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Large, Quiet Lake home on deep water

28 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Great vacation spot. Wide lake views.

Note: The entire lake will be lowered from November 2016 to March 2017. The docks will be unusable. Our lake house has a stunning view of Lake Secession. At full pond, the water level is 8-9 feet at our dock. Our dock is covered for protection from the sun or showers while you fish. The rental includes use of the canoe. There is a large fire-pit and cut wood to roast marshmallows. Lake Secession is 7 miles long. It is over a mile wide at the far end. Jet skis and boats are allowed.

No cats allowed due to allergies.

We have Wifi and a 55" HDTV in the living room. The second floor sun room is 30 feet long. It has a ping pong table, dart games and several rocking chairs. We have a gas fireplace. There is a gas grill and charcoal grill on the wooden deck, which is shaded with umbrellas. Play horseshoes along the lake or relax in a rocker. Central air conditioning and heat keep the house at the right temperature.

We are located near historic Abbeville, and Anderson, which are 20 minutes away. Get pampered at the Day Spa, which is the oldest house in Anderson. Clemson University is 40 minutes north. That is a great college town.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Jeremy Rifflard
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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October 9, 2016
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based on 28 traveler reviews

Large, Quiet Lake home on deep water
average rating of 4.607143 based on 28 reviews

Great place for the whole family to enjoy! 5 Stars!

  • 5 of 5

Let's just go ahead and get it out there... I saw a very negative review of this house just a few days before we were scheduled to be staying there, and it kind of freaked me out. I was the one in charge of booking the family get-together, and I was sure that there I would be the mockery of the family... "Do you remember that terrible vacation that so-and-so booked?" With much trepidation, we soldiered on to tiny little Iva, SC.

So the bad stuff... the mattress that I slept on was a little hard, but everyone else in the family said they were fine (maybe I'm just a wimp). The air condition was great upstairs, a little warm downstairs. And lastly, but most important... there was no pizza cutter.

Something I kept wanting to scream to the bad reviewer is "$100 PER NIGHT!!!" The average nightly price (according to VRBO) on this beautiful, peaceful LAKE HOUSE is $100. Unbelievable! The house was clean, with plenty of bedding and towels. We had a ton of fun on the paddle boat, sitting on the beautiful deck overlooking the lake, playing ping pong upstairs in the amazing sun room, grilling on the patio, going old school and playing Super Mario on the Super Nintendo downstairs (tons of fun for all ages, by the way), and just being together as a family. The kitchen is very well stocked with equipment, there is plenty of seating for a large family, and tons of things to do at the house.

Yes, the lake level was low. But what is the owner supposed to do about that? Do a rain dance? Put a water hose in the lake? I'm semi-local, so I know how long it has been since it rained last. Besides, my niece had fun picking up the oyster shells that were on the beach. Jeremy even emailed me before we stayed there to let us know the lake was low and offered to let us out of the rental or take some perks.

Ultimately, we were grateful that Jeremy offered his great lake house at an affordable price. We really enjoyed it and will certainly stay there again. But Jeremy, I expect there to be a pizza cutter there next time. In the meantime, I certainly recommend this house to anyone looking to stay in the area, just bring your own pizza cutter. 5 stars, easy.

Recommended activities: Denver Downs in the fall, tons of festivals in summer and fall, fishing, Drive In movie theater (double features!)... do some research, there are lots of local things to do.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A return visit...won't be the last

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to this home and I brought my parents with us this time. I knew that my Dad (and husband!) needed a quiet weekend of fishing and relaxing. We also brought along two teenagers who had never been on vacation. They had the most fun of all. They spent HOURS just floating in the lake or paddling the canoe. Saturday they only came in to eat! There are many things that make this house perfect for us. The gorgeous view of the lake and the ease of access to it, the paddleboat and canoes, the long porches upstairs and down so that there was plenty of "get away" space, the covered patio outside, the kitchen being downstairs, two tables to allow us to eat together and leave the Mexican train game set up at the same time. etc. . At times all 8 of us were somewhere off by our self and the layout of the house made that possible. I search out properties on VRBO that are homey and comfortable, not stuffy and pretentious. This is the perfect place for going and staying. We never felt like we had to leave to have something to do. We will return for a third visit!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unpleasantly Surprised

  • 1 of 5

I hate writing a poor review on anything, but I feel I must share the reality of this rental as it was not at all what we were expecting and certainly not up to the standards that a vacation rental should be. My sister and I rented this lake home the 3rd week of August and we very unpleasantly surprised. We arrived at dusk and were first shocked at the unkept and dark appearance of the entrance, only to find that there was no key in the lock box. Luckily, we had the owners # and he called us back within 10 min. He sent a caretaker over within 20 min. to let us into the property. Not a great start to our vacation we had long awaited from a very stressful year. Once we got inside, we were still feeling like we had made a mistake and wasn't even sure we wanted to stay. We got settled in and just went to bed, hoping that things would look better in the morning. There were multiple beds to choose from but the mattresses were obviously old, squeaky, and uncomfortable. It should be known that one available bed is a trundle mattress on the floor. I found myself most comfortable on the couch the entire week. The furniture throughout very old and mostly mismatched leftover peices.

