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Lakefront Cottage on Mountain Island Lake/Lake Norman & Lake Wylie

66 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Mountain Island House Rental Photos and Description

Villa, 2br/1ba sleeps 4 adults. Adjacent to VRBO# 453657

Year round special. Pay for four nights and the fifth night is free!

'Rosella' is a cottage built on the shores of the beautiful and private Mountain Island Lake. Much of this lake is parklands, wildlife, sanctuaries and properties restricted from development. This home was built in 1952 by Ben Douglas, long time Charlotte Mayor and name sake of the Charlotte Douglas Airport.It was common at that time for Charlottes wealthier residents to have little lake cabins for vacation

homes.This cabin has provided decades of lakefront fun and fishing. Inside and out the place looks very much like it did in 1952. Years ago the house was divided into two separate apartments. In 2011 we converted the upstairs into a vacation rental. In March 2014 we completely updated the decor. We provide high speed wireless, flat screen TV's, Wii and a state of the art karaoke machine with thousands of songs, but you can get most of that at a Holiday Inn. The unique experience you get with a stay here is that little step back in time. It starts when you pull in to the skinny gravel drive and end up at a plain but well kept mid-century home. There are paneled walls unit a/c and no dishwasher. No subdivision, no pool, no tennis courts. There are only two other neighbors. There is a 1 bed room unit below that is also available for rent(.VRBO 453657) Unless you plan on renting both units you should be planning a quiet stay. Prior guests that have most enjoyed Rosella spend much of their time on the screened porch overlooking the lake. Rosella was built right on the lake's shoreline. You are so close to the boats going by you can see right inside them. At night when they cruise by you could truly join in their conversation. The place is very popular and in our few short years leasing it we have had hundreds of guests. In that time we have learned that Rosella is not for everyone. We have done our best to accurately describe the "experience." If that slow paced step back in time is not what you are looking for you may not enjoy Rosella, if on the other hand, you would like to relive the way things used to be or experience it for the first time we don't think you will be disappointed. We look forward to your arrival. In 2014, we just purchased a new Harris Floteboat that will be docked at the home and available for rent. Rental fee is $150/day and includes gas and insurance. This rate is approximately 1/2 the going rate in the area. Boat rental is scheduled separately from the vacation rental. It is strongly advised that you reserve it prior to your stay. A security deposit and application is required in advance.

Bob and Kim

Keywords: Lake Norman, Lake Wylie, Mountain Island, US National Whitewater Center, Carolina Panthers, Carowinds, Nascar Hall of Fame, Charlotte Motor Speedway, waterfront, pet,fishing,private, hot tub, Time Warner Arena, The Hornets, Rental boat,downtown,airport, boat dock.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Bob Rudolph
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 23, 2016
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About Bob Rudolph

We are Bob and Kim and we are lake enthusiast. We own homes on several of the lakes in the area. We presently live on a lake close by and we love this place so much we spend many weekends here.

Bob Rudolph purchased this house in 1990

Why Bob Rudolph chose Charlotte

We lived here at one time and knew we could never part with it. 'Rosella' is not an investment for us. She is part of the family. We know that if you stay here and get to know Mountain Island Lake you will be 'hooked' too.

If you need to be in or around the city for any reason there is

no other lake front property available closer or more convenient. The airport is truly just 10 minutes away.

You would never guess that you were so close to everything

when you are at Rosella. The county has bought all but three

house to build a future 100+ acre lake front park. Rosella

is surrounded by the park and lake. There is a small vacation

home to the left that you can see. Other than that it is trees,

lake and sky!

What makes this house unique

Many of our guests come to experience the National Whitewater Center. If you come, we strongly suggest you visit there. It's a man made river rapids that you can kayak or do a guided raft run. This is the only man made Olympic qualifying rapids in the country.

There is vertical rock climbing, zip lining and a lot more outdoor adventures. If you don't feel quite that adventurous there is a riverside restaurant where you can get a great meal and a glass of wine while you watch crazy people careen down a wall of water and rocks. There are also summer concerts and island sunset parties. It costs just $5 to park and nothing to visit the center. You can drive from Rosella, park your car, and walk to the river's edge in less than 10 minutes.


based on 66 traveler reviews

Lakefront Cottage on Mountain Island Lake/Lake Norman & Lake Wylie
average rating of 4.787879 based on 66 reviews

Great home!! Must see!

  • 5 of 5

Great place to vacation while staying in Charlotte! This property is a must stay! The lake is beautiful!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Wilmington NC

Great quiet place to stay but close to restaurants and shopping.

  • 5 of 5

Nice location. Quiet place to relax and enjoy the gorgeous view. Would definitely come back.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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AWESOME Weekend Getaway Place!

  • 5 of 5

We soooo enjoyed our stay at Rosella this past weekend! We felt right at home and really enjoyed your hospitality! I would definitely recommend this home to anyone who asked! We had 4 teen-aged kids with us ranging from 14-19 and they had a marvelous time playing in the lake and hanging out on the lake front screened porch! We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Cleveland, OH

The pictures on VRBO does not do the cottage justice, much much nicer than I anticipated.

  • 5 of 5

From the time I walked in the door of the upstairs unit that we booked I was very impressed. What you get for the price you pay is a true value ( Bob don't read this, you may raise the rates). From the patio to the wood pellet burning grill, the view, the dock, and the availability of renting the pontoon boat on the premises was a plus. Bob makes himself available for all your needs.



  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Matt, We go out of our way to keep the place affordable. We are so glad you appreciated those efforts. We have had so many great guests this year We are so lucky. Bob and Kim
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Greenville, South Carolina

Wonderful little gem!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Rosella. The house was perfect for our needs and provided a quiet lakeside getaway that we were looking for. We rented the boat as well and really enjoyed our time on Mountain Island Lake. There is gas station 2 minutes away and a Walmart ~5 minutes away for anything you forget to pack. Every concern we had was answered to or above our expectations and we will definitely consider Rosella again for future getaways.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Caleb, We look forward to your return to Rosella! Bob and Kim
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful spot and easy to access! Owner is great to work with:)

  • Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Charlotte Douglas International
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
MVP or Sports Page
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Downtown Charlotte
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
200 Miles
myrtle Beach SC

A unique feature to this property is that we have a boat rental company that provides your choice of either a pontoon boat or ski boat right from the dock in front of the house. Please inquire for additional details.

Please note We are struggling to continue to offer

the boats. We have had guests that over estimated

their nautical expertise and have had numerous accidents and mechanical break downs due to inexperience. We will have to have a large deposit

to secure a boat and please be honest about your

experience level. I am more than glad to take you

out and show you the ropes. Boats will be available

as it is mechanically possible.


Rates & Availability

Mountain Island House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2017 - Jul 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $25
Tax Rate 8.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Mountain Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (2) 1 queen bed in each bedroom
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Shared Hot Tub
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
This is truly a waterfront cottage that's located just a few feet from the beautiful water's edge. A great ski/ sight seeing boat is available for your private use. Owner lives close by and at your request will take you out and give you a tour of the lake. There are sandy beaches for picnics or camping and a sandbar where all the local boaters gather. Adjacent to the property is a large county owned park that has miles of hiking and wildlife. Believe it or not but all of this is just 15 mins from downtown Charlotte and all the major attractions Charlotte has to offer.

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