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The Poplars. 15 Steps and Your Toes Are In The Sand! Right on North Beach!

Bedrooms 4
Space 850 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Offering 2 and 3 Night Stays!!! 4 Bedrooms, Spectacular Spa Bathroom

Just a 15 second stroll to North Beach!

WIFI......Central Air-Conditioning

Sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms.

All NEW beds. Bed Linens, Bath Towels and Beach Towels...ALL provided.

Lots of UPDATES coming to The Poplars for Summer 2018 just to make your stay more pleasant:

New 49" 4K TV

New Dolby Atmos Surround Sound System in Living Room

New Granite Countertops in Kitchen

New Kitchen Flooring

TV in Kids Room for Video Gaming

Explore the many reasons to stay at our beautiful cottage in South Haven, Michigan.

It's more than the Blueberry Festival or picture-perfect sunsets, more than the best ice cream or the art shows — it's a safe-haven from the rest of the world where time slows down as boats glide past on the Black River, a place where good friends meet for wine tasting and to talk late into the night. It's a place to relax, recharge, and enjoy living for a while! Welcome.

Poplars Cottage is ideally located just off the main beach road, Lake Shore Drive, literally seconds from one of the finest white-powder sand beaches in the U.S.

Our cottage features:

The Great Room- Smart TV and room to relax! High-speed Internet, standard Cable central A/C and heat, and a washer/ dryer.

Four Bedrooms

Three Feature Queen Beds

One Features a Bunk Bed with a Full and a Twin

All beds replaced in 2017 with custom King Koil™ luxury


Totally renovated bathroom with a spa-style shower (wall/hand-held, rain can, and body spray). The six function spa shower has (a) multi-setting wall / hand-held shower combo; (b) overhead rain-can shower; and, (c) four body sprays; plus combinations of any two functions. Plus, ever-changing backlit “sunset” onyx stone and limitless hot-water system.

Full kitchen with dishwasher

Central A/C and Heat


Outdoor shower for rinsing sand

Built sometime around 1920, the Poplars Cottage has been in our family for four generations.

For over 100 years visitors have been vacationing in the beach cottages of South Haven. The Poplars Cottage continues this great tradition by providing an exciting beach house experience for our guests.

Come, sample the essence of South Haven:

it’s History, Flavor, Watercolor Sunsets and So Much More!

More Details

Property Manager
Debbie Masterson
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2018


South Haven Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • We provide 1 mandatory parking pass for your stay. The pass allows parking on the residential lot and streets, however there is no reserved parking.
  • No pets! Not even for a Visit!
  • Maximum Occupancy Rate must be honored. Additional people are not allowed on property.
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Spectacular Spa Shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Bunk Bed
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
All Homes on North Beach must display a Weekly Beach Parking Pass. We provide one complimentary Pass for your stay. This pass allows you to park anywhere on North Beach and in South Haven without feeding the meters. Parking on North Beach is public. There are no assigned parking spaces. If you need additional passes we recommend you arrive a little early and purchase your pass at the Police Station. You will need $30.00 exact change and the state and license plate number. Or you may park on North Shore Drive for free and never have to move your car. Just a 30 second stroll away.


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The Poplars. 15 Steps and Your Toes Are In The Sand! Right on North Beach!
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

Great house and location!

  • 5 of 5

Spent a week in this house with my wife and three kids (ages 3-7). The home is in great condition, with the property manager and owner available to make sure all is operating as it should. We had zero problems with the house. The location to north beach is really fantastic allowing for us to quickly run kids back from the beach for naps, snacks, etc. I was expecting a reenactment of the movie Summer Rental since the house is on the access path to the beach, but it is only utilized by the handful of homes in the immediate we hardly noticed anyone walking through. Everyone was so friendly...especially the next door neighbors on both sides who own their homes. Great back patio with grill that we used several times. The property manager, Debbie, lives a couple doors down and welcomed us to the area as well as made sure we were taken care of throughout our stay...providing some great recommendations on things to do with the kids and places to eat. Can't say enough about the location and the downtown area is only a couple minutes away (with lots of restaurants, ice cream shops, etc.) to keep us all entertained. South Haven is our new go to for summer vacation.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Mike for the wonderful review. A BIG thank you for choosing The Poplars for your Summer holiday. We are elated when families have a delightful time at the cottage. So happy you mentioned the quiet beach path located right outside the backgate. The Poplars is surrounded by Summer residents, so our end of the beach is very quiet too. Many families start their day at the shoreline looking for beach glass and Petoskey stones. They just leave their umbrella and toys by the waters edge and return to the cottage for lunch. Afterwards they stroll back to the beach and enjoy the rest of the day playing in glorious Lake Michigan. And no bluff or endless set of steps to get to North Beach. Just a short level walk and your toes are in the sand. Our guests really appreciate the new beds, new bed linens, new pillows, and new, big fluffy bath towels. We also provide beach towels and additional towels for your use in the outdoor shower. Saves lots of room in your car for your personal items so you don't have to pack all those towels. South Haven offers many choices for family fun off the beach too. Restaurants, Kids Corner, art classes, boat cruises, blueberry picking, sailing lessons, horse back riding, ice cream!!!!! All are very close to The Poplars. You and your family took such good care of the cottage. We so appreciate that. We are looking forward to seeing you again. Send some pics of the kids at the beach. We would love to see how much they have grown, when you return next year!
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A perfect place for our family to enjoy a getaway to Michigan!

