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Countryside Cottage With It's Own Private Backyard Pond

Julee Skarka

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms Studio
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Julee Skarka

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2015
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Countryside Cottage With It's Own Private Backyard Pond

Bedrooms Studio
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


London Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Studio cottage with magnificant wooded views all around.

Are you looking for a place with a close up view of water? This may be exactly what you desire.

Enjoy watching the peaceful and serene 1/2 acre pond from the back deck, where it will have a calming and soothing effect on you. This 1/2 acre pond is located directly behind the cottage stocked with numerous bluegills for your fishing enjoyment. There is also a floating dock on the pond where you can catch some rays of sunshine if you wish.

The hummingbirds buzzing around the back deck are very entertaining. You will enjoy sitting on the back deck and watching the antics of these beautiful small birds. You may even get close enough to take great pictures.

Feel free to take a walk around the property; breathe in the fresh, country air. You may even get a glance of deer or turkey.

Located within the confines of the Daniel Boone National Forest, this property is secluded yet not remote. It is the perfect place to relax, recharge, and leave all of your worries behind.

From the pond just steps away from the cottage to the rolling hills and mature forest beyond, your eyes will behold the beauty and wonders that abound here.

Feel free to feed carrots and apples to our three horses. The horses love our guests, especially ones who come bearing treats for them!

The inside of this cottage is loaded with character and charm; it even has a real tree trunk in it! You are sure to be pleased when you see all the amenities that are included; just bring your clothes, food, and drinks, plus fishing poles and bait if you plan on doing some fishing. See the 'amenities' section to see all that we supply for you.

A gas log fireplace (seasonal), is enclosed in a genuine, field stone chimney spanning from floor to ceiling and is one of the features of the inside of the cottage.

We have WIFI, but in limited amounts.

The living room has a 32 inch flat screen television with Dish net service, lazy boy recliner, and a couch that converts into a queen sized sleeper bed.

Finished original wood flooring in the kitchen, living room, and bedroom adds a rustic touch to the inside.

Your well behaved and housebroken pet is welcome at the cottage; there is a $10.00 per day non refundable pet fee. If you are planning on bringing your pet, please mention it to us before making your reservation.

This property is owner maintained and cleaned; it is immaculate!

Feel free to build a fire in the fire pit that is in the backyard. No need to bring firewood as we supply the wood for you. It's a great way to end a perfect day.

This property is conveniently located 3 miles off I-75 and a short drive from London. It is ideal for a weekend get away, a week long stay, a romantic escape, or a place to stay instead of a cookie cutter motel room.

For people who are off road enthusiasts, and own their own 4-wheeler, Wildcat Adventures Off road park is only three miles away. They have over 70 miles of trails to explore.

Note: If your desired dates are not available for this cottage, and you are looking for a property that sleeps two adults traveling without any pets, you may want to check out our newly constructed cabin, which is on the same property but is very secluded. It is listing # 3865066.

Places and Events that may be of interest to you include:

Wildcat Harley Davidson store is located on the north end of London, 10 miles south of the cottage.

Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park is 15 miles south, in London.

Camp Wildcat Civil War Battle Historical Site is about 1 1/2 miles from the cottage. The reenactment of The Battle of Camp Wildcat will take place from Oct. 17-19th this year. It is only 1 mile from the cottage. Come and watch a reenactment of this battle complete with horses, cannons, and authentic Civil war costumes of all types.

Cumberland Falls State Park, the 'Niagara of the South' is 42 miles away, approx. 40 min. drive. It is a 'must see' to put on your list of things to do!

Original Colonel Sander's Cafe and Museum, Corbin, KY. Located approximately 20 miles south, eat where the Kentucky Fried Chicken began.

A Cheddars restaurant is located in London, Exit 41 off I-75, about 10 miles away.

There are many hiking trails in our area; feel free to roam wherever you wish on our land. (70 acres). There are also more hiking trails on the land bordering ours that you may hike on.

Nearby you can rent canoes or kayaks and float down the Rockcastle River.

So what are you waiting for? Book your spring/summer/fall 2015 get a way soon!

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Julee Skarka (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
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Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2015

About Julee Skarka

My husband Pete and I are orginally from Northern Illinois. We moved down to Kentucky in 2001, and absolutely love it here. Pete had lived in Kentucky in the past when he attended MSU and fell in love at that time with the beautiful countryside. We currently have a small farm and raise chickens and have three pleasure horses for our personal use, plus Holstein calves.

