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Serenity in Shumway Cove

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

4 bedroom, 2 bath with a "cozy cottage" feel on great water

This 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom retreat provides you with everything you need to have fun at the lake this year! Great location on the water of Shumway Cove where you can relax in the water or drop a line in to fish. Newly renovated dock gives you the opportunity to bring your own boat or rent one at the local marina. The cove is the perfect place to learn how to waterski, wakeboard, or tube. There are also two kayaks & a canoe that will be available for use. Not far from the dock is a fishing area that is really neat to explore...especially for kids. We have seen a lot of beavers & turtles getting sun on logs.

The home sleeps 8 comfortably in beds but if you bring an air mattress or sleeping bags it can accommodate more. This is a lake house, we want to fit as many people as we can to enjoy the lake! The kitchen is equipped with everything you will need during your stay. A TV with DirectTV programming in the living room can be seen from all main areas of the lower level. A washer & dryer is available for your use as well. We have provided detergent but if there is a special kind you prefer, feel free to bring that along. The home has central air conditioning & heat. We do have wi-fi...all the connection instructions will be inside the home.

Outside there is large deck off the house that is great for entertaining or eating a meal. We have a charcoal grill on the deck for your use to grill out. There is a fire pit outside for your use. We do not usually stock firewood so I would recommend getting some beforehand for your use. If there is wood provided, feel free to use some of it. A short path leads down to the boat dock from the large deck, there you will find Adirondack chairs for relaxation & floats for use in the water. There is a storage shed down by the boat dock that has floats & noodles for use. Our dock ends right after the storage container on the dock. Please be respectful of the neighbors & their dock and don't go past the storage shed. If anything is damaged during your stay PLEASE let us know so we can replace what has been broken.

We use this home as well as our home away from home retreat with our family. Anything you may find in the fridge as far as condiments or in the pantry or freezer, was food that we may have bought for use during our stay. Everyone is more than welcome to consume these items, but please do not throw anything away unless it has expired/gone bad.

We want to invite anyone who wants to enjoy Lake Sara to its fullest to come relax! We strive to make your experience the best it can be. We hope to see you soon!

A couple notes:

The boat in the lift is not for rental use, there are a couple marinas on the lake that offer boat rentals. Please respect our home as you would your own. Thank you for understanding.

More Details

The Cox Family
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time
Within a day
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
20 June, 2018

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Effingham

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , Downstairs & very spacious
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , Upstairs bathroom
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 sofa bed/futon , Sofa Sleeper that sleeps 2
    Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 single bed , Twin Bed with room for sleeping bags
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double bed , 1 single bed , Upstairs Bedroom- very large.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...


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Serenity in Shumway Cove
average rating of 4.45 based on 20 reviews

Great Famil Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Todd & Amber we thank you for opening your home to my family, friends and their family. The house was in a great location and had everything we needed. It was clean and it accommodated our large group without making us feel cramped. The neighbors were super friendly! The kids loved swimming off the dock, boating on the lake and playing in the yard. Night time camp fires were a nice way to end the long days on the lake. Highly recommend staying here

  • Review Submitted: 24/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your awesome feedback. We are so happy to hear that you, your family, & your friends had such a lovely time. We hope to see you all back again someday!
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A great property would definitely recommend to others!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: 24/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

It was wonderful. We did it all, fish, swim, tennis, golf, fires at night, morning coffee on the deck.. We ate all meals at the cabin. The fastest 5 days of my life. Of course, having my 2 sons and gandson made it perfect. Ken Kelly

  • Review Submitted: 21/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Girls Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Cute Lake cottage with room for 8 of us, however 6 would have been more reasonable. Communication was fine, and the pullout couch mattress is in definite need of replacement or bring full Mattress foam padding. Great deck, plenty of seating, and the shed by the driveway holds more items for lake fun etc. (we realized this on our last day). We would def return.

  • Review Submitted: 24/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great House on the Lake!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time with a bachelorette party. We had plenty of space and we had beautiful weather for a day on the lake!

  • Review Submitted: 18/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great relaxing spot

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect to relax, cook delicious meals, and spend time with loved-ones. There was plenty of space, and the house was well equipped. I was also happily surprised to find WiFi in the house! It was great for communication given that no cell tower seemed to be able to reach me. It was a great stay overall!

  • Review Submitted: 22/05/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Effingham

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2018
28 May 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add AU$14 per night, per additional guest
Fall/Winter 2018
1 Oct 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add AU$14 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/New Years
22 Dec 2018 - 2 Jan 2019
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add AU$14 per night, per additional guest
Winter/Spring 2019
3 Jan 2019 - 1 Apr 2019
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add AU$14 per night, per additional guest
Spring 2019
2 Apr 2019 - 23 May 2019
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add AU$14 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$101.59
Pet Fee AU$135.45
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$338.63
Property Damage Protection AU$79.92

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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