We found this rental online, and were impressed with the pictures. Melissa was very helpful walking us through the reservation process.
What the website cannot convey accurately is the beauty and serenity of this place. We loved it from the minute we got there. We have four children ages 11 to 20. It is extremely difficult to please everyone, but this house did it.
Including the couches, this house could sleep 10-11 people easily so for our 6 everyone could have their own bed. All the beds and couches were comfortable, and we thoroughly enjoyed the pool table in the game room.
The website listing is completely accurate, but pictures don't do it justice. Very quiet and peaceful, lots of birds chirping and nice breeze during the day.
The slope to the lake is steep, but the stairs were in good repair and easy to get up and down. It is about 50-60 foot drop to the water, so there are a lot of stairs! For someone with leg or hip problems, or elderly, they need to realize that.
My kids loved the lake. Great swimming area, over 10 feet deep at the end of the dock, safe for jumping and diving. The paddleboat was fun. The kids loved the independence of paddling over to the island and looking around.
The property was clean and neat, but some areas downstairs looked like they might be still under renovations. There were no baseboards in one room and air vent had no vent, just open hole. Upon arrival, top level had very smoky smell from last renter using fireplace without opening flue. The room aired out sufficiently. There is no interior access between floors, so you have to go outside to go from top level to bottom level. All in all, very minor detractions.
Melissa referred us to H2O Watersports for a pontoon and jet ski rental. They are about 10 -15 minute drive from the house, and did an excellent job accommodating us.
The only detraction (and I shared it with property mgr) is the requirement to take your garbage offsite when you leave. While it makes sense to empty inside garbage to an outside container to avoid odors inside, I have never stayed in a place where there was no garbage pickup. Traveling in a car with 6 people makes hauling garbage miles up road when you check out quite inconvenient.
Be sure to bring groceries. There are no nearby restaurants or grocery stores. Nearest one is at least 15-30 minutes drive.
Overall, we highly recommend this rental, and are already planning our return. Great, great stay!!