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Perfect for Two! A little hideaway in the woods. Tiny House / Romantic Getaway

Sleeps3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview


Details
Property
cottage
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
1
Bathrooms
1
Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights

About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

'The cutest getaway cottage ever'

That's what Better Homes and Gardens magazine called this little retreat when it was featured a few years back.

We call it the the perfect place for TWO Lovers, TWO Friends, Couples, Sisters, Brothers... Rediscover the bond that brought you close in the first place, connect like you've always wanted to, gain a new perspective with that special person in your life.

Celebrate? Escape? No matter where you are in life, some alone-time away can make all the difference in the world. Intrigued? read on...

TWO is located on a secluded 1 acre wooded property, on the northern end of Harbor Country in the town of Sawyer. The Warren Dunes 1900 acres is right next door, and the beach is about a four block walk. A produce market and butcher shop are on each corner, so fresh provisions are never far away. Oh, and the incredible sunsets... It might just be the best memory of your stay!

TWO is a special little place. It has a soulful feeling. Maybe it's the 100 year old trees surrounding the house, perhaps it's the original pine floors and architectural details that date back to the 1920's. Charm yes, but this is not your typical 'cottage.' The house had a complete architect-designed remodel in 1997 and has been kept true to its principles ever since. Private hot tub, screened porch, it's all here for you to enjoy. The moment you walk through the door, you'll be reminded of what a great little hideaway you have found!

History

Known as 'LePin Cottage' (cottage in the pines) this humble abode was built in the 1920's and was used as a grape pickers' shack for the seasonal harvest. The home had no running water or electricity, and occupants were resolved to use the (still on property) outhouse when nature called. As the area developed and the vineyards moved inland, the house was abandoned and remained an empty shell for many years. In 1995 the house was purchased by an architect and his wife, and they set out to make the 'Cottage in the Pines' their family retreat. The renovation was nothing short of amazing. The house was put up on stilts and a new foundation was installed. The entire roof and joists were removed to make way for the new second floor, and an accompanying shed was located in nearby Indiana and transported to the property. The original windows and pine floors were saved, as was the footprint of the structure. The results were stunning. So much so that the home caught the attention of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, which paid homage to the renovation with a six page feature in the July of 1998 issue. Today the story continues. Each and every weekend, new memories and stories are created, as couples, and friends relax and enjoy this special place.

Area

Your heart will long for Harbor Country once you discover all her beauty. Breathtaking sunsets, pristine beaches, outstanding restaurants, art galleries, and shops. Whatever your passion, you’re sure to find refuge from the day-to-day grind. Each of the towns of Harbor Country feature unique qualities that create a carefree, relaxed lifestyle with a sophistication that cultivates culture and small town charm.

Keywords: Cottage, Cabin, Couples, retreat, hot tub, quiet, beach, dunes, cozy, quaint, charming, secluded

More Details

Owner
Eileen
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2017

About Eileen

We love to travel; been all over the country. We consider ourselves to have a keen sense of what works. Also we often travel with our dog. While we have been to many places, we always love to come back to this this little cottage. It is a calming sanctuary, and we're sure after a stay here you will feel the same way.

Eileen purchased this cottage in 1997

Why Eileen chose Southwest Michigan

Sawyer is one of those great destinations, that once you find it, you hope not too many others follow suit. The restaurants, shops, beaches, culture and all around vibe are unmatched. This little place in the woods has been described as being a storybook cottage, and we couldn't agree more. It oozes with cuteness and is the ultimate escape from the everyday.

What makes this cottage unique

The house is super clean and updated, not your typical musty cottage. The place is compact and efficient, but does not feel cramped. The property is a gorgeous one-acre secluded, wooded, property that is a very short walk to the Warren Dunes. It is the real deal when it comes to the Michigan cottage experience. The house has an antique wood burning stove that is perfect on those cool and winter evenings. To sum it up, the cottage is romantic, the perfect place for two! A great little hideaway!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks for the note. We had a wonderful time, thank you. The house was

great and exactly what we needed. We'd love to come back at some

point.



Take care!

