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Bedrooms 5
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

5 Bedooms / 3 Bathrooms- Lake Michigan Beach & Heated Private Pool


The Main House:

An all glass jewel box on the top a sand dune overlooking Lake Michigan. An open floor plan includes a large galley-style kitchen, yards of open counter space for buffets, a large outdoor dining area with seating for 20, indoor dining area that can seat 20 at a single table, living room with glass on three sides for lake and dune views, a master bedroom with queen size bed and a guest bedroom with two full size beds and two twin beds bunked over the top of them.

360 degree views bring Lake Michigan into all parts of the house and most rooms overlook the expansive pool deck, gazebo dining area and Lake Michigan. The house comes with 2 central a/c units but Lake Michigan breezes make it unnecessary most of days and nights. A paved circular driveway provides parking for up to 4 cars.

The Guest Cottage:

Connected to the main house by a private walkway, the open floor plan includes a full kitchen, dining room with seating for 10, living room with glass on two sides for lake and dune views, a master bedroom with king size bed and two guest bedrooms with a total of 5 full size beds.

Abundant sliding glass doors provide lake views from the living room, dining room and kitchen. A large deck runs the entire length of the house on the lake side with plenty of space for outdoor dining, sunning or watching sunsets. The cottage comes with central a/c but lake breezes make it unnecessary most of days and nights. Our paved driveway provides parking for up to 4 cars.

The Beach:

The stairway to the beach is right outside your door. Enjoy sunning on the sandy beach, swimming in the crystal clear water, or walking miles of serene shoreline away from the crowds of urban life. If you prefer a beach with lifeguards, the Indiana State Park Beach is only a 15 minute walk away. After a day on the beach you’ll enjoy incredible sunsets over the distant Chicago skyline and on many evenings you’ll encounter bonfires hosted by friendly “Dunies”

The Location:

The nearby Dunes State Park offers miles and miles of hiking, sand dunes and bike paths. Just 2 miles to the new Seven Peaks Water Park for kids. Bicyclers will also enjoy the National Lakeshore bike trail that is just a miles ride from the cottage and is free from motorized vehicles.

Nearby Valparaiso still operates a drive in movie theater for old fashioned family fun.

The houses are supplied with sheets and towels, dishes, glassware, and cooking supplies, as well as 2 gas grills. For those who prefer to bring their own bedding and or pillows, we have one king bed, one queen and 7 full size beds and two twins

Sorry, to protect our guests with allergies, we do not allow pets.

Lake Michigan Family Compound is the perfect beach vacation for an extended family - panoramic Lake Michigan views, just steps to the beach, lots of space for eating, sleeping, or gathering indoors or out and just an hour from Chicago. Immediately East of East Beach Dune Acres.

More Details

Michael OConnor
Member since: 2006
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
14 April, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Look forward to seeing you again.
May 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Dune Acres

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View
  • Lake View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Main House - Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Main House - Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Guest Cottage- Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure , Double Lavatories
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Main House - Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Guest Cottage -Bedroom #3 - 1 extra lg. double bed , King Bed
    Guest Cottage -Bedroom #4 - 2 double bed
    Guest Cottage -Bedroom #5 - 3 double bed
    Main House - Bedroom #2 - 2 double bed , 2 single bed
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • wooden decking
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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average rating of 4.769231 based on 27 reviews

Perfect week at Lake Michigan with amazing views!

  • 5 of 5

Our family was looking for a house on Lake Michigan that could accommodate 20 people. We found exactly what we wanted and needed in this property. The views are stunning, the pool was great and you can't help but relax with everything being conveniently located near the house.

Since we had just finished with a large celebration and were tired from our travel to the house, we decided to take them up on their offer to prepare dinner for our family on the first night. One of the owners, Josh, is a professionally trained chef. It ended up being one of our favorite memories of the trip: a fantastic dinner, poolside, with a gorgeous sunset. We coordinated all of this (menu, timing and set-up) through Michael and he got all the details right and provided us with a lot of flexibility on the menu. It was unforgettable experience for everyone.

The house was perfect for us, although I would recommend it for 4 families instead of 5, as all of the kids took over a bedroom only leaving 4 left for adults. We enjoyed our very own private beach and felt we had a ton of privacy at the house. The fact that the house is all glass makes it especially cool for the 4th of July celebration, which we were fortunate enough to see from inside the house (it was buggy outside).

The cottage is a perfect way to break up the sleeping arrangements and was nice, but could use a general update. Overall, we were more than happy with the accommodations.

Aside from the views, the best thing about the property is the customer service that Michael provides. He was good with communication and willing to offer up any support we needed to make the experience enjoyable.

We would definitely stay here again if we visit the area. Our only regret is that we didn't have Josh cook more nights!

