The Carriage House: An Oasis in Lakeport

It’s a warm evening on Main Street in Lakeport. The street lamps flicker on, cascading their glow against the storefronts. As the night sky darkens, the rooflines etch their patterns into the deepening dimness, reminding the onlooker that these unique shapes and formations mark some of Lakeport’s earliest buildings–back when all a town needed was a bar, bank, a place for local goods, a stable for your horse, a room for the night and a courthouse/jail for the unruly. On the edge of town, resting near the shores of Clear Lake, is a home with a story of its own, and if one is lucky enough, it might be your vacation spot for, oh, preferably, at least a week. The Carriage house is an ideal home away from home and has enough room to hold a family of six, so bring the in-laws or a second family.

True to its name, the Carriage House was just that when built in 1904 to accompany the larger Keeling estate. Over time and with the invention of the modern-day automobile, the Carriage House was transformed into a living space and eventually got an add-on just for good measure. But enough about its history. Its hospitality is its story now. Meet George and Cheryl Smith, proud owners and caretakers of this historic building. 

“We’ve tried to think of everything,” Cheryl smiles warmly after showing us the way in the front door. After a short look around, we see notes accompanying anything one could possibly have a question about, including what to do if the hot water isn’t hot and detailed instructions for the coffee pot. It takes the worries out of everything, so we could just kick back and relax.

On the island, a bouquet of flowers and pastries completes this homecoming. The kitchen and expansive dining room table promise to host new happy memories and favorite meals. Off the living room, a dividing wall separates the space for the master bedroom, complete with a bathroom and laundry. 

Just down the hall, a bench and bookshelf make for the perfect reading nook or access to one’s private patio and BBQ. The entirety of the garden is fenced, covered by ivy walls that separate the yard from everyone else. It’s a secret place, meant to relax and enjoy. To the left rests an old rowboat, underneath which a cat sleeps, soaking in the quiet. 

At the end of the hallway, a door opens to another living area complete with a queen bed, sleigh bed for the kids, TV, full bathroom, and walk-in closet intended to be used as a second bedroom. It’s truly a world of its own, perfect for a large family getaway. 

It doesn’t take long to get settled in and make this space your home. And for being so close to Main Street, it’s surprising to be so surrounded by its quietness. It truly is an oasis designed for tranquility and quality time with those you love. It’s a great location to visit your favorite restaurant, winery or take a boat out on the lake. But, if you’re like us, you might cancel some of your plans just to soak in the peaceful hominess of the Carriage House, truly your home away from home.

The Carriage House

George & Cheryl Smith 

60 Clear Lake Ave. 

Lakeport, CA 95453


Trudy Wakefield

Trudy is the owner and editor for The Bloom. The Bloom's dedicated to showcasing all the good parts of life. If it's good news, you'll probably find it here.

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