Great Cottage But Not for Elderly or Handicapped
Submitted: June 29, 2008
Stayed: June 2008
My husband and I invited our two adult children, daughter-in-law, and elderly parents to share this cottage with us. All in all we had a great time but were disappointed that my parents weren't able to do lake activities due to the steep and rather dangerous steps down to the lake. There is a handrail but the steps are slanted downward and are difficult to impossible for elderly people to manage. My parents are in very good health for their ages but the steep climb was too taxing and they were afraid of falling. Even our dog had difficulty not falling. Though we didn't have small children with us, I would think that they would also have problems with the steps. My mother also nearly fell in the shower, as the only handrail is outside next to the toilet and the shower is slippery. There are many positives about the cottage, though. The bedrooms and bath are good sized, the couch and 3 recliners are comfortable, the dining table pulls out to seat 10, one twin bed has a tempurpedic mattress, there are 4 window air conditioners and a ceiling fan, the TV is large, and the deck and deck furniture are nice. Views of the lake are super both inside and out, the hammock was a favorite, there was a tree swing and a swing set, really nice firepit, plenty of outdoor seating, picnic table, great fish-cleaning station in the garage, washer and dryer, nice raft, sandy bottom, sturdy pier with bumpers. The kitchen was adequate for cooking and storing food. Behind the cottage is a nice grassy area for kids to play but beware of the poison ivy. The lake was high so I don't know if normally there is a beach but right now there is no place for little ones to play in the sand by the water. The water is pretty clean and not too weedy by the shore. We had great fishing and caught huge perch, bluegill, sunfish, and tons of large-mouth bass. During the week there aren't many boaters. We rented a pontoon from Lake Effects Marina. Owners ask you to clean when you leave so we hired a cleaning service. I left the number with Bill. I had to wash the dishes and cookware before we used them as they had a greasy film probably due to not being used over the winter. The rest of the inside of the cottage was very clean but we didn't use the grill or deck furniture because they needed to be cleaned first. The owners are very nice people and were very helpful and accommodating. We would probably rent it again except the steps are a deal-breaker. If they fix those, we'll be back.
Families with Teenagers,
Helpful votes: 7/12
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