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Historic Summer Home on Beautiful Lake Maxinkuckee's East Shore

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Path in front of the cottage, along the east shore; looking north.

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Last updated: 12/01/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3-6 nights
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:3.5
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

The historic Hendricks-Hollowell Cottage is one of the original summer homes on the East Shore. The front (lakeside) half, built in the early 1880s by our great-grandmother's sister and her husband, is a gabled Queen Anne style. The back (streetside) half of the cottage was designed in the mid-1960s by local architect Rodney Todd, in mid-century modern style with Scandinavian influences.

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.
This section, typical of its time, was built as a summer house only and does not have central heat or air. With open doors and windows, the lake breezes provide ample cooling on all but the hottest nights (when fans, sleeping on the porch, or a nighttime dip might be called for!) A high-efficiency wood stove, located in the living room, and radiant electric heaters provide heat as needed to this part of the house in May and October.

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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Owner

Member since: 2014

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/01/2016

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 3000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    We have 2 portable child-sized futons as well as two pak-n-plays. Puzzles, toys, etc for kids. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    no smoking in the house or on porches!...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    sorry - we've had trouble with pets who have encountered raccoons in the yard, which is a good way to bring fleas into the house!...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    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

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    master 2nd story bdrm w/ antique couch, overlooks the lake...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

    first floor, lake breezes, adjoining full bath...moreless

  • Bedroom 5: 2 twin/ single, 1 murphy bed

    2 twins + 1 trundle = 3 beds; 1/2 wall overlooks dining room...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 double, 1 baby crib

    antique 4-poster bed; optional pak-n-play crib with mattress...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 king, 2 twin/ single

    newer 2nd story, option of 2 twin XL beds or 1 king ...moreless

  • 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

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    adjoins downstairs bedroom; also opens into hallway...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    upstairs in 1883 section; serves 2 bedrooms...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Upstairs in newer section; serves 2 bdrms...moreless

  • Bathroom 4: toilet

    downstairs in newer section...moreless

  • All bathrooms have new hi-efficiency toilets and new flooring

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Games:

    croquet set; bocce ball; some board games; lots of puzzles...moreless

  • Music Library:

    plenty of CDs and an iPod full of music...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Cable TV provided...moreless

  • Stereo:

    small digital entertainment system with CD player and dock for iPod...moreless

  • Television:

    large flat screen with HDMI cord option in dining room; small flat screen TV in one upstairs bedroom....moreless

  • Toys:

    basket of child's toys...moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Paddle Boating
  • Shopping
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Golf Course Front
  • Lakefront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Glass walls; Cathedral ceiling. Table linens provided....moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 10 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Only in the newer half of the cottage (kitchen, dining room + 2 upstairs bedrooms)...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage:

    for one car or two golf carts plus bicycles. Garage door is manual only....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heat in the 1967 half of the cottage only; wood stove in the original section....moreless

  • Internet:

    wifi...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    big living room plus plenty of living room space in dining area and on porches...moreless

  • Parking:

    Room in the driveway lot for 3 cars; plus parallel parking for two cars or one vehicle with trailer....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Indoor towels provided; we also have a large stack of beach towels....moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove:

    high-efficiency Harmon wood stove is built into the fireplace in the living room of the 1883 portion of the cottage; firewood provided...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    two coffeemakers plus a french press. We do not have a keurig!...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    plenty!...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    includes breakfast table with seating for 4 to 6 people. Well-equipped....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven

Outside

  • Boat:

    vintage sunfish sailboat; aluminum rowboat available; guests can rent pontoon-style boats at Culver Marina...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    with table and 4 chairs...moreless

  • Golf:

    2 miles away at Mystic Hills...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    kayak and canoe available for use...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Two large screened porches...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    hammock and room for croquet or other fun; flower and herb garden...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    charcoal grill...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    floating chairs, kickboards, life jackets of all sizes, snorkel set...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 12 - June 1
May 11 - Jun 1, 2017
3 night min stay
$550
$3,500
Summer
Jun 2 - Aug 15, 2017
6 night min stay
$500
$3,500 $12,000
My Standard Rate
6 night min stay
$500
$3,500 $12,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Departure Housecleaning $150
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Tax Rate 7%

Notes:

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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Location

40 Miles
Nearest Airport
South Bend
3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Lakehouse Grille and Bar
1.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Mystic Hills
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 31
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Papa's
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
Culver Town Park

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.

 

Owner info

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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Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/01/2016

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Photos

  • Path in front of the cottage, along the east shore; looking north.

    Path in front of the cottage, along the east shore; looking north.

  • north side of the west-facing front (lakeside) porch.

    north side of the west-facing front (lakeside) porch.

  • Living room

    Living room

  • downstairs bedroom in the historic (1883) section of the cottage. Two twin beds; adjoining full bath.

    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.

    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

    Bdrm with full-sized poster bed in older upstairs section of the cottage

  • kitchen with breakfast table of walnut butcher block

    kitchen with breakfast table of walnut butcher block

  • Looking down on the dining room from second story

    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

    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

    1 of 2 bdrms accessed via spiral staircase. Half-wall overlooks dining room area

  • View of the house from East Shore Drive

    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

    steps down to the pier. Lake has a sandy bottom; depth at pier end c. 4 ft

  • view of the cottage from the lake

    view of the cottage from the lake

  • south end of front porch, facing the lake [west]

    south end of front porch, facing the lake [west]

  • Library/play room with twin-sized day bed

    Library/play room with twin-sized day bed

  • Full bath adjoining downstairs bedroom in the 1883 section of the cottage.

    Full bath adjoining downstairs bedroom in the 1883 section of the cottage.

  • Bdrm facing the lake in older upstairs (queen bed)

    Bdrm facing the lake in older upstairs (queen bed)

  • bathroom with shower for the 2 bdrms in older upstairs

    bathroom with shower for the 2 bdrms in older upstairs

  • Dining room (on a snowy day in January!)

    Dining room (on a snowy day in January!)

  • Porch off dining room with double futon couch/bed

    Porch off dining room with double futon couch/bed

  • One of two bedrooms on the second floor of the newer section of the cottage

    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

    Upstairs full bath for the 2 bdrms above kitchen/dining area

  • Side yard, to the north.

    Side yard, to the north.

  • just after sunset on a calm midsummer's eve

    just after sunset on a calm midsummer's eve

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Monday, December 05, 2016

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Historic Summer Home on Beautiful Lake Maxinkuckee's East Shore

Culver, IN, USA #513120

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