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The Big Easy Lakefront Estate, Hot Tub, Outstanding New Guest Amenities in 2017!

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Property Details

Updated: Feb 24, 2017
  • Sleeps 16
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms, 5 Baths, Sleeps 16

Hotels are for tourists. Today's vacation traveler seeks the comfort and amenities of a private home to meet and exceed their vacation rental needs.

That's where The Big Easy answers the call. This home looks and feels like a "contemporary lodge," with two full floors of living and entertainment space. The floor to ceiling windows across the expanse of this house offer amazing, can't-take-your-eyes-away water views.

The Big Easy got its name because the house is very large -- nearly 5,000 sq ft -- and lake livin' is easy! 5 BR/5 Baths that easily sleeps 16 guests. Lots of extras only found at fine resorts. Inside, dining room tables accommodate all your family and friends, and two tiers of outdoor decks with plenty of seating overlook the lake.

3 well dock with swim platform, martini deck and a perfectly pink water slide allows kiddos hours of fun as they plunge right into the lake from the property's seawall.

Cable TV, high speed internet, 2 car garage, cul-de-sac means no traffic......lots more. Just bring your toothbrush and a bathing suit. The rest is waiting for you at The Big Easy!

What's new in 2017? A 60 foot waterfall constructed from the home's deck to lakefront. We've got it all at The Big Easy!

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Recent Review

About the Owner

Betsy Donnelly
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
February 24, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We had an awesome time, Betsy. We spent the majority of the time out on the deck. The breeze felt so wonderful, I didn't want to leave! If you had had a hammock out there, I wouldn't have left! And the hot tub was fabulous. Our thanks."
Sep 2013
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Guestbook comments from the owner

"We had an awesome time, Betsy. We spent the majority of the time out on the deck. The breeze felt so wonderful, I didn't want to leave! If you had had a hammock out there, I wouldn't have left! And the hot tub was fabulous. Our thanks."
Sep 2013
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24 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

St. Louis, Mo.

Excellent Family Retreat

  • 5 of 5

The Big Easy proved to be the ideal location for our family vacation. The home more then met our family needs and expectations. This is a great location on the lake for adventure on the water and time to hang out and catch up. Betsy made the whole experience a breeze from start to arrival including recommendations for local shops and boat rental. We will be back to the lake and back to the Big Easy.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for your ab fab remarks. Now that we're at the end of the summer rental season I have to let you know how excited I am for 2017! We're planning lots more fun and excitement and guest amenities. Please check back with us when you're ready to book this flagship property. We've got more amazing memories to make next year! Our thanks.
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Kansas City

Great Guys Weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the big easy! There was enough room for 16 guys to sleep comfortably. Betsy had great recommendations on boat rental and local attractions. You can't beat the location on the lake! I would recommend Betsy's house for anyone looking for a relaxing weekend at the lake.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Brandon: I've never been much of a dancer, but that's what I'm doing right now thanks to your favorable review of our flagship vacation rental house, The Big Easy. (Super glad you can't see me in action!) Our goal is to ensure our guests have a FIVE STAR experience at this lovely estate, and it looks as if we've delivered. Happy you made some magical memories with us at the Lake of the Ozarks. Come back soon.....and tell all your friends, too! Thanks again! (Now, back to my disco moves.......)
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Great family vacation

  • 5 of 5

Betsy's home made for a perfect location for our extended family vacation. There was plenty of room for us all to eat at the same time and with 2 refrigerators, there was always a cold drink to cool our thirst in the 100 degree weather. Swimming and floating on the lake was perfect with some family just sitting under the beautiful trees in the shade. We rented a boat and a sea doo and having the boat docks there made it so easy. Lake location was great with some quiet mornings perfect for skiing. Betsy was truly a gem to work with. She was prompt to return emails and phone calls with a happy voice on the other end. The house had everything we needed to make a memorable summer vacation for all 4 families. Thank you Betsy!!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh Julie and Family........your kind words warm my soul........or maybe it's the 100 degree heat here in the Ozarks?!?! Kidding! Thanks for taking the time to share your five star experience with others. It goes a long, long way to helping families just like yours make the right vacay decision. Which means it helps my business. You make ideal guests and are welcome back to any of our properties with a special VIP returning guest discount. Thanks for making new family memories with us at The Big Easy!
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Wonderful Family Lake Week

  • 5 of 5

Great accommodations for our family group (8 adults, 7 kids). The kitchen / dining area worked well with seating for all at family meals. Swimming / lounging at the dock was a hit with the entire group. Betsy answered all of our pre-arrival questions promptly and was great to work.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Terry and Family: WOW! Your glowing comments have me seeing stars.....FIVE of them in fact. How kind of you. We are grateful that your guest experience was a memorable one, filled with laughter, love and lake living. Hopefully you took tons of pix so you can always remember these good times. You and your family make ideal guests and we welcome you back anytime to any of our five vacation rental homes......and as a returning guest you get a whopper of a discount, too. Our thanks for placing your trust in us......and for your stay at The Big Easy! OX
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Big house - not suitable for families with small children.

