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Jim and Diana Stevens

Member since: 2006
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Avalon on the Bay Waterfront Cottage, Cedar Point, Lake Erie, Put-n-Bay, Islands

24 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Photos and Description of this Lakeside holiday cottage

2 bedrooms, 1 full bath, sleeps 8 (max.) Waterfront Rental- Marblehead, Ohio USA

Looking for a quiet, peaceful and relaxing family vacation or, maybe a romantic getaway? Look no further. With beautiful old fashioned knotty pine walls, hardwood floors and a brick enclosed 23-foot sun-room facing the bay, from which to enjoy the beautiful sunrises and sunsets, this air conditioned cottage home is just what you have been looking for.

Located on beautiful Sandusky Bay (Lake Erie) in historic Marblehead, Ohio, this quaint waterfront cottage/home is located directly on the water, not down the street from the water. You can enjoy endless sunny days of swimming and sunbathing on your private beach, literally outside your front door.

Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner outside on your private waterside patio. The gas grill and picnic table await you. Or stay inside and utilize the full kitchen, dining and living area. You might even want to dine at one of the many fine restaurants in the area.

Spend a day at Cedar Point, Castaway Bay, Kalahari Water Parks, Monsoon Lagoon, African Safari Wildlife Park, Put-n-Bay, Kelleys Island and more, just minutes from the cottage. Enjoy browsing the many craft and gift shops throughout historic downtown Marblehead. You can even watch Cedar Point fireworks every night, from your front door.

Have a boat, bring it along. A 25-foot dock/slip is available, just outside the cottage, for your convenience and pleasure. An easy access boat launch is just minutes from your cottage. Cruise over to Cedar Point, Kelly's Island, and Put-n-Bay. Walk on a sand bar in the middle of Sandusky Bay. Enjoy water skiing, parasailing, and tubing.

Love to fish? Set out on Lake Erie for a day of the best walleye fishing in the country not to mention the great perch and bass fishing. If you feel Lake Erie is too rough, you can always turn around and fish in the Bay. We are that close to the lake. Small-mouth and large-mouth bass are plentiful along the rocky shoreline and throughout the bay. Or, fish right outside your front door on your own private pier or right from your waterside patio. After your fishing outing, clean your fish on the fish-cleaning table provided outside the cabin, or have them professionally cleaned.

Just want to go for a boat ride? Boat rides, tours, and fishing excursions are available with pick-up and drop-off right from your front door.

Why spend the same amount of money or more money for a motel room or rooms when you can stay in a waterfront cottage/home. The cottage features a private beach right outside the cottage, fishing from the waterside patio or from the jetty right outside the cottage and a big shady waterside Maple tree to sit and enjoy the view and warm breezes. Safe and secure boat dockage is available right outside the cottage (additional charge) with trailer parking alongside. Fishing trips and boat tours available right from the cottage.

Lake Erie Marblehead Avalon on the Bay is wonderful for family vacations with a huge array of things to do. The area is also known for its wineries which can be toured and the wine can be sampled before buying. Museums, Cedar Point and water parks can also add to the pleasures of staying at Avalon on the Bay. The small town of Marblehead offers shopping, sightseeing, antiquing, and so much more. Avalon on the Bay and the area has something for everyone, regardless of interest or age and all are minutes from the cottage. The cottage is close to downtown Marblehead, the historic Marblehead Lighthouse, ferries to the islands and all activities but secluded enough for a relaxing and peaceful getaway. Staying at Avalon on the Bay is the perfect way to appreciate the area's quiet, natural beauty. In a quiet setting, Avalon on the Bay is the ideal bases for a relaxing vacation. From your home-away-from-home, you can explore the area and its attractions at your own pace, returning in the evening to a cozy cottage setting. Avalon on the Bay offers a quiet escape from everyday life and is ideal for a family or romantic weekly getaway.

Relax at Avalon On The Bay. It is a great getaway. Our goal is to make sure that your stay at Avalon on the Bay is a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable experience. Discount coupons for nearby attractions provided free with every rental.

Attractions: Nearby attractions include, but are not limited to, African Safari Wildlife Park, Deer Park - where you and the kids can feed the animals while walking among them, the Toledo Zoo (hour and a half), Cedar Point, Kalahari Water Parks, Great Wolf Lodge Indoor Water Park, Kelly's Island, Put?n-Bay, Glacier Grooves, Wineries, Historic Marblehead Lighthouse, Monsoon Lagoon Water Park, ferries to all major islands, parasailing, jet ski rental, boat rentals, gift and craft shops, Putt?Putt Golf, 18 hole golf courses and much, much more.

More Details
  • long term rentals available
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Jim and Diana Stevens (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Call Owner
Speaks english

Guestbook comments from the owner

Welcome to Avalon on the Bay in beautiful Marblehead Ohio.

For over 19 years we have been providing a clean, affordable family vacation rental. And for those same 19 years we thank, the majority of you, for your honest reviews and your wonderful support. A sincere ‘Thank You’ to all of you for making Avalon on the Bay what it is today, a 5 star vacation rental.

