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Pam and Dan Leffers

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

No Jet Skis Here! Private lake with lots of nature and peaceful surroundings

35 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Overview

Syracuse Cabin Rental Photos and Description

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 1 Bath, (Maximum 4 adults or family of 6)

This is a classic two story cabin that has been remodeled. The upstairs is the sleeping area with two small open bedrooms, a lofted sleeping area suitable for children and sitting area with fireplace. The downstairs includes a bathroom, kitchen and sitting area and opens onto a full deck with outstanding lake views and privacy. The property sits on the south end of Lake Papakeechie and backs up to the Tri-County game Preserve. This is the hilly end of the lake with heavily wooded lots that create a real sense of solitude. Wifi was installed in 2014.

Lake Papakeechie is a private lake that was created about 100 years ago by combining several smaller lakes. The lake is controlled by an owners' association and there is no public access to the lake. Motors of any kind are prohibited. This ensures a peaceful environment with excellent fishing and safe swimming. The lake is fed by artesian wells and water from the adjacent wetlands of the game preserve. The water is tested annually by the association and is consistently found to be extremely clean.

One is surrounded by nature here. The lake is home to diverse waterfoul and wildlife including swans, geese, ducks, great blue herons, beaver and a bald eagle. Hiking or hunting in the preserve is literally across the road. It feels secluded, yet the Lake Wawasee public boat launch is 5 minutes away.

The cabin is located at the bottom of a steep driveway and there are stone steps to the cabin and lakefront. This may be a consideration for those with mobility issues.

We recommend that you contact us by using the email link on this website to ensure the most dependable response time. We try to keep the calendar as current as possible so generally you can check availability here as well.

Keywords: fishing cabin, lake cottage, retreat, secluded

More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pam and Dan Leffers (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

About Pam and Dan Leffers

We are from Fort Wayne, Indiana. I am a contractor and my wife is retired after a career in non-profit. We enjoy outdoor activities, travel and family get-togethers. We have two sons who are married and one grandchild.

Pam and Dan Leffers purchased this cabin in 2008

Why Pam and Dan Leffers chose Indiana

Our family has owned property on Papakeechie for over 40 years. We love the lake and the area. Our family cottage is next door to this cabin and we purchased the cabin to provide extra space when needed and to protect our investment.

What makes this cabin unique

This lake is a vacation for the body and the mind. There is no hustle and bustle here, no jet skis roaring by and no waves crashing to shore. The loudest noise we hear are geese flying by or the sound of paddle boats in the water.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just wanted to drop you a line, we really enjoyed our stay at the red cottage. The fishing was good as well as the weather,we were impressed with the cabin as well, hopefully we can get back next year for a longer stay. Thanks for the opportunity to enjoy your property.
Jun 2010
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Reviews

4.6
based on 35 traveler reviews

No Jet Skis Here! Private lake with lots of nature and peaceful surroundings
average rating of 4.6285715 based on 36 reviews
5

Fantastic property, but not for us!

  • 5 of 5

Upon arrival, we actually met Pam; she couldn't have been sweeter or more helpful! All of our interactions with her and Dan were wonderful, and the Cottage was very reasonably priced. Our issue came from the slants of the driveway and walkway to the pier both triggering my wife's vertigo horribly! She simply couldn't relax while we were there, and the picturesque view and clean air just couldn't make up for the frayed nerves of always being at an angle. So we packed it up after one night and left; my Mother in Law took the rest of our unused time, and she had a blast! So again, I highly recommend and give 5 stars without a second thought, but we will not be returning here. For anyone without vertigo issues, though, I highly recommend the Red Cottage!

Troy

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect Summer Lake Vacation

  • 5 of 5

As other reviewers have stated, the owners of this cottage are very gracious and welcoming in every detail of making the experience wonderful. Our daughter, son-in law, and two "city" grandsons, 9 and 10, thoroughly enjoyed their week long vacation. Pam offered their kayaks to the "guys" who became quite adept and comfortable using. Although our grandsons can swim, I am glad we purchased life jackets in advance for their kayaking, and lake enjoyment in general and peace of mind for parents.

