Dramatic views, hot tub, firepit, lavish kitchen at dunetop beachfront villa!
Miller Beach Vacation Rentals
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Room to spread out, easy access to the beach, with all the comforts of home!
“At Villa Santorini you can expect lots of room to spread out, easy access to the beach, and a kitchen with all the comforts of home. The house was ready to go when we arrived and if something came up, the house manager was quick to respond with a solution. Our family of 18 ranged in age from 72 to less than 2 and we all found something special there. We enjoyed watching the sun rise on the beautiful balconies. The kids loved playing in the beach and used the raised area in the center of the round room as a stage for their "shows." We spent a couple days in Chicago using a nearby train depot to get there. We also enjoyed visiting the Dunes and the cute little towns nearby: Portage, Michigan City, Chesterton, and St. Joseph, MI. The property overlooks a public beach with a paid parking lot and a concession stand. We didn't feel it was overwhelmingly crowded and it was kinda fun to people watch from the balcony. Still felt very private up on the hill. This property offered many little touches that you might not anticipate: beach towels, beach toys, and beach chairs, outdoor shower, 2 dishwashers, lots of kitchen gadgets, several mini fridges throughout the house. Overall we had a great experience and hope to visit again!”
Perfect for a group!
We had a group of 12 staying at Villa Sanatorini and it was perfect. Everyone had plenty of space, the views were wonderful and the kids loved being able to walk down to the beach whenever they wanted. We stayed in late April so the weather was a bit unpredictable, but it was a great get-a-way. Conveniently located. We visited the Indiana Dunes State Park and next time plan to take the train into Chicago. This is the perfect extended family vacation spot! The only downside to the property is that it is not handicapped accessible and the driveway does not allow for easy unloading. Overall, it is a place that we will definitely look at staying at again with our group!
Holly: Thank you for staying with us! We are glad everything was perfect and that the kids enjoyed the convenience of our direct beach access.
Yes, taking the train to Chicago is really easy and very popular. Ogden Dunes train station is two miles from Villa Santorini, offers free parking, and has regular service to downtown Chicago and most stops along the way. Travel time from Ogden Dunes to Randolph/Michigan is approximately one hour.
Since we are on the top of a dune, unfortunately, we are not ADA compliant. However, unloading/loading is relatively easy when parking at the top of the driveway and using either the 8ft kitchen sliding door or the 36in front door.
We look forward to your next visit!
Great weekend getaway with friends
Our hosts were fabulous and catered to our every whim.
Thank you for staying with us and the kind words. We are passionate about offering the best Lake Michigan beachfront vacation rental experience for our guests and strive for continuous improvement. Your group is welcome back any time at any of our properties!
Jim and Hilary
Fantastic house, beach not as described
Hillary and Jim do a great job of maintaining this beautiful house. It was spotlessly clean and every thing you can think of was provided--firewood, paper towels, etc. They were very responsive to any questions/requests. However, there was one large thing we were unhappy about--the location. It is listed as having private access to the beach and there is a path along the side of the house that adjoins the national lakeshore. However, immediately in front of the house is a large parking lot and a large public beach. The beach is full and the beachgoers continue on down the beach for several hundred yards from where the "private" path hits the beach, so you have to walk a long ways to get to a quiet, not crowded, spot (not private, just less crowded). In addition there is a restaurant/bar that has live music some evenings, which is loud enough to be heard clearly from Villa Santorini's deck. The music wasn't bad, but depending on your taste in music you may or may not like it. Since neither the description of Villa Santorini or the photos reveal the parking lot and public beach, we were shocked and felt somewhat deceived. It definitely was not full disclosure. The house was fantastic but the location was not, and based on our 15 years of renting beachfront homes on Lake Michigan, we felt it wasn't worth the price.
Thank you for your kind words! We appreciate you feed back and are glad that your family had an excellent time at one of our properties. We welcome you back any time!
