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The Redbud Cottage--Beach & Quiet. Lake Sara Waterfront & Wood Fires.

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Last updated: 11/22/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Effingham cottage description

Located in the heart of central Illinois, the Redbud Cottage at Lake Sara is a great destination for families or friends, or a perfect stopover for a trip through the Great Midwest. With your own swimming beach, a floating dock to play on, a beautiful wood-burning fireplace, a dock for fishing, and a large deck for sitting in the sun, enjoy the peace and quiet of our little wooded cottage on the lake.

Every season is beautiful on Lake Sara, with Spring and Fall being particularly pretty and quiet. The Summer water is wonderful for swimming, and warm from May through September. Enjoy eating on our old family picnic table by the water. Watch the kids swim or play on the beach, or have fun taking a lovely float yourself in Lake Sara's clean, warm water.

Wake boarding, tubing, and water skiing are local favorites. There is good fishing for bass, crappie, catfish, and blue gill, especially in the Spring and Fall. Lake Sara sets aside special quiet hours for fishermen. Winter is a great time for crisp woodsy walks and warming fires.

Our 3 bedroom, 2 bath cottage sleeps up to 8 in our 3 king size beds and a couple of wonderful wide sleeping couches in front of the fireplace. We have a nice kitchen with a Keurig Coffemaker, a French coffee press, a dishwasher, and all new dishes and pots and pans. Our washer and dryer and two-car garage make this a perfect spot for an extended stay. A canoe is available for the use of our guests upon request.

Inside, enjoy the separation of a master suite upstairs, as well as the two-and-a-half story, book-filled living room with its massive stone fireplace. You can burn local wood that you'll find stacked at your door. One of our favorite sports is sitting with a book in front of the fire--wine and s'mores are optional.

Our lot is full of tall, beautiful oaks and maples, and is in a pretty neighborhood on the quiet western end of Lake Sara. Redbud trees line Lorton road and are being planted among our woods, bringing their vivid purple/pink flowers in Spring. Views from our huge deck are all water and trees--you can only see one other house. The Lake is surrounded by good Illinois farmland, so it's a wonderful spot for long flat bike rides and walks.

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Massage

              Suitability

              • Events Allowed
              • Long-Term Renters Welcome
              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

                The responsible party must be at least 21. Exceptions will be made for newly wed couples under 21....moreless

              • Children Welcome:

                Perfect for children. Gently sloping sandy beach into the water, and a floating dock to play on in the cove. Plenty of woods to wander next door. Great area for family bike rides on our flat local roads with light traffic....moreless

              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Not Allowed
              • Wheelchair Accessible:

                There is one step up to our front porch at this time, so aid would be needed. Except for the master suite upstairs, all of the house, including the main front deck, is on one level....moreless

              Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

              • Master Bedroom: 1 king

                ...moreless

              • Glenna's Room: 1 king

                Green like Glenna's 'Green House' on the Lake...moreless

              • Redbud Room: 1 king

                ...moreless

              • Master Bedroom has a lovely king size pencil post bed and plenty of storage. On the second floor with the Master Bathroom. The second King room is next to the single room and main bathroom on the first floor....moreless

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              • Master Bathroom: toilet, shower

                Modern, and very private on the second floor....moreless

              • Main Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

                Modern, on main floor....moreless

              Other Amenities

                  • Massages (for a separate fee) are available from Serenity Theraputic Massage--815-829-5090--Barb Kilzer, Proprietor. Highly recommended by David and Dee!...moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Books:

                    We have an extensive library of books and construction paper for children, as well as many fine books for adults. A special feature is a collection of classic travel books....moreless

                  • DVD Player
                  • Game Room:

                    We have a Bags Game set to play games out in the yard....moreless

                  • Games:

                    Board games and cards for families and children....moreless

                  • Stereo:

                    CD player and radio...moreless

                  • Television:

                    We have a television available to use with a DVD player, but no regular TV service. Frankly, in such a beautiful spot, we have never seen the need for TV....moreless

                  Theme

                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Romantic
                  • Sports & Activities

                  Attractions

                  • Churches
                  • Cinemas
                  • Library
                  • Live Theater
                  • Marina
                  • Playground
                  • Restaurants
                  • Winery Tours

                  Local Services & Businesses

                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Groceries
                  • Hospital
                  • Laundromat
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Medical Services

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Antiquing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Boating
                  • Miniature Golf
                  • Shopping
                  • Walking
                  • Wildlife Viewing

                  Location Type

                  • Lake View:

