My sisters and I were looking for a place to take our parents for their 60th anniversary and I found the cottages at Water's Edge in Vermilion. We rented the "Guesthouse" for two weekdays and were delighted with the entire experience.
The Guesthouse is probably the original farmhouse on the property so this was no small cottage. It has a long enclosed porch with windows looking out onto Lake Erie..we had our family breakfasts/luncheons here with the cooling breezes from the lake adding to our enjoyment. The kitchen has been totally renovated with newer appliances and corian sink/countertops. The LR has one sofa, a large recliner and a smaller loveseat..maybe could seat 6 at the most. The front porch faces Rte 6 and has two chairs and a small patio table..delightful for watching the corn grow!
I am extremely particular and this whole house was spotless...down to the whitepainted floorboards upstairs with no dust, anything. Bathrooms spotless. There is a washer/dryer in the downstairs bath..very spacious.
There are 4 bedrooms, 3 upstairs one of which is very small with a double bed and small dresser. The other two had multiple beds and could sleep between 5-7 guests total. The mattresses were wonderful; the linens crisp and smelled great. The main floor bedroom is huge with two upholstered rocking chairs and a patio door opening onto the back deck..all with a view of the lake.
The grounds were spotless reflecting the owner's attention to detail...beautiful huge hanging baskets of petunias were everywhere. Volleyball, corn hole and shuffleboard are available with lots of childrens toys in one area. I could see where this could be an active place in the middle of summer, but it was a wonderful, quiet retreat for us.
The beach is clean and there are at least a dozen sturdy plastic white lounge chairs on a concrete pad close to the beach. We loved the lone willow growing out of the breakers.
Our older parents and aunt/uncle enjoyed sitting under the portico on the swing and the oldfashioned chairs from the 40's that are painted a cheery yellow.
All in all I would go back in a heartbeat. Therese and her husband have owned this place for 27 years and take great pride in their buildings and grounds. Obviously, we didn't stay in any of the smaller cottages, some quite small, but during our stay at least three other cottages were rented and the guests we spoke to seemed happy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cottages at the Water's Edge is 4 miles west of Vermilion, 40 miles west of Cleveland, with 400 feet of private sandy beach and 10 vintage cottages. The cottage by the lake is America's classic summer getaway...time is the precious commodity of a cottage at the water's edge. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Cottages At The Water`s Edge Hotel Vermilion
- Cottages At The Water's Edge Vermilion, Ohio