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Private Lake Michigan Beachfront Cottage

21 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights


South Haven Cottage Rental Photos and Description

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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Jim Atkinson
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2016
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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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Private Lake Michigan Beachfront Cottage
average rating of 4.4761906 based on 22 reviews

Ideal for long weekend getaway with a cozy cottage feel. Great place to enjoy Lake Michigan sunsets.

  • 4 of 5

Our family of seven adults rented the cottage for three days and four nights. The cottage has a cozy feel with beautiful views of Lake Michigan. The kitchen was functional for easy meal prep and we used the Weber grill for several meals. The large dining room table was a fabulous spot to gather for meals and board games. We enjoyed using the kajak and hiking the dunes at the end of the beach. The short distance to South Haven by car is convenient and we enjoyed shopping and meals in the shops and restaurants there. Although there is only one bathroom, our family adjusted given the short stay and the larger size of the bathroom and double vanity. The gazebo offered a nice spot to read and watch tv or movies and enjoy the view of the lake in the morning and evening.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful get away

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful setting located right next to state park. Great place to get away and decompress. Lots of things to do close by and a very nice cottage to disconnect and have quality family time.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Great Place to Relax

  • 5 of 5

We are a busy family who was able to take a break together before we all go our separate ways for summer jobs & activities. Just take a deep breath & enjoy! From the moment you drive up the dune to the cabin to when you explore all the cool spots the kids can hang out, you will be in a world where cell phones are silenced & the birds are chirping. We loved that we could get sun during the day & snuggle by the fire in the evening (with the amazing sound system). The perfect swing of PURE Michigan temps. Thank you, Jim, for sharing your beautiful home & gazebo with my family. You are the perfect host. Many blessings!

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A most enjoyable and relaxing weekend

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I relocated to Phoenix after a lifetime in the Chicago suburbs, our two daughters and families still live in Chicago. We chose this location for our family reunion because it was a short drive and because we know how beautiful South Haven is.

The pictures of the condo really represented the property perfectly. The weather wasn't the greatest for our weekend getaway but there was no shortage of things to do. The gazebo was a great place to hang around and chat and the town of South Haven has a lot of great restaurants and is a nice place for a stroll. The owner provided us with all the information you could possibly need for your stay. I would highly recommend this wont be disappointed.

The Covington's (June 2016)

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, scenic and cozy

  • 4 of 5

Overall it was a wonderful experience. We were 9 so we pushed the limits of the sleeping accommodations, but it was fine and comfortable. It is a beautiful place and the sunsets were amazing. I will definitely recommend it to friends and family and will hopefully have an opportunity to stay again myself.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Beautiful property!!

  • 4 of 5

We loved this place! It is a beautiful location with a lot of privacy. You have your own set of stairs to the beach which is really convenient. I will say there is not a lot of beach but I think that is pretty common around Lake Michigan this year. There are also a lot of rocks near the water and a few feet into the water so swimming was a little difficult without shoes. The inside is nicely furnished with everything you could need in the kitchen and a nice table to sit at and eat with a larger group. The upstairs master is large and comfortable but opens to the rest of the house in a loft style so you can hear pretty much everything going on downstairs. Our favorite part was the large deck outside where we spent most of our days. It was a little too cold down by the water most days and we had a little one so it was easier to stay close to the house. The gazebo was also a great place to hang out and watch movies. Downtown South Haven is really close and easy to get to and find and there is also a Meijer very close by where we bought all our groceries for the week.

The only complaints we had were that the downstairs beds and bedrooms are pretty small. Also the only TV with cable is in one of these bedrooms in the main house. There is no cable in the gazebo which was kind of surprising. We were there during the NBA finals, otherwise I don't think we would have minded but it was a little tough to watch, especially when we had been using that room for the baby to sleep in.

Overall, I would highly recommend this place and would definitely go back again.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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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

South Haven 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
Late Season 2016
Sep 11 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2017
May 26 2017 - Jun 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Independence Day Week
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
High Season 2017
Jul 7 2017 - Aug 17 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer-2017
Aug 18 2017 - Sep 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $165
Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 6.0%

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.
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South Haven Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • 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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