|Property type||chateau / country house|
On Mineola Bay-5 very comfortable bed rooms-3 full baths-Large-Waterfront home overlooking the most beautiful panorama on the Chain-Pier and Boat or wave runner dock and lifts outside your door-for fishing, swimming or boating, snowmobiling, and even ice fishing- Cable TV- Fully applianced and large kitchen- dining area over looks the deck and the lake for ten or more- Sleeps up to ten- Recently beautifully fully furnished. Available for long or short monthly rental even during prime summer months -one week minimum-call for rates and more photos-
Fox Lake is a vibrant resort area, catering to boaters, fishermen and anyone who loves the outdoors and the water. Restaurants are excellent, plentiful and very reasonable priced.
Downtown Chicago is one hour by car or train, which, by the way, stops only a five minute walk from the house. Lake Geneva Wisconsin and Six Flags Over Great America are only twenty minutes away.
Wilmot Ski Area is also twenty minutes away as are the Guernee Mills interior shopping mall and, at your doorstep, over one hundred miles of shoreline along the Chain-O-Lakes and the Fox River.
Keywords: large, Waterfront Home, five bedroom home, king size beds, jacuzzi, up to ten persons, Boating, Fishing
As a kid growing up, I spent my summers just a few miles from here, on a very small lake. I swore to my self, then, that one day I would own a home large enough for all my family on a big lake nearby. This was and is my dream home. Evenings sitting on my deck and reliving my youth, being able to share the experience with others, and bringing family together in a beautiful big home make all the work that went into being able to share it with others, worthwhile.
I love to sit right outside my door, out on my pier, with the kids. Here we fish for bass, perch, walleye, catfish and drum. We watch cormorants, hawks, and egrets play and show us up with their fishing ability.
I picked this location because I wanted lakefront and I wanted to be close to family in Cary Illinois.
This property is not brand new. It could best be described as Prairie Home Companion on the inside and Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss on the outside. This rental really does deliver 5 bedrooms and 3 full baths. We had 5 Adults and 2 preschoolers staying nightly and were joined by two more adults and two more preschoolers during the days. The downstairs bedroom was a plus for my 90 year old Father who is still able climb the 4 steps to the front door.
We had two computers, two tablets and several phones running on the wireless Internet without any problems. It was fast enough to stream movies for the kids. The house has 4 TVs and Cable but we never turned them on during our stay.
Meals were easy to prepare in the kitchen and we also used the outside gas grill and fire pit. We were able to fit everyone around the expanding table. We also used the two outdoor picnic tables.
We did day trips to the Brookfield Zoo and to the Shedd Aquarium by car although we could have used Metra which is very close by. We drove twice to the park where Hwy 12 crosses over Fox Lake. There is a good playland there for the kids and also a boat ramp if you need one.
The dock is serviceable, but the water is only about 3 feet deep at the end. You need to understand your boat's draft requirements. I brought two kayaks and bought two 10 day lake stickers. The kayaking was good through the week, but the lake can be busy with skiers on Friday through Sunday. Boats can sky within 150 feet of the shore which is within my casting distance from the end of the dock.
I spent most evenings on the back porch. It's nice on a cool evening with a breeze. On still nights you might want bug spray. The solid gate was highly effective in keeping four energetic preschoolers from reaching the yard which runs right to the seawall. I brought my own childrens' life vests which I made the kids wear when on the dock. I did see some vests at the property.
When you're on the lake you feel like you're on vacation and away from it all. Nevertheless you are very close to all kinds of shopping. If you need something, it is probably available close by. Because of the lake's coastline it can be confusing getting from one point to another. If you are not familiar with the area you might want to have a navigation system in your car. I used the one in my smart phone.
From July 6-13 2011 we rented the above home. The home was clean,private, relaxing and held all 8 of my guest very nicely with room to spare. The convienence to local stores and shopping, the dock for my boat, and the fact you're right there on Fox Lake for great tubing and skiing makes this place a dream rental for family and friends.
The owners are wonderful! Thanks for sharing your home this year. Will be renting again next summer 2012 with the same group of people.
Actually, this group of friends have decided this will be our annual rental for many years to come!!
We give this 6 stars!!!
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and Country Thunder are within a twenty minute drive from our home. O'hare airport is 30 minutes away.fifteen minutes to Richmond IL and a full day of antiquing.