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Soeding's Sandcastle on Beautiful Lake Michigan

16 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Harbor Springs House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (max. 8)

In 4 1/4 hours from Detroit you can enjoy this tranquil beach home on top of a dune overlooking Lake Michigan, watching the sea gulls, the swans, the gold finches and hummingbirds, also deer and even bald eagles and in the evening - breathtaking sunsets.

Because the house is located on Lower Shore Drive there is not much through traffic, it is ideal for biking and walking.

It is a true paradise.

Keywords: Beach Home

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Otto or Erika Soeding (Owner)
Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english, german

About Otto or Erika Soeding

In 1967 we moved to the USA from Germany and in 1994 we made a dream come true and purchased our beach home on Lake Michigan. We enjoy spending time there and appreciate nature with woods, water, wildlife and tranquility, sitting on one of multiple decks.

Otto or Erika Soeding purchased this house in 1994

Why Otto or Erika Soeding chose Northern Michigan

The setting is unique, with 140' on Lake Michigan, the house sits on a dune, overlooking the beach and the water.

What makes this house unique

The serenity with beautiful surroundings make it possible to relax and enjoy nature and fresh air in the privacy of this setting.


based on 16 traveler reviews

Soeding's Sandcastle on Beautiful Lake Michigan
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

north woods perfection

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week...six adults, two little boys. Lake Michigan at the bottom of the steps, sound of the waves, plenty of sand castle building and rock hunting, very comfortable and charming house, sunsets you pretty much have to see to believe.

Erika and Otto a pleasure to work with. The Pond Hill Farm shouldn't be missed, likewise the Kilwin's chocolate tour, and the Tunnel of Trees. Our last day the six year old said "We should live here." Nobody disagreed.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A little bit of heaven

  • 5 of 5

My family has vacationed at the Sand Castle a few times and love every minute of it!!! The house is the perfect lake front rental with amazing views of Lake Michigan and a lovely beach just steps away. We got very lucky with weather between seasons this time and my son had a blast finding rocks with his buddy. The home is well appointed, clean and comfortable. Access to Harbor Springs, Cross Village and Petosky is fantastic. A glass of wine and a soak in the spa tub after a long beach walk was a fantastic bonus. We cannot wait to go back.

  • Submitted: May 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your nice review. We certainly appreciate it and look forward to having you as guests again in the future.
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Chicago, IL

A Relaxing Refuge for all Seasons

  • 5 of 5

Our most recent stay was during ski season this year, but we have also rented during the summer and during the off-season. Our family loves this cozy home-away-from-home, and we look forward to returning many times in the future.

The center of the home is the great room by the fieldstone fireplace with a three-story wall of windows overlooking Lake Michigan. There a huge deck/balcony area to relax, grill & eat outside, and a stairway that goes down the dune to the beach. The kids love exploring for rocks and swimming in the summer (but remember to bring water shoes).

The kitchen is right off the great room - it's small but it features new appliances & countertops and all the cookware and gadgets most people need; there is also a breakfast bar for four or five people in addition to the full dining table. The beds are really comfortable and all the sheets and towels are very new. There are two king bedrooms on the main level, and two bedrooms upstairs with two twins each, so the kids (or additional friends) have plenty of room to themselves. The bathrooms are very contemporary; the main bathroom downstairs has a shower and a separate jacuzzi tub with a view into the woods.

There is wifi to keep the family entertained at night and/or to check in with work if you must (i.e., to make sure your cell phones work), so you you can be as connected or disconnected as you want to.

Our experience with this rental has been outstanding. The place is very well maintained, very clean and well worth the drive to get there. It's a wonderful break from a hectic life and we return home refreshed and recharged.

  • Submitted: May 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate your positive review. Harbor Springs in the winter is very special with two ski areas close by, Nub's Know and Boyne Highland. Enjoying the fresh air on the slopes and then relaxing in the evening by the fireplace. Thank you for being valuable guests.
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St Petersburg, FL

Loved, loved, loved it!!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 6 stayed a few days at this perfect chateau. Even though the weather did not cooperate with us we enjoyed every minute of our stay! We did not get to enjoy the many decks however the fireplace was a wonderful, warm trade off - with an over abundance of wood.

All rooms were exactly as pictured. Spotlessly clean and fresh. There were more than enough towels and linens. Wonderfully comfortable beds.

The modern kitchen was a real treat.....better than home! All appliances were beautiful and additional small appliances came in very handy.

The Soedings were very enjoyable hosts to work with. A very sweet couple.

Oh and the view....what can I say??!! The view! Exactly what we were looking for!

We also ventured out on a couple road trips in the area. Beautiful. Hit the fall colors about perfect timing.


  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, Illinois

A Dream Vacation for Our Family of Four

  • 5 of 5

There's is no other place my family wishes to stay for a week-long vacation. Our children, both under five, love the stunning sunsets, playing on the beach in a few steps, and dining outside. We have vacationed here on several occasions. It is well worth our seven-hour drive from Chicago. The home feels secluded in a beautiful patch of trees on Lake Michigan. Inside, the rustic meets contemporary. The classic A-frame has a beautiful fireplace and boasts modern kitchen appliances. I love all the little things that come in use with the home as well, such as a barbecue, bountiful kitchen gadgets, and both a formal and informal dining area. The two bedrooms on the third floor, which have expanded, are more than perfect for my children. All the beds are quite comfortable and the bathrooms are very suitable for children while being luxurious for parents. In regards to seeing the sights, this home is in a perfect location. Good Hart and Cross Village are a short drive north on the impeccable M-119. Harbor Springs is a mere seven miles south. We love visiting Turkey's for pizza and I'm sure once my children are older, we will ski at one of the nearby resorts. If you are looking for a family-friendly place to spark new memories, you have found the right place. We feel this home would also be perfect for a romantic getaway from the big city. Either way, be prepared to slow down and enjoy Lake Michigan.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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West Palm Beach, Florida

Ray & Lucia Cohen

  • 5 of 5

We just completed our two week stay at this wonderful property. It has an unsurpassed view of sunsets over Little Traverse Bay, and is fully appointed/furnished with everything that anyone could possibly need. The home was immaculate, the showers were great, the beds were very comfortable, and the wood fireplace (with all supplies included) provided for a very warm/cozy stay.

It is located only 7 miles from downtown Harbor Springs, and the drive there on the Tunnel of Trees was absolutely gorgeous, as Fall colors were peaking. It was, in fact, a ride to look forward to each and every day.

The whole experience was invigorating and peaceful. We would highly recommend this property to anyone considering a vacation in the Harbor Springs/Petosky area.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
downtown Harbor Springs
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
downtown Harbor Springs
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Harbor Springs House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 19 2016 - Sep 17 2016
7 night minimum stay
Sep 18 2016 - Dec 3 2016
3 night minimum stay
Dec 4 2016 - Mar 18 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

end cleaning $250

There is a $300.00 refundable security deposit. Payment is due at time of commitment.

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Harbor Springs House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Shower and jetted tub in main bathroom, shower in upstairs bathroom
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (2) 2 King size beds, Sealy Posture Pedic, Twin or Single Beds (4) 2 bedrooms with 2 Twin size beds each
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 8 beach chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
enjoy beautiful sunsets, walk for hours on the beach along Lake Michigan, ideal for walking, jogging or biking on Lower Shore Drive,

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