Union Pier-Brandon Lake House Union Pier

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THE BRANDON: Gorgeous, large lake Michigan vacation home facing the spectacular sunsets on the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan.  5 bedrooms/3 bathrooms/ 3 parking spaces total







SLEEPS: 13 (3,500 sq ft)
PARKING SPOTS AVAILABLE: 3 MAX (NO room for trailers)
*LAKEFRONT (on Lake Michigan)
*3 other cabins surrounding Brandon are also available for rent! (None of our Union Pier Cottages accept pets.)

**HOT TUB - Hopefully returning in 2022

Stay at the gorgeous Brandon Cottage located right on Lakeshore Avenue in Lake Michigan. With access to the private beach, enjoy a great family or romantic getaway. Panoramic views through large windows, campfires on the beach and beautiful furnishings await your stay.  Enjoy the large walk-out deck that overlooks Lake Michigan, open kitchen, private beach, beautiful master bedroom with a soothing view of the lake & balcony. The bathroom has a heated floor, sunken tub and a shower. A TV with basic cable is in the master bedroom.


This gorgeous cottage has a wood-burning fireplace, TV, CD,DVD. The master bedroom has cable, WiFi throughout the home, and Ping-Pong table. Come relax, enjoy, and explore Michigan's natural beauty at your luxury vacation retreat.

The Brandon Lake House is next to the Sawyer Cottage (3 bedroom/2 bath) with separate deck sitting areas for each family to enjoy while facing Lake Michigan. There is an additional private deck off the upstairs master bedroom of the Brandon Lake House.  The cascading walkway toward the beach consists of a 72 steps total. This additional 2 level deck toward the beach is shared by both the Brandon Lake House and  Sawyer Cottage.  Yes, you are within earshot of each other, so it is fun to rent both places together. Since the walkway leading to the private beach area is in front of the Sawyer Cottage living room window, you may see Sawyer Cottage guests   While it isn't commonplace, you may see guests from the other 2 cottages (Grace (3 bed/2 bath) and Alex (2 bed/1 bath) as they use this direct walkway to the private beach area.  This private beach area is shared by all 4 cottages. There is a public access point (Miller Public Beach Access) adjacent to the Brandon Cottage. This entrance is accessible from the Brandon Lake House basement door, just 26 steps to the beach. More often than not, the Grace and Alex Cottages take the public access shortcut of just 26 steps to the beach. Both the Brandon Lake House and Sawyer Cottage next door have a private deck sitting space, with a shared walkway and an additional small shared sitting area on your down to the beach. 

** Parking is at a premium at our Union Pier location.  While we do not have an on-site parking attendant, please keep the neighbors in mind and park as close together, and as close to the cottages as possible.  There is a maximum of 3 parking spaces for the Brandon Cottage. No trailer parking of any kind.

Rent all 4 cottages grouped closely together for a 10% discount.  (1 night stays do not apply.)


Beach/Swimming: Walk toward the left and down the stairs in order to get to the private stretch of Lake Michigan beach used by our 4 Union Pier Cottages. Swimming is divine on Lake Michigan. The 2019 Lake Michigan water level is very high. Therefore, the beach is not as wide has it has been in the recent past.  Each year is slightly different when it comes to nature. Normally, there are beach chairs at the bottom of the stairs for use for our 4 Union Pier Cottages.

Beds: Main floor: Bedroom 1: 2 Twin Beds

                             Bedroom 2: 2 Twin Beds

          Upstairs:    Bedroom 3: 5 Twin Beds

                            Bedroom 4: 1 King Bed

                            Bedroom 5: 1 King Bed (master bedroom with a private, en suite bathroom)

Bed option: We have 3 king-sized bed bridge converters for twin beds, so if you would prefer that we make a king-sized bed out of 2 of the twins, just let us now upon booking and we'll have that set for you upon arrival. **Need min. 48 hour notice, prior to check in date, for conversions**

