About the property
- Cottage3500 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights
Two 4 Bedroom 2 Bath Cottages (Sleeps 2-20) Kids and adults love staying here..
Guests who stay at the Beach House at Lakeside, Mi. have their choice of 4 or 8 bedroom accommodations depending on the size of your group. Our rental rate structure will suit groups of 2 to 10 in one cottage and up to 20 people in both cottages. Our tastefully decorated, fully furnished, cottage homes are located just off the shores of Lake Michigan. The property offers alternatives to the beach with a heated swimming pool (for summer guests) and an outdoor hot tub (for Spring, Winter, and Fall guests) with decks, lounge chairs, and beautifully landscaped grounds featuring two outdoor patios. Available parking will accommodate 8 cars.
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A short 200 yard walk takes you from the front door to the beautiful ocean-like sandy beach where you can walk for miles along the shoreline. Visit our Website for complete detailed information including Photos, Floor Plans, Area Maps, Rates, and Current Availability.
Note that we do not update the calendar on this website regularly. You must inquire or go to our website for current rates and availability.
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The Beach House at Lakeside, Michigan has been a popular vacation Rental for hundreds of Families for over 30 years. Just a 90 minute drive from Chicago and you and your family or friends will have arrived to a place not just on the other side of the Great Lake but a world away from what you encounter every day. In Lakeside Michigan, you are in a small town that is part of family of beach town communities known as Harbor Country. New Buffalo, Union Pier and Grand Beach are among the neighboring towns.
While frequented for decades by Chicagoans who both vacation here and own second homes, thousands from all over the Midwest and other parts of the country make this area part of their summer every year. Yet when you are in Lakeside, you would never know that others travel many miles to come here too. Now, you too can partake in the laid back beach town experience when you stay a summer week at the Beach House at Lakeside, Michigan.
At the beach House, you have a choice of renting one or two fully furnished units. Each unit will comfortably accommodate up to 10 people and has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, fully equipped kitchen, dining room and Sunroom.
After you have arrived and settled in, you will no doubt take the short 200 yard walk to the private beach to witness to one of the most impressive sunsets found anywhere on the planet. It is the main attraction of this vacation destination. And on a day when you need a break from the sun and the waves, you can still enjoy a refreshing swim in a heated pool or pedal a bike along the miles of trails that meander through the neighboring towns, forests, farmlands and wine country.
With outdoor patios in the front garden, and back yard, you also have ample seating around the pool for sunbathing or having lunch. At meal time, you have many options to explore. In addition to grilling on the Weber, you will discover the areas many first rate restaurants, a famous burger joint, ice cream shops and cafes.
When you seek some variety, there are the many antique shops along Red Arrow Highway, Golf courses, Fruit picking, art galleries, shopping, the Warren Dunes State park and even a first class Casino in nearby New Buffalo.
When the summer season winds down, the fun continues. With the Fall Season, the area becomes flush with color and beauty. After the pool gets closed for another year, we open our outdoor hot tub for our fall and Winter Guests. Some of you might come for a girls Only weekend or cheer on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame in nearby South Bend.
Regardless of whether you come for a summer week, or a Spring, Fall or Winter Weekend, you will leave having just experienced some unforgettable memories along the shores of Lake Michigan when you’ve stayed at the Beach House at Lakeside.
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About Frank K
Frank and his wife Mary Ann live with their two children Amanda and Brett in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. Frank is an architect and runs a residential remodeling business. After selling a 2 flat that the couple owned in Chicago, they decided to reinvest in a property they could rent and also enjoy themselves. The property has undergone many changes through the different owners with numerous additions and remodels. After the first summer of ownership in 2001 the couple decided to make better use of the yard space surrounding the cottages. Where previously you could drive almost right up to the front door, it was felt that the cars should be closer to Schaffner St. This allowed the the remaining yard space to be laid out better for the pool, decks, spa, brick patios and landscaping improvements. More changes are in the works and are usually done in the off season. Our goal has been to provide a clean, comfortable and properly maintained home and outdoor spaces with modern necessities like flat screen TV's, internet access, heated pool and A/C while not over improving the house to the point it looses it's by-gone era nostalgic charm. We focus on some not so obvious things like quality beds and linens, outdoor showers, preventative treatments for insects, easy maintenance of Weber grills, maintaining good relationships and membership with the Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce and our own Orchard Beach Homeowners Association. We have used the same cleaning service for the past several years due to their attentive, timely and excellent service. Almost 1/3rd of our summer rentals are repeat guests, We have one family that has stayed with us for 6 consecutive years.
Frank K purchased this Cottage in 2001
Why Frank K chose Lakeside
The beach. It is all about the beach. The texture of the sand. The clear lake Michigan water. The sounds of the waves. and the most incredible sunsets. I have been to allot of beaches in allot of places from Florida to California and I can tell you all things considered, ours is the best. The water is clean, no salt, no rocks, no dead sea life. Just great sand, sun and water warm enough for a refreshing swim. It is amazing how much pleasure you can experience from something so simple. The laid back atmosphere and the fact that the house is such a short walk to the beach (200 yards, yes I walked it off) only made it more appealing. A business client had talked about how much she enjoyed her summer getaways to New Buffalo and how nice it was to have a place in such a peaceful setting yet within a reasonable drive. We had no idea that we would become one of her neighbors. We did not find this out until a few years later.
