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Julee Skarka

Member since: 2011
Call Manager
Speaks English

Cottage With Your Own Private Backyard Pond! Chicken Festival Weekend Available!

61 Reviews
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Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this holiday cottage in East Bernstadt - Bluegill Cottage

Studio Bedroom: Furnished, Sleeps 4, Stocked Private Pond, Firepit, DVD, WIFI

Are you planning on attending the World Famous Chicken Festival in downtown London, KY sometime between September 22 through the 25th? Don't like the idea of staying in a hotel/motel that will most likely be full to it 's occupancy? Here is an alternative: stay at this country cottage. It's only 13 miles away from London, and is easy to get to.; it is only a 7 min. drive off exit 49 on I-75. Plus, it offers many perks and amenities for your enjoyment.

You will want to spend lots of time sitting on the covered back deck that overlooks a peaceful, serene pond.

Build a fire in the fire pit and have a cookout.

The cottage is comfortable, spic and span clean, and offers many extras.

Sit on the floating dock and feed the fish.

Feel free to take a walk around the property and breathe in the fresh, country air. You may even get a glance of deer or turkey while on your walk.

In the evening, go outdoors and see the magnificent galaxy of stars dot the sky.

If you are an avid bird watcher, you will enjoy the various birds who will visit the bird feeder right outside the front window. Cardinals, nut hatches, goldfinches, blue jays, woodpeckers, and chickadees are the most common birds that are seen feeding.

Watch the three resident horses graze in the fields surrounding you. If you wish, you may feed them carrots and apples. Our horses are very gentle and love our guests, especially ones who come bearing treats!

The inside of this cottage is loaded with character and charm; it even has a real tree trunk in it! You will be pleased when you see all the amenities that are included; just bring your clothes, food, and drinks, plus fishing poles and bait if you plan on fishing. See the 'amenities' section to see a complete list of what is supplied.

The massive floor to ceiling genuine field stone chimney containing a gas log gives a warm, cozy glow to the bedroom. (Fireplace is on seasonal, usually between late September through mid April).

The cottage is equipped with high speed unlimited WIFI for your convenience.

A 32 inch flat screen television is is equipped with Dish programming. Local Lexington channels are included, plus four Epix Movie channels for your viewing enjoyment. The cottage also has a DVD player, so you can bring your favorite movies with you in case you cannot find anything you like on the Dish or Epix channels.

A Lazy Boy rocker/recliner to relax on and a couch that converts into a queen sized sleeper bed is also part of the living room decor.

Finished original wood flooring is in the kitchen, living room, and bedroom and adds a rustic touch to the inside of the cottage.

The kitchen is large, and fully stocked so that if you wish, you can cook some great tasting meals.

The cottage has a full size bathroom.

Your well behaved and housebroken pet is welcome to accompany you for an additional charge of $25.00 per visit per pet under three days. Over three days, the fee is $10.00 per day per pet. Limit of two pets per stay. If you have plans to bring your pet, please mention this to us as you are making your reservation.

(At check in, you will be required to sign a rental agreement stating number of pets and overnight guests in your party.)

Feel free to build a fire in the fire pit that is in the backyard. No need to bring firewood as we supply the wood for you. It's a great way to end a perfect day.

The cottage also has ample parking for your truck/trailer if you plan on bringing your ATV.

The cottage is conveniently located 3 miles off I-75. It is a short drive to London and other nearby attractions.

Renfro Valley Music Center is only a 15 min. drive from the cottage.

Other places and events that may be of interest to you include:

Wildcat Harley Davidson store is located on the north end of London, 10 miles south of the cottage.

Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park is 15 miles south, in London.

Camp Wildcat Civil War Battle Historical Site is about 1 1/2 miles from the cottage.

Cumberland Falls State Park, the 'Niagara of the South' is 42 miles away, approx. 40 min. drive. It is a 'must see' to put on your list of things to do!

Original Colonel Sander's Cafe and Museum, Corbin, KY. Located approximately 20 miles south, eat where the Kentucky Fried Chicken began.

Speaking of food, there are many different restaurants in nearby London, KY.

Hiking trails are plentiful in our area; feel free to roam wherever you wish on our land. (70 acres). There are also more hiking trails on the land bordering ours that you may hike on.

This is just a short list of things you can do while you are visiting. There are many other special events going on year round in nearby London that may interest you. Just ask when you inquire and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Julee Skarka (Property Manager)
Member since: 2011
Call Manager
Speaks English

About Julee Skarka

My husband Pete and I are orginally from Northern Illinois. We moved down to Kentucky in 2001, and absolutely love it here. Pete had lived in Kentucky in the past when he attended MSU and fell in love at that time with the beautiful countryside. We currently have a small farm and raise chickens and have three pleasure horses for our personal use, plus Holstein calves.

Julee Skarka purchased this cottage in 2001

Why Julee Skarka chose Kentucky

We love horses and living in the country, and when we first set eyes on this piece of property, it was love at first sight! We really do feel like we have a small piece of heaven right here. The rolling hillsides, the deep woods, and the beautiful sunrises and sunsets just confirm the fact that we made the right choice by moving to Kentucky.

What makes this cottage unique

We are very near to the Daniel Boone National Forest which gives us great wooded views all around. There are numerous trails everywhere, great for both horseback riding and hiking, which we both love to participate in. We chose this property over all others because of it's beauty, tranquility, and seclusion.

We desire that you would feel 'at home' while you are here, and we are dedicated to give you the best service possible. It is our goal that every guest who visits comes away feeling refreshed and re-newed, and our hope is that you would desire to visit us again in the future.

Reviews

4.8
based on 61 holidaymaker reviews

Cottage With Your Own Private Backyard Pond! Chicken Festival Weekend Available!
average rating of 4.803279 based on 61 reviews
1630 Lake breeze Rd
5

Beautiful cabin and a very special couple.

  • 5 of 5

My grandson and I had the honor to stay at the Blue gill cabin for a week and we loved it. The view from the deck is so beautiful. The humming birds were amazing, we did a video of them. No one would of believed there were so many. The cabin was spotless inside and outside. The pond was my grandsons favorite part. He spent a lot of time fishing and swimming in it. Pete went out of his way to help my grandson dig up worms. Julee made sure we had all the humming bird feeders filled and goof for the other birds and fish. If you want a peaceful place to stay and two amazing people to look over your needs this is the place for you. Julee and Pete the owners are like angels watching over you.

God Bless both of them.

The cabin was exactly like like it was described, I have already told family members that they need to go and stay there. We went to Cumberland falls and on a train ride in Sterns, Kentucky. The battle field down the street was very interesting. The dollar game going on in the cabin is a lot of fun also.

Debbie and Grant

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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3

Nice for a weekend getaway

  • 3 of 5

The cabin was spotless and Julee and Pete were very nice. Their place is very well maintained I wish we would have had more time to explore around it. The cabin had everything we needed for the weekend and those hummingbirds will keep you entertained the entire time as well as all of the other birds that come around. It was a relaxing stay for the most part. The night we arrived the neighbors who live down behind the barn were riding dirt bikes until the sun went down so the noise and smell of that somewhat detracted from an otherwise beautiful and peaceful evening. But it didn't go on past sunset and even if it did you probably wouldn't have heard it over the frogs and crickets. It is so nice that they allow pets and we were able to bring our dog along with us but there were two other dogs that we saw roaming the property a couple times. I don't think they belonged to the owners but maybe the neighbors? They came up around the cabin the first night and didn't seem to mind our presence but the following evening when I was down at the dock with our dog the larger one of the two approached us barking and growling in an aggressive manner (ears back, hair standing up). She followed us in the same manner until we were halfway back to the cabin. Anyway, nothing came of it but we were planning to walk around the property some before we left the next morning but not knowing the story with the dogs decided to check out the nearby Camp Wildcat site instead which by the way was worth the time if you like those kinds of things. We managed to lock ourselves out of the cabin as the key we had only unlocked the front door lock and being in the habit of locking doors we locked the deadbolt as well and exited through the back door when we left. When we called Julee and Pete they weren't home and had to come back to let us in. They were very gracious and understanding and in the end it just caused us to spend more time out on the back porch with the hummingbirds so no harm. There are a lot of things to do in the area including ATV's, canoe/kayaking, hiking, etc. I would recommend their place but you just might ask about the dogs if you plan to bring your pet and make sure you know which locks the key fits and you'll be good!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The issue of being able to lock yourselves out has been solved for good, so all of our future guests will not need to worry about that. In our county, there are no noise ordinances for motorized vehicles or leash laws for dogs. Unfortunately, we have absolutely no control over our neighbors' activities or their dogs.
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5

Love this place

  • 5 of 5

Spectacular! This getaway is out of a story book- will definitely be returning. Couldn't have been better. Julee and Pete do an amazing job at preparing everything for your stay- highly advise staying here.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

beautiful place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

we really enjoyed our stay at the cottage. Feeding the fish and the horses was so fun. it became our favorite part of the stay. the cottage was well equipped and offered everything we needed. the location was close to many historic attractions. julee and pete were so nice even giving us corn from their garden. we look forward to staying there again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property was just as shown in the pictures.

