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Betty's Beach House; Stately Lakefront Home-Picturesque Views Of Lake Erie

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Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Geneva-on-the-Lake House Rental Photos and Description

4 Bedrooms, 2 Full Baths, Sleeps 8

Betty’s Beach house is an estate that spans over ¾ acre in the heart of Geneva-on-the-lake. This grand old house that belonged to our mother, Betty, is a delightful escape from the dull drums of mid America.

The memories of our adventures at the lake home, such as the roar of the waves crashing on the beach and break wall, the early morning assembly of family members and friends awaiting the most fabulous freshly made donuts (I mean minutes fresh) from Madsen Donuts (80 years and still cooking), then we would decide on the evening meal. We love to cook and eat from grilling out to attempting to prepare a gourmet meal just for the challenge. After the morning rituals are concluded our choice of excursions or adventures are very long; swimming, boating, fishing, scuba diving, going to popular beaches were usual at the top of the list but we were very competitive so croquet, badminton, lawn jarts, tennis, put-put, go carts, frisbee or inside games on a rainy day consumed most of our days. Then of course there is the strip with its game rooms, gift shops, junk foods, magic shops, wineries and more. This place is like a mini Key West.

The Geneva strip to this day exudes a nostalgic feel out of the 50’s or 60’s, old cars cruise the strip, many stop and hand out at Eddies Grill that is still owned and ran as it was in the 50’s and 60’s. There are a few really great restaurants in the area (we offer a list and menus at the cottage).

Our goal is to offer our home as it was when we used it complete with a kitchen ready to make culinary delight or a grill for the outdoor cooking scene to the games we played as well as our insights to adventure we enjoyed and where to look to find you own.

Seasonal Rental Period: Our season for rentals runs May 1 through October 31.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Andy and Lisa Birrell
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
October 15, 2016
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About Andy and Lisa Birrell

My family has been vacationing in Geneva-on-the-Lakes since the early 50's. We started out at The Zimmerman cottages for many years and then when I was about 12 we bought next door at Poplar Breeze Cottages. When I finished college, I would look along the lake and make a list of homes that had potential and when this home came available, my parents bought it. My parents are pictured here and we have had so many fond memories and great adventures here at the lake.

Andy and Lisa Birrell purchased this house in 1987

Why Andy and Lisa Birrell chose Ohio

We realized the potential this home had when we bought it; it is located on three lots, it is situated about 30 feet above Lake Erie and is on a quiet street just beyond the Geneva-on-the-Lake mile long strip leaving us within walking distance of the many attractions. We have made many improvements throughout the years to make our home on the lake a very comfortable and enjoyable place to spend time with family and friends. We have several more projects in mind and will continue to work them in as the time allows.

What makes this house unique

A great front porch to watch passer-by's; a fabulous screened/glassed in sun room to relax and watch the activity on of the lake or watch the sun go down; several decks to choose from, one just outside the sun room and one down by the water; not to mention a 60' finger pier that you can fish from. What else do you need when you are looking for peace and tranquility?


based on 13 traveler reviews

Betty's Beach House; Stately Lakefront Home-Picturesque Views Of Lake Erie
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews

Great House for a Group Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I rented the house for a "Girls Weekend" and it was a wonderful experience. The house is very cute and situated in a great location, just a short walk from restaurants, a brewery, wineries, and a doughnut shop. It's also only a quick drive to regional wineries and Geneva State Park (which has some great hiking trails). We all loved staying on the water and the views from the sun room, back porch and spacious lawn are fantastic. The house itself was exceptionally clean and linens, towels, etc. all provided as promised. The kitchen is stocked with the essentials, including coffeepots and some basic cooking ingredients. The owner, Lisa, was super responsive and wonderful to work with. We would definitely rent this house again.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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The home is immaculate. It fit our group perfectly

  • 5 of 5

We walked in and the great weekend started with all the girls commenting on how nice the house was. We spent most of our time in the sun room. It was great. Can't wait to go back next year

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Wonderful Experience

  • 5 of 5

My family and I were interested in a lakefront stay. We could not have found a more lovely and well kept home. The house had an "old fashioned' charm and everything was well kept and maintained. The location, even in this very touristy town was somewhat secluded in a nice neighborhood. All the local attractions were nearby. We could not have asked for, nor could we have found a more suitable location for our visit. Quite lovely. The owner was a joy to work with and all questions were answered in a quick and timely fashion. We would not hesitate to stay there again.

