Submitted: March 2, 2008
Stayed: July 2007
This lodge is indeed large, albeit dark, as is the surrounding acreage. What it is not is lake front. The house sits on a hill, across a well traveled road, from which one might catch glimpses of the lake (but not the beach) from certain points. The lake is either a short hike down the road or across the lawn and down a (slippery) path. Do not expect to sit on the porch and watch your kids in the water. Use is provided of a small shared waterfront, but the notion of a beach cookout is not practical. The "beach area" is not suitable for small children or particularly swimmer-friendly. The local caretaker was very helpful, the owners responsive, and the canoe is a plus, but the rowboat is nonfunctional. Still, this is a lovely lake. No mooring, and the concrete pier is not well suited to tie up a motorboat - too shallow to easily accommodate our 19' boat. The property abuts a very long channel into a marsh/wetlands, which made for fun canoeing and wildlife viewing. Minimal paper goods supplied, although presumably one could call the caretaker rather than simply purchasing their own supplies as we did; jig saw puzzles are plentiful. The place is fine for large groups who want to be near but not on the water. The photos showing "view from the beach" are just that; they do not show view from the lodge offered for rent.
Owner's Response: We are once again sorry to hear that you haven’t enjoyed your stay as much as our other rentors. We have had numerous private telephone communications before, but I’m sorry to say that all of your points were addressed either via photos, personally conveyed over the phone, in our accompanying book for the lodge, or through all of the above. It has been expressed, and shown repeatedly, both on homeaway and our private supplemental photos page, that the lodge sits back from the lake, and shares our private beach and concrete dock with our adjoining cottage, so that you get both the benefits of a secluded country lodge, and private lake access. Other rentors have loved the fact that we’re at the end of a bay, with our dock calming the lake waves, creating a little cove for younger swimmers in calmer, shallower waters. No mooring was ever mentioned, and as you are bringing your boat at your own liability, you are responsible for bringing your own bumperettes and safety devices for docking your vessel, though we do provide several locations for you to dock, including the town’s public launch, less than 2 miles away. Everyone is also always welcome to come visit the property beforehand to get a firsthand view of what we have to offer. Our information booklet also states that everyone is responsible for bringing their own linens and paper goods, and never claims to be “lake front”, though our property does go directly up to the lake, which is about a thousand feet from the house itself, and it can be very clearly seen from the house itself, though you can see the beach from our gazebo which also overlooks the lake. Once again, while we are always trying to be as accommodating as possible, we’re sorry that your enjoyment was hindered by your expectations, and as we’ve stated, you are renting a lodge, not a hotel.
Helpful votes: 12/12
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