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Train to Chicago or Walk to Shops, Dine, Movie, Lake & Parks

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wireless Internet
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome


Minimum Stay
7 nights

Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wireless Internet
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome

About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5-6)

Welcome to our 'Coastal Cottage' in Highland Park. A Quaint, historical town with numerous amenities at our door step. Private, off street retreat for relaxing while planning your next activity. Tastefully and completely redone coach house with 3 bedrooms, 1 bath. Comfortable living area and separate dining room. Full kitchen to create your own meals. Private, fenced rear yard. Sit around the natural stone fire pit and share memories. Full size clothes washer and dryer downstairs so you can pack less. Every type of shopping available in town which is a short walk away. Plan your favorite RAVINIA concert excursion from here. Come stay in one of the best towns on Chicago's North Shore. Perfect for families, couples, singles, corporate stays, Holiday stays, etc.

We are frequent travelers, so we know the needs when staying away from home. Most requests can be met such as dry clean services, transportation requirements, catering and event organization. whatever your plans, we can give you a hand.

Keywords: Charming Coach House Cottage

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
6 October, 2016

About The Owner

Lifelong Chicago resident. Property rehabber and owner of Historical properties. Decorative eye and appreciation. Fans of 'New Urbanism' concept where walking to town and amenities is key. Frequent travelers who appreciate having services met while away from home. Eye for quality, not necessarily expensive outings, perfect for making vacation memories. Lovers of good food, music, and art.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2004

Why The Owner chose Illinois

This may be the only VRBO in Highland Park. location cannot be beat!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We love this place! What a great place hidden away, yet right there close to the town. It is hard to justify staying in a hotel when this VRBO feels like a home away from home. WE would definitely stay here again.
Jun 2009
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Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)

Train to Chicago or Walk to Shops, Dine, Movie, Lake & Parks
average rating of 4.5 based on 7 reviews

The Best Cottage in the North Shore

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I have stayed in this cottage for five summers straight, usually for 6-10 weeks. The cottage is charming, has everything you need, air conditioning, washer/dryer. huge flat screen Sony with cable a plenty. We have grown a friendship with the owners, who could not be nicer people or more accommodating. We consider them friends. The area where the cottage is could not be better. It is behind the owner's home and off the street. We know all the neighbors and they are all friendly. It is two blocks to a beach friendly park and two blocks to downtown and numerous restaurants. I often borrowed a bike to run errands. One of the best grocery stores is an easy walk and the commuter train station is four blocks away. That makes downtown Chicago an easy commute by train and then there is a ferry that takes you to Michigan Avenue for $3.00. Ravinia, the summer home of the Chicago Symphony and numerous popular acts is one block to a free bus that takes you there in five minutes. Walk the neighborhood and see some of the most glorious estates in the Midwest. Afternoons in late summer and fall you will hear the high school band practicing. It is a very home-town feel. One mile north is Highwood with numerous old Italian restaurants. Two great hospitals are nearby. Everything you need and the best summer city in America just a quick train ride away.

The trees are big and the weather, since it is near Lake Michigan is always moderate. The area is very safe night or day. The cottage is cozy by today's standards but has many architectural features of a by-gone era. It is handy for people who have a student at Northwestern or Lake Forrest or a sailor at Great Lakes Naval Base. Foods of every ethnic variety, a movie theater and great bike riding are right out the door.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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yorkshire dales

in need of some TLC

  • 2 of 5

Group of friends stayed here for a few nights, we liked the ease of walking into Highland Park and the railway station but although there are some nice pieces of furniture in the cottage it is in need of some serious redecoration and decent bed linen and towels as it is shabby in places. A hole in a door does not pass as a door opener and holes in the wall and paint peeling off just doesn't fit a rental property. It needs a lot of TLC and the photographs of the cottage were not what we found. Disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are genuinely sorry our cottage did not live up to this groups' expectations. We were personally available during the stay and no issues were reported. In addition, The in-person preview of the cottage (by a local friend) received a very positive response. Overall, we are committed to our clients' satisfaction and have already remedied the few issues reported. We do appreciate all feedback so we can continually improve our "hidden gem" !
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a hidden gem

