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Dream Retreat Main House: Sleeps 19, Chicago--40min, 3+ nights request quote

Sleeps19
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Space 464 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

5000sf 4 bd/4 ba, sleeps 29 w/GH, 2000sf decks, 8-p Hot Tub, Volleyball, Firepit

*If booking 3 to 6 nights, system-generated quote is NOT accurate.

*Nightly rate after 2nd is much lower, please inquire.

This 5-Star luxury oasis, only 40 minutes from Chicago, is a private, secluded, spa-quality, ultimate beachfront getaway right on the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The Miller Beach Dream Retreat offers commanding views of Lake Michigan, the Chicago skyline, and unspoiled dune-scape. Retreat is loaded with first-class amenities, top-of-the-line fixtures, appliances, furnishings, and Indiana's only pro sand volleyball court. This year-round Beach Retreat is Indiana’s most luxurious vacation rental offering complete privacy.

Miller Beach, IN, the closest beach-side community to Chicago, is a unique and growing artist community in Northwest Indiana full of galleries, shopping, fine dining, and miles of pristine beaches and nature trails. Hundreds of attractions are located within 60 minutes: casinos, amusement/water parks, golf, antiquing, wineries, outlet malls as well as Chicago’s rich culture: Millennium Park, Magnificent Mile, museums, restaurants, sports, theater, concerts, etc.

The 5000sqft four bedroom, four bath Retreat offers 2000sqft of custom outdoor living space and accommodates 19 people. The floorplan is functional with large gathering spaces for grand-scale entertaining and comfortable, cozy nooks for managed solitude. Unlike most rentals flanked on both sides by neighbors which offer no privacy, the Dream Retreat is 350 feet from our closest neighbor. It is located on a quiet, tree-lined, cul-de-sac street and corner lot. Daily maid service available upon request.

Whether your group is a multi-generational family reunion, mature friend’s getaway, milestone birthday or anniversary, couples or church retreat, intimate wedding, or corporate retreat, Miller Beach Dream Retreat is the perfect place for you.

Since 2007, Miller Beach Dream Retreat Entire Compound has hosted thousands of guests from 49 states and 14 countries for their special occasions. See all our Guest Reviews. This Main House is part of the Miller Beach Dream Retreat Entire Compound (ID# 3892629) which also includes the Attached Guesthouse (ID# 277802). Escape to the dunes of Northwest Indiana and experience all that the Miller Beach Dream Retreat has to offer.

Unique and Historic Location

Our backyard and beach IS the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Only a sliver of national park and short nature trail separate the Retreat from an amazing semi-private, sugar-sand beach with a 150ft sand bar and crystal clear water with no muck, rocks, or algae. This little slice of paradise contains one of the most diverse ecosystems in the entire national park system. It is world famous for the Karner Blue butterfly and has over 369 species of flowering plants and cacti. The first manned-glider ride, preceding the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk, occurred on historic Chanute Hill (200ft from our rear deck) in 1896 by Octave Chanute. The Aquatorium, a half-mile paved nature trail away, contains both the Chanute and Tuskegee Airmen Museums. Lake Street Beach, three blocks away, has a watercraft launch.

Gourmet Kitchen

Perfect for guest chefs or families to make meals together, this full-service kitchen opens to the two-story Great Room. The designer chose elegant custom-built cabinetry and Pietra Cardosa counters. The double-island has a prep sink and seating for four guests. There is also a walk-in pantry with custom shelving.

Kitchen has service for 20, all stainless steel appliances, and everything needed to make enticing meals and desserts. Bosch and Jenn-Air professional appliance suite includes double electric baking and convection microwave ovens, 36in gas roasting oven with six-sealed burners, warming oven, chimney hood, built-in Fridge with auto ice-maker, dishwasher, and custom-built wine center that features two separate Marvel cooling units for red wine and cold-temperature beverages. Wine center has specialty glass wall cabinets and solid oak counters with oak bead board back splash, under-cabinet and glass shelf lighting. Kitchen is well-equipped with a double-bowl farm sink with Grohe pull-out faucet, all small appliances, Keurig coffee station, cookware, bakeware, flatware, glassware, barware, and supplies.

