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Jim Pappas

Member since: 2007
Call Manager
Speaks English

Luxury Beachfront Guest House Sleeps 8: Lake Michigan, Dunes, Chicago, Tranquil

6 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Miller Beach - Luxury Beachfront Guest House Sleeps 8

2 Bedrooms + pull-out Queen, 1 Marble Jacuzzi Bath (Sleeps 6-8)

After 2 nights, the nightly rate decreases!

We also offer DISCOUNTED weeknight pricing!

Miller Beach Dream Retreat is Indiana Dunes MOST Luxurious Vacation Rental!

Steps from the best "semi-private", sugar-sand beach on Lake Michigan

Often referred to as the "Hampton's of the Midwest"

5-Star Luxury Oasis: private, secluded, spa-like quality, ultimate beach-front getaway on Indiana Dunes National Park.

Charming Guest House sleeps 6-8: 2-Queen bedrooms, leather sofa with queen-sized pullout, marble Jacuzzi bath, gourmet kitchen, Wi-Fi, HD TVs, Smart blu-ray player, washer/dryer, outdoor deck with gas grill and seating area


Miller Beach, IN is the closest beach-side community to Chicago (45 minutes by train or car) and recently received a $28 million grant from the state to revamp its beach concessions, museums, parking, streets, hiking trails, and infrastructure.

Miller Beach, is the center of hundreds of attractions. Boat Launch (seasonal) for watercraft is (1/3 mile) away. Only a sliver of National Park & winding dune trails separates you from THE nicest, Semi-Private, sugar-sand beach in IN! Take the sand trail leading from our Pro Sand Volley Ball Court for a sunrise jog, catch some warm, afternoon rays on the soft beach, swim in cool Lake Michigan, or stroll in the surf at dusk & capture a snapshot of the setting sun or Chicago Skyline. No matter what the season or occasion, stay with us for the ultimate in relaxation!

Rooms and Amenities:

-16' vaulted ceilings w/skylights let in the Southern sun!, private deck with propane grill

-Gourmet kitchen: fridge w/auto-ice maker, range/oven, micro-hood, dishwasher, garbage disposal, island w/stools, small appliances including coffee maker, cookware, bake ware, dishes, flatware, etc.,

-Two large Queen-sized bedrooms with dressers, night stands, flat-screen digital cable TVs, DVD players, ceiling fans, stand fans, alarm clocks, closets with hangers, reading lamps, etc.

-Marble Bathroom with Jacuzzis, towels, bath mat, hair dryer, hand soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, etc.

-Laundry center with detergent/fabric softener/bleach

-Fastest ATT Uverse Wi-Fi available


-Free parking for 2 vehicles in the driveway

-Personal tour at check-in and binder full of useful info & local attractions provided


2 night minimum, Credit Cards/PayPal/Chase QuickPay accepted, 50% due at booking, remainder due 30 days prior to arrival

Our Main House at the Dream Retreat (sleeps up to 16) may also be available! #181281

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Jim Pappas (Property Manager)
Member since: 2007
Call Manager
Speaks English

About Jim Pappas

An Engineer and General Contractor since 1995, Jim (Hilary’s husband) has a passion for designing, building, and managing large, luxury beachfront homes to accommodate large families and groups for celebrating, entertaining, and relaxing. Hilary is an accomplished Interior Designer and loves to create inviting spaces, ensuring that all the details are attended to.

Jim has been a commercial real estate investor since 2001 and built this dream home for his family to call home. We always look forward to 'our private oasis on the beach” to escape from it all...

Completed in 2009, the Miller Beach Dream Retreat and attached Guest House offer all the luxuries, premium fixtures, and custom amenities to truly have a spa-like experience. The 6 half-level floor plan layout and flow is functional, offering both large gathering spaces to entertain on a grand scale both indoors and out as well as comfortable, cozy nooks in unique spaces for solitude.

We truly hope you enjoy our home as much as we do. sWe fill up very fast, take all forms of payment, and operate on a first come, first served basis

See you soon!

Jim and Hilary

Jim Pappas purchased this house in 2009

Why Jim Pappas chose Indiana

Miller Beach, Indiana is THE closest beach side community to Chicago (approx 45 minutes by car or train, 60 minutes from O’hare Airport, 30 minutes from Midway Airport), is right on the Indiana Dunes National Park, and has the BEST “semi-private” sugar-sand beach!

Miller Beach is the epicenter of NW Indiana, a unique 'artist' community full of galleries, shopping, fine & casual dining, miles of pristine beaches and hiking/biking trails. All are within a 45 minute drive or train ride.

Our backyard and beach IS the Indiana Dunes National Park! This slice of heaven contains one of the most diverse ecosystems in the entire National Park system. It is world famous for the Karner Blue butterfly and over 369 species of flowering plants, and cacti. The first manned-glider ride occurred 200ft from our rear deck in 1896 by Octave Chanute.

Unlike most beachfront home rentals that are crowded, noisy, and offer little privacy, the Dream Retreat was built with solitude in mind--quiet, tree-lined, cul-de-sac street, corner lot, 350 feet from the closest neighbor!

