The Sand House Harbert
THE SAND HOUSE
*5 minute Walk to Private Lake Michigan Beach
*QUIET TIME: We ask that guests be respectful of our great neighbors by keeping quiet hours between 10:00 pm and 7:00 am EST when out on the back deck. You can't see the neighbors but they will hear every sound from the deck. If you are out on the deck past 10:00 pm (9:00 pm Chicago time) please be quiet and respectful to the neighbors. NO EXCEPTIONS-- Freshwater Vacation Rentals has many other places if you need a space where you can be loud with your music, and voices.
Lake Michigan is still beautiful, but because of storms and rising waters, the size of our beach is constantly changing. The beach may be narrow, but there is still room to sit! We do ask that you please not walk, climb or jump off the dunes however, and use extra care on the recently repaired beach stairs. And we no longer allow beach fires or fireworks.
For 2021, we continue to request that you adhere to CDC, State of Michigan, Berrien County and Chikaming Township Covid-19 guidelines. Please keep a six-foot distance between your group and anyone else on the beach, walks and shopping. Wear a mask when walking, shopping or picking up take-out in town. Please try to purchase all you will need from your home grocery store; if you need to shop locally, try to get everything you need for your stay on one trip. We’re all in this together : )
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. You will find movies on hand (mostly for adults and older kids) and lots of 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!
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)
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)
(listed roughly north to south)
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
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)
Falatics Meat Market: incredible place, 12236 Red Arrow Hwy, Bridgman (269) 426-3224 (6 minute drive). Order ahead for curbside pick up.
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 south) 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 south)
Union Pier Market: 9905 Town Line Ave, Union Pier (269) 586-3775 (10 minute drive south)
The Wine Sellers: lovely wine shop at the southern end of Union Pier, 16409 Red Arrow Hwy
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 road construction as well as Covid-19 "stay safe" and retail curbside pick up info as well as other events.
Click here to check out some more options to explore in the Harbor Country area.
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 property. If the fire rings are on the Lake Michigan beach, you may bring your own firewood and have a fire.
Grill: Yes, there is a charcoal grill.
Internet: Yes, there is Wi-Fi!
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 (and 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
Washer and dryer: Yes.
Winery Tours: The nearest wineries for tastings and tours are a 20-minute drive.
- Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
- Cable- Satellite TV
- Ceiling fans
- Central air conditioning
- DVD player
- Heat: Furnace
- Internet/ WiFi
- Iron & Ironing board
- Linens & Towels included
- Screened-in porch
- Washer & dryer
- Coffee maker
- Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
- Patio Chairs
- Walkway to Lake-Private Beach
|01/01/2022 - 12/31/2022||2||$235.00|
Maureen, we love hearing that you had such a good time at The Sand House. We hope that you come back again.
Patricia, it's so wonderful when three generations within a family vacation together, and we're glad that The Sand House worked out well for you all. We look forward to your 2022 stay.
Kathleen, we're glad that you enjoyed the Sand House and hope that you come back again!
FVR RESPONSETosha, you can stay at our cottages anytime that you'd like! Knowing that your kids and Aunt had no problem walking to the beach is good to know, plus we're glad that your kids enjoyed the games and puzzles. We'll let the owner know your comments about the faucets. We do hope to work with you again.
FVR RESPONSEDave, you made our day with this fabulous review! I especially love that "it is is a kick ass house." The fact that this was your 3rd visit says it all! Thanks for your kind words for the staff at FVR, and we'll see you again in 2022.
Teresa, we love that this was your 3rd girl's trip to the Sand House! Thanks for the recommendation, and we'll look for you again next year.
Gordon, we love know that you had a great time! Vacationing with the grandkids can be such fun. We enjoyed hosting you and hope to see you again.
David, we love when our properties exceed guests expectations! We agree, The Sand House certainly is one of those properties. Located in Harbert Woods, MI, it sleeps 8 in 5 bedrooms. It has a wonderful screened in porch and a deck, plus it is just a one-block walk to the beautiful, sandy, private Harbert Woods beach, you can swim, build sandcastles, and watch spectacular sunsets. We look forward to working with you again soon.
Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Jackie, thanks for this review. The Sand House sleeps 8-10 and is only a 5 minute walk to a private Lake Michigan beach. There is a deck on the main level with a small table and four chairs, as well as a cozy screen porch downstairs. Plus, the family of deer! We hope you come back again.
Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Pam, we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at the Sand House. It is a lovely property in Harbert Woods, MI that sleeps 8. Just a 3 minute walk to a private Lake Michigan beach, guests can not go wrong staying here. We hope to see you back again.
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.
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!
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
James, we are so happy that you enjoyed staying at The Sand House, and we hope to see you again.
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!
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!
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!