The majority of you realize how hard we work to make sure that everything is clean, presented as advertised, and that our renters have everything they need. You are a great testimonial to our hard work and efforts to present and ensure a clean, quiet, relaxing, quality and affordable family rental for all to enjoy. It is nice to hear that all of our efforts are noticed and appreciated.

Again, thank all of you for your support and patronage as we look forward to many more years of presenting Avalon on the Bay Waterfront Cottage. Those of you who have enjoyed your stay we look forward to your return.

Folks, check us out. We are always ready to assist and as stated, ALWAYS provide clean accommodations and a friendly, relaxing and peaceful atmosphere.

We welcome your comments. If you have stayed with us in the past, please feel free to enter your experiences. And of course, we welcome any suggestions that might improve everyone’s stay.

Please, feel free to give us a call if you have any questions.


Jim & Diana, Owners

Mar 2016
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based on 24 traveller reviews

Avalon on the Bay Waterfront Cottage, Cedar Point, Lake Erie, Put-n-Bay, Islands
average rating of 4.7916665 based on 25 reviews
Eagle Grove, Iowa

Wonderful in every way!

  • 5 of 5

My family rented this cottage for a week. It was very clean and comfortable. My children enjoyed swimming at the Sandy beach daily, and made fast friends with the owners grandkids. You can fish off the jetty, and relax by the water, or go into town and enjoy the fun shops and excursions. The views are amazing, and the peaceful sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking. The owners, Jim and Diana are wonderful and were the best hosts ever! This truely felt like a home away from home. We loved it and can't wait to return.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Heather, Thank you so much for your honest and heart felt review. We are so glad that you and your family had a great time. You have a beautiful family and it was a pleasure having you guys. We look forward to your return. Sincerely, Jim & Diana Stevens
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berlin heights, Ohio

Great Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful location to stay and take an advantage of all this area has to offer. Rental was very clean and owners were very accomodating. The view of the Bay and fireworks at Cedar Point every night were amazing. The location was perfect that it was enough off the beaten path to have peace and quiet but close enough to all the destinations that make this area so wonderful. It recommend to families like ours who want to get away and enjoy Lake Erie and Islands.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Choose a different place to stay!

  • 1 of 5

Many things in this ad are either falsely advertised or are untrue & the owners fail to mention to the renters until arrival.

There is one house in between the rental house & the house where the owners reside & a dock that runs behind all the houses on the stretch where the rental is. The rental is the last house in that row. On several occasions during our stay, we noticed the owner standing on the dock directly behind our rental, watching us while we were sitting on the side patio. This happened during early morning & late evening hours & later in the week, I noticed there was actually a mirror positioned on that dock that allowed him to see most angles of the rental house from where he was standing.

The “private beach” advertised is actually not private. It is a shared beach in the community & there was a decaying, horribly smelling catfish dead on the beach when we arrived. We later had to pick it up & throw it away ourselves. The beach is not right outside your front door; it is actually positioned closer to the front of the owner’s home. The beach water is FULL of black snakes & not an appropriate place to swim, unless you like swimming with snakes. On the second night of our arrival, we found a dead kitten floating in the water next to our cabin. The next door neighbor is the one who removed the floating kitten from the water for us, not the owner.

The “private fishing jetty” is also not private and is shared by the community. On two different occasions during our stay, my teenage son woke up early to go fishing off the jetty but it was already occupied by the owner & his family. Since we couldn't fish there, we had to drive several miles down the road to fish.

The “a/c” that is advertised is actually an air conditioner that is suited for a small camper, not a cabin. The rental is hot inside & it stayed hot in there. Several of the bed mattresses were paper thin & very uncomfortable.

Upon arrival the owner insisted that we only park in between the houses, & not directly in front of the rental. That seemed like a logical request because the front of the cabin faces the Sandusky Bay and has nice views. A day later, we woke up to an SUV that belonged to a visitor of the owner parked in front of our cabin & blocked our views for the remaining 6 days we stayed.

Several times, when we drove/walked by the owner’s house, their grandkids would yell rude things to us & our children.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Seriously! - Folks, we suggest that you check out the other twenty some reviews, they "truly" speak for themselves. It is rewarding and nice to hear from these people, knowing that all of our efforts are noticed and appreciated. For some of our guests it was their best vacation ever and many have returned year after year. For over 17 years we have been providing clean accommodations, a friendly atmosphere and an affordable family vacation rental for all to enjoy. Hope to see you soon. Sincerely, Jim & Diana Stevens
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Strongsville Ohio,

The PERFECT spot on the Water to Rent

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a one week rental "On the Water", and found this place, that was perfect. Pictures on site are ONLY THE BEGINNING. Great spot, Great cottage, perfect for summer relaxation. EXCEPTIONALLY CLEAN. Knotty Pine inside. EVERYTHING you need. 3 of us. Caught many fish right off dock. Fireworks every night at 10pm from Cedar Point that you can see. Really Really Nice people. Jim and Diane are wonderful hosts. Has an A/C unit that works fine when needed. Usually open windows works well with the lake breeze. Beds comfortable, great for entertaining friends for the day. Price is very reasonable indeed. Recommend to anyone. A++++

  • Review Submitted: Nov 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bill, Thank you for the nice review. It was a pleasure having your family stay with us and we are so glad that you had a great time. Please know that you are welcome back anytime. We work very hard to make sure that everything is clean, presented as advertised, and that our renters have everything they need. It is nice to hear that all of our efforts are noticed and appreciated. Thank you again for the great review. Sincerely, Jim & Diana Stevens
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Dayton, OH

Great place!

