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The Sheppard Chalets on Diamond Lake, Michigan - Private/Beach Lake Access/NICE!

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Cassopolis House Rental Photos and Description

House 1 - 3 Bedrooms/2 Baths; Sleeps 8 House 2: 3 Bed; 2 baths; Sleeps 8

****PLEASE EMAIL ME FOR AVAILABILITY; I WILL RESPOND WITHIN 24 HRS.....WE STILL HAVE SUMMER 2016 DATES AVAILABLE AT HOUSE NO 1 & 2 (both pictured). FILLED DATES ON CALENDER MEANS ALL HOUSES ARE BOOKED DURING THAT TIME FRAME. Also, some listings are now being charged a traveler fee when using automatic bookings ....we are NOT charging our guests this fee!! We accept payment (with no VRBO fees) through PayPal or check!!! ******

Get a taste of the good life with one of the best holiday retreats southwest Michigan has to offer at the 'Sheppard Chalets'. Cass County is blessed with the largest lake of southwest Michigan's Lower Peninsula, Diamond Lake! Just 2 hours from Chicago and only 25 minutes from Notre Dame!!! Enjoy the game, the lake and a round or two of golf all in one weekend!

House 1: Newly remodeled in 2016! Gorgeous! Can sleep up to 8: 3 Bedroom/2 full Bath w/ jacuzzi, approx. 1600 s.f. home, that sits on the first hole of the DIAMOND LAKE GOLF Course!! Master bedroom suite with king size bed, ceiling fan, masterbath with jacuzzi and walk in shower; 2nd bedroom has a day bed w/ extra mattress and full bed, and 3rd bedroom has a Queen size bed. Full Size Laundry closet along with amazing huge professional kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, brand new cabinets, amazing granite island with sink, and dining room next to 2nd bathroom with shower. Also outdoor firepit, gas grill, outdoor patio, and amazing views of the Diamond Lake Golf Course!! Walk to Dussell's farmers market, our private beach, or just walk out the backyard to the DL golf course and ice cream shop for those after dinner treats!

House 2: Will sleep 8 in beds; this home also faces the 1st hole of the Diamond Lake Golf course, with approx. 1600 square fee and all on one level. Features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, one with a Jacuzzi tub and walk-in shower. Will sleep 8 comfortably, with a King, Full, and 4 twins. Open floor plan with stainless steel kitchen and huge master bedroom with fireplace, walk-in closet. Beautiful 3 season room faces the Diamond Lake Golf Course and just three homes down, is House no 2! Enjoy the outdoor fire pit and picnic table, a round of 9 hole golf for only $12, or your favorite ice cream at the clubhouse! Private association park and sandy beach is only 4 blocks away!

Diamond Lake's shores have sandy beaches and a public marina with a boat launch and various water sports to offer. Be sure to check out the Park Shore Marina for all your boating pleasures!! The marina offers all types of water sport rentals, boat launching, and pier rental. Enjoy the newly remodeled Cafe!! Explore the lake with a ferry ride to Diamond Isle and view the beautiful lake front homes all around the lake. Even golf lovers will have a grand time at your choice of 2 spectacular golf courses, either the new 18 hole Park Shore Golf Club or the 9 hole Diamond Lake Golf Club. Bring your bikes for a scenic tour around beautiful Diamond Lake!

The historic town's downtown area and neighboring Dowagiac has all the amenities with plenty of options for gourmets and shopaholics alike. The town of Jones in St. Joseph County has the spectacular Swiss Valley Ski Resort (just 10 miles) with several lifts and tall skiiing peaks for all the fun of skiing or snowboarding. And those with a taste for wine will enjoy the fact you are staying in the Michigan Wine Country and most wineries offer fabulous wine-tasting tours! A 25 minute drive will get you to Notre Dame and South Bend, Lake Michigan, and Amish Country in Shipshawana. Enjoy a fun day of shopping or enjoy the brand new water park!!

Absolutely one of the best kept secrets in the mid-west....Diamond Lake is only two hours from Chicago!! Make yourself at will absolutely fall in love with either of these romantic Michigan get-a-aways and want to come back year after year!! Recreation apart, simply relax and enjoy looking at the sunset and sip on a sparkling wine while hanging out at the park wondering which of the two - the Michigan wine or Diamond Lake's waters - glisten and sparkle more!

