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Three by the Sea: Perfect for Large Family Gatherings!

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type house
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House, 5 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 12-17)

Gather with family and friends this summer at Three by the Sea in beautiful South Haven. How perfect is this: one large house with two roomy units and a studio cottage, big yard, deck, lovely porch with a hammock, close to the beach, close to downtown, with bikes, boogie boards, beach toys galore, all for your use! Grill out, play badminton or volleyball, and just simply relax, gather, and enjoy.

Once you park your car, you won't need your keys again for a week. It's just three blocks to Lake Michigan beaches, and two blocks to charming downtown; walk to harbor festivities, parks, art fairs, churches, the Kal-haven trail, restaurants, the maritime museum, and the farmer's market!

(In winter, it's right by the lovely outdoor ice skating rink and the popular sledding hill by the river!)

This wonderful cottage property featuring two complete rental units and an adorable detached studio cottage is perfect for two private parties, or one large gathering of extended family/friends who like to stay together, yet separate! Each unit has a delightful furnished kitchen, a super friendly, open floorplan, and enough cozy activities to keep you busy when the weather fails to cooperate: games, books, TV's with DirecTV,etc.!

A deck with lots of chairs/tables, a porch with a hammock, a cozy outdoor bistro style area, and a large yard that can accommodate a volleyball net, this cottage never ceases to please! Visit our website (address listed) today for details and availability!

Unit #1 is called Maggie's Retreat: three bedrooms featuring two queen beds and two twins, plus a comfortable sleeper sofa, furnished kitchen w/microwave, gas stove, DW, and a long farmer's table for gatherings, lots of windows and natural light, hardwood floors, two stories, washer and dryer with laundry chute, two TV's with DirecTV, and cable internet (summer only). Deck and porch go with Maggie's Retreat.

Unit Two is called Surfer Joe: two bedrooms featuring two queen beds, furnished kitchen, FUN decor that inspires a light heart, TV with cable, cozy outdoor bistro style area with lantern lights and grill. Absolutely charming and private.

The Studio Cottage is Sheila's Shack, and it's an adorable and comfortable carriage house. It fits 2 people (only) and features a t.v.,dvd player, mini kitchen with coffee maker, refrigerator and toaster oven. It has a 3/4 bathroom/dressing room as well.

Garage has bikes, Burley, kayaks and beach toys for your enjoyment.

Keywords: Large Family Cottage

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Member since: 2006
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About The Owner

Mike and Sheila Wood, managers/family owned

The Owner purchased this house in 1972

Why The Owner chose Southwest Michigan

This is my childhood home! Although we haven't lived here in many years, we only decided in 2005 to make it into a vacation rental since it truly is in a wonderful location, and the property itself is ideal for large families wishing to stay together, yet seperate, between the three units. The 3 block walk to the beach is lovely and you are also only 2 blocks from charming downtown South Haven. Our guests come back again and again, letting us know that we are doing something right! We have tried to provide everything WE would want in a vacation home. Choose Three by the Sea for your large family gathering. We feel sure you'll want to come back!

What makes this house unique

Aside from a wonderful location, we have a garage stocked with a whole fleet of bicycles for nearly all ages, kayaks, gas AND charcoal grills, beach toys, a Burley to wheel everything to the beach, and more! There are plenty of outdoor areas to relax or play: we have a hammock, a deck, and a porch; we have a basketball court, a picnic table, and a tree chair swing that the kids love. Indoors we have comfy beds, a two large kitchens, two washers/dryers, games, books, and an open floor plan for games, t.v., and more.


based on 13 traveler reviews

Three by the Sea: Perfect for Large Family Gatherings!
average rating of 4.3846154 based on 13 reviews
clawson, mi

Three by the Sea the best!!!

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed at many places in South Haven and this one is simply the best!! We've stayed here 4 times now,..........large family and friends,......14 to 16 in all,...........and it just has the right things for anybody and everybody. The location is perfect for going into town a short walk north,.......or to the beach a short walk west. If you want to kick back with quiet, or games for the whole crew, there's room for everything! The garage is loaded with bikes and games for kids of all ages, a large basketball court too. The cooking areas indoors and out is very spacious, and a huge area for a bonfire after a long day. We will be staying there for many many years to come!!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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St. Louis, MO

Great place for large families/groups

  • 5 of 5

Our large extended family has been staying at Three By the Sea for the past 7 years and we LOVE it!!! We use all 3 units. It is the perfect location with an easy walk or bike ride to the cute shops, restaurants, and farmer's market downtown, as well as the marina, Kids Place, and most importantly South Beach. We love the large lot and driveway, the basketball goal, the game tables (ping pong, air hockey, shuffle board), the variety of bikes available, the fire pit and the porches. There is lots of outside seating space. You can most often find the adults reading on the front or side porch or laying in the hammock (unless it is already occupied by a teenager!). The kitchen is well stocked with utensils and appliances that you may need and the large farm style kitchen table is perfect for games or family discussions. One thing that is especially important is the fact that there are a total of 4 full bathrooms and 2 washers and dryers (for the 3 units)--very important for a large group!!! We have always found Ilse, the owner, to be very responsive to any issues or concerns that may arise before or during our stay. Each year, she makes improvements to the property. We love South Haven but more importantly, we love Three By the Sea!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Littleton, CO

