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Lakeside Grove Cottage - Perfect Lakeside Village/Beach Location

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,111 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Historic and Charming

This historic and charming farmhouse is surrounded by nearly an acre of gardens. Located in the picturesque village of Lakeside, Michigan in the heart of Harbor Country. Less than a 90 minute drive from Chicago. A five minute walk to Lake Michigan's beautiful Pier Street Beach and renowned antique stores and markets.

Fully and charmingly furnished. Photographed for Better Homes and Gardens. Three bedrooms, each with ample closets. Large bathroom with view of the gardens. Large eat-in kitchen with dishwasher. Dining Room. Living Room. Delightful Screened-in Front Porch. Central air and heat. Wireless broadband Internet and Cable TV. Wood floors throughout. Full basement with Whirlpool washer and dryer.

Gorgeous separate summerhouse overlooking naturalistic prairie garden. This large screened-in cottage is fantastic for lazy summer days. Perfect for entertaining and serves as a fourth bedroom in the summer.

'We have returned to Lakeside Grove Cottage many times. It is like a homecoming to a more peaceful, charming time. The cottage is one of our favorite retreats.' -- William and Jill Rhodes

'The Cottage is immaculate. The Landscaping is charming. It's a quiet, shady, cool setting. We loved it.' -Carter Eckert

'Of all my visits to the United States, this delightful cottage in Lakeside is my favorite stop. Bella. Bella.' -- Luca dal Cerro

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More Details

Bill Mountford
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2017

About Bill Mountford

My wife and I are proud parents of three girls, and our family has enjoyed our cottage in Lakeside for many years. We really enjoy the entire local community - it has such charm and character.

You can't beat Southwestern Michigan in the summer, but we have also enjoyed Harbor Country in the late fall and winter - the area has so much to offer.

Bill Mountford purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Bill Mountford chose Southwest Michigan

We only live 33 miles from the property, so in less than 45 minutes we can escape to an entirely different world. The original foundation dates to 1895, and this cottage has so much character and charm we just fell in love with the place.

What makes this cottage unique

One of the previous owners was a landscape architect, so the gardens are special. Our 'summer cottage' offers a great place to have a happy hour or let the kids escape to their 'own' private place. The grounds of our property are beautiful, and there are few better places to be than making s'mores at the fire pit after a great day at the beach.


Lakeside Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1111 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Lake
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Gorgeous bath with view of Gardens.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Master suite on main floor.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Raft
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Fire pit and field stone patio added Fall 2010


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(33 traveler reviews)

Lakeside Grove Cottage - Perfect Lakeside Village/Beach Location
average rating of 4.848485 based on 33 reviews

Perfect Lakeside Getaway Rain or Shine!

  • 5 of 5

A group of 4 friends from Chicago, we went on an adventure to Lakeside to enjoy a relaxing weekend and celebrate a birthday. We were instantly captivated by the photos of this tranquil and lush garden cottage only a few steps from the beach and minutes for local activities and four winds casino. The owners Bill and Missy were so gracious and accomodating and made our stay super easy and comfortable. A home away from home. We had showers upon our arrival but even in the bleakest of days, this backdrop and cozy atmosphere was not dampened by the rain. The fresh smells of spring and rain carried through the house and when the sun finally did shine it illuminated the property like magic. We could have not asked for a better 3 days in Lakeside at this house! Highly recommend and we will must definatley return!

  • Submitted: May 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Chicago, IL

Charming Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

What a true Harbor Country experience we were lucky enough to enjoy at Lakeside Grove Cottage! The home and grounds are simply charming. Every touch, every bit of decor is thoughtfully executed. Three big bedrooms meant our girls' weekend for three gave us plenty of room to stretch out. From enjoying coffee in the AM on the screened-in front porch to enjoying red wine and s'mores around the fire pit in the PM... this property gave us memories that will last for a lifetime. Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, IL

Lovely weekend retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely two night stay at the Lakeside Grove Cottage. We were three couples from Milwaukee, Chicago, and Holland and Lakeside proved to be a great meeting point for all of us. The cozy cottage has everything you need for a weekend. We had a lot of fun visiting the nearby wineries, dinner in Sawyer, shopping at local antique shops, and using the large table for plenty of games. We didn't get a chance to take advantage of the garden/yard and fire pit, but I'm sure it'd be a great hit in the summer. Bill was great to communicate with and provided very detailed instructions for our stay. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Get-Away

  • 5 of 5

It was the perfect get-away! My husband, dog & I spent 5 great days at the cottage. First of all, the cottage is great! I loved the decor; it was welcoming, charming, comfy, clean - everything you could hope for. The kitchen has everything you need. We made ourselves a nice breakfast every morning and made dinner some nights. The area is beautiful! We took a lot of nice walks. It's a short walk to the beach, and the cottage is located in a nice quiet wooded neighborhood. There were games and puzzles in the cottage and at night we would drink a few beers, put together a puzzle, talk and relax. I cannot tell you how long it's been since I did a puzzle but we enjoyed it so much I ordered a few when we got home!

Book this cottage - you'll love it! When you stay here, ladies check out the Evolve spa 10 minutes down the road in New Buffalo. Also the Journeyman distillery nearby has great food & spirits!

We loved our time here and hope to come back soon.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Adorable Five Star Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Lakeside Grove Cottage is adorable! It is such a relaxing retreat. From the moment you walk into the kitchen you feel instantly at home. The artwork is colorful and fun. It is furnished comfortably. We enjoyed the front porch. The gardens are charming. We would highly recommend Lakeside Grove Cottage. Thank you Bill and family.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful, relaxing cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed everything about our visit to Lakeside Grove Cottage! The home is very comfortable and has an instant feeling of being at home and relaxed. The kitchen is well appointed if you want to do some cooking, and there are also lovely restaurants to check out in the area. There is a little hike to the beach access, but it's such a charming neighborhood, and so quiet, it didn't detour us from going down there for sunset walks on the beach and even a day spent hanging out on the beach. We loved the fact that there was internet and cable, and many nights were spent cheering for our favorite athletes at the Olympics. We have friends who don't live too far away so we were able to have an evening bon fire with friends. We are hoping to return to the little cottage some time in the future! Thanks so much to the Mountfords for your hospitality!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Stray Dog Bar & Grill
Red Arrow Roadhouse
Redamak's Tavern
Whistle Stop Restaurant
Oink's Dutch Treat
Barneys Market
Blue Plate Cafe
Mario's Pizza
Bentwood Tavern
Greenbush Brewery
Sawyer Garden Center
Nearest Airport
35 Miles
South Bend
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Red Arrow Roadhouse
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Amtrak stop downtown New Buffalo
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
US 94 - Exit 6
Nearest Beach
0.4 Miles
Pier Road Beach - Lakeside. 5 min walk - 3 blocks
Car: recommended

This historic and charming farmhouse is surrounded by nearly an acre of gardens. Located in the picturesque village of Lakeside, Michigan in the heart of Harbor Country. Less than a 90 minute drive from Chicago. A five minute walk to Lake Michigan's beautiful Pier Road Beach and renowned antique stores and markets. We are at the corner of East Road and Park Lane, to the west (lake side) of Red Arrow Highway.


Rates & Availability

Lakeside Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Off Season
Sep 6 2016 - Jun 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
In Season
Jun 17 2017 - Sep 4 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $0

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