Please email me for any questions....thanks for looking!


Terri and Dave :-)

Keywords: Home, cottage, lake house, cabin

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
Terri (Owner)
Member since: 2004
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Speaks: english

About Terri

We've always wanted to build our own cabin in the woods in 1994 our dream came true!!

Terri purchased this house in 2008

Why Terri chose Southwest Michigan

We absolutely fell in love with Diamond Lake and from the moment we pulled up onto our tree lined street, we were sold! We bought our land in 1994 and started building our 'cabin in the woods' in 1996. It was a great little rustic cabin and being only 2 hours from Chicago, it was our home away from home! It took about 4 years to build on the weekends, and off time, and by 2000 it was done!! But in 2001, the area was devasted by a tornado and we lost 14 trees on our property! The home was built so strong though that the only damage was a little roof damage and our porch. So we tore down the porch and in 2002 added a 30x40 family room, basement, front and back porch. Our little cabin turned into a big cabin and we actually lived there for a short time in 2003. But in 2004 we moved back to the Chicago area, and decided to rent it out so that others could enjoy our beautiful custom built home and the great Diamond Lake area! We also have two other gorgeous homes, completely remodeled and updated, facing the Diamond Lake Golf course that we rent out too!! Our newest home, House 3, is pictured here and we just started taking rentals in July 2016.

What makes this house unique

So, after a day of boating or fishing on beautiful 1029 acre Diamond Lake, sit back and unwind and enjoy a great barbeque on the back deck and roast marshmellows on the outdoor fire pit. You'll want to come back year after year, and soon our home will feel like your home! We hope you enjoy it!!

Dave & Terri

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Terri & Dave,

Thanks for much for the use of your beautiful home again. It is so comfortable - truly a home away from home! And the new bathroom is awesome! We will definately be back next summer! Thanks again!
Aug 2006
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based on 17 traveler reviews

The Sheppard Chalets on Diamond Lake, Michigan - Private/Beach Lake Access/NICE!
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews

Best Family Vacation - Ever!! Amazing accommodations and setting!

  • 5 of 5

We brought our family, kids and grands- 15 of us! Rented both houses- super convenient and great accommodations. The lake was beautiful, we rented a pontoon, went tubing and skiing- a very friendly place and not overrun with boats. We had campfires at night, guys golfed and there's an Ice cream shop out the back door!! Highly recommend the location and the houses are well kept, the one was newly remodeled- very nice! Plenty of rroom and lots to do! And we brought the dogs too!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wyoming, MI

Perfect Choice for our Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Highly recommend House #2. We recently stayed there with our 3 sons, a friend, and his son. The house was everything we needed and the cleanest rental house I've ever stayed in. As the only female on the trip, I'd have to say the master suite was worth the price of admission alone. My husband and his buddy enjoyed cooking in the kitchen and the use of the grill. The kids were really pleased with the private beach area, the fire pit, in the back yard, and the screen porch was the perfect place for all of us to gather to play board games and cards. And my 7 year old and I took advantage of the fact the wild raspberry bushes right next to the driveway were full of ripe tasty fruit. The neighborhood was very quiet and nice. We enjoyed walking around, checking out the houses around the lake after dinner. And four of the guys loved that they could walk right out the back door and head to the golf club house for 9 holes of golf. . .for only $5 each! That's unheard of! Would definitely recommend and would definitely rent again if we stay in the area.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Roselle, Illinois

Jessica S.

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect. We planned a relaxing bachelorette party for a group of girls and it fit our needs perfectly. The house was updated with ample amounts of space. It's closely located to the private beach, lake, and downtown area. I would recommend this house to anyone and will hopefully be coming back in the future. Thank you for preparing a beautiful house for all of us!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kalamazoo, MI.

