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Vacation in the shadow of a dune.

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 950 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1.25 Baths, (Sleeps 5)

A chance to cure your Nature Deficit Disorder at the 'Sandbox' a newer home fully air conditioned and heated . Very private and secluded located right next to State Park and surrounded by county land.You can walk to the Van Buren State Park, North Point Conservation area + Van Buren Bike/hiking trails. Experience the natural wonder of the MI dunes at your front door. Miles of Lake Michigan frontage located over the dunes in front of the Sandbox.Even when the wind is howling and the rain slashing, the dunes are stunningly beautiful.

They rise from the beach and run toward the interior in increasingly higher peaks and end at the Sandbox. Area is similiar to the Peaked Hill Bars Historic District(Cape Cod) created to protect not only the homes but also the way of life they enabled. The cottages at Peaked Hill attracted playwrights Eugene O'Neill, Tennessee Williams, and novelist Jack Kerouac all seeking space, solitude and beauty. These days you don't have to be an artist to enjoy the Sandbox-you just have to be lucky.

There are no concession stands here or noisey neighbors. Some come alone, others come with family and friends. Some come to write, paint, take pictures,others to heal, to think, to clear their heads, or to just enjoy a week by the Lake in a different latitude. Whatever they do here, whatever their reason for coming, the tracks they make should be their own!

One Bath plus an Outdoor shower( summer use )and wrap-around decks to enjoy the abundance of wildlife attracted to the Lake Michigan shoreline and the surrounding woods. View the deer, birds, fox and the famous 'Black Squirrels of South Haven.' Outdoor firepit located in the shadow of the frontal dune for privacy and seclusion.

This is a year round house available all year. It is an experience that few people have the opportunity to enjoy. Located in the 'Critical Dunes' section of the shoreline of Lake Michigan protected from developers. Home is just as spectacular in the winter as in the summer.Don't just rent a summer cottage-this is a pristine area to be preserved for generations to come.

A wonderful opportunity for someone seeking to experience childhood memories of the shores of Lake MI and the thrill of the ever changing wonder of the dunes. Not your 'typical' rental cottage. Learn what 'true' beach living is all about you are part of it!! Forget having to 'share' the beach, go hiking or skiing over magnificent ever-changing dunes with Lake Michigan and crystal-clear skies as your backdrop.

The 'Sandbox' will enable you to enjoy an area that has been saved for future generations. Sit on your deck in the privacy of your own dune and watch the children play in your front yard. No worry about automobile traffic at the Sandbox, road deadends at the dune where it is located. The dune is active and is always recreating a new dunescape. Your neighbors are the shifting, whispering sands!

Ideal for that romantic weekend get-away or a place to forget about the stresses of everyday life. Your closest neighbor is a magnificent dune!

Access to beach thru private wooded trails or hike thru dune area.

. NO STAIR ACCESS! Private community and private access for those living in and around the


'These dunes are to the Midwest what the Grand Canyon is to Az-once lost, the loss will be irrevocable' Carl Sandburg

Borders the proposed West Michigan Water Trail- bring your non-motorized water craft and head North to Ludington or South to New Buffalo along the beautiful shoreline. Pilgrim haven Recreational Area North along the beach soon to become an incredible outdoor space highlighting this scenic area.


Message owner Maureen directly at or call her atb269-906-0525.Do not use VRBO site for quesstions or to book or your reservation or you will be charged a booking fee directly by


Keywords: Lake Michigan Dune Property

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Member since: 2002
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 26, 2017

About Maureen

Retired real estate professional and carpenter contractor from the Western Suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Grew up boating on Lake Michigan and visiting harbor towns in Il, Mi, In, Wis and Cn.

Maureen purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Maureen chose Southwest Michigan

Incredible frontal dune location. No neighbors to invade your space. South Haven is quaint you can do as much as you want or as little as you want truly the 'Nantucket of the Midwest'.

What makes this cottage unique

Hike thur the dunes, North Point Conservation area(see website) Van Buren State Park and bike on the nearby Kal Haven Bike Trail. The home is the only property in the subdivision surrounded by the natural dunes. Private no traffic road with only 3 other homes sharing the roadway. The road deadends at the Sandbox and the dune situated in front of the home.

Home featured in Coastal Living Magazine 2005 upon completion of the residence and is still listed as one of the preferred vacation properties.


South Haven Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1.25 (Outdoor shower enclosed with hot and cold running water)
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
Central air conditioning and heat, No Pets, Due to dune access to Lake-home may not be suitable for the physically challenged, elderly or very young children. No paper products provided.$100.00 extra housekeeping charge if home not left in good condition. $100.00 late check out fee.BEACH AND BATHING TOWELS NOT PROVIDED, PAPERGOODS NOT PROVIDED.


