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BOOKING NOW FOR 2014 SEASON!!!! Thanks to all of our 2013 guests who made 2013 our best year yet. Judging from all of their positive comments in their reviews, many will be back in 2014. As a testimonial to the comfort and atmosphere of the home and amenities, over 50 % of our guests in 2013 had stayed with us previously. Thanks for their loyalty.
Cardinal Cove Retreat is uniquely located on a hill at the end of a private lane overlooking Lake Sara. From the front porch you can see Lake Sara and from the back deck you can see the 9th Tee of Cardinal 18 hole Golf Course. The home and area are a registered Backyard Wildlife Habitat. Surrounded by over 10 acres of dense woods the home is a nature lovers dream come true and a million miles from concrete and asphalt. Regular visitors to the yard are deer, raccoons, chipmunks, rabbits and occasionally wild turkeys.
Cardinal Cove Retreat is a great place to relax and unwind any time of the year. The deck is well equiped with a gas grill and seating for 8. Additional chairs are in the garage for extra guests. During the Spring and Summer, we have planted flowers and greenery all over the deck. In the fall we have the front porch and yard decorated in a fall theme. The fire pit is waiting for your marshmallows. Spilt firewood is also provided.
Bird lovers will thrill at the sight and sounds of Cardinals, Blue Jays, Finches, Doves, Geese and a variety of Woodpeckers and if you listen carefully, you'll hear the Owls calling to one another. Last year we had a pair of Golden Eagles regularly flying at the end of the cove we are on. Blue Heron and a White Egret are also regular visitors. Geese fly overhead almost everyday.
Our visitors have aptly called this property 'heaven on earth'. It is private but inviting. The wrap around deck/porch can accommodate lots of guests. The two patio tables seat 8 for a wonderful dinner outside under the stars. Speaking of stars, this home is away from other homes and very private offering the opportunity for total darkness for the person who loves to look into the night sky.
Keywords: House, Boat, Golf, Fishing, Boating, Birdwatching, Hiking, Swimming, Kayaking, Biking, Nature, Woods, Cooking, Relaxing
At least one renter must be 21 years of age unless permission is granted by the owners in advance. Married couples celebrating their honeymoon are accepted. The owners reserve the right to limit renting to persons of at least 25 years of age...moreless
The large yard and outside area are a great place for the kids to get to play. Taking a short hike will give the kids a great perspective of why we need woods and wilderness to remain untouched and natural. Playgrounds with swings and slides are plentiful in the Lake Sara area and in the Effingham parks....moreless
While not truly handicapped accessible we have entertained wheelchair bound persons but it requires additional people to help them gain access to the home. There are two stairs from the garage to the home level. Walkers and canes do not seem to have much trouble. The common restroom off of the hall has a counter to assist in rising from the toilet....moreless
Pets may be allowed but the approval must be obtained at the time of booking. The owner of the pet is responsible for the pet and we reserve the right to restrict the size and number of pets. This rule is subject to our approval and requires full disclosure of the pet and their habits prior to reservations....moreless
Cardinal Golf Course is surrounded by woods offering a private and picturesque view from every hole. Cardinal Cove Retreat is one of only two homes actually on the golf course making this home a real treat for the golfer....moreless
In the Spring, and late Fall you get a good view of the course. During the Summer, the dense grove of trees keeps the home private. A cart path has been cut to allow easy access to the course but maintain privacy for the non-golf guests...moreless
The access road to the retreat is between the house. If you enjoy a walk in the woods you will definately want to walk to the fishing/boat dock provided with the retreat rental. A floating dock is available suitable for boarding a boat or launching a kayak or canoe. This new feature was completed in the spring of 2011 and offers beautiful views of Lake Sara from a quiet and secluded location. It is only 200 feet from the road and definately worth the walk. Two chairs are in place for a relaxing view of Lake Sara....moreless
Several restaurants in the Effingham area will cater meals for larger groups. Neimurgs Steak House, Joes Pizza and Pasta and Witt's BBQ are personal favorites of ours. Take out meals are also available from the FireFly Grill, a top pick for Chicago and St. Louis....moreless
Stainless steel top of the line refrigerator with ice maker and cold water dispenser. Many condiments are also provided to improve the 'home' feel when you arrive and make your shopping less costly....moreless
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2 night min stay
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Memorial Holiday, 4th of July Holiday and Labor Holiday week are $75 higher for the first two nights.
