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Bryan Woodruff

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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
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LAKE MICHIGAN GETAWAY

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Sunny beach cottage, half block from the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan, 40 miles to Chicago. 3 bedroom 1 1/2 bath plus outdoor shower. Lovely front porch perfect for summertime people watching.

Suitability:
  • non smoking only

Bryan Woodruff

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.co.uk since 2012
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Growing pains forced us to move from this house but we stayed here in Miller Beach because we love it so much.

Bryan Woodruff purchased this house in 2003

This is a sunny, adorable cottage perfect for your beach vacation. After spending a day in the sun, rinse the sand off in our outdoor shower. Chicago is less than an hour away for those who like a break from the beach or an evening out in a world-class city.

A half block walk to the beach. Easy highway access. Close to South Shore Train to Chicago.

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

4
based on 7 holidaymaker reviews

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Lake Michigan Getaway
average rating of 4.0 based on 7 reviews
business
Lake Michigan Getaway
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p421855vb
+1 773-837-8237
Miller Beach Indiana
5

Wonderful Place to Stay!!

  • 5 out of 5
This was a wonderful place to stay. Nice and clean and very close to the beach. We had 4 adults, 1 teen, and 3 children and this house accommodated us perfectly. Walked about 1/2 block to the beach. Beach was wonderful. Nice sand with very few rocks. Also within a very short drive from lots of nice hiking. Neighborhood feels very safe. Numerous people in our group jogged area and felt safe the entire time. Neighbors were all friendly. We had an issue with the Wifi not working, but the owner was very quick to respond to help try and remedy the problem (ended up not being his equipment, cable company modem was bad). All in all, this was an amazing house. We will be returning!!!
  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: It was great meeting you and your family. I hope you return next season. I'm glad you has a nice stay!
business
Lake Michigan Getaway
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p421855vb
+1 773-837-8237
Miller Beach Indiana
West Suburbs-Chicago
4

Short Weekend Getaway

  • 4 out of 5
My girls and I had a great time. Facility was clean and ready to be used. I would definitely go back!
  • Review Submitted: 16-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
business
Lake Michigan Getaway
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p421855vb
+1 773-837-8237
Miller Beach Indiana
5

Cute getaway

  • 5 out of 5
7 of us stayed at this cute beach house. The kitchen is a great space for hanging out and eating, and the living room gets such lovely light in the morning. The kitchen is spare, so if you anticipate doing some cooking you might want to bring a few extra things. The walk to the beach was a minute away and the neighborhood is very residential. About a half mile down the road there's a pizza place and a cute grocery store in case you forgot something.
  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Lake Michigan Getaway
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p421855vb
+1 773-837-8237
Miller Beach Indiana
2

Not Ready for Prime Time!

  • 2 out of 5
The rental was a disappointment and it showed that pictures can be very misleading. Up close, the property is not well maintained. The kitchen cabinets are old and not in good condition. The range top was EXTREMELY greasy and had caked-on food; we definitely could not cook there. The only full bathroom has a shower surround that is very cracked and covered in mildew. The downstairs is air conditioned pretty well as long as the ceiling fans are running but the upstairs is VERY warm and uncomfortable. You must walk through one upstairs bedroom to enter the other. The stairs are very narrow and steep and sorely in need of a handrail. My sister fell down the stairs (no alcohol was consumed during the stay) but a rail possibly could have prevented the fall. The front stairs are very chipped concrete and the yard is an unusable jungle. When I approached the owner in an understanding manner (after the stay) he did not seem to react as if he really cared about correcting the problems. I got the impression that he is not really interested in repeat business. I have rented many houses and this house did not measure up to what could reasonably be expected in a rental. The owner made reference to the reasonable price of his property compared with others in the area and he is right, the price is lower, but who wants cheaper when the property is not up to expected standards.
In fairness, the house is VERY close to Lake Michigan, there were good restaurants nearby and everyone was friendly, even the owner was pleasant during our pre-rental contact.
I got the impression that the owner unwilling (or possibly unable) to do the necessary updating but in that case, he should not rent.
I rated the experience as fair because this was a girlfriend's getaway - my sister and three of us who attended high school together more than forty years ago. The good company carried the day
  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Teenagers
Owner's Response: I'm sorry that the place did not meet your expectations. I'm glad that you at least enjoyed your company and the community. The property is a cottage from the forties and most people find it charming (perhaps quirky) and appreciate it for what it is. It may not be for everyone. However, the vast majority of renters have communicated to me that thoroughly enjoyed the place and they intend on returning. The photos are relatively recent and I believe they depict the property well. We offer a clean affordable getaway near the beach.
business
Lake Michigan Getaway
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p421855vb
+1 773-837-8237
Miller Beach Indiana
5

Great Chicago getaway

  • 5 out of 5
We stayed with our three girls, ages 9, 5 and 1. The house could have slept two families, very nicely laid out and very close to the beach.

The pictures are a good indicator, though there is an additional bedroom upstairs that contains a queen size bed (very nice). The kitchen was great with a prep/eating island that we really enjoyed.

We would highly recommend this rental, and will return in other seasons. Business owners like Carmella at the Miller Market are very friendly, carrying fresh local food.
  • Review Submitted: 26-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed the place, the beach and the community. Hope to see you again soon!
business
Lake Michigan Getaway
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p421855vb
+1 773-837-8237
Miller Beach Indiana
2

Made the Best of it.

  • 2 out of 5
Came for a girls weekend with 5 ladies. The positives of this rental, great location and price. The beach is a short walk away and is BEAUTIFUL. I feel like I need to write this review to prepare others who are might coming to stay and to give insight to the owners so that future renters can have a better experience. I was in contact several times with the owner to try to prepare for this weekend so that it would be nice. He assured me it had evrything and couldn't think of anything we really needed. However,there was 1 partial used paper towel role, 2 roles of toilet paper, we had to buy more. One garbage bag, no dish soap, the towels were wet and folded in the linen closet, also there is no microwave. Also we had plumbing issues, the tub did not drain, so we all stood in previous bath water. during showers. None of these were major issues, but would have been nice to know ahead of time. And I have to say the little money to spend as a landlord for dish soap and toilet paper would have made the overall experience better.
Again, we had a nice weekend, and the price was really affordable.
  • Review Submitted: 04-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway
Owner's Response: Given our prior communication, I wish you had let me know of your disappointment and we would have made an effort to accommodate you. Since you arrived two hours early and were eager to get in, we may have been a little hasty in restocking some supplies. Consumable items like soap and paper products are available upon arrival but not restocked during the visit. We were unaware of any issues with the bathtub draining (probably sand in the cleanout trap – a hazard of life at beach!), but we will address those right away. Finally, you made a good point about the microwave. We will purchase one for the place soon.

I hope others will not be dissuaded by your review; overall it seems like you enjoyed the house and its location. We believe we provide a reasonably priced, comfortable and clean house close to the beach.
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Rental rates for this holiday house in Miller Beach, Indiana

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2 night minimum stay
$487
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$1,231
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 14.5%
Notes Taxes include 2.5% credit transaction fee. This does not apply if paying by check or cash. Cleaning fee is waived for rentals of 5 nights or longer.

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Facilities

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Miller Beach in Indiana

Property Type:
  • house
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2)
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
Notes:
Outdoor shower.
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