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Lake Sara Waterfront R-n-R!

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

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

John and Laura Brummer
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
27 April, 2017

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!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Effingham in Douglas

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
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 ...
  • 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.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(37 traveller reviews)

Lake Sara Waterfront R-n-R!
average rating of 4.8378377 based on 37 reviews

Great place! Nice Lake!

  • 4 of 5

This is our second time staying at this home and our third long weekend visit to Lake Sara. The home is as shown with a great screened in porch for meals and relaxing. It is clean and comfortable. The home is in a quiet cove (no big lake view).

We like Lake Sara given it is about 3.5 hours from western suburbs of Chicago , has a lot of good restaurants in Effingham, and is a quiet lake. The wildlife is good with osprey, bald eagle, deer, ducks, geese, herons, and lots of turtles. My husband bass fishes and does ok (all catch and release).

The kitchen has good supplies, the bedrooms are comfortable and the home has a washer and dryer. We would recommend Lake Sara and this home to others.

The only thing to note is that the covered dock is used and so boat parking is along side and not covered. Dock does have electricity. The deck above is good.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place for a guys getaway weekend.

  • 5 of 5

We had 10 guys stay here for a weekend and it was a blast. The house was fully furnished which was perfect for what we needed. It had everything you might have wanted (coffee maker, toaster, crock pot, coffee grinder, storage dishes, bedding, towels, etc) It had 2 tv's for video games, screened in porch for cigars, a ping pong table where we had a tournament, sleeping accommodations for everyone (although 2 people had to use couches). The weather wasn't good, otherwise we would have used the fire pit and maybe explored the lake and Effingham more. Thanks for a great weekend.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great property and thoughtful host

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay, and they went out of their way to ensure we were comfortable, from leaving clear instructions for everything to calling to let us know about am extra fire pit by the lake in case we wanted to use it. Thanks!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Definetly R and R

  • 5 of 5

We use to come to Lake Sara with our kids when they were younger. This was our first trip back with just the two of us. John and Laura's waterfront home made us remember why we love Lake Sara so much. We felt right at home. Their home is cozy yet spacious, loved the master bathroom and the jacuzzi tub. The location was quiet and the weather was so nice which allowed us to enjoy the screened in porch, the dock and the canoe allowed us to enjoy the lake and even do a little fishing. The home had everything we needed for our stay, it's clean and well maintained. This was kind of a last minute trip and John got back to us right away with all the info we needed and everything was exactly as described in the email. It was a hassle free experience which we really appreciated. All in all it was exactly the getaway we needed. Would recommend to anyone looking for a little R-N-R.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Girls Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely fabulous! The place was spotless. All we had to bring was food and drink. Being Mom's, we were prepared for for items we would need. We could have left ALL our stuff at home. Everything you could need was already there.

The screened in porch was large enough for all 10 of us to hang out on. It was a very peaceful place to have morning coffee and watch the squirrels and birds.

Can't wait to go back!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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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, USA

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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
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

Housekeeping Fee £65.95 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £271.55
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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