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Cottage W/ Pond, Near Wildcat Adventures Offroad Park & A Few Minutes To I-75!

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Bedrooms Studio
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights

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East Bernstadt Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Studio Bedroom: Furnished, Sleeps 4, Stocked Private Pond, Firepit, DVD, WIFI

Come and enjoy a fall get away in this cozy, comfortable cottage. Cooler temperatures, foliage changing colors on the trees, and crisp, fresh country air make this a pleasant time of year to visit.

We are conveniently located only 7 min. from exit 49 off I-75. Far enough in the country, yet close enough to nearby London, KY, and Mt. Vernon, KY. (Home of the Renfro Valley Entertainment Center). You are only 5 min. away from fun if you bring your 4 wheeler to visit the award winning Wildcat Adventures Off road park. Ride the miles and miles of trails by day, then return to the cottage and enjoy a camp fire in the fire pit. Or, just sit on the covered back deck and enjoy the view of the pond and the surrounding wooded areas. You may want to sit on the floating dock at the pond and feed the numerous fish that will appear. (we supply you with the food for them).

Feel free to walk around the property and breathe in the fresh, country air. You may even get a glance of deer or turkey.

If you are an avid bird watcher, you will enjoy the various birds who will visit the bird feeder right outside the front window. Cardinals, nut hatches, goldfinches, blue jays, woodpeckers, and chickadees are the most common birds that are seen.

Watch the three resident horses graze in the fields surrounding you. If you wish, you may feed them carrots and apples. Our horses are very gentle and love our guests, especially ones who come bearing treats!

The inside of this cottage is loaded with character and charm of days gone by; it even has a real tree trunk in it! Almost everything that you would need is provided for you; just bring your clothes, food, and drinks, plus fishing poles and bait if you enjoy fishing. See the 'amenities' section to see a complete list of what is supplied for our guests.

The massive floor to ceiling genuine field stone chimney containing a gas log gives a warm, cozy glow to the bedroom. (Fireplace is on seasonal, usually between late September through mid April).

The cottage has high speed unlimited WIFI for your convenience.

A 32 inch flat screen television in the living room area with Dish programs, including local Lexington channels are included, plus four Epix Movie channels for your viewing enjoyment. The cottage also has a DVD player, so bring your favorite movies with you.

A Lazy Boy rocker/recliner to relax on and a couch that converts into a queen sized sleeper bed is also part of the living room decor.

Finished original wood flooring is in the kitchen, living room, and bedroom and adds a rustic touch to the inside of the cottage.

The kitchen is large, and fully stocked with all sorts of amenities.

The cottage has a full size bathroom with a shower/tub plus a wall heater of it's own so that you will be warm after bathing or showering.

Your well behaved and housebroken pet is welcome to accompany you for an additional charge of $25.00 per visit per pet under three days. Over three days, the fee is $10.00 per day per pet. Limit of two pets per stay. If you have plans to bring your pet, please mention this to us as you are making your reservation.

(At check in, you will be required to sign a rental agreement stating number of pets and overnight guests in your party.)

The cottage also has ample parking for your truck/trailer if you plan on bringing your ATV.

Renfro Valley Music Center is only a 15 min. drive from the cottage.

Other places and events that may be of interest to you include:

Wildcat Harley Davidson store is located on the north end of London, 10 miles south of the cottage.

Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park is 15 miles south, in London.

Camp Wildcat Civil War Battle Historical Site is about 1 1/2 miles from the cottage.

Cumberland Falls State Park, the 'Niagara of the South' is 42 miles away, approx. 40 min. drive. It is a 'must see' to put on your list of things to do!

Original Colonel Sander's Cafe and Museum, Corbin, KY. Located approximately 20 miles south, eat where the Kentucky Fried Chicken began.

Speaking of food, there are many different restaurants in nearby London, KY.

Hiking trails are plentiful in our area; feel free to roam wherever you wish on our land. (70 acres). There are also more hiking trails on the land bordering ours that you may hike on.

This is just a short list of things you can do while you are visiting. There are many other special events going on year round in nearby London that may interest you. Just ask when you inquire and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Property Manager
Julee Skarka
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 12, 2016
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About Julee Skarka

My husband Pete and I are orginally from Northern Illinois. We moved down to Kentucky in 2001, and absolutely love it here. Pete had lived in Kentucky in the past when he attended MSU and fell in love at that time with the beautiful countryside. We currently have a small farm and raise chickens and have three pleasure horses for our personal use, plus Holstein calves.

