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SAWYER LAKE HOUSE (Union Pier): Sleeps 6, directly on Lake Michigan, deck, hot tub, screened in porch, open year-round,






SAWYER COTTAGE--on Lake Michigan


*LAKEFRONT (on Lake Michigan)
*3 cottages surround Sawyer that are also available for rent (None of our Union Pier Cottages accept pets.)


Come stay at a beautiful home on Lake Michigan. Enjoy the open floor plan, 2 bathrooms, washer/dryer, comfortable furniture, fireplace, large windows and a master bedroom with views of the lake, The Master bedroom has cable tv. The main bathroom has a fabulous jetted tub to take away the stress of the city. The screened in porch is attached to the master bedroom and is easily accessible from the living room. It's an ideal place to enjoy an evening glass of wine and watch the sunset over Lake Michigan.

Enjoy the spectacular sunset views from inside and out. It is great for family vacations, romantic getaways for the weekend or family reunions. Whether you are coming to enjoy the fresh air, star-shooting sky or bonfire on the beach, the Sawyer Cottage has a lot to offer. Come and create water-filled memories that will last a lifetime.

The Sawyer Cottage is next door to the Brandon Cottage, with separate sitting areas and decks for each family to enjoy. 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, it is easy to see the walkway entryway. While it isn't commonplace, you may see guests from the other 3 cottages as they use the walkway to the beach. There is a public access point on the opposite side of the Brandon Cottage, so often the other cottage's take that shortcut of just 26 steps to the beach. The Sawyer Cottage is situated with a private deck sitting space, with 72 steps down to the water.

The "private" beach is actually shared by 4 cottages (Brandon, Grace and Alex) with a shared walkway to the beach area. This one-story home has the closest access to the walk-out 2-level deck (shared by the Brandon, Grace and Alex Cottages) that will guide you down to your Lake Michigan beach area. ("Private beach" in Michigan means that anyone outside these 4 cottages are not supposed to stop, sit, set up their beach gear and/or have a campfire, etc. on this private beach space. Still, with Michigan Beach Walker laws, anyone can walk through the private beach area, even though it is deemed "private.") . This private" beach area is situated on the shoreline between the Sawyer and Brandon Cottages, directly on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Sawyer Cottage at Union Pier is open all-year round. From the beautiful fall colors in late September to the sounds of the various birds mid-spring, the cottage is perfect for tranquility, rest and rejuvenation.

There are also 3 other cottages that surround the Sawyer Cottage, which makes vacationing with guests or extended family perfect. Come reunite at Union Pier.

** 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. 2 spaces have been allocated to the Sawyer Cottage.

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

Bedroom organization: All bedrooms are on the main floor
Bedroom 1: 1 Queen Beds
Bedroom 2: 2 Twin Beds
Bedroom 3: 2 Twin Beds

Bathroom #1--Full bathroom with shower only
Bathroom #2--Full bathroom with tub/shower

Bed Option: We have a king-sized bed bridge converter for one (1) set of the 2 twin beds, so if you would prefer that we make a king-sized bed out of the 2 twins, just let us know upon booking and we'll have that set for you upon arrival. (The other set of twin beds are not matched perfectly in order to make the king conversion work.) NEED A MINIMUM OF 48 HOURS BEFORE CHECK IN DATE to accommodate, please. 

Location: 90 minutes east of downtown Chicago, Illinois

                1/2 hour north Notre Dame, Indiana

                3 hours west of Detroit, Michigan

                4 hours south of Traverse City, Michigan


Beach/Swimming: Walk toward the right and down the stairs (shared with the next door Brandon Lake House) 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.

Coffee Pot: Keurig and standard coffee pot

Firewood: Yes! We have firewood provided for you under the blue tarp across from the kids play area.

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.

Hot Tub: Yes! Hot tub is now available year-round! Seats 5-6. Bring a bathing suit!

Privacy: While our guests have traditionally been very respectful of each other, the cottages are very close together with shared walkways to the cottages and to the beach.

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!


Winter fun:
Outdoor ice-skating rink & sledding hill: Bring your skates and sleds! Less than 5 miles away! Oselka Park: 601 E. Indiana St. New Buffalo, MI 49117
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 in Indiana.

