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Restored Cottage across the street from the Beach 5BR/3BA

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

This sunny 5 BR/ 2.5 Ba is great for all seasons! Just steps from Beach.

Miller Beach is a small beach front community less than 1 hour from Chicago. This accessibility and the fact that it borders the Indiana Dunes makes this a little hidden gem. This light and bright house is situated across the street from the beach with a pretty path right across from the house.

The house was completely updated in 2015 and now has a all the features of a great house for all seasons. The open layout of the first floor gives you a relaxing place to hang out with family or friends. There is ample space for multiple families. The house will sleep 12 people comfortably.

The house offers an open first floor and a warm and cozy wood burning fireplace. The open kitchen is beautiful with a gas stove, dishwasher, and large island. The open floor plan offers a large dining area, spacious sitting area around the fireplace and a separate game table. The first floor powder room has a penny floor- see if you can find the Indian Head or Steel penny!

The Master Bedroom is spacious, and has a queen bed with a sitting area and lake views. The 2nd Bedroom has a queen bed. The Master bathroom is large with a separate shower with a rain shower and Handheld, a separate soaking tub and a large vanity with 2 sinks. The second floor also has a cozy sitting area at the top of the stairs with lake views which is great for reading!

There are 3 additional bedrooms on the lower level. The lower level also has an additional sitting area, and laundry. The lower level bathroom has a shower and 2 separate sinks with pocket doors providing privacy allowing for more than one person use at the same time.

The back deck is large and has a gas grill and table and chairs. Parking for 3 cars.

Come back from the beach, cook your favorite meat on the grill or just hang out on the deck. All linens are provided.

More Details

Margaret Spaan
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, Dutch
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 August, 2017

About Margaret Spaan

Margaret is a realtor with @ properties in the Chicago area. She started Restore North Shore, a construction and design company in 2010. She discovered Miller Beach in 2013, and purchased this abandoned cottage in 2014 with the desire to breathe life back into it. It was a complete labor of love, and she hopes to purchase more homes in need of repair throughout Chicago and the Miller area.

Margaret Spaan purchased this house in 2014


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Miller Beach in Gary

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Restored Cottage across the street from the Beach 5BR/3BA
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 9 reviews

Charming, very well-kept exterior. Stunningly decorated, very welcoming.

  • 4 of 5

We stayed for a week in July for a family vacation. We missed the beaches of our Southern California home, having moved to Illinois four years ago. Miller Beach fit the bill! The house is a mere ten steps to the beach path, and a beach wagon is provided for hauling your gear. We spent most of our hours on the beach! But came back to a gorgeous, comfy home each evening. If you're looking for a stunning, sandy beach and a peaceful, well-appointed beach home, this is it!

Highlights: s'mores in the yard, grilling out and chatting over drinks in the outdoor living space, a Wii in the basement to entertain the kids when Mom and Dad were craving a little quiet, a wide open living space on the main floor where all could gather and socialize comfortably. We also very much appreciated the outdoor heated shower - kept much of the sand contained to the outdoors! Lastly, we enjoyed taking the train from Miller Beach into downtown Chicago for a day of museums and shopping.

Only downsides were: First, while Miller beach is a well-kept, upscale neighborhood, it has very little to offer in terms of little destinations like ice cream parlor, boutiques to explore, etc. and the surrounding town of Gary is run-down and a bit depressing. Once we figured this out, we stayed put (and were happy to do so - still enjoyed ourselves immensely!). Second, the air conditioning is run on one unit only, so you cannot cool the three-story house in zones. The basement was freezing in order to make the top floor tolerable. Once we figured this out and settled ourselves into bedrooms that suited each of our comfortable temperature ranges, we were happy. (This was a five-star property aside from these two issues we had to navigate! It really wasn't a big deal - just took some time to navigate them.)

Lastly, owner Margaret and her staff were kind and accommodating, and very responsive to us both before and during our stay. We plan to return again to this delightful house and beach! Thank you, Margaret!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Conroe texas

Fantastic nobody wanted to leave

  • 5 of 5

Plenty of room for everyone to do their own thing. So close to the beach it only took a minute to get to the sand. House has everything you want or need

  • Review Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Marshall, MI

Reed Family Wedding

  • 5 of 5

This property is located across the street from the trail to Beautuful Lake Mich and the house is gorgeous with everything you need except food! The neighborhood is awesome too! She thinks of everything! Don't think twice, just book it if you are lucky enough to get this gem! Beautifully restored to all of the modern day amenities and all the charm you could ever want-

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Perfect for our Team!!

  • 5 of 5

Our business needed to have a team of 7 adults in the Chicago area for 10 days but we didn't want to stay in the city. We chose Miller Beach knowing nothing about the area other than that it was about a 45-55 minute drive from McCormick Place. We made the right choice. Margaret was easy to work with and super responsive and the house was perfect for us. There are 5 generous bedrooms that potentially could sleep up to 13 people in beds. This meant that no one on our team had to deal with awkwardly sharing space with a coworker. The main floor great room has an ample table for group or family dining, plus a second table on the main level served as an ideal work space for our programmers so that they didn't have to tear down for the team to eat. The house is quality - the pictures really don't do it justice - quality construction, quality materials and a quality location! The beach was the unexpected gem for us. It is only a very short walk down the path and then the entire Lake Michigan is before you. The sunsets every night were the best stress relief at the end of each day. If we ever have a group this large again that needs to stay in the area, we would absolutely want to stay here. It made being away from home for 10 days not only tolerable but truly enjoyable.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beach Cottage

  • 4 of 5

My family had a great time at this beach cottage. The location to the beach is fantastic...just walk out of the house and down the trail to the lake. The Miller beach area is a nicely kept secret. The area is nice an quite, so at night you can sit out on the deck and hear the sounds of the lake. You can tell a lot of care was put into this renovation. Everything is new and extremely well kept. Plenty of room to cook, eat and play games with the family. Karen and Margaret were quick to answer any questions. We would highly recommend and am sure we will be back for another stay.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful and relaxing location!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect location for a family vacation! I was looking for a location at the dunes that would serve as a wonderful reminder of family times spent growing up at the beach. This beach house and its location provided a relaxing vacation spot for all ages (from 25 to 85!). Margaret was very accommodating and wonderful to work with and Karen checked in with us on our first day to make sure everything was as we wished. The open floor plan and kitchen area allowed all of us to be together without feeling crowded and it was great to be able to play games and have conversations while we were using the kitchen. The large yard gave us the opportunity to reconnect by the fire pit while making S'mores. Memories that will last a lifetime for all!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Train
4 Miles
Miller South Shore
Nearest Beach
Miller Beach


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Miller Beach, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2017
20 May 2017 - 17 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
Fall 2017
18 Sep 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2018
25 May 2018 - 17 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £233.07
Additional Guest Fee £19.42 per person per night
Pet Fee £97.11
Damage Deposit £388.45

Please call for Holiday rates and monthly rentals.

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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