Great Place for a Girls Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Dear Terri and Dave -

Thanks so much for renting us your home. My girlfriends and I had a wonderful time during our stay. The house is beautiful and there was more than enough room for all six of us. We especially enjoyed cooking our meals in your outdoor kitchen, and relaxing on the patio. Thanks also for working with us to accommodate the dates we needed. That made our trip planning much easier.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Time

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I had such a wonderful time staying at the smaller property. It was the perfect size for all 5 of us. It was close to the lake so we could walk and take a boat off of the marina. We enjoyed the farmer's market, ice cream shop and many wineries around the area. Thanks for such a wonderful place to stay and relax!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York, New York

Loved our stay here

  • 5 of 5

My family joined my sister's family at House 2 for a few days - a wonderful family reunion. The house completely lived up to our expectations, shaped by the VRBO listing which proved to be 100% accurate.

The house was very clean, very comfortable, and made for a very pleasant stay. The location near the lake and right on a great little public golf course made it perfect for our young sons, who rode their scooters through the neighborhood and really enjoyed the freedom of the country atmosphere. The folks at the golf course were incredibly nice and very welcoming - the clubhouse is a minute's walk from House 2, and we made that walk frequently because the clubhouse doubles as a wonderful ice cream parlor :)

The bbq grill outside the screened-in porch was put to good use, and we really enjoyed the fire pit in the backyard.

There were a couple little issues - the face of a kitchen drawer came off in my hand the first time I opened it. The screws holding the face were too short to do the job. Tried to fix it myself but no luck, and I'm afraid the owner might have thought this was done carelessly or on purpose - it was not. Same thing with the faucet handle in the tub of the (beautiful) master bath - it literally snapped off in my wife's hand as she tried to shut off the water. Again, this was obviously not done on purpose but I'm afraid it may have ticked off the owner. Also on the very minor side - the long knives in the kitchen were all "dull," and the cable system did not include ESPN so we had to watch to World Cup games on my iPad.

We stayed busy during the day and chilled in the backyard around the fire pit at night. Diamond Lake was warm and clean in late June - the highlight of our stay was the afternoon we rented a pontoon boat and explored the lake, stopping at the sand bar for an hour to swim and relax. Our youngest son used the fishing poles provided by the host and caught a decent-sized bass, which we grilled and enjoyed that evening.

All in all, we can heartily recommend this house for folks looking for a traditional lake community getaway.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank so much for the nice comments! Apologies on the cable and kitchen knives - both have been upgraded! :-). The door and shower valve has since been repaired (no hard feelings) and so glad you got to enjoy the ice cream parlor just outside our back door! It's been a welcome addition to the clubhouse, but you need to get there right after dinner so you don't have wait in line, LOL!! But thankfully it's open until 10:00 for that awesome late night "home-made tasting" ice cream treat! And I ended up leaving the 2 fishing poles and tackle box in the master bedroom closet so now others can use and enjoy them too! :-)
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Cassopolis House Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Holidays/Notre Dame weekends: $400/night $500 Security Deposit locks in date; returned w/i 2-3 wks of stay upon inspection. Cleaning fee deducted if you don't clean; full refund if do own cleaning!

Cancellation policy: deposit locks in your date. If you cancel 120 days prior to your stay, full refund. Within 120 days of refund is only given if I can find an alternate renter. Will allow another date to be selected in same year upon availability. Will forfeit deposit if a replacement does not get booked.

House 1: Nov-April $350.00/night (3 night min); $2400 Week; Peak season: May-October $375.00/night; (3 night min) $2600.00/wk; (House 2 is a little more as it's closer to the lake, with granite counters, custom cabinets, island, and everything is brand new :-))

HOUSE 2: Nov-April $325.00/night (3 night min); $2200 Week; Peak season: May-October $350.00/night; (3 night min) $2400.00/wk;

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Cassopolis House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
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  • Child's Highchair
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  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • House 1 - 2 Full Baths one w/ Jacuzzi tub and walk in shower - handicap accessible House 2 - 2 Full Baths one w/ jacuzzi tub and walk in shower - handicap accessible
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • House 1 - King, Queen, Queen, Full, Twin and Extra Mattress Home 2 - King, Full, 4 Twins and Pack and Play.
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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
Boat ride on owner Bennington pontoon may be available upon request; one hour ride around DL; $150 extra if available.

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