About Marc Elson
I was raised on a farm in central Michigan. After graduating from high school I attended Central Michigan University and then in 1982 moved to Austin Texas. The first decade while living in Austin I worked in the hotel, restaurant and catering industry. During this time I continued being an avid collector of antiques and folk art. So, in the early nineties, I opened up Architects & Heroes, an antique and interior design sconcept store in Austin. Eventually this led me to develop and create my own line of repurposed lighting and furnishings. In 2013 I returned to Michigan and purchased the property in South Haven. Now I spend half of the year on the property in Michigan collecting antiques, creating and working in my garden and barn studio , and the other back in Texas marketing and selling my products. I feel I have the best of both worlds in two lovely and diverse states.
Marc Elson purchased this Cottage in 2013
Why Marc Elson chose South Haven
I have always enjoyed resort coastal towns. I love being near water, marinas and on the beach. South Haven is a perfect small town with a lot of charm and summer activities to enjoy, and a close proximity to Chicago for when I need my big city fix.
What makes this Cottage unique
I have always lived in old houses and especially love old farmhouses. This is my third renovation. It's such a unique property for the sheer fact that i can be working in my garden and listen to the waves crashing on the beach a half mile behind the barn. The bounty of the farmer's and produce markets are a culinary enthusiast dream. Being outside of the city lights and noise pollution creates a dramatic night of star gazing.. Hiking on one of the many woodland trails. Just down the tree lined street is a family owned blueberry farm where you can pick your own or shop in their "everything blueberry" store. Being in this area brings one closer to the natural environment, it's a slower pace with beautiful natural landscape, healthy food and plenty of fresh air. It's peaceful and quiet. A perfect escape from our sometimes hectic lifestyles.
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Beautiful cottage and amazing hospitality!!!!
We enjoyed staying here for our family of four’s first trip to South Haven. The cottage was charming, beautifully decorated and VERY clean!!!! We enjoyed the pretty grounds, garden and seeing all the butterflies, hummingbirds and squirrels. Marc was the best with communicating with us, giving us great info about all South Haven has to offer and providing every amenity you could want!!! He thought of everything you could need from condiments in the refrigerator to bikes to beach chairs/umbrellas to yard games which we used quite a bit. While it wasn’t directly on the beach, it was so close and convenient to town, just a few minutes away. We even enjoyed biking to the beach with our kids. Although it was a little tricky for a portion of the ride on 76th street where there were no sidewalks, most cars seemed to be courteous of us and the rest of the way was all sidewalks. We were sad to leave this perfect little cottage but are grateful for the wonderful memories we made here. Would definitely recommend! 5 stars!!
Great for Families
Marc is a wonderful host! The house is clean, comfortable, and quick drive to town and the beach! We loved that Marc had beach toys/umbrellas for us to use. Our 2 and 9 year old loved the veggies in the garden, the fire pit, and all the play space to run around in the backyard. This was our second stay here and it was just as great as last time.
The BEST hospitality!
What a gem of a property in South Haven. The thoughtfulness and care put into home is above and beyond what you expect from a vacation rental. This was our first family vacation and we couldn't have asked for a better place. We traveled with our 3 young children and this location was close to town to explore the playgrounds, beaches and blueberry fest. Thanks for an exceptional stay here in South Haven! You are great what you do, Marc!
This place has everything you need for the perfect getaway!
Awesome home and amenities
Marc provided everything we could possibly need and more for our one week stay in this beautiful home. One of the best rentals we’ve ever had. We will definitely be back!
Experience was great and so was Marc
Would rent again! Cottage was nice, had everything we needed for a family of 5.
The house is located less than two mile walk or ride to downtown historic South Haven and the public beaches/ lighthouse Twenty minute drive to Saugatuck and St. Joseph.