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No Jet Skis Here! Private lake with lots of nature and peaceful surroundings

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 1 Bath, (Maximum 5 adults or family of 6)

This is a classic two story cabin that has been remodeled. The upstairs is the sleeping area with two small open bedrooms, a lofted sleeping area suitable for children and sitting area with fireplace. The downstairs includes a bathroom, kitchen and sitting area and opens onto a full deck with outstanding lake views and privacy. The property sits on the south end of Lake Papakeechie and backs up to the Tri-County game Preserve. This is the hilly end of the lake with heavily wooded lots that create a real sense of solitude. Wifi was installed in 2014.

Lake Papakeechie is a private lake that was created about 100 years ago by combining several smaller lakes. The lake is controlled by an owners' association and there is no public access to the lake. Motors of any kind are prohibited. This ensures a peaceful environment with excellent fishing and safe swimming. The lake is fed by artesian wells and water from the adjacent wetlands of the game preserve. The water is tested annually by the association and is consistently found to be extremely clean.

One is surrounded by nature here. The lake is home to diverse waterfoul and wildlife including swans, geese, ducks, great blue herons, beaver and a bald eagle. Hiking or hunting in the preserve is literally across the road. It feels secluded, yet the Lake Wawasee public boat launch is 5 minutes away.

The cabin is located at the bottom of a steep driveway and there are stone steps to the cabin and lakefront. This may be a consideration for those with mobility issues.

We recommend that you contact us by using the email link on this website to ensure the most dependable response time. We try to keep the calendar as current as possible so generally you can check availability here as well.

Keywords: fishing cabin, lake cottage, retreat, secluded

More Details

Pam and Dan Leffers
Member since: 2010
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2018

About Pam and Dan Leffers

We are from Fort Wayne, Indiana. I am a contractor and my wife is retired after a career in non-profit. We enjoy outdoor activities, travel and family get-togethers. We have two sons who are married and two grandchildren.

Pam and Dan Leffers purchased this cabin in 2008

Why Pam and Dan Leffers chose Syracuse

Our family has owned property on Papakeechie for over 40 years. We love the lake and the area. Our family cottage is next door to this cabin and we purchased the cabin to provide extra space when needed and to protect our investment.

What makes this cabin unique

This lake is a vacation for the body and the mind. There is no hustle and bustle here, no jet skis roaring by and no waves crashing to shore. The loudest noise we hear are geese flying by or the sound of paddle boats in the water.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just wanted to drop you a line, we really enjoyed our stay at the red cottage. The fishing was good as well as the weather,we were impressed with the cabin as well, hopefully we can get back next year for a longer stay. Thanks for the opportunity to enjoy your property.
Jun 2010
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cabin rental in Syracuse

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bathroom is on the first floor and has a shower, no tub.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Bed (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Small Futons (2)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
pier and fishing boat


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No Jet Skis Here! Private lake with lots of nature and peaceful surroundings
average rating of 4.7083335 based on 49 reviews

Owners very kind and considerate. Organized well equipped and clean cottage. We hope to return.

  • 5 of 5

There are many steps to this spirited cottage with the most amazing peaceful view of quiet wooded lake. We are challenged to scale down on the “stuff” we bring to make an easier packing in and out. We found most everything we needed already there. Thank you Dan and Pam for your hospitality.

  • Submitted: 7-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had most of the things you needed at the cottage. The stairs can be daunting but I also think the view is worth it. It’s a great place to be in the Fall so hope the weather cooperated.
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Lovely weekend.

  • 5 of 5

Very clean and well-stocked cabin. The private lake was so serene, and we enjoyed the flamingoes, ducks, geese, woodpeckers, jumping (big) fish, and a pair of beavers! One small glitch was taken care of rapidly. The owners were very responsive and so kind. Would have loved to stay longer!

  • Submitted: 22-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your weekend with friends. We wanted to thank you for your patience with the heater issue. The one disadvantage of a "rustic" cabin is that we don't have things like central heat and air conditioning. We did have to chuckle at the image of flamingos on the lake! I'm guessing it was the beautiful swans, unless a crazy flamingo decided to fly north from Florida. Hope to see you back again. Pam and Dan
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Beautiful, quiet place to relax!

  • 5 of 5

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the little red cabin! The sunrises over the lake were spectacular. The hosts were very accommodating and helped us with any issue that came up. What a beautiful and peaceful place to relax!

  • Submitted: 6-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great getaway at a vintage cabin

  • 4 of 5

What a beautiful, historic cabin! It is quaint, well-kept and ideal for a quiet getaway

  • Submitted: 30-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Always Love Staying Here!

  • 5 of 5

This was our third trip to the Red Cottage, and it's just as enjoyable as it was the first time.

  • Submitted: 28-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Can't wait to do it all over again

  • 5 of 5

Our 4th time to stay at Red Cottage. Hope to go back next year

Just to restate what has already been said in previous reviews and add some of our own observations:

very steep terrain, eclectic added on architecture and interior room arrangement, all bedrooms on 2nd floor - bathroom on 1st floor, wonderful large exterior decks with great view, well appointed kitchen with view to lake, depending on the month and weather – pan fishing is somewhere between very good and excellent, hiking trails in the nature preserve just across the street, private and quiet, very nice and accommodating owners.

Howe family


  • Submitted: 9-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love it when a family makes Lake Papakeechie a family tradition. We'll look forward to seeing you next year. Pam and Dan
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Fort Wayne International Airport
Car: necessary

Lake Papakeechie is a private lake that does not permit motors of any kind. Rowboats, canoes, kayak, paddleboats and sailboats are welcome. This ensures a peaceful environment with excellent fishing and safe swimming. The public boat ramp for Lake Wawasee is one mile away for skiing and boating. The Tri-County Game Preserve with excellent hiking and hunting backs up to this property.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cabin rental in Syracuse

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Peak Season
Jun 1 2018 - Sep 3 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Weekend rentals Friday-Sunday available for $300 during non-peak season only
Reservations for 2017 taken beginning in January except for guests who return annually

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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