Colonel David Rapinz

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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beautiful view!

  • 5 of 5

My family truly enjoyed Betty's Beach House. There is something special about being on the lake! the house is well cared for and has everything you need. we cooked fresh lake Erie perch 3 nights, so delicious. the front porch was so comfortable and the back decks were perfect. we were outside all the time!

The owner was wonderful to work with!

We could walk everywhere, ice cream, tartar sauce, etc..

I would highly recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Will be back next year

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week the house was everything we hoped for and more. We will be booking this next year for sure. We had plenty of room for everyone. The air conditioning was a blessing by the end of the week with the weather hitting the nintey. .

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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A lot of Charm and Character!

  • 5 of 5

We brought our children & grandchildren to experience a lake vacation like the good old days when we were kids.

Betty's Beach House did not disappoint! The house is beautiful and very well maintained! This home is kept very clean!

There's always a nice breeze, so we usually kept the windows open and didn't bother with the ac.

The very best part was the beautiful sunsets! Every night we all went down to the deck on the beach to enjoy the

sun going down. I would strongly recommend this house to anyone with children. The yard is big enough to play anything from baseball

to Badminton, has a beautiful front porch, and is fenced in! We would love to make a return visit!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Owner's Response: This is the magic of our home in Geneva-on-the-lake that we hoped to share. A special place for families, couples or friends to come together and create memories that last a lifetime; with every year, brings new experiences. We continue to cherish our memories and create new ones each time we are home.
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Deer Lake Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
State Route 534
Car: recommended

This stately lakefront home is situated on a large, beautiful lot which sits about 30 feet above Lake Erie. There are several levels of decks from which you may relax and enjoy being on the water or take in waterfront activities along the beach. We are located in a quiet residential area at the furthest end of the strip. You can easily walk to the many attractions or restaurants on the strip or just simply hang out and enjoy the tranquility and beauty of this lovely home. This is a non-smoking residence.

Geneva-on-the-lake Strip: This is a fun, tourist town that comes alive in the summer time. There are many cottages woven throughout the Geneva-on-the-Lake community along with The Lodge for resort lodging and a fabulous dining experience at the restaurant on sight; there is an RV park around the corner, and Geneva State Park & Marina about 1/4 mile from the beginning of the strip. These surroundings make for thriving tourist offerings such as restaurants, bars, charter fishing, water activities, shopping, night clubs, putt putt, a water park, and much more.

Geneva State Park & Marina: Where the lake meets the land; mature woods and a freshwater marsh create the landscape of Geneva State Park , an ideal environment for exploration and play. The marina features ample boat docks with 407 slips and transient docking. A six-lane boat ramp gives you plenty of room to head out into the wild blue yonder. Charter a fishing boat to experience the “walleye capital of the world.” Pick up bait and tackle supplies, fishing licenses, boat accessories, apparel and souvenirs or enjoy the convenience of the fish cleaning services. Full-service boat repair is also available, along with a fueling station and boat and trailer storage to safely store your pride and joy until the next season. Stop by the deli and canteen to stock up on picnic supplies or grab thirst quenching beverages, juicy hamburgers, ready-to-eat sandwiches, tasty snacks and ice cream after a day on the lake.

Seasonal Rental Period: Our season for rentals runs May 1 through October 31.


Rates & Availability

Geneva-on-the-Lake House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2016 Fall Weekends
Sep 2 2016 - Nov 14 2016
2 night minimum stay
2017 Season
Jun 3 2017 - Sep 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $100
Tax Rate 8.0%

Maximum of 8 guests sleeping.
Sorry, no pets of any kind.
A 2 night rental is open for 2016 Fall Season; $100.00 cleaning fee, 8% taxes and $500 security deposit added to nightly rate.
A monthly rate may be considered in the Winter months. E-mail owner with time of interest.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Geneva-on-the-Lake House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1972 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , This bathroom is located in the basement.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , on 2nd floor
  • There is a full bathroom located upstairs in the hallway between the 4 bedrooms. We do not have a bathroom located on the main floor. We have a bath in the basement with a separate shower and vanity.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 street side - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 street side - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 water side - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 water side - 1 king
  • All of the bedrooms are located on the second floor of this home. Two of the bedrooms are on the front (south/street side) of the house and two are on the back (north/water side) of the house.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • coin laundry
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

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