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Cottage & Guesthouse in Lake Michigan Dunes! Gorgeous!!

Cottage & Guesthouse in Lake Michigan Dunes! Gorgeous!!

Overview

Property Details

Updated: Nov 17, 2014
Cottage, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, 10 Sleeps

You can have the best of both worlds: a very private little cottage and guesthouse in the small, wooded community of unpaved roads that all dead end into the dunes, nestled in the beautiful critical sand dunes of Lake Michigan; and yet just minutes south from downtown South Haven. An acre all to yourself, a quiet place where families and husbands and wives can unwind from over-busy schedules, reconnect with each other, read stories together, roast marshmallows or pop popcorn over the campfire, or just swing or snooze in the hammock. You can climb over the unspoiled dunes or take a stroll on the meandering path through the woods around the dunes to get to that unsurpassed view of Lake Michigan where you can play in the Lake, on the beach or walk along the uncrowded, wide sugar sand beach.

Dune Daze is the 3rd cottage from the dunes and it takes approximately 4-5 minutes to get through the stunning dune area to the beach. Our guests, from very young children to those in their eighties and some beyond, have had a rich and delightful experience at our cottages. Most of us have to climb, rest, climb, rest, etc. to get to the top of the dunes. The exhilerating effort involved is well worth it once you get to the top, see the magnificent view and then get to go down the other side! However, the dune climb may not be for everybody - keep that in mind as you plan your stay. For those unable to make the climb or walk through the woods (it takes about 6-7 minutes this way) to get to the beach, South Beach is just a few minutes' drive away in town. Even closer, Van Buren State Park is just down the road and there is a paved path right down to the beach. The times given above are based on my walking and I am 62 years old.

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  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath

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We absolutely loved our stay at your cottages this last weekend. When I opened up the door to your beautifully decorated clean cottage, I felt like I was a little girl who just got to Disney world. :) For me it was the best of both worlds, the woods and the beach. The view from the top of the dune was breathtaking. Your attention to detail made the trip even better. Thank you for renting your cottages out to us, sweet memories were made.
Sep 2014
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Reviews

business
Cottage & Guesthouse in Lake Michigan Dunes! Gorgeous!!
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p7063459
+1 -630-876-8699
South Haven Southwest Michigan
Indianapolis, IN
5

Always a great home away from home

  • 5 of 5
This was the fourth year we have spent a week at Dune Daze with our family. We are so grateful to Kathy and Alan for making this lovely cottage and property available. We are always greeted with a very clean and comfortable place to stay. Kathy and Alan not only maintain the property in top shape but have added improvements eacg year. My 89 year old parents start talking about going to lake and sitting arond the fire each year about Christmas time! And 2 and 4 year old grandsons love the sand and the beach. The guest house is perfect for our married son and his family. I cannot say enough good things about Dune Daze and the memories we have made there. Only 358 days or so before we return!!
The Dark family, Indianapolis and Crawfordsville, Indiana
  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
business
Cottage & Guesthouse in Lake Michigan Dunes! Gorgeous!!
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p7063459
+1 -630-876-8699
South Haven Southwest Michigan
Howell,Michigan
5

Carla

  • 5 of 5
I must say this was one of the BEST, most beautiful, places we ladies have stayed!Everything about this home was perfect!The owners have gone above and beyond to make sure that they have not forgotten anything that you may need to start your vacation.Perfect spot for "girls" week-end,the cottage is very private and relaxing.Not sure what the highlight of the wk-end was 1- getting massages in the guesthouse or the beautiful sunsets each evening on lake michigan, or the nice path thru the woods to the beach or was it sitting around the bonfire with all my best girlfriends? I'm the one out of our group of ladies who book our trips and have never had a more awesome house and surroundings then staying here.We will be back that is a promise, and Kathy just can't Thank-you enough for letting us build beautiful memories with the use of your home! VERY RELAXING PLACE!! Loved the flip flops too!
  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Cottage & Guesthouse in Lake Michigan Dunes! Gorgeous!!
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p7063459
+1 -630-876-8699
South Haven Southwest Michigan
farmington hills, mi
5

girls night out 2012 suzanne send off

  • 5 of 5
what a place! can't get much better than this. relax,check eat great.check walk our great michigan coast,check live,laugh,love,check. we will be back. thank you for a time well had by all chris and the girls(some of them were just a mess)
  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing
business
Cottage & Guesthouse in Lake Michigan Dunes! Gorgeous!!
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p7063459
+1 -630-876-8699
South Haven Southwest Michigan
Indianapolis, IN
5

Lifetime Memory

  • 5 of 5
Our "Four Generation Vacation" was made perfect by this beautiful, secluded property with all the amenities of home. The house and guest house were immaculate and all we had to add was food and beach towels. The nearly private beach was a short walk away and was clean and pristine. The large areas for people to gather for meals and movies were fun. We kept a fire going in the outdoor firepit and sat around itin the evening sharing family stories. Everyone from my 86 year old parent to my 15 month on grandson had a great time. My children and husband want me to rent this property again next year, and that sounds like a great idea. The Grand Haven shops on Phoenix Street were attractive and fun, and places to buy groceries and fresh produce were very handy 5-10 minute drive away. This is a perfect setting for a family vacation with plenty of room to get together and plenty of space for that needed privacy at times. I look forward to going back.
  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
business
Cottage & Guesthouse in Lake Michigan Dunes! Gorgeous!!
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p7063459
+1 -630-876-8699
South Haven Southwest Michigan
Indianapolis, IN
5

Memories for a Lifetime

  • 5 of 5
The cottage, guest house, and amenities exceeded our expectations. The memories of our "Four Generation Vacation" will last a lifetime. The large dining table, spacious sitting areas, and open fire pit were wonderful places to gather. The nearly private beach, sand, and water were enjoyed by all from my 86 year old parents to our toddler grandson. South Haven is a quaint town at which we enjoyed walking to the lighthouse and visiting the many shops along Phoenix Street. My children want us to rent this Dune Daze property again next year--and I agree that is a splendid idea.
  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
business
Cottage & Guesthouse in Lake Michigan Dunes! Gorgeous!!
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p7063459
+1 -630-876-8699
South Haven Southwest Michigan
Garden City, Mi
5

Wonderful Ladies Weekend

  • 5 of 5
Dune Daze was perfect..we were very impressed with the house as soon as we stepped foot in the door..everything was great.....we relaxed, played games and hiked to the dunes several times....was very relaxing to walk along the shore...loved the flip-flop decor...would definetly be somewhere we would return....
Deb, Julie, Sharon, Libby, Pat & Emily
  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2010
  • Stayed: Apr 2010
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children

Location

Activity and Interests

Available all year long, experience all kinds of water activities in the summer, crisp fresh air and colorful leaves in the fall, sledding down the dunes in the winter (which can be breathtaking), wildflowers and delicate new leaves unfolding in the spring, and, of course, the Lake Michigan sunsets which are painted uniquely each evening, no matter which season you are at the cottage. You won't be the same when you go home from this quiet, uncrowded and peaceful place. The cottage is situated in a small community bordered on the south by a state park and actually backs up to undeveloped land on the north. Make this year the beginning of your family vacation tradition at this cottage in the woods. Finding petoskey stones along the beach of Lake Michigan is one of our long standing family traditions!

Some firewood is provided to get you started, there is additional firewood to purchase just down the road. We request that you do not bring your own firewood.

All kitchen equipment was new in 2008. Quality stainless steel and glass, no plastic or aluminum. There is also a family size electric griddle.

There are some sand/beach toys at the cottage.

Our 'mountains' are made of sand - the dunes can be seen from the cottage.

There is a terrific firepit to enjoy, and tetherball and horseshoes for some good old fashioned fun!

To have an opportunity to actually live amongst those pristine sand dunes along the Lake is beyond comparison with in-town rentals. This is the third year this rental property has been offered, so don't wait too long to make your plans to spend a week or more in the summer or even just a couple of days in the other seasons. Your time here can make a world of difference when you go back home to your everyday life. We are sure you will want to come back year after year to climb those magnificent dunes, roast marshmallows over the fire in the fire pit, play hide and seek in the woods, walk the beach, hike area nature trails, and whatever else you enjoy. Just imagine the memories! We have another cottage in this same neighborhood.. They are about a 3 minute walk from each other. For larger groups, rent both cottages - together, they sleep 16-20. What fun that would be!!

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Notes

  • Nightly Rate: $300 - $400

    Weekly Rate: $1200 - $2200

    Monthly Rate: $0 - $0


  • Off-season ----- Sep. 4, 2013 - June 12, 2014 - $300/night (2 night minimum) or $1200/week.
    In-season ----- June 13, 2014 - Sep. 1, 2014 - $2200/week - Weekly rentals only (occasional nightly rentals may be available at $400/night).
    Off-Season ----- Sep. 2, 2014 - June 11, 2015 - $300/night (2 night minimum) or $1200/week.

    There is a 3 night minimum for holiday week-ends.
    $300 deposit required for all bookings (refundable upon satisfactory check-out).
    PAYMENT PLAN IS AVAILABLE.
    We are a Friday to Friday rental property - check-in after 6:00pm ET and check-out before 1:00pm ET.

    Upon booking, the $300 deposit plus 1/2 of the rental fee is required within 7 days, the other 1/2 of the rental fee is due 30 days before check-in.

    To book for the next year, the $300 deposit will hold your reservation until January 15, at which time 1/2 of the rental fee is due, with the other 1/2 is due 30 days before check-in.


Amenities

Property Type

  • cottage

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Family

Suitability

  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • Beach View

Bathrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • Half Bathroom

Bedrooms

  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4

Notes:

  • There are 3 bedrooms in the cottage, sleeping 6, a queen bed in the master and a twin/twin bunkbed in each of the other 2 bedrooms. There is also a queen sofa bed in the living area of the cottage. In the guesthouse is 1 bedroom with a queen bed and a queen size sleeper sofa in the family room. sleeping 4. All of the bathrooms were brand new in 2008, with heated ceramic floors and heat lamps in the ceiling. The outdoor shower is at the guesthouse and has both cold and hot water. All of the towels were new in 2013. We pay close attention to the condition of all of our towels and they are replaced right away when necessary. The cottage has a fully equipped kitchen with granite counter tops, a breakfast bar, pots/pans, microwave, dishes, glasses, utensils, etc. which are all stainless steel and glass. There is no plastic. There are some books and games, DVD player, cable TV, a charcoal grill, patio with table and chairs, a wonderful firepit with plenty of outdoor seating.
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