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A Diamond in the Rough

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4.7 / 5Exceptional
32 reviews


  • Kitchen
  • Air Conditioning
  • Pet Friendly
  • Washer


What's nearby

  • Popular Location
    Jet Funn
    18 min walk
  • Popular Location
    Chain 'O Lakes State Park
    10 min drive
  • Popular Location
    Volo Bog State Natural Area
    12 min drive
  • Airport
    Chicago, IL (PWK-Chicago Executive)
    44 min drive

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  • A Diamond in the Rough

    Room Amenities

    • 869 sq ft
    • 2 bedrooms
    • 1 bathroom
    • Sleeps 6
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About this area

Fox Lake

Located in Fox Lake, this cottage is near theme parks. Wilmot Mountain and Hunter Country Club are worth checking out if an activity is on the agenda, while those looking for area attractions can visit Volo Bog State Natural Area and Richmond Hunting Club. Lake County Fairgrounds and Tempel Lipizzans are also worth visiting.

Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Jet Funn - 18 min walk
  • Chain 'O Lakes State Park - 10 min drive
  • Volo Bog State Natural Area - 12 min drive
  • Volo Auto Museum - 12 min drive
  • Richardson Farm Experience - 12 min drive

Getting around

  • Fox Lake Station - 3 min drive
  • Chicago, IL (ORD-O'Hare Intl.) - 59 min drive

About this property

A Diamond in the Rough

Historic cottage in Fox Lake
This diamond in the rough is a cozy 2 bedroom cottage perfect for a weekend getaway, family vacation or a romantic retreat. This great escape will provide you with a little piece of paradise while giving you the feeling and comfort of home! And because pets are family too, we welcome them; but must be cleared with the owners first. No cats please, as the owners are allergic. This adorable cottage is nestled on a quiet residential street behind the main home. Water, pier and boat slip access are only steps away by walking down the lighted path on the side of the main home where you can enjoy breathtaking sunsets, fishing, swimming, canoeing, boating; and in winter snowmobiling, ice fishing and skiing at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort. A boat slip to dock your boat and 3-person canoe & 2 paddle boards are available at no extra charge your use. The cottage is fully air conditioned and heated with ceiling fans in bedrooms, kitchen and living room; making it perfect for year-round suitability. When staying in this home away from home, you can start off your morning soaking up a little fresh air out on the front porch enjoying a cup of freshly brewed Starbucks Verona coffee. After an eventful day exploring all the Chain of Lakes has to offer, both bedrooms have queen size beds with 700 thread count linens and overstuffed pillows for your sleeping comfort. For those less than stellar weather days, cozy on the oversized leather sofa or kick up your feet on the reclining chair in the living room where you can also partake in some viewing enjoyment on the 40” LED television equipped with Xfinity TV or enjoy your favorite DVD by popping it into the DVD player. Feeling a little competitive? Stroll on over the utility closet where you can find several different board and card games to partake in. Secured WiFi internet access is also available. A little hungry? Quickly whip something up on the gas stove in the kitchen that is furnished with all appliances, utensils and dinnerware for your convenience, including an expandable kitchen island. Want make it a BBQ instead? Head outside to your own private patio to access the gas grill. Your home away from home oasis is: 30 minutes to Six Flags Great America Amusement Park, where you can also make a stop into Gurnee Mall for some shopping Walking distance to Fams for an ice cold beer and great steak or fish tacos or El Puerto restaurant for an awesome Margarita. A Thursday night away from watching some thrilling drag boat racing at Blarney’s Island A Sunday morning away from having a “meal in a glass” Bloody Mary at Route 12 Bar and Grill A click away from access to seeing some amazing live bands *Staying with us again? Ask about our Preferred Guest Benefits. * Ask about our discount for Great Lakes Naval Base boot camp graduations. We look forward to sharing a little piece of paradise with you soon. Cheers!
Air-conditioned accommodations at this cottage offer fireplaces and DVD players. Rooms open to patios. Kitchens offer refrigerators, stovetops, microwaves, and separate dining areas.
Bathrooms include showers and hair dryers. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and irons/ironing boards.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Entire place

You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

Property manager

property manager

Rosemarie Nilson

Speaks English

Property amenities


Close to skiing


Internet access

Parking and transportation

Onsite parking
Car recommended


Coffee/tea maker


2 bedrooms
Bed sheets provided


1 bathroom
Shower only
Hair dryer
Towels provided

Living spaces

Dining room


TV with cable/satellite service
DVD player
Video library

Outdoor areas



Washing machine and dryer


Air conditioning


Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

Iron/ironing board

Things to do

Hiking/biking trails nearby
Sailing nearby
Water skiing nearby
Theme parks nearby


Sleeps 6
Unit size: 869 sq ft (81 sq m)



Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM


Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

  • Guests will receive an email from the property manager with check-in and check-out instructions.


  • Pets allowed
  • Restrictions apply
  • For more information contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.

Property payment types


Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
    Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited.

We should mention

Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. A car is recommended for transportation to and from this property.

Property is also known as

  • Diamond Rough House Fox Lake
  • Diamond Rough Fox Lake
  • A Diamond in the Rough Cottage
  • A Diamond in the Rough Fox Lake
  • A Diamond in the Rough Cottage Fox Lake


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4 - Good
3 - Okay
2 - Mediocre
1 - Poor

4/5 Good

    Cozy cottage

    My wife and I really enjoyed our stay. The location is great and very convenient. The neighborhood is private and lovely. The cottage is small but very cozy and has everything you need for a great stay.

    5/5 Excellent

      Great get away!

      We enjoyed a great get away with our daughter & family and our son! Such a warm welcome with fresh flowers & champagne! And we loved the dock area, fire pit & the fact that there were hardly any steps to the lake for our toddler grandkids! Lots of fun to be had here!

      5/5 Excellent

        Enjoyable Getaway

        Easy check in & out process. Cottage was very clean & hosts were very helpful.

        5/5 Excellent


          Very comfortable and very clean. Enjoyed our stay very much. Lots of extra touches like champagne, fresh flowers and Starbucks coffee. Had everything you need including washer and dryer.

          5/5 Excellent

            The house was clean, comfortable, and great location.

            The house had everything we needed. Everything was clean. Great location.

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