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Charming Lakefront Cottage in Poconos on Lake Ariel

Kathleen Milenkowic

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Charming Lakefront Cottage in Poconos on Lake Ariel

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Lake Ariel Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Charming 2BR 1 BA Back Porch Lakefront Cottage sleeps 5

This charming cozy lake front cottage sits on prestigious Lake Ariel in Wayne County located in northeastern Pennsylvania. It has knotty pine interior with a tiled kitchen and a living room with a beautiful stone fireplace looking out over lovely Lake Ariel. The large game room in the basement includes a TV, air hockey, and Foosball. All rooms have center opening windows to let in the fresh country air. There are two large bedrooms, one with a queen and the other with twin beds. The basement game room has a daybed. The bath with Jacuzzi tub is recently renovated. The cottage also has a large covered porch overlooking the lake. The lake is well known in the area for its large old family-owned lake homes. It’s not nearly as crowded as other lakes. Property includes a large dock for swimming, fishing, and boating pleasure. Pets allowed. Property includes rowboat, paddle boat, water trampoline, fishing poles, and life jackets for your use.

The beautiful lake at the top of the Poconos sits east of Scranton, Pennsylvania, 12 miles from Hawley (location of Lake Wallenpaupack), and 9 miles from historic Honesdale (home of the Stourbridge Lion, the first steam locomotive and site which inspired Winter Wonderland). The village has several restaurants, markets, churches, fire hall, gas station, and various shops and hosts many quaint events throughout the year such as the renowned chicken bar-b-que and parade. The area abounds in history and antiques, hunting, snow skiing, fishing, golfing, water sports, candle shops, Claws and Paws animal farm, cut glass, Dorflinger Museum and Estate (hosts summer concert series), and many other unique experiences such as a nearby drive-in movie theater, hidden waterfalls, Irving Cliff, Archibald Pothole, McDade Park Mine, train rides, go cart racing, and many more.

Full refrigerator/freezer, small four-burner stove/oven, toaster oven, microwave, coffee maker, washer, dryer, 2 TVs with cable, DVD player, Foosball, air hockey, games, puzzles, books, toys, water trampoline, rowboat, and paddle boat.

Local restaurants, movies, shopping, hunting, fishing, skiing, swimming, airplane rides, train rides, bowling, parks, miniature golf, paintball, concerts, hiking. All winter sports, summer sports, fishing, hunting, shopping, antiquing, historical sites, children's activities, outdoor concerts, and many more, check out last paragraph of property description. Beautiful Wayne County Pennsylvania boasts fabulous scenery and activities all year round, naturally constructed of many peaks and valleys leaving lakes and rivers winding through mountains of beautiful color.

area links: Honesdale offers a leisurely train ride if you're interested, a museum, shopping, and usually entertainment in the park. Ehrhardt's on Lake Wallenpaupack is very good and you look out over the lake. Also, for a thrill, check out the happenings at Cove Haven, the Honeymoon resort (home of the champagne glass jacuzzi). Features driving range, go-carts, mini golf, batting cages, and arcade games in Beach Lake.

Fun and Games Family Fun Center in Honesdale has bumper/tube type cars, arcade/ticket games.

Camelback ski area has a water park open in summer.

Mohecan casino is nearby in Scranton.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Kathleen Milenkowic (Owner)
Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english
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May 22, 2015

About Kathleen Milenkowic

Purchased the cottage with a high school classmate and long-time friend and her husband. Although we grew up in nearby Honesdale, I live in Maryland and Martha and Steve live at the Jersey shore.

Kathleen Milenkowic purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Kathleen Milenkowic chose Lake Ariel

We looked at several lakefront cottages but Lake Ariel has always held the perception of a prestigious summer playground. Although it may or may not still be true, we recalled this from our childhoods, and fell in love with the lake.

Guestbook comments from the owner

A few comments from a repeating happy customer:

1) We had another nice visit. Actually got to get out on the lake this time as we did have some moments in between the rain. It was a sad visit though as our 14 1/2 year old dog has bladder cancer, and we learned from our Vet on Tuesday her blood results now show she's in severe Kidney failure. We don't expect her to make it another week. So, it was difficult knowing that was the last time she'll get to be at the cottage with us. She loved it there and always seemed to feel at home. Thanks again for allowing us to always bring her with us.

2) We had another nice and relaxing stay. Used the fireplace a lot this time around. Our older dog (14 yrs old) loved laying by the fire.

