|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
2015 NOW OPEN FOR BOOKING! PEAK SEASON IS JUNE THROUGH AUGUST.
NEW PICTURES POSTED OF BACKYARD, POOL AND VOLLEYBALL COURT! UPDATE: We have just renovated two bathrooms and the entire backyard including landscaping, new zoysia sod, retaining walls, new fence around the pool, new pool deck, patios, beautiful plants. The current picture on this website does not do the backyard justice. We will update pictures soon. In addition, to the side of the house, we have finished building a permanent sand beach volleyball court, tether ball set and in-ground trampoline. Horseshoes and gaga ball are coming. We have also just purchased beautiful new theater furniture, a full 16 theater chairs of the highest leather quality, all fully automatic and beautiful.
This multi million dollar property includes an 12,000 sq ft. home along with 3 cabins and a poolhouse. We completed a major inside and front yard renovation one year ago and have just completed a major backyard renovation along with two bathrooms inside. We worked with one of Atlanta's top designers to create a 5 star luxurious experience. The main house has 11 bedrooms and 9 full baths. The main floor has 2 kitchens. One is a professional kitchen for the chef in the family, while the other services a guest suite. The great room overlooks the lake, has a large flat screen tv, and a pool/ping pong table. The dining room table seats 12 comfortably and can easily add another table and chairs. There are additional tables and chairs to seat up to 36 on the screened porch.
There are 2 BR and 3 full Baths on this floor. There is a large 50 x 50 screened porch that overlooks the lake and pool area that is great for groups. We have 4 round tables and 36 chairs available to use in this space for dining or group gatherings.
The second den connects to a covered porch. Steps away is a 6 foot wide stone firepit that overlooks the pool and lake. It burns real wood, but has a gas starter for convenience. The basement has 2 BR and a full Bath. One room has 2 twin beds and the other has a king bed.
Upstairs you will find a 16 seat professional home theater with a 110' movie screen. There are 6 BR/4 BA upstairs, including a newly added master suite with a fireplace, jacuzzi tub, and three 6 foot windows that overlook the beautiful back yard and lake. The other master suite is brand new and has four built in bunks in the room beside it. The main laundry room is upstairs, but there are two other ones on the property as well.
There are three cabins, each having a separate entry, den, small fridge, microwave, and coffee pot. Cabin 1 is steps from the main house, connected to the garage and has 2 BR, 1 BA. It has a queen bed and 4 built in bunk beds. Cabin 2 is 1 BR with a queen bed and 1 BA. Cabin 3 is one large BR with 5 twin beds, one queen bed and a pull out sofa downstairs, along with 1BA.
The Poolhouse is screened in and has a full size fridge, microwave, full size bath, and two outdoor showers. It is steps away from the green egg grill on the patio. The back yard and lake views are seen from most rooms and the back yard is flat for the kids to play. There are three main outdoor decks to relax in and each one has plenty of ceiling fans to keep you cool in the summer. We are located in a quiet cove and surrounded by 15 acres of corps protected land, so it is very quiet. Enjoy fishing off the double deck party dock, or rent jet skis, pontoon boat, or ski boat at the nearby marina. We have two jet ski platforms and a place to tie your boat up.
Lake, pool, hot tub, home theater, pool table, lodge setting...this is the place to host your family reunion or group get together. Gather as a group or break away into small conversations in our many sitting areas and outdoor seating.
Please note: We do not rent cabins separately. When you rent, you get the entire facility, including the three cabins. We are not set up as a bed and breakfast, so please don't ask about renting cabins separately or renting part of the house. You get it all.
We are in a residential neighborhood with neighbors nearby. This is not the place for your loud party or events.
Here's a link to Initials Inc spring/summer catalogue. They used our house for the photo shoot. http://initials-inc.com/catalog.
Please email the owner to request a floor plan to use for planning purposes. Will consider stays of any length.
