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Ball Family Guest Cottage

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bed, 2 bath, sleeps 8

This lovely lake cottage was newly built in 2000. Its architecture and charm is in keeping with the historic East shore of Lake Maxinkuckee and the 100 year old large lake house on the property. Watch & participate in lake activities, sun & swim from the dock, grill your dinner or visit one of our excellent chef owned restaurants in our quaint town. Watch vibrant sunsets and shooting stars nightly over the lake from the patio and enjoy a bonfire on cool nights.'. Each bedroom has a queen bed, the loft looking over the great room has 2 twin beds And a futon. The vaulted ceiling great room has a lakestone wood-burning fireplace. Start your morning with a paddle on the provided kayak. Visit the historic Culver Academy on Sunday afternoons for their military parade and famous Black horse troop of Presidential inaugurations. This glacier-made spring fed lake supports fishing, skiing, tubing & jet skiing. The dock has available space for a boat. Its a wonderful place you won't soon forget! The Historic cottage shares the property and pier, sleeps 13 (see listing 512710) can be rented as well for large groups.

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Janet Starkey, Rich Starkey
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 13, 2017

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 lost 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 cottage in 1943

Why Janet Starkey, Rich Starkey chose Indiana

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 these lovely cottages that were provided for them during the Summers. It's been one of the most valuable times spent together with family I treasure dearly. I hope it would be so for your family & friends as well! By renting it out we hope to off set the costs to secure the cottages for the future generations of family

What makes this cottage unique

From the large lawn, you can walk straight out to the dock with no steps like many of the lake houses. Swimming is easy waste or chest deep at the end of the dock. Swing or nap in the lake side hammock & have a bonfire in the stone fire pit at night.


Culver Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Full baths each with large walk in showers
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , The 3rd bedroom is an open loft looking over the living area
  • Charming cottage bedrooms with one Queen bed, dresser & closet
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
There are 2 lake front cottages that share this property and a large common dock, with 2 boat lifts available at $10 per day.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

Ball Family Guest Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Beautiful Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed this beautiful, clean, spacious , well appointed cottage with direct access to the lake for 3 nights in August. They have water softener system which is amazing. Across the street from tennis courts and golf course, and biking distance to many wonderful restaurants.

I would recommend this rental to anyone and look forward to returning for another stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay! And I've never had my water softner system complimented before, but thank you so much! You are welcome anytime :) Janet
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  • 5 of 5

My wife and I and our kids shared this cottage with her sister and kids. We couldn't have asked for a better set up. It has a great yard for the kids to play and a the tire swing was a huge hit. The sunsets from the porch are absolutely amazing and it has the perfect sized bonfire pit for evening fires and smores. The owners could not have been more accommodating and were very attentive and responsive to questions throughout the process. The cottage was extremely clean and came with everything needed for a family traveling with kids and plenty of coffee for the parents! We definitely recommend this cottage to anyone wanting to enjoy Lake Maxinkuckee and the town of Culver.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! It was a pleasure to host you and your family! I enjoyed seeing the kids fish in the creek, we loved doing that growing up and my kids did as well :)
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Absolutely Charming!

  • 5 of 5

This charming cottage has it all. Our stay here put the cherry on top for our son's 2016 Culver graduation. If we didn't live in Houston, we would make the cottage an annual stop. Janet is a wonderful hostess and will do whatever is necessary to make your visit special.. Don't pass on this place! It's wonderful!

Dee and Joy A

Houston, TX

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family wedding weekend

  • 5 of 5

Our 3 night stay at the Ball Family Guest Cottage proved to be a perfect choice!

We were allowed an early check in and upon arriving, we knew that the weekend would be just perfect! Our Family of 8 were quite comfortable in sleeping and moving around. The Cottage was clean and well stocked with linens and pillows as well as towels. The owners were present to help in any way they could. In fact, Janet even allowed us to borrow an extra table for a dinner event prior to the wedding day. Our hosted dinner event had 30 guest and with the lovely outdoor patio we had room to spare.

The view of the lake was beautiful, plenty of outdoor seating with a fire pit that we put to good use. The kids (and even adults) enjoyed the tree swing as well as jumping off the dock into some really COLD water! Nice sandy lake bed also!

The interior was both charming and warm. We really felt at home during our stay. It was also nice that we were able to park under a carport because we did have some rain during our stay.

We highly recommend staying at the Ball Cottage and we will again if we are back in Culver!

Thanks again Janet!

  • Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Joel, you and your family were a delight to host!
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Wonderful from the start

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was absolutely fantastic. The cottage was clean, ready for us and had everything we needed. Janet was a perfect host! Five stars

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for a fun weekend in Culver, Indiana!

  • 5 of 5

I was so excited when I first walked into the rental. It was exactly as I hoped for. Not only was it clean and full of all the amenities one could wish for, it was perfect for my friends and me during our 10 year Reunion weekend at the Culver Academies. There is a beautiful view and the backyard is lake front. The rooms and bathrooms are lovely and completely comfortable. Even though the house is considered the "little house" compared to the "big house" that is on the same property, you never feel as though you are in a little house as it is very roomy. I could not have asked for a more perfect place to stay during my much anticipated reunion weekend!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! It was our pleasure to host you!
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Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
The Lake Front
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Mystic Hills beautiful Pete Dye designed course
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
The Corn Dance (renown Cheif ower) Cafe Max
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Culver Public Park Beach

Every Saturday morning there is a farmers 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

Culver Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 28 2017 - Jun 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2017
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 16 2017
6 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 17 2017 - Aug 5 2017
7 night minimum stay
August 6-11
Aug 6 2017 - Aug 11 2017
6 night minimum stay
Labor day Weekend
Aug 31 2017 - Sep 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 7 2017 - Sep 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall Parent"s weekend
Sep 28 2017 - Oct 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Oct 5 2017 - Nov 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
Alumni week
May 16 2018 - May 21 2018
4 night minimum stay
Graduation week
May 31 2018 - Jun 9 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
departure cleaning fee $120
Tax Rate 12.0%

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, $100 of deposit retained; cancellations 30-90 days prior to stay, $200 of deposit retained; cancellations less than 30 days, full deposit retained.
Should you bring a boat overnight we have a boat lifts for rent at $10 per day.
Wedding & Events & parties are possible when renting both properties and consent from the owner fee @ $200 for additional 20, $500 for additional 40 people, $1000 for maximum of 100 people

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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