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Outstanding lakefront property with views of spectacular sunrises.

Jim Thorpe, PA, USA
  • House2750 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps12
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths1
  • Mininum Stay2 - 7 nights

4 bedroom house with 3.5 bathrooms, lounge, kitchen, TV room and Loft

This is a one of a kind house sitting on a one acre lot with approx. 100 feet of lake frontage. The western end of the lakefront is set aside as a beach hidden from the house by overhanging birch trees that also provide shade when needed. A dock positioned to the side of the beach provides a convenient place to fish, sunbathe or just watch the sunsets. All bedrooms are located within the main house.

Back from the beach there is a hollow tree that is home to chipmunks and a strange spider like creature that spins webs each summer between the branches.

Also between the trees you will find a hammock that is the best place to spend a sultry afternoon while the rest of the family are at the pool.

Between the trees and the house there is a grass lawn that is purpose built for volleyball and badminton.

The house is on 3 floors with a wrap around deck on the second floor. The ground level is reached from the second floor deck by dual staircases at the front of the house.

The second floor deck is spacious with plenty of room for cooking on the grill and setting out dinner for 8 or more. Umbrellas are provided for meals to be eaten in the shade while you look out over the lake and the water activities in progress.

Entering the house from the second floor deck takes you into the spacious lounge with picture windows looking out over the lake. There are cream leather arm chairs and sofas arranged around the room. A drop leaf mahogany table and chairs is available for eating inside.

The kitchen is reached via an arch from the lounge. The cupboards and counter top were recently installed with new stainless steal appliances that include a trash compactor. A small seating area is configured under the countertop with a view of the dam and is a convenient breakfast venue for the two early birds who rise early.

A full bathroom decorated in black marble is also reached from the lounge. As is one of the four bedrooms.

An oak staircase leads up from the lounge to the 3rd floor where the main and 2nd bedroom is located. The main bedroom has floor to ceiling windows that lead out to a small balcony that overlooks the lake. There is also a full size en suite bathroom with both a shower stall and a tub. The main bed is a kingsize.

The second bedroom has two single beds and patio doors that give access to a balcony overlooking the drive and wooded section of the property. There is also an ensuite half bath.

The basement is configured with the fourth bedroom. the TV room, a laundry room and a full bathroom. The TV room includes a SMART TV from Visio that gives direct access to Internet resources like Yahoo, Amazon Instant Video and Netflix via a WIFI connection. Basic cable is delivered by the traditional connection.

There is a library of video cassettes (VHS not Beta) and DVDs that are made available for your use.

The bedroom has two twin beds and the laundry has a washer and dryer both electric.

There is a large loft under the roof of the garage that is reached via the second floor deck. The loft contains a pool table, sofas and a futon bed which has a single bed on top and a full bed on the bottom. There is also a set of children's bunk beds. There is also a selection of games. The loft has access to the main house bathroom via a walk way.

The land between the house and the road is partially wooded and provides a great place for the children to play hide and seek. No linens are provided with house, but we do have a contact number who would supply them for a small fee or as most people prefer they bring their own.


Karen Kennington

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About Karen Kennington

Dave and I are from England and came to the US in 1993. We have two sons and a daughter and are in the process of collecting grandchildren. In 2002 we were living in Westfield New Jersey and purchased the house at Bear Creek to give the children the opportunity for adventures. We now live in Ocean Grove New Jersey and spend less time at Bear Creek. We hope you will enjoy your time at our house by the lake. It truly is a little piece of heaven. Enjoy your stay and please let us know if you have any ideas for improvement. Thank you.

Karen Kennington purchased this House in 2002

Why Karen Kennington chose Penn Forest Township

This is a great property. We have had other people over from Westfield and the question we get asked is 'how did you find this place - it is a little piece of heaven'. I think you will agree that the proximity of the lake, the absence of speed boats, the lawn sloping to the water, the sandy beach and fishing dock all come together for a truly wonderful place to vacation. If that is not enough, the facilities of Bear Creek give you access to a swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts. In the surrounding area, (and we did not find this out until we moved in) there is so much to do. Biking, hiking, whitewater rafting, paintball, to name just a few. There are also several great restaurants - Trattoria 903 is close by and is so popular you need to reserve a table. Down the hill to the turnpike you will come upon Platz restaurant that serves great american food. Jim Thorpe has more restaurants and lots of history. In the 1800s people from New York referred to Jim Thorpe as the Switzerland of America. So book our property and find out what we found out - Bear Creek is the ultimate summer vacation

What makes this House unique

Our Lake House is located on the edge of Bear Creek Lake community giving access to community resources while not being too closely surrounded by other houses. The property's direct access to the lake is what makes it unique.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, Master Bedroom with ensuite bath
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single, On 3rd floor with ensuite half bath
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen, On second floor adjacent to bathroom
      • Bedroom 4
        4 bunk bed, On ground floor adjacent to bathroom
      • There is a sofa bed in the TV room on the ground floor that will accommodate 2 people.


      • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, tub, shower, On 3rd floor as ensuite to main bedroom
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, Half bath on 3rd floor ensuite to bedroom 2
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, combination tub/shower, On second floor accessible from lounge
      • Bathroom 4
        toilet, combination tub/shower, On ground floor accessible from entrance hall

        Location Type

          • Beachfront
            Comes complete with grill and fire pit for those relaxing evenings around the fire
          • Downtown
            Historic Jim Thorpe is located close by. The town grew up in the 1800s with the discovery of anthracite. It was known as the Switzerland of America because it is surrounded by mountains.
          • Lake View
            Stunning sunsets and sunrises.Enjoy the peace and quiet of a No Motor lake.
          • Lakefront
            The property is situated on a 160 acre lake with 100 feet of shore line. The lake is overlooked by the deck and lake views are feature of the outlook from the house. The house is surrounded by nature
          • Resort
            The community provides tennis, pool, basketball and bocce.
          • Rural
            The house is situated on a one acre lot with similar lots to the North and South. Opposite the entrance to the lot there is a large field which is bordered by state game lands
          • Ski-In
          • Village
            The downtown of Jim Thorpe is about 3 miles away with quaint shops, restaurants and a train ride
          • Water View
            The Lake is visible from most of the rooms
          • Waterfront
            The property is situated on Bear Creek Lake with 100 feet of waterfront


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Budget
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Air Conditioning
                        Air conditioning is provided to the Master Bedroom on the top floor and the lounge of the 2nd floor
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        Electric dryer on the first floor in the laundry room
                      • Garage
                        The garage is not for use. Overhead large loft is a complete games room. Pool table, ping pong and foose ball table plus wi games consol.
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Internet
                        WIFI access
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Parking
                        There is ample parking on the site for up to 4 cars
                      • Washing Machine
                        Located on the first floor in the laundry room


                          • Coffee Maker
                            Automatic filter coffee maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            Dishes and utensils provided
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Kitchen
                            Large kitchen with plenty of cupboards and wrap around work top. Stainless steel appliances. Corian worktop, maple doors to cabinets
                          • Microwave
                            Over the stove
                          • Oven
                            Electric - integral with stove
                          • Refrigerator
                            Single door, drawer at the bottom
                          • Stove
                            Electric - flush glass hob
                          • Toaster
                            Four slice toaster with bagel setting


                              • Dining
                                In summer it is most convenient to eat on the deck where there is a table that seats 8 on the main deck and a second table that seats 4. There is an extra foldaway table and six chairs.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 8 people


                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    Basic cable
                                  • Books
                                    There is a wide variety of paperback and hard backed books for the guests to choose from read during their stay. Something to suit everyone including teens
                                  • Game Room
                                    This room is situated adjoining the house and has a pool table, TV and a Wi games consol and also new table tennis table, and foose ball new 2018. This is an ideal room for children of all ages.
                                  • Games
                                    An assortment of board games are available for guest use
                                  • Pool Table
                                    The pool table is old style but is functional for playing along with new cues and chalk 2018
                                  • DVD Player
                                    In TV room with a good selection of DVD's for guest use whilst staying at the house
                                  • Stereo
                                    There is an Ipod adaptable player in the main lounge for guests use and also a stereo player.
                                  • Television
                                    42 inch Smart LED TV
                                  • Toys
                                    An assorted amount of beach toys are bought at the start of each summer season for the young children who visit
                                  • Video Games
                                    In the loft\games room this a pool table, ping pong and foose ball tablesfor guest use and also a TV, With a Wi games consol and two sofas for just relaxing on
                                  • Video Library
                                    VHS VCR in TV room


                                      • Balcony
                                        There are balconies to both top floor bedrooms. The balcony to the main bedroom overlooks the lake. The balcony to the second bedroom overlooks the drive and provides views of sunsets over the forest.
                                      • Boat
                                        A row boat with one set of oars is included in the rental and also two kayaks.
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Large wrap around deck on the entire second floor with a smaller deck on first floor. The master bedroom and twin beaded room on third floor each have a small private deck.
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        We do supply two kayaks for guests use and also assorted life vests.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Lawn stretches down from the house to the lake with easy entry to the lake which is a gently sloping feature which is ideal for younger children and grandparents.
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        The outdoor grill is a charcoal grill situated down the beach area and a larger charcoal grill on the first floor deck.
                                      • Ski & Snowboard
                                        Several large ski areas are available within easy short driving distance from the house. They also provide ski rentals at the resorts.
                                      • Tennis
                                        Tennis courts are maintained by the community
                                      • Water Sports Gear
                                        The lake is stocked every March with young fish. You will need to obtain a licence to fish, you can do this on line and you would also need to bring your own fishing gear


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                          • wheelchair inaccessible
                                            The house is on 3 floors with stairs to get to the higher floors. The are also stairs to get to the deck on the second floor.

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Communal Pool
                                                Bear Creek Lake has a community, large size pool with lifeguards during the summer season The summer season tends to end the third week of August when the local children return to school


                                                  • playground
                                                  • churches
                                                  • festivals
                                                  • library
                                                  • live theater
                                                  • museums
                                                  • cinemas
                                                  • recreation center
                                                  • restaurants
                                                  • ruins
                                                  • theme parks
                                                  • water parks
                                                  • winery tours

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • paddle boating
                                                      • antiquing
                                                      • boating
                                                      • gambling casinos
                                                      • horseback riding
                                                      • horseshoes
                                                      • outlet shopping
                                                      • bird watching
                                                      • photography
                                                      • scenic drives
                                                      • shopping
                                                      • sight seeing
                                                      • sledding
                                                      • walking
                                                      • wildlife viewing

                                                        Local Services & Businesses

                                                          • ATM/bank
                                                          • groceries
                                                          • hospital
                                                          • medical services

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • mountain climbing
                                                              • basketball court
                                                              • cycling
                                                              • fishing
                                                              • fly fishing
                                                              • freshwater fishing
                                                              • golf
                                                              • hiking
                                                              • hunting
                                                              • ice skating
                                                              • kayaking
                                                              • mountain biking
                                                              • cross country skiing
                                                              • rafting
                                                              • rock climbing
                                                              • sailing
                                                              • skiing
                                                              • snowboarding
                                                              • snowmobiling
                                                              • swimming
                                                              • tennis
                                                              • water tubing
                                                              • whitewater rafting
                                                              • wind-surfing


                                                                  • the house at Bear Creek is unique and very restful We have done our best to create a wonderful retreat with easy access for adventure when required. Enjoy

                                                                    45 Reviews


                                                                    Latest reviews


                                                                    Tim G.

                                                                    A great house and beautiful property, close enough to everything to be convenient, but far enough away to be private and peaceful.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Thank you Tim I am so pleased you had a wonderful time at the lakehouse and thank you for your lovely review.

                                                                    Many thanks


                                                                    Nice property and house. Could use some maintenance/upkeep, primarily on the deck.

                                                                    Dan O.

                                                                    Overall had a very great stay, and the house and property were just what we needed. Deck had some boards that were very spongy and looks like have been neglected. Better lighting outside in the back and below the deck would have been nice.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Hello Dan thank you for your review. We do maintenance ever year on the deck like power washing, fixing the odd spongy board and we also have it inspected each year. We used to have a big flood light that lit up the garden but people would just leave it on all night and hence it would be on for the whole of their stay which was proving very costly. Trying to be eco friendly, we changed the bulbs to the long life ones and I agree they do not give off as much light as we would like. I think we are going to try and find a way of solar lighting a path type from the beach to the first floor decking. Similar to the lighting we have around the outside decking. If you have any ideas please just email them to me and thank you again for your review. We are always trying to improve our guests stay at our home. Have a great winter

                                                                    Kind regards


                                                                    The house was beautifull, great view, overall it was amazing,

                                                                    Rigers F.

                                                                    I had an amazing time, the house was beautiful, and just being right by the lake was just incredible l. I would deff recomend this house.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    So pleased you enjoyed the house I personally just love it here. Thank you for being a wonderful guest and I wish you all the best for the following year Thank you for your lovely review.

                                                                    Kind regards


                                                                    Fabulous lake house

                                                                    Murray S.

                                                                    My family and I spent a wonderful week, enjoying the house, grounds and lake in every way.

                                                                    The house is spacious and the large decks only add to the living space. We ate almost all our meals outside. The many bedrooms comfortably accommodated a group of 12 spanning three generations, and having so many bathrooms really allowed everyone their own space.

                                                                    The house is one of the few we've seen with an easy sandy entrance to the lake, so even my two year old had no trouble toddling into the water and enjoying himself. The backyard is very large, more than enough space for family games.

                                                                    The lake is beautiful, and we enjoyed swimming and boating all over it. We also fished, and found easy bites.

                                                                    Karen was a joy to work with, prompt in her responses and always informative and helpful.

                                                                    We couldn't be happier about the entire experience!

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Thank you for your wonderful review Murray, I am so pleased you and your family had a wonderful time at my home and enjoyed the lake and beautiful surroundings It was a pleasure to work with you and it really warms my heart when my guests appreciate the beautiful lake and surroundings Thank you again for being wonderful guests. Stay safe.

                                                                    Kind regards



                                                                    Jessica M.

                                                                    This is a lovely home. VERY clean, organized, beautiful. The lakefront is stunning, amenities are perfect. We very much enjoyed our stay and intend to return.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Thank you for being wonderful guests I am so pleased you like my home and had a wonderful time Thank you. Stay safe

                                                                    Kind regards


                                                                    Outstanding lake rental!

                                                                    Patti D.

                                                                    After over twenty plus years of vacations at the Jersey shore, we decided to try a Pocono vacation. I feel fortunate to have chosen Karen's beautiful lake home. First and foremost the home was exceptionally clean, which was wonderful since that isn't always the case when renting site unseen. The lake house has a gorgeous view of a beautiful lake, with a very spacious yard great for family activities, a private beach and a fire pit with many chairs for family fun time for relaxing, chatting and roasting marshmallows or cooking hot dogs! The fishing experience was a huge plus and we caught many very large fish! I could go on and on about the positives of this rental! A week just didn't seem enough for us and we are now converts to Pocono vacations based on our experience at Karen's lake house!

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Hello Patti thank you for your wonderful review. I am so pleased you enjoyed my home and being in the Poconos. I must admit I love being there. I all it my little piece of heaven on earth. Also thank you and your family for being such wonderful guests. It was a pleasure communicating with you Take care

                                                                    Kind regards



                                                                    Jim Thorpe, PA, USA

                                                                    The property is located in the community of Bear Creek Lake that includes a 160 acre lake with 2 beaches and a boat dock. Power boats are not permitted so the lake is peaceful but with plenty of room for sailing and fishing. The community also includes an Olympic size pool, tennis courts, basketball, bocce and horseshoes. A 30 min walk from the house will take you to an overlook on the Lehigh Gorge. From several large rocks you can look down 100s of feet to the railroad and riverbed below. A shuttle runs from the local office of Pocono whitewater to White Haven for a 26 mile bike ride down the Lehigh Gorge. After the ride, the shuttle will pick you up in Jim Thorpe to return you to the local office. Another great and novel bike ride is the switchback trail that runs 11 miles up from Mauch Chunk lake park to Summit. Hiking trails close to the house start at the entrance to the state game lands on Church Lane and run deep into the forest. For evening entertainment there is Penns Peak which hosts great bands and is less than 5 miles from the property. The Opera House in Jim Thorpe also hosts bands and theatrical performances.


                                                                    Additional information about rental rates

                                                                    Tax Rate

                                                                    If a guests pays by credit card and then has to cancel the booking, a full refund is given minus the credit card charges that we have to pay. These are standard charges which normally total around $65.

                                                                    45 Reviews
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