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Family retreat-close to skiing, indoor water park and casino!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 12

This home is 6 years young and has everything you could want in a perfect country retreat. The charm and privacy of a mountain home with a contemporary feel. 4 bedrooms - Master with Queen bed & on suite bath; 2nd with full and bunk bed; 3rd has full and bunk bed; 4th has Daybed (1 queen with real mattress). Open floor plan features spacious great room with plenty of seating around the fireplace, modern kitchen stocked with everything needed to cook, set and serve for 16 guests. Loft with large card/game table including a bookcase full of boardgames, books and puzzles for the whole family to enjoy. Large Florida room to enjoy take in the country air. Large deck with outdoor furniture and gas grill. 3 flat screen TV's with 3 DVD players along with a decent DVD library, Stereo system with IPOD jack and CD player and WiFi. Attached garage has 2 adult and 3 children's bikes, 4 beach chairs, beach toys, ice skates, and sleds. Outdoor slate patio with fire pit. Blankets and pillows supplied but you will need to bring your own linens.

Amenities at Big Bass Lake: Big Bass Lake is a year round resort and hosts a Recreation Center with an arcade, game room and sauna. There is a heated indoor and 2 outdoor pools as well as swimming beaches on the lakes. Guests can enjoy the clubhouse with snack bar, and there are both tennis and volleyball courts on the grounds, with equipment that can be signed out. Canoes, rowboats can be rented at BB Lake. Badges required for all amenities. Our home is also located 15 minutes from the new Kalahari Resort that offers day passes for their beautiful indoor water park - fun for the whole family.

Summers are mild with temperatures rarely climbing above 90 degrees. Fishing is very good in the spring, summer, and fall. All three lakes at Big Bass Lake are stocked with largemouth bass. There is excellent trout fishing on the Lehigh River. Anglers need a Pennsylvania fishing license to fish either the lakes or the river.

The Pocono Mountains receives an avg of 60 inches of snow every year. In the winter you can ice skate on the big lake and downhill ski and snow tube at the resort's private ski slope with T-bar.

Located in Gouldsboro, Big Bass Lake is near restaurants, shopping, several golf courses, indoor waterparks and the NASCAR Pocono Raceway. Big Bass Lake is also next to Gouldsboro State Park. The 2,800 acre park has trails for hiking, biking, and cross country skiing. Ice fishing is popular during the winter, and anglers can fish for bass, pickerel, yellow perch, catfish, and sunfish. Hunters will find healthy populations of white tailed deer, turkey, snowshoe hare, and black bear, and there is trapping for fur bearing animals including muskrat, mink, beaver, fox, coyote, and raccoon.

Big Bass Lake is near Tobyhanna State Park. Spanning Monroe and Wayne Counties, the 5,440 acre park has primitive camping, hunting, picnicking, and hiking. The 3.3 mile long Yellow Trail runs through the Black Bear and Bender Swamps Natural Area. There are also wetlands and boulder fields which are a visual reminder of the area's glacial past.

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Karlson Jennifer
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
December 14, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

I just wanted to send a belated thank you for our weekend stay in your beautiful home. We had a great time and made some new family memories at the pool and Big Bass Lake. We even ran the first BB 5k.

Thanks again, Shauna
Jul 2016
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Gouldsboro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Lake ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , One double and a bunk bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen Size - real spring mattress
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , 1 double, 1 bunk bed
  • Linens are not included.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Indoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Badges required to use Big Bass lake amenities for ages 13+ Daily pass: $4 weekday; $6 weekend/holiday Weekly Pass: $20; $25 Holiday week discounts given for long term rentals.


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Family retreat-close to skiing, indoor water park and casino!
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 16 reviews
Glenside, Pennsylvania

Cozy but roomy house, with great light in the day time and fire pit at night!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I had a great time staying here. We especially enjoyed the fireplace and the fire pit! Perfect for a big family or group of friends. The owners were very informative and pleasant, would 100% recommend to others.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome Home

  • 5 of 5

This house has got everything you can wish or think to be in a vacation home or even your home. The actual house is far better than the pictures shown here. I loved the house, the community, the beach, the neighbors, the woods. I got a feel that the owners have kept this house as if they are living there. I would give 5 stars to this house!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely House in the Woods

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in Gouldsboro. The house's pictures described the house and the surrounding areas superbly (with the small exception that the bunk beds are not in the same room). The house was spacious and we had tons of room to spread out. The woods in the backyard were wonderful to explore. It's a lovely mix of modern and quaint.

