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Highland Lakes Cottage - 5 Pristine Fresh Water Lakes - Fenced In Yard

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

3 br, 1 ba (sleeps 6)

Paradise is closer than you think. Travel to another world which isn't a world a-way (about 1 hour from NYC) and enjoy all the beauty of a private mountain / lake community. Only 10 minutes from Mountain Creek Ski Resort and Water Park, 5 minutes from Hidden Valley Ski Resort, and 3 minutes from a beautiful private pristine fresh water lake. Highland Lakes Cottage entire interior has just received a fresh coat of paint, we have a new detail oriented cleaning service, and new updates / upgrades are sprinkled throughout the cottage to maximize your comfort and enjoyment ensuring you have a pleasant stay. Our beautiful 60 x 65 foot completely fenced in backyard provides you with the privacy you deserve and piece of mind knowing your pet doesn't have the option to wander off the property and has plenty of leg room to romp about. Unlike most properties in this community, ours is flat without dangerous rocks jetting out of the ground or steep slopes and is equipped with a spectacular 4 foot diameter burn area circular fire pit with fire wood provided, hand made Guatemalan Hammock, a gas grill, table with 4 chairs, and Adirondack chairs - the perfect environment for a family and friends get together for a BBQ . Enjoy Wireless internet throughout the home and Basic Cable TV (150+ Channels). The living room features a HUGE 65 INCH FLAT SCREEN TV with an XBOX One S & a Playstation 4 which play CDs, DVDs, Blue-rays and have activated Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Commercial Free Hulu Plus Accounts giving you access to thousands of movies and TV shows at the touch of a button. Video gamers rejoice because the XBOX One S & PS4 are loaded with a staggering amount of top notch awesome games. With OVER 200 pre installed games from all genres, satisfying gaming experiences can be had by young and old, casual and hardcore gamers alike. We also offer a 40 inch HD flat screen TV in the master bedroom with 150+ basic channels and an activated Netflix account in addition to a Netflix button right on the remote control for ease of use.

Highland Lakes Cottage features 3 bedrooms (Bedding Provided) - 1 Queen & 2 Fulls (All Memory Foam Mattresses), 1 full bathroom (Tub, Shower, Toilet, Sink), 1 Laundry Room with commercial washer and dryer - No trips to a laundry mat, and an 8 x 20 Sun Room (SMOKING IS ONLY PERMITTED IN THIS ROOM)., Living Room / Dining Room, and a spacious Kitchen with a Waist High Oven (no bending) Ample parking is also provided in the front yard.

Guests have access to any one of the 5 pristine lakes in the community (no gasoline powered boats permitted on the lakes) to enjoy life guarded swimming, fishing, and boating (guests have access to a rowboat rental on a daily basis)

Right on the corner of our block, just a 3 minute walk away, you will find a beautiful lake with baseball diamonds, basketball courts, tennis courts, jungle gym, and a concession stand with a bathroom as well. Enjoy long walks, bike rides, or a jog down winding country roads.

There is plenty to do in the surrounding area as well ... Snow Ski Resorts and a Water Park 5-10 minutes away, Swimming, Fishing, Boating, Hiking, Restaurants, Drive In Movie Theater, Regular Movie Theater, Wineries, Mountain Biking, Mini Golf, Golf, Indoor Ice Skating, Bowling, Laser Tag, Horseback Riding, Museums, Paintball, Skydiving, Zoo, Specialty Shops, Hot Air Balloon Rides, State Parks, Mall Shopping, Farmers Markets, Antique Shops ... oh and did I mention Relaxation ...

With the economy at its worst, isn't it nice to know that an affordable private paradise awaits you for your family vacation, snow ski adventure, or romantic getaway!

Check In 4 pm / Check Out 11 am

$ 75.00 Pet Fee applies where applicable

Holiday Fees are built into your quote and apply where applicable.

Note: Minimum Stay - 2 to 7 Nights depending on the season

Maximum Capacity is 6 (adults or children)

Tax Included.

For stays of 1 month or more, the home will be cleaned in the middle of the month during your stay.

More Details

Michael Collins
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018


Highland Lakes Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Lake ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski in/Ski out ...
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Full bathroom with shower / tub combo, toilet, and sink.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Memory Foam Mattress
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Memory Foam Mattress
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Memory Foam Mattress
  • In the master bedroom with a queen sized bed we offer a 40 inch HD flat screen with an activated Netflix account and a Netflix button right on the remote control for ease of use and 150+ basic TV channels. Our 2nd & 3rd Bedrooms each offer Full sized beds . All of our mattresses are Memory Foam for your sleeping pleasure.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Yard
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Wireless Internet. 65 inch flat screen TV / living room and 40 inch HD flat screen TV in the master bedroom with an activated Netflix account and a Netflix button right on the remote control for ease of use.. Basic Cable TV 150+ Channels, Xbox One S & Sony Playstation 4 allowing you to play CDs, DVDs, and Blue-rays! Activated Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Commerical Free Hulu Plus Accounts allows you watch thousands of movies and TV shows at the touch of a button. Video Gamers Rejoice because the XBOX One S & PS4 ARE LOADED with over 200 games. Fully equipped Kitchen with refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, range, coffee machine, toaster, microwave, cooking equipment and utensils. Laundry Room with commercial washer and dryer. Sun Room (SMOKING ONLY PERMITTED IN THIS ROOM) Outdoor - large 60 x 65 ft completely fenced in PRIVATE back yard, 4'Fire Pit, gas grill, hammock, table with umbrella and chairs, Adirondack chairs, ample parking.


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Highland Lakes Cottage - 5 Pristine Fresh Water Lakes - Fenced In Yard
average rating of 4.586207 based on 29 reviews

Home Away from Home

  • 5 of 5

I have never been disappointed staying here.The owner Mike is on top of everything.You need something or forget something - he will get it for you quickly.The house has plenty of room to move around in and is kept immaculate.HUGE TV.

The backyard is perfect - fenced in for pets if you have - BBQ grill - a very big fiire pit with wood to burn - wont have to buy .General store down the road .

Its perfect for us .We've been here numerous times (1st review) and have NEVER been dissappointed.

Lake just up the road - great house , location and owner!

We will be back again sometime and that is why this is our Home Away from Home!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your awesome review !!! It's always an absolute please having you. It's great people like you that make all my hard work worth it.
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Highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

I highly recommend this place for so many reasons. It’s location, lots of space and the peaceful neighborhood. Plus owner are very nice and kind , they would asked every now and then if we needed anything. During our staying, snowed and drive way was always cleaned. My husband and I are planing another trip and we are staying in this cozy house. Oh! One more thing, price is very affordable.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Friendly and nice!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time!! Room was clean and comfortable. The place was quiet and surrounded by beautiful nature. One thing I found this house special was about the owner who tends to check up(every two hours so) how we feel; and he was willing to provide the best upon our request.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review, it was a pleasure having you and assisting you during your stay .. I'm so glad your parents enjoyed their time away from the city.
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Ventnor NJ

Just what we needed.

  • 5 of 5

We spent 2 days at this very cute Highland Lake Cottage over the Thanksgiving holiday. It was clean, close to everything, and just what we needed to escape from our crowded family’s house for some peace and quite. I am sure we will be back soon.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was really great having you guys and I'm so happy you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I enjoyed our little chats and do hope you join us again.
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Has Potential but needs Renovation + Better Cleaning Service

  • 2 of 5

Since we know that many rely on accurate reviews to find a place that will suit their needs, we are posting our experience, not to be spiteful, but to inform others who may stay here what to expect. The price is very reasonable, and the Cottage has potential to be a great place, and there are some nice amenities like memory foam beds, nice TVs in all rooms, and a great Location, however it fell short for us in many ways.

It seems the owner is trying to run this rental as you would for long term tenants, providing little in supplies up front, and expecting much in cleaning and organizing on check out.

The result is an extensive list of items that must be purchased or brought along to survive more than a few days, examples:

Paper Towels (1 Roll Provided)

Toilet paper (1 Roll Provided)

Quarters for the Laundry (Each Load costs $4 in Quarters)

Hand soap (Soap Provided had Bleach added to it)

Body Towels (Only 4 Towels Provided for 4 People – 6 Nights)

Dish Towels (Only one Towel Provided)

Bottle opener (The one provided is very difficult to use)

Of course, we realize the owners can’t provide everything for your stay, but it’s just all these small things that kept adding up, and they are items you can’t just by a weeks’ worth of.

Unclean. When we arrived, the house was poorly cleaned especially the bathroom. Surfaces above eye level were covered with dirt and dust. Corners behind the doors and curtains were full of pet hair and dirt. (The owner sent Poly to come and do additional cleaning in the bathroom) The Rug in the living room is urine and dirt stained. (The owner acknowledged this and told us he would be replacing the rug) The Couch also has a strong smell and feels sticky in places.

The other issue we noticed right away was a strong Mold / Musty smell in the home. The owner does provided Ionizers to help with the air quality but two in our group were older and suffered from allergic reactions to the mold, waking up with headaches and congestion. All of us noticed increased congestion as we spent time in the home, but improved when we left.

All in all Mike was very responsive and tried to fix the issues that came up, but we just did not enjoy our stay here.

If you do plan to rent this house, be aware that the checkout instructions on the VRBO are not accurate, you will need to read carefully the “Rental Agreement” sent after payment is received. Failure to follow the instructions will result in most of your “Damage Deposit” being lost.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: When Michael and his party arrived I asked them to let me know how everything was once they settled in. They replied and I quote "Everything looks great - with a thumbs up emoji" After 2 days I reached out to him again to ask how everything was and when he stated that the house was not cleaned to his satisfaction, I immediately sent my property manager over to re-clean and was thanked for doing so. Our cottage is pet friendly and heated via forced hot air oil heat – which may not bode well for people who are highly sensitive and have allergies. Highland Lakes Cottage is a home rental, not a hotel with an endless supply of toiletries and such. Had anyone in this group actually read the rental agreement prior to booking or emails they were sent throughout the process, they would have known exactly what is supplied and in what quantities. They also would have known there is a commercial washer and dryer which are coin operated and accept only quarters - $2 to wash and $2 to dry (we have a septic system and this small fee discourages guests from running an entire load of laundry for only one or two articles of clothing). Our check out procedure is quite standard actually - throw all your garbage and food in the trash can, put things back in their proper place if you moved them, turn off electronic devices, close and lock all doors and windows – pretty simple. I could go on and on about how inaccurate their review is but I will simply point out that they received 100 percent of their security deposit back, that there are not TVs in every room - only the Living Room and Master Bedroom, there are 3 can openers in the home, one electric and two hand operated - If some one can not figure out how to use a hand operated can opener there is not much I can do to help them, I had my property manager throw out all the rugs - just in case, and that I did everything in my power to accommodate them. I try to please everyone but in some instances it simply is not possible.
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Good Value

  • 4 of 5

Had a good time , Michael was very helpful and all worked out very well for our visit from the UK. Very pleasant area at this time of the year. Didn't see any bears this time, but maybe next time.

Only down side was that things in the Kitchen needed cleaning before we could use them, and couldn't contact Polly.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I"m glad you guys had a great time and enjoyed yourselves. I am so sorry things where not up to par upon your arrival and wish you let me know at that time so I could have resolved the matter. I will reach out to my property manager so that she is aware. Thanks for joining us and hope you do so again.
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Car: necessary

The entire town of Highland Lakes is a private mountain / lake community. It is a 4 season town and each season brings it's own special natural beauty with it. Each season is packed with breath taking scenery .... Freshly fallen snow adorning branches in the winter, beautiful blooming in the spring, 5 pristine lakes to enjoy in the summer, all with beaches, and all stocked with fish, and fabulous foliage with the coming of autumn. There is plenty to do in the surrounding area as well ... Snow Ski Resorts and a Water Park minutes away, Swimming, Fishing, Boating, Hiking, Restaurants, Drive In Movie Theater, Regular Movie Theater, Wineries, Mountain Biking, Mini Golf, Golf, Indoor Ice Skating, Bowling, Laser Tag, Horseback Riding, Museums, Paintball, Skydiving, Zoo, Specialty Shops, Hot Air Balloon Rides, State Parks, Mall Shopping, Farmers Markets, Antique Shops ... oh and did I mention Relaxation ...


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $75
Damage Deposit $250


Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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