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Lakeside relaxation and fun on open water.- Great for Families - 5 Star reviews

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,650 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 baths, large family room with open kitchen, and covered deck

Read our 5 star reviews. La Vida Loca Cottage offers a relaxing get-a-way and lake front enjoyment. The innovation design of the house is perfect for leisure living as well as providing an elegant venue for entertaining and family fun. Even when the lake is low, we are on open water, which means there is always water in front of the house. If the lake is down there is just more beach area.

There are 2 public boat ramps near by and boat rentals available. Ask for more information and we will provide you with and information sheet on Cedar Creek Lake area activities.

The southern exposure on open water, and wrap around covered deck is perfect for relaxing and enjoying the predominantly southern breeze. A fresh cup of coffee in the morning on the deck overlooking the lake is a must. The cottage offers a large living area with vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, expansive use of glass, a spacious well-appointed kitchen, and large informal dining bar. Outside the approximately 800 square feet of decking creates the perfect outdoor environment where you and lucky guests will enjoy east facing open water views and unlimited entertainment possibilities. In addition, there is a private boathouse with large sun deck.

We have 2 Kayaks that are available for our guests use.

The house is in a clean well maintained neighborhood that is free of mobile homes.


More Details

Carol and David Pinkus
Member since: 2014
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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 8, 2018

About Carol and David Pinkus

We are semi retired and live full-time at Cedar Creek Lake. We chose the lake because of the beauty of the lake, our friends and the great people we have met here.

Carol and David Pinkus purchased this house in 2014

Why Carol and David Pinkus chose Mabank

We named this house 'La Vida Loca' (The crazy life) because there is so much to do. No mater what time of year there are many activities to enjoy around Cedar Creek Lake. What we like most though is sitting and enjoying nature from the porch. There is a great deal of wildlife around the lake-- birds, fish and animals. The lake is a stopping off point for many birds as they migrate for the different seasons. The porch faces Southeast so it is shaded in the afternoon. In the summer there is usually a nice breeze. The sunrises in the mornings can be spectacular.

What makes this house unique

There are two large swings on the back porch, and a sitting area on the dock. The water is good for swimming, boating, water skiing and fishing.


Mabank House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • 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 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Walk-in shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • festivals
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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Lakeside relaxation and fun on open water.- Great for Families - 5 Star reviews
average rating of 4.837209 based on 43 reviews

Perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this house! It was exactly as pictured on the website. The owners really have thought of everything to make it comfortable and easy to relax. There was plenty of room--both indoors and out--for our large group of eight adults. We would definitely come back!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased to have such positive reviews. These guests were the best too. They left the house in great shape and clean as a whistle. Please come back.
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Loved the Layout of the Cottage

  • 5 of 5

a great family vacation cottage, fishing is something you really need a boat for, but we caught some small catfish, nice area for golf and other activities. The Cottage is very well cared for and the owners were helpful making sure we did not any problems.

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great weekend at Cedar Creek Lake

  • 5 of 5

Our family met for some R & R at this house on Cedar Creek Lake and it could not have been better. Beautiful home, outstanding lake views at every moment of the day, nice fishing right from the dock, ample room in every room and the owners have thought of every detail. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great home and great owners

  • 5 of 5

This home was HONESTLY better than we expected as sometimes pictures are deceiving. Everything in and outside of the home was just like others have said in their rave reviews. We've rented in Cedar Lake before but it didn't compare to our stay at La Vida Loca. Carol came by to see us and was a pleasure to meet. She wanted to make sure that everything was in order and truly wanted to know if there was anything we needed. My only complaint: Our week went way too fast!!! Thanks David and Carol - we enjoyed your beautiful home and had a great time.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous home with exceptional views

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this home for my daughter's 11th birthday. It could not have been a better choice. The outdoor space is absolutely incredible! We rented a boat one day and were able to dock it at the house, we spend our nights fishing off of pier. The kids were able to swim and kayak. When they needed to cool off they would go inside and play air hockey. The owners are amazing, accommodating and communicate very quickly. I am so glad that we chose this place and we will definitely be back. We made memories that will last a lifetime!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enjoyable Weekend at La Vida Loca Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We spent a nice weekend at Cedar Creek, and La Vida Loca Cottage was a large part of why it was such an enjoyable time. The house was clean, inviting, spacious and comfortable, and the back deck provided an ideal setting to sit, relax and enjoy the scenic view of the lake. Many thanks to Carol and David for their hospitality. We vacation at Cedar Creek just about every summer, and we look forward to returning!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Vetoni's Italian Food
"Good Italian food"
Ochoa's Mexican Restaurant
"Best Mexican Food in the area"
Brookshire`s of Malakoff
"Closest Grocery Store. Excellent selection and friendly staff."
Milano's Pizza
"Best Pizza in the area. Interior is pretty basic."
Lakeview Deli & Grocery
"Lakey eatery. Basic interior but Hamburgers are the thing to eat."
Cedar Creek Lake
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Pinnacle Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 198
Car: necessary

Amenities and Activities


• Pinnacle Golf Club - 903-451-9797, is about 5 mins away.

Boating and Fishing:

• Michaels Cove has a private boat ramp available to the property. Other public ramps are nearby.

• Captain Dave's - 903-340-7096, takes the hassle out of renting a boat, he does all the driving.

• Cedar Creek Watercraft Rentals - 903-887-8780

• Cherokee Landing - 903-489-1179 - Watercraft rental

• Bigcrappie 903-288-5798 - Fishing guides


• East Texas Arboretum in Athens TX - 903-675-5630

• Canton 1st Monday Trade Days - 30 minute drive

• Whats Up Family Fun Park - 903-432-9955

• Texas Motorplex in Ennis - 800-668-6775

• Purtis Creek State Park – 903-425-2332

• Splash Kingdom - 903-567-0044,

• Texas Freshwater Fisheries in Athens TX - (903) 670-2266


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $110 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 6.0%

There is an additional charge of $25 per person for more than eight(8) people. $500.00 deposit is fully refundable if cancelled 30 days prior to rental date. After 30 days, non-refundable unless house is re-rented.
Holiday Rates are $400.00 with 3 night minimum. Holidays include: Spring Break, Memorial Day, July 4th - Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve. Special Reates for Winter Holidays.

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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