|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
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Fabulous Year Round LakeFront Retreat located outside of Union Pier in in the Heart of the Southwest Michigan's Wine Country.
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 crib 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 3rd small bedroom that has 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 comfortable viewing area of the lake as well as the third sleeping space with two twin beds. The kitchen has 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 can sleep 10 at capacity ( with extra charges). Also- the house is childproofed with two high chairs and a crib!
'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 8 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'!
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
We love the location- very close to Chicago and our extended families in Michigan! Its quiet, secluded and private. Away from the tourists in Union Pier and New Buffalo. 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!We want to make sure that you have everything you need to fully enjoy your dream vacation. One of things that sets us apart is our Concierge Services. If you are interested in any of these added amenities, please reach out to us prior to your stay.
We truly want our guests to love Sanctuaire and the surrounding Southwest Michigan area as much as we do! As we are both skilled chefs, we equipped the kitchen to feature everything you would need to prepare a great meal. We even offer wonderful recipes, easy meals that will delight your taste buds and give you energy for days' activities!. We also love our private and clean hot tub overlooking the lake!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; 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 big law attorney with many years experience in renting luxury vacation rental properties. You can trust that Sanctuaire will be exceptionally clean, welcoming, with top of the line accommodations. You do get what you Pay for!
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!
My wife & I were looking for a relaxing week near the Lake Michigan hotspots (Dunes, State Parks, Breweries, Wineries) but, did not want to stay in the middle of them. We found this lake house right down the road from it all but on a quite, peaceful, relaxing smaller inland lake. There was literally nothing that it was lacking. It had plenty of room, everything we would ever need was in the house. It was extremely clean on the inside & had a rustic, wooded feel on the outside. The best way to describe it would be, a lake house that someone in your family owns & they let you use it for a vacation.
We enjoyed our second stay at Sanctuaire. Located on a quiet lake, we enjoy taking the boats out and relaxing on the docks. Our 10 year-old son loves to swim, float, and fish the day away. Mona has lots of suggestions for restaurants, wineries, and breweries located close by. Mona cares about her guests having a great stay and is very resposive. The property is kept in good condition and is very clean. We are looking forward to our next visit
We arrived at the serene, peaceful Sanctuaire and were delighted to find a lovely vase of flowers and a bottle of Merlot awaiting our arrival. Duke and Rusty, our exceptional Chihuahuas, were also over the moon to find that they had a treat waiting for them, too. The home was immaculate and had so many unexpected touches to make our stay more comfortable.....water toys, beach towels, exceptional appliances, linens, firewood, chocolates, and so many more. It felt like I was visiting the home of a dear friend who had made every effort to make my stay most comfortable. We enjoyed exploring the Wine Trail and brought home many examples of the Michigan vineyards. The restaurants you suggested were terrific! Thank you for all you did to provide a relaxing vacation experience for us. It was unforgettable!
Very lovely home, comfortable with gorgeous open fires and spectacular hot tub. Easy and straightforward rental experience. Will be back!
My husband and I spend Halloween weekend at Sanctuaire with 2 friends driving from Chicago. The property is absolutely beautiful and the trees were at peak foliage. Our black lab loved jumping off of the pier into the lake and the woods provided enough privacy that we didn't feel like we were right next to the neighbors. The home has a very cozy cottage feel and has everything you need, including kitchen supplies and shower supplies. Our favorite parts were definitely the wood burning fireplace and the hot tub! Overall, we had a wonderful weekend. The home sleeps 6, but there are only 2 bedrooms, so unless you're traveling with children, I wouldn't recommend more than 2 couples. You'll notice that the house comes with quite a list of rules to follow, but for the most part, it's all self-explanatory and expected when you rent a vacation home. I would definitely recommend Sanctuaire!
Our stay could not have been better! Sanctuaire was the perfect setting for our family retreat, and it accomplished exactly what we wanted at a very special place. There was enough for everyone to come together if they wanted and have some space if they needed it, and that made all the difference. In the end, we cooked and cleaned and relaxed together, and it was truly magical. The pre-arrival grocery shopping was a huge help, as we were all busy from travelling from all over and rather exhausted. We tried to tidy up as much as possible before we left - thanks for the late checkout, it allowed us to enjoy Monday evening. Thanks again for everything.
Amenities: Whisper soft Central Air conditioning, DIRECT TV (satellite), Large Plasma 47 inch TV, 1-mid size TV upstairs, 2 DVD/VCRs, work-out gym, canoe, row boat, coffee maker, microwave, toaster, blender, 2-door refrigerator, outdoor hot tub, indoor Jacuzzi tub, outdoor furnishings, (Maytag, new) washer/dryer, electric air heat, outdoor gas BBQ, telephone, dishes/utensils, 3 Ceiling-Fans, 3 skylights, 1 Wood-burning Stove Fireplace, 1 stone fireplace, 1 outdoor fireplace, 3 season room, fully equipped Kitchen, iron/ironing board, bath-linens, bed-linens, alarm-clock, radio, stereo, fax-machine, with Exceptional Views!
Activities: Fishing, swimming in the lake!, White water kayaking, Antique shopping, Theme parks, Outlet Shopping, Boating, Wine-Tasting, Winery Tours, skiing, Bike Tours, Outlet Shopping, Sight-seeing, Golf, Tennis, swimming, hiking and more!
Area: Less than 5 miles to the the local wineries and Lake Michigan, quick car ride to Union Pier, St. Joseph, Warren Dunes, Grand Mere State Park and Public Golf courses, bicycle and hiking trails on site, 45 minutes to Saugatuck.
Ski: Minutes to Union Pier, St. Joseph, Warren Dunes, Grand Mere State Park and Public Golf courses, bicycle and hiking trails on site, 45 minutes to Saugatuck.
|Pet Fee||£101 + Tax|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£406|
|Cleaning & Spa cleaning Fee||£101 + Tax|
100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date. Otherwise, based on best efforts to relet with administrative fee.
Rates are based on occupancy and specific dates. Seven night minimum stay from mid-June to the 3rd week in August. If partial week is available due to previous customer taking more than 7 nights, the reservation must be book for the remainder of the week. Saturday to Saturday booking encouraged during the high sesasons.The "Book it Now" feature may not capture all fees and occupancy rates so we encourage you to call or email before you book. Also- note that Rates are higher for holidays. We're very proud to offer a travel discount to active military, police/firemen, nurses and teachers subject to certain restrictions.We'd love to welcome you to Sanctuaire!
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.