Lady of the Lake " is a classic 1901 lakehouse with water views from every room. Facing south on 70 ft. of deep West Caroga Lake waterfront, the delightful, comfortable, three-season house is charmingly furnished with cottage antiques by designer/builder owners whose work is featured in numerous interior design publications.
A large, two-level screened porch spans the front of the house just above the lake, creating a spectacular waterfront great room with areas for dining, games and sleeping as well as relaxing in rockers, a glider, a wicker chaise and a hammock.
The living room's deep sofa, cushioned daybed and wicker chairs face a stone-backed Jotul woodstove-fireplace and an entertainment armoire with LCD flat-screen TV with basic cable service, VCR, DVD and stereo with a jack for connecting your digital music source to the indoor, porch and outdoor speakers. There's a piano and sheet music, a vintage dollhouse, and a collection of regional guidebooks, cookbooks, children's books, fiction and poetry. Firewood, videos, CDs, games and art supplies are provided.
A skirted farmhouse sink with drainboards enhances the vintage charm of the modernly equipped gourmet kitchen. Appliances include a dishwasher, refrigerator, electric range, microwave, water filter and all small appliances. Ample cabinets with butcher block counters are well-stocked with good pots, sharp knives, baking pans, handy gadgets, spices, condiments, cleaning supplies, attractive tableware and serving pieces. The kitchen's round pedestal dining table seats 4-6, with tables for 4 and 8 on the porch. There's a picnic table on the deck, a brick patio with gas grill, a tabletop gas firepit on the picnic table for s'mores, and a gas patio heater to take the chill off spring and fall evenings.
Three upstairs bedrooms all have lake views. The master bedroom features an enchanting king bed with silk-leaved birch branch headboard, five windows looking out on the water, painted beadboard walls, a sitting area with a comfortable down-filled French bergere chair and ottoman, and a mahogany deck overlooking the lake, furnished with outdoor wicker chairs, sofa and chaise. There is also a wallpapered queen bedroom and a third bedroom with two double beds. Downstairs, there are twin-long daybeds in the living room and entrance sunroom, and a double bed with air mattress on the porch. The beds have firm mattresses, comfortable memory-foam mattress toppers, down duvets, hand-quilted coverlets, fleece and wool blankets and a choice of down and fiberfill pillows. You provide sheets, pillowcases and towels.
The bright, mirrored, first floor full bathroom has a subway-tiled tub with shower. The sink is set in an antique dresser with a secret treasure drawer for kids to find. Amenities include a hairdryer, curling iron, magnifying mirror, first-aid kit and a selection of toiletries in case you forget something. There's also a powder room adjacent to the three upstairs bedrooms, and an outdoor hot shower with views of lake and woods.
There's high-speed WI-FI internet, and unlike in much of the region, most cell phones work here. In case yours does not, you're welcome to make calls within the U.S. on our landline.
Custom lighting on dimmer switches ranges from Italian tole chandeliers and antique lamps to Japanese lanterns and a disco ball. Lovely vintage paintings of flowers, lakes and "ladies of the lake" adorn the walls.
The waterfront is clear, deep and hard-bottomed; the 330 acre lake is excellent for swimming, boating, fishing, and water skiing. Furnished decks both at water-level and cantilevered over the lake have beautiful views. There's a private swimming raft with on the lake. A canoe, two sit-in kayaks and a sit-on kayak are included. The dock has room for your own small boat. A connecting channel lets you explore East Caroga Lake as well. Additional canoes, kayaks, and pontoon boats can be rented at the local marina.
The grounds include a sloped lawn with perennial border and hammock. A woodland hillside walk of 60 steps leads to parking above for three cars on a quiet lane. Country roads take you to nearby hiking trails that lead to hidden lakes and panoramic views from a mountain lookout tower.
Guests have access to the entire property, including 75 feet of private waterfront, dock, decks, swimming raft, kayaks.
Interaction with guests
I'll likely not be in town while you're here, but you can always call if you need anything. I have local crew who can assist.
Other things to note
A reminder that there are 60 steps down (and back up!) to the house - so if mobility is an issue, this is likely not the house for you. Also, for those with young children and non-swimmers, the waterfront is deep - over an adult's head within a few steps. Children must be supervised at all times. And the upper level of the screened porch does not have a rail to protect toddlers from going over the 2-3 ft. to the lower level. There is plenty of space for them to play on the lower level.
No shoes in house.
Please leave Lady of the Lake as nice as you found her.
Parking for maximum of 3 cars.
You provide towels, sheets and pillowcases. Beds include 1 king, 1 queen, 2 fulls, 2 twins, (plus 1 full with air mattress & mattress topper on porch).
A member of your party must be 25 or older.
Maximum 8 guests at all times.
Note: No pets allowed but I do have a part-time resident cat who thinks every chair and bed is her "favorite", so if you're allergic to cats this might not be the spot. (She won't be in residence while you're there.)