Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday chateau / country house in Rensselaer - Frog Haven
Chateau / Country House, 5 Bedrooms + 5 Baths, (Sleeps 10)
Our country house is in an ideal location for a quiet get away, a special fishing trip or a cozy family reunion. Located close to major metropolitan areas we are only 1 hour from Chicago, 45 minutes from Merrillville, 1 hour from Lafayette, and about 2 hours from Indy. Our property has 12 acres tucked away from the rest of humanity with its own private woods and pond, it has vast front, side and back yards for innumerable activities of your choosing. All the comforts of urban living in a spectacular country setting. You can view nature up close or from a safe distance. In the early morning or late evenings deer often traipse across the lower front yard or stop to drink from the edge of the pond. Raccoons, foxes, squirrels, chipmunks and hundreds of assorted birds from wild turkey to hummingbirds call this place home. The small picturesque pond has a thriving community of fish, frogs and dragonflies. Relax for a day of fishing or just sit out and watch them swim and jump for flying insects.
The house has 5 bedrooms, 2 large bedrooms with king size beds and three smaller rooms with Queen size beds. It is also possible to sleep people on the leather sofas in the den that has twin french doors that can be closed for privacy. The couches in the living room are all comfy 3 seater couches and can be used to sleep teenagers or those not needing a proper bed. The three sofas in the huge recreation room in the basement can also be used to sleep people who don't require a proper bed. Or have a mass of children take over the carpeted basement in sleeping bags for an all inclusive slumber party. In the event of a really large family reunion you may set up tents in the back, front or side yards to accommodate even more overnight guests.
The house has 5 bathrooms, the master bedroom has its own (with a large jacuzzi bathtub); the upstairs hallway has two more. The first floor has a small powder room and the basement has a large bathroom with a shower. You will find that the double living room has enough seating for 12 but many will want to sit on the floor near the fireplace or in front of the windows that look out to the south lawn with the view of the pond. The den has a 42 inch TV that is perfect for a cozy evening watching one of the many DVDs in our collection and the downstairs Recreation room has ample seating and lots of carpeted floor space to thoroughly enjoy any sporting event on the 63 inch plasma TV. The kitchen is a cook's dream with a 6 burner stove and a standard refrigerator with freezer and is outfitted with nearly all the utensils you can think of. The double sink with garbage disposal is set with counter on either side and directly across from the cooking area. We have catering tables that can be set up or taken down in the kitchen to accommodate most size groups for eating in.
Outside we have an approximately 150 square foot deck with luxurious cast aluminum furniture. There is a table with a sun umbrella for eating alfresco and ample seating for sitting out and enjoying the company of friends and family. The Weber Gas Grill can hold 12-15 chicken breasts, has an upper warming rack to keep the food ready for when demand arises. There is also a side burner to keep your veggies cooking close at hand.
We have a large bonfire pit in the lower front yard. We also have a smaller firepit which can be used in a specified area in the back yard only. If you would like to have a huge bon fire on one of the nights when you are at the house there is an additional $50 charge and we will have a caretaker present to insure that it is safe and poses no risk to the neighboring woods, trees or house.
We have a small paddleboat and two small kayaks which may be used by renters on the pond. Any individual using these watercraft is required to wear a safety flotation vest (provided)at all times. We DO NOT ALLOW SWIMMING in the pond. Use of the pond is strictly at your own risk. We cannot be held liable for anyone who is injured or killed due to use or misuse of this property. By renting from us you agree that you are in charge of your own safety and the safety of those in your party.
THE BIG RULES:
While the pond is ideal for fishing and small boating WE DO NOT ALLOW SWIMMING as it is very deep in some parts, with a treacherous mud and rock bottom, there is great risk of injury. A special eye should be kept on children to ensure their safety.
WE DO NOT ALLOW SMOKING in the house (please do not throw your butts into the yard) There is a Butt Bucket provided on the front porch and one on the back deck. If butts are found lying about you will incur a $250 charge.
WE DO NOT ALLOW PETS OF ANY KIND (not even handicap assist animals please) due to the fact that some members of our family have allergies and many of our guests also prefer an allergen free environment. If your pet is a part of the family and you can't go anywhere without them please choose not to rent from us.
WE DO NOT ALLOW ILLEGAL DRUGS, FIREARMS OR FIREWORKS on the property. While the state of Indiana may allow fireworks and the use of firearms we do NOT allow them on our property by renters. The risks are far too great. We are very harsh in our punishment of people who choose to break these rules.
Please feel free to email us for additional photos, it is a large home and 5 photos just doesn't do it justice.
Keywords: Out of the way, beautiful 12 acres, nature with pond and woods. Private, restful, retreat. Perfect escape from the city to a country estate.
- pets not allowed
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- non smoking only
- children welcome
About The Owner
We live and work in Chicago. We have a vacation home in Hot Springs Village Arkansas that we had built in 2004 with money left to us by my husband's mother. We have enjoyed sharing it with other people so much that we bought a weekend home in rural Indiana in 2008 and have been fixing it up to do the same. We enjoy meeting our renters through email and phone calls and love hearing their stories and experiences at our home. We look forward to being able to share our blessings with others and to continue to provide a great venue to foster family love and friendship.
The Owner purchased this chateau / country house in 2008
Why The Owner chose Rensselaer
We joined Prairie Hills Motor Sports Club, a racetrack Country Club, which was supposed to be built in nearby Lake Village Indiana. Initially we were looking for something very small to stay at when we were down for weekends. With a little cash left over from an inheritance and a housing market that was generously in favor of buyers we found we could go a little larger and be able to accommodate friends as well. As city dwellers we are just in awe of the quiet and beauty that make this property so delightful. We relish the chance to spend time there and just relax and forget about the stresses of everyday life.
What makes this chateau / country house unique
Peace and quiet, privacy and clean air, like living in a fish bowl and watching the natural world go on around us. It is so nice to be able to sit on a comfortable couch and watch out the window to see deer drinking at the pond or sit in the shade, on the chaise, down at the water's edge, fish to catch a catfish as long and thick as your arm. Time seems to slip away and stresses dissolve to nothing important. We held a family reunion for my huge family out here and it was wonderful. Kids playing slip and slide on the front lawn, teenagers and uncles fishing down at the pond, cousins challenging cousins to horseshoes and the gals up chatting with the newest bride on the deck. We had three legged races and water gun fights and so much food I knew we would be eating left over potato salad for a week. With a warm night we had the boys sleeping out in the tent and the girls in sleeping bags in the basement staying up all too late playing video games on the big TV, while we adults slept well two floors away in the comfy beds upstairs. This house is warm and comforting and in an absolutely beautiful location. We are very blessed to have it and be able to share it with other families that need the perfect spot to get together and reconnect.