A weekend of family gatherings

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed at 3 By the Sea for a large family memorial turned family reunion/Vacation. My Grandpa was buried in Covert, MI and we had 64 family members attend from out of state. We rented 3 totally separate VRBO houses in South Haven, and 3 By the Sea was by far the most hospitable, roomy, and prepped for large families of all of them. Ilse was easy to work with and was willing to go out of her way to make sure we had a good time in the planning process as well as during our stay. We had 6 families (a total of 20 people--12 adults and 8 kids) actually stay on site and there was plenty of room for all. There were extra beds for 3-4 of the kids (bunks and a toddler bed) in the Maggie's retreat section. There were also some pull out couches for the remaining kids. All of the adults were able to stay in real beds. In addition to those of us actually staying on site, 3 By the Sea became the central gathering place for all of our families, as it was the closest to the beach (5 blocks), closest to downtown (3 blocks) and had a very nice driveway/yard area for kids and adults to gather in larger groups. There was at least one time where we hosted 50+ people at the same time on site and it worked out great for our large group.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect house for my friends and i!!

  • 5 of 5

First I just have to say Ilse is a doll and a, absolute pleasure to work with! She is so resposive and easy going. She went beyond to ensure my friends and I had Great time!

The house/units are adorable and welcoming! There was plenty of space for our group (13 adults) everyone had their own bed! There were games and movies and Netflix( for rainy days). Fully stocked kitchens, bikes and entertainment in the garage, two grills ( gas and electric), fire pit with sooo much seating and a cute hammock on the porch.

My husband and I stayed in Sheilas shack, which is an adorable studio apartment in the back with kitchenette and full bathroom! It was private and quaint and perfect!!

The location is amazing! Walking distance to downtown and beach ( beach is a little farther walk but doable) we ate at taste and clementines and both were great!

We loved this place so much we have already booked to come back labor day weekend!!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great for multiple families! We LOVED IT!!!!

  • 5 of 5

I've been meaning to write for awhile...and now as we plan for this summer I wanted to be sure to get this review posted! If you are looking for a relaxing environment with character, walking distance to the beach and town, this is your place! I stayed here with my husband and 1 yr old along with three siblings + their spouses & kids, and my parents. We would rent again in a heartbeat! Ilse (owner) was amazing - very responsive to my emails & questions and made herself readily available if there were any problems (there weren't any!). The whole property is very family friendly - from the board games inside to the basketball hoop to the bikes, etc in the garage. It would also be great for multiple couples without kids or just a group of friends. It was perfect for us because it has a "lived in" feel...clean, cute, and comfortable. Having a house, apartment, and extra space (Shiela's Shack) was perfect - multiple kitchens and common areas...enough space to hang with the family or get away from the family when needed :) I don't understand the negative reviews - it's a "beach house" - although I wouldn't hesitate to rent any time of year. Shiela's Shack was very clean but had a slightly musty smell. Again, what do you expect from a "beach house"? We just opened the doors & windows to air it out a bit as I'm sure it's not always rented. But it was PERFECTLY CLEAN and COZY. So... if you are expecting top of the line kitchens, appliances, and fancy furniture then look elsewhere. But if you want a comfortable place where you can walk to the beach and walk to town, this is a great rental! If you don't book both of the main units I suppose there is potential to have issues, but there is certainly enough space and separate entrances to minimize contact with your neighbors. One thing - the water is listed as about 3 blocks away. This is true but the entrance to the beach is a little further. Definitely doable - and we had wagons & strollers for the babies & toddlers but the others (4 - 5 year olds) walked just fine. Enjoy it! GREAT RENTAL!!!! And Ilse is wonderful!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Louis, MO

Perfect For Our Family

  • 5 of 5

Three By the Sea is just perfect for our large family! This was our third year to stay there. Our family comes in from TX, AR, and MO. An easy 7-8 hr drive from St. Louis and those flying in come in to South Bend. Three By the Sea is an easy walk or bike ride to the beach and park and even closer to downtown South Haven. We have plenty of room to spread out between the 3 units and the bikes, basketball goal, and beach gear are in constant use by our children and grandchildren. The owner is very responsive to questions and concerns. We can't wait to return next summer.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
South Beach
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Downtown South Haven
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North Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Kal-Haven Trail starts here
Nearest Point of Interest
Four by the Shore - our other cottage!


Rates & Availability

South Haven House Rental Rates


  • Summer $2925
  • US Dollars
  • Season .................. Maggie's Retreat | Surfer Joe Apt | Studio Cottage
  • Spring, Summer ... $1350/week+tax | $1075/week | $500
  • Fall .. $275/nt. Maggie's Ret; $200/nt. Surfer Joe; $125/nt. Sheila's Shack
  • $300 Refundable Security Deposit per unit. Cleaning fee $160
  • Deposit is half down, half due 30 days prior to arrival.
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South Haven House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 17
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sledding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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