Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday cottage in Union Pier - Sanctuaire- Secluded Lakefront
Private Lakefront -Sleeps up to 6, 2 full baths, hot tub, 2 firep, firepit, WIFI
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Fabulous Year Round LakeFront Retreat! Very unique and unconventional experience. Relax in an atomsphere that invites guests to rekindle romances, reunite with friends and family, and revive their spirits. Enjoy spectacular views of the lake. w A perfect blending between nature and comforts. Completely equipped kitchen, satellite TV and internet…conceirage services, secluded lakefront, Private Pier, kid-friendly, boats, Hot Tub, high speed internet, WIFI, Plasma HD TV, gorgeous furnishings, huge relaxing decks, tons of privacy and “Old Wine Country” charm to boot. Feel the Luxury of certainty- Guests arrive at Sanctuaire with many essentials already in place for use.
In the heart of Lake Michigan's wine country, the forest canopy mingles with the vineyards to create a unique retreat less than two hours away from Chicago! “Sanctuaire” was named after a for the mid 19th century Northern Paiute mystic who pronounced a life of harmony, peace, and truth. It was these principles that guided the inspiration into the form the property assumes today. Nature takes center stage as the Sanctuaire harmoniously balance the surrounds of the lake and the wooded 1 1/2 acre property. The landscaped grounds allow for recreation, reflection, and inspiration.
Sanctuiare is a Secluded Year-Round luxury Lakefront Get-Away with incredibly pristine natural surroundings, large wrap around decks, 47 inch plasma TV, Bose surround sound, BBQ and deluxe lakefront near Union Pier. Spectacular 25k Hot tub.....childproofed with cribs and highchairs...
The location of this cabin in the valley on top of a small knoll overlooking a lake, will take your breath away. The home sits on a full acre providing lots of privacy and quiet. Sit back, relax and enjoy the lake views from the expansive living room windows or on a lounge on the sunny deck. Sanctuaire encompasses the home inviting you to enjoy hiking, biking, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing right out the front door. The yard is large (not fenced), landscaped with native plants and in the heart of wine country.
Inside this home all the walls are cedar and there is a striking stone fireplace making the ambiance warm and cozy. The kitchen is open to the living and dining area and is fully equipped for any family meal.
Architecturally exciting and beautifully furnished the ultimate in privacy and luxury. 'Sanctuaire” offers a spectacular retreat with 2 BR, 2 BA, a *loft, and 3 small bedroom with a small gym.
The loft is a partial second floor, reached by a staircase, with a wood-burning fireplace, all leading to an incredible view of the lake. This area provides a television with a comfortable viewing area of the lake as well as the third sleeping space with two twin beds. The kitchen is modern, with every convenience. The house is replete with wood paneling, hardwood floors, oriental rugs, and original art.
One Queen floor futon and Queen roll out bed in the loft allow sleeping for an additional two people, so the house sleeps 8 at capacity. Also- the house is childproofed and we have two cribs!
'Sanctuaire' with approx. 2000 square feet of living space provides for an open and airy retreat, three skylights, and a panoramic view through walls of glass, all giving a tree house ambiance. This exceptional home also features wool carpeting, a beautiful stone fireplace in the living room, and a variety of first class amenities. Be surrounded by fine bed linens.
The master bedroom, with wall-to-wall windows overlooking the lake, has a King-sized bed with Sterling and Foster mattress, and a magnificent master bath with a deep tub Jacuzzi. There is a separate guest room with a queen bed and its own bathroom.
A secret path from the house to the lake leads to your use of own pier (and the use of your own 2 boats) and the lake frontage.
On more than a forested acre surrounded on two sides by the bohemian groves, with extensive decks, and landscaping designed for year-round beauty. This unique retreat features a spectacular hot tub/spa for 6 that overlooks the lake. This hot tub is state-of-the-art with fiber optic lights surrounding the entire spa that light up the steam and the water in a variety of different colors for your complete relaxation and enjoyment.
The ideal place is for four-season fun as we are close to several mountains for ski weekends and winter retreats. The lake, when frozen, can be wonderful for snow shoeing and/or skating.