  • 5 of 5

Our family decided to take a trip to Lake Michigan. We had never been there before but it looked beautiful. When searching VRBO, we found this property, and it was the perfect fit for us! My husband, daughter and son-in-law, and their two children (ages 5 and 2) and I rented the house for four days. It was wonderful! Everyone had a beautiful bedroom...the kids even had a bunk bed and a TV in their room. The spa-like shower was welcome at the end of the day. We were literally steps from the beach, so we made many trips there, even if it was just for a few minutes. The kitchen was remodeled and well-suited for us to enjoy meals there. Or, we could eat on the patio and enjoy the Michigan sun. There was a washer and dryer there for our use, as well as an outdoor shower to rinse off the Lake Michigan sand. Debbie, the manager, lived just a few houses away, and would stop to chat if we were outside, and would check to see if we needed anything. She gave us recommendations on things to do, and places to visit. It truly was a great place to stay, and if we ever travel to Lake Michigan again, we most definitely will rent this house!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great home right on the beach!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful vacation! The absolute best part about this place is the location. It literally is 15 steps from the beach. Grab your towel and in a few minutes you are swimming! Being that close makes things very convenient. You don’t need to pack a big cooler full of food and drinks and haul it down to the beach, you just pop back to the cottage for lunch! North Beach itself is very nice. Plenty of room for a lot of people, but not too crowded. The ice cream shop is perfect for a treat or a snack and there is also kayak and paddle board rentals right on the beach. You right next to the Black River, so you can for a walk along the river or out to the lighthouse on the pier. The sunsets are absolutely gorgeous and make this spot a place to remember.

This house is amazing. We felt like we were staying at a friend’s, not just renting a place. Everything was so comfortable and so convenient. Debbie makes everything super easy and makes you feel like you are one of the neighbors. We had an incredible time and we can’t wait to go back next year!

The pictures do not do the house justice. It’s cozy, but there is easily enough room for 8 people. Three of the bedrooms have queen sized beds and they are very comfortable. We loved all the windows in each bedroom too. The kids room has a bunkbed, its own TV, and enough room to give them their own space in the house. Your little ones might argue over who gets the top bunk, but other than that, everyone will be happy. The living room has space for most of your crew to watch TV or relax with some music. The entertainment options are very modern with everything you could need: cable TV, Netflix, Chromecast, digital music channels, etc. The wifi in the house worked flawlessly our whole trip.

The kitchen and dining area was perfect! Everything you could ever need is included: dishes, silverware, cups, pots & pans, etc. Other than food, you don’t have to pack anything else! The large dining room table is a great place to gather for meals or to play games after the sun goes down. There is a big gas grill on the back patio and enough patio furniture for everyone too! The bathroom has been recently remodeled and the spa shower is awesome. In addition to the main shower head, there are jets on the walls and a rainfall shower head on the ceiling. It is incredibly relaxing.

Overall, this cottage has everything you could ask for and it was the perfect vacation. Can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful home so close to the beach!

  • 5 of 5

We truly loved staying at this property - it is an easy walk to the beach down a short path. The house was clean, updated and had everything we needed for a perfect beach getaway!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location!!

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 8 had a great time at the Poplars! We came out for a friday wedding and they were nice to let us check in early to get ready. The location was perfect for an entire day and night lounging on the beach. We were happy to use the beach umbrella that was at the house too. The kitchen had everything we needed to prepare our meals. The living room and back patio were great hang out areas. The only downfalls were spotty internet, parking( there isnt a spot for a car in front of the house and the 1 parking pass they provide wasn't extremely helpful because many of the beach lots were full), and one bathroom (it's a nice one though!) is hard for 8 people. However, we had a fabulous vacation in South Haven and would definitely recommend this spot for a beach holiday.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Erin, Thank you for the wonderful review. Love that you enjoyed your stay at The Poplars. We were happy to let you have an early arrival. We were hoping it would help you with your travels to the wedding. The best feature of The Poplars is the proximity to the beach. A 15 second stroll and your toes are in the sand! The internet is a Comcast issue. They tell us they are not able to upgrade the quality of the service until they upgrade the lines at the poles. Can be frustrating but we have found if everyone doesn't use their device at the same time then the signal is stronger. The parking is usually not an issue unless its around July 4th. We provide a complimentary parking pass so the guest doesn't have to take the time or the expense of getting one. The Poplars is located 25 feet from a beach lot. All vehicles must have a beach parking sticker to park on North Beach so that helps alleviate the pressure on the number of available parking spaces. The Poplars is located in an historic district. Most of us, even those of us living here, do not have reserved spots. It is just a problem around July 4th when everyone wants to be in South Haven. Thank you again for choosing The Poplars for your Summer holiday. Please come back again! Debbie
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We loved the location! It was handy to be able to walk back and forth from the beach to the house!

  • 5 of 5

The house had everything we needed! Beach towels, coffee pot, games and very nice shower!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $130

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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