Back all season coffee and dining porch.Comfortable living room.
Vintage Sawyer Lake Cottage -- Walk to Beach
Vintage Sawyer Lake Cottage -- Walk to Beach
8 guests
2 bedrooms
8 beds
1 bath
8 guests
2 bedrooms
8 beds
1 bath
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Relax in a charming vintage 1920s lake cottage and let your cares fade away. Perfectly located on a dead-end street with a cut-through to Warren Dunes Park less than a block away. Hike the dunes and walk 10 minutes to the beach. Wineries, breweries, restaurants, antiquing and artsy shops are within a mile. 2 cozy bedrooms, front sleeping porch, back coffee porch, and one bathroom with great water pressure. Please be aware there is no dishwasher, washer/dryer, or tub.

The space

There are two cozy bedrooms each with a double bed, dresser, closet and ceiling fan. There is a roomy front enclosed sleeping porch with two sets of bunk beds. Two of the mattresses are firm and two are softer. These can be used for adults but are perfect for kids. There is also a queen pull out bed in the spacious living room. The cottage has room for everyone to spread out. The kitchen has a table for 4. The back enclosed all season porch also has a dining table as well as a seating area for coffee, cocktails, bird watching or reading. The back deck is smaller but has chairs and there is an outdoor table should you wish to dine outside in the yard.
There is a charcoal grill off the back deck for grilling. A fire pit in the huge yard has an ample supply of firewood provided. The cottage is cooled by window air-conditioners and fans. There is no dishwasher. There is only one small bathroom with a stand up shower and no bathtub but the water pressure is great! Eight adults may find it challenging to share one bath. The house is better suited to 4 adults and 4 kids. The house is decorated with some of the unique finds from the basement and attic and some of the original furniture remains too. Read the Owner's Profile for more background information on this original property.

Guest access

Entire house except for the attic which is not finished and unsafe for children. The basement is accessed from the outside and is for storage only and has the electric panel should a breaker get tripped.

Interaction with guests

I manage the property from Naperville. Please text or call me at (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) on arrival and if you have any questions or concerns or would like recommendations of the area!

Other things to note

BYO TV access. The living room has a smart TV + internet but no channels. There are a few movies and games and puzzles to enjoy.

There is no garbage disposal so please take care not to put any food scraps into the sink.

One towel per person is provided but if you are staying a week, you will likely need to use the laundromat located in Bridgeman 5 miles up the road or bring extra towels.

If you have specific pillow requirements, please bring your own(but make sure to take it home). All sheets are 100% cotton.

This is a simple but lovely little place. If you imagine that a family 90 years ago enjoyed it for their summers at Lake Michigan and now you can too, you will appreciate all it has to offer. If you prefer a modern condo, this may not be the best fit for you.

Wireless Internet
Free parking on premises

Extra people $20 CAD / night after 6 guests
Cleaning Fee $78 CAD
Security Deposit $260 CAD
Weekend Price $241 CAD / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed
Common spaces
4 bunk beds

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM
Self check-in with lockbox

Must be a minimum of 25 years old to rent.
It is my hope you will relax and enjoy this special place with all it's charm. I will appreciate if you wash your dishes, hang up damp towels on the hooks to dry and use care when opening and closing the 100 year old windows and doors. Please leave the property as you found it and I will be very happy.


Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay.
From Sep 1 - Nov 13, 2017 the minimum stay is 2 nights.

13 Reviews

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Sean User Profile
October 2017
Super cozy house just minutes to the Dunes. Kristen was an awesome host! Very quick to respond to any questions. She had a complete guide to the area as well food suggestions and to top it off a fire pit with firewood included.

Yvette User Profile
August 2017
We had a lovely stay at Kristin's cabin. Very homey and cozy, comfy beds and enough space between cozy back porch and deck and front room for everyone to have their own space. Enjoyed the smores material Kristin leaves for a night-time bonfire and well stocked kitchen, and close to everything but tucked away far enough off main road that very peaceful. I had a broken toe so even a 10 to 15 minute walk to beach was tough, but found path to Warren Dunes at end of Browntown Road that got me closer so was dropped off there.

Darlene User Profile
August 2017
Kristin's house was a perfect getaway. Neighborhood was very quiet. The house was welcoming and comfortable. Kristin had everything so well organized. The beach is within walking distance as is a fruit stand. Breweries, wineries and tasty restaurants are all a short drive away. My husband and I enjoyed sitting around the fire ring at night. We loved our stay and would happily visit again.

Lindsey User Profile
August 2017
This was our first time vacationing to Michigan, and we absolutely loved our stay at this very cute cottage! We had 4 adults and 2 kids, ages 2 and 4. The amount of space was perfect, and the girls loved the bunk bed room! Kristin provided everything we could want, and more! The proximity to Warren Dunes was great, and we loved spending the day at the beach. During the evenings we enjoyed grilling out and having a bonfire, and making s'mores! We can't wait to come back again, thanks Kristin!

Sylvia User Profile
August 2017
Wonderful place, 1 mile max to the beach, eveything there...

Brian User Profile
August 2017
Thank you so much for the lovely place to stay. It was unpretentious but totally comfortable - just as a lakehouse should be! Great location, private but close to everything. Great communication and helpful hostess. Cozy beds. Loved the bikes and the helpful local recs. Just really great all around.

Elliot User Profile
July 2017
Kristen's place was great! We stayed 3 nights, and wish we had booked more. It was clean, comfortable, and quiet; a perfect place for a family vacation to the dunes. The house was equipped with everything we needed (and then some). It is clear that Kristin put a lot of thought into the details. We will definitely be staying again.

Naperville, Illinois, United StatesJoined in April 2017
Kristin User ProfileKristin is a superhost.

In an earlier career I traveled to many places including Alaska, Africa and Antarctica all extraordinary for their natural beauty, wildlife and unique characteristics. Now I'm a business owner of Kristin's Closet, a women's clothing boutique I created and operate as a one woman show in Naperville, IL and the mom of two teens. I fell in love with Harbor County a few years ago as a place to escape from our hectic daily lives. Taken by the beautiful scenery, magical beaches, endless small towns, breweries, wineries, antiquing, and fabulous local authentic restaurants -- all easy to explore while wearing your comfy clothes. Does it get any better? I've been searching for my own little place and in 2016 found a vintage 1920 summer cottage on a large lot backing to Warren Dunes State Park that had been in one family for 5 generations. With a lot of elbow grease, I took care to preserve this Sawyer summer lake cottage. I worked with everything original that could be saved. I am excited to share its history and charm with you.

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