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Cable Cottage - Screened porch, wide, sandy, private beach, pretty & serene

Cable Cottage - Screened porch, wide, sandy, private beach, pretty & serene


Property Details

Updated: May 12, 2015
Stylish & fresh cottage with 2BR, 1BA, screened porch, AC, heat, sleeps 6

* In an approximately 2.5 hr drive from Chicago, 25 minutes east of St. Joeseph, MI, you can be at Cable Lake, one of the Sister Lakes! This lovely & bright, freshly remodeled & decorated cottage with a view to Cable Lake, a non-motorized private lake with great swimming and fishing.

In 35 steps from the cottage or across a rarely traveled road, you are at the grassy area, sandy beach and lake. The private association, main beach has a sandy beach, a pier, diving floats & picnic pavillion. (The gradual depth lake is a great set up for small children, older children love the pier and floating docks).

Cable Lake is part of the Sister Lakes area which consists of summer homes and some year round homes on several beautiful lakes all within walking and biking distance from each other. A favorite 'get away' destination for many years.

* In 2006 the entire cottage was remodeled. We installed new bamboo floors, new walls, curtains, bedding, dishes and more. Every year we do things to keep the cottage fresh!.

* The cottage has 2 bedrooms, (1 with a queen bed, 1 with 2-twins)and a queen pullout sofa in the living room.

* The cottage has 2 A/C units and 3 ceiling fans it is also heated & cozy all year round!

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Barbecue

Recent Review

About the Owner

We are the Bryan family. We purchased the cottage in 2005 from long time owners. We wanted to "freshen up" the cottage so in 2006 we did a lot of work! Remodeled bathroom, new drywall, flooring, fixtures, curtains, appliances, beds and so much more. We like to keep the cottage clean, simple and clutter free and hope you appreciate it. There is a photo album in the cottage with before & after pictures from 2006, we hope you enjoy it and enjoy our cottage as much as we do when we can make it there for a visit!

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Cable Cottage - Screened porch, wide, sandy, private beach, pretty & serene
Sister Lakes Southwest Michigan

Serenity at it's finest!

Serenity at it's finest!
  • 5 of 5
I don't know where to begin to rave about this place. First, the cleanliness, I imagined getting to the cottage and spending an hour or so cleaning before we touched anything...Not here!! It was "move in" ready. Next, the size, it is the perfect size. I noticed another review said 4 to 6 people. If you like everyone in your group you can fit a couple more. There are so many options for sleep. They have a queen bed, 2 twin beds, a pull out sofa, a love seat that fits a child comfortably, and extra foam mattresses. Plenty of room.

They have thought of everything. We made a list of things that we thought we were going to have to buy once we got there. We basically threw the list out. Literally, everytime I thought "I wish I brought that," no worries because more than likely they had it there. The backyard is the perfect size if you have young ones that want to run around. The water is a stones throw away and so gorgeous! We went in October so we didn't experience the water, but I got some amazing pictures which is fine with me. We used the fire pit and it was so peaceful and relaxing. It was so beautiful the weekend we went, my pictures that were taken with my Iphone look professional because the colors were so vibrant! As you can see, from my review, I would absolutely recommend Cable Cottage to everyone! Happy Vacationing!!
  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you had a nice time. The cottage and lake are so beautiful and peaceful in the fall and winter. I glad that you could experience that. Visit us again anytime!
Cable Cottage - Screened porch, wide, sandy, private beach, pretty & serene
Sister Lakes Southwest Michigan

Very Good Value

  • 5 of 5
We had a relaxing and enjoyable family vacation at Cable Cottage. The owner was very helpful and extremely organized. The cottage was very well stocked and nicely appointed. It was a warm week and we were thankful for the air conditioning. Our 6-year old granddaughter made friends at the beach which was very entertaining for her. Thanks for a lovely vacation.

Jakes restaurant in Dowagiac had good food and inexpensive. Get the sweet corn at Spraggue's Farm near Indian Lake (it's about 15 minutes away but worth it). It was so good you could eat it without cooking.

I golfed most days at Indian Lakes. 27 holes, inexpensive, nice layout and maintained well. Owners and staff very friendly and helpful.
  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It sounds like you had a wonderful time. Thanks for renting and hope to have you again next season.
Cable Cottage - Screened porch, wide, sandy, private beach, pretty & serene
Sister Lakes Southwest Michigan
Chicago, IL

Just what we were looking for

  • 5 of 5
Great location, only steps to the beach. You can see the water from the living room and from the enclosed porch (where we ate most of our meals and spent most of our "down-time"). The owners are very accommodating and were happy to help with anything we needed. It was a little cooler (mid-70s) when we were there, and we didn't need the a/c. It was very comfortable with the windows open. Despite the slightly lower temps (in August!), the kids still swam most days since the lake was so inviting. The sandy bottom zero-entry lake was just what we were looking for with 2 small children. And, a major plus for this rental was the unlimited use of the rowboat. We caught many bluegills, sunfish, and a bass or two.

I would definitely recommend this rental to others!
  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying with us last summer! We are so glad you had a nice time. If you stay again be sure to let us know for the repeat visitor discount. We have updated the twin beds and have even more great updates. Hope to see you again!
Cable Cottage - Screened porch, wide, sandy, private beach, pretty & serene
Sister Lakes Southwest Michigan
chicago, il

family friendly all around

  • 5 of 5
it was a wonderful retreat that we will always remember. the owners are incredibly helpful and really go out of their way to answer questions and make sure you are well taken care of.

the shared beach just a stones throw from the cottage is very kid friendly, a must for my family. I would have liked more seclusion but it still felt intimate.

the house is cute, cozy and clean. we practically lived in the screened back porch. it was also loaded with beach toys and other goodies to enhance the stay.

the area was full of fun beyond beach lounging. we saw a drive in movie, shopped for antiques and went on long runs and drives along country roads. let's not forget some solid brunch options not too far for those relaxed mornings.

we loved our visit and would go back again and again!
  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the great review! Those are the things we love about the cottage too! We look forward to your return. Please remind me of your previous stay and you will receive a frequent guest discount!
Cable Cottage - Screened porch, wide, sandy, private beach, pretty & serene
Sister Lakes Southwest Michigan
chicago, il

the perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5
This was a lovely little cottage not too far from a shared beach. The beach was sandy and very kid friendly, a big plus for us. The owners were very communicative and patient with all our questions during the booking. I would definitely go back, year after year.
  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Cable Cottage - Screened porch, wide, sandy, private beach, pretty & serene
Sister Lakes Southwest Michigan
Plainfield, IL, United States

Perfect vacation spot

  • 5 of 5
We loved our stay at Cable Cottage. It was the perfect size for our family of four. The house was clean and well-maintained, and it was wonderful being so close to the beach. I wish the weather had been a little cooler for us to enjoy the screened porch, but the A/C kept the cottage very comfortable.
  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hi,
Thanks for staying at Cable Cottage last summer and thanks for the great review!

If you book again, please mention that you stayed with us last year for a frequent guest discount!

Hope to see you again!
Mary Anne & Francis


From the Owner

We really liked this cottage because it is located in Wildwood. This is a private association and Cable Lake is the only non-motorized lake in the area. Cable Lake is 100% private. The only people that enjoy the lake are the owners and guests of owners. The cottage is super close to the private association beach. Only 70 steps from our back door! We can see the lake from the living room and the screened porch. We get all of the benefits of being on the lake without the price...and you do too!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Dowagiac at 12 Miles Nearest Train : Dowagiac at 12 Miles Car: recommended

#1 Enjoy the lovely weather at the beach, grilling & relaxing on the property. Enjoy dining and playing games on the screened porch, roasting marshmellows over the firepit or enjoy the evening sunset from the cottage or the row boat.

* Children enjoy the sandy beach with shallow area & gradually increasing water depth, pier & jumping off floats.

* The cottage has a row boat for your use or you can rent a paddle boat nearby. Cable Lake is one of the few, if not only, lakes in Sister Lakes with no motors or motor sports & no public access. This allows for a very relaxing experience.

* A fishing pier in the association is just a 3 minute walk from the cottage. Cable Lake is one of the deepest of the Sister Lakes over 45 ft deep in some areas. Because it is a no motor lake the fishing is great. Wildwood Association regularly stocks the lake. There is Bass, Northern Pike, Bluegill, Walleye and Perch. MI permits required. Directions to the fishing pier and a 3rd pier for swimming are in the cottage in the, 'blue information album/book'

* If you like water sports, Magician Lake, across the main road,(or any of the neighboring lakes),have public access launch areas, you can unload your gear & play all day & return to the peace of Cable Lake, (you can park your gear on our double lot).

* Bring your bikes & ride to the neighboring lakes, local ice cream parlor, bars, shops, full service day spa, restaurants, bowling alley or farm stands.

* Shop at the local farmers markets, visit & dine in downtown Dowagiac, enjoy the antique shops and winery's.

*Your 15-30 minutes from many attractions such as several Michigan Winery's, St. Joeseph Michigan. You are a short drive from Saugatuk, South Haven and many other lovely towns & attractions.

*Proceed straight west to St. Joseph, MI on Lake Michigan for a great day trip. It is less than 20 minutes away and has beautiful Silver Beach with a beachfront playground, massive splash fountain, childrens museum and historic carousal right at the beach. The quaint town has art galleries, antique and gift shops and lots of restaurants and cafes!

