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'Little Cottage by the Sea' An Easy Walk to Beautiful Silver Beach

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Charming, Two Story, 4 BR 2 BA Cottage. Can easily accommodate two families.

This charming 'Cottage by the Sea' has the best of both worlds as it is ideally located just two blocks from quaint downtown St. Joseph which offers a variety of shopping, dining, art and education. Just one block from the local library, art and children's museum and 5 blocks(easy walk) to beautiful Silver Beach and St. Joseph pier and lighthouse. The upstairs has it's own galley kitchen and eating area so it's a perfect rental for two families or one where the kids can enjoy their own space. With a good size living room/dining room downstairs, there's plenty of space for table games or visiting in the evening. There's plenty of room in the well stocked kitchen for those who like to cook. Two bedrooms upstairs and two bedrooms downstairs make it a comfy sleep for up to 8 people.

Amenities: Upstairs: 2 BR,(bedroom one has a double bed and bedroom two has two twin beds), 1 BA with shower; galley kitchen with breakfast nook, microwave, small stove and oven, and below the counter refrigerator.

Downstairs: 2 bedrooms,(Bedroom one has a king size bed and bedroom two has a double/twin bunk bed), 1 bath with tub/shower; fully equipped kitchen with oven, microwave and refrigerator; spacious and comfortable living room/dining area, full laundry facilities, cable TV, VCR and DVD player, CD player; parking for 2 cars in driveway; linens and towels provided. Other items available at special request: high chair, port-a-crib, stroller.

Activities: Shopping, swimming, sailing, dinning, kayak and other boat rentals nearby. All within easy walking distance. Library (only one block away) has computers for your use with Internet access. Children's museum and art museum also close by. The 1st Sunday of the each month (peak season) there is a fun "antiques on the bluff" event and a every year brings a wonderful 4th of July fireworks display.

Area: Beautiful Lake Michigan (You'll think you are on the ocean). Beautiful, clean, white beaches designed for all ages with playground equipment for children, volleyball and beautiful lighthouse and pier, perfect for a romantic stroll. From St. Joseph the lake provides a wonderful stage for gorgeous sunsets on the water. If you want to visit the 'Windy City', Chicago is less than a 2 hour drive away or catch the train right in St. Joe for a fun ride to Chicago's Union station, museums, dining, and shopping!

More Details

Property Manager
Chris Vandenburgh
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 24, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

Some wonderful things we did: We walked everywhere. Went to the beach every day. Shopping, carousel, car show, Discovery Zone, spent wonderful days as a family! Great location!
Jul 2014
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St Joseph House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Lake
  • River
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , downstairs
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , upstairs
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , downstairs
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , downstairs- small, but adequate!
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , upstairs
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , upstairs
  • Large downstairs bedroom with plenty of closet and drawer space. Baby 'pack and go' bed available on request.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 3 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Long term renters welcome for winter (off season) months.


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'Little Cottage by the Sea' An Easy Walk to Beautiful Silver Beach
average rating of 4.5 based on 24 reviews
Clarendon Hills IL

Loved the location . . .

  • 5 of 5

My family (2 adults, 2 teenagers, 2 younger children) stayed here. The house is in a great location, very close to downtown St. Joe and the lake, as we wanted to be able to walk to the beach and into town and did not have to cross any busy streets (Main St.) to get to either. We liked the setup of the house, as the 1st and 2nd floors each had a bathroom with a shower or bath, and the 2nd floor even had its own small kitchen with sink and refrigerator. The 2 teenagers stayed upstairs and it was like their own private apartment! The downstairs was spacious enough to have all 6 of us to eat together in the dining room. It was nice to have 2 spaces to park off street as we brought 2 vehicles. There is no back yard, but we didn't have a problem with that as we spent our time outside at the beautiful Silver Beach, downtown St. Joe, or doing other activities like horseback riding, mini golfing and go karting. I recommend this property for rent and would stay again.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2008
  • Stayed: Jul 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad to be able to offer the opportunity that we have enjoyed for others to experience all the fun and beauty that St. Joe has to offer!
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Perfect place. Perfect accommodations!

  • 5 of 5

Great week at the beach, eating out, shopping, taking a train ride along Lake Michigan!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quaint, cozy, comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house with all the amenities. I always enjoy being here - been coming for years. Convenient location close to everything. Clean. Nicely maintained. No complaints.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location is good, accommodations average.

  • 3 of 5

I was disappointed to find that the owner has not invested in better furnishings and improved bathrooms. The showers were hardly functional, with the heads clogged with inline debris and very low water pressure. Lack of counters in baths made it very difficult for the gals. Kitchen also marginally furnished. Upstairs rooms okay for kids, but not for adults.

Without the location, home would be tough to rent at current rate.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This review came from an off-season renter who rented for a special occasion week-end. Our property is specifically set-up as a summer rental for vacations by the lake. Comfortable, attractive, and appropriate furnishing are provided to enhance one's relaxing stay. Renters are usually families with children, so bunk beds and twin beds are also provided.There are a comfortable king size and queen size bed provided for the adults.The bathrooms are small, not allowing much room for counter space. However, the bedrooms have mirrors and dressers which provide addition space for any needed preparations for the day. The upstairs bathroom was renovated in 2014 and a new vanity was added to the downstairs bathroom in the same year. It was decided to leave the downstairs bathroom tile as is, to preserve the 1920's vintage style and design. The kitchen downstairs is equipped with all one might need for cooking and/or baking and setting an inviting table. There are minimal, but adequate, kitchen supplies upstairs as renters usually cook and eat together in the larger downstairs kitchen and dining area.The cleaning crew, who came following this renter, stated that the water pressure was "great." I have learned that if the city has been working in the area the water pressure can be decreased for a period of time. For whatever reason for the mentioned decreased water pressure, it has now been remedied.
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  • 5 of 5

Perfect location between beach and downtown restaurants and shops. Perfectly sized. Perfectly appointed, furnished and stocked. Perfectly clean and organized. Perfectly priced. Perfect communication with owners. Seriously - Perfect!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this wonderful review! One of the things I like best about having the rental is all the awesome people we get to meet! I am so glad the cottage met your expectations!
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Fun family getaway

  • 5 of 5

We've been renting this house for 3 years now, and we're already signed up for next summer. Overall, this is a nice house with plenty of space, in good shape, and has a great location adjacent to downtown (only a 5 minute walk to the beach). It is a reasonable price for the area as well. The owners are very pleasant, organized and prompt in communications. The house is always clean and in good shape when we arrive. We look forward to our time in St. Joseph each year.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the good review. It is very rewarding to have our renters return year after year. So glad you have learned to love St. Joseph just as we do.
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Silver Beach County Park
Tosi's Restaurant
Silver Beach Pizza
Bit of Swiss
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
South Bend, IN
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Nearest Train
0.3 Miles
St Joseph Quaint Train station
Nearest Beach
0.3 Miles
Silver Beach
Car: not necessary

St. Joseph is a wonderful small town with one of the best beaches on the Great Lakes. Shopping, dining, activities for the kids, library, museum - and lots more - are all there, in addition to the great water activities - beach, sailing, fishing, simply hanging out in a relaxed and beautiful place. Nearby are wineries, fruit farms, state parks, sand dunes, quaint towns, antiquing. Two hours away is the big city - Chicago - and you can take a classic train ride to get there from the traditional small town train station in St. Jo.


Rates & Availability

St Joseph House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 7 2017 - Sep 24 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

online payment $50.5
Pet Fee $150
Cleaning $100
Refundable damage deposit $300

Service dogs and pets are allowed on certain occasions with a $100.00 pet fee.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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