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“Christmas in June, not July!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Santa's Lakeside Cottages

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Santa's Lakeside Cottages
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2 reviews
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“Christmas in June, not July!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2014 via mobile

My family knew the moment we arrived to Santa's Lakeside Cottages that we had made the right choice. The kids, both under 8 years old had the look of Christmas morning, eager to explore the grounds and especially loved the lake just a few steps outside the door. The fishing poles were the item we forgot to bring, which was not a problem. The cottages are only 5 minutes from Holiday World which made it a bonus after hanging out all day at the amusement park. We will definitely be back.

Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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31 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

10 adults and 7 children all nestled silently in their beds in Santa's Lakeside Cottages in Santa Claus, Indiana; just a mile west of Holiday World. These were absolutely the best cabins we have ever stayed in on five family vacations. The pond behind the cabins has plenty of small fish (large mouth bass and bluegils) that the children are sure to catch. Geese and ducks with their babies swim nearby. The outdoor table and chairs are made of the finest fake wood and are a pleasure to sit and rest in, as well as the back porch swing. Sturdy hammocks are nearby. A fire pit for every cabin sturdily constructed with boulder and stump seats for nighttime s'mores with the kiddies. Inside, a fully furnished kitchen, electric stove, oven, microwave, coffee pot, fridge and utensils and dishes. Also, a charcoal grill with a big stone slab to step on in case it rains (it did, twice). Two huge playgrounds for the kids and one of them is secured with fencing; the other is open. You can rent fishing rods, buy wood, exchange linen. The bathrooms were well appointed and included a built-in bench seat to make dressing easier. The interior furniture was made of real timber and both couches folded out to make queen size beds. Daily, they drive by to pick up trash from the rear porch supply closet with every cabin. Cement driveways to park up to three or four cars on. Well landscaped.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Anthony L
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20 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014 via mobile

What a lovely place. It all starts with a great welcome from the really nice owners at the main office. One of them will take you to your cottage (we stayed at #6) and show you the place. The cottage was clean, everything so well maintained. The pool area is really nice and both kids playground areas are full of toys. It is so convenient close to Holiday World. We live 3,5 hours from this place but we will definitely be back. Recommended!!!

Stayed May 2014
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

This is a wonderful place to stay, but referring to the ponds on the property as lakes is a little misleading. There are two generous-sized ponds that are stocked, and attractively maintained. The facility doesn't need a lake and simply being named "Santa's Cottages" is descriptive enough. There are 22 adorable cabins, an outdoor pool, quaint playgrounds and a circle walking path. The property is clean and the units are well maintained. We attended for a family reunion and rented 6 cottages. This worked well for young children with plenty to do right on the property. Not sure if it would fill the day of older kids.

Fire pits, hammocks, TV and WiFi are available. Be prepared to pay for fishing poles, bait and firewood. Lincoln state park is very close as is Holiday World. Bring and prepare your food in the cottage kitchen, as quality restaurants in the area are lacking. All bedding and towels are excellent. If you want peace and quiet in quaint, comfortable surrounds, this fits the bill!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Kay M
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2014 via mobile

We stayed for two nights and it was an excellent place to stay. The cabin was nice and the owners were always available to help and provide information. The property was well maintained. It is obvious that the owners care about their guests and want to provide them with a great experience. We will definitely stay there again the next time we visit.

Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2014 via mobile

This is our second family trip to the Santa Cottages. We had a 2,3, and 4 year old and 4 adults this year. The cottages are very clean (this from a neat freak) and well maintained. The staff is very friendly and was visible several times a day in case you needed something. The grounds are amazing, with great playgrounds, giant sandboxes, and ponds full of fish. We spent the days at Holiday World and the evenings enjoying the grounds and just sitting on the patio. The pool is very nice and even has a little splash pad for the kids. It is a great place to take the kids. Lots of memories made here!!!

Stayed May 2014
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2014

We really enjoyed our stay in Dasher. The cottage was beautiful and extremely clean. The view was gorgeous and the entire property was clean and well kept. It was a great place to come back to after a long, exhausting day at Holiday World. our kids even said that they loved it and it was so much better than staying in a hotel. When I had called to make the reservation, they knew we would arrive early that morning and allowed us an early check-in. There is so much to do on the property but due to our schedule with my daughter's choir competition, we didn't get to swim or fish but we had a blast feeding the ducks and the kids did get to play on the playground in the morning. It was a great experience. The beds were so comfortable and we got the linen package and the linens smelled so fresh!

Everyone on the property were so nice and helpful. We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank nrschmitz
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Property: Santa's Lakeside Cottages
Address: 1405 W Christmas Blvd, Santa Claus, IN 47579-6028
Region: United States > Indiana > Santa Claus
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Santa Claus
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Charming lakefront cottages on 2.6 acre lake in Santa Claus Indiana. The whole family can comfortably spend a great vacation enjoying the area attractions of Holiday World and Splashin Safari, Lincoln State Park and Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, golfing at Christmas Lake Golf Course, or enjoying the beauty of rural southern Indiana. ... more   less 
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