  • 3 of 5

Before our arrival, Betsy was helpful, responsive, and provided a lot of information about the area. Upon our arrival, we found hair in showers and the beds, and food in and under the couches. I contacted Betsy to inform her of the situation. She was again responsive but offered no remedy. Much to our surprise, sections of the deck railings are nothing more than rope and the rest were not suitable for small children as they could easily fit under and fall. After a day of tubing and swimming, we were looking forward to enjoying the hot tub but were greeted with a musty, sour smell. We cycled the hot tub to run the water through the filter in an attempt to clean it out without success. The second morning arrived with rain and we found that it was coming in through game room ceiling and running into the outlet in the floor. After driving 10-12 hours to spend the holiday weekend together, we all made the best of the situation and contacted Betsy to let her know about the issues with the game room and hot tub. She responded promptly and sent a handyman. When I explained the issues we had, the gentleman rolled his eyes at my concerns and appeared annoyed to be called out to the house. He stated that they were aware of the problems in the game room and continually assured me it was safe for the children to play in a room with water running into open outlets. He drained some of the water from the hot tub and filled it again but the funny smell remained. I once again emailed Betsy to seek some sort of resolution to my dissatisfaction and concerns. Shortly after, Betsy arrived at the house and informed me that the solution was for our family to pack up and leave immediately. I was not only shocked but appalled that someone who had been so helpful prior to our arrival was so condescending and rude to me as a customer who was only trying to enjoy vacation with my family safely. With our only options being to cut our vacation short and attempt to petition for a refund, or make the best of an unfortunate situation, we opted to stay for the duration of our contract. I did not hear back from Betsy until after we arrived home and I inquired about the return of the damage deposit. Betsy did offer us a small “inconvenience refund” for our trouble. I do agree with previous customers that this home is good for large groups and has plenty of space. However, I would caution families with small children as there are significant safety concerns both inside and outside the home.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Let this review be a warning to all vacation homeowners and property managers: Some people you just can't make happy. They should come with "warning" labels that read: I whine and complain! Or, better yet: Never satisfied! This is a distorted, exaggerated tale of woe. Enough said.
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Epworth Iowa

Very family friendly!!!!

  • 5 of 5

GREAT HOUSE, CLEAN AND WELL EQUIPPED FOR OUR GROUP....There were 18 of us, 8 adults and 10 kids. Plenty of bedrooms, baths and seating areas. The open concept kitchen/dining lower level allowed everyone to eat in the same room or go out on the spacious deck. The kids had a blast going down the slide and jumping into the water from the dock. The game room also occupied them when they needed a break from the water. We took Betsy's advice and rented a tritoon and jet ski for a day allowing us to visit a couple of beach areas. The boat company delivered and picked up as they stated. Great to work with also. Any questions we had before leaving for our trip were answered promptly by Betsy. Highly recommend the Big Easy, which definitely lives up to it's name and we are planning to return in the future. Also thanks to the cleaning and maintenance group, you do a great job !!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Tara, Steve and Fam: WOW! I feel like I just walked up on stage to accept an Academy Award for Outstanding Vacation Rental House of 2016.......and I haven't properly prepared my acceptance speech!! Our heartfelt thanks for your kind words on the Big Easy. It is our sincere hope that families like yours create lifetime memories when they stay with us. Sounds like yours could fill a virtual scrapbook! And maybe one of your photos will be the family Christmas Card this year?? Sure hope so. Again our thanks. Please come back soon for a VIP returning guest discount at any of our five vacation rental properties. Now, stay cool! - Betsy D., Homeowner
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : Frankie & Louie's at 3 Miles Nearest Golf : Indian Rock at 5 Miles Nearest Motorway : Hwy 5 at 1 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Cannon Smoked Saloon at 1 Miles Car: necessary

We're on the Sunrise Beach side of the Lake of the Ozarks. Excellent expansive cove location just off main channel. Nearby boat rental and golf courses, outlet malls, waterfront bars and restaurants.

Rates & Availability

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep 8 2016 - Mar 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Mar 15 2017 - May 9 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
May 10 2017 - Sep 13 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $30
Refundable damage deposit $500

Nightly Rate: $625 - $625

Weekly Rate: $3750 - $3750

Monthly Rate: $0 - $0

Rates listed above are 2014 in-season rates from Memorial Day thru Labor Day weekends. We also offer specially discounted "off season" rates so guests can enjoy the early spring blooms or autumn leaves turning colors or a game of golf. Special discounted rates for midweek visits between Sundays and Thursdays, too. Call for information!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Property Type

  • estate


  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • 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


  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Games

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub

Onsite Services

  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

Floor Area

  • 5000 sq. ft.


  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • Bathroom 3
  • Bathroom 4
  • Bathroom 5
  • New vanities, sinks, fixtures in 2016 thru out home.


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Master BR - 1 king, On main level of home
  • Front BR - 1 queen, Located next to main entry upstairs
  • Back Hallway BR - 2 queen
  • Front Hallway BR - 1 king
  • Upper Master BR - 2 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon, Upper level master can sleep a total of six guests


  • Balcony
  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill


  • Guests provide their own meals

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website


  • Boat lift, PWC lift, wi-fi thru out, cable TV, fishing or swimming right off the dock, double kitchen, main floor laundry facilities, 2 car garage, screened in sun porch, 180 degree water views across the house, privacy and space galore. Estate also features game room and hot tub for six!

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