                    Lake Sara is 3 miles long with 27 miles of wooded shoreline. A wonderful smooth lake for water skiing and wake boarding. Good bass, crappie, and pan fishing. A family lake. Strict boat safety rules....moreless

                  • Lakefront:

                    Beautiful views of Lake Sara's tree-lined shore and placid waters from LR, kitchen, and large deck. Small private beach, floating raft, & dock to swim or fish off. Tree-filled lot, quiet neighborhood....moreless

                  • Rural:

                    Lake Sara is a wooded, watery gem in the middle of quiet farm country. Scenic flat farm roads for biking & running. Deer, birds, and other wildlife abound. Local fresh farm markets in town in season....moreless

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Basketball Court
                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Kayaking
                  • Swimming
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Water Tubing

                  Dining

                  • Child's Highchair
                  • Dining:

                    There is a separate dining area. The table seats eight, and has a lovely view. A highchair is available on request....moreless

                  • Dining Area
                  • Seating for 8 people

                  General

                  • Air Conditioning:

                    Central air...moreless

                  • Clothes Dryer:

                    Near the kitchen....moreless

                  • Fireplace:

                    Wood burning--wood provided--and an outside fire pit ...moreless

                  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

                    Hammock, overlooking the lake . . ....moreless

                  • Garage:

                    Two car enclosed garage...moreless

                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating:

                    Central heating...moreless

                  • Internet:

                    Wi-Fi...moreless

                  • Iron & Board
                  • Linens Provided:

                    Including for the comfy sleeping couch and love seat in front of the fireplace in the livingroom...moreless

                  • Living Room
                  • Parking:

                    Long private drive with turnaround. Room for a motor home and/or a boat trailer....moreless

                  • Telephone:

                    Local calls only...moreless

                  • Towels Provided:

                    Please bring your own beach towels....moreless

                  • Washing Machine:

                    Near the kitchen. Detergent is provided....moreless

                  Kitchen

                  • Coffee Maker:

                    Yes, plus a Keurig coffeemaker and a French press...moreless

                  • Dishes & Utensils:

                    New dishes, silverware, and pots and pan to serve 8....moreless

                  • Dishwasher
                  • Kitchen:

                    Spices, coffee, tea...moreless

                  • Microwave
                  • Oven
                  • Pantry Items:

                    Blender, crockpot, paper towels...moreless

                  • Refrigerator
                  • Stove
                  • Toaster

                  Outside

                  • Balcony:

                    The balcony outside the master bedroom does overlook the living room and the kitchen....moreless

                  • Bicycles:

                    We do have a couple of older, but serviceable bikes available for guest use....moreless

                  • Boat:

                    Float boats and motor boats are available to rent from the local marina. [Usually! The Marina is about to be sold, and the new owner may change policies.]...moreless

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    There is a nice patio table with comfy chairs for outside dining, as well as other deck seating....moreless

                  • Golf:

                    There are two small local golf courses within 5 miles....moreless

                  • Kayak / Canoe:

                    A canoe and a kayak are available for guest use, with seat cushion life preservers and paddles stored in our garage. NON-SWIMMERS MUST wear approved life vests to use the canoe!...moreless

                  • Lawn / Garden:

                    The property is a wooded acre, divided into a long front yard that runs down to the lake, and a large yard full of trees that stretches back to the entry road....moreless

                  • Outdoor Grill:

                    We have a new propane grill, thanks to renters' recommendations!...moreless

                  • Water Sports Gear:

                    The main water 'gear' is a dock for swimming and fishing off, a floating dock to swim off and play on out in our cove, and a sloping beach to swim off....moreless

                   

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                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Memorial Day Weekend
                  May 22 - May 24, 2015
                  3 night min stay

                  $660
                  flat fee
                  Summer 2015
                  May 22 - Sep 6, 2015
                  2 night min stay
                  $160 $175
                  Fri, Sat
                  $980 $3,900
                  Labor Day Weekend
                  Sep 4 - Sep 6, 2015
                  3 night min stay

                  $660
                  flat fee
                  Fall 2015
                  Sep 7 - Dec 31, 2015
                  2 night min stay
                  $145 $165
                  Fri, Sat
                  $920 $3,000
                  My Standard Rate
                  2 night min stay
                  $145 $165
                  Fri, Sat
                  $920 $3,000
                  * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Fees:

                  • Pet Fee $200 + tax
                  • Cleaning Service $60 + tax
                  • Tax Rate 6.5%

                  Notes:

                  We're sorry, but our rates are higher for these special Holidays and weekends. We regularly have high demand to rent on Lake Sara during these Family Holidays. PLEASE NOTE: We have a STRICT NO PETS POLICY. Sorry. The pet fee listed will be applied if we find that guests bring their pets uninvited. We don't mean to be rude--we have pets ourselves--but we don't share them with others.