The view of the lake from the cottage deck is postcard perfect, so quiet and tranquil....just what the human spirit yearns for to "rejuvenate". Yes, the steep driveway to the cottage is daunting at first. However, once you know what to expect on foot or in your vehicle, you develop a comfort level....and my spin, it is part of the whole "cottage" experience".

We found the cottage itself quaint, comfortable and inviting from the homey warmth inside to the tree shaded deck outside with comfortable seating to enjoy the splendor offered by the lake views. Our daughter's family utilized the grill nightly on the deck and enjoyed dining on the deck's picnic table.

The owners Pam and Doug have a binder of things to do in the area and our daughter's family utilized. Their favorite was the "retirement" home for wildlife (bears, tigers, lions, etc.), a 30 minute drive. They raved about this gem...better than any zoo.

Wonderful memories and hopefully with a return visit in the future....

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

nice

  • 5 of 5

nice and peaceful

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Memories Made! :)

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the Red Cottage - very private & quiet! Our boys fished but it was a chilly & breezy week so it was diffifcult to go out on the rowboat. The rope swing was awesome! We had lots of fun playing games, cooking (great grill) and celebrating my husband's b'day. Also visited nearby antique shops & apple orchard :) The cottage provided everything we needed along with a great selection of DVD's. It would have been nice to have firewood for the fireplace though. Acquiring the cottage, transactions, directions, ect. was made easy but don't like the numerous e-mails that follow. Overall, the Red Cottage was great place to visit and would love to go back!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad to hear that you enjoyed your time at the cottage, despite the cold weather. I guess we should make it clear that guests have access to all of the firewood stacked up near the property. You could have had several fires and not made a dent in the stacks. We agree about the numerous emails from VRBO and expressed our concern in a recent survey. While we appreciate the services VRBO offers, we prefer to communicate with guests on our own and many of the emails from VRBO repeat the same information and have our name in the signature line. Sorry! Pam and Dan
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Aug 14-21

  • 5 of 5

Very nice place . We had a good time fishing and site seeing. Well worth the money spent.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Great place if you want to set in the house all day

  • 2 of 5

This property has way to many steps (inside and out). It is not set up for fishing. The boat was 3/4 full of water and not worth dipping out because ther was no oar to use. With the bathroom downstairs and the living room and bedrooms upstairs you were constantly taking steps. The house was very cute but not arranged very well. If the TV was downstairs that would be much more convenient, since we could not fish we watched a lot of movies.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We realize that not everyone will enjoy the setting that is provided at our cottage. We are very honest on our website about the amount of steps to access the cottage and the lake, but understand that was a problem for you. As you can see from other reviews, the majority of our guests enjoy their stay and fishing is a big part of that experience. The oars were in the shed and I'm afraid the constant rain this summer requires bailing out the rowboat. Sorry your stay was not what you were expecting.
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Lake Papakeechie is a private lake that does not permit motors of any kind. Rowboats, canoes, kayak, paddleboats and sailboats are welcome. This ensures a peaceful environment with excellent fishing and safe swimming. The public boat ramp for Lake Wawasee is one mile away for skiing and boating. The Tri-County Game Preserve with excellent hiking and hunting backs up to this property.

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Rates & Availability

Syracuse Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Peak Season
May 29 2017 - Sep 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
$650
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$100
From
$150
Fri,Sat
$600
 

Additional information about rental rates

Weekend rentals Friday-Sunday available for $300 during non-peak season only
Reservations for 2017 taken beginning in January except for guests who return annually

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund if canceled at least 0 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Syracuse Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bathroom is on the first floor and has a shower, no tub.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Bed (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Small Futons (2), Queen Aero bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes:
pier and fishing boat

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