4 bedroom, 2 bath with a "cozy cottage" feel on great water
The Cox Family
About The Cox Family
We are a family of 5 from right outside of Champaign, IL. Todd grew up coming to Lake Sara on the weekends in the Spring & Summers with his family. His family throughout the years owned two properties on the lake. One of which has now been bull dozed down to make room for a much larger lake home on a great tip point! Amber is originally from Wisconsin (Go Pack Go) but was never able to enjoy a lake as beautiful as Lake Sara. We really enjoy continuing the tradition with our children and having our families continue to enjoy the lake as well. Our children absolutely love the lake and love bringing their friends and cousins to enjoy it with them. It gives us a chance to all be together without the use of modern day electronics! We almost didn't even get a TV at the rental!
The Cox Family purchased this House in 2014
Why The Cox Family chose Effingham
We wanted a place that we all could enjoy, relax, sleep a good amount of family members/guests, and a place that had awesome neighbors (since the boat docks are closer than we would've originally preferred). Before we purchased we met a few of the neighbors and they just seemed to be the best. We couldn't ask for a better cove or better neighbors. With this being said, please be respectful of them when renting the home. Know your boundaries of the property and the activity level in late hours of the day.
What makes this House unique
A Quiet cove with the fishing area nearby which is an added bonus in our opinions. So much exploring to do and not a lot of activity.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:8 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
-DO NOT FLUSH ANYTHING OTHER THAN TOILET PAPER DOWN THE TOILET -NO LOUD MUSIC AFTER 11 PM!!!! WE HAVE NEIGHBORS!!!! Be respectful!!!! -NO PETS
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Clean house & owners were very responsive with any questions. We had many family members traveling from all over for a family reunion that weekend. Some stayed in hotels nearby & we were able to gather one night at the rental for dinner. There was plenty of room in the house & on the property to enjoy! The weather wasn’t as cooperative so we didn’t get to enjoy the outdoors as hoped but still experienced some swimming & fishing. We hope to be back next summer!
Nice to be so close to Lake Sarah!
The pros of this property were as follows:
-Nice, cozy cabin feel
-Close to Lake Sarah
-Had most items that you would need for your stay
-Close to town, so relatively easy to run and get things you need
-Home owners usually responded to my questions quickly
The cons of this property as I saw them were:
-Numerous items were broken or not in working order when we arrived (lights, outlets, lawnchairs, downstairs toilet, towel rack, canoe). Owner did respond that they fixed most things that we brought to their attention after we left.
-The futon that's listed as a bed is extremely uncomfortable and no one could manage to sleep on it.
-In my opinion, it should not be listed as "Sleeps 12". We had 6 adults and 3 children and still needed 3 of our own air mattresses in order for everyone to have a place to sleep. It would be more accurately listed as sleeps 7, maximum, unless you bring your own air mattresses.
-The deck was beautiful in the pictures, but it was pretty dirty and disheveled when we arrived and my family had to sweep it off and straighten it up.
In the end, my family had a great time and made some wonderful memories, but I just felt there were a few things that could have made our experience better.
Thanks for your review. It is appreciated! Your stay was nearly two months ago. Since then, we have lowered the amount of guests allowed at all to stay at the home, to 8. We used to allow up to 12 in the past but as stated in the description, there was only enough bed space for 8 people. Any more than that would need air mattresses. Again, since your stay those towels racks, etc have been replaced. As far as the canoe- it is what it is. People have broken it in the past. So either it stays or it goes and we don't replace it. So guests have to use it as it is. The futon is brand new. Brand new. I've had family sleep on it just fine with no complaints. We can not please everyone. Some enjoy firm, some enjoy soft. I apologize about the deck being out of order. It most definitely should've been straightened up before your arrival. Glad you had a great time!
Peaceful and relaxing
Enjoyed the quiet and relaxing atmosphere this time of year and seeing the wildlife in the area.
Nice relaxing stayt
We took a family vacation with our grandchildren and our children were in and out. There was room for everyone and we had a nice time. We lucked out and the weather was fantastic and started raining just after we left. We rented a pontoon and tooled the lake for a few hours. Grill was kind of sad but we made do, otherwise everything was great.
Nice location on the lake
Nice location and quiet cove and overall a good property. We had bad weather and power outage - which is nothing against the property; but, it did keep us in the house and lead to noticing some issues that otherwise might not have been so noticeable had we been able to stay outdoors.
The kayaks and canoe were a bonus and appreciated (see upcoming comment regarding boat/marina) - proper kayak paddles would work better - we tried to buy some in town and couldn't find any. The dock is small - not much room to sit in shade after swimming or for watching the kids swim. Good fishing off the dock - bluegill, small bass, catfish.
Deck off house is nice sized with two tables and plenty of seating. We had brought an awning which was helpful on the deck due to the heat/sun. There is a big firepit area with lots of shady seating which we didn't utilize due to the heat.
If you don't have your own boat the rental options are limited and disappointing (benches bolted to a pontoon deck at the one place and a regular pontoon whose upholstery was held together by duck tape at the other). Also, neither marina is open on Monday/Tuesday and when they do open Wednesday it's at noon - this is not on any of their websites and when I had called the week prior to talk to a guy about getting a boat on Monday - he said "we have plenty - just come by". During the week it was very quiet and relaxing - I'm sure it picks up on weekends but we were only there from Monday - Thursday.
There are a few items that could use some attention - the grill is a bit rickety but useable; the seating in the living room is limited, uncomfortable and couch is somewhat smelly; the beds are very uncomfortable. Also, the staircase to the second floor is seriously steep and requires some care navigating. There is one bedroom and full bath downstairs and two bedrooms and full bath upstairs. Despite a few negatives it was still an overall good rental and in a nice cove.
A great property would definitely recommend to others!
We had a great weekend! Had fun going to Tuscan Winery and a couple of other Effingham only eateries! The house was great just the right size for 4 adults. Loved that it was pet friendly and had 2 full baths! Would definitely stay again!