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5 Acre Lakefront Beauty as seen in Lake Erie Living mag.

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

Get away from it all at a charming Lake Erie retreat located 25 miles West of Erie, PA and 7 miles East of Conneaut, OH. Nestled on five private wooded acres with 365 feet of private beach, the cottage offers a fun-filled and relaxing get-a-way for any type of vacationer.

This 3 bedroom home is available year round. The property is bordered by Lake Erie to the North, Raccoon Creek to the East and to the South and West, the largest tract of undeveloped land on the South Shore of Lake Erie, the Pennsylvania State Gamelands/David M Roderick Wildlife Reserve. The new Lake Erie Bluff's park is also very near by.

Historical property built around 1909 as the Superintendent's house for the Elmwood Home for Boys. The cottage was renovated in 1999. The first floor has a spacious modern kitchen stocked with all equipment to prepare any meal. The living room has a stone, wood burning fireplace to make any night feel cozy. A very large deck on the back is the perfect place to relax, listen to the waves, see the boats go by and watch the hummingbirds dart around the feeder. If the weather turns, the enclosed front porch allows you to take in the beauty.

The second floor has 3 bedrooms. One Queen and 2 Double Beds. The bathroom was also gutted and fully renovated in 1999. Garden style tub.

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Nearby: Wineries, Covered Bridges of Ashtabula County, Geneva on the Lake, Presque Isle State Park, Tom Ridge Center, The White Turkey Drive-In, Peggy Gray Candies, Waldameer Amusement Park, Splash Lagoon, The Brig Niagara, Pymatuning Lake (where the ducks walk on the fish's backs), Amish country, Camp Lambec, Camp Fitch, Camp Sherwin, Camp Eriez, Charter Fishing in Conneaut or Erie (no cleaning fish at the cottage), Pizzi Pizza, Tasty Twist, Conneaut Lake Park, Golfing (Over Lake is very nice and nearby), Sea Kayaking, Canoeing (Grand River and Elk Creek are a short drive), jet skiing, Scuba Diving (yes, in Lake Erie!), Morel mushroom hunting, disc golf ...

Relaxing: The environment simply lures you into leaving your stresses behind. Read a book while relaxing in the hammock. Take the time for incredible sunsets.

Badminton, horseshoes and bocce balls are all provided. The large side yard is a great place to play catch.

Hiking: Over 4000 acres of State game lands are just outside your front door.

Boating: The cottage has plenty of room to park your boat. Smaller boats can be launched next door at Raccoon Creek Park. Larger boats will need to go to Conneaut, Elk Creek, or other nearby ramps.

Swimming: On your own private beach. Build a fire on the beach and cook a hot dog or roast a marshmallow. There is almost always drift wood to keep the fire going.

Hunting: Deer, turkey, dove and much more bring the hunters in from all over the world.

Birding: At least 50 species of bird nest here. Bald Eagles are now a common site, Mississippi Kites, Peregrine Falcons are all sighted during migration. Late August and early September brings Monarch butterflies on their way to Mexico. King rail, black tern, least bittern, great egret, yellow crowned night heron and the common tern are others the avid birder has a chance of seeing. Recently spotted Scarlet Tanager and Rose Breasted Grosbeak.

Fishing: Either from the shore, along Raccoon Creek, or nearby Elk and Walnut Creeks, your own boat or chartering in Conneuat or Erie. Walleye, Trout, Perch and many other species. Ice Fishing in Presque Isle bay is a popular winter sport. *NO CLEANING FISH AT THE COTTAGE*

Biking: The lightly traveled roads make for great rides, from leisurely to hard core. Check out Old Lake Road west of the OH/PA line, its awesome!

Golfing, Sailing, Exploring ...

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Rick Swanson
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
April 27, 2017

About Rick Swanson

Taken at Raccoon Creek park located next door to the cottage. The cottage is a magical spot to create wonderful memories.

Rick Swanson purchased this house in 2008

Why Rick Swanson chose Pennsylvania

The land has been owned by the family since the Mid 50's. After the Elmwood Home closed, there were two other owners of the surrounding property. I believe one used it to harvest timber, the other gutted what was remaining of the Elmwood home and had the buildings torn down. In the mid 50's, my grandfather, James Evans of Girard, and partners purchased 200 acres including what is now Raccoon park. The cottage was rented to Micheal Obrien, a good tenant whom they sold the cottage to. He raised his family there and lived there until sold back to the family in 1987 when he died. In 1965 the partners sold the acreage of what is now Raccoon Park and kept four 2.5 acre plots west of Raccoon Creek along the lake. Two of those 2.5 acre lots is what the cottage sits on. . It is our piece of paradise all year round and a big piece of our heart and family history.

What makes this house unique

Hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, kayaking, fires on the beach, watching incredible sunsets, visiting nearby wineries, spending quality time with family.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Dianne and Rick

Just a quick note to say thank you for the use of your property and

the quick refund of our deposit! as lightning!! lol

We had an absolute fantastic week-end! The house & property are incredible!!

