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6 Bedrooms, 8 Bathrooms, Sleeps 20
Swanton, Maryland

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bmiller88...
Ellicott City, Maryland
Level 2 Contributor
1 review
“AWESOME!!!”
Reviewed August 3, 2017 for a stay in May 2017

It was the most relaxing time. We were there for a girl's retreat and thoroughly enjoyed the pool and hot tub. This home was very clean,spacious and modern with many "hang-out" areas. Everything you need is there. It did indeed exceed my expectations! I will definitely visit, again

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Aug 8, 2017
Hello-

Awesome to hear!! There is so much to do, see, and discover here that you can come again and again and never tire of the experience! We can't want to see you again!

Best-
Your Friends at Railey Mountain Lake Vacations
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DMW21_BMO...
Baltimore, Maryland
1 review
“Definitely Exceeded Expectations!”
Reviewed August 3, 2017 for a stay in October 2016

October 2016 was the second year my friends and our families have stayed at Exceeding Expectations and we were not disappointed. The house is clean and beautiful. All of the amenities of home, plus space for 6 families (including children), an indoor pool, a hot tub, a pool table, foosball table and arcade games. The kitchen is big enough to cook meals for our 21-person group, and there is plenty of room for socializing, playing games, or relaxing. The property is beautiful (a great place to check out the changing leaves in the Fall) and convenient.

Also, the rental company is very helpful and everyone is friendly and accommodating. The owner is also available to answer questions and she provides very detailed information about things to do / see and what you need to bring.

Wonderful experience. Thank you for exceeding our expectations yet again. We will be back!

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Management Response
Aug 8, 2017
Hello-

Fantastic! How lovely is it to get away with all your favorite people?? We are so glad you got to visit Exceeding Expectations together. Can't wait to see you again soon!

Best-
Your Friends at Railey Mountain Lake Vacations
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Laura T
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“A RARE FIND-A TERRIFIC VACATION FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!”
Reviewed August 2, 2017 for a stay in December 2016

I stayed at Exceeding with my two teenage sons last winter. The house was huge and perfect for each of us to have our own space.; yet the large gathering space on the central level was perfect for family together time. The kitchen was sparkling with all the gadgets we could ask for. It is situated so close to the ski slopes that my boys were able to stay at the slopes all day in one car and I was able to head back to the warm house on my own. We all enjoyed chilling together at the end of the day in the indoor pool. I would highly recommend Exceeding and am hoping to rent this house again next year!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Aug 8, 2017
Hello-

We are so happy to hear that Exceeding Expectations was the perfect Winter Wonderland for you and your boys. This home is a great oasis in all four seasons. We hope to see you again soon!
Best-
Your Friends at Railey Mountain Lake Vacations
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maureenga...
Hamilton Square, New Jersey
1 review
“Exceeding Expectations definitely lives up to its name”
Reviewed July 26, 2016 for a stay in April 2016

Good old Mother Nature was sending us her April showers limiting our outdoor activities however your home provided us with so much to do - we never really needed to step outside.
The kitchen was great. The two refrigerators were full and we prepared and shared some awesome and memorable meals made better by your oversized dining table allowing us to eat together - reminiscing for hours about the decades of memories we have been blessed to share as parents, children, cousins and in-laws.
Our competitive and coaching side came out - as we all used the pool table and foosball table for hours of laughs and competitive fun. At the end of our days we played a few rounds of volley ball in the swimming pool and then relaxed in the hot tub.

Thank you on behalf of our entire family for a wonderful weekend and new memories added to the archives of our life’s journey. To quote one of the youngest cousins, “We had a blast!”

As we said our goodbyes on Sunday morning everyone was saying, (We should do this again same place same time next year.” My husband and I are thinking about it - I may be calling to book again for April 2017.

Thanks for the memories...

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Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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Management Response
Jul 27, 2016
Dear Maureen,

Thank you so much for your wonderful review of Exceeding Expectations! We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay despite those April Showers. Sometimes family time is much more intimate and memorable when you find yourself inside just enjoying each other's company!

Please reach back to us directly when you are ready to plan your next Deep Creek Lake escape!

