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Family-friendly Home For Notre Dame Fb Weekends & Graduation

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,600 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

4 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath On Quiet 1.5 Acre With Beautiful Flowing Creek

This spacious home is the perfect setting for your gameday or graduation weekend, offering plenty of room for the whole family or a group of fans. Completely redone summer 2015 with updated everything; hardwood flooring throughout, new bathrooms with beautiful tile work, gorgeous functional mudroom that enters into modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a huge island to gather around. There are 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bath with open concept kitchen/dining/family room that walks out to a beautiful patio overlooking nature at its finest. A large living room with a second fireplace on main level allows for gatherings for cards/board games or just quiet catching up. An unparalleled weekend experience as it sits on 1.5 acres with a creek. It's the perfect location for unwinding after your daily activities. There is plenty of room to run around, toss a football, or enjoy an evening fire outside! 30 minute walk through campus to stadium gates! (or 8 minute walk to white lot shuttle that transports to library for 5 minute walk to stadium gates). Ideal for families with crib available and any necessary baby items upon request. Comfortably sleeps 8 with ability to sleep another 4 if request air mattress. 1 king bed and 3 queen beds all in their own rooms. No more than 20 people at/in the house at any one time please. All linens provided as well as kitchen necessities.

As of 03/22/2018 the following events are available:

2018 Season

Ball St - Sept 8 = Available

FSU - Nov 10 = Available

ND Commencement 2019 – NOT Booked

ND Commencement 2020 – Tentatively Booked

More Details

Mandy Merritt
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 5, 2018

About Mandy Merritt

Parents of a 2 boys (busy 4 yo and 2 yo). Want to provide the ND fan with an amazing experience in a place that feels like home.

Mandy Merritt purchased this house in 2014

Why Mandy Merritt chose South Bend

The property itself is amazing. Large backyard with shallow flowing Juday Creek running through the middle of property that will allow our children a great place to explore and learn all about nature. It's a unique open layout that maximizes the scenery with the large ample windows. Location to ND is ideal for both walking, running and driving.

What makes this house unique

Tailgate Equip available: grill & propane, 2 rolling coolers, bag chairs (10+), cornhole broads, 8'x8' pop-up canopy


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in South Bend

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 2:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 / Shared - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Kitchen Bathroom - toilet
  • We supply hotel size shower gel, shampoo, & conditioner bottles.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Mater Bedroom - 1 king , Grey room
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , blue room
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Beige room
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Grey kids room
    Misc Sleeping - 4 Aero mattresses (2 queen and 2 twin)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Tailgate Equipment available: tailgate grill + propane, rolling coolers (2), bag chairs (10+), cornhole game set, 8'x8' popup canopy, all-weather folding table, collapsible folding utility wagon


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(9 traveler reviews)

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Family-friendly Home For Notre Dame Fb Weekends & Graduation
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Super great home!!

  • 5 of 5

Best house we’ve rented in South Bend! Beautiful setting, close to campus, beautifully updated! Too bad our daughters a senior and we won’t be coming back

  • Submitted: 19-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great House for Families

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay. The owners were friendly and helpful and the property was perfect for a few families with children. Great yard and convenient to Notre Dame.

  • Submitted: 2-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome House for Football Weekend with Family

  • 5 of 5

Nate and Mandy have a beautiful home and they were top notch hosts. Their house looks newly-renovated and well-decorated. Their backyard is huge and contains a nice patio, a fire pit, a creek, and tons of space to run around. Proximity to ND campus was good. We will definitely try to stay with them again.

  • Submitted: 10-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey!! We loved sharing our home with you. How special that you thought of our little boys with an adorable book left for them upon return! Welcome anytime!!
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Awesome home, property & owners!!!

  • 5 of 5

Where do I begin....This was the best house I have ever rented (I have rented several houses for different events over the past years). The listing and description was very accurate and even better!!! The house and property was clean & maintained very well. The owners went way above and beyond with hospitality!!! I will definitely be renting this house in the future. I will also be recommending this house to everyone I know. Thank you so much for everything Nate & Mandy!!!!

  • Submitted: 4-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Why thank you!! We LOVED sharing our home with you as well and strive to provide a one of a kind experience. See you again soon. Nate and Mandy
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Game Day Weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay for our first football weekend. Although we had a mixture of ND and MSU fans, we all got along. The hospitality and communication shown by Mandy and Nate was outstanding. They offered and delivered to stock items prior to our arrival. We had all the tools to have a fun tailgate at our disposal. The house was perfect for four couples with plenty of room to socialize and also privacy. The location is very close and easy to the campus. Great house, great location, and great owners.

  • Submitted: 21-Sep-2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the kind words. We really strive to make your stay as though you are in your own home only with the added benefit of a ND football game. Please come back, you guys were fantastic! Mandy and Nate
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Perfect Home for ND Graduation Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was magnificent. The home was described accurately and the open concept was great for our family gathering and celebration. The layout of the home makes you feel like you are all together - great entertaining flow, with just the right amount of privacy, if needed. The property was clean and well maintained. The host & hostess were easily accessible for our questions throughout our entire stay. It was perfectly located, with traffic-free access to Notre Dame. The local businesses were very accommodating! I will be renting this home for our next ND Graduation.

  • Submitted: 2-Jun-2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
South Bend
Nearest Barpub
2.4 Miles
Linebacker Lounge (& Eddy Street Commons)
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Warren Golf Course (18 hole)
Nearest Train
5.5 Miles
Amtrak SB Station
Nearest Motorway
2.5 Miles
80/90 toll road
Nearest Restaurant
2.6 Miles
Eddy Street Commons
Car: recommended

1.5 mile walk (30minutes) to gates of Notre Dame Stadium and only 0.3 mile walk (8 minutes) to white lot where free shuttle is provided to and from library circle on game days!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in South Bend

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
ND Commencement 2018
May 16 2018 - May 21 2018
2 night minimum stay
Michigan ND FB
Aug 31 2018 - Sep 2 2018
2 night minimum stay
Ball St ND FB
Sep 7 2018 - Sep 9 2018
2 night minimum stay
Vanderbilt ND FB
Sep 14 2018 - Sep 16 2018
2 night minimum stay
Stanford ND FB
Sep 28 2018 - Sep 30 2018
2 night minimum stay
Pitt ND FB
Oct 12 2018 - Oct 14 2018
2 night minimum stay
Nov 9 2018 - Nov 11 2018
2 night minimum stay
ND Commencement 2019
May 15 2019 - May 20 2019
2 night minimum stay
2019 Senior US Open
Jun 21 2019 - Jul 1 2019
4 night minimum stay
New Mexico ND FB
Sep 13 2019 - Sep 15 2019
2 night minimum stay
Sep 27 2019 - Sep 29 2019
2 night minimum stay
Bowling Green ND FB
Oct 4 2019 - Oct 6 2019
2 night minimum stay
Oct 11 2019 - Oct 13 2019
2 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2019 - Nov 3 2019
2 night minimum stay
Navy ND FB
Nov 15 2019 - Nov 17 2019
2 night minimum stay
Nov 22 2019 - Nov 24 2019
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add C$32 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$963.3

While our pricing is in line with what the house offers and competitive for the area, we MAY be open to negotiate.

While we will accept payments via both eCheck and credit card we have set the default to eCheck as it avoids the credit card fees +2.9% Also, note the "Service fee" is paid directly to VRBO (not to us...we have no control over this).

Down payment = 25% at time of booking
Remaining 75% = 2 weeks before arrival

Refund Policy:
While we generally follow the VRBO “Moderate” cancellation policy we are flexible if appropriate (full refund if can book with other party, etc).
Canceled >30 days before stay = 100% refund; >14 days before stay = 50% refund.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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