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The Redbud Cottage--Beach & Quiet. Lake Sara Waterfront & Wood Fires.

Bedrooms 3
Space 139 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms with King Beds, 2 Baths. On The Lake. Sunny Deck & Wood Fireplace.

Located in the heart of central Illinois, the Redbud Cottage at Lake Sara is a great destination for families or friends, or a perfect stopover for a trip through the Great Midwest. With your own swimming beach, a floating dock to play on, a beautiful wood-burning fireplace, a dock for fishing, and a large deck for sitting in the sun, enjoy the peace and quiet of our little wooded cottage on the lake.

Every season is beautiful on Lake Sara, with Spring and Fall being particularly pretty and quiet. The Summer water is wonderful for swimming, and warm from May through September. Enjoy eating on our old family picnic table by the water. Watch the kids swim or play on the beach, or have fun taking a lovely float yourself in Lake Sara's clean, warm water.

Wake boarding, tubing, and water skiing are local favorites. There is good fishing for bass, crappie, catfish, and blue gill, especially in the Spring and Fall. Lake Sara sets aside special quiet hours for fishermen. Winter is a great time for crisp woodsy walks and warming fires.

Our 3 bedroom, 2 bath cottage sleeps up to 8 in our 3 king size beds and a couple of wonderful wide sleeping couches in front of the fireplace. We have a nice kitchen with a Keurig Coffemaker, a French coffee press, a dishwasher, and all new dishes and pots and pans. Our washer and dryer and two-car garage make this a perfect spot for an extended stay. A canoe and a kayak available for the use of our guests.

Inside, enjoy the separation of a master suite upstairs, as well as the two-and-a-half story, book-filled living room with its massive stone fireplace. You can burn local wood that you'll find stacked at your door. One of our favorite sports is sitting with a book in front of the fire--wine and s'mores are optional.

Our lot is full of tall, beautiful oaks and maples, and is in a pretty neighborhood on the quiet western end of Lake Sara. Redbud trees line Lorton road and are being planted among our woods, bringing their vivid purple/pink flowers in Spring. Views from our huge deck are all water and trees--you can only see one other house. The Lake is surrounded by good Illinois farmland, so it's a wonderful spot for long flat bike rides and walks.

More Details

David Hartmann
Member since: 2013
Speaks french, spanish, I speak a very little bit of Spanish and French.
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 25, 2018

About David Hartmann

Dee and I grew up in Effingham, and I spent all my Summers on Lake Sara from the time I was five. We love this beautiful quiet lake, and own the white brick house next door, which we purchased in 1987.

We regularly swim laps from our dock around the point to the Redbud Cottage dock and back. This quiet cove is a gem for swimming, and has beautiful views across the lake to the undeveloped public land one sees there. Many of our nights here are spent out by our fire pit overlooking the lake, where we get to watch the sun set and the stars rise over the lake's calm waters.

We come to Lake Sara as often as we can--probably 40 weeks a year--for long weekends and all family holidays. My extended family still owns my Mother's house--the 'famous' Green House--on the far end of the lake by the dam. So, we're very familiar with Lake Sara, with Effingham, and with our lovely Central Illinois area. We're happy to answer any of your questions, and make suggestions for dining or day trips here in the Great Midwest.

We hope you'll enjoy your stay on Lake Sara as much as we enjoy living here.

David Hartmann purchased this cottage in 2012

Why David Hartmann chose Effingham

We were happy to be able to secure this pretty cottage with its stunning fireplace after our long-term neighbors decided to give it up. We admit to lusting after the pleasant little beach that is a feature of The Redbud Cottage. We are now able to play with our grandchildren on it!

Our neighborhood, in fact our whole end of the lake, is very quiet and wooded. Things are much less developed around us than they are on most of the rest of Lake Sara.

We have five grown children, all of whom are married. They spent most of their holidays and hundreds of long weekends here as they were growing up. They learned to swim like fish here, became very capable skiers and wake boarders, and built forts in our woods (you can still see the ruins).

What makes this cottage unique

I don't think you can beat the view from the cottage out to the lake. And, sitting on the dock, one has unobstructed views the full length of Shumway cove, Lake Sara's smoothest and quietest water.

