About the property
- House4000 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
Sleeps 13 5 bedroom cottage in Culver
This large historic lake cottage was first built as a boathouse and fishing lodge around 1900. It sits right on the lake on a large piece of property in the middle of the historic East shore. Comfortably sleeping 13 people with 2 large dinning tables accommodating 20, it makes a wonderful space for families or groups of friends.
Lounge on the large screened-in porch, swim, sun, fish and play from the dock in waist-high waters, or dock your own boat if you like. We have a boat lift we can make available for rent if you like as well. We have water toys, floats and a kayak for your enjoyment. The lake is great for skiing and tubing, and the sailing & the sunsets can't be beat!
There is also a new cottage that shares the property and pier, and it is available for rent and sleeps 8 (see Ball Family New Cottage in Culver listings). You might want to rent both for an even larger gathering!
Janet Starkey, Rich Starkey
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- Apr 15, 2018
About Janet Starkey, Rich Starkey
The property was first bought by our grandfather William C. Ball from Muncie, during WWII while my father William (Bill) Ball attended Culver Military Academy and my Aunt Lucina Ball Moxley mourned the loss of her first husband to the war. My siblings, Julie, Chip & John Ball and myself, Janet Ball Starkey, purchased the property in 2009 from our father who owned and maintained it for over 30 years. We all have a long history of wonderful memories growing up spending our summers at the lake.
Janet Starkey, Rich Starkey purchased this House in 1943
Why Janet Starkey, Rich Starkey chose Marshall County
My children, along with my siblings' children have also grown up with fond memories on the lake. I can honestly say all the cousins are more like brothers & sisters because of this lovely space that was provided for them during the summers. It's been one of the most valuable times spent together with family that I treasure dearly. I hope it would be so for your family and friends as well! By renting it out we hope to off-set some of the costs to provide future summer times at the lake.
What makes this House unique
From the large lawn, you can walk straight out to the dock with no steps (unlike many of the lake houses that have long walks down to the lake). Swimming is easy and is waist or chest deep at the end of the dock. Swing or nap in the lake side hammock & stargaze from the dock on our amazing clear night skies!
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Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Very Quaint & Roomy
We rented this property for our daughter's wedding. It was a very small wedding and was an absolutely beautiful place for their wedding! Inside and out it is charming! They were married out by the lake and had their bride-groom dance on the dock with the back drop of a stunningly beautiful sunset! It was more than plenty roomy enough for those of us staying there - 8 adults and 2 kids. The owners were there when we arrived and were extremely welcoming and hospitable. The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is that we rented the 3rd week of October and given that we weren't able to enjoy swimming/lake activities. So I wonder if the rates should be somewhat reduced for "off season".
This home was literally a museum. We felt so fortunate to have come across your family heirloom!! We will always remember this trip. Thanks SO much, Janet, for allowing us to share your home for a couple days. My cousin painted a picture for me of a Ball Jar and it says "Having a Ball"...................The lake was gorgeous and so was the weather. Thanks, again!
Wow, Thank you all so much! We love it when our guests can share what we love about our family's cottage! And thank you so much for taking such great care of the cottage while we were in San Francisco for our daughter's wedding! You are welcome back any time!
Here's a story written about our cottage by a journalist we hosted a couple weeks ago if you're interested:
Great Cottage for Family Gathering
We filled this historic cottage with grandchildren and parents. Our goal was to bring them all together for lake based recreation and it was a great success. The cottage site is low on the lake so that there are no steps to negotiate. The shore is a low seawall with a sand/gravel lake bottom in which the kids willingly played. The big hits were the tree swing, the lake side yard for games, the upstairs dorm/library where the kids all slept, and of course the lake with the tubing and skiing. The house is spacious and the main room and especially were well utilized. Boating is great on Maxinkuckee and the east side is excellent for the sunsets. The exterior has been recently redone and gives an excellent appearance. The interior is vintage and comfortable and the owners were quick to address the minor issues we had and have plans to continuously update. Bottom line, a great place for a group to gather on a wonderful lake
This property was absolutely wonderful for our family! Very relaxing and intretesting
We enjoyed boating, riding bikes to town and playing cards at the long dinner table. The owner was just a phone call away when we had questions. Thank you!
So happy you and your family enjoyed good family time with us!
Beautiful Historic Home
We stayed in the main Big) home for a weekend retreat while visiting our son at Culver. The little cottage (not so little) is in back of main house - both homes are beautiful and well decorated.
There was a great breeze off the lake so we opened all the windows and doors to enjoy the fresh air.... we didn't need to use the AC.
The accommodations are elegantly rustic in design.... visibly pleasing to stroll through the historic halls and rooms!
Just bring beach towels, toiletries, hairdryer, food, napkins and (additional) paper towel ... they provide good soap and towels in all bathrooms and beds were made up with clean linens and blankets.
As for the kitchen towels and all essentials are provided as well, just be conscious that you may need to improvise if cooking for large group; there were pots for boiling, fry pans and smaller sauce pans for use but on an electric stove. We also used the bbq (coals), theremay have a gas grill but we found this one first. We found what we needed just keeping looking in the many cupboards. There were plenty of plates and serving pieces but as I'm writing this review I wanted to suggest to the owners that they want to add labels to cubbiards and drawers so people know where to look for items as there available and it would be a helpful guide for people to return items back to their proper place. You may need more silverware for larger parties but there is plenty of seating areas!
I'm sure if you let the owners know of your plans they will make sure you have what you'll need or they will let you know what to bring as they are very gracious people and readily available for questions which was wonderful!
We rented a boat for more fun on the lake and played in the water, it was easy to get in and out of lake for swimming and boat use.
Can't wait to rent again! Great place to relax and enjoy yourself but if you feel like grabbing a bit in town there's plenty of options, we loved Cafe Max and the Rootbeer Stand!
Family Reunion 2017 - Metsker Smith Story Axelrad Carpenter Brennan Rose Bayard
The house is lovely. Large dining room table - for family to gather and play games. Plus an additional large family room with an additional table to play games. Great screened in porch. Rope swing was a big hit with the kids. Raft was the perfect hangout for adults and kids.
Hope to do it again sometime.
Thank you so much Betsy! We love hearing stories of families enjoying themselves and making their own memories at our family's lake cottage.
You're welcome anytime! Janet
Every Saturday morning there is a farmer's market in the quaint little town of Culver. Don't fail to miss the old root beer drive in, a Culver favorite for over 50 years! Not far from the area is Napannee, an Amish community with many shops and a wonderful restaurant
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Indiana Tax is 7% and Marshall County Inn-Keepers tax is 5%, creating the 12% tax given in any quote. Cancellations 90 days prior to stay, $200 of deposit retained; cancellations 45-90 days prior to stay, $400 of deposit retained; cancellations less than 45 days, full deposit retained. Wedding & Events & parties are possible when renting both properties and consent from the owner. Additional fee @ $200 for additional 20, $500 for additional 40 people, $1000 for maximum of 100 people Check in 4 p.m. check out 10 a.m. Should you bring a boat overnight we have a boat lifts for rent at $10 per day.