Julee Skarka purchased this cottage in 2001

Why Julee Skarka chose Kentucky

We love horses and living in the country, and when we first set eyes on this piece of property, it was love at first sight! We really do feel like we have a small piece of heaven right here. The rolling hillsides, the deep woods, and the beautiful sunrises and sunsets just confirm the fact that we made the right choice by moving to Kentucky.

What makes this cottage unique

We are very near to the Daniel Boone National Forest which gives us great wooded views all around. There are numerous trails everywhere, great for both horseback riding and hiking, which we both love to participate in. We chose this property over all others because of it's beauty, tranquility, and seclusion.

We desire that you would feel 'at home' while you are here, and we are dedicated to give you the best service possible. It is our goal that every guest who visits comes away feeling refreshed and re-newed, and our hope is that you would desire to visit us again in the future.


based on 64 traveler reviews

Cottage W/ Pond, Near Wildcat Adventures Offroad Park & A Few Minutes To I-75!
average rating of 4.8125 based on 64 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We loved this place!! Everything was perfect!!

Great view, private and quiet. We loved feeding the fish and visiting with the horses, Ginger, Sierra and Promise. What a great spot to get away from it all.

The furnishings are nicely appointed and the home comes fully equipped.

The owners Julee and Pete were wonderful. We were 100% pleased with our getaway! We will definitely be back again.

Thank you for sharing your slice of heaven with us!!

Wendy & Mike

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Me, my husband and Coco recently visited this cottage and loved it. Julee and Pete are wonderful hosts. They met us at the cottage the night we arrived. What a gorgeous place to stay. The bed was very comfortable and the cottage was very clean and maintained well. It was very quiet and peaceful. Breathtaking view of the rolling hills. We spent our days exploring around this place, swam at Laurel River Lake, took a trip to Cumberland Falls, paddled Wood Creek Lake and also walked trail to the Camp Wildcat Civil War Battlefield. We are really happy about finding this paradise and we miss our getaway . Thank you Julee and Pete for sharing your cottage with us. You make people happy. We hope to return soon :)

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Plainfield, IL

Perfect Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

5 months later and I still can't get over how amazing my boyfriend and my getaway was here. This was the perfect little cottage.

Every morning/night we would go out and feed the horses and fishes and take a walk on the beautiful property. At night, we would snuggle up by the fireplace. I would recommend going to Lake Cumberland while visiting, it was gorgeous! It was all so peaceful and nice to get away from the crazy work life. I can't wait until we are fortunate enough to come back.

Thank you Julee and Pete for the wonderful experience!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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1630 Lake breeze Rd

Beautiful cabin and a very special couple.

  • 5 of 5

My grandson and I had the honor to stay at the Blue gill cabin for a week and we loved it. The view from the deck is so beautiful. The humming birds were amazing, we did a video of them. No one would of believed there were so many. The cabin was spotless inside and outside. The pond was my grandsons favorite part. He spent a lot of time fishing and swimming in it. Pete went out of his way to help my grandson dig up worms. Julee made sure we had all the humming bird feeders filled and goof for the other birds and fish. If you want a peaceful place to stay and two amazing people to look over your needs this is the place for you. Julee and Pete the owners are like angels watching over you.

God Bless both of them.

The cabin was exactly like like it was described, I have already told family members that they need to go and stay there. We went to Cumberland falls and on a train ride in Sterns, Kentucky. The battle field down the street was very interesting. The dollar game going on in the cabin is a lot of fun also.

Debbie and Grant

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Nice for a weekend getaway

  • 3 of 5

The cabin was spotless and Julee and Pete were very nice. Their place is very well maintained I wish we would have had more time to explore around it. The cabin had everything we needed for the weekend and those hummingbirds will keep you entertained the entire time as well as all of the other birds that come around. It was a relaxing stay for the most part. The night we arrived the neighbors who live down behind the barn were riding dirt bikes until the sun went down so the noise and smell of that somewhat detracted from an otherwise beautiful and peaceful evening. But it didn't go on past sunset and even if it did you probably wouldn't have heard it over the frogs and crickets. It is so nice that they allow pets and we were able to bring our dog along with us but there were two other dogs that we saw roaming the property a couple times. I don't think they belonged to the owners but maybe the neighbors? They came up around the cabin the first night and didn't seem to mind our presence but the following evening when I was down at the dock with our dog the larger one of the two approached us barking and growling in an aggressive manner (ears back, hair standing up). She followed us in the same manner until we were halfway back to the cabin. Anyway, nothing came of it but we were planning to walk around the property some before we left the next morning but not knowing the story with the dogs decided to check out the nearby Camp Wildcat site instead which by the way was worth the time if you like those kinds of things. We managed to lock ourselves out of the cabin as the key we had only unlocked the front door lock and being in the habit of locking doors we locked the deadbolt as well and exited through the back door when we left. When we called Julee and Pete they weren't home and had to come back to let us in. They were very gracious and understanding and in the end it just caused us to spend more time out on the back porch with the hummingbirds so no harm. There are a lot of things to do in the area including ATV's, canoe/kayaking, hiking, etc. I would recommend their place but you just might ask about the dogs if you plan to bring your pet and make sure you know which locks the key fits and you'll be good!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The issue of being able to lock yourselves out has been solved for good, so all of our future guests will not need to worry about that. In our county, there are no noise ordinances for motorized vehicles or leash laws for dogs. Unfortunately, we have absolutely no control over our neighbors' activities or their dogs.
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Love this place