3) We had a nice time while we were there. It was great fireplace weather.
Nov 2013
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Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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Charming Lakefront Cottage in Poconos on Lake Ariel
average rating of 4.631579 based on 20 reviews

Best vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5

What a great vacation we had in this charming lakefront cottage. The scenery was beautiful, the water crystal clear, and the fishing was fantastic! Catches included muskie, perch, bass, blugill, and catfish. Oh, and a 14" Crappie (that's a big one)!!

The cottage was conveniently located to restaurants, groceries, and even an eye doctor I needed to see while there. We also found plenty of antique shops to keep us busy in the area.

But what we really enjoyed was no phone and no internet, and we never watched the television. What a way to "get away"! The cottage is amply furnished with videos, games, magazines, and books for your pleasure. We highly recommend this cottage for a relaxing vacation.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad to read happy reviews! You too can enjoy the calm and peaceful feeling at the cottage!

Happy New Year!

  • 5 of 5

Very cozy house! We felt right at home! We are a family of 4 (couple + 2 kids). Perfectly for our size. Enough room to accomodate all of us, and give us some space whenever we wanted a little more private time for self. I would think 5 or 6 people would still be OK, since there is space, but kinda loses a bit of comfort (cramped). For us it was perfect! The extra toys, TV and the little hot tub were great for the kids who loved it! Specially for a time of so much snow! The backyard is very extensive and kids also loved playing outside, even more when the lake froze up after the low temperatures we had! They were amazed walking on it on the edges of it! All in all, we definitely recommend it and would rent it again! The owner is the best to deal with! The only thing my wife noticed the covers/blankets stored in the game room closet needed a little extra wash for they smelled a little "closet old" and the covers for the bed upstairs same thing. No way this would affect the 5 stars because we loved it and the house was really in good shape and VERY clean!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so happy you and your family enjoyed our cozy cottage in the winter! It's great for good old fashioned fun! Thank you for bringing the need for the refreshed blankets to our attention. It will be addressed immediately. Thank you also, for the nice review. We hope others enjoy it as much as you!

Wonderful and Relaxing Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My family rented this lovely lakeside cottage at the last minute and we couldn't have been happier. We were looking for a relaxing getaway and also a place that would allow my son to bring his dog. This cottage was just the place for us. We are a family of 5 and found the accommodations to be perfect for our needs. Kathleen, the owner, couldn't have been more responsive to our very last minute request and she send us all of the information that we needed to enjoy our time at her cottage. The property was well maintained and very clean. We enjoyed sitting on the dock by the lake, relaxing on the hammock in the large yard and playing cards on the deck overlooking the lake. I would recommend this place and hope to return in the future.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you enjoyed your stay. We strive to keep the cottage a relaxing getaway!

The perfect getaway!!!

  • 5 of 5

The home is exactly as advertised. It is charming and the location is breath taking. We are very limited on vacation choices as we need to bring our dog with us wherever we go and this turned out to be the perfect choice. the home is well stocked with dishes, flatware, pots and pans. Our only problem was we didn't book a long enough stay, we were sad to leave and will be booking a longer stay very soon. We have rented other homes in the past, so far this has been the best by far for the price. We really didn't venture out in the area as we were very happy just enjoying the home. Made a fire down by the lake every night and just enjoyed the peacefulness. I hope this will be the first of many more stays in this home!

Melissa & Dimitri

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad others find the same peacefulness there that we have!

Quiet country setting

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed at this cottage 4 or 5 times now in the past year, with the last time being in July. We love this place as it's not far from home, reasonably priced, cozy, quiet, clean and our dog is allowed. If you're looking for a city atmostphere, this is not the place for you. It's nice to get away for a few days and just enjoy the peacefulness of being in this country setting. There's plenty of room for our dog to safely play as they have a zip line in the back so she can stay securely leashed, but still have space to exercise. And the owner has always been very accomodating with getting us in last minute.

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments! So glad you too enjoy the cottage.


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We paid for 7 nights. We left after 2 nights. WHY?

Because the back lawn was covered with duck dung that our puppy ate and threw up, Lake Ariel was very dirty due to loads of water lilies, our bed had a 3" high, very uncomfortable foam mattress laid on top of a box spring, on a bed advertised as QUEEN-size. NO WAY.

NO dining table, only a narrow ledge between the living room and kitchen with high uncomfortable stools. If we ate our meals at the picnic table on the advertised “COVERED” but UNSCREENED porch, we would have become a meal for the mosquitoes. BEFORE renting, we told the Owner that we were renting her cottage so that our puppy could safely romp around her property and swim in beautiful Lake Ariel. She assured us that she had easy lake access and a dog-friendly property. This was NOT true. The shoreline was full of rocks, making it difficult for our puppy (or any human for that matter) to enter the lake. BUT, this was a blessing because once we got a good look at the dirty water, we wouldn't even let our puppy swim in it. By the way, speeding vehicles constantly raced down East Shore Drive which is at the front of the property, and this caused us to keep our puppy on a leash at all times. NO more romping.

