Union Pier-Brandon Lake House Union Pier


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
Bedrooms

5

Baths

3

Sleeps

13

BRANDON LAKE HOUSE 


SLEEPS: 13 (3,500 sq ft)
BEDROOMS: 5
BATHROOMS: 3
PARKING SPOTS AVAILABLE: 3 MAX (NO room for trailers)
SORRY, NO PETS ALLOWED
*LAKEFRONT (on Lake Michigan)
*3 other cabins surrounding Brandon are also available for rent! (None of our Union Pier Cottages accept pets.)


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.)
 


Beds: Main floor: Bedroom 1: 2 Twin Beds


                           Bedroom 2: 2 Twin Beds


          Upstairs:    Bedroom 3: 5 Twin Beds


                           Bedroom 4: 1 Queen Bed


                           Bedroom 5: 1 King Bed (master bedroom with a private bathroom attached)


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.

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. 


Location:    90 minutes east of downtown Chicago


                  1/2 hour north Notre Dame


                  3 hours west of Detroit


                  4 hours south of Traverse City

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

Casinos
Four Winds Casino: Just 5 miles from the cottage!
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

Snowmobiling:
Snowmobile trails are open from New Buffalo to Galien. The trail from Galien also extends into Indiana. The trails are well marked with a trailhead in Three Oaks and one in Galien. Visit  www.fishweb.com/recreation/snowmobile/trails/swl.html for updates on trail conditions. Snowmobiles must be registered and display a 3 year registration decal as well as a current trail user permit decal. In the State of Michigan there is a $25 charge for a trail users fee. This permit is good from October 1- September 30. Permits may be purchased at Knoll Bros Gas Station or Captain Cook’s Sports in New Buffalo. The Featherbone Restaurant & Lounge in Three Oaks or the Bungalow Inn in Galien provide snowmobile trail information.  You may also purchase a permit by calling the Michigan Snowmobile Association at 269-361-2285.


Amenities

Property/indoor Amenities
  • Balcony
  • Central air conditioning
  • Fireplace-wood-burning
  • Basic paper products included.
  • Cable- Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Linens & towels included
  • Ping pong table
  • Firewood is provided.
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Internet/ WI FI
  • Washer & dryer
  • Telephone/Landline
Kitchen Amenities
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard kitchenware & utensils
  • Stove
  • Oven
Outdoor Amenities
  • Sandy Beach
  • Swimming on property
  • Patio chairs
  • Deck/patio
  • grill-propane
Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
01/09/2019 - 04/30/2019 2 $600.00
05/01/2019 - 05/23/2019 2 $600.00
05/24/2019 - 06/14/2019 2 $600.00
06/15/2019 - 08/18/2019 4 $1,000.00
08/19/2019 - 09/05/2019 4 $1,000.00
09/06/2019 - 11/01/2019 2 $700.00
11/02/2019 - 12/31/2020 2 $700.00

Reviews

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.

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
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!
Stephanie
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!



FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
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!
Patti
Jan 2019
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.


FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
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!
Cheryl
Oct 2018
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.


FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
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.
Annie
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.
Lisa
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!

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

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!
Rebecca
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!


FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
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.
Scott
Aug 2018
Trojan Golf Classic
AMAZING place

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

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.
Rodney
Jul 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! ”

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

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. 
Joy
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.

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

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.
 
Melissa
Mar 2018


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