USA Maryland Deep Creek Lake Oakland Listing #20876

Secret of Life - Oakland, MD

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23 reviews
Max. occupancy: 12 2 King Bed, 2 Queen Bed, 3 Twin Bed, 1 Futon 4 bedrooms  plus loft 4.5 bathrooms No pets  4WD/traction may be required in winter
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Lakefront home with water view, dock, and private hot tub

Please note that there is a 13-night limit on reservations per local regulations. Reservations for more than 13 nights are prohibited and cannot be honored.

Spend your days strolling around the lake and cool nights gathered around the beautiful stone fireplace. This three-level home has all the comforts of home and will be the highlight of your vacation. Easily prepare big family meals in the large modern kitchen or host a cookout with the grill. The hardest part about this vacation will be leaving!

Nearby Services and Dining Options
Cafe within 8 miles. Casual dining within 6 miles. Dine-in restaurant within 8 miles. Gas station within 6 miles. Supermarket within 7 miles.

Places to Visit During Your Stay

Things to Know
Free WiFi
Firewood not provided
*4WD/traction is required in winter.

You must be 21 years or older to rent this property.



Washer/dryer : Private

Heating & cooling

Central AC


Partial AC

Wood-burning fireplace

Wood stove

Kitchen & dining






Lake view


Water view



Internet : Comcast


Cable : Comcast

Nearby activities & attractions

Downhill Skiing


On-site activities

Hot tub : Private


Gas grill : Private



23 reviews

Meaghan E. Aug 2022
My family and I, all 11 of us, recently stayed at this rental and had a wonderful time! The sleeping arrangements were perfect for us and there was plenty of extra room for the 4 kids to play. A great location and property that we hope to return to next summer.
John C. Jul 2022
Our family really enjoyed our stay here, the bedrooms were set up well for our three families to spread out and yet have privacy when needed. The large living room was a great gathering space. Several things kept this from being 5 stars. There was mold in the lower level, inside the closet and utility room. It was enough to cause our daughter and her family to relocate out mid-week. There is no beach area, but that is typical for many of the camps on the lake. The dock was very good and became the hang-out area. The hot tub was only 89 degrees and numerous attempts to reset the temperature were futile. The home did check off most of our needs, just be aware of the mold if you have health issues.
Manager response:
Hi, John! We appreciate your helpful feedback and apologize some of your group had to leave. The property manager is inspecting for any signs of mold so we can get this fixed. Thank you!
ANIS B. Mar 2022
Great location and really clean and updated property. Nice area in front of the property and there is a trail immediately in front of it.
Also the access to the property is easy as there is no steep drivey as is the case with all properties in Deep Creek.
Only two things to be addressed: Washi g machine is not working well. And mattreses in the lower level bedroom are not good. They need to be replaced.
Manager response:
Hi Anis, Thank you for taking the time to leave this review. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. Please know that we will schedule an assessment of the washing machine to ensure it is working properly. With regards to the beds, although mattress preferences can vary from person to person, we highly value your feedback and will relay your report to the local team for review. Thanks again for your comments and we hope to host you again soon!
ellen h. Nov 2021
It had exactly the number of rooms and layout we needed. Beautiful location, and clean.
Jackie K. Sep 2021
The home was very beautiful and clean. It was by far the cleanest house we have stayed in at any deep creek home. The fire pit is wonderful and we shared many family stories. The hot tub looked brand new. The pictures that are listed seem outdated. It seems there are some updates through out the house that the pictures don’t reflect. The downstairs bedroom where we stayed I was concerned because in the online pictures it doesn’t show curtains over the sliding glass door but to our surprise when we arrived they did. The only con I would say is one of the top floor bedrooms does not have air.
Manager response:
Thank you for your review, Jackie. We do plan on updating the pictures this coming spring. The homeowner has just installed air conditioning in the home though there is one room without air. Thanks again!
James E. Aug 2021
The Secret of Life was amazing and perfect for our family of 7. House was clean, owners were very responsive and location was secluded and a perfect getaway.
Jonathan & Michelle A. Jun 2021
The perfect mountain lake cabin in the woods. Absolutely loved our stay. It is in a somewhat secluded area of the lake and away from the hustle and bustle. Just what we needed for a relaxing vacation. House is beautiful and spacious. Hot tub and fire pit are perfectly placed in the private backyard. Short walk down to the lake.
Heather C. Jun 2021
I can be kind of lazy about reviews, but after having such a extraordinary experience with both Vacasa & this home, I had to leave one so others know how awesome everything was! Me & my family go to Deep Creek Lake at least twice a year and this was by far the best house and rental company we have ever worked with!

First, Vacasa has exceptional customer service! i had questions about the Dock at the house being available since we fell a week short of when it was suppose to be available and this really stressed me out, but Vacasa really went all out with making sure we had this available to use ahead of time and even though it was the weekend, texted me as soon as they got confirmation from the local office. They really just rocked with their fast responses and polite personnel!

The House was perfect! It was by the dam so the boat traffic was super minimal and a great spot for fishing and even swimming with the kids since we didn't have to deal with any boats zooming by us. The small walkway from the house to the lake was even more perfect and flat! the pictures don't do justice with how close you are to the water, the trees just block the view, but you are right there on the water (which is hard to find there). The area where the house it was very quite and peaceful. The house is so much bigger than the pictures, the kitchen was great for the group we had and plenty of space so no one felt on top of each other. The Basement area was also very large and comfortable, as well as the bedrooms (the master bedroom is enormous!). The house was kept very clean, loved having access to laundry room (kids/baby clothes), provided us more than enough towels & toiletries, the hot tub was super clear and clean, the grill was great to use, loved the big fans they had in the house (No AC, but that's everywhere up there, so was ok with us!), Beds and furniture were comfortable and the house overall was up to date and very well maintained (which is also rare in deep creek). The house is pet & family friendly, had 2 kids under the age of 4 and they pretty much hung out in the main living area most of the time (there's cable & surround sound).

