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THE BRANDON (Union Pier): Luxury Lake House on Lake Michigan, Sleeps 13

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 13- luxurious lakefront retreat


SLEEPS: 13 (3,500 sq ft)





*LAKEFRONT (on Lake Michigan)

*3 other cabins surrounding Brandon are also available for rent! (None of our Union Pier Cottages accept pets.)

Stay at the gorgeous Brandon (New) Cottage located right on Lakeshore Avenue in Lake Michigan. With access to the private beach, enjoy a great family or romantic getaway. Panoramic views through large windows, campfires on the beach and beautiful furnishings await your stay. Enjoy the large walk-out deck that overlooks Lake Michigan, open kitchen, private beach, beautiful master bedroom with a soothing view of the lake & balcony. The bathroom has a heated floor, sunken tub and a shower. A TV with basic cable is in the master bedroom.

This gorgeous cottage has a wood-burning fireplace, TV, CD,DVD. The master bedroom has cable, WiFi throughout the home, and Ping-Pong table in the basement. Come relax, enjoy, and explore Michigan's natural beauty at your luxury vacation retreat.

** Parking is at a premium at our Union Pier location. While we do not have an on-site parking attendant, please keep the neighbors in mind and park as close together, and as close to the cottages as possible. There is a maximum of 3 parking spaces for the Brandon Cottage.

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

Beds: Main floor: Bedroom 1: 2 Twin Beds

Bedroom 2: 2 Twin Beds

Upstairs: Bedroom 3: 5 Twin Beds

Bedroom 4: 1 Queen Bed

Bedroom 5: 1 King Bed (master bedroom with a private bathroom attached)

Bed option: We have 3 king-sized bed bridge converters for twin beds, so if you would prefer that we make a king-sized bed out of 2 of the twins, just let us now upon booking and we'll have that set for you upon arrival.

Deck/Outside Sitting Areas: The Brandon Lake House is next to the Sawyer Cottage (3 bedroom/2 bath) with separate deck sitting areas for each family to enjoy while facing Lake Michigan. There is an additional private deck off the upstairs master bedroom of the Brandon Lake House. The cascading walkway toward the beach consists of a 72 steps total. This additional 2 level deck toward the beach is shared by both the Brandon Lake House and Sawyer Cottage. Yes, you are within earshot of each other, so it is fun to rent both places together. Since the walkway leading to the private beach area is in front of the Sawyer Cottage living room window, you may see Sawyer Cottage guests While it isn't commonplace, you may see guests from the other 2 cottages (Grace (3 bed/2 bath) and Alex (2 bed/1 bath) as they use this direct walkway to the private beach area. This private beach area is shared by all 4 cottages. There is a public access point (Miller Public Beach Access) adjacent to the Brandon Cottage. This entrance is accessible from the Brandon Lake House basement door, just 26 steps to the beach. More often than not, the Grace and Alex Cottages take the public access shortcut of just 26 steps to the beach. Both the Brandon Lake House and Sawyer Cottage next door have a private deck sitting space, with a shared walkway and an additional small shared sitting area on your down to the beach.


90 minutes east of downtown Chicago

1/2 hour north Notre Dame

3 hours west of Detroit

2 1/2 hours south of Traverse City



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

Wineries: Take a tour or visit a local winery~

Winery Tours: The closest starting point to the cottage is in New Buffalo, approximately 5-10 minutes south.

Round Barn Winery: A brewery/distillery and a winery all combined in one trip. Just 14 miles from the Union Pier Cottages, about a 20 minute drive.

Saint Julian Winery: Enjoy a great glass of wine at this local vineyard

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Property Manager
Freshwater Vacation Rentals
Speaks english, spanish
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
20 August, 2018

About Freshwater Vacation Rentals

Freshwater Vacation Rentals

If you are looking for a vacation rental, you have come to the right spot! We specialize in vacation rentals throughout Michigan. From your own private island to a lodge big enough to host your family reunion or a relaxing getaway on one of the Great Lakes.

Our philosophy

We work hard so you don't have to. Our goal is for guests have a wonderful vacation experience and assist our owners in maximizing their investment. We started this business 10 years ago, with the purchase of Republic Island, and added the Rapid River Lodge. We have a unique perspective, as we are both owners and property managers. We love the business and are enjoying it as it grows.

Why Freshwater Vacation Rentals chose Union Pier

Having a place to go to directly on Lake Michigan where the family can enjoy the sand and swimming was very important to us. Located just 90 minutes from Chicago was ideal. "Harbor Country" has such a wonderful small-town feel that everyone can appreciate it here.

What makes this house unique

The open-concept design with many beautiful windows overlooking Lake Michigan. The master bedroom upstairs with private bathroom (jetted tub) and the balcony that faces Lake Michigan is just so tranquil and beautiful.


