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Welcome in the coming Fall at Big Turkey Lake!

31 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cottage in LaGrange - Guise Guest Cottage

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + , 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-11). Large yard, deck, dock, beach

Fall is an absolutely beautiful time of the year at the lake. There's still lots of great shopping in Shipshewana for the coming Fall, and the flea market and auction in Shipshewana are still open. Pokagon State Park is just 35 minutes away too! We have lots of wood for that evening bonfire to make s'mores! The Guise Guest Cottage is a perfect place for you to get all the family together or host a retreat or to spend a Fall break vacation! Our cottage is smoke-free (we do not rent to smokers) and you will not find a cleaner, more welcoming cottage in the area. The Guise Guest Cottage is located less than 500 ft. from Big Turkey Lake, just down the sandy lane. At the end of the lane on the left is the beach and on the right is the boat dock. A paddle boat and a row boat with oars are included (May-Oct) and there are two adult-sized life jackets provided. There is dock space available to dock one boat at no additional cost. The private boat launch ramp is near the beach. The dock is put in the water in May and is taken out the last of October. Fishing from the dock is usually very good and bait can be purchased across the lake at the Sandwich Shop. The kids will have a great time digging in the sand, making sand castles and swimming at the beach. Adults are responsible for their children - there is no lifeguard. The cottage property backs up against a wooded area. In the back yard there is a great hill for the kids to run up and down and a 2 person swing at the top of the hill for Mom and Dad. Enjoy the evenings with a campfire - the wood is provided. There is a deck with a table/umbrella/chairs for the warmer weather. A charcoal grill is available year round (please bring your own charcoal). In the backyard there is an additional hangout area - a covered deck with a table/chairs and swing! Inside the cottage is a spacious kitchen which has a large eating area with 2 tables and a rolling island that can be moved to accommodate large gatherings. There is a single serve Keurig coffeemaker (upon request) in addition to the Mr. Coffee coffeemaker. There are 3 couches (can be used for sleeping) and a chair in the living area. The 'Aloha' bedroom has a queen bed, a set of bunkbeds and a bathroom with a shower. The 'Bear 2' bedroom has a queen bed and the 'Blessings' bedroom has 2 twin beds which can be converted into a king-size bed. Please let us know in advance if you would like the king-size bed configuration. The main bathroom has a tub/shower. You provide your own bath towels and beach towels. Dish towels and dishclothes are provided. 'Starter' paper towels, napkins, tissue, toilet paper and trash bags are provided but you will need to bring more for the rest of your stay. Bed linens are provided. There is a washer/dryer available for use. Bring your own detergent. Additionally, there are some books, movies and games for all ages, wireless broadband internet, and satellite TV/DVD/VCR player in the living room.

Oh, and don't forget to sign the boat paddle before you leave!

Some fun places to go:

Shipshewanna, about 23 minutes away, the heart of the Amish community. Shipshewana features lots of great shops, great homemade food, indoor waterpark, and an auction/flea market every Tues/Wed.(April-Oct). Kukui Shave Ice is great refreshment on a warm day and it even has a gum ball at the bottom of each dish! The Eash Bulk Grocery store has some great bargains and the deli is really good and priced reasonably. They only take cash or check at the grocery, no debit or credit cards. And if you want to hold and love on some puppies, go next door to E&S Sales. We got our sweet Maltipoo puppy there.

Angola, about 25 minutes away, has an outlet mall, restaurants, movie theater and Pokagon State Park with hiking, toboggan run and cross country snow skiing.There is a Walmart, Menards, Kohls, Meijer and CVS in Angola, along with most of the popular fast-food establishments (McDonald's, Wendy's, Taco Bell, Burger King, Subway, Arby's).

Auburn, about 25 minutes away also, has a great movie theater, Cracker Barrell, fast food places, Home Depot and a Walmart just off of I-69.

Stroh, just across the lake, has a great pizza place called Stroh Pizza and More. Their ice cream is amazing! They take cash or checks but no credit cards. The gas station in Stroh has some groceries and will take a credit card if your purchase is over $10. There are 2 other family/pub restaurants in Stroh. Stroh also has several places to worship on Sunday.

No pets are allowed at any time.

*** This cottage is a Non-smoking environment. We do not rent to tenants who smoke at any time, and smoking is not allowed at any time in the cottage or on the property.

Keywords: The lake view and sandy beach is just a few steps away down the lane. This 1360 sq ft cottage renovated 2010 has everything you need to feel comfortable and relaxed after a day of fishing, swimming, sightseeing or snowman building. Relax on the deck, sit by the bonfire, sit in the 2 person swing on the hill, play games, watch TV or watch the snow fall. Wireless internet is available. This cottage is open all year round with central heat and air conditioning and is a great place for a quiet getaway or a family Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years gathering.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Jerry and Kathy Guise
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
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About Jerry and Kathy Guise

We love coming to the lake to get away! It's always a relaxing experience and it provides us a haven of rest from the demands of our busy careers. We have a large family and they, too, have come to appreciate the lake cottage as a place to come and fish, swim, lay out on the beach or relax by the campfire.