What makes this Cottage unique
Exploring new restaurants and visiting the ones we like (Skip's, Capozios, Red Arrow Roadhouse, Timothy's, Oinks). Antiquing (rarely buy anything). Kids love the pool, everyone loves the beach, and when it gets too cold for the beach or pool, we have the outdoor hot tub. Gas can be up to 35 cents cheaper than Chicago at certain stations in Indiana off I-94. When we need to do any major shopping, Michigan City, Indiana and Benton Harbor, Mi. have huge shopping centers and are each within 20 minutes. Go to Michigan City if you are running late due to the time change.
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Everyone LOVED it!!!
Perfect for family and/or friend getaway! Comes with a little of everything you need! Nice size cottages, hot tub, and pool. Very close walk to the beach! All was clean and cute! Owner was great at communicating and had everything in order and detailed. Our family is already talking about coming back for another stay! Thanks so much Frank for an awesome weekend! :)
Best for big groups, load of kids
Our twosome enjoyed Cottage B which has a gorgeous remodeled kitchen. Six burner stove makes me think large groups are the norm here. Bed we used was extremely comfortable, but sheets a little thin and wouldn't stay on the mattress. The Lake Michigan area is not particularly dog friendly, so we are grateful to Frank and the neighborhood association for allowing our dog in the cottage and on the private beach, especially for such a reasonable pet fee. As it turned out, our lab did not accompany us, and Frank graciously refunded our pet fee. Three concerns led me to a 4-star rating: 1) while the cottage is reasonably priced, very clean and fairly comfortable, it looks "well used" in places; 2) the beach is near (as described), but it is down (and up) 40 or more steps which would make it difficult/impossible for some (I do not recall this being mentioned in the details); and 3) six pages of rules for our stay, a lengthy rental agreement to initial/sign, a checkout list to sign. Frank explained the need for rules, and I absolutely agree that rules are important and necessary, but this seems excessive. We have stayed (with our dog) in VRBO rentals in at least five other states, and have not encountered this before. So many house/beach rules and the beach security cams made us a bit uncomfortable.
Thank you for your comments. Anyone who owns a home in a popular area knows you are held accountable for not only your own actions but also those of any guests you allow to use your property. When a private beach or other area commonly used by others is included, the accountability extends beyond the rental property. The 6 pages is not entirely "rules" but also important information about how certain things work, where things are kept and how to get to places of interest. We agree that most responsible people would not need to know all the information we provide however, after 17 years, we think we have seen just about everything that can happen when renting to 2 to 20 guests at a time. At an average of nearly 40 rentals per year, many of whom rent both cottages, we feel that an information packed welcome letter, serves not only as a guide to our guests, but keeps peace with our neighbors.
It was a beautiful place. Everything we needed and more.
Frank was very accommodating to us and if we had any questions or concerns he would get back to us as soon as possible. I appreciate that was done for us as well as the cottages. They were roomy and comfortable. The hot tub was the cherry on top. Will rent again if I’m ever in the area again.
It was very cozy with many personal touches.
Me and my significant other spent a long weekend at the cottage and had a splendid time. The host was very good at communicating, and meeting our needs. We enjoyed the hottub very much. We were suprised by how warm and inviting this rental was.
Fantastic & Accommodating
I rented the property for a weekend for 20 people. The units easily slept that many individuals comfortably (we had 10 in each cottage). When we arrived the property was clean, and all of the tips/guide provided by Frank came in handy! Everything was where it was supposed to be and everything in the description was 100% accurate. The beach was a short walk away, and it was very nice to have a private beach. I would definitely stay at this property again!
Great Girls Weekend
We rented both cottages for a group of 20. There was plenty of space for everyone. I wish we would have been able to use the backyard, but unfortunately, we had bad weather! It was a short walk to a breathtaking beach! This house would be great for large families gathering together. Overall, we had a wonderful weekend!
Numerous Antique shops, Art Galleries, Specialty Shops, Plenty of Restaurants with very good food, a couple of Wineries, 45 minutes from South Bend and Notre Dame. 10 minute drive to Four Winds Casino. 5 miles from Warren Dunes State Park, 5 miles north of New Buffalo, Mi. and marina
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Summer Season Rates are based on rental of both cottages and include the housekeeping fee for one cottage ($100). There will be an additional fee of $100 for housekeeping of the 2nd cottage included in the reservation quote request. Pets are an additional $10/pet/day. Pet fees for longer than 2 night stays will be an additional charge payable directly to the owner. Spring and Fall rates are per cottage and based on number of guests per cottage not exceeding 10 people per cottage. Groups of 11-20 need 2 cottages. See our website for more details. Holidays have special rates and are not indicated here. See LakesideBeachHouse.com for complete listing of rates and availability. Rental Payments made with a credit card are subject to a 3% convenience fee.