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Come and escape to paradise. Enjoy the legend!

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bathrooms with accommodations For large Groups

Legend says the big bend in the Rock River at Grand Detour happened because the river was so beautiful there, she turned around for one last look at her beauty as she flowed downstream. Come and enjoy the legend!

The master bedroom and bath are located for privacy on the main floor. A patio window opens onto a deck with great views of the river. Two other bedrooms are located upstairs with a shared 3/4 bathroom and boast a beautiful river view with wildlife. The main floor has a large great room with a full kitchen and dining area. The dining table can accommodate 10 people comfortably. A large natural stone fireplace and several sitting areas complete the room while you enjoy the outdoor views. The lower level has a bar with seating for 8, and a comfortable sitting area where you can enjoy the warmth that another natural stone fireplace offers.

The large front yard has plenty of room for playing and offers river banks on both sides for fishing. Catfish and walleye are plentiful! If you like, throw up a tent and enjoy the night skies and sounds before you drift into tranquil sleep!

Several decks around the house are made for relaxing while you enjoy the day or evening on this beautiful river. The rear yard has a large fire pit, complete with firewood and rustic seating. Bring your guitar and have a sing along with the owls or tell ghost stories long into the night!

While the river channel and mill race can be very shallow and not appropriate for launching a boat, a public boat launch is located within one mile and several others launches are just a few miles away. Canoe and kayak rentals are available seven miles up river in Oregon, IL. A canoe trip takes you through a Castle Rock State Park and Lowden Miller State Forest and affords many opportunities to enjoy the limestone/sandstone bluffs and the thrill of watching eagles fish in the river.

More Details

Ken Oltmanns
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 February, 2017


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Grand Detour, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2250 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Master bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Jacuzzi
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Just off the Great Room.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , Nice view of the river
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , nice view of the river
    Master - 1 Large Double Bed , It has a patio door opening unto a deck facing the river.
  • The beds are memory foam mattresses.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • festivals
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • Kayaking
  • rafting
  • water tubing
This house has been newly renovated.


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(11 traveller reviews)

Come and escape to paradise. Enjoy the legend!
average rating of 4.5454545 based on 11 reviews

New Year's Eve

  • 5 of 5

Our stay here was perfect! The house was secluded on a beautiful island and the view was lovely. Our party was great and the house had everything we might need from utensils to firewood. We will definitely visit again! Great place.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nashville TN

Tranquil / Great for family or quiet get away....

  • 5 of 5

Needed to decompress from stressful job & the daily stresses of everyday life... It was very nice relaxing environment, quiet. View of river, sound of water, small wildlife running around birds singing, if you like to fish or have little ones, it is perfect. No busy highways to worry about. Clean, Comfortable & Cared for in every way. Owner supplied every request I had and was on call for my whole stay. Grand kids loved to be able to fish & sit by the fire pit. Very comfortable restful place. Highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A beautiful place to stay

  • 4 of 5

We spend 3 nights on the island and it was amazing. The house was really nice, very spacious. It was the perfect space for the family. We did have a few issues with the gate to get on the property but Ken was quick to fix it.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Positively a wonderful vacation spot.

  • 5 of 5

On my 80th Birthday our Children came from points beyond. The home and grounds are beautiful. It's close to the highway but secluded in the woods surrounded by The Rock River. We sat around the Fire pit and watched the Lightening Bugs and the Shooting Stars...all in abundance.

A wonderful affordable vacation spot.

Shirley Fischer from The Bolivar Peninsula in Texas.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic getaway

  • 5 of 5

Great getaway property! This is the second year we have enjoyed the privacy and scenery of this unique spot. The house is clean, stocked with necessities, and has everything you need for a great stay. Can't say enough about how much we enjoyed this place.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Family Wedding Destination

  • 5 of 5

We rented this spacious, comfortable and inviting home for several reasons:

The location, available dates, casual comfort that fits our family's style, extra large yards,

river frontage, fire pit for enjoying the starry skies, giant table that could seat us all at one time

and a sense of pride and interest by the owner and excellent property manager, Kathy.

We were married at the Franklin Creek Grist Mill and celebrated our love and love of family there.

So many precious moments, echoing laughter and tearful joy were shared.

Staying here made our special event perfect.

You will not be disappointed. If you do find something needs attention, Kathy is available to

help you in your need...within reason...She will not come over at night and make a fresh dough pizza but other than that....you will be glad you booked this stay.


LOVE IS AGELESS... The Bride, (that's me) is 70 and my groom is 80

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
31 Miles
Chicago/Rockford International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Lost Nation Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
I 88
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Galena Steak House
Car: necessary

There are 5 beautiful state parks in the area within a 15 minute ride. You can hike and picnic at all of them. They offer beautiful prairie, forest and river vistas with plenty of hiking trails and picnic areas. Wild life is plentiful. Deer and wild turkeys are seen frequently. The tree canopies offer fabulous birding opportunities.

John Deere Historic Site is less than a mile away. You can explore his original workshop/forge and his home and grounds. This site offers an amazing view of life in the1860's and a wealth of knowledge about how the original self cleaning plow was invented and how it changed agriculture forever.

The town of Dixon is conveniently located just 5 miles away. As the childhood home of former United States President Ronald Reagan, there are several historic places to visit and learn, including his boyhood home and The Northwest Territory Historical museum. The downtown area offers some exciting and multi-cultural choices in dining experiences. The Next Picture Show, an art gallery, offers exhibits by many local artists. Groceries and shopping are available at several locations around town.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Grand Detour, Illinois

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Refundable Damage Deposit £558

prices subject to change until deposit is received

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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