Cottage, 6 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, 17 Sleeps
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.
Great retreat location
About the Owner
(16 traveler reviews)
Great retreat location
This house a provided a comfortable space for our team to get to know each other better. We especially enjoyed its short walking distance from the beach and other features of the town. With all the amenities provided to us and the location in the middle of a good neighborhood, the house itself felt very homey and conducive to our goals of strengthening our bonds as a team. Well-kept, clean, and cozy, Three by the Sea is definitely a good choice for anyone looking to hold a small retreat or get-together.
great escape after a long trail ride
This past weekend was our annual ladies trail ride from Team Active in Battle Creek. Our destination was three by the sea. There were a total of 14 cyclists and we rode the Kal-Haven trail about 72 total miles between the two days. Ilse was very accommodating as she stocked the fridge for us with breakfast food. We enjoyed dinner out in beautiful South Haven followed by a spectacular sunset at the beach. Everyone that rode will definitely do it again next year. A wonderful retreat. Thanks again and we will see you next year:)
Wish it could have been longer!
As previous reviews have mentioned this is a great spot for large groups. I work at a brewery and we toured a local hop farm not far away and then made a visit to Founders Brewing the next day. This was a perfect fit for our group of 13 people. There are two grills (charcoal and gas) that we put to good use while shooting some hoops in the driveway with the fire pit going.
There are multiple dwellings on the property that make it perfect for privacy as well if you choose to peel away from the group. A great spot for a big family gathering. There are bikes and games in the garage as well to keep the young ones happy and plenty of outdoor seating for all. You're also only a couple blocks to the downtown area and Lake Michigan beaches.
Three by the Sea has a little something for everyone. Next time I'll make my stay for longer than just one night!
Three by the Sea the best!!!
We've stayed at many places in South Haven and this one is simply the best!! We've stayed here 4 times now,..........large family and friends,......14 to 16 in all,...........and it just has the right things for anybody and everybody. The location is perfect for going into town a short walk north,.......or to the beach a short walk west. If you want to kick back with quiet, or games for the whole crew, there's room for everything! The garage is loaded with bikes and games for kids of all ages, a large basketball court too. The cooking areas indoors and out is very spacious, and a huge area for a bonfire after a long day. We will be staying there for many many years to come!!
Great place for large families/groups
Our large extended family has been staying at Three By the Sea for the past 7 years and we LOVE it!!! We use all 3 units. It is the perfect location with an easy walk or bike ride to the cute shops, restaurants, and farmer's market downtown, as well as the marina, Kids Place, and most importantly South Beach. We love the large lot and driveway, the basketball goal, the game tables (ping pong, air hockey, shuffle board), the variety of bikes available, the fire pit and the porches. There is lots of outside seating space. You can most often find the adults reading on the front or side porch or laying in the hammock (unless it is already occupied by a teenager!). The kitchen is well stocked with utensils and appliances that you may need and the large farm style kitchen table is perfect for games or family discussions. One thing that is especially important is the fact that there are a total of 4 full bathrooms and 2 washers and dryers (for the 3 units)--very important for a large group!!! We have always found Ilse, the owner, to be very responsive to any issues or concerns that may arise before or during our stay. Each year, she makes improvements to the property. We love South Haven but more importantly, we love Three By the Sea!
A weekend of family gatherings
We recently stayed at 3 By the Sea for a large family memorial turned family reunion/Vacation. My Grandpa was buried in Covert, MI and we had 64 family members attend from out of state. We rented 3 totally separate VRBO houses in South Haven, and 3 By the Sea was by far the most hospitable, roomy, and prepped for large families of all of them. Ilse was easy to work with and was willing to go out of her way to make sure we had a good time in the planning process as well as during our stay. We had 6 families (a total of 20 people--12 adults and 8 kids) actually stay on site and there was plenty of room for all. There were extra beds for 3-4 of the kids (bunks and a toddler bed) in the Maggie's retreat section. There were also some pull out couches for the remaining kids. All of the adults were able to stay in real beds. In addition to those of us actually staying on site, 3 By the Sea became the central gathering place for all of our families, as it was the closest to the beach (5 blocks), closest to downtown (3 blocks) and had a very nice driveway/yard area for kids and adults to gather in larger groups. There was at least one time where we hosted 50+ people at the same time on site and it worked out great for our large group.
Activity and Interests
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.
- Nightly Rate: $200 - $575
Weekly Rate: $2425 - $2925
Monthly Rate: $0 - $0
Season ..........Maggie's Retreat %7C Surfer Joe Apt %7C Sheila's Shack
Mem Day thru Labor Day WEEKLY ONLY ...$1350/week %7C $1075/week %7C $500/week
CALENDAR IS ALWAYS UP TO DATE - PLS CK BEFORE INQUIRING:)
Off Season .. $275/nt. Maggie's Ret; $200/nt. Surfer Joe; $125/nt.
$300 Refundable Security Deposit per unit. Cleaning fee $165.
Deposit is half down, half due 30 days prior to arrival.
- pets not allowed
- Bathroom 1
- Bathroom 2
- Bathroom 3
- Bathroom 4
- 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 17
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bedroom 4
- Bedroom 5
- Bedroom 6
- 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 meals/games. 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 dryers.