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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.

Water, nature, outdoor fire pits (free firewood provided), screen porches, grilling, family board games and ping pong, fishing, swimming - relax and enjoy the R-n-R! The property sleeps 10. There are 3 bedrooms upstairs and the 4th bedroom in the basement to sleep 8 and bring your own air mattress or sleeping bags for the kids and there is plenty of room to sleep 10. 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 2 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 flat screen HD smart TV (access Netflix and Amazon Prime accounts) and DVD player in the living room and another flat screen HD smart 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:
19 August, 2017

About John and Laura Brummer

We are John and Laura. We just celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary. 19 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:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
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
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 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
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • 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
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Water fun and relaxation. Great place to make memories with family and friends.


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Lake Sara Waterfront R-n-R!
average rating of 4.8510637 based on 47 reviews

Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay at this lakeside home! The home was large and cozy, and the screened in porches were great places to hang out. We also enjoyed sitting out on the dock with the fire pit. The owners were wonderful, and quickly responded to any questions. I would definitely recommend this home for families or groups of friends!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The house was great! We had 4 generations at the house (10 people) and had more than enough space. The house was clean and everything was labeled so it was easy to find and operate. The lake access was calm, relaxing and easy for children to swim. We also brought our boat and docking at the house was very easy. The screened in porch was fantastic and was utilized every night! The owners responded very quickly to any question we had. We will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Family Get-A-Way

  • 5 of 5

Our family has stayed at this location for the second time this year and we are all hoping to make it a yearly tradition. The location is perfect for getting away from it all and unwinding. The house is spacious, clean, welcoming and fits our group perfectly (6 adults 4 children) without everyone being on top of each other. The screened in porch overlooking down into the lake manages to melt the stress away so much - it's convinced the wife and I to add one to our home. The owners are very responsive to any requests/issues a visiting family may have as our first stay in the house a storm knocked over a tree blocking the path down to the dock, the next morning it was promptly cut up and removed without any hassle on our part except an email explaining the situation. We made heavy use of the grill, dock and the kids enjoyed making smores with the fire pit.

We love this house and thank John and Laura for sharing it with us.


  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place to stay

  • 4 of 5

We loved staying at the house. The kids loved watching the hummingbirds from the screened in porch and swimming off the dock. Wasn't a fan of the old stove it did work but just wasn't a fan. The house was nice and clean. Owners were great to work with we would recommend this house to others..

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent family getaway.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, our 18 and 21 year old sons and my 72 year old mother in law and I stayed in this home for a full week. It was very nice and clean. It is also in a great location. The only thing that would have made it better is if there was a railing on the walkway down to the dock. It was a little to steep for my mother-in-law. However, we did find her a walking stick and she did just fine. The screened in porches are awesome! We also enjoyed Lake Sara. The fishing is good and the lake isn't crowded like some lakes we have been to. We definitely plan to return.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great weekend!

  • 5 of 5

The house was very nice and clean. Really enjoyed the screened in porches. Such a great area to drink coffee and enjoy the view of the lake, trees, and squirrels. We swam in the lake right off the dock. The towels and sheets were nice and the kitchen met all our needs. I would return to this house again.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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 the Heron Cove restaurant at the Bluegill Marina or Pinky's at Larson's Landing for great food. Get dinner and watch the boats cruise by...........


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Effingham, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
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
Summer 2018
28 May 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £66.03
Damage Deposit £194.2

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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