|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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Escape to your own private paradise with exclusive access to the ENTIRE property. Spacious, open floor plan combined with room for everyone. Rejuvenate, Reconnect, Re-center - find your happy place in this 3-level, quirky and unique property.
Entry leading into amazing 35 foot angled foyer with a sunken living room/lounge complete with a natural gas fireplace (firewood provide upon request). Attached to the living room/lounge is a formal dining room with seating for 8 people. There is also outside seating on the deck for 10+ people along with elevated dining for four. The 750 sq. ft. deck has breath-taking views of the forest and a charcoal grill. The dinning room leads directly into the kitchen equiped with some retro & some updated appliances - Embracing 4 decades of quirky late 20th Century styles. The groovy gallery of a hallway features a brilliant, abstract expressionist acryllic triptych that leads guests from the entry living room/lounge to the large, cozy family room surrounded with floor to ceiling glass and has a sectional sofa with an 35 foot angled ceiling looking up to the loft. Despite its total seclusion (nearly 450ft from the road on a wooded 3-acre ravine) the country home boasts lightning fast 100 Mbps Wi-Fi Internet, a 55" Sony Bravia Smart TV with access to Netflix, HBO, XBOX One, Blu-Ray player, & large DVD collection. There are board games, books, and so many things to do along with the space everyone needs to enjoy them in!
The master suite, located on the first floor, contains a California king bed and wardrobe. Connected to the master is a private bathroom with a shower/bathtub. Outside of the master suite is a half bath. Near the front door, there is a large utility room complete with washer and dryer. The staircase leads you up to upper foyer with architecturally unique views of the whole first floor. It also has two large bedrooms - the green suite with 48" Smart TV & new super comfy queen size bed. The other room is an 80's style with super comfy, new queen bed bed that sharing a 2nd floor bathroom straight of the catalogs of 1984 - crazy quirky chic. Ohh, but wait... It doesn't stop there! Next you wind up the tower staircase to the third story where you can find two additional loft bedrooms (both brady-bunch-esque.) each with two built-in twin bunk beds (That's 4 new, comfy twin beds!), along with wickedly INSANE woodland canopy views!
The two acre front yard boasts numeous gardens of dwarf conifers, native river birches, weeping spruces, gorgeous maples, and new age herbaceous perennial gardens , mature ornamental grasses that lead you into another realm. (The house is set 450 feet back from the road with a long winding circle driveway.) Use the huge yard to throw a frisbee, play badminton, go for a walk, or catch some rays. Enjoy stories, s’mores, and more around the secluded side-yard fire-pit; Just wait until you see the stars! The backyard is one acre and fully wooded with a majestic ravine. All of this combined to make a one-of-a-kind property that will transport you and your guests on an unforgettable journey. Your private paradise awaits! It's such a unique getaway and I look forward to sharing with you!
Close to Starved Rock State Park, Princeton's Theatre Festival 56, rafting/canoeing on the Vermilion River, and outdoor beauty rarely experienced in Illinois. You will not forget your stay!
Bedrooms - All Bedrooms have new, comfortable mattresses always with clean, fresh linens for you and your guest's comfort. Besides all the main beds there are 2 large sectional couches that can each easily sleep additional people comfortably. Extra linens are available and I encourage my guests to try out different rooms as they are all-unique and offer different incredible views and experiences of the house. Please keep in mind that the house is a 70's/80's Contemporary and I have retained most of that cheekiness to offer a refreshing change from the standard beige boxes and blah furnishings.
Bathrooms - Plenty of fresh towels and wash clothes are provided. The bathrooms are all thoroughly cleaned and while not outfitted with super trite new fixtures, are comfortable and accommodating.
Children - With three floors and so many cool rooms and areas children of all ages absolutely love it! (Especially the loft bunk beds.) The properties seclusion (over 450 ft from quiet out-of-the-way cul-de-sac) makes for a very safe environment for kids and adults to explore the yard and surrounding woods.
Pets - Most house-trained dogs are welcome, but please message me with the age, breed and any other info about them. The property is home to two awesome Corgi's that absolutely adore the property! So by all means, bring the doggies along!
Age Requirement - While this is a great house for gatherings it must be respected. I would be open to speaking with younger groups before hand (21-25), but generally all guests should be over or around 25 years of age.
Smoking - No Smoking!!! No smoking cigarettes in or near the house, PLEASE. If necessary, please do so away from the house and YOU are responsible for collecting/cleaning any litter. You woudn't want to spoil paradise!
Kitchen – Fully stocked and updated Mod/Retro Kitchen contains a NEW large fridge, convection oven, gas-range, large sink with garbage disposal, and NEW dishwasher. You may use any dishes and tools during your stay. (Pots & pans, spices, glassware, French Press coffee & everything needed to cook the perfect meals!)
Creative Director, Entrepreneurial, Day-Dreaming, Corgi-Loving, Coffee addicted, Master Gardener & Avid Abstract Expressionist Art Collector Extraordinaire… I enjoy reading Science Fiction/Fantasy & nonfiction, cooking the night away with close friends and enjoying this beautiful life!
Josh purchased this house in 2007
Seriously Amazingly Breath-Taking Forested Extreme Ravine Deck combined with Seclusion and 4-levels of 70's contemporary architecture really stood out. I knew I had found my true home in the universe after seeing it for the first time. Pure Paradise with access to Princeton's prolific Art & Theatre Scene, Amtrak Station to Chicago and Hornbaker Gardens.
Large enough to provide all guests with privacy if they want combined with perfect 1st floor open layout to facilitate stellar dinner parties, socializing in an Architect-built one of a kind far-out Property that is Perfectly secluded from the world along with Extreme 100Mpbs Lightning fast broadband Cable internet, A totally awesome natural gas wood buring fireplace, room to host holidays and events all so close to State Parks (Starved Rock, White Pines, Lowden, Franklin Creek, Nachusa Grasslands and so much natural beauty! Yeah, and Princeton is filled with warm, cultured, brilliantly amazing people. It's a total gem!
We rented this house months ahead of our vacation week in August of 2015. A couple of weeks before we were set to arrive the owner contacted us to see if we could come in one day later to accommodate a group that wanted to come in between our reservation and the previous reservation. I told him that we were driving in for this three-day weekend from several spots in the Midwest and we really wanted the three nights we had reserved but if he could find us other accommodations for the first night in the same area, we'd be willing to give up our first night. He refunded the first night back to us without finding another spot because he said that he wasn't able to find anything. We told him that wouldn't be acceptable and that we would give the money back to him and stay with the original contract. In the meantime, he went to Europe and did not return any of our messages. Since he didn't contact us, we made the assumption that he had worked things out so we headed to Illinois on the original day we had booked. The people in the first group to arrive from Minnesota and used the code to open the front door and the house was a disaster — absolutely filthy. When the second car was close to arriving from Ohio we were calling the rental company to express our concerns and ask that a cleaning crew be sent to the property. Just as we pulled into town we got the world that the entire reservation had been cancelled earlier that day without us being told. By that time the third car from Wisconsin was about two hours away. We vacated the property and as we were leaving two men pulled up and asked what we were doing there. They said they had rented the house and had it rented through the weekend. So, there we were with two car loads of people, including a toddler, another car on the way and no place to stay for our three-day weekend. What was supposed to be a fun-filled family vacation started off with one of the most stressed-filled days for our entire party thanks to this home owner. We would not recommend renting this place.
Our family has rented homes thru VRBO many times and have had great experiences. We enjoyed our stay at this home simply because we were together as a family and there is a lot to do in this area, but would caution future renters about this property. This owner will promise much, but will not deliver. We visited the home prior to our stay, and the owner gave us a brief tour. He indicated that the lower level floor was being replaced due to water damage and would be available to us upon our arrival. It was locked and unavailable to us upon arrival. He showed us a pile of weeds that he indicated would be a pristine fire pit upon our arrival. It was still a pile of weeds when we arrived. His ad boasts 4 TVs and indeed there are 4 TVs, but only one is functional. The owner gave us the incorrect key code and was out of the country so couldn't provide the correct one until many hours after he'd promised we could arrive. We are glad to say that our experience with this property is an isolated one, and with all the lovely properties to choose from, I'd recommend potential renters continue looking.
The house was near enough to Starved Rock to be a feasible drive for day hikes. It was also a very good price for the location since it was about 30 minutes to our ultimate destination. The property owner was extremely flexible and nice and worked with us. He is also extremely responsive to any questions.
If you are looking for a quiet place to stay with family or friends, this is an amazing house. You have all the amenities you would enjoy in your home; fully equipped kitchen with everything you would need to cook-even a dishwasher. There is a smart tv, netflix, and music for a fun night in. There are three levels with 5 bedrooms, all clean and modern. I would describe the house itself as contemporary with a little retro spin. There is also a huge deck with a good size charcoal grill and an outdoor table and seating. The only negative thing I would say about the house is the master bathroom is dated, but it was clean and prettied up with candles and some decor.
The owner, Josh, was there to greet us when we got there and showed us how everything worked. He was also available by phone/text to answers questions. We would definitely stay there again. I don't think you can beat the price. It is a beautiful home... the picture gallery was right on!
Thanks Josh for an excellent getaway with my family!
Festival 56, Starved Rock State Park & So much More!
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event Price|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add £41 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£410|
|Property Damage Protection||£81|
A cool, comfortable, contemporary estate that is other-worldly. Enjoy the massive ravine deck or chat the night away around the fire-pit. Close to starved rock, Princeton's theatre Festival 56 and outdoor beauty rarely experienced in Illinois. You will not forget your stay! Spacious, open floor plan combined with room for everyone. Rejuvenate, Reconnect, Recenter - find your happy place in this 4 -level , quirky & unique property.
All Bedrooms have new, comfortable mattresses always with clean, fresh linens for you and your guest's comfort. Besides all the Main Beds there are 3 large Sectional Couches that can each easily sleep additional people comfortably. Extra Linens are available and I encourage my guests to try out different rooms as they are all unique and offer different amazing views and experiences of the house. Please keep in mind that the house is a 70's/80's Contemporary and I have retained most of that cheekiness to offer a refreshing change from the standard beige boxes and blah furnishings.
Plenty of Fresh Towels & Wash clothes are provided. The bathrooms are all thoroughly cleaned and while not outfitted with super trite new fixtures, are comfortable and accommodating.
With Four Floors and so many cool rooms and areas Children of all ages absolutely love it! Especially the Loft Bunk Beds. The properties seclusion (over 450 ft from quiet out-of-the-way cul-de-sac) makes for a very safe environment for kids (and adults) to explore the yard and surrounding woods.
Most House-Trained Dogs are welcome, but please message me with the age, breed and any other info about them. The property is home to two awesome Corgi's that absolutely adore the property so by all means, bring the doggies along!
California King & Queen Suite have High-End 400+ thread count sheets, duvets, pillow covers, decorative pillows and quilts. The twin beds all have super-soft 300 thread count bedding. Extra Linens too
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.