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Married couple who love to boat, swim, and read by the shore. We've been working our cottage for years and love to be able to share it with friends old and new.
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The cabin was beautiful. The view was amazing. Julie and Shane's cabin proved to be a much needed location for a weekend away
Julie and Shane have managed to keep the perfect balance of functionality and charm in this ideal lakefront cottage. For an active couple split between Cleveland and Chicago, we found our brief stay to be relaxing yet were able to pack all sorts of fun into two short days. From kayaking, swimming, bike riding and even local coffee shop and antique store visits in Columbia City we managed to feel like we were in our own little world every step of the way!
Simple, accommodating, comfortable and peaceful.
We were looking for a place to relax and that is just what we found, the cottage was comfortable in every sense of the word. We really enjoyed our stay!!!
We spent a fun couple of days at the cottage. It has everything one would want to enjoy the lake, a firepit with smores, kayaks, paddleboat, diving board, places to fish, corn hole, etc. The neighbors are quite friendly and even shared with us their days catch of fish, which we were able to enjoy for dinner.
Julie was easy to communicate with and quickly answered all of our questions. We were very happy that we chose to stay at the cottage.
Nice, quiet getaway....cottage was just as described. Nothing fancy but beds were comfortable and we all slept great. Our only complaint was that the water pressure was not very good since it's an old house. You may also want to bring drinking water if you aren't a fan of well water. We spent a few days here (2 moms, 4 kids ages 1,2,3,4) and enjoyed swimming and s'mores. The pedal boat is only a two-seater so we had to take turns but the kids felt cool just sitting in it and not going anywhere! We also took the kids to the nearby elementary school which had an awesome playground. Wish we could have spent more time on the lake in the boat/kayaks but it wasn't possible for us with 4 little ones. Thanks, Julie, for sharing your home with us and making us feel so welcome! It was so nice having a kitchen, towels, etc. so we could just stay put and relax once we arrived.
My family just enjoyed a several day stay at Julie's cottage. The setting was very peaceful. There is a fabulous view of the surprisingly quiet lake. We utilized the fire pit and lawn chairs each evening - which was a wonderful way to end the day. The property has a pretty big lawn. The cottage is only a few minutes from Columbia City - which was convenient.
The listing description was spot-on. There are no bells and whistles, no good phone/wifi signals, and the house/appliances/furnishings are "old school". We liked it this way!
I would mention that if you are used to purified water - bring your own. The water is very high in mineral content.
Julie was a very considerate host. She answered all my questions promptly and was very helpful. I recommend this listing!
The Peaceful Lakefront Cottage is exactly that! The view of the lake was beautiful, and I'm sorry we didn't have more time to enjoy it. The cottage is adorable, and Julie is a very thoughtful host. My son said it best: "This place really is peaceful!"
FABULOUS! This is the 2nd time we've been to Julie & Shane's lake house. We hope to come back every summer! We all loved fishing, kayaking, swimming, and playing in the water. The house was clean and cozy and there was a nice cool breeze with the windows open. We loved that we were able to prepare full meals in the kitchen using the pots and pans already there. The neighbors were super friendly, the neighborhood quiet and peaceful. This is the perfect place to relax and enjoy family time!
It was a sweet little weekend cottage on a nice lake. Not far from Ft. Wayne. It was my first time in Indiana and it was nice to drive a little bit out into it and have a place to sit outside and listen to the birds and the water. I found the people in the area to be quite nice and friendly.
Our entire family had a fantastic time at Julie and Shane's lakehouse! Our kids (ages 11, 7, and 10 months) were all happy to be there. The older boys swam and fished while our daughter had plenty of room to get around the house and yard. Julie and Shane were nice enough to allow us to use their padle boat and canoe (the kids thought those were the best things ever) and I loved having the use of a full kitchen (although it took us a few minutes to figure out how to turn the stove on). The house was clean and incredibly comfortable with more than enough beds for all of us. It was well stocked with blankets, sheets, towels and wash clothes (we stayed a week). Also, when we got to the house we found that they had left us the fixins for smores! The kids loved that! The neighbors were very nice and very tolerant and kind to my talkative boys. Julie was great to talk/ email with. Very friendly and imformative and answered each and every question quickly and completely. The ONLY complaint any of us had was the small stand up shower (we knew ahead of time that was what was available so there were no suprises). However, that one tiny imperfection would in no way deter us from renting the lakehouse again. In fact, I've already informed my husband that I'd like to rent it anytime we'll need to be in that area (weather permitting).