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Larry Pyrz and Tessa Burton

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

Walk to restaurants and the beach or just enjoy the screened porch.

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights


Harbert Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

Welcome to Michigan's Harbor Country!

Our cottage is perfect in any season - a great retreat for a romantic winter weekend or a summer escape from Chicago for a week near the beach. The cottage is modest. It was originally a farmhouse and raspberry farm built back in the '30s but we've rehabbed it in a modern but comfortable way to make it warm and welcoming. With a fully equipped large eat-in kitchen, it is easy to entertain and host your friends.

If you are a nature lover, you will particularly enjoy the birds and wildlife and the peace and quiet - the cottage is a delight in any season. We are on 2.5 acres and surrounded by field and trees. In winter, you can sit by the fire, watch TV, go out to dinner or cook for friends. We are a short drive to Three Oaks where there is both the Acorn Theater and the Vicker's Cinema. You can also take a five minute drive to the nearby Warren Dunes State Park for sledding or cross country skiing. There is generally plenty of snow in mid-Winter.

In Summer, we are a short walk to the nearest beach or a five minute drive to the township's own Cherry Beach. We provide bicycles, beach passes and beach chairs, all you need to take is your suntan lotion. The beaches in Harbor Country are some of the best in the entire US and virtually deserted in comparison to Chicago! We're close to many different restaurants, the Sawyer Market, antique shops and berry farms. It's a heavenly break from the noise and traffic of Chicago.

Though the cottage is on the small side with three cozy bedrooms and a nicely updated bathroom with shower, it is warm and inviting and is perfect for a group of good friends or a couple looking for a quiet break.

Keywords: Four Season Cottage - walk to restaurants and beaches. Our kitchen is equipped for the gourmet chef if you prefer to cook.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Larry Pyrz and Tessa Burton (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Larry Pyrz and Tessa Burton

Come and share our favorite places. Lake Michigan is a casual stroll away as are numerous antique shops, art galleries and restaurants. All the sorts of things we like. The cottage is the perfect getaway from the noise and congestion of the city. We enjoy cooking for our occasional dinner parties and have a number of friends who often drop by for my Sunday morning brunch. Everything is there for you to do the same. Start your own tradition in Harbor it at our HarbertHouse!

Larry Pyrz and Tessa Burton purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Larry Pyrz and Tessa Burton chose Southwest Michigan

The fact is that we really didn't decide to purchase the property as a vacation rental. It is to be and still is our weekend getaway but with the commitments of running multiple businesses and two teenage boys going here and there, we don't get out as often as we like. It just made sense for us to make our favorite spot accessible to others who might also be looking for a taste of Harbor Country.

What makes this cottage unique

Our favorite experiences are watching the deer in the early evening and listening to the wind blowing through the pine trees that surround the house. We've got woodchucks in the back of the property and have an occasional coyote visit now and then. Too, there is absolutely nothing to compare with watching the stars at night or the satellites flying overhead just after sunset. If requested, prior to your stay, we will gladly produce a schedule of satellite fly-overs with a location guide to tell you where to look and when.


based on 8 traveler reviews

Walk to restaurants and the beach or just enjoy the screened porch.
average rating of 4.625 based on 8 reviews
Detroit area

Great stay in SW Michigan

  • 5 of 5

My family of 4 enjoyed our stay at this Harbert house. There was ample room; it was comfortable, clean & fun. There were lots of amenities - games, a fire pit, beach equipment, bikes & a kitchen fully stocked with cooking basics -- all of which were used. Plus the colorful décor, art and peaceful surroundings all made for a pleasant experience. We saw deer, a humming bird and a falling star. My son 20, daughter 15, husband and I visited many nearby beaches, restaurants and shops for a great stay in SW Michigan.

My favorite memory is sitting at the kitchen table looking out at the beautiful rose of Sharon blossoms and watching for the butterflies and birds that would fly by.

In addition, the owner was very flexible with our last minute changes to our stay and was just a text a way to answer all our questions and give us great tips about the area :)

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Summer Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Last summer my family was in the process of moving to Northern Indiana and we needed a place to stay for three weeks between the selling of our old house and the purchase of the new home. For three weeks my young boys ran around in the woods behind the house and played at the beaches; we roasted marshmallows in the fire pit behind the house and played board games inside on rainy days--this is what summer is about. The cottage was clean and comfortable and artistically decorated.The kitchen is fantastic! Ideal for a family vacation. Short drive to anything you might want and yet hidden away in the woods and private. I would definitely recommend this property if you're looking for a place to kick back and relax. (I"d also recommend breakfast at Louisa's just down the block--their quiche is divine!)

  • Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

My husband, two teenage boys and myself enjoyed a pleasant 3 night stay at the cottage. It had everything we needed and was convenient for everything we had planned. We did hear a few trains but it did not bother us. The house was clean and the beds were comfortable. The best perk was the pass to Cherry beach. It's a wonderful, not too crowded beach just minutes from the cottage. Thanks Larry!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Arlington Heights, IL

charming cottage, great for train lovers

  • 3 of 5

The cottage is lovely. The decor is well depicted in the pictures. It's urban chic meets country bungalow. The bathroom has been recently remodeled. However, the shower reminds me of one in a 2 or 3 star hotel where I stayed in Paris, in other words very small. The bedrooms are a little small, which you can kind of tell from the photos. But if all you're planning on doing is sleeping there, and you don't have a lot of stuff they're big enough. As for sleeping, if you're a deep sleeper you'll sleep well here. If not, be advised that between midnight and 4 a.m. each night we were there, there were 2 or 3 freight trains that loudly and repeatedly blew their whistles and vibrated the house. The property is right along a railroad track. That's something to watch out for in Harbert, which I didn't realize until too late. We actually cut our trip short because we couldn't sleep and because the weather was making the lake very choppy. All in all, it's a great place but not a great location if you're a light sleeper.

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is the first time in three years anyone has brought up the trains. Yes, we are adjacent to the tracks, as most people are in Harbor Country, but it clearly says this in our profile, where we warn people with kids to pay attention to letting them go near the tracks. So it's not as though we're hiding it. No one else has complained at all and frankly we've had loads of renters. I'm sorry these folks were disturbed by the trains, we find them rather comforting. We even miss them when they don't come through, and they don't seem to disturb our sleep at all.
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Beautiful Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a great labor day weekend at this cottage. Larry is a pleasure to deal with, and the place is perfect for a laid-back weekend. It's location is perfect and yet it's far enough away from the Red Arrow that you have peace and quiet (except for a few trains) and a HUGE backyard. The house is decorated beautifully and the kitchen has everything a good cook could want. We will be back many times in the years to come!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2010
  • Stayed: Sep 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pooky from Iowa

  • 5 of 5

This place is great! We had our family for a week getaway at this charmer. The kitchen is well stocked and the home was just right for us and very comfortable. We enjoyed the large back yard and played baseball, frisbee and used the BBQ. Warren Dunes is 5 minutes away with a lovely beach as well as the private Cherry beach. The owner who we have not met, is particularly nice and hospitable via emails. We shall return!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Chicago Midway
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
8 Miles
New Buffalo, Michigan Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Harbert Beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Harbert Cottage Rental Rates

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5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $215

Absolutely NO SMOKING inside the house or on the screened porch.

Paid in full prior to arrival by Cash, Credit Card, PayPal or check.

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Harbert Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (3) Each bedroom has a queen bed and ceiling fan
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Backyard fire pit,volleyball court (must let us know in advance so it can be set up),bicycles, beach chairs, bocce ball and a few other outdoor games.

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