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Judi Garfi

Member since: 2015
Speaks english

Gem Of Chain Of Lakes: 100 Ft. Of Frontage On Pistakee Lake - Dream For Boaters!

6 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


Photos and Description of this Fox Lake holiday house

Breathtaking And Spacious 2 - Story 5/ 6 Bed Room Home With Great Water Views.

If you are looking for a waterfront experience and access to the heart of the Chain of Lakes, look no further. Our home has 100 ft of frontage on Pistakee Lake. The front porch will have you mesmerized as you lounge in the evening watching the magnificent water views. This spacious 2-story home with 2,737 sq ft has 5/6 bedrooms and 3.5 Baths. An open concept for the Living room/ dining room and game room is highlighted by a gas fire place. Kitchen is well equipped to service formal and informal dining. Another fireplace adorns the kitchen.The outdoor deck has a grill and is steps away from a fire-pit for after dinner lounging. Waterviews are stunning. The home includes a pier for fishing/swimming and docking up to a 26ft. boat. Kayaks and a sail-boat are included. The home is uniquely located for waterfront dining at many chain of lakes restaurants.

  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Judi Garfi (Property Manager)
Member since: 2015
Speaks english

About Judi Garfi

Retired small business owner who loves family, animals, and the water.

Why Judi Garfi chose Illinois

My home is a home for people to enjoy the water. The views are spectacular. The Chain of lakes are special. Boating, fishing, swimming, and touring the Chain has been our families tradition since the 50's. This vacation home will bring family and friends together to enjoy the water. This home is equipped to "get away" and relax. Dine -in or take advantage of nearby waterfront restaurants. Play on the water or just relax on the huge deck or front room which showcases Pistakee Lake viewing to the North. Our friends and family never want to leave.

What makes this house unique

26 foot boat lift. Fishing, boating and swimming pier. 2 Kayaks and a 15 ft sailboat included. 2 gas fireplaces. A great sun/fun room. Cable TV - Fire pit - Grill - Large Deck that faces the Water. Sleeps 10 + 3.5 bathrooms. Formal Dining Room - Beachfront Swing. Cozy beds with great feathered pillows.

This is not just a cozy cottage. It is an elegant waterfront home with the toys to make a vacation or a celebration special.


based on 6 traveller reviews

Gem Of Chain Of Lakes: 100 Ft. Of Frontage On Pistakee Lake - Dream For Boaters!
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 6 reviews

LOVED, LOVED, LOVED our time at this home

  • 5 of 5

My family has been renting a lakehouse for the last 15 years and this year found this gem. The views of the lake are stunning from the front porch watching sunrises or sunsets. The house is huge with plenty of space for both young and not so young....and we loved the 2 kayaks as we explored the lake. It truly is a little piece of heaven. :-)

The property manager was extremely helpful and got us another tank of propane for the grill and firepit, along with recommendations of where to go in the area. 2 close golf courses, a bar/restaurant within walking distance and close to shops as well.

We plan to book our trip for next year.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 1 of 5

I stayed at this house with another couple and was shocked at what terrible shape this house is in. The first impression of the house was dirty! There were cobwebs covering the front door, the sides of the house covered in green mildew. Some of the boards on the deck were rotten through. The patio furniture consisted of a few cheap plastic chairs and a moldy lounge chair. The fire pit ran on a propane tank.

Inside was just as bad. The fridge was full of leftover food from previous people as well as the cabinets. Gross! The one half bath on the main floor did not work and was dirty, the bathroom in the basement was disgusting! The toilet was black as well as the shower/tub. There was no shower curtain. The floor was covered in dirt and the whole room was full of bugs and webs. This bathroom had not been cleaned in a very long time.

Upstairs, there are 4 bedrooms, not 6 as listed. Two twin beds in a large room without a door to separate them, does NOT make it two separate bedrooms. The futon in the master bedroom can not be slept on unless you are under the age of 10. The sleeper chair on the front porch can not be slept on either, unless you want to be up at the crack of dawn. The hall bathroom upstairs did not have any water pressure and hot water was limited. Literally,a trickle of water came out of the shower head that was ice cold. It was impossible to take a shower.

