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The HollyWoods: Very Private 20 Acre Property Near Lake Michigan

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 167 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Upscale home, 3 BR, 3 bath, sleeps 8, private pond, hiking trails

Whether it’s you and your family, or you and your friends, we have a place that was designed for gatherings. Built in 2007, this craftsman bungalow has all the modern amenities, but with a homey nod to the past.

A long, winding driveway leads you through the woods to the house, which overlooks a pond for fishing, a grassy field for lawn games, and a fire pit for roasting marshmallows under the stars. Inside, an open floor plan lets you all be together while comfy bedrooms and an additional sitting room allow for downtime. In cooler months, hunker down by the wood-burning fireplace. Step outside to enjoy covered porches, a screened-in dining porch, grilling terrace, pergola, another fire pit, outdoor shower and walking trails.

Whether you bike, hike, swim, kayak, shop, antique, dine, gamble, golf, or just relax in the hammock, there’s always something to do. Like other guests who’ve found us, we’re sure you’ll want to return again and again.

The House: The main floor of the house is an open floor plan with the gourmet kitchen, dining room with large farmhouse table, and a living with a wood-burning fireplace. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, granite and walnut countertops, large pantry, and a screened outdoor dining porch. Other outdoor porches have rockers, upholstered furniture, and ceiling fans. The main floor master suite includes a full bath with large shower, washer/dryer, queen size bed and french doors leading outside. The second floor has 2 bedrooms, one with a queen sized bed and the other with two twin beds. Also upstairs is a sitting room with a pull-out sofa and doors that lead out to a balcony. The second floor has a full bathroom with tub/shower.The house has all of the comforts of home, central air, wood burning fireplace, large-screen/satellite TV, Blu-ray player, DVD/CD player, and audio system with speakers throughout the inside and outside of the house. The house is secured with an alarm system.

The Land: This charming cottage, nestled in the woods of Michigan, is named for the various species of holly bushes grown on site. As you enter the private 20 acres, you are greeted by a park-like area, with flower beds and tree specimens. This area also features a fruit orchard, containing apples, peaches, and pears. The gravel driveway leads you through this open area into the woods, winding down a tree lined drive to the house, set back in the woods near the creek and stone's throw from the large pond. Walking trails radiate out from the house and circle the property. Tucked away in the woods is a third fire pit, which is in the center of an area of campsites carved from the woods.

More Details

Property Manager
James Hahn
Member since: 2011
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
16 June, 2017

About James Hahn

James is a full-time host of 3 vacation rental properties in the South Haven area since 2011. With his husband Kyle, they have built, renovated, and/or created several luxury properties in South Haven and Chicago. Kyle is the designer and creator while James is the implementor, carpenter, and builder. One is the "yin" to the other's "yang".

James continues performing as a classical violinist in Michigan and Illinois while Kyle enjoys a rewarding career as a graphic designer. Kyle is also studying landscape design at the famed Chicago Botanic Gardens. You can see his magnificent work at any one of their gorgeous rental properties.

Over the years, their properties have attracted many guests, which they like to refer as friends. They have accrued many glowing reviews for their work, all achieving the highest rating of 5 stars.

James Hahn purchased this house in 2005

Why James Hahn chose Southwest Michigan

James and Kyle decided to build this home from scratch after living on the land in a tent for the first summer. After climbing many trees on the property, they were able to survey the land and decide on the perfect location for the house and pond and they began build later that year. Doing most of the building themselves, this labor of love took them the better part of 4 years to complete, but the result is exactly what they wanted.

What makes this house unique

Why the HollyWoods? It is perfectly located for our guest to enjoy all the attractions that southwest Michigan has to offer, and yet still be far away from the crowds that take over the lovely beach community during the summer. You can enjoy the peace and quiet that 20 wooded acres gets you, the calming walks on the trails through the woods, fishing in the pond for bass and perch, and listening to the frogs, owls and crickets at night.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in South Haven, Michigan

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 167 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Resort
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Alarm System
  • soap
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Ducted Cooling
  • Ducted Heating
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Floorboards
  • Garage
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Secure Parking
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Split-System Air Conditioning
  • Study Room
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Tank
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master - toilet , shower enclosure
    Upstairs - toilet , bath with shower
    Powder Room - toilet
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower
  • All bathrooms feature high end fixtures and faucets. Master bath has rain shower and hand held. Guest bath has rain shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master - 1 large double bed
    Queen - 1 large double bed
    Twin - 2 single bed
    Sitting Room - 1 double bed , Pull-out Sofa
  • The master bedroom sleeps 2 in a queen size bed. Plenty of room for cribs and additional cots. Guest bedroom #1 sleeps 2 in a queen size bed. Also room for crib and-or cots. Guest bedroom #2 sleeps 2 in two twin beds. Sitting room sleeps 2 in a pull out double size sofa bed.
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • games - kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Binoculars
  • Courtyard
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • patio
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • conservatory
  • Shed
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • wooden decking
  • 8 garden chairs
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(62 traveller reviews)

The HollyWoods: Very Private 20 Acre Property Near Lake Michigan
average rating of 5.0 based on 62 reviews

