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Surf-N-Sleep Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

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

Bill and Tanya Schmidt
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

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 Clear Lake

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!


Clear Lake Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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
  • 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
Soft water


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(44 traveler reviews)

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Surf-N-Sleep Cottage
average rating of 4.7954545 based on 44 reviews

Great Weekend Getaway!

  • 4 of 5

The Surf-N-Sleep was clean and very comfortable. Everything was as indicated in the description. The only drawback is the bathroom situation. For older people, it’s a long walk from upstairs, through the living room and kitchen to the bathroom in the middle of the night. There were 5 of us, so getting ready one at a time was time consuming.

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Stay!!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at this cottage 2 nights with our family. Cottage had everything we needed and was very cute and just as described. Tanya was very attentive and answered all questions and any needs or questions promptly. Would not hesitate to stay here again. Wonderful home and so much cozier than a hotel for our family weekend!!

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Thanksgiving

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay at the Surf-N-Sleep Cottage. It was above our expectations with the added mini room and another bed. Our family of 6 was very comfortable and we had 9 for Thanksgiving dinner that worked out just fine. We would stay again and recommend it to anyone.

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gladd everything worked out for you and your family Sara. Thank you for the positive review, hope you come back again!
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The house was very clean and well maintained.

  • 4 of 5

The layout of the bedrooms was surprising. They are very close together. We had a three year old and an 18 month old who used a pac-n-play. We put the pac-n-play in the porch area at night, and an adult slept downstairs to be near him. The location was nice, not too far from the lake.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous place

  • 5 of 5

When we walked in the door we we're amazed how perfect this place is the pictures online don't do justice it feels at home here I love that it is stalked with necessities that we may need we for sure will be returning thanks so much for the amazing hospitality here.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location, size and arrangement of property very good

  • 4 of 5


- plenty of room for a family of six

- cleaner than resorts we have stayed at that were double the price.

- good selection of toys, games, books and electronic entertainment. Excellent Verizon reception and wifi.

- comfortable

- quiet area.

- clos to lake which is visible from the home

- off street parking

- nearby farmers market was fun and that's where we did our produce shopping.

- kitchen is a nescessity for our large family and this had everything we needed . Don't forget to bring your own napkins and paper towels or you'll be running to the nearby dollar general!


- small toilet--an elongated model would be nice and would fit the space

-- having to bring your own linens and blankets. There were a few available which we did use and launder but we found these items really put a dent in our minivan space.

-- it's rural Iowa, you have to drive a ways to get to anything if you aren't a beach comber type.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, Thanks for the review! Sorry about the napkins and paper towels- those are usually stocked, as well as dish soap, hand soap, laundry soap, tp etc. It must've gotten overlooked the last time it was cleaned. For bedding- we provide dish cloths, dish towels, fitted sheets, pillows and pillow cases and have renters bring their own flat sheets (if they want) and blankets...majority tend to just bring a blanket for beds. We used to provide all bedding, towels etc. but our cleaner was having to spend way too much time doing laundry and we were often missing items so decided to just provide some. Yes, there are blankets there that people can use- just wash yourself so thanks for doing that! Toilet?? It's just a regular toilet. Stuff to do- Clear Lake is definitely more of a hoppin' town in the summer- tons going on every weekend. Fall- Spring is still nice, just probably not quite as much to do but there is still at least one event every month- Harvest Festival, Christmas on the lake, Winter dance party, Kites on the lake etc. Events are listed at Thanks so much for your business!!
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*Surf Ballroom-live music.

*City park and bandshell-activities all summer

*public beach

*downtown shops and restaurants


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 12.0%

Monthly rates will be negociated, depending on season and amount of stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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