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Vacation in the shadow of a dune.
average rating of 4.733333 based on 15 reviews

Nice Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriend and I just spent Memorial weekend at the Sandbox. The rental was clean, nicely accommodated had everything we needed for a quiet weekend on the lake. With the cool weather, we really enjoyed the indoor fireplace and outdoor fire pit. Other than the occasional resident meandering past the home to get to the access trail, the unit was very secluded and quiet. The hike over the dune to get to the beach was nice and was well worth it for the view and having the beach almost entirely to ourselves. The owner was extremely friendly and pleasant to deal with. We will definitely return for another stay.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Travis. The location of the home is not your typical beach cottage where you can hear everything that is going on next door. The dune experience is one that I remembered having as a child . However not as comfortable as the Sandbox.My housekeeper asked me if anyone had stayed in the home as it was left in perfect condition, You are always welcome back to the Sandbox and South Haven.
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The Sandbox is the perfect place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time my family has stayed there and we love it! The owners are nice to work with, the house is beautiful . Tthe deck is the perfect place to drink a cup of coffee in the morning.

My favorite thing to do there was to climb the dune in the evening and watch the sunset. I'm pretty sure it is the best place to do that on Lake Michigan.

We will be returning!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. Always a pleasure to have you and your family return,. Thank you for leaving the home in such great condition as usual. Hope to see U next year!
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Perfect family getaway

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay with our 3 young kids. The Dune up to the beach was challenging for us but the kids would go up it multiple times a day and had fun running back down. The privacy of the place was fabulous. The porch was perfect with a gate at the top with a lock to keep our 2 year old in. Only thing that would have made it even more perfect would have been a hot tub! Although the beach was a little too difficult for us to climb to with all our stuff and the little one, the nearby public beach was a very short couple minute drive down the road. Overall it was a great stayband we will be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments and taking such great care of the Sandbox My hat goes off to you and your husband for leaving the home immaculate all while enabling three active children to enjoy the dunes. I'm sure they slept well. Hope to see you in the future if your travels bring you back to South Haven.
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Dune vacation

  • 5 of 5

Home is immaculate and the dune experience is one that is awe inspiring.

Peaceful and a great way to recharge your batteries.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home! Not very easy to get to the private beach.

  • 3 of 5

The home itself was beautiful! Very clean and cute! The deck was amazing, the fire pit in the back was awesome! Incredible view of the stars at night. Everything was just perfect about the home. Prior to arriving, we had the idea that we were far away from neighbors and just a dune away from the beach. Unfortunately that was not the case for either. The house is in a neighborhood; it is quiet but there are still a lot of people around. And as for the private beach, it was A LOT easier to just drive to the Van Buren State Park beach than to try to walk to the private beach. The dune that you have to hike over is pretty large; if you aren't in good shape you will have a miserable time trying to walk up it. Once you make it over the dune, you still have a bit of a walk to get to the beach. But I will say once we did get there it was beautiful! No people, very private. We only went to the private beach one day, the two other days we just drove to the state park because it was much easier to get there. Three minute drive down the road and much more relaxing even though there are more people there. We did have a weird encounter with a child neighbor. He came to the house everyday asking if there were kids there. He also stole something from us so lock up your belongings! We ended up finding him using it in another neighbors lawn close to us so we did get it back. Just be careful...not something you want to deal with on vacation. Overall we were pretty satisfied, description of the location is just a little misleading and we were not happy about our items being stolen.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed the home. The dune experience is not for everyone.I have tried to put many photos on the site along with a video on youtube. In the remarks also some comments about the access. Fortunately you had options nearby. I am upset to hear about what transpired with the neighbors'son. I feel there are some challenges with him being raised by a single mom and really not many children or people to interact with in that setting. Could you please private message me with exactly what was stolen? I do plan on meeting with Mom as well as with a nearby neighbor to ensure this series of events does not occur again.One of the individuals meeting with the family deals in children such as what this child is obviously dealing with. What is the saying-"takes a neighborhood to raise a child" and we will get him help. We have never had any issues in the past other than him coming overvto play with children that are there and wasn't an issue.I thank you for advising me of what occurred and I understand your position. Now need to pursue steps I need to take to ensure does not happen again. Thank you for being a guest at the Sandbox and experiencing the beauty of the area.
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  • 5 of 5

Had an amazing time in this adorable home. Took our two girls under the age of three for a long weekend getaway and had a great time. They spent hours playing in the sand and spent time on the beach. This house is a great getaway in a quiet location. Had some trouble finding the home and the lovely owner met me in town so I could follow her there. I would definitely stay again!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for being a guest at the Sandbox Two of the cutest little girls. Please keep us in mind for your future getaways. What is the saying, we'll leave the light on!
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
South Haven Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Downtown South Haven
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Hawkshead , South Haven Golf, Beeches, Mini
Nearest Motorway
Blue Star Memorial Highway
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Downtown South Haven,many
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Nearest Beach
Home borders Lake, Van a Buren State Park +2 more
Car: recommended

Borders West Michigan proposed Water Trail for non motorized crafts & Pilgrim Haven Recreational site currently under development


Rates & Availability

South Haven Cottage Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping $135
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 6.0%

Pets are not permitted. Housekeeping fee is charged at $135.00 do not supply beach or bathing towels is a washer/ dryer for your use. If cancelled $75.00 cancellation fee charged for any and all cancellations. Cancellations made within 60 days of arrival date, a forfeiture of the full advance payment will occur.If owner is able to rebook the property for all or part of the period, a refund will be issued
minus the $75.00 cancellation fee

1/2 down due within 7 days of booking, balance due 3 weeks before occupancy.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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