Great Room

Experience the rustic-chic atmosphere of 28ft cathedral oak ceilings with five skylights. Six large casement windows and patio doors open to the main deck. Wood burning stove provides cozy ambiance, dancing flames, and warmth on those chilly nights. Solid hickory dining table seats ten and banquet tables and chairs are also available. Chocolate leather sofa and matching club chairs complete the space.

Entertainment Loft

This inviting wrap-around balcony overlooks the Great Room and is one of the most comfortable gathering places. It conveniently opens to the multi-level decks and has an 18ft wall of windows to showcase panoramic views. Lounge on the eight-seat, leather sectional or perch in the parakeet chair while viewing the 50in digital cable HDTV with Dolby 5.1 surround sound. Play poker or games on the double-sided table and stream music inside and out with the Yamaha and Jamo high-fidelity sound system.

Recreation Room

This space is designed for fun and features a Queen Anne Foosball table and walk-in wet bar with counter space for ten, refrigerator, Kohler sink and faucet, and back-light bar shelves. TV viewing area has a coffee leather queen sofa-bed and club chairs, a 55in digital cable HDTV with Dolby 5.1 surround sound, and library with over 200 DVDs and 200 CDs.

Outdoor Living Areas

Overlooking the beautiful National Lakeshore, its unspoiled beaches, lush dune-scape, and the Chicago Skyline, one of the most coveted spaces is its multi-level decks. Privacy and seclusion were paramount in the design of this 2000 sqft outdoor wonderland. With the same attention to detail, the outdoor living space contain five multi-level decks and several seating and dining areas including a conversation fire pit, bistro, dining and picnic tables, hammock, and swing. Melt your stress away in the year-round, 8-person hot tub with 45 jets and color-changing LED ambient lighting. Bathe in the heated shower. Grill your specialties on the pro Napoleon gas grill. Serve it up on Indiana’s ONLY professional sand volley ball court set to woman’s Olympic specs.

Bedrooms

Four well-appointed bedrooms comprise the compound, including a lavish Master Suite, two queen bedrooms and Bunk Room which sleeps five and has one twin XL over queen plus a twin over twin bunk. One queen sofa beds and several high-rise, self-inflating/deflating Aerobeds with built-in headboards are available. Guests love the convenience and simplicity of putting them wherever and whenever. Each bedroom has been carefully crafted with guests in mind. Tasteful features include soft wool rugs over antique oak flooring and touches of leather and custom upholstery throughout. All bedrooms offer high thread-count linens, comforters and pillows, ceiling fans or stand fans, digital cable HDTVs with DVD players, ample closet space with hangers, full length mirrors, dressers, and nightstands with lamps.

Master Suite

Occupying the entire top floor, this 1200 sqft over-the-top luxury spa suite is unlike any other. The loft style, open floor plan features skylighted cathedral ceilings and Juliette balcony with French doors overlooking the Entertainment Loft and Great Room below. Double 9ft patio doors open to wrap-around decks with amazing lake views, table seating, and built-in bench which faces East to view spectacular sun rises over the dune-scape. A premium Stearns and Foster bed is centered to maximum views of surrounding nature. For TV therapy, there is a 60in Smart HDTV with digital cable and Roku for movie and music streaming. Completing the space is the Master Closet which is 10ft by 8ft and also has a skylighted cathedral ceiling.

En suite spa is a custom-designed sanctuary with commercial-grade fixtures for professional relaxation therapy. With a clear glass entrance, the Kohler steam shower has seating for two persons, a eucalyptus oil reservoirs for steam-aroma therapy, and temperature-controlled, Grohe rain fall shower head and hand-held massaging shower. The dry-Cedar Sauna has benches for two persons to lie down, digital controls, and cedar enclosed walls and ceiling. The two-person peninsula jetted-tub has artic white tile and 12 air-controlled jets. Dimmable LED chandelier lighting sets the perfect ambiance for your break from reality. There are separate vanities with custom mirrors and Grohe faucets as well as a separate WC room. Natural stone flooring throughout and an auto-humidity sensing fan complete the spa.

