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Lakefront - Villa Vākāshon - Spacious 4BR/3BA Home - Lake Sherwood/W. St. Louis

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Picturesque Lakefront 4 bedroom/3 full bath vacation lake home.

Quiet and relaxing gated community. 1st floor - Large kitchen w/all amenities - incl. coffee maker, blender, crock pot, waffle maker, toaster oven, pots, pans, knives, and many other entertainment oriented goodies. Great room with gas fire place, two flat screen TV's with Blue Ray/DVD players, High Speed Internet, tons of games and books for relaxing with the family. Laundry room w/ washer & dryer. Master suite with Jacuzzi tub and full shower upstairs with separate seating area. 2 Guest bedrooms with shared full bath on main floor. A large bedroom downstairs with 2 queen beds and the third full bath with shower.

Large walkout deck off of the Kitchen with three tables and seating for 10-12. Weber grill so bring the charcoal. Steps lead to another deck lakefront. House is in a quiet cove with no neighbors to bother you. The stars are beautiful. There is also a public beach & pool and volleyball court. Birdwatchers haven. Regularly visited by a blue and green heron, eagles in winter. 6 stocked lakes, great fishing, House is on main lake which is 140 acres and 100 yards from one of the side fishing lakes where we have kayaks and canoes for you to use. Snack bar at beach in summer and a great park area with swimming docks and grills at the dam. 24 hour gated security. Scenic drives around beautiful wine country. 15 minutes from the country's longest bike trail, Katy Trail, bikes rentals nearby also. Only 1 hour drive from downtown St. Louis.

Accommodation Details

Sleeps 10+. Ideal for 1 or 2 families.

Well-appointed home, approx. 1900 sq. ft. on one floor - 60 minutes from St. Louis, 10 Minutes from 9 area Wineries and 30 minutes from a World Class Fazio Designed Golf Course - Missouri Bluffs.

Master bedroom suite with Jacuzzi and private sitting area.

2nd and 3rd bedrooms each with Queen beds and a shared full bath.

4th bedroom large with two Queen beds and additional room for 5 twin cots provided (think kids bunk room).

3 full bathrooms.

Large Dining areas indoor and out. Dining table comfortably seats 10 with two extended leaves.

Multi-level deck with room for 10+ eating.

Eat-in kitchen with dishwasher, oven, microwave, and gas range, toaster, coffee-maker.

Washer/dryer, plus weekly cleaning and garden maintenance.

Internet/Wifi included.

Linens/towels included (Bring your own Beach Towels).

Ideally located for swimming, beaching, kayaking, fishing, wineries, and just relaxing.

Beautiful hilly area great for challenging hikes.

Near Augusta and 9 other local wineries, a 60-minute drive from the airport (St. Louis, STL)

less than a 2 minute drive to Beach and Swimming areas.

2 Kid Kayaks, 2 Adult Kayaks, 1 Canoe

Park available for large parties

Wineries galore

Bike Katy Trail - Dutzow

Washington, MO

Meremac River

A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area

More Details

Marc & Melanie Braun
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 17, 2017

About Marc & Melanie Braun

Melanie and I are high school sweet hearts from Farmington, MO (about 60 miles South of St. Louis). Married for 15 years with three young boys, we have always loved being outdoors with them on family trips. We started out camping in a $600 pop up trailer about 10 years ago and loved having a place away from home to just hang out. A few campers later and we found ourselves falling in love with Lake Sherwood as a camping area for our family. Playing at the Beach, kayaking around the lake, and being together as a family created special memories. Villa Vakashon was a God thing. We were camping out there four years ago and stumbled into the perfect fit for us. A house on the main lake that was literally new construction and could be large enough to share with other families and reasonable enough to be affordable for rentals. We've shared it so many times with friends and families and everyone who goes, falls in love. From the beginning, we set up the house as a perfect getaway for a rental. Fully stocked with all the necessities to make it painless to throw some food in and some clothes and head out there. There is something magical about the place and the serenity you feel coming through the Security gates. I love it. The stress melts away and I feel 10 years younger.

Marc & Melanie Braun purchased this house in 2010

Why Marc & Melanie Braun chose Marthasville

Why St. Louis? Villa Vakashon is only 25 minutes from Chesterfield and less than an hour from downtown St Louis/Cardinal Baseball/Rams and most St. Louis Tourist Attractions makes this a perfect getaway without taking forever to arrive. There is so much to do around this area that one could spend several days without even taking advantage of all St Louis has to offer. The wineries, Katy's Trail (hiking and biking), shopping nearby, golf courses within 20 minutes and enjoying all Lake Sherwood has is a vacation in itself.

