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Free cancellation until30 days before check-in

Property # 466132vb

The Redbud Cottage--Beach & Quiet. Lake Sara Waterfront & Wood Fires.

Property overview

About this rental

  • Cottage
    • 1500 sq. ft
  • 3 bedrooms
    • 3 beds
    • Sleeps 12
  • 2 bathrooms
    • 2 full baths
  • Spaces
    • Kitchen
    • Living Room
    • Terrace

3 Bedrooms with King Beds, 2 Baths. On The Lake. Sunny Deck & Wood Fireplace.

Rooms and beds

Bedrooms: 3(People: 12)

Redbud Room

super king

Glenna's Room

super king

Master Bedroom

super king

Bathrooms: 2

Main Bathroom

Toilet · Bath with shower

Master Bathroom

Toilet · Shower


  • Kitchen
  • Living Room
  • Terrace
  • Dining
    Seating for 8 people
  • Garden
  • Veranda
  • Outdoor play area



  • Air Conditioning
  • Heater
  • Washer & Dryer
  • No Smoking
  • Parking
  • Children Welcome
  • Internet
  • Accessible
  • TV
  • Fireplace
  • Satellite or Cable

Safety features

  • Fire extinguisher
  • Exterior lighting
  • Smoke detector
  • Carbon-monoxide detector

Location Type

  • townEffingham (and Interstates 57/70) is 10 miles away, with dozens of local and national fast-food restaurants & STARBUCKS! Walmart, Aldi, & GREAT local IGA grocery store.
  • lakeLake Sara is beautiful all year. Water is busy on summer weekends, but flat most of year & all weekdays. We live on the Quiet western end of the lake. Beautiful sunsets over the water via kayak/canoe.
  • Lake viewLake Sara is 4 miles long with 27 miles of wooded shoreline. A wonderful smooth lake for water skiing and wake boarding. Good bass, crappie, and pan fishing. A family lake. Strict boat safety rules.
  • Water viewBeautiful view to the lake across the front yard from the kitchen, LR, and wide deck. Amazing sunshine off the water into the house on sunny mornings.
  • RuralLake Sara is a wooded, watery gem in the middle of quiet farm country. Scenic flat farm roads for biking & running. Deer, birds, and other wildlife abound. Local fresh farm markets in town in season.
  • waterfrontWe are located at the mouth of a quiet cove just off the main body of Lake Sara. Cove is protected by a "No Wake" buoy. PLEASE NOTE: Hartmann Grandkids share Beach a few days a Summer w/o guests there
  • beachOur little beach is perfect for children. Very shallow, it slopes very gently out into our protected cove. SHARED BY HARTMANN GRANDKIDS 2-3 TIMES A YEAR (but not while Guests are using it).


  • Air conditioningCentral air
  • HeatingCentral heating
  • Hair dryer
  • FireplaceAnd lakeside fire pit. FIREWOOD PROVIDED..
  • Basic soaps
  • Travel cot
  • ParkingCircle driveway near cottage for cars and boat trailers. Garage space for 1-2 cars.
  • Towels availablePlease bring your own beach towels.
  • Iron & board
  • Toilet roll
  • Washing machineNear the kitchen. Detergent is provided.
  • InternetNighthawk extended wifi router linked to wifi service provided by local phone company--hardwired
  • Linens providedIncluding for the comfy sleeping couch and love seat in front of the fireplace in the livingroom
  • Wireless InternetYes
  • GarageOne-two car enclosed garage
  • Clothes dryerNear the kitchen.
  • Shampoo
  • Kitchen roll


  • Coffee grinder
  • Microwave
  • Coffee makerYes, plus a Keurig coffeemaker and a French press
  • Dining table
  • Pantry itemsCrockpot, paper towels, toilet paper
  • DishwasherNew
  • Dishes & utensilsDishes, silverware, and pots and pan to serve 8. Lots of utensils for all types of cooking.
  • Barbecue
  • Ice maker
  • HobElectric stovetop and range
  • Kettle
  • Dishes & utensils for kids
  • Oven
  • FridgeFull size, also new
  • Blender
  • Toaster


  • Dining table
  • Childs highchair


  • ToysWe have children's sand toys.
  • GamesBoard games and cards for families and children.
  • BooksWe have an extensive library of books and construction paper for children, as well as many fine books for adults. A special feature is a collection of classic travel books.
  • Games for kids
  • TelevisionWE NOW HAVE CABLE TV! YOUTUBE TV, DISNEY+, HULU. Hated to do it, but received many requests. Frankly, in such a beautiful spot, we have never seen the need for it. TV downstairs upstairs.
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • StereoCD player and radio
  • Smart TV
  • Video libraryWe have a small video library. DVD player is upstairs.
  • DVD player
  • Books for kids


  • BoatFloat boats are available to rent from the two local marinas. BLUEGILL MARINA by the dam--217-868-9599 and PINKY'S MARINA--271-342-3218 by the Beach
  • Kayak/canoeA canoe and 3 kayaks are available for guest use, with seat cushion life preservers and paddles stored in our garage. NON-SWIMMERS MUST wear approved life vests to use the canoe!
  • Fire pit
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • GolfThere are two small local golf courses within 5 miles.
  • Water sports equipmentThe main water 'gear' is a dock for swimming and fishing off, a floating dock to swim off and play on out in our cove, and a sloping beach to swim off.
  • BicyclesWe do have 4 new bikes available for guest use. Surrounding roads are mostly flat and empty, beautiful country roads for quiet rides. Very little traffic. Owner can suggest routes to those interested.
  • Deck chairs


  • wheelchair accessibleThere is one step up to our front porch at this time, so aid would be needed. Except for the master suite upstairs, all of the house, including the main front deck, is on one level.
  • Long-term renters welcome

Onsite Services

  • Massage


  • Massages (for a separate fee) are available from Serenity Theraputic Massage--815-829-5090--Barb Kilzer, Proprietor. Highly recommended by David and Dee!


Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.
  • 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.
  • No refund if you cancel less than 14 days before check-in.
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100% refund
30 days before check-in
50% refund
14 days before check-in
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Damage and incidentals

You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.

House Rules

  • Check in after 4:00 PM

  • Check out before 11:00 AM

  • Maximum overnight guests: 12 (sleeps up to 6 adults)Six adults maximum, plus accompanying children

  • Minimum age to rent: 21Renter age. Children with parents exempted.

  • Children allowed: ages 0-17On lake--Lifejackets needed! We have many sizes.

  • No pets allowed

  • No events allowedRenters having loud parties will be ejected.

  • No smoking allowed

Cleaning practices

  • All towels and bedding washed in hot water that’s at least 60ºC

  • High-touch surfaces cleaned with disinfectant (e.g. countertops, light switches, handles and taps)

  • Check in and check out with no person-to-person contact

  • Cleaned with disinfectant


Effingham, Illinois, United States of America
Detailed location provided after booking

Hosted by David Hartmann

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