Shirley's Temple is perfect for large families looking for a lakeside retreat. The cottage is newly renovated with all of the amenities you would want for your own home -- including a jacuzzi tub, dishwasher and top of the line washer and dryer.
The two-story layout of the cottage, with separate living areas and entrances on each level, gave our party of 8 adults and 3 children the ample space we needed to accommodate everyone. This was perfect for allowing the kids to sleep uninterrupted downstairs while the adults hung out above.
We especially enjoyed all of the outdoor space. There are enough places to eat, play and relax outdoors that we could easily each do our own thing. We enjoyed kayaking and swimming, sitting on the large dock, playing frisbee in the field outback, and made frequent use of the fireplace pit and eating area on the patio above the dock. The view is so serene and there are many places to enjoy it around the cottage.
There are quite a few stairs to get down to the water (with the option to walk around part way), but even with young kids this wasn't too bothersome, and definitely never stopped us from making frequent trips up and down. It worked out perfectly that there was an extra bedroom bunky down by the water because this gave us a place to change the kids and store our swimming stuff.
The owner Chris was very welcoming and attentive to our needs. When there was a problem with the dishwasher he had someone in to fix it the very next day.
Overall, we had a wonderful experience and would definitely stay here again.
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Charleston Lake is awesome! The water is deep and very clear, excellent for swimming, boating and fishing. The cottage was quite spacious with lots of rooms, we never had to worry about running into each other. We have pre-teens and this was a perfect spot for them. Private enough that they were free to go down to the lake without worries. The cottage itself is very clean and very well equipped. There are BBQ's on two different levels with more deck space than we knew what to do with and a raised deck overlooking the lake. The BBQ's were new and there's was plenty of propane. The dock is well maintained and able to fit an 18ft. boat with ease with no concerns about touching bottom. The kids loved the diving platform and slide into the lake. The host's who live next door were very friendly and extremely accommodating. When they left we had their cell number in case we needed anything. The only concern at this spot is the trek down to the lake, there are a couple sets of steps down to the lake so very young kids and elderly may have an issue but other than that we would certainly recommend it and we plan on booking this one again for 2015.
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