Keywords: Family reunions, multi family vacations, lakefront, 15 bedroom, 13 bedroom, 12 bedroom, 11 bedroom, 10 bedroom, corporate retreat, lake vacation, large lake house
My husband and I lived in Atlanta for 7 years before relocating to Gainesville, Ga. We wanted to find and create a homestead and gathering place for friends and family to get away from life's distractions and rest and build deeper relationships.
Jeff Hylton purchased this house in 2006
We fell in love with Lake Lanier with its convenience to Atlanta, located in the quaint small town of Gainesville, and a short distance to the North Georgia mountains. My parents had recently moved to Gainesville and we wanted the kids to be near them as well. After living here a year, we found this special piece of property. It was rare to find 4 acres with a flat back yard to the water in a cove. It is surrounded by 15 acres on the right by corp protected land, so it is private and quiet. I have seen wild turkey, owls, deer, and plenty of other wildlife in the backyard.
Our place is a unique property with 3 separate cabin living spaces as well as our home. I worked with a professional decorator to give every person a 5 star hotel experience. Great care has been taken to make sure mattresses are nice, sheets are soft, and guests feel pampered while they are here.
It has been months since our retreat at the "ARK" yet considering the memories created there will be everlasting, it is not too late to write the amazing review it well deserves!!!! We brought a group of High School girls here for a two day spiritual retreat and could not have picked a better place to have it. The ambiance of the 'Ark' so lent itself to wonderful conversation, workshops and activities. We thoroughly enjoyed the indoors and outdoors where friendship, camaraderie, and laughter were abound!!! The sleeping space could not have been cleaner or more comfortable and the kitchen was such a pleasure to work in. Jeff was so nice to work with from the very first phone call and the caretaker was warm, engaging, and helpful at any call. It was an honor and privilege to have been there and we hope it will be the first of many more times that we can enjoy the beautiful home it is. Highly recommended to anyone with good taste who can appreciate beauty, comfort and warmth!
I have never been to a place that creates more conversations in my life. If you are hosting a retreat or a family reunion and you care about people connecting - this is the perfect place. Every night we sat for hours around the fire pit - its truly the best place and the biggest place for a fire I have ever experienced. The kitchen is HUGE and makes for incredible meals. The owners care deeply for the people that use it and hope its used everyday for things that really matter. I would recommend this place to everyone because it only enhances a gathering. Oh...and I watched the Super Bowl in the Theatre, which was one of the best places to watch a game ever.
I organized a reunion for a large group of college friends at The Ark. I had not seen it before arriving for the beginning of our week, and all 16 of us were very pleased with the house and the grounds! There is abundant room for large groups to spread out and not feel cramped or in each other's way. The finishes are very nice, and the multiple large spaces allowed for us to gather in a variety of spots all week. The owner is extremely helpful and welcoming, as are the others he has helping out. The caterer and masseuse he recommended were wonderful. The house, out buildings, hot tub, pool and recreational areas are situated on a quiet cove with a beautiful vista out over the lake. I highly recommend The Ark!
This place is amazing! We had a large and diverse group (couples, kids, singles, senior citizens), yet we didn't feel crowded. It was an awesome time and the house and property just made it a great environment for personal and group growth!
The property owners are awesome and easy to work with. I give them and their property my highest recommendation!
I stayed in the house with a group of 20. We spent three days dreaming and planning for the New Year in this picturesque setting. It was a home away from home--comfortable, clean, and classy. And while our family would normally hit the beach for vacation during the summer, I actually think my kids would have more fun going here! Even in February, we were able to enjoy the fire pit, hot tub, and beautiful views. If the weather had been warmer, we'd have been enjoying the many other amenities--too many to count! Thank you!
The weekend was so relaxing and the "The Ark" made for a wonderful place for our weekend retreat. The accommodations were amazing and very comfortable which made for a perfect retreat. Would highly recommend "The Ark" for a great family reunion, church retreat or a perfect corporate getaway!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Cleaning Fee||$1,000 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$2,000|
|Notes||Rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed. Three day minimum doesn't always apply. Please ask the owner. Less than a week rentals may also be available in the summer. More than 40 guests may incur an additional fee. Corporate outings have additional fee. All holidays are charged premium prices (add 25% minimum).|
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