Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cost of a one week stay?
Our base price is $800 for one week. The $800 fee is for six people. There is a charge of $50.00 for an additional person. The base rate is increased by $25 for the July Fourth weekend.
What is considered a week at the cottage?
Weeks run from Saturday to Saturday. Check-in time is 1:00 PM. Check out time is 10:00 AM.
Do you require a deposit?
A deposit of $200 is required at the time of reservation.
When is the balance due?
The balance is due at the time of arrival.
Do you accept credit cards?
We do not accept credit cards. Payment may be made in cash or by personal check or money order payable to Charlene Backus and mailed to 14150 Hotel Road, Harrisville, NY 13648.
Do you require a security deposit?
Yes. A refundable security deposit of $100 is required.
Are previous renters given preference in selection of weeks?
While we do our best to accommodate previous renters and try to offer them the same vacation week as the previous year's rental, we operate on a first come first served basis in terms of reservations.
Do you accept pets?
Well disciplined pets are accepted with the understanding that they will not interfere with the comfort and safety of other guests and that their owners will be responsible for clean-up. There is a charge of $25 per pet.
Is there a cleaning charge?
Our cottage is rented on a "you find it clean, you leave it clean" basis.? If you prefer not to clean the cottage before your departure, there is a $75 maintenance fee.
Should I bring linens?
Yes. You should bring your own sheets, pillow cases, wash cloths, and towels. Blankets are provided if needed.
What else should I bring?
Paper goods, bottled water, ice and garbage bags.
What is included with the rental?
We provide a grill, picnic table, lawn chairs, canoe, kayaks, dock space, parking area, trash pick-up, beach access, and camp fire area.
What size boat can I bring?
Most of the boats on the lake are party boats and range in length from fifteen to twenty-two feet. Our dock space will accommodate a boat of that size easily.
Where can I launch my boat?
There are two launch sites at Bonaparte Retreat and a state boat launch on the north shore (Sand Bay)
May I bring a jet ski?
Yes, you may bring your jet ski. Owners are expected to abide by New York State laws regarding their operation.
Do you ever rent on a daily rather than a weekly basis?
If by chance the cottage is not rented for a week, a request for one or more days will be considered. Weekly renters are given preference.
What is your policy regarding day visitors?
We understand that renters will have day visitors. Guests are welcome providing the number is not excessive. Rental of the cottage for the purpose of hosting a large party or family reunion is not permitted without the consent of the owner. As a general rule, day time visitors should not exceed four people.
Is wireless internet service available?
No. Wireless internet service is not available on the grounds,
Do cell phones work at the lake?
There is an AT&T and a Verizon tower in the vicinity of the lake. Phones from other companies may not work.
How far away is the nearest city?
The village of Harrisville is five miles away; the village of Carthage is 18 miles away; the city of Watertown is 25 miles away. Harrisville has a small grocery store, pizza shop, a few restaurants, and a bowling alley that also serves food. Carthage has three grocery stores, a laundromat, fast food and sit-down restaurants, and a hospital. Watertown offers all the services of a large city.
What if I have questions that are not answered here?
Please call or e-mail us and you will receive a timely response.
315-543-2585 or 315-771-1940