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8000 Sq. Ft. River Front Mansion

Bedrooms 9
Half Baths1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Estate, 9 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 7.5 Baths, (Sleeps 16-20)

8000 sq, ft, English Tudor Estate with 9 bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms. Large level playing field (2.5 acres) for all kinds of recreation, football, soccer, croquet, badminton, etc. the home sits on the Rock River at the base of Lake Sinnissippi in Illinois. 2 hours west of Chicago and less than 5 miles from I-88. Very quiet and serene location affords a relaxing vacation without the long travel and hassle of driving to Wisconsin or Michigan.

Keywords: 1930's English Tudor home. 9 bedroom, 7 bathroom home with 300 feet of river frontage.

More Details

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 22, 2017

About The Owner

I am a veterinarian who enjoys the country but works in the city.

The Owner purchased this estate in 2000

Why The Owner chose Illinois

I wanted to find a place i would use which meant it had to be less the two hours travel time from home to home. I also wanted a well built older home with a classic look and lots of vintage details.

What makes this estate unique

This house has such a peaceful location, i can watch the sunset over the water each night from the sleeping porch in the master bedroom. In the winter we love to crank up the fireplace in the dining room and make a large meal and enjoy the evening just eating, laughing, catching up with friends, etc.


Rock Falls Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
    Bathroom 7 -
  • 7.5
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , en suite bath and dressing area
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , en suite bath and dressing area
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , en suite bath and dressing area
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , en suite bath, dressing area
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , shared bath
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , shared bath
    Bedroom 7 - 1 twin/ single , shared bath
    Bedroom 8 - 1 twin/ single , shared bath
    Bedroom 9 - 1 queen , shared bath
    Convertible bed(s) - pull out couch and sectional for additional children
  • King size beds (4), Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (2), Child Beds (0), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Games
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Amazing 1930's Tudor estate available for one of a kind family and corporate retreats. 2.5 acre playing field for football, badminton, soccer, etc.


Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

8000 Sq. Ft. River Front Mansion
average rating of 4.2941175 based on 17 reviews
Palatine Il

50th birthday weekend

  • 5 of 5

We selected the house in rock falls because of its age and design in relation to our parties theme, The great Gatsby. And what a wonderful decision that was. The pictures dont do the house justice, it is even more dramatic in person. It has every nuance of a bygone era with all the modern conveniences we have come to rely on. Todd, the owner was great and made sure everything was taken care of for our stay. And Sue, the person who takes care of the house explained the house and its multitude of bedrooms and bathrooms and amenities perfectly. My 20 guests all had a bedroom,some with fireplaces, and plenty of dressing and closet space, which was important, we dressed in period garb for both formal dinners. As for the dinners, the kitchen worked out perfectly, plenty of oven and cooktop space to prepare 4 gourmet meals and a Sunday brunch, not to mention a wonderful bar that hasnt served that many Martini,s and manhattans in 75 years!!! I cannot recommend this property more, remember its age, add to that its character and location right on the rock river, we fished every morning and evening,and you have a perfect spot to host your next party or family gathering.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great family reunion!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the house and yards. Plenty of space to play, visit, cook, eat and enjoy!

Sue was wonderful to work with and very responsive

Beautiful location

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Indianapolis, IN

yard and "swimming" not as expected

  • 2 of 5

We stayed at this house the summer of 2014 for a 4 day weekend. I had meant to write a review at that time, but did not get to it. As I was looking for homes again to rent, I saw this listing and wanted to comment.

The house, I admit, is very cool! Great Gatsby theme is correct. It was once a beautiful home. But as someone else commented, there are the guest rooms (lovely) and the slave quarters (not so lovely). We had leaking showers into the kitchen. The screen porches were unusable as they still had glass windows in all the screens that could not be removed. There were cobwebs eveywhere in the porches.

But all in all, the house met the needs of family reunion of 22. We are very flexible. the kids had a great time running around and exploring this large home.

HOWEVER, we were very disappointed, as we have many children who like to swim and were unable to do so. I emailed the owner several times asking about having a sandy beach on site, safe for children; and they reassured me that there was a beach. This property sits 20 feet above a rushing river, with a large line of thick shrubbery in between. Even if the shrubs were removed, it would be impossible for any kids to swim safely here..

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This review is very upsetting to our family. We have an african american member of our family and this person referred to part of our home as having "slave" quarters? Who says this? They also refer to statements about the swimming area which were never communicated. I NEVER have said the swimming area is a sandy beach because it never has been it is a rocky area we recommend water shoes for that is very shallow and can allow for children or adults to manage. They also mention the river was a "rushing river" which as it is a dammed lake on both ends never rushes especially near the home. This person stayed in our home over a year ago, why the review now? I contest every aspect of this review and it cannot be let on to the site. It is offensive and completely inaccurate. If you check the conversation history i believe you will see this is true, also the other reviews talk about how clean the home always is and suddenly it is full of cobwebs for this one.
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Family get-together July 24, 2015

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful weekend with our family of over 20 people on July 24-27, 2015. The house was beautiful and very clean. The caretaker was extremely helpful, showing us around the entire house and offering her assistance if we needed anything by giving her a call at any time. Grandma Jean

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spectacular home with room for everyone!

  • 5 of 5

Just spent a lovely weekend at this spectacular home! I felt as though I'd been transported back in time and truly got a taste of of a bygone era (without forsaking modern conveniences). The large kitchen with two ovens and two dishwashers was perfect for cooking and eating in with our large extended family.

Multiple bedrooms and living areas offered plenty of space for our party. The entire house was immaculate. Nice furniture and a well appointed kitchen with plenty of dishes and cookware easily accommodated our group.

The whole family enjoyed the patio and yard overlooking the river. I especially enjoyed the beautiful walking trail along the river in Sterling that you can access just a few minutes walk from the house.

I highly recommend and would definitely return!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sullivan, Il.


  • 4 of 5

Our family spends a weekend around Christmas to play games, cook, eat, visit and catch up with each other. This house was ideal for our needs. We used every room available. We played ping pong, billiards, cards, dominoes and heads up. We walked along the river. We used the fireplaces and gas logs. We enjoyed the large kitchen which was well stocked. Sue was very helpful showing us through the house. Our only complaint was no cable for the sports fans. Beautiful home, lots of space to spread out for our large group of 20 adults and children.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Rock Falls Estate Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $300
Refundable damage deposit $3,000
Tax Rate 7.0%

Payments are due as follows. One half the rental to secure the dates due at signing the contract, Second half of rental due 31 days prior to check-in. Damage deposit due 30 days prior to check-in.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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