Historic Summer Home on Beautiful Lake Maxinkuckee's East Shore(5 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Property type:Cottage
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
5 Bdrm+ 2 daybeds, 3.5 Bath on The Lake w/ 2 Screened Porches
The cottage is furnished with sturdy antiques that have been in our family for 5+ generations. Born in 1893, our grandfather, Tommie Hendricks, spent nearly every summer of his life here, on the lake, with his cousins from Peru and Logansport. As an adult, he wrote his memoirs about growing up with his friend Cole Porter and their summer shenanigans at Maxinkuckee.
The 3500 sq.ft. cottage sits on a bank 6 feet above 100 feet of shoreline and sandy-bottom water. The original section of the cottage, constructed in the early 1880s, faces the lake and has been lovingly restored. It retains most of its original Queen Anne features, such as decorated gables and trim, wood siding, wavy glass windows, and ornate Eastlake-style door and window hardware. This historic section includes: Downstairs – furnished screened porch (700 sq. ft.) across the entire front of the house, perfect for catching lake breezes or watching glorious Maxinkuckee sunsets; large living room with wood stove; library/sunroom (a great playroom for kids) with twin daybed; bedroom with 2 twin beds; full bath with shower/tub. Upstairs –1 full bath with shower; two bedrooms: 1) queen bed, ceiling fan with large window overlooking the lake; 2) w/ full-sized poster bed, ceiling fan, windows that open to the lake breezes.
The mid-century modern half of the cottage (facing East Shore Drive) has central heat and AC. It includes: Downstairs – large dining room with cathedral ceiling, glass walls, and oak table that seats 10; large screened porch with ceiling fan, double futon bed, and breakfast nook; full kitchen with refrigerator, gas stove, dishwasher, and breakfast table; half bath; laundry room with utility sink, full washer and dryer, and small second fridge. Upstairs – two bedrooms; one with two twin beds and a trundle; the other with the option of a king bed or two twin XLs. The two bedrooms share a full bath with tub/shower. Please note that the upstairs in this part of the cottage is accessed via a spiral staircase, which may not be suitable for elder family members (but which kids and others love!).
Side yard includes a brick patio, outdoor charcoal grill, hammock, and plenty of room for bocce ball or croquet (sets provided). The garage has room for one car plus bikes or other equipment. Driveway parking lot accommodates 3 large cars, and there is additional parallel parking for 2 small cars (or 1 car with trailer.)
Alongside the pier are racks for the Old Town canoe and Current Designs kayak, and a small lift for the vintage sunfish. There's room on the pier to dock a small fishing boat; additional watercraft or rafts can be anchored in the water next to the pier or at the marina.
The swimming here is wonderful for kids. At the end of the pier, the water is about 4' deep with sandy bottom. Because the lake is spring-fed, it stays cool, even during the Indiana summer.
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Member since: 2014
- 3000 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only:
- Pets Not Allowed:
due to steps from the street level. However the lower level of the house is wheelchair accessible, including kitchen, dining room, living room, 1 bedroom, bathroom, and front porch. There are 8 steps with a railing down to the water's edge and pier....moreless
Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 12
- Sleeps 10 - 12+ 5 private bedrooms. A. Two bedrooms upstairs in the older (1880s) section of the cottage: one with queen bed and the other with a double four-poster bed. These two bedrooms share a full bath with shower. B. One bedroom on the ground floor level in the 1883 section with 2 twin beds and adjoining full bath. C. Two bedrooms upstairs in the 1967 section (please note that this area is accessed via a spiral staircase): one bedroom has 2 twin-XL beds that have the option to become a king; second bedroom in this section has 2 twin beds and one trundle bed. These two bedrooms share a full bath with bathtub.shower. Additional alternative sleeping options include: daybed in the library/play room; a double futon bed/couch on the side porch; 2 portable child-size cotton futons; 2 pak-n-play cribs; 1 inflatable double mattress; 1 Mayan sleeping hammock on lakeside porch. ...moreless
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- All bathrooms have new hi-efficiency toilets and new flooring
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- Paddle Boating
- Golf Course Front
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Freshwater Fishing
- Golf Privileges Optional
- Jet Skiing
- Pier Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Water Tubing
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Room
- Seating for 10 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room:
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove:
- Coffee Maker:
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- Deck / Patio:
- Kayak / Canoe:
- Lanai / Gazebo:
- Lawn / Garden:
- Housekeeper Optional
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
May 12 - June 1
May 11 - Jun 1, 2017
3 night min stay
Jun 2 - Aug 15, 2017
3 night min stay
Labor Day weekend
Sep 1 - Sep 4, 2017
3 night min stay
Late summer/early fall
Sep 5 - Oct 16, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $200
- Departure Housecleaning $150
- Tax Rate 7%
CLEANING SERVICE CHARGE is $150 for a stay of one week or less.
