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Sleeps 6 Winter / 24 Summer, East Shore Lake Maxinkuckee near Culver Academies

Bedrooms 6
Space 3,791 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights


About the property

Historic Vonnegut House - Originally owned by family of author Kurt Vonnegut

Originally owned by the Vonnegut family of Indianapolis, the home is now designated as a historic vacation rental. The home is perched up on the shores of Lake Maxinkuckee, on what is likely its highest shoreline bluff. Originally built in 1889 as a summer retreat from the Vonnegut's residence in Indianapolis. After 2 years of extensive renovations, the house boasts the comforts of modern amenities while maintaining its airy original connection to the past in its most historical portions. You can learn more about us on our stand alone website

Our home is unique in that we have attempted to merge the past with the present. In doing so, our home is only PARTIALLY heated and air conditioned. This scenario is represented in the change in price per season. Whether you need a place to gather for Culver Academies events, want to spend some time relaxing on the lake between golf outings, or kick your feet up after the Notre Dame game, you will experience the best Lake Maxinkuckee has to offer at our historic home on the East Shore. Lovingly restored hardwood floors and Amish handcrafted furnishings will pull you back in time, while modern appliances will make you feel like you never left the comfort of home. Truly the best of both worlds. Be on the lookout for some unique features such as an antique Victrola, complete with a supply of records - and across the room, a Sonos where you can listen to your own favorites.

During the Winter Months (Approximately September 16 - May 14) rental access is limited to a heated 2 bedroom, 2 bath home with a kitchen and dining room. The TV room can be made into a 3rd bedroom via a Murphy bed if desired. We lock off the rest of the home during this time as there is no heat to the other areas, and our Northern Indiana winters can be very chilly. During the Summer Months (Approximately May 15 - September 15) our home opens up, providing access to the non heated/non air conditioned sections of the home, and we can accommodate up to 24 people (18 adults + 2 toddlers + 4 on roll-a-way beds) with 7 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Only the 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, kitchen and dining room with heat in the winter are air conditioned in the summer. We provide fans for summer and space heaters for winter. We also have a fully stocked kitchen ready for meal prep, as well as clean linens and a large washer and dryer.

I will correspond with you prior to your arrival to let you know how to access the key to our home. With a population around 1,500, Culver is likely one of the safest places you might stay. However, we do ask that you lock up your personal belongings if you leave the house, as we can not be responsible for any missing items.

During your stay, I am only a phone call away. If for any reason I am not available, we also have a licensed and bonded contractor who can fix (or can figure out) just about anything. If neither of us can fix a potential problem, we will do our best to make it right. If you have any questions or concerns during your stay, please feel free to contact me directly.

Culver is one big neighborhood. The East Shore of Lake Maxinkuckee has historically been one of the most prestigious locations on the lake thanks to the magnificent sunsets, large shore frontage, and convenience to town. The town of Culver offers a grocery, pharmacy, bank, post office, and churches, along with shops and dining.

You can't get lost in Culver, but you may fall in love! Maps, along with lists of eateries, golf courses, things to do, and general town information can be found in the informational welcome book at our house for your convenience. Any specific questions can be directed to me personally.

Other things to note

Our home sits on one of the highest points on the East Shore. While this location provides the most beautiful sunsets and an amazing summer breeze, please note there are 56 steps down to the water's edge and our wooden pier/boat dock, making it difficult or impossible for individuals with disabilities. We have approximately 75 feet of water front, divided between a small sandy area and board walk/pier, please see pictures. While the home is not specifically child proofed, we do provide a booster seat for dining, as well as a pack-n-play. If you need additional accommodations for youngsters, please let me know and I will do my best to help.

Fans of author Kurt Vonnegut will be delighted to note the time he spent here making happy memories with his family. We're sure you will make some of your own as well. Make the Clemens Vonnegut Jr. Home your destination when you need to come to Northern Indiana:

Family Reunion


Wedding Reception



Retirement Celebration



New Years

Valentine's Day

Memorial Day

Labor Day



Taste of Culver

Farmer's Market

Antiquarian & Historical Society’s Annual Fundraiser

Lake Max Film Festival

Wine Fair

Fall Fest

Moonlight Paddle

Holiday Hop

Craft Bazaar

Corn Roast

Firemen's Festival

Moonlight Serenade

Marshall County Blueberry Festival

Notre Dame Football / Hockey

South Bend Cubs Baseball

Ancilla College Sports

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Culver House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3791 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 24
  • Max. adults: 24
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Only Toilet Paper in Toilet, No Illegal Activities
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Ensuite / King bedroom main floor
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Off the kitchen, main floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , No Heat in the winter/not available.
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , No Heat in the winter/not available.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 6 / TV Room with Murphy Bed - 1 double
    Bedroom 9 / Common Areas - 4 twin/ single , 4 individual twin foldaways to be used wherever desired.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , No Heat in the winter/not available.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , No Heat in the winter/not available.
    Bedroom 7 / Office with Murphy Bed - 1 double , No Heat in the winter/not available.
    Bedroom 8 / Bunkroom - 4 twin/ single , No Heat in the winter/not available.
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , No Heat in the winter/not available.
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 3 bicycles
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Property Manager

Kathleen Aman
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 31, 2018

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.


Nearest Airport
45 Miles
South Bend International
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Mystic Hills Golf Club
Nearest Train
45 Miles
South Shore Line
Car: necessary

Short distances from the Culver Academy, downtown shopping, and Pete Dye designed golf.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance $59

We are on a septic with others from the Lake. Absolutely nothing but toilet paper may be flushed. No tampons, baby wipes, paper towels, etc. It will result in a call to the service company, and their fees will be claimed as damage.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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