Julee Skarka purchased this cottage in 2001

Why Julee Skarka chose London

We love horses and living in the country, and when we first set eyes on this piece of property, it was love at first sight! We really do feel like we have a small piece of heaven right here. The rolling hillsides, the deep woods, and the beautiful sunrises and sunsets just confirm the fact that we made the right choice by moving to Kentucky.

What makes this cottage unique

We are very near to the Daniel Boone National Forest which gives us great wooded views all around. There are numerous trails everywhere, great for both horseback riding and hiking, which we both love to participate in. We chose this property over all others because of it's beauty, tranquility, and seclusion.

We desire that you would feel 'at home' while you are here, and we are dedicated to give you the best service possible. It is our goal that every guest who visits comes away feeling refreshed and re-newed, and our hope is that you would desire to visit us again in the future.

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based on 33 traveler reviews

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Countryside Cottage With It's Own Private Backyard Pond
average rating of 4.848485 based on 33 reviews
Winchester KY

Anniversary Getaway 2015

  • 5 of 5

This cottage offers the perfect country charm to a relaxing getaway. It is extremely clean and has everything you will need to enjoy your time away. The owners, Pete and Julee, were so welcoming and had homemade cookies for us on our arrival and even treats for our dog. We enjoyed watching the farm animals and fishing in the bluegill pond. We had our morning coffee sitting on the front porch overlooking the pond and sat there in the evenings listening to the bullfrogs and wild turkey. Such a relaxing weekend. We also ventured out to visit Cumberland Falls which was about a half hour away and stopped at the original KFC in Corbin on the way back. Thanks to Pete and Julee for an amazing getaway. We will certainly recommend this country cottage to our friends.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Winchester KY

Anniversary 2015 at Bluegill Cottage

  • 4 of 5

If you are looking for something fancy, keep looking but if you are looking for sweet country charm, this is the place for you. We arrived to find homemade cookies for my husband and I as well as treats for our dog, Skeeter. Pete and Julee provide a well stocked cottage for our stay. We enjoyed fishing in the well stocked bluegill pond. We also enjoyed walking around the property and watching the all the farm animals. We drank our morning coffee sitting on the porch overlooking the pond and in the evening we listened to the croaking bullfrogs. We were provided seed for the various birds to come in for a snack. We saw cardinals, finch, and even a woodpecker. There was also a hummingbird feeder where at least four or five birds sipped from the feeder throughout the day. The inside of the cabin was very relaxing. The bedroom was well cooled with just the ceiling fan. If the weather had been cooler, we would have enjoyed the cozy feeling that would have been given by the gas log fireplace. The only thing I would have change about this sweet little cottage would be a new mattress as my back began to ache after about four hours sleep, but that just may have been my problem. Otherwise, we had a wonderful stay and will consider returning in the fall. Thanks to Pete and Julee for a wonderful long weekend.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway

Cute Little Cabin Away from It All

  • 3 of 5

This is a very cute cabin set back in a beautiful remote setting. It was very clean and Julee made it very easy to find and check in. Loved sitting on the porch enjoying the pond and surroundings. A few things would need to change before I would go back though - the bed, the sofa and wifi limits. If you like a hard bed, this one will be perfect for you. The sofa is a hide-a-bed and well that's just the nature of that type of sofa - we didn't use it as a bed just to sit on but still not comfortable to lounge on. It rained most of our stay so we spent more time inside watching movies than we otherwise would have and we used up our allotment of wifi for streaming movies very quickly. Had we known there was a limit we would have brought more dvds and maybe that was included in the online information and I didn't catch it. All in all, this is a nice get away for the money and if you aren't picky about the bed, then go for it! Also Gondalier in London has awesome pizza and to-die-for desserts - get the Baklava Cheesecake!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I was sorry to read that this guest did not have as good as a time as they had wished they had on their visit. My husband and I ask all of our guests soon after their arrival to report any problems they may experience during their visit to us at the time the problem arises. That way we can address and if possible, fix the problem right away instead of finding out after they have left when it is too late to do anything for them to make their stay enjoyable! In response to this review, I have the following comments: Concerning the bed: Some of our guests prefer a firm mattress, while others like a soft one. It is a matter of personal preferences, and we cannot possibly please each and every one. The couch: The couch is a couch, and if you view the pictures of it, you can see that it is not worn, tattered, stained, etc. There is a Lazy Boy rocker/recliner to relax in located in the same room if the comfort of the couch is not to your liking. WIFI: Staying at a vacation rental in the country is great in many ways, such as fresh air, pond view, fishing, wildlife viewing, and open space. Along with those wonderful benefits come some sacrifices. One of ours is that we are located in a rural area where unlimited WIFI has not yet been made available to our vacation rentals at this time. We do give our guests the maximum amount of internet we have available to them during their visit. Weather: I really would love to guarantee that every guest who visits our cottage has sunny skies and perfect weather during their stay here, but the weather is obviously out of my control.

