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Four by the Shore - A cheerful beach bungalow! Book now for June and save $100

Four by the Shore - A cheerful beach bungalow! Book now for June and save $100


Property Details

Updated: May 17, 2015
House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps 8

Come and stay at this delightful two bedroom-bedroom cutie that

sleeps 5-7 and

is very close to the beach! This non-smoking property is on a very

nice street just two

blocks from the South Beach and only four blocks to downtown

restaurants and shopping!

We cater to the ACTIVE family with a garage full of great

activities: bikes, beach toys, boogie board, gas grill, etc!). We

have a hammock in the shaded back yard with beautiful trees, a

screened-in back porch, great for sleeping, morning coffee and the

newspaper, or entertaining late into the evening! Rinse the sand off in our outdoor shower! It features an

open floor plan, a full-featured kitchen

and hardwood floors. With a new furnace and air conditioner, it is

perfect for year round fun!

Our properties all provide maximum comfort, convenience, and an

emphasis on recreation. Besides the bikes and beach toys, we provide

games and books for rainy days, cable and dvd, and the location is

so ideal that it allows you the freedom to spend your morning at the

beach, afternoon shopping or biking, and evening strolling into town

for dinner, a movie, shopping, whatever! There's so much to see and


More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

We are an active family living in Michigan. We have been in the bicycle business for 28 years, and I grew up in South Haven, two blocks from this cottage. I teach high school English, and our kids are big fans of the big blue lake! We invite you to discover why we love this part-tranquil, part-high energy fun, beach town!

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12 Reviews

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Four by the Shore - A cheerful beach bungalow! Book now for June and save $100
South Haven Southwest Michigan


  • 5 of 5
Four by the Shore was exactly as advertised - a cheerful beach bungalow! Cozy cottage in a quaint neighborhood just a few blocks from downtown. We did not want to leave. It was simple, charming and relaxing. Exactly what our family needed. We will be coming back.
  • Submitted: May 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Four by the Shore - A cheerful beach bungalow! Book now for June and save $100
South Haven Southwest Michigan

Wonderful location, with all the amenities!

  • 5 of 5
> Staying in your cottage, we enjoyed a bonfire in your fire pit on Friday, and
rode bikes on Saturday, Sunday,and Monday. Lots of fun to just ride and ride up and down the streets and look at all the cute houses. We were also happy to be so close to town and able to walk to shops and restaurants, very little need for our car. The kids took over the loft area, and liked having "their own space". Thanks for your great communication and for allowing us to have a
memory filled weekend in your quaint little town! Our only complaint was that we would have liked to stay longer! But three nights was a good start, next time....a week! Thanks! Patti & Tim
  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Four by the Shore - A cheerful beach bungalow! Book now for June and save $100
South Haven Southwest Michigan
Battle Creek MI

Great week!

  • 5 of 5
We had a great week in this appropriately labeled "cheerful beach bungalow!" It's conveniently located several blocks from the beach and downtown. My granddaughters (2 and 4 years old) claimed and loved the upstairs room under the roof. The kitchen had all the conveniences and we used the screen porch and back deck a lot. The fire pit was fun too. And the garage has a nice grill as well as a variety of bikes, sand toys, floating stuff for the water, some kind of paddle board we didn't even take out. Cozy, comfortable and cheerful - it was terrific!
  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Young Children
Four by the Shore - A cheerful beach bungalow! Book now for June and save $100
South Haven Southwest Michigan

Fun! Fun! Fun!

  • 5 of 5
My family rented this home this summer and everything was perfect. What a dream! The owners are very nice and easy to do business with. The house looks like it may be small in the pictures but I felt it was very roomy. Everyone had their own space and privacy. The teenagers took over the upstairs space with the multiple beds and extra mats and bedding available. This was the first vacation that all the teenagers weren't on their laptops and game systems nonstop, as they enjoyed the bikes and the ability to walk to the lake and downtown which had cute shops and restaurants. Would recommend the Black River boat cruise as that was well worth the few dollars it cost and the sand dunes ride at Saugatuk was worthwhile as well.
  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a positive review! We are so glad you had a wonderful time in beautiful South Haven. We always try for 100% satisfaction as that is our #1 priority. We know if you have a great experience, you will come back and maybe even refer others! Thanks again, and we hope to see you again soon!
Four by the Shore - A cheerful beach bungalow! Book now for June and save $100
South Haven Southwest Michigan

Nice clean house in South Haven

  • 5 of 5
Wonderful house for family of 4 with young children. Minutes walk to the beach, clean, all the amenities you could possibly want. We'll be back!
  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Families with Young Children
Four by the Shore - A cheerful beach bungalow! Book now for June and save $100
South Haven Southwest Michigan
Naperville, Illinois

