2 bedrooms, 1 full bath, sleeps 8 (max.) Waterfront Rental- Marblehead, Ohio USA
Jim and Diana Stevens
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
relaxing,enjoyable,fun,lots of fishing
We had a wonderful experience staying at Avalon on the Bay. Fishing 5 feet from the entrance to the house. Caught fish on almost every cast. The view from the enclosed porch is breath taking. Seeing the sun set across Lake Erie was a beut. If your looking for a quite relaxing vacation this is the place to be. Close to Cedar Point, Put In Bay, Kelly Island, Light House, an many more attractions I highly recommend you see. The owners where there to greet us and contacted us daily to make sure we were enjoying ourselves
You can trust the good reviews!
When I see so many glowing reviews that mention the same features, I get a little skeptical. There was one scathing review, so that got me concerned about choosing this cottage. Well, my family really did stay there, so I can honestly say the other reviews are absolutely spot-on.
The cottage was clean and bright, with a great view and many recent upgrades such as windows, floors, kitchen cabinets and counters. There is a large great room with the TV, kitchen, and table, two large bedrooms, bath, and enclosed front porch. The bathroom has a pedestal sink and stand-alone shower that is a reasonable size, all very clean. Not mentioned in the description, there were also nice pillows and bed spreads on all the beds, clean looking mattress pads, and TP, bath mats, paper towels, dish soap and foil wrap (though these may have been left by previous guests).
The owners met us when we arrived and were very friendly. It was easy to contact them, but the rest of the time, the cottage felt like our home. The area is quiet and even the few boats coming into the small inlet were nearly silent. No loud parties!
Because the negative review seems unfair to the owners and might put off future renters, I wanted to address a few items mentioned in it. The beds are the older, springy type that are common in cottages of this era, but we found them comfortable. The mattresses are about 7” thick, not “paper thin”. The AC unit is mounted in the living room, controlled by a thermostat (not a window AC). It did take a while to cool down the cottage but then it kept it cool with no problem. The mirror behind the house is to allow boats coming and going to avoid each other as the channel is quite narrow. The beach is close enough for me to watch my kids from the cottage. We saw only two water snakes during the whole week, partly because we were looking for them. Once spotted, they ducked under and swam away. They are not poisonous and seem very shy. We all swam in the lake without incident. The jetty is private to the small neighborhood, including the rentals, and not open to the public. There was room for lots of people to fish. The only (tiny) negative item I can report is spotty wi-fi.
I would not hesitate to rent this cottage again. It was a wonderful vacation for my family.
Very easy stay
This was such an easy vacation. My husband and daughter could walk out the front door and fish. We saw lots of wild life. It's close enough to Sandusky for food and entertainment but far away enough for those quite lake evenings.
Thank you so much for the 5 star review. We greatly appreciate it. We are so glad that you and your family had a good time. Please know that you are welcome back any time.
Jim & Diana Stevens
Great Place to Stay
This was a wonderful location to stay and take an advantage of all this area has to offer. Rental was very clean and owners were very accomodating. The view of the Bay and fireworks at Cedar Point every night were amazing. The location was perfect that it was enough off the beaten path to have peace and quiet but close enough to all the destinations that make this area so wonderful. It recommend to families like ours who want to get away and enjoy Lake Erie and Islands.
Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are so glad that you had a wonderful time.
Jim & Diana Stevens
Choose a different place to stay!
Many things in this ad are either falsely advertised or are untrue & the owners fail to mention to the renters until arrival.
There is one house in between the rental house & the house where the owners reside & a dock that runs behind all the houses on the stretch where the rental is. The rental is the last house in that row. On several occasions during our stay, we noticed the owner standing on the dock directly behind our rental, watching us while we were sitting on the side patio. This happened during early morning & late evening hours & later in the week, I noticed there was actually a mirror positioned on that dock that allowed him to see most angles of the rental house from where he was standing.
The “private beach” advertised is actually not private. It is a shared beach in the community & there was a decaying, horribly smelling catfish dead on the beach when we arrived. We later had to pick it up & throw it away ourselves. The beach is not right outside your front door; it is actually positioned closer to the front of the owner’s home. The beach water is FULL of black snakes & not an appropriate place to swim, unless you like swimming with snakes. On the second night of our arrival, we found a dead kitten floating in the water next to our cabin. The next door neighbor is the one who removed the floating kitten from the water for us, not the owner.
The “private fishing jetty” is also not private and is shared by the community. On two different occasions during our stay, my teenage son woke up early to go fishing off the jetty but it was already occupied by the owner & his family. Since we couldn't fish there, we had to drive several miles down the road to fish.
The “a/c” that is advertised is actually an air conditioner that is suited for a small camper, not a cabin. The rental is hot inside & it stayed hot in there. Several of the bed mattresses were paper thin & very uncomfortable.
Upon arrival the owner insisted that we only park in between the houses, & not directly in front of the rental. That seemed like a logical request because the front of the cabin faces the Sandusky Bay and has nice views. A day later, we woke up to an SUV that belonged to a visitor of the owner parked in front of our cabin & blocked our views for the remaining 6 days we stayed.
Several times, when we drove/walked by the owner’s house, their grandkids would yell rude things to us & our children.
Seriously! - Folks, we suggest that you check out the other twenty some reviews, they "truly" speak for themselves. It is rewarding and nice to hear from these people, knowing that all of our efforts are noticed and appreciated. For some of our guests it was their best vacation ever and many have returned year after year.
For over 18 years we have been providing clean accommodations, a friendly atmosphere and an affordable family vacation rental for all to enjoy.
Hope to see you soon.
Jim & Diana Stevens
Wonderful in every way!
My family rented this cottage for a week. It was very clean and comfortable. My children enjoyed swimming at the Sandy beach daily, and made fast friends with the owners grandkids. You can fish off the jetty, and relax by the water, or go into town and enjoy the fun shops and excursions. The views are amazing, and the peaceful sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking. The owners, Jim and Diana are wonderful and were the best hosts ever! This truely felt like a home away from home. We loved it and can't wait to return.
Thank you so much for your honest and heart felt review. We are so glad that you and your family had a great time. You have a beautiful family and it was a pleasure having you guys. We look forward to your return.
Jim & Diana Stevens
On site Highlights:Private Beach, fishing area, private picnic area, boat rides and a 25' boat dock available right outside your front door.
Nearby:East Harbor State Park with over 7 miles of white sandy beaches. Take a tour of and climb to the top of the oldest lighthouse in continuous operation for a spectacular view of Lake Erie. Known as the Walleye Capital of the World, the region also sports large and small mouth bass, perch, saugeye and steelhead. Hiking and birding enthusiasts will want to visit Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge located in Oak Harbor. The refuge is a major feeding, nesting and resting area for migrating birds. The park has over 8 miles of nature trails. For some spine-tingling fun visit Cedar Point Amusement Park. With 16 coasters and over 20 rides for the younger children plus an 18 acre water park you can't pass up this fun. Ferries from Marblehead will take you to Kelly's Island or from Catawba you can cruise to Put 'n' Bay Island for a day of entertainment.
Other Activities: Ferries from Marblehead to Kelly's Island. Ferries from Catawba and Port Clinton to Put 'n' Bay Island. Boat launch 5 min. from cottage.
Golf: How about a round or two of Golf. Putt Putt golf courses are within 10 minutes of the cottage. Want something a bit more challenging? Three 18 hole golf courses are within 10 and 20 minutes from the cottage.