Bathrooms

Four well-equipped marble tiled bathrooms have custom vanities and mirrors, Kohler sinks, Grohe faucets, rainfall shower heads, fluffy towels, bath mats, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, tissues, and hair dryers.

Laundry Room

Two mega-capacity laundry units with ozonators are available for guest use. They requires no hot water, bleach, detergent, or fabric softener. Ozonators clean better by infusing a 3rd oxygen molecule to create super-charged wash water.

Other

We offer Wi-Fi at speeds at up to 50 Mbps, seven digital cable HDTVs with DVD players, driveway parking for six vehicles, and all supplies including soaps, paper towels, tissue, trash bags, etc. Retreat is cooled by eight Mitsubishi AC wall units and heated by a Buderus radiant heat boiler with five thermostatic zones for customized comfort.

More Details

Property Manager
Hilary
Member since: 2007
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
5 December, 2017

About Hilary

As an Engineer and General Contractor, I have a passion for designing and building luxury smart homes. Being from a large family, I create spaces to accommodate large families and groups who want to celebrate, entertain, and relax.

My wife is an accomplished Interior Designer and Event Planner whose work has been published by Martha Stewart and Vogue Magazine and loves to furnish inviting spaces, ensuring that all the details and creature-comforts are attended to.

We are proud to call the Dream Retreat home and enjoy our private oasis, where we can escape from it all.

Hilary purchased this house in 2005

Why Hilary chose Miller Beach

Miller Beach Dream Retreat was conceptualized in 2005 and meticulously designed, built, and furnished for the sole purpose of entertaining large groups and beachfront relaxation. We are in the memory-making business and have hosted thousands since 2007.

Completed in 2007, the Miller Beach Dream Retreat Main House is 5000 sq.ft. and has six half-levels (Level 1 through 6 with six steps between each). 2000 sq.ft. of outdoor living space are multi-level decks with amazing views and amenities. After staying in many properties around the globe, we have defined luxury vacation rental.

Views from the Dream Retreat to the North and East are pure nature: Lake Michigan and rolling dunes. To the Northwest, see the unmistakable Chicago skyline.

Follow the nature trail through a sliver of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to the semi-private, sugar-sand beach, wade onto the 150ft sand bar, swim in the crystal clear water. Enjoy no rocks, muck, or algae.

What makes this house unique

Unlike most beachfront rentals that are flanked on both sides by noisy, nosy neighbors and offer little to no privacy, the Miller Beach Dream Retreat was built to be private and secluded. We are located on a quiet, tree-lined cul-de-sac street on a corner lot and 350 feet from our closest neighbor.

Our backyard and beach IS the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This little slice of paradise contains one of the most diverse ecosystems in the entire national park system. It is world famous for the Karner Blue butterfly and has over 369 species of flowering plants and cacti.

The first manned-glider ride, preceding the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk, occurred on historic Chanute Hill (200ft from our rear deck) in 1896 by Octave Chanute. The Aquatorium, a half-mile walk on a nature trail, contains both the Chanute and Tuskegee Airmen Museums.

Our guest list is confidential, but includes A-list celebrities, professional sports stars, and noted journalists.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Met with a bunch of girls who all Scrapbook. That's what we did from Thursday until Sunday in Nov. 2011. Beautiful home, beautiful location, beautiful times!! Would I do again? In a heartbeat!! Oh and did I mention the hot tub. This would be a great place for a small family reunion or maybe a New Years Eve party. Very lovely--hoping to make plans to do it again.
Nov 2011
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Map

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Chicago O'Hare Int'l, Chicago Midway
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
18th Street Brewery, Brasserie, Beach Cafe
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
19 courses within a 30 mile radius
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Miller Beach Train Depot--SouthShore Line
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
I-65 & Highway US 12/US 20, 80/84
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Miller Bakery Cafe, Flamingos, Miller Beach Cafe
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
FourLakes Apline Snowsports
Nearest Beach
Beachfront Retreat--sliver of Nat'l Park in betwn
Car: necessary

Custom built in 2009, the secluded Dream Retreat will help you escape from it all. Retreat is situated on a cul-de-sac street (no traffic) and corner lot (only house on the corner) and the closest neighbor is 350 feet away. Completely private compound (6' & 8' privacy fences). Pro-Sand Beach Volley ball court set to Womany's Olympic specs. (Peak Season only).

