I just returned from a weekend get-away at this jewel, nestled in the beauty of the Ozarks hills. From the breathtaking view of the lake to the kind of service that we just don't find everyday, I highly recommend this property.
We found it easily and had a smooth check-in. James and Betty greeted us and offered their service for anything that we might need over the weekend. We made our way to our cabin and were impressed (the photos don't do it justice...the view is amazing) at the clean and well kept cabin. Everything was there that we needed - individual grills for cooking just steps away, a million dollar view (we stayed in cabin 9 - aptly titled "Lakeview") and a clean and well kept kitchen. We had a full size fridge, microwave and toaster along with everything that we would expect a 'housekeeping' cottage to have. The bathroom was clean and the room was cooled upon our arrival. We noticed a heater, but did not have to use it.
The owners answered all our questions and offered up some movies or games to play - this would be great for kids. Great sleeping - the room stayed cool all night. Very private - we never heard our neighbors. We even picked some of the most delicious apples we have ever tasted from the tree in front of our cabin. The room comes with a flat screen tv and DVD player.
We ate at the restaurant on Saturday - great service, amazing food and an impressive wine selection. The restaurant was packed - you need to make reservations, as the locals seem to have discovered the grill. All over the property, there are little private settings that offer a relaxing and private place to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and enjoy the scenery. The owners have worked hard to update the cabins and their efforts show. Their helpful and friendly attitude are so rare these days - we will be back!
This property can be a great get-away for so many people. For fishermen and women, you are minutes away from some of the best fly fishing in the midwest, along with the large lake. I imagine hunters would enjoy this as well, as there are many good spots for hunting in the area. The owners can point you in the right direction.
For families, the cabins will meet your expectations and there is a play area. DVDs and games make for a memorable 'family memory' of time spent here.
For couples, the easy pace and ease of preparing food (although, you MUST try the restaurant at least once!) combined with the relaxing environment will make for a memorable weekend.
For retreats, I imagine groups needing to 'get away' from the rat race (easy day trip from many cities) along with the affordable rates make this a great value.
I tried to think of anything that was negative and could not remember anything that stands out. Because of it being somewhat rural, you are limited to local TV programming, but who wants to watch TV? We watched the news and some network shows, along with borrowing a couple of movies one night.
Great value for the money, easy to reach them with questions and the photos on the website are realistic.