The Sand House Harbert


SAND HOUSE (Harbert Woods, MI): Sleeps 8, screened-in porch, walk to private Lake Michigan beach
Bedrooms

5

Baths

2

Sleeps

10

THE SAND HOUSE


SLEEPS: 8-10
BEDROOMS: 5
BATHROOMS: 2

*5 minute Walk to Private Lake Michigan Beach
*BALCONY
*SCREENED-IN PORCH


2019 - due to higher waters this summer, the beach is narrower. Still there and usable, but no fires are allowed on the beach, so people are able to walk along the beach with ease. 
 
The Sand House is an ideal spot for a vacation with your family. Located in southwestern Michigan's Harbor Country! Just 90 minutes from Chicago, this five-bedroom, two-bath summer house on two levels via spiral staircase will provide comfort, fun and memories for all. Just a one-block walk to the beautiful, sandy, private Harbert Woods beach, you can swim, build sandcastles, and watch spectacular sunsets. At the house, have your morning coffee out on the upstairs deck surrounded by trees. The combined kitchen, dining and living room area, with vaulted ceiling, allows everyone to be together, and there is a dining table for ten.


Property provides widescreen HD TV with cable and Blu-ray DVD as well as Wi-Fi. If you bring music on your iPod or phone you can connect to the integrated sound system that plays upstairs and downstairs in your vacation treehouse. You will find movies on hand for the kids or books to read for any age. In addition to the upstairs living space, there is a family room and many games, books, toys and puzzles. Or, relax with a glass of wine on the screen porch.

You must be at least 25 years old to rent The Sand House.  Book your stay today at the Sand House in Harbert Woods!


5 Bedrooms:
Master bedroom: Queen Bed
Bedroom #2: Queen Bed
Bedroom #3: Queen Bed
Bedroom #4: 2 Twin Beds
Bedroom #5: 2 twin beds (this is a bunk bed) 
              
2 Bathrooms:
Bathroom #1:
Toilet, shower, 2 sinks. This main floor bathroom is accessible from the common area as well as directly from the master bedroom.
Bathroom #2: Toilet, tub, shower, sink. (Downstairs)


NEARBY ATTRACTIONS:
Grand Mere State Park: totally undeveloped dunes and Lake Michigan shoreline, often you are the only people on the beach, trails (beach is a two-mile walk from the parking lot, a one mile paved path and one mile dune trail); at Stevensville, a 16 minute drive north on Interstate 94
Captain Mike’s Fun Park: 5.5 miles north on Red Arrow Highway, Bridgman; trampoline basketball, go-karts, bumper boats, mini golf, arcade games
Warren Dunes State Park: 4 miles north on Red Arrow Highway, Sawyer (7 minute drive); requires fee to enter, 2000 acres, six miles of hiking trails, three miles of Lake Michigan coastline, beaches, rugged dune formation rises 260 feet above the lake
Beach Bucket Fudge & Popcorn: ice cream shop 4 miles north at 12021 Red Arrow Highway, Sawyer (7 minute drive)
Greenbush Brewing Company: taproom, annex and beer garden (3 miles north / 7 minute drive; Sawyer Road)
Sawyer Home & Garden Center: myriad fresh produce, wine, flowers sawyergardencenter.com (3 mile drive; north side of Sawyer Road)
Sawyer Market & Deli: grocery store and ice cream shop with excellent pre-bake pies at the deli (finish baking them at home) (269) 426-4646 (3 mile drive; south side of Sawyer Road)
Cafe Gulistan: tasty Middle Eastern restaurant and wine bar, Harbert cafegulistan.com (1 mile)
Luisa’s Cafe & Harbert Swedish Bakery: coffee cake, pastry, donuts, bread etc. at the bakery; lovely fresh-cooked breakfast or lunch in attached restaurant luisascafe.com (.8 mile / 15 minute walk)
Capozio's: Tasty pizza, south to 13982 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert (4 miles / 4 minute drive) Thursday to Sunday (269) 469-4001
Red Arrow Roadhouse: the classic, south to 15710 Red Arrow Highway, Union Pier (269) 469-3939 redarrowroadhouse.com burgers, salads, whitefish, crab cakes, ribs, fun (9 minute drive)
Ghost Isle Brewery: restaurant and brewery, views of sweeping marsh and wetlands, 17684 U.S. Highway 12, New Buffalo; ghostislebrewery.com sandwiches, BBQ, seafood; seasonal, ethnic flair
Barney’s Market: grocery store in New Buffalo
Oink’s Ice Cream and Yogurt: famous ice cream shop in New Buffalo
Stray Dog Bar & Grill: 245 N Whittaker Street, New Buffalo thestraydog.com
Beer Church Brewing Company: wood fire pizza, small plates and small batch beer in re-purposed church beerchurchbrewing.com 24 S Whittaker Street, New Buffalo
Acorn Theater: live music, comedy and drama acornlive.org 107 Generation Drive, Three Oaks
Vickers Theatre: historic movie house at 6 N Elm Street, Three Oaks vickerstheatre.com
Three Oaks art galleries: along Elm Street — Studio B Gallery, art gallery at the Vickers Theatre, Judy Ferrara Gallery, Trilogy Antiques and Design (13 minute drive, take Three Oaks Road)
Harbor Country chamber of commerce: find out about special events and unique activities like U-pick farms harborcountry.org


