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Helen Tinsley

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

Twin Lakes Cottage, Private Beach & Pier, 5 Bedrooms Sleeps 14

22 Reviews
Sleeps14
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

Michigan Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10-14)

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 14 people, it has 3 bedrooms on the main floor, one double bed, one queen bed and two singles. Pull out queen futon. 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 full size futon, 2 twin beds, 1 twin bed in the dormer area . An open area hosts a TV/VCR , bean bags 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 an electric mixer, sandwich maker, toaster, blender, toaster oven,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.

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 outside, 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 going across the sky

On the property:

lots of Indoor games, cards, children,s games, movies

- magazines

-Sandy beach area

- Swimming

- Boating

- Fishing

- paddle boat

- Yard games

-water raft

- floaties

-camping chairs

-deck chairs

-ice fishing

-snowmobiling

WHAT TO BRING?

sunscreen insect repellent

bath and beach towels

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

groceries

hand soap

personal toiletries, clothes,medications..etc

A good book to read

Camera

Fire wood

WHAT TO LEAVE AT HOME?

Worries

Stress

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 my 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

LOCAL EVENT AND ATTRACTIONS

check out Dowagiac chamber of commerce

Dowagiac parks and gulf courses

NEARBY ACTIVITIES

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
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Helen Tinsley (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english

Why Helen Tinsley chose Michigan

I 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

I love the early mornings, I go out onto the pier and sip my coffee, read my book while taking in the fresh air and looking around the lake with its beautiful landscape. We take nice strolls around the lake. I love that the property sits on the lakefront and has its own private beach and pier. I love sitting out side watching people swimming and enjoying being outside. The property was recently rehabbed in 2010. We updated new windows new siding, fireplace, bathroom, floors, decks and much more. These keys items have made our home so welcoming we think you will agree.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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4.6
based on 22 traveler reviews

Twin Lakes Cottage, Private Beach & Pier, 5 Bedrooms Sleeps 14
average rating of 4.590909 based on 24 reviews
5

Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

I will be planning another trip.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago
5

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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5

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
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Kalamazoo, MI
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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 bath...it'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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5

Great cottage

  • 5 of 5

We loved it and have booked to come back in August.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Middleville, MI
5

Twin Lakes cottage

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect! Great amount of sleeping space and very welcoming.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Map

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.

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Rates & Availability

Decatur Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer
May 23 2016 - Oct 17 2016
2 night minimum stay
$175
From
$185
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,235
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$175
From
$185
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,235
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $15
Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $85

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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Amenities

Michigan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 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)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Attractions:
  • 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

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