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

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,972 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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.

More Details

Andy and Lisa Birrell
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2018

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 Geneva-on-the-Lake

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?


Geneva-on-the-Lake House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1972 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
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
  • 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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Betty's Beach House; Stately Lakefront Home-Picturesque Views Of Lake Erie
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 19 reviews

Awesome house, right on the water!

  • 5 of 5

We came for a girls getaway weekend and the house was perfect. Everything we needed was provided. We are looking forward to going back next year!!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful & relaxing 😎

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time with family! Thank you Lisa & Andy. The house was immaculate & welcoming. We never left the property the entire weekend - played games, cooked great food, enjoyed our family, the lake & the view !!!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house, convenient location.

  • 5 of 5

This is a great house.There is plenty of room with several distinct areas you can hang out in. Everything is nicely appointed and well kept. It is also convenient to many of the area's attractions. We fully intend to visit again.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a great time

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our vacation...the house was beautiful and after driving around the little town we believe it was the nicest property there...

We only have two suggestions...hand rails on the steps and in the showers...and all of our previous rentals had a book with all the previous visitors comments...

Other than those things everything was wonderful and we are planning on staying with you next year as well....

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Had a great week

  • 5 of 5

Had a fantastic week was everything we expected will be back next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Lake views can't be beat! Lots of room and very clean

  • 5 of 5

Owner was very friendly and made sure we had all the local and house info we needed. We had a extended family vacation and there was room for everyone. House and kitchen was well equipped. We had young kids so being waling distance to the park was a bonus and the large yard had plenty of room for them to run around. Spent time on the front porch and almost everyone had questions about the house as they walked by. Truly enjoyed our version of an Ohio staycation.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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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.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $135
Tax Rate 8.0%

Maximum of 8 guests sleeping.
Sorry, no pets of any kind.
A 2 night rental is open for 2017 Fall Season.
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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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