About this rental
Rooms and beds
Bedrooms: 3(Sleeps: 12)
Sofa bed/futon (2)
Toilet · Bath with shower
Toilet · Shower
- Air Conditioning
- Satellite or Cable
- Washer & Dryer
- Children Welcome
- No Smoking
Hosted by David HartmannAsk a question
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 live on Lake Sara full time now, though often travel so see our children and grandchildren. 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.
Why David Hartmann chose Summit
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.
- french, spanish, I speak a very little bit of Spanish and French.
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 14 days before check-in.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Check in after 4:00 PM
Check out before 11:00 AM
Maximum overnight guests: 12 (sleeps up to 6 adults)Six adults maximum, plus accompanying children
Minimum age to rent: 21Renter age. Children with parents exempted.
Please leave Kitchen as Clean as you found it! We'll have the rest of the cottage & laundry cleaned for you.
Please, No Outside Noise (on decks or by the water) after 10 p.m. and before 8 a.m. We live in a quiet neighborhood with mostly retired neighbors!
Please use your heads when using Cottage Linens and Blankets. Our Housekeeper has to Wash Every Item you pull out! Please use just what you need.
Cleaned with disinfectant
Check in and check out with no person-to-person contact
All towels and bedding washed in hot water that’s at least 60ºC
High-touch surfaces cleaned with disinfectant (e.g. countertops, light switches, handles and taps)