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5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 14
Swanton, Maryland

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zeethelib...
Raleigh, North Carolina
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great rental; room for improvement”
Reviewed 2 January 2018 for a stay in December 2017

My family wanted a large home in a central location to all of us (Indiana and North Carolina) where we could spend the Christmas holiday. By process of elimination, we found Bear Creek Lodge. Overall, we were happy with our choice. It was a large, attractive home with plenty of room and lots of light in a scenic location. We were also able to bring a family dog along, which was a necessity. As I said, there was plenty of room. With 6 bedrooms (this says 6, but technically the bedroom downstairs with bunkbeds has two bedrooms with a bathroom in between) and 4 bathrooms, there was plenty of room for space and privacy when needed. And with the large dining room table, spacious kitchen and two large living rooms, lots of options for group gathering, too.
What needs improvement? First of all, there were lots of games but all of the pieces were messed up within those games, making playing them impossible. My nephew was crushed that he could not play Spongebob Operation. And there were some jigsaw puzzles, but again, the pieces were all messed up. I spent several hours trying to make sense of it and finally gave up. Also, although there is a hot tub, you had to walk outside in open air to get to it. IT was snowing so walking through freezing snow did not entice. I would recommend building a covering over it. At the very least, put down some rubber mats or something that drain so people can walk out to it. And install a place where people can hang clothes. You had to just put clothes on the ground. And no place to hang dry towels. Only a few of us were brave enough to go out to that so we didn't get to enjoy that amenity. I also felt sad I couldnt' enjoy the lake because there was a steep icy set of stairs to go down and only part of it had a handrail. Installing handrails all the way down would be advised. Lastly, there was firewood available but it was just left outside with no covering, so it was wet and soggy. Overall, many of the things that were available we could not enjoy. Other than that, a great time was had.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
4 Jan 2018
Hello-

Thank you for your feedback! While ultimately we do want every guest to have a five star experience, we are so thankful for the feedback you have been able to provide. We will certainly review your comments across all departments and improve our processes for next time. We hope to see you all again soon!

Best-
Your Friends at Railey Mountain Lake Vacations
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“Pet-friendly Bear Creek Lodge is really neat!”
Reviewed 21 April 2017 for a stay in April 2017

First stay at DCL with my wife and 3 teenagers to celebrate an anniversary. This house was really neat. SUPER CLEAN, big kudos to the cleaning crew. We were really impressed with this and it is worth mentioning in caps! Really cool set up in the house with great attention to details. We really liked all the Bear decor.
The kitchen was stocked with all you could possibly need. Tons of table space and seating for a larger group. Hot tub was wonderful and a big hit with the kids. Shuffle board table was fun! The pool table was very uneven which disappointed our serious pool players and it went underutilized. Gorgeous windows along the lakeside of house for enjoying the views! I wish I could give this house a "5 star rating" but it fell a bit short with the exterior. The fire pit was in rough shape and could benefit from a replacement. There was a grill and smoker, but we did not have need for them. Much of the outdoor lighting was not functioning properly which limited our outdoor evening usage of the back yard and hot tub. I feel a little attention to the outdoor living space would go a long way to make it more inviting. We were disappointed with the lake access. The dock was not out, which was our mistake for not realizing this could be the case and we should have asked. With the dock missing, there really was no good place to be at the waters edge to fish with the kids. We debated bringing our kayaks, but glad we decided not to as it would have been a challenge to get them in and out. We were disappointed that there was a significant incline from the lake that we did not expect. (The pictures did not do a good job relaying this fact.) A good deal of steps to climb that combined with lack of space down by the water to sit or fish...we just didn't go down to the lake as often as we had hoped for our lakefront vacation. Good to know for next time ... ask ahead if the dock will be usable and question the lake accessibility for your needs (elderly, small kids, etc). Overall, we really liked the interior of this home. I could see us renting again perhaps in the winter months when lake access is not a priority. :)

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
24 Apr 2017
Hello-

Thanks for the review. Bear Creek Lodge is such a charming lake cabin and we are glad you were able to come for a stay. We will certainly pass along your comments to the owner and to our management team.

A quick note on docks- docks are only guaranteed to be in the lake from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Being in the mountains, we sometimes get frosts as late as early May/late April, so many homeowners delay putting in their docks until later in the Spring in order to protect the docks from damage. We apologize that this was not made clear to you before booking.

We do hope to see you again soon!
Thanks-

Your Friends at Railey Mountain Lake Vacations
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Pam C
Rockville, Maryland
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fabulous Family Christmas stay”
Reviewed 12 July 2015 for a stay in December 2014
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Such a fun cabin with lots of great atmosphere. Made for a wonderful holiday get away for our entire family and loved ones. Was very clean and well stocked. We didn't want for anything as it came with the works. Hot tub, game tables, TV's and separate baths for all. We really enjoyed our stay

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Reviewed 14 February 2013 for a stay in February 2013
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Pittsburgh
Reviewed 3 January 2012 for a stay in December 2011
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NJ
Reviewed 5 January 2011 for a stay in December 2010
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Reviewed 13 November 2010 for a stay in October 2010
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