VRBO is part of the HomeAway family, the world leader in vacation rentals with over 1 million listings. We offer the largest selection of properties for any travel occasion and every budget. We’re committed to helping families and friends find a perfect vacation rental to create unforgettable travel experiences together. Learn More
Welcome to 'The Blue Pike Lakehouse' built in 2008. This 1,000 sq.ft. cottage is in a superb location for nature viewing, privacy and total relaxation on the Lake Erie Shoreline. Situated in the middle of an expansive area of private undeveloped land this location will delight the naturalist who enjoys outdoor recreation and exploration. The Blue Pike is 3 miles from Ashtabula Harbor and 8 miles from Conneaut Harbor. Enjoy locally; beaches, wineries covered bridges and more. Only 15 miles from the Spire Institute and the Geneva Wineries. Only 3 miles to Ashtabula Harbor where you will find dining, shopping, boating and historical sites and child play areas.
An activity for every season and every taste can be enjoyed here. In the house is a full sized King and Queen bed suite upstairs with a full bath and a 10'x12' sunset balcony. Downstairs is an open living and dining area with a cozy stone hearth glass doored woodstove and full bath. There is a queen sleep sofa down and a bunk room sleeping porch off the back. The backyard is backdropped by an antique barn and a woodland meadow that flourishes with wildlife. The balcony is an ideal spot to shoot the evening breeze and stargaze while you wind down your busy day before retiring to the plush bedroom. Our beds, couch and linens were purchased with plush and traditional comfort in mind.
The Blue Pike property includes 5 acres of Lakefront directly across the street. The lot features are spectacular. It consists of a large locust grove, a hardwood hollow with a path to the shore, a 70' cliff inhabited by Bank Swallows and a large private lawn and picnic area in direct view of the sunset and Ashtabula Harbor. Ship watchers get a fantastic view as lake freighters are at their closest point to the shore, passing the Ashtabula Lighthouse enroute to the docks. Birders have the habitat and privacy necessary to capture quality photos and sitings. Eagles soar overhead and can be seen frequently in range of your camera. Our House Meadow is posted with Bluebird houses and Bluebirds. The house and lot come equipped with a gas grill, firewood, campfire pits, picnic tables, chairs, horseshoes and corn toss. Firewood is plentiful on the grounds and we do not permit imported firewood.
The Lake Shore Park public boat launch is only 2 miles west and Conneaut Harbors 8 miles east. The Blue Pike property has ample parking space for your boat trailer. Fishing off Ashtabula or Conneaut is as good as it gets here in the central basin of Lake Erie. We have Walleye and Perch charters out of Ashtabula and Conneaut. I have a few favorite captains and if you would like to reserve a charter with your stay, we can hook you up with a great captain.
Ashtabula Harbor and shopping is only 3 miles west. Our harbor has fine dining, a walking shopping district, nightlife and an awesome sandy beach. Walnut Beach is one of the not so well known treasures of Lake Erie and its a short drive from the Blue Pike at 3.5 miles. It is the best swimming beach in Northeast Ohio.
Our shoreline at the Blue Pike can be seen in our photos. It's a unique Devonian period Chagrin Shale shore scattered with alluvium rock. Conditions here are ideal for fossil hunting and even coin digging or snorkeling. This shoreline has secret secluded beaches that can be reached by kayak or jet ski and you can secure small watercraft in our ravine at the waters edge. Wet suit boots or watershoes are recommended to enjoy Lake Erie's shores. You can swim off the shore at the Bluepike.
Arrangements can be made to add 66 acres of deep woods hunting and a 2 acre bass lake (in the event your Lake Erie plans are spoiled by weather). This is a superb location for big bucks, turkey, squirrel, coyotes and more. Please inquire about your hunting interests in advance to confirm availability of property access. Waterfowl hunting is accessible from this shoreline and our location is excellent for setting up blinds and decoys. Pets are generally not permitted but special accomodations can be considered.
Golfers also have a variety of courses to choose from in Ashtabula. We have the Village Green course only 1.5 miles to the east. Our former Ashtabula Country Club, now the public Harbor Golf Club is 5 miles to the west. Golfing rates in Ashtabula are very reasonable.
Wine tasting and tours are regular events in Ashtabula County and our property is located in close proximity to those wineries in the Kingsville and Conneaut area. Ashtabula is also a wonderful Ohio County for Covered Bridge touring. If you are in the Blue Pike Lakehouse in the fall, come prepared with your photography equipment and plan on taking some award winning photos of our uniquely photogenic region.
For couples, this cottage is a very cozy quiet and private place to simply relax and spend quality time together.
For touring cyclists with or without a motor, we are on the 'Circle Lake Erie' and the 'Seaway Trail' routes.
In any season, the 'Blue Pike Lakehouse' will provide you with the opportunity to retreat and relax on your terms.
King size beds (1) Full size King Bed with wall mounted halogen reading lights with dimmer switches, independant on each side., Queen size Beds (1) Seperated by a screen divider and a sitting area. Both beds in the same large open space with direct access to our balcony and a nicely furnished full bath with a deep tub and tiled shower., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Lazy Boy queen sleep sofa, puchased new in 2009, this sofa was not a low end purchase. Its a comfortable queensize bed that folds out in the woodstove room. This could be considered the coziest space in the house if you like the warmth of the woodstove hearth and the light of the fire through the glass doors., Bunk Beds (1) Our back porch has a very sturdy set of bunk beds. These are suitable for adults and very comfortably furnished. They are within 8 feet of the Downstairs Full bathroom....moreless
This is a New Construction Home on 7 Acres of Lake Erie Fronted Land. the House is South of the Road and a Gorgeous 5 Acre Private Lot is on the Lake Front. Tent Camping is Permitted on the Lake Lot But the House Has the Facilities. the Lake Lot is Equipped with Picnic Table, Grill and Adirondacks with a Cliff View of Ashtabula Harbor and Sunsets with a Walking Trail to the Shoreline....moreless
Satellite TV, TV is in downstairs family area. Bedroom does not have a TV in it....moreless
We have a collection of Tonkas for the youngsters that can be used in the barnyard area....moreless
We have a collection of DVDs. Mixed interests....moreless
Away From It All
Sports & Activities
Local Services & Businesses
This property is all about Lakeviews. Grove of tree is between the house and the lake but the Lakefront is simply awe inspiring and its where you will spend your time outdoors....moreless
Lake Erie. The Lakehouse not on the lake but is 500 feet from the lake and all of the property is Bluepike land for the renters. The Lakefront is the most spectacular part of the experience....moreless
We are in a wooded area that is very private and spacious. BUT....only 3 straight miles from the heart of the Ashtabula Harbor Community....moreless
As a lakefront Cliff Lot, you have a spectacular panoramic view from a high elevation, Its very serene and visually stimulating. There is also a path on the property for yaccess to the shore....moreless
Our 7 acres are waterfront. The shoreline width is 450ft....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Cross Country Skiing
Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
Upstairs Master bedroom is air conditioned, Downstairs Ceiling fans...moreless
Free Long Distance:
Our phone service includes national calling plan. Does not allow international calls....moreless
Iron & Board
We have all the linens, to include, sheets, spare blankets and of course, towels...moreless
Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
This property is measured in acres not square feet. We have 7 acres at the Bluepike and a considerable portion of it is vehicle accesible. Boat parking and turnaround space is good....moreless
Washer and Dryer are in a basement laundry room. New machines, new basement...moreless
WiFi throughout the house and within range outside...moreless
House has electric heat. Woodstove is a very nice supplement. Its the style with the glass door to add a nice warm ambiance to cool evenings....moreless
Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Fall Sep 6 - Nov 10, 2015 2 night min stay
$135 Thu, Fri, Sat
Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate 2 night min stay
$135 Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit$250
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Book with confidence
Paying through this free service protects your payment up to $10,000 against listing fraud. If you are not paying through HomeAway Payments always call the owner at the number listed on our website and never use instant money transfer services such as Western Union and MoneyGram.
Adding our Vacation Protection services can make sure your getaway goes smoothly, no matter what. We offer Cancellation Protection, Carefree Rental Guarantee, and Damage Protection so you can truly relax.
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations.
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.
Fossil Hunting, Coin Hunting, Waterfowl Hunting, Ship Watching, Nature Photography; Disc Golf Course at Lakeshore Park 2 miles east, beach glass hunting at several points along the shoreline,
Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: My wife Julene and I have roots in Ashtabula. We both have had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the USA. I am a territory CEO for Goodwill Industries. Julene is a retired art teacher and local artist. Together we have a son who is a Geologist and I'm proud to brag that he is an Eagle Scout. Julenes son is married and together he and his wife have given us 3 wonderful grandchildren. They are in our area so obviously our children and grandchildren are one of our favorite interests (they love the Blue Pike Lakehouse too!). This project was intiated by me in 2004 when a piece of land I knew very well went up for sale. Julene and I commenced to capture the full aesthetic value of this property in a format that could be shared. Independantly, we love art, Julene is a well known local artist and I enjoy the craft of woodturning. We still hold many ideas for 'Blue Pike' and intend to make continous improvements here as this property matures. We have truly enjoyed sharing this exclusive property, along with its natural and spiritually inspiring features, with our guests.
Why the Owner Chose Ashtabula: I grew up on this land living like the Ashtabula native that I am with my 5 brothers, and my 1 sister. We crop farmed and sold fruits and vegetables in our front yard. Cider, Maple Syrup apples, peaches, cherries, strawberries, melons and more defined our existance. The shore life during our leisure time was wonderful. Sunsets, cool lake breezes, all night campouts on the shore while catfishing, late warm summer evenings swimming until our lips turned blue were all wholesome memories worth sharing. Our neighbors, the Housers, were our elder cousins and they were very social people. They always had house guests and their backyard was trellised with roses and white adirondacks with stately cottonwoods lining the bank. Their grounds were maintained to a standard on par for a victorian hotel. I experienced this culture early in my life and then I watched it taken away by industry as they moved in in the 60's and 70's and bought out the farmers to reserve lakefront land for industrial development. Through this time my elder relatives passed one by one and with them went their stories about boatloads of Blue Pike, troutlines and wayfaring wanderers that were taken in and given work. Fortunately, the land never did get used and in 2004 I was able to purchase the nicest piece of the old farm 'the big ditch' is what we called it, and now I have the vision of that stately guest house and I have on a smaller scale recreated that experience. I have in the past 4 years since we opened discovered that many families and couples seek an opportunity to retreat to a place where they can relax, breath fresh air and get very close to a wide variety of natural peaceful and thought provoking experiences. This is a location where you can do Yoga just by standing still. The vastness of view and perspective along with the sounds and sights of nature and wildlife are thoroughly spiritual and inspiring. We invite you to visit our slice of paradise at the Blue Pike Lakehouse.
The Unique Benefits at this House: My lot gives a panoramic perspective on the greater coast of Ashtabula with the sunset as a focal point. Sitting back and relaxing in the Adirondacks on this lot cannot be improved upon if the weather and sunset cooperate and on most nights it does. When it doesn't the different moods of Lake Erie can all be appreciated in their full glory from this lots vantage point. Even on days when the Lake is angry you can feel its energy penetrate and charge your emotions. On the more peaceful days, sitting and watching the Bank Swallows engage in their aerial acrobatics is entertainment that goes well with a glass of wine, they are small, agile birds that can turn 90 degrees in a split second and they always fly in formation in pairs or triplets. I especially like the kayak treks to other pockets of beach and shore features that you just don't find anywhere else. For the birdlovers, you will be fascinated by the variety of birds on this property. I have seen regularly, Eagles, Barred Owls, Screech Owls, Pileated Woodpeckers, Herons, Kingfishers and most recently, my Bluebird houses have successfully been occupied. In early June the locust blooms fill the lake lot with a sweet honey aroma that attracts flocks of grossbeaks to the locust bloom canopy high above the ground. At the same time the first and second week of June when the perch are biting the best, you can sit in the adirondacks and watch squadrons of carp patrol the shore as they spawn. Beachcombing here will always yield something of interest. Driftwood is abundant on our shore and evening shore fires are really nice. Even the least interested child will likely feel the urge to engage in this environment.