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A cheerful beach bungalow!

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps 8

SPECIAL: Aug 17-24 $300 off for the week!

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

Sheila Wood
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2018

About Sheila Wood

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!

Sheila Wood purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Sheila Wood chose South Haven Charter Township

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.

What makes this cottage unique

It's the perfect place to read a book, make smores by the fire, sip 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, 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!!


South Haven Charter Township Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 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 6
  • 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!
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • 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
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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A cheerful beach bungalow!
average rating of 4.612903 based on 31 reviews

Perfect location and house is awesome for a family with young kids.

  • 5 of 5

I write this review as we are pulling out of the driveway with kids crying and two parents who are about to join them because we just aren’t ready for our week in south haven to come to an end!!! We have three kids ages 5, 3, and 1. The house was perfect for us. Our kids called the upstairs bedroom their fort and absolutely loved their little hideout. The master bedroom was cozy and the bed was very comfortable. Kitchen provides all kinds of opportunity for grilling or cooking. The garage is packed with anything and everything you could possibly need to enjoy your stay. Thanks to the bikes provided we took several bike rides every day and the trails are just a few streets away. All kinds of beach supplies, chairs, boogie boards, wagon, etc are provided and made trips to the beach easy and enjoyable. This was our first time to south haven and it will not be our last. If you’re on the fence about coming here, JUMP! You will not regret it and the memories you will make with your family. This is by far the best vacation we have ever been on. We look forward to staying here again next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We have rented Four By the Shore along with Three By the Sea for our large extended family for several years. Kids love the assortment of bikes that are available as well as the SUP. Also love the screened in porch and fire pit in the backyard. Easy access to South Beach, Kids Place playground and easy walk to downtown. Owner has always been great to work with.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
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South Bend, IN

Charming home and great location!

  • 5 of 5

The house was very spacious, very clean and nicely updated with still leaving the charm of days gone by. It included everything we could possibly need and more , from extra blankets and towels to sand toys and beach chairs. The thing we enjoyed most was having use of the bikes to go from shopping to beaches and back for dining. We we were able to explore a lot more than we could have by car or on foot! The owner was very accommodating and it was a great pleasure to say at this great beach house!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great summer cottage!

  • 4 of 5

This was our first year staying at this cottage. It was perfect for my husband and I and our 3 kids. They had bikes that fit everyone and all the amenities you might need for the beach. We loved being able to rinse off the sand in the outdoor shower rather than a cold hose! It was a quick bike ride to downtown and to the kids corner park. We are looking forward to our stay here again next year! Thanks!!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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St. Louis, MO

Great Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

This is the second year that we have stayed at Four By the Shore. The location is great--an easy walk to South Beach, the playground, and downtown. Having bikes and paddle board available for our family was definitely an asset and they got a lot of use. We would definitely recommend Four By the Shore!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Overall a clean, roomy home. Location was great; close to downtown and walking distance to the lake.

  • 4 of 5

Cottage provided a good selection of games, literature, WiFi reception and cable as well as bikes and beach items in the garage.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, and I'm glad you enjoyed your stay! I hope we can earn that 5th star on your next visit!
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Kalamazoo, MI or Grand Rapids, MI
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Nearest Train
25 Miles
St. Joseph, MI
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Blue Star Hwy
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Nearest Ski
1.5 Miles
Kal-Haven Trail X-C
Nearest Beach
600 Metres
South Beach (2 blocks)
Car: not necessary
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Biking on Kal-Haven.

* Paddle Surfing!.

* Swimming & Sunbathing.

* Go Antiquing or peruse our charming shops!.

* Biking on our beach cruisers!.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Biking on our tandem & beach cruisers!.

* Smores on the fire pit!.

* Hit the beach!.

* Play volleyball!.

* Take walks and watch sunsets!.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Kids' Park is just a few blocks away!.

* Bring your pails and shovel to the beach!.

* Art classes at the downtown Art Center!.

* Pick blueberries!.

* Go biking on our bikes!.

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!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

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

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund