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Cottage & Guesthouse in Lake Michigan Dunes! Gorgeous!! in South Haven

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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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Kathy Uecke 630-876-8699

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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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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!!

vacation rental rates

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).


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.




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Top things to do in South Haven
  • Play a round of golf at a nearby course.
  • Walk along the beautiful river walk and out to the lighthouse.
  • Eat at one of the scrumptious restaurants like Clementines.
  • Go shopping downtown or at nearby antiques shops.
  • Buy delicious fresh produce at the season Farmer's Market.
Top things to do on a budget
  • Walk along the sandy beach
  • Roast marshmallows over the open fire in the firepit.
  • Ride bikes or kayak down the Black River.
  • Play games, read a book, or take a snooze in the hammock.
  • Get a tasty ice cream cone at Sherman's.
Top things to do with a family
  • Book a sailing on the exciting Tall Ship.
  • Play at the beach, or tetherball or horseshoes at the cottage.
  • Rent jet skis for the day or charter a fishing boat.
  • Go to the maritime museum.
  • Try your hand at mini-golf or bowling!

Kathy Uecke , owner

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traveler reviews for this south haven cottage rental

Always a great home away from home

Review submitted: July 26, 2014   Date of arrival: July 18, 2014

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

Helpful votes: 1 / 1

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Just What We Needed

Review submitted: February 7, 2013   Date of arrival: October 28, 2012

This week-end get-away was just what we needed. The sand was cold, beach was freezing, but it was all fun.
Beware of Mr. Tole, old legend in these parts. He's always around laughter.
The house is amazing and we were blessed to stay here. Thanks so much for letting us stay here. We can't wait to come back again.

Helpful votes: 0 / 0

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A Wonderful, Magical Place

Review submitted: February 7, 2013   Date of arrival: October 5, 2012

A wonderful, magical place where every detail is perfect. This really is a home, not a cottage. We were here during bad weather and still felt the warmth and charm of this home and surrounding area.
Thanks you

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