If you're looking for a place to have a fun family vacation or a peaceful, romantic getaway an easy 2 hour drive from Washington DC, this is it. It's also an ideal writer's retreat.
My Lake House is the perfect 4-season getaway -- spring flowers and fall leaves, along with moderate temperatures, make it perhaps even more beautiful than summer and winter. But summer is all about the lake and the golf course... and winter, about the ski hill.
My beautiful home features a wall of picture windows looking out at the lake and mountains beyond. You can enjoy a cozy evening in front of a gorgeous stone fireplace in the great room, or a family dinner at the big wood table in the dining room. Peaceful and secluded, the house also boasts a large deck with loads of lounge chairs so that you can relax and enjoy the view, or watch the kids play on the little beach below the house. There's also a private deck off one of the bedrooms where you can read a book or enjoy a morning coffee
My home!: The lake house is not like most rental properties -- it is my home. As such, it features a very well stocked kitchen for those who like to cook; loads of books and videos (I'm a wildlife filmmaker so if you like movies or books about animals, I've got them), and lots of toys for kids. All I ask is that you treat it like your own home and leave it as you found it.
The lake is pure bliss -- in the summer months it's warm and clean for swimming; my family kayak allows you to access the lake's hidden corners and to meet the local beavers. And, there's a hiking trail around the lake that makes for a lovely walk. If you're lucky you'll see deer in the late afternoons, or a bald eagle swooping over the lake.
Lake front beach / Bryce Beach resort: Please note that my neighbors on either side of my property share 'my' little beach in front of my house, keep their boats there (for their use, not yours -- I have one, family kayak that is for your use) and they appreciate larger groups respecting their privacy and their need to have some private time on the beach. This is very important to me since they are not just my neighbors but my dear friends. Bryce resort operates a large beach resort next door to 'my' beach. When you rent my house you get a pass that gives you free access to this facility for 6 people which is open for swimming etc. from Memorial Day to Labor Day. If you have more than 6 people, you can pay a small daily rate to use this facility -- it has diving platforms, canoes and paddle boats for rent, a protected, sandy 'toddler beach,' and a snack bar and lots of lawn furniture.
Activities / Pets: If you're looking for fun activities, Bryce Resort offers many, a short walk to some, or 5 minutes drive to others -- golf, mini-golf, swimming and paddle boats, as well as a climbing wall,tubing and bungee jumping facility in the summer ; skiing and tubing in the winter. The resort has full restaurant and bar, too, which is a fun place to watch sporting events with the family. Nearby towns feature antiquing, wonderful restaurants, and a movie theater. The area is famous for civil war sites, caverns, and mountain hiking... and of course there's the beautiful Shenandoah valley which is spectacular any time of the year.
My home is pet friendly. Pet owners -- read pet policies carefully --there are additional charges and deposits that apply, and different policies. We no longer are able to supply linens (sheets and towels) for families bringing pets.Too many people abused the linens by washing/drying their pets with them.
I have been going regularly to this lake house for many years and I would definitely recommended for a getaway from the stress of the city. The house is really cozy, built in wood, with everything that you might need in order to feel comfortable (yes, it also has wi/fi, but you will not need it). The lake is a wonderful place for swimming, kayaking, bird watching, exploring, barbequeing or just laying around doing nothing but relaxing. From the deck you will have a wonderful view of the water, all surrounded by trees...it's too good to be just a couple hours from DC. As a plus, the sky and golf resort is less than 10 minutes by car, if you like those activities.
It has also been a great pleasure to deal with Kathy, the owner, always enthusiastic about letting all her guests having a great time. She has also connected us with local farms around in order to get fresh eggs, meat and vegetables.
A great place for a great adventure in spring, summer, fall or winter!!
Our stay was perfect. We were a group of 8 (4 adults and 4 kids 3-6)...We all enjoyed the house which has everything you need to stay in or explore the surroundings. Great spot by the lake, 5 minutes from Bryce ski resort, and canoeing during sunset...The kids had a blast sharing the bunk beds and playing with the 100 games and toys..A great weekend.
Thanks to Kathryn and Trish.
Highly recommended! – we thoroughly enjoyed our too-brief stay and hope to return again. Great place for the traditional quiet lake get-away, but there’s much more in the general area that we didn’t have time to investigate. The house is fully equipped with everything that we needed and we were surprised at the many innovative extras provided for kids of all ages. The owner is responsive, accommodative, very easy to deal with, and has clearly put a great deal of thought and effort into providing a location that you’ll enjoy. Her pride in her home shows. The Lake House will be best enjoyed by active groups of 6-8 who enjoy outdoor activities; those who are unable to negotiate steps or rough terrain may find the two-level house and the lake area to be challenging, however. If you’re first-time visitors as we were, allow more time than you think you need as there’s a lot to see and do in the Shenandoah Valley and in the neighboring George Washington National Forest.
We thoroughly loved our winter stay here. Huge windows onto the winter view of lake -- pure serenity. Children (and mom + dad) enjoyed waking to watch birds & squirrels feeding from the many feeders just feet from the windows & the sparkling lake backdrop ... amazing. The closest I've ever stayed to & with nature w/o getting dirty. Not deluxe — though this was more than we were expecting from a casual lake home & just our speed — we like outdoorsy, rustic, artistic, natural things. We were pleasantly surprised with nice high ceilings on the top bedroom level and oh — that fireplace is the best. Tastefully decorated & fully appointed (loved the porcelain dishware & we didn't even need to bring coffee grinder). Especially liked the simple, meaningful little artisan touches throughout. Kids ages 6 & 7 were thrilled with the double bunk bed room. This special place is a perfect spot for kids of any age to play, romp & explore nature.
Even skied & snow tubed at Bryce despite warm weather -- they crank out the manmade snow & we had a blast.
We stayed at the great lake house for a week during Spring Break. The house has everything you need and you do not need to bring anything. We relaxed vary much by just staying in the house, sitting on the deck, walking around the lake, kayaking, etc. Kathy allowed us to take our small dog and that made our trip exceptional. My daughter does not want to leave the dog when we have a vacation. A small shop at the gas station nearby has a little bit of everything you need. You can also drive to Food Lion (only 20 minutes) to get anything you want. We would like to go back there in summer. If you compare this house with other houses, pick this one!
This house has lots of character and is located in a beautiful area with lots to do.The house was well equipped with outdoor stuff and we especially enjoyed the kayak! The kitchen was well stocked with everything you could need. Overall we had a nice time but there are a few things that would have been helpful to know. The first is this is a small house and large groups will find themselves on top of each other. We took a large family for a week and found the house much too small! As listed, 8 would be the absolute max for a comfortable visit. The major problem we had was the AC is not adequate to cool the house, especially upstairs! We bought box fans from Wal-Mart after the first night. Unfortunately, the house does not have fans and I highly recommend you bring your own. Another unpleasant surprise was that the lake access is public.......this was not made clear at all. Since the area is microscopic if you have to share with 'unpleasant' neighbors or locals (which we did!) you are can be in for an unpleasant experience. Luckily, most of the time we enjoyed fishing and swimming on the little beach area. Just understand that you may have to share. You should also know that there is NO cell phone signal at all and you have no long distance service from the house. Since several in our party needed to keep in touch this presented a major inconvenience. Wi-Fi is available but you are truly off the cell phone grid when you leave the main road leading to the house. We found lots of things to do in the area - fishing, swimming, tubing on the river, visiting local caverns, zip lining, golf, hiking. I would not hesitate to recommend this house to a small or medium group, but go in cool weather or bring fans and be prepared to live cell phone free while you are there!