Entire North (lakeside) and East are Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Hear nothing except the songs of birds, breeze, and waves slapping against the Lake Michigan shoreline. See the Chicago Skyline from the upper decks.

Because of our unique location, only a tiny sliver of National Park Dunes separates us (sand & asphalt trail) from the best semi-private sugar-sand beach on Lake Michigan. We are 3 blocks from Lake Street Beach boat launch (seasonal) for water toys, jet-skis, small boats, sailboats, etc.

We personally greet each guest at check-in, give a brief tour, answer questions, and provide a binder full of fun and useful info for attractions, dining, shopping, etc. in and around centrally-located Miller Beach, IN.

All attractions are within a 45 minute drive or train ride and offer something for everyone. Shoppers and gamers paradise. grocery stores, factory Outlet mall with 120 stores, South Lake two-story mall, candy factory tours, fine/casual Dining, EZ train to Chicago: (Loop, “Magnificent Mile” shopping, museums, convention center, airports), water parks, amusement parks, Amish Country, scenic drives, Fall foilage tours, flea markets, National Park hiking/biking trails and classroom discussions, winery tours, Casinos (10 min to Trump, Ameristar, Majestic, and Horseshoe; 30 min to Blue Chip), golf, marinas, and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore world famous West Side Beach.

Golf: 19 courses withing a 30 mile radius--contact information provided in binder at check-in.

Ski: FourLakes Apline Snowsports is in Lisle, IL approx 60 miles from the Retreat and offer a wide variety of terrain, slopes, lessons, and fun for people of all ages.

Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Miller Beach

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 464 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 19 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 28
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Rates do not include $50/person (one-time use/occupancy fee) over 13 ppl regardless of length of stay/purpose. Add'l Booking fee may also apply.
  • No high school, college, after-prom party, graduation party, or any other underage groups. No illegal, dangerous, or non-family oriented activities.
  • Agree to abide by the rules, policies, and regulations established in the Vacation Rental Agreement and the Welcome Packet
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Alarm System
  • soap
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Rumpus Room
  • Secure Parking
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Split-System Heating
  • Study Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • water cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • mini-fridge
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Master Suite - toilet , shower enclosure , jacuzzi , Dry cedar sauna, 2-person jetted tub, private WC room
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower , Heated outdoor shower (seasonal)
    Level 2 Bathroom - toilet , bath with shower , Custom maple cabinets, French vanilla marble floors
    Level 1 Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure
    Level 4 Bathroom - toilet , bath with shower , Capuccino marble tile floors and custom vanity
  • Master Suite Spa: -2-person dry Cedar Sauna -Commercial-grade two-person Steam Shower with eucalyptus oil reservoir -Grohe rain fall shower and handheld massager -2-person, peninsula jetted tub Other Bathrooms: outdoor shower (Peak Season Only) -Marble tiled baths with downpour shower heads, custom vanities (maple-glazed with hand-carved, claw feet) loaded with plush towel sets and bath mats. -Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hair dryers, toilet paper provided in all bathrooms
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 19
  • Master Suite - 1 large double bed , 1200 sq.ft. loft style with en-suite spa bathroom
    Level 2 North - 1 large double bed , Large decorative fireplace and mantle
    Level 4 North - 1 large double bed , Private Juliette balcony faces due East
    Level 4 South - 1 large double bed , 3 single bed , Bunk Room has one queen, one twin XL and two twin beds
  • Top floor HUGE 1200 SF Master Suite: -Private, wrap-around decks--see Chicago Skyline, Lake, & North & East views of Nat'l Park and lagoon. Enjoy bistro table & built-in bench to catch the morning sun -Juliette balcony w/ French doors overlooks the loft & Great Room below -10'x8' walk-in-closet w/ windows/skylights, dresser, iron & board, hangars -Custom silk draperies and fine 800 Thread-count linens -Decorative travertine marble fire place En-suite bath: -Commercial-grade 2-person steam shower w/ eucalyptus oil dispenser -Grohe downpour shower head and pulsating massage jets -Extra-large, 2-person Peninsula-garden Jacuzzi -Private toilet rm Other Bedrooms: -All Queen-sized beds, custom-matched comforters, bed skirts, shams & comfy sheets will pamper you in luxury! Each bedroom equipped w/ dressers, flat screen digital cable TV, DVD player, ceiling & stand fans, closets w/ hangars, alarm clocks. Some have private balconies and decorative fireplaces
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • games - kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • video player
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • deck chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • patio
  • Sailboat
  • sand pit
  • Shed
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wooden decking
  • 20 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • alternative lifestyle
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Indoor Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Sauna ...
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Steam Shower
  • Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • jacuzzi
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Leave your worries behind & bring only your personal belongings... Think of the Dream Retreat as a 5-Star, luxury hotel, loaded with fine amenities, but private, secluded, and your very own... Our nearly endless list of amenities are second to none: Indoor/outdoor sound system creates the perfect atmosphere for entertaining or relaxing Pro kitchen—serves 16, mixing bowls, bakeware, serving platters, pots, pans, and skillets, roasting pans, spatulas, serving spoons, spices, toaster oven, blender, steamer, crock pot, coffee makers, filters Towels, shampoo, conditioner, bodywash Extra pillows, sheets, beach towels (seasonal) Lanterns, flashlights, first-aid kits 4 Queen-sized, high-rise, luxury, self-inflating/deflating Aero-beds w/ pillow tops & Headboards. Linens and bedding provided. Pro-Sand Volleyball & outdoor toys (Peak Season only) Firewood, trash bags, plastic-ware, paper towel, laundry, fabric sheets, dish soap included