Wineries: Take a tour or visit a local winery:
Winery Tours: http://www.harborcountry.org/winerytour/ The closest starting point to the cottage is in New Buffalo, approximately 5-10 minutes south. For more winery tours check these out: http://miwinetrail.com http://www.fruitfulvinetours.com
Round Barn Winery: A brewery/distillery and a winery all combined in one trip. http://www.roundbarnwinery.com/ 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.


Property/indoor Amenities
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Blow Dryer
  • Cable- Satellite TV
  • Central air conditioning
  • DVD player
  • Fireplace-wood-burning
  • Firewood is Provided.
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Screened-in porch
  • Telephone/Landline
  • Washer & dryer
Kitchen Amenities
  • Blender
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Keurig--some K-cups provided
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Deck/Patio
  • Firewood Provided for guests
  • Grill-Propane
  • Hot Tub
  • Patio Chairs
  • Sandy Beach
  • Swimming on Property
  • Walkway to Lake-Private Beach
Special Features
  • Union Pier Cottages

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
01/04/2021 - 06/13/2022 2 $344.00
Summer 2022 06/14/2022 - 09/05/2022 4 $344.00


Amazing Stay/Staff
We booked all four houses in Union Pier for the weekend and could not say enough about how accommodating the staff was. The cottages are amazing and the Brandon/Sawyer both have amazing views of the lake. We will definitely be back.


Matthew, thank you for your kind words for the staff of FVR; it means a lot to us.  One simply can not beat being right on Lake Michigan, and we look forward to your return!
Sep 2021
Gorgeous view, inside and out
This home offers an expansive view of the lake from the main living space. Plenty of room for guests to spread out in the kitchen, dining and living area, plus a deck with multiple levels. Bedrooms are thoughtfully furnished with lots of storage and extra bedding. Being right on the lake made our stay so relaxing because we didn't have to plan when to "go to the beach" because it was always right there! Our experience was marred by a few housekeeping glitches, broken or malfunctioning items. Most issues were quickly resolved. I would give it 4.5 stars if I could; it's a beautiful home and we would definitely stay there again!


Dawn, thanks for taking time to write this review.  There is something very special about being on Lake Michigan and its gorgeous views.  We're glad that we could readily resolves the issues, and we hope to see you back again soon.
Jun 2021
Must visit!! So beautiful!
We took a mini family vacation with our kids here. I loved that we only had to walk down the steps to the beach. The place was very clean and it felt very much like a "home". My favorite spot was the enclosed porch off the master bedroom. Sitting out there listening to the waves all night, and first thing in the morning was so serene. Many have commented on the rough wi-fi and it is very true. I had no cell service inside the house, or even by the beach. The internet on my computer also kept cutting out. It was great to "unplug", just what we needed. There were two DVD players so we brought movies for the kids to watch as well. Highly recommend!! We can't wait to go back!
Jun 2021
Again, my 3rd time here this winter, I enjoyed the peace and quiet of this lovely cottage....the simplicity of decorating and design, clutter-free and simple, the main deco being the picture-window of Lake Michigan. Waves crashing, lovely hot tub. comfy and clean. Perfect

Bonnie, we love that you keep coming back.  That certainly says something!  We look forward to visit #4!
Mar 2021
Sawyer House/Freshwater Vacation Rentals are great!
Me and my family have been renting in Union Pier through Freshwater Rentals for over 10 years. The properties are fantastic: location, location, location. Great properties with fine amenities. They are footsteps from the beach (on the lake-side of Lakeshore Drive) and they're provisioned so that all one needs to bring is his/her personal items. It has been my experience that if we have ever been in want of anything (additional firewood, a washer/dryer repair, etc) Freshwater solves the issue quickly and kindly. Somebody from the office always answers or replies immediately. All the amenities are provided. It's such an easy, affordable, and fun vacation. For our family, it endures as the best weeks of our year.

David, thank you for this wonderful review!  We appreciate your kudos to the FVR staff also.  It is our #1 priority to make our guest's stay the best possible.  We love that you have been with us for over 10 years - that says it all!  We look forward to seeing you again next year.
Dec 2020
Super place to relax
As a spot to relax with family this ticked all the boxes!