Beautifully decorated, neat & tidy, all the comforts and the homey feel made for a wonderful

visit with my family. It's quite obvious that you both take pride in making your

guests feel welcome. Rick, thanks for the call when we arrived to

make sure that all was well. You spoke to my daughter-in-law...I was busy cuddling

my new grand-daughter at the time but it was very much appreciated! Dianne, thank you for the emails and the phone calls leading up to our're amazing!

We're already talking about renting from you again, in the near future, because

two words come to mind PERFECTLY PERFECT!! :)

Thanks again for everything
Apr 2014
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East Springfield House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1) New mattress 2011, Double Beds (2) New mattresses 2010
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Multiple Board Games and Cards, Yard games, Hammock, 2 Adult Bicycles, one youth. Washers game, badminton, horse shoes, croquet, Bocci.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(47 traveler reviews)

5 Acre Lakefront Beauty as seen in Lake Erie Living mag.
average rating of 4.9787235 based on 58 reviews

Great house, great location, very relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Loved the house and loved being right on the lake. Nice and cozy in the cold weather - loved the fireplace. Had everything we needed for a fun weekend in the area.

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Once a year I return home to spend time with friends. Rented your cottage this year for a three night getaway for all of us!! We loved this place!! It was exactly as shown and much more. It seemed like everything we could have needed was provided. The cottage was a wonderful place to laugh, take walks, cook dinners, have a fire, eat somores and enjoy the company of friends! Plan to return in 2017!!

Thanks for a great place!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sounds like you did the fun stuff. Thanks for the great review. We appreciate it and look forward to having you next time!
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Hated to leave

  • 5 of 5

My family and I spent a wonderful fall weekend at the cottage. It was everything we hoped it would be, and more. The house is incredibly charming, with vintage beauty and updated amenities. The kitchen is very well stocked, as is the game cupboard, and the music cabinet. It was spotless when we arrived, and everything was in excellent condition. It's clear this is a well-loved and maintained property.

Some reviews made me a bit apprehensive about the walk down to the wonderful private beach, but I needn't have worried. It's a little steep, but not scary. Just remember to take a flashlight (kindly provided) for your return home from your sunset/beach fire evenings.

This secluded get away is a gem, and a real value, with friendly, conscientious owners. I'm sure we'll be back next summer.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the review. We appreciate and hope future renters do as well. I too find it hard to leave after a stay!
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We Had a Great Time!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the cottage and surrounding property. The weather was perfect. Everything we needed was provided (and happily surprised to find a Keurig!). Mornings on the deck were so peaceful, with entertainment provided by the chipmunks. The beach was rather rocky, but great fun for searching for sea glass. And there were sandy areas to plant a chair and just relax. We had some great sunsets while we were there. We had a nice day in the Conneaut area and also spent a day checking out some of the wineries on the Ohio Wine Trail (with some side trips for viewing covered bridges). A drive to Presque Isle was delightful. If you love chocolate, be sure to stop at Peggy Gray's Candies, just down the road from the cottage. Cell phone reception was minimal at the cottage. TV was over the air with quite a few stations available. Neither of these created any issue for us since there was Wi-Fi. I wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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A perfect escape!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the Cottage at the lake! It was perfect for our weekend away. The house was wonderful, everything you needed was there. It was peaceful and tranquil. It was just far enough away from the tourist attractions to be able to relax. Can't wait to plan another trip back to Erie next summer!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second year staying at this cottage. The location is perfect, secluded yet not too far away from shopping, Presque Isle, or wineries. The area is perfect for biking as it's close to the state game lands and not much traffic to deal with. The private beach is beautiful and easy to get to. Peggy Gray Candies is only 3 miles away and a must visit!! The cottage has everything you need and more. Overall, I highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Nearest Point of Interest
Location of the cottage
Nearest Point of Interest
Presque Isle State Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Peak N Peak
Nearest Point of Interest
Elk Creek
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Conneaut Harbor
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Covered Bridges and Amish Country
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The White Turkey Drive Inn
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Tasty Twist
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Peggy Grey Candies
Nearest Point of Interest
Tarsitano Winery
Nearest Point of Interest
State Road Covered Bridge
Car: recommended

Charter Boat Fishing is available in Conneaut and Erie. Local Guides Available as Well. No Cleaning Fish at the Cottage. 45 minutes to Peak N Peak Ski Resort, Not much farther to Holiday Valley Ski Resort. Property is across from 4,000 acres of Pennsylvania State Game Lands. Near Presque Isle, Waldameer Park and Splash Lagoon.


Rates & Availability

East Springfield House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early Season 2017
Apr 1 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day 2017
May 26 2017 - May 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2017
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
July 4 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 8 2017
5 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jul 9 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 6.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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