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Awesome View- Lake Front Cottage- 5 Star - 2 Kayaks- 40 min downtown Columbia

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2) 1200 sq ft.

This is a perfect place for a quiet get-a-away for 2 or wonderful alternative to a required hotel stay. The cottage was built totally by hand, by the owner, with trees cut from the property. It is designed for adults and there is nowhere for kids to play.

Due to the setting it's best:

-for only 1 or 2 people-sorry NOT for visitors, unless discussed

-corporate stay in the Lexington area .

-snowbirds in transit or scoping the area

-visiting family in the area, but prefer your privacy

Sorry, but there is no place to dock a boat or park a trailer. If you are renting a boat for a day, then check with the owners about a temporary dock .

TWO KAYAKS are available to enjoy our large cove or to explore Shull Island.

Accommodations: Den and kitchen with island on one floor. Downstairs 600 sq. ft. with a queen bed and sitting area. Sleeps 2- one queen bed downstairs.

Three large windows overlooking the lake. We have all new appliances, including granite counter tops and 2 HD TVs with Dish Satellite.

There is a deck off the lower level for enjoying the lake view and for kayak or swimming access.

Off Season, 2 nights available if less than a month away from arrival.

Keywords: Guest House, Lakefront, Peaceful

If you stay a week and could leave the lake, it's two hours from Charleston, SC. Downtown Columbia is 35/40 minutes away and the zoo (30 minutes) State Museum and children's museum are well worth the visit. Restaurants and many shopping choices are in Lexington which is an 18 minute drive. A few restaurants and grocery stores are an easy 10 minute drive from the guest house. Most renters prefer to shop prior to arrival.

There is a deck off the lower level for enjoying the lake view and for kayak or swimming access.

Off Season, 2 nights available if less than a month away from arrival.

Keywords: Guest House, Lakefront, Peaceful

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

About The Owner

My husband, Andy, is a retired airline pilot who flew for Pan Am and then Delta Airlines. He commuted to NY in order to live on the lake. He is now a golfer and can gladly help you with any area golf questions. I am a former French teacher and will gladly help you with lake questions or anything else.

Why The Owner chose Gilbert

My husband cut 100 trees from our property in 1993 and started a 'project' with the lumber he had from the trees. He had planned for it to be a place for projects. Hence-part of the reason for the bathroom upstairs. He would work a while and then quit for a year or so. We finally decided to finish it as a guest house in order to use it for our own personal guests. We have another vrbo on Lake Murray and enjoy sharing it and lake information. That helped us decide to use the guest house as a vrbo also.

What makes this house unique

Use the private dock for grilling or just relaxing by the lake. Some just enjoy the beautiful view from inside the cottage. It is a large space for 2 people-Quiet and cozy. Perfect for relaxation! The kayaks are such fun.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for a very relaxing and peaceful stay! You have a very beautiful get away. I really enjoyed myself and hope to cross paths with you again. It was very nice meeting you, Andy. You were very welcoming and kind. This weekend was a great way to welcome spring and start my Spring Break. Thank you again for your hosppitality!
Mar 2018
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Gilbert House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • shower only
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa (1) tv in bedroom
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(38 traveler reviews)

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Awesome View- Lake Front Cottage- 5 Star - 2 Kayaks- 40 min downtown Columbia
average rating of 4.9210525 based on 138 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We reserved this property to watch our son and his college baseball team play games at the Blowfish Stadium. The house and property are just beautiful and we enjoyed every moment we spent there. Wish the weather was a little warmer so we could have enjoyed the property outside more but wasn't meant to be! HIGHLY RECOMMEND this property and the owners. They were absolutely lovely and gave so many great suggestions! Thank you!! <3 <3 <3

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Thank you, It's folks like you that make this fun for us. We appreciate you comments more than you can know. We can (almost) guarantee better weather next year.
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We had a quiet and relaxing stay

  • 4 of 5

The cottage and lake scenery exceeded our expectations, and the Owner was very helpful and friendly. We look forward to returning in the near future.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage

  • 4 of 5

Lovely cottage with nice view and lovely décor. It is a great spot for a nice getaway for a couple. We enjoyed our stay and love the lake.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to your being “Lakels” on the Lexington side one day.
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Relaxing Time

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful relaxing time at the lakeside cottage. It truly is like the pictures show. The cottage was furnished so nice and had everything you needed. All you needed was your personal things and food. Ellen and Andy were so nice and friendly. We are already talking about when we want to go back again.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate the kind review and as always, are happy with happy renters! Thank you and we do hope to to see you again.Thank you for taking the time to write a review.
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  • 5 of 5

It was awesome and wonderful stay. What a perfect little cottage for 2. I would recommend to anyone who is looking for a nice getaway on the lake. So quiet and serene.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate that people take the time to write a review and especially that they enjoyed it! As I always say, we like happy renters..
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Just what we needed!

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect getaway from the hustle & bustle of our hectic life! We are so grateful the cabin was available for us over Labor Day weekend.

The cabin felt secluded and very peaceful which allowed my husband & I to slow down! The furnishings were super comfortable & very clean. The access to the lake is perfect for paddle boarding access or just to take a dip.

Ellen & Andy are the perfect hosts that make it known they are they if you need them but will not intrude on your space.

My husband & I returned from our trip refreshed & rejuvenated! We hope we can return sometime next summer for some more RnR!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Columbia Metro SC (CAE)
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
13 Miles
Ponderosa CC or Lexington CC
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Columbia, SC
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Goodfella's/Fishermen's Wharf
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $40

If last minute 1 night ok. Standard season, 2 nights available only if less than 2 weeks away. Any time last minute, 2 nights available. Peak season, prefer to not rent only 3 days, if more than 2 weeks away.

Thanksgiving-4 night minimum prior to 1 month in advance

Masters week minimum 5 nights April 2-April 9-

Please write a check, or add to paypal $200.00, for security deposit. IF using paypal, the renter pays the fee. The check will be shredded or returned if you prefer.

Pay half of the fee to deposit along with a separate $200.00 security check. If last minute, cash. If using pay pal, the renter pays the fee. Be sure to add the $40.00 for the cleaning.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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