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Mermaid Cottage - Quaint, newer home steps to South Beach and Kids Corner!

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 1 loft, 3 full bathrooms, sleeps 9 + crib

Charming, newer beach cottage just steps away from Kids Corner and South Beach! Walk out the front door to enjoy spectacular sunsets or sit at the park steps away and watch your children play. Mermaid Cottage was built in 2006 and has 2300 sq ft of adorably decorated, well-used space. Upper level has 1 bedroom with Queen and crib, loft with 2 daybeds and 1 bath. Main level has 1 bedroom with Queen and bath off the bedroom and kitchen. Lower level has Queen bed and twin. Another full bath on the lower level. The home is equipped with full kitchen and all neccessities, with open kitchen and living room to enjoy company. Fully finished lower level with lots of living space for entertainment. LCD TV with DVD & VHS player, movies, sand toys, beach chairs and umbrella, patio and gas grill. 1/2 block to Kids Corner and 1 block to South Beach. Easy walk to town and lighthouse pier.

Please also consider staying at the Little Mermaid for a fall or winter weekend getaways. Fall weekend excursions are great for bicycle riding on the Kal-Haven Trail, apple picking, antiquing, visiting local award winning wineries. Winter is great for nearby skiing, snowmobiling, and ice-skating right in downtown South Haven. Don't forget the festivals in both November and February! Everyone loves South Haven in the summer for many good reasons; the secret is the incredibly mild weather in the fall and the beautiful winter scape and sunsets - some of the best year round!

More Details

Nancy Rathbun
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018


South Haven House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Lake
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Upper level in bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Main level
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Lower level
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    loft - Loft with 2 daybeds
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Lower level
  • Sleeps 9 + baby crib. 2 bedrooms, 1 loft, 1 lower level sleeping quarters.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Absolutely no smoking and no pets allowed.


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(9 traveler reviews)

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Mermaid Cottage - Quaint, newer home steps to South Beach and Kids Corner!
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews


  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place to stay. You can just feel when the owner cares about where their guests are staying and this is what it is like! Every time you thought it might be missing something you found it! From a baby chair to corn on the cob holders to seasonings, movies, beach wagons and toys and all the extras! We stayed with 4 generations of family but for my family with a 2 and 4 yr old it was perfect! Baby gate on the first bed I put my 4 yr old in and my 2 yr old did great in the crib! Had a baby gate if we needed it and lots of toys for my kids to find! I will say, another review mentioned bringing something to darken the room upstairs and I wish I had. Very bright room for naps and bedtime. No fault to the owner! We really have no complaints thanks for making this such a cozy place to stay! A few notes to future guests, the only tv is downstairs in the 3rd bedroom so if you are like us, grabdma was staying downstairs so hard to watch tv in the evening. Other than that they have all that you need to come and enjoy! We will be back, thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Chicago, IL

clean comfortable charming

  • 5 of 5

This house is cozy and cute, beachy and spotless, just spent the weekend here, we all loved the location, wished we could have stayed longer but already thinking about our return, thank you Nancy for sharing your lovely home, Sandy, Patti, Kathie

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely place

  • 5 of 5

My family and I absolutely loved this rental. The location is perfect-- right by the playground and a block away from the waterfront. The house is very charming and impeccably decorated. It was clean, comfortable and had everything we needed. We look forward to returning next year.

Thank you, Nancy!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We strive to make our cottage like home! We try to envision what our guests need to have a great vacation and comfortable stay. Thank you for the wonderful compliment!
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One of our best vacations ever!!

  • 5 of 5

Mermaid Cottage was quite the pleasant surprise. We spent the week beginning July 6th with five adults and 4 children ages 6 - 10. When we viewed the property online, we anticipated being a little cramped during inside time -- not the case at all. The nicely finished basement was great for the kids TV watching, and the main floor was very comfortable for the adults. At mealtime with the table and counter/bar we had plenty of room for all.

The cottage is absolutely charming, very clean and well maintained. The decor is very nice and quite comfortable. The beds are great and the kitchen is very well equipped -- so well equipped that we definitely will cook and eat-in more during our future stays. The laundry room is terrific (something you do get enthusiastic about when you vacation with 4 kids!).

The outside areas are lovely and the neighborhood and nearby park couldn't be nicer.

Mermaid Cottage, South Haven and Lake Michigan -- the perfect vacation combination.

Thank you, Nancy and family for sharing!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Zionsville, Indiana

A truely special vacation home

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in a lot of rental homes, although this was the first one we have stayed at in South Haven.This house was truly special. First, its an easy layout for the house, perfect size for us. we could easily have had another family with us and been fine. All the utilities were great from the 3 bathrooms to the washer/dryer to the dishwasher. Lots of extras that I have not seen at other houses. Tons of great toys and beach stuff in the shed, great back yard for relaxing and grilling out. Only complaint and its stupid minor, was that the starter on the grill did not work, which was easily fixed with a match. I had to dig hard to find a con with this place. Great location, especially if you have kids. You are less than a block from a fantastic park that all kids will love. You are a little over a block from the beach and right beside an easy entrance to it. I would not change a thing and gladly recommend it to others.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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LaPorte, IN

Home Away from Home!

  • 5 of 5

We just got back from a long weekend stay in South Haven to celebrate my father's 70th birthday. We were lucky enough to find the Mermaid Cottage. This place was absolutely wonderful! From the second we pulled into the driveway, we instantly felt at home. The listing pictures and location are completely accurate to the real thing. The beach and sunset are so close to your front porch. The Mermaid Cottage was extremely clean, well maintained, and so very "homey". We had never rented a home before, so I was hesitant at first. However, the owner was so helpful and very available to answer our questions well before our arrival. The cottage had everything you could need, including toys for the sand, beach chairs, a baby gate (if you have young kids). This did not apply to us, but my father pointed out how big the doorways and staircases were. Very accommodating if you had a family member who used a wheel chair or walker. The one thing I would recommend, if you will be needing to use the crib and have a little one who wakes up easily to light, is to bring a dark blanket to cover the window during naps and in the morning. That bedroom gets very bright. We had 6 adults and 1 toddler, and there was more than enough room. The kitchen and sitting room allowed for great breakfasts and fun family game nights. The patio was wonderful to sit out on and have dinner. I recommend the Maritime Museum/ "Lindy Lou" boat trip. Very peaceful and relaxing, and great if you have young kids who might not sit long. Restaurants: Clementines and Captain Lou's were great. If you are looking for something fancy and a place with great food and service, take the quick 10-12 minute drive to Hawkshead on the Golf Course. This charming and warm cottage will not disappoint. DO NOT PASS IT UP!!

  • Submitted: May 26, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
43 Miles
Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.7 Miles
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.7 Miles
Maria's Taste of Italy
Nearest Ski
34 Miles
Timber Ridge
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
South Beach
Car: not necessary

One block to beautiful Lake Michigan and 1/2 block to the biggest playground in all of South Haven! Enjoy plenty of beach days swimming in the waves, walks on the lighthouse pier, and magnificent sunsets as you wrap up the day. South Haven has many free summer concerts and year round festivals, a quaint downtown shopping and restaurant area, as well as nearby wineries and antique shopping. For golf enthusiasts, Hawkshead, designed by world renowned golf architect Arthur Hills, is truly a masterpiece unique to Southwestern Michigan and is rated 4.5 stars by Golf Digest.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

No hidden fees!
50% is required to secure reservation, balance is due 30 days prior to arrival.
Off-season rates are negotiable based on size of group, length of stay and time of year.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund