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Property Details

Updated: Sep 9, 2014
Cottage, 6 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, 17 Sleeps

NOTE: Weekly only in summer - Saturday to Saturday - No exceptions :) Also, OUR CALENDAR IS UP TO DATE AT ALL TIMES. Please see calendar before inquiring. Thank you!

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, big yard, deck, lovely porch with 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 (the name of our property) today for details and


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.

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.

Sheila's Shack is an adorable studio cottage with mini kitchen and

bathroom with shower! Features a tv with DirecTV and dvd player.

Great privacy and no stairs for easy access.

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

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  • Sleeps 17
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Accept Credit Cards

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Three By The Sea - Perfect for Large Family Gatherings!
-(269) 425 8888 (cell)
South Haven Southwest Michigan
Chicago, IL

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
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Three By The Sea - Perfect for Large Family Gatherings!
-(269) 425 8888 (cell)
South Haven Southwest Michigan
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
Recommended for:  Families with Young Children
Three By The Sea - Perfect for Large Family Gatherings!
-(269) 425 8888 (cell)
South Haven Southwest Michigan
Avon Lake, OH

Fine, but by no means excellent

  • 3 of 5
We stayed here the last week of June 2012. We had 10 adults and 2 young children(2 and 9 months). Things I liked about the place: walkable to everything-downtown and the beach. Now we had young children so we had more stuff than comfortable walking three blocks, even with the beach burley they had so we drove down and dropped stuff off. New furniture than the pictures online. The bikes provided were also great, aside from the tricycle my son loved but the push/steer lever on the back was broken so made it almost impossible for him to ride. It would have been nice to know that they provide a bike trailer as well, that was a nice added bonus for us with young children. We liked the basketball hoop and large yard to play in. Here are some things that they advertise but were NOT there: kayaks, we were very disappointed about that, especially since they specifically said they provide them. There is no hammock on the front porch anymore and no air chair that is in some of the pictures as well. Here are things I specifically didn't like: the floors in both larger units were in desperate need of repair. Linoleum was coming up and was a tripping/cut your foot hazard. The carpet in Surfer Joe could use replacing, I am not a germ freak, but I didn't feel comfortable putting my 9 month old on the floor in there without blankets down. The worst thing was probably Sheila's Shack. DO NOT waste your money. I would have asked the owner for a refund for that place but the rest of the family didn't want to. I would not have stayed in there. The screen door was ripped and the place had bugs EVERYWHERE. In the shower, and the bed. We told the owner this when we met her on our last day there and she wanted to blame the cleaning crew, bugs aren't their fault!!! Now when camping or in a cabin in the woods you expect bugs, but not in this type of place. The bathroom does not have a sink or mirror, which was not conveyed in the advertising. The only sink is in the kitchenette. There is NO place in there to put any clothes away or even leave a suitcase on the floor with your clothes in it. It would be nice if they put up some shelves or something to put clothes in or on. My mother-in-law had her clothes laid out on the floor on a towel until she decided she needed to move into the main house. The rest of the family who didn't have young children enjoyed their time here, and we did too, but if I returned to South Haven I would look for something newer and more updated.
  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Three By The Sea - Perfect for Large Family Gatherings!
-(269) 425 8888 (cell)
South Haven Southwest Michigan
cassopolis, mi


  • 4 of 5
All problems mentioned in previous review have been speedily remedied, at great effort by the owners. It is clear that they care very deeply about our comfort. They have been very generous in offering a huge gift certificate to the finest local restaurant to help heal our initial discomfort. The location is great- we can walk anywhere we need to go. Especially great is the huge kitchen table, around which our card and scrabble playing family has enjoyed hours of fun. The wireless internet is also handy. Yes, anyone could have a great time at Three By the Sea.
  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Three By The Sea - Perfect for Large Family Gatherings!
-(269) 425 8888 (cell)
South Haven Southwest Michigan
cassopolis, mi

this place is rotten

  • 1 of 5
This place is rotten. There was rotten food in the refrigerators. Beds bare, with the dirty linens here for us wash. The garden and flower pots are filled with weeds. There were dirty dishes in the dish washer. The stand alone unit, advertised as air conditioned, is NOT. Along with the stifling heat, that unit lacks a door knob, the shelf is broken, curtains are missing from a window through which the neighbors have a clear view, another shelf in the bathroom is broken, and the ceiling fan is loud. Our phone calls went unanswered for days For the price we have paid for these accommodations to be our home for a five family reunion with our aging parents, we could not be more disappointed. The owner obviously does not care about the condition of her property or for the experience of her renters. I hope that no one else is cheated out of a week of comfort by wasting their money here. The only benefit: the discomfort and annoyances have brought our extended family together. A vacation to remember, indeed.
  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This was written by one member of the family. The rest were deeply grateful for the manner in which we addressed each issue promptly and the fact that we went to great lengths to make her happy. They did not go for days without response. It was one day and as soon as the message was received we immediately drove one hour to the property to investigate, found the window unit for the carriage house missing. Due to the unusual heat, all a/c units were sold out in South Haven and most surrounding cities. We located one in Holland, Michigan and drove all the way up there to get it and install it immediately in the carriage house.