Jerry and Kathy Guise purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Jerry and Kathy Guise chose Indiana

Growing up as a young girl, some of my wife Kathy's earliest memories were coming to Big Turkey Lake to her grandparent's cottage, which was located just down the road from our current vacation rental. When there was an opportunity to purchase this property, we decided to continue the tradition for our own family and provide them with some of the same memories that have been cherished over the years. Big Turkey Lake, located in Steuben County in northeast Indiana, is one of the numerous lakes in this area, and is located within reasonable driving distance from many large cities in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Illinois.

What makes this cottage unique

Our cottage is much larger than the average vacation rental and can easily accommodate a large family or a large group of up to 10 or 12 people. It is perfect for family reunions, church or business planning meetings, retreats, 'girl's' or 'guy's' weekend away or just a romantic get away for two. It is very close to Angola and Auburn (both about 25 minutes away) where you can find most of the necessary conveniences (grocery, hardware, restaurants, movie entertainment, etc.). It is within a reasonable driving distance (2 to 3 hours) from major cities like Indianapolis, Detroit and Chicago. Major medical services can be found in Ft. Wayne, about 45 minutes away.


based on 31 holidaymaker reviews

Welcome in the coming Fall at Big Turkey Lake!
average rating of 4.935484 based on 31 reviews

Great relaxing place!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage at Big Turkey Lake was a big hit with the girls!! I was in charge of a place to spend the weekend out and found this gem. It was so comfortable for the 6 of us, the living area with the 3 couches was a plus so we could get comfortable and catch up on our families. We met Jerry & Kathy down at the lake, the sunsets are so peaceful. They were so easy to talk too and helped us get the TV fixed so we could watch the OSU Buckeyes game!!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect For Our Sister Weekend Getaway

  • 4 of 5

This home was set up to perfectly accommodate big groups! All eight of my family members could easily have conversations around the dinner table, play cards, watch movies on the giant couches in the living room and roast marshmallows around the campfire outside. The best part is that we all had our own bed too! I wish we had rented a boat to get out on the lake, but it was still a great weekend. Highly recommend this cozy home. Great memories from my family!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved Staying Here - a wonderful getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This is the 2nd summer we've stayed at this cottage and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay both times. The cottage kitchen is fully stocked with everything one could possibly need for preparing meals, even for a crowd if necessary! The furnishings throughout are attractive and comfy, it's large and airy, and always extremely clean. It's nice to have a washer/dryer to use, also.

The lake roads are quiet and shady and a lot of fun to bicycle around. The beach is nice & sandy, stays shallow quite a ways out which is nice for young children, and we enjoyed rowing out in the rowboat & using the paddle boat.

We had such a nice & relaxing time here, and will probably try to come back another summer. I just have nothing at all negative to say, this was a perfect getaway place for us!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family get together

  • 5 of 5

Great house, very nice. Ample room for 6 adults and 2 kids. Nice kitchen. Would rent again.

Short distance to Shipshewana.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay!!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a great time while staying for the week. It is such a clean, beautiful home. We enjoyed the beach and also had a great time fishing. I can't believe how many bass are in the lake! We met the owners while we were there and they were so accommodating. Thanks for a great vacation.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oxford, Ohio, USA

Big Turkey Lake

  • 4 of 5

The cabin is great-very clean and nicely decorated. Plenty of space for 6 adults and 2 children. The kitchen is fully equipped and there is a great supply of movies and games in case of rain! Just a short walk from the lake where swimming and boating are great options. Just a heads up, the cabin water is sulfurous so you might want to bring bottled water to drink. The hosts are extremely helpful and courteous. I would recommend it for a fun family getaway!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Stroh, IN
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Angola, Indiana
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Interstate 69
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Stroh, IN
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in LaGrange, San Diego County

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12 Sep 2016 - 13 Nov 2016
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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £205
Cleaning / 8 + people £66 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

Holiday Rates apply as follows:
Thanksgiving 2016: Nov 23-27, 2016 - $135.00 per night / minimum 3 night stay
Christmas 2016: Dec 22-26, 2016 - $135.00 per night / minimum 3 night stay
New Years 2016: Dec 29, 2016 - Jan 2, 2017 - $135.00 per night / minimum 3 night stay
Memorial Day: May 26-29, 2017 - $135 per night /minimum 3 night stay
July 4th: June 30-July 4, 2017 - $135 per night / minimum 3 night stay
Labor Day: Sept 1-4, 2017 - $135 per night /minimum 3 night stay

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in LaGrange, USA

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1370 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 11 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Bedroom named "Bear II"
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Bunk Bed , Bedroom named "Aloha"
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , 2 twin beds - convert to 1 King. Bedroom named "Blessings"
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Use of boat dock, paddle boat, row boat

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