Huard Family stay July 20

  • 5 of 5
We had an excellent stay at Four By the Shore and would recommend it to our friends/family. The location was perfect as it was a very short walk to the beach and town. We were positively surprised on how clean and roomy the cottage was. We also enjoyed having all the amenities available to use (I.e. Bikes for all family ages, fire pit, chairs, wagon etc). Our 3 year old loved the cozy, fun upstairs bedroom. We look forward to a visit next Summer!
  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway


From the Owner

We bought this cottage because we were out for a walk one day near the beach and discovered this cute little cottage sitting there with the for sale sign out front. We peeked in the windows and noticed that it had a pleasing floor plan, adorable porches, and a sweet little back yard! I was curious about that little window upstairs, however, so with a boost from my husband, (the house was vacant!!), I climbed up to peek inside and discovered there was an attic space that I immediately envisioned would make a fun loft for kids! Some dickering and it was ours! We immediately gutted the kitchen and added a half bath, built a garage to store all of the bikes, boards, beach toys and grill, added a back patio, and the next year, built that loft! We ended up buying the vacant lot next door as well giving us lots of elbow room. We are very happy with this cottage and love coming here every chance we get! We think you will like it, too.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Kalamazoo, MI or Grand Rapids, MI at 40 Miles Nearest Barpub : Downtown at 0.4 Miles Nearest Golf : Hawkshead at 6 Miles Nearest Train : St. Joseph, MI at 25 Miles Nearest Motorway : Blue Star Hwy at 1 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Downtown at 0.4 Miles Nearest Ski : Kal-Haven Trail X-C at 1.5 Miles Nearest Beach : South Beach (2 blocks) at 600 Metres Car: not necessary

We're two blocks from the South Beach which features a playground, and concession stand; four blocks walk from downtown;

four blocks walk to the Children's Park (GREAT park!); and 2 blocks

to St. Basil's Church.)

We include bikes with helmets, beach toys, and more to keep you

thoroughly active and entertained! The Kal-Haven trail is just over

one mile from the cottage!


From $200 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Memorial Day Weekend
May 22 2015 - May 25 2015
3 night minimum stay
Summer Rates
May 26 2015 - Sep 3 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 4 2015 - Sep 7 2015
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Property Damage Protection $99.00
  • Pet Fee $100.00
  • Cleaning Fee $150.00

Cancellation Policy:
If we are able to rent the property during your allotted time, you will be reimbursed for any days we were able to book, minus a $100 cancellation fee. We will actively pursue another rental by updating our calendar and calling anyone who requested those dates, once you confirm your cancellation.

Cancellation Policy

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Updated: May 17, 2015


From the Owner

It's the perfect place to read a book, make smores by the fire, make cosmos and play cards on the back porch at night to the sound of the waves nearby, for kids to have their OWN special place up the spiral staircase where they can have full control of their own remote, bean bag chair, games and floor space! Its location allows you to make spontaneous decisions about whether to go downtown or the beach, since both are just a skip down the road. This is a town that will let you simplify, relax, and reconnect. Come here often!!

Property Type

  • cottage


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


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...


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


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library


  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • Downtown


  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Outdoor shower - outdoor shower, Hot and cold water, shampoo and soap, right by a clothesline
  • 2nd Bath - toilet, A toilet, sink, full length mirror, and room to get ready.
  • Full Bathroom, main floor - toilet, tub, shower, Glass bricks in the shower allow light w/privacy!


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen, Charming with closet space, a dresser, and a big mirror.
  • Loft bedroom - 3 twin/ single, Kid heaven with a t.v., bean bag chair, and loft living!


  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...


  • Guests provide their own meals

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website


  • Where do I begin?! We packed a LOT of value and amenities into this adorable, well-situated cottage! This non-smoking property is ideal for a family of five or two couples. Sleeping arrangements include 1 queen bed, three twin beds, and one very comfortable queen-sized and one twin-sized futon sofa. There's a garage with bikes, beach toys, a grill, and more! A brand new washer and dryer. Outdoor areas include a beautiful, private shaded back yard with a fire pit and patio, and a screened in back porch with wicker furnishings to enjoy the fresh air and listen to the waves two blocks away. The kitchen is brand new with white cabinets, new stove, microwave and dishwasher. The upbeat FUN design of the place will keep your spirits high! You may not want to leave. We have games, cable t.v. including HBO, etc. (LOTS OF CHANNELS!), a stereo, air conditioning, and great books! We supply sheets, linens, etc. This is a wonderful place!

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