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Luxurious, bespoke, eclectic & private. A vacation home your way.

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Secluded, original and carefully appointed. 3 Bedrooms, 2 Full Baths, Sleeps 7

See the cottage video for even more detail. Thanks to all of new and repeat guests for staying at Fiddlehead Cottage. The greatest reward is knowing that the cottage is being filled with warmth, laughter, and memories. Your comments are a great source of pleasure!

March 20, 2015: A wonderful repeat guest sent this note today and I had to post it:

"Can't wait to get there. For me, it's turned into a sanctuary of laughter and healing and friendship and...ugh. I just love it there. It's a very special place...." Shannon S. - Seattle.

It's perhaps the "ugh" in that statement that best describes our Fiddlehead. It's hard to describe. For each of us, it's different. Many guests over the years have commented on healing and others on strengthening bonds, themes that are beginning to resonate. We could all use a little time away be it alone, with friends or family. Fiddlehead is a sanctuary for all that makes each of us unique. Whether you are purple, green, white, black, a little blue, female, male, somewhere in between, gay, straight, young, middle-age, old or ancient, 1 leg or 4 paws, you are a part of the growing Fiddlehead family the moment you arrive.

Fiddlehead Cottage is named for the abundance of natural ferns in the gardens & woods surrounding the cottage. Though its architecture is a nod to the past, the owner's renovation opened the layout and refreshed the decor with contemporary furnishings. The home features sumptuous furniture by Ralph Lauren, Room & Board plus original works of art, books and a high end kitchen. The 2000 square foot home is tucked into the woods in Union Pier on a private cul-de-sac, minutes from beaches.

Equipped with the latest technology including WIFI, HDTV 46' Sony Bravia w/ Blu-Ray & Bose surround sound, premium cable channel lineup & DVD library.

A 5-minute walk to the bakery and shops in Union Pier, just a few more minutes walk to the beach (3/4 mile), close to wineries, great restaurants, and antique stores. Private, yet close to everything...

Cottage Features: The first floor features; a large screened-in porch, living room/dining room with fireplace and vaulted ceiling, two identically bedrooms (both with queen beds) and separate screened-in porch, a full bath and washer/dryer.

Nestled into the forest for privacy and seclusion, the luxurious hot tub has an easy lift cover, 45 therapy jets and your choice of underwater LED lights adjustable at the touch of a button. Seats 5-6 adults.

The second floor consists of a secluded master bedroom (king bed) with attached full bath (shower). The master has a separate terrace overlooking a mature forest - perfect for morning coffee.

Your vacation home is thoughtfully furnished with custom finishes and furnishings, thick towels, custom bedding and high thread count sheets. All interior lighting on dimmers creates the perfect mood.

More Cottage Features: This three bedroom cottage will comfortably accommodate a family of seven. But it’s also perfect for three couples traveling together, or as a romantic and extra-spacious getaway for two, or even one looking for solitude.

All this in a private forest setting amongst century old trees wildlife, a bubbling fountain and naturalized gardens. Quiet and secluded, yet minutes to local shops, the Red Arrow Roadhouse and much more.

The cottage is located on a private cul-de-sac lane on the east side of the Red Arrow Hwy. It offers privacy and seclusion in a safe environment away from busy roads and far from train lines.


More Details

Paul Somers
Member since: 2007
Speaks english, french
Response time
Within a few days
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
21 May, 2018

About Paul Somers

Expatting for 12 years: Paris, Dublin, London and now Singapore. The cottage is filled with interesting things and certainly not cookie cutter. I am guessing you don't do cookie cutter either. :-) Fiddlehead is expertly watched over by Shannon and has been for the past eight years. In addition to property management, Shannon is the owner of Ranebow Hills Farm in Buchanan's gorgeous wine country about 15 minutes from Union Pier. She produces the most delicious organic eggs anywhere used in some of the finest restaurants and homes in the area.

Paul Somers purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Paul Somers chose Union Pier

It's about the ancient trees and the stories they tell; if you stop long enough to listen...


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Union Pier, Michigan

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • soap
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • water cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed
    Great Room - 1 single bed , twin daybed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • deck chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • conservatory
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • wooden decking
  • long term rentals available
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Luxurious, bespoke, eclectic & private. A vacation home your way.
average rating of 4.966292 based on 89 reviews
Park Ridge, IL

Wonderful time away

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to Fiddlehead and certainly will not be our last! It is such a peaceful and beautifully appointed cottage. We love the screened porch and the wonderful great room. We grilled out, enjoyed the hot tub and loved the stereo system for playing music in the evenings. We enjoyed both Union Pier and New Buffalo and of course walks on the beach. We are so sad to leave!

Emily and Family (Evanston, Il)

  • Review Submitted: 26/03/2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear EH, Thank you for your kind words. We are so glad you enjoyed your time at Fiddlehead. It's folks like you that make Fiddlehead a place to come back to... Best, Paul
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Well appointed home on a wooded lot.

  • 5 of 5

This house exceeded our expectations with it's cleanliness and comfort. Tucked at the end of the street, it was secluded and quiet. We definitely felt transported. Almost all rooms have a door to the outside which makes it perfect for guest to take an early morning walk without disturbing the whole house. The screened in porch was perfect for early morning coffee and relaxing on rainy afternoons. The kitchen has almost every gadget you will need if you plan on cooking at home. If modern charm is what you are looking for this is definitely the house to choose.

  • Review Submitted: 16/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy, charming, modern oasis close to everything yet secluded in nature

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here with my mother, sister, and brother-in-law to celebrate my mother's birthday. The beds were fresh with enough clean towels for all. Throughout our two night stay, it was storming and raining 90% of the time, and we got to enjoy it all in the beautiful screened in porch. The kitchen is stocked to prepare a full thanksgiving meal with all upgrades and features. It has a spacious yet cozy living room perfect for games and relaxing. We absolutely loved our stay, and can't wait to return!

  • Review Submitted: 15/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great property, perfect location! Will be back!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely home, perfect for families. Friendly beagle next door. Great central location to restaurants and activities.

  • Review Submitted: 01/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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One of the best

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay here so much! Super clean, quiet, close to wonderful restaurants and beautiful state park areas. Only stayed for a long weekend but hope to return soon.

  • Review Submitted: 10/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Return to fiddlehead

  • 4 of 5

This is our second visit to fiddlehead,we have made it our new family tradition to make it here during the summer.

Lovely house close to beach and in walking distance to coffee shops and small grocery store.

We hope to come back for many more summers.

  • Review Submitted: 04/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for returning Louise. We were pleased to have you back and thanks for taking such good care of the cottage while you were there. See you next year! (we hope). Thanks again, Paul Somers
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Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Chikaming Woods
Nearest Train
3 Miles
New Buffalo Amtrak
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Red Arrow Roadhouse
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Lake Michigan
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Union Pier, Michigan

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Summer 2018
1 May 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2018 - Book Early!
1 Jul 2018 - 19 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
Indian Summer 2018
20 Aug 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$665.85
Property Damage Protection AU$78.57
Cleaning AU$146.49

*****Seven night minimum stay from mid-June to the 3rd week in August***** If partial week is available due to previous customer taking more than 7 nights, the reservation must be book for the remainder of the week. Saturday to Saturday booking encouraged.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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