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

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 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 traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
November 3, 2017

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 5.0 based on 35 reviews
Chicago, Illinois
5

Perfect fall getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our fall trip to Michigan was perfect and the house was amazing. Everything was very clean and the house and yard were well kept up. Very dog friendly! I loved that they even provided a dog water and food bowl. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cute place

  • 5 of 5

We drove up from Chicago for a long weekend with the dog and very much enjoyed this place. Big, fenced-in back yard for the pupper to run around and a well-stocked, comfortable house. Kitchen has everything you need to cook a full meal, and there's a french press for the morning coffee. Easy drive to the little towns up and down Red Arrow highway. We spent a day hiking around Warren Dunes state park (about 10-15 minute drive away), which allows dogs so long as they are kept on-leash (there's a long dog beach, but you aren't allowed to unleash even there, FYI). Wonderful weekend and we will likely be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great getaway place for you and your dog.

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed "It's a Dog's Life". Everything was as described and it is a doggie haven. Thanks Pam for opening up your cottage to all of us pet people.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

6 dogs from large to small, 4 adults. Pams cottage was everything we could of hoped for and more!!!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we entered everyone was in aw at what a beautiful and meticulously clean home this was. The backyard, HUGE, the dogs wore themselves out running circles and playing ball. Relaxing in the evening by the fire pit. When I opened the cabinet under the coffee pot and found a French press, well...need I say more. Was excited!! We had left ours at home. Beds were comfy, linens smelled wonderful. Very quiet area, tranquil. Do not pass this gem up if you have dogs or even if you don't. Wonderful time no complaints from us. Will definitely be back!!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wow! What a peaceful private backyard to view millions of stars

  • 5 of 5

We had the most fun girls weekend at It's a Dogs Life! Plenty of room for the five of us and one goldendoodle. Pam was a wonderful host and has anything at the house you could think of needing. She even supplied firewood for the best fire pit we've ever used. And the yard is fully fenced so we never had to worry about Gracie getting out of the yard. You are only a few miles from the dunes dog beach. Pam will be hearing from us again because we'll definitely be repeat customers!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Peaceful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at "It's a Dog's Life" this past week. This was our second vacation here. We also stayed last summer for a week. Pam's home is very welcoming and peaceful. The house is adorable and always very clean. The yard is amazing and fenced in for your fur babies. The outdoor fire pit and seating is incredible. We absolutely love the screened in porch and the layout of the main living area. The deck is huge. Pam has gorgeous plants everywhere. The house has numerous dog themed touches here and there, which I adore. As if this isn't enough, Cherry Beach is just a very short drive across the road. Also: Pam is so responsive. If you need anything at all, send her a text and she answers you immediately. We can't wait to go next summer for two weeks!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Housekeeping Fee $100
Refundable Damage Deposi $200
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.