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Quaint & Charming Cottage with Private Beach within Walking Distance

Bedrooms 2
Space 850 sq. ft.
Property type cottage


About the property

Lakeside, MI. 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath - Lovingly cared for by owners over 32 years

As soon as you enter our adorable cottage you will be welcomed by the original woodwork and wood floors. This small 2 bedroom, (updated 1 bathroom and quaint kitchen ) will make you immediately unwind. Your here! We have tried to keep the feel from the 30's and 40's time period with our decorating. This is a place for making wonderful memories. Watch the birds while sipping your morning coffee. The private beach is about a one block walk to Lake Michigan. There are 45 steps down to the sand. Come back and grill or get ready for dinner (many great restaurants from casual to dressy in the vicinity). Enjoy an evening down on the beach to watch a wonderful sunset and back up to play board games, bean bags or badminton. A place where you can relax and catch up on those books to read and organize photo albums you have been meaning to put in order.

Fall 2017 Reservations In Progress: Plan a week or weekend away for wine tasting at local wineries. Grab a bottle of wine and head down to our private beach to watch the sunset. Get away for some quality family time. Take a hike through the woods, jog along Lakeshore Road or on the beach. Enjoy a morning walk (a nice stretch of the legs to grab the paper and a cup of coffee). The restaurants are awesome and the atmosphere is relaxing. During the Fall many of the restaurants offer great weekday specials. Try your luck at Four Winds or Blue Chip Casino. A Little Bit O'Heaven makes you feel so comfortable that we guarantee an afternoon nap is in order.

We are now accepting reservations for Fall 2017. This place is truly 'A Little Bit O'Heaven'. One Hundred Thousand Welcomes!

The O'Reilly/McGarry Families

Activities and Miscellaneous Information:

We are a smoke free home

NO pets allowed

Central Air/Heat with 6 ceiling fans

1 TV (cable)


Bathroom with shower (bench in shower) - no tub

Outside Shower to rinse off from beach

Full Kitchen

Refrigerator with ice and filtered water


All Linens Provided except beach towels

Cookware & Utensils

Outside Gas and Charcoal Grill

Large Screened House

Parking for up to 3 cars

Queen Size Bed in Master Bedroom

Full Size Bed in Second Bedroom (very small room)

Full Size Pull-Out Sofa Bed in TV/Gathering Room

Stackable Washer and Dryer

Beach Chairs

Fantastic area restaurants from casual to dressy. Galien River for Kayak & Paddleboard Rentals. Warren Dunes State Park - 10 minute drive. Warren Woods Preserve - 10 minute drive or bike ride. In season strawberry, blueberry, apple to pumpkin picking. Beach, beach, beach days and sunset nights. Lighthouse outlet shopping mall - 25 minute ride. Numerous golf courses. Four Winds & Blue Chip Gambling Casino - 20 minutes by car.

Happenings: To see the latest events in the area, please contact us for more information. This is the perfect way to prepare for your stay at A Little Bit O'Heaven.

This is cottage life!

More Details

Property Manager
Rita McGarry
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 22, 2017

About Rita McGarry

I was lucky to spend all my summer's in Lakeside, Michigan from Memorial Day through Labor Day 1960 to 1971. My parents sold 'Happy Stay' in 1971 and everyone had always regretted the decision. My brother, husband and I purchased 'A Little Bit O'Heaven' in 1985. Every time I arrive I know it is "A Wonderful Life". My husband enjoys the Fall and peaceful walks along the lake. As for me...I cannot think of a happier place, than to have had the opportunity to watch my children grow up and enjoy their childhood at the cottage. Now the 4th generation has made their mark! 2014 was the beginning of happy times creating beautiful memories in Lakeside, Michigan for our newest blessing. Our rock star baby after a day at the beach!

Rita McGarry purchased this cottage in 1985

Why Rita McGarry chose Lakeside

It just so happens we were driving around the Harbor Country area in 1985, reminiscing about our wonderful memories in Lakeside. It was just by luck (long story), that the cottage next to our parents old one 'Happy Stay' was for sale. We had no intention of buying a property, but we could not pass it up. Here we are getting ready to celebrate 30+ years...our children now have the same wonderful memories we had and most of our renters are repeat customers for 30+ years. This place is definitely made for wonderful, leave the chaotic world behind!

What makes this cottage unique

There are so many things that make people fall in love with 'A Little Bit O'Heaven'. #1 is the beach. The home is small, but feels like you have been here before and it makes you feel like it is has been waiting just for you. You come with a certain level of what to expect and it's simpleness just makes you fall in love with it even more. It has a special feeling! It brings families together. It is great to see smiles on "regulars" and hear them say "They could not wait to get back"! They immediately relax. This place is magic!


