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Cottage on 5th Avenue

16 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 nights


Clear Lake Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4 comfortably)

The Cottage on 5th located in the resort and recreational lake community of Clear Lake is in northern IA approximately half way between Des Moines and Minneapolis just off Interstate 35 and 10 minutes from Mason City airport. The Cottage itself is 4 blocks from City Park which is home to concerts, art, boat, car and antique shows. The swimming beach, unique shops, restaurants, cafes, Lady of the Lake boat cruises, Arts Center, and the renowned, historic Surf Ballroom are all within walking distance. This lake view home on a quiet street, a 1/2 block from public lake access, is a perfect location for visitors.

The Cottage features an open floor plan with comfortable seating and gathering places to accommodate your lazy, relaxing summer days. In the winter with the many cold weather activities available The Cottage offers a warm, cozy, inviting atmosphere. The main bedroom has a queen size bed with large walk-in closet, adjoining full bath with double sinks, tub and shower. The sunny second bedroom has two twin beds. The Cottage has a large fenced yard with a concrete patio, table and chairs. At present there is no gas or charcoal grill.

Aside from the amenities listed above, The Cottage on 5th has a water softener, fiber optic cable, wi-fi internet service, a DVD player, and two flat screen televisions.

Keywords: bungalow, house, lake view, close-in, recreational

More Details
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed

Property Manager
Linda (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 3, 2016
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About Linda (Owner)

Having grown up in Iowa and knowing that I wanted to 'come home', I was looking for a lake community that would have a robust, active, yet small-town atmosphere. I found it in Clear Lake. This town features many events and concerts throughout the year. There is a beautiful downtown center with a pretty beach and sea wall walk. A City art museum added to its charm. For those of us who love flowers the City garden park is spectacular.

Linda (Owner) purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Linda (Owner) chose Iowa

Our cottage feels cozy to us, is close to the lake and the seawall walking path and is in a great location to participate in all the activities Clear Lake has to offer. Remember walking to the town square or green and buying an ice cream cone? Remember needing a quick item from the grocery or drug store--well, you don't have to get in the car and drive, it's all within walking distance. City Park is very close and is a beautiful place to sit and enjoy all the city center has to offer..

What makes this cottage unique

Off season, The Cottage and Clear Lake both offer warmth and inspiration while enjoying the Winter Party week at the Surf Ballroom honoring Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens. Or come for the large, colorful winter kite festival and the ice fishing on the lake. There is fishing year round. The Christmas events with parade and fireworks are truly fun. Of course, there is no better time than Clear Lake on the 4th of July with its massive fireworks display.


based on 16 traveler reviews

Cottage on 5th Avenue
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

5 Years of Great Times

  • 5 of 5

This is our fifth year staying at the cottage. The location is on a dead end street that ends at the lake. The owner has kept the property in great condition and every year more updates are made. This year a new fence and landscaping were installed. The manager, Dena, is also very helpful. As other reviewers have noted, the cottage is very clean and

well stocked with all the essentials. We have booked for year six already and hope to come back for many years.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My two adult daughters and I stayed in The Cottage during Mother's Day weekend. The Cottage was wonderful in every way. It was very clean and cozy and in a great location. We were able to walk anywhere we wanted to go from having supper on the downtown square to checking out the Surf Ballroom. We spent many hours on the back patio which was private and quiet, perfect for conversation and relaxation. You are located two houses from the lake so sitting on the dock enjoying the lake is quite easy and very accessible. I would highly recommend staying at The Cottage and will definitely stay there again in the future. Linda, the owner and Dena the manager, are very accommodating and easily accessible.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a girls weekend (Friday-Sunday). The cottage has everything you need and is very clean and comfortable! The location is great as we were able to walk almost everywhere we needed to get to in town. Thanks for the great stay!

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great experience!

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed at the cottage the last two holidays and have really enjoyed each stay. Linda, the owner, is really responsive, as is the manager, Dena. They were extra accommodating about our short stay this year, which we greatly appreciated (especially after long drives and during a hectic time of year!). The cozy cottage is on a quiet street and had everything that we needed and then some. Will be back. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Getaway Spot

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay here, the cottage is so welcoming and comfortable. It has everything you need - full kitchen, Internet, cable, even laundry! We usually stay with family when visiting Clear Lake and this is the first time during our visits that we felt like we were on a true vacation! The beds were so comfortable and my sons really appreciated not having to share a bed. The cottage is in great shape and very clean.

This is a great location. You can see the lake from the front door and you are within walking distance to great restaurants, Main Street shopping, the park with all its summer events, and the Surf. We had a really nice dinner at Sips right next to the Surf. Enjoy!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Most amazing cottage in clear lake! !

  • 5 of 5

My wife and daughter (2 years old) stayed at the cottage for a weekend get a way. Location is PERFECT and the house is AMAZING!! Extremely well taken care of and clean and the perfect size for us. Would fit more people very easily. Dock is 80 yrds from the door and downtown square is five blocks away. Such a smooth booking and we are already booking for next year and staying for much longer! !! It is a perfect place to stay in clear lake! ! Thank you Linda for everything. Can't wait to come back!!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clear Lake Cottage Rental Rates

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Refundable deposit $200

A signed rental agreement and deposit required from guests. Cash or checks only and no third party checks. Rates are subject to seasonal changes and for special events.

Signed rental agreement and a deposit are required before reservation confirmed. Rental payment is received when checking in and upon receipt of the key. Rental rates are subject to change.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Clear Lake Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Main level - toilet
    1 Bathroom in MBR - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1.5
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size Bed in MBR, Twin/Single Beds (2) in 2nd Bedroom
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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