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Accessibility:
You must climb four steps to enter the main floor of the house. Once on the main floor, no further stairs exist to reach the master bedroom, adjacent bathroom, kitchen, dining area, living room and deck. The additional bedrooms, second bathroom, family room, screen porch and laundry room are downstairs.
Beach/Swimming: Private swimming beach is just a one-block walk from the house! Less than a 3 minute walk. Even my 8 year old doesn't complain! 
Beach Chairs/Umbrellas: Please bring your own.
Cable: Yes, there is HD cable TV and a DVD player.
Dining Area: There is a dining room table for ten. There are additional chairs if more needed.
Deck: There is a deck on the main level with a small table and four chairs, as well as a cozy screen porch downstairs.
Family Room Area: There is a family room upstairs and a second family room downstairs. You will find many books, games, toys and puzzles for your use.
Fires: Sorry, no fires are allowed at the house or the beach (2019)
Grill: Yes, there is a charcoal grill.
Internet: Yes, there is Wi-Fi!
Kitchen Accessories:
     1. Coffee Maker: Yes (standard)
     2. Cooktop stove/oven: Yes
     3. Dishes: Yes
     4. Microwave: Yes
     5. Pots & Pans: Yes
     6. Refrigerator: Yes
Linens: Yes, we provide your sheets and linens.  No Smoking: we are a No Smoking house. 
Parking: The driveway easily fits four cars.  May fit five if some cars are compact. No parking is allowed on the roadside.  It must be open for emergency vehicles (non emergency vehicles will be towed). 
Pets: At this time, pets are not welcome. Sorry!
Towels: Yes, we provide towels.  It's always good to bring extra though, and please bring beach towels.
TV's: 1) Large flat screen HD smart TV with cable in downstairs family room
        2) Small flat screen TV with cable upstairs viewable from big dining table
       3) As an aside kids can watch videos in the twin bedroom but the TV is not connected to cable and is not high quality. You can just watch a video there.
Washer and dryer:  Yes.
Winery Tours:   The closest starting point to the cottage is in New Buffalo, approximately 5-10 minutes 


Amenities

Property/indoor Amenities
  • Balcony
  • Central air conditioning
  • Basic paper products included.
  • Cable- Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Ceiling fans
  • Linens & towels included
  • Screened-in porch
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Internet/ WI FI
  • Washer & dryer
  • Heat type: furnace
Kitchen Amenities
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard kitchenware & utensils
  • Stove
  • Oven
Outdoor Amenities
  • Patio chairs
  • grill-charcoal
  • Walkway to Lake-Private Beach
Local Amenities
  • Winery

