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The Redbud Cottage--Beach & Quiet. Lake Sara Waterfront & Wood Fires.

People8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

3 Bedrooms with King Beds, 2 Baths. On The Lake. Sunny Deck & Wood Fireplace.

Located in the heart of central Illinois, the Redbud Cottage at Lake Sara is a great destination for families or friends, or a perfect stopover for a trip through the Great Midwest. With your own swimming beach, a floating dock to play on, 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. The Summer water is wonderful for swimming, and warm from May through September. Enjoy eating on our old family picnic table by the water. Watch the kids swim or play on the beach, or have fun taking a lovely float yourself in Lake Sara's clean, warm water.

Wake boarding, tubing, and water skiing are local favorites. There is good fishing for bass, crappie, catfish, and blue gill, especially in the Spring and Fall. Lake Sara sets aside special quiet hours for fishermen. Winter is a great time for crisp woodsy walks and warming fires.

Our 3 bedroom, 2 bath cottage sleeps up to 8 in our 3 king size beds and a couple of wonderful wide sleeping couches in front of the fireplace. We have a nice kitchen with a Keurig Coffemaker, a French coffee press, a dishwasher, and all new dishes and pots and pans. Our washer and dryer and two-car garage make this a perfect spot for an extended stay. A canoe and a kayak available for the use of our guests.

Inside, enjoy the separation of a master suite upstairs, as well as the two-and-a-half story, book-filled living room with its massive stone fireplace. You can burn local wood that you'll find stacked at your door. One of our favorite sports is sitting with a book in front of the fire--wine and s'mores are optional.

Our lot is full of tall, beautiful oaks and maples, and is in a pretty neighborhood on the quiet western end of Lake Sara. Redbud trees line Lorton road and are being planted among our woods, bringing their vivid purple/pink flowers in Spring. Views from our huge deck are all water and trees--you can only see one other house. The Lake is surrounded by good Illinois farmland, so it's a wonderful spot for long flat bike rides and walks.

More Details

Owner
David Hartmann
Member since: 2013
Speaks French, Spanish, I speak a very little bit of Spanish and French.
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
22 September, 2017

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 Illinois

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.

Location

firefly grill
Martin's IGA Plus
El Rancherito
Village Wine & Gifts
Cameo Vineyards
Tuscan Hills Winery
Rural King Supply
Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Coles County Memorial Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Witts' Barbecue; Larson's Landing on the Lake
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Cardinal Golf and 4Ways Golf Courses
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Amtrak Chicago-New Orleans line stops in Effingham
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Interstate 57 (N/S) and 70 (E/W) meet in Effingham
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Witts' Barbecue; Zona's on the Lake
Nearest Beach
Private beach on property.
Car: necessary

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.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Effingham in Douglas

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • rural ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Modern, and very private on the second floor.
    Main Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Modern, on main floor.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Glenna's Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Green like Glenna's 'Green House' on the Lake
    Redbud Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Master Bedroom has a lovely king-size pencil post bed and plenty of storage. On the second floor with the Master Bathroom. The two bedrooms on the first floor have king-size beds and are adjacent to the main bathroom on the first floor.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • Kayaking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Notes:
Massages (for a separate fee) are available from Serenity Theraputic Massage--815-829-5090--Barb Kilzer, Proprietor. Highly recommended by David and Dee!

Reviews

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The Redbud Cottage--Beach & Quiet. Lake Sara Waterfront & Wood Fires.
average rating of 4.7708335 based on 96 reviews
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Everything you could need to enjoy a restful vacation!

  • 4 of 5

Our book club stayed here for a couple of days and we truly loved the place. The kitchen was well stocked and the fire pit is perfectly placed to enjoy the fire and the view of the lake. Loved the fact that they even included a wheel barrel to carry the wood down to stock the pit. Nice little area to launch the kayaks and to swim if you want. One small down side was the easy chair which was a little to loved but the rest of the furniture was fine and the beds were very comfy.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

House seemed kinda cluttered but enjoyed the outdoor experience

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed the use of the canoe and kayaks. Showers were nice and hot. Beds big and comfortable.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Very nice, indeed!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week. Cottage was well appointed; abundant clean, white towels; bathrooms very clean; comfortable beds; kitchen offers many small appliances; enjoyed washer and dryer availability; appreciated all the paper towels, soaps (bathroom, kitchen, laundry). Placement of property on the lake is wonderful for viewing and enjoyment! Great deck for relaxing and enjoying water view.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

We really had a good time. Very accommodating for 8 adults.

  • 4 of 5

Great place. Bedrooms, baths and kitchen very nice. Couch good for sleeping not for sitting. (Same for love seat). Light over dining table useless, gave no light whatsoever. Deck and deck furniture outstanding. We gathered for breakfast there every morning. Plenty of clean linens. Kayaks and canoe were a pleasant addition as was the wheelbarrow to haul firewood for the firepit which we enjoyed. We were not able to utilize the dock area as we did not bring boats (hopefully next time). Hoping to return next summer. Directions were clear and easy to understand.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very glad that this family had a nice stay despite a few issues. We apologize for that kitchen light. It's dimmer switch was broken, and it has been replaced. We are glad to know that our big, deep couch and loveseat are comfortable for sleeping. They provide our overflow sleeping spots. For comfy sitting, well, I think you need to take your shoes off, tuck your feet under, and snuggle! We certainly appreciate the compliments on our deck, half of which was rebuilt this year. The other half should be done this Fall, particularly if this wonderful weather holds. We certainly hope you'll come back and visit again.
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Lovely time with 4 boys

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the Redbud cottage with our four young boys. The swim-off beach was just what we were looking for as our kids are still so young. It fit our family of six nicely and was priced well. We had to move a few decorative items out of the way, but felt comfortable with our 21-month-old navigating the house. There is definitely some cool wildlife on the property, both desirable and undesirable. We saw a ton of amazing butterflies, dragonflies and frogs, but also a very large water snake that gave me the willies.

The best part about the cottage is that the owner provides so much stuff. I really appreciated the towels and linens as well as ample toilet paper, paper towels, dishsoap and even shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. I also really appreciated the coffee pods. Makes you feel like you are staying at a friends house. I've rented places that don't so much as give you toilet paper. We only stayed for four nights so it was nice not to have to buy all of that stuff.

Thank you for a lovely time. Also, a suggestion to families. If you don't mind driving 10-15 to town, there is a great ice cream stand called Homewood Grill on Willow St. Nice place to go with kids.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Picturesque!

  • 5 of 5

We immensely enjoyed this clean, comfortable property in one of the most beautiful corners of Effingham County. This is definitely the best kept secret on Lake Sara!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Effingham, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Memorial Day Weekend 2018
25 May 2018 - 27 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
£585
 
 
Summer 2018
28 May 2018 - 3 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
£337
for 2 nights
From
£141
From
£157
Fri,Sat
£918
£3,193
 
 
4th of July 2018
2 Jul 2018 - 4 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
£585
 
 
Labor Day Weekend 2018
31 Aug 2018 - 2 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
£585
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£290
for 2 nights
From
£118
From
£133
Fri,Sat
£761
£2,409
 

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £51.57
Pet Fee £147.34

We're sorry, but our rates are higher for these special Holidays and weekends. We regularly have high demand to rent on Lake Sara during these Family Holidays. PLEASE NOTE: We have a STRICT NO PETS POLICY. Sorry. The pet fee listed will be applied if we find that guests bring their pets uninvited. We don't mean to be rude--we have pets ourselves--but we don't share them with others.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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