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Historic Ice House Cottage in South Haven

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This quaint historic cottage,which was the original "ice house" for the area sits on beautiful Lower Scott Lake on the grounds of the Echo Dell Castle.It is fully furnished and features over 100' of private frontage with private dock. The lofted two bedrooms offer breathtaking views of the lake. The walk out doors take you right to the waters edge. It has a large yard which offers plenty of room for children of all ages. The lake is an all sports/all seasons lake with plenty of fish and swimming.This cottage is very well suited for families or couples.

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Deborah Laraway 231-250-2764

cottage rental amenities

Private lake frontage

Private dock

Deck with patio furniture

Camp fire pit

Air conditioning

TV with DVD


Paddle boat and canoe with life jackets

Row boat with life vests

Gas grill

Large great room with wood fireplace

Open layout with vaulted ceilings

 Free Internet available

Coffee maker

Full sized fridge


Large kitchen and dining area, fully furnished

All linens, blankets and pillows furnished

4 beds available and additional blow up mattresses

activities and attractions in South Haven Michigan

Located on the edge of the Allegan forest and 5 minutes from the Kal-Haven bike trail, this private spacious lake-front cottage is just the ticket to get away from the hustle and bustle.The sunsets are spectacular and the breeze is perfect.

Swimming, boating or sun bathing are at the top of the list. This quiet secluded lake cottage is great for relaxing and enjoying a lakefront vacation.The deck is just footsteps from the water's edge and the shore is sandy and shallow. The lofted bedrooms feature a queen bed and a full sized bed. Two trundles are located under the beds and pull out for additional sleeping space. There is also a day bed and sofa in the great room. Full service kitchen with large fridge, fully furnished with pots,pans and tableware.All linens and towels furnished. We are located 15 minutes from South Haven and 20 minutes from Saugatuck.

vacation rental rates

Weekly rates seven days (Sunday to Sunday) are $900 Check in is Sunday 4 PM EST, check out noon Sunday

Weekend rates (two nights stay) are $400 Check in Friday 4 PM EST, check out noon Sunday

Additional days can be added to weekend or weekly stays at the rate of $125 per night

Weekday nights (Sunday through Thursday) are $175 each, check in 4 PM EST check out noon.

10% due to book reservation(non refundable) with remaining balance due within 10 days of arrival. A $150 security deposit is due at arrival.

Credit cards accepted

Sorry, no pets and no smokers

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Top things to do in South Haven
  • Take a dip in the warm water
  • Tour the lake in the paddle boat
  • Sit on the lakefront deck and take in the sunset
  • Wet a line and catch some gills
  • Play a round of golf...many great courses just minutes away
Top things to do on a budget
  • Grill and chill
  • Take a nap on the dock or deck
  • paddle boat across the lake
  • swim until you wrinkle
  • sit on the dock and catch fish
Top things to do with a family
  • Sit around a camp fire, sing Kumbaya
  • Take a day trip to Saugatuck
  • Bring your bikes and ride the trail
  • Tour the countryside
  • Visit a number of sleepy resort areas

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Very nice with a couple of problems

Review submitted: September 3, 2013   Date of arrival: August 26, 2013

This cottage is very attractive, unusual and in a peaceful setting. The decor is appropriate to the history of the cottage, very creative, and quite homey. I really thought I was going to love this place but a couple of things ruined it for me.

