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Sanctuary Cottage -Escape To A Unique, Peaceful Retreat In The Woods.

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Sleeps 4

A must see, brand new on the market, nestled on seventy five acres of woodlands yet less then five minutes from the sandy shores of lake Michigan! Experience the prettiest sunsets, sights, sounds and smells of Mother Earth in her abundant yet simple way. Quality and comfort awaits you at this woodland gem. Plush hotel towels, fine linens and four star toiletries. One bedroom with king bed, one bathroom featuring rainfall shower, living room includes a queen sleeper sofa and kitchenette with microwave, handmade butter cookies, Keurig coffe maker with variety of pods, and undercounter refrigerator with ice tray. Steps away are the Olympic-sized pool, tennis court and nature trail. Walk to the local winery for a surprisingly good wine tasting and live music. Enjoy your morning coffee and free serving of Chicago Butter Cookies on the front porch while rocking in antique wooden rockers apreciating the beauty nature has to offer. Ten minutes drive to local brewery and Lighthouse premium outlet mall. Seven minutes drive to New Buffalo marina, beach and fine dining. Experience everything Harbor Country has to offer and while you're only an hour fifteen from downtown Chicago you will feel a million miles away. You will love this private zen retreat.

Mary Astor Smithe
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, Croatian
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 May, 2017

About Mary Astor Smithe

I've been interior designer for 15 years. I am a world traveller, collector, Spiritual life coach and owner of Chicago Butter Cookies. I am drawn to the woods for privacy and starlit nights. My husband and I love water, singing, sunshine, good food and travel.

Mary Astor Smithe purchased this cottage in 2015

Why Mary Astor Smithe chose Indiana

Me and my family vacationed in the Michigan City area for many years. We always looked around hoping to find just a right second home that would fit our family needs. Being a full time residents of downtown Chicago, escaping the rat race to the dunes was always a fun treat. We loved this property so much that we decided to move full time.

What makes this cottage unique

We love the unique, secluded and peaceful feel this property offers It's absolutely magical all year round! We really connect with nature here and enjoy serenity that emanates from the tall trees and magnificent 75 acres of native Indiana woodlands. Our home sits on wetland preservation area. Sunsets are amazing too!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Michigan City in LaPorte County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Rainfall shower, 2 xl spa robes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, q tips, combs, body lotion, makeup remover wipes.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Enjoy a good night sleep in a cozy cottage bedroom, wrapped up in a fresh rich cotton sheets.
  • Books
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Feel free to enjoy front porch of the main house, lanai, fire pit area and 2 persons hammock at all times. Shopping basket for farmers markets and berry picking available for your convenience.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(7 traveller reviews)

Sanctuary Cottage -Escape To A Unique, Peaceful Retreat In The Woods.
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
Chicago, IL

Cottage Luxury in the Woods

  • 5 of 5

Luxuriously appointed and private, the owner thought of everything. From coffee and cookies to plush bath towels and bedding. The cottage is surrounded by trees and is very quiet but less than 10 minutes from great restaurants and wonderful beaches. A great place to unwind, relax and commune with nature.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful accommodating Hosts

  • 5 of 5

This was more of a romantic get away spot than expected (considering I brought my sisters, mom and brothers) but it was amazing. Stocked to the brim with ammenities and a great weber grill and everything you don't think to bring Mary has already thought of. It's perfect for a two person romantic weekend! Close to the beautiful new buffalo beach, awesome pool, great fire pit beautiful nature. They have washer dryer and literally everything but a stove top. It is a little bit of tight quarters but again that was with 5 people. We had a ball! HER COOKIES ARE TO DIE FOR!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage nestled in the woods but only minutes to restaurants, shopping, beaches and wineries.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely eclectic decor, luxurious linens and many, many personal touches. The owners are so welcoming of their property. It's a special place!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Get away perfection

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was just far enough in the woods to be away from it all, yet close enough to stores to be able to run and get some groceries or other items you may have forgot. We were given our privacy and were able to enjoy the yard, pool, and firepit all weekend long. Everything about the place was high end. It was tight with four people, but it works with a close family!

Everything we could needed was provided, and Mary made us feel comfortable asking if we needed anything else. The only thing i would add is an electrical counter top stove (one you can obviously store under the cabinet). I advise bringing ice! But other than that it is a perfect get away.

We will definitely be coming back! We were impressed by how clean the home was and how high end everything was.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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glendale heights, il

our peaceful place

  • 5 of 5

what a wonderful place!!! so romantic, so cozy, peaceful and relaxing the surrounding woods are very tranquil, our "cottage" was beautifully decorated. the colors, the scents, the sounds were just perfect!! we drove by the lake and had breakfast at a little diner in michigan-excellant food and service. we cant wait to come back!! we loved it!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Aurora, IL

Very relaxing and just what I needed

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for a weekend and it was amazing! Peaceful, serene and a nice retreat from everyday worries. It was clean, well-maintained with everything you needed. I would definitely recommend to friends who need to take a break from reality and truly understand what relaxing means. We visited the outlet mall close by which was nice cause it was outdoors. And we went to a brewery that had delicious crab cakes! Definitely a must!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Michigan City, USA

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Clean out fee £57.98 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.0%

No refunds. $25 additional guest fee per night
Smoking Policy: No smoking anywhere on the property
Pet Policy: No pets.
25 minimum age.
Maximum Occupancy: 4
Minimum Stays:1night
Free parking
Beach parking passes available
Inclement Weather Policy: no refunds given due to weather
Use of/Access to Community Amenities: pool code access. Feel free to use front porch of the main house, lanai, fire pit area and 2 persons hammock at all times.
Check-in: 2 pm (no early checkins) cottage will be open for you, two keys on the metal console as you walk up the stairs.
Rental Rules: Enjoy your stay, have fun and keep excessive noise down. No glassware outdoors use plastic cups provided. No drinks and food at the pool per Indiana health department, plastic bottle of water is fine. Two beach towels provided ask for more if needed. Beach parking pass available.
One free bike second (Pashley Princess) available for $30.Free Netflix and Amazon movies on iPad
Enjoy and please don't leave fire in the fire pit unattended please.
Housekeeping Procedure: No shoes. Please cover the white sofa with king blanket/sheet provided, kick back relax! Please deposit all garbage and waste in a clean and sanitary manner into the proper receptacles and
cooperate in keeping the garbage area neat and clean.
Checkout Policy: leave two keys on the metal console after check out, extinguish candles no need to do anything else!
Penalty for Late Checkout: Noon firm checkout. Weather permitting please enjoy the property grounds and lanai after your checkout for as long as you'd like. $100 for late checkouts
INSURANCE: GUEST acknowledges that OWNERS insurance does not cover personal property damage caused by fire, theft, rain, war, acts of God, acts of others, and/or any other causes, nor shall OWNER be held liable for such losses. Guest is hereby advised to obtain his own insurance policy to cover any personal losses.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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Special Offers

Portable wifi hotspot

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