Susan, we love that this was the perfect spot to relax for you!  Nothing beat being on Lake Michigan.  It was our pleasure having you as our guest, and we hope to work with you again.
Sep 2020
4 stars
Just a quick note to let you know we had a wonderful time in Sawyer last week. The cottage is very comfortable, cheerful, and well located. We plan to return next year. Hope to get a repeat on the glorious weather! Thanks for all of your help in making it a fun vacation.

Kathy, we wish we could take credit for the wonderful weather!  We are happy to know that you had a  great time at Sawyer Lake house.  We loved hosting you and look forward to doing it again next summer!
Jul 2020
Sawyer Cottage Review
Very clean! Extremely helpful management team - all questions answered promptly, even after we arrived. Beautiful setting! Very spacious for us (4 adults and a toddler). Beach was beautiful! We would like to rent the same place next year!

Karen and Scott,  we are so glad that you want to come back again next year.  We agree, Sawyer Lake House is a beautiful setting,  and you simply cannot beat being right on Lake Michigan.  The beach, the sunrises and sunsets all make it a fabulous place to vacation.    
Karen & Scott
Jun 2020
Great place
Will try to come back in the summer. Loved the cottage!

Scott, we love hearing that you want to come back to Sawyer Lake House in Union Pier.  It is a marvelous property overlooking Lake MIchigan, giving guests wonderful sunrises and sunsets.  It sleeps 6 and has a hot tub for use until June.  It has a wood burning fireplace  and wood is provided, along with a washer and dryer for guests' convenience.  We look forward to your return!
Apr 2020
Quiet get-away
We enjoyed our time at the cottage. The view was amazing. The beach access was just what we were looking for.

Stephen, there is nothing better than being at a cottage that overlooks Lake MIchigan:  the sunsets and sunrises plus walks on the beach seem to make everything just a little bit better.  We hope to see you back at Sawyer Lake House soon.
Mar 2020
Beautiful view
Thou it wasn’t a white Christmas nonetheless we enjoyed the beautiful view of the Lake from the row of windows, listening to the water and walking down the multi-level deck to the beach..

Shauna, it would have been nice if Michigan had had a white Christmas, but sometimes the snow gods take the day off.  We are really happy to hear that you enjoyed Sawyer House.  One can't beat being right on Lake Michigan with those fabulous views.  Sawyer is a very comfortable house that sleeps 6.  We look forward to working with you again.
Dec 2019
December 2019 Weekend Getaway
This place was perfect!!! Stunning view, so close to the water. Had every thing we needed to make our stay great. Great location, so close to so many breweries and Frankies had live music. Such a cool spot. Would come back in the Summer for sure!!

Kylie, we love that you loved Sawyer Lake House!  You are right, the views of Lake Michigan are stunning, and its convenience to the breweries just makes it all the better.  We'd love to have you back any time of year!
Dec 2019
Fall Vacation

