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Lakefront Retreat - charming and spacious - 3 BR Cottage

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

3BR, 2 BA on quiet springfed lake

Once inside this charming lakeside cottage you’ll find it hard to believe the city of Chicago is less than 50 miles away. Nestled at the foot of a hill along a spring-fed non-motor lake is the Old Chicago Inn’s Lake County Cottage. This two story, three bedroom cottage can sleep up to eight people. It has a large, fully equipped kitchen with gas range and dishwasher, laundry facilities, spacious living areas with wood burning fireplace and satellite television, a master bedroom with custom picture window for incredible sunrise views of the lake, a large deck equipped with propane grill and four person hot tub, large yard with many trees and of course your own lake shore beach with outdoor fire pit and an assortment of inflatable floats, a four person paddle boat, and a canoe.

Ample parking is available in the cottage’s circular drive. Pets welcome with deposit. Easy access to the city via the Metra train system.

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Virginia Carstarphen
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
June 23, 2016

About Virginia Carstarphen

I've been in the hospitality business in Chicago for about 20 years. My husband and I run a pub style bar and restaurant that is best known as a great place for karaoke. We also operate a 10 room B&B near Wrigley field in Chicago. Our cottage in Grayslake, Illinois is a retreat we enjoy when we want a quick getaway from the city without having to travel too far. We love to travel and like comfortable but simple settings, places that feel like home and we want you to feel the same. We love history and have lots of cool antiques at our B&B which also is home to Room 13, a prohibition style speakeasy. We like classic cocktails, jazz, art and baseball too! We love Chicago and Lake County and are happy to give you insider tips and recommendations, especially for unique, independent places.

Virginia Carstarphen purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Virginia Carstarphen chose Illinois

The reason we picked this property is because it is so quick and easy to get to from Chicago and althought it is still in the Greater Chicago area, when you are inside looking out at the lake you feel like you are "up north." We also love the village itself; Grayslake has friendly people, unique businesses a farmer's market (twice a week in season) and a sense of history. And there are several parks and nature preserves to explore nearby.

What makes this cottage unique

The views from the deck are great. Sunrise here is special - especially front the master bedroom upstairs. Birds abound here to - we have even seen migrating swans in the spring and fall here. The decor is ecletic and we hope you 'll enjoy some of our unique finds.


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(1 traveler reviews)

Lakefront Retreat - charming and spacious - 3 BR Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews
Salt Lake City, UT

This place is great!

  • 5 of 5

We were very impressed with this little place in the middle of Lake County and feel fortunate that we found a gem where there aren't many options like this. Description and photos are accurate. Property was cleaned and well maintained. The house is really located right on the lake and gives beautiful views during the entire day. While it is on a busy road, you can still walk to downtown Grayslake but is also nearby to grocery stores and everything else you need for your stay. The owners were extremely helpful in making my reservation and answering questions. While the house did not have wifi when we stayed there, the owners said they were working on that. But it was actually nice to not have it and encouraged everyone to look up from their screens at each other!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
34 Miles
O'Hare International Airport (ORD)
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Charlie's Pub
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Renwood Golf Course
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Metra - Grayslake Station
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Route 120
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Vines
Nearest Ski
18 Miles
Wilmot Mountain Ski resort
Nearest Beach
16 Miles
Illinois Beach Nature Preserve
Car: recommended

Volo Auto Museumand Antique Mall is a unique attraction not far from us. Other places popular with our guests include Great America Theme Park and Hurrican Harbor as well as Gurnee Mills Outlet Mall and the McHenry Drive-In Theater.


Rates & Availability

Grayslake Cottage Rental Rates

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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $125
Refundable damage deposit $250
cleaning $150
Tax Rate 11.9%

Please call for special arrangements for long weekends or shorter stays.

Half of the amount due is required at time of booking. The remaining balance will be accepted the morning of the check in date including the $250 refundable damage and cleaning deposit.

We accept Visa, Master Card, American Express and payments through PayPal (Please ask the innkeeper about this option)

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Grayslake Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • 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
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Guest Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower
    Master Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Guest Room - 2 twin/ single
    Guest Room - 1 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • swimming

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