The next morning brought a beautiful view out the back and a beautiful sunrise, but it also brought light to poor unkept condition of the place. This is obviously a very old family home that has been added onto many times very roughly by a handyman. The pictures do not reflect the poor condition and very poor upkeep of the place. It is more of a rough fishermans cabin that isn't maintained well. Hand prints all over most windows, mold in the shower, dirty floors, stink in laundry room so bad we could hardly use it. Some of the patio furniture was so old and weathered we wouldn't use it. The swing was only the old frame... no swing. Only 4 peices of fire wood avail. Dishes had to be washed before use because of dirty film. Air conditioner didn't cool the downstairs. The water was so low that we couldn't swim... found out later that the lake had been partially drained to work on the dam. Had a 9 hour power outage day before we left. Renters shouldn't be asked to drive their own garbage 2.5 miles away.

We did catch fish from the doc. Paddle boat and canoes were nice options. The view of the lake was beautiful. Quick response from owner.

Sorry, but the place was in such poor unkept condition all around that I would be embarassed to rent it if it were mine

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very surprised to see this review. I contacted this renter on their second day and they told me everything was great. They caught over 40 fish off the dock. The entry key was taken by the prior renter which caused the 20 minute delay of entering the home. A new system is in place so this cannot happen again. Yes there are 6 beds, one of which is a trundle bed. There was a total New roof in 2015. Newly painted walls in 2016. New microwave and refrigerator in the past month. New 60" TV. New bedding is from this June. The lake is still over 10 feet deep and great for swimming. Please don't tell the owner everything is great during your stay then provide a poor review. That makes no sense.
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Quiet & secluded get-a-way!

  • 5 of 5

Upon arrival I thought the set up of the house was a little weird (living room & bed rooms upstairs, but kitchen downstairs), BUT once settled it was a great set-up! We could get dinner ready without the kids getting in the way. 😊򒠠We all played ping pong in the upstairs sun room, ate dinner in the downstairs sun room & had nightly game night in the downstairs "dining area". The kids & I did daily canoe and paddle boat rides and fished. We went to the Amish bakery, Callahan Farms & downtown Greenville.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice getaway

  • 5 of 5

The views of the lake were great. Had a lot of fun on the lake with the kids.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spacious, family-friendly home

  • 4 of 5

Our family enjoyed staying in this spacious, lakefront home. Because we were visiting my mom, who is recovering from surgery and has temporary mobility issues, we spent much of our time upstairs. The layout was perfect, as entry is on the 2nd floor, with direct and easy access to the large sunroom. We visited there for many hours, watching the kids enjoying the lake. There are several rocking chairs in the sunroom, and a small table. We also made good use of the ping pong table. The lake was a great hit, especially with the kids, who spent hours swimming, canoeing, and paddle boating. We saw several turtles and osprey while on the boats.

We visited during an extremely hot week. By turning the window unit in the sunroom on in the morning before it overheated, the room stayed very comfortable. The AC unit in the house kept the bedrooms comfortable. The only place we felt the heat was in the kitchen, downstairs. However, we had planned a lot of our meals for the crockpot (although we'd taken our own, we discovered one in the well stocked kitchen that we would use next time) so that minimized our time in the kitchen, and because of my mom's difficulty walking, we carried most of our food upstairs and ate in the sunroom. There is a small convenience store close by, but the nearest grocery store is several miles away in Abbeville, so you might want to stock up on supplies ahead of time if you don't want to do much driving during your stay.

The house is in the country, with all the advantages that brings--quietness, birdwatching, swimming, boating. If you're bothered by bugs, though, be aware that those come with being close to nature and some do make it into the house. There were lots of spiders outside, and if we cleared the dock overhang of them in the morning, they'd rebuild before evening. However, the bugs also meant that the resident phoebes were very active, and from the sunroom we enjoyed watching the birds divebomb flying insects.

Finally, our favorite local restaurant is Grits and Groceries (cash only) in nearby Belton. Food is excellent, and even though it was hot, we enjoyed the outdoor tables since they are under a shaded pavilion. Hours are rather limited, so be sure to check ahead of time to make sure they are open. I highly recommend the lemon pound cake with a scoop of buttermilk lemon ice cream, but all of their desserts are delicious.

Jeremy was helpful, and we hope to rent this home again when we next visit my mom.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Anderson, SC
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Route 184 and SC 81
Nearest Beach
180 Miles


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Cleaning $75
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 8.0%

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Iva House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Pedal Boat
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Raft
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

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