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Open all year! Lake Michigan Luxury Lake House

Sleeps13
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

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

BRANDON COTTAGE

SLEEPS: 13 (3,500 sq ft)

BEDROOMS: 5

BATHROOMS: 3

PARKING SPOTS AVAILABLE: 3 MAX

*LAKEFRONT

*3 other cabins surrounding Brandon are also available for rent!

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

More Details

Property Manager
Freshwater Vacation Rentals
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2017

About Freshwater Vacation Rentals

Freshwater Vacation Rentals

• Established in 2005

• 734-284-5677

• reservations@freshwatervacationrentals.com

• http://www.freshwatervacationrentals.com

If you are looking for a vacation rental, you have come to the right spot! We specialize in vacation rentals throughout Michigan. From your own private island to a lodge big enough to host your family reunion or a relaxing getaway on one of the Great Lakes. If you feel like a social vacation where you have neighbors to enjoy the evening fires together, to remote places where you won't see another soul, give us a call and we'll find the right place for you.

Our philosophy

We work hard so you don't have to. Our goal is for guests have a wonderful vacation experience and assist our owners in maximizing their investment. We started this business 10 years ago, with the purchase of Republic Island, and added the Rapid River Lodge. We have a unique perspective, as we are both owners and property managers. We love the business and are enjoying it as it grows.

Why Freshwater Vacation Rentals chose Southwest Michigan

Having a place to go to directly on Lake Michigan where the family can enjoy the sand and swimming was very important to us. Located just 90 minutes from Chicago was ideal. "Harbor Country" has such a wonderful small-town feel that everyone can appreciate it here.

What makes this house unique

The open-concept design with many beautiful windows overlooking Lake Michigan. The master bedroom upstairs with private bathroom (jetted tub) and the balcony that faces Lake Michigan is just so tranquil and beautiful.

Amenities

Union Pier House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area ...
Bathrooms:
  • 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
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Main floor: Bedroom 1 - 1 twin/ single , 2 Twin Beds
    Main floor: Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , 2 Twin Beds
    Upstairs: Bedroom #3 - 1 twin/ single , 5 twin beds
    Bedroom #4: Upstairs - 1 queen
    Bedroom #5: Master bedroom- Upstairs - 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 13 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

Open all year! Lake Michigan Luxury Lake House
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews
5

Large, beautiful, welcoming, feels like home!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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
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5

Great Property!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

So fun and relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

Loved the house. Beautiful view. Heated floors and great living space. Girls weekend was perfect!

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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
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5

Amazing home, amazing oweners!

  • 5 of 5

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! :)

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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!
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5

Lovely open space and lake view!

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our stay so much, we booked again for next year! Our reunion group has rented this property for 4 years and always has wonderful stay. The rental staff is excellent and very accommodating!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Absolutely perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We had a small wedding that we'd planned to have out on the beach, but the wind didn't cooperate. The inside of the cottage was just big enough to seat 50 people while we got married in front of the windows, looking out over the lake. We could not have had a more perfect weekend thanks to this rental. :) We rented the other cottages (Alex, Sawyer, and Grace) for family, and the only difficult part was parking. There's definitely more space for cars than assigned to each cottage, but you just have to have someone willing to move cars around so people can leave when they need to. Honestly, such a beautiful place, and very well kept. We look forward to coming back soon. :) THANK YOU!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Round Barn Winery
Nearest Airport
60 Miles
South Bend - 30 mi, Midway -45mi, O'Hare
Nearest Barpub
0.05 Miles
Red Arrow Roadhouse
Nearest Ferry
113 Miles
Muskegeon to Milwaukee (Lake Express)
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
The Dunes Club
Nearest Train
4 Miles
New Buffalo, Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
I-94, exit 6.
Nearest Restaurant
0.05 Miles
Red Arrow Roadhouse -Skips - 1 mile
Nearest Ski
54 Miles
Swiss Valley Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
right out the back door to the Lake Michigan beach
Car: necessary

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.

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