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Andrew Barnes

Member since: 1998
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Bedrooms 3
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Lake Shangri-la Chalet Rental Photos and Description

Ask about our 195.00 per weekday special ! ( per nite for 2 person stay)

This is the Sharpest home and location ( 7 minutes to BIG BOULDER, SKI / LAKE HARMONY and Split Rock indoor waterpark, complex) in Brier Crest Woods.SELECTED AND AIRED for an HGTV special! The 'WOW' house, with tons of accolades. 'Awesome, beautiful, stunning, peaceful,incredible,beyond our expectations, clean and classy, we didnt want to leave, 'etc. PLEASE read 33 REVIEWS TAB.


Three levels of glass, custom built chalet,( 2 ft shy of maximum code height), peeks thru light woods to private 46 acre mountain lake, very SERENE and TRANQUIL. One of only 3 homes this side of lake.( A non gas motor boat lake, pristine waters). Raised oversized wrap deck( over 700 sq ft) faces lake and wrapped in nature. Have coffee/wine on the deck and enjoy the nature sounds,spring feel, animal sightings, and east facing lake views. perfection! Read a book in the 3rd floor loft overlooking the lake scape/ with sliders to a balcony overlooking trees/lake). A true escape, yet minutes to everything, pizza, bars,dunkin,Jack frost,split rock,BIG BOULDER SKI, LAKE HARMONY,Nascar, golf, tennis,dining,horseback, skate, tubing, ski, casino,etc. You will not want to leave! Under 1/2 hr to gap,under 1.5 hrs, to NYC, Phili., 20 mins to Jim Thorpe. PET POSSIBLE.

Completely redone, floors,carpets, designer paints,(old 90's brn trim changed to cloud white), kitchen, SS appliances,brushed nickel fixtures,150 chnl dish TV, new furniture, beds, ping pong, 4 skylites, ( one over 2 person Jacuzzi in master bdrm- romantic!)), paddle fans, tons of glass fill the home with natural light,fieldstone fireplace, cathedral ceilings, Art work on all walls,etc. You will want to try it in all the seasons, Near everything,swim , fish , hike, skiing ,ice skate, ice fish,casinos,fine lakeside dining,swim, fish,waterpark,golf, tennis,paintball, parks, snowboard,horseback,Camelback beach and water park,nascar,festivals,train rides, outlets,etc.- I don't rent to large groups or otherwise abuse this beautiful home. This is not a popped up tract/modular home,or tiny condo, with a 'walk to the lake'. Responsible groups only! call for avail and with number in party. A Pet is possible, Im an animal lover. 24 hr roving security. a small safe community, (not to be confused with some of the larger complexs, which may have crime issues.). As one past tenant said, 'It was like living in a postcard!' Beds for 6 persons.RATES ARE BASED ON PER PERSON STAY, double occ, 2 nite minimums, Weekdays. Robot rate generated by this site MAY NOT be accurate. Weekends,holidays,events,hi/lo season, variable rates -IE: 3 day/2 'weeknite special' stay for a couple 390.00.IE, 1 week,795.00- 2400.00,+ standard fees. Couples weekend @ 495.00-750.00 as 4 person @ 595.00-895.00, as 6 @ 630.00- 1200.00, pls contact for quote. rates as above good thru Dec,2015. Rates higher in peak season. SPECIAL WEEKEND FOR 2 @ 395.00+. When available.

HOME IS ALSO FOR SALE in spring 2015 ! sold,furnished. An heirloom home which can be a great investment prop, $16- - 20,000 per year and still use it yourself. Area to be opening up in next year.PLS READ 'REVIEWS'.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
Andrew Barnes (Owner)
Member since: 1998
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Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
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About Andrew Barnes

A solid reputable landlord for over 30 years. Original owner and had this home custom built by Charles Getz, in 1991. Features 6 inch walls, oversized Anderson windows, remodled and updated in August 2012. Home is also for sale.. A serene escape and a non motor boat lake, with green belt wrapping lake that can t be built on! Private and cared for, yet minutes to all activities.

