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Surf-N-Sleep Cottage

30 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Clear Lake Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

The Surf-n-Sleep cottage is conveniently located just 2 blocks from the historic Surf Ballroom and 2 blocks from the lake. It's walking distance to all that Clear Lake has to offer... public beach, shopping, restaurants, band shell, city park, Lady of the Lake boat cruise etc. Outdoor water park opened in 2007 with 2 water slides, zero entry, kiddie play area and diving boards.

You'll love the cozy atmosphere of the Surf-N-Sleep. The large kitchen and open floor plan make it plenty spacious for all to be together. Recently renovated to include, a 3 season porch, master bedroom with queen Sleep Number bed, 2nd room with 1 full size bed, 2 twin beds. Also a new tankless water heater and water softener were installed. You'll never run out of hot water!

Private concrete patio with grill, table, chairs. You're welcome to use the bikes in the shed for a quick trip downtown. There's also tether ball, large sand box, outdoor toys as well as cards, games, coloring books and toys for the kids. Don't forget to bring DVDs for your movie enjoyment on the flat screen TV (cable and wifi available in the summer and by request off season). Be sure to check out the Clear Lake, IA website for current events in town.

4th of July week is $800.00~...Check out our calendar today!!

Keywords: Cottage, Cabin, Clear Lake IA

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Bill and Tanya Schmidt
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 26, 2016
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About Bill and Tanya Schmidt

We love Clear Lake! The Surf Ballroom is what brought us to the town. We came for a concert and fell in love with the area. Our kids love to come to Clear Lake for all the family fun activities.

Bill and Tanya Schmidt purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Bill and Tanya Schmidt chose Iowa

We chose to buy a vacation/rental home in this location because, it is walking distance to the Surf, restaurants, city park, beach, Lady of the Lake, shops and the list goes on. A typical summer day includes~ packing a lunch, biking down to the beach, swimming, playing at the park, getting a cookie at Cookies etc. OR buying an ice cream treat from the ice cream truck (complete w/bell and all),bumming around the shops and biking back...great day!

What makes this cottage unique

Off season there's still plenty to do...stay in the cozy cottage, play games, watch a movie, go to the Lakes theatre, head to Mason City for some shopping or visit the museums. There's numerous events going on in town monthly, Christmas on the Lake, Kites in Feb., Buddy Holly winter festival at the Surf Ballroom, 4th of July celebration etc. Every time we are in Clear Lake we're never ready to leave!


based on 30 traveler reviews

Surf-N-Sleep Cottage
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 30 reviews

Great cozy cabin in Cear Lake

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was great. It was everything as described. The owner was very easy to work with over email. Extremely quick to respond. We arrived and the house was very clean. It had a nice check in list with all the information you needs. The house came with plenty of extra's to get you through a stay. Already talking about booking this one again sometime in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice time at Clear Lake!

  • 4 of 5

We rented this quaint cottage for a mini-family reunion and really had a nice time! Had a cookout on the back porch with tetherball being a huge hit! Took advantage of the bikes in the shed and biked to coffee early the next morning - SO FUN! The property would be perfect for a couple with three young children as the upstairs sleeping quarters are very compact. Tanya was great with communication! We would and hope to rent this property again!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Des Moines, Iowa

Walking Distance to Lake-Clean-Stocked Full-Awesome for a Girl's Weekend!

  • 4 of 5

The house was lovely. Clean and VERY close to the lake. The owners were very nice and super quick at responding to email. The beds were comfortable and it was the perfect space for our Girls Weekend. The back patio was nice and the fire pit was perfect for a night among the stars. Great location and a great find. We want to come back every year!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Livermore, CA/USA

Sister Sleepover

  • 5 of 5

We four sisters get together once a year at various places across the United States. Our eleventh year was just spent at the Surf-N-Sleep in Clear Lake and we loved the place! It has all the amenities you could possibly need and room to spare for the four of us. We especially loved the back patio! It's a very short walk down to the lake, the Surf Museum and in-town memorial. We drove downtown, but it's a very short drive. The town is lovely, quaint, and welcoming. We had a great lunch at Sevens, with dessert at the Cookies, Etc. We definitely recommend to others and plan to come back again another year!

  • Submitted: May 26, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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adel, ia

september 9-11, 2011

  • 5 of 5

We had not had a family vacation since my son was probably 13 or so. I decided it was time. He, now almost 21 and our daughter 24 with a 2 year old and soon to be husband. My son and his girlfriend arrived first, we got there later. I was so surprised. I had packed about everything you can think of that we might need. The only thing you really need to pack-towels as noted. And of course food and beverages. The cottage was clean, roomy, and had everything we needed. If there was a negative it would be that there wasnt' any cable. But I for one thought that was one of the best parts. We enjoyed walking to the "pond" as the grandson would say. We found a dining place Friday evening. Everyone was so nice when we passed them on the sidewalk. It was a beautiful weekend to be on the lake. We were able to have a later check out since the cottage wasnt' rented on Sunday which allowed us to stay on the water longer. Parking with 2 trucks and boats was a challange, but we made due. Also, alot of the downtown area was closed on sunday. The beds were very comfortable for the adults, though our grandson didn't like his "new" bed and didn't sleep well. Mainly because it was all new to him. (his 1st vacation) But overall, we were pleased and would go back again!!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Denver, CO

Wonderful accommodations!

  • 5 of 5

I recently got married at the Surf Ballroom and my bridal party stayed at the Surf-N-Sleep. It was the perfect size for six girls, trying to get ready for a wedding. We had initially thought that having only one bathroom would be an issue, but there was plenty of room throughout the house to complete our getting ready routines. I had no issues with reservations and email communication was excellent. I would highly recommend this cottage!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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*Surf Ballroom-live music.

*City park and bandshell-activities all summer

*public beach

*downtown shops and restaurants


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Tax Rate 12.0%

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Clear Lake Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1- sink, toilet and shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
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