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A Diamond in the Rough

Bedrooms 2
Space 869 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Beautiful Cozy 2-Bedroom Cottage

This diamond in the rough is a cozy 2 bedroom cottage perfect for a weekend getaway, family vacation or a romantic retreat. This great escape will provide you with a little piece of paradise while giving you the feeling and comfort of home! And because pets are family too, we welcome them; but must be cleared with the owners first. No cats please, as the owners are allergic.

This adorable cottage is nestled on a quiet residential street behind the main home. Water, pier and boat slip access are only steps away by walking down the lighted path on the side of the main home where you can enjoy breathtaking sunsets, fishing, swimming, canoeing, boating; and in winter snowmobiling, ice fishing and skiing at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort. A boat slip to dock your boat and 3-person canoe are available at no extra charge your use. The cottage is fully air conditioned and heated with ceiling fans in bedrooms, kitchen and living room; making it perfect for year-round suitability.

When staying in this home away from home, you can start off your morning soaking up a little fresh air out on the front porch enjoying a cup of freshly brewed Starbucks Verona coffee. After an eventful day exploring all the Chain of Lakes has to offer, both bedrooms have queen size beds with 600 thread count linens and overstuffed pillows for your sleeping comfort. For those less than stellar weather days, cozy on the oversized leather sofa or kick up your feet on the reclining chair in the living room where you can also partake in some viewing enjoyment on the 40” LED television equipped with Direct TV & HBO, or enjoy your favorite DVD by popping it into the DVD player. Feeling a little competitive? Stroll on over the utility closet where you can find several different board and card games to partake in. Secured WiFi internet access is also available. A little hungry? Quickly whip something up on the gas stove in the kitchen that is furnished with all appliances, utensils and dinnerware for your convenience, including an expandable kitchen island. Want make it a BBQ instead? Head outside to your own private patio to access the gas grill.

Your home away from home oasis is:

30 minutes to Six Flags Great America Amusement Park, where you can also make a stop into Gurnee Mall for some shopping

Walking distance to El Puerto restaurant for an awesome Margarita

A Thursday night away from watching some thrilling drag boat racing at Blarney’s Island

A Sunday morning away from having a “meal in a glass” Bloody Mary at Route 12 Bar and Grill

A click away from access to seeing some amazing live bands

*Staying with us again? Ask about our Preferred Guest Benefits. *

Ask about our discount for Great Lakes Naval Base boot camp graduations.

We look forward to sharing a little piece of paradise with you soon. Cheers!

More Details

Rosemarie Nilson
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 17, 2018

About Rosemarie Nilson

A love of boating, fishing and the outdoors has been embedded in us from our youth. Thus, when we started to think of places to retire - we opted to live where we had many happy memories, where people are friendly and life is exciting and fun -- the Chain O’Lakes. We feel truly blessed to be able to live in a vibrant and historic community and most importantly, to be close to those that matter most – our family and friends.

Rosemarie Nilson purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Rosemarie Nilson chose Fox Lake

Why Escape to Fox Lake?

The Village of Fox Lake is a vibrant community rich with history, wonderful people and just a short distance from many delightful attractions, such as:

• Chain O’Lakes State Park

• Downtown Chicago

• Great America

• Gurnee Mills

• Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets

• Volo Auto Museum

• Wilmot Mountain

Fox Lake is part of the Chain O’Lakes that is comprised of 10 connecting lakes – Bluff, Catherine, Channel, Fox, Grass, Marie, Nippersink, Petite, Pistakee, Redhead as well as the Fox River. The Chain O’Lakes provides year round enjoyment for boating, fishing, snowmobiling, bird watching and ice fishing. In addition, the Chain O'Lakes allows for a wide range of outdoor recreational activities with special events throughout the summer sponsored by local businesses, including boat races, fishing tournaments, Venetian night, fireworks and live musical performances. Your Great Escape is just minutes from downtown Fox Lake – and moments from great memories.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Fox Lake

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 869 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • 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
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Towels & hair dryer provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

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A Diamond in the Rough
average rating of 4.818182 based on 22 reviews

Complete and comfortable without a view of the lake.

  • 4 of 5

My son-in-law, son, two grandchildren and myself enjoyed ourselves and thank our hosts for their gracious hospitality.

  • Submitted: 8-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Roger, thank you for your kind words! So glad all of you enjoyed your stay!
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Prescott, Arizona/USA

Enjoyable Stay

  • 5 of 5

My two sisters and myself rented this great cottage for 4 nights. We had a great relaxing enjoyable time! The cottage is very comfortable and accommodated the three of us very nicely. It's very spacious for the size of it. Jim and Rosemarie were great hosts welcoming us with a bottle of champagne and a nice card. They also left a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers on the dining room table which was a great added touch. We recommend this vacation rental highly and look forward to future visits ourselves!

  • Submitted: 20-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Cassandra, We are so happy that you had a wonderful time & enjoyed your stay! You and your sisters were a delight and we look forward to having you stay with us again in the future! Thank you!!
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6 0

Well maintained cottage with lake access, relaxing time away

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is well maintained, clean, comfortable. The bedrooms are small but that wasn't an issue for my husband and me. We had our dog with us & had a wonderful, relaxing time away from the city. It is close to town (diving) which was so easy to get around for things we like groceries. Small grass yard to relax in by the water. Great recommendations from Rose on where to eat, things to do & boat rentals. Would definitely recommend!

  • Submitted: 19-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Allison! So glad you and your husband enjoyed your stay & had a relaxing time away!
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5 0
Sheridan, Il

Cozy Lakefront Cottage, Great Local Food, Tons of Lake Activities

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Rose and Jim's cottage for a week with 5 people. The cottage was very well furnished and maintained. We did not plan to spend very much time in the cottage, but ended up getting a rainy day to stay inside, play games, and watch movies.

Staying at Fox Lake was our first experience as a traveler on VRBO and we are very satisfied. Jim and Rose were both very friendly and knowledgeable of the area. They even provided us with listings of local events which helped us fill in some downtime on our vacation.

The sunrise was definitely worth waking up for 3 hours early. From the cottage, you are at the lake in about 30 seconds with no roads to cross. We ended up renting Waverunners from Jet Funn and did not have any issues despite the reviews. We did not end up renting a boat due to the rainy day, but Barnacle Bob's had great day rental prices for ~50 HP pontoon boats from 6AM to 6PM. However, if we were going to tube, waterski, or wakeboard we probably would have rented a higher powered deck boat from Spring Lake Marina. Just be sure to call ahead/go online and reserve watercraft from the above locations, especially on the weekends.

We rode our bicycles to the Chain O Lakes park which is just a few miles east. There are a few challenging hills if you plan to bike the entire way there, but a majority of the route is on a dedicated asphalt bike/pedestrian path. The park has limestone paths roughly wide enough for 4 people to walk abreast one way, and they were largely free of debris.

We visited Morreti's and The Rusty Nail while here which we loved and would definitely return to. However I might pass on El Puerto if we visit again. Maybe the dock access to the restaurant adds to their popularity, or maybe its the deck seating to look out over the lake, but I wasn't really impressed with the food. Maybe it was just a bad day, but the recipes seemed bland compared to other Mexican restaurants I'd been to. At any rate, the food was edible I'm not severely disappointed that we went there, it's just that the most memorable thing was watching carp eat corn tortilla chips.

  • Submitted: 16-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Eric, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are so happy you, your family and friends enjoyed your stay. Rusty Nail is one of our favorite restaurants & their Friday night fish fry has been rated the best in Lake County. If you have a family friendly photo to share of your stay, please send to us as we would love to frame it on our 'guest wall'. Glad your visit was memorable and hope it is the first of many to come.
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5 0

Great location in Quiet Fox Lake

  • 5 of 5

Jim and Rose were fantastic hosts, very punctual and friendly. The cottage has everything you need, and it is right next to the water on Fox Lake. We would love to come back again.

  • Submitted: 18-Oct-2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing us for your short family get-away weekend! It was our pleasure & so happy you had a wonderful time! We look forward to having you stay with us again!
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11 0

Cute, clean, comfy cottage

  • 5 of 5

The place was up to date, included a lot of amenities, and was very welcoming. The renters were flexible and provided several nice suggestions. The place is 30-45 second walk from the lake, where the owners welcomed us to hang by the lake. I can't think of anything else I could have asked for: I highly recommend!! Thanks for Having us.

  • Submitted: 11-Oct-2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were delighted that you chose our cottage for anniversary get-away weekend! We wish you the best & look forward to your return next year!
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Nearest Airport
42.62 Miles
Chicago O'Hare (ORD)
Nearest Barpub
0.15 Miles
Hidden Point Bar
Nearest Golf
3.48 Miles
Fox Lake Country Club
Nearest Train
1.02 Miles
Fox Lake Metra (to Chicago)
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Wilmot Racing
Nearest Restaurant
0.16 Miles
El Puerto Mexican Restaurant
Nearest Ski
9.29 Miles
Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
0.8 Miles
Fox Lake Beach - Nippersink
Car: recommended

Your home away from home oasis is:

30 minutes to Six Flags Great America Amusement Park, where you can also make a stop into Gurnee Mall for some shopping

Walking distance to El Puerto restaurant for an awesome Margarita

A Thursday night away from watching some thrilling drag boat racing at Blarney’s Island

A Sunday morning away from having a “meal in a glass” Bloody Mary at Route 12 Bar and Grill

A click away from access to seeing some amazing live bands


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Fox Lake

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2018 Summer PEAK
May 18 2018 - Sep 17 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$131.84
Damage Deposit C$395.52

* No extra charge to moor your boat on pier.
* Please review Rental Agreement & Cancellation Policy (and, if applicable, Pet Addendum attached to Rental Agreement).
* Any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thank you.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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