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Rachel, fall is a glorious time to stay at Sawyer Lake House.  Overlooking Lake Michigan, you get views of the power of the lake in the fall.  The cottage is perfect for tranquility, rest and rejuvenation. We hope to see you again.
Nov 2019
Great Location
Really nice cottage with well-appointed main living space and most everything one might want in a kitchen. The big appeal is the proximity to the lake and the deck just out the back door. The bathrooms had great towels, and the owners provide beach chairs and even firewood for the beach fire. Our stay was really comfy. We could have used some more outlets to charge our devices, especially in the twin bed bedrooms (where we two couples ended up sleeping as the master bedroom mattress was too hard for all of us), and also some additional light fixtures in those rooms. Other than that, we really enjoyed out stay and would gladly return.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Alison, thanks for this great review.  The Sawyer Lake House is a great  property, right on Lake  Michigan.  The private beach is shared by 4 cottages - it's only 72 steps to the water.  We'll let the owners know your thoughts for improvement, and we look forward to your return.
Oct 2019
Great Location
We really enjoyed our stay at the Sawyer Cottage with another couple. The main living area is well-appointed and has comfortable furniture, while the kitchen has pretty much anything one might need. I was impressed with small details, such as the quality of the bath towels, the availability of chairs for the beach and of firewood for beach fires. Of course, the big draw here is the great location, right next to the lake. While the trees obscured some of the view, the sound of the surf made us never forget where we were. If I had to nitpick, I'd mention the lack of outlets, especially in the bedrooms. In this day and age of portable electronics, everyone needs to charge devices, so it would be nice if there was a charging unit in the rooms. Oddly, all four of us found the mattress in the master to be too hard, so we used only the rooms with the twin beds, and that worked out okay. Both could use some better lighting, though. Other than that, it's hard to complain about the place. We'd certainly stay there again.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Alison, we agree that there is nothing quite like being on Lake Michigan and listening to the waves hit the shoreline.  The Sawyer House sleeps 6, has a deck and  screened in porch.  The fireplace is perfect for cool mornings and evenings.  We'll let the owner know your suggestions for improvements.  We look forward to working with you again.
Oct 2019
great house & location but back doors to deck would not lock=safety issue with 6 ladies alone
See above. Concern about safety since sliding doors to deck would not lock or door from screened porch to deck. 6 ladies staying alone wanted to bring this to your attention,. Should get locks fixed for safety. Also it would be helpful to have a list of instructions in one place re: switches for lighting. We couldn't find the switch for track lighting above the dining room table until late in our stay and moved the floor lamp to table for extra light when we played games at night. Overall, house and location were beautiful. Could see lake from deck and we had 2 ladies that couldnt go down 72 stairs due to injuries but stayed on the deck and enjoyed the view anyway.. Not sure if house was cleaned since found coffee grounds in coffeemaker and some dirty dishes in cabinet when we arrived.Overall we had a good restful stay..

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Lola, we are happy to hear that overall you enjoyed your stay at Sawyer Lake House.  The view of Lake Michigan is pretty spectacular, and if you can go down 72 steps, the beach is a pleasure.  We will get right on the locks to the deck doors.  We apologize that you found less that stelar cleaning.  We pride ourselves on having high standards of cleanliness for our properties, so it is always disappointing when that is not true.  In the future, when you rent from us, if you find any issues like you stated, please let us know immediately and we all send someone out to take care of them.  We'd love to see you and your friends back again.
Sep 2019
Second year for a Sisters' Weekend
It really doesn't get any better than this! The stunning sunsets, views of the water, cozy atmosphere, and local attractions make the Sawyer Lake House a fabulous place to stay! This was our second weekend at the house, and we will be back again next year. It really is a home away from home. Many thanks!!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Leeanne, thanks for returning to Sawyer House for your sister's weekend!  Sawyer House is pretty special and being right on Lake MIchigan just makes it all the better.  We'll look for your 2020 reservation. 
Sep 2019
Always the best time and perfect vacation! Can’t wait to return next year!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Tony, you can not beat Sawyer Lake House for a great place to vacation.  With Lake Michigan out front, you get the best sunsets and sunrises while sitting on the deck that one could ever ask for.  We'll look for you again next year!
Jul 2019
Sister stay
This property was great. Thank you

Heidi, we love that this was a "sister stay" and that you enjoyed Sawyer Lake House.  Being on Lake Michigan is magical, and this property with the fabulous deck overlooking the lake makes it even better.  We hope to see you again!
Jun 2019
Sister time
My sisters and I stayed at the sawyer house. It really was fantastic. Very clean, comfortable, beautiful views, and they had everything there that we needed. It’s very close to shopping and restaurants. Prior to our stay, I had a lot of communication with the rental team. They were timely with all of the answers to our questions. We look forward to our next trip there. The only thing that was a negative, is the shared deck with the house next door. That is their route down to the beach, and it was a little invasive to our privacy, but as long as you’re aware, it’s ok. I highly recommend this location

Heidi, staying right on Lake Michigan is magical, that's for certain. We are happy that you and your sisters enjoyed staying at the Sawyer House.  It's a great property.  We at FVR make it our #1 priority to make sure that our guests are satisfied, so we are always happy to help with any questions or concerns.  We hope that you return again soon.
Jun 2019
Heaven on earth!
The house was perfect for the 5 of us! We were two couples and a friend and the space was perfect! The view is of the beautiful Lake Michigan which is literally a few steps away from this home down the stairs that lead to the beach. We have made plans to rent this place again soon! The communication was easy and the person we coordinated with was very helpful and answered promptly by text. Can’t wait to come back for our next trip!

Radhika, we are thrilled that you enjoyed Sawyer Lake House as much as you did.  It's a great property and being right on Lake Michigan is pretty spectacular that's for sure!  We look forward to seeing you again next year.

Apr 2019
We just loved the Sawyer house
It was a cozy place with a beautiful view!, Great place to stay any time of year!

Kari, we are so glad that you had a great stay at the Sawyer House.  You just can't beat being right on Lake Michigan, and,as you said, it's great any time of year.  Do come back again!
Mar 2019
We have now stayed are all 4 cottages and we love them all! We had a Great time look forward to coming back soon!!

Jennifer, we love our returning guests reviews!  The Union Pier properties are pretty special, and being right on Lake Michigan makes it the perfect spot to be, no matter what sesason you are there!  We look forward to your next visit.
Feb 2019
Gorgeous View Of Lake Michigan
My girlfriends and I spent a long weekend at the Sawyer Cottage and thoroughly enjoyed the view, the fireplace, the direct beach access and the proximity to fun activities (Warren Dunes, wineries, breweries, distilleries, antique shops, restaurants, etc...). The cabin is well equipped for most peoples' needs. I was impressed to find both a regular coffee maker AND a Keurig as well as a coffee grinder! I recommend a few more wine glasses. ;-)

Amy, a fall weekend, a fabulous fireplace and a view of Lake Michigan makes for a perfect girlfriends get-away!  We are so glad that you chose Sawyer Lake House for your fun weekend.  We'd love to host you again in the future.
Nov 2018
Everyone we dealt with was so professional
We enjoyed our stay.

Elizabeth, we're so happy that you enjoyed staying at the Sawyer Lake House.  It's such a great property, plus being right on Lake Michigan gives it even more added charm.  We hope to work with you again!
Nov 2018
Stunning view from cozy cottage
We enjoyed our first sisters' weekend at the lake house and loved it! Beds were comfortable, the kitchen was well stocked (perhaps a new saute pan would help), and the view/beach access was amazing. I think that is why we all come to Union Pier! We are looking forward to returning next year.

Leanne, we love the idea of a sister's weekend, and that you went to the Sawyer Lake House to do it!  Union Pier is a great city, and being right on Lake Michigan is a special gift.  Walking on the beach, no matter the weather, is a wonderful experience.  We'll look for you and your sisters again in the future! 
Oct 2018
“What a wonderful location! This is exactly what you envision when thinking of a cottage on the lake. Staff was quickly accomodating when a request was made for assistance when we arrived. We were not troubled by the adjacent cottages using the stair access point from this cottages deck, all were lovely families- just be aware when scheduling. Great family spot.”


Anne, we are thrilled that the Sawyer House worked out so well for you.  Being right on Lake Michigan makes it even more special I think.  We'd love to work with you again soon.
Jul 2018
Second Annual Sisters' Week
Sawyer Lake House is the perfect location and layout for a small gathering. Last year, our first, we had four adults and this year we had three. The floorplan allows ample space for crafters, all with such an amazing view of the lake! The bedrooms are spacious and you can have privacy if you want, but the open living space allows for many shared activities. The kitchen has a good layout and the bar (with barstools) gives plenty of space for carry-in or buffet style meals. I’m already looking forward to our next visit to Sawyer Lake House!


Hi Beverly,  we are so glad that you enjoyed SawyerLake House again this year.  Thanks for the wonderful review.  We love that you and Beverly will be coming back again next year for your crafting time together.  What a perfect "sister" thing to do.    
Beverly Siek; Marilyn Nisius is my sister
Jun 2018
Lovely cottage on the shore of Lake Michigan
This is the second year my sister and I rented Sawyer Lake House for our annual Sisters Week. She lives in Wisconsin and I live in Ohio so it’s a perfect location for us to meet. We are both crafters, and the cottage provides the space we need and a very inspiring view and sounds to inspire us. We absolutely love the cottage and plan to return for many years to come.


