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Aurora's Kentucky Lake Cottages

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16918 US Highway 68 E, Aurora, KY 42048-9340
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#1 of 2 in Aurora
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4.3
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4.0
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4.5
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4.0
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We are family owned and operated. We offer Motel Rooms along with Small, Medium, and Large Cottages with full kitchens. Amenities are high-speed internet, swimming pool with slide, pool table, ping pong, air hockey, horseshoes, shuffleboard, Huge Kids' playset, charcoal grills, picnic tables, fish cleaning station, electrical hook-ups, and Excellent parking! We're only 1/2 mile from the 160,000 acre Kentucky Lake and 170,000 acre Land Between the Lakes, offering: 500 hundred miles of hike & bike trails, Elk & Bison Prairie, Nature Station, 1850's Homeplace, Wranglers' Riding Stables, 2,350 acre Turkey Bay OHV and MORE!
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Boating
Hiking
Children's playground
Children's television networks
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Fence around pool
Horseback riding
Skiing
Archery offsite
Billiards
Bowling offsite
Canoeing offsite
Fishing
Table tennis
Tennis court offsite
Waterslide
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Kids' outdoor play equipment
BBQ facilities
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Picnic area
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Air conditioning
Interconnected rooms available
Seating area
Private bathrooms
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Kitchenette
Cable / satellite TV
Sofa bed
Microwave
Oven
Refrigerator
Stovetop
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Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
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Katrina M wrote a review Oct 2021
Benton, Kentucky1 contribution
We booked this for just the weekend and it was worth every penny! The one we stayed in was very clean. And neatly set up. Like a mini cabin. Everyone was super sweet and courteous! They made sure we had all that we needed!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled
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RHONDA W wrote a review Sep 2021
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Owners were super nice and helpful and worked to get us checked in for an early arrival. Everything was very clean and had all the necessary amenities. Nice fire pit with chairs, picnic table on the porch, and BBQ grill. There was plenty of room to park our Trucks, Trailers, & UTV's. The beds were exceptionally comfortable as well as nice couch and recliner. Would've given a 5 star review but the place is aging and could use a little work, but overall I would definitely recommend staying here!
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Date of stay: September 2021
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John R wrote a review Aug 2021
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Staff are the friendliest around. Very helpful. Cottages are comfortable. Cool air. Everything you need. Like home away from home. Close to Kenlake. We stayed for Hot August Blues. We had awesome stay. Close to several great restaurants. I'll always come back
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled
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Kavon manning wrote a review Aug 2021
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It was great had a awesome time cant wait to come back owners were very friendly felt like family treated us great. Awesome place to visit fun for all the family good to just relax and enjoy nature and be very relaxed
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled
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Response from Jaymi Tarnowski, Owner at Aurora's Kentucky Lake Cottages
Responded Aug 21, 2021
Thank you so much for your great review, kind words and 5-STAR RATING!!!!! We certainly appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you again soon! When you need to relax, just head our way again! 😁 Best regards to you and yours!
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Gayle R wrote a review Aug 2021
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This is a nice place to stay for the value, we had a duplex for the size of our family, the bathrooms are small and shower very small, the grandson's had a great time in swimming pool and playing air hockey, pool and playgound area, not a fancy place, but the staff and owners are the best and friendly, not a lot of choices for eating out, serveral closed, very close to Kenlake Marina, all in all, if you are looking for a simple cottage to stay at, this is the one for you.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Response from Jaymi Tarnowski, Owner at Aurora's Kentucky Lake Cottages
Responded Aug 21, 2021
Thank you so much for staying with us. We appreciate your review and we hope if you're in our area again, that you'll stay with us. We do have a great location, just 1/2 mile from Kentucky Lake and Land Between the Lakes. Our pool has the only SLIDE in our area, and as you found out - the kids LOVE it! We're the most family-friendly place to stay around here and we're thankful for guests like you that enjoy what we have to offer. Thanks again for your business! Hope to see you again in the future!