Villa Santorini has direct beach access and amazing 270 degree views of Lake Michigan, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (soon to be America's 61st National Park!), and the Chicago Skyline. In the state of Indiana, there is no such thing as "private beach access" since all beaches and access points are municipally owned either by the city, state, or the federal government (as in the case of the National Park). As you can imagine, the little beach concession stand is very popular with sunbathers and boaters during the hot, Summer season. However, it is very well managed, closes at 8pm sharp every night, and does offer patrons live "classic rock" music by a one-person band on Wednesday nights from 5:30pm to 8pm in June, July, and August (as long as it is not raining). We have received many praises and compliments from our guests who love the convenience and friendly, beachy-atmosphere of this little neighborhood hotspot.
Yes, on any given hot July weekend, all the local beaches are very popular. We tell all our guests, just like you mentioned, if you want to find a spot on the beach all to yourself with no one around, you need to head a little farther down the pristine national lakeshore beach.
Villa Santorini does offer its guests the best of both worlds: stay closer and be amongst other friendly-family beachgoers or walk a little farther to find that perfect beach spot for managed solitude!
Thank you again and hope to see you soon!
Jim and Hilary
Fantastic for family reunion
We had our family reunion at Villa Santorini during a brutal cold snap and so cannot comment on any of the outdoor-ness but the house itself was lovely! The wood burning stoves + central heat kept the whole house toasty warm in spite of -15 wind chill. The kitchen is extremely well equipped (magically so, actually, for a rental). Hilary was super-helpful and immediately responsive to any questions we had. The house has been very thoughtfully supplied with everything you need - from extra beach towels to board games - for a perfect vacation. The whole house is a top-notch renovation - high end appliances, fixtures, media, etc. Classy all the way.
Two things to keep in mind if you are thinking of booking this property:
1. Although the house absolutely can sleep 30 people, it might not be in an ideal configuration. There are two HUGE "view" bedrooms, and then 5 small bedrooms. If the grownups in your group want the view bedrooms to themselves, you'll be giving up a fair bit of supplemental sleeping space. If you are willing to give up a master bedroom to the kids, you can accommodate a lot more sleeping bodies. You could easily add 2 queen airbeds to each of the king bed master suites, but none of the smaller bedrooms can accommodate an airbed. One has 4 twin beds, the others all sleep 2 people in queen beds. Just something to think about. We were able to put two airbeds in the media room.
2. The house has a cool, eco-friendly ozone based washing machine. It runs on cold water only, no detergent. Great for the planet, great for light wash needs. Not great for anything truly dirty. Spaghetti sauce and grease stains did not come out in the wash. If you are traveling with kids you will want to pack heavily enough to not need to do laundry, or you'll want to factor in a laundromat visit so you can blast detergent, bleach and hot water through your baby food disasters. Of course if you come in the summer the kids can wear a bathing suit all week and there won't be any laundry!
Elisabeth: Thank you for your thoughtful review of Villa Santorini! We enjoyed hosting your family reunion and welcome you back to stay at any one of our properties. As you know, we specialize in multi-generational family reunions, milestone anniversaries and birthdays, friend's getaways, and corporate retreats.
1. Villa Santorini sleeps 18 people in private beds. The extra sleeping space is accommodated by high-rise, premium, queen-size Aerobeds with built-in headboards and all bedding. They are easy to use and very convenient with their built-in pumps that both inflate and deflate. Families and groups love the flexibility of putting them wherever and whenever.
2. Guests rave about our planet-friendly Ozone-based washers! They save the planet from harmful chemicals found in detergents and bleach, save natural gas required to heat the water, and get whites remarkable white and colors clean and vibrant. We have never had any complaints about our laundry systems ability to get clothes clean. On a personal note, we have a very messy toddler and use the same system in our home!
Thank you again!
Jim and Hilary
Just as advertised. Recommend highly.
Perfect for family reunions and other group events. Has all the "extra nice" amenities most of us do not have at our primary residences.
Bill: It was great meeting you and your family. Thank you for staying with us and braving the cold November winds! I bet it was comforting to have two high-efficiency wood burning stoves and an outdoor fireplace with an ample supply of seasoned oak hardwood to provide even more radiant heat and ambiance! We look forward to seeing you again when it's warm out.
all the best,
Jim and Hilary
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