What a wonderful get away!

  • 5 of 5

This little cabin is the best get away ever! Looking forward to going back and spending sometime during nicer weather.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway

Peaceful, comforting, and serene

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at dark after driving quite a distance and Julee stayed on the phone guiding us to the cabin. Even in the dark I knew it was lovely.

We were able to settle in quickly, the cabin was warm and very welcoming. Come sunshine, the beauty took away all thoughts of needing to do anything but breath.

My dogs were able to roam the property and meet the farm animals, which were extermely friendly.

The kitchen had everything I needed to cook all our meals and bake delicious treats.

The birds that are around this cabin are incredible. Truly a sanctuary.

For rest, relaxation, calm and comfort, this was perfect.

Julee and Pete, thank you for sharing your slice of heaven with guests.

God's blessings to you both.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway

Love Love Love!

  • 5 of 5

We cannot wait to come back to the cottage. If we didn't have so much family to visit I wouldn't have minded driving all the way from NY just to stay in the rental all day. The cabin was immaculate and every detail and accommodation you could think of was available. Cozy, warm, private and absolutely made me hate coming home. We will be back again and again, no more hotels or relatives' couches!

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Lexington, KY
Nearest Barpub
9 Miles
Shilohs Roadhouse
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
London Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Interstate 75 exit 49
Nearest Restaurant
9 Miles
Gondolier, Cracker Barrel, Cheddars
Nearest Ski
150 Miles
Beach Mountain
Nearest Beach
25 Miles
Laurel Lake, Cumberland Lake
Car: necessary

10 Miles North of London, Ky. 3 Miles Off I-75 Exit 49

Wildcat Adventures, off road park, 3 miles

30 minutes from Historic Boone Tavern in Berea, Kentucky.

15 minutes from Renfro Valley live musical & comedy performances in Mt. Vernon, Kentucky

1 mile from Wildcat Mountain Civil War Monument

40 miles to Cumberland Falls State Park, Niagra of the south!

Other activities and attractions:

Colonel Harland Sanders Original Resturant & Museum: 15 miles

Daniel Boone Motocross Park

Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park: 13 miles

London Dragway

Rockcastle River Trading Co.: 6 miles

Wildcat Harley-Davidson: 10 miles

Annual Nearby Events:

Christmas on Main, London, KY Usually 1st weekend in Dec.

World Famous Chicken Festival, London, KY: Last full weekend in Sept.

Wildcat Mt. Civil War Battle: 3rd weekend in October

Redbud Bike Ride, London: April

Cruisin on Main, London (classic car show) 3rd weekend April through September


Rates & Availability

From $95 Per night

London Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall - Early Winter
Sep 1 2015 - Dec 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $8 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $7 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $35.00 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $100.00
Pet Fee $10.00 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%
Notes Rates are subject to change without notice.
You will be asked to sign a rental agreement when checking in.
Labor Day weekend and Thanksgiving weekend requires a three night stay.
Pets are allowed. They must be well trained, housebroken, etc.
The pet fee is $10.00 Per Night.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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London Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Tub/shower combination, vanity, nightlight. We supply bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths, shower mat for floor, soap, shampoo, hair conditioner and hair dryer. Bathroom also has a wall heater for extra warmth during the colder months of the year.
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , See bedroom notes below.
  • The bedroom area has a queen size bed, 5 drawer dresser, and a wall heater. A 4 foot wide floor to ceiling genuine fieldstone chimney containing a gas log fireplace which faces the bed gives the room a warm, romantic glow. Queen size sofa/sleeper in the living room area.
  • Books ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer Adjacent to Wildcat Civil War battleground, miles of horse riding/hiking trails, farm pond fishing, 12 X 30 foot attached covered deck, outstanding views. 10 miles from World Famous Chicken Festival. Five miles from Rockcastle Rivers' canoeing. Opening in London, KY, just off the interstate: Cheddar's Restaurant just opened on Sept. 23, 2013! Only a 15 min. drive away!

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