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Crane Hill - Smith Lake Alabama Rental House-I-65-Broadband-Sleeps 25

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 4,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

Super House, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 25)

Welcome to 'Magnolia Manor' in Crane Hill, AL in Cullman, Al near Bremen. We named it this because the area has abundant 'cowcumber' magnolias growing everywhere. The physical address is 128 County Road 327. On Google Maps just across the lake (West Side) from the Bridge at Trident Marina next to the peninsula. Boat Dock in place! Dock Fishing and site-seeing excellent. 15-20 minutes from Interstate 65, the major highway artery from Mobile, AL to Chicago, IL. See smith-lakehomes dot com

We are on the Western side of Cullman County, the East Side of Lewis Smith Lake across the water from Trident Marina, formerly called Ryans Creek Marina, near Bremen, AL. To go by land, it is just 2-4 minutes away. We are 8/10 of one mile from the Trident Marina, formerly Ryan Creek Marina. Our spacious, non-smoking home, will help you get away from city life and enjoy the easy-going pace of the Northern Alabama countryside in the foothills of the Appalachian chain. Whether you choose to stay in Spring, Summer, Winter or Fall, you will feel at home while only an hour away from Birmingham and Huntsville.

Perfect for family, family reunions, church meeting, conferences, corporate meetings, professional continuing education courses, and/or company retreats. To find us on Google Maps, just find Ryan Creek Marina (now Trident Marina) on County Road 222. Magnolia Manor is 2/10 of one mile West of the Marina by land or by boat, just across the lake next to the peninsula that juts out on the map. Coming from I-65, we are 7.1 miles West of Interstate 65 down State Highway 69. After driving 7.1 miles on Hwy 69 South towards Jasper, one turns right or West onto County Road 222 at Hwy 69 mile marker 228. Head West on Cty Road 222 up the hill 1.5 miles where you will find a 4-Way Stop sign and a grocery/gas store called 'JD 4-Way.' Keep straight on 222 another 5.2 miles and you will come to Ryan Creek Marina. Go 8/10 mile further on 222 and turn right onto Cty Road 327 into Sunrise Pointe Estates Subdivision (there is a sign there). We are 1/10 mile on the right, the first drive on the right (Lot 2) with a concrete drive leading down into the front of Magnolia Manor. You have arrived!

Magnolia Manor is a hide-away overlooking Smith Lake placed upon a rolling hillside about 270 feet from waters edge where we have 140 feet of water frontage and plenty of parking at and around the house.

The upper deck/balcony is perfect for sunbathing, just hanging out, BBQ's, cooking relaxing, boating, fishing or skiing. Put in your boat just across the Lake at Trident Marina (Ryan Creek Marina), tie down your motor boat or pontoon at our boat/swim dock after a day of swimming, water-skiing or fishing for large mouth bass, spotted bass, striped bass, bream, and crappie, and enjoy the beautiful sunset over the lake. Tie up at our boat dock. We are in a cove and there are no rough waves coming in.

Broadband Internet -WiFi from Wild Blue Satellite internet.

A newly opened 1455 Acre plus OHV (Off Highway Vehicle Park) is only 15 minutes away. The County of Cullman, AL built and maintains this Park called 'Stoney Lonesome.' Very popular with folks driving in from AL, TN, and MS. According to the Birmingham News article on June 12, 2008, ' The Cullman County Commission bought the land - seven miles southwest of the Interstate 65 exit at Dodge City - in 2012 for just more than $1.8 million. Much of the money came from an Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs grant designated for an OHV park. 'By the fall, when we plan to be in operation, we'll have some of the basic trails open for the ATVs, the motorcycles, the mountain biking,' Sellers said.....rock crawling, so 4x4 vehicles with oversized tires can crawl over large boulders or up steep inclines, Sellers said. The county plans to get rock crawlers to help design and build that section from quarried boulders.....When we bring it out, we want it to be of a standard that there is not anything to compare to it...An expert in trail construction will be brought in to teach county workers how to build the trails, so in the future they can maintain them or make changes, Sellers said.

Magnolia Manor bedding is as follows: 1 King Bed (sleeps 2); 2 Queen Beds (sleeps 2 per bed);2 Twin Bed sleeps 2; 2 Futon Sofa/Beds (sleeps 2 per futon); 5 Bunk Beds (sleeps 10 total in Bunks); 1 New Leather Sofa folds out and sleeps 2. Total of 24 can sleep in beds! Extra couch available as well, would make 25!

Lewis Smith Lake is a Southern Company reservoir in North Alabama. The three-fingered lake was created by Alabama Power to produce hydroelectric eco-friendly power and improve river traffic conditions on the Black Warrior River, as well as to provide recreation opportunities.

