LAKE SARA-EFFINGHAM-QUIET AND PEACEFUL SETTING-LAKE/GOLF VIEWS

Chuck Holmes

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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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LAKE SARA-EFFINGHAM-QUIET AND PEACEFUL SETTING-LAKE/GOLF VIEWS

Effingham House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

BOOKING NOW FOR 2014 SEASON!!!! Thanks to all of our 2013 guests who made 2013 our best year yet. Judging from all of their positive comments in their reviews, many will be back in 2014. As a testimonial to the comfort and atmosphere of the home and amenities, over 50 % of our guests in 2013 had stayed with us previously. Thanks for their loyalty.

Cardinal Cove Retreat is uniquely located on a hill at the end of a private lane overlooking Lake Sara. From the front porch you can see Lake Sara and from the back deck you can see the 9th Tee of Cardinal 18 hole Golf Course. The home and area are a registered Backyard Wildlife Habitat. Surrounded by over 10 acres of dense woods the home is a nature lovers dream come true and a million miles from concrete and asphalt. Regular visitors to the yard are deer, raccoons, chipmunks, rabbits and occasionally wild turkeys.

Cardinal Cove Retreat is a great place to relax and unwind any time of the year. The deck is well equiped with a gas grill and seating for 8. Additional chairs are in the garage for extra guests. During the Spring and Summer, we have planted flowers and greenery all over the deck. In the fall we have the front porch and yard decorated in a fall theme. The fire pit is waiting for your marshmallows. Spilt firewood is also provided.

Bird lovers will thrill at the sight and sounds of Cardinals, Blue Jays, Finches, Doves, Geese and a variety of Woodpeckers and if you listen carefully, you'll hear the Owls calling to one another. Last year we had a pair of Golden Eagles regularly flying at the end of the cove we are on. Blue Heron and a White Egret are also regular visitors. Geese fly overhead almost everyday.

Our visitors have aptly called this property 'heaven on earth'. It is private but inviting. The wrap around deck/porch can accommodate lots of guests. The two patio tables seat 8 for a wonderful dinner outside under the stars. Speaking of stars, this home is away from other homes and very private offering the opportunity for total darkness for the person who loves to look into the night sky.

Keywords: House, Boat, Golf, Fishing, Boating, Birdwatching, Hiking, Swimming, Kayaking, Biking, Nature, Woods, Cooking, Relaxing

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Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • non smoking only
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • Events Allowed
Chuck Holmes (Owner)
Advertiser since 2010
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About Chuck Holmes

This home is offered by Chuck and Sara Holmes. We have been married for 43 years and have 4 grown children and 4 growing grandchildren. Our love of Lake Sara was the incentive for us to purchase this home and wooded area which is in the same neighborhood as our family home. This rental home also serves as the location for Sara's Sanctuary, a woman's health retreat. Periodically, the retreat offers a variety of therapies and training for those seeking a healthier lifestyle. The weekend schedule for these retreats is shown on Sara's webside, Botanical Healing Arts. The host of these retreats is Sara who is a certified and registered Aromatherapist and Massage Therapist. She teaches these subjects at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois and at Lakeland College's Kluthe Center located in Effingham. Chuck is a business executive who owns and operates varied manufacturing, distribution and service businesses.

Chuck Holmes purchased this house in 2010

Why Chuck Holmes chose Effingham

'I vacationed at Lake Sara as a child and it was always my favorite place with great memories of my Dad fishing' says Sara. 'Later in life my husband and I decided to prepare for retirement on Lake Sara.'

We purchased our dream home on Lake Sara 14 years ago and purchased this, our second home on Lake Sara in 2010 when our neighbors decided to move closer to family. 14 years ago we were looking for a weekend and summer get-away that offered peaceful tranquility in a setting where nature was the highest priority. Now we are able to offer this same wonderful experience to others through Cardinal Cove Retreat which is also home to Sara's Sanctuary, a woman's health retreat. We have found that by living at the end of a peaceful cove, surrounded by trees and nature, we can avoid the busy activities of life that we were trying to escape by coming to the lake, yet still able to hop in the boat and enjoy all Lake Sara and the Effingham area has to offer.

What makes this house unique

This home is easy to access with only two steps from the garage to the home's main floor. The back deck is also at floor level with seating for 10 or more allowing for large groups to gather. The home has a two car attached garage.

