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Barbara Schmitt

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

Sunset Cottage. (Recently remodeled)

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Michigan House Rental Photos and Description

4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps 8

This centennial property offers spectacular views of Paw Paw Lake from most every room. The 'Sunset Cottage' has all the charm of a true Michigan summer home, along with the conveniences of easy living. The large eat-in kitchen, with an adjacent screened porch, will be a favorite with family and friends. There is a spacious living room with fireplace, surrounded by the panorama of beautiful Paw Paw Lake. The 4 bedrooms, along with 2 full baths, will easily accommodate eight people. Bring your ski boat, kayak, canoe, or sailboat....there's plenty of room to enjoy with an 85' permanent dock and 235' of frontage at the end of a point. This property boasts one of the best swimming beaches on the lake....clean and sandy! Enjoy great fishing or just taking in the sights of summer from the deck on the end of the dock. Enjoy a campfire at night, roasting marshmellows and making memories of a special time!

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Barbara Schmitt (Property Manager)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english


based on 8 traveler reviews

Sunset Cottage. (Recently remodeled)
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Family time on PawPaw Lake

  • 5 of 5

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our time at Sunset Cottage. The setting is beautiful and the accommadations are very adequate. i would certainly like to repeat our stay there next year. The property was very clean and well maintained, which I appreciate. Kudos to the owners!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! We would love to see you return for a future stay! 😎
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We Adore This Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

I can’t tell you how much we enjoyed our Labor Day Weekend stay at the Sunset Cottage! A beautiful property that is super clean and comfortable, complete with everything you would ever need. And the location and views are amazing! Thank you for a perfect weekend. We’ll be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad that you enjoyed your time at the Sunset Cottage & thanks so much for taking the time to write a review of your stay! I feel it can be so helpful to others to know that you had a positive experience! You certainly had the hottest weather of the summer! We'll look forward to your next visit to welcome you & your family back! Hope you have a great end of summer! Warmest Regards, Barb Schmitt
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Incredible Experience

  • 5 of 5

My family (wife and 2 13-year olds) had an incredible time at Paw Paw Lake and Loved the Sunset Cottage. The location is great, right on the point with a beautiful view of the Lake. Barbara has done a great job with the recent renovation and the cottage is very clean, comfortable and in great shape. My kids loved fishing off the dock and had great luck. We rented a pontoon boat and it fit on the dock and we had memorable family cruises. The fire pit was a big hit and we invited cousins up for s'mores around the fire. The whole vacation really exceeded our already high expectations.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your experience at the Sunset Cottage! Many guests write notes to us, but don't take the time to go back to the website to write a formal review. It was a pleasure to meet you & your family! I'm so glad that the weather cooperated and you had the opportunity to engage in all that Paw Paw Lake has to offer...a true "Pure Michigan" adventure... boating, swimming, fishing, sunsets, & bonfires! Hopefully, you created many great memories and want to come back again! We'd love to have you! Warmest Regards, Barb Schmitt
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A great time on Paw Paw lake!

  • 5 of 5

My family (wife and 2 kids ages 4 and 2) along with both sets of grandparents had an amazing time at the Sunset Cottage on Paw Paw Lake. Great Views of the Lake as the property is on the point and has lots of frontage. Kids loved hanging out on the pier and swimming. Also, they were able to fish directly of the dock. The Bonfire area was our favorite, and we enjoyed fires each night with the family. The Cottage has plenty of room and it is a great setup as it can easily sleep 8. It is well maintained and very clean. This location has everything you need for a great time at the lake. In addition, there is so much nearby, wineries, Lake Michigan, golf, etc all very close to be able to enjoy and still get back to the cottage and enjoy the lake the same day. We will definitely be back, highly recommend! The whole experience with Barbara from the beginning was very professional, organized and friendly. Not to mention responsive to every single question before and during our stay. We are grateful for the hospitality and sharing their cottage with our family!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Brian & Nicki, Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts and comments on the HomeAway website! It means a lot to hear that your family had a positive vacation experience and want to come back again! We would love to have you! It was such a pleasure to meet you all... What a wonderful family you have! It was also great to know that you have other friends who helped acquaint you with Paw Paw Lake and hopefully you are hooked on all it has to offer for a summer get away! Best wishes to you all and hope you enjoy the end of summer...take care! Sincerely, Barbara Schmitt
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Awesome Home Away from Home

  • 5 of 5

Wow! The Sunset Cottage exceeded all of our expectations. It was imaculate, comfortable, and spacious. The kitchen was completely furnished with everything necessary to prepare meals, the bedrooms were roomy, airy and very comforable with ample closet space, and the living area was large yet cozy with very nice furnishings. The thing that I liked best was the view of the lake from just about every window in the house.

We were in Watervliet to celebrate our son's wedding. Our daughter from CA, my husband's sister from AR, and our two year old grandson all stayed with us. The cottage sure beat separate hotel rooms. We also invited our family and our son's wife's family to the cottage to watch the newlyweds open their gifts the day after the wedding. It was such an intimate setting.

We are hoping to rent the cottage next summer for a week to take full advantage of all it has to offer; sandy beach, great swimming, fishing, a fire pit on the beach, and best of all rest and relaxation.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Family Vacation Spot!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week on Paw Paw Lake at the Sunset Cottage! The house was clean and open with all the amenities you would need to cook and relax. The views from the large family room were amazing. The dock and the beach made the lake so much fun for old and young. We fished and swam and just sat out on the dock and hung out. We had 3 young kids with us all who had a wonderful time exploring the property and the lake. And the bonfire was perfect for a night of s'mores! Barbara was great! We really couldn't have asked for a better place to spend our first vacation in MI! Thank you again!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad that you all enjoyed your stay at the Sunset Cottage! We really try to make our place comfy, clean, and equipped so you can truly relax in your "home away from home"! Please consider us for any future vacation plans. Thanks again for coming and taking good care of our house during your stay! I appreciate you taking the time to write a review! Barb
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
South Bend, IN
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Board of Trade
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Paw Paw Lake Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Board of Trade
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Lake Michigan

Additional activities include:

Deer Forest to feed the deer

Abundance of fruit farms (peaches, cherries, blueberries, apples, etc.)

Various wineries/tours/tasting


Many nearby summer festivals (St. Joseph, Saugatuck-Douglas, Holland)

Curious Kids Museum


Rates & Availability

Watervliet House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 22 2016 - Sep 10 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $350
Cleaning Fee $300

A $300 cleaning fee is charged for all stays. You must call owner to reserve the property. Credit cards are not accepted.

We Do Not accept money online! Do not send money to any foreign address! Checks are accepted after confirmation of dates with owner.
A lease agreement is sent and payment is due two weeks prior to arrival. Checks are mailed to the owner. Call owner to confirm the deal, if you have any questions.

The security deposit of $350 is due when making the reservation.

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Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Gas Heating
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Towels for bath provided. Bring your own beach towels.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • All new matresses, linens provided
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Boat Dock
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Shed
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
No pets, No Smoking.

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