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Our group of 7 adults stayed at Don's home for a ski/snowboard weekend. Don's retreat was far more special than the pictures suggest. The home was clean, spacious, rustic, and tastefully decorated/designed. It is obvious that much care was invested in this home.
On our second day we realized that the home was low on gas (which only impacted the stove/oven and a gas heater in the home) and the extreme weather was limiting the gas company from responding promptly. We contacted Don, and he immediately offered a variety of solutions. With much diligence on Don's behalf, he was able to get the gas company to refuel the tanks while we were out on the mountain. What could have been a major hiccup actualized into a temporary inconvenience.
Please be sure to receive the home instruction PDF PRIOR to arriving to the home. There is quite a bit of information in the manual that will make your even more enjoyable.
Our ONLY disappointment was that we were there in the winter and couldn't appreciate the fire pit and backyard. Even with pile ups of snow, the backyard looked pretty amazing.
I would definitely recommend this home for anyone traveling to the Pocono area!
Thanks Quiana - was a pleasure to host you and your guests!
A true pocono gem!
This is a great cabin and perfect for a weekend with friends. We spend a weekend here and had a great time, we were three couples, 2 young children and one baby and this house accommodated us all very comfortably. The host was very flexible with and was easy to communicate with. The house is nicely furnished and has extra blankets and pillows, all we needed to bring were sheets, towels and food and it felt like home. The pool table is a great addition and the fact that it was on another level, away from the bedrooms, was great. The cable tv came in handy and the well equipped kitchen made it easy to prepare all of our meals. It was close to the outlet, market and slopes.
I would highly recommend this cabin as we will definitely be back. Thanks for a great weekend!
We felt right at home at Don's. The kitchen is well stocked. The house has all the latest devices to enable streaming music and videos. Even in some frigid weather, we stayed warm and a nice bonus was having firewood delivered. The house isn't far from restaurants, bars, and grocery stores. There's even an outlet mall nearby. Highly recommend staying here!
Our ragtag group of both people and pets had a wonderful time at The Velvet Elk. The house was exactly as pictured - spacious, well stocked, quiet with adorable decorations everywhere. The master bedroom had a heated blanket (which everyone loved). There was something wrong with the oven's temperature gauge (it would not go above 350) and the DVD player in the living room wouldn't open but luckily enough for us there was a Roku box, Apple TV, cable and our own X-Box that we lugged with. We would definitely go back and hope to visit again during the summer to take advantage of the outdoor equipment - deck, fire pit, grill, etc. Thanks for the wine Don!
The Velvet Elk was perfect! It was exactly the quiet, beautiful cabin we were looking for in the Poconos. The Velvet Elk was homey and comfortable. Don was an excellent resource before & during the trip. The home comfortably slept eight people. This was a great relaxing getaway.
This house was easy to get to and an absolute joy to stay at. The house instructions were clear to follow and thorough. We had a lovely little getaway in the Pocono's thanks to the Velvet Elk this winter!
We had a fantastic experience at the velvet elk! You could tell that Don prides himself on creating a comfortable, hassle free environment for guests in the house. He left us very helpful instructions for everything and a bottle of wine to welcome us. He is a very creative and artful decorator- every inch of the house held something wonderful to look at- without sacrificing that amazing coziness you want in a getaway "cabin". We would definitely go back!
We managed to find the place easy enough. It was easy to gain access to the house, and once inside there was the helpful manual and a little present waiting for us on the counter (which we later consumed!).
The house was in great shape, pretty much as pictured and described. Don was very good at keeping in touch and making sure we were able to use all the facilities.
Being the winter the house was a little chilly later in the night. The house was the perfect size for our group of 7. The pool table and the other board game sin the house kept us more than entertained.
I imagine that this would be even more suitable for a summer stay but we really enjoyed it.
Don's place in the Poconos was beautiful and perfect for our gathering of 8 people. Clean, an amazing layout and a great host!
I rented the Velvet Elk for a weekend getaway with some friends and everything about the experience was perfect. The house is in excellent condition and was clean when we arrived. It was secluded enough so that it felt private, but yet we didn't feel like we were in the middle of nowhere. It was a quick drive into town to pick up food and supplies. The house comes with everything needed (except linens), which made things such as cooking a breeze. The beds were very comfortable.
Don was a very gracious host and was very quick to answer any questions that I had. He was very proactive in providing pertinent information at a reasonable time before our stay. Entering the house when we arrived was very easy and went without a snag.
Another thing that made the trip excellent was the technology in place at the house. Every switch was clearly labeled, and we didn't have to fumble around trying to find out how things worked (small details that we enjoyed). Also, the entertainment system was incredible, good speakers with extras such as a Roku. The WiFi also was very fast.
If I every find myself taking another getaway to the Poconos, I will definitely consider returning to the Velvet Elk.
Thanks again Marc for staying at the Velvet Elk. Come again!
Don was a cheerful, exuberant man who left the apartment clean and tidy. He was a pleasure to host.
Don was a very last minute guest, but it turns out we all had a ton in common! I hope he and his friend Ursula come back again soon as they have family in the area. I believe I have some new friends!
Very nice and clean I'm high recomend it!!!!
Beautiful house in the Poconos with a fire pit in the back yard, pool table and deer and turkeys running around the yard in the early morning. Very peaceful, relaxing and nice. Don was quick to respond to emails and phone calls. Will definitely come back next year!
I've stayed at Don't beautiful vacation home in the Poconos several times and the place is amazing. It's clean, impeccably taken care of, affordable, and a pleasant experience every time I'm there. I highly recommend B n' B-ing with Don.