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Dan & Jackie Minaghan

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

Beach Across The Street.

17 Reviews
Sleeps13
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Overview

Southwest Michigan House Rental Photos and Description

5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 13

Unique house sits directly in front of beach access with a limited amount of steps to get to the beach. Surrounded by enormous pine trees, winding sidewalks, outdoor shower to wash off the sand from the beach, campfire pit, fish pond, 2 very large outside decks and another large screened porch on the inside.

Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Dan & Jackie Minaghan (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Dan & Jackie Minaghan

We bought this home to make memories. We have a large family and we love nothing more than to share it with friends.

Dan & Jackie Minaghan purchased this house in 1995

Why Dan & Jackie Minaghan chose Southwest Michigan

Union Pier is close enough to everything. The house is so unique, but what sold us was that the beach was so close. Just grab a beach towel, sunscreen and a drink and off you go. The fact that the steps were not numerous or steep was an added bonus with a landing right there to just sit and watch the sunset if you didn't want to get sand on your feet.

What makes this house unique

We have worked very hard to make this our home away from home. When our grown up children visit they love having their own bathrooms. The older grandchildren love to sleep upstairs and enjoy their private loft area. Whether listening to the waterfall, feeding the fish, making smores at the fire pit, this home will surely fit your lifestyle.

Reviews

5
based on 17 traveler reviews

Beach Across The Street.
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews
5

Perfect for a large family reunion

  • 5 of 5

This cottage has 4 bathrooms that was a big help with this crowd. We had people from 80 to 9 and all were comfortable. Singing around the fire pit was great as was the hot tub if anyone needed any further relaxing. There is ample seating in the living room and it has a super HD tv for watching the Cubbies.

Short of the lakefront, this location was very handy for beach access being just kitty corner across the street. The owner is great to work with & my damage deposit was returned in days.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fun beach cottage rental

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at this cottage. There is room for a ton of people; my grandkids loved the loft. The screened front porch is great for relaxing with fans and plenty of chairs. The deck on the side has two tables and is is nice to sit on in the morning with coffee. The location is great for the beach with the access almost right across the street. The beds had good mattresses(very important!) and there are 4 baths.The main living area has tons of seating and the kitchen is pretty well stocked with pans, plates,etc(maybe get a few more wineglasses). The hot tub is a nice extra. We fed the fish in the little pond and there were birds with babies in the birdhouse. My only quibble is a small one and quite common in rentals we have stayed at. The grill grates were rusted, so we bought a grate at the hardware store and put it on top of existing ones so we could use the grill.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Naperville, il
5

Girls weekend

  • 5 of 5

Everything was great. Great spot the beach was right across the street. Nice layout for everyone to enjoy. Winery and good restaurants in walking distance.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Naperville, il
5

Girls weekend

  • 5 of 5

Everything was great. Great spot the beach was right across the street. Nice layout for everyone to enjoy. Winery and good restaurants in walking distance.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

AMAZING PLACE FOR RELAXATION

  • 5 of 5

This is an ideal place for getting away and just relaxing. The house is beautiful, the inside and outside is exactly like the pictures. It was very clean the owner is very friendly. I definitely will recommended this place to my friends and family, also will defiantly be looking into renting it again.

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Chicago, IL
5

Best weekend... EVER!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I stayed here for a surprise 30th birthday that I had planned, and the whole weekend went off without a hitch! Dan and Jackie were more than accommodating and their lovely home was absolutely perfect, especially for entertaining! The home is also located about a mile and a half away from the Round Barn Winery in Union Pier, which given the perfect Fall weather, we were able to walk to and from for a wine tasting. Not to mention the easy access to the beach (across the street) so we could watch the sunset.

I will 100% be contacting Dan in the future to rent this place again, and even had people in my group interested in renting! We didn't want to weekend to end! :)

Many, many thanks Dan and Jackie!

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Your vacation worries are over when you come to Viltis Gardens or otherwise known as Gardens of Hope.

Union Pier is one of the treasures hidden with close proximity to Chicago. With miles of beaches, dunes, state parks, orchards, sight-seeing, casinos, shopping and antiquing Harbor County has a lot to offer.

With our hectic life styles we invite you to join us at our family retreat a place you can call home. There are sp,ay

You will absolutely love how close you are to the beach. Just walk out the door, cross the street and walk down to the beach. This is the perfect house for extended families. With four of the bedrooms downstairs, 3 having their own private baths, grandparents with their adult children and grandchildren love this arrangement.

The home was originally built as just a 13 bedroom rooming house. It was renovated with vaulted ceiling, 13 skylights, huge great room, and custom fireplace. The original transoms on the bedroom doors and wood work add charm to this home. The 3 season room with fans allows one to relax, read or chat. The front wraparound deck has hand carved spindles and is great for watching people walk and bike by. The side deck has 2 tables with umbrellas, an in-line gas grill and a gate so toddlers don't walk off. Included in the yard are a small koi pond with a waterfall and a custom fire pit with seating for 8. If you are there for the month of July and August there are 2 blueberry bushes you can pick from. We have also included a herb garden choose from 9 herbs to enhance your meals.

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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

During the Summer season we rent Friday to Friday only.

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Amenities

Southwest Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master bedroom with jacuzzi
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , private bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , private bathroom
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , views of koi pond and waterfall
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , 3 twin/ single , This is an 800 square foot open loft, which also has a sofa.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
One of our favorite spots is the fire pit that was made with real old Chicago bricks. Telling spooky stories and roasting marshmallows are one of our families favorite night activities. There is seating for 8 people around this and a special metal cover that goes over it for safety. Beach combing. One of our favorite activities. We go hunting for crinoids. (fossilized vertebrae that look like round stones with holes in the center) These are said to only be found in union pier. You can buy them made up in boutiques near by. It seems that everyone loves to collect beach glass, bear claws and drift wood.

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