Impressive, relaxing, and private

  • 5 of 5

Impressive details throughout the home and property! This is a luxurious "country chic" treasure of South Haven. Thank you for the wonderful memories that HollyWoods provided to us. The peaceful, thoughtful, and beautiful landscaped property provided a relaxing setting. We enjoyed smore's, fishing, the rocking chairs, and listening to nature. We loved the screened in porch and watching the cardinals fly by as they prepared a nest for their eggs. It was perfect! We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind words regarding the HollyWoods. Kyle and I are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay. We are also so happy that you were able to witness the nesting ritual of our winged wildlife. We currently have nesting at all three of our properties, all at different stages. Some are feeding their young, while others are protecting their eggs, and still others are building their nests. It is such a great time of year if you like to watch the wildlife. You and your family were such wonderful guests, we hope to see you again soon.
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Gorgeous, relaxing weekend away

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful time on our first visit to South Haven! What a beautiful, comfortable house! We enjoyed hiking the property and having fires in the inside fireplace and outside fire pit. We came for what we thought would be a winter getaway, and enjoyed 50 to 60° weather and sun in February! Looking forward to returning soon!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Post Christmas Relaxation

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the property is all aspects, from the grounds to walk to the well designed home. Thats to jump for his hospitality. We will definitely look for stay here again. Happy New Year.

The Snyder's

  • Review Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pure Michigan Pure Perfection

  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic property. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the HollyWoods. We found the spacious open floor plan of the main living space perfect for our group. All the bedrooms were very spacious and the beds incredibly comfortable. Huddling around the warm campfire at night was perfect for roasting marshmallows and telling ghost stories. Even when the snow started falling, we found the fire very inviting and made our experience "one-of-a-kind". The kitchen was perfect for creating wonderful meals, with every cooking gadget you would need supplied. The dining table was perfect for our family of 6, but could easily accommodate 8. We found ourselves around this table quite bit, playing games that were graciously provided by our hosts. Jim and Kyle did a wonderful job creating this beautiful property in woods and making their home feel like ours. Thank you very much for this unforgettable experience and we expect to return for many years to come.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank for your kind words. We were happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to your next trip. Jim and Kyle
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Amazing house for a relaxing getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We came with another couple and our two kids for my birthday weekend and had the most amazing time! The house is beautifully decorated and well-stocked for anything you need. It felt like home! Having the two bedrooms on different floors was nice to give the families some space and privacy. We loved walking along the beautifully maintained trails on the property. Everything about this weekend was perfect. Thank you!!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Joel, Happy to have you as our guest. Glad you liked the trails. :) Jim and Kyle
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2nd Timing Visiting & Planning to Return Again!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you very much for having us at the HollyWood's again! It was very relaxing and enjoyable. We love escaping the city hustle and bustle, and retreating to the HollyWoods was exactly what we needed.

The day trips to Saugatuck and South Haven were delightful, but being able to return to a cozy and beautiful home was amazing!

Our 6 year old niece Olivia wanted to thank you Jim for the additional input on activities for kids. She really enjoyed the “kids corner”, the beaches, pony ride, and the state parks.

Thanks for sharing your lovely home with us and our Rhodesian Ridgebacks (they really love traveling with us and enjoyed the HollyWoods property!).

Our family agreed that we need to make coming to the HollyWoods an annual thing!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lisa, Thanks again for your return visit. We look forward to your next visit.
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Nearest Airport
1 Miles
South Haven, MI Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Maple Grove
Nearest Ferry
45 Miles
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Hawks Head
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Bangor, MI (Amtrak)
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
M-140 and I-196
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Maple Grove
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Van Buren State Park
Car: necessary

This house is located just outside of South Haven and is about 2 hours from Chicago and about 3 hours from Detroit. The town is known for it’s Lake Michigan beaches, it’s many festivals, farmer’s market and gracious hospitality.

South Haven is halfway between the other harbor towns St. Joseph and Saugatuck/Douglas which both make for easy day-trips. The area is also known as 'Harvest Country' for it’s many u-pick fruit orchards and winery tours. Besides Lake Michigan, there are many inland lakes for fishing and rivers for canoeing and kayaking.

The area has plenty of art galleries, museums and historic sites to keep the mind as well as the body occupied.

Summer is abuzz with sun-soaked activities which stretch into the fall when rolling hills and woods become ablaze with color. Winter festivals, outdoor ice-skating, and snowmobiling keep folks busy in the snowy months.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in South Haven, Michigan

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
15 Jun 2017 - 7 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
Summer II 2017
8 Aug 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
Labor Day 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
Autumn 2017
5 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
Winter 1
29 Oct 2017 - 21 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
22 Nov 2017 - 25 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
Winter 2
26 Nov 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
22 Dec 2017 - 25 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
Winter 3
26 Dec 2017 - 28 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
New Years
29 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
Winter 4
2 Jan 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$668.9
Cleaning A$267.56 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.5%

Call or email Jim to discuss availability, holiday pricing and bookings. 269-262-5040,
Also, visit our website for more information and photos.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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