Historic Vonnegut House - built by the extended family of famed author
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 60 days before check-in.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 24 (sleeps up to 24 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 21
- Only Toilet Paper in Toilet, No Illegal Activities
Very family friendly. We made wonderful memories 💕
House was perfect! Great location and well appointed. Kathleen was terrific to deal with
See summary above.
Well maintained home
Thoroughly enjoyed this waterfront home
Great Place for Large Families!
The house was outstanding!
Very Clean lake!!!
website information inaccurate
The house is very roomy with adequate bathrooms. The kitchen was spacious but had an ant problem. Many of the windows had no screens so you either had ventilation with mosquitoes or it was stuffy. The refrigerator contained some else's food which limited our space. Since Kathleen never made an appearance, we had no one to answer our questions. The claim of "a sandy beach" was a serious stretch. There was a small patch of sand next to a 3 ft. high concrete seawall. We had 9 kids 9 under who were looking forward to some beach fun. If you have an adult group that doesn't mind the 64 steps to the water and you need space, this might fill your needs. Overall, the lack of cleanliness and the rental agent "no-showing" left us with an overall negative reaction.
Thank you for taking the time to review The Vonnegut House! I'd like to address a few of the concerns mentioned.
Regarding windows without screens - this is correct. We do have some portable screens available for use in the windows that do not have screens, but I believe during the dates of this stay, they were just tucked away in the closet not having been used yet for the season. There are portions of the home, such as the great room overlooking the lake, that we have left as original as possible, with the intention being to throw the double doors and windows open for an indoor/outdoor feel.
We do indeed leave condiments in the doors of the refrigerator as a courtesy for our guests, leaving the rest of the large, 30 cu ft French door refrigerator available for use. Most guests find this to be ample space for even large serving trays, etc. Apologies if there was more left behind than there should have been!
This is the first season we have experienced the ant situation, and have already had an exterminator come in since the date of this stay.
Regarding our water access, we do have a picture showing the sandy area, but I appreciate this feedback. I have updated the listing to read - Please note: access to our deck, dock and small sandy area with seating & a fire pit is steep, via ~ 60 steps. We have about 75 feet of frontage with sea wall drop off, not beach to water.
As to the rental agent's presence, access to the home is via lockbox/hidden key, and we provide a very detailed informational binder describing all the systems of the home, geothermal, septic, trash pick up, etc. It is not stated in the listing that there will be a personal walk through, nor did the guest reach out with any questions during their stay via phone, email, or the messaging feature of this site. The agent's phone number is readily available for any concerns, or if a personal visit is needed please do not hesitate to reach out so we may be of assistance!
Short distances from the Culver Academy, downtown shopping, and Pete Dye designed golf.
About Kathleen Aman
A lifelong resident of Marshall County, Kathleen has roots into the many parts of its culture, from Agriculture to Faith to Fun. She's happy to help make your stay better and more comfortable in any way ~ please don't hesitate to ask for anything. Kathleen is excited to be working on Lake Maxinkuckee and to be part of the Culver community.
Kathleen Aman purchased this House in 2013
Why Kathleen Aman chose Culver
A group of friends bought this home to save it from demolition, due to its character and its storied history related to the Vonnegut Family and author Kurt. The more we learned about all the Vonneguts, the more interesting & rewarding the project became. A one year restoration and renovation in 2013-14 has the house refreshed, and preserved for future generations. The home has great views of the sunset, a great history, boat access, a private dock and beach area, character, charm and views.
What makes this House unique
This home has perhaps the greatest view on Lake Maxinkuckee available for rent, as well as the best sunset location with a porch, deck, dock & small beach to view it from. In addition, it is the only of the four Vonnegut homes available for rent. It is also the closest lake home for rent to Culver Academies and its athletic facilities, the football field being only 4 /10 of a mile away, the crew, sailing, and golf facilities even closer. The riding, hockey rinks & other facilities are all less than a mile away as wall (with short cuts for foot, bike and golf cart traffic to bring them even closer). The home was painstakingly restored and updated, and can handle a whole extended family (up to 24 individuals) in a way reminiscent of vacations of 100 years ago, but with modern conveniences in a way very few homes on the lake can boast. It's the best of all worlds in Culver, Indiana.