Union Pier-Brandon Lake House Union Pier
BRANDON LAKE HOUSE
SLEEPS: 13 (3,500 sq ft)
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.)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
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 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
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/
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.
- Central air conditioning
- 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
- Coffee maker
- Standard kitchenware & utensils
- Sandy Beach
- Swimming on property
- Patio chairs
|11/02/2019 - 12/31/2020||2||$700.00|
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.
Jane, we agree that the Brandon is a super property! Overlooking Lake Michigan and sleeping 13, th4 Brandon s 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!
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
We are so happy to year the Yoga Retreat was a great success!!
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!!!
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!
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.
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!
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.
Nothing like a sunset on Lake Michigan! We are happy you enjoyed your stay at our Brandon House.