Your views to the North and East are pure Lake Michigan, rolling dunes, and the Chicago skyline. Privacy fences enclose the 2000 sq.ft. of prime outdoor living space, jacuzzi, and pro-sand volleyball court.

Follow the path to our sugar-sand beach to enjoy the 150ft sand bar and crystal clear, warm waters of Lake Michigan. Our 'Semi-Private' beach has no rocks, no muck, and no algae. Also, because we are the Southern-most tip of Lake Michigan, the water gets warm fast and remains well into Autumn.

Become “one with nature”, enjoy the ultimate in luxury and privacy, all while staying only 35 minutes from Chicago--one of the largest and most culturally diverse cities in the world!

What makes this house unique

No other beachfront vacation rental offers this level of privacy, beauty, and luxury. Our guest list is confidential, but includes A-list celebrities on-site during filming of major movies, professional sports stars, and noted journalists.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Met with a bunch of girls who all Scrapbook. Thats what we did from Thursday until Sunday in Nov. 2011. Beautiful home, beautiful location, beautiful times!! Would I do again? In a heartbeat!! Oh and did I mention the hot tub. This would be a great place for a small family reunion or maybe a New Years Eve party. Very lovely--hoping to make plans to do it again.
Nov 2011
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based on 6 holidaymaker reviews

Luxury Beachfront Guest House Sleeps 8: Lake Michigan, Dunes, Chicago, Tranquil
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Loved this Guest House in the Dunes!

  • 5 of 5

The Guest House is darling! Stayed here for a late summer trip to the beach and absolutely fell in love with the place. Short walk on the trail to the gorgeous beach, surrounded by nature and secluded on a quiet street—my friends and I had THE best time. There were 6 of us and even though 1 couple stayed on the pullout couch, it was no big deal. The kitchen was great—had everything we needed and open to the living area, which was perfect, cause everyone always ends up there anyway right? Also had an amazing view of the dunes!! Who knew this was SO close to Chicago! Seriously—we will be coming back many, many more times.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 14, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I completely agree. People always zoom right by Miller Beach to get stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on there way to other less desirable destinations much further from Chicago with sub-standard beaches. For what? I don't know. The Guest House is LOADED with everything and is always priced right! Thank you very much for you stay and see you again in 6.5 months! Also, we are in the process of updating the furnishings in the Guest House as well. Jim
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Great Family Staycation

  • 5 of 5

I decided to book a quick winter “stay-cation” for my family and was searching for a comfortable, relaxing place where we could also enjoy the outdoors. I found the Guest House and knew it would be the perfect getaway.

The owner responded to my inquiry immediately and thoroughly walked me through all of the amenities and highlights of the home. As it turns out, we were also allowed to bring our dog!

Our stay couldn’t have been better. The kids spent the days playing in the dunes while my husband and I caught up on our reading and even a nap or two!

The house is situated on a quiet cul de sac and was such a delightful respite from our everyday hectic lives in the city. We were able to cook all meals in the fully stocked, open kitchen (with everything from utensils/pots and pans to a toaster oven, coffee machine and a dishwasher) and enjoyed having the entire family in one cozy space. All five of us fit comfortably in the house, with one bedroom for my husband and I, a room for the girls and a pull out sofa in the main room for my son. The kids loved the big screen tv/dvd player, hubby was glued to overstuffed leather sofa and I adored having a washer/dryer. The indoor Jacuzzi tub was also a huge hit with eveyone!

The Guest House was truly a great value…more fun and in the end more cost effective than a hotel! We will be back again, hopefully when it is warmer!

~Kim L.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 1, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Kim! I'm glad everything worked out so well. Hope to see you again soon!
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Great Romantic Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in the guest house for a much needed getaway in January. Very beautiful, comfortable and relaxing....just what we needed. He liked the well stocked kitchen, for he is the chef in the family ;) I especially enjoyed the comfy cozy bed and jacuzzi tub!!!! Great for couples needing to get away together and recharge the batteries.

Another great thing....they are pet friendly! Hard to come by.... Nice not having to worry about our dog when we go on vacation.....

Any questions or concerns we had were answered by the property owner who was waiting for us when we arrived (nice perk). We both highly recommend this property and are looking forward to our next escape!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 6, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Galveston, TX

Beautiful views, relaxing, quiet, great hiking

  • 5 of 5

My four sisters, I and 2 dogs met at the house in Mid-December and loved it! it was big enough for all of us. 2 of us are from Galveston, 1 from Detroit, and 2 from Rockford, IL. we do this sister's getaway once a year. The dunes and lake were very pretty. the location was convenient and somewhat centrall located for all of us to get to. we love to be outdoors and even though it was chilly, we enjoyed hiking the beach trails. the dogs (boxer and golden retriver) loved to romp all over the dunes and beach. The staff was pleasant and even met us on site to give a tour. We will definitely make this place our yearly sisters outing. thank you Jim and Marty!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 6, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, IL.

Perfect Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I rented the Main House and Guest House for a family vacation this summer and had an incredible time. Wonderful management, impeccably clean, tons of amenities! We were really blown away by the size of the house and all it had to offer, but spent the majority of the time on the beach. The water clarity and temp. were perfect. When we weren't at the beach we spent the rest of the time on the padio cooking on the gas grill. Really an incredible place to spend time with the family!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Chicago, IL.