Hi Marilyn,  we love that you have returned to Sawyer Lake House and plan to do so again.  How cool to do a crafting weekend with your sister - love it!  We're happy that it works out so well for you both.
Jun 2018
Very Relaxing
We loved the Sawyer Cabin. The rental was easy and we really enjoyed the lake-view and sounds of the waves from the master suite. The screened in porch was perfect for playing board games when it rained.


Ryan, so happy to hear that the Sawyer House fit your needs.  The sounds of waves from Lake Michigan can be so mesmerizing, a great way to be lulled to sleep!  We hope that you come back again.
Jun 2018
Charm By the Lake
Charming Little House. My family had a wonderful time being so close to the water. The cottage is adorable and clean. I would recommend bringing your own pan and coffee maker (if you can), the ones provided are very old. However, it was a wonderful vacation made better by the location.


Pam we are so happy that you enjoyed the cottage!  Also, thank you for alerting us to the pan and coffee maker situation    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 hope to see you again soon.

Apr 2018
Great getaway, super staff
I booked the Sawyer house as a gift for my parents. They were floored it was so nice! They enjoyed the quiet, the beach, and the comfortable house. Thanks for helping me set it up. My parents had a wonderful time!


Lucas, we are so happy that your parents enjoyed the Sawyer House.  Magic happens when you stay right on Lake Michigan, and the Sawyer House is no exception.   You are a pretty special person to set this up for your parents, which makes it even better that they enjoyed it as much as they did.  We hope that you all come back again or try one of our many other Michigan properties.
Apr 2018
Sawyer Lake House
I love the Sawyer House. This was our second time at this house in Union Pier. its a great place for family and friends. I will definitely rent this house again next year.


Hi Melissa,  Wea re so happy that you like the Sawyer House.  It is a great property.  We look forward to seeing you again soon.    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.   
Mar 2018
Beautiful views
My husband and I enjoyed a weekend trip to the Sawyer Lake house in February. The views are spectacular. The house is lovely and comfortable. Perfect for a family or a group of friends wanting to share some time on beautiful Lake Michigan.


We are so happy that you enjoyed your weekend at Sawyer House.  It is a great property. We hope to see you again soon.
Feb 2018
Amazing view, awesome home, fireplace, beach
On Lake Michigan. Plenty of room for a girls weekend, party of five. Kitchen well equipped and if you don’t cook there are plenty of restaurants nearby. We didn't want to leave!

Wer are happy you enjoyed your girls weekend! It's always nice to get away along Lake Michigan! We hope to see you again in the future!
Dec 2017
Wonderful Thanksgiving Getaway
Beautiful!!! We will be back!


So happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay.   Thanksgiving getaways are the best!  Check out all of our 72 properties.  We give returning guests a 10% discount when they book directly through us.  We look forward to working with you in the future!


Dec 2017
The location is perfect!!! The home was clean and very pretty. The all white walls make it so open and airy We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner looking out at the amazing view of Lake Michigan. We will definitely return.


So happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay.   Thanksgiving on Lake Michigan is the best!  Check out all 72 properties.  We give returning guests a 10% discount when they book directly through us.  We look forward to working with you in the future!


Nov 2017
Yoga Retreat
The weekend was great.. was an amazing location and house!

We are so happy you had a great success and loved the house and location! 
Nov 2017
We enjoyed our get-a-way weekend in October at this lovely lake house. Even with the rain on Saturday, we would not have changed a thing. The house is beautifully located right on Lake Michigan and has a perfect view. (We had a fire on the beach Friday evening and it could not have been lovelier.) The house is centrally located around great places to eat, shopping for antiques, hiking and for visiting breweries and wineries. The rental company was very accommodating when we had to change our original weekend date (due to a family emergency), graciously offering us several other choices. All around, it was a wonderful experience and we would definitely recommend the house and company to others.

