House, 5 Bedrooms, 3 Baths 2 1/2 Baths
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Not exactly what was advertised
The house is beautiful on the inside, but some of the railings on the decks are loose which was scary with children. We could not see the lake except a tiny sliver from the the top floor deck. We looked for instructions for staying at the house, using the television, finding the dock, etc. We could tell the general direction of the lake, but were unable to determine how to get to the lake/dock. I texted the owner and while awaiting a response wandered around the neighborhood in search of the dock. We went down a grassy area and found a dock but it did not match the pictures from the listing. I was literally wandering around with the VRBO listing pulled up so I could try to identify the correct dock. I finally went down a sidewalk-looking path in between 2 other homes across the street from this home. The path was very steep and difficult to walk, even for fairly fit members of our party. We finally found the dock and only knew it was correct due to the photos. We were disappointed with the distance from the lake and dock and with the difficulty of the walk. It did not seem like the "lakefront amenities" advertised.
Once we found the dock, we went back to the home and tried to use the television. There was a delay due to needing the surround sound and I had to contact the owner for instruction. This could have easily been addressed in a welcome note or packet.
I later wondered how we could get the advertised kayak down to the lake and was told by the owner that she would "think about it" and get back to me. I couldn't believe that she advertised a kayak and didn't think about how her guests would get it to the lake!! She told me the next day that 2 members of our party should carry it down the steep hill and then back up to the garage before we left. When I mentioned how steep the hill was she suggested renting a "buggy" for $50/day and gave me the name of someone.
Our plan for the week was to wake up in the morning and let our kids swim while we watched them and enjoyed the "beautiful lake views" and sipped coffee on the deck. This is not the home for that vacation.
Another thing is that 2 previous reviews have mentioned problems with a can opener and there is not a can opener now. There are minimal pots and pans and we had to wash the same pan multiple times daily.
Being up front about the lake of lake view and inconvenient access to the dock and lake, along with a little info sheet about the television and dock access would do wonders.
They made it easy
The owners made everything simple and easy for us. They provided everything we could need, and then some. There was more than enough room for the 8 of us. The house was beautiful, the pictures didn't do it justice!
Good vacation place for larger groups
The home was clean and large. The top floor is set up nicely for larger groups (10) to cook, eat, hang out and watch TV. The TV/Sound system/Cable is a bit complicated to turn on and needs to have some instructions left behind.
The five bedrooms and 3 full baths plus two half baths worked out well for our family. It is a beautiful home and in a nice setting. A few things of note, the house is three stories with stairs and the main living and kitchen is on the third floor. The private dock is actually across the street and down a pretty long and very steep incline. I am in my mid fifties and found it difficult to come back up that incline.
There is a sliver of a lake view from the top floor of the front of the house, but the pictures seem to indicate a much more majestic lake view. That may have been the case several years ago before the trees matured. The kitchen fridge is large and wonderful for stocking up; gas grill worked great and is just outside the kitchen. Kitchen table is large with a balcony right outside the dining room. The home needs a new coffee pot - that one did not work well at all and I am a coffee lover. Missing a can opener (which is easily fixed). Plenty of dishes and glasses - adequate silverware; minimal pots for cooking and a new teflon skillet would be nice.
The garage was nice for storing our bikes (large) but the doors are in need of repair and did not lock.
The homeowner is very responsive and very sweet. If not for the three flights of stairs in the home and the lake being across the street with the steep incline to dock, I would rent again.
Perfect place to get away from it all and just relax at the lake. Fishing, swimming, floating. No phone, no work, no worries. Fully stocked house with all you need to restart the engine. Just bring food and beverage! We stayed 5days and rarely saw another person. AC worked great, beds comfy, kitchen was great. Private, quiet, natural setting. Massive house with lots of room. We fished ,boated, paddle boarded, swam, rode floating mats and had no time for TV! What a blast. Laurie was very nice and helpful and always available. Lot of activities nearby as well.
Gorgeous home for a getaway at the lake
Laurie’s home is absolutely beautiful!! Lots of porches- every room/bedroom walks out to a deck/porch. The kitchen is awesome!! The huge commercial fridge was perfect for our large group- plus another fridge on the bottom floor! We also really enjoyed the large dining table- perfect for meals and card games:) plenty of room outside for setting up the kiddie pool and slide for our little ones plus access to the community dock. We had a blast on the boat we rented for 3 days!! We brought a couple golf carts with us which made getting to the dock easier and faster but they weren’t absolutely necessary. The kitchen/ living area is on the third floor so we all got to work off our vacay munching going up and down the stairs :) Hope we have the opportunity to visit this perfect lake vacation home again in the future!!
Great weekend get away!
We enjoyed our time here. The house was clean and large enough for our group. One draw back is the hike up and down the hill to the community dock. We definitely got our work out. Overall we had a great time.
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