I hate putting con's because none of the con's were anything that actually mattered overall, but so if others decide to rent they know what to expect ahead of time and can be prepared for (no place is perfect, but this was the closest!). So, the only minor con's we had were not having super strong wifi connection (First world problems, I know! most of us had Sprint, so service in deep creek overall is lacking- AT&T works well there though! ), but we mad it work for the few that had to work remotely during the week, but 5 adults & 2 teenagers sharing wifi we knew we'd have lag, but again we managed just fine! The kitchen could use some bigger skillets & baking pans for groups(but you can also buy some one use foil pans from any store there), but we made due with what was there and were totally fine! The other super minor con, was just not having a vacuum or dust pan there as I'm a bit OCD and wanted to have clean floors because of the kids playing on the ground, but this was vacation so looked at it as a week away from cleaning constantly lol!

Again, this was the best place me & my family have EVER stayed at in up in Deep Creek and had such a fantastic experience with everything that we are talking about trying to rent this place again next year ahead of time! its just that great that I had to leave a novel of a review!
Manager response:
Hello, Heather, we are thrilled to hear that you loved this beautiful home as much as we do and that you had a fantastic trip! We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to provide this detailed feedback and we have notified local management of the areas you've noted that could use some attention. Thank you for being the perfect guests and we hope to host you again soon for another memorable vacation!
Anthony J. D. Aug 2020
Great location on a quiet secluded corner of the lake. House had plenty of space for our family of nine. Loved hanging out on the dock, around the fire pit and the hot tub.
Haley C. Jul 2020
We were 2 families and enjoyed our vacation on the lake, fire pit and spacious house. But, the house DOES NOT have AC and that was not advertised on the house description. For the price of the house and that fact this was a summer rental, that detail needs to be included in the description. If we had known about the lack of AC, we would have made a different decision based on the price of the rental.
Manager response:
Haley, thank you for your feedback! We apologize for any confusion regarding the lack of AC. In the listing under "heating and cooling", if it does not list AC, it is not an amenity. We are glad you enjoyed your time at the lake and we hope to get to host you in the future!
Lauren E. Jun 2020
The place was great and very clean. Guests complained it was hard to find as there were no house numbers near the road. Also, really disappointed the hot tub wasn’t working. That was a big factor in booking.
Debra C. Jun 2020
The location is amazing. Quiet and relaxing. On the "cul de sac" of the lake which is near the dam. Less boat traffic. Good for families.
Kati D. Mar 2020
We were supposed to go to the Caribbean for Spring Break but the Coronavirus cancelled that trip. So we ran away to the woods to hide out for a week. We LOVED the fireplace, the comfortable family room and the hiking trail along the lakeside. We played loads of games in the playroom, enjoyed the hot tub every night and had plenty of space for everyone. It was the perfect mental break from the craziness of the world these days!
Marcia C. Mar 2020
Back of hand??? Tv in bedroom had to b fixwd when my son came up so didnt have it for 2 nights.. shd have lights & heat marked which is for where... would still b interested again. Oh not well stocked..baking sheets etc.
Manager response:
Thank you for sharing your feedback, Marcia. We are sorry to hear about the issues that occurred during your stay. We have added instructions for the lights and heater, fixed the tv, and will look into adding more kitchenware. We hope to have another chance to impress you in the future!
Eric C. Feb 2020
Loved the updated interior, spotless, large rooms and large common area. Loved the proximity to the water. Overall A+ house!
Terri P. Oct 2019
The house had everything we needed .
Jennifer W. Sep 2019
I really loved this house! On a quiet section of the lake with great kitchen, amenities, and bedrooms. Basement was a bit musty, but overall the house was very clean and bug and cobweb free.
Zach G. Aug 2019
We loved the location. Very secluded with beautiful views. The little cove was perfect for swimming and hanging out on the dock.

One thing we did note. Some of the deck boards are beginning to rot. This could pose a safety issue in the future!

Overall, great place to stay. Thank you for everything!
Manager response:
Hi Zach, we're so glad you enjoyed your stay in our home! We have passed along your feedback, and our maintenance team is already working on the issue. We hope to host you again soon!
Karen Y. Jul 2019
Loved our extended weekend stay at this home. It was very comfortable with thoughtful amenities throughout (including strong fans and every kitchen supply). The layout was great for our multiple family group. The location is one of the best features - end of cove with little boat traffic which was great for enjoying the lake from the dock. Easy walk to dock. Thank you for sharing your home. Would definitely stay here again.
Estee N. Apr 2019
We loved our stay at this home. With the private dock and hot tub, my kids didn’t even need to leave! It was so special!
AttractionDistance From Home
Swallow Falls State Park4.3 Miles
Garrett State Forest6.0 Miles
Wisp Resort6.1 Miles
Wisp Resort Mountain Coaster6.2 Miles
Herrington Manor State Park7.0 Miles
Deep Creek Lake State Park12.8 Miles
Mystic Mountain32.0 Miles
Timberline Four Seasons Resort45.9 Miles
Rocky Gap Casino Resort55.9 Miles