You'll find serenity at the Bella Vista Cottage, a charming and romantic lakefront property on Baylor's Lake built in the 1920's by two anthracite coal miners. Tan with sailcloth colored trim, overlooking the water, this quiet and relaxing retreat is perfect for the traveler tired of the typical tourist traps of the Poconos. It's peaceful here and we like it that way.
Reminiscent of earlier days, the pace at the Bella Vista Cottage is a little slower. Enjoying a coffee on the large screened-in front porch overlooking the glistening water is the perfect way to start your day. Guests frequently unwind here with a favorite book. If you aren't a sun worshiper, escape to our hammock underneath an umbrella of shady pines.
Each of the three bedrooms has a cozy inviting feel, and is furnished with extra pillows and fluffy comforters or quiltsTwo bedrooms are on the first floor (new king mattress 2010, and full sized bed in 2nd bedroom.) The third bedroom with 3 twins on the 2nd floor.
The bathroom is located on the first floor, coming complete with an old-fashioned clawfoot bathtub.
You will enjoy swimming in the crystal clear spring-fed waters. There are plenty of fish to catch; however, please know that the lake has a catch and release policy strictly enforced by the Lake Association. Enjoy some rays on the over-sized dock, big enough for the whole family to enjoy, or just float around in the rowboat provided for your enjoyment. The dock has been 'baby-proofed' in 2004, with plenty of safety railings going around so parents can relax too. Most times you'll have the lake to yourself. If it's jet skis and motorboats you're craving, you won't find them here because they are restricted. We deal in stress-free, quiet getaways.
Relax in the spacious living room painted in a soothing earth tone; prepare your dinner in the ultra-spacious kitchen; enjoy many laughs with family and friends around the antique farm table -- all with great views of the lake.
The cottage is decorated with many antiques and unique treasures collected from all over the world. We have tried our best to capture a feel of old-fashioned lake living with the modern comforts of today. There are so many extras including a dishwasher, washer and dryer, and even central vacuum. The cottage has been completely restored without compromising the charm of the original architectural integrity.
Visit nearby antique shops, an artist's gallery, or some fantastic restaurants. Take a hike at the Lackawanna State Park, or play some golf with the kids -- very reasonable for a round at the Lakeland Golf course which is only a 1/2-mile away. There's affordable fun waiting for you. Nighttime stargazing is always free.
With many returning guests, we book early. Make the Bella Vista your quiet retreat.
Please note that all guests must sign a rental agreement acknowledging that they have read and fully understand all the rules and regulations of the Lake Association and Bella Vista Cottage. If the rules are violated, immediate eviction will occur. This is only to maintain a pleasant lake environment, respect for our neighbors, and safety of our guests.
We look forward to meeting you.
We have a passion for restoration and antiques. The Bella Vista is filled with interesting treasures from our travels, pieces from our family history, and decor with a story. We aim to create a space where you can feel your blood pressure drop as you pull into the driveway. It is a special place where our family has shared amazing memories with friends and family. We are so glad to be able to share it with you.
The beauty of Baylor's Lake will naturally lure you in as it is peaceful and pretty in every season. We lived here year round for several years and never once took for granted its serenity and charm.
Lakes, antiques, golf, State Park, skiing (Elk Mountain 12 miles away), fishing, Northeastern PA, restaurants, Yankees Baseball, concerts, Steamtown National Historic Site, boutique shopping in Clarks Summit 12 miles away or Tunkhannock 15 miles away.)
Golf: There are several golf clubs nearby, the closest being Lakeland at less than 1 mile away, Rock Creek is approximately 4 miles away, Summit Hills is approx. 12 miles. Both the Scranton Country Club and Glen Oak Country Club, while private, are within 15 minutes from the cottage.
Ski: Elk Mountain is approximately 12 miles from Baylor's Lake. Montage Mountain is 30 minutes away.