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The HollyWoods: Very Private 20 Acre Property Near Lake Michigan

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Upscale home, 3 BR, 3 bath, sleeps 8, private pond, hiking trails

Whether it’s you and your family, or you and your friends, we have a place that was designed for gatherings. Built in 2007, this craftsman bungalow has all the modern amenities, but with a homey nod to the past.

A long, winding driveway leads you through the woods to the house, which overlooks a pond for fishing, a grassy field for lawn games, and a fire pit for roasting marshmallows under the stars. Inside, an open floor plan lets you all be together while comfy bedrooms and an additional sitting room allow for downtime. In cooler months, hunker down by the wood-burning fireplace. Step outside to enjoy covered porches, a screened-in dining porch, grilling terrace, pergola, another fire pit, outdoor shower and walking trails.

Whether you bike, hike, swim, kayak, shop, antique, dine, gamble, golf, or just relax in the hammock, there’s always something to do. Like other guests who’ve found us, we’re sure you’ll want to return again and again.

The House: The main floor of the house is an open floor plan with the gourmet kitchen, dining room with large farmhouse table, and a living with a wood-burning fireplace. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, granite and walnut countertops, large pantry, and a screened outdoor dining porch. Other outdoor porches have rockers, upholstered furniture, and ceiling fans. The main floor master suite includes a full bath with large shower, washer/dryer, queen size bed and french doors leading outside. The second floor has 2 bedrooms, one with a queen sized bed and the other with two twin beds. Also upstairs is a sitting room with a pull-out sofa and doors that lead out to a balcony. The second floor has a full bathroom with tub/shower.The house has all of the comforts of home, central air, wood burning fireplace, large-screen/satellite TV, Blu-ray player, DVD/CD player, and audio system with speakers throughout the inside and outside of the house. The house is secured with an alarm system.

The Land: This charming cottage, nestled in the woods of Michigan, is named for the various species of holly bushes grown on site. As you enter the private 20 acres, you are greeted by a park-like area, with flower beds and tree specimens. This area also features a fruit orchard, containing apples, peaches, and pears. The gravel driveway leads you through this open area into the woods, winding down a tree lined drive to the house, set back in the woods near the creek and stone's throw from the large pond. Walking trails radiate out from the house and circle the property. Tucked away in the woods is a third fire pit, which is in the center of an area of campsites carved from the woods.

More Details

Property Manager
James Hahn
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About James Hahn

James is a full-time host of 3 vacation rental properties in the South Haven area since 2011. With his husband Kyle, they have built, renovated, and/or created several luxury properties in South Haven and Chicago. Kyle is the designer and creator while James is the implementor, carpenter, and builder. One is the "yin" to the other's "yang".

James continues performing as a classical violinist in Michigan and Illinois while Kyle enjoys a rewarding career as a graphic designer. Kyle is also studying landscape design at the famed Chicago Botanic Gardens. You can see his magnificent work at any one of their gorgeous rental properties.

Over the years, their properties have attracted many guests, which they like to refer as friends. They have accrued many glowing reviews for their work, all achieving the highest rating of 5 stars.

James Hahn purchased this house in 2005

Why James Hahn chose South Haven

James and Kyle decided to build this home from scratch after living on the land in a tent for the first summer. After climbing many trees on the property, they were able to survey the land and decide on the perfect location for the house and pond and they began build later that year. Doing most of the building themselves, this labor of love took them the better part of 4 years to complete, but the result is exactly what they wanted.

What makes this house unique

Why the HollyWoods? It is perfectly located for our guest to enjoy all the attractions that southwest Michigan has to offer, and yet still be far away from the crowds that take over the lovely beach community during the summer. You can enjoy the peace and quiet that 20 wooded acres gets you, the calming walks on the trails through the woods, fishing in the pond for bass and perch, and listening to the frogs, owls and crickets at night.