* In the fall you will enjoy the beautiful fall leaves, crisp fresh air, grilling and bonfires on the property. Take a hike, walk, bike or fish on Cable Lake. You will be able to enjoy the screened porch thru October & beyond. Enjoy the farmers markets, local corn maze, apple & pumpkin picking near by. There are many Winery's in the area & quaint towns to visit!


From $885 Per week

Rental rates

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May 23 2015 - Sep 12 2015
7 night minimum stay
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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Refundable damage deposit $300.00

Deposit required via personal check, dated the first day of your stay, to reserve the date. Deposit is fully refundable upon leaving cottage in "broom clean" condition per the check out information provided.
The full week rent must be paid in full by cashiers check or money order, at least 4 weeks prior to your stay.
Keys and check in information will then be mailed to you prior to your stay.

Reserve now for best dates! $300 deposit to reserve.
Summer season $885 per week, $950 for 4th of July week.
Send an email and I will send you a reservation form and more information about the cottage, including its amenities & suggested items to bring. I will also email a list of local links in regard to places to go and things to see.
Rates are weekly based on Saturday 3pm check In and Sat. 11am
check Out. Weekly preferred, 4 night minimum if available, inquire for rates and availability.
2015 - Book best dates now with $300 refundable deposit! No additional cleaning fee!
Now till May 22, 2015 $700 per week, Sat to Sat. $140 per night, 4 night min. if available.
*May 23th thru Sept. 12,(Labor Day), $885 per week, $170 per night, (4 night min. if available)
** The week that includes July 4th is $950, Sat to Sat.
*** Labor Day Weekend - If Available Fri-Mon $550
Notre Dame Game Weekends! 30-40 minutes away. Winery Tour Weekends, Fall Color and Fruit Picking Weekends or Ski Weekends!
Fall Weekends- $385 for a 3 day 2 night weekend check in Friday anytime and out on Sunday anytime or $140 per night for 3+ nights. Early check in and late check out if available.
To Book: Call/email to discuss dates & info and receive confirmation that the dates are available.
I will then reserve it for 7 days waiting for below:
* Copy of your drivers license, (xerox or color copy, of person booking and writing the deposit checks).
* Completed Reservation Form, (I will send it to you via email, fax or mail).
* $300.00 security deposit in a personal check dated the first day of your stay due to reserve. This will confirm the booking.

100% of the weekly rental amount in the form of a cashiers check or money order due four weeks prior to stay. All checks made out to: Ardel McKenna
Upon receipt of payment in full, I will mail the keys to you approximately 1-2 weeks before your stay.

Cancellation - All Deposits 100% refundable with minimum 45 days notice prior to rental date

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Updated: May 12, 2015


From the Owner

We love the gradual depth sandy beach and lake. My daughter enjoyed it when she was young,(above) and now enjoys the floating piers that are out further from the shore and that she can now swim to and jump off of with her friends. The screened in porch is very enjoyable and periodically you will see a hummingbird hovering just outside on the flowering bush. The double lot is great for yard games or setting up a tent for overnight fun. You can bike through the back of Wildwood association through the neighboring park and go to the ice cream parlor for a treat. We love the neighboring drive in theatre and the local farm stands and u-pick farms. We often pick a random neighboring small town and take a drive to check it out. Downtown Dowagiac always has something new to enjoy in town when we return every year.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities


  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Lake View

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • laundromat

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • golf


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom has a shower stall only. No tub.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Living room has a queen pull out sofa and two additional twin foam mattresses for kids on the floor.


  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • * Sleeps 6 in 2 bedrooms & 1 pull out queen sofa in the living room area. (pack n play & 2 small matresses for extra little one's). * Fully equipped kitchen with dishes, glasses, utensils, pots/pans, stove, oven, refrig/freezer, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, TV for DVD/VCR(no TV reception, no cable or local phone), CD stereo and Iphone doc. There is no Wi-fi but free Wi-fi is available at Stephie's Coffee Shop a short drive away. * Screened in porch, gas grill and charcoal grill. Fire pit, lawn chairs and large grassy area. * 35 steps to the 'Main Beach' with a sandy beach, grassy area, pavilion, pier #1 and floats. It is a short walk to the #2 fishing pier and a little bit further walk to the #3 pier which can also be used for swimming and relaxing. (All floats and piers are removed at Labor Day). * There is a row boat with the cottage for your use. The lake is regularly stocked with fish. There is Northern Pike, bass, Blue gill, Perch & more. * No smoking in the cottage please! Smoking ONLY on the screened porch. No pets. Guests are not allowed to bring pets. If you have pet allergies please let us know. * No bed linens, towels, dish towels etc.. (you bring your own) If inquiring I will email a complete list of items available in the cottage & a suggested list of what you should bring.

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