Deck/Outside Sitting Areas: The Brandon Lake House is next to the Sawyer Cottage (3 bedroom/2 bath) with separate deck sitting areas for each family to enjoy while facing Lake Michigan. There is an additional private deck off the upstairs master bedroom of the Brandon Lake House.  The cascading walkway toward the beach consists of a 72 steps total. This additional 2 level deck toward the beach is shared by both the Brandon Lake House and  Sawyer Cottage.  Yes, you are within earshot of each other, so it is fun to rent both places together. Since the walkway leading to the private beach area is in front of the Sawyer Cottage living room window, you may see Sawyer Cottage guests   While it isn't commonplace, you may see guests from the other 2 cottages (Grace (3 bed/2 bath) and Alex (2 bed/1 bath) as they use this direct walkway to the private beach area.  This private beach area is shared by all 4 cottages. There is a public access point (Miller Public Beach Access) adjacent to the Brandon Cottage. This entrance is accessible from the Brandon Lake House basement door, just 26 steps to the beach. More often than not, the Grace and Alex Cottages take the public access shortcut of just 26 steps to the beach. Both the Brandon Lake House and Sawyer Cottage next door have a private deck sitting space, with a shared walkway and an additional small shared sitting area on your down to the beach. 

Fire place: In the living room, for use between October-March only

Hot Tub: Hopefully returning in 2022

Grill: Natural gas grill, outside on small patio just off of the kitchen. 

Grocery Store:  Union Pier Market:   9905 Town Line Ave, Union Pier, MI 49129 - 269-586-3775.  A gourmet grocery store:  Whistle Stop Grocery:  15700 Red Arrow Hwy, Union Pier, MI 49129   269-469-6700.  

Internet: We have basic internet service here at the lake house. Xfinity- 400bps.


Location:    90 minutes east of downtown Chicago

                    1/2 hour north Notre Dame

                    3 hours west of Detroit

                    4 hours south of Traverse City


Four Winds Casino: Just 5 miles from the cottage in New Buffalo, MI 
Blue Chip Casino: A larger casino. Located in Indiana, just 22 minutes away from Union Pier, try your luck at this exciting casino

Big 10 University- Notre Dame : Just a half-hour from this prestigious school

Wineries: Take a tour or visit a local winery~
Winery Tours: The closest starting point to the cottage is in New Buffalo, approximately 5-10 minutes south.
Round Barn Winery: A brewery/distillery and a winery all combined in one trip. Just 14 miles from the Union Pier Cottages, about a 20 minute drive.
Saint Julian Winery: Enjoy a great glass of wine at this local vineyard

New Buffalo Rod & Gun Club (Archery, Gun/Rifle Ranges, Fishing): (269) 469-5990

Pizza: Mario's Pizza Union Pier https://www.mariospizzaunionpier.com/

Snowmobiling:  Not the ideal place for snowmobiling. Can not ride from house to trails and there is no room for parking a trailer. Best to leave those home and enjoy the amazing views of Lake Michigan!


Property/indoor Amenities
  • Balcony
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Cable- Satellite TV
  • Central air conditioning
  • DVD player
  • Fireplace-wood-burning
  • Firewood is Provided.
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Linens & Towels included
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Washer & dryer
Kitchen Amenities
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Deck/Patio
  • Firewood Provided for guests
  • Grill-Natural gas
  • Hot Tub
  • Patio Chairs
  • Sandy Beach
  • Swimming on Property
Special Features
  • Large Individual Rentals
  • Union Pier Cottages

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
01/04/2021 - 06/13/2022 2 $598.00
Summer 2022 06/14/2022 - 09/05/2022 4 $0.00


Beautiful Lake House for Large Party Needs
I stayed at the Brandon in mid-August with 9 other women for my best friend's bachelorette party. The house was clean, utilities (A/C) ran great, kitchen was well stocked. We loved spending time in the open living room and kitchen. Short walk down several flights of stairs to the beach. The water was clean and crystal clear. Plenty of space to lay our towels out in the sand and we never felt crowded by other guests in the area on the beach. 3 small things to note for other guests: I wish there were more parking spots, I wish the check-in time was earlier and the check-out time was later, I lost service in the area and could only make phone calls/send texts if I was connected to the house's wifi. That being said, I can't wait to stay here again!

Mackenzie, thank you for this lovely review.  We're so glad that the cottage worked out so well for the bachelorette party.    We wish we could offer more parking spots also, but, alas, it's just not possible.  The check out and check in times are set so the the cleaner has enough time to get the cottage ready for guests, so we can not change those.  We're glad that you want to come back, and we look forward to working with you again. 
Aug 2021
5 stars
I have used Freshwater Vacation Rentals for the last few years and I have always been impressed with their service. They have gone above and beyond many times from returning forgotten items to lining up multiple rentals for our family. The home we stay in is always super clean, well stocked, and constantly doing updates to the property. We will definitely use them again in the future for another amazing Michigan vacation.



