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Historic Summer Home on Beautiful Lake Maxinkuckee's East Shore

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 3,700 sq ft
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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 17, 2018

About Julie Hollowell

My brother, sister, and I recently inherited our family's historic cottage. Growing up, we spent every summer here, with our parents and grandparents, swimming, boating, and enjoying the outdoors. One of us lives in Vermont and works as an environmental educator; another lives in the DC area and works at the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History; and one is an anthropologist based in Indianapolis. Offering the cottage as a vacation rental is a way to share a very special place that will help us continue to care for and restore this historic property.

Julie Hollowell purchased this cottage in 1921


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Culver

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Max. adults: 13
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24
  • Children welcome
  • 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 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs in newer section; serves 2 bdrms
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , downstairs in newer section
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , large new walk-in shower; serves 2 bdrms
  • All bathrooms have hi-efficiency toilets and are stocked with toiletries and towels.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • 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 , newer 2nd story, option making king bed into two twinXLs
  • Sleeps 10 - 14+ 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 can be configured also as 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: excellent 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. Other mattresses available for the floor upon request!
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Enjoy the breezes coming from the southwest over the lake, and awesome sunsets!!


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Historic Summer Home on Beautiful Lake Maxinkuckee's East Shore
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 12 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This house has been prepared for guests with exceptional care. It reminded me of borrowing a friend’s house in North Woods Wisconsin; signs of the owner’s eclectic taste in furniture and artwork, cozy beds, extra blankets, a few items in the shower, just in case, condiments in the fridge, plenty of plates to enjoy the company of friends at two generous tables. The two porches were so relaxing and the view of the lake was serene. One of our group took advantage of the available kayak and was able to see the city from a new perspective. I cooked for us all three days and the kitchen was the most well-equipped I’ve enjoyed in ages that isn’t my own. I highly recommend scheduling WAY in advance, it was worth it! ~ Culver Class of 1993

  • Submitted: 21-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We have invented a new word for our experience here. Awesomeness! This was really an emotional experience for our family. My two 87 year old great aunts were blown away with the house and we really felt like we were guests there. The house had absolutely EVERYTHING you could possibly need and then some. And, we were so lucky to have warm weather -- except for that crazy storm that blew through Saturday evening!! [don't worry Julie, we got the covers on the outside furniture in a hurry]. Thank you, Julie for the use of such a family treasure!!!

  • Submitted: 10-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Loved it!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a group of 10 that stayed there over Labor Day Weekend. The owner was so sweet and made sure we had firewood, water activities, beach towels, sun screen, etc. It's an older home but has a lot of character and very well kept. We've also never been to that lake before and it was SO nice. Beautiful homes are all around and the water is very clean. After the weekend we all said we'd love to come back again.

  • Submitted: 15-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house with all the comforts of home

  • 5 of 5

Great house and host. Everything we needed to enjoy our stay on the lake was here. Communication with host was easy and efficient. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: 20-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Magical place!

  • 5 of 5

We were so fortunate that this gorgeous home was available last-minute for a family reunion/anniversary celebration. It was perfect for boating, biking, fishing, grilling, and (our favorite) sitting on the spacious screened porch to watch the sun set. Before the weekend was over, we were already making plans for a return trip. Special shout-out to owner Julie for being so helpful and accommodating.

  • Submitted: 10-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming, convenient, great location

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is a great blend of old and new located in a convenient location on the East side of the Lake. The cottage had everything we needed and was where one would expect it to be.

It was wonderful for our family reunion and we highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: 3-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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, and country roads provide great bicycling options. 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.


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

Cleaning Fee C$198.06
Damage Deposit C$264.08

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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