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Mountain Chalet-hot tub, wood burning stove, pets welcome, minutes to ski slopes

Bedrooms 4
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
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About the property

Bring the outside in with wooded view from all windows; 4 bedrooms, 2 baths

Relax, recover and unwind at Writers' Refuge, a beautiful secluded mountain chalet. This is a spectacular opportunity to enjoy all that Deep Creek Lake has to offer.

Whether skiing in the winter, boating in the summer or admiring the changing colors in Autumn, Deep Creek Lake has something for the whole family to enjoy.

This beautiful three-story chalet has 4 bedrooms (2 with queen beds, 1 with full bed and 1 with 2 twins and a trundle), 2 baths and is located 2 miles from Deep Creek Lake and 1.5 miles from the WISP Ski Resort entrance.

It is fully furnished inside and out with lots of quilts and very cozy furnishings. Enjoy the view overlooking the woods from the deck, relax in front of the wood-burning stove or gaze at the stars from the outdoor hot tub. Grill out and relax on the large back deck overlooking the woods.

The chalet is just minutes away from beautiful state parks, including: Deep Creek Lake Park, Swallow Falls and Herrington Manor.

Guests of Writers' Refuge have complimentary access to Deep Creek Fitness...enjoy your workout!

WIFI access is included.

More Details

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2017

About The Owner

We are a family of writers and communicators based in Washington DC. Mom and Dad have been journalists since the late eighties...and there is a good chance that our son will follow in the family business. Writing is what we love to do. But it is also a deadline-intensive line of business. So every chance we get, we head for Deep Creek Lake and Writers' Refuge.

The Owner purchased this chalet in 1999

Why The Owner chose Deep Creek Lake

It is a chalet-style house and we fell in love with it the minute we drove up the drive way. It was off the beaten path while still being convenient to all the best the area has to offer. You are five minutes away form the the lake and the slopes. Or you can just curl up with a book in bed...or on the deck...and get lost in the rustic surroundings.

What makes this chalet unique

The chalet is completely surrounded by the woods...away from all distractions. The views are gorgeous...especially at night...especially from the hot tub when you lean your head back on a starry night.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(32 traveler reviews)

Mountain Chalet-hot tub, wood burning stove, pets welcome, minutes to ski slopes
average rating of 4.875 based on 32 reviews

Cozy and private retreat.

  • 5 of 5

The chalet is comfortable, tucked away in the trees and a short drive to town, the lake, WISP ski area, or a hiking trail. Owners were very responsive and accommodating. Lots of utensils and cookware, but if you're staying for a while and want to do more in the kitchen, you might want to bring, for example, measuring cups and spoons. Lots of space for a larger group.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Time

  • 5 of 5

We stayed Friday and Saturday night in October. The House was perfect as described. We found everything we needed and more. Owners were great to work with and very accommodating. The location was perfect for fall in the trees with beautiful leaves all around. We followed the recommendation and got Brenda’s Pizza and it was great also. We will definitely go back next year It was Perfect. Thanks Patty for the use of you lovely home. The Browns

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Getaway

  • 5 of 5

It is beautiful here all my children and grandchildren love this home too. From the minute we stepped in that's what it felt like home. We so appreciate the owners attention to detail. Would recommend this home to anyone seeking spiritual renew and relaxation from the grind. To the owners thanks a lot for everything.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Our stay was very relaxing and peaceful. We had 10 people total but the house was more than enough room. Its secluded enough to be at peace, but also very near the lake, which was just a short drive away. Several kitchen pantry items were available. The hot tub was a hit :) We grilled all our meals then watched movies which were provided in the basement; great selection. The owner was hands on and very good at communicating. Property was clean, but since its surrounded by trees, some leaves flew in and of course, moths and bugs. But that happens when you live with nature :) There was only one shower on ground level, but the upstairs bathroom only has a tub. I would definitely recommend this property to a friend/relative. I am already planning my next stay at this property during the winter season! Thank you, Patty!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

A group of friends and I had a weekend getaway here. The house was absolutely beautiful. The property was gorgeous as well. The owner was so amazing. She was very prompt with any questions we had. I could not have asked for a better weekend. The pups loved it as well. Just an overall great trip. We plan on coming back here for future visits!

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful time had by all

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a wonderful few days a Deep Creek Lake/Wisp. The home was very warm and welcoming and had everything we needed. The kitchen was very functional with all the pots and pans, coffee maker, blender, etc needed. The dining space was lovely with a great view of the trees and a small creek in the background. The windows in this home allow for a wonderful view of the snow that fell the majority of time we were there.

The bedrooms were inviting and the kids liked that they were able to have 2 beds each in the downstairs bedroom. Our bedroom on the main level was very comfortable and cozy. Our dog even made himself at home...squirrel watching.

The owners of the home were easy to get a hold of and responded in a timely manner via emails.

I would recommend this home to someone who is looking for a relaxing time to unwind and "un-plug" from the day in-day out routine. We got a lot of quality family time on this short vacation.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

McHenry Chalet Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Dec 2 2016 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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McHenry Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Living Room
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (4)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

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