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Lake Sara Waterfront R-n-R!

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 June, 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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • 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
  • 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.


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Lake Sara Waterfront R-n-R!
average rating of 4.8536587 based on 41 reviews
Kenney, Illinois

Great Location with Everything You Need!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the house for a long weekend with 8 adults. The house has plenty of room to gather and yet enough room to get away for some alone time if you want. The screened porches were wonderful. The ceiling fans on the upper level porch made it very comfortable to be outside even on a hot day (temp mid 90's). The dock is a place to catch some sun and to use the fire pit at night for s'mores. The house was very clean and in good repair. We will definitely consider on our next gathering.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
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We loved the property! It was cozy, quiet, and relaxing. The owners were wonderful to work with!

  • 5 of 5

The property was very well taken care of and really close to the marina where we rented a pontoon for the weekend. We especially loved the screened in porch and there was plenty of space for everyone to sleep comfortably. The owners were great and made the stay easy and fun! Thank you for a fantastic weekend!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very nice, and clean.

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't of asked for a better home to stay. Very clean, everything you would need to cook a meal was supplied. We all would definitely come back.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Property and Owners!

  • 5 of 5

This is a great house! Very clean. Bedrooms are good size. Kitchen is well stocked. Wifi works perfectly. The screened porches are awsome. Great fishing right off the dock. The owners are amazing. You cant go wrong staying at this place. No complaints what so ever. Highly recommended. We will be coming back for sure.

  • Review Submitted: May 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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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

Rental Basis:
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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
4th of July Holiday Week 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 7 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Housekeeping Fee £65.71 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £270.56
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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