About this listing
A wonderful place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the world around us. Come sit on the screened-in-porch and have a cup of coffee, curl up with a good book, or bring your paints and stay for a month--you will find inspriration everywhere.
The Lake Grange is a unique home surrounded by woods and overlooking a small lake/wetlands area with beautiful gardens and extensive patio areas. We are located in the heart of Amish country, near Notre Dame, Goshen College and Bonneyville Mill, a large county park with an operating 100 year old grain mill. We have a large screened-in-porch that is a wonderful place to sit, read, listen to music or take an afternoon nap. In the winter the area is great for cross country skiing. The bedroom area is on a seperate floor with a private bath. Guests will have access to the kitchen, coffee and tea. The house was designed and re-invented by an artist and brick mason. Many of the interior rennovation projects utlitlized salvaged materials - slate from an old patio, beaded cealing boards from the Grange Hall coat rooms, and antique marble sinks. Come stay with us and enjoy the world around our home. We have another room available for friends and families traveling together who don't mind sharing a bathroom with friends. The additional room is $65.
A few of our favorite places and day trips around the area.
Within 5 miles
Kayaking and canoeing the Elkhart River, St. Joe and tributaries
Hike or bike through Historic Bonneyville Mill County Park 7 miles of hiking trails and over 5 miles of bike trails.
Hike or bike the Pumpkin Vine trail 25 miles of trails connecting Shipshewana, Middlebury, Goshen and Elkhart (website hidden)
10 - 15 miles
Goshen – a great old courthouse, farmer’s market, terrific bookstore and good places to eat
Shipshewana the Shipshewana flea Market listed in 1000 things to see before you die
30 – 40 miles
South Bend- Notre Dame of course, The Indiana Whiskey Company to name a couple of places
Winona Lake a quaint little town on a lake recently updated with interesting little shops and very green--great walking, biking and eating. (website hidden)
New Buffalo on Lake Michigan is 60 miles from Bristol from there visit the charming lake towns of, Lakeside, Union Pier, Harbert and Sawyer and hike through beautiful Warren Woods, an old growth forest and then cool down at Warren Dunes State Park. Or you could go the opposite direction and visit the Indiana Dunes. If you have time you might want to stop in Three Oaks—fun shops, Journeymen Distillery and if there in the evening a great little theater and old time movie house.
Relax, drop out, disconnect--it is only a vacation your other life will be there when you return.
Link to Bonneyville Mill (website hidden)_locations/bonneyville_mill_county_park.htm
It is quiet, peaceful and very natural. We have all kinds of birds- even Sandhill Cranes.
There is no public transportation.
1. Respect the privacy and personal space of others. Not everyone wants to hear the cell phone conversations of others.
2. Be responsible for your stuff.
3. Enjoy life
We had a quiet relaxing stay at Janis' house. Her house is well furnished with lovely antiques in a beautiful country setting. Janis was a gracious and friendly hostess and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
Finding a place to escape to from Chicago, with less than a weeks notice was challenging. I kept getting turned down because others were leaving town themselves, or having family in to stay. Janis' beautiful home and add were right up our alley. It was exactly as she described and quite peaceful. We stayed flexible in arrival and departure times, as we were last minute bookings, but Janis was on board from the beginning. Her home was quiet, clean, peaceful and within walking distance of some wonderful locations. I have a mild to severe cat allergy, and I had NO issues whatsoever because the cat, Lulu who is a sweetheart, did not come in the bedroom or private bath. We made sure to keep the doors closed and two nights of sleeping, eating there (while taking my allergy medicine once a day) had no effect on me whatsoever. Janis was so sweet, writing us a great list of places to check out, and walks to take. We stated we were avid walkers, so she suggested we go to the Bonneville mill, which is almost a 5 mile walk round trip. My fiance and I LOVED the walk, all the animals, nature and very friendly Amish neighbors. When we came back from the Mill, Janis was pleasantly surprised, telling us that out of all her visitors, we were the first to take her up on that walking tip! We had nice conversation, that wasn't forced and Janis was able (I hope) to go about her day normally, while always checking to make sure we had what we needed. We had privacy as well as a wonderful trip advisor in Janis. Check out the Mill, the Fruit Hills Winery (didn't make it but it looks great), also head to Goshen and try Venturi (DELICIOUS Neapolitan pizza and hand crafted cocktails). Thank you so much Janis for welcoming us into your home!
The setting for this bnb is quite beautiful surrounded by woods in a very quiet place. The house is spacious and the room is as described. It is a comfortable room, the bed is quite comfortable too. The area is great for taking walks or biking. I enjoyed my stay and would recommend this place to others.
We had a wonderful time at Jani's house. The place is hidden in the woods like it were a fairy tale. Janis is a terrific host. We spent great evenings together. She always had valuable tips and recommendations for our day trips. We would surely like to come back to her place some day. Whenever you are in Amish Country, be sure to stay at Jani's house.
We experienced a pleasant stay with a great host in a historic home in a beautiful setting.
About the Host, Janis
I live in a very rural beautfiul part of Indiana with lots of trees, hills and little lakes. I am an artist and work in a flower shop. I teach a few classes here and there. I love to walk. I am an avid gardener who is now always looking to do 2 things - fit in more plants and trees and find ways to streamline my gardeneing. Alas those goals seem to conflict with each other. When I am not doing any of the above activities, I love to relax and do nothing but watch the world outside my windows.