|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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
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.
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).
I spent a wonderful three days at the Hidden Pond cottage and enjoyed every minute there. The home itself has everything you need and was very clean, comfortable, and the rooms are just the right size. Since I brought my two pups with me the beautiful spacious grounds were perfect for the three of us. I enjoyed visiting the nearby beaches, but spent most of my time in the quaint cottage just relaxing and reading. I look forward to a return visit, it was a very peaceful time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
The cottage is set in a very beautiful area and very quiet and close to Bridgeman, St Joe, and Stevensville. We found the beaches, visited 5, close and beautiful. The house is well equipped with everything you will need in the kitchen and bathroom and the yard is very nice. The mattresses and pillow need to be replaced, found the mattresses very noisy and uncomfortable and pillows flat and hard.
This was our second year at Hidden Pond! Everything was wonderful. Our only suggestion is better upkeep on the outside area so the pond can truly be enjoyed. Otherwise we highly recommend this cottage!
My last review of Hidden Pond was submitted for a wintertime visit (see Winter Wabi-sabi Weekend Getaway); a retreat so well loved that I decided to return for a summertime experience. Since my last assessment was focused mainly on the cottage itself, I will refrain from repeating those same comments this time and instead focus on location and activities. Suffice it to say the house remains as charming as ever with the added bonus of a wifi upgrade. (Thank you Jenifer!)
In my opinion, this cottage could not be situated more perfectly. Although it appears to be quietly tucked away in the woods, it is actually only minutes from the highway and maybe a five minute drive to Meijer’s store, gas stations, etc. But the main attraction for me is its close proximity to Grand Mere State Park and beach. As a lover of dogs, nature and travel, I search for places on earth such as this. I, along with my human and canine companions, had a glorious day at this beach that seems mostly untouched by civilization. There are no concession stands, no beach gear rentals and no obnoxious crowds; just water, sand, dunes, artsy pebbles, and wild grass. Aahh nature.
After we had enough sun and sand for the day, Hidden Pond was there to welcome us back home. I can’t speak for everyone, but I am famished after a day at the beach and this place calls for fun collaborative culinary efforts. The large kitchen provides ample space for preparing fresh summer salads and tropical drinks while the deck serves as a stage for outdoor grilling and gathering around a meal with those you love. While some of us cut fruit and veggies, others lit up the charcoal and watched over the sizzling meats with the noise of laughter from a softball game transpiring in the large yard. Conclude this day with a moonlit walk back to the beach where you watch a display of shooting stars descend in the sky and you set yourself up with one of those moments in time when you realize you are experiencing perfection.
I will end this review with a few recommendations to those who wish to seek their own perfect moments at Hidden Pond and Grand Mere. Wear water shoes to protect feet against beach pebbles. Do not haul unnecessary things to the beach as there is some hiking involved. Bring an insulated backpack (I like Picnic Time backpacks) filled with drinks and snacks. I also like the zip up picnic blankets with carry handles. I found the mosquito repellent adhesive stickers to work very well too. Enjoy!
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.
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.
Winery tours/tasting; antique shops; hikes; beaches