We stayed at Moonlight Marian. Woke up early to hear the geese honking in the morning. The fishing was superb to say the least. I cought several large mouth bass. There great eating I must say. Cooked them right out front of the cabin with a grill provided. Nothing like eating fresh fish off the hoof. Wrap them in foil and we had a feast. Bass is 26 dollars a pound at the local HyVee. Not as fresh when you pull them right out of the lake. Then comes all the deer to frolick in the medows to take you to another planet. If they allowed shooting there I would have had me some venisan of the hoof. Not much going on in town but when you have a big family to enjoy this retreat who needs stinking town folks to ruin this vacation. Nothing not to like here. Bring your own party and there is nothing like this place. No one bothered us and we were free to do what ever popped up. Heck, I could have gone naked all week at this place and no one would see me , except the wildlife. HHHHAAA . We will be back. The only drawback on this stay is that the spiral staircase up to the bedroom was a little hard to negotiate especially if you are my age of 64. When you have to get to the bathroom down below in the middle of the night ,it could get a little diecy. Other than that I would recommend this place . Next time I want to book Big Johns cabin. The four ladies staying there were having a great time as we were. They had paddle boards to pass the time. I prefer to fish for dinner at this place. Nothing like catching a fighting ill tempered wide mouth bass to get me coming back.
Thanks to the folks that run this place. Rustic cabins Not. Rustic fun is what you get here. You want the Waldorf then go to New York. You want chef prepared meals then bring your own chef.
I for one had a great time and so will you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hatfield Lakes are located on 1000 acres of private lakes, farmland and fabulous wooded fields. We have PRIVATE FISHING....14 lakes and ponds, on the Hatfield estate. We have hundreds of acres to hike, and view wildlife..... Fishing is the best...bass, blue gill and walleye. We have two fabulous LOG CABINS .....The Stott Log Cabin and the New Big John Log Cabin. The STOTT LOG CABIN - 110 year old log lake view cabin, has been restored using logs, & hand hewn beams. The 3 bedroom vintage home is furnished with cowboy/lodge art and decor, fireplace & antler chandeliers.The BIG JOHN LOG CABIN ....located LAKEFRONT. The 2 bedroom log cabin features dramatic vaulted log beamed ceilings and walls. The cabin is furnished with log furnishings, western/wildlife art, fireplace. EACH OF THE ROOMS & VERANDAH ARE LAKEFRONT.....right on the lake.The GAZEBO, with wrap-around decks, fireplace, windmill & waterwheel, is situated WITHIN AND ON TOP OF THE LAKE . Guests can also fish from the FISHING BRIDGE!HATFIELD LAKES, is the site of programs filmed by John McLaughlin (KCCI - Des MoInes) for sporting and fishing channels. HATFIELD LAKES is the Ultimate & Private FISHING RETREAT! ... more less