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Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 bedroom 2 bath directly on the Lake- Gorgeous Sunsets!

Relax in this super comfortable and cozy cottage high on the cliffs above the always changing waters of Lake Erie. Designed for total comfort and amazingly quiet respite from the real world, our location is reminiscent of the Amalfi coast, but a whole lot more convenient. Enjoy the indoor log burning fireplace with a gas starter, outdoor fire pit, and a beach campfire (with calm weather). We have tall bar stools and tables overlooking the lake, so you can enjoy a cocktail while taking in the most beautiful sunsets you will ever experience.

While the cottage and gardens are perched high up on the cliffs, there are wooden steps about 100 yards away that lead down to a very secluded semi-private tiny beach (shared with the neighbors). It's quite a climb, but a great way to get your feet wet, launch a kayak, and Stand-Up Paddleboard on calm days…or just watch the waves. There is a pet friendly sandy beach at Barcelona Marina about 7 miles away. It is a great place to swim, relax, and picnic.

While there are wineries and restaurants in nearby Westfield and North East... every visitor to Sunset Cove opts to spend most of their time unwinding on a chair, or on the swing watching some of the most glorious views on the planet.

We are located on the Lake Erie Wine Trail, and there are 26 wineries that make up the complete wine trail. Wineries are open YEAR ROUND and close only on major holidays. There is a very popular Wine Festival each year in late September as well as a cherry festival in July.

We are also only 20 miles away from The Chautauqua Institution, and the lake activities surrounding Lake Chautauqua. Chautauqua is well known around the world for its summer cultural concerts, lectures, operas, etc. For those who prefer a more active stay, there is a public boat launch where you can launch your boat or Jetski. Chautauqua is great for skiing, wakeboarding, and fishing…in the event that Erie is too rough. FYI- Chautauqua Marina also rents boats by the day.

If you want to get out on Lake Erie there is a public boat launch in Barcelona with overnight boat slips. The beach at Barcelona is a nice soft sandy beach, which ( as mentioned earlier ) is pet friendly and only waist deep for several hundred feet!

Other activities that are within a short drive include: Several Golf Courses, Findley Lake, Peek-n-Peak Golf & Ski Resort - and new Mountaineering and Zip-line Courses, Presque Isle State Park, Presque Isle Downs & Casino, Splash Lagoon Water Park, Waldameer Amusement Park, Niagra Falls is another great day trip and is only 75 miles away. In winter, use us as your home base for steelhead fishing, to explore snowmobile trails, enjoy skiing and snowboarding at Peek 'n Peak Ski Resort, or cross country skiing at Wilderness Lodge.

This is our summer “home away from home”, and we are pet friendly (as we have a dog). Please do not allow your dogs to dig (or roam) into the flower beds. We want them to remain beautiful for everyone. We hope you will enjoy your stay feel as comfortable and refreshed as we do every time that we are lucky enough to unwind here.

More Details

Richard Marshall or Chris Hayes
Member since: 2018
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 20, 2018

About Richard Marshall or Chris Hayes

My partner and I are avid gardeners and water enthusiasts. We have totally transformed this property from top to bottom, inside and have that relaxing resort getaway feel. It took only 2 short years to plant the expansive garden trails leading to the lake, along with gutting the entire house and coming up with an entirely new floor plan and upgrades. We are very proud of our accomplishment and want to share it with others.

Richard Marshall or Chris Hayes purchased this house in 2016

Why Richard Marshall or Chris Hayes chose Ripley

My father was born in Erie. I have been coming to Lake Erie since I was a child. We both love the water, sunsets, and relaxing feel of this property. It truly is our "Home away from Home". We hope that you feel the same about it, and will come back time and time again! When we toured the property for the first time in Feb 2016. We knew right away this was a keeper. Even though a lot of work was needed to bring it up to today's you couldn't beat the view!!! So I wrote a check on the spot to secure the property.

What makes this house unique

You will fall in love with the stunning views of the coast line and cliffs. It is especially spectacular on days where the lake is rough with large waves crashing up the face of the rock cliffs. You can actually kayak or Stand up paddle board along the coast line, which is a REALLY unique way to see this area. They coast line had many hidden coves and small caves, as well as a waterfall around one corner that many have ventured to on foot along the wall of the shoreline. There is a sandy spot that 2 to 3 people can sit, right behind the take in the sights of the lake, and fell like you are in your own private oasis.


Ripley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please clean up after your dog, and wipe off their feet before they come in the house.
  • Please remove shoes if dirty.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , This is fully renovated and up to date.
    Main Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Main bathroom and is located outside of guest rooms.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Master Suite - 1 king , private bathroom attached to Master Bedroom
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(4 traveler reviews)

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Perfect Attention to Detail

  • 5 of 5

This wonderful house is full of delightful surprises inside and out. Every detail has obviously been so carefully planned - from the perfect outdoor seating for watching the water and sunsets, to the gorgeous flowers, to the comfortable bedrooms, even down to the charming and interesting trinkets on the bookcases. The fenced yard makes relaxing in the backyard easy with pets or children. There is truly something at this house for everyone in the family to enjoy. Our ten year old son said it perfectly when he said that it was worth "all the hard work" (I evidently made it look harder than it was) to pack everything up and get there. It was clear that Richard and Chris care very much about this house and the experience that everyone has there.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location with beutiful views of Lake Erie.

  • 5 of 5

The home owners did a fantastic job of creating a true “home away from home” experience. So many special touches, from the beautiful decor, to generous outdoor seating, to freshly cut flowers throughout the house! The pictures of the outdoor landscaping do not lie; it’s beautiful! I have stayed at several VRBO locations throughout the country, and I’ve never seen homeowners make such an effort to make you feel at home. Thank you, Chris and Richard. Your efforts were greatly appreciated by my entire family. Do yourself a favor and check this place out!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy cottage with beautiful lake views and sunsets!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a wonderful weekend stay at this beautifully renovated cottage. A perfect place to relax and unwind. Beautiful views, great deck and yard for grilling out, enjoying the lake views and sunsets, and having a bonfire. Thanks to the owners, Richard and Chris, for the welcome wine and candy, flexibility and quick responses to all communication.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great experience

  • 5 of 5

Love it very clean and peaceful can’t wIt to visit again feel like you at home

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Erie International
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Interstate 90
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Peak N Peak
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
our own private (200 ft) or Barellona (7 miles)
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Pet Fee $50
Property Damage Insurance $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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