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Comfortable, Accessible, Vacation Home in Lake Michigan Beachtown

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Beachtown 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Vacation Home in Quiet Residential Neighborhood

Close to Downtown South Haven - 1 Mile from South Beach

This comfortable, very accessible home sleeps 6 comfortably, or 8 with a queen-size inflatable mattress (provided). The home includes three bedrooms and 1.5 baths. There is a master bedroom on the main floor with a queen bed and large closet. Upstairs are a large bedroom with two twin beds and a small bedroom with a full bed. The upstairs bathroom has a shower.

The house has been remodeled so all the essentials are on the first floor, making the main floor very accessible. There is stair-free access to the back door entrance with a ramp from the garage to the backyard deck. The kitchen has a wide corridor; at one end is a breakfast nook with a bay window overlooking a ravine and a slider leading out to the deck. This is our favorite gathering spot in the house, and we often have 4 or 5 people sitting at the table while another 3 sit by the bay window. The living room is light and airy with picture windows overlooking the ravine and the front yard. The main floor bathroom is large with a shower and a separate tub great for bathing children after a trip to the beach, and a heated tile floor that's great on chilly mornings. A laundry room adjoins the downstairs bathroom.

The backyard deck has a wooded feel and is perfect for entertaining 8-10 people. The main entrance is in the back and there is lots of parking for up to 5 vehicles. The yard is small and landscaped with a variety of gardens and plants. There isn't a lot of room to play, enough to fit in a game of bean bag toss or horse shoes. However, there is a small park just a hundred yards away (Hartman Park) with grassy areas for playing ball or frisbee, grills and picnic tables.

The home is very conveniently located in a quiet residential neighborhood just a few blocks from downtown; far enough from the beach to avoid the noise and traffic, but still close - it's a short walk to downtown and the Kal-Haven Trail is just a mile away, perfect for runners and cyclists. The South Beach is also one mile away. We drive there with our 5 and 7-year-old girls; adults and older children can walk (or bike) there in 15-20 minutes.

My wife and I grew up in South Haven, and now we love sharing it with our children and our guests. Lonely Planet recognized the fun and beauty of the Lake Michigan shore: 'A mere 30 miles away (from Grand Rapids) sprawls Lake Michigan’s Gold Coast, perhaps the USA’s most unexpected beach getaway. Some argue that these shores rival Hawaii’s and Southern California’s. Along 300 miles of seemingly endless beaches lie sugar-white dunes, wineries, antiquing, U-pick orchards and berry farms, cider houses, Hemingway haunts – you can even go surfing. In Michigan! So if you never thought you could head to the Midwest for a Cape Cod-esque beach vacation, think again.'

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Timothy Putman
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
10 March, 2017

About Timothy Putman

My wife and I proudly call South Haven our hometown. We both grew up in South Haven, and now reside an hour away in Grand Rapids, MI. We enjoy spending lots of time in South Haven with our two daughters.

Timothy Putman purchased this house in 2009

Why Timothy Putman chose Southwest Michigan

We are 2nd-generation owners of this house. Having grown up in South Haven, we feel very fortunate to now share many of the great things from our childhood - the beach, Sherman's Dairy, Golden Brown Bakery - with our own children.

What makes this house unique

We have spent many hours with family and friends gathered around the kitchen table and on the back yard deck. South Haven is a great, fun town, and this house is a very comfortable place from which to enjoy it.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for letting us stay in your lovely home! We had a wonderful time. Thank you for the tips about what to do in town! South Haven is a special place and your cute home was the perfect fall setting for our family! Looking forward to another trip soon!
Oct 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in South Haven in Van Buren County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • village ...
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Heated tile floors.
    Upstairs Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Shower, sink and toilet in the upstairs bathroom.
  • Bench, grab bar, handheld shower nozzle in downstairs shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Large Upstairs Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , This bedroom has a lot of room, and a large desk.
    Small Upstairs Bedroom - 1 Double Bed
    Main Floor Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , This bedroom has a queen size bed, and is accessible.
  • The main floor master bedroom is accessible without climbing any stairs and has a queen size bed and large closet. Upstairs is a large bedroom with two twin beds and a small bedroom with a full size bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Our home is conveniently located with easy access to the quaint downtown, beaches, trails, golf courses. Great for a Family Beach Vacation, a Guys' Golf Getaway, Women's Wine-tasting Weekend, or a Get-Away From It All Couple's Retreat.


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(24 traveller reviews)

Comfortable, Accessible, Vacation Home in Lake Michigan Beachtown
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 29 reviews

Great stay

  • 5 of 5

This is our 3rd year to stay at Rosemary Alan Dale House. It is a home away from home; clean, cozy, and has everything you need for your stay. Our grandsons, ages 3 and 5, love staying there. You are able to walk everywhere from the beach and a huge nearby park to shopping, the farmers market, and always a stop at one of the ice cream shops. Favorite place to eat is Clementine's. The owner provided great customer service always responding quickly to our emails and calls. Highly recommend it for a fun stay in South Haven.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Family-oriented gem in beautiful South Haven

