About Susan Kostiwa
I grew up in a Chicago suburb and currently live and work in Chicago. I come from a long line of gardeners, animal and nature lovers. I have traveled quite a bit and still think that Lake Michigan and the Warren Dunes cant be beat as a beach destination. The stress of the work week just melts away as soon as you cross the border into "Pure Michigan". You'll see .
Susan Kostiwa purchased this Cottage in 1999
Why Susan Kostiwa chose Sawyer
I have been vacationing in Harbor Country for many years and was searching for a cottage to buy when I came upon this beautiful lot in Sawyer and decided to build my own home. It has been a labor of love to design every detail and incorporate my taste in décor from travels in Italy , France, and Bali. I have also acquired pieces from local artisans and artists to enhance the space. Ask me for my favorite places to find beautiful things!
What makes this Cottage unique
There are many unique benefits to this property and location.
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
There is a $100.00 additional Pet Fee
Minimum age of primary renter:30
House Rules will be available upon check-in. The full security deposit will be withheld if house rules are not followed.
Specifically total guests allowed and excessive dirt/damage to any property on-site including but not limited to the hot tub.
Subject to owners discretion
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Lake MI Family Vacation
The house was beautiful! A little smaller than expected from the photos but still very pretty. The screened in porch was our favorite spot. The dining room was perfect for family dinners and card playing at night. The bedroom over the garage had a smell and was humid. The sheets felt wet at night from the humidity. That was disappointing. We also were disappointed when the owner questioned us, while we were having a pleasant day in New Buffalo, on how many people were staying in the house. She thought there were 5 people but her cleaning lady said we were like 8 or 9 people. We discussed in February with the owner via email that there would be 8 people staying there. The owner apologized after realizing she made a mistake but it left us feeling accused of being deceitful. We are respectful adults and are respectful of any property we stay at.
Also having to check in by 3pm and if more than a half hour late we would be charged $25 for every hour late? Being told that when we inquired about check in was very disappointing. When you're traveling long distance it can be difficult to get to check in by 3pm. The homeowner should consider getting a code on the door for entry.
We had a great vacation and enjoyed the home.
I would not rent to this family again.
Peaceful and Relaxing - close to everything!
The house and it’s location was perfect for our family. Communication with the owner was great! There is lots to do in the surrounding area but if you just wanted to relax at the cottage it was perfect! Highly recommend it!
Great home with everything you need
My family and dog had a wonderful week here. Susan house has everything you need to be able to enjoy the beach, outdoors, cooking, bonfire to relaxing in the hot tub! Lots of great food markets, meat market, restaurants and bakeries in very close proximity. Access to the private beach can be a little bit of a walk but tf you want to drive you can go over to warden dunes state park and park and then walk on the sand over to the private beach.
Great Family Vacation in Sawyer, Michigan
We thoroughly enjoyed our week of family vacation in this charming home. The home was beautifully decorated, super clean, spacious, and well-equipped. The location is very convenient to Warren Dunes State Park and the Red Arrow Highway to go up & down the lake coastline to lots of nearby restaurants, shoppes, etc. This was our fourth time visiting Lake Michigan for a family vacation and this particular VRBO property made it our best. We loved the gourmet kitchen, huge dining room with window seat overlooking the homeowner's gardens, the hot tub and firewood kettle for evening relaxation, really comfortable beds, and wonderful rain shower-head bathrooms. And the screened porch was a fun place to gather as a family for our coffee in the morning. Sue was a pleasure to work with. We highly recommend this property!
Excellent Home Stay
The cottage, grounds, amenities and location are great. I highly recommend this cottage.
Harbor Country is a wonderful getaway in Southwest Michigan just 70-80 miles from downtown Chicago. As you cross the border into "Pure MIchigan" investigate the charming towns along the Red Arrow Highway from New Buffalo to Sawyer. Enjoy beautiful lake Michigan from the shores of Warren Dunes State Park. Rent kayaks or paddle boards. You can even bring your dog to the beach! Climb the huge sand dunes and hike through acres of wood. Tour the local wineries. Visit the local breweries and restaurants. Cycle through the countryside. Spend the day along Red Arrow Highway shopping at antique stores, art galleries and gift shops. Relax with your friends and family as the stress just melts away.