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Four by the Shore - A cheerful beach bungalow! Book now for June and save $100


Property Details

Updated: Oct 23, 2016
House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps 8

Come and stay at this delightful two bedroom-bedroom cutie that

sleeps 5-7 and

is very close to the beach! This non-smoking property is on a very

nice street just two

blocks from the South Beach and only four blocks to downtown

restaurants and shopping!

We cater to the ACTIVE family with a garage full of great

activities: bikes, beach toys, boogie board, gas grill, etc!). We

have a hammock in the shaded back yard with beautiful trees, a

screened-in back porch, great for sleeping, morning coffee and the

newspaper, or entertaining late into the evening! Rinse the sand off in our outdoor shower! It features an

open floor plan, a full-featured kitchen

and hardwood floors. With a new furnace and air conditioner, it is

perfect for year round fun!

Our properties all provide maximum comfort, convenience, and an

emphasis on recreation. Besides the bikes and beach toys, we provide

games and books for rainy days, cable and dvd, and the location is

so ideal that it allows you the freedom to spend your morning at the

beach, afternoon shopping or biking, and evening strolling into town

for dinner, a movie, shopping, whatever! There's so much to see and


More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

We are an active family living in Michigan. We have been in the bicycle business for 28 years, and I grew up in South Haven, two blocks from this cottage. I teach high school English, and our kids are big fans of the big blue lake! We invite you to discover why we love this part-tranquil, part-high energy fun, beach town!

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Speaks: english, german

21 Reviews

based on 21 traveler reviews

Ballwin, Mssouri, USA

Comfy, cozy cottage!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay so much. It was so nice being walking distance to the beach and to downtown. Having bicycles available was also a treat! Loved the trail to Van Buren State Park! Having a screened-in porch was also a plus. Nice to sit out there and read. Kitchen had everything you could possibly need. My husband and I would definitely like to come back sometime!

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location, well stocked home.

  • 5 of 5

This house is in a great location in South Haven. Easy walk down to the water and easy walk to town in an nice neighborhood. Loved that there were plenty of beach chairs for watching the sunset over the water. Home is small but roomy. Easily slept the 5 of us for a girls weekend.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Four by the Shore. The home was very comfortable and well kept. The bikes and the recreation items that were included with the property made our stay even more enjoyable. We had rented this property in tandem with Three by the Sea to accommodate a very large extended family spanning 12 mos through 74 yrs and every person had a great time. South Haven is a wonderful town for a family vacation; having the beach and the downtown area easily within walking distance helped to make it a fantastic week. Many thanks to Sheila - we hope to be back again!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Albany, NY

Super cute place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

The property was well maintained and taken care of. It was peaceful and quiet. The beach was just down the street, you couldn't ask for anything more. Would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a long weekend in April. Communication with the owner was pleasant, and the pictures and description were accurate. The property was clean and well-kept, and we could tell that the owners care about maintaining it. It's a good, comfortable space for families with children. The location is the best part: it's a couple blocks from the beach, Kids Harbor park, and downtown. We walked to everything and didn't need to move our car all weekend.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Keith! We hope to see you and your family again!
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"Off the grid" in South Haven!

  • 5 of 5

We had a WONDERFUL week at "Four by the Shore"! We stayed for four nights to decompress over spring break, looking for a few days of peace, quiet and togetherness on the lake. The house was quaint and quiet with everything we needed to be comfortable during our stay!

Notable highlights included:

- An awesome assortment of bikes in the garage that were suitable for the whole family (2 adults and 2 kids ages 9 and 13)

- Full kitchen with utensils, small appliances, basic spices, etc. As well as a nice gas grill for BBQing

- Board games galore!

- Super-cute loft area that the kids LOVED since it gave them their own space

- Lovely back yard with fire pit for relaxing & making smores

One special note of thanks: Sheila was incredibly kind and gracious throughout booking and our stay, but we were especially thankful that she went "above and beyond" in one specific instance without us even asking: after booking we had asked what sort of TV the bungalow had in it so that we could determine if we would be able to use our AppleTV there for family movie nights (which ended up working great using the complimentary wifi!). She responded quickly, informing us that the current TV in the house was a bit old and may not work with our device, so she said she would purchase and install a new one to just accommodate us! As advertised there was a brand new flat screen HDTV mounted in the living room upon our arrival! This was obviously not required but it was very much appreciated since it made our evenings that much nicer by being able to snuggle up as a family to watch a movie after a fun day of activity. THANKS SHEILA!