                  Cancellation policy:

                  Policy available by contacting owner when booking.


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                  Last updated: 11/22/2014
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                  Location

                  40 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Coles County Memorial Airport
                  5 Miles
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Witts' Barbecue; Abigail's on the Lake
                  5 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  Cardinal Golf and 4Ways Golf Courses
                  10 Miles
                  Nearest Train
                  Amtrak Chicago-New Orleans line stops in Effingham
                  7 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  Interstate 57 (N/S) and 70 (E/W) meet in Effingham
                  5 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Witts' Barbecue; Abigail's on the Lake
                  Effingham
                  Nearest Beach
                  Private beach on property.

                  Car: Necessary

                  Located in the heart of central Illinois, the Redbud Cottage at Lake Sara is a great destination for families and friends, or a perfect stopover for a trip through the Great Midwest. With your own swimming beach and diving raft, a beautiful wood-burning fireplace, a dock for fishing, and a large deck for sitting in the sun, enjoy the peace and quiet of our little wooded cottage on the lake.

                  Every season is beautiful on Lake Sara, with Spring and Fall being particularly pretty and quiet. Winter is wonderful with wood fires, quiet woodland walks, and plenty of books. The Summer water is great for swimming, and warm from May through September. Wake boarding, tubing, and water skiing are local favorites. There is good fishing for bass, crappie, catfish, and blue gill. Lake Sara sets aside special quiet hours for fishermen.

                  Lake Sara is situated in the middle of great Midwestern attractions, just off Interstates 57 and 70 outside Effingham, Illinois. We are 50 minutes from the horse-drawn buggies, antiques, and handmade furniture and quilts of Amish country in Arthur, Illinois. Just 2 hours north is Illinois' Capital and the new Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield.

                  St. Louis, with the Gateway Arch, its famous Zoo, the lovely Missouri Botanical Gardens (where our daughter was married), Busch Stadium, and Forest Park with Muni outdoor theatre, is 1 and a half hours west. The city with its local sites--including Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site--and wonderful restaurants are an easy day trip from Lake Sara.

                  Just north of St. Louis is historic Grafton, Illinois. The city is at the center of the region’s Bald Eagle watching area and proudly calls itself 'The Winter Home of The Bald Eagle.' Main Street is lined with restaurants, some antique, craft, and wine shops, and various other attractions, which makes Grafton a popular stopping place for bicyclists on the Sam Vadalabene Bike Trail or for visitors in search of fall foliage color and Bald Eagles. During the warmer months, visitors can take advantage of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers with boating, canoeing, and parasailing activities. There are two interesting river car ferries in the Grafton area. Five miles west of Grafton is Pere Marquette State Park, which is Illinois' largest and most popular state park.

                  Just 2 hours south is the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge outside Carbondale and the Shawnee National Forest. Chicago and all its sites is 3 and a half hours north, and Indianapolis 2 hours to the east.

                  The Corvette Fun Fest is held in Effingham each Fall. This year's dates, for the 20th Anniversary of the Fest, are September 19th through the 22nd. Stay with us and park your treasured Corvettes in our clean two-car garage.

                  Restaurants abound in Effingham. Thelma's Restaurant and The Firefly Grill are excellent for fine dining. Niemerg's Steakhouse is a good, inexpensive local favorite. El Rancherito and other local Mexican restaurants shine. And fast and slow chain restaurants of all types are available along the Interstates. There are also plenty of interesting local bars and a few very good wine shops to suit any tastes.

                  Effingham, at the center of a budding Central Illinois wine industry, is home to Tuscan Hills Winery, and the following wineries are within 50 miles.

                  Berryville Vineyards - Claremont, IL

                  Cameo Vineyards - Greenup, IL

                  Forsee Vineyards - Coffeen, IL

                  Fox Creek Vineyards - Olney, IL

                  Niemerg Family Winery - Findlay, IL

                  Orchard View Winery - Alma, IL

                  Pioneer Winery - Palestine, IL

                  Vahling Vineyards - Stewardson, IL

                  White Owl Winery - Birds, IL

                  Willow Ridge Vineyards & Winery - Shelbyville, IL

                  And finally, Effingham is the site of the World's Largest Cross. It rises 198 feet from the prairie, unobstructed, at the southern junction of Interstates 57 and 70.