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Molly wrote a review Aug 2021
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First off - quick summary on the GOOD: Very comfortable beds! Good value for the space. Cold A/C. Pool. Nice outdoor recreation area. Close to Kenlake. Super-nice owners. Now for the "Things You Might Want to Know": We chose Aurora's KY Lake Cottages because all of the other places we have stayed were booked for our dates. We travel with a dog, so we always look for stand alone units to ensure that he doesn't disturb others on the odd chance that we need to leave him crated in the room for a short period of time. I incorrectly assumed that "Cottages" were stand-alone units - the one that we had was not. (In fairness, the website does have their floorplans on their site. However, I missed the part that showed a "connecting door" to the next unit.) Most of the 2-bedroom units are a duplex, so it is likely you will have neighbors next door at some point. While I do not think the folks next to us were overly loud, we could hear them in our unit. We could also smell anything they cooked. The biggest downfall to a duplex with a pup is that he could hear everything, which made him bark frequently. He just didn't understand. We did our best to keep him quiet, but I knew there was no way we could leave him crated in the cottage without him disturbing the neighbors...which meant we were incredibly limited on where we could get meals. We were only there for a few days and didn't intend to cook. This mistake was on me - I completely overlooked it. That's why I want to point it out in case others do, as well. The 2 Bedroom Cottage really isn't 2 bedrooms. It's a 1 bedroom cottage with a living room that has 2 full size beds in it. For our party of 3, this wasn't a big deal. We just like to have at least 1 bedroom door to close so we don't have to go to bed or turn out all the lights when our daughter goes to bed. This might be a big deal for someone traveling with a larger group, as this particular cottage claimed to hold up to 10 people. The beds are all full-size, which means my tall husband and I sleep apart on the trip since we are used to a king, but we knew that ahead of time. The beds were very comfortable...one of the best I've ever slept on during travel. This was a pleasant surprise, because the bedspreads looked to be at least 30 years old - they were threadbare. Pillows - eh, I bring my own always. These were very firm. Air-Conditioning - The temperatures and heat index hovered at or above 100 for our trip, so the COLD A/C was very welcome. Just note that it is a window unit in the living room (Front "bedroom"), and it is very noisy. It was hard to watch TV without blaring the volume...but I think our neighbors ha to do the same, so at least we didn't disturb them. And it muffled my husband's snoring, so that was a plus ;) The downside to one window unit is that the actual bedroom got warm. Our kiddo didn't mind, but there was no way I could have slept back there with the door closed (which sort of defeats the purpose of having a door to close). There is a pool, open 9-9. It is a bit small, but it was clean. Kids like it to splash and cool off, but no one would be swimming laps. There is a recreation area in the middle of the resort. A small covered pavilion offers table tennis, pool, and air hockey. The pool table and air hockey table are older and could use some maintenance, but they are free and fun for kids. There is also a nice playground for younger kids. Beware that this is RIGHT OUTSIDE of units 5/6, so if you don't like kid noise...pick a different location. Quiet hours are after 10, and the guests respected that timing. The bathroom is serviceable, but there is no bathtub. That might be important for families with smaller children. The shower is miniscule....I've been in larger showers in value cabins on a cruise ship. Water was hot, decent water pressure, I got clean....just tiny shower. There is a kitchen with stove and full-size refrigerator. It appeared to be well outfitted with dishes, pots and pans, etc. We didn't really make use of it, but we love having a fridge. There is no ice maker in the fridge and only 1 ice tray, but they sell bags of ice at the office. The location is great if you want to be near Kenlake. We typically stay at the north end of the lake, near Ky Dam, so we are much more familiar with that area. This location was great for Kenlake and entering the middle of Land Between the Lakes. There is a nice restaurant next door, The Pond. Great catfish. There are several other restaurants along the road...but whether they are open is hit or miss. We intended to order take-out pizza from one spot on Saturday night, only to call them 90 minutes before the stated closing time and find that they were "closed until Tuesday". It was a little frustrating, since we couldn't go off and leave the pup and were relying on take-out or outdoor dining. The resort does have WIFI, but it was not reliable. We also had little cell service in the area at times. That was nice to make you unplug, but it was aggravating when you needed to look up area restaurants or try to make a call. It isn't a huge deal, but if being connected is important to you, don't count on the WIFI. There is no housekeeping service during your stay, but they will exchange towels daily. This is typical in cottages. To sum it all up - this was a nice visit to the lakes to spend time with family and celebrate an old friend's birthday in a nearby town. The resort is older, but it offers a great value for the space. The owners know they aren't a fancy resort and they don't try to be. If you are a family looking for space to spread out but don't want to spend a fortune, this is definitely the place for you. If you're a hunter or fisherman that just wants a place to sleep, make a reservation! If you're a little more particular, this may not be the place for you.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Response from Jaymi Tarnowski, Owner at Aurora's Kentucky Lake Cottages
Responded Aug 21, 2021
Thank you for staying with us - we really appreciate your review and your business, as well as your kind words! We are constantly striving to offer our guests nice, clean, comfortable lodging as well as lots of activities to do when you're not on Kentucky Lake or Land Between the Lakes - we're the closest lodging to both and the most family-friendly. 😁 We have lots of pictures and floor plans on our website for your convenience - we certainly want everyone happy with their choice of accommodations. (Some of our units do have tub/showers, separate bedrooms and large living rooms & kitchens. Some are stand-alone cottages, but most are duplex cottages - several with inner-connecting doors which are great for large groups staying together.) Most of our mattresses are brand new, and our bedspreads are less than 2 years old. Our internet provider is Mediacom and we wish we had a better option - we have spend thousands of dollars on our wifi equipment, but it's only as good as the service provider, unfortunately. (Most cell phones work in our area except for T-Mobile & Nextel.) Again, we appreciate your review and assessment - thank you for staying with us! Best regards to you and yours! 😁
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Dean S wrote a review Jul 2021
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What a treat to find this place! Dave & Jaymi were gracious, kind, warm and inviting. The room was clean and well furnished and there was a ton of activities right on site. A wonderful family restaurant within a short walking distance with a great menu.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Response from JAYMI TARNOWSKI, Owner at Aurora's Kentucky Lake Cottages
Responded Jul 21, 2021
Dean, Thank you so much for your kind words and great review!!!!! It is guests like you that keep us going year after year. We so appreciate your business and are thankful you took the time to let others know what you think of our place - word of mouth from our customers is the best!!! Thanks again for staying with us - we hope you see you again soon! Best regards to you and yours!