  • Review Submitted: 02/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Doug. Very glad your family enjoyed the houses and the Private Chef services. We really enjoyed hosting your family. You made us feel part of the celebration. If you want to do a 5 family vacation, just give us advance notice and we will make arrangements for another house to accommodate everyone comfortably. Best wishes, Michael
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Beautiful Place on the beach

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed our stay at your home. The views from the main house we great. My husband and I stayed in the guest house and I could have done without all the stairs, but we made it.

Hope we get a chance to stay again sometime.

  • Review Submitted: 11/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Burlington, KY

Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Just spent a week at this beautiful property!! Loved the houses and how equipped each one was. They do not lack for anything that you may need. The pool was great for our age children ( 6 years- 9 months ). We also enjoyed the great private beach!! The sunsets were amazing. Got some great pictures to frame!! The place was so clean and we thank you for allowing us to stay there . Sorry we didn't get to meet you Michael, but appreciate your quick responses to our questions!!!!! Beautiful place and views!!!

  • Review Submitted: 31/07/2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Large Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our family vacation was so much fun and the accommodations were very nice. The houses were very clean with all the necessaries were provided. I would definitely recommend this very scienic vacation home to others.

  • Review Submitted: 29/07/2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Grand Rapids, MI


  • 5 of 5

"WOW" is all I can say about this beautiful cottage & it's guest house! The entire perimeter of the main cottage is constructed of sliding glass doors, so you are completely surrounded by the natural beauty of a spectacular environment!

The open concept floor plan is perfect for larger groups providing ample space and wonderful light. There is lovely artwork throughout, and the kitchen is well equipped and provided for all of our group's needs. Of course, having the lap pool and the gazebo was a big plus, and the sunrises & sunsets were not to be missed. The location of this cottage is ideal for hiking trails, walking the beach, swimming in the lake, and taking advantage of nature talks & activities provided by the park. With Chesterton just minutes away, a fun European Farmers' Market (Saturdays) and quaint restaurants were nearby as well. This cottage is a perfect choice for fun and relaxation, and takes full advantage of its very special lakeshore setting. Michael (the owner) is completely accommodating and friendly, and was more than willing to make our stay as perfect as possible. Thank you Michael for a very special week at your beautiful property! We all had a FABULOUS time!

  • Review Submitted: 24/06/2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Gretchen - You really took advantage of all the great things there are to do in our area. So glad it was a great week for you. Thanks again.
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Awesome!!! Wonderful magical place.

  • 5 of 5

We are a group of 8 women artists who just spent a wonderful week here at this cottage. The owners were helpful on every detail.

The cottage was awesome and so was the view. We could watch the sunset and some of us got up early enough to watch the sunrise. Great fully stocked kitchen and a table big enough to accommodate all of us for our big group meals. We mostly cooked in and found everything we needed at the Jewel store in Chesterton a few miles away. The cottage was clean and well-maintained. We had great walks in the Dunes Park and opportunities to paint there too. All and all it was a wonderful week and we would highly recommend this cottage!!

  • Review Submitted: 20/06/2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Linda. There is lots of beauty in this area. Can't wait to see how you and your painters captured it. Thanks again, Michael
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Nearest Train
1 Miles
South Shore Line to Chicago (NITCO)
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles

Located just 2 miles off I-94 at the Indiana Dunes exit, we are easy to reach by car in less than a one hour drive from Chicago. For those needing to dash back to Chicago or get to the airport during your vacation or those who want to experience the city, the Chicago South Shore commuter train line is only 5 minutes away and runs West to downtown Chicago and East to the South Bend airport. Our area has many great resources for a family vacation. supermarkets, coffee shops, ice cream, pizza, take out food and a number of family dining options are just 3 miles away in Chesterton. And for cooks, Chesterton's European Market provides an opportunity to find local produce, fresh baked goods, artisan cheeses, and charcuterie every Saturday. Local produce, gifts and antiques are also available at the charming Schoolhouse Shop.

In additon, there is a great variety of gourmet and family dining options in the area.

See for lots of information for visitors.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Dune Acres

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Memorial Day Holiday
25 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
18 Early Summer Season
1 Jun 2018 - 14 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
18 Peak Season
15 Jun 2018 - 21 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
July 4 & Waterfront Fireworks
29 Jun 2018 - 5 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
2018 Peak Summer Season
6 Jul 2018 - 9 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
18 Late Summer Season
10 Aug 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
31 Aug 2018 - 3 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$641.95
Optional CC Process Fee AU$335.1
Tax Rate 7.0%

All rates subject to 7% Indiana Sales Tax.

Refundable security deposit required.

The rental week starts after 3:30pm on Fridays and runs until 10am the following Friday – that allows the housekeepers and us to prepare the house for the next family’s vacation.

A $1000 deposit is required to confirm your reservation and the full rent is due 6 weeks prior to check-in. Upon check in the deposit becomes the security deposit which is refundable within 10 days of check out.

Reservations are non-cancellable and non-refundable.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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