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Lifes a Bear Hideaway/Cozy Lake Area Cottage in McHenry

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 8 Sleeps

Come, relax and enjoy our cozy Lake Area home for your getaway. Make it a special occasion by celebrating an Anniversary, Birthday, or a "Just Because" weekend. Perfect for couples or families! The home is located within walking distance of the lake, area resturants, marina's and activites and only a short 1 mile drive to the Wisp Resort. Last minute rental reservations accepted.

Come and relax in our charming and cozy Lake Area country cottage, located centrally to Deep Creek Lake in McHenry, Maryland. The house is nestled among the trees on a quiet country lane and gives the feeling of seclusion, perfect for relaxing after a great day of fun and excitement, yet you are centrally located directly in McHenry and within walking or a short 2 minute driving distance of all area activities; restaurants, marina's, shopping, family fun center and all resort activities. Take a walk or ride your bike on the neighborhood country lane without the worry of the busy roadway traffic. Enjoy the spacious yard with the patio and deck for relaxing, or just fun time for the kids without the worry of being in another neighbors yard and near the busy roadway.

You are only a short 1/2 mile drive to The Wisp Resort which offers both summer and winter sporting activities and the new Adventure Sports Center, which offers white water rafting and mountian climbing activities. Deep Creek State Lake Park and Garrett Movies are only mintues away as well.

Enjoy the sounds of a babbling mountain stream which runs along the property and take in the serenity of nature while relaxing on the deck. Unwind with a relaxing soak in the steamy outdoor hot tub after a memorable day of fun and enjoy the pleasure of the peaceful view of the ski slopes and lake inlet all year long. Fantastic sunset views year round and the ability to watch the 4th of July and New Years Eve fireworks displays right from the deck!

Our hideaway is the perfect retreat for a romantic getaway, or perfect for a family seeking privacy and the beauty of nature. The home, with it's open floor plan, comfortable furnishings and spacious yard allows for a relaxing vacation for those of all ages. So when "Life's a Bear", this is the perfect hideaway vacation spot!

More Details

Karen Cogan
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 20, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful time. The house was great...we love the little propane stove :)

Thanks so much for everything!
Oct 2011
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McHenry House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
Home Layout: Ranch style home with enclosed bedroom loft, Living Room, Family Room, Full size/fully equipped Kitchen, 2 full size bedrooms (1 in loft), 2 full size bathrooms (1 full bath w/tub-shower, Master Bedroom full bath w/tile shower),1 game/activity room, covered front porch, side deck w/hot tub. Open floor plan with panaramic windows with view of ski slope and lake inlet, family room has vaulted ceiling. You can be assured of a clean and well maintained home for your vacation stay. House Amenities Include: **Free Unlimited Long Distance **Wireless Internet Connection/Bring your laptop **Maryland State Park Pass for use during your stay (visit all the area State Parks for free!) Gas Fireplace window air conditioners in bedrooms Stereo w/CD player VCD/DVD Combo 4 TV's w/CableWet Bar w/mini fridge Fully Equipped Kitchen Dishwasher Microwave Coffee Maker Blender Crock Pot Washer/Dryer Iron/Ironing Board Games/Books/Puzzles Foosball Table Videos 5 ceiling fans Window unit air conditioners in master bedroom and loft Bedding: 2 Queen Beds, 1 Twin Bed, 2 Queen Sleep Sofas and 1 Rollaway Cot. Linens are included in the rental price (sheets, towels, blankets, pillows and hot tub towels). OutDoors: Outdoor Hot Tub Gas Grill Yard Swing Deck w/furniture Lawn Furniture Entry porch with seating Side deck with hot tub and ski slope and inlet water view Patio w/ 6' picnic table with attached benches View of Ski Slopes and inlet waterway Permit parking for 2 vehicles


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(20 traveler reviews)

Millersville, MD

Great as always

  • 5 of 5

I have been to "The Bear" so many times I have lost count. I stopped looking for other rentals years ago, this has everything we need and more. From the huge family room with the flat screen and fireplace, to the fully equipped kitchen, to the wonderful hot tub on the deck. This year brought a new challenge, we arrived Saturday and Wisp shutdown for the year Sunday evening (Feb 26) so we had to find an open ski area. Fortunately Canaan Valley, which is only an hour's drive south, was still open so we were still good-to-go. We never had to ski anyplace beside Wisp so it was good to learn that other slopes are very close. Karen is so accommodating and the place is kept very clean. I look forward to contacting Karen again and hope to reserve a couple times next winter.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Almost Perfect

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time. The house was very clean and well equipped. The only issue we had was with the fireplace. We could not get the pilot light to turn on. We called the office and they had someone there is a couple of hours. Would love to come back earlier in October for the fall foliage. Thanks, love the house.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spacious and well located

  • 4 of 5

We spent several days here at the end of July. Karen was a delight to deal with. The house was spacious, quiet and we enjoyed relaxing dinners on the deck, followed by dips in the hot tub. Its an easy walk to the grocery and the wine stores. If you happen to be there in the first week of August, you can walk to the county fair, which is quite impressive.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bigger than the pictures show.

  • 5 of 5

we enjoyed our stay. The house was clean and well maintained. The owner is very pleasant and easy to work with.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Millersville, MD

Great as always

  • 5 of 5

We were lucky enough to arrive hours before the hardest snowfall which amounted to 36" when it was through. Wisp did not do a good job of keeping up with snow management and the crowds were overwhelming so skiing was not so great. Fortunately everything was great at the cottage, we settled in and enjoyed the fireplace, flatscreen TV, and the hot tub. We also skied but with so little snow this year, when this storm hit the crowds were like I have never seen before. Even with all the snow, the road to the cottage stayed plowed and we had no issue getting out when we wanted to. This was about my 8th stay at the bear and it was outstanding as always!

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lifes a Bear hideaway.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this home, Lifes a Bear Hideaway as an escape from hotels when we came to work in West Virginia.Its about 40 minutes to WV, with a beautiful drive through the mountains. Its a beautiful home and everything was as described or better when we got there. We had 7 of us there and there was plenty of room for us all to have a little of our own space. The hot tub was a great feature.The weather was pretty cold while we were here , so after a hard days work it was nice to come back and get in the hot tub, relax, and keep warm while enjoying the outside. We would love to stay here again. Hopefully next time it will be in the summertime. Karen was right on top of things in getting back to us on our request to stay. I didnt give her much time since I only found the home 3 days before our departure. She pushed everything through and was great. Thanks Karen. Hope to get the chance to stay in your home again.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 6.0%

Spring Season 03/17/15 - 5/22/15
Weekly $750/week, 2Nite/weekend $450. 3Nite stay $550
Summer Season - 5/23/15-09/07/15
Weekly $950 2Nite/weekend -$550, 3Nite stay $600
Fall Season 09/08/15-3/15/15
Weekly $900 2Nite/weekend -$500, 3Nite stay $600
Spring Season 03/17/15 - 12/18/15
Weekly $850/week, 2Nite/weekend $550. 3Nite stay $600

partial wk. email for rates
$100 deposit on rent and signed rental agreement required at time of
$150 refundable damage deposit due at time of booking
6% accommodation tax

Age Requirement: Responsible signing party must be 24 years of
age/Sorry no exceptions

Check in: 4pm Check out: 11:00am, 10am during the Summer Season
Additional 1/2 day rental available upon request and availability.

Linens provided in rental price.
Includes sheets, blankets, pillows, towels and towels for hot tub

2 night minimum stay
3 night minimum stay on holiday weekends

Flexible partial week rentals accepted in all seasons
Repeat Renters receive "Returning Rental Discount"
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Long Term monthly rates/contact owner for more information

Non-Smoking Unit
No Pets

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