"We vacation every year with our extended family and close family friends and always with the same goal. -- find a nice place on the lake that has a lot of space for the kids to play outdoors, a generous porch for the adults, a decent kitchen, in a good location. We found exactly what we wanted at the Pines. It is clearly a well-loved summer home that has been in the same family for years and it has a nice, welcoming vibe to it as a result. It's comfortable but not fussy, well stocked with the basic necessities, and is in a great central location. The house is well kept and clean. The absence of a washer/dryer was only a small issue but having two refrigerators (one mysteriously stocked with the largest zucchini any of us had ever seen) was very helpful. The knives were sharp (if you've stayed in a lot of self-catering properties and like to cook, you know that's a big deal) and there were plenty of plates, bowls, forks/knives/spoons/pots/pans, etc. We also appreciated the extra life jackets, the strategically placed flashlights, and the games cupboard. The TV/Sat was great but we didn't use it too often aside from checking the weather forecast.
Overall, we had a great time and I have to say that the owner, Jim, was especially helpful after the unexpected weather we had (big storm, lightening strike nearby, loss of electricity/wi-fi). We didn't venture too far. The kids fished, swam, and kayaked, and the adults mostly sat on the porch, caught up on our reading and napping. If you're looking for a family-centered, more traditional get-out-and-play vacation location, I would strongly recommend the Pines."
Guest: Darcy G.
Date of Stay: August 2016
Review Submitted: August 26, 2016