I have been coming to the area for our family's annual Holiday World visit for 6 years now and this year we decided to upgrade our accommodations to the best Lake Rudolph has to offer, Rudolph's Christmas Cabin. Initially we were a little worried about the price. Typically we stay in the King RVs and the price difference is almost $100/night after tax. Initially I scoffed at the idea of paying so much for something that states it slept the same number of people as the King RV. I just didn't see the reasoning behind such a price difference...but that has changed completely.
Let's get it out of the way here and now....this is not a log cabin. This is nothing more than a manufactured home with wood paneling and wood laminate flooring on the inside and a wooden exterior. Having said that, it is cleverly laid out for such a small footprint. It is long and narrow, with the living room in the front, the kitchen, bathroom, and stairs leading to the loft in the middle, and the master bedroom in the rear. The stairs lead to the central landing of the loft, where the rear section contains a bedroom and the front is a shared sleeping space overlooking the living room. The cabin also features a massive deck that is wider than the cabin itself is, and just as long. Two-thirds of the deck is covered by a hard awning that stretches all the way across the deck and provides adequate coverage from the elements.
The living room isn't very big, probably 10x12, but they do provide enough seating. The couch will fit 3 people, and they also included 2 wooden chairs and a small table between them, and 4 bar stools at the breakfast bar. There's also a small coffee table. In the corner is a flat screen TV, DVD player, and stereo with surround sound. Below that is an electric fireplace. I can see that being a big hit during the off-season, but with a fire ring outside, not to mention the summer heat, we weren't really looking for a fire indoors.
The kitchen is, unfortunately, is located in the hallway connecting the master bedroom to the living room. This space is no more than 6 feet wide, and with the appliances, that makes for about 3 feet of walk/workspace. Trust me when I say that it became quite the annoyance to have to move out of the way for people to get in and out of the bathroom, bedroom, or loft while cooking or doing dishes. The bathroom, while a little wider than I anticipated, is also comparably small. The shower was definitely not designed for those who are taller than 5 feet or of the fluffy persuasion. I felt like Buddy Elf taking a shower in his elf house. Comical, yes. Practical, absolutely not.
The loft was definitely not what I expected. All the pictures and videos I saw made it look like it was a pretty spacious endeavor, with a TV in the corner of the loft bedroom and a queen bed, with 4 twin mattresses in the other half of the loft. What I didn't know, but probably should have deduced just by looking at the cabin, was that the ceiling was perhaps 4 feet from the floor of the loft. Simply put, unless you were a small child or a little person, you were crawling on your hands and knees to get around. The loft is perfect for children or adults with a good sense of humor/adventure. Definitely make sure your guests are aware of this BEFORE you stick them up there, otherwise there might be some contentious moments in your future. All in all, our group had no complaints about these cramped quarters as they all thought it was fun.
The master bedroom has a king size bed that was very comfortable. There are 2 nightstands on either side of the bed and each include a wall-mounted light that can be used for reading instead of relying on the ceiling lights. Against the opposite wall is the combination closets/dresser/entertainment center. A flat-screen TV is mounted in the middle of the wall with drawers underneath. Flanking both sides of the TV are two small "closets" for hanging clothes and under that are two more drawers. There are windows both at the head of the bed and on the rear wall of the cabin. This allows for ample natural light (if you're not located under heavy tree canopy). The absence of blinds concerned me that it would be too bright during the night, but the curtains provided are sufficient in reducing the amount of light coming in to allow for restful sleep.
The entire cabin has central air that worked quite sufficiently. As is natural, the loft, being at the top of the cabin, was warmer than the rooms below. To help with this, they have included a window A/C unit in the rear bedroom of the loft that has a remote control. This was very handy.
The deck was awesome and definitely a highlight of the cabin. Lake Rudolph provides 2 lounging chairs and a large picnic table that could actually fit all 8 of us. The lighting on the deck consisted of strands of white (well, more of a light blue) large bulb Christmas lights. They provide enough light at night to see what you're doing, but not so bright that it blinds you to the surroundings. Thankfully it also didn't attract a lot of bugs either.
They also provide a gas grill on the deck. This grill looks to be tapped into a natural gas line as there isn't an LP canister underneath that I can see. There is also a charcoal grill on the other side of the cabin if coals are your preferred cooking method. A fire ring is also provided for the usual fire pit activities (dutch over cooking, s'mores, etc).
All in all, I can't praise Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort enough for their decision to offer these. While the price does seem rather high, especially when you consider the 2-night minimum stay requirement (3-nights for holidays), but with what you receive for that money, it's definitely worth it. The memories we've made as a result of this cabin will last us a lifetime....and we're now Christmas Cabin converts. We will never stay in anything else.
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