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Three By The Sea - Perfect for Large Family Gatherings! in South Haven

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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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cottage rental amenities

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
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

activities and attractions in South Haven Michigan

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.

vacation rental rates

Season ..........Maggie's Retreat | Surfer Joe Apt | Sheila's Shack 
Mem Day thru Labor Day WEEKLY ONLY ...$1350/week | $1075/week | $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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Great for multiple families! We LOVED IT!!!!

Review submitted: February 5, 2013   Date of arrival: August 18, 2012

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!!!

Recommended for: families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, tourists without a car

Helpful votes: 3 / 3


Perfect For Our Family

Review submitted: July 17, 2012   Date of arrival: June 2, 2012

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.

Recommended for: families with young children

Helpful votes: 1 / 1


Fine, but by no means excellent

Review submitted: July 5, 2012   Date of arrival: June 23, 2012

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.

Helpful votes: 5 / 6


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