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Peaceful lakefront home perfect for families - 2 1/2 hours from Chicago

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8

Peaceful lakefront house in the middle of Amish Country. Perfect rental property for families, guys golfing, girls weekends. Only 15 miles from Shipshewanna, charming Amish Town with fantastic dining and shopping. Easy access only 6 miles from the Indianna Toll Road. 2 1/2 hours from Chicago or 2 1/2 hours from Detroit. The Spring is a delightful time of year to watch the birth of a new season.

Regardless of the season, you and your family deserve a chance to decompress. To feel the sand between your toes, read a book in the sunroom, marvel at the beauty of a golden sunset. You will enjoy a spacious house that sleeps up to 8 comfortably, with a tri-level floor plan featuring a bright kitchen, large dining area, living room and recreation room. With front-to-back cross-breezes and ceiling fans, even August nights are comfortable sleeping. The lake and beach are right in our backyard. Most importantly, you will get decks with lake views--perfect for casual dining, sunning, reading, relaxed conversation, enjoying the outdoor fireplace and most of all, for viewing magnificent sunsets. (10 persons maximum are allowed on the premises at any time, including daytime guests -- NOT a location for receptions or weddings -- 4 car limit.)

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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
March 11, 2018


Sturgis House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Wet Bar
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
  • All beds are queen size. We use duvet covers on all our comforters. Duvet covers and all linens are freshly laundered. Each room has two cotton bathrobes, nightstands with lamps. Every bedroom has a ceiling fans.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Raft
  • Wood Deck
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • swimming
No Smoking and NO Pets are allowed inside of the home.


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Peaceful lakefront home perfect for families - 2 1/2 hours from Chicago
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 13 reviews

Peaceful Lake

  • 4 of 5

We had an extended weekend family vacation. Seven adults, plenty of room for all of us. The linens and bath towels are of excellent quality. Bedrooms comfortably.

The lake was peaceful, relaxing and extremely fun. We kayaked everyday!

The lake is fortunate to be the home to a pair of swans and a few sandhill cranes .

The neighbors are friendly... very quiet.

Thank you Ronnie and Shelly for sharing your Serendipity Lake Home with us!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dawn we are elated you enjoyed your stay at the lake. We would love to have you and your family back.
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Very comfortable, spacious, beautiful views of the lake from living room and sunroom

  • 5 of 5

Shelly was so easy to work with and has provided a relaxing retreat complete with beautiful lake views, hot tub and bonfire. House was nicely furnished and large enough to accommodate our family (4 grandkids!). Kids loved playing on the beach and parents loved the kayaks. However lake area in front of the house was not the best for swimming, but we were told that prior to arrival. The comfort of the home more then made up for this. The grandkids certainly did not mind the water and enjoyed it regardless of mud. The sunroom is beautiful---I could have stayed there the entire time😊?. This retreat made for a great meeting place between my Chicago family and Detroit family. Would definitely consider renting again.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous lakeside home!!!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was very relaxing. We had 3 couples and 2 teens. There was privacy when needed and room to come together. We plan to stay again and again!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy to hear you are coming back and look forward to your return. So glad you enjoyed our property sounds like you got in some rest and relaxation. Ronnie and Shelly
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great stay

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay. The lake was very nice, you could easily wade in. It's nice an d shallow for a while and has a sandy/muddy bottom (only a few weeds the first couple feet in). Also, really loved taking the kayaks on the lake. There is a small channel towards the right that takes you to another smaller secluded lake. There were plenty of kayaks and stand up paddle boards for us to use. The house was really nice and very comfortable for our group of eight adults and 4 babies and 2 toddlers. Main living room has a wonderful view of the lake and nice open floor plan to the dinning room and kitchen. Lastly,, nice little touches/extras were the bathrobes in each room, a/c, hottub, nice bedding, nice towels provided, extra fridge in garage, and the house had soap shampoo and the kitchen was full of condiments and spices etc.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted to hear that you not only enjoyed your stay but that you were comfortable. We strive to create that for our guests. We recognize that vacation time is important. Sincerely Ronnie and Shelly
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A restful retreat

  • 5 of 5

My first impression when opening the door was, "oh so pretty". The view from the front door said it all. A peaceful lake, a comfortable home, everything you needed to have fun or just take a break. We biked, kayaked, fished and floated. The home is conveniently located 14 miles from Shipshewana, and we took advantage of that. Our children, and two grandchildren had a wonderful time and so did we.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful family retreat

  • 5 of 5

Serendipity was the perfect home for our getaway with our parents, and our 11 and 13 year old sons. The house had everything we needed and more. We all loved the layout, and the comfortable furniture. We enjoyed cooking, fishing, kayaking, playing board games, napping, singing by the campfire, and relaxing in the hot tub. We also rented a pontoon boat from Corey Lake Marina and did some modest tubing on the lake. The walk up from the lake was a little tough for my in-laws (78 and 83), but manageable.

The neighborhood is quiet and friendly. Sturgis and Burr Oak provided for some field trips for those who wanted to go into town.

I would love to return here with the same family group, or with a group of friends. The views of the lake are lovely. We had a place to gather, or a place to be alone for awhile, and felt at home.

Thanks, Shelly and Ronnie, for sharing your lake retreat!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Property Damage Insuranc $79
Oct-April Heat & Propane $20

A deposit of $300.00 (if lthree night stay or less) or $400.00 (for four or more nights) is due upon execution of rental contract. The full balance is due three weeks prior to first night’s stay. Payment can be made by personal check or through PayPal. Using PayPal incurs an additional 3% fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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