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Beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

This is a retreat place, calm, family friendly home with great outdoors. Loved the board games, books, hot tub. It was perfect for our small family reunion.

  • Review Submitted: 23/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gerard: We are happy that your family reunion was such a success at our Miller Beach Dream Retreat! We specialize in multi-generational family reunions and are in the memory-making business. We have hosted over 200 since 2007! We hope to see you same time next year! Jim
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Definitely worth booking right now

  • 5 of 5

This house delivered In so many ways. The house was a very short walk to Lake Michigan. So many places to sleep. The volleyball court, hot tube, and fire were great additions. Would highly recommend staying here.

  • Review Submitted: 07/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for having your friend's getaway at the Dream Retreat! The weather turned out to be perfect for the beach and sand volleyball. You took very good care of our home and are welcome back anytime! Jim
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Dream Retreat?...more like a NIGHTMARE!

  • 2 of 5

PROS: Amazing upscale master suite. Inviting, spacious kitchen.

CONS: Owner (Hilary) didn’t meet us at house - sent new employee with lack of knowledge of property. Dishwasher broken – repairman coming next day. Hot tub not working- repairman attempting to fix. Noticed 1 of 4 queen bedrooms was a bedroom with 2 sets of BUNKBEDS. They call it a queen bedroom since 1 bunk has a queen mattress. On VRBO/HOMEAWAY, this was the only bedroom not pictured. Owners updated this after our stay.

Hot tub repairman was owner, Jim. He said still not working, returning next day with parts. We told him we weren’t happy. Jim didn’t want to discuss the hot tub, dishwasher, or any concerns. Jim shouted, “How about I give you your money back and you leave right now!” We asked for a discount. He said he’d think about it.

We found:

Broken living room chair

Broken bathroom towel bar

Smoke detector hanging from ceiling

Half painted ceiling in bedroom

Plywood above head in bunkbed

Huge cracks in bathroom tiles

Dirty bathroom molding

Unfinished bedroom balcony flooring

Greasy stove

2 broken loft chairs

Basement refrigerator not ready to use

Dingy bathtub shower curtains

House was VERY dirty. Jim says in review “Our professional maid staff has their cleaning of our home down to a science.” Former professional house cleaner from our group stated if she cleaned like this, she would be fired. Cobwebs, dust, and dirt found everywhere. Their staff does NOT have it ‘down to a science’.

