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Three By The Sea - Perfect for Large Family Gatherings!

Bedrooms 6
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

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!

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.

More Details

Ilse B. Roderick
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 31, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

We just finished our third annual ladies bike ride on the Kal-Haven trail supported by the TREK store in Battle Creek.  Our destination....Three by the sea; a charming house that meets all our needs.  We arrived early enough to enjoy the beach, downtown shopping, cruising the market and just sitting on the front porch. Not to mention that amazing SUNSET!!  Everything was within walking distance.  There were beds for all 12 ladies and the amenities were perfect.  Ilse is always accommodating and we all felt a little spoiled as she stocked the fridge with breakfast food. We are already on the calendar for next year. Thanks again Ilse.

     Diane at the trek store in Battle Creek
Sep 2017
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South Haven Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 17
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 17
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
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.


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Three By The Sea - Perfect for Large Family Gatherings!
average rating of 4.5238094 based on 23 reviews

Loved This Place!

  • 5 of 5

We needed a large home to rent for my daughter's wedding over Memorial Day weekend, and I am so thankful that this home was available. What a great find! The set up of the home with three separate units is perfect for large groups, and the owner has thought of everything to make your stay enjoyable. From the perfect location of the home (a few blocks from the Lake and downtown), to the comfortable bedding and furniture, to the fully furnished kitchens, to the books, games, barbeque grills and bikes, this place is fantastic. The owner was very attentive to our needs and was a joy to work with. Overall, a great experience and we cant wait to come back.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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clawson, mi

This property is absolutely awesome in every way!

  • 5 of 5

Excellent location within walking distance to the beach AND downtown! Lots of room inside with all kinds of different options for one big family or multi-families. Beautiful grounds for children activities and lots of toys and games to keep them occupied. Nigh time allows for a huge fire pit area for all to gather and discuss their day and their plans for the next..............Definitely will be staying there again!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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St. Louis, MO

Love Three By the Sea

  • 5 of 5

We have been enjoying Three By the Sea for several years along with our children and grandchildren, ages 2-17. We use ALL of the space! The large outdoor space with bikes, basketball, and ping pong provide hours of entertainment for everyone. Parents can sit on the back porch and keep an eye on things! The front porch and hammock are perfect for reading or just watching the world go by. Love the outdoor shower. The wide driveway provides off street parking. South Beach and Kids Corner Park are an easy walk or bike ride as is downtown with it's shops, restaurants and farmers market (a favorite!). The kitchen is well stocked and the large kitchen table is perfect for games of all types--including late night poker. The owner is very conscientious and has always been very prompt in responding to any concerns that we may have. We highly recommend Three By the Sea for large groups looking to enjoy all that South Haven has to offer. .

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Comfy-Cozy Perfect South Haven Location!

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic weekend at Three by the Sea in South Haven! We had 14 people, a few different families, staying together and used all 3 units. This gave us the privacy we needed but also the big gathering space we needed. We walked to the beach and walked to town. Perfect location! This home is so cozy and fun that we mostly stayed in and enjoyed the deck and porches, air hockey, ping pong and shuffle board in the garage as well as the use of the many bicycles and beach toys. There was more than enough outdoor seating for us all. We all said that the beds were very comfortable, which was important to us. And, the owner is wonderful and very responsive. She didn't have anyone checking in right after us so she messaged me and invited us to play there the entire check out day! We are anxious to do this again at Three by the Sea!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Grest for large family but needs upgrades.

  • 3 of 5

The place is in a great location and size is great but it really needs to be updated for the amount they are charging. The furniture is old and needs to be replaced along with some of the mattresses. It needed to be a lot cleaner. The plus is the great location and a large dining table that the family enjoyed sitting at. Overall if they do some renovations. And getnew furniture it would be a great place.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I do believe that constructive criticism is very important in keeping in line with what my duties towards families like you, are. But I cannot change anything if I don't know what the problem area(s), in this case re cleanliness, were. I wrote a very polite email in which I asked to please send me a list of what you felt was not clean, but I have received no answer. I will make doubly sure that we, the cleaning team and I, are doing what we are supposed to deliver, and more. As for the price, after cleaning fee was taken out, I received $1684 for 4 full days and 3 nights, 17 persons on Labor Day weekend. I don't think that was outrageous. as for the the "old" furniture, these 3 units are supposed to be "cottagy" looking, so we are trying to stay in tuned with the cottagy style. But I do thank you for bringing up the issue of cleanliness of the place...something that is so essential to a successful stay. Ilse Roderick
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Great retreat location

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
34 Miles
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Nearest Train
10 Miles

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $375

For more information regarding the low season rate please contact property owner.

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
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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund