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Private Lake Michigan Beachfront Cottage

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom

A spectacular retreat to get away from your busy life and relax! Enjoy this pristine cottage with 116 feet of private beach and views of Lake Michigan sunsets. This quintessential lakeside cottage is located in a wooded gated community on a scenic dune. It is beautifully designed for year round living or a vacation retreat just 10 minutes from downtown South Haven. The beach stairs and decks overlooks Lake Michigan, with stairs that go down to a private beach.

The beach is rocky this year so bring beach shoes or sneakers.

Includes a gazebo that is top of the line, enclosed and heated! Gazebo has large casement windows with screens on all four sides providing gentle breezes and fabulous views. With an under-tile heating system & baseboard heat, this space can be used for extra sleeping or just a great space to hang out & watch movies!

Main house is open with vaulted beamed ceilings, wood floors & walls. Sleeps up to 8 comfortably; includes 3 bedrooms and one bath. Master bedroom loft with king size bed and a day bed with trundle in one of the two seating areas overlooking the living room. Two other bedrooms are located on the main level; one bedroom has full sized bed and the other with a queen sized bed. Includes full kitchen amenities with granite countertops, A/C, wood-burning fireplace, Weber gas grill, large capacity washer/dryer, kayaks, bicycles, outdoor furniture, hammock, DirecTV now in house and Gazebo. Three different decks provide many different areas to gather or get away! Share the private wooded lot with hummingbirds and many other species of songbirds.

Experience the charm of the shops and restaurants, farmers market, festivals and other events located in or near downtown South Haven. South Haven is located 20 miles north of St. Joseph /Benton Harbor and 20 miles south of Saugatuck/Douglas.

More Details

Jim Atkinson
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 14, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

It was such a pleasure to discover the beautiful shores of the lake last weekend in Michigan. I rested perfectly well in the comfort of your beautiful cottage with magnificent views over the beach beneath. I trust your renters appreciate the natural beauty of the surrounding and zen atmosphere of your place just as well. Thomas and I had a most lovely time. Merci mille fois. A bientot.
May 2013
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South Haven Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Double sinks
  • Bathroom located on Main level
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom -2nd floor loft - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Overlooks living/dining area. Separate sitting and desk area
    East Bedroom - main floor - 1 double , Full Sized Memory Foam mattress-- New blackout shades
    West Bedroom - main floor - 1 queen , New Queen mattress. Satellite TV in room. Blackout Shades.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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(29 traveler reviews)

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Private Lake Michigan Beachfront Cottage
average rating of 4.62069 based on 30 reviews

Brilliant location, views and cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We traveled up from Indiana with family that flew in from Ireland. It was like a home away from home. Lovely cool weather, beautiful scenery, and a cozy little cottage to stay in. The only thing missing was the rain, and everyone was happy about that!! We had a wonderful experience. We didn't meet the owner in person, but spoke with him on the phone. He was very nice and was very helpful. His cottage is lovely. Great place to stay!!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage, gorgeous views, a once-in-a-life-time vacation!

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful cottage facing the lake and backing by the woods. Gorgeous views from inside and outside the cottage. We have seen the sunsets every night, and every night presented the views uniquely magnificent. There were so much to do for everyone around the property and nearby. Thanks to Mr. Atkinson for giving us the opportunity to have this once-in-a-life-time vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful family time in a lovely setting.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful beachfront home!

  • 5 of 5

This home was beautifully furnished and had a wonderful beachfront location. We hardly left during our four day stay as it was such a lovely property. We had seven people in our group, and we all slept comfortably. Jim sent us lots of helpful details and we were welcome to many of his home's amenities, which was very hospitable. We had a great time and can't wait to be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stunning home in a beautiful secluded setting

  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about our stay here. Went for a celebratory birthday weekend with friends. We leisurely lounged in the hammock and on the deck and lingered over coffee and meals - all with amazing views of the lake. This home is incredibly serene and has everything you need to feel simultaneously at home and far away. Cannot recommend this place enough.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful views of Lake Michigan sunsets.

  • 5 of 5

We had our annual "cousin vacation" this week. The cottage was amazing. Plenty of space to spread out and enjoy each other's company. We found everything we needed including coffee, and other pantry essentials. We spent evenings watching the incredible sunsets of Lake Michigan. The owner, Jim, was very helpful and made sure we had everything we needed to have a perfect vacation. Thank you and we are planning on vacationing with you next year.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
South Haven Regional Airport (General Aviation)
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Curve Inn
Nearest Ferry
70 Miles
Lake Express Milwaukee Muskegon Ferry
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
HawksHead Golf Links, Beeches Golf Club
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Amtrak Station in Bangor Michigan
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Many in downtown South Haven
Nearest Beach
Private Stairs To Lake Michigan Private Beach
Car: necessary

This idyllic Lake Michigan lakefront cottage is located just north of Van Buren State Park inside a small gated community.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Damage Insurance $59
Damage Deposit $200

Check-in / Check-out may not occur on Saturday or Sunday during the period from July 1 to Aug 31.
Check in at 5pm, Check out at 10am. No early or late checkouts please.
Booking requires a 50% deposit to hold the reservation. Full payment of balance due 60 days in advance of arrival date.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.