Heather, thank you for you kind words for FVR.  It means a lot to us.  Returning guests are always the best review possible.  We're happy to know that this was another successful vacation at the Brandon, and we look forward to seeing you again in 2022!
Jul 2021
Brandon house
Excellent home! Spacious, beautiful windows and floor plan with amazing views! Private beach is spectacular! So fun having a fire on the beach and watching the sunset. Rental company was easy to get in touch with and the house was very clean and inviting!

We're delighted to hear you enjoyed your time here! There's nothing more relaxing than gathering around a fire on the beach and watching the sun go down. We're happy that you had the opportunity to do that! We hope to have you back one day!
May 2021
Perfect Family Weekend
Our family was able to come together at the Brandon House for a much needed getaway, and it was wonderful! We enjoyed walks on the beach, soaking in the hot tub, the perfect view, and just hanging out in the big kitchen/main floor area. The house accommodated all of us well and the service provided by Andrew was excellent! The couple of questions I had throughout the stay were answered almost immediately. We would definitely stay again!

Melissa, it certainly sounds like you had a  great stay!  We are so glad to hear it.  We really enjoyed hosting you and look forward to your return.
Mar 2021
5 stars
We love visiting the Brandon House every year, the office staff is always accommodating at booking, the house is very welcoming and clean....each visit gets better. We love the new linens and the hot tub addition makes for a very relaxing visit. The view of Lake Michigan is incredible and having direct access to the beach is AWESOME. Thank you Freshwater Vacation Rental - 5 stars is well deserved, remarkable service!


Stacy, thank you for this great review!  We love that you are a returning FVR guest - that is in fact the best review possible.  As always, we love hosting you and look forward to your return.
Mar 2021
Mom's Breakout
This was the perfect house for a fall break. We needed a safe place to take a break and this was absolutely wonderful. We took walks, shopped and sipped our coffee slowly, while enjoying a break from kids, work and busy lives. The home was wonderfully and had everything we needed to return feeling recharged and ready to get back to our lives. We will be back next fall!

Sarah, we are so glad that we could help you get the break that you needed.  It sounds pretty perfect.  We look forward to your return!
Nov 2020
Lovely Home for Large Gatherings
Love this beautiful home on Lake Michigan, with great views of the lake from the deck. Excellent accommodations for a girls get away. The home is spacious, clean and cozy. Freshwaters staff are so friendly and efficient with our requests. We will be back next year!

Gail, we love that this was a girls' get together!  We enjoyed having you at the Brandon, and we look forward to your return.
Oct 2020
Brandon House July 4th weekend
We had a fantastic July 4th weekend - the house was spacious, in an excellent location right on Lake Michigan. The kitchen was well-appointed, the linens were very nice, and everything was updated and clean. Freshwater Vacation Rentals was very easy to work with - quick to respond, very personable and knowledgeable about the property. My only critique would be the wifi, which was almost non-existent! It would be difficult to work remotely from this location

Jennifer, knowing that you had a fantastic 4th of July at The Brandon made our day!  Thanks for the kind words for the staff at FVR.  Our guests' satisfaction is our #1 priority. We will alert the owner to the issue with the WIFI.  We look forward to working with you again!
Jul 2020
Perfect Vacation
SO great to be within steps to the beach, LOVED sunsets sitting on the deck, beautiful home with perfect floor plan for family gathering

Dianne, being right on Lake MIchigan is the best and you simply can't beat the sunrises and sunsets.  Plus, the access to a semi- private beach is great.  The spaciousness of The Brandon makes it the perfect place for larger groups.  We hope to see you again!
Jul 2020
5 stars
Wonderful experience and a beautiful home! The Freshwater Vacation Rentals team was extremely accommodating and pleasant to work with. Highly recommend!

Danielle, thanks for this great review and  recommendation.  We agree, Brandon Lake House is pretty spectacular!  You really can't beat the views over Lake Michigan, plus since it sleeps 13 it is the perfect cottage for large families or groups.  Thanks also for the kudos for FVR team.  Helping our guests enjoy their stay is our #1 priority.  We look forward to working with you again.
May 2020
Fantastic Property
We loved staying at the Brandon. It is a beautiful and updated property. The view of the water was amazing. We liked having the hot tub as an option. There is a lot of room for separate areas for the kids and adults, but also enough room to come together for activities. The beach area was very good. You do need good legs to get down there though. The property management were very good to work with. We would rent from them again! Overall, a great experience.