I am not a neat freak by any means, and I do as little housework as I can. So before reserving the ice house, when I read the review from the person who complained about the shower and the well water I thought she was being ridiculous. But not any more. The water is hard and there are the usual iron stains in the toilet and all over the tub surround. Now, the toilet is unattractive, but there's not too much you can do about iron stains and it didn't bother me. However, the shower was simply disgusting. In my opinion, you don't have a plastic tub surround with iron in the water -- of course it is going to be horribly stained. And it is. But I also believe it was dirty. I cannot say for certain as I did not try to clean it, but it had the appearance of soap scum that my shower gets. I also found someone's hairs in the shower when we arrived. There was one of those rubber tub mats on the bottom of the tub. In my experience, you put one of those down right before you shower and remove and rinse it when you are done. Otherwise there will be mold or mildew underneath. Since the mat was there when we arrived and the tub and surround were so horrible in appearance that I could barely manage to get in, I certainly wasn't going to look underneath the mat. I tried not to think about it. The other terrible thing about the shower was that there was no water pressure. It was pretty much a trickle. This was the only thing about the bathroom that really bothered my husband and kids. I am guessing that the hard water left deposits in the shower head, clogging it and preventing the water from flowing. Regardless, when you spend $175 per night you expect a halfway decent shower! Finally, there was a large patch of mold on the wall next to the sink. It appeared that that is a recurring problem, as the paint looked as though it had been bleached in the immediate vicinity of the mold. So this is a water problem in an exterior wall. Just imagine what is behind that drywall! Seriously, get a new tub and put in tile instead of a surround, get a new showerhead, and fix that water/mold problem!

I'd tell you about the dirty sponge and stained, wet dishrag left in the kitchen sink but I am out of space...

Owners response: First, we would like to thank you for the nice things you said about the Ice House. Secondly, we would like to respond to your allegations that the shower had not been cleaned. We go through the Ice House between visitors and clean very thoroughly sweeping, vacuuming, mopping and sanitizing every surface as is appropriate. The bathroom is always thoroughly cleaned as we feel that it is imperative to provide our guests with clean and sanitary conditions. Yes, we do have hard water and we have added a filtration system to help control it. There are hard water stains in the shower but it is clean, always. We have plans to control the staining involving a new product from Rustoleum but, because the product is new, and the turnover in the Ice House rapid, there has not been time to apply it without disrupting a vacation. All linens are fresh and clean, bleached and line dried for each new guest. We would also add that we leave the guests with 3 phone numbers at which we can always be reached if they have any questions or needs during their stay at the Ice House, because we would like to address any problems or assist them in any way possible during their stay. Had these guests called us we would have addressed their difficulties immediately.

Helpful votes: 1 / 1


Nice, quiet retreat

Review submitted: July 19, 2013   Date of arrival: July 10, 2013

We had a great time at the Icehouse! We stayed with four adults and three young children and there was plenty of room for everyone. We were all able to sleep upstairs with the youngest in a pack and play. We cooked almost every night and everything we needed as far as cookware and dishes was available. The night we didn't cook, we ordered from Pizza Plus (the homeowners' pizza place) and we all loved it. The house is in a quiet area on a nice lake. When Doug saw my husband and five year old son fishing off the pier, he brought out some bait. The drive to the beach in South Haven was easy. We went twice since the lake by the Icehouse isn't really good for swimming.

I would highly recommend the Icehouse if you are looking for a quiet getaway. It is comfortable and clean and the owners are very thoughtful.

Recommended for: age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 2 / 2


Perfect vacation spot not far from Chicago

Review submitted: July 16, 2013   Date of arrival: July 4, 2013

Please read my review through:
We were the party of four adults looking for a lake view short time vacation spot away from Chicago but not too far from it since I left my elder mother by herself. Ice House proved to be everything we dreamed of. However, I would like to give the heads- up for consideration.
1. No separate bedrooms, just two queen beds separated by the dry wall. My husband snores and my habit of carrying the earplugs everywhere saved the nights for everyone. Otherwise, be warned.
2. One of the queen beds is not as long as we all used to. I am 6'10" and I had trouble fitting in. Fortunately, our friends couple are smaller people and they did not mind switching the beds.
3. Kitchen supply is REALLY limited; just 5 ceramic plates and 7 tea cups; everything else is plastic and in a very limited quantities. The frying pans are way past their usage time.
These points are nothing if you come prepared. Other than that, it is a really really really nice place very close to the beautiful South Haven and Saugatuck towns. The lake view is breathtaking at sunrise and sunset. Free WiFi makes a lot of difference too. The per night cost is more than reasonable. Fishing is good. Swimming, boating, barbecuing... what else is needed for the a nice family vacation?
And the last but not the least, the owner is heavenly friendly and helpful.
All in all, it was a wonderful vacation and was nothing short of 5 stars.

Recommended for: age 55+, families with young children, sight seeing

Helpful votes: 2 / 2


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