My sister and I each brought our dogs on this vacation. The yard was safely fenced and they had a great time playing in the yard and swimming in the lake. Needless to say, my sister and also had a great stay. The house and beds were comfortable, the deck was great for relaxing and reading and the lake was clean and not freezing! Yes, the stairs can be a bit challenging but I viewed as a good cardio workout. The house is located easy driving distance into town to wander and to go to restaurants and the beach. I would definitely recommend to family and friends and would stay here again!.