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Historic Summer Home on Beautiful Lake Maxinkuckee's East Shore

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

5 Bdrm+ 2 daybeds, 3.5 Bath on The Lake w/ 2 Screened Porches


The historic Hendricks-Hollowell Cottage is one of the original summer homes on the East Shore. The front (lakeside) half, built in the early 1880s by our great-grandmother's sister and her husband, is a gabled Queen Anne style. The back (streetside) half of the cottage was designed in the mid-1960s by local architect Rodney Todd, in mid-century modern style with Scandinavian influences.

The cottage is furnished with sturdy antiques that have been in our family for 5+ generations. Born in 1893, our grandfather, Tommie Hendricks, spent nearly every summer of his life here, on the lake, with his cousins from Peru and Logansport. As an adult, he wrote his memoirs about growing up with his friend Cole Porter and their summer shenanigans at Maxinkuckee.

The 3500 sq.ft. cottage sits on a bank 6 feet above 100 feet of shoreline and sandy-bottom water. The original section of the cottage, constructed in the early 1880s, faces the lake and has been lovingly restored. It retains most of its original Queen Anne features, such as decorated gables and trim, wood siding, wavy glass windows, and ornate Eastlake-style door and window hardware. This historic section includes: Downstairs – furnished screened porch (700 sq. ft.) across the entire front of the house, perfect for catching lake breezes or watching glorious Maxinkuckee sunsets; large living room with wood stove; library/sunroom (a great playroom for kids) with twin daybed; bedroom with 2 twin beds; full bath with shower/tub. Upstairs –1 full bath with shower; two bedrooms: 1) queen bed, ceiling fan with large window overlooking the lake; 2) w/ full-sized poster bed, ceiling fan, windows that open to the lake breezes.

This section, typical of its time, was built as a summer house only and does not have central heat or air. With open doors and windows, the lake breezes provide ample cooling on all but the hottest nights (when fans, sleeping on the porch, or a nighttime dip might be called for!) A high-efficiency wood stove, located in the living room, and radiant electric heaters provide heat as needed to this part of the house in May and October.

The mid-century modern half of the cottage (facing East Shore Drive) has central heat and AC. It includes: Downstairs – large dining room with cathedral ceiling, glass walls, and oak table that seats 10; large screened porch with ceiling fan, double futon bed, and breakfast nook; full kitchen with refrigerator, gas stove, dishwasher, and breakfast table; half bath; laundry room with utility sink, full washer and dryer, and small second fridge. Upstairs – two bedrooms; one with two twin beds and a trundle; the other with the option of a king bed or two twin XLs. The two bedrooms share a full bath with tub/shower. Please note that the upstairs in this part of the cottage is accessed via a spiral staircase, which may not be suitable for elder family members (but which kids and others love!).

Side yard includes a brick patio, outdoor charcoal grill, hammock, and plenty of room for bocce ball or croquet (sets provided). The garage has room for one car plus bikes or other equipment. Driveway parking lot accommodates 3 large cars, and there is additional parallel parking for 2 small cars (or 1 car with trailer.)

Alongside the pier are racks for the Old Town canoe and Current Designs kayak, and a small lift for the vintage sunfish. There's room on the pier to dock a small fishing boat; additional watercraft or rafts can be anchored in the water next to the pier or at the marina.

The swimming here is wonderful for kids. At the end of the pier, the water is about 4' deep with sandy bottom. Because the lake is spring-fed, it stays cool, even during the Indiana summer.

More Details

Julie Hollowell
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 July, 2017

About Julie Hollowell

My brother, sister, and I recently inherited our family's historic cottage. Growing up, we spent every summer here, with our parents and grandparents, swimming, boating, and enjoying the outdoors. One of us lives in Vermont and works as an environmental educator; another lives in the DC area and works at the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History; and one is an anthropologist based in Indianapolis. Offering the cottage as a vacation rental is a way to share a very special place that will help us continue to care for and restore this historic property.

Julie Hollowell purchased this cottage in 1921


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Culver in Marshall County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front
  • Lakefront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , adjoins downstairs bedroom; also opens into hallway
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , upstairs in 1883 section; serves 2 bedrooms
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Upstairs in newer section; serves 2 bdrms
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , downstairs in newer section
  • All bathrooms have new hi-efficiency toilets and new flooring
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , master 2nd story bdrm w/ antique couch, overlooks the lake
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , first floor, lake breezes, adjoining full bath
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Murphy Bed , 2 twins + 1 trundle = 3 beds; 1/2 wall overlooks dining room
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , antique 4-poster bed; optional pak-n-play crib with mattress
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , newer 2nd story, option of 2 twin XL beds or 1 king
  • Sleeps 10 - 12+ 5 private bedrooms. A. Two bedrooms upstairs in the older (1880s) section of the cottage: one with queen bed and the other with a double four-poster bed. These two bedrooms share a full bath with shower. B. One bedroom on the ground floor level in the 1883 section with 2 twin beds and adjoining full bath. C. Two bedrooms upstairs in the 1967 section (please note that this area is accessed via a spiral staircase): one bedroom has 2 twin-XL beds that have the option to become a king; second bedroom in this section has 2 twin beds and one trundle bed. These two bedrooms share a full bath with bathtub.shower. Additional alternative sleeping options include: daybed in the library/play room; a double futon bed/couch on the side porch; 2 portable child-size cotton futons; 2 pak-n-play cribs; 1 inflatable double mattress; 1 Mayan sleeping hammock on lakeside porch.
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Boating
  • paddle boating
  • Shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf pass optional
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Historic Summer Home on Beautiful Lake Maxinkuckee's East Shore
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews

Magical place!