Amanda, we agree that the Brandon is a pretty special place.  There is nothing better than staying at a property that overlooks Lake Michigan and those fabulous sunrises and sunsets.  The Brandon has loads of space (3,500 sq. feet!), and it sleeps 13 in 5 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms.  The master bedroom has a soothing view of the lake & balcony.  We look forward to your return!
Mar 2020
What an Amazing House!
Beautiful views of the lake and sunsets, sparkling clean, fully stocked, upscale décor plus fireplace and hot tub--this has it all for a wonderful vacation--a real gem! Highly recommend--we had a great time and will be back.

Jennifer, thank you for this excellent review!  Receiving a high recommendation from a guest means a lot to us. Brandon Lake House is a pretty special place.  With 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, it sleeps 10.  It overlooks Lake MIchigan, so guests get the magnificent views and sunsets the area is known for.  We look forward to your return.
Feb 2020
We had a great stay at this house! Big, clean, has everything you need , even more! Host responses like right away. The location of this house outstanding. I would recommend to anybody to spend some time here!Thanks a lot!

Mariia, thank you for this enthusiastic review!  We are happy that Brandon Lake House delighted you so.   It sleeps 13 and overlooks Lake MIchigan, which in the winter is magnificent to see.  We appreciate your recommendation and hope to see you again.
Jan 2020
Great stay
It was great!  We really enjoyed the house. it was very comfortable and pretty. The beach was lovely.

FVR response:
Jane, we are really happy that the Brandon worked out so well for you.  Staying in a cozy cottage overlooking the majestic Lake Michigan is pretty much perfection.  We hope to see you back again.
Dec 2019
Great stay
Super property and nice managers.

FVR response:
Jane, we agree that the Brandon is a super property!  Overlooking Lake Michigan and sleeping 13, the Brandon is the perfect spot for a larger group.  It has a wood burning fireplace perfect for relaxing and reading a book in front of on the colder days.  We hope to see you back again!
Dec 2019
Beautiful & Cozy home.
My family and I absolutely loved this home. It's super comfortable. It's clean, beautiful and provides everything you need to cook. We cooked an early Thanksgiving dinner there. The home sleeps 13 perfectly. It feels like a home away from home. And the VIEW and sounds coming from the lake are phenomenal. It truly is an AMAZING house. The only complaint we have is that the internet does not work. Which is not good for me because I am a realtor, and need to be able to pop on my laptop to work if need be. This makes me sad because other than that the home is perfect, but I will not be able to ever go back unless the internet issue is resolved.

FVR response:
Natasha, thanks for this great review.  We could not have said it better.  Please accept our apologies about the internet.  We have not had problems with it before.  When you work with us in the future, if issues arise please let us know right away and we will remedy the situation immediately.  We do hope to see you again.
Nov 2019
Beautiful Brandon House
What a great house for large group get togethers! This house is soooo beautiful and clean . Enjoyed the fully stocked kitchen , cozy couches, wood burning fireplace, heated bathroom floors, comfy beds and spacious decks with great views. Loved being steps away from the sandy beach of Lake Michigan. Freshwater Vacation Rentals were so accommodating to our needs. Great experience working with Freshwater! Will definitely stay here again. It is truly a treasure!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Gail, thank you for this fabulous review!  You've said it all,and we agree, Brandon Lake House is a treasure.  We look forward to your return.
Nov 2019
Outstaning Lakehouse, Excellent Customer Care
The Brandon Lake house was absolutely gorgeous with amazing views. The folks at Freshwater made the whole process easy.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
John, gorgeous is the perfect description of the Brandon Lake House!  You just can not beat being on Lake Michigan with the great sunsets and sunrises.  Thanks for the kudos  to FVR staff.  We make it our #1 priority to make sure that our guests are happy.  We hope that you come back again.
Oct 2019
Beautiful Lakeview Family Gathering Home
We were happy to arrive to this beautiful, well appointed home. With comfortable bedrooms, spacious gathering spaces, well equipped kitchen, on site laundry and lovely view of Lake Michigan, our family would certainly like to return. Beach access includes walking past The Sawyer deck then down quite a few steps to the lake, yet once you arrive on the marvelous beach it is worth the short walk! Nice beach on Lake Michigan with breathtaking sunsets! It is in very close proximity to two-three other cottages like an estate compound that would be fun for large groups wanting to be near each other. If I understood the property layout in advance, I would have encouraged more family members to rent the other three units. Added directional signage to get to the unit from parking area may have helped, as I noticed the guests staying next door re-routed our path to the parking spaces with a sitting bench so we wouldn’t walk by their patio. It made sense once we figured out how to get to the Brandon House. :-) This was our first time to Union Pier and we loved our accommodations at The Brandon House as well as the surrounding area. We hope to be back soon!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Janice, thank you so very much for taking the time to write this enthusiastic review.  We are so glad that you enjoyed The Brandon and the marvelous sunsets over Lake Michigan.  We'll let the owners know you thoughts on the parking signage.  We hope to see you again soon.
Sep 2019
Family Fun
The house was perfect for my husbands big family. The kids room was a great space for all the cousins to be together in one room The kitchen had lots of utensils, platters, and plates for meals at home. The home was beautiful and very functional for our big family gathering The property management was very professional and helpful with all our questions and needs We hope we can stay here again