  • 5 of 5

This place is so very cottage cute. We stayed here for our sons naval boot camp graduation. It is a cozy but roomy cottage tucked back a bit from any hustle and bustle. It is tastefully decorated and very clean. The town is quaint but very upscale . I can say this little gem made our stay and time with our son so delightful. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Florida Keys, United States

Highland Park Beach Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Thank you to the wonderful cottage owners. Photos are amazingly representative of the property. It reminded us of cozy Pottery Barn, with real antiques, not replications. We were able to entertain family and friends for dinner parties, and enjoy the backyard BBQ as well. It is a great location with beautiful walking destinations, including the beach and village. My favorite was unbelievable regular sightings of a Doe with her three Fawn deer, on neighborhood walks with my doggy. Lunching, dining, shopping, and evening walking for gelatto are fond memories.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you.
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Madison, WI

Property & Owners EXCEEDED Expectations

  • 5 of 5

All-around perfection! The owners were easy to work with, accommodating, friendly and professional. The property was VERY CLEAN and as described/pictured. The owners did a great job rehabbing this place. The location can't be beat. It is in the midst of a great neighborhood. You can walk easily to many shops, restaurants and the Metra. The pictures in the listing are spot on. The first thing I thought when we walked in was "I could live here."

I personally LOVED the French cottage décor. My husband thought it was nice, but somewhat “girly.” That said, he was very pleased with the large flat screen TV, comfortable furnishings & pet-friendliness of the property. This is a perfect place for a girls’ weekend or a couple/family, but probably not my first recommendation for a guys’ weekend.

All 3 bedrooms were nicely decorated and spacious. The home is well stocked (e.g., dishes, sheets, blankets, towels, pillows, toiletries, hair dryer, iron/ironing board etc) and there is plenty of space for a couple/family/group of friends to hang out in the kitchen/dining area and living room. The only thing that could be considered a downside, and this really depends on who you are traveling with, is the bathroom. While it is nicely decorated, it is very small & located between the master bedroom (downstairs) & a HUGE walk in closet. There isn’t much room for storing toiletries. The bathroom wasn't an issue for us, but if you were traveling with people outside of your immediate family it might be, depending on how comfortable you are sharing a bathroom.

Two additional perks—(1) Wi-Fi access & (2) the little fenced yard in the back of the house. The latter was wonderful for our dogs. It was still a little icy in spots when we were there, but I imagine the back yard would be great place for people to hang out during the late spring, summer & fall.

Overall, an A+ all-around! We would stay here again in a heartbeat if we were coming to the area & it was available. We would also recommend the property to others—we just don't want it to become so popular we don’t have the opportunity to come back. :)

  • Review Submitted: Apr 27, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Elizabeth, Il.

I'd stay here again!

  • 5 of 5

Four adults comfortably stayed here & went to Ravinia; which was very convenient. The cottage was very clean and comfortable; tastefully decorated. Spacious for 4 people; kitchen & dining room both great for dining in. Went to the Botanical gardens the next day; gorgeous. Owner was very accomodating & the photos

were accurate.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Highland Park Country Club
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
Metra commuter
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.4 Miles
Park ave beach

world famous RAVINIA concert park free shuttle to entrance. Botanical Gardens, quaint downtown HP shopping, dining, golf, water slide park, lake Michigan parks, free summer entertainment!

Chicago attractions: Tallest building(Sears Tower) Free zoo


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Highland Park, Illinois

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Holiday Weeks
1 Jan 2017 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £120
Persons over two adults £80 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

Rates subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Any refunds provided as credit for future stays only.

Minimum 50% upon reservation. Balance due before check in.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Highland Park, USA

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Bed on level 1. 2 Twins in Bed 2 on level 2. 2 beds(trundle style) in Bed 3 on level 2.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • Kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
walk to quaint HP for dining, shopping, RAVINIA concerts, movie, park, lake. 30 min train to CHICAGO.

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