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Four by the Shore - A cheerful beach bungalow! Book now for June and save $100

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps 8

Come and stay at this delightful two bedroom-bedroom cutie that

sleeps 5-7 and

is very close to the beach! This non-smoking property is on a very

nice street just two

blocks from the South Beach and only four blocks to downtown

restaurants and shopping!

We cater to the ACTIVE family with a garage full of great

activities: bikes, beach toys, boogie board, gas grill, etc!). We

have a hammock in the shaded back yard with beautiful trees, a

screened-in back porch, great for sleeping, morning coffee and the

newspaper, or entertaining late into the evening! Rinse the sand off in our outdoor shower! It features an

open floor plan, a full-featured kitchen

and hardwood floors. With a new furnace and air conditioner, it is

perfect for year round fun!

Our properties all provide maximum comfort, convenience, and an

emphasis on recreation. Besides the bikes and beach toys, we provide

games and books for rainy days, cable and dvd, and the location is

so ideal that it allows you the freedom to spend your morning at the

beach, afternoon shopping or biking, and evening strolling into town

for dinner, a movie, shopping, whatever! There's so much to see and


More Details

Sheila Wood
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 27, 2017

About Sheila Wood

We are an active family living in Michigan. We have been in the bicycle business for 28 years, and I grew up in South Haven, two blocks from this cottage. I teach high school English, and our kids are big fans of the big blue lake! We invite you to discover why we love this part-tranquil, part-high energy fun, beach town!

Sheila Wood purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Sheila Wood chose Southwest Michigan

We bought this cottage because we were out for a walk one day near the beach and discovered this cute little cottage sitting there with the for sale sign out front. We peeked in the windows and noticed that it had a pleasing floor plan, adorable porches, and a sweet little back yard! I was curious about that little window upstairs, however, so with a boost from my husband, (the house was vacant!!), I climbed up to peek inside and discovered there was an attic space that I immediately envisioned would make a fun loft for kids! Some dickering and it was ours! We immediately gutted the kitchen and added a half bath, built a garage to store all of the bikes, boards, beach toys and grill, added a back patio, and the next year, built that loft! We ended up buying the vacant lot next door as well giving us lots of elbow room. We are very happy with this cottage and love coming here every chance we get! We think you will like it, too.

What makes this cottage unique

It's the perfect place to read a book, make smores by the fire, make cosmos and play cards on the back porch at night to the sound of the waves nearby, for kids to have their OWN special place up the spiral staircase where they can have full control of their own remote, bean bag chair, games and floor space! Its location allows you to make spontaneous decisions about whether to go downtown or the beach, since both are just a skip down the road. This is a town that will let you simplify, relax, and reconnect. Come here often!!


South Haven Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Outdoor shower - outdoor shower , Hot and cold water, shampoo and soap, right by a clothesline
    2nd Bath - toilet , A toilet, sink, full length mirror, and room to get ready.
    Full Bathroom, main floor - toilet , tub , shower , Glass bricks in the shower allow light w/privacy!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Charming with closet space, a dresser, and a big mirror.
    Loft bedroom - 3 twin/ single , Kid heaven with a t.v., bean bag chair, and loft living!
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Where do I begin?! We packed a LOT of value and amenities into this adorable, well-situated cottage! This non-smoking property is ideal for a family of five or two couples. Sleeping arrangements include 1 queen bed, three twin beds, and one very comfortable queen-sized and one twin-sized futon sofa. There's a garage with bikes, beach toys, a grill, and more! A brand new washer and dryer. Outdoor areas include a beautiful, private shaded back yard with a fire pit and patio, and a screened in back porch with wicker furnishings to enjoy the fresh air and listen to the waves two blocks away. The kitchen is brand new with white cabinets, new stove, microwave and dishwasher. The upbeat FUN design of the place will keep your spirits high! You may not want to leave. We have games, cable t.v. including HBO, etc. (LOTS OF CHANNELS!), a stereo, air conditioning, and great books! We supply sheets, linens, etc. This is a wonderful place!


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(25 traveler reviews)

Four by the Shore - A cheerful beach bungalow! Book now for June and save $100
average rating of 4.6 based on 25 reviews

Great family/friend get away!!

  • 5 of 5

Such a great location to downtown and the beach and the house was so wonderful!

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy cottage and great location.

  • 3 of 5

Comfortable home with lots of charm.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fun Fall Break

  • 5 of 5

We had a great fall break with our 3 kids and dog at this cottage. We walked to the lake, basketball courts and playground plus downtown many times. We loved the location! We used the bikes a few times and fire pit once. It was cold outside but great fall weather. We went atv riding & on a jeep ride through the dunes. The house was close to town and we walked to most of our meals. We made great memories during the low season in South Haven.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Downers Grove, IL

Great location for biking to Kal-haven trail

  • 4 of 5

Cute little cottage in a great location. We used the cottage in the fall and rode our bicycles from the house to the kal-haven trails. Owners responded quickly to our questions.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ballwin, Mssouri, USA

Comfy, cozy cottage!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay so much. It was so nice being walking distance to the beach and to downtown. Having bicycles available was also a treat! Loved the trail to Van Buren State Park! Having a screened-in porch was also a plus. Nice to sit out there and read. Kitchen had everything you could possibly need. My husband and I would definitely like to come back sometime!

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Great location, well stocked home.

  • 5 of 5

This house is in a great location in South Haven. Easy walk down to the water and easy walk to town in an nice neighborhood. Loved that there were plenty of beach chairs for watching the sunset over the water. Home is small but roomy. Easily slept the 5 of us for a girls weekend.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Kalamazoo, MI or Grand Rapids, MI
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Nearest Train
25 Miles
St. Joseph, MI
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Blue Star Hwy
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Nearest Ski
1.5 Miles
Kal-Haven Trail X-C
Nearest Beach
600 Metres
South Beach (2 blocks)
Car: not necessary
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Biking on Kal-Haven.

* Paddle Surfing!.

* Swimming & Sunbathing.

* Go Antiquing or peruse our charming shops!.

* Biking on our beach cruisers!.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Biking on our tandem & beach cruisers!.

* Smores on the fire pit!.

* Hit the beach!.

* Play volleyball!.

* Take walks and watch sunsets!.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Kids' Park is just a few blocks away!.

* Bring your pails and shovel to the beach!.

* Art classes at the downtown Art Center!.

* Pick blueberries!.

* Go biking on our bikes!.

We're two blocks from the South Beach which features a playground, and concession stand; four blocks walk from downtown;

four blocks walk to the Children's Park (GREAT park!); and 2 blocks

to St. Basil's Church.)

We include bikes with helmets, beach toys, and more to keep you

thoroughly active and entertained! The Kal-Haven trail is just over

one mile from the cottage!


Rates & Availability

South Haven Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer Rates 2017
May 30 2017 - Aug 31 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
5 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 4 2017 - Sep 5 2017
2 night minimum stay
Fall/Winter Rates
Sep 6 2017 - May 25 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Pet Fee $100
Property Damage Protection $99

This is a NONSMOKING property. Thank you for not smoking.

We typically only rent by the week in summer. Occasionally we make exceptions in early June or late August.
Cancellation Policy:
If we are able to rent the property during your allotted time, you will be reimbursed for any days we were able to book, minus a $100 cancellation fee. We will actively pursue another rental by updating our calendar and calling anyone who requested those dates, once you confirm your cancellation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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