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Year Purchased: 2010
About the owner: This home is offered by Chuck and Sara Holmes. We have been married for 43 years and have 4 grown children and 4 growing grandchildren. Our love of Lake Sara was the incentive for us to purchase this home and wooded area which is in the same neighborhood as our family home. This rental home also serves as the location for Sara's Sanctuary, a woman's health retreat. Periodically, the retreat offers a variety of therapies and training for those seeking a healthier lifestyle. The weekend schedule for these retreats is shown on Sara's webside, Botanical Healing Arts. The host of these retreats is Sara who is a certified and registered Aromatherapist and Massage Therapist. She teaches these subjects at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois and at Lakeland College's Kluthe Center located in Effingham. Chuck is a business executive who owns and operates varied manufacturing, distribution and service businesses.
Why the Owner Chose Effingham:
'I vacationed at Lake Sara as a child and it was always my favorite place with great memories of my Dad fishing' says Sara. 'Later in life my husband and I decided to prepare for retirement on Lake Sara.' We purchased our dream home on Lake Sara 14 years ago and purchased this, our second home on Lake Sara in 2010 when our neighbors decided to move closer to family. 14 years ago we were looking for a weekend and summer get-away that offered peaceful tranquility in a setting where nature was the highest priority. Now we are able to offer this same wonderful experience to others through Cardinal Cove Retreat which is also home to Sara's Sanctuary, a woman's health retreat. We have found that by living at the end of a peaceful cove, surrounded by trees and nature, we can avoid the busy activities of life that we were trying to escape by coming to the lake, yet still able to hop in the boat and enjoy all Lake Sara and the Effingham area has to offer.
The Unique Benefits at this Bed And Breakfast:
This home is easy to access with only two steps from the garage to the home's main floor. The back deck is also at floor level with seating for 10 or more allowing for large groups to gather. The home has a two car attached garage. Outside there are so many wonderful and memorable activities to enjoy. In addition to the abundant nature surrounding the home, you can visit Ballard Nature Center, 5 miles away, or walk through the Post Oak Flatwoods nature area located directly on Lake Sara. This unique treasure is over 50 acres of nature representing what downstate Illinois was like 10,000 years ago. If you enjoy fine dining, FireFly Grill was rated in the top 10 restaurants in Chicago and St. Louis and it is only located here in Effingham. Additionally, for more budget minded visitors, Niemerg's restaurant is hard to beat, especially if you like pie...they have more than a dozen to choose from, all made fresh daily. Need a meal catered, Niemerg's, Witt's Smokehouse or Joe's Pizza and Pasta among others can handle all of your needs. Boat rental, kayak or canoe rental is available at area marinas. Or, for a fun meal overlooking Lake Sara visit the Boat Dockers Marina and Abigail's restaurant serving good food and beverages. The restaurant is a BYOB with no corking charge. It is a great family restaurant. Be sure to say hi to 'little Ben and Abi'. Tell them Chuck sent you. You can swim for free at the public beach on Lake Sara or for a few dollars you can swim at the Effingham City Pool Complex. For the auto enthusiast be sure to visit Mid-America Motorworks Corvette and VW Museum featuring special collector autos including Herbie the VW and the Corvette from Corvette Summer both with a rich movie fame. There truly is something for everyone in the Effingham area. And best of all, with Effingham located at the intersection of I-57, I-70, Route 45, Route 40, Route 32 and Route 33 it truly is the 'Crossroads of Opportunity' as the city slogan says.
The elevated large deck surrounds the home offering a panorama of views
Spacious equipped kitchen with room for more than one cook
Lower level with 32' TV, DVD, electric fireplace, twin beds and 1/2 bath
Master Bedroom with French doors and whirlpool tub in bath
Luxurious living room with 50' TV, DVD, gas fireplace with view of bird feeders
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Date last modified - Saturday, December 20, 2014
4 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
(217) 649-0531 (Illinois, USA)
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