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We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this charming little home. The well stocked kitchen and quaint pellet stove allowed us to hunker down inside during a daylong snowstorm. Philip was welcoming and helpful. We'd gladly stay again.
First let me say this review was long overdue. As many of you especially those with kids can attest life just gets in the way sometimes. That being said last summer my wife and I along with my brother and his wife decided that we would try and find a lake house for our family summer vacation. This was our first time with the whole lake house vacation idea, and well let me put it simply. IT WAS AWESOME! Steve's lake cottage was everything we could have wanted and more. It is beautifully renovated while still holding on to its rustic cottage charm. The cottage slept everyone comfortably and the kitchen was quaint with all the cooking staples in case you forgot the SUGAR! for your coffee haha! There is a tennis court just outside the front door and a basketball hoop for those family sports rivalries. There is a summer camp nearby that is a blast from the past with its cheerful councilors and marching chants. The cottage is only a short walk down a pebbled dirt road to a private sandy be it small beach area which our young kids aged 2,3,4,and 6 loved! The dock was great for fishing with the kids and the lake refreshing and clean for those summertime dips. Most days we had the beach all to ourselves but on the few days that we did see some of the locals we found that they were incredibly friendly. My brother and I also brought our 22 ft boat which was the inspiration for the lake house idea. It was a bit of a challenge getting the boat in and out of the driveway but with a larger boat that is to be expected. It would have been nice to be able to keep the boat docked in the water but the ramp was literally just one road over from the cottage. Lake Buel is just big enough to enjoy tubing and exploring in search of those good fishing spots while occasionally stopping to jump in with the kids. I guess I would be remised if I didn't mention our one hiccup. Aside from not being able to dock the boat during our stay the local well that services the homes in the area filled with silt causing the water in the cottage to run dirty. It unfortunately meant we were unable to use the washing machine and had to use jugs of store bought water for everyday water use. However let me say that even the locals said it hasn't happed in 30 years! just bad luck. In fact Steve was incredibly accommodating. He always answered or returned my calls and worked tirelessly to resolve any issues. This event while inconvenient showed how caring and professional he is. Thank You Steve