"Lady of the Lake" is a charming and comfortable circa 1900 lakefront
home with water views from every room. Facing south on 70` of clear,
deep West Caroga Lake frontage, with a view of the vintage Ferris
wheel and carousel of Sherman’s 1920`s amusement park in the eastern
distance, the lovingly restored three-season house is distinctively
furnished with cottage antiques by designer/builder owners whose other
home is featured in the international best-seller design book,
The light-filled first floor features an open-plan living room and
eat-in kitchen with Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, painted pine
ceilings, and wainscoted walls. With its congenial open floor plan,
you can cook in the kitchen while laughing with friends in the living
room, enjoying the fire, watching a movie or boats on the lake. Yet
the thoughtful layout provides surprisingly private nooks for relaxing
with a good book or a quiet conversation.
A large, two-level screened porch spans the front of the house just
above the lake, creating a spectacular waterfront “great room” with
areas for dining, games and sleeping as well as a relaxing in rockers,
a glider and hammock.
The living room’s deep sofa, cushioned daybed, wicker chairs, and
rockers face a stone-backed woodstove-fireplace and an entertainment
armoire with LCD flat screen HDTV with basic cable service, VCR, DVD
and CD stereo with an attachment for your I-pod or MP3 player to the
indoor, porch and outdoor speakers. There’s a piano, a vintage
dollhouse, and a collection of regional guidebooks, cookbooks,
children’s books, fiction and poetry. Firewood, videos, CD’s, games
and art supplies are provided. There’s high speed wi-fi internet
service for your laptop computer.
A farmhouse sink and decorative wood cookstove (for display and
storage only) enhance the vintage charm of the gourmet kitchen,
modernly equipped with butcherblock counters, dishwasher, self-
cleaning electric range, refrigerator with icemaker, filtered water,
microwave, and all small appliances. It’s well-stocked with good pots,
sharp knives, handy gadgets, spices, condiments, cleaning supplies,
attractive tableware and serving pieces. The kitchen’s round vintage
dining table seats 4-6, with tables for 4 and 8 on the porch. There’s
a picnic table on the deck, with a gas patio heater to take the chill
off late-season evenings. An "outdoor kitchen" in the former ice house
has a full-size refrigerator, counter with sink and filtered water,
clothes dryer, and shelving for picnic and grill supplies, next to the
brick patio with stainless steel gas grill with side burner.
The bright, mirrored, first floor bathroom has ample storage and a
subway-tiled tub with shower. The sink with filtered water is set in
an antique dresser with a secret treasure drawer for kids to find. An
outdoor hot shower with views of lake and woods is large enough for
two, with double showerheads - a “rain” and a hand-held.
Three upstairs bedrooms include a master bedroom with 5 lake-view
windows, king bed and sitting area; a bedroom with a queen bed; and
one with two double beds. There are also twin-long daybeds in the
living room and entrance sunroom, and a double bed with air mattress
on the porch. The beds have firm mattresses, down duvets, hand-quilted
coverlets, fleece and wool blankets and a choice of pillows. You
provide sheets, pillowcases and towels.
Ceiling fans in every room including the porch circulate cool lake
air. Custom lighting on dimmer switches ranges from Italian tole
chandeliers and antique lamps to Japanese lanterns and a disco ball.
Vintage paintings of flowers, lakes and “ladies of the lake” hang on
The waterfront is clear, deep and hard-bottomed, the 330 acre lake
excellent for swimming, boating, fishing, and waterskiing. Furnished
decks both at water-level and cantilevered over the lake have
beautiful views. There’s a private swimming raft with shade umbrella
on the lake. A canoe, rowboat and sit-on kayak are provided. The dock
has room for your own small boat. A connecting channel lets you
explore East Caroga Lake as well.
The grounds include a lawn with perennial border and hammock. A
woodland hillside walk of 60 steps leads to parking above on a quiet
“Lady of the Lake” accommodates a maximum of 8 guests at all times;
there is parking for a maximum of 3 cars. Sorry, no pets and no
smoking. “Lady of the Lake” has a NO SHOES policy: bring slippers or
flip-flops for indoor use.