Lisa, we would love to have you back again!  Brandon Lake House is such a great property, and  there is nothing better than being right on Lake MIchigan - 26 steps to be exact.  Panoramic views through large windows, campfires on the beach and beautiful furnishings await your stay.  
Jul 2019
5 stars - Fabulous vacation home
We had a fabulous vacation at the Brandon Lake House in Union Pier. The location was wonderful (right on the beach) and the house was huge and well appointed. We definitely want to come back again.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Donna, we hope that you come back also!  It is so wonderful to be right on Lake Michigan in order to walk those great beaches and watch the sun rises and sunsets.  Sleeping 13, the Brandon is the perfect spot for large groups.  The deck is an excellent place to look out over the water, plus there is a private deck off the upstairs master bedroom.  Perfection!
Jul 2019
Beautiful home
The pictures don’t even do this house justice. It is truly a beautiful home with a lovely great room and kitchen, gorgeous deck looking over the lake, and several comfortable rooms to fit a large group. I would highly recommend this home for future rentals!

Caitlin, we love when our guests appreciate a property as much as we do!  The Brandon is special indeed.  Nothing beats being right on Lake Michigan with the fabulous beaches and the sunrises and sunsets.  The deck is perfect for morning coffee or evening cocktails.  We hope that you come back again.
Jul 2019
Perfect Lake Michigan location
We really loved the house and property. Linens and towels were plush and abundant; modern appliances and fully appointed kitchen were a nice bonus, as we love to cook. Our only complaint was the scarcity of beach due to erosion, which cannot be blamed on anyone other than mother nature. We watched the storm come in on Saturday from our 'front row' seats on the lake and it was very exciting! But on Sunday there was no beach left - the water was ice cold and very rough with tons of waves - by the following Thursday, most of the beach came back, thankfully.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Donna, watching storms come in on Lake Michigan is always an adventure, especially the one you watched. That was a biggie! One can really start appreciating the power of nature. The Brandon offers such wonderful Lake Michigan memory making:  beach walks, sunrises and sunsets.    We hope you come back again.
Jul 2019
It was beautiful home and perfect for our 4 families of 13.

Tara, we are thrilled that Brandon Lake House worked out so well for your large group.  It is such a joy to be able to go down to the Lake MIchigan beach in front of the cottage, plus Union Pier has a lot of un activities to do also.  We hope to see you back again.
Jun 2019
People I dealt with were very accommodating, great space for our group, we have come for four years so obviously we love it

Wendy, we love that you keep returning to Brandon Lake House.  It is a great property, plus one can not beat being right on Lake Michigan!  See you again soon.
Apr 2019
Great location, lots of single beds
the location right on the water with an awesome deck overlooking the beach was really impressive. Beautiful spot for a sunset cocktail or a morning coffee. There are lots of single beds in this place-- making it great for 2-3 families (lots of kids) or a girls weekend / guys weekend kind of thing. In our case, we were doing a 2-day leadership retreat in March, and it was perfect. Nice big sitting room for our meeting, and modern large kitchen. Just one small comment- easily rectified by the owners. It appears that all the beach stuff -chairs, tubes, floats, etc -- weren't put away at the end of the summer in 2018. So, it had the effect of lots of weathered and half-burred equipment around the stairs and in the dunes that took away from the beauty of the beach. Seems to me, that just an hour of clean-up or organization at the end of the season would have left the place much nicer for the fall crowd or over the holidays. I'm sure it will get sorted out by next summer . . .