What a get-away!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this "Guest House" for a weekend get-away from Chicago and had an absolutely wonderful time! My family really needed something last minute and close by and this was perfect. It only took us about 45 minutes to get there from the north side of Chicago!

The home was beautiful and well-appointed with two large bedrooms and an open concept main room. The plasma screen tv was an added bonus as well. The beach was peaceful and the swimming was perfect. Though the next time might be in the Winter so as to take full advantage of the whirlpool in the Master Bath.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2010
  • Date of Stay: May 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Chicago Ohare Int'l and Chicago Midway
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
18th St Brewery, Brasserie, Flamingos Pub
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
19 courses within a 30 mile radius
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Miller Beach Train Depot--SouthShore Line
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
I-65 & Highway US 12/US 20, 80/84
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Miller Bakery Cafe, Flamingos, Miller Beach Cafe
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
FourLakes Alpine Snowsports
Nearest Beach
Lake St Beach (0), Wells (3), West Side (4)
Car: necessary

Custom built in 2009, the secluded Dream Retreat will help you escape from it all! Retreat is situated on a cul-de-sac street (no traffic) and corner lot (only house on the corner). Closest neighbor is 350 feet away. Completely private compound (6' & 8' privacy fences). Pro-Sand Beach Volley ball court set to Womany's Olympic specifications (Peak Season only). Entire North (lakeside) and East are Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Hear nothing except the songs of birds, breeze, and waves slapping against the Lake Michigan shoreline. See the Chicago Skyline from the upper decks.

Because of our unique location, only a tiny sliver of National Park separates us (sand & asphalt trail) from the best semi-private sugar-sand beach on Lake Michigan. We are 1/3 mile from Lake St. Beach boat launch (seasonal) for all your water toys, jet-skis, boats, sailboats, etc.

We personally meet you at check-in to give keys, a brief tour, and binder full of fun and useful info and all the best attractions within a 45 minute drive or train ride.

Other Activities: Centrally located and something for everyone! All attractions are within a 45 minute drive or train ride. Shoppers and gamers paradise! grocery/liquor stores, factory Outlet malls (120 stores), West Lake two-story mall, candy factory tours, fine/casual Dining, EZ train to Chicago: (Loop, “Magnificent Mile” shopping, museums, convention center, airports), water parks, amusement parks, Amish Country, scenic drives, Fall foilage tours, flea markets, National Park hiking/biking trails and classroom discussions, winery tours, Casinos (10 min to Trump, Ameristar, Majestic, harrah's, Horseshoe; 30 min to Blue Chip), Wells Street & West Side Beaches, golf, marinas, etc.

Golf: 19 courses withing a 30 mile radius--list and contact information provided in binder at check-in.

Ski: FourLakes Apline Snowsports is in Lisle, IL approx 60 miles from the Retreat and offer a wide variety of terrain, slopes, lessons, and fun for people of all ages.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Miller Beach, Indiana

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
2016/17 NON Peak Season
26 Sep 2016 - 25 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
2017 PEAK Season
26 May 2017 - 24 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
2017/2018 NON Peak Season
25 Sep 2017 - 24 May 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £76 + Tax
Holiday Fees may apply £0
Pet Fee £0
Ask-Early/Late Check out £0
Tax Rate 12.0%

Contact us directly for accurate pricing!!
*Discount* rate after 2 nights!

We are DOG friendly (up to 2, treated at least 7 days in advance) ask about our fees
Early check-in 1pm CST/late check out 1pm CST for add'l fees, subject to availability
Holiday premiums for July 4th, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Air Show, Easter

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Miller Beach, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • beach ...
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • lake ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Jacuzzi
  • Marble Jacuzzi bathroom includes bath matts, towels, hair dryers, tissue paper, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hand soap, night lights, etc.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedrooms equipped with high, vaulted-ceilings, walk-in-closets, dressers, HD flat screen TVs, DVD players, alarm clocks, hangers, ceiling fans, stand fans, all linens, etc.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Sand Pit
  • Walkway to Water
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • Jacuzzi
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Bowling center
  • Disco club
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Water sports
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowmobiling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Leave your worries behind & bring only your personal belongings... Think of the Dream Retreat as a 5-Star, luxury hotel, loaded with fine amenities, but private, secluded, and your very own... Our nearly endless list of amenities are second to none: Multi-room, multi-source 1200 watt sound system creates the perfect atmosphere for entertaining or relaxing Pro kitchen—serves 30, mixing bowls, bakeware, serving platters, pots, pans, and skillets, roasting pans, spatulas, serving spoons, spices, toaster oven, blender, steamer, crock pot, coffee makers, filters Towels, bath matts, shampoo, conditioner, body wash Extra pillows, sheets, beach towels (seasonal) Lanterns, flashlights, first-aid kits Queen-sized, high-rise, luxury, self-inflating/deflating Aero-beds w/ pillow tops & Headboards. Linens and bedding provided Firewood, trash bags, plastic-ware, paper towel, laundry, fabric sheets, dish soap included

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