3 Bedrooms with King Beds, 2 Baths. On The Lake. Sunny Deck & Wood Fireplace.
- French, Spanish, I speak a very little bit of Spanish and French.
About David Hartmann
Dee and I grew up in Effingham, and I spent all my Summers on Lake Sara from the time I was five. We love this beautiful quiet lake, and own the white brick house next door, which we purchased in 1987. We regularly swim laps from our dock around the point to the Redbud Cottage dock and back. This quiet cove is a gem for swimming, and has beautiful views across the lake to the undeveloped public land one sees there. Many of our nights here are spent out by our fire pit overlooking the lake, where we get to watch the sun set and the stars rise over the lake's calm waters. We come to Lake Sara as often as we can--probably 40 weeks a year--for long weekends and all family holidays. My extended family still owns my Mother's house--the 'famous' Green House--on the far end of the lake by the dam. So, we're very familiar with Lake Sara, with Effingham, and with our lovely Central Illinois area. We're happy to answer any of your questions, and make suggestions for dining or day trips here in the Great Midwest. We hope you'll enjoy your stay on Lake Sara as much as we enjoy living here.
David Hartmann purchased this Cottage in 2012
Why David Hartmann chose Effingham
We were happy to be able to secure this pretty cottage with its stunning fireplace after our long-term neighbors decided to give it up. We admit to lusting after the pleasant little beach that is a feature of The Redbud Cottage. We are now able to play with our grandchildren on it! Our neighborhood, in fact our whole end of the lake, is very quiet and wooded. Things are much less developed around us than they are on most of the rest of Lake Sara. We have five grown children, all of whom are married. They spent most of their holidays and hundreds of long weekends here as they were growing up. They learned to swim like fish here, became very capable skiers and wake boarders, and built forts in our woods (you can still see the ruins).
What makes this Cottage unique
I don't think you can beat the view from the cottage out to the lake. And, sitting on the dock, one has unobstructed views the full length of Shumway cove, Lake Sara's smoothest and quietest water. Few of Lake Sara's lots have their own beach. This one has a long sloping sand entrance into the water, perfect for children or for those who want to cool off without actually swimming. This quiet cove, just off the main lake channel, is narrow enough to swim across, but wide enough to be private. The land just across from the Redbud Cottage is public land that will never have houses built on it.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
Great place to stay
Had a great time. The kids used the kayak and had fun. The house has plenty of room. Would be will to stay there another time.
Peaceful & relaxing
David & Dee are wonderful hosts. The cottage was everything we had expected & more. Kayaking, sandcastles, fire pit, beautiful lake- something to do for everyone- thank you for making my birthday weekend special-
We really enjoyed our stay. Our only complaints are that we could not park in the garage like indicated and there was no fire wood to speak of.
We'd like to apologize to these guests for the lack of firewood--and the unexpected car stored in the garage. Both failing were my fault, but were unexpected all the same. But we're glad that you still enjoyed your stay here on this lovely lake despite these issues. We'll be happy to discount your next stay in recompense. Here's what happened on our end.
Unfortunately, we were out of town during this guest's visit. We had ordered firewood from a supplier before we left town, but (being new to us) the supplier delivered the wood to the wrong house! In addition, we had just moved family furniture back home, and had to store it in our garage temporarily until after our trip. We have an old (but dear) Miata and hated to leave it outside for 3 weeks while we were gone. We're sorry that storing it in the Cottage garage kept this family's car outside. We hope we'll be forgiven for this unfortunate concatenation of circumstances. Thanks in any case for your business. We hope to see you back here on the lake one day.
We really enjoyed time here, it was a relaxing & peaceful way to celebrate 18 years of marriage. The cottage was like living in our own home, had everything! I never seen a kitchen so well stocked with pots, pans, utensils & the best coffee to start the morning right on the deck overlooking the water. Definitely will be back!!
Although the fish weren't biting it was a very enjoyable experience. Beds were comfortable and the kitchen was well equipped.
Location so relaxing, everything you need for great lake experience. That is, if you can drag yourself out of the most comfortable bed! Glad for tv addition, sorry David. Great bathrooms, well stocked kitchen, great water pressure, and ac hums away when thermometer reads 93. Most enjoyable.
Located in the heart of central Illinois, the Redbud Cottage at Lake Sara is a great destination for families and friends, or a perfect stopover for a trip through the Great Midwest. With your own swimming beach and diving raft, a beautiful wood-burning fireplace, a dock for fishing, and a large deck for sitting in the sun, enjoy the peace and quiet of our little wooded cottage on the lake.
Every season is beautiful on Lake Sara, with Spring and Fall being particularly pretty and quiet. Winter is wonderful with wood fires, quiet woodland walks, and plenty of books. The Summer water is great for swimming, and warm from May through September. Wake boarding, tubing, and water skiing are local favorites. There is good fishing for bass, crappie, catfish, and blue gill. Lake Sara sets aside special quiet hours for fishermen.
Lake Sara is situated in the middle of great Midwestern attractions, just off Interstates 57 and 70 outside Effingham, Illinois. We are 50 minutes from the horse-drawn buggies, antiques, and handmade furniture and quilts of Amish country in Arthur, Illinois. Just 2 hours north is Illinois' Capital and the new Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield.
St. Louis, with the Gateway Arch, its famous Zoo, the lovely Missouri Botanical Gardens (where our daughter was married), Busch Stadium, and Forest Park with Muni outdoor theatre, is 1 and a half hours west. The city with its local sites--including Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site--and wonderful restaurants are an easy day trip from Lake Sara.
Just north of St. Louis is historic Grafton, Illinois. The city is at the center of the region’s Bald Eagle watching area and proudly calls itself 'The Winter Home of The Bald Eagle.' Main Street is lined with restaurants, some antique, craft, and wine shops, and various other attractions, which makes Grafton a popular stopping place for bicyclists on the Sam Vadalabene Bike Trail or for visitors in search of fall foliage color and Bald Eagles. During the warmer months, visitors can take advantage of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers with boating, canoeing, and parasailing activities. There are two interesting river car ferries in the Grafton area. Five miles west of Grafton is Pere Marquette State Park, which is Illinois' largest and most popular state park.
Just 2 hours south is the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge outside Carbondale and the Shawnee National Forest. Chicago and all its sites is 3 and a half hours north, and Indianapolis 2 hours to the east.
The Corvette Fun Fest is held in Effingham each Fall. This year's dates, for the 20th Anniversary of the Fest, are September 19th through the 22nd. Stay with us and park your treasured Corvettes in our clean two-car garage.
Restaurants abound in Effingham. Thelma's Restaurant and The Firefly Grill are excellent for fine dining. Niemerg's Steakhouse is a good, inexpensive local favorite. El Rancherito and other local Mexican restaurants shine. And fast and slow chain restaurants of all types are available along the Interstates. There are also plenty of interesting local bars and a few very good wine shops to suit any tastes.
Effingham, at the center of a budding Central Illinois wine industry, is home to Tuscan Hills Winery, and the following wineries are within 50 miles.
Berryville Vineyards - Claremont, IL
Cameo Vineyards - Greenup, IL
Forsee Vineyards - Coffeen, IL
Fox Creek Vineyards - Olney, IL
Niemerg Family Winery - Findlay, IL
Orchard View Winery - Alma, IL
Pioneer Winery - Palestine, IL
Vahling Vineyards - Stewardson, IL
White Owl Winery - Birds, IL
Willow Ridge Vineyards & Winery - Shelbyville, IL
And finally, Effingham is the site of the World's Largest Cross. It rises 198 feet from the prairie, unobstructed, at the southern junction of Interstates 57 and 70.