A picture is worth a thousand words but this is one of those special places that can’t be explained by even pictures. The feeling of the breeze, sound of the waves, the smell of summer air, the glow at sunrise and sunset, the sparkle of the sky at night. It took me back to the best moments of my childhood summers.
The hosts love and take pride in their home, and you can sense that immediately. Everything is perfectly taken care of and you have everything you could want. It’s all put together in that beautiful, simple, efficient way that comes from years of living in a space and fine tuning it for the best experience.
One interesting surprise was actually connected to the one question we had in our minds - no air conditioning? We had temperatures in the mid-30’s to low 40’s the whole week and we like having a cool space, especially to sleep, and the cottage was always comfortable. The bedrooms have amazing cross ventilation, and each one has a ceiling fan if you wanted a bit extra. In the living areas there’s ventilation and they had two strong fans available as well. Our surprise came when we realized that no air conditioning meant both the windows were open and here was no a/c hum. Fell asleep to the sound of waves, rustling leaves, crickets, cicadas, and katydids, then woke of to the sound of the lake and birds. Pure summer in those moments.
The beach is great - sand, lots of space, and clean. The fire pit is great - leftover fish and chips are amazing heated up over a bonfire and Taylor’s Fish Truck is minutes away. They left clear and complete notes about the household stuff you don’t think of but that’s different every place such as the tv, cable, internet, garbage days, etc. The kitchen has everything you could need, it’s clean and well taken care of. Linens were clean and there was everything you could need. The mattresses and pillows were good quality and very comfortable. The bathroom has a lot of counter space, water temperature and pressure are good, and it’s a tub/shower combination. We never used the fireplace but I can only imagine how wonderful it would be.
This is that one friend’s cottage that everyone crosses their fingers they’ll be invited to. The best spot on the lake, with a beach, gorgeous views, the little luxuries like a fireplace for cozy movie nights, plus beautifully decorated and appointed. A beautiful, magical place.