As for the bedding, that was 100% the fault of our cleaning service. We fired the cleaning crew immediately and had a new crew sent in to make it right. As rental owners, these are the unthinkable things that can occur. Our cleaning service was well paid and was expected to deliver the usual positive result, but it didn't happen. Naturally this would be upsetting to a guest, and her confidence in us would be shaken, but she wrote this response during the stay as a way of relieving her frustration, thereby injuring the wrong people. It was the fault of Coastal Concierge, not Three by the Sea, LLC. We pride ourselves on making our customers happy.

Finally, to the weeds in the window box. We put in hundreds of dollars of flowers each year and we pay to have someone come and water them several days per week. The growth of plants is very robust in SouthbHaven and it can be hard to keep up. We do pay someone to care for it, and perhaps they didn't do a good job for us that week. However, we have generally been pleased with her work, and frankly, we don't know of a single other property owner in town who invests in the flowers we do for their guests enjoyment and pays to have someone come and water them to maintain their beauty.

Finally, the rest of the family wrote an apologetic rebuttal to this member's review, but I don't see it here now.
Three By The Sea - Perfect for Large Family Gatherings!
-(269) 425 8888 (cell)
South Haven Southwest Michigan
Chicago, IL

An Practical Place by the Sea

  • 4 of 5
This place was truly perfect for our families. We rented out all three units and there were 15 of us altogether (7 adults, 8 kids). We had a great time. Overall, this place is clean and practical, but certainly not luxurious. Most things at the house were in good working order, but it isn't the Four Seasons. Here are a few quick pros and cons:

* Location -- very close to both the beach (South Beach) and the town. It was an easy five minute walk to both. When we went in late June, the beach was not crowded.
* Space -- the house was laid out nicely for a weeklong beach vacation.
* Bikes -- There are probably like 7-10 bikes in the garage. All the bikes worked, but you won't be riding in the Tour de France. They will get you to the beach and back just fine.
* Kayaks -- There are three kayaks for use. We used one and had a blast.
* Yard Space -- there is a great side yard with a basketball court. The kids spent tons of time playing in the yard space.
* Wi-fi -- This is not advertised, but I was glad to have wi-fi that worked well.

* Not luxurious. Clean and functional for sure, but not luxurious. For example, some of the windows did not stay open.
* Outdoor eating space was a bit scant.
* The coach house is really only a sleeping quarters.
  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children


Activity and Interests

This is absolutely guaranteed the BEST place in town for active

families/friends to gather! In any season, you can keep happy and

busy at Three by the Sea! In summer there are bikes, kayaks, beach

toys, boogie boards, basketball, badminton and more!

In fall there is biking on our fleet of bikes including two

tandems. The Kal-Haven trail is a 34-mile former rail bed that

begins just one mile from the cottage!

In winter, enjoy the lovely new outdoor ice rink downtown, just 3

blocks from the cottage! Or go sledding (sleds provided) on the

sledding hill just two blocks away!

In spring, again, it's time to ride bikes and take walks and enjoy

the budding flowers.


Rental rates


  • Nightly Rate: $200 - $575

    Weekly Rate: $2425 - $2925

    Monthly Rate: $0 - $0

  • Season ..........Maggie's Retreat %7C Surfer Joe Apt %7C Sheila's Shack
    Mem Day thru Labor Day WEEKLY ONLY ...$1350/week %7C $1075/week %7C $500/week
    Off Season .. $275/nt. Maggie's Ret; $200/nt. Surfer Joe; $125/nt.
    Sheila's Shack
    $300 Refundable Security Deposit per unit. Cleaning fee $165.
    Deposit is half down, half due 30 days prior to arrival.
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Property Type

  • cottage


  • pets not allowed


  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • Bathroom 3
  • Bathroom 4


  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 17
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Bedroom 6


  • A fleet of bikes including tandems, beach cruisers and kids bikes. A Burley to wheel all your things to the beach! Kayaks with pfd's, boogie boards, beach toys and more! A gas grill and a charcoal grill, you choose! There's a basketball half court on the property - a huge favorite! There's a porch with hammock, hanging chair swing from tree (kids love it!), picnic table, patio, deck, 3 car garage. The floor plan is open and friendly. Lots of games and a great library of book club reads. A large farmers table to gather for meals/games. Kitchen is large and suitable for large gatherings. Calphalon pots, KitchenAid blender, etc. Dishwasher, gas stove, fridge, dishes, cutlery, etc. Beds are comfortable with super soft, high thread count sheets. In all we have 5 queen beds, 2 twins, a queen sleeper sofa, full size futon sofa, and a twin size futon sofa. Maggie's Retreat and Surfer Joe both feature brand new washers and dryers.

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