  • 3 of 5

We had a great time during our stay. We enjoyed watching the hummingbirds and feeding the horses and fish. We enjoyed walking around the property and relaxing during our extended weekend. We did have some issues with receiving our deposit back because they said we had more guests than we actually did. After many emails and a few phone calls, we were refunded some of it, but still ended up paying for one night for a guest we never had.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This person put in the 'number of guests staying' column that there would be two people in their party, but actually showed up with a total of four or possibly five folks in all. Our rate section makes it very clear that if there are going to be more than two guests, there is an additional charge per day for each extra person.
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Clean, cozy ideal hideaway for Two.

  • 5 of 5

Great getaway location. Fishing and feeding the horses on your doorstep. Owners are very nice. Experience the wilds of Kentucky whilst still being close to plenty of activities and eateries. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Lexington, KY
Nearest Barpub
9 Miles
Shilohs Roadhouse
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
London Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Interstate 75 exit 49
Nearest Restaurant
9 Miles
Gondolier, Cracker Barrel, Cheddars
Nearest Ski
150 Miles
Beach Mountain
Nearest Beach
25 Miles
Laurel Lake, Cumberland Lake
Car: necessary

10 Miles North of London, Ky. 3 Miles Off I-75 Exit 49

Wildcat Adventures, off road park, 3 miles

30 minutes from Historic Boone Tavern in Berea, Kentucky.

15 minutes from Renfro Valley live musical & comedy performances in Mt. Vernon, Kentucky

1 mile from Wildcat Mountain Civil War Monument

40 miles to Cumberland Falls State Park, Niagra of the south!

Other activities and attractions:

Colonel Harland Sanders Original Resturant & Museum: 15 miles

Daniel Boone Motocross Park

Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park: 13 miles

London Dragway

Rockcastle River Trading Co.: 6 miles

Wildcat Harley-Davidson: 10 miles

Annual Nearby Events:

Christmas on Main, London, KY Usually 1st weekend in Dec.

World Famous Chicken Festival, London, KY: Last full weekend in Sept.

Wildcat Mt. Civil War Battle: 3rd weekend in October

Redbud Bike Ride, London: April

Cruisin on Main, London (classic car show) 3rd weekend April through September

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in East Bernstadt, Kentucky

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Thanksgiving Week
23 Nov 2016 - 27 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
£296
for 3 nights
From
£87
£575
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas
23 Dec 2016 - 25 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£296
for 3 nights
From
£87
£575
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
 
2017 Prices
1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
£192
for 2 nights
From
£79
From
£87
Fri,Sat
£575
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
£108
for 1 night
From
£75
From
£83
Fri,Sat
£533
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £19 + Tax
Cleaning Fee £31 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £76
Tax Rate 9.0%

If there are more than two people staying, there is an extra person per day charge of $8.00 per person per night.
One night stays are effective only Sunday through Thursday nights. Weekend nights Friday and Saturday, require a two night min. stay.
Cancellation policy is as follows: a cancellation within 7 days of your reservation, we will not issue a refund. If you cancel between the 7 days and before 30 days of your reservation, we will refund 1/2 of whatever amount you paid upon booking. If you cancel your reservation before 30 days of your arrival, there is a full refund of what you paid upon booking.
Holiday weeks or weekends in 2016 the following rates and stay requirements are:
Thanksgiving Week, 11/23 through 11/26: Three night min. stay, $105.00 per night.
Christmas Weekend, 12/23 through 12/26: Three night min. stay, $105.00 per night.

Pets are allowed. They must be well trained, housebroken, etc.
The pet fee is $25.00 per pet for 3 nights or less. Over 3 nights, fee is $10.00 per night. Limit of two pets per stay.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in East Bernstadt, USA

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Tub/shower combination, vanity, nightlight. We supply bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths, shower mat for floor, soap, shampoo, hair conditioner and hair dryer.
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , See bedroom notes below.
  • The bedroom area has a queen size bed with a Serta brand foam mattress, (very comfortable!) Also has a 5 drawer dresser, and a wall heater. A 4 foot wide floor to ceiling genuine field stone chimney containing a gas log fireplace which faces the bed gives the room a warm, romantic glow. Newer full size sofa/sleeper in the living room area.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • veranda
  • Wood Decking
  • Yard
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
We are only a short 5 min. drive from Wildcat Adventures Offroad Park, the recipient of the 2015 Hospitality Award for Laurel County. Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer Adjacent to Wildcat Civil War battleground, miles of horse riding/hiking trails, farm pond fishing, 12 X 30 foot attached covered deck, outstanding views. 10 miles from World Famous Chicken Festival. Five miles from Rockcastle Rivers' canoeing.

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