Over all, the house was dirty and outdated. It is misrepresented on the number of bedrooms and usable bathrooms. The only good thing this house had was the view. It was a beautiful view, but the house was in very poor condition.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are sincerely disheartened to hear about your experience as a guest of someone staying at our property. We take this review very seriously and are working to correct any situation that could possible inhibit future guests from enjoying their stay with us. In this case, it was the first time we had a request for an early check-in which we hastily approved despite having other guests checking out around the same time and our previous cleaning services could not accommodate the smaller time frame between guests. Since reading this review, we have decided to hire a new cleaning service, as well as reevaluate and refine our guidelines to better clarify the standards of cleanliness we expect in preparing our home for each guest. I am also sorry to hear you encountered some plumbing issues - we hope that our guests contact myself or our property manager immediately so we can address the issue immediately during your stay! I would personally like to make things right. Please have the person who made the reservation contact me ASAP.
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  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful week in this house for spring break. The home is spacious and cozy at the same time. The view of the lake is amazing, and we enjoyed watching a variety of water birds and wildlife from the porch. The caretaker was friendly and very accomodating, and our deposit was returned very quickly! Will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved that you had a great experience in our family home. Thanks for giving such an outstanding review. We would like to offer you 2016 rates if you sign up by 10/1.
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Beautiful, accommodating place to escape!

  • 5 of 5

I was a guest at this lakefront home this past fall and couldn't have been more impressed. Located on a quiet street, it affords a surprisingly quiet and peaceful retreat although it is easily accessible to town and numerous dining opportunities. Bedrooms are spacious and the home is beautifully furnished, clean and well-maintained. From my perspective the jewel of this property is its enclosed front porch featuring large picture windows offering a spectacular view of Pistakee Lake.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jim for your kind words. I loved our Kayak trip on Pistakee and our visits to many of the Chain's finest waterfront restaurants. We have reserved a week in June for more water fun. Keep Kayaking.
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Our impression was great. We would do it again

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at your lake house. The house was in a great location with many restaurants in the area. The house has plenty of room and was very clean. The view from the front porch was wonderful. It was great sitting out there at night and looking at the lake. The large deck was also great. We would recommend this house to anyone. It was so relaxing and peaceful.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Home with a Great View

  • 5 of 5

This is a great property for your vacation. It has a beautiful enclosed porch to enjoy on a rainy day. Take in the view from there or the deck its wonderful. If you boat or drive it is a short hop to some great restaurant bars on the chain, The Chain of Lakes in a boating paradise take advantage of it. It has a nice kitchen and I should have checked the brand of mattress best sleep I had in weeks. Now that I have written such a nice review I better book my week fast for next summer.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you had a good experience in our home. We pride ourselves in having top of the line bedding for our guests. Please contact us soon for your stay due to our new relationship with VRBO and their affiliates. Thanks for the pictures you took boating on the chain, swimming in channel lake, and your visit to Blarneys Island.
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Nearest Airport
42 Miles
O'Hare International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Cabana's On The Chain
Nearest Golf
2.5 Miles
Pistakee Country Club
Nearest Train
1.72 Miles
Metra - Fox Lake (MD-N) Station
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Fox Lake, Illinois

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2017 In Season
1 May 2017 - 1 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning A$224
Refundable Damage Deposit A$658
Pet Fee A$99

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Fox Lake

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2737 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , bath with shower
  • 3 Full size Baths: 2 on second story - 1 in basement Half bath on first floor.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon
    Bedroom 3 - 1 single bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 single bed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 single bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 single bed
  • 6 Bedrooms: Master Bedroom King Size and deluxe Mattress Guest Bedroom 1 Queen Size plus Futon Guest Bedrooms 3-6: 4 Twin size beds Sleeper Couch on Front Porch
  • Books
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing