check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand

Jenifer Cartland

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

Secluded, Cozy Cottage, Short Walk to Lake Mich., Grand Mere

37 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Pay with confidence

When you book through the HomeAway checkout, your booking is backed by our Book with Confidence Guarantee™ offering comprehensive payment protection.

Learn more

Overview

Southwest Michigan Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + queen futon, 1 Bath, Sleeps 4-6

Visit our cottage in Stevensville, Michigan - just a short drive to Warren Dunes State Park to the south and to St. Joseph to the north.

The cottage is located on a secluded 3-acre lot with a pond, woods, campfire pit and plenty of space to roam. The cottage is well-equipped, clean, and cozy. Wifi and plenty of board games, puzzles, books and kid videos for down time together.

Take a short walk to two public Lake Michigan beaches; or a 2 mile walk or drive to Grand Mere State Park, where you will find great hiking, cross-country skiing, and huge, clean, beautiful beaches. Or enjoy the local wineries and antique shops.

The cottage offers year-round accommodations for up to six guests. Great for families. Dogs are welcome at no additional charge.

Keywords: Grand Mere, St. Joseph, cabin, beach

Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Jenifer Cartland (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

Why Jenifer Cartland chose Southwest Michigan

In Kindergarten, we were asked to draw a picture of our favorite places in the world. I drew the swing set at my grandparents' cottage in northern Michigan. I still have that picture. Whenever we are at our little cottage in Stevensville, I am transported right back there to my grandparents' cottage . . . and only 90 miles from home.

What makes this cottage unique

We love hiking at Grand Mere all year round. In the winter, the sledding is fantastic. In the summer, the beaches are so clean and beautiful (and never crowded).

Reviews

4.5
based on 37 traveler reviews

Secluded, Cozy Cottage, Short Walk to Lake Mich., Grand Mere
average rating of 4.4864864 based on 37 reviews
5

Perfect for a family or a quiet place for reading and relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

We went for a few days of R and R and upon arrival this was what we expected. We had coffee every morning on the deck and walked the beautiful grounds We enjoyed the quiet and watching deer and rabbits in the yard. The cottage is well stocked with everything you need and is neat and comfortable. We did not use the fire pit but was ready for use. We will go back again and enjoyed our time at the cottage.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
4

Lovely for Little & Big People

  • 4 of 5

We spent 3 days in MI with our nephew and 2 nieces. It was their first time to MI. They loved the close by beach access, the games at the cottage and "exploring" in the back yard. We loved using the kitchen to cook and eat in. While a little older, this cottage is perfect for a few days get-a-way. The kitchen is pretty well stocked. There is extra bedding, also. We were a little sad not to use the fire pit. At the time, it was a turtle egg nest.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Saint Charles, IL
5

Cozy, intimate and convenient woodsy location

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Hidden Pond. We came to the area in January for a House hunting trip for a potential move and found this charming place central to St Joseph and Stevensville and close to Meijers and expressway. Lovely woods setting and so

cozy to come home to at night and enjoy the wood burning fireplace and fully stocked kitchen. We'd love to come back as it would be perfect for a small family get away with chairs and firepit outside too, and close drive to the beach.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
4

