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Historic Summer Home on Beautiful Lake Maxinkuckee's East Shore

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 278 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

5 Bdrm+ 2 daybeds, 3.5 Bath on The Lake w/ 2 Screened Porches

Hendricks-Hollowell Cottage is one of the original summer homes on the East Shore. The front (lakeside) half, built in the early 1880s by our great-grandmother's sister and her husband, is a gabled Queen Anne style. The back (streetside) half of the cottage was designed in the mid-1960s by local architect Rodney Todd, in mid-century modern style with Scandinavian influences.

The cottage is furnished with sturdy antiques that have been in our family for 5+ generations. Born in 1893, our grandfather, Tommie Hendricks, spent nearly every summer of his life here, on the lake, with his cousins from Peru and Logansport. As an adult, he wrote his memoirs about growing up with his friend Cole Porter and their summer shenanigans at Maxinkuckee.

The 3500 sq.ft. cottage sits on a bank 6 feet above 100 feet of shoreline and sandy-bottom water. The original section of the cottage, constructed in the early 1880s, faces the lake and has been lovingly restored. It retains most of its original Queen Anne features, such as decorated gables and trim, wood siding, wavy glass windows, and ornate Eastlake-style door and window hardware. This historic section includes: Downstairs – furnished screened porch (700 sq. ft.) across the entire front of the house, perfect for catching lake breezes or watching glorious Maxinkuckee sunsets; large living room with wood stove; library/sunroom (a great playroom for kids) with twin daybed; bedroom with 2 twin beds; full bath with shower/tub. Upstairs –1 full bath with shower; two bedrooms: 1) queen bed, ceiling fan with large window overlooking the lake; 2) w/ full-sized poster bed, ceiling fan, windows that open to the lake breezes.

This section, typical of its time, was built as a summer house only and does not have central heat or air. With open doors and windows, the lake breezes provide ample cooling on all but the hottest nights (when fans, sleeping on the porch, or a nighttime dip might be called for!) A high-efficiency wood stove, located in the living room, and radiant electric heaters provide heat as needed to this part of the house in May and October.

The mid-century modern half of the cottage (facing East Shore Drive) has central heat and AC. It includes: Downstairs – large dining room with cathedral ceiling, glass walls, and oak table that seats 10; large screened porch with ceiling fan, double futon bed, and breakfast nook; full kitchen with refrigerator, gas stove, dishwasher, and breakfast table; half bath; laundry room with utility sink, full washer and dryer, and small second fridge. Upstairs – two bedrooms; one with two twin beds and a trundle; the other with the option of a king bed or two twin XLs. The two bedrooms share a full bath with tub/shower. Please note that the upstairs in this part of the cottage is accessed via a spiral staircase, which may not be suitable for elder family members (but which kids and others love!).

Side yard includes a brick patio, outdoor charcoal grill, hammock, and plenty of room for bocce ball or croquet (sets provided). The garage has room for one car plus bikes or other equipment. Driveway parking lot accommodates 3 large cars, and there is additional parallel parking for 2 small cars (or 1 car with trailer.)

Alongside the pier are racks for the Old Town canoe and Current Designs kayak, and a small lift for the vintage sunfish. There's room on the pier to dock a small fishing boat; additional watercraft or rafts can be anchored in the water next to the pier or at the marina.

The swimming here is wonderful for kids. At the end of the pier, the water is about 4' deep with sandy bottom. Because the lake is spring-fed, it stays cool, even during the Indiana summer.

More Details

Julie Hollowell
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 28, 2017


Nearest Airport
40 Miles
South Bend
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Lakehouse Grille and Bar
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Mystic Hills
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Hwy 31
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Culver Town Park

Our cottage is located in the the middle of the east shore of Lake Maxinkuckee, the 2nd largest natural lake in Indiana, fed by 21 underwater springs. We are 2 hours from Indianapolis and 2 hours from downtown Chicago. The beautiful grounds of Culver Academies are 2 miles down the road; the town of Culver is 3 miles away. Lake Maxinkuckee has been a summer resort since the 1880s, when our cottage was first built (by my great grandmother's sister and her husband). Swimming,tubing, waterskiing, sailing, and paddling are daily activities on the lake from late May through September. It's an 11-mile bike ride around the lake. On Saturdays visit the Farmers' Markets in Culver or in Plymouth (our county seat, 15 miles away) where you'll find local meats, fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and crafts.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Culver

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 278 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front
  • Lakefront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , adjoins downstairs bedroom; also opens into hallway
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , upstairs in 1883 section; serves 2 bedrooms
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs in newer section; serves 2 bdrms
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , downstairs in newer section
  • All bathrooms have new hi-efficiency toilets and new flooring
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , master 2nd story bdrm w/ antique couch, overlooks the lake
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , first floor, lake breezes, adjoining full bath
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , 1 murphy bed , 2 twins + 1 trundle = 3 beds; 1/2 wall overlooks dining room
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib , antique 4-poster bed; optional pak-n-play crib with mattress
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , newer 2nd story, option of 2 twin XL beds or 1 king
  • Sleeps 10 - 12+ 5 private bedrooms. A. Two bedrooms upstairs in the older (1880s) section of the cottage: one with queen bed and the other with a double four-poster bed. These two bedrooms share a full bath with shower. B. One bedroom on the ground floor level in the 1883 section with 2 twin beds and adjoining full bath. C. Two bedrooms upstairs in the 1967 section (please note that this area is accessed via a spiral staircase): one bedroom has 2 twin-XL beds that have the option to become a king; second bedroom in this section has 2 twin beds and one trundle bed. These two bedrooms share a full bath with bathtub.shower. Additional alternative sleeping options include: daybed in the library/play room; a double futon bed/couch on the side porch; 2 portable child-size cotton futons; 2 pak-n-play cribs; 1 inflatable double mattress; 1 Mayan sleeping hammock on lakeside porch.
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Culver

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$256.96
Departure Housecleaning C$192.72
Tax Rate 7.0%

CLEANING SERVICE CHARGE is $150 for a stay of one week or less.
If you book a 2-week stay, you have the option to request additional cleaning and will be billed as charged.
CANCELLATION POLICY: In the event of cancellation, the amount already paid will be returned, minus a cancellation fee of $100 for cancellations that occur 90 days or more prior to the reserved arrival date, or $200 for cancellations that occur less than 90 days prior to expected arrival.
STAYS OF 4 WEEKS OR MORE receive a discount of $500/week.
STAYS OF >30 DAYS are exempt from the 7% Indiana sales tax.

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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