Check out what these guests have to say about Irwin Bay Cottages...
Thank you for a wonderful time at Chautauqua
Lake. The cottages were impeccably clean, neat, attractively
furnished and the grounds very well kept. Having a boat ramp on
site, having electricity available at the dock, together with
well designed boat slips was much appreciated. Perhaps the
biggest plus was Julie’s information concerning suitable dining,
golf courses, and directions to various places in the area.
~Merrill and Dave, Berks County PA
I am moved to express how I feel about being
here because it is such a lovely experience! Your warm gracious
welcome on Saturday made me feel totally at home right away. As
I said to you then, I can see how your warm spirit lights up the
whole camp. You went out of your way to make sure I had
everything needed to make me comfortable. You treated me with
the same care you would give to your own family. I thank you
for this, especially because it was a hard year and having this
week in your cabin to refresh and restore myself is a God-send.
. In my view, you are doing the Lord’s work in offering these
beautiful cabins at such a reasonable price to families and
fishermen and all who value serenity.
The cabin itself delights me. It combines
the practical conveniences of home with the beautiful simplicity
and gentle décor that I associate with my childhood visits to
Chautauqua. It is fresh and traditional at the same time. As I
look around it is obvious that time and care and proper
investment have all been made to make sure that everything is
constructed and maintained and decorated with a view to quality,
not cutting corners to do things cheaply. That is very rare
indeed and I thank you for holding such a high standard for your
I believe if someone would come and stay here
for the first time, they would keep coming back year after
year. My brother, as you know, has been coming here for
decades. Why would anyone leave when you give us everything we
need to be utterly happy?
~Yours with love and thanks, Dr. Deborah
Hall, Sterling, VA
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Chautauqua Lake Fishing and the authors’ stay at Irwin Bay!
Jim and I would like you to know how much we appreciated staying in an
Irwin Bay cottage. We don't have an opportunity to get away as
a family as often as we would like, but your accommodations
allowed us to do just that, and in comfort! The cleanliness,
the proximity to the lake, and the hospitality all made for a
memorable experience. We do hope to see you again.
~Sincerely, Jim & Robin S., Kirtland, OH
We always have a great time at Irwin Bay. The cottages are always clean
and the grounds are always kept in nice shape. Julie is very
attentive to your needs and is more than happy to help with any
questions that you may
have about activities in the area. The other guests have always
been nice and friendly. We reserve a cabin every summer and
wait for next vacation!
~Phil B., Dover, OH
Irwin Bay Cottages is a wonderful place to vacation. The
accommodations are exceptional for all ages. The cottages and
grounds are beautifully kept and decorated. Julie and her staff
have done a great job at making you feel right at home!
~Richard and Shirley H., Youngstown, NY
I want to thank you Julie for a wonderful week. The special touch
that you have brought to Irwin Bay shows throughout. We started
camping at Irwin Bay in 1980. We would go down every year and
due to a busy life have not been there for more than ten years
or more. My husband and I just returned to Irwin Bay
Cottages and were most pleasantly surprised. We had a wonderful
week. The updates to the cottages were amazing. When you look
up the word "clean" in the dictionary, you will see a picture of
the inside of the cottage. We loved it. Everything you would
want in a wonderful vacation by the lake is there. There
is dock space for each cottage, and a fish cleaning station.
The fishing is great on the lake. I caught the whopper bass of
the two of us. It is a family-oriented vacation spot. We most
definitely will be back!
~Karen S., Boston NY, July 2010
for all six of our fisherman in saying that we were all
pleasantly surprised with the accommodations at Irwin Bay
Cottages in the "Big Blue House". Often times internet sites
hide and deceive the reality of the actual product or in this
case property which leads to disappointment and distrust in
purchasing a good or service using this media. As first time
visitor, we could not have been more happy with the
accommodations and the service. The house was clean, well
equipped and homey. The house was large enough to have twice as
many as our group of six. The walk-out deck was an added plus.