Lakeside Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Lake
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Exterior - outdoor shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , no dresser/tiny room
  • One bedroom has a queen bed. Second bedroom has a full bed Great room has a sleeper sofa - Full Size Sleeps 4 nicely. Can accommodate up to 6 if you have short term overnight guests.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • 2 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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(9 traveler reviews)

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Quaint & Charming Cottage with Private Beach within Walking Distance
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Just what I needed

  • 5 of 5

This Little Bit of Heaven is just that. Quiet, peaceful, and lovely. Had a wonderful time staying there. The cottage has everything you need. Rita was very helpful and I was so glad I got to meet her. This is on my list to stay again when I go to Michigan.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the kind review. We love that you enjoyed our "Little Bit O'Heaven". Our beach was a little smaller than usual this season, but still enjoyable. We have been so lucky to have quiet and respectful people every year. We look forward to you returning to Pure Michigan! Thank you again for the kind words. Rita
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Quaint & Charming

  • 5 of 5

Quaint & charming definitely sums it up! The cottage is adorable - the owner has added lots of personal touches to make you feel relaxed and at home. It was also very clean! It's a short walk to the beach and the beach is practically private! We'll definitely go back!

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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"LittleBitofHeaven"...So Close to Home :-)

  • 5 of 5

We so enjoyed our week at "Little Bit of Heaven." Husband & I both enjoy the short drive from Chicago area to such a beautiful, peaceful setting. The cottage has all the comforts of home, with the feel of a quaint summer cottage. We enjoyed our week exploring the nearby towns of "Harbor Country." (Beaches, Wineries, Restaurants, Antique shops)

When my daughter, son in law & babies came for the day, the short walk to the beach allowed them to enjoy the beautiful beach & Lake MI.

There are so many great restaurants nearby (which we both enjoy), but the kitchen has all you need to prepare meals to eat indoors or out in the screen house. Rita (owner) makes sure you are happy with cleanliness, appointments, & area info. She has such a love for "Little Bit of Heaven" & it shows in the quaint, comfy surroundings.

Looking forward to our next summer vacation in Lakeside.

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely Cottage!!!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cottage!!! Beautiful property!!! So relaxing!!! Stunning private beach!!! The cottage has everything you need, plus more!!! The owners are wonderful people and go above & beyond for their renters!!! We enjoyed our week so much, that several of our family members rented too!! Looking forward to our stay next year!!! Thank you "Little Bit of Heaven"!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Warm and Inviting... Quiet and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We spent our 3rd year in a row at this lovely cottage, a perfect hang out for a girls vacation!

If lazy days spent at the beach with wonderful places to eat and hang around at night are what you are looking for then you will enjoy your stay in Lakeside Michigan.

There are plenty of things to do during the day just a short drive in any direction. Sight Seeing, The Four Winds Casino, Michigan City Outlet Mall and Wine tasting. These are just a few ways to spend the day catching up with family and friends. Enjoying the beautiful Lake Michigan Sunsets were a perfect way to end - or Start - the night!

After the busy days it was nice to have the quiet peaceful cottage to unwind and relax. Even Though there is Wifi and cable TV but we found ourselves doing puzzles and playing games or sitting in the screen house talking to pass the time...

The wonderful shower - inside and out - along with updated appliances, air conditioning, and great hospitality from the owners make this our perfect vacation spot!

Every Year we discover something new... we can't wait to see what new adventures await us next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Truly is a Bit 'O Heaven!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a wonderful time. The cottage is charming, comfortable and clean. We also enjoyed the lovely back yard and the close proximity to Lake Michigan. It was only a 5 minute walk to the most beautiful private beach! The owners provided everything and were most helpful telling us the best places to dine and where to find the closest coffee shop. We've already recommended this cottage to our family and we would love to go back sometime.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2012
  • Stayed: June 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Southbend Regional
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
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Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Whittaker Woods
Nearest Train
6 Miles
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Nearest Motorway
0.01 Miles
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Nearest Restaurant
0.6 Miles
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Nearest Ski
45 Miles
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Nearest Beach
0.03 Miles
Private Association Beach
Car: necessary

Other Activities: Four Winds or Blue Chip Casino

Golf: Whittaker Woods, Pebblewood Country Club


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $90

$1450.00 a week in Season, $150 a night off season
In Season from (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day) plus cleaning fee. Weekly rentals only In Season. Rent typically Sunday to Sunday, but check calendar. Security deposit and 1/2 of rental due before rental date along with a signed rental agreement. Off Season Rental $150.00 a night 2 night min. plus $90.00 cleaning fee

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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