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Marwood Cottage, Quiet Michigan Retreat by the Lake! in South Haven

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vacation rental description

Our South Haven retreat is located in a quiet neighborhood on the shores of Lake Michigan about five minutes south of downtown. The cottage is the former caretaker's house of the original Marwood lakefront estate. It is part of what is locally known as Doctor's Row, because at the turn of the century several Chicago doctors used to own properties and entertain in these parts.

Situated on a couple of acres, there is plenty of room for kids and grown up games (badminton, volleyball, horseshoe...) and great barbecues. A short walk down the path will let you enjoy some magnificent Michigan sunsets. Wooden stairs with several landings and benches will guide you straight to the beach. Unfortunately due to the extensive erosion by us you will have to go over rocks and debris at the bottom of the stairs for several yards before you get to the sand. There are also plenty of other beach access in the area.

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house rental amenities

The house was recently renovated with all the modern amenities and furnished in antiques creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere. The kitchen is fully-equipped and has a convenient island for entertaining and dining. The dining room can accommodate six to eight people. The open floor plan makes it comfortable for a couple of families to enjoy.


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vacation rental rates

Spring-Jun 15 .. $1650/week.

Jun 15-Sep 07 .. $1975/week. Friday to Friday summer rental

Sep 08-Fall .... $1450/week.

Nightly Rate ... From $260/night.

Fall, Winter, Spring Weekends Get-away available (2 night minimum).

Half down at time of booking, balance due 60 days prior to arrival

Additional $500 Security/damage deposit refunded within 30 days of departure

Cancellation for summer rentals must be received prior to April 1st. $75 fee


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Top things to do in South Haven
  • See magnificent sunsets!
  • See the Lighthouse
  • Walk along the River Walk
  • Visit the Mi Maritime Museum
  • Play golf at Hawkshead Links
Top things to do on a budget
  • National Blueberry Festival
  • Bike the Kal-Haven trail
  • Antique shops and road side stops
  • Pick your own fruits
  • Hike the State Park Dunes
Top things to do with a family
  • Pick your own Blueberrries, Strawberries, Apples and more!
  • Make sand castles at the beach
  • Eat local Sherman ice cream!
  • See the Tall Ship and cruise
  • Festivals and Art Fairs

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traveler reviews for this south haven house rental

Sweet and Simple Michigan Paradise

Review submitted: May 9, 2011   Date of arrival: July 11, 2010

My family's stay at Marwood Cottage was ,as always, a relaxing and rejuvenating chance to exchange the cares of the hot, humid , hurried city life for the tranquil breezes of Lake Michigan and the many charms of Southwest Michigan. Marwood Cottage is superbly maintained both inside and out. My kids and I always looks forward to capping off a day at the beach with bocce ball and bbq on the expansive back lawn as we await the sunset and the return of the guys from their exhilarating round of golf at nearby Hawkshead. The only drawback of this annual retreat is the day we need to say goodbye!

Recommended for: families with young children, families with teenagers, pet-friendly

Helpful votes: 5 / 5


A great family vacation spot

Review submitted: January 27, 2011   Date of arrival: June 19, 2010

This was the perfect spot for our family vacation. A beautiful location just a block from lake michigan with beach access. The house was nice and clean but not fancy so I could relax and let the kid's play. The yard is big enough for a soccer match or a wiffle ball game. We loved the sunsets and spent every night out at the fire pit. We will be back

Recommended for: families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, pet-friendly

Helpful votes: 4 / 4


Review submitted: January 18, 2007   Date of arrival: January 18, 2007

Our family stayed here for one week in August of 2006 and had a wonderful time.We had friends and extended family come and enjoy this place with us. I believe you can't find a better place to stay while visiting South Haven. The cottage exceeded our expectations manyfold. The views of Lake Michigan were awesome. The yard was great for having fires at night. The kitchen had everything you could expect for making great dinners. The location to the lake was a 2 minute walk. There was not one bad thing to say about this cottage. I would love to own this place.

Helpful votes: 6 / 6


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