  • 5 of 5

We were so fortunate that this gorgeous home was available last-minute for a family reunion/anniversary celebration. It was perfect for boating, biking, fishing, grilling, and (our favorite) sitting on the spacious screened porch to watch the sun set. Before the weekend was over, we were already making plans for a return trip. Special shout-out to owner Julie for being so helpful and accommodating.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming, convenient, great location

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is a great blend of old and new located in a convenient location on the East side of the Lake. The cottage had everything we needed and was where one would expect it to be.

It was wonderful for our family reunion and we highly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property is fantastic, right on the lake and stocked with everything needed for a stay.

  • 5 of 5

This was our second year at the cottage and it was even better than last year. The cottage has enough beds and baths to accommodate a large group. The four boats it comes with are fun, as is the great swimming right off the pier. Julie met us when we arrived and was gracious and helpful as ever. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will return next year.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Lake Vacation Spot

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our time at the cottage. The space was tremendous - we easily slept 10 adults and 2 children, and with the open eating area and multiple porches, there was plenty of room for us to spread out. We enjoyed taking the canoe out on the lake, and there was bocce ball and croquet available to play in the sizable yard.

And dealing with Julie was an absolute pleasure. She was very responsive to questions and definitely made us feel welcome in her home. I'd highly recommend staying here - I know we'd love to come back sometime.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome time at Lake Maxinkuckee

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we contacted Julie until we received our security back was a pleasure. What a true professional she was. The house was exactly as described. Great open areas, cool breezes and a wonderful grill and water toys. Was very quit and the neighbors were very friendly. We stayed in the old part of the house near the lakefront, what memories that brought back from our cottage on lake Maxinkuckee. Everything in the house worked and it had a very nice kitchen with lots of things included. The dock was great and it came with a sunfish sailboat and canoe and kayak. All were great fun. they even had sunscreen. Julie thought about everything.

The yard was nice and it was fun watering the flowers. Great hammocks. the front porch might have been the best place. Cool breezes and lots of quality chairs. Sandy beach and some sharp slippery rock at boat launch. Got charged 20 something for pulled window shade that was real old and broke but I guess that is how it goes. Parking was great and it was right across from the tennis courts. Glad Julie recycles and it had lots of environmental friendly touches. We loved the soaps and shampoos provided.

Overall a stellar experience. Thank You so much for sharing your family treasure. We especially loved the trophys and pictures in the upstairs....so much history. this family is a legend in the sailing community. Thanks Julie!!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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spectacular and comfortable cottage with plenty of room

  • 4 of 5

The property was fantastic and the host could not have been more gracious or accommodating. There were 10 of us and there was plenty of room to be together and for people to go off and have some quite time by themselves. Every creature comfort you could imagine was available. We loved the home and the side yard and availability of the kayak.

The sandy bottom lake that was shallow and gradually got deeper was perfect for swimming and lounging and for smaller children.

The lake side screened in porch was magical and we spent many wonderful hours there talking and enjoying the spectacular sunsets.

The very large charcoal grill was great for grilling out and we really appreciated all the very nice additional touches the host provided (spare beach towels, sailboat, kayak, canoe, large cooler, etc.)

We received a lot of wind, which cooled the cottage nicely, but made mooring our 20' ski boat stressful. I don't know if we hit a very unique weather pattern or there is always substantial wind on the east side of the lake as the weather tends to come out of the west or southwest.

We would not hesitate to fully recommend this cottage or the hostess. Both were exceptional!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
South Bend
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Lakehouse Grille and Bar
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Mystic Hills
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Hwy 31
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Culver Town Park

Our cottage is located in the the middle of the east shore of Lake Maxinkuckee, the 2nd largest natural lake in Indiana, fed by 21 underwater springs. We are 2 hours from Indianapolis and 2 hours from downtown Chicago. The beautiful grounds of Culver Academies are 2 miles down the road; the town of Culver is 3 miles away. Lake Maxinkuckee has been a summer resort since the 1880s, when our cottage was first built (by my great grandmother's sister and her husband). Swimming,tubing, waterskiing, sailing, and paddling are daily activities on the lake from late May through September. It's an 11-mile bike ride around the lake. On Saturdays visit the Farmers' Markets in Culver or in Plymouth (our county seat, 15 miles away) where you'll find local meats, fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and crafts.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Culver, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
2 Jun 2017 - 15 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Labor Day weekend
1 Sep 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Late summer/early fall
5 Sep 2017 - 16 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £153.58
Departure Housecleaning £115.18
Tax Rate 7.0%

CLEANING SERVICE CHARGE is $150 for a stay of one week or less.
If you book a 2-week stay, you have the option to request additional cleaning and will be billed as charged.
CANCELLATION POLICY: In the event of cancellation, the amount already paid will be returned, minus a cancellation fee of $100 for cancellations that occur 90 days or more prior to the reserved arrival date, or $200 for cancellations that occur less than 90 days prior to expected arrival.
STAYS OF 4 WEEKS OR MORE receive a discount of $500/week.
STAYS OF >30 DAYS are exempt from the 7% Indiana sales tax.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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