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Lake Michigan Mansion and Coach House

Sleeps23
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms5
Half Baths1
Space 6,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Beautiful Lake views, perfect for multiple generations

This spectacular 8 bedroom 4 1/2 bath lake front home sleeps 18 with separately available Coach House with kitchenette and 3/4 bath which sleeps 4. The property offers the perfect getaway for lots of friends and family. Quiet, but close to world class golfing, hiking trails, and the galleries, festivals and restaurants of St. Joseph/Benton Harbor. Interior finishes, colors, and lighting combine elegance and comfort. Serene lakefront sunroom, gourmet kitchen, cozy and elegant den with fieldstone accents. Located directly on 150 feet of private Lake Michigan beachfront. Incredible sandy beaches, crystal clear blue waters, and breathtaking sunsets for everyone to enjoy! Stroll for miles in either direction on some of Southwest Michigan's most pristine and expansive beaches. A great place to experience "Pure Michigan!"


Owner
Shannon Arends
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
June 23, 2017

Why Shannon Arends chose Michigan

Photograph taken by Guest Amy K. during 07/30/15-08/02/15 stay. Read her review

What makes this house unique

Accommodates multi generations comfortably.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We absolutely love your home ...spacious, beautiful location/views and great parking for lots of cars. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with our family.
Nov 2016
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Amenities

Benton Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 6000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 23
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , On 2nd Floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , On 2nd Floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , On Main Floor
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Main Floor Powder Room
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , In Lower Level, unique river rock floor and walls
    Coach House - toilet , shower
  • 4 1/2 bathrooms main house; 3/4 bathroom in Coach House
Bedrooms:
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 23
  • Master - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , Trundle bed in loft
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen , Lower level
    Bedroom 8 - 2 twin/ single , Lower Level
    Bedroom 9 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen sleeper on Lower Level
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Beds can be converted to 1 king bed
    Coach House - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 1 King, 1 Queen sleeper, kitchenette and 3/4 bath
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , On Main floor
  • Main house sleeps 18; coach house available by special arrangement and sleeps 4
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Direct beach access from backyard Fire pit on bluff edge Hammocks in backyard Scenic view access from backyard

Reviews

Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

Lake Michigan Mansion and Coach House
average rating of 4.5454545 based on 13 reviews
5

Great property!

  • 5 of 5

Overall it was perfect for my husband and my wedding weekend. The house was big enough for our entire bridal party.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location for a family retreat.

  • 3 of 5

Our family that came from various locations and enjoyed St. Joseph for its beach and child friendly museum. The house was large enough to accommodate our family of 12 adults and 4 children. The upstairs has ample bedroom but only one bathroom that had to be shared by three families. There is a separate master bedroom with its own bathroom. Something to consider. The layout of the house is non traditional but functional. The two refrigerator were a definite pulse.

The house is located on the lake requiring driving to any location. To walk to the beach requires climbing considerable steps. OK for young adults and older children.

Upon arriving areas of the house required cleaning which the owners prompted completed ( they live off site) upon being notified. The caretaker was very helpful and power washed the grill that had been left dirty.

If one is looking for a large accommodation to house an entire family then is the only house in the area.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Steven H. is a tough grader; 3 stars is not a fair representation of this property. This is a premium property and all guests are invited to visit before renting; see for yourself what it has to offer (guests often comment “the pictures don’t do the property justice” and we know it is true in our hearts). In response to Steven H., 3 families chose to share 1 upstairs bathroom when the 2nd upstairs bathroom was closer, and 2 first floor bathrooms were apparently used by only one family. The main house has 5 bathrooms and 7 bedrooms. Bathroom facilities include 3 showers (oversized with benches), 1 bath/shower combo and 1 oversized jetted tub. Steven also could have chosen to rent the Coach House with an additional ¾ bathroom. The house is over 6,000 sq. ft. and has a traditional layout, with room for guests to gather in the family room or out on the patio/lawn and eat together in the kitchen/dining area. The sprawling footprint also provides several areas which offer more private retreat for smaller groups. This home is located in a rural neighborhood. If you prefer the hubbub of downtown St. Joe (8 minutes by car) or South Haven (20 minutes by car), this is not the place for you. There are 220 steps to the 150 feet of private beach. The wooden staircase is unique, with 3 landings, a wood deck appx. 80 ft. above the lake and a picnic area above the beach on the seawall. We feel the property was adequately clean but changed the cleaning service in part due to his comments. This home is in a wooded, rural setting with a beach - there is wildlife (birds, bugs, chipmunks, squirrels, raccoons, deer etc.) and a stand of majestic black walnuts shading the patio and back yard (hammocks provided). If you want more humans around you and less wildlife this isn’t the property for you. Our caretaker Mike is absolutely the best! Like us, he genuinely wants you to enjoy the property. When Steven H. complained about cleanliness, Mike cleaned the grill and, because he’s a wonderful guy, Mike brought the family a basket of Michigan fruits and vegetables. This was much appreciated by us and was very well received by Steven and his family. We are quite proud of our property and want families to enjoy it. We are sorry Steven H. felt our property only deserved 3 out of 5 stars; however, we believe the bigger truth is as he says the only house in the area for such a large group and "a great location for a family retreat". We say come see for yourself!
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5

