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Lakefront Cottage on Mountain Island Lake/Lake Norman & Lake Wylie

Bedrooms 2
Space 901 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Villa, 2br/1ba sleeps 4 adults. Adjacent to VRBO# 453657

Year round special. Pay for four nights and the fifth night is free!

'Rosella' is a cottage built on the shores of the beautiful and private Mountain Island Lake. Much of this lake is parklands, wildlife, sanctuaries and properties restricted from development. This home was built in 1952 by Ben Douglas, long time Charlotte Mayor and name sake of the Charlotte Douglas Airport.It was common at that time for Charlottes wealthier residents to have little lake cabins for vacation

homes.This cabin has provided decades of lakefront fun and fishing. Inside and out the place looks very much like it did in 1952. Years ago the house was divided into two separate apartments. In 2011 we converted the upstairs into a vacation rental. In March 2014 we completely updated the decor. We provide high speed wireless, flat screen TV's, Wii and a state of the art karaoke machine with thousands of songs, but you can get most of that at a Holiday Inn. The unique experience you get with a stay here is that little step back in time. It starts when you pull in to the skinny gravel drive and end up at a plain but well kept mid-century home. There are paneled walls unit a/c and no dishwasher. No subdivision, no pool, no tennis courts. There are only two other neighbors. There is a 1 bed room unit below that is also available for rent(.VRBO 453657) Unless you plan on renting both units you should be planning a quiet stay. Prior guests that have most enjoyed Rosella spend much of their time on the screened porch overlooking the lake. Rosella was built right on the lake's shoreline. You are so close to the boats going by you can see right inside them. At night when they cruise by you could truly join in their conversation. The place is very popular and in our few short years leasing it we have had hundreds of guests. In that time we have learned that Rosella is not for everyone. We have done our best to accurately describe the "experience." If that slow paced step back in time is not what you are looking for you may not enjoy Rosella, if on the other hand, you would like to relive the way things used to be or experience it for the first time we don't think you will be disappointed. We look forward to your arrival. In 2014, we just purchased a new Harris Floteboat that will be docked at the home and available for rent. Rental fee is $150/day and includes gas and insurance. This rate is approximately 1/2 the going rate in the area. Boat rental is scheduled separately from the vacation rental. It is strongly advised that you reserve it prior to your stay. A security deposit and application is required in advance.

Bob and Kim

Keywords: Lake Norman, Lake Wylie, Mountain Island, US National Whitewater Center, Carolina Panthers, Carowinds, Nascar Hall of Fame, Charlotte Motor Speedway, waterfront, pet,fishing,private, hot tub, Time Warner Arena, The Hornets, Rental boat,downtown,airport, boat dock.

More Details

Bob Rudolph
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2018

About Bob Rudolph

We are Bob and Kim and we are lake enthusiast. We own homes on several of the lakes in the area. We presently live on a lake close by and we love this place so much we spend many weekends here.

Bob Rudolph purchased this house in 1990

Why Bob Rudolph chose Harwood Lane

We lived here at one time and knew we could never part with it. 'Rosella' is not an investment for us. She is part of the family. We know that if you stay here and get to know Mountain Island Lake you will be 'hooked' too.

If you need to be in or around the city for any reason there is

no other lake front property available closer or more convenient. The airport is truly just 10 minutes away.

You would never guess that you were so close to everything

when you are at Rosella. The county has bought all but three

house to build a future 100+ acre lake front park. Rosella

is surrounded by the park and lake. There is a small vacation

home to the left that you can see. Other than that it is trees,

lake and sky!

What makes this house unique

Many of our guests come to experience the National Whitewater Center. If you come, we strongly suggest you visit there. It's a man made river rapids that you can kayak or do a guided raft run. This is the only man made Olympic qualifying rapids in the country.

There is vertical rock climbing, zip lining and a lot more outdoor adventures. If you don't feel quite that adventurous there is a riverside restaurant where you can get a great meal and a glass of wine while you watch crazy people careen down a wall of water and rocks. There are also summer concerts and island sunset parties. It costs just $5 to park and nothing to visit the center. You can drive from Rosella, park your car, and walk to the river's edge in less than 10 minutes.


Harwood Lane House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 901 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (2) 1 queen bed in each bedroom
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Shared Hot Tub
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
This is truly a waterfront cottage that's located just a few feet from the beautiful water's edge. A great ski/ sight seeing boat is available for your private use. Owner lives close by and at your request will take you out and give you a tour of the lake. There are sandy beaches for picnics or camping and a sandbar where all the local boaters gather. Adjacent to the property is a large county owned park that has miles of hiking and wildlife. Believe it or not but all of this is just 15 mins from downtown Charlotte and all the major attractions Charlotte has to offer.


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Lakefront Cottage on Mountain Island Lake/Lake Norman & Lake Wylie
average rating of 4.6846848 based on 111 reviews
Liberty, NC

Amazing Lakefront Getaway - Beautiful Views - Superb Property Owners!!!

  • 5 of 5

This property was a perfect selection for a weekend getaway for our group. The views are amazing and the amenities that this rental offers are plenty. Bob was very helpful during the entire stay even while he was enjoying his own vacation. The upstairs rental was perfect for our group of 4 and we could not stop talking about how beautiful this property was for the price. It is obvious that the property owners wanted to share this beautiful experience for everyone to enjoy at an affordable price. You absolutely will not find a better deal than this place with all it has to offer. We also made the perfect choice to rent the boat for the weekend. The weather was perfect for boat rides around the lake and anchoring down in a quiet cove to enjoy some fishing for us guys while the ladies lounged in the water. After a day on the boat, we then enjoyed a night relaxing in the hot tub. The views were stunning while lounging in the hot tub and listening to music. The cool effects of the hot tub lighting really made for a nice relaxing evening. Cindy definitely ensures the place is welcoming once you arrive and we did our best to keep things tidy for her so we could return the favor of how much we enjoyed our stay. We really cannot understand how anyone could give this property a bad review as it was exactly how it was stated in the description. We actually felt like the pictures and description were an understatement of how amazing this property actually ended up being. We had actually planned to explore some of the other local attractions nearby, but we ended up never leaving until it was time for our stay to end. We are already planning another stay soon and are also going to make this property an annual getaway for our group. Bob is very accommodating and was super customer oriented. Do not hesitate to book this property as you will not be disappointed.

Overall, this is the best vacation experience we have had in years!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is for people like this we share our place. Most folks seem to like the place Some more than others. It is interesting we got the best and worst reviews on this place in the same month and I will admit we picked up our game a little bit but I believe mind set is the prevailing factor as to weather you enjoy these personal vacation rentals. We get the most satisfaction from folks who truley want to commune with the lake. Fishing, boating, viewing. Guests who stay for other reasons... " It's cheaper than a couple of Hotel rooms", "It is close to my sister" or " The place we really wanted was taken" don't generally get the magic. It you take the lake out of the equation it really is just an old duplex. Who wants to apy $200 a night for that? Kim and I go on a lot of these VRBO/Home Away vacations as well. We stayed in a $75 fishing lodge in Santee Cooper ( guess what it was pretty bad but we had a good time) and we stayed at a $1,000 per night penthouse in Mexico. (awsome) I think that if you come at these "by owner" vacations with a since of adventure you can make every stay a five star stay. David and his group did actually have a couple of issues that came up. We worked together to resolve them and they managed to have a good time. They were very generious and super sweet to Cindy which was very appreciated. David, Y'all will always be welcomed back as our guests and friends! Bob and Kim and Cindy
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The perfect spot on the lake!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place to stay right on the lake! Beautiful views from the deck. Having access to the boat right at the house was so nice. Easy, short drive to Charlotte as well!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Alexis, Ya'll left the place in great shape. We would love to have you back!
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Cleveland, OH

Simple Pleasure

  • 5 of 5

This was the 5th time renting this property and I will be back. Bob as always was easy to communicate with, Cindy the cleaning lady was there, she is extremely friendly too. Fishing and swimming off the dock with my grandchildren was great. Caught lots of fish, mostly blue gills, some quite large, even a few bass.

This place is really a simple pleasure. It is comfortable, nothing over the top. From the use of the outdoor charcoal grill, the smoker, or the kitchen itself, you can cook anything you want. I really can't say anything bad about this place.

Thanks again Bob for the use of your property!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Matt, It has been a pleasure to have ya'll back. This is the first year that almost half of our guests were return guests. Many such as yourselves we see more than once a year. We don't get to stay at Rosella as much as we used to but it is so satisfying that others are enjoying the place as much as we always have! Bob and Kim
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Alderson, WV 24910, USA

Great Lake Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Rosella. We hope to stay again next summer. The cottage is a great place to stay. It was a wonderful mother - daughter summer trip for us and the pups.

Each time we visit Rosella, we find new things to do and see. This year's trip we went to Latta Plantation and enjoyed the hiking trails. We also went into Charlotte for lunch at the Market.

Patti and Bethany

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Patti, It was great to have you back. We look forward to your next trip down. Bob and Kim
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  • 5 of 5

Visited this lake house for a quick weekend getaway with my husband and two young kiddos. We also rented the pontoon! Will be booking a full week next year! Clean organized and perfect.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you felt that way. We look forward to you next stay. Bob and Kim
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Chester, Virginia

Great place

  • 4 of 5

Very nice and relaxing. House was well kept and nicely furnished. A great time was had.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Charlotte Douglas International
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
MVP or Sports Page
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Downtown Charlotte
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
200 Miles
myrtle Beach SC

A unique feature to this property is that we have a boat rental company that provides your choice of either a pontoon boat or ski boat right from the dock in front of the house. Please inquire for additional details.

Please note We are struggling to continue to offer

the boats. We have had guests that over estimated

their nautical expertise and have had numerous accidents and mechanical break downs due to inexperience. We will have to have a large deposit

to secure a boat and please be honest about your

experience level. I am more than glad to take you

out and show you the ropes. Boats will be available

as it is mechanically possible.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25
Refundable Damage Deposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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