Outside there are so many wonderful and memorable activities to enjoy. In addition to the abundant nature surrounding the home, you can visit Ballard Nature Center, 5 miles away, or walk through the Post Oak Flatwoods nature area located directly on Lake Sara. This unique treasure is over 50 acres of nature representing what downstate Illinois was like 10,000 years ago. If you enjoy fine dining, FireFly Grill was rated in the top 10 restaurants in Chicago and St. Louis and it is only located here in Effingham. Additionally, for more budget minded visitors, Niemerg's restaurant is hard to beat, especially if you like pie...they have more than a dozen to choose from, all made fresh daily. Need a meal catered, Niemerg's, Witt's Smokehouse or Joe's Pizza and Pasta among others can handle all of your needs. Boat rental, kayak or canoe rental is available at area marinas. Or, for a fun meal overlooking Lake Sara visit the Boat Dockers Marina and Abigail's restaurant serving good food and beverages. The restaurant is a BYOB with no corking charge. It is a great family restaurant. Be sure to say hi to 'little Ben and Abi'. Tell them Chuck sent you.

You can swim for free at the public beach on Lake Sara or for a few dollars you can swim at the Effingham City Pool Complex. For the auto enthusiast be sure to visit Mid-America Motorworks Corvette and VW Museum featuring special collector autos including Herbie the VW and the Corvette from Corvette Summer both with a rich movie fame. There truly is something for everyone in the Effingham area. And best of all, with Effingham located at the intersection of I-57, I-70, Route 45, Route 40, Route 32 and Route 33 it truly is the 'Crossroads of Opportunity' as the city slogan says.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"This is a great getaway for a couple or two at the lake 'You can sit on the deck watch people play golf but most of all watch the wildlife.When we were there we seen several variety s of birds and also seen deer and had a nightly visitor ( a coon ) friendly looking for a handout. If you want a get away to relax and enjoy THIS IS THE PLACE. the home is wonderful . Even better than the pictures look .We will go back again '"

Jun 25, 2010 - Tom & Kathi
Jun 2010
  • 1 of 1
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

4.9
based on 25 traveler reviews

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Lake Sara-Effingham-Quiet and Peaceful Setting-Lake/Golf Views
average rating of 4.88 based on 25 reviews
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Effingham Illinois
Grand Rapids MI
5

"Sista" Weekend

"Sista" Weekend
  • 5 of 5
This home was a great setting for the women that came this weekend. We were away from the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives. This place provided us with comfort, peace and a sense of God's wonderful blessings that he give us daily. I would recommend this place to anyone who want to feel the presence of God as you enter this home.
  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Effingham Illinois
5

Great getaway

  • 5 of 5
This was the perfect place for my family to meet for the holidays. It was a great place to "get away from it all" and focus on us as a family. We all look forward to staying here again.
  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Lake Sara-Effingham-Quiet and Peaceful Setting-Lake/Golf Views
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Effingham Illinois
Fort Wayne, IN
5

Wonderful and relaxing

  • 5 of 5
This house and the surroundings were just the place for all the girls in my family to meet and relax. We all had a wonderful time. It felt like being together at someone's house instead of in a run of the mill hotel.
  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers
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(217) 649-0531 (Illinois, USA)
Effingham Illinois
5

Great Autumn Retreat

  • 5 of 5
This was a great house to meet up with family and enjoy a Midwestern Fall. The house was great, plenty of room and all as the ad stated. The power went out just after we checked in - thanks to an active squirrel - and Chuck made the necessary calls and we had power again quickly. Chuck was very helpful from the first contact to the power problem. And he put the deposit in the mail the day we checked out!

We plan to return to this house again!
  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Effingham Illinois
St. Louis. MO
5

Quiet private retreat under the stars

  • 5 of 5
Seven good friends met for a three-day weekend and enjoyed every minute. The house is clean, spacious and tastefully decorated. The beds were comfortable. The kitchen was well stocked. We watched movies on their large screen TV. The host was easy to do business with. We didn't take advantage of all the bonus spa goodies so we hope to come back ready for a spa retreat. We enjoyed the big cross on I-70. Firefly Grill was a great meal. Arcola a disappointmment for Amish area, but they have a Hippie Memorial. The walking trails are very hilly but nicely maintained. Don't take a walk on yhe golf course near opening. It went from empty ti the invasion of the golf carts in two minutes flat. We loved the fire pit and had s'mores every night. Wrap around porch is great too.Look up at night. The stars are glorious.
  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Shirley and this group were the type of guests every vrbo participant hopes for! They had fun, made memories, and left the property in excellent condition...they even laundered some of the sheets and towels. They said the laundry was done "just because they are women". Whatever the reason, it was appreciated.
We look forward to their return.
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Effingham Illinois
5