Previous guest complained about the unsafe location. Jim gave a list of peoples’ occupations who live on the block. I don’t care who lives there…I wouldn’t suggest going beyond the beach area.

During our stay, the attached Cottage House was rented to other guests. Owners cannot control these guests, but do control the house design. Beware...we heard everything from these guests.

Previously, I’d inquired about golfing locations. Hilary’s rude answer was, “…Google it”.

Dishwasher and hot tub were repaired. No hot tub cover-told to use a tarp & 7 bricks. I again requested a discount/refund- Hilary denied it & suggested late check-out. Considering it an insult, we turned it down.

Based on other reviews, Jim has difficulty receiving negative feedback. He repeatedly makes excuses, will not take responsibility for any issues, and will deflect the issue onto someone/something else.

When returning home, I emailed Hilary, stating we deserved some sort of refund. Still no response.

  • Review Submitted: 11/05/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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My family enjoyed our stay! But there was some minor things that we did not like.

  • 3 of 5

For the most part the home was beautiful and our family enjoyed our Easter weekend there. But I did run into some slight problems. The kitchen area had ants everywhere so before we could start cooking we had to go out and buy ant spray. The home was not as clean as we had hoped. The pots and pans in the cabinets still had crusted up food on them,the fridge crevices on the inside were filthy. Also we found swept up trash in the closets. Im not taking away from the home but all those things make a difference when your staying there. You dont want to find trash or items and tags left from the previous renters!

  • Review Submitted: 28/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: While we are glad that Taleesha enjoyed her stay, we did not appreciate the unclean state in which she left our home after departure. In fact, our maids had to perform a two-day deep cleaning immediately after to restore our home to its previous condition. Taleesha’s review was most likely in direct response to deductions for leaving our Dream Retreat and outdoor 8-person hot tub in a filthy and unsanitary state. 1. Our maids have a 250 point cleaning check list of items that must be signed off on to meet our high standards. This was completed. 2. My wife Hilary, an Interior Designer and stickler for cleanliness and details, has done hundreds of quality control inspections one hour prior to EVERY guest arrival to ensure that everything is 100% perfect. This time was no different. We are in the memory-making business and want our guests to have an incredible experience from the start. 3. My wife personally greeted Taleesha upon arrival and toured the entire Dream Retreat and grounds with her answering questions along the way. No mention of any of her issues were brought up. Instead, Taleesha said the home “was beautiful and perfect for her Easter weekend”. 4. We always follow-up with a phone call and text the next day after check-in to see how everything is going, to answer more questions, and to make sure that that there are no issues to address. Again, no mention of any of her issues were brought up. She said “everything is great!” 5. We strive for continuous improvement and provide an Exit Survey to allow guests to rate their experience with us. She wrote that “her expectations were met” and she would “stay with us again!” Since 2007, we have hosted thousands of satisfied guests from all over the world to celebrate their special occasions. We are passionate about what we do and offer an unsurpassed vacation rental experience. Jim
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5

Stunning setting, stunning house

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at the dream retreat with my extended family, for a family reunion of sorts. It was a great week, from the first moments coming into the house, getting a tour with the owner, to the amazing sunrises and sunsets from the hot tub, to the sound of the wind howling and waves crashing on the shorline.

The house is an amazing piece midwest architecture, with amazing natural light, seclusion, and the beds on different levels. We loved using their tablet directory to map out our hiking and beach walks and find great restaurants, shopping, and fun things to do in the area.

Jim and his wife are kind and amazing people who went above and beyond to make sure everything was great. Thanks so much!

