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Serene, comfy Dune Cottage in the shadow of Lake Michigan dunes

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, sleeps 8

This is a quiet getaway cottage nestled in lush greenery, just a pleasant walk from Lake Michigan. A great place to share with family and friends. A pleasant escape to relax, re-center and recharge where time melts away. Enjoy lazy mornings in the shady woods or being greeted at breakfast by the songbirds; sunny, breezy afternoons on the uncrowded beach; dinner grilling on the private deck, and intimate evenings in the glow of family and friends around the fire pit.

Additional amenities: Propane grill, deck, fire pit, patio furniture, bottled water, air conditioning (AC), TV, cable TV (no PPV), DVD player, internet, wi-fi, phone (free national long distance)

More Details

Property Manager
Alison & Brian
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 February, 2018

About Alison & Brian

I am the mother of 4 and a small business owner in the Chicago area. I was born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Alison & Brian purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Alison & Brian chose South Haven

We fell in love with the soothing beauty of Lake Michigan, the friendly peace and quiet of the neighborhood, the breathtaking sunsets and uncrowded beaches near the house. The town of South Haven is just minutes away, with all of its shops, restaurants and amenities. My family has been camping at Van Buren State Park since I was a little girl. So this house is a touchstone for all of those wonderful family memories as well as our corner of the world to make memories like those with my own children.

What makes this cottage unique

Short walk to secluded beaches, but still reasonably priced.

Quiet, friendly, verdant neighborhood, but just minutes from the conveniences, amenities and events of South Haven.

A bike ride from Van Buren State Park, with its public beach and campground.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in South Haven in Van Buren County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • lake
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed
  • There's also a day bed in the living room.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Decking
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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(7 traveller reviews)

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Serene, comfy Dune Cottage in the shadow of Lake Michigan dunes
average rating of 4.571429 based on 7 reviews

Cozy, clean and relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the Dune Cottage while working in South Haven. Alison went above and beyond to make sure our stay was wonderful. She was very easy to communicate with. Her responses were prompt and she was beyond accommodating. The Dune Cottage was clean and had all the amenities we needed. I am an avid runner and found the area and South Haven to be a beautiful place to run. I would recommend the Dune Cottage to my friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: 30-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We very much look forward to hosting you again in the future.
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Not What It Seems

  • 2 of 5

I stayed in this cottage this summer and I'm not sure where these reviews are coming from. IF this place was a deal, I wouldn't have been mad, but I was overcharged considering. It is NOT close to the beach at all. If you can scale a small mountain and shimmy up a rope to get to a beach -- then you'll be fine. We had to get a pass to the state park a 30 minute walk away to get to the beach OR basically trespass to get to the water. There is ONE AC unit in the entire place. I LOVE lake living so this would be fine, but the rooms became saunas at night- even with the windows open and fans going. The living room doesn't have a couch. NOTE the total bed count includes a day bed in the living room (which also serves as the couch along side 2 Adirondack chairs). The other day bed is a converted garage with no access to AC. The grill is a camper stove, so we had to get an entirely new gas canister for only one week. The "view" was a rusted out green trailer and an abandoned house.

On a positive note, there is a lot of firewood, a nice fire pit, strong wifi, a lot of parking and VERY quiet. If that works for you - great. If not, I would avoid this place.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are sorry that Dune Cottage was not to your liking. We work very hard to provide a well-equipped, clean, comfortable and enjoyable cottage. Yes, there is a day bed in the living room and a day bed in the sun room (4th bedroom). These are in addition to the queen or double beds in the other 3 bedrooms. You appear to be misinformed about beach access. There are two main routes to the beach, neither of which require trespassing, or using a rope. And, yes, some people prefer to go the Van Buren State Park beach (2 minutes away) or the South Haven city beach (7 minutes away) because it's a shorter walk and less hilly. Yes, there is a dune between the house and the beach (hence the name, Dune Cottage). We have terminated our relationship with the management company from this summer. We believe we can provide a better guest experience at a lower cost. If you're of the mind to give us another chance, please note our reduced booking fee and reduced rental fees. You would likely save $200-300 on a future stay. Kindest regards.
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Clean, quiet, and close to the beach

  • 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time staying here in South Haven. The house is very clean, quiet, and so close to the beach! And the beach is perfect for reading a book, relaxing, or just taking a walk.

The views from every window are exquisite!

I will definitely stay here again soon!! I couldn't ask for a cleaner, quieter, place than this.

Thank you!!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Oct-2012
  • Date of Stay: October 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Denise! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to your next visit!
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5 0
West Chicago, Illinois

A place to relax

  • 5 of 5

It is important to me to leave the city when I can and return to the peace and quiet of nature. The cottage offered my family a place to get away to enjoy all Michigan has to offer. The dunes and beach were a short walk away and so beautiful and relaxing. The town is five minutes away and offers great shopping and food. The house offers much more than a clean place to sleep; it has all the comforts of home, but its a place where you can relax and breathe in the fresh, crisp air. I haven't slept that well in years. The yard is full of trees and flowers with a fire pit that makes the nights perfect with a drink in hand. I can't wait to go back and visit the cottage again as soon as I can.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Oct-2012
  • Date of Stay: September 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, IL

Great cozy cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at this cottage. The cottage is roomy, clean, well maintained, and very cozy. I love that the property is surrounded by trees, so you really get a feeling of nature and being away from the city. Inside, there is plenty of room for many more people than we had (there were three of us). I'd like to go back with about a group of 8 or so in the near future. The owners have many amenities and extras supplied, so you really just have to bring your own personal stuff. We loved the deck and really enjoyed sitting around the fire pit and enjoying the outdoors. It is quiet and serene. The view of the lake from the dunes is breathtaking. The beach is a clean, white sand beach and private. There are also many paths and areas to explore. The downtown area is about a 5 minutes drive away. Downtown South Haven has a lot of great shops, restaurants, and also wonderful views of the lake. I highly recommend this cottage for anyone looking to get away - just two or a big group would enjoy this cottage.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Oct-2012
  • Date of Stay: September 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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DuPage Co, Illinois

Rest and rejuvination!

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed a weekend with friends and family. Dune Cottage was clean, quiet, comfortable and relaxing. It's super close to a private and secluded beach. The short hike around the dune was peaceful. It's neat to be amist woods, dunes, and then pristine beach. Pictures do not do justice to the home, it is tastefully decorated and stocked. I would definately recommend the cottage to anyone. Downtown South Haven is just a few miles down the coast, and beautiful Van Buren State Park and beach is less than one mile down the road. We went blueberry picking down the road, and enjoyed local fruits and vegetables.

Nights by the fire were great. Thanks to the owners for stocking firewood - great touch!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2012
  • Date of Stay: August 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
South Haven Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Maple Grove Tavern, Curve Inn
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Beeches Golf Club
Nearest Train
9 Miles
Amtrak in Bangor, MI
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Ranch House Ribs, Mancino's, Cafe Julia
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Bittersweet Ski Resort and Timber Ridge Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
0.3 Miles
Lake Michigan Beach
Car: necessary

Serene, comfortable setting; quiet trails leading to secluded Lake Michigan beaches.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in South Haven, Michigan

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Memorial Day Weekend 2018
30 May 2018 - 3 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
July Fourth Week 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 7 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Middle Season 2018
8 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Labor Day Weekend
1 Sep 2018 - 3 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £214.32
Booking fee £35.72
Tax Rate 6.0%

Rates and availability are subject to change until reserved.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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