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Twin Lakes Cottage, Private Beach & Pier, 5 Bedrooms Sleeps 12

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • children welcome


About the property

Cottage, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

Wake up to the sun streaming into your room, walk outside onto the large deck, breathe, take in the view of being on a lake surrounded by quaint houses and beautiful trees

Twin lakes family cottage is located on 36 acre spring fed silt lake, an all water sport lake. Minutes from charming historic Dowagiac. Approx 2 hours 15mins from Chicago, 30 minutes from South Bend. 40 minutes from Benton Harbor.

Our lake cottage is an all season home, includes heat and central air conditioning. We accommodate guest throughout the year. Come to Michigan in the fall, see the beautiful leaves changing color. Peace and quiet, a wonderful area to tour for some R & R. Winter holds some great Ice fishing, nearby snowmobiling and Swiss Valley skiing.

Our aim is to provide a vacation cottage that is comfortable and leisurely for our guests Twin Lakes Cottage caters from a get away for 1, romantic weekend for 2, large family gatherings. The cottage sleeps up to 12 people, it has 3 bedrooms on the main floor, one double bed, one queen bed and two singles. Pull out queen sofa. One bathroom and a second rest room. Second floor offers a closed off area away from the bustle of the main floor, it has 2 bedrooms, 1 with full size futon and 2nd bedroom 2 twin beds, there is 1 twin bed in the dormer area . An open area hosts a cable TV, bean bags seats and games, great for children to have their own space to chill . Many of our adults guests enjoy the tranquility of being upstairs and having space to themselves. Max ceiling height is 5' 4 center of room.

Good size kitchen with sandwich maker, toaster, blender, George Foreman grill microwave oven, tea kettle, coffee maker, pots and pans, ovenware and baking tins to name but a few.... everything you need for cooking and baking.

2 dining areas, a sitting /reading area with fab views over looking the lake. Twin Lakes Cottage is full of windows that makes this home light and bright. It sits right on the lake, has its own private beach and pier. Full view of the lake from living room, dining room as well as the sitting/reading area and upstairs second bedroom.

Outside offers so many choices from the deck to the lawn to playing games, sitting on the bench located on the pier, grabbing a blanket and lounging under the shady trees, sunning on the beach and running your feet in the sand, dining at the picnic table or dining on the deck. BBQ, fish off the pier, large fire pit for great summer smores and memorable nights full of stories around the fire. Star gaze, see shooting stars and satellites across the sky.

On the property:

lots of Indoor games, cards, childrens games, movies

- magazines

-Sandy beach area

- Swimming

- Boating

- Fishing

- paddle boat

- Yard games

-water raft

- floaties

-camping chairs

-deck chairs

-ice fishing



sunscreen insect repellent

bath and beach towels

bottle water optional (we are on a well system) There is a Britta jug in fridge

Fire wood


personal toiletries, clothes,medications..etc

A good book to read




Parking 2 spaces out side the garage, you can park 2 cars on the lawn next to the drive way. Park the heavier vehicles on the drive way and trailers on the grass not to far up the garden because the septic tank is there which you will see. Depending on the size you can park on the right side of the drive there is a small area between cottage garage and next doors garage.

Fishing is good we have boaters out early fishing and night fishing. In the kitchen draw next to the fridge is information on the lake you will have to go through them as I don't remember which one talks about the fishing competition and the type of fish that are in the lake. You can fish off the pier too.

Please make sure you are familiar with Michigan lake boating rules. Boating rules for the lake no wake before 11am and after 7pm Stay at least 100ft away from swimmers


check out Dowagiac chamber of commerce

Dowagiac parks and gulf courses


Five Mile crossing drive in theater great value just $7.00 per car or van two movies to watch make sure you bring bug spray!!

Lutz old fashioned drive in fast food

Town of Decauter has an amazing Ice cream parlor

Doe-Wah-Jacks Canoe Rental

Bike trails

Forest Preserve

Pick your own fruit farms,

kittys organic farm,

Wicks apple house

Area Attractions:

- Historic Town of Dowagiac

- Golf courses (Dowagiac Elks Country Club, Hampshire Country Club,Spruce Ridge)

- Restaurants and Pubs

- Ice Cream Shops

- Fruit & Produce Stands

- Marinas

- Local Festivals

- Wineries

- Grocery Stores, Liquor Store

Art theaters

Zekes family dining

Niles four flags apple festival

Keywords: cottage, house, bungalow, lake front, private,

More Details

Helen Tinsley
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 28, 2017

Why Helen Tinsley chose Michigan

Bought this property because everything about it catered to everybody but mostly at the time we had 3 small children ages 2, 4, and 5. The beach area was great for them and having shallow water was another plus. The grassy areas allow us to play a multitude of games. Its great having a private beach and private pier, fishing has been a passion for many of our friends, you will be surprised at how good the fishing is off the pier. The children love swimming and using the paddle boat.

