|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
A beautiful and spacious cottage nestled in the center of Lakeside, you'll enjoy resting while you watch the world go by from the large front porch. The cottage contains two units which when combined can sleep 20 comfortably. Fully furnished with a total of 3 full baths and 2 kitchens, it's a wonderful home for family reunions or group retreats.
If rented separately, the front unit is a wonderful space for a large family or a couple of families staying together. It has 6 bedrooms (3 on each floor) with two full baths (one on each floor). The modern kitchen is a great place to cook large meals or zap something in the microwave. A washer and dryer makes caring for bathing suits and towels after a day at the beach a breeze. Next to the back bedroom in the downstairs is a wonderful sitting room (with a pull out couch) whose sliding glass door opens to the peaceful back porch, perfect for reading in the morning. The living room has comfortable couches and a pass through to the kitchen. The front porch has additional seating and a huge dining table that can seat 12. Great for group meals and putting together puzzles or playing games.
The attached back unit, called the Treehouse, is a great getaway for a smaller family with two bedrooms and a pullout couch, it can sleep up to 6. It has a combination living area and kitchen with an eating area with stools. A full bath with shower is off the kitchen. The stairway creates a private entrance as well as leads to a deck with table and chairs where you can enjoy morning coffee amongst the tree tops.
Larry and I have owned the cottage for about 10 years, but have been coming to Lakeside for most of our married life.
Our children are the 4th generation of our family to come to Lakeside. My mother would come with my grandmother as she attended church conferences. Then, when our oldest was 2 my mom started gathering the extended family together for a family retreat one week each summer. Eventually, we decided to buy a cottage, to carry on this tradition and to be able to have other families experience the magic of Lakeside.
Our cottage at 551 Central was originally the home of Robert A. and Mary Gill, oldest son of S. R. Gill, one of the founders of Lakeside. An advertisement in the Advocate listed the lot in 1890 for $150 and at that point it was leased to the elder Mr. Gill. It's unclear when the house was built, but the younger Mr. Gill is listed as the owner in 1916. While we have not found any early pictures of the cottage, we do know that the wood, as well as the concrete foundation stones, came from the barracks at Camp Perry. Our family is the 13th owner of the cottage and so pleased to be able to continue this wonderful Lakeside heritage.
Top Thing to do in City:
* Eating ice cream.
* Historic Walking and Tram Tours.
* Central Park activities.
Top Thing to do in Budget:
* FREE Shuffleboard.
* FREE Nightly Entertainment at Hoover Auditorium.
* Kite flying off the dock.
* FREE Tennis Lessons for kids.
* Rhein Center art classes.
Top Thing to do in Family:
* Lake Erie Islands.
* Edison's Birthplace.
* Cedar Point.
* Monsoon Lagoon Waterpark.
* Marblehead Lighthouse.
The Chautauqua on Lake Erie, Lakeside is a family oriented community started in the late 1800s as a Methodist campground. It is rich in history and purpose, filled with beautiful Victorian era cottages.
During the Chautauqua season, Lakeside features nightly entertainment. Other activities for people of all ages include swimming, fishing, shuffleboard, miniature golf, tennis, golf cart and bike rentals, quaint shops, restaurants, sailing lessons, and art and cooking classes. The Lakeside Symphony performs during August. The full entertainment extends from mid-June through August. Gate fees apply during the Chautauqua season to cover the costs of many of the activities.
Our cottage is located fairly central to all activities. It is two blocks down the hill to the main venue, Hoover Auditorium. Up the hill a bit, you'll find the main courts and tennis center. The shopping area and restaurants are about 5 blocks away as well as the park and lake. From our front porch, you can see the Rhein Center with arts and crafts for all ages. Most people park their car and either walk, bike or use Lakeside's free transportation, a golf cart system.
Lakeside is a place you easily fall in love with. Our family has been coming for 4 generations. We hope you'll come for a visit. For more information, check out the Lakeside Association website which lists the weekly entertainment and activities schedules as well as lots of other helpful information.
Additional attractions in the area include Cedar Point Amusement Park, African Safari, multiple waterparks, Thomas Edison's birthplace, ferry boat trips to the Lake Erie Islands, Hayes Presidential Center and Walleye/Perch fishing charter boats.
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£406|
Rates do not include Lakeside Chautauqua activity gate passes, 3% taxes, security deposit or parking pass. Gate passes and parking applicable during Chautauqua season, Memorial through Labor Day.
If you have a larger group, we own the cottage next door too. Together, the cottages can sleep 29 and makes a great setting for a large group retreat. Any questions, just let us know.