  • 5 of 5

Spectacular! This getaway is out of a story book- will definitely be returning. Couldn't have been better. Julee and Pete do an amazing job at preparing everything for your stay- highly advise staying here.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Lexington, KY
Nearest Barpub
9 Miles
Shilohs Roadhouse
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
London Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Interstate 75 exit 49
Nearest Restaurant
9 Miles
Gondolier, Cracker Barrel, Cheddars
Nearest Ski
150 Miles
Beach Mountain
Nearest Beach
25 Miles
Laurel Lake, Cumberland Lake
Car: necessary

10 Miles North of London, Ky. 3 Miles Off I-75 Exit 49

Wildcat Adventures, off road park, 3 miles

30 minutes from Historic Boone Tavern in Berea, Kentucky.

15 minutes from Renfro Valley live musical & comedy performances in Mt. Vernon, Kentucky

1 mile from Wildcat Mountain Civil War Monument

40 miles to Cumberland Falls State Park, Niagra of the south!

Other activities and attractions:

Colonel Harland Sanders Original Resturant & Museum: 15 miles

Daniel Boone Motocross Park

Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park: 13 miles

London Dragway

Rockcastle River Trading Co.: 6 miles

Wildcat Harley-Davidson: 10 miles

Annual Nearby Events:

Christmas on Main, London, KY Usually 1st weekend in Dec.

World Famous Chicken Festival, London, KY: Last full weekend in Sept.

Wildcat Mt. Civil War Battle: 3rd weekend in October

Redbud Bike Ride, London: April

Cruisin on Main, London (classic car show) 3rd weekend April through September


Rates & Availability

East Bernstadt Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Dec 23 2016 - Dec 25 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $8 per night, per additional guest
2017 Prices
Jan 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $9 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $8 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Cleaning Fee $40 + Tax
Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

If there are more than two people staying, there is an extra person per day charge of $8.00 per person per night.
One night stays are effective only Sunday through Thursday nights. Weekend nights Friday and Saturday, require a two night min. stay.
Cancellation policy is as follows: a cancellation within 7 days of your reservation, we will not issue a refund. If you cancel between the 7 days and before 30 days of your reservation, we will refund 1/2 of whatever amount you paid upon booking. If you cancel your reservation before 30 days of your arrival, there is a full refund of what you paid upon booking.
Holiday weeks or weekends in 2016 the following rates and stay requirements are:
Thanksgiving Week, 11/23 through 11/26: Three night min. stay, $105.00 per night.
Christmas Weekend, 12/23 through 12/26: Three night min. stay, $105.00 per night.

Pets are allowed. They must be well trained, housebroken, etc.
The pet fee is $25.00 per pet for 3 nights or less. Over 3 nights, fee is $10.00 per night. Limit of two pets per stay.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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East Bernstadt Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Tub/shower combination, vanity, nightlight. We supply bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths, shower mat for floor, soap, shampoo, hair conditioner and hair dryer.
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , See bedroom notes below.
  • The bedroom area has a queen size bed with a Serta brand foam mattress, (very comfortable!) Also has a 5 drawer dresser, and a wall heater. A 4 foot wide floor to ceiling genuine field stone chimney containing a gas log fireplace which faces the bed gives the room a warm, romantic glow. Newer full size sofa/sleeper in the living room area.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
We are only a short 5 min. drive from Wildcat Adventures Offroad Park, the recipient of the 2015 Hospitality Award for Laurel County. Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer Adjacent to Wildcat Civil War battleground, miles of horse riding/hiking trails, farm pond fishing, 12 X 30 foot attached covered deck, outstanding views. 10 miles from World Famous Chicken Festival. Five miles from Rockcastle Rivers' canoeing.

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