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35 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights


South Haven House Rental Photos and Description

5 bedrooms, 3 full baths, sleeps 14, 3600 sqft, 3 levels all with decks & views

Once part of the historical Grandview Hotel that overlooked the bluff in 1905, this recently renovated home is 3 levels with decks on each level, front & back - spectacular views up & down the river & to Lake Michigan! You'll enjoy amazing sunsets as well as watching the boats up and down the river. It has 3600 sq ft of beautifully decorated entertaining space with gourmet kitchen that seats 6 at the granite bar with full amenities, 10 person dining table, large family room with multiple seating areas, backyard deck entertaining area with gas grill, firepit, dining table, 4 bedrooms on the 2nd level that sleep 6, one lower level queen sleeper sofa (open in living room), lower level bedroom with queen bed and twin trundle, 3rd level family room loft (has 4 twin beds loft style) with outdoor covered deck with views of river & Lake Michigan!! Home is equipped with 3 LCD TVs, DVD players, dish TV, kids playroom/toys, pack & play, beach toys. One block to town & 3 blocks to the beach - the Perfect location to easily walk to beach or town & enjoy the view!

Few blocks to Kids Corner!: Kids tired of going to the beach and want something different to do?! We are just a short walk over to Kids Corner which is a huge wooden play center with towers, bridges and hidden tunnels! Also slides, swings, tire swings, etc., basketball hoop/court, baseball/softball diamond, picnic tables and lots of grassy area to play other games!!

Concerts and Festivals: We are only a couple minutes walk to the river area where a lot of the free concerts and festivals are held. So, you don't have to pack up everything for the whole day - you can get home quickly any time you want to stop back in and take a break then right back to the festivities in minutes!!!

House made for entertaining: This is a place where we entertain and host our large family every year so we are set up with plenty of places for everyone to sit for eating and lounging around in the family room to watch TV. No more crowded seats with some people left out!!! Same goes for the outside back deck area. There are plenty of tables and chairs, plus a built in bench that lines the perimeter of the deck for extra seating.

Additionally, the third level family room/bedroom loft area is one large open space with 4 twin mattresses (two can be put together for a king bed) in the front of the space, and a large sectional and club chair with flat screen t.v. to the rear of the space and a 3rd level deck with plenty of comfy seating for viewing all of those spectacular sunsets or taking an afternoon nap!

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Jill Panella - Owner
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 25, 2016
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About Jill Panella - Owner

I grew up in South Haven and lived there until I attended college at Michigan State. My immediate and extended family, as well as friends, still live there and I come and stay in my own home every summer! I currently live in Tampa, Florida.

Jill Panella - Owner purchased this house in 2005

Why Jill Panella - Owner chose Southwest Michigan

This property was lovingly renovated by me after I purchased it in 2005. It was made for entertaining with upgraded amenities and a spacious feel for accomodating your family and friends. It is over 100 years old and was originally part of The Grand Hotel that overlooked the bluff.

What makes this house unique

Three levels of decks with views of the lake and river from both the front and back of the house!! Very open floor plan for entertaining, as well as extra large seating area in the family room for large parties. Additionally has a third floor family room with amazing views of lake and river and SUNSETS!!!!


based on 35 traveler reviews

average rating of 4.6285715 based on 35 reviews

Great home with plenty of space.

  • 4 of 5

My group and I really enjoyed our time spent at this property. It was well located, where you could easily walk to South Beach or downtown. The house provided tons of space for all in our group so we never felt crowded. Everything in the home was very clean and tidy and well kept. I would say that the only issues we had with the home (and probably more because we did not ask for remedy) were that the upper levels got quite warm in the evening (even though weather was not that hot) even with the air conditioning being set relatively low (it was very cool on bottom floor), and we should have been prepared to bring more toilet paper and soap for all bathrooms. Otherwise, we truly enjoyed our stay and will keep this property in mind for all future trips to South Haven.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect summer getaway

  • 5 of 5

The online listing and previous reviewers have described the house perfectly: The house is beautiful, comfortable, fully equipped, large, close to everything, and ideal for a family/friend vacation. We had a wonderful stay in South Haven. This was my first time renting a vacation home, so I didn't realize these book up early. I was lucky to snag a week here when someone else cancelled. The home was larger than we needed for our immediate family, so we ended up inviting our parents, and friends of our college-age kids to stay with us. The house was big enough to accommodate everyone, while giving everyone their own space if needed, with many balconies to choose from. The first floor is the ideal community space, a large open area with plenty of seating to gather for dining, games, TV, or chats. Among the four second floor bedrooms, the master bedroom and bath were large and lovely. The third floor loft was the perfect hangout for my daughter and her friends, and the views are the best in the house. We all enjoyed daily visits to the beach and town, as well as local excursions to ride ATVs, jet skis, or hit the bike trails.

My husband and I loved hosting our family and friends in this beautiful house and location; it was a perfect summer getaway. We hope to be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a great review! Thank you so much for taking the time to write and I'm so glad you enjoyed the house with your family! Hope to have you back again!
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Beautiful Home and Perfect Location!