Rich, we are so happy that The Brandon worked out so well for your leadership retreat.  It is a great property, and you are right about the fabulous deck!  Looking out over Lake Michigan can't be beat, no matter which season you are there.  Thanks for the suggestion about the beach gear - we'll get that taken care of.  We are hoping to see you again soon!
Mar 2019
We love the Brandon House
Thanks so much for a third fabulous year. We love the space to entertain, the multiple beds and the heated bathroom floors. :-) . Such a great venue for big groups to hang by the fire and relax. We will be returning again next year, for sure! Our only complaint was that it needs to be sprayed for bugs.

Stephanie,  I'm sure that the heated bathroom floors at the Brandon served you well during the cold weather this visit!  We are so glad that you returned for the 3rd year - that says a lot about the property.  We will make sure that the bug issue issue it taken care of.  We look forward to seeing you again next year!
Jan 2019
Beautiful Comfort
This beautiful home is the perfect place for our group of friends to celebrate the new year. Plenty of space to gather, and plenty of space to spread out. Ping pong table is a big plus, to add a little competition to our vacation. We have probably rented this house 5 times and it is looking better cared for than ever. We love to walk on the beach and then sit in front of the fire and watch the waves from one of the comfy chairs or couches. We always cook big meals and the kitchen is large and well supplied and perfect for all cooking together. The management company is great - responsive, helpful, and accommodating I can’t think of one negative from our time here this year!

Patti, thank you for this lovely review.  The fact that your group has rented the Brandon Lake House 5 times already says a lot!  Aside from the spaciousness of the house, being right on Lake Michigan is a gift onto itself.  What a perfect way to start the new year.  We also appreciate your comments about FVR.  We make every attempt to create an environment where our guests can relax and enjoy themselves completely, so we appreciate getting your positive feedback.  See you again soon!
Jan 2019
Union Pier Brandon house
Our family did a small reunion and we had a blast. We enjoyed the beach , use of kitchen for a great group meals and toured the local breweries. We also played Bacci ball at New buffalo town hall. The kiddos on the trip enjoyed the park and water park located at the town hall of New Buffalo as well - it was a great fun find.

Annie, what great fun it sounds like you all had!   Love the bacci ball at the town hall.  We hope that you come back again.
Oct 2018
Great space for groups
We had 13 ladies staying for the weekend and the sleeping space is ideal for this. As well, the living space is a really nice for a group this size. With the large kitchen table and amount of island space, there was plenty of seating for meals and we just moved more of these chairs out into the living space after dinners. It was pretty chilly outside but we still sat on the deck and walked on the beach. Lovely views.

Cheryl, thank you for this lovely review.  We think that the Brandon is a very special place also, especially for larger groups.  Walking on the Lake Michigan beach, even when is chilly out, soothes the soul.  We hope to see you all again!
Oct 2018
Girls' Weekend
We enjoyed staying at this beautiful, clean and well-equipped house: nice large kitchen, dining and living room area and beautiful view of the lake and sunset from either deck. It was so convenient to be close to the beach to enjoy the crystal clear water, nice sandy beach and fun activities.

Lisa, it's good to hear that your girls weekend at Brandon Lake House was such a success!  Thank you for the excellent review.  We hope to see you again.
Sep 2018
Really nice house with plenty of space for a large group or family. Great location, beach access, and views! The kitchen is well stocked for cooking and entertaining. Our only issue was with the wifi and difficulty getting online and being able to stay online. Nice place!


Rebecca, We are so glad that you enjoyed your time at the Brandon.  Being right on Lake Michigan is such a joy.  We'll get the WIFI checked out.  We hope to work with you again!
Aug 2018
A perfect trip - Brandon Lake House Exceeded Our Expectations!
We had a wonderful stay at the Brandon Lake House. The house far exceeded our expectations. The common gathering spaces and great room were spacious and wonderful for our family gatherings. The deck(s) were perfect for views and enjoying the outdoors. Everything about the house was great! We hope to come back again! Thank you!