If you book a 2-week stay, you have the option to request additional cleaning and will be billed as charged.
CANCELLATION POLICY: In the event of cancellation, the amount already paid will be returned, minus a cancellation fee of $100 for cancellations that occur 90 days or more prior to the reserved arrival date, or $200 for cancellations that occur less than 90 days prior to expected arrival.
STAYS OF 4 WEEKS OR MORE receive a discount of $500/week.
STAYS OF >30 DAYS are exempt from the 7% Indiana sales tax.
Owner's cancellation policy:
Policy available by contacting owner when booking
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Our cottage is located in the the middle of the east shore of Lake Maxinkuckee, the 2nd largest natural lake in Indiana, fed by 21 underwater springs. We are 2 hours from Indianapolis and 2 hours from downtown Chicago. The beautiful grounds of Culver Academies are 2 miles down the road; the town of Culver is 3 miles away. Lake Maxinkuckee has been a summer resort since the 1880s, when our cottage was first built (by my great grandmother's sister and her husband). Swimming,tubing, waterskiing, sailing, and paddling are daily activities on the lake from late May through September. It's an 11-mile bike ride around the lake. On Saturdays visit the Farmers' Markets in Culver or in Plymouth (our county seat, 15 miles away) where you'll find local meats, fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and crafts.
Year Purchased: 1921
About the owner: My brother, sister, and I recently inherited our family's historic cottage. Growing up, we spent every summer here, with our parents and grandparents, swimming, boating, and enjoying the outdoors. One of us lives in Vermont and works as an environmental educator; another lives in the DC area and works at the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History; and one is an anthropologist based in Indianapolis. Offering the cottage as a vacation rental is a way to share a very special place that will help us continue to care for and restore this historic property.
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Path in front of the cottage, along the east shore; looking north.
north side of the west-facing front (lakeside) porch.
downstairs bedroom in the historic (1883) section of the cottage. Two twin beds; adjoining full bath.
Stairway to two bedrooms and full bath in the older (1883) section of the cottage.
Bdrm with full-sized poster bed in older upstairs section of the cottage
kitchen with breakfast table of walnut butcher block
Looking down on the dining room from second story
Spiral staircase in the 1967 addition, leads to 2 bedrooms and a full bath. Glass wall looks out onto a large screened porch off the dining room on the north side of the house
1 of 2 bdrms accessed via spiral staircase. Half-wall overlooks dining room area
View of the house from East Shore Drive
steps down to the pier. Lake has a sandy bottom; depth at pier end c. 4 ft
view of the cottage from the lake
south end of front porch, facing the lake [west]
Library/play room with twin-sized day bed
Full bath adjoining downstairs bedroom in the 1883 section of the cottage.
Bdrm facing the lake in older upstairs (queen bed)
bathroom with shower for the 2 bdrms in older upstairs
Dining room (on a snowy day in January!)
Porch off dining room with double futon couch/bed
One of two bedrooms on the second floor of the newer section of the cottage
Upstairs full bath for the 2 bdrms above kitchen/dining area
Side yard, to the north.
just after sunset on a calm midsummer's eve
This listing was first published here in 2014.
Date last modified - Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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