  • 5 of 5

My family, representing 4 states, wanted to have a family reunion in South Haven and we were lucky enough to be able to rent Jillene Panella's Place for a week in June, 2016. Her home is beautiful and it's location was perfect for us! Everything we did outside was within walking distance. This included going to the beach, the pier (where we caught a large salmon), the riverfront, the downtown for shopping, restaurants, & ice cream, the farmer's market, and even an outdoor concert! The 2 bike trails, which we set-out on from the front porch steps of the house, were amazing! When we were inside, the floor plan of Jillene's home was also perfect! The large open kitchen/dining room/family room area was always the hub of activity, not only when preparing meals, but for working puzzles, doing crafts, or occasionally watching a favorite movie on the TV while relaxing in large comfy furniture. The large deck, adjacent to this area, had lots of furniture and a fire pit. It was the favorite place to eat and enjoy the view of the river. Also, spectacular sunsets were seen by all from the large third floor balcony. I wish I could give this place more than 5 stars! Jill: My family LOVED your home and the city of South Haven!!😊

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a detailed and complimentary review! So glad that the house easily accommodated the needs of your large family gathering!
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Wonderful Property! Beautiful Views!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in this rental, it was very clean and orderly upon arrival. We had more than enough towels, kitchen supplies, beach supplies and space! We watched the sunset over the lake and river every night and even got to watch a couple thunderstorms roll in. Owner was very easy to work with and super responsive, would stay here again in a heartbeat. The view from the top deck alone is reason to stay at this rental!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad to hear everything was great upon your check in and the stay was magnificent! Thank you so much for taking the time to give a review!
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Absolutely Beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

The home and property are absolutely beautiful! Close to downtown restaurants and shops. The view from the third floor of Lake Michigan is amazing! I can't wait to return! You will not be disappointed. The owner is very accommodating and quick to respond to any questions you may have during your stay.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for our girls getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying at this house! Everyone in our group loves this house. Very spacious, lots of beds! Bathrooms! Great outdoor spaces! Clean! More than one living area....

Easy to walk to town!

The owner is easy to get a hold of for any questions or concerns! I am sure we will be renting this house again and again!

  • Submitted: May 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying with us again! We appreciate it and glad you enjoyed the house!
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"Everyone loves this place! It is housed in what was the old bank so it has interesting arch..."
Cafe Julia
"One of my favorite places to grab my morning latte and breakfast; as well as yummy pastry tr..."
Idler Restaurant
"Grill type food but a great place to hang out on the river outside and a fun atmosphere!!!"
Captain Nemos
"This has been around since I was growing up!! It has good cafe food and a good little salad..."
Su Casa Restaurante
"Great mexican food!! Has a bar as well. "
"Italian dining has great food very family friendly. "
Tello Italian Bistro
"Love this place! Upscale Italian dining owned by my friends!! Smaller, quaint restaurant, ..."
Tello's Trattoria & Cabaret -- CLOSED
Captain Lou's
"Fun day spot for sitting outside for drinks/food on the river"
Sherman's Dairy Bar
"This has been around since I was growing up!! It has good cafe food and a good little salad..."
"Italian dining has great food very family friendly. "
Thirsty Perch Grill
Nearest Airport
35 Miles
South Bend Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Jake's Bar and Grill
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Blue Star Highway
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Venezia's Italian Restaurant
Nearest Beach
0.3 Miles
South Beach
Car: not necessary

A hop, skip and jump to beautiful Lake Michigan! Enjoy plenty of beach days swimming in the waves and magnificent sunsets as well as climbing or touring the sand dunes. South Haven has many free summer concerts and festivals, a quaint downtown shopping and restaurant area as well as nearby wineries and antique shopping.

Golf: Local golf facilities.


Rates & Availability

South Haven House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep 12 2016 - Dec 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
off season
Jan 1 2017 - May 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
summer/peak 17
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Sunday
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 6.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. There is also a $200.00 cleaning fee. NO PETS ALLOWED - Rental agreement must be signed and strictly adhered. PLEASE PRINT the rental agreement upon reservation. DOOR CODES WILL BE LISTED UNDER THE HOSPITALITY SECTION!!!

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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South Haven House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View
  • Town ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 1st floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2nd floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Master Bath
    Outdoor shower - outdoor shower , After beach use
  • Master bath has jacuzzi tub and large walk-in, glass enclosed shower with stone floor.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , one of these twins can be relocated to the 3rd story
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , one of these twins can be relocated to the 3rd story
    Front living room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , downstairs pullout sofa
    Bedroom 7 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , One queen/full day bed with a twin pull out trundle
    3rd level loft - 4 twin/ single
  • Also one pack and play available for use anywhere in house. Additionally please note that the third floor is a loft so the bed area is open to the TV area.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Absolutely No Smoking!!!! Game, beach toys, chairs, coolers, etc stored in basement. Please note, that although we do not allow dogs for renters, the owners do stay at the house once per year and they do have dogs..... FYI for allergy sufferers.

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