-Tina
Mar 2011
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Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(173 traveler reviews)

Perfect for Two! A little hideaway in the woods. Tiny House / Romantic Getaway
average rating of 4.8381505 based on 174 reviews
5

Perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay. This cute little home was exactly what we needed. It was clean and had everything we needed for our long weekend. The hot tub and cozy fireplace were a treat, especially after spending the afternoons walking along the beach and through the dunes. The fact that it was a quick hour drive from Chicago and dog-friendly was just icing on the cake. We'll definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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5

Winter Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our 3 day winter's getaway in this adorable cottage and look forward to coming back. The house was very clean and the owners are extremely responsive. The upstairs queen bed was super comfortable and the tv/sitting area upstairs was very cozy. We had a Netflix marathon upstairs one night while listening to the wind howl outside. It was cold and blustery during our stay and we took full advantage of the indoor wood burning stove and the outside fire ring. There was an abundance of firewood supplied! Despite the cold, we walked to the dunes and down to the lake twice. I can only imagine how awesome it would be here in the summer and being able to take more advantage of the outdoor area... eating dinner on the picnic table on the back deck, reading on the screened porch, and packing a bag and spending the day at the beach. We went to Greenbush Brewery which is only a couple of minutes away for dinner our first night and it was wonderful. The morning we left we stopped for breakfast at Greenbush's Clean Plate Club and we were happily surprised to not have a wait and the breakfast was delicious. Other than that, I cooked each day and found the kitchen supplies adequate. The stairs were a bit intimidating at first glance and you pretty much have to come down sideways but they had a good grip and we were able to comfortably navigate them without any problems. I'd highly recommend this cottage to any couple looking for a relaxing getaway.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Charming and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was perfect for the two of us. It was comfortable, quiet, and charming. The neighboring community was also great fun, with a nice brewery and charming shops.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Nice winter escape!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay in Sawyer, MI, and Rich/Eileen were perfect hosts. The house has every necessity you might need plus the bonus of a hot tub, allowing dogs, and a wood burning stove! As other reviews mention, the stairs are a little treacherous so you just need to be careful. We had to carry our little dog up and down the stairs with us but used the baby gate (included at the property) to keep her away from the stairs when not in use. It snowed A LOT during our trip but Rich/Eileen were very timely to plow and shovel, which was great! Many stores and restaurants in this area shut down or limit their hours during the winter, so make sure to research before going somewhere. However, even in December there are plenty of wineries, breweries, antique stores and gift shops open. You could also drive to Michigan city for more options. If you like winter sports, there are lots of places for snow shoeing or xcounty skiing. I imagine this house is amazing during the summer!

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Adorable and perfectly appointed!

  • 5 of 5

Wouldn't change a thing! Charming, well appointed cottage convenient to everything yet private. This is exactly what we wanted! Thank you! Would stay here again in a minute.

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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Fantastic

  • 5 of 5

Loved the cottage. It's cozy and nicely appointed. Fantastic location, a few minute walk to the dunes and close to town.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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Sawyer Garden Center
"Shopping for local produce, fresh foods, beer/wine/spirits, or anything housewares and garde..."
Cafe Gulistan
"Delicious food, local fare."
Fitzgerald's -- CLOSED
"Pub and restaurant with eclectic menu and outdoor patio in summer."
Blueberry Patch
"You pick, or already picked. "
Falatic's Meat Market
"Our favorite local butcher with American and Swedish sausages, as well as prime cuts of beef..."
Dora Jane Clothing
"Nearby in Harbert, dorajane boutique offers the latest in women's fashion."
Harbert Park
"Perfect park for the kids. Also, the only Dog Park in the area, with 2 sections for differen..."
Marco Polo Art an Antiques
"One of the best antique shops around, located in Harbert."
Greenbush Brewing Co
"Good Beer Wins! That's the slogan at this local brew pub. Try a lab beer, or one of their tr..."
Nearest Airport
31 Miles
South Bend Int. (39 minute drive)
Nearest Barpub
1.6 Miles
Greenbush Brewing Co.
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Whittaker Woods Golf Club in New Buffalo
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
I-94
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Mesa Luna (now in Sawyer)
Nearest Beach
0.4 Miles
Warren Dunes State Park
Car: necessary

Walk to fresh produce/flower market (summertime) and butcher shop. The Dog Park is just minutes away in Harbert. Art Galleries, Wine Tasting, Greenbush Brewing Company, Lake Michigan Beach, Warren Dunes State Park, all nearby. A baseball diamond, pond and playground at Harbert Park; in winter there's an ice rink, too. Four Winds Casino and Hard Rock Café 10 min. drive. Acorn Theater, Vickers Theatre, and Journeyman Distillery/Staymaker in Three Oaks 9 min. drive south.

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Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning/linens fee per stay $99 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Parties, camping, fireworks, or extra guests are not allowed at this property.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Sawyer Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Loft - 1 queen , 1 double
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
1 acre wooded property, fire pit, outdoor hot tub, screened-in porch, couples swing

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