Winter Wabi-sabi Weekend Getaway

  • 4 of 5

Wabi-sabi: “the art of finding beauty in imperfection and wisdom in nature. This cozy cottage tucked away in the trees between highway 94 and Lake Michigan became the embodiment of the wabi-sabi philosophy to me. Rented as a weekend getaway birthday present to my husband, we were able to bring along our canine family of 2 and the last-minute addition of my lovely neighbor and her daughter. It was a late cold winter’s night when we arrived but the warmth of this home immediately took the chill off of our bones. After settling in, my husband popped the cork off of an effervescent red wine to toast the start of our mini-vacation and set flame to a fat log in the fireplace. Our toast was soon followed by a hearty round of warm homemade meatballs and fresh Italian bread enjoyed at the large farm-kitchen table. It was a beautiful beginning to a weekend full of great conversation, laughter, a wonderful walk with the dogs to the lake (where red birds and blue jays were frequently spotted), creative culinary teamwork in the kitchen, morning coffee and evening wine by the fire. So why, wabi-sabi? You may have noticed, from other reviews, this rental is not without its “imperfections”. As another reviewer pointed out, the bathroom is a bit dated (think old-time medicine cabinet with sliding doors and built in lighting behind a yellowed shade) and the linoleum tile is peeling/cracked in some places. But who cares? I was too distracted by the clean fluffy rugs on the floor and the cute wooden pedestal seat sitting behind the bathroom door. Several reviewers have commented on the small tv. This is not an exaggeration. The tv is small, like mini-van tv kind of small, but there are games and books stuffed in little nooks and crannies all over the house and nature outside. If big screens and movie watching marathons are your thing, I suggest bringing your own flat screen but you risk the sacrifice of hearing the laughter of a child while you build a homemade pizza with her. Nothing matches in this house. I do not believe there is a single item - lamp, table, pillow, or quilt - that came from the same place or even time era and yet it all works and is staged so creatively and thoughtfully. Maybe it is my overly romantic imagination, but I felt this house was sharing its history and authenticity while it welcomed my own imperfect self. This did not feel like a rental to me. It felt like the home of a creative and loving aunt helping me reset my life's priorities.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
2 0
5

Cozy retreat

  • 5 of 5

Recently stayed a weekend at this cozy retreat in Michigan, and had a great and relaxing time. Everything was as promised in the listing - clean, easy to access, very close to the lake, and quiet - all of which made for a very calming and romantic weekend. We used the fireplace extensively and took a moonlit stroll to the lake. We didn't really get too much of the local scene, but we did enjoy our breakfast at Joe's. The owner was very accessible and promptly answered all our questions while we were there, which was very helpful.

As others may have mentioned, this place doesn't have wifi or a sizeable TV, so if you're going to snuggle up by the fire and enjoy a movie, be sure to bring your laptop, as we did.

Overall, a great stay, and highly recommended for a nice getaway!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
rural Indiana
4

Thanksgiving Getaway

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay very much. It was wonderful bringing our 2 dogs. I loved the pond and the bridge. We enjoyed a visit to St. Joe's. Everything was as advertised in the cottage. We had a question about the DVD player and it was answered promptly. The only downside was the TV was quite small. We did have a rainy day and a bigger TV would have been easier for viewing. Personally, I don't watch TV much, but my husband is somewhat addicted. Other than that, things were perfect. The bed was quite comfortable, and the kitchen was well-equipped.We are thankful for the pet-friendly owners.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Map

Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Tosi's; Grand Mere Inn
Nearest Train
6 Miles
St Joseph
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Red Star Highway 63/US 94
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Tosi's; Grand Mere Inn
Nearest Beach
0.3 Miles
Chicago Ave
Car: necessary

Winery tours/tasting; antique shops; hikes; beaches

Photos

Rates & Availability

Stevensville Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer
May 13 2016 - Sep 6 2016
2 night minimum stay
$150
From
$175
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$945
 
 
2017 Summer
May 11 2017 - Sep 5 2017
2 night minimum stay
$150
From
$175
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$945
 
 
2018 Summer
May 10 2018 - Sep 4 2018
2 night minimum stay
$150
From
$175
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$975
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$125
$700
 

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Enter dates to see total
Send a Message
Available arrival
Available stay (no arrival)
Unavailable

Amenities

Southwest Michigan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Family
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Clothes washer and dryer in the bathroom
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • (2) bedrooms, each with a queen sized bed, (1) One queen-sized futon in the living room; (2) hotel-style cots
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
3 wooded acres, pond, swingset

Partner Offers

Travelers who viewed this property, also viewed...