Scott, we love your review - your enthusiasm is delightful!  Those decks are pretty much prefect for morning coffee or tea.  We hope you do come back.
Aug 2018
Great House
“The Brandon is a modern yet charming open family living space on the water. Great for entertaining. The beach is at the base of the house w zero entry for little kids. Never have to leave the property. The local outfitter on red arrow delivered all the beach toys imaginable and next thing you know all the neighbors are enjoying the water and the house w us for a great dinner. House is spectacular! Host is very responsive and accommodating! ”


Joy, we love that you had the local outfitter deliver beach toys that you shared with the neighbors!  What a good person you are.  Even more than that, we're so happy that you enjoyed the Brandon House. 
Jul 2018
Trojan Golf Classic


Rodney, we are so glad that you and your guests enjoyed your stay.  It's such a great house for large groups like yours to rent.
Jul 2018
Brandon House
The Brandon House is very beautiful and well maintained. The views are amazing. We will definitely rent this house again next year.


Thanks Melissa.  We love that you rent both properties - they are each fantastic!   Remember that 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 look forward to seeing you again soon.
Mar 2018
Wonderful facility, perfect for our family. Well equipped, clean, welcoming.

Thank you for the positive review! We are so excited to host you & your family year after year, here at the Brandon Cottage! We hope to see you again next year! 
Dec 2017
Yoga Retreat
We had a great retreat.. the space was perfect!

We are so happy to year the Yoga Retreat was a great success!! 
Nov 2017
Amazing place and location. House is beautiful and perfect for a large group or a few families. Steps from Lake Michigan. Clean and comfortable. We would highly recommend the home. Great communications too. Hope to go back soon!

We are glad you enjoyed your stay! It truly is a great location! Please check out another one of our 66 Michigan properties for your next vacation! Hope to see you again soon!
Nov 2017
The Best Location in MI Wine Country
I have been staying at this location over the last 7 years and each visit has been wonderful! #myhomeawayfromhome

We are so happy that you consider the lake house as your home away from home as we strive for our guests to feel that way! We love having you and look forward to another 7 years hosting you!!! 
Nov 2017
Wonderful beach home for large group
The Brandon House is very well laid out for a large group. The kitchen, family room and deck are great for hanging out and the bedrooms allow for many people given the large number of twins. The only downside is that this property is VERY close to two other rentals (and a 3rd in the parking lot). It seems like it was a compound at some point and now people in the rental next door can roam on your deck (which children did) and you have to walk right by the kitchen of another house to get to the parking lot. It's just not very private if that is what you are looking for in a house. I didn't give it 5 stars because for the price, some things need a refresh. The linens and especially the towels need to be replaced and maybe a fresh coat of paint or a little clean up on the deck, especially the upper deck. It's still a wonderful place to stay and the people we dealt with had excellent customer service! Having rented many homes in the past, these are just things I like to know about ahead of time.

We are happy you overall enjoyed your stay. Thank you for your refresher suggestions, I have an order out to maintenance/cleaning for both ideas. Please consider renting one of our 54 other properties the next time you plan your Michigan adventure. We thank you for the compliments and appreciate your recommendation to others! Hope to see you soon!
Sep 2017
Wonderful home for family get togethers! Our 4 adult children, spouses and 4 grandchildren joined us for 4 days at the beautiful Brandon Lake House, sitting on the shores of Lake Michigan. The large home with its beautiful great room and large kitchen was perfect for dining, board games and sitting by the fire. The kitchen was well outfitted and there was plenty of seating indoors and outdoors where we had family meals. The 6 bedrooms allowed each family private sleeping quarters and plenty of beds! Easy access to the beach and lake provided hours of fun in the sun - and plenty of beach towels for all! The house was clean and everything we needed for meals and fun was provided. We hope to return next year!

THANK YOU for you wonderful descriptions and positive comments about the Brandon Lake house. It is simply breathtaking, and the views ARE spectacular of Lake Michigan. We would love to host you again next year. Be sure to give us a call. 
Nathan- Nancy
Sep 2017
Perfect Large House Right on the Lake
This is the perfect house for a large family or multiple families. Right on the lake. Big deck to watch the sunsets. Lots of steps down to the beach but worth it. Everything is provided for a great trip. We had 2 families in this house and there was more then enough room. Great kitchen too. Would stay here again.