We made s'mores in the fire pit, ate breakfast on the porch (the deer were so close, I thought they were curious about our quiche), and hiked nearby. A very nice spot for a weekend getaway.

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, tranquil retreat!

  • 5 of 5

This lovely home was clean, well maintained, spacious yet cozy at the same time! We enjoyed the beautiful back yard views of nature at its best! Thanks Jennifer and Kristian, for a weekend of wonderful memories made! Hoping to make it an annual mini-vacation! Lucy G. and family

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enjoyed our stay

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house. Looks better than the pictures. Definitely want to come back in the summer months!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay Winstina! The area has so much to offer in every season, we would love for you to visit again.
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Summer Get-Away

  • 4 of 5

We spent a week at this property during August. It was fantastic.

The home itself was big enough for our party of 7 to have more than enough space to be together when we wanted to, or to enjoy a bit of solitude at times. The master was great for myself and our little one - dark and quiet. The other rooms were a good size too. It was convenient to have a washer and dryer to use in the "4th bedroom". The eating spaces were large - including in the "Florida Room(?)" where we ate most of our meals. The kitchen was stocked with all the cooking items we required (including a crockpot that made for easy meals). The games loft was a meeting place most evenings - if not outside by the fire pit. The "little extras" like the games/dvds/bikes/toys were an added bonus to our get-away. Finally, the deck outside was huge - we weren't out there often, but it was lovely.

The community itself is large. My only "complaints" would be: 1. We were told upon booking that kids 6 and under do not pay the fee for the community amenities. We DID have to pay for our 6 year old. $40 - no biggie. However, I suggest updating this info for future guests. 2. The indoor pool is ONLY open during the summer if it rains. I suppose this makes sense - however, it should be noted in my opinion. 3. The hours of both the pool and lakes do not begin until 11. I don't know if this is the norm for all communities in the Poconos, but it meant we had no option to swim before my little one's nap in the morning which was disappointing. (We didn't discover the State Park until the last day of our trip - we are Canadians so we aren't familiar with such parks and how they work.) Beyond these 3 points - I would say the community is lovely. It was beautiful - lots of deer to see, and wild turkeys as well. It is very quiet. The clubhouse area is gorgeous - the pools were a hit with my kids. The park at the clubhouse too was great! Larson Lake was my favourite place to visit as it was always empty, warm and just...peaceful!!! (My big kid even took part in the fishing derby.) And...we rented a boat - there was only 1 at the Larson Lake that we were able to take out - no canoes or kayaks - and while it was HILARIOUS in the "tub boat(?)", it was not what we had expected.

Anyhow, overall, it was a pleasant stay. It was very relaxing. I would recommend people stay here.

Thank you for letting us share your home. It is a memory we will not soon forget!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
120 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
The Dutchman, The Station House
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Pocono Farms
Nearest Train
17 Miles
Mount Pocono
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
The Dutchman
Nearest Ski
29 Miles
Camelback; Jack Frost; Big Boulder
Nearest Beach
0.8 Miles
2 Lake beaches in the Community

Other Activities: indoor and outdoor pools. Basketball Courts, tennis courts, playgrounds, boat rentals in community. Badges are required (for ages 13 and up) to use all amenities.

Daily Pass: $4 weekday $6 weekend or holiday

Week pass $20 non holiday $25 hoiday week

Golf: There are 22 Golf courses within a 40 minute drive of Big Bass Lake, the closest public course is within 10 miles.

Indoor Water Parks: The new Kalahari Resort is 15 minutes away from our house and they offer day passes. H2O is 25 minutes away and also has the option of day passes.

Outdoor water park: Camel Beach 20 min

Treetop course/zipline: Camel Mountain 20 min

Ski: There are 5 ski mountains featuring both traditional skiing and snowboarding. These are Camelback, Jack Frost, Big Boulder, Shawnee and Montauge.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $130
Property Damage Protection $59

Full payment due if secured within 2 weeks.

Badges required for all usage of community amenities - $4pp M-F; $6 pp weekends and holidays

Owner'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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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