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Heated swimming pool, cottage & pool-house, 2 1/2 blocks to Lake Michigan

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,100 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wireless Internet
  • Private Pool


About the property

Heated swimming pool, cottage & coach-house, private Lake MI beach

Only remaining availability for summer 2016 is the week of August 14-21 (7 night minimum rental - no exceptions!). We also have openings in early September after Labor day, between September 13-22. Minimum 3 night rental.

Have a fabulous beach vacation in this beautiful professionally landscaped property, featuring two open and airy homes - a cottage and separate pool-house. Both spaces are bright, clean with modern furnishings. Amazing landscaping provides a garden like oasis. Outdoor fire pit, large playset, and tree swings.

This is the ideal beach vacation destination for a group (up to 12 people for both the cottage and coach-house) that needs more than one home. Enjoy a lovely vacation in idyllic Union Pier while staying in a charming, unique and spacious property. Only 4 minute walk to the private beach of Gowdy Shores, access which is monitored by a security guard. Enjoy endless hours on a gorgeous Lake Michigan private beach, which has significantly less people than nearby public beaches [Note: when comparing rentals it is worthwhile to account for whether the rental comes with private beach access (which this rental does) or public beach access - it makes a big difference].

Cottage has 3 bedrooms - Master Bedroom with 1 king bed; Kids Bedroom with 1 Bunk Bed (Twin over Full, with a Twin Pull-Out Trundle Bed), and Back Bedroom with 1 queen bed. Cottage has kitchen, 2 bathrooms (both have showers, and one has a bathtub), dining room, living room with big-screen TV, and screened-in porch. Cottage has HVAC.

Pool-house rehabbed in 2014 has a loft area with 2 Queen beds. Large and open living room has a pullout sofa. Pool-house also has a bathroom with shower, kitchenette with microwave, mini-refrigerator, and large living room with vaulted ceilings, kitchen table and chairs. Pool-house has HVAC.

This unique property has all you need for a perfect vacation including a great screened-in porch, outdoor gas grill, huge deck, large private yard (with side wooded yard), central air, kid friendly, outdoor fire pit, wi-fi, cable tvs, dvd players, desk and printer, and outdoor kids play set.

This property is in a great location for browsing the shops, restaurants, art galleries breweries and vineyards in the area. Other attractions include nature walks, horseback riding, kayaking, running and bike riding.

Minimum one week rental in summer (June through the end of August). No smoking. No pets. No exceptions! Maximum 12 people.

Weekly rentals ONLY in the summer. Summer check-in Sunday 4pm (EST); check-out Sunday 10am (EST).

Minimum 3 night rental in September. We have more flexibility around check-in and check-out days and times in September - contact us to discuss.

Security deposit of $1,000.

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
July 7, 2016

About Tom

Our family loves living on the north side of Chicago.

Tom purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Tom chose Southwest Michigan

Union Pier, a short 70 mile drive from Chicago, yet feels like it is a world away! This beach cottage feels like an oasis - it has it all!

What makes this cottage unique

Each of the two houses on this property are great in and of themselves - to find two such great spaces in one rental is rare! This is a truly unique rental property for two families looking to rent one property for a summer vacation. 12 person limit.

The area has many great places to eat and drink. No shortage of things to do, no matter what your taste and preferences for relaxing!

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a wonderful home away from home you have provided us with! This week has been the perfect little vacation for our family, and I think we have utilized every aspect from the deck to the childrens DVDs! Thank you!
Aug 2011
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Union Pier Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1: full bathroom at front of cottage - toilet , shower , Very new (2011)
    Bathroom 2: full at back of cottage - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3: full in coach house: - toilet , shower , Brand new (2013).
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1: front of Cottage - 1 king , Front of house.
    Bedroom 2: front of Cottage - kids bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 child bed , Front of house. Kids bunk bed - twin over full, plus trundle
    Bedroom 3: back of Cottage - 1 queen , Back of house. This bedroom also has a desk and printer.
    Bedroom 4: Coach house - loft - 2 queen , These beds are in the loft area
    Bedroom 5: Coach house - living room - 1 queen , Pullout couch in the living room of the coach house
  • Cottage has 3 bedrooms. Master bedroom (with king size bed) and kids bedroom (with bunk bed plus pull out trundle) are at front of house. Bedroom in back has a queen size bed, and bedroom as desk and printer. Coach house has a loft area with 2 Queen beds. Living room has a couch with pull-out bed.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming


5/5 -
(1 traveler reviews)

Heated swimming pool, cottage & pool-house, 2 1/2 blocks to Lake Michigan
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Great cottage by the lake

  • 5 of 5

When you think of a cottage by the lake many things come to mind and this place meets up with all of them. It is a spotless 1930's house with lots of character but with all of the modern amenities that we have gotten used to. There is a screened in porch for rainy days and to keep the bugs out, fire pit for s'mores. A short walk to a great beach. The kids liked the walk to the beach on a country lane as much as the beach. Bunk beds which the kids loved. Overall a great space and we will be sure to book our next vacation here.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review - glad that you and your family enjoyed your stay at the cottage.
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Nearest Airport
73 Miles
Chicago Midway
Nearest Train
3 Miles
New Buffalo, MI
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.3 Miles
Gowdy Shores
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Union Pier Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 1 2017 - Sep 3 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning ($125 + $75) $200
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 6.0%

Rates do not include Michigan rental sales tax of 6%, plus $200 cleaning fee (cottage $125; coach-house $75). $1,500 security deposit required.
WEEKLY rental ONLY June, July, and August (Check-in Sun 4pm EST; Check-out Sun 10am EST).
No exceptions to minimum rental requirements above, along with No pets and No smoking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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