The entire property is well maintained and everything is in good
working order. In addition to the great cottages, your warmth
and hospitality added to the great experience. You are truly a
pleasure to deal with and I highly recommend your resort to
fisherman and all vacationers.
~Paul Mendik, Warren,
again, Irwin Bay has given us great times we will always
We really appreciate
the safe, friendly, clean accommodations you & steve
Since you took ownership, you have continually up dated &
improved the cottages & grounds. What a huge difference since
the first time we became "Irwin Bay-ers". Our group has stayed
at many cottages over the years, looking for just the right
place to spend our bi-annual vacations.
You & Irwin Bay have won our
you next year!
Lancaster, Colden, & Attica, NY
of my family, I would like to thank you for providing such a
lovely venue for our third annual cousin reunion. We were
pleasantly surprised by the freshness and cleanliness of the
cottages. We were so comfortable. The two houses were as lovely
as being in our own homes. The small decorating touches and the
brightness of the rooms made a welcoming environment. Your sense
of humor and friendliness was “icing on the cake”
~Cheryl Martin..."Briggs Cousin Reunion"
I just wanted to say thank you for another great vacation. The
work you have done to the cottages is just amazing. We are
pleasantly surprised every year when we come back. This year we
had new carpeting, new furniture in our living room, the new
lights are just awesome on the docks. The kids had a great time
night fishing on the docks. We’ve been coming to Irwin Bay for
the last 7 years and you have definitely given the place a “home
sweet home” feeling. The cottages are so clean and comfortable
and the grounds are just beautiful. We hooked up with 2
families this year and had the best time. They told me that
they are already penciled in for next year. All your hard work
is very much appreciated. See you next year.
~Cindy, Chris & Clayton Chachulski Derby, NY
This was one
of our best vacations! You have a great place and we really had
a lot of fun. Thanks for the memories!
Marie, Nick, Katie, Bob, Sharon, Bob-Adam, Courtney, Jim,
Michelle, Kim Matt, Deandra, Adam, Len, Cherie, Andrew, Jimmy,
Our family LOVES to come to Irwin Bay Cottages. The
cottages are clean and have everything we need for a week at the
lake. The new owners have done so much to improve the cottages and
the grounds. When we tire of being out on the lake we love to fish
off the docks and have campfires in the evening. The rates are
reasonable and the Steve and Julie do everything they can to make
sure you're getting the experience you came for. We'll definitely
be coming back to Irwin Bay Cottages again and again. The only
problem is that now that they’ve improved the cottages, it's harder
to get the weeks we wanted unless we plan in advance!"
Colwells, Syracuse, NY
"It has become an early summer tradition to visit Irwin Bay
Cottages for my friends and I. We have become acquainted with other
guests, who also make the annual pilgrimage to Lake Chautauqua, and
have such pleasant times together. Julie, the proprietor, is not
only a charming host, but also a very worthy caretaker of the
cottages and grounds. The accommodations are always clean and
fresh, with everything necessary for a relaxing, fun, vacation
time. Fishing on Lake Chautauqua is never disappointing. With so
many varieties available for sport and the table, it is just a
matter what one chooses to pursue. When day is done and the fish are
cleaned, you can relax around the bonfire and swap tales of the
day...........I fish, therefore I lie...just a little."
~ Bill Dalton,
"I just wanted to thank you so very very much for the (2)
wonderful weeks we had up there this May. It
means a lot to us - how you make us feel so welcome!! We can't say
enough about what a wonderful person you are and the great job and
your husband are doing to make the guests feel like they are part of
a big family with wonderful accommodations. Thanks again :)"
Dave Northfield, OH
is a great place to take a family for a vacation. We have been going
to Irwin Bay for probably 15 years
now. The new owner Julie has done a remarkable job in the upkeep on
the cottages and the grounds. Anyone with children will feel safe
with the way the grounds are laid out and how friendly the campers
are. The cottages are very clean and plenty of room for everyone. If
you don't have a boat for the ambiance of the lake or the fishing
there are plenty of places near by where you can rent one to make
your stay a good one."