What makes this cottage unique

Early mornings and evenings sitting on the pier, read a book while taking in the fresh air and looking around the lake with its beautiful landscape. Take in the sun rise or sun set. Nice strolls around the lake. The property sits on the lakefront and has its own private beach and pier. Sitting out side watching people swimming and enjoying being outside. We updated new windows, new siding, fireplace, bathroom, floors, decks. These keys items have made our home welcoming, we think you will agree.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Keep clicking on the 5 stars but its not adding to my review!!
Jun 2015
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Dowagiac Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 14
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Convertible bed(s) - 1 twin/ single , plus an inflatable mattress whe 14 guests are present
  • Queen size Bed (1) first floor, Double Bed (1) first floor, Twin or Single Beds (2) first floor, queen sofa bed first floor second floor, double size futon (1) single beds (3) blow up double mattress (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

Twin Lakes Cottage, Private Beach & Pier, 5 Bedrooms Sleeps 12
average rating of 4.625 based on 26 reviews

Had a great relaxing time. Grandkids enjoyed the sandy beach and fishing!

  • 5 of 5

Very quiet and relaxing. Will recommend to friends and family.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean and right on the lake with great facilities

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was roomy and clean. Plenty of space for a large number of people. The beach and pier were well maintained, and the raft and deck worked great. We had young kids there and it was perfect. The people around the cottage were all friendly, obviously going to the lake was a vacation and everyone acted like it. We plan on going back.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I will be planning another trip.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Fun

  • 5 of 5

Went up for a girls weekend and had a blast. It was so relaxing sitting on the deck and taking a paddle boat ride on the lake. Cottage was very spacious and homey. Not to mention the fire at night was a huge plus! Have booked to go again in the summer!

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Family Vacation Rental

  • 5 of 5

My wife and 2 year old spent the week at this Twin Lakes Cottage, and had just an amazing time. From swimming, fishing, relaxing in the sun or sitting by the fire at night, this cottage was perfect. You don't lose out on some of the nicer creature comforts as in-unit laundry was a real plus, especially with our little one running in and out of the private sandy beach. This property is on a quiet lake, that was safe for swimming and just floating away. The owner was super accommodating and quick and easy to work with around making payments, and answering questions. Great time, and we hope to be able to return next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Twin Lakes Cottage, 5 bedroom 1.5 baths, sleeps 14

  • 2 of 5

I planned & saved for a whole year to bring my kids & grandkids here for our 1st family vacation. I booked this cottage after reviewing all the reviews. When we got there we were ALL disappointed! The outside of the cottage & the decks are filthy, the gutters are so packed that they are overflowing, and there are cobwebs everywhere.

For the inside, it wasn't any better. I think the cleaning people wipe counters (without moving things), sweep the main traffic pattern, and change the sheets...that's it. We never even used the pullout couch because when we started to pull it out, there were so many crumbs & gunk that we closed it right up! I don't think the blankets & comforters have been cleaned or washed in quite a while. The main bathroom vent was disgusting, and it stunk when you turned it on. As for the kitchen, well....we cleaned for 45 minutes before we cooked anything. We also ran to Family Dollar and bought 2 new frying pan, new dishtowels, new pot holders, and some cooking utensils because they were so nasty looking.

Don't get me wrong, we are by NO means anal about stuff, but when it's someone else's dirt and nasty, it's different! Whomever is in charge of keeping this place up has failed terribly for the owner!!

We made the best of everything and still had fun, but we won't be going back. Also the lake is a silt lake and once you get to the end of the dock, you sink about 8 inches into MUCK!!!!! We hated that!

The upstairs bedrooms aren't the greatest, but at least it's extra sleeping space. Plus the second bathroom is not a half's only a toilet in a little closet area. However, an extra toilet is always good.

I alerted the owner of all this and she did say that she would address it, so maybe it will be better for others coming. As for us....we found a totally, all sand bottom beach for our next vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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There is a 4th of July Parade at the lake, and fireworks for Labor day weekend. Take a look at Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce for local entertainment, parks, museums, and local attractions.


Rates & Availability

Dowagiac Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall 2016 Spring 2017
Nov 25 2016 - May 18 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
May 19 2017 - Oct 20 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $45
Cleaning Fee $85
Refundable damage deposit $300

Weekly rates are based on a 7 night stay with 6 person occupancy
Holiday weekends $200 per night
Each additional guest $15 per night
Security deposit rates are from $200-$400
No daily visitors allowed please call owner for additional information.
Cancellation full refund 60 days notice prior to vacation ( notice of cancellation )

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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