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Paul Somers

Member since: 2007
Speaks english, french

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

72 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Photos and Description of this Union Pier holiday cottage

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

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. When you are there, it's a special sense of place you can't put your finger on, it's the "ugh." 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. If you happen to be lucky enough to be 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 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
  • long term rentals available
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Paul Somers (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Speaks english, french

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 Southwest Michigan

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


based on 72 traveller reviews

Luxurious, bespoke, eclectic & private. A vacation home your way.
average rating of 4.986111 based on 72 reviews

Beautiful, clean cottage with all the amenities

  • 5 of 5

Fiddlehead cottage is wonderful! This property is beautifully decorated, landscaped and well maintained. The house is so comfortable and the owner has thought of all and anything you might need to make your stay comfortable and pleasant. The layout is wonderful with 3 lovely bedrooms and 2 beautiful bathrooms. We wholeheartedly recommend this property if you're thinking of renting in the Union Pier area. The listing description is totally accurate.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pictures don't do it justice!

  • 5 of 5

Fiddlehead was an amazing find! Its an easy bike ride to markets and the beach. The hot tub is set in the most peaceful setting. The home is definetly on our list to stay at again. Suzanne was prompt with returning texts and emails before and during our stay.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exquisite cottage in the woods

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from 4 nights at Fiddlehead cottage. My husband, two-year-old twins and I had a fabulous time. The cottage is exquisite from top to bottom. It is beautifully decorated and equipped for a comfortable and convenient stay of any length. The front yard is beautifully landscaped and contains a fire pit where we made S'mores one night. The side screened-in porch is perfect for lazy afternoons listening to the birds and wind blowing through the trees (which is what we did each day at nap time for our toddlers :) The beds are super comfortable and the kitchen has everything you can imagine you would need (including high end appliances and dishes). Our kids loved feeding the fishies in the small pond in the back yard Oh, and the hot tub was a wonderful treat after the kiddos were in bed. The baby monitors worked just fine from the hot tub which is only steps from the house. It truly was a retreat from the city while only being 1.5 hours away! The only drawback for some may be it's distance from the lake. You need to drive as the streets do not have sidewalks and it would be quite a distance unless you wanted to ride your bikes. Otherwise, the house is very conveniently located (short drives) to New Buffalo and St. Joseph's where we went to the beaches and restaurants. If you are looking for a wooded retreat in a gorgeous, spacious home, Fiddlehead Cottage is just the place for you!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely two weeks at Fiddlehead. The home was in impeccable shape at our arrival and it's clear the owner spared no expense in the furnishings, cooking tools and items, and garden upkeep. Each bedroom had its own personality that contributed to an overall cozy and homey feel to the house. The small touches (the fish pond, the screened porch, the fire pit design) are what makes this home special. Everything worked as it should (especially the a/c as it was beastly hot during one of our weeks) and I would've felt comfortable living in this home forever. In fact, I asked the caretaker, Shannon, to please get me the paint colors used in the house so I might use one or two in my home.

A special place, lots to do nearby, great support.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful, private wooded home.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week with family in this very private, lovely wooded home close to Lake Michigan, 10 minutes from New Buffalo and near a multitude of wineries and other attractions. Definitely one of the most relaxing vacations we have ever had. We would definitely return again!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect stay with wonderful friends

  • 5 of 5

This was our first stay at Fiddlehead and it was perfect from the moment we walked in. Lifelong friends came together here from Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa and it was just the right amount of space and wonderful amenities in a sweet, secluded area. We walked to the beach each day, grilled each night, enjoying the fantastic screened in porch. We did not try the hot tub as it was actually too hot in the evenings so maybe next time! Had some trouble operating the TV/Electronics but that mattered very little. Thank you for everything. We can't wait to come back!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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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
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Indian Summer 2016
22 Aug 2016 - 30 Oct 2016
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$653
Cleaning A$131
Tax Rate 6.0%

*****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 canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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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.
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
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking 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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • 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