an additional folding table

                                                              17 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Great Place for a large group.

                                                              Great place for a big group. A large deck overlooking the lake which is awesome. Great beach but lots of stairs to get there. Highly recommend.
                                                              Aug 04, 2017
                                                              Jul 2017
                                                              Owner's Response:We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay. We love the bed configuration at the Brandon. It is able to host so many people! Agreed...great place for large group. Thank you for renting with Freshwater Vacation Rentals.

                                                              Beautiful Sunsets, Spacious Home

                                                              Freshwater Vacation Rental staff were helpful and courteous throughout our reservation process and our stay at the Brandon Cottage. Great location and easy walk down to the beach (the public access trail on side of the house is an easier way down with only about 40 vertical steps vs. about 70 using the private route that goes down in front of the neighboring cottage). No real surprises relative to expectations. Rooms were large and beds comfortable. We would have liked the standard of cleaning inside to have been a bit more thorough. The main and upper decks were in need of a power wash and re-staining/painting. These are important areas given the beach proximity and would be much more inviting without the faded and mildewed deck and railings. Lastly, we would recommend a pest control service spray for spiders - they were everywhere around the perimeter of the house.
                                                              Sep 18, 2017
                                                              Sep 2017
                                                              Owner's Response:Thank you for your review, we welcome your suggestions and glad you were happy with the location. The decks are a work in progress, we were getting the cottages power washed and suddenly the season was upon us and we were unable to finish. We would love to have you back to see it when it is all finished! We have the perimeter of the cottages sprayed every Spring and Fall, the challenge is being by the water. We will call to have them spray now since you let us know the spiders are wanting to get in before the weather changes. Thank you! The Freshwater Team

                                                              Large, beautiful, welcoming, feels like home!

                                                              My husband & I hosted a family get together for my 91 year old dad and 3 siblings and their spouses. There was ample room for everyone to be together or spread out. Although the weather was mostly rainy, we were able to see and enjoy the lake from inside the house. We did get a break in the clouds a few times, so we walked the beach, which is beautiful. The kitchen is well stocked with dishes & pots and pans. We ate in for the whole weekend, and had plenty of space for all our food, and for many of us to be in the kitchen at the same time. Those who weren't helping prepare the food, could sit at the huge island and keep the chefs company! The staff was very helpful in accommodating my requests and in helping make all the arrangements. I hope that we will be able to return again. I will definitely recommend Brandon House to anyone who wants a place for lots of people!
                                                              May 01, 2017
                                                              Apr 2017
                                                              Owner's Response:Thank you for your review! We truly appreciate it. We are thrilled you enjoyed yourselves. Please consider one of our other 54 properties for you next vacation...we have many that can host 15+. We look forward to hearing from you again. ~Freshwater Team

                                                              Great Property!

                                                              Our group of 3 families (4 children and 6 adults) stayed for 3 days this winter. The house is very nice, right on the water, and we loved taking walks along the beach. Several of us are very good cooks and this kitchen is extremely well equipped, the best we've seen of any house we have ever rented. We really appreciated everything that was available to us. The grill outside worked very well. The living room is extremely cozy and inviting and we loved the layout of the house. Board games were available for our use. TV worked fine for our football watching. The kids enjoyed the ping pong table downstairs. Property management was extremely responsive - we had to call them twice on minor issues and had no problem resolving what we needed. Our bed was very comfortable and the shower worked very well. I highly recommend the Brandon Cottage!
                                                              Jan 17, 2017
                                                              Jan 2017

                                                              So fun and relaxing!

                                                              Loved the house. Beautiful view. Heated floors and great living space. Girls weekend was perfect!
                                                              Feb 12, 2016
                                                              Jan 2016
                                                              Owner's Response:I'm glad you had a great time! I, too, find the gorgeous view of Lake Michigan and heated bathroom floor my highlights. When I'm looking out the master bedroom balcony I feel like I'm the only person on Lake Michigan-- unless it's a super clear night and I can faintly see the warm glow of Chicago. We hope to have you back again in the future! Sincerely, Cara

                                                              Amazing home, amazing oweners!

                                                              I rented this cabin last winter with a group of friends and we are STILL talking about it almost a year later! The open floor plan is perfect for hanging out and cooking and the views are beautiful! The kitchen had everything we needed and we spent a majority of the trip cooking. The bedroom and beds were super comfy! Great rental and great staff! :)
                                                              Nov 02, 2015
                                                              Jan 2015
                                                              Owner's Response:Thanks for the kind words! We are so happy to hear you and your friends had an awesome time! The open floor plan is definitely a nice feature when sharing with a group of friends. Thanks again! We look forward to having you back!


                                                              Union Pier, MI, USA

                                                              The corner grocery store, bakery, and gourmet restaurants are all only a 10-minute walk away through peaceful country roads. Public tennis courts are only a 15-minute drive to New Buffalo. There are golf courses in the area, and rainy-day shopping at the outlet mall in Michigan City is about a 20-minute drive away. Explore the local art communities, Three Oaks, New Buffalo, and Sawyer, MI. Or try your luck at Four Winds or Blue Chip Casino in nearby Michigan City. A perfect place for cycling, running, searching for antiques, or taking long walks on the beach or through the countryside. Other Activities: Biking, running, taking long walks on the beach.

                                                              17 Reviews

                                                              Wonderful 4.9/5

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