House and Dock, 5 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, Sleeps 14, Great for Family Vacations
About Mike Woolsey
We love every minute we get to spend at the lake. However, at this stage in our lives we cannot be there enough to justify owning the home, so we enjoy making it available to other families for their vacations. We very much appreciate the great feedback we get from families who vacation at our home. Your photos and kind notes make the sharing of our home so rewarding.
Mike Woolsey purchased this House in 2007
Why Mike Woolsey chose Lake Ozark
When looking for our ideal lake property, several things were important to us. We really wanted a home that offered a great lake view from the moment you walk through the front door. However, these big views usually come from homes located on the main channel and we did not want rough water. We found you often sacrificed the nice view to get teh smooth water -- we wanted both! it was important to us to have a dock in smoother water, a place where you could hang out in the water, swimming off the dock, without the rough water that comes with a main channel location. Finding that big lake view, yet being located in a cove with smooth water at the dock was actually not easy. The Lily Pad offered us that perfect combination. You can have so much fun in the water and never even leave the big, beautiful cove! We also wanted a place where there was something for everyone to do. Some people enjoy hanging out at the dock, swimming and taking in some sun. Others enjoy getting out on the boat and exploring more of the lake, while some may prefer to sit on the dock and take in the views. Other friends or family may take the car and head into town for some shopping. Yet others may like a little night life, but prefer not to drive as they go out for an evening -- so we wanted a couple of fun places to be within walking distance, but just not too close! The Lily Pad location was perfect for all of these desires. Everyone finds their 'niche' at The Lily Pad. Finally, a great location by water was also important to us. We enjoy the water by day, but we truly love the water at night. The Lily Pad gave us that perfect location where so many great restaurants were just a quick boat ride away. A night on the water at Lake of the Ozarks is just something we truly treasure. A relaxing cruise under the stars, dinner at a lakeside restaurant, ending up back at the dock at The Lily Pad is the perfect evening for us. We hope you agree!
What makes this House unique
For several reasons our home seems to attract groups of guests that cross generations. While some in your group want to enjoy a quiet night grilling steaks and enjoying a nice beverage on the dock overlooking the lake, others in your group may want to venture out. We are walking distance to a couple of restaurants/lake bars so those that want to get out can do so by foot.
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This was a great place to stay for the Lake Race! Short and Easy walk to bars/restaurants in the neighborhood. Mike was great to work with throughout the booking and staying process.
We had a wonderful time at this rental. The location is excellent and the house had everything you need. We were a group of 9 and had plenty of room. Being in the cove allowed our kids to do plenty of swimming off the pier. We will definitely rent again from this owner.
Great house and great location!
Really enjoyed our stay at this home! I had never rented a vacation home before so I was anxious. However, it was perfect. The bedrooms worked out great for our large family. We enjoyed being outside on the deck and on the dock. The cove was perfect, not too busy so the teenagers could jet ski and tube without being out on the main part of the lake. Very near gas stops on the water for the boat just across the cove or around the pier at Shady Gators. Only a 15-30 minute drive to the outlet mall, laser tag, mini golf, go carts and other popular restaurants and ice cream depending on where you choose to go. However, you don't even need to leave the house if you do not want to. Bring your rafts, some fishing poles, etc. and you will have a great time.
In just a few short sentences, you explained our home and location perfectly. To Stacy.... thank you for the great review and for so succinctly explaining what The Lily Pad (that's what we call our lake home so Google The Lily Pad Lake of the Ozarks) offers our guests. To potential guests.... if that sounds like the vacation you are seeking, we look forward to talking to you.
Family vacation was a hit!
My siblings and I rent a place on Lake Ozarks annually with our extended families. First off, the owner is very professional and candid in communication. The house is a great value for what you get. Ideally located close to some affordable restaurants on and off the lake. Very well kept property and dock. Ideal for families with ages 8-15, There is an additonal room off master room which has bunk beds/ and extra beds. This works best for kids in this age group. it you are looking at cooking a large Meal, may need to bring a large pot with you. Home is very nicely equipped, but you may want a large pot of planning to cook a large meal.
If you aren't familiar with the Ozarks and traveling for first time, particulary with kids, it's a great cove. Never underestimate the importance of a nice, party free cove when kids are on the water. I highly recommend this property for families and "mature" adults. Can't wait to work with them again.
Great Space and Location
Rented this house for Memorial Day weekend and had a wonderful experience. Wonderful dock to lay out and swim off of, plenty of space and kitchen amenities inside, and truly within walking distance to several popular bars on Osage. I wouldn't look at any other properties if I were planning another trip to the lake, highly recommended!
Wonderful Lake House Experience!
We stayed at the Lily Pad with our daughter and her family for a long September weekend. It was a perfect get-away for us to spend time together. The house is everything it says on VRBO and more. It was spacious, well decorated, clean, great views, and a short walk to the dock where you can dock your own boat. It's also a great location on the lake, a cove off the main channel and a great location for restaurants and any other shopping or tourist attractions you might be looking for. We enjoyed sitting on the large deck and cooking on the grill. In September the lake was fairly quiet so we had great boating, tubing and swimming right off the dock. The best part of renting the Lily Pad was the super service and communication with the owner. I've rented very many vacation homes in the past and would say that working with Mike was one of the best experiences I've had. He always responded quickly to my questions, sent a lot of additional information that made our stay easier and was just fun to communicate with. I feel like I've known him a long time even though we've never met. Our grandkids are asking "when are we going back" so that's a good indication that they had a great time too. Thanks, Mike, for everything.
Thank you for the kind words. It also takes great guests for the experience to be so good, and we are blessed by great guests at The Lily Pad every summer. Carol, we know this was your family's first visit to The Lily Pad, but we hope you join our other great families who make it an annual trip. You were a pleasure to work with, and we hope you feel like you have found "your" lake house. We also enjoyed your pictures. When we cannot be there, we love seeing other families enjoy our home so thank you for sharing those. We hope to hear from you again! Thank you again for taking time to write a review.
The Lily Pad is within hopping (i.e. walking) distance to The Horny Toad Complex and Shady Gators -- the well known 7-mile cove restaurants & nightlife. It is close to golf (Season's Ridge), other restaurants (Ruthie D's, Blue Heron), fun attractions, and shopping. There is parking for up to 8 cars (or room for trailers), and there is also a 2 car garage. Additional parking is available closer to the road.
We hope you love the home as much as we do.
Other Activities: Boating, Dining, Night Life, Floating, Jet-Skiing, Tubing, Shopping, Leisure, Boat Events, Music Concerts