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Cottage on Lake Erie - Historic Lake Home

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

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

Get away from it all at this 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 - a foodies delight. 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 time for incredible sunsets that rival those of Key West!

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
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

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 East Springfield

The land has been owned by the family since the Mid 50's. After the Elmwood School for Boys 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
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 full bath - large garden tub.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1) , Double Beds (2)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • 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
Renters from May - Sept will be entertained for hours on end by the hummingbirds. Bald eagles are flourishing and can almost guarantee to be seen!


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Cottage on Lake Erie - Historic Lake Home
average rating of 4.982143 based on 67 reviews

Great place

  • 5 of 5

Very neat and clean

  • Submitted: Dec 16, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Wonderful time!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property! Fantastic weekend! Thank you Rick for allowing us to stay at your lovely cottage

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Awesome rental!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, inviting, clean, convenient! Loved this place. Plan on coming back!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Wonderful place!

  • 5 of 5

My mother, sisters and I have been coming to this cottage for three years now and absolutely love it. It's secluded and peaceful. The cottage has everything you need and then some, and it's very clean. The owners have always been very kind and helpful and get back to you very quickly. We will be back again next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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  • 5 of 5

We spent 5 nights at the Cottage. The property was very clean and had everything we needed. The weather was wonderful and the scenery was breathtaking! We would love to return in the future! The owners were very helpful and kind.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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All the comforts of home!

  • 5 of 5

I loved the lake house - it was cozy and charming. The kitchen was great and well equipped, and the deck and porch were wonderful for just sitting and relaxing. With ceiling fans and open windows upstairs, there was no need for air-conditioning. The perfect place to kick back, enjoy the views and be totally at ease. And Rick made all arrangements easy and pleasant. I hope I will have an opportunity to return some day!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Tasty Twist
Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Home Tavern
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
Nearest Point of Interest
Conneaut Harbor
Nearest Point of Interest
Covered Bridges and Amish Country
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
The White Turkey Drive Inn
Nearest Point of Interest
Tasty Twist
Nearest Point of Interest
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

Taxes and fees are additional

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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