"I just returned from a very relaxing stay at this house, and would highly recommend it to anyone traveling to Lake Santeetlah, especially if you prefer charm and a homey feel to the character-less 4-story vacation mansions that have increased in number on Lake Santeetlah in recent years. My boyfriend and I were looking to spend a relaxing long weekend on the lake, and this house gave us a great home-base for lots of hiking in Joyce Kilmer and Slickrock Creek, and some time playing on the lake.
The house itself is the perfect size for a couple or a smaller family. It has two floors, with a living area and bedroom on both floors. We primarily used the top floor, since it was just the two of us. But we easily could have invited another couple along with us, and they would have had the privacy of their own bedroom and kitchen-esque area. The feature we most enjoyed was the covered deck, which had a couple of rocking chairs, a swinging bench, and a picnic table. It rained off and on one of the weekend we were there, and it was so wonderful to be able to sit out, watch the rainclouds come in over the lake, and then listen to the rain fall while having a romantic dinner outside.
The easy lake access was also really wonderful. We rented a jetski from Deyton Camp one of the sunny days we were there (which, by the way, I would highly recommend--the husband and wife team running Deyton Camp are really wonderful people). We were able to dock the jetski at the house and take about an hour break for lunch. A note for people traveling with young children or who are unsteady--the dock is a more traditional wooden dock, and so the ramp up to the dock is a bit slick where it meets the water. We managed it just fine all weekend without any tumbles, but it is worth being mindful of!
Barbara was also really responsive during our stay. We called her twice with some questions, and both times she called us back almost immediately. Before going she was very patient with my questions and gave us all the information we needed. I really cannot say enough kind things about Barbara, and her home was almost as wonderful as she was. I'll definitely be checking back in with her the next time we come back to Lake Santeetlah."
Guest: Julia R.
Date of Stay: August 2014
Review Submitted: August 11, 2014