SeasonPeriodMin.StayNightlyWeekly
11/01/2019 - 12/31/20202$200.00

Reviews

Great place for family getaway
We really enjoyed our stay at the sand house. It worked really well for our family with 7 adults (including 2 married couples) and one small child. The wooded setting is beautiful, quiet, and feels secluded even though there are other homes nearby. The private beach was a little small due to high water levels but was still very nice. We also had a great time one day at the nearby Warren Dunes. There is also a nice supply of games, toys, and books to satisfy all ages as well as beach gear.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Kevin, thanks for this great review.  Just a short 5 minute walk to Lake Michigan, the Sand House has both a balcony and a screened in porch.  Lake Michigan has been at record highs this year so the beach is smaller.  We hope to see you back again.
Kevin
Sep 2019
Rest and relaxation
Two families shared this terrific property. We loved being able to walk to the beach. The many games and amenities in the home made the entire experience very relaxing.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Verna, we are so happy that you and your friends enjoyed the Sand House.  A short 5 minute walk to a Lake Michigan beach is pretty special.  A balcony and a screened  in porch give guests perfect places to sit back and relax.  There are great bakeries and restaurants nearby.  We'd love to have you back again!
Verna
Aug 2019
Perfect!
We had a perfect extended family vacation at the Sandhouse! The beach is a quick walk away, even for toddlers and grand parents. The beautiful home is full of toys and games and perfect for cooking family dinners. No one wanted to leave! We hope to stay at the Sandhouse again in future!

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Kathleen, it sounds like the Sand House was absolutely perfect for your extended family's vacation.  That makes us happy! The very short walk to Lake Michigan beach, the screened in porch, and the upstairs deck surrounded by trees all makes this a fabulous vacation spot.  We do hope that you all come back again.
Kathleen
Jul 2019
Perfect
The Sand House was perfect for our family gathering! The home is clean and inviting, with a perfect large dining room table for meals or games. The beach is private and a quick walk from the house for grandparents and toddlers as well. There is much to do in the area (Warren Dunes, Hesston Steam Museum, restaurants, wineries) but our favorite moments were simply gathering in The Sand House or at the beach. The home is well-equipped with toys for the kids, books, games and puzzles. The design of the home provided privacy for quiet times, but several spaces to gather as family. We hope to return in the future!


FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Kathleen, we are so happy that The Sand House worked out so well for you and your family.  It is only 90 minutes from Chicago, and just a one-block walk to the beautiful, sandy, private Harbert Woods beach, where you can swim, build sandcastles, and watch spectacular sunsets.  The perfect place to relax and unwind.  We'll look for your return!
Kathleen
Jul 2019
Sandhouse is just right for eight
We just got back from a long weekend at Sand House and have already requested the same dates for next year. We were 8 middle school friends convening to celebrate our joint 50th birth years. Sand House was perfect. Long dining table, comfortable seating area, and plenty of beds and bedrooms made eating, relaxing, and sleeping quite comfortable. Though it’s nestled in the woods, Sandhouse is filled with light. Overall, the place is nice...but not so nice that you’re uptight about messing something up. There is cool art work...every board game you’ve ever heard of...it’s everything a beach vacation house is supposed to be; it’s comfortable. Less than five minutes from the front door to toes-in-the-Sand. All of us knew that this time together was special. What became abundantly clear was the place was a special as the time.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
David, we love that The Sand House served as a reunion for you and your long time friends to celebrate your 50th birthdays!  Your review pretty much says it all as to why this is the place to stay.  We hope to see you back again.
David
Jul 2019
Great stay in the peaceful woods and close to the beach
The home was lovely with all the necessary amenities. All the basics were there plus loads of games for the house and the beach for both kids and adults. It was a short walk down to the water.

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Elizabeth, it is great to hear that the Sand House worked out so well for you.  The combination of beach and woods is a pretty amazing coupling.  The balcony and the screened in porch are fabulous places to read or take a nap!  We hope that you come back again.
Elizabeth
Jun 2019
Sand House
Very comfortable for our girls' short retreat. Clean, well equipped with blankets and towels, and the kitchen had just about everything. We truly enjoyed our stay. The checkout instructions from the vacation rental place and the information in the house conflicted somewhat along with recycling information. Clearing this up would eliminate any confusion regarding the checkout procedure. All of my many questions were promptly answered. Parking is only available for 4 cars so additional parking concerns need to be addressed prior to arrival. I think suggestions of close by parking options would be appreciated by future renters.


FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Gail, we are so happy that The Sand House worked out so well for your group.  The spaciousness of the house, the screened in porch, the deck and the short walk to Lake Michigan make this an exceptional place to stay.  We apologize for the confusion with some of the instructions, and we'll get those matched up immediately.
Gail
Jun 2019
Great vacation spot for a woodsy weekend get-away. Very comfortable house with everything we needed to have a relaxing Southwest Michigan vacation retreat. Thank you!