                   

                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2012

                  About the owner: Dee and I grew up in Effingham, and I spent all my Summers on Lake Sara from the time I was five. We love this beautiful quiet lake, and own the white brick house next door, which we purchased in 1987. We regularly swim laps from our dock around the point to the Redbud Cottage dock and back. This quiet cove is a gem for swimming, and has beautiful views across the lake to the undeveloped public land one sees there. Many of our nights here are spent out by our fire pit overlooking the lake, where we get to watch the sun set and the stars rise over the lake's calm waters. We come to Lake Sara as often as we can--probably 40 weeks a year--for long weekends and all family holidays. My extended family still owns my Mother's house--the 'famous' Green House--on the far end of the lake by the dam. So, we're very familiar with Lake Sara, with Effingham, and with our lovely Central Illinois area. We're happy to answer any of your questions, and make suggestions for dining or day trips here in the Great Midwest. We hope you'll enjoy your stay on Lake Sara as much as we enjoy living here.

                  Why the Owner Chose Effingham:
                  We were happy to be able to secure this pretty cottage with its stunning fireplace after our long-term neighbors decided to give it up. We admit to lusting after the pleasant little beach that is a feature of The Redbud Cottage. We plan to play with our grandchildren on it one day! We have five grown children, all of whom will be married by this Summer, so we hope we won't have long to wait. They spent most of their holidays and hundreds of long weekends here as they were growing up. They learned to swim like fish here, became very capable skiers and wake boarders, and built forts in our woods (you can still see the ruins).

                  The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
                  I don't think you can beat the view from the cottage out to the lake. And, sitting on the dock, one has unobstructed views the full length of Shumway cove, Lake Sara's smoothest and quietest water. Few of Lake Sara's lots have their own beach. This one has a long sloping sand entrance into the water, perfect for children or for those who want to cool off without actually swimming. This quiet cove, just off the main lake channel, is narrow enough to swim across, but wide enough to be private. The land just across from the Redbud Cottage is public land that will never have houses built on it.


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                  Speaks: english

                   

                  Photos

                  • Our Redbud Cottage in Summer

                    Our Redbud Cottage in Summer

                  • Living room with stone fireplace and sleeping couches

                    Living room with stone fireplace and sleeping couches

                  • Enjoy our wood-buring fireplace, with wood outside your door

                    Enjoy our wood-buring fireplace, with wood outside your door

                  • Living room with fireplace. Master suite is upstairs.

                    Living room with fireplace. Master suite is upstairs.

                  • Enjoy our colorful hardwoods this Fall!

                    Enjoy our colorful hardwoods this Fall!

                  • Master Bedroom with pencil-post, king size bed. Upstairs by full Master Bath.

                    Master Bedroom with pencil-post, king size bed. Upstairs by full Master Bath.

                  • Master Bathroom

                    Master Bathroom

                  • Kingsize bed in Glenna's Room on first floor

                    Kingsize bed in Glenna's Room on first floor

                  • Kitchen and dining area

                    Kitchen and dining area

                  • Baby Redbud tree with heart-shaped leaves, native to our woods

                    Baby Redbud tree with heart-shaped leaves, native to our woods

                  • Beautiful Fall, with fun and lakeside fires for children

                    Beautiful Fall, with fun and lakeside fires for children

                  • Beautiful skiing and wake boarding on Lake Sara

                    Beautiful skiing and wake boarding on Lake Sara

                  • Fall, with fires by the lake. Come enjoy the colors and the warmth.

                    Fall, with fires by the lake. Come enjoy the colors and the warmth.

                  • Lake Sara's Fall colors--her oaks, hickories, and maples--are beautiful to see.

                    Lake Sara's Fall colors--her oaks, hickories, and maples--are beautiful to see.

                  • Big enough for a beautiful Christmas

                    Big enough for a beautiful Christmas

                  • Morning on Lake Sara

                    Morning on Lake Sara

                  • Winter on the water--beautiful and quiet.

                    Winter on the water--beautiful and quiet.

                  • Kitchen view

                    Kitchen view

                  • Main floor bath with tub and shower

                    Main floor bath with tub and shower

                  • Calm and quiet on the west end of Lake Sara

                    Calm and quiet on the west end of Lake Sara

                  • Picnic overlooking the beach

                    Picnic overlooking the beach

                  • Our wooded entrance off Lorton Road

                    Our wooded entrance off Lorton Road

                  • View down Shumway Cove from our dock. Lake Sara, beach and quiet.

                    View down Shumway Cove from our dock. Lake Sara, beach and quiet.

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                  3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 8

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