Andrew Barnes purchased this chalet in 1991

Why Andrew Barnes chose Lake Shangri-la

Some TEXTs, E-mails, phone call reviews:

'WOW, What a beautiful house! / OMG, this is way past the pics on line!/ This is really well kept and classy, there is even beautiful artwork!/ Its much larger than the pics look, gorgeous, very custom home/ Stunning home with great privacy/ The setting on the lake and serenity is more than we hoped for ,the perfect getaway/ Its magnificent now in winter, must be incredible in the summer, with the lake. etc./,It is an amazing home and we had a fantastic week!/ When we left we pulled the car over and got out to look back at the house and said, this isnt goodbye, only , until we see 'our' house again./ Absolutley adorable!/ Awesome home- we are pumped!' And all these folks ended the conversation with 'we will be back'. The old time builder who built this masterpiece, said he never put so much glass in one house. This is not a cottage, claustraphobic condo or modular pop up/tract house with 'a walk to the lake'. Its a 10! Serenity with everything you could need , minutes away.PLEASE READ over 30 REVIEWS!

What makes this chalet unique

Near everything the Poconos is known for, walk to lifeguarded beach, fish swim, tennis, boating, ice skating, ice fishing, basketball, association bldng w/wi-fi, 6 minutes to Big Boulder lake and ski,(under 15 mins to Jack Frost skiing), Split rock/gallarrea, Lakeside dining, on 2 lakes, also 8 mins, with split rock,waterpark,bowling, movies, golf, etc. Casinos camelback ski and waterpark,horseback,train rides, Paint ball,Jim Thorpe, hike, under 20 minutes. Dining shopping outlets minutes away. foliage season is special, right on the lake. winter is glorious, spring and summer, the private lakefront setting is special. You may not want to leave the home! (Private/serene, w/views) Under 2hrs to Phili and NYC. HOME IS ALSO FOR SALE ! sold furnished.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wow, what a drop dead gorgeous home and setting! A wall of glass overlooking this pristine ,serene mountain lake, set in a backdrop of nature. A perfect end of summer escape and from the rat race, and local to all Pocono activities . We opted to stay at the home ,set In a private setting, with no one around, dead quiet, and sat up in the loft, read a book and sipped a glass of wine, looking out thru the woods at the lake. Only minutes to lakeside dining in lake Harmony, and big boulder action. ( we are already planning a ski trip to big boulder and Jack Frost, minutes from the home.) split rock resort is also here and many activities , including indoor water park, movies, hike, etc, are open to the public. Casinos / all shopping / horseback,golf, camelback were also about 20 minutes.

The home was immaculate and upscale, and Andrew was a pleasure to deal with. We took good care of his home( we do want to be able To escape" again), and true to his word , returned all our deposit monies.! I would recommend this home to anyone who wants a cut above, and In a nice safe community, as they have 24/7 security. We had read prior to booking that some of the communities especially up by Mt Pocono, did not have safe reputations. This home had it all, we will definitely be returning !! A five star home for sure!!
Oct 2012
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average rating of 4.878788 based on 34 reviews

Fantastic getaway

  • 5 of 5

I was looking for a relaxing getaway from the hustle of everyday life in the city, and this house was just what the doctor ordered. The house was clean and quiet. I think I spent more time relaxing on the deck than anything else, though it was nice to get back out on the tennis court! Andrew was very responsive to any questions I had, and I'd highly recommend this house to anyone looking to escape the daily grind for a bit.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Drexel Hill, PA

Gorgeous house by the lake!

  • 5 of 5

Family and I recently stayed here over the weekend, and couldn't agree more with the other reviewers! The house had everything we needed, and the accommodations were clean and comfortable for our large group (and small dog!). Very large wrap-around deck to enjoy the spectacular views from every angle. Since the weather was picture perfect on Saturday, we traveled to a fishing lake nearby, and spent the morning catching trout! After we did some grilling, it was onto the outlets! Both attractions were only 20 minutes away! The large basement was perfect for some downtime, or to play some competitive ping pong.

Andrew was a pleasure to work with, and extremely helpful with any questions I had. I would highly recommend renting this place!

