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Outstanding lakefront property with views of spectacular sunrises.

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,750 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

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.

More Details

Karen Kennington
Member since: 2013
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 few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2018

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 Jim Thorpe

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.


Jim Thorpe House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 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
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , On 3rd floor as ensuite to main bedroom
  • 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. Further beds are to be found in the loft over the garage, but only to be used on summer rentals as there is no heating and the toilet is situated in the main house. The small passage way is lit with lights
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Outstanding lakefront property with views of spectacular sunrises.
average rating of 4.8 based on 45 reviews
Springfield, PA


  • 4 of 5

We had a great weekend! The lake was gorgeous and the view from the house. Having the two kayaks added to the fun. Just love Bear Creek Lake!!!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Jo-Ann I am so pleased you had a great weekend Thank you again for choosing my lake house
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  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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 Karen
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Nice property and house. Could use some maintenance/upkeep, primarily on the deck.

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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 Karen
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Fabulous lake house

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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 Karen
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The house was beautifull, great view, overall it was amazing,

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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 Karen
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  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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 Karen
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Nearest Airport
33 Miles
lehigh valley
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Mahoning Valley
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Jim Thorpe
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
I 476 PA Turnpike
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Trattoria 903
Nearest Ski
8 Miles
Big Boulder
Nearest Beach
On property
Car: recommended

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $165
Damage Insurance $59

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.