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Jill Panella - Owner

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

PERFECT location to BEACH AND TOWN!!!! Spectacular views from FRONT & BACK!!

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

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Michigan 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
Jill Panella - Owner (Property Manager)
Member since: 2010
Call Manager
Speaks: english

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 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 30 traveler reviews

PERFECT location to BEACH AND TOWN!!!! Spectacular views from FRONT & BACK!!
average rating of 4.6 based on 30 reviews
Elmhurst, IL

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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Absolutely Lovely

  • 5 of 5

First of all I want to thank Jill Panella, owner of this beautiful home. Jill was so accommodating given the last minute arrangements we made. She was prompt and answered all of my questions immediately. Our stay was Feb. 19th and 20th 2016.

The house was exactly as the pictures show; no surprises...just perfect and very clean. I had the responsibility of finding a home to rent for my "girlfriends weekend". All 9 of us loved it. Our group has been together since grammar school and have been doing this since about 1983. So what we look for is being able to sit together, all in one room. Very few homes have the ability to accommodate everyone gathering in one comfy room! The sofas, club chairs, so relaxing. The kitchen was beautiful, we could have made and served huge meals in there but we mainly used the oven to heat apps and bake breakfast foods. The beds (plenty of them) were comfy and all said they slept fine. The bathrooms (plenty of them) were all updated and very clean.

The location is so perfect. Gorgeous views from every balcony...Winter and Summer. Walked everywhere. We walked on the frozen lighthouse pier on Sat. and toured downtown South Haven. There is a lovely ice skating rink in town. Saturday night we went to comedy night at Black River Tavern. Then listened to the live band play in the bar. Simply had a great time.

My only hope is that it is available for our next get together!

Thanks for the Hospitality,

Girls in Chicago


  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you enjoyed the set up of the house! It was made to accommodate large gatherings, not just for sleeping, but to have everyone comfortably in one area for entertaining, eating and watching tv!! Thank you for taking the time to write such an informative review!!
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Beautiful Weekend with Friends

  • 5 of 5

The Panella's house was beautiful inside and out. A group of my high school friends and I stayed in the winter, and it was a perfect place to connect with old friends. The house has plenty of space to enjoy. The loft on the third floor served as a great second space to spend time, and the first floor kitchen, dining room and family room combination had more than enough space for all 14 of us to cook, eat, play board games and talk. It was a great house to host a large number of people comfortably. Each balcony offered a beautiful view of the town, the canal or the lake, even in the winter. The town is an easy walking distance away, as is the beach, so you couldn't be located in a more perfect spot. The house was comfortable, homey and inviting. I hope to stay at the Panella's house again in the future! Thanks to Jill and her family for hosting!

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! I'm glad the house worked out great for your big group! And thanks for mentioning the great views from the balconies and the third floor! The third floor really is such a peaceful place to watch the boats up and down the river and of course, the AMAZING sunsets!!!
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Great family home

  • 5 of 5

Great house and close to town. Love the location. Will be back.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay and our location! Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we very much appreciate it!
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Evanston IL

Great location

  • 5 of 5

Our second stay at this house. Plenty of space for our group of 9 people. Love being able to walk into downtown. Great kitchen/dining/living room area with lots of comfy chairs and couches, but the third floor balcony is the best!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay AND the house! We set this house up for big family/party gatherings and we are happy that it easily accommodated all of your guests!
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Beautiful property with a perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful time. The view from the third floor is fabulous. The home is decorated with a nice beach feel We had a lot of family coming in and out all week, and there was more than enough room for everyone. Jill, the owner was very helpful, even sending a plumber out for same day service on a slow tub drain. We would definitely stay here again!!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us we hope your family enjoyed it as much as ours does!!
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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

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off season
Dec 1 2015 - May 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2016 - Sep 11 2016
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
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Changeover Day: Sunday
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning Fee $200
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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Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
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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