Simply the Best

  • 5 of 5
Each year, a small group of family members come together on Labor Day to celebrate the end of summer. We agreed to always meet at a halfway point to make the drive easy on all parties. Earlier this year, we decided to make a trip to Effingham, IL. We have always traveled through Effingham, but never stayed more than a half hour (fuel and get back on the road). When we contacted Home Away, who put us in contact with Chuck, our immediate acquaintance told us that we were in good hands. The place is truly a sanctuary nestled in a private, secluded lot surrounded by trees with a view of the lake. Everyone spoke highly of the accommodations and felt this was our best trip yet. Anyone looking for a getaway should consider this best kept secret in Effingham. It is simply the best.
  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have them as our guests.
We are very happy to have provided the perfect environment for them to enjoy the Labor Day holiday. With the home midway between Indy and St. Louis on I-70 and only 3 hours South of Chicago and 4 hours North from Nashville, it has proven to be a great meeting place for distant family members to reacquaint and make new memories or reminisce the old ones.
The location and setting is unique on Lake Sara with a quiet secluded upscale home with room for guests to join together for conversation or get away from the crowd to enjoy a good book. A special thanks to Lewis and the family for taking such good care of the property and leaving it ready for our housekeeper to prepare for our next guests.
We hope they can come back soon.
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
St Louis Lambert International
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Effingham Amtrac Station
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
I-57 and I-70 intersection
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Lake Sara Public Beach
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Numerous bars and winery
Nearest Ski
200 Miles
Chicago area
Nearest Golf
0.01 Miles
Out the back door
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Abigails on the Lake and Witts Bar B Q
Car: necessary

Great for family reunions, scrapbooking parties, business training retreats and of course family vacations.

This is a great recuperation location for knee and hip replacement patients. With the deck at the same level as the home, the equiped kitchen and ability to enjoy the fireplace, healing time will pass so quickly, you will not want to leave. Special rates for couples and patients of Dr. Bonutti. Call for details.

Effingham has many hidden treasures for entertainment and enjoyment. We offer a full secection of area brochures and guides. There is literally something new to do everyday of the year for guests, all without the hustle and bustle of the big city. Imagine dinner at the FireFly Grill, entertainment at the Effingham Performance Theater, wine tasting at the Village Wine shop or Tuscany Winery followed by a retreat to Cardinal Coves fireplace. Relax and unwind in the silence of nature.

For a quiet evening at the retreat, enjoy the porch and deck and listen to the birds. In the fall and winter, our fire pit offers a great way to gather the group for an afternoon hotdog or marshmallow. Even the split and stacked firewood is provided.

If your want an inexpensive and tasty dinner, try Joe's Pizza. It is my favorite and it reheats just as well. For a blue plate special, Niemurgs Family restaurant is hard to beat, especially if you like fresh pie. They make hundreds a day.

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Availability & Rates

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Effingham House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
$275
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$1,400
$6,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25
linen and cleaning fee $75
Notes Memorial Holiday, 4th of July Holiday and Labor Holiday week are $75 higher for the first two nights.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Amenities

Effingham House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Beach
  • Lake
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Spa
General:
  • Secure Parking
  • Ducted Heating
  • Ducted Cooling
  • Living Area
  • Telescope
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Water Cooler
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Fireplace
  • Telephone
  • Internet ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Heating ...
  • Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Garage ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
Kitchen:
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Stove
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Toaster
  • Kitchen ...
  • Ice Maker
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Two full baths on main level, 1/2 bath on lower sleeping level.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size bed (1) The top quality bed has been praised by several guests as the most comfortable bed they have ever been on., Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (4), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The full sized futon bed features full inner spring support for a restful nights sleep.
Entertainment:
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Video Library ...
  • DVD Player
  • VCR
  • CD Player
  • Books ...
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue
  • Large Cooler
  • Small Cooler
  • Golf Clubs
  • Wood Deck
  • Boat Dock
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • non smoking only ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • Events Allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Jacuzzi
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • cinemas
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • recreation center
Leisure Activities:
  • miniature golf
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • boating
  • sledding
  • sight seeing
  • antiquing
  • wildlife viewing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • walking
  • shelling
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • sailing
  • roller blading
  • ice skating
  • golf privileges optional
  • freshwater fishing
  • hunting small game
  • water tubing
  • basketball court
  • tennis
  • hunting
  • cycling
  • water skiing
  • swimming
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • fishing
Notes:
For live entertainment visit Effingham Performance Center for dates for many top performers like Kenny Rogers, Sara Evans, REO Speedwagon and many others. A conversation fire pit and benches are provided. The only restriction is to avoid its use during extremely dry or windy weather when a the risk of forest fire would be significant. We will advise when the use would be considered dangerous. Wood for the fire is usually available and plentiful in the area so we ask that wood not be brought in to avoid insect contamination in the area.
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