We were amazed that all 14 of the previously posted reviews never mentioned any of the above issues. The Owner later admitted to us that she was aware of the duck dung, water lily and dirty water problems; however, she said that PA law prohibits removing the water lilies, and, that she could NOT stop the ducks from pooping all over the lawn! WOW, couldn't her housekeeper clean up the crap every week? An Owner should NOT advertise a property using glorified descriptions that are basically exaggerated if not misleading or untrue. Granted, the Owner sent us a paltry $200 refund for the 5 unused days and nights, stating that we were lucky to get it! In the future, before we rent any property that is advertised online, we will be extremely wary when we read 100% positive, ginger-peachy posted reviews!

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The description and pictures on Homeaway of our charming cottage on private Lake Ariel remain accurate. We, as well as many others, enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the cottage and lake and enjoy the natural flora and fauna which abound in the area. We try to make the cottage as comfortable as possible and replace items frequently. For instance, when the new bed was too hard for some, we added a memory foam pad to the queen mattress. While we understand everyone doesn't have the same preferences, we hope most will enjoy the cottage and lake as much as we do and appreciate the opportunity to bring their pet with them on vacation.


Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in Avoca
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Lake Ariel pub
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Scranton Municipal Public, Red Maples
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Honesdale tourist excursions
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Interstate 84
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Montage, Elk, Camelback, Tanglwood, Big Bear
Car: necessary

Located at the top of the Poconos on Lake Ariel. Many local artists and activities including Dorflinger Estate with summer music festivals, chicken barbeque's, country fairs, and sidewalk sales. Near historic Honesdale, Hawley, Lake Wallenpaupack and Tannersville shopping Outlets.

Other Activities: Lake activities although only owners are allowed to have boats on the lake. We have a rowboat and paddleboat. Fishing is great. Area has hiking, bowling, paint ball, petting zoo, golf, and more. Honesdale is about a 20 minute ride north on 191 and usually has some special activities for the weekend. It's a quaint town with great stores and restaurants. Hamlin has Schaeffer's hardware which is just a really neat hardware store complete with gifts, kitchen items, dollar store items, lawn, garden, clothing, boots, in addition to typical name brand hardware store items. Hunter's Gallery is on one side of it and a driving range on the other!

Golf: Scranton Municipal Golf Course is a public course about a 15 minute drive from the cottage. Red Maples is close and a real country course. The views are fabulous. Honesdale has a course, one made famous by Art Wall and his record holes in one, but it's a private course. They may have specials when you're in the area so you may get to play. There is a driving range close by near Schaefer's hardware store in Hamlin.

Ski: Skiing is a must for most in the area. South of Scranton on I-81is Montage Mountain which has a great snowboard run and a wonderful lodge. North of Scranton on I-81 is Elk Mountain with great black diamond runs and many trails. Near Stroudsburg is Camelback Mountain with many winter activities in addition to skiing. It's also near the Tannersville Outlets is some would rather shop than ski. There are also two smaller but fun resorts: Tanglwood and Big Bear. The latter is near Woodloch which is also home to a high end spa.


Rates & Availability

From $171 Per night

Lake Ariel Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
early Summer 2015
May 22 2015 - Jun 27 2015
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2015
Jun 28 2015 - Aug 29 2015
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2015
Aug 30 2015 - Oct 31 2015
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100.00
Pet Fee $100.00
Notes $750 - $1200 per week
Reservations must be confirmed with a 30% deposit within 14 days of the reservation plus a $100 security deposit against damages, refunded after visit. Balance is due 30 days prior to reservation. Cancellations for full refund must be made 30 days prior to reservation. Fee includes cleaning services.
There is a $100 pet fee per pet per week/ $50 per pet per weekend.
Payment may be made by personal check or through PayPal. One third is due within two weeks of reservation. The balance is due 30 days prior to occupancy.
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Lake Ariel Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Ducted Heating
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
  • Please bring your own sheets and towels.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • The game room in the basement has a daybed in addition to a sofa. Please bring your own bedding.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Pedal Boat
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Whirlpool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Accept PayPal We ask that you keep your pet under control at all times and do not allow your pet to run free without you. There is a neighbor on one side of the cottage.

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