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Bill & Celia Crowder

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Home on Shipshewana Lake - 2 Miles from downtown

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Peaceful setting

Quiet home on Shipshewana Lake channel. Woods on one side, pasture over the hill behind and lake in front. 5 Minutes from downtown Shipshewana and the Blue Gate. Shopping galore -- make your wife happy! 3 BR (Queen, 2 Full), 2 BA, Linens Provided, DVD, Video and book Library, Board Games and Puzzles, Full Kitchen (Gas Stove/Refrigerator), Cooking Utensils Provided, Microwave, Charcoal BBQ Grill, Deck, Lakeside fire pit, Washer, Dryer, Off Street Parking.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Bill & Celia Crowder (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

About Bill & Celia Crowder

I am the pastor of a small church in Chicago, IL. My wife and I enjoy horseback riding and country living!

Bill & Celia Crowder purchased this house in 2011

Why Bill & Celia Crowder chose Indiana

Our home is located off of a cul-de-sac on a small channel leading into Shipshewana Lake and we are just 8 minutes from downtown Shipshewana and all the Amish shops as well as the Blue Gate restaurant and theater. We are secluded and quiet, especially during the late Spring through early Fall months when the woods block out most of our older neighbors, most of whom are gone during the day. There is plenty to do in the area: Shipshewana is a bustling Amish village with close to 100 shops and specialty retailers and many home-style dining establishments that serve bountiful Amish fare. Shoppers can search for handcrafted items, baked goods, antiques and more in picturesque turn-of-the-century storefronts and enjoy seeing horse-drawn Amish buggies clop through town. Every Tuesday and Wednesday from the first of May through the end of October, the Midwest’s largest flea draws serious shoppers and the simply curious. The Blue Gate Theater hosts some of the best in Southern Gospel concerts and several musical plays during the year. The Hudson car museum will take you into the past as you walk the rows of cars. Don’t forget the Heritage Trail that takes you throughout the area. We love to spend our vacations here and hope you will too!

What makes this house unique

Imagine yourself sitting on the deck overlooking the lake, listening to the 'clopping' hooves of the Amish buggy horses with a cup of coffee in the coolness of the night. Imagine the cheese factories and Amish bakeries minutes away!

Guestbook comments from the owner

How peaceful it is here! We enjoyed the flea market, the Round Barn Theater (in Nappanee) – it was fantastic! Thanks for the extra day!
Sep 2012
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based on 17 traveler reviews

Home on Shipshewana Lake - 2 Miles from downtown
average rating of 4.2941175 based on 21 reviews

Wonderful House in a Wonderful Area

  • 5 of 5

I recently stayed at the Crowder's residence with the family. The house is tucked away on a hill, and has a very welcoming feel as soon as you walk up the steps to the deck. The house was more than big enough for us 3 and I'm sure it could accomadate a few more as well. The fire pit is situated by the water and makes for a great earlylate evening way to unwind. The town is very close with a plethora of shops to visit and places to eat. If you love the lake house feel and need a weekendweek away, this is a great way to enjot Shipshewana. Thanks again for your hospitality Mr. and Mrs. Crowder, we'll definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved and enjoyed

  • 5 of 5

We had such a lovely time and enjoyed our stay at the home . Very comfortable and everything was ready for us when we arrived. House very clean and well equipped with the things we needed for the week. Adding a few things made us feel like we were at home.

Loved the evenings sitting on the front porch playing games to dark. Did not see much wild life on the lake or around it but that of course depends on them not the owner. Lol

I can not think of anything that Bill has not provided for your stay. Hope to return next year.

One thing would be nice is the step into the house is high and the lady with us, we had to help her in since she could not lift her leg that high so just a wooden pellet or something to sit down for people that are a little handicap would be great. I understand that this is a unusual request from one guess but wonder if other guest have found this too. This will not stop us from returning next year.

Thank you Bill for all.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice comments. I had not thought of the step up -- we will get one right away! Thanks!
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Quiet Secluded Home.

  • 4 of 5

We had a very nice time visiting Shipshewanna. Our stay was very nice. The home is at the end of the road right on the lake. So it is very quiet and secluded. We unfortunately did not get to see the peacocks. My daughter enjoyed working on one of the puzzles! So she did not even miss the internet. I would recommend this home to friends that may be looking for a place to stay while visiting the Shipshewanna area.

Mike, Peggy and Angelle

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sister Trip Sept.7-10

  • 4 of 5

What a great time we all had at this cottage. The view is a great one. The house is very cozy and well stock for a stay here.The bedrooms were very comfortable and clean as were the bathrooms. I will recommend this place to my friends. GREAT TIME WITH MY SISTERS! Name 3 cheeses.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sister Trip

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at this rental. I'm so glad we didn't listen to the bad review posted on here just after we booked our stay. I'm not a"friend" of the owner nor am I "coerced " in my review. This place is cozy comfortable and clean. Close to downtown for shopping and amish stores. We enjoyed sitting by the fire and playing games at the kitchen table. We definitely appreciated the letter from the owners with with suggestions and ideas on where to go and what to see.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, Cozy, and Relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

We were pleasantly surprised when we arrived at your cottage neatly tucked away on the hill with the lovely view of the water. We were looking forward to some relaxing time away from the stress of our lives, and we were not disappointed. The cottage was clean and cutely decorated. The deck was great as we enjoyed watching swans swimming along the lake shore. We had an enjoyable stay and are recommending your place to our friends.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
South Bend, IN
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Sims Oak Hills or Spring Meadow Farms
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
80/90 Tollway
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Blue Gate
Car: necessary

Shipshewana Flea Market, Shipshewana Auction Sales, Unique shops, Cheese, Bulk food, Restaurants, Amish Bakeries, Amish restaurants, Blue Gate, Blue Gate concerts, Blue Gate Musicals, Plays, Concerts, Fishing, Lake, Rest and Relaxation, Topeka Horse Auction, Topeka Carriage Auction


Rates & Availability

Shipshewana House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $85
Refundable damage deposit $50
Tax Rate 12.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Indiana House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 970 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Both with tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1) Master bedroom, Full Bed (1) Second Bedroom, Full Bed (1) Third bedroom
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
Amish stores and Restaurants, Amish Carriage Rides

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