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'It's a Dog's Life" - Unleash Your Fun Here!

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights

Overview

About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Welcome to Harbor Country and my woodsy cottage set on a 2 acre lot; just a short drive, walk or bike to several pristine beaches. Bike through wine country, enjoy local restaurants and stroll through the best of Michigan antiquing.

The cottage is in top condition, all one level, with a doggy door accessible through the screened-in porch leading to 3/4 acre picket fenced yard.

This cozy, colorful house is fully equipped with quality linens and kitchen accessories.

Enjoy rocking on the front porch or gather on the rear deck for a bbq, croquet and marshmallow roast over the fire pit.

Lots to do in the area...or just 'be'.

Join my Facebook Page to view many more pictures of cottage and become a 'Fan': Itsa Dogslife

Keywords: Cottage, wooded,dog friendly, lake michigan

More Details

Owner
Pam Lynch
Member since: 2009
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 few days
Response rate:
70%
Calendar last updated:
March 1, 2018

About Pam Lynch

I live in downtown Chicago and I love the energy and everything the city has to offer; however, I live for the moment I can escape to Harbor Country in Southwest Michigan. Within an hour and a half I'm here...all the stress of everyday life melts away and I feel on 'vacation' even when I'm here less than 24 hours. I also experience great joy in sharing my home with family and friends. And now that I'm renting my home, I feel the same happiness as my guests report in and recount how much they enjoyed the home, the nearby beaches and the country setting. I feel very lucky to be the owner of 'It's a Dog's Life Getaway'.

Pam Lynch purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Pam Lynch chose Three Oaks

I purchased this home because of it's easy access from the highway, yet you feel completely removed and isolated. I also wanted a home that was set back from the road, had a large yard for my dogs, offering them freedom in a secure environment. I love the open floor plan with high ceilings, yet feels cozy and warm. I also always wanted to 'rock' on a front porch and have a screened in porch...I never tire of relaxing in these areas with a magazine, cup of coffee and dogs under foot.

What makes this cottage unique

Although I seek the feeling of being 'remote' while here, I love that within minutes you can be at the beach, satisfy a 'purchase' urge at one of the many boutique style shops, and find a good meal at a small restaurant for breakfast. lunch and dinner. I don't feel the area is 'touristy' or commercial, even though most people here are enjoying a vacation. A recent surprise was how fun the wineries are to visit...especially on bikes. The area is enjoyable each season and by no means is just 'a summer home'.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Pam,

I'm a big fan of a local (with broader following) dog blog - two pitties in the city - they do a feature on being a tourist with your dog, and I submitted our July getaway. The feature ran today:



http://pittiesincity.blogspot.com/2011/08/how-to-be-tourist-with-your-dog-series_19.html
Jul 2011
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Amenities

Three Oaks Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1) The third bedroom has a day bed that pulls out to a queen size., Twin or Single Beds (1) There are two twins in the 2nd bedroom., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) 1 single blow up mattress available.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes:
Dogy door through screened in porch. A large portion of the backyard is fully enclosed with a picket fence so dogs are secured on property.

Reviews

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'It's a Dog's Life" - Unleash Your Fun Here!
average rating of 4.975 based on 41 reviews
5

Peaceful, winter getaway in a real life snow globe!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at It's a Dog's Life over the New Year's Eve holiday with our two chihuahuas. We had almost two feet of fluffy white snow fall while we were snuggled up next to the fireplace almost all weekend long. Pam's notes and suggestions on where to go were great for when we did venture out of the house. There was plenty of firewood available and every time we said "i wonder if she has -fill in the blank- here" we found exactly what we needed. The NYE hats, glasses and sparklers were such a nice touch from the host. My husband watched a lot of football while I read books or watched a show on Netflix. We entertained a few friends on New Year's Eve night. Slept in the next day. It was so quiet and peaceful we didn't want to leave. Thanks again for a wonderful New Year's - Tewey, Christina, Skylar & Bitsy

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Christina! I was so happy your "family of 4" was able to escape to the country and have lots of snow and relaxation. You are always welcome to "Dog's Life"!!!
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5

2nd stay...won't be the last

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time once again. House wasn't really stocked as it had been previously. Still, our favorite place to gather and reconnect.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

So relaxing!!!

  • 5 of 5

Pam was absolutely great to work with! The place is so welcoming and warm. Great get away! We will be back!!

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely

  • 4 of 5

We took our 2 puppies for a holiday and it was lovely. Pam has the perfect set up for those wanting to take their puppies. The fenced in back yard was perfect. They had a wonderful time tearing around there and then coming in to snuggle in front of the fire. Sadly neither was quite up to the intellectual challenge posed by the doggie door into the screened in porch. Everything is provided including dishes and an excellent scoop for cleaning up the yard. We hope to be back in the spring. Thanks Pam.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

What an awesome place!

  • 5 of 5

We needed a quiet and relaxing weekend away from the city and we got it! What a great, cozy house! Since the Nov weather wasnt great we spent a lot of time inside and it was lovely. We cooked, made fires in the fireplace, played scrabble and enjoyed our dog. Pam has done a lovely job with this house and has thought of everything. We can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

We had a great time!

  • 5 of 5

Would book again

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposi $200
Housekeeping Fee $100
Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 6.0%

PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU ARE BRINGING MORE THAN 1 DOG PLEASE DO NOT SELECT "MAKE ONLINE RESERVATION" BECAUSE QUOTE WILL BE INCORRECT AND AN INCORRECT HOLD WILL BE PLACED ON YOUR CREDIT CARD. VRBO QUOTE DEFAULTS TO 1 DOG ONLY; NOT MULTIPLE DOGS. PLEASE REQUEST QUOTE AND I WILL RESPOND PROMPTLY SO THERE IS NOT AN ERROR ON CREDIT CARD HOLD.

Holiday rates may apply during certain seasons and may require a 3-4 night minimum; as these dates change from year to year, they are not always noted on above pricing. Pet fee is $50 per dog. A $200 returnable damage fee is collected. If there is no damage, it is returned within two weeks of departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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