Canoe and rowboat are available, free of charge. FREE WIFI, LONG/Local Calls, and Laundry are FREE (includes laundry soap and fabric softner) for all our guests. This beautiful home is secluded, yet only minutes drive to the local wineries, Lake Michigan, Union Pier, St. Joseph, Warren Dunes, Grand Mere State Park, Public Golf courses and bicycle and hiking trails and 45 minutes to Saugatuck! The decks have an abundance of outdoor furniture, an outdoor fireplace, and lots of sunshine.
'Sanctuaire' is spectacular in its variety of landscapes and recreational opportunities. Enjoy the breathtaking lakefront views with your own private sanctuary away from the traffic, stress, noise, safety problems, and the noisy tourists..
We invite you to visit and share in the historic magic. Be captivated by the warmth of 'Sanctuaire'!
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
About Mona Dajani- Owner
Hello and thank you for looking at our property! Over the years we have used this house for our family and extended family so it feels like our HOME away Home. We give you, our guests, the personal touch from the moment you make your reservation. Renting our vacation home has been a fantastic experience—largely because of all the interesting guests we’ve hosted! How else would we have met famous authors, sommeliers, not to mention the dozens of other families and friends who have made 'Sanctuaire' their home away from home for many years? We bought the property many years ago as a 'retreat' from the grind of being big-law lawyer in Chicago. We extensively renovated the house to feel like our family home in Aspen, Colorado- yet closer to Chicago. We are blessed with the property and has been a direct positive correlation between our personal and professional lives.
Our family of four lives in Chicago and your contact, Mona, works as an attorney (the nice kind). We enjoy renting vacation homes ourselves.
We’re avid outdoor family of hikers, swimmers, sailors,snowboarders, skiers and kayakers! Mona, a former Chef in France, loves to cook and invite family and friends to share in her fresh farm to table food and wine pairings!
Over the many years, our family and friends simply cherish, love and enjoy 'Sanctuaire' and we offer it to select guests. It has very positive energy. We are meticulous about its maintenance, appearance, and appeal. We have both legal and business experience representing hotels all over the world. Through our commitment, legal & business experience, Sanctuaire has established a business relationship with our guests that will last a lifetime.
Mona Dajani- Owner purchased this cottage in 2001
Why Mona Dajani- Owner chose Union Pier
We love the location- very close to Chicago and our extended families in Michigan! There is a cleansing energy about the place. Simple, So peaceful and in connection with nature. Feels far away from urban life. We live in the city of Chicago- a concrete jungle with little privacy and small yards. We fell in love with Sanctuaire since it is blessed with magnificent natural beauty and located in the one most popular and desirable locations in Southwest Michigan, Sanctuaire is surrounded by clear spring waters with towering dunes and wineries are a sight to behold!
Sanctuire is nestled in the heart of the Michigan's wine country . Sanctuaire is home to some of America’s favorite vacation and recreation locations. Enjoy world-famous beaches, wineries, hiking, biking trails, water sports, skiing, dining, shopping, and more! With so many activities to choose from, there is something to keep everyone in your group entertained! At Sanctuaire, we recommend fun things to do with your days and to arrange special ventures (from dinner reservations to personal helicopter rides). Whatever you desire, we are here to assist you!
What makes this cottage unique
We truly want our guests to love Sanctuaire and the surrounding Southwest Michigan area as much as we do! We have guests who have never traveled to Southwest Michigan and are sometimes a little nervous and so I try to make them familiar before they arrive by knowing what to expect. Also- When you book with us, you will receive more than just a great house however, you will receive customized service tailored to your specific desires. Lastly, please know all utilities, TVs, the hot tub, etc. will be checked-in 24 hrs prior to your arrival; the heater will be set to 65 degrees and the porch light will be turned on so you will be welcomed by a warm and inviting environment. So, we welcome your inquiry and invite you to ask us all your questions and express all your vacation wishes so we can make your experience in Sanctuaire perfection! Also know that Mona is a vetran attorney with over 20 years experience in renting luxury vacation rental properties. You can trust that Sanctuaire will be exceptionally clean, welcoming, with top of the line accomodations. You do get what you Pay for!
Guestbook comments from the owner
HI Mona- I'm back in Afghanistan. Thank you for a wonderful stay at Sanctuaire. My family loved it!
The house was wonderful, a dream come true. I set up the camera one morning in the rain and pointed it at the lake to capture the peace and serenity of Sanctuaire, just so I could have a piece of it to take back here with me.
Thank you for allowing my family and I to share your little piece of heaven!