Lakefront Cottage on Mountain Island Lake/Lake Norman & Lake Wylie

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Picturesque view from the Rosella's screened porch


Last updated: 11/25/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Year round special. Pay for four nights and the fifth night is free!
'Rosella' is a cottage built on the shores of the beautiful and private Mountain Island Lake. Much of this lake is parklands, wildlife, sanctuaries and properties restricted from development. This home was built in 1952 by Ben Douglas, long time Charlotte Mayor and name sake of the Charlotte Douglas Airport.It was common at that time for Charlottes wealthier residents to have little lake cabins for vacation
homes.This cabin has provided decades of lakefront fun and fishing. Inside and out the place looks very much like it did in 1952. Years ago the house was divided into two separate apartments. In 2011 we converted the upstairs into a vacation rental. In March 2014 we completely updated the decor. We provide high speed wireless, flat screen TV's, Wii and a state of the art karaoke machine with thousands of songs, but you can get most of that at a Holiday Inn. The unique experience you get with a stay here is that little step back in time. It starts when you pull in to the skinny gravel drive and end up at a plain but well kept mid-century home. There are paneled walls unit a/c and no dishwasher. No subdivision, no pool, no tennis courts. There are only two other neighbors. There is a 1 bed room unit below that is also available for rent(.VRBO 453657) Unless you plan on renting both units you should be planning a quiet stay. Prior guests that have most enjoyed Rosella spend much of their time on the screened porch overlooking the lake. Rosella was built right on the lake's shoreline. You are so close to the boats going by you can see right inside them. At night when they cruise by you could truly join in their conversation. The place is very popular and in our few short years leasing it we have had hundreds of guests. In that time we have learned that Rosella is not for everyone. We have done our best to accurately describe the "experience." If that slow paced step back in time is not what you are looking for you may not enjoy Rosella, if on the other hand, you would like to relive the way things used to be or experience it for the first time we don't think you will be disappointed. We look forward to your arrival. In 2014, we just purchased a new Harris Floteboat that will be docked at the home and available for rent. Rental fee is $150/day and includes gas and insurance. This rate is approximately 1/2 the going rate in the area. Boat rental is scheduled separately from the vacation rental. It is strongly advised that you reserve it prior to your stay. A security deposit and application is required in advance. To rent the boat go to web site Search for boat in N.C.

Bob and Kim

Keywords: Lake Norman, Lake Wylie, Mountain Island, US National Whitewater Center, Carolina Panthers, Carowinds, Nascar Hall of Fame, Charlotte Motor Speedway, waterfront, pet,fishing,private, hot tub, Time Warner Arena, The Hornets, Rental boat,downtown,airport, boat dock.


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Property Type

  • House
  • 900 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • This is truly a waterfront cottage that's located just a few feet from the beautiful water's edge. A great ski/ sight seeing boat is available for your private use. Owner lives close by and at your request will take you out and give you a tour of the lake. There are sandy beaches for picnics or camping and a sandbar where all the local boaters gather. Adjacent to the property is a large county owned park that has miles of hiking and wildlife. Believe it or not but all of this is just 15 mins from downtown Charlotte and all the major attractions Charlotte has to offer. ...moreless


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library:


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Video Game Console:

    Wii Video game console...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining Area


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Cooking Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Shared Hot Tub


Write a review 4.8
from 56 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 1 - Apr 30, 2016
2 night min stay
$900 $3,750
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$900 $3,750
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Pet Fee $25
  • Tax Rate 8%

Cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 11/25/2015
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4 Miles
Nearest Airport
Charlotte Douglas International
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
MVP or Sports Page
10 Miles
Nearest Train
Downtown Charlotte
0.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
200 Miles
Nearest Beach
myrtle Beach SC

A unique feature to this property is that we have a boat rental company that provides your choice of either a pontoon boat or ski boat right from the dock in front of the house. Please inquire for additional details.

Please note We are struggling to continue to offer

the boats. We have had guests that over estimated

their nautical expertise and have had numerous accidents and mechanical break downs due to inexperience. We will have to have a large deposit

to secure a boat and please be honest about your

experience level. I am more than glad to take you

out and show you the ropes. Boats will be available

as it is mechanically possible.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1990

About the owner: We are Bob and Kim and we are lake enthusiast. We own homes on several of the lakes in the area. We presently live on a lake close by and we love this place so much we spend many weekends here.

Why the Owner Chose Charlotte:
We lived here at one time and knew we could never part with it. 'Rosella' is not an investment for us. She is part of the family. We know that if you stay here and get to know Mountain Island Lake you will be 'hooked' too. If you need to be in or around the city for any reason there is no other lake front property available closer or more convenient. The airport is truly just 10 minutes away. You would never guess that you were so close to everything when you are at Rosella. The county has bought all but three house to build a future 100+ acre lake front park. Rosella is surrounded by the park and lake. There is a small vacation home to the left that you can see. Other than that it is trees, lake and sky!

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Many of our guests come to experience the National Whitewater Center. If you come, we strongly suggest you visit there. It's a man made river rapids that you can kayak or do a guided raft run. This is the only man made Olympic qualifying rapids in the country. There is vertical rock climbing, zip lining and a lot more outdoor adventures. If you don't feel quite that adventurous there is a riverside restaurant where you can get a great meal and a glass of wine while you watch crazy people careen down a wall of water and rocks. There are also summer concerts and island sunset parties. It costs just $5 to park and nothing to visit the center. You can drive from Rosella, park your car, and walk to the river's edge in less than 10 minutes.

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Speaks: english



  • Picturesque view from the Rosella's screened porch

    Picturesque view from the Rosella's screened porch

  • The green room

    The green room

  • Relaxing sunset

    Relaxing sunset

  • Living room updated 2014

    Living room updated 2014

  • Friendly Hall

    Friendly Hall

  • Bed room two. Sunset view.

    Bed room two. Sunset view.

  • 2nd and 3rd best seats in the joint

    2nd and 3rd best seats in the joint

  • Bright shinny and clean

    Bright shinny and clean

  • Plenty of room for 6. 8 if everyone stands up!

    Plenty of room for 6. 8 if everyone stands up!

  • outdoor living

    outdoor living

  • The Green Mile

    The Green Mile

  • New luxury pontoon
for rent.

    New luxury pontoon for rent.

  • Front upper level with grill

    Front upper level with grill

  • The longest yard

    The longest yard

  • remodeled kitchen

    remodeled kitchen

  • Lakeside bedroom
Sunrise view

    Lakeside bedroom Sunrise view

  • Entertainment center with painting of Mountain Island

    Entertainment center with painting of Mountain Island

  • The best seat 
in the joint

    The best seat in the joint

  • New porcelain counters

    New porcelain counters

  • Lakeside tub has fiber optic lights,stereo ,TV, cable, internet
and microwave!

    Lakeside tub has fiber optic lights,stereo ,TV, cable, internet and microwave!

  • Stairway to Heaven

    Stairway to Heaven

  • It is best to make arrangements in advance to use boat

    It is best to make arrangements in advance to use boat

VRBO #353073

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Friday, November 27, 2015

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