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Beautiful House

  • 4 of 5

The house is so beautiful so peacefully My family and I just love it is so perfect the every morning when We wake up and take our breakfast We see that river outside to the windows and my two kids just love to play outside and see the water and see the tree the house is perfect every room is beautiful the kitchen is so pretty for sure We came back again for our summer vacation I hope so We can fine something available for the summer time because I guess every guess love the house and like to came back again

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


  • 5 of 5

My family and I enjoyed a wonderful stay at this beautiful house. The water views are breathtaking, the house is immaculate with wonderful furnishings and we had so much fun using the ping-pong table. The kitchen is well appointed and the pictures don't do it justice - it's new and looks like it came out of a magazine. The location is ideal for skiing, outlets and sightseeing. Jim Thorpe is a quick drive and skiing is literally around the corner. After a fun day out it was nice to come back to a beautiful and relaxing lakefront home. The oversize jacuzzi and fireplace make this the perfect vacation house. The lake has a beach, playground, rec center and it's a great place to bike. Loved it and can't wait to go back!!

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Beautiful getaway!!

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful stay!! The house was beautiful and clean. The owner was very accommodating and helpful with travel information since this was our first trip to the area. We can't wait to go up again I would love to go up in the summer since the home sits right on a lake it would be alot of fun to just stay and relax!!

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Yard needs serious work

  • 3 of 5

We staid in winter, contacted the owner with some tips to improve the property instead of writing a sub-par review, as he was asking for a stellar one and we felt none was better. He wrote back saying he ''never opened the reply'' later saying ''he thought it was a personal reason we didn't want to give him a 5 start review, so he figured none of his business. We should send the reply to VRBO". Odd reply, but once I heard this was the reply I decided to now write.

The house is beautiful, the yard is unsuitable for humans as it's filled with downed trees since hurricane Sandy. (at least in November 2013, perhaps cleaned since) I would not like to be there in summer with the snakes, etc. The only path to the lake is the one you see pictured, all to the left is downed trees covering the yard 4 foot high. It's a great house that lacks in good furnishings, whicker garden furniture upstairs overlooking lake, not comfortable. Downstairs couch is old and failing, a set of 2 end tables were purchased and split between 2 bedrooms, leaving one side of the master bed empty, things like this. It could be a great rental, like add central air (or any) for summer users, upgrade the furnishings, etc. 3 stars generous is based on how nice Jim Thorpe is, and how nice the house and views are. 5 stars it simply isn't.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 4 months for "Jim" to complain, about a two nite stay. Maybe this young man just had a bad day? I'm sorry he had to carry this " weight" for all this time. I attempted to call Jim, after reading his complaint, the first one I have ever received . I had never had contact with him, as the booking was done by his girlfriend, " Daniele " in the fall. Since his girlfriend initially emailed me from France, I asked for a local reference in Pa, and she gave me Jim's email, at which time he emailed me his phone number. He also gave me the address of the home he was living at , which was owned by Daniele . After receiving this complaint, in Mid March,I attempted to call Jim to ask him why he wrote this rather malicious, untrue, and purposely injurious email. The phone number he gave me turned out out to be false, and when I asked for Jim, the woman answered " this is a wrong number and he doesn't live here, "and hung up. I see in the complaint he changed the names and added in "Daniele" and himself as an "aside". ( I have never heard a word from Daniele and he told me not to copy her our exchanges, even though she was the payer and on the lease). Neither party ever contacted me to complain about the home while they were there and his 4 month, after the fact note is confusing. Most of his note is steeped in half truths ,fiction, and speculation of things he could have no knowledge of. I have had several email exchanges with Jim, in which he seemed confused. I again asked for his true phone # so we could chat, which he refused to disclose, and he replied, " I have nothing to say to you". Just to address some issues, almost all the furnishings are about 1 year old, and the home is always kept immaculate. In the over 20 years I've owned the home , have never seen a snake, or rodents. And neither did he. There is not one downed tree in the yard and I never asked Jim to send any " message " or "reply" to Vrbo. With about 30 other "honest" reviews, and over a dozen handwritten notes of accolades, I'm writing this off to a gentleman with some bigger issues in life and I wish him the best.


Nearest Airport
15 Miles
mt pocono
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
lake harmony/big boulder/split rock, - 5 minutes
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
split rock , water park,etc,activities- 5minutes
Nearest Train
15 Miles
someday to be mt pocono(?)
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
rt 80= 5 minutes
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
any type dining, lake front, bar food,pizza- 5 min
Nearest Ski
3 Miles
big boulder, split rock, jack frost 5 minutes
Car: necessary

Centrally located about 5 minutes from rt 80, exit 284, 1/2 hour to Del Gap, and under 1.5 hrs from NYC/PHILI. Also 7 mins, to Lake Harmony,Split rock complex, Big Boulder, jack frost for day/ night skiing,boating,golf,hike,movies, bowling,indoor waterpark, eateries.Romantic Jim Thorpe, 15 mins.

