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Lovely lake front cottage with spectacular views in northeastern Pennsylvania

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Located on the peninsula of Lake Winola, this beautiful home has 40 feet of glass front that overlooks the clear blue waters of this freshwater lake with floor to ceiling windows overlooking a lovely golf course to the rear. There are three bedrooms, plus a large den with a double bed. Beds for 8, plus a hide-a-bed for two more. Two full bathrooms. Sit down eating for 6 in the formal dining room and 10 more in the adjoining 40 x 13 great room. Lovely stone fireplace in the high-ceiling living room. Modern kitchen with a view of the lake. From the dock, you can swim or go kayaking. Behind the cottage is a mile-long road around the peninsula--perfect for leisurely walks, jogs, or bike rides. Unfortunately, the golf course behind the cottage is private, but a beautiful 18 hole course is only 10 minutes away.

Scott G. Stevens
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 26, 2017

About Scott G. Stevens

I am a university professor and administrator. I am married with two adult children. I was born in Scranton, PA, but moved to Harrisburg, PA, when I was two. My dad worked for the telephone company and would get transferred every 6-7 years. But the Lake was our constant second home. We came up every summer. My parents lived there year-around once they retired.

Scott G. Stevens purchased this cottage in 1944

Why Scott G. Stevens chose Lake Winola

Lake Winola has been part of our family for seven generations. My grandfather and grandmother purchased this cottage just before WWII--my great, great grandfather had owned the cottage next door. Back then it was a rustic cottage, with an outside "privy" and a hand-pump well. My father and his twin brother spent every summer at Lake Winola growing up. So eager was my father to return to the Lake when he was discharged at the end of WWII that he walked the last 15 miles from the bus stop with his fully loaded duffel bag. Throughout my boyhood, we packed the station wagon at the start of every summer break and headed to the Lake, building memories and friendships to last a lifetime. As my mom and dad prepared for retirement, they transformed the rustic cottage into a beautiful home with spectacular views of the Lake. Although I now live in Delaware with my family, we come to the Lake whenever we can and enjoy every Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday there. We thought it a shame to let the place sit idle so long, so this is our way of sharing this special place with others.

What makes this cottage unique

My dad was an amazing carpenter, and my mom had excellent taste. So what I especially love are the floor to ceiling picture windows that afford a rear view of the golf course (with triple pane glass for the occasional stray ball) and the expansive forty foot wall of sliding glass doors out the front (lakeside) of the home. Since the cottage is atop a hill, the view of the waters and surrounding mountains is spectacular. There are picture windows on the side of the home to offer additional perspectives of the water. The high ceilings in the living room show off the river stone fire place. Although there are touches of elegance, as in the lovely dining room, the overall cottage has a informal feel and appearance that makes one want to relax in the leather sofa/recliners and curl up with good book.


Lake Winola Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 11:00 AM / Check-out: 5:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 1 bath with shower 1 bath with tub/shower combination
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Beautiful view of the lake
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , separate a/c
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , separate a/c unit
  • Additional large den with sliding door has double bed as well as a sofa-bed with a regular double bed mattress atop the sofa-bed mattress.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • limited accessibility
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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Lovely lake front cottage with spectacular views in northeastern Pennsylvania
average rating of 4.5 based on 4 reviews

Relaxing stay at lake winola

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. The only concern we had was that we wanted to rent a boat but there is no where to dock it.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback. We plan to install a guest dock for next year. I am glad you had an otherwise enjoyable stay. Best, Scott S
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Great property!

  • 5 of 5

The home was very roomy and the accommodations was great. There was plenty of room to spread out.

It was a plus to have all sheets and towels there on property so we didn't have to bring them. We were so thankful for that as well as having use of the washer and dryer.

The kayaks were a plus as well and having room for our small boat.

We had a little difficulty storing things in the freezer due to the stuff left behind from previous renters. Half empty ice cream containers, meat etc. Not appealing to new renters coming in. Because there was no ice maker we bought bags of ice, which we didn't mind at all, but had trouble fitting them due to the stuff left in the freezer. Same with the frig. There was no space for our condiments because so much of that was left behind. As a renter coming in, you don't wish to use other peoples food stuffs.

All in all, we had a terrific time and would highly recommend this house. We truly hope to rent again next year.

Thank you Scott.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The view from sun porch was the best part of the house.

  • 3 of 5

Owner was very responsive and helpful.

Directions to house were very accurate and helpful.

The kayaks and paddle board were a great addition kids really enjoyed them.

The walk down and back to lake access requires you to be in good shape, it is a steep walk.

House was a typical old lake cottage but well stocked kitchen items.

Refrigerator was too full making it hard to add your own food items.

Upstairs Bedrooms had a little too much furniture leaving little room for suitcases.

The downstairs bedrooms were very musty smelling.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at this beautiful cottage! The home was kept very neat and clean and the owner is very accommodating! The view of the lake is absolutely magnificent and we will definitely make a return visit !

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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A glacier-made, spring fed lake, Winola is located in the Endless Mountains, 40 minutes south of the New York border in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The largest nearby major city, Scranton, is 20 miles away. New York City and Philadelphia are each about two hours away. With a circumference of about 3.5 miles, Lake Winola's clear waters are ideal for swimming, snorkeling, boating, water skiing, wake boarding, tubing, kayaking, jet skiing, sailing, and fishing. There are several restaurants on the lake--and the quaint town of Tunkhannock, with additional restaurants, gift shops, library, and a community arts center and movie theater. Just outside of town are two beautiful 18 hole golf courses.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance $99

No pets are allowed. There will be no access to the boathouse or garage. You will find the kayaks outside of the boathouse.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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