Few of Lake Sara's lots have their own beach. This one has a long sloping sand entrance into the water, perfect for children or for those who want to cool off without actually swimming. This quiet cove, just off the main lake channel, is narrow enough to swim across, but wide enough to be private. The land just across from the Redbud Cottage is public land that will never have houses built on it.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Effingham

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 139 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • 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
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , Modern, and very private on the second floor.
    Main Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Modern, on main floor.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Glenna's Room - 1 king , Green like Glenna's 'Green House' on the Lake
    Redbud Room - 1 king
  • Master Bedroom has a lovely king-size pencil post bed and plenty of storage. On the second floor with the Master Bathroom. The two bedrooms on the first floor have king-size beds and are adjacent to the main bathroom on the first floor.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Massages (for a separate fee) are available from Serenity Theraputic Massage--815-829-5090--Barb Kilzer, Proprietor. Highly recommended by David and Dee!


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The Redbud Cottage--Beach & Quiet. Lake Sara Waterfront & Wood Fires.
average rating of 4.7818184 based on 110 reviews

Great house

  • 5 of 5

Thank you very much for these wonderful New Year holidays. We were very happy to spend these days in your wonderful home, away from the hustle and bustle, in a romantic place and atmosphere. Everything was at the highest level. all we could think about was in this house. Your house is very cozy, clean and comfortable. owners quickly answer questions and understand the client's position very well. We would really like to return to this house in the summer and go boating on the lake.

  • Submitted: 5-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Franklin, TN

Very nice place.

  • 5 of 5

Met family there the day after Christmas for a couple of nights and had a good time. Nice house and property. Well maintained and stocked with necessities. Owners seem to be very nice and care about their renters enjoyment. Highly recommend. Would like to go back in warmer weather to enjoy the lake.

  • Submitted: 31-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great lake side property

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time at this property, lots of relaxing by the fire and reading. This property is a great place to get away.

  • Submitted: 27-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful view! Comfortable, laid back place to hang out and have fun with family!

  • 5 of 5

We celebrated Christmas at Thanksgiving with our grown children who live on Wisconsin and Georgia. It was a perfect central location... Beautiful lake! Warm sunny living room in the morning! Comfortable beds. Warm fire place! We enjoyed our time very much! Thank you!

  • Submitted: 25-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lafayette, In

Great Friendsgivig trip

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and our couple friends rented The Redbud Cottage for our annual Friendsgiving. David was very easy to communicate with and was kind enough to let us have a late check-out if we wanted to. Unfortunately due to some severe storms that were coming into the area, we left well enough ahead of time so as to avoid the bad weather and didn't get to take advantage of this kind offer. The cottage itself was a little older (in some areas) than we were expecting it to be, but it has a great layout for privacy in the bedrooms and two bathrooms and the outside space is fantastic and updated. We used the kitchen a lot to cook and it had everything we needed and full size appliances, which was nice. The couches are very comfy, the bathrooms were nice, updated, and roomy, and the whole house was clean. Luckily for us the rain held off one day and we were able to get out on the lake with the canoe and kayaks, which was a blast. Even though the lake was cold, being November and all, we used the little beach and put feet in the water everyday! There is also a very nice fire pit outside with chairs and a dock with lighting to use at night. Overall, we had a wonderful and relaxing time and were able to really connect with each other. Thank you David for being a wonderful host!

  • Submitted: 17-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Property, Great Location

  • 4 of 5

This was a great place to stay; it was a quiet location and had everything you could want for a great time. The ONLY reason I didn't give it the full 5 stars was because the internet was not functioning during our stay. However, this may have not been the property owner's fault and it wasn't something we HAD to have, but it was an inconvenience for us because we needed to perform short work-related activities for our professions. All in all, this was a great place to stay and I would highly recommend it to others.

  • Submitted: 15-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We'd like to apologize to Thomas and his friends for our wifi being out during their stay. This should not have happened, and we are happy to compensate them for the problem, either with a partial rebate or a discount on a future rental with us. We are glad that, otherwise, they enjoyed our stay. They were here during part of this lovely Fall we have been enjoying. We are sorry that we were unaware of the wifi problem at our cottage. We would have taken steps to have the wifi fixed had we known about it. We would like to encourage all of our future guests to CALL us or TEXT us directly if they have any problems with our cottage and its amenities during their stay. Our phone number is normally on our reply emails for your convenience.
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Coles County Memorial Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Witts' Barbecue; Larson's Landing on the Lake
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Cardinal Golf and 4Ways Golf Courses
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Amtrak Chicago-New Orleans line stops in Effingham
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Interstate 57 (N/S) and 70 (E/W) meet in Effingham
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Witts' Barbecue; Zona's on the Lake
Nearest Beach
Private beach on property.
Car: necessary

Located in the heart of central Illinois, the Redbud Cottage at Lake Sara is a great destination for families and friends, or a perfect stopover for a trip through the Great Midwest. With your own swimming beach and diving raft, a beautiful wood-burning fireplace, a dock for fishing, and a large deck for sitting in the sun, enjoy the peace and quiet of our little wooded cottage on the lake.

