Historic Lake Cottage

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Last updated: 04/29/2016
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  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description


Historic Lake Cottage on Indiana’s 2nd Largest Natural Lake

Arguably one of the most historic homes on Lake Maxinkuckee. As part of the the trio of originally standing Vonnegut family cottages, this home has been lovingly restored (and saved from demolition) by the current owners. Step back in time and enjoy a vacation home with vintage charm and modern amenities.

Keeping with the historic nature of the home only half of the home boast central air/heating. However, the location of the home above the water’s edge keeps the breeze from the lake constant throughout the summer. Large mature trees provide great privacy, yet preserve the view of the lake. The home is situated on the East side of the lake which provides a spectacular view from the back porch and sunsets that you will remember forever.

Our home accommodates 16 (20 with cots), and is ideal for your family vacation under one roof.
The air conditioned/heated part of the house includes:
One master bedroom on the first floor with large king size bed and tub/shower combo.
A queen size bedroom is lofted (second floor) above the kitchen.
A first floor second bathroom with tub/shower combo.

The historic side of the home includes:
One queen size bedroom on the first floor.
Two bedrooms upstairs with queen size beds
1 bunk room with 3 sets of bunk beds.
2 bathrooms, one with tub/shower combo and one shower stall.

Make memories together at our large dining room table that accommodates 16. Crank up our vintage victrola and listen to our vintage record collection echo across the lake.

A modern kitchen boasts a large island and dine-in seating for 6. Microwave, dishwasher, over-sized refrigerator with ice maker and is fully furnished with all your cooking needs.

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Property Type

  • Cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Concierge


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Considered:

    Negotiable ...moreless

  • Smoking Allowed:

    ONLY outside ...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20, Beds for 16-20

  • Kitchen Loft Bedroom : 1 queen


  • Downstairs Bedroom : 1 murphy bed

    On the first floor ...moreless

  • Master Bedroom : 1 king

    On the first floor ...moreless

  • Bunk Room : 3 bunk bed

    Upstairs Bunk Room ...moreless

  • Northwest Bedroom : 1 queen

    Upstairs ...moreless

  • Southwest Bedroom : 1 queen

    Upstairs ...moreless

  • North Bedroom : 1 queen

    Upstairs ...moreless

  • 2 bedrooms located on the first floor including the Master. 4 bedrooms located upstairs, 2 with spectacular lake views. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Master Bedroom : toilet, tub


  • Downstairs Bathroom : toilet, tub, shower


  • Upstairs Bathroom : shower


  • Upstairs Bathroom: toilet, tub, shower


  • 2 bathrooms downstairs and 2 bathrooms upstairs.


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo:

    Sonos System accessible with IPhones. Vintage Radio....moreless

  • Television:

    Only 1 television in the home. You're on vacation! ...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic


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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    Small sandy beach and fire-pit at the end of our pier ...moreless

  • Lake View:

    relax and take in the view on our large back porch with 3 swings...moreless

  • Water View
  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Additional extra large dining room table in great room that seats 20 plus. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    ONLY on half of the house. ...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating:

    ONLY on half of home. ...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    With Lake View and access to covered porch. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    No covered parking, however parking for 7 vehicles. ...moreless

  • Telephone:


  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Large vintage farmhouse sink, gas stove, oven, microwave, butcher-block counter tops, large center island with bar stools, dishwasher, fully stocked with plates, utensils, etc, ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator:

    Over sized with ice maker and bottom load freezer. ...moreless

  • Stove:

    Gas and electric ...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Bicycles:

    3 vintage available for use. ...moreless

  • Boat:

    Boat rentals available at Culver Marina, less than one mile away. Our pier is boat friendly. ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Both covered porch/patio and outside deck. ...moreless

  • Golf:

    Mystic Hills Golf Course, a Pete Dye Designed Course, less than one mile away. ...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Available for rent in town. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    With gas grille as well as large smoker. ...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Available for rent in town. ...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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Last updated: 04/29/2016
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45 Miles
Nearest Airport
South Bend Regional
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
Mystic Hills Golf Course
40 Miles
Nearest Train
Chesterton, IN

Car: Recommended


Manager info

Year Purchased: 2012

About: When the house's current owners, Old East Shore LLC, purchased it in 2012, it was near demolition. According to property manager Lindsey Pick, of Culver, -- 'all plumbing, doorknobs, utilities, many of the major appliances, and even some of the decorative woodwork had been stripped by salvagers in anticipation of the house being demolished by a major local developer.' Once the house was purchased with renovation in mind, the initial assumption that only cosmetic upgrades would be needed fell victim to the painful reality that 'a serious overhaul of the section of the house that had previously been winterized and expanded in the 1980's (the west facing end of house) needed to be undertaken.' 'Since all door handles, knobs and plumbing had been taken by salvagers, we have attempted to return as many as possible to the 1890 to 1920s feel/look with East lake style originals,' Renovators also purchased the salvage rights to an old home in nearby Monterey in order to utilize as many of the doors, windows, trim, and flooring as possible in 814 East Shore. The project has come at a propitious time and has helped spark increasing dialog and discussion around issues of historic preservation -- as well as broader issues of the present and future culture of not only Lake Maxinkuckee, but the Culver as a whole.

Why Culver, IN, USA:
'(Kurt Vonnegut Jr's) impact can be felt within a generation or two of any kid who sails the lake or attends the Academies. It went beyond that too, to what he represented. He was a complex guy…and controversy aside, if he represented anything, he represented a skepticism that was embraced by four generations of Americans from his fellow Greatest Generation veteran peers, the lost generation behind him that tried to find a voice for its frustrations and dark perspectives overshadowed by their veteran older brothers, to Boomers for whom he symbolized a rejection of Societal authority and war, to Generation X who embraced his mental questioning of the roles of family and human behavior. '...If you know the history, it can be there in the back of your mind even if you are blasting around on an inner tube, or having a drink on a dock, that there is a history of perspective here on this lake, of skepticism, and of a reticence to judge, a desire to understand experience no matter how dark, which is part of the Hoosier experience, and the national experience. 'In a funny way, it's more than just a's a history of ideas that is being preserved, but don't get me wrong, it's a nice damn house too.'

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  • Lake Maxinkuckee

    Lake Maxinkuckee

  • Kitchen


  • Kitchen Island

    Kitchen Island

  • Porch


  • View from porch

    View from porch

  • Porch View

    Porch View

  • Upstairs South Bedroom

    Upstairs South Bedroom

  • Kitchen


  • Kitchen Dining

    Kitchen Dining

  • Porch


  • Porch


  • Porch


VRBO #651129

This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Monday, October 24, 2016

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