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Michael OConnor

Member since: 2006
Speaks english

Lake Michigan Private Family Compound With Pool

24 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this Dune Acres holiday house

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


We call it our secret hideaway!

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 with folding tables, living room with glass on all 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 House:

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 each with two full size beds.

Abundant windows 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 a gas grill. 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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Michael OConnor (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Speaks english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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based on 24 traveller reviews

Lake Michigan Private Family Compound With Pool
average rating of 4.75 based on 25 reviews

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: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 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: Jul 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 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: Jun 24, 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: Jun 20, 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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Exceeded our expectations!

  • 5 of 5

Our visit to the Indiana Dunes was topped off by the beautiful Family Compound. The houses were well appointed and clean. We enjoyed many hours at the private beach during the day and spent our evenings in the pool enjoying beautiful sunsets. Lots of great family memories were made.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. So glad you and your family enjoyed Lake Michigan Family Compound. Hope we see you back next summer.
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Awesome Family Lakeside Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Can’t say enough about what a fantastic family vacation spot I stumbled upon so close to Chicago and yet, so far away. I felt like I was miles, light years really, from the hustle and bustle of the city. These 2 beautiful homes nestled up to the beach and shores of Lake Michigan was exactly what the family ordered! Both houses were so comfortable, functional and tastefully decorated that it was easy to feel right at home quickly! There was lots of room to move about freely and lots of places to lounge, sun bath, dine, laugh, read and have conversations! Most of us didn’t even leave the property! It was too easy just to hang by the pool on all the lovely lounge chairs relaxing! However, the sandy beach just a stairwell away was quite nice too! Hearing the waves and seeing the spectacular sunset over the lake was breathtaking each night.

Preparing meals and dinning was a breeze with the bbq grill, galley kitchen and ample seating indoor and along the pool and gazebo area. We never felt crowded, ever! Both houses offered abundant linens, towels, dishes etc. We wanted for nothing!

Several age groups were among this clan and everyone had a great great time! A few folks did venture out for provisions at the local grocery store 10 minutes away and a couple of us found some treasures when we went antiquing up the lake along Highway 12! We couldn’t have dreamed of a better spot to spend time together!! Can’t wait to book again next year!!

  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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, 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, K-Mart, 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, artisanal cheeses, and charcutare every Saturday. Local produce, gifts and antiques are also available at the charming Schoolhouse Shop.

The great variety of gourmet and family dining options are detailed below.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Dune Acres, Indiana

Rental Basis:
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2017 Peak Summer Season
16 Jun 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 7.0%

All rates subject to 7% Indiana Sales Tax.

$1,000 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 depo

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Dune Acres

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Guest House - Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure , Double Lavatories
    Main House - Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Main House - Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Guest House -Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , King Bed
    Guest House -Bedroom 2 - 2 double bed
    Guest House -Bedroom 3 - 3 double bed
    Main House - Bedroom 2 - 2 double bed , 2 single bed
    Main House - Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • wooden decking
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing