Bradley E Miller
About Bradley E Miller
BRIEF HISTORY Rock Harbor Cottages has been in the family since 1946. When the Marsho Family purchased the property it was a pear orchard. Down by the dock in the hedge row remain the last of the pear trees. Everything on the property was built by the family. Everything you see has a history and a story, even the large maple trees. Frank Marsho (Pam's Grandfather) hand dug the saplings from behind the Mayfield Village Service Dept and planted them for generations to enjoy, now many of them are 60 - 80 ft tall. The current owners, Brad & Pam Miller, acquired the property in April of 2013. The first building built was the Boathouse by the dock which actually is a 2 story building. The upper level was divided by curtains into 3 bedrooms. To get downstairs you have to go through a trap door in the floor and down a flight of steps. The lower level contained the kitchen with a wood burning stove and living area. Over the last summer we worked hard and restored the interior to its original wood and created a nice little hangout. If you ever see the door open come on in and enjoy the view with us. The next addition was the original dock which is actually still visible underneath the present dock. It was built by stacking stones out into the water and was eventually topped with concrete. In 1969 a storm had decimated the harbor, destroying the beach at the property and the dock. In 1971 the first posts were driven for the dock that still stands today. The second building constructed was the "Old Cottage" or #3. It was built in the early 1950's and was actually ordered from the Sears and Roebuck Catalogue. Arriving as a pile of precut lumber, the family pulled together and put it up quickly. The interior is small and quaint and is now only rented on a seasonal basis. "Aunt Ann's" #1 and the "New Cottage" #2 were both built together in the mid 1960's. Both cottages are basically the same design with the new cottage having an extra 200 square feet of space.
Bradley E Miller purchased this Cottage in 2013
Pets allowed - Dogs only $25 charge per stay per dog.Dogs only $25 charge per stay per dog.
Max guests: 7
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Great weekend getaway
My husband and I had a great weekend away here! The location is great— very close to Lakeside, Marblehead and Catawba Island were easy drives. A word of advice, if you’re visiting in the fall, be sure to pack appropriately, there is not central heating and cozy pjs and sweaters were a must!
My new wife and I wanted a quiet relaxing week after our wedding and we got just what we wanted with this cottage. It was just a short walk from the water which had a beautiful skyline in the evenings. The location was perfect for going to local state parks and site seeing. The cabin was clean and comfortable. The only down side was that the cabin had a musty smell, but that probably has to do with being close to the water. If you are looking for a place to relax and feel like it is home away from home. This is the place for you.
Clean and cozy!
Property was clean and stay was relaxing
Only draw back is the neighboring trailer park. Not a problem but it is residential so kind of took away from the “cottage” feel when sitting around the fire. Other than that our stay was great!!
We had a privacy fence but the State of Ohio took it down so they could run their lines underground for dredging the harbor. It "should" be replaced this winter. Once it's back up you'll never know it was there.
The property is next to a trailer park down a gravel drive. Overall clean except for spiders. Saturday night was noisy with music coming from Cleats restaurant nearby playing until 11pm. Glad we didn’t have kids that would have kept them awake. Good location but thought it was overpriced for 2 people especially with having to bring own sheets and towels. Owners answered questions quickly.
RESTAURANTS: There are so many restaurants in the area but here is a few of our favorites.
BIG BOPPERS: Only a short walk from the cottages offering a great breakfast and the best burgers around. website
WALDO PEPPERS: 5 minute drive, our go to place for steaks and such. website
CLEATS: Less than a mile away, right on the water. Go by boat if you like. Great outdoor area, good bar food, perfect place to watch the game. website
NETTY’S: Their famous chili dogs are a local tradition. Hot Dogs and Cold Ice Cream. East on 163 for 2 miles or so. website
CANOE CLUB: Small upscale wine bar just down the road. website
MON AMI WINERY: 10 minute drive. Beautiful restaurant, large bar, excellent seafood buffet on Saturdays, and of course good local wine. website
NAGOYA: Japanese Steakhouse, great food, lots of fun, on 163 just east of 53. website
DOCKERS: Great waterfront dining with beautiful views. Located in the Portside Marina on Kelleys Island. If going by boat, head for the water tower on the south side of island, channel 68. Free dockage on sun – thurs evening if you dine there. website
WEST BAY INN: On Kelleys Island great outdoor Tiki Bar, beautiful sunset view. If going by boat dockage if free but limited to 25 or so slips. Located on the west side of the island on the north side of the large gravel barge dock. No dock hands. website
THE KEYS: Put in Bay. Located next to the Jet Express Dock. Great frozen drinks and the Best Cuban Sandwich. website
ISLAND FERRY SERVICES
REEF BOBBER SUNSET CRUISES: Take a private boat right from our dock at the cottages to Kelleys Island. Read more on our pleasure cruise page.
GOODTIME ISLAND HOPPING CRUISE: Island Hopping and Party Cruises out of Sandusky. Passenger only and bar on the boat. website
JET EXPRESS: From Port Clinton and Sandusky, to Kelleys Island and Downtown Put in Bay. Passenger only. website
MILLER FERRY: From Catawba to Put in Bay, the most economical way to PIB. Passenger and automobiles. Once you get off ferry there is a walk up a hill then either rent golf cart or jump on an island taxi to downtown. Almost every time we go to PIB we use this ferry. website
KELLEYS ISLAND FERRY: Auto and passenger. Once off the boat its a 10 minute walk to downtown. Golf cart rentals at the dock. website
THINGS TO DO: Although there are many other things to do this is a list approved by us or recommended by our guests.
EAST HARBOR STATE PARK AND BEACH: Probably our favorite thing to do. Beautiful beaches less than 2 miles away. Waterslide for the kids, gently slopping beach with protective breakwalls, bathrooms, wildlife trails, and picnic areas. There are parking spots to drive right on top of the breakwall and enjoy the view of the lake, sunset, or a storm rolling in. Boasts the areas only boaters beach, anchor off the beach and enjoy the day. Less than a mile boat ride from our dock. website
CEDAR POINT: The Roller Coaster Capitol of the World. website
MARBLEHEAD LIGHTHOUSE: One of Lake Erie's best known and most-photographed landmarks! website
KELLEYS ISLAND: Family friendly island with plenty of evening activities for the adults. Rent a golf cart and take a ride around the island. website
PUT IN BAY / SOUTH BASS ISLAND: During the day go to Perrys Monument and take a ride to the top, it offers panoramic views for miles. Lots of history on the island, take a tour or go to the museum. Once the sun goes down the islands many bars light up with live music and dancing. website
LAKESIDE: Lakeside Chautauqua is a historic community in Ohio that offers an abundance of spiritual opportunities, educational lectures, cultural arts performances and recreational activities. website
AFRICAN SAFARI WILDLIFE PARK: drive and walk through safaris, we love going every summer. website
MONSOON LAGOON: Go carts, bumper boats, kids water park, plus an adult only pool with swim up bar. website
JOHNSONS ISLAND: CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS MEMORIAL: Memorials that commemorate the Confederate Soldiers that died there while being held captive in the prisoner of war camp. Erie but interesting. $2 toll on bridge. website
CAMP PERRY: Home of the National Matches. For over a century marksman have been shooting rifles and pistols for national titles. website
BARK UNTIL DARK DOG PARK: Even though we have plenty of room to walk your dog its always nice to let them off the leash and run. On Rt 269 across from Police Dept. website
BIGGEST WEEK IN AMERICAN BIRDING: We are only a half hour from Magee Marsh but there are great opportunities to catch a glimpse of migrating birds right on the property and off of our dock. East Harbor State Park and Meadowbrook Marsh are a few minutes away, also offering excellent opportunities to view our feathered friends. website
LAKE ERIE SHORES AND ISLANDS VISITOR CENTER: Great place for local info. On Rt 53 between Rt 2 and Rt 163. website