~ Your friends at Railey Mountain Lake Vacations
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Rod W
Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
“Exceeded Expectations”
Reviewed July 14, 2016 for a stay in March 2016

It has been almost a month since my family reunion event at the Exceeding Expectations home (yes, I'm just writing the review but for good reason) and we have plans to go back for future family events. I started writing this review at least 3 times and felt the words were not eloquent enough to give the home its total praise! As a retired member of the US Military, father of 4 with 1 on the way, and full-time business professional...my life definitely has its stressful moments. Coordinating family reunions has never been on my "things-to-do" list. Laurie took all of the stress out of booking our event, she seemed to genuinely care about the needs of every member of our family. An absolute great person and I am definitely looking forward to doing business with her in the future. Now to the good stuff! This home absolutely has it all! Anyone looking to spoil those that deserve it...book now! Do Not Wait! Thanks in large to support from Laurie (the home owner), we were able to plan events and activities prior to arrival. 1. The initial response to walking into the home-breathtaking. The house has 4 levels so pace yourself as you initially walk onto the property. Every bedroom in the home is a huge "master" bedroom with its own bathroom! 2. We'd planned on eating at different restaurants doing our stay, until we saw the kitchen. The kitchen has 2 of everything, which makes cooking meals for a group of 16 much easier than we originally anticipated. We ended up cooking or grilling at home every night of our stay.The dining room table is HUGE and perfect for great conversation and meals; we also used it for game night events 3.This home is so accommodating that it can be very easy to just stay inside and make up reasons not to leave the "castle" or "palace" as the kids call it. My wife and mother-in-law both suffer from allergies so finding a home this elaborate that is both pet and smoke-free was major! 4. The indoor pool is where the teens and kids spent most of their time. I love that the windows in the pool area open to allow fresh air from outside. The pool tech really does come to the house everyday to ensure both the pool and hot-tub are functioning properly, awesome 5. Fast, reliable WiFi. Usually this would be higher on the list but the kids enjoyed the time with the family so much that phones and tablets were rarely used. I used it to conduct a few business transactions and it performed greatly The home definitely Exceeded all Expectations

Traveling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Jul 22, 2016
Dear Rod!

Thank you so much for your wonderfully detailed review! Retired military, father of four with one on the way, full-time professional AND planner of the summer family reunion? You definitely deserved a great vacation and we are so happy that you experienced one!

The best part of your review was that the speedy wifi was not required by the kids as they were unplugged and simply enjoying each other. It just doesn't get better, does it?

Please let us know when you are ready to make plans for your next Deep Creek Lake escape!

~ Your friends at Railey Mountain Lake Vacations
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Keith D
New York City, New York
1 review
“Exceeding Expectations is a Perfect Vacation Home for a Large Group”
Reviewed January 8, 2016 for a stay in December 2015

A large group of adults and children stayed at Exceeding Expectations for New Years. The home itself was a perfect for a large group. Each of the bedrooms was able to comfortably host all of the different sized families and singles in our group. The kitchen was very modern and had 2 of everything - 2 refrigerators, sinks, and dishwashers. It led to an open dining area and living room. The living room area on the main floor was a bit tiny, but there are two more levels of shared space that is plenty comfortable. The indoor pool was also a big hit, especially with the kids.

I must add that the home owner herself was extraordinarily helpful leading up to the stay and helped answer any of the questions that we had about the home prior to the weekend.

Without hesitation, I'd recommend Exceeding Expectations to a large group looking for a vacation home in the Deep Creek area.

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Liked best: We liked the indoor pool and size of the bedrooms best.
Liked least: There was a pool maintenance person who stopped by daily, which was slightly inconvenient.
Traveling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Mar 14, 2016
Thanks so much for your kind review and we are really happy that you enjoyed your stay! We hope that you will reach out to us when you are ready to plan your next Deep Creek lake escape.

~ Railey Mountain Lake Vacations
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prollins2...
Catonsville, Maryland
1 review
“Exceeding Expectations”
Reviewed January 7, 2016 for a stay in December 2015

The name Exceeding Expectations for this beautiful home is definitely a name that fits the home! The reason I say home because it is more then a house, you feel so comfortable as soon as you walk thru the door! We stayed from a Friday until Monday for my birthday weekend with friends and family. My son and husband cooked steak and potatoes on the charcoal grill, which worked wonderful! To have an indoor pool and to be able to go swimming in December was great and the hot tub water was a perfect temp! The home was ready for us, the home was very clean. We try to book this home again for Easter weekend, but they r booked. My husband and good friend's birthday is this weekend and everybody that went on my birthday weekend wanted to come back to the same place but they r booked, so we r looking forward to staying at another home owned by the same owners of this home! My family and friends completely recommend this beautiful home called Exceeding Expectations and r looking forward to many more stays. Thank you for exceeding our expectations!

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