  • Review Submitted: 06/02/2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Pamela: Thank you for the kind words. We are glad you got some use out of our new interactive, digital "welcome binders". We just started offering these to our guests as an alternative to a boring, static paper binder. We will continue to add content based on guest feedback. Thanks again! Very Truly Yours, Jim
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East Lansing, MI
5

Spacious home with everything we needed!

  • 5 of 5

We had a group of 14 adults stay here for a long weekend in January. We all had space to sleep, and the common areas were perfect for a large group! The home had beautiful views. The owner was very accommodating and helpful. We also loved taking advantage of the beach location and walking on the beach - yes, the beach is beautiful even in the winter.

  • Review Submitted: 23/01/2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jacklyn: I am glad that our home was a huge success for your group and love the fact that you hiked on the beach in the middle of Winter! We are a year-round vacation rental and always tell people that the four seasons are beautiful at the Dream Retreat. It can sometimes be difficult to associate "beachfront vacation" with "Chicago/Miller Beach Winters". We look forward to hosting you again this Summer at either the Miller Beach Dream Retreat or our newest offering Villa Santorini (ID # 4202512) Very Truly Yours, Jim and Hilary
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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Miller Beach

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
2017/2018 Non-Peak Season
25 Sep 2017 - 24 May 2018
2 night minimum stay
AU$485
From
AU$665
Fri,Sat
AU$2,928
 
 
2018 Peak Season
25 May 2018 - 23 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
AU$1,922
From
AU$1,957
Fri,Sat
AU$8,178
 
 
2018/2019 Non-Peak
24 Sep 2018 - 23 May 2019
2 night minimum stay
AU$509
From
AU$698
Fri,Sat
AU$3,075
 
 
2019 Peak
24 May 2019 - 22 Sep 2019
2 night minimum stay
AU$2,018
From
AU$2,055
Fri,Sat
AU$8,587
 
 
2019/2020 Non-Peak
23 Sep 2019 - 21 May 2020
2 night minimum stay
AU$532
From
AU$665
Fri,Sat
AU$3,228
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
AU$452
From
AU$632
Fri,Sat
AU$2,862
 

Additional information about rental rates

Add'l per Person Fee 13+ AU$0
Pet Fee AU$0
Holiday Premium AU$0
Ask about Special Events AU$0
Cleaning Fee AU$332.92 + Tax
Early/Late Check In/Out AU$0
Tax Rate 12.0%

* If booking 3 to 6 nights, system-generated quote in NOT accurate
* Nightly rate after 2nd night, is much lower.
* For accurate quote, Hilary@MillerBeachDreamRetreat.com or (773) 209-5203

2016/2017 Non-Peak: 9/26/16-5/25/17
• Week $2149
• Weekend $949
• Mid-Week $679
• $219 each add’l night over the first two nights

2017 Peak: 5/26/17-9/24/17
• Week $5849
• Weekend $2799
• Mid-Week $2749
• $659 each add’l night over the first two nights

2017/2018 Non-Peak: 9/25/17-5/24/18
• Week $2199
• Weekend $999
• Mid-Week $729
• $229 each add’l night over the first two nights

2018 Peak: 5/25/18-9/23/18
• Week $6141
• Weekend $2939
• Mid-Week $2886
• $692 each add’l night over the first two nights

• Holiday Premiums (one-time fee). 3 night minimum
- $299: July 4th, South Shore Air Show, NYE
- $249: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Labor Day
- $199: Memorial Day
- $ 99: Easter Sunday

• Check-in: after 4:30pm CST Checkout: before 10am CST
- Early Check-In: 1:30pm CST: $89 Peak, $49 Non-Peak
- Late Checkout: 1pm CST: $89 Peak, $49 Non-Peak Season

• Dogs: Up to 3 adult, house-trained: $25/dog/night, $149/week/dog; minimum dog fee $69/dog. Must be treated for fleas/ticks

• Accommodates 13: 11 adults 2 kids Maximum Occupancy 19
• Additional $50 per person (one-time use/occupancy fee) over 19 people, regardless of length of stay/visit (excludes children under 2yrs)

• Security Deposit Credit Card Authorization $1000

• Special Event fee $500

• Rates subject to change without notice and are final at time of booking

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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