Walk to life guarded private beach, swim, fish, tennis,basketball, Nearby is ,waterpark,ice skate,ice fish, tennis,swim, fishing, casinos, golf, hiking, parks, dining,nascar,paintball,outlets,playground,train rides,lakeside dining,golf,season festivals, bars, all cuisine, basketball,horseback, ,Association bldng 2 mins/ with wi-fi, chinese food and pizza only mins aways, yet you will feel like you are in a differentU, very serene place. Or just sit up in the 3rd floor loft/balcony, read a book, w/ a glass of wine, overlooking the serene lake setting, and enjoy the tranquility of your natural surroundings , while viewing this mountain lake, & colorful fall foliage. Upscale home ,completely redone august 2012, designer paints, ss appliances,brushed nickel plumbing/electric fixtures,new furniture,art work on all walls, instant lite logs for fp, map of area, The WOW house/location. Leave your troubles behind! Escape! I MAY NOT BE UP TO DATE ON THIS CALENDAR, pls contact for availability.Rates vary by Hi/Lo season,week or weekends, holiday, event dates, and number in party. 195.00 rate is general 2 person weeknite rate when avail. IE: as a romantic couple Uweekends are 395.00-650.00, 4 person @ 560-895.00, 6 person @ 630.00-1500.00. Weekday specials for 2 start at 390.00 3 days, 2 nites,( add 1 nite = 100.00), rates good thru Nov. Weeks range 850.00- 2400.00 . Pls contact for for custom quote.Standard cleaning and security fees apply.(my security deposits are the lowest you will find, especially for a spectacular 3 level custom glass Chalet in this class.) The RATE CALCULATOR IS WRONG, pls contact me for updated Quote. This will be one of the lowest priced lakefront, of this calibre, you will find, in a safe community.

ALSO FOR SALE, 339,500, in a May 14, by owner, sold furnished. Future expansion in area and pa turnpike exit ramp to rt 940.

I do not have a boat, but they can be rented and used on Lake Harmony, split rock complex, about 5 mins.


Rates & Availability

From $195 Per night

Lake Shangri-la Chalet Rental Rates

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Feb 1 2015 - Apr 30 2015
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Notes Please contact owner with number in party, and dates for rate quote. Hi/Low season rates apply, weekends, holiday/events higher.
*240.00 Is based on 2 person, per nite , 2 week nites stay and may not apply to weekends, rates are good thru Sept. Weekends start 595-1350.00, weeks-1200 -2400.00,depends on hi/lo season, EVENT weekends,group size.Pls contact for seasonal quote. Pet may be allowed.

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Lake Shangri-la Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
  • 3 stories
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 'Full ' size bed,new, 'chocolate' furniture
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 2 twins, with farm 'style' dresser,mirror,end table/radio
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , msbdrm w/balcony,3rd level, 2 person jacuzzi w/skylite,t.v.
    loft or living room couch - Living room couch could be used if needed, does not open,
  • Queen size Beds (1) master bdrm w/jacuzzi, Double Beds (1) house has a queen size bed in master bedroom, Twin or Single Beds (2) 2 twin size beds and 1 full size in 2 separate bedrooms.
  • Books ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Swim, fish, golf, tennis, basketball, playground,casinos,nascar, horseback, paintball, town of jim thorpe about 15 minutes, ski,(Big Boul Jack frost- 7 minutes!) waterpark, larger lake nearby. (will have canoe for this lake, no gas boats),lakeside dining, Blakeslee about 7 minutes, outlets under 20 mins, gap is 30 minutes, under 2hrs to nyc, and phili, home is near everything you can need, yet at night all you hear is nature. ( and most of the day) As one tenant put it 'it was like living in a postcard' Having coffee on the deck in the am, looking out at the serenity, you will never want to leave. And if you take care of the home, you will be welcome to come back all year.( No large noisy groups please- the security will stop by and tickets are given). A very sharp home and serene calming location. a true 'Escape' designer paints, new floors,carpets, new kitchen, brushed nickel fixtures,etc. Rates are quoted by number in party, and hi/low season.pls contact for quote, with this info

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