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Bow Lake Family Getaway

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

4 BR/2 Bath Lake House Retreat

Our Kooaukee Island water-view home located on Bow Lake (accessible by car) was renovated spring 2014. The house has an open concept kitchen, living and dining area which offers a view of the lake. It has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and a game room. Other amenities include washer and dryer, picnic table, gas grill, outdoor fire-pit. Although the home is not lakefront, the islands beautiful private peninsula shaped beach is just a very short walk away (300 feet) where you'll find picnic tables, charcoal grills, small playground, basketball hoop, horseshoes and a boat ramp. Perfect for the whole family. We also have 3 kayaks available for your use.

Have a boat? Also available for a small fee is our mooring located just 75 feet from the beach.

During the cold winter months you can enjoy snowshoeing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, ice fishing and of course ice skating.

**Please note: Our target group are families/couples who are looking to enjoy themselves. We do not want loud partying groups as we respect our neighbors. If you are a loud partying group please do not inquire.

Leisure Activities


Hiking (Parker Mtn/Blue Job Mtn)

Golf (Nippo Lake)


Bird/loon watching


Leaf peeping

Bedroom 1 - Master bedroom with queen and full bathroom

Bedroom 2 - Twin bunk beds

Bedroom 3 - Queen bed

Bedroom 4 - 2 Twin beds.

More Details

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 5, 2017

About Cindy

We purchased the property in Oct 2013 and spent 9 mos refurbishing the whole house. Now we get to let folks enjoy our fully furnished home with a lake view and short walk to the islands private beach.

Cindy purchased this cottage in 2013

What makes this cottage unique

The island offers great kayaking opportunities. Our favorite activity is kayaking around the island. Within 45 minutes the trek takes you through open waters to shallow grassy channels where you can see fish, loons and spectacular views.


Strafford Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower , Master bath, beautiful custom tiled 4 foot shower
    Main bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Tub, shower, sink/vanity, toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Master Bedroom has Queen Bed, ample closet space, LCD TV
    Bunk Room - 2 bunk bed , Bunk Room Consists of 2 Twin Bunk Beds, small closet
    Queen Room - 1 queen , Queen bed, lake view, slider to outside
    Twin Room - 2 twin/ single , 2 Twin beds
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 3 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • playground
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Bow Lake Family Getaway
average rating of 4.95 based on 20 reviews
Byron, NY/Western NY/USA

Wonderful property! Excellent location!

  • 5 of 5

This was our third stay at this property and we can definitely confirm that Bow Lake is just as beautiful in the spring as it is in the fall. The neighbors are friendly and welcoming, the beachfront is peaceful and fun, and our son even caught a few fish. We heard the loons the first night we were there, took lots of walks, and took the kayaks out. Of course, we had some shuffleboard competitions, played ladder golf, and sat around the fire pit one evening. Love this property! We are booked again this fall for a few days...our only regret each time is that we have to leave! And Cindy is excellent to work with.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you enjoyed your stay on Bow Lake. Sounds like you had fun-filled weekend. Kayaking around the island is one of my favorite things to do, we just added an additional kayak to our inventory. Thank you for being such wonderful guests, we look forward to having you back this fall.
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La Crosse, WI

Just a few Pros and Cons to Consider

  • 4 of 5

Pros: Because we have family that own property on Bow Lake we wanted to find something on or near the lake that would work well for 8 people, my wife, our daughter, her husband and four kids, ages from not-quite-two to 10. This four-bedroom, two-bath house on Koowaukee Island fit the bill. Well-equipped kitchen, laundry, lots of outdoor play things, a play room and plenty of board games as well as three kayaks to choose from kept everyone busy. The private, small, Island beach that is intended for homeowners is just the right size for younger children and a great place to enjoy your morning coffee. The owner was very responsive through the rental process and returned a portion of our damage deposit promptly. The price is right.

Cons: The house is an older house that has been renovated to some degree but you will find that several of the interior doors don’t close either because of being poorly installed or uneven floors. The casement, crank-out windows are also aged and don’t work smoothly. The bi-fold doors to the laundry appliances were typical, inexpensive doors that didn’t operate well in their tracks. The louvered slats were loose at the bottom when we arrived and as the week went on, several came loose and fell out. The screen door to the patio is not child-proof. It has nothing to protect it from either a child or adult walking into it. The screen was sprung slightly when we arrived but it only took our 20-month grandson one attempt to walk through it that pulled the cording from its groove. The house does have a portable A/C (I think it was an LG model) suitable for cooling up to 500 sq feet, certainly not sufficient for this four-bedroom, split-level design. We decided not to use it at all and were stunned when the owner informed us after our departure that their repairman had to spend time trying to fix it, for which a portion of our deposit monies were held. That was also the case for the screen door and bi-fold door slats. The reason for sharing all of this is to simply suggest that if you decide to rent this property, be sure to take plenty of pictures when you arrive.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful lake. Great home.

  • 5 of 5

Owner provides everything anyone can want.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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A lovely stay!

  • 5 of 5

This was our third year and we loved it even more this year. Everything is so updated, clean and open. The design of the home works perfectly for our family with young children. The new pub table worked out really well for us as extra seating outside around the picnic table. We enjoyed fires every night in the fire pit out front. We were able to kayak and paddleboard every day on the beautiful Bow lake. The little ones enjoyed the playground every day as well. Cindy responds so quickly to any situations that arise. Ex: the fire pit blew out on the bottom and a new one was delivered the next day! Thanks for a lovely stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so happy you enjoyed another week on Bow Lake. Replacing the fire pit was a must, evening fires are a big part of the fun. Thank you for being such wonderful guests. We look forward to having you visit again. - Rob and Cindy
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Awesome House for a Family Get Together/Graduation Celebration

  • 5 of 5

We traveled to New Hampshire from Florida for my sons graduation at UNH this past week. (we use to live in Franklin, MA) We rented Cindy's home as we thought it would be nicer to stay a week in a home vs. a hotel. This house is the best. I've rented a few homes through Home Away and this house did not disappoint at all. My sister and her husband from Richmond were able to come up and stay and we were able to have friends in and out throughout our stay. We had a nice family get together to celebrate my sons graduation and it was a great outdoor spot and there was plenty to keep the kids entertained. This house has everything and was spotless. It has a great layout - very open in the kitchen and living room, plus a bonus game room. Bedrooms are all a nice size and comfortable. The yard and patio are large and great place to hang out. The beach area is a very short walk and beautiful. We didn't have time to use the kayaks, but may have to come back just to do that.

Thank you Cindy for sharing your home.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for being such wonderful guests. We look forward to having you visit again and hopefully you get to venture off in a kayak and make your way around Kooaukee Island. - Rob and Cindy
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Wonderful place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

My family enjoyed our stay at Bow Lake this fall and will definitely keep this property in mind for the future. Pretty much everything you'll need is in the home, all you need is some groceries! We were pleasantly surprised to find lots of extras as well that were either left by the owners or previous guests. The lake is a very short walk away and our young kids loved having the playground to use. We enjoyed taking walks around the island loop mornings and evenings. Make sure you head to Calef's Country Store for some yummy treats and gifts while visiting, we loved their cheese selection!

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nippo Lake Golf Course
Nearest Airport
31.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
6.4 Miles
Nippo Lake Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Gunstock Mountain
Nearest Beach
38 Miles
Rye Beach
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Deposit $300

Additional $25 per night for holiday stays.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.