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

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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property 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.

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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

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  • 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
Summer 2015
May 22 - Sep 6, 2015
2 night min stay
$160 $175
Fri, Sat
$980 $3,900
Memorial Day Weekend
May 27 - May 29, 2016
3 night min stay

$660
flat fee
Summer 2016
May 30 - Sep 5, 2016
2 night min stay
$165 $180
Fri, Sat
$980 $3,600
4th of July Weekend
Jul 1 - Jul 3, 2016
3 night min stay

$660
flat fee
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 2 - Sep 4, 2016
3 night min stay

$660
flat fee
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$145 $165
Fri, Sat
$890 $3,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning Service $60 + tax
  • Pet Fee $200 + 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.


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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.


Contact us

Speaks: french, spanish, I speak a very little bit of Spanish and French.

 

Photos

  • Our Redbud Cottage in Summer

    Our Redbud Cottage in Summer

  • Perfect spot for little fishermen.

    Perfect spot for little fishermen.

  • Living room with stone fireplace and sleeping couches

    Living room with stone fireplace and sleeping couches

  • Enjoy our wood burning fireplace, with wood stacked outside your door.

    Enjoy our wood burning fireplace, with wood stacked outside your door.

  • Cottage front yard, right on the water with a nice, protected swimming cove.

    Cottage front yard, right on the water with a nice, protected swimming cove.

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Kitchen view

    Kitchen view

  • Kingsize bed in Glenna's Room on first floor

    Kingsize bed in Glenna's Room on first floor

  • Beautiful skiing and wake boarding on Lake Sara

    Beautiful skiing and wake boarding on Lake Sara

  • Big enough for a beautiful Christmas tree!

    Big enough for a beautiful Christmas tree!

  • Picnic overlooking the beach

    Picnic overlooking the beach

  • 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.

  • Spring fishing on a bright sunny day.

    Spring fishing on a bright sunny day.

  • Fires by the lake. Swimming dock. Great in the Summer, Spring, or Fall.

    Fires by the lake. Swimming dock. Great in the Summer, Spring, or Fall.

  • Living room with fireplace. Master suite is upstairs.

    Living room with fireplace. Master suite is upstairs.

  • 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.

  • Morning on Lake Sara

    Morning on Lake Sara

  • Master Bathroom

    Master Bathroom

  • Kitchen and dining area

    Kitchen and dining area

  • Main floor bath with tub and shower

    Main floor bath with tub and shower

  • Beautiful Fall, with fun and lakeside fires for children

    Beautiful Fall, with fun and lakeside fires for children

  • Enjoy our colorful hardwoods in the Fall!

    Enjoy our colorful hardwoods in the Fall!

  • 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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