WE LOVE THE BRANDON TOO! We are glad your families enjoyed the house. Please let us know your 2018 dates so we can reserve them! The Brandon books pretty fast as you can imagine! 
Aug 2017
Great Place for a large group.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Great place for a big group. A large deck overlooking the lake which is awesome. Great beach but lots of stairs to get there. Highly recommend.

We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay. We love the bed configuration at the Brandon. It is able to host so many people! Agreed...great place for large group. Thank you for renting with Freshwater Vacation Rentals.
Aug 2017
Family Vacation
Our extended family spent a wonderful week at the Brandon Lake House. It was very spacious and well appointed. The deck was a great place to watch the sunset. The path to the beach was very easy to maneuver and the sandy beach was enjoyed by all. I would highly recommend the house to other vacationers and we will hopefully stay there for many more family vacations.

Nothing like a sunset on Lake Michigan! We are happy you enjoyed your stay at our Brandon House. 
Jun 2017
Girls weekend
The Brandon house is spectacular. The views of Lake Michigan are phenomenal. The beach access via the stairway off the deck is perfect. The house is beautifully decorated and well maintained. The younger girls enjoyed sleeping in the large bedroom with five twin beds and had more than enough room for their things. The kitchen is well stocked including a large stove top griddle for pancakes. We enjoyed our stay and will be back again.
Apr 2017
Once again a lovely time was had by all!
Wendy Linda
Mar 2017
Friend Annual WInter Trip
As always, the accommodations were amazing - the heated floors are such a treat, and everything was so easy to set up. Thank you!
Feb 2017
Great Property!
Our group of 3 families (4 children and 6 adults) stayed for 3 days this winter. The house is very nice, right on the water, and we loved taking walks along the beach. Several of us are very good cooks and this kitchen is extremely well equipped, the best we've seen of any house we have ever rented. We really appreciated everything that was available to us. The grill outside worked very well. The living room is extremely cozy and inviting and we loved the layout of the house. Board games were available for our use. TV worked fine for our football watching. The kids enjoyed the ping pong table downstairs. Property management was extremely responsive - we had to call them twice on minor issues and had no problem resolving what we needed. Our bed was very comfortable and the shower worked very well. I highly recommend the Brandon Cottage!
Jan 2017
Had a wonderful stay. Told the rental agency about issues with water not draining well in showers. Apparently it is being attended to shortly. Would love to have Keurig coffee machine for next year if possible. Love the lake view, deck and rooms of the home. Makes it perfect for our 12 woman annual gathering.
Oct 2016
Best Time Ever!
We celebrated 13 girls who turned 50 this year at the Brandon Cottage! All of them want to make it an annual event! Perfect home, perfect location! ( Bummer parking since carpooling didn't go according to plan) Had a problem with the refrigerator and it was handled quickly and professionally. I'm hoping to book the same weekend next year! Can't thank you all enough!
Sep 2016
Location Awesome!
My favorite location in Union pier Michigan! We come here every year to celebrate our anniversary. My only Complaint on this visit was the lack of cleanliness I don't know if they switched cleaning services but it was not good. We spent the evening making sure everything was clean. Make sure to bring your own towels Other than that, the house is beautiful, and the property management co is phenomenal FRESHWATER RESPONSE: We love having you in Union Pier each year! I'm so embarrassed that our cleaners did not meet your expectations, as they have in the past. We have since replaced the towels and have developed new training for the cleaners to make sure you are never disappointed again. We look forward to having you back next year where we promise not only to meet your expectations, yet to exceeded your expectations. Please accept my personal, sincere apologies. Thank you for your kudos for our Freshwater Vacation Rentals office team. We love working with you and your friends each year. Sincerely, Cara
Jun 2016
june 2016
great location and roomy house
Jun 2016
So fun and relaxing!
Loved the house. Beautiful view. Heated floors and great living space. Girls weekend was perfect! Date of arrival January 29, 2016
Apr 2016
Lovely open space and lake view!
Enjoyed our stay so much, we booked again for next year! Our reunion group has rented this property for 4 years and always has wonderful stay. The rental staff is excellent and very accommodating! Date of arrival October 1, 2015
Apr 2016

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