South Haven House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Resort
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Alarm System
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Ducted Cooling
  • Ducted Heating
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Floorboards
  • Garage
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Secure Parking
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Split-System Air Conditioning
  • Study Room
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Tank
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master - toilet , shower
    Upstairs - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Powder Room - toilet
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower
  • All bathrooms feature high end fixtures and faucets. Master bath has rain shower and hand held. Guest bath has rain shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master - 1 queen
    Queen - 1 queen
    Twin - 2 twin/ single
    Sitting Room - 1 double , Pull-out Sofa
  • The master bedroom sleeps 2 in a queen size bed. Plenty of room for cribs and additional cots. Guest bedroom #1 sleeps 2 in a queen size bed. Also room for crib and-or cots. Guest bedroom #2 sleeps 2 in two twin beds. Sitting room sleeps 2 in a pull out double size sofa bed.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Binoculars
  • Courtyard
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Shed
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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The HollyWoods: Very Private 20 Acre Property Near Lake Michigan
average rating of 5.0 based on 69 reviews

Lovely Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for the weekend in early March. Even in March before things have started to grow for spring, this property is just lovely. The home is furnished in great taste and was perfect for my wife and I and our 2 dogs. The grounds were great and provided plenty of exploration space to wander through the many trails with the dogs . We are very happy we found this gem.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Property

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at The Hollywoods! The house was perfect and the property was amazing. Our son and dogs loved walking the trails even in the rain. The Owners were great at being in contact with us before, during and after the stay. This is the perfect quiet retreat!

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The home is beautiful. The grounds are amazingly well kept and the home is great.

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic weekend at the Hollywoods. The property is even better than the photographs. There is such attention to detail in every room of the home. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and provide a delight in every direction you look. The home is well stocked with every convenience and provided a perfect atmosphere for a relaxing weekend. Jim, the owner, made our booking process easy and he made himself available to answer every question. We truly enjoyed our time at the Hollywoods.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home and property

  • 5 of 5

Highly recommend staying here. The house and property are beautiful. Also a great location with a short drive to the beach and downtown South Haven. Great customer service from the owners.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful, relaxing family trip in an idyllic setting

  • 5 of 5

We had three generations of our family and we all found things to do on the property. Fishing, walking the trails, roasting marshmallows, resting in the rocking chairs, playing games at the dining room table, enjoying the various outdoor spaces with a good book, croquet in the large field, capturing photos of the grounds; the list goes on. We also enjoyed blueberry festival and an outing picking peaches north of south haven.

We look forward to coming back!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing Family Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

What amazing memories we will take with us from our week at the HollyWoods! The attention to detail in the home and around the grounds is unparalleled. We love the porches, pond and fishing, trails, privacy, music and library of books. Most importantly, we leave refreshed, relaxed, and with renewed gratitude for our family. Our kids are already asking when we can return! The Greek Family -- Carmel Indiana

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Nearest Airport
1 Miles
South Haven, MI Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Maple Grove
Nearest Ferry
45 Miles
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Hawks Head
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Bangor, MI (Amtrak)
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
M-140 and I-196
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Maple Grove
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Van Buren State Park
Car: necessary

This house is located just outside of South Haven and is about 2 hours from Chicago and about 3 hours from Detroit. The town is known for it’s Lake Michigan beaches, it’s many festivals, farmer’s market and gracious hospitality.

South Haven is halfway between the other harbor towns St. Joseph and Saugatuck/Douglas which both make for easy day-trips. The area is also known as 'Harvest Country' for it’s many u-pick fruit orchards and winery tours. Besides Lake Michigan, there are many inland lakes for fishing and rivers for canoeing and kayaking.

The area has plenty of art galleries, museums and historic sites to keep the mind as well as the body occupied.

Summer is abuzz with sun-soaked activities which stretch into the fall when rolling hills and woods become ablaze with color. Winter festivals, outdoor ice-skating, and snowmobiling keep folks busy in the snowy months.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $200 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Call or email Jim to discuss availability, holiday pricing and bookings. 269-262-5040,
Also, visit our website for more information and photos.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund