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Lake Sara Waterfront R-n-R!

32 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday cottage in Effingham - The Hideout

4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, with beautiful view of dock and water.

New Updates: New vinyl wood flooring has been installed upstairs. And two new flat screen HD Smart TV's. Updates are completed! The property sleeps 8. Bring your own air mattress and there is room to sleep 10. There are 3 bedrooms upstairs and the 4th bedroom in the basement. The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking a feast. There is an oven/range and microwave, refrigerator with ice-maker, coffee maker, dishwasher, toaster and all typical utensils, glasses, plates, etc. There is also a Weber gas grill and full spare tank for grilling out. There are large screen porches (250 sq. ft. each) off the living room and the walkout basement that are fully equipped for your relaxation including a porch swing. The master bathroom comes with a Jacuzzi tub for two and separate shower and the hallway bathroom has a traditional tub/shower combo. There is cable TV and wireless internet for your use. There is a TV and DVD player in the living room and another TV in the basement for any separate viewing needs. The basement also has a ping-pong table for some fun and use on a rainy afternoon. Outdoor amenities include two picnic tables - one in the yard and one at the dock, a hammock for some lazy day napping and reading, and stocked bird feeders for the company of local hummingbirds, orioles, woodpeckers, etc. There is a gradual concrete walkway down to the water and a large dock to tie up your boat. The dock has a concrete roof and railing and is equipped with a fire pit and umbrella table and chairs. There is also a canoe for your morning paddles around the cove. The property has central air conditioning and heating for your comfort. There is also a washer and dryer with an iron and ironing board for your convenience. The driveway will easily accommodate 4 vehicles.

There are two marinas on Lake Sara. Both are terrific. Stop in for gas or check them out for your snack, soda, beer or liquor needs. They also rent pontoon boats, tubes, and kayaks for your water fun. Bluegill marina is 217-343-7761 and Larson's Landing is 217-868-2791. Or you can find them both on Facebook.

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

John and Laura Brummer
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 October, 2016
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About John and Laura Brummer

We are John and Laura. We just celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary. 18 years ago we dreamed of one day owning a lake property and we were able to make that come true in 2007. John grew up in Effingham and having fun on Lake Sara so it was easy to know where to get a beautiful lake property.

John and Laura Brummer purchased this cottage in 2007

Why John and Laura Brummer chose Illinois

We bought this property because we love nature, birds, water and the fishing and fun that comes with it. We love days of lazy mornings with coffee on the porch and followed by nights of drinks on the porch with friends. We love night fires on the dock under the stars and afternoon floats in the water on a hot day. Lake Sara and this property for us is a hide-away to relax and while away the days making memories and enjoying time with friends and family.

What makes this cottage unique

The property is designed for maximum enjoyment. There is a yard area for your yard games of bags, washers, etc. The screen porches are set out to relax and have great views down to the water. There is nature everywhere with large oak trees looking over the entire property. The bird watching is amazing.

Lake Sara is a gem of a lake. The swimming and fishing from the dock is terrific or you can go out on the 800 acre lake and have a blast fishing, skiing, tubing or just cruising around. The two marina on the lake do a great job of catering to recreational needs. And the public beach is a great spot for a picnic getaway and now offers a public dock where you can tie up your boat. The options to relax and have fun are many!


based on 32 holidaymaker reviews

Lake Sara Waterfront R-n-R!
average rating of 4.84375 based on 32 reviews

Very convenient

  • 4 of 5

We attending a wedding on Lake Sara. The location of this house was perfect for all of our activities. The house is dated but it had everything we needed. There are lots of towels, cooking utensils and equipment, games. The house has wi-fi which was very nice. There is plenty of space to spread out and it was so much better than being in a hotel room. It was a cooler weekend so we really did not get to use the lake much.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very glad that the property worked out well for you! It is nice with a wedding or visiting other friends on the lake not to have to travel far. When you mention dated I think about the older wall paper. That has been a funny experience for us because when we bought the place 9 years ago we thought we would remove the wall paper, but so many of our family and friends loved it that we ended up keeping it. We do work to keep the important mechanicals of heating, air condition, plumbing all updated, but it seems like some of the "dated" stuff is what gives the place that great "getaway" feel. We took a picture of every room in the house so our renters can see exactly what the place offers. Thank you for staying with us!
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Peaceful, quiet and perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We were in town as a vendor for the Corvette FunFest @ Mid America Motorworks, all the hotels were sold out and we needed at least 3 rooms, renting a home was a risk, not knowing at all what we were getting in to, but I'm so glad we did! The show was exhausting and this home was the perfect safe, quiet haven to rest and recuperate each evening. It was clean, and well supplied with everything we needed in place.

The only negative were the mosquitos in the evening but the screened in patio helped with that.

We will definitely try to be back next year. The owners were a breeze to work with!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is amazing seeing the success of the Corvette Funfest over the years. What a great event for the town of Effingham. Nothing like a party where thousands of Corvettes show up! I can easily see how working it could be exhausting, but hope you had great success as a vendor! We love hearing about how the home was comfortable and relaxing for others and will continue working to keep it that way. Thank you for staying with us. Hope to see you again next year!
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Great view and a great house

  • 5 of 5

Even though it rained, we had plenty to do due to the size of the house. Great place to stay!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying with us! Mother Nature doesn't always cooperate. Being able to sit out on the screen porches and enjoy a nice rain storm and play some board games or cards is a pretty nice way to spend some time. Or some fun games of ping pong too.
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Lone Jack, Missouri


  • 5 of 5

We rented this home for our annual girls trip. This was the perfect place to unwind and catch up on life! We had 5 adults and the sleeping arrangements could not have worked out better. We spent most of our time enjoying the screened in porches...for coffee in the morning, lunch and even dinner. We loved it and plan to go back!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Love it! Glad you and your friends have a fun stay! My wife and I think that there is something special about those screen porches that makes the conversation and laughter come pouring out. Thanks for staying with us!
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Great house. Great family vacation. Would reccomend. So much to do. Boating, swimming, canoeing .

  • 5 of 5

Would recommend. Screened decks great for grandkids. Swimming, canoeing and fishing so much fun. Rented pontoon boat and went tubing. Grandkids enjoyed camping out in basement with gma and gpa. Fantastic Family Vacation. House was retro decor but great.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lincoln, NE

First family get together!

  • 5 of 5

My two sisters and I were looking for a place about halfway between our homes for our families to meet. This property had all the things we were looking for and then some. Nice little area to swim off the boat dock. We made s'mores with the fire pit that was on the patio above the boat, really cool! This place was surprisingly spacious, no one ever felt cramped. The two screened in porches was probably where we spent most of our time. Many games and conversations.

Now we didn't spend all our time at the property. The girls got to enjoy the beach where they sunned, swam, and collected shells. The guys played golf just down road from the property at Fore Play, 9-hole course. We were treated amazing by the owners. Great conversation! Had a pretty cool gas station on the corner and a Dollar General across the way. Seems as if they had everything you could want.

We did have a thunderstorm come thru and I think this is very important when it comes to emergencies. Power was out and a tree had fallen over from the winds. John and Laura did a good job of keeping us up to date on what was happening. Power crew had power back up and running in no time. The housekeeper and her son took care of the tree in a timely manner. Kids enjoyed the chainsaw cutting the tree apart. I thought they were on the ball when it came to stuff like this. Kudos!

Truly a great experience for our famiilies and we were wishing for another day or two! No doubt in our minds we will be coming back! Great place, great people, great fun! Thanks for the memories.


  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to have you and your family stay with us! We don't charge extra for the excitement mother nature can provide. Glad it all worked out well. Our housekeeper does an great job for us and is always concerned about people enjoying themselves. We'd love to have you come back and make more memories. The s'mores are even yummier the 2nd year.............
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Bluegill Marina or Larson's Landing
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Cardinal Golf Course and the Fore-Way Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Firefly Grill
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Lake Sara Beach

Check out the Trek Trail for hiking and biking, Frye Pottery for an interesting art gallery to visit, Corvette Mid-America for car enthusiasts and the Legacy Harley Davidson dealership for motorcycle enthusiast, Ballard Nature Center for more hiking and outdoor fun, and shopping downtown Effingham for cool stuff. There are fun bars in the area to enjoy some beverages and live music and even a little gambling if you like - the Gabby Goat, the Orchard Inn, Tuscan Hills Winery, and Village Wine and Gifts and the Firefly Grill. For more live entertainment options also check out the Effingham Performance Center that brings in national touring music, comedy and theater acts. Try the fried chicken at Neimerg's, the hibachi grill and sushi at Fujiyama Steakhouse, the Mexican food at Taqueria Don Pedro, and Witt's Smokehouse for tasty BBQ. All within a very short car ride. Or you can just take your boat to Zona's on the Lake at the Bluegill Marina for a tasty pizza or boat over to Pinky's at Larson's Landing for some tasty eats. Get dinner and watch the boats cruise by...........


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Effingham, Illinois

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Memorial Day weekend 2017
26 May 2017 - 28 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
29 May 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
4th of July 2017
30 Jun 2017 - 6 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day weekend 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
Corvette Funfest 2017
14 Sep 2017 - 16 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £48
Housekeeping Fee £61 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Effingham, USA

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi , Tub is a Jacuzzi that fits 2.
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , In basement
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • Kayaking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Water fun and relaxation. Great place to make memories with family and friends.

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