Every season is beautiful on Lake Sara, with Spring and Fall being particularly pretty and quiet. Winter is wonderful with wood fires, quiet woodland walks, and plenty of books. The Summer water is great for swimming, and warm from May through September. Wake boarding, tubing, and water skiing are local favorites. There is good fishing for bass, crappie, catfish, and blue gill. Lake Sara sets aside special quiet hours for fishermen.

Lake Sara is situated in the middle of great Midwestern attractions, just off Interstates 57 and 70 outside Effingham, Illinois. We are 50 minutes from the horse-drawn buggies, antiques, and handmade furniture and quilts of Amish country in Arthur, Illinois. Just 2 hours north is Illinois' Capital and the new Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield.

St. Louis, with the Gateway Arch, its famous Zoo, the lovely Missouri Botanical Gardens (where our daughter was married), Busch Stadium, and Forest Park with Muni outdoor theatre, is 1 and a half hours west. The city with its local sites--including Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site--and wonderful restaurants are an easy day trip from Lake Sara.

Just north of St. Louis is historic Grafton, Illinois. The city is at the center of the region’s Bald Eagle watching area and proudly calls itself 'The Winter Home of The Bald Eagle.' Main Street is lined with restaurants, some antique, craft, and wine shops, and various other attractions, which makes Grafton a popular stopping place for bicyclists on the Sam Vadalabene Bike Trail or for visitors in search of fall foliage color and Bald Eagles. During the warmer months, visitors can take advantage of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers with boating, canoeing, and parasailing activities. There are two interesting river car ferries in the Grafton area. Five miles west of Grafton is Pere Marquette State Park, which is Illinois' largest and most popular state park.

Just 2 hours south is the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge outside Carbondale and the Shawnee National Forest. Chicago and all its sites is 3 and a half hours north, and Indianapolis 2 hours to the east.

The Corvette Fun Fest is held in Effingham each Fall. This year's dates, for the 20th Anniversary of the Fest, are September 19th through the 22nd. Stay with us and park your treasured Corvettes in our clean two-car garage.

Restaurants abound in Effingham. Thelma's Restaurant and The Firefly Grill are excellent for fine dining. Niemerg's Steakhouse is a good, inexpensive local favorite. El Rancherito and other local Mexican restaurants shine. And fast and slow chain restaurants of all types are available along the Interstates. There are also plenty of interesting local bars and a few very good wine shops to suit any tastes.

Effingham, at the center of a budding Central Illinois wine industry, is home to Tuscan Hills Winery, and the following wineries are within 50 miles.

Berryville Vineyards - Claremont, IL

Cameo Vineyards - Greenup, IL

Forsee Vineyards - Coffeen, IL

Fox Creek Vineyards - Olney, IL

Niemerg Family Winery - Findlay, IL

Orchard View Winery - Alma, IL

Pioneer Winery - Palestine, IL

Vahling Vineyards - Stewardson, IL

White Owl Winery - Birds, IL

Willow Ridge Vineyards & Winery - Shelbyville, IL

And finally, Effingham is the site of the World's Largest Cross. It rises 198 feet from the prairie, unobstructed, at the southern junction of Interstates 57 and 70.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Effingham

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Memorial Day Weekend 2018
May 25 2018 - May 27 2018
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Summer 2018
May 28 2018 - Sep 3 2018
2 night minimum stay
4th of July 2018
Jul 2 2018 - Jul 4 2018
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Labor Day Weekend 2018
Aug 31 2018 - Sep 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee C$252.66 + Tax
Cleaning Service C$88.43 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.5%

We're sorry, but our rates are higher for these special Holidays and weekends. We regularly have high demand to rent on Lake Sara during these Family Holidays. PLEASE NOTE: We have a STRICT NO PETS POLICY. Sorry. The pet fee listed will be applied if we find that guests bring their pets uninvited. We don't mean to be rude--we have pets ourselves--but we don't share them with others.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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