We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay with us. We love, love, love the colors in the fall at Peter White. Thank you for the great, positive review! We pride ourselves on great customer service and appreciate your compliments. We hope you do book again in the future. Remember, we have 60 properties stacked around Michigan; please check out our website to see the newest homes and special deals.
Oct 2017
Lake and fireplace make this a keeper
We really enjoyed our stay here especially because of the proximity to the lake and the fireplace. The supplied firewood was an extra bonus. The wall heater in the bathroom was also a welcome feature when exiting the shower. For improvement: The wi-fi was a hassle connecting, and when we were connected we would not always be able to get internet access. A loveseat/small couch by the fire would be nice instead of the two chairs.

We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for the positive review and for your suggestions. We will see how we can accommodate. We hope you do book again in the future. Remember, we have 60 properties stacked around Michigan; please check out our website to see the newest homes and special deals.
Oct 2017
Beautiful house with view of the lake
House was clean. Great deck with a view. I grew up I that area ad had a great time visiting with my cousins. Freshwatervactions is a great Company.
Sep 2017
Great location, right on the lake
Great location, right on the lake. Quite a few stairs down to the lake, but definitely was not an issue. The beach was great, super easy to walk in, not a lot of rocks. There was a sand bar area within close distance. The house was ok, in need of a deep cleaning, and new furniture. Internet never worked for us even though it was supposed to be new and improved. Outdoor deck is shared, which was not an issue. The outdoor furniture could also be replaced and reorganized as most of it was broken or worn. We did not have a complete table and chairs to eat outside. Other houses did, so it may have been something that happened recently. I'd still rate this place as very good and mention it to others as a good option.

We are happy you enjoyed the sand bar and wonderful Lake Michigan beach, and deck. I have a work order our for maintenance for a complete table and chairs set and the internet is being looked into. That is unusual for it not to work as it is new. Thank you for your suggestions. We pride ourselves on giving our guests a wonderful experience and will update what we can in order for them to have a great vacation. We hope you consider booking with us in the future. We have 54 properties to choose from.
Jul 2017
Four Crafty Ladies
Two sisters, one from Racine, WI, one from Westfield Center, OH, and two friends from Wooster, OH met at Sawyer Cottage for a week of crafts. One of us creates beautiful beaded jewelry, one was rug hooking, one embroidering, and one quilting. Wonderful inspiration at the cottage with the lake in view at the windows. Everything we needed was provided and we spent out time creating beautiful works of art.

We are thrilled you ladies had a wonderful time. Inspiration to say the least. We wish more would come to exercise their creative minds! You'll have to send us a picture of your crafts! Thanks for choosing Freshwater!
Jun 2017
The house is awesome
We had a great time at the Sawyer House in Union Pier. The house is spacious and very comfortable. The outside deck is quite spectacular.
Apr 2017
Always a joy to stay here! We love the view, place and care put into it to make it a special place to come back to. Thank you!
Apr 2017
great location
we loved this house, great location with easy lake access and beautiful view
Feb 2017
Sisters weekend
Great place for a sisters weekend. The view from the very open great room is fantastic. Cabin is cozy, plenty of seating, comfortable beds. Nice screened in area and plenty of nice outside spaces. We would definitely book this property again. The rental agency, Freshwater Vacation Rentals, was very easy to deal with, always a bonus.
Oct 2016
Loved it! The view, the beach, clean and plenty of room. Needed very little except a little extra cutlery, pans and dish towels but it was worth the drive. Will probably be back next year. Date of arrival September 24, 2015
Apr 2016
Very spacious with perfect beach access and lake view
We recently stayed at Sawyer Cottage over Summer 2015. This is our third summer trip to Union Pier with kids. We've always had a great time, but our accommodation in the past has been nowhere as good as this! We were immediately impressed by the size of the place and the layout. The bedrooms were all big and the communal space was very spacious. There are several dining locations inside and outside, all of which are beautiful and practical. The place has a very lived-in feel, which we found charming but others might feel as if its slightly run down. The outside areas---decks as well as screened in porch---were great and the beach access was perfect. The private beach below the house was also perfect and never crowded. We had a couple of issues with the rental---a broken dishwasher and problems with trash collection---that could not be resolved during our stay. Management were very apologetic however and promptly provided a partial refund. Obviously we were disappointed with the problems, but they didn't spoil the trip and we were most impressed with the manager's polite response. Top notch. Will definitely come back in the future! Reviewer location: Central IL Date of arrival August 15, 2015
Apr 2016

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