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Peaceful Wine Country Getaway at Clear Lake

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Buchanan Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Peaceful 1/2 Acre Property Nestled in the Michigan Wine Country, Steps from Beautiful Clear Lake.

Cozy for Couples, Room for Families.

Dogs Welcome. Year Round Availability!

Sleeps 6 in Well Kept Main Cottage (year round)

Kids love the studio log cabin in the large back yard.

Small fenced area for dogs, small dog door from cottage to yard.

Only 90 Minutes from Chicago! Relaxing, Romantic and Fun.

  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Wendy (Owner)
Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

About Wendy

In New England, many families own what they refer to as a 'camp'. A retreat from whatever east coast drudgery is foisted upon them during the work week. Having grown up in Maine, the tradition was deeply rooted in my understanding of adulthood. After years of searching, I finally found a spot less than 2 hours from my transplant home in Chicago. The place we now call 'the camp!'.

Wendy purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Wendy chose Southwest Michigan

We chose the Buchanan cottage for it's quaint New England feel. Cedar shakes, a big screen porch and short skip to the warm swimming lake. The big back yard for games, green lawn and dirt roads, make it feel like a true New England lake cottage. We added the little log cabin studio in back, to give my teen and family kids a 'camp' to call their own. Something I always wanted as a child.

What makes this cottage unique

Peace and quiet. Nature walks. Long bike trails. Large open fire pit. Warm lake swimming. Association beach. Canoeing.

Nearby we have Horseback Riding. Golf. Wine Tastings, Breweries Tours and more...

Year-round sports including Cross Country and Downhill Skiing, Ice skating within easy travel distance. The cozy fireplace makes the camp a perfect place for a summer or winter getaway.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Stayed at this sweet little cottage with 3 teenagers over spring break. It rained for much of the visit, but that did not bother them one bit. They took full advantage of the DVD collection (all 3 Spiderman movies!), turned on the heater and hung out in the private studio cottage in the back yard with their game system, played with fun lasertag game from the garage, played basketball in the driveway and biked around the lake in the mud.

I snagged a great book from the shelf, took a trip for wine tasting and binge-watched an entire season of the Sopranos on DVD. Best spring break in recent memory. Will visit again for sure!
Mar 2014
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Peaceful Wine Country Getaway at Clear Lake
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 18 reviews
Troy, OH

Early departure

  • 2 of 5

We really enjoyed the property. Cozy. Unfortunately we were forced to depart a day early due to unexpected problem with the electric company. With cell service non existent at this location, we had a harder time getting ahold of the owner. The maintenance man, Mike, was very helpful, but unable to address the issue at hand. Wendy quickly refunded the difference plus. Due to the issue, we cannot recommend this property as we were very put out to have to leave so quickly...thankfully it was still light out, so we could pack up, clean up & due what our agreement asked of us.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy Cottage with all the necessities for Family Fun

  • 5 of 5

We rented the cottage this summer for a nearby family wedding. Wendy, the owner, was extremely accommodating and has ensured that her guests have all they need for a comfortable stay; games, Netflix, well kept yard with BBQ, in-house laundry, well-stocked kitchen, garage stocked with sporting equipment - the list goes on & on! There was so much more available yet we didn't have time to take advantage of it all. The cottage was cozy & clean and we especially loved the screened in porch. Wendy pays attention details to ensure her guests have a pleasant stay. We hope to stay again soon!

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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NW Chicago Suburbs

Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our week at this cottage. The owner, Wendy, was great! The area is very rural but quaint and charming. There are many wineries within 30 minutes that were very fun to explore. We had a lot of fun on Clear Lake. It’s only about 10 minutes to drive around the lake to Fuller’s Campground where there is a larger beach and swimming area that my kids preferred. We also rented a pontoon boat for a few hours for a reasonable price at the campground (they have good ice cream too).

We went to the beach at Warren Dunes several times – about 30 minutes away. We also visited the town of St. Joseph’s multiple times which was about 45 minutes – very cute beach town.

We loved the screened in porch – my 11 year old son even slept out here a few nights. The Weber grill was great and very easy to use. The TVs all have Netflix – which my kids loved. The firepit in the back was a lot of fun too. The stars at night are absolutely amazing here. The cottage in the back for the kids was really cute. It was really great being able to bring our dog – she had a blast! Do make sure you bring a lot of bug spray! We will definitely be visiting again.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Getaway - any time of year!

  • 5 of 5

The house was everything stated in the description and more. The home was well laid out, comfy and well stocked with games, videos and books. No need to bring entertainment or go out in search of it. The large yard was a great plus - not only for our dog but for being able to just sit and enjoy nature. We will definitely revisit this rental. The owner was very easy to work with, everything was clean and in working order. Many times I have to try and figure out how to make a rental place work for our stay - this house was stress free - we just walked in and started enjoying our weekend.

(And- Clear Lake is a great vacation spot! Not sure why in the past I always was seeking out Lake Michigan as "the" lake to go to & the people in Buchanan were so friendly!)

  • Submitted: May 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for Us

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time staying at this vrbo near Buchanan. We have used it as a temporary home while considering the area for retirement. It has perfectly suited our needs - quiet, comfortable, clean, attractively furnished, and central to everything we wanted to explore. Our dog learned how to use the doggie-door and loves it and the enclosed yard area. We enjoy the large yard, fire pit, and bird-watching from the sun porch. The owner has been perfectly responsive and welcoming and has made every attempt to provide any info we have needed. She even had a landline installed when our Verizon service did not work here (but the signal is fine in Buchanan). Walking country roads and being between the Lake Michigan beaches and the offerings of each small town has been a blessing. Booking, check-in, communication, and deposit refund have been easy and timely. Thank you, Wendy, for making us feel very much at home!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bear Creek Township

Great location, very well kept.

  • 5 of 5

After searching extensively, we decided to book this property for our trip to the Notre Dame vs Oklahoma game.

This property was much better than staying in a chain hotel along a busy highway,and we were just twenty minutes or so away from the hustle and bustle of South Bend (not complicated to get to/from either).

The location is rural yet minutes away from Buchanon which had a supermarket and a few places to eat.

Obviously it is near a Lake, and you drive down rural roads past cornfields to get here.

House is modern and equipped well.

As other posters have noted the 3 season porch is really wonderful.

The charcoal grill with electric ignition was another great plus.

Please try and go to Warren Dunes state park less than a half hour to your west to see Lake Michigan while you are here, it was beautiful.

Owner was very easy to work with answering any questions we had.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Buchanan Cottage Rental Rates

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Peak Season: Full Weeks Only
Jun 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

Signed Agreement and Security Deposit is Required.
Full week reservations only June 1 - October 1.
Base Daily Rate available off-season only (minimum 2 nights off-season).

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Buchanan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , Bathroom1
    Half Bath - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen Room - 1 queen , Bright Sunny Front Bedroom with 32' Plasma TV
    Bunk Room - 1 bunk bed , Upper and Lower Bunks (sleeps 2) with closet full of toys!
    Double Room - 1 double , Comfy memory foam double bed with private 1/2 bath
    Detached Unit - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Log Cabin Studio (Play House) - Extra Loft Mattress & Futon
  • 1 Queen size Beds (sleeps 2), 1 Double Bed (sleeps 2), 1 Bunk Bed (sleeps 2).
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • swimming
3-Season Log Cabin Studio on property. Fun for kids! Extra sleeping space for larger families and guests.

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