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Jerry and Kathy Guise

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

Welcome in the coming Summer at Big Turkey Lake!

23 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + , 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-11). Large yard, deck, dock, beach

Summer is an absolutely beautiful time of the year at the lake. There's lots of great shopping in Shipshewana for the coming Summer, and the flea market and auction in Shipshewana will be opening soon. Pokagon State Park is just 35 minutes away too! We have lots of wood for that evening bonfire to make s'mores! A perfect place for you to get all the family together or host a retreat or to spend Summer vacation! Our cottage is smoke-free and you will not find a cleaner, more welcoming cottage in the area (we do not rent to smokers). The Guise Guest Cottage is located less than 500 ft. from Big Turkey Lake, just down the sandy lane. At the end of the lane on the left is the beach and on the right is the boat dock. A paddle boat and a row boat with oars are included and there are two adult-sized life jackets provided (May-Oct). There is dock space available to dock one boat at no additional cost. The launch ramp is near the beach. The dock is put in the water in May and is taken out the last of October. Fishing from the dock is usually very good and bait can be purchased across the lake at the Sandwich Shop. The kids will have a great time digging in the sand, making sand castles and swimming at the beach. Adults are responsible for their children - there is no lifeguard. The cottage property backs up against a wooded area/field. There is a great hill for the kids to run up and down and a 2 person swing at the top of the hill for Mom and Dad. Enjoy the evenings with a campfire - the wood is provided. There is a deck with a table/umbrella/chairs for the warmer weather. A charcoal grill is available year round (please bring your own charcoal). In the backyard there is an additional hangout area - a covered deck with a table/chairs and swing! Inside the cottage is a spacious kitchen which has a large eating area with 2 tables and a rolling island that can be moved to accommodate large gatherings. There is a single serve Keurig coffeemaker in addition to the Mr. Coffee coffeemaker. There are 3 couches (can be used for sleeping) and a chair in the living area. The 'Aloha' bedroom has a queen bed, a set of bunkbeds and a bathroom with a shower. The 'Bear 2' bedroom has a queen bed and the 'Blessings' bedroom has 2 twin beds which can be converted into a king bed. Please let us know in advance if you would like the king bed. The main bathroom has a tub/shower. You provide your own bath towels and beach towels. Dish towels and dishclothes are provided. 'Starter' paper towel, napkins, tissue, toilet paper and trash bags are provided but you will need to bring more for the rest of your stay. Bed linens are provided. There is a washer/dryer available for use. Bring your own detergent. Additionally, there are some books and movies for all ages on the shelves, wireless broadband internet, and satellite TV/DVD/VCR player in the living room and some games.

Oh, and don't forget to sign the boat paddle before you leave!

Some fun places to go:

Shipshewanna, about 23 minutes away, the heart of the Amish community. Lots of great shops, great homemade food, indoor waterpark, and an auction/flea market every Tues/Wed.(April-Oct). Kukui Shave Ice is great and has a gum ball in each dish. The Eash Bulk Grocery store has some great bargains and the deli is really good and priced reasonably. They only take cash or check at the grocery. And if you want to hold and love on some puppies, go next door to E&S Sales. We got our sweet Maltipoo puppy there.

Angola, about 25 minutes away, has an outlet mall, restaurants, movie theater and Pokagon State Park with hiking, toboggan run and cross country snow skiing.There is a Walmart, Menards, Kohls, Meijer and CVS in Angola.

Auburn, about 25 minutes away also, has a great movie theater, Cracker Barrell, fast food places, Home Depot and a Walmart just off of I-69.

Stroh, just across the lake, has a great pizza place called Pizza and More. They take cash or checks but no credit cards. The gas station in Stroh has some groceries and will take a credit card if your purchase is over $10. There are 2 other family/pub restaurants in Stroh. Stroh also has several places to worship on Sunday.

No pets are allowed at any time.

*** This cottage is a Non-smoking environment. We do not rent to tenants who smoke at any time, and smoking is not allowed at any time in the cottage or on the property.

