This 2 BR/1BA Home May Seem Small, But It Lives Large Being On The Water.
About Debby Willard
Thank you for looking at our home! We both work full time in Champaign and love to do almost anything outdoors-biking, boating, fishing, walking, or just relaxing around a fire pit! To round out our family, son Jeff, daughter Sara and granddaughter Bailey. We are hoping to build some great family memories at Willard Lake House!
Debby Willard purchased this House in 2016
Why Debby Willard chose Effingham
Lake Sara is just such a wonderful lake. Every time you are out on the water, you notice something new and different. There are plenty of places to fish, watch the sunset or skiing from your boat. Most importantly, the people are just so friendly here!! This property is perfect for small groups who want to experience what lake living is all about. It is just such a family atmosphere at Lake Sara.
What makes this House unique
We fell in love with this property because it offered the total package to being on the Lake. The house is warm and welcoming with ample room inside, as well as having the screened in porch. The boat dock is a feature that sets this house apart. You can spend the whole day on the dock and enjoy everything from food to fun to sun!! When the sun has set, take advantage of the fire pit!
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We had an awesome time with our family. The house was clean and decorated nice. The view of the lake was great. We had a great time down by the boathouse/dock area. Having the kitchen and bathroom there was great. We grilled and ate down at the dock. We enjoyed fishing and swimming and used the kayaks and canoes. We will be back:)
Pre-4th of July Getaway
The property and the lake were very nice and quiet. We really enjoyed early morning kayaking before the ski boats came out. The whole lake was like glass early in the morning. We biked mid-day since the surrounding area was so shady, and used the paddleboat late in the day when the lake was shaded. It is nice that the property provides the bikes, kayaks and paddleboat for its guests. We will definitely try to find more dates for a return visit.
Relaxing lake house stay!
Overall, we loved this place. My best friend and I were looking for a place to stay on the water that was close to home (stl), but far enough to feel like vacation. The Willard House was the perfect size for us and we were very lucky to have beautiful weather to enjoy the lake. As tall-ish folks, the shower is super tiny and the shower head is very low; so it took a bit of maneuvering to shower lol. Water pressure was great though! The one (small) complaint we had were the bugs, there were spider webs all over the dock, screen porch, and railings; a weekly hose down is likely needed. The biggest issue was the ants that invaded the entire kitchen on our second day. We cleaned up after ourselves meticulously but the ants kept pouring in and we had to toss some of our food we brought before eating it, we also were pulling ants off us while hanging on the couch and just walking around the house. It’s a country lake house, so I get that bugs come with the territory though, and it could’ve been worse and didn’t keep us from relaxing and having a nice time! We would most definitely come here again, and just bring ants traps! Overall, great place!
Thanks Erica! I am glad you enjoyed your stay! We do get our share of outdoor bugs at the dock, but with all of the rain we have had, the amount of trees in the area I think this is to be expected. We do brush them down at each cleaning but they are faster at rebuilding than we are! We did find an open bag of brown sugar in the cabinet after your stay, so I am going to assume that was the attraction for the ants. We have sprayed and set out traps. We were there for 5 days after you and did not have an issue. Thank you! Debby
Lovely property with amazing outdoor amenities. Thank you!
We enjoyed our stay in this lovely and cozy cabin. I really enjoyed the peaceful quiet neighborhood and the 8 four leaf clovers floating in a dish of water. Will most likely stay again. Thanks so much!
Thank you for sharing those four leaf clovers with us - our granddaughter loved it!!
Very comfortable home with an amazing view of the lake!! We enjoyed sitting in the screened in porch watching the birds, squirrels, ducks, fishermen and the neighbors waterfall!! We stayed in the middle of the week so it was very quiet. We liked exploring Effingham and Ballard Nature center!! We did wish there would have been more information at the home about places to see and shopping in Effingham!
Effingham is the home to many attractions. Besides the beautiful lake, there are restaurants, a winery, 3 golf courses, shopping and 2 marinas.