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Adam, we are happy that The Sand House was a good fit for your vacation needs.  The screened in porch, the deck and the bay of windows makes this a great place to spend your vacation.  We hope to see you again soon.
Adam
May 2019
Great Weekend
Beautiful home and very clean. Had a wonderful time. Will definitely book again. Highly recommended!!


FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Patti, we are so happy that you enjoyed your getaway at the Sand House.  The deck where you feel like you are in the trees, the close walk to a private beach on Lake Michigan and the comfortable open floor plan make it the perfect spot to vacation.  We look forward to working with you in the future!
Patrizia
May 2019
Nice open house by the beach
Plenty of room for two families to stay in and so close to a beautiful beach.



FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
James, we are so happy that you enjoyed staying at The Sand House, and we hope to see you again.
 
James
Oct 2018
Awesome Getaway
Perfect weekend getaway! Very comfortable, and had everything you could use for a weekend away. Would stay again



FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Adrienne, we are so happy that the Sand House fit your needs so well.  It's proximity to Chicago is an added bonus.  We'd love to have you come back again!
Adrienne
Sep 2018
Follow the written directions!
The Sand House was the perfect getaway for our group of 7 women. Everything we needed was available, plus more. The place was very clean. Wasn't too keen on the spiders and webs, but what are you going to do about that when you are I such a beautiful wooded setting?. The decking needed cleaned, but the inside of the house was fantastic. Make sure you follow the written directions! DO NOT DEPEND ON GPS. We had an amazing experience and hope to be able to come back.

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Selena, we are so happy that The Sand House fit your needs so well.  We love that 7 women friends were on this vacation - can't get better than that!  Spiders can be a problem in the woodlands, but we make every attempt to keep them outside.  We hope to see you again!
Selena
Sep 2018
Amazing beach access, with fire rings at the beach and a beautiful setting! Enjoyed our stay!


FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

Tina, we are so happy that you enjoyed staying at The Sand House.  Fire pits on the beach can be so wonderful.  Please do come back again.




 
Tina
Aug 2018
sand house
beautiful place. deer walking around close walk to the lake. all of us slept very comfortably.had all amenities needed to be comfortable. would book it again.


FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

Robert, we are so happy to hear that you want to come back to The Sand House.  Having nature so close is a treat, and then to have access to Lake Michigan and its wonderful beaches and sunsets, just adds another dimension of delight for a vacation
spot.  We look forward to working with you again
Robert
Aug 2018
Terrific location!! Steps to the beach.
The Sand House was the perfect getaway for my family. Just literally steps away from the private beach and close to everything you want to do in Harbor Country.


 FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

Jordan, there is nothing like being on Lake Michigan in the summer.  We are so glad that you enjoyed your time at The Sand House, and we hope to see you again!
 
Jordan
Jul 2018
Perfect vacation home
We all loved this home. Perfect for the whole family and well appointed We didn’t need too many extra items. Short walk to the beach. Close to the dunes. A short drive to New Buffalo or Three Oaks. Would definitely stay again!

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

We so appreciate it when our cottages match our guests needs like The Sand House did yours.  We do hope to see you again soon.
Elizabeth
Jul 2018
Place was lovely and clean. Beds were comfortable. Directions could have been a little clearer once you turn onto Harbert Road. For example: Go 2/10's of a mile and turn right onto Main Drive. Keep to the left, then turn right on Beach Path and then left on Pine. Thanks


FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

Mary, thank you for the detailed directions for the Sand House.  We will incorporate them into our directions.  We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay.  I agree that it is a lovely place to get away.  The upper deck feels like a tree house!  We hope to see you again - check out our other properties also.
Mary
Jun 2018
Everyone enjoyed the weekend. Feedback from all our guests was very positive. Great location and very nice house. Thank you for your help with providing us a successful graduation weekend.


FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

We are so glad that your graduation stay was such a success!  The Sand House is in such a great location and perfect for a party.  We hope that you come back again!
Sally
May 2018
Perfect for a Ladies' Weekend
The house was amazing! Very clean with a good amount of sleeping space, and provided the perfect amenities, Seven of us stayed here for a mom's weekend getaway and we had a lot of fun. The beach was beautiful and it took just a couple of minutes to walk there. It was also a good, close location to tour the wineries in the area. Communication between Freshwater was timely and friendly. I would definitely recommend the home and hope to go back with my family!


FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

HI Brianna,  We are so glad that you and your friends had a fabulous mom's weekend!  What a great idea.  The Sand House is a pretty cool property.    Please keep in mind that have we have over 70 properties for you to choose from, and we give a 10% returning guest discount when you book directly through us.  We hope to see you again soon.
Brianna
Apr 2018
The Sand House
This is our 3rd year staying at The Sand House. We have loved every year! What a wonderful location and wonderful amenities.

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay! Thank you for your loyalty to Freshwater Vacation Rentals! We appreciate you! Be sure to check out our 54 other waterfront properties for your next Michigan adventure if you feel like discovering something new!
 
Andrew
Jul 2017
Excellent property!
The Sand House was a wonderful place to stay. It's so close to the beach yet so secluded - we saw three deer right off the deck one morning! The house was very clean and we found all the notes to be very helpful. Would definitely stay here again!
Jen
May 2017
The Sand House was a great place for 8 girls to visit, laugh, gab and catch up on family news. So relaxing! A nice stroll to the beach, it was cool but sunny. Nice places and towns close by to explore. The house was comfortable, and clean. Just needed a night light in the downstairs bedroom next to the porch. Other than that, it was just perfect and so was your friendly service. I thank you for a memorable weekend for us all!
Barbara
Apr 2017
Great for a Girls Getaway
My Girlfriends and I loved our stay at the Sand House. We had an excellent stay, the house was close to downtown Sawyer which had cute shops and a great brewery. It was also very quick walk to the beach. We would definitely come back for another stay!
Brigette
Jun 2016
Relaxing Summer Getaway
The house is very comfortable and has all the amenities. The location feels secluded without being remote and the beach is lovely. Sawyer is close by with Greenbush Brewery and Sawyer Market for gourmet treats, great farm stand produce, and a great gift shop. I just wish we could have stayed longer for more time to explore the area and enjoy the beach! Reviewer location:South Pasadena, California Date of arrival:September 5, 2015
E.M.
Apr 2016
Fantastic Getaway!
The pictures don't do this house and it's location justice. The house was much roomier than it appeared in pictures and being in the woods gave it a very private and secluded feel without feeling like you were too far away from anything. We enjoyed that the beach was so close. On our first night we could hear the waves from the lake as we sat out on the deck. The inside the house was very clean and comfortable. We found everything we needed easily thanks to the labels and directions provided for us. There were even a few unexpected items available for our use (such askitchen utensils that tend to be over looked at other rentals we've used), which is a major plus. This was our first time staying in Harbert so we were unsure of its exact location in relation to where we wanted to be, which was the wineries Michigan is known for. We were surprised that to find out that the furthest winery we planned to visit (Karma Vista) was only about a half hour drive north. We were able to make a fantastic plan of starting there and make our way back. The last winery we went to ( Baroda Founders) was only about a 10-15 minute drive.I can't say enough things about how wonderful our trip was. We hope to be able to return in the future, hopefully for a longer stay to really enjoy all the amazing things this house and location has to offer. Date of arrivalOctober 9, 2015
Amanda
Apr 2016
Lovely home in wooded neighborhood, near Lake Michigan
Lovely home in a beautiful wooded neighborhood. Five minute walk to private beach on Lake Michigan. Enjoyed sitting on beach even though it was a chilly fall day. The large house is decorated quite nicely with lots of room. Sleeps 10, 2 bathrooms, has a deck and a screened in porch on the lower level off the TV/game room.( we didn't use)The house was very clean and the beds were very comfy. Kitchen was large looked like it was well stocked with pans and stuff. (we didn't cook). Lots of awesome places to eat in the area and many awesome wineries to visit. Cant wait to return to this gem in the summer!Date of arrivalOctober 2, 2015
Gail
Apr 2016
Amazing weekend
We came to stay at the Sand House for a weekend this spring, and we had a phenomenal time. The house was fully stocked with towels, blankets, kitchenware--anything you could possibly need, the house had it! The beach was beautiful, and the house was very spacious and comfortable.
Jackie
Apr 2016


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