There are many, many more great things I could say about the house, the owner, and South Haven in general (they were all WONDERFUL!) but I'll summarize by saying "don't hesitate!" if you're thinking of staying at "Four By the Shore" - you won't regret it!

We can't wait to come back!


The Erwin Family from MD

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We bought this cottage because we were out for a walk one day near the beach and discovered this cute little cottage sitting there with the for sale sign out front. We peeked in the windows and noticed that it had a pleasing floor plan, adorable porches, and a sweet little back yard! I was curious about that little window upstairs, however, so with a boost from my husband, (the house was vacant!!), I climbed up to peek inside and discovered there was an attic space that I immediately envisioned would make a fun loft for kids! Some dickering and it was ours! We immediately gutted the kitchen and added a half bath, built a garage to store all of the bikes, boards, beach toys and grill, added a back patio, and the next year, built that loft! We ended up buying the vacant lot next door as well giving us lots of elbow room. We are very happy with this cottage and love coming here every chance we get! We think you will like it, too.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Kalamazoo, MI or Grand Rapids, MI at 40 Miles Nearest Barpub : Downtown at 0.4 Miles Nearest Golf : Hawkshead at 6 Miles Nearest Train : St. Joseph, MI at 25 Miles Nearest Motorway : Blue Star Hwy at 1 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Downtown at 0.4 Miles Nearest Ski : Kal-Haven Trail X-C at 1.5 Miles Nearest Beach : South Beach (2 blocks) at 600 Metres Car: not necessary

We're two blocks from the South Beach which features a playground, and concession stand; four blocks walk from downtown;

four blocks walk to the Children's Park (GREAT park!); and 2 blocks

to St. Basil's Church.)

We include bikes with helmets, beach toys, and more to keep you

thoroughly active and entertained! The Kal-Haven trail is just over

one mile from the cottage!


Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall/Winter Rates
Sep 6 2016 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day Weekend
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer Rates 2017
May 30 2017 - Aug 31 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
5 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 4 2017 - Sep 5 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Cleaning Fee $150
Pet Fee $100

This is a NONSMOKING property. Thank you for not smoking.

We typically only rent by the week in summer. Occasionally we make exceptions in early June or late August.
Cancellation Policy:
If we are able to rent the property during your allotted time, you will be reimbursed for any days we were able to book, minus a $100 cancellation fee. We will actively pursue another rental by updating our calendar and calling anyone who requested those dates, once you confirm your cancellation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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From the Owner

It's the perfect place to read a book, make smores by the fire, make cosmos and play cards on the back porch at night to the sound of the waves nearby, for kids to have their OWN special place up the spiral staircase where they can have full control of their own remote, bean bag chair, games and floor space! Its location allows you to make spontaneous decisions about whether to go downtown or the beach, since both are just a skip down the road. This is a town that will let you simplify, relax, and reconnect. Come here often!!

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


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  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library


  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • Downtown


  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


  • Outdoor shower - outdoor shower, Hot and cold water, shampoo and soap, right by a clothesline
  • 2nd Bath - toilet, A toilet, sink, full length mirror, and room to get ready.
  • Full Bathroom, main floor - toilet, tub, shower, Glass bricks in the shower allow light w/privacy!


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen, Charming with closet space, a dresser, and a big mirror.
  • Loft bedroom - 3 twin/ single, Kid heaven with a t.v., bean bag chair, and loft living!


  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...


  • Guests provide their own meals

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website


  • Where do I begin?! We packed a LOT of value and amenities into this adorable, well-situated cottage! This non-smoking property is ideal for a family of five or two couples. Sleeping arrangements include 1 queen bed, three twin beds, and one very comfortable queen-sized and one twin-sized futon sofa. There's a garage with bikes, beach toys, a grill, and more! A brand new washer and dryer. Outdoor areas include a beautiful, private shaded back yard with a fire pit and patio, and a screened in back porch with wicker furnishings to enjoy the fresh air and listen to the waves two blocks away. The kitchen is brand new with white cabinets, new stove, microwave and dishwasher. The upbeat FUN design of the place will keep your spirits high! You may not want to leave. We have games, cable t.v. including HBO, etc. (LOTS OF CHANNELS!), a stereo, air conditioning, and great books! We supply sheets, linens, etc. This is a wonderful place!

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