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Bow Lake Family Getaway

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 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.

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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 11, 2018

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:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Our target group are families/couples who are looking to enjoy themselves. We do not want loud partying groups as we respect our neighbors.
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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(23 traveler reviews)

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Bow Lake Family Getaway
average rating of 4.9565215 based on 23 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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  • 5 of 5

We needed a place to accommodate relatives for a family funeral, and this house met our needs very well. It was close to where we needed to be, was in excellent condition, offered a good mix of beds/bedrooms, and had plenty of seating for our crowd. We enjoyed spending time with our loved ones taking walks and playing games on the porch, especially the shuffleboard! The owners were great.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Byron, NY/Western NY/USA

A real gem!

  • 5 of 5

This was our fourth visit to Bow Lake Family Getaway...the owners are great to communicate with, very responsive with any questions or concerns that come up. The lake is beautiful, and it is a very quiet spot. Lots to do right at the house with shuffleboard, air hockey, and outside games and fire pit. Also very close to ocean, mountains, and all kinds of hiking trails. Neighbors are very friendly as well. We love it!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Even more beautiful than advertised!!

  • 5 of 5

We totally enjoyed our stay at Bow Lake--the house was even more beautiful than advertised! This home was equipped with absolutely everything we needed to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable. It was immaculately clean and well kept.

We had a small heating issue that the owners took care of immediately with very little inconvenience to us - They were very responsive and dedicated to making our stay the best possible experience! I would recommend this property to anyone looking to stay in this area!!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so happy you enjoyed your stay. We enjoyed having you as guests, it's even better when we get to meet our guests. Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review. We hope you come visit us again.
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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: August 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: July 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from 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 $125
Pet Fee $100
Damage Deposit $300

Additional $25 per night for holiday stays.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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