Excellent vacation rental!

  • 5 of 5

This house is terrific, tons of space to spread out and get off by yourself or group together, very easy to kick back and relax. There are lots of sleeping options and bathrooms, we had a big group and it was nice to have a house that holds a big number of people. Really comfortable beds. Wife commented there were lots of dishes and silverware, sometimes owners expect you to bring your own or use disposable. Owners were very easy to work with, responded really fast to our questions. We spent a lot of our time just hanging out, especially on the sun porch and around the fire pit and saw some awesome sunsets. Some of our group golfed nearby at Harbor Shores course, said it was pretty tricky.

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Wedding

  • 4 of 5

9 couples rented this roomy lovely home for a wedding at 12 Corners winery. Home was 10 minutes away. House was clean, beds were comfy and plenty of rooms to visit in. Loved the sun room. Kitchen stack with everything even a 30 cup coffee Pot. Owners even offered an additional day due to rainy weekend. There's not much in Downtown Benton Harbor but The Mason Jar is a lovely farm to table restaurant. Great area for wineries. St Joesph is delightful. Thank You Shannon and Wade

Donna

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect family vacation home

  • 5 of 5

My family found our perfect vacation home! This beautiful home offered plenty of space for our large family of 22 and included everything we needed to be comfortable all week. It was awesome having our own private beach, a well-equipped home with plenty of parking and home-owners who genuinely cared about our stay and how they could make it our "annual retreat!"

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Great reunion home!

  • 4 of 5

We rented this beautiful home including the coach house for our family vacation (grandparents, parents, young adults, teenagers and kids). It was nicely spread out and between the kitchen table and dinning room table we had plenty of eating space. Since we like to cook our own meals instead of going out, we really appreciated the 2nd refrigerator. We spent lots of time in the sun room and really enjoyed the fire pit and view overlooking Lake Michigan. The 216 stairs down to the beach were VERY good exercise and best done only once a day. Many of our afternoons were spent on Silver Beach. The only downside was that the water temperature was freezing for August (53 degrees).

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Six courses within 7 mile radius
Nearest Beach
Private Lake Michigan
Car: necessary

Breweries, wineries, and golf courses abound. Walkable St. Joseph a mere 6 minutes away. Miles of groomed cross-country ski trails nearby lend themselves to great hiking year round!

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Rates & Availability

Benton Harbor House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Peak Season 2017
May 27 2017 - Sep 8 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$6,500
 
 
Post Season 2017
Sep 9 2017 - Oct 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
$950
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$950
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $400 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Cancellation Policy:
Guest/s reservation cancellations create an undue burden upon Homeowner and likely prevent other potential Guests from use and enjoyment of the property. Therefore, Homeowner urges Guests to duly deliberate reservation of this property. Guests agree that all rental monies, and fees are non-refundable pursuant to this cancellation policy. Partial refunds for Guest/s cancellation of reservations will remain at the sole discretion of Homeowner. If the Homeowner is compelled to cancel a reservation due to natural disaster, damage by prior guest/s or any other event rendering the property partially or fully uninhabitable, then Guest/s will be entitled to a full refund of any and all payments previously tendered to Homeowners. Homeowners will not be liable for any incidental or consequential damages to Guest/s or invitees due to Homeowner cancellation of a reservation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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