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a perfect few days at Ana and Tim's beautiful home. The dining areas (in both the kitchen and the outside patio) were surrounded by trees and lovely flowers. The kitchen was equipped with anything you might need. (We loved the electric griddle and the vintage Corelle Ware collection!) The upstairs has a summer cottage feel, with pine paneling in the bedrooms. The house is cozy, comfortable, and in a lovely neighborhood. We enjoyed walks around the neighborhood, strolling and dining downtown, swimming at the beach, and beautiful sunsets over Lake Michigan. South Haven was a gem that we had not known before, and what a treat it was! Tim and Ana were wonderful hosts! Tim graciously and helpfully answered questions and offered suggestions before and during our stay. Meijer is three minutes away, and there is a wonderful farm market on the corner near Meijer. We stocked up on high quality meat at an award winning meat processor, Bob's Meats, a few miles south of town. South Haven offers most anything you could need.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Everything was wonderful. Great accommodations and clean. Lots of little extras when you forget the littles things. It was a short drive anywhere you needed or wanted to go. Owners left welcome gifts.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, we are so glad you had a good time in South Haven and our home worked well as your home-away-from-home while on vacation. Thanks for laundering towels - always a big help! Hope to have you back next time you vacation in South Haven!
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Awesome rental and owners!!

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough about how great this house is! The location is wonderful - easily within walking distance to downtown shopping and restaurants. The living room has more than enough furniture for a large family to comfortably hang out. The owners have thought of everything to make your stay the best it can be! This is our second year staying at this property and hope to continue for many years to come!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! Glad you had a good visit, we love sharing our hometown of South Haven with you and look forward to your return!
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Lovely home private setting

  • 5 of 5

This home is lovely, well maintained and clean. It has a nicely landscaped yard overlooking a ravine and feels very private. It is comfortable inside and easily accommodated our group of 5 adults, a 3 year old and an infant. We enjoyed going to the beach, watching sunsets, exploring South Haven and the surrounding area, and playing games at the kitchen table. Our 3 year old granddaughter loved Kids' Corner and Sherman's Ice Cream.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very sweet and quiet setting.

  • 4 of 5

We spent a week at this vacation home. The home was very nice and fit our needs quite nicely. The home was well stocked with just about anything you might have forgotten. The setting was very nice with a very sweet and quiet yard. We really enjoyed the view from each room. The location was very convenient not only to town but back to the major highway as we were out each day to visit Grand Haven, Holland, Saugatuck and New Buffalo. Tim was very nice to work with and was pleased to have our feedback.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in South Haven, Michigan

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
South Haven Blueberry Festival
7 Aug 2017 - 13 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £47
Cleaning fee £68
Tax Rate 6.0%

Check-in: 4 p.m.
Check-out: 10 a.m.
(Please ask if you desire early check-in or late check-out and we will see if we can accommodate your request.)

Owner'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.
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
South Haven Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Clementines,The Idler Riverboat,Captain Lou's,more
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Hawkshead Links, Beeches, South Haven CC
Nearest Train
11 Miles
Bangor - Amtrak station (no ticketing office)
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Clementines,Su Casa,Vineyard,Thirsty Perch
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Timber Ridge
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Lake Michigan
Car: recommended

My wife and I grew up in South Haven, Michigan, a quaint Lake Michigan beach town located in Michigan's agricultural southwest region. South Haven has a long tradition as a vacation destination for folks coming in from 'the city', including many from Chicago. As a young man working downtown in my family's hardware store, I could recognize visitors who had just arrived - they were still moving about twice as fast as everyone else. Over a few hours people would relax and shift into the slower, relaxing pace they came to South Haven for. It's a great place to unwind, to connect with friends and family, and to enjoy the simpler pleasures of life for awhile.

South Haven features two very nice beaches on Lake Michigan, the North Beach and the South Beach, split by the Black River which winds through the middle of town. Both feature wide expanses of well-groomed sand, playground equipment and piers for strolling - the South Beach Pier ends with a striking red lighthouse. The waters of Lake Michigan warm up in the summer and are pleasant from late June into September, depending on prevailing winds and currents. On a sunny summer day both beaches buzz with sunbathers and swimmers, children playing in the sand, beach volleyball players, windsurfers, kites, and paddleboarders. People stroll the piers, watching boats meander up and down the channel to the lake and seeing how the fishing is going.

Downtown South Haven features more than a dozen restaurants, bars and eateries of various kinds, toy stores, candy and chocolate shops, art galleries, wine tasting rooms, cute clothing boutiques and more. It's easy to while away a few hours in downtown South Haven. The Golden Brown Bakery is a family favorite; maybe it's because we grew up on their donuts, but we've never found anything to top their chocolate frycakes and carmel pershings. We really enjoy the Michigan Theater, the local movie house that boasts three screens...it's very economical compared to 'big city' movie theaters.

South Haven has a variety of parks and playgrounds with playground equipment, ball fields, basketball courts, and tennis courts, but I have to mention Kids Corner. We've had countless hours of fun at Kids Corner, a wooden playground structure within a city park at the corner of St. Joseph and South Haven Streets. My wife and I actually helped (a little) build this whimsical pirate ship/castle/maze - it was a community volunteer effort, and it's amazing.

The Kal-Haven Trail deserves special mention. It's a hiking, biking and horseback riding trail stretching from South haven to Kalamazoo. It features a covered bridge and passes through small towns, wooded areas and scenic countryside.

Southwest Michigan is an agricultural area that boasts numerous u-pick farms, and also an up and coming wine industry - there are enough wineries to put together several wine-tasting expeditions.


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