What makes this house unique

The house is large enough where kids can hang out downstairs and the parents up and you can feel comfortable with two 5 person families. There are 5 queen beds and a few additional cots if necessary to make any sleeping arrangements work. I also love that there is a full pavilion at the park just 200 yards away that we can invite even more people to join us for the day if we'd like. Walkable to the Dam which is our favorite swimming and fishing hole.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a great time. You are the most organized host I have worked with and I have stayed in several homes around the country and internationally. We viewed the eclipse from the beach and it was fantastic! Thanks for sharing your home.
Aug 2017
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Lake Sherwood House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Main Floor Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Lower Level Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • Just to be sure, please bring your own Shower supplies like Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap. Often there are supplies at the house and you are free to use them, but supply choices are not consistent and better safe than sorry.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Large Bedroom with great sitting area and Jacuzzi Bath.
    2nd Bedroom - Main Floor - 1 queen
    3rd Bedroom - Main Floor - 1 queen
    4th Bedroom - Large - 2 queen , This is a huge room on the lower level - Perfect for kids!
  • Each of the bedrooms have ceiling fans in them and look out to the lake side with functional windows for a perfect sleep. Each have Certa mattresses for comfortable sleeping.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • playground
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • swimming


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Lakefront - Villa Vākāshon - Spacious 4BR/3BA Home - Lake Sherwood/W. St. Louis
average rating of 4.851852 based on 55 reviews

Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Villa Vakashon was a great place to stay. We had 14 people stay for a long weekend. The house was clean and the kitchen stocked with everything we needed and more to be able to cook meals for a large group. There were puzzles, games, lots of cable channels and fast internet, and enough space for several families (several generations!!) to spread out and not be in each other's way. We had a great grandma with a walker to a 3 year old with all ages in-between. There were many comfortable cots along with the 4 bedrooms. Melanie is the most organized host I have worked with and I have stayed in many homes across the US and Internationally. Her binder and pre-stay emails give all the info you would need. While the driveway is steep, it wasn't really a problem. We parked 5 cars there and on the roadside by the house. The kids loved the kayaks and the beach was wonderful. This home is definitely a place everyone in our group thought would be a place worth coming back to. Lake Sherwood Estates is beautiful and the House of Braun is worth staying at. We had a great time in a great house.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a pleasure to have you as our guests! We love sharing our home and would be so happy to have you join us again. All the best! Villa Vakashon
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a wonderful home and stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at Villa Vakashon. It was a perfect spot for a small retreat that was needed. The Brauns were wonderful in their communication and everything was great!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Colleen! We loved having you and hope that you come back.
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St. Louis MO

Great weekend get-a-way!

  • 4 of 5

Nice place with fully equipped kitchen. Loved the beach at the lake with nice café and warm water for swimming. Excellent weekend.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Michael! Glad you had fun and were able to take advantage of the sand volleyball. We hope to see you again. And next time you stay with us you'll be able to enjoy the new carpet. We're replacing all the carpet in the next few weeks.
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Not the best

  • 3 of 5

Place needs a lot of work. First impression, needs paint and repair. Interior laid out oddly. Not enough seating anywhere for our family. Having dining table so far from kitchen seemed counterproductive, no wonder carpet is so stained. Was disappointed that lake was barely visible from cabin and no access to the shore. Bedrooms we're fine although master bath doesn't I work well for two people because door opens into vanity. The swimming areas were nice and fishing docks nicely located.Would not rent again.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the feedback. I'm sorry that the house didn't meet your needs. Appreciate especially the comment on the carpeting as we have been planning the year's upgrades and this will put it on the top of the list. Please contact me via email if there is anything we can do to change your impression from here. All the best, Villa Vakashon
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Wichita, KS

Nice accommodations. Very woody and hilly terrain. Don't think we will be repeat customers.

  • 4 of 5

The house was somewhat as expected. Could use some repairs to the deck (considerable wood rot and deterioration to stairs and rails). Also, house could use a fresh coat of paint. Need to emphasize the hilly condition of the terrain immediately around the house as well as the entire area. It is not very conducive to casual walking. Also, parking right in front of the cabin is so steep, we almost had a car slide into the rear-end of a car parked a third of the way in from the highest point of entrance. The statement that 6 cars can park there is over stated. There is very loose sand and rock in the drive. There is space for two vehicles to park up next to the road however there is not sufficient room to get all the way off the road. A vehicle could easily be sideswiped by others driving by. In short, the hilly conditions was a big surprise to us and needs to be pointed out in more detail in the list of specifications about the cabin and surrounding area.

On another note, the swimming beach was very nice. Very soft, sandy beach and swimming area. Was a very enjoyable experience. Also, great ice cream selections in the cafe.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your input! We do currently have plans to improve the deck and hope to have it completed very soon. Yes! Those hills are REALLY steep. It's so hard to help people visualize that in advance. I'll continue to strive to make that especially clear. All the best! Villa Vakashon team
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Lakefront-Villa Vakashon

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time at the 4 bedroom villa. The grandkids enjoyed fishing, swimming at the beach and kayaking.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Golf
27 Miles
Best Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Lake Sherwood Beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $195
Damage Insurance $59
Damage Deposit $250

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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