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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area ...
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure , jacuzzi , lake view, heated floors, soaking tub,connected to master
    Main floor - toilet , bath with shower , Heated floors
    Upstairs - toilet , bath with shower , Heated floors
  • All Bathrooms have heated floors. There is a bathroom on the 1st floor
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 single bed , 2 Twin Beds
    Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed , 2 Twin Beds
    Bedroom 3 - 5 single bed , 5 twin beds
    Bedroom 4 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 extra lg. double bed , Master bedroom with a private bathroom attached and balcony
  • Bed option: We have 3 king-sized bed bridge converters for 2 twin beds, so if you would prefer that we make a king-sized bed out of the 2 twins, just let us now upon booking and we'll have that set for you upon arrival.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 13 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
There is also a playground with swings, climbing, and slide on the property. Basement : TV / Cable / BlueRayDVD; corner sofa, Ping-Pong table, plus an additional folding table


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THE BRANDON (Union Pier): Luxury Lake House on Lake Michigan, Sleeps 13
average rating of 4.9 based on 20 reviews

Trojan Golf Classic

  • 5 of 5


  • Review Submitted: 07/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rodney, we are so glad that you and your guests enjoyed your stay. It's such a great house for large groups like yours to rent.
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Gorgeous home with plenty of room for a large family

  • 5 of 5

Very beautiful home in a quaint little Michigan town. Plenty of room to comfortably house a large family. Right next to a public beach, so beach is crowded on weekends and holidays.

  • Review Submitted: 09/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The Brandon House offers spectacular views of Lake Michigan and offers comfort and relaxation inside. It can sleep up to 13 people so it's great for large families. Coffee out on the deck in the morning is a dream!
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  • 5 of 5

We have a wonderful stay. The house was amazing and listening to the water was so tranquil.

  • Review Submitted: 06/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Sunsets, Spacious Home

  • 4 of 5

Freshwater Vacation Rental staff were helpful and courteous throughout our reservation process and our stay at the Brandon Cottage. Great location and easy walk down to the beach (the public access trail on side of the house is an easier way down with only about 40 vertical steps vs. about 70 using the private route that goes down in front of the neighboring cottage). No real surprises relative to expectations. Rooms were large and beds comfortable. We would have liked the standard of cleaning inside to have been a bit more thorough. The main and upper decks were in need of a power wash and re-staining/painting. These are important areas given the beach proximity and would be much more inviting without the faded and mildewed deck and railings. Lastly, we would recommend a pest control service spray for spiders - they were everywhere around the perimeter of the house.

  • Review Submitted: 18/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, we welcome your suggestions and glad you were happy with the location. The decks are a work in progress, we were getting the cottages power washed and suddenly the season was upon us and we were unable to finish. We would love to have you back to see it when it is all finished! We have the perimeter of the cottages sprayed every Spring and Fall, the challenge is being by the water. We will call to have them spray now since you let us know the spiders are wanting to get in before the weather changes. Thank you! The Freshwater Team
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Great Place for a large group.

  • 5 of 5

Great place for a big group. A large deck overlooking the lake which is awesome. Great beach but lots of stairs to get there. Highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 03/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay. We love the bed configuration at the Brandon. It is able to host so many people! Agreed...great place for large group. Thank you for renting with Freshwater Vacation Rentals.
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Large, beautiful, welcoming, feels like home!

  • 5 of 5

My husband & I hosted a family get together for my 91 year old dad and 3 siblings and their spouses. There was ample room for everyone to be together or spread out. Although the weather was mostly rainy, we were able to see and enjoy the lake from inside the house. We did get a break in the clouds a few times, so we walked the beach, which is beautiful.

The kitchen is well stocked with dishes & pots and pans. We ate in for the whole weekend, and had plenty of space for all our food, and for many of us to be in the kitchen at the same time. Those who weren't helping prepare the food, could sit at the huge island and keep the chefs company!

The staff was very helpful in accommodating my requests and in helping make all the arrangements.

I hope that we will be able to return again. I will definitely recommend Brandon House to anyone who wants a place for lots of people!

  • Review Submitted: 01/05/2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review! We truly appreciate it. We are thrilled you enjoyed yourselves. Please consider one of our other 54 properties for you next vacation...we have many that can host 15+. We look forward to hearing from you again. ~Freshwater Team
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
South Bend - 30 mi, Midway -45mi, O'Hare
Nearest Barpub
0.05 Miles
Red Arrow Roadhouse
Nearest Ferry
113 Miles
Muskegeon to Milwaukee (Lake Express)
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
The Dunes Club
Nearest Train
4 Miles
New Buffalo, Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
I-94, exit 6.
Nearest Restaurant
0.05 Miles
Red Arrow Roadhouse -Skips - 1 mile
Nearest Ski
54 Miles
Swiss Valley Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
right out the back door to the Lake Michigan beach
Car: necessary

The corner grocery store, bakery, and gourmet restaurants are all only a 10-minute walk away through peaceful country roads. Public tennis courts are only a 15-minute drive to New Buffalo. There are golf courses in the area, and rainy-day shopping at the outlet mall in Michigan City is about a 20-minute drive away. Explore the local art communities, Three Oaks, New Buffalo, and Sawyer, MI. Or try your luck at Four Winds or Blue Chip Casino in nearby Michigan City. A perfect place for cycling, running, searching for antiques, or taking long walks on the beach or through the countryside.

Other Activities: Biking, running, taking long walks on the beach.


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