  • 5 of 5

We love this place. Plenty of room to stash all of our gear, exceptionally clean, bright and airy. Lots of windows to let the breeze in, beautiful views, always something to watch, whether it's boats or nature. Lots of birds, e spotted a bald eagle a couple of times, and saw an owl a couple of evenings. Great place to look at the stars at night. And the fishing is great right off the jetty. Jim and Diana are so nice, willing to answer all our questions, and the neighborhood is peaceful and quiet. We hope to return again soon!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 10, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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44 1

Pictures Say It All

  • 5 of 5

This was an absolute treat for our family's annual vaction to the lake. The view is true to the pictures on this page. The fishing in the chanel was great for are 2 boys. Seemed like every morning they was right there in the chanel fishing, hollaring for me to get out of bed to see the large bass or catfish they had caught.

Even the in-laws enjoyed the views of this wonderful cabin on the lake. We have found the cabin which we plan to visit each year. The cabin housed all 8 of us with no problem. Jim and Diane you will be seeing us at lest once a year for now on.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 23, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Brain & Lori, Thank you for submitting such a nice review. We are so glad that everyone had a great and safe vacation. Looking forward to your return. Sincerely, Jim & Diana Stevens
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Car: necessary

On site Highlights:Private Beach, fishing area, private picnic area, boat rides and a 25' boat dock available right outside your front door.

Nearby:East Harbor State Park with over 7 miles of white sandy beaches. Take a tour of and climb to the top of the oldest lighthouse in continuous operation for a spectacular view of Lake Erie. Known as the Walleye Capital of the World, the region also sports large and small mouth bass, perch, saugeye and steelhead. Hiking and birding enthusiasts will want to visit Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge located in Oak Harbor. The refuge is a major feeding, nesting and resting area for migrating birds. The park has over 8 miles of nature trails. For some spine-tingling fun visit Cedar Point Amusement Park. With 16 coasters and over 20 rides for the younger children plus an 18 acre water park you can't pass up this fun. Ferries from Marblehead will take you to Kelly's Island or from Catawba you can cruise to Put 'n' Bay Island for a day of entertainment.

Other Activities: Ferries from Marblehead to Kelly's Island. Ferries from Catawba and Port Clinton to Put 'n' Bay Island. Boat launch 5 min. from cottage.

Golf: How about a round or two of Golf. Putt Putt golf courses are within 10 minutes of the cottage. Want something a bit more challenging? Three 18 hole golf courses are within 10 and 20 minutes from the cottage.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Lakeside, Ohio

Rental Basis:
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Min. Cleaning/Security A$132

Weekly rate of $965.00 is for one family, mom, dad, sons and daughters all living under the same roof. Two family = $1,315.00. Three family = 1,565.00.

A minimum $100.00 mail refundable, "provided that the cottage has been cleaned and nothing has been broken", security/cleaning deposit is due at check-in.

All monies paid are non-refundable.

The cottage and associated amenities are solely for the use of those to whom they have been rented.
During the season rentals are from Saturday to Saturday.

Additional daily and or nightly guests other than booked = $100.00 per person. Must notify owner for approval prior to guest arrival.
3 night minimum stay required when applicable.

$160.00 nightly stay is for double occupancy.

Secure boat dock/slip available right outside the cottage $75.00 per week with rental. $35.00 per day. Sleeping on boats is prohibited.

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. A non-refundable check deposit of 1/2 the total is required to hold the cottage. The balance is due at check-in along with the applicable security/cleaning deposit.
All monies paid are non-refundable.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Lakeside

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • An outdoor shower is a must so that everyone can rinse themselves of beach sand prior to entering the cottage.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed
    Sleeper sofa - 2 double bed , 2 sofa bed/futon
  • There are also 2 double sleeper sofas for your convenience. One in the living area and one in the enclosed sun porch.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Barbecue
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • patio
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • conservatory
  • Walkway to Water
  • long term rentals available
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • caving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Bed linens and towels provided upon request. Additional charges apply. One roll of toilet paper and one roll of paper towels provided. Renters responsible for all personal items. Fishing trips available upon request as well as sunset, lighthouse, Cedar Point, and quarry water tours. So that everyone can have a somewhat allergy free stay, pets are not permitted. Campfires are not permitted. Sleeping on boat(s) is prohibited. No smoking in the cottage. The cottage and associated amenities are solely for the use of those to whom they have been rented.