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The Old Nest Vacation Waterfront Home

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

You deserve the comfort of a 5-bedroom home within walking distance from town. You deserve one of the largest porches on Kelleys Island with a beautiful lakefront view.

The Old Nest has been in our family for over 100 years and we welcome our guests to share in our piece of heaven. When staying at The Old Nest, you have access to several nature trails on a private 9-acre estate as well as the convenience of being close to town and the Kelleys Island Ferry.

Resting on lakefront property, The Old Nest offers it's own waterfront access, exclusive of public beaches. To enjoy your vacation contact:

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Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2017


Kelleys Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible


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(24 traveler reviews)

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The Old Nest Vacation Waterfront Home
average rating of 4.0 based on 24 reviews

Great weekend!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great weekend at The Old Nest! Our friends went up for a reunion trip, and it was the perfect spot for us! The view of the lake is breath taking. Amanda was very quick to respond to any of my questions. We are hoping to make this an annual tradition. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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It was so good for us last year, that we booked it immediately for this year....

  • 5 of 5

And we love it so much, we will book it again for next year as soon as I get our weekend nailed down. We love the house, the space, and the location. Love working with the owners, and have not had a single issue. Been coming to Kelleys for almost 30 years and this is the best place we have stayed. We can't wait for next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect family home

  • 5 of 5

This was a great family vacation home- nice old house with lots of character, and lots of extras here. The kids enjoyed the nice back yard for playing catch, and the invitation to hike the mowed trails behind the house, a fun evening adventure. The adults enjoyed the front porch with the perfect lake view.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful location great house on water front

  • 5 of 5

Great house with personality we were a family of 8 and had tons of room we had plenty of room to get away from each other if we wanted too fully equipped kitchen every thing we needed plenty of linens everything we needed soaps tp paper towels even a first aid kit all you need to bring are personal items owner great and responsive in reasonable time we will return

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Book elsewhere

  • 1 of 5

I want to start by sharing that I am an experienced traveller who has rented my own property and stayed in rentals across the globe, and I have never written a single negative review until now. The single greatest issue is the property owner's lack of professionalism and questionable ethics. Please note that I am not the only one with these concerns (see the review below, "Serious concerns against property owner/manager"). As such, I would not recommend this property to any friends or family looking for a trip to Kelley's Island.

For those looking for the full version of this story, there were a large group of ladies coming to Kelley's Island together. However, I had no intention of violating the rental agreement, so three separate accommodations were booked (The Old Nest being one of them [invoices for both other rentals to the owner]). The property was fair at best & required updates (examples: window in the bedroom I slept in did not stay latched to the exterior wall, & it banged so loudly agains the a/c unit in the window at night that I had to sleep on the floor of another room; the first floor doesn't have a/c at all & since were were there during a weekend filled with Mayflies people sleeping on this floor were extremely uncomfortable since they could not even open windows as the screen quality was so bad there would have been bugs everywhere; we had issues with some kitchen appliances & a toilet that was repaired by one of the guests several times over our stay). However, I had no intention of complaining about these issues, until I received a message from the owner (after inquiring about my security deposit), stating that there were too many guests & that I would not only be losing my security deposit, but she would be sending a bill for repairs to the porch.

Having rented myself, I understand & would also have been upset if there were too many guests at my home. However, I responded that this wasn't the case & that we actually went out of our way to take care of her property (examples: hosing down & sweeping the porch every morning, thoroughly cleaning the kitchen, repairing issues with the toilet, etc.). Yet, it our conversation my efforts to engage in a respectful dialogue about any issues were met with sarcasm.

In short, I do want to warn other travelers- this property owner will withhold your security deposit, even if you do nothing to violate your rental agreement. If you have any other options do not book this property.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is common practice to have one unfortunate renter each season and we expected to have your negatively expressed in words. Many islanders notified us of your over crowding. Again, broken front porch railing and excessive garbage which alone you should have been charged. We will continue to cherish our home and monitor against experiences such as yours.
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Family getaway and wedding guest home

  • 4 of 5

The best times were spent sitting on the porch and watching the world go by including the storm that came in from the west across the lake. The home is full of interesting, sometimes quirky, displays of history or collections. Tootie would have been an interesting person to meet. We had a blast as a family of 7. Think it would be comfortable for 10. We would definitely come back with our family. Owner seemed island laid back, but responsive to e-mails and helpful/kind.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $300

Spring and Fall we offer weekend rentals. We rent weekly in July and most of August. If property not rented during the peak week season, we would offer weekends or few days.

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.

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