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CincinnatiKid1234 wrote a review Jul 2021
Cincinnati, Ohio14 contributions7 helpful votes
This is a perfect location for visiting the Land Between the Lakes area. There are many activities very near the cottages. It is also easy to drive "The Trace" north bound one day and south bound another with many hiking options. The owners, Dave and Jayme, are very friendly and quite helpful with offering local restaurants and "must do" activities. The Kenlake Marina fireworks display was one of the best we have ever seen. We are from Cincinnati and have a nationally renowned display in town every Labor Day weekend so we had low expectations for this small town display. It FAR exceeded our expectations. As advertised, this is not a high end resort but it met our needs and has lots of activities for families on site.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Response from Jaymi Tarnowski, Owner at Aurora's Kentucky Lake Cottages
Responded Jul 10, 2021
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to leave a great review! It sounds like you had a wonderful time while staying here with us. (You didn't mention any problems, so we're wondering why just 3 stars?) We thought the fireworks were amazing as well - Kenlake Marina does a fantastic job - Aurora's Kentucky Lake Cottages help sponsor them, and we couldn't be happier with the display this year! We appreciate your business and hope to see you again in the future. Best regards to you and yours!
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Caleb B wrote a review Jun 2021
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Very friendly and awesome staff. Exceeded my expectations. Very reasonable rates. Clean and relaxing place to stay. Everything from check in to check out was excellent. Made my fishing trip very enjoyable and convenient just to be able to park and charge my boat right next to my unit.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled
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Response from Jaymi Tarnowski, Owner at Aurora's Kentucky Lake Cottages
Responded Jul 10, 2021
THANK YOU so much for the GREAT REVIEW and 5-STAR RATING!!!!! We certainly appreciate your letting others know what you think of our place - we love our fishermen! Y'all are the best! We appreciate your business and hope to see you again soon!
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Bobbie S wrote a review Jun 2021
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The cottage was lovely and enjoyable. We had a great time and will come back. The pool was nice, the activities were wonderful and the playground was enjoyable for the children. I will give word of mouth and share website information on Aurora Cottages.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled
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Response from Jaymi Tarnowski, Owner at Aurora's Kentucky Lake Cottages
Responded Jul 10, 2021
Oh my goodness - THANK YOU for such a GREAT REVIEW and 5-STAR RATING!!!!! We're so happy you enjoyed your stay - we certainly appreciate your taking the time to let others know what you think of our place. Can't wait to see you again in the near future! Best regards to you and yours! Thanks again!!!!!
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PRICE RANGE
$90 - $143 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
aurora`s ken oak hotel aurora
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Aurora's Ken Oak Resort
LOCATION
United StatesKentuckyAurora
NUMBER OF ROOMS
25
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Frequently Asked Questions about Aurora's Kentucky Lake Cottages
Which popular attractions are close to Aurora's Kentucky Lake Cottages?
Nearby attractions include Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area (4.4 miles), The Elk and Bison Prairie (4.5 miles), and The Hitching Post & Old Country Store (0.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Aurora's Kentucky Lake Cottages?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Aurora's Kentucky Lake Cottages?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Aurora's Kentucky Lake Cottages?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Aurora's Kentucky Lake Cottages?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Aurora's Kentucky Lake Cottages?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Pond, Belew's Dairy Bar, and Dinner Bell Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Aurora's Kentucky Lake Cottages?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Aurora's Kentucky Lake Cottages located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Aurora.
Are pets allowed at Aurora's Kentucky Lake Cottages?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Is Aurora's Kentucky Lake Cottages accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.