Keywords: The lake view and sandy beach is just a few steps away down the lane. This 1360 sq ft cottage renovated 2010 has everything you need to feel comfortable and relaxed after a day of fishing, swimming, sightseeing or snowman building. Relax on the deck, sit by the bonfire, sit in the 2 person swing on the hill, play games, watch TV or watch the snow fall. Wireless internet. This cottage is open all year round and a great place for a quiet getaway or a family Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years gathering.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Jerry and Kathy Guise (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Jerry and Kathy Guise

We love coming to the lake to get away! It's always a relaxing experience and it provides us a haven of rest from the demands of our busy careers. We have a large family and they, too, have come to appreciate the lake cottage as a place to come and fish, swim, lay out on the beach or relax by the campfire.

Jerry and Kathy Guise purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Jerry and Kathy Guise chose Indiana

Growing up as a young girl, some of my wife's earliest memories were coming to Big Turkey Lake to her grandparent's cottage, which was located just down the road from our current vacation rental. When there was an opportunity to purchase this property, we decided to continue the tradition for our own family and provide them with some of the same memories that have been cherished over the years. Big Turkey Lake, located in Steuben County in northeast Indiana, is one of the numerous lakes in this area, and is located within reasonable driving distance from many large cities in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Illinois.

What makes this cottage unique

Our cottage is much larger than the average vacation rental and can easily accommodate a large family or a large group of up to 10 or 12 people. It is perfect for family reunions, church or business planning meetings, retreats, 'girl's' or 'guy's' weekend away or just a romantic get away for two. It is very close to Angola and Auburn (both about 25 minutes away) where you can find most of the necessary conveniences (grocery, hardware, restaurants, movie entertainment, etc.). It is within a reasonable driving distance (2 to 3 hours) from major cities like Indianapolis, Detroit and Chicago. Major medical services can be found in Ft. Wayne, about 45 minutes away.


based on 23 traveler reviews

Welcome in the coming Summer at Big Turkey Lake!
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews

Clean, cute and comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay. It was the perfect size for our group (6 adults and 3 toddlers). We wanted somewhere to stay that didn't have the feel of a hotel and was still close enough to the Auburn auto museums. Communicating with the owners was nice, as well. Thank you!

  • Submitted: May 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Girls Trip

  • 5 of 5

Great place to get away and relax- plenty of room for all 12 of us! Has everything you need. The lake is a very short walk. Great area in back to sit and enjoy the evening. Kathy and Jerry are great! Thanks again.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved our time here!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I spent about 2 weeks at this rental on Big Turkey Lake. It was very clean and well stocked! If we had any issues, the owners were very quick to respond and resolve any problems. I have a large family, but this rental is well laid out and offers plenty of space! The kitchen had 2 tables and a moveable island which allowed for ample space when preparing and serving a meal. The bedrooms offer plenty of sleeping options as well. The lake is nice and generally very quiet, and the outdoor space at the rental is very nice. We are planning on going back next year!!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Guise cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time.Cottage was lovely. Lots of room, very clean, all the amenities our hosts were so kind..Cynthia & family

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Big Turkey Lake

  • 5 of 5

Everything was excellent

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy getaway

  • 5 of 5

Very nice clean and cozy get away..would use again

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Stroh, IN
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Angola, Indiana
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Interstate 69
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Stroh, IN
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Big Turkey Lake Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 16 2016 - Sep 11 2016
3 night minimum stay
Sep 12 2016 - Nov 13 2016
2 night minimum stay
Nov 14 2016 - Mar 12 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning / 8 or more $80 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 7.0%

Holiday Rates apply as follows:
Memorial Day: May 27-30, 2016 - $135 per night /minimum 3 night stay
July 4th: July 1-5, 2016 - $135 per night / minimum 3 night stay
Labor Day: Sept 2-5, 2016 - $135 per night /minimum 3 night stay
Thanksgiving 2016: Nov 23-27, 2016 - $135.00 per night / minimum 3 night stay
Christmas 2016: Dec 22-26, 2016 - $135.00 per night / minimum 3 night stay
New Years 2016: Dec 29, 2016 - Jan 2, 2017 - $135.00 per night / minimum 3 night stay

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Indiana Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1370 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 11 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Use of boat dock, paddle boat, row boat

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