Besides fishing the lake offers excellent opportunities for other water sports, including swimming, boating, jet-skis, and water skiing, as well as non-water related activities like camping, picnicking and just plain relaxing. This Lake Home is about 1 hour North of Birmingham and about 2 hours South of Nashville, 2 and 1/2 hours from Atlanta, just 15 minutes off Interstate 65. Lewis Smith Lake is located between Birmingham and Huntsville, and is nestled among the pastures and rolling hills of northern Alabama. Lewis Smith Lake serves as a perfect get away for individuals in both Birmingham, Atlanta and Nashville.

'We visited Magnolia Manor in June and had a wonderful time. I have four

kids and 7 grandchildren. The house is wonderful for a big family.

Everyone had their own rooms and the kids loved the bunks. The kitchen

is adequately furnished for cooking large meals. We loved the outside

decks. There is lots of parking for several vehicles. We enjoyed our

time at Magnolia Manor and would recommend it for a family vacation.'

......Dianne Holloman, Quitman, MS

'Marvelous time with all the kids and grandkids. We hope to come back next year!'

The Fifes in Hoover, AL

"Thanks so much so allowing our family to spend time in your beautiful home. We spent a lot of time in the house since it was raining a lot during some of our stay here. You have a lovely home. We will look into visiting again. We love how much room there is! Thanks again." The Howards

"This weekend we celebrated our mothers 50th birthday with family and friends. Everyone 'ooohed and aaahed' over how beautiful the house was. Everything we needed was here! (The WiFi was great for the laptops!) We watched the Olympics on the big TV in the living room. It also snowed outside! The weekend was delightful! Thank you for letting us stay here! Hopefully we will get to come back again!" Davis Family

Our guests come from as far away as Santa Barbara, California and as near as right here in Alabama.

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Rickey Harris or Ulvia Harris --USA and Salinas Ecuador
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
April 27, 2017

About Rickey Harris or Ulvia Harris --USA and Salinas Ecuador

Growing up at Crane Hill, I watched as the Lake was built in the early 1960's. Some of my family owned land that is now 'lake front property.' I worked on the family farm where we raised cows, and lots of chickens 'broilers.' I thought everyone got up at 4 AM to work before they went to elementary school!! I 'retired' at age 15 or so when we moved to the 'big city' of Cullman, Alabama!!

My wife and I have 5 grown children and we enjoy Smith Lake boating, skiing and just cruising around in the boat on the lake. The Smith Lake and Crane Hill area is good for relaxing in the laid back foothills of the Appalachian Mountain chain and has over 500 miles of shoreline. Great for bass fishing although personally I enjoy just riding around in the boat and seeing the scenery. We are local business owners (insurance agency) who live in nearby Jasper, AL which is 30 minutes away on Hwy 69.

Rickey Harris or Ulvia Harris --USA and Salinas Ecuador purchased this house in 2009

Why Rickey Harris or Ulvia Harris --USA and Salinas Ecuador chose Alabama

Centrally located in the Southeast. Just minutes off of Interstate 65 (7.1 miles before turning on Cty Road 222. Then down Cty Rd 222 around 7 more miles to Magnolia Manor. Local Fun and adventurous family attractions like The Bankhead National Forest, Stony Lonesome OHV Park, a Natural Bridge, Historic Civil War Battlefields, plus much more. U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL 1 hour away. GOLFING just up the road toward Cullman, 15-20 minutes away. The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, a grand collection of championship courses that offer an equally grand test of golf. Ave Maria Grotto in nearby Cullman, AL that is known throughout the world as 'Jerusalem in Miniature,' which is a beautifully landscaped, four-acre nature park with Catholic statues and miniatures. Oktoberfest is a yearly festival celebrating Cullman's German Heritage and Cullman recently voted to go 'wet.' So

now for the first time ever, the Cullman Oktoberfest has beer!

Lewis Smith Lake is the best fresh water lake in North Alabama. Full of Stripe and Large Mouth Bass and other great tasting fish! Great for family get togethers as everyone can drive in from nearby Interstate I-65. Several Bass Masters Classic Fishing Tournaments have relished being on Smith Lake in the past 7 years.

What makes this house unique

Relaxation and Tranquil Time.

Boating. Nature Watching. Fishing from shore in the Cove. Big Bass there! Can be seen in the early mornings. After a good rain, listen to the rushing stream run into the lake while sitting out on the top or bottom deck.

Water Skiing with the family. There is a slalom course just down the lake from us.

Watching the deer walking across the property. Convenient to I-65, just 15 - 20 minutes away.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We only got to stay a coupla days but was more than we expected....peaceful and beautiful clear water. Great fishing down by the boat dock.
Apr 2016
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Crane Hill House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 25
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Ducted Cooling
  • Ducted Heating
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 15 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3.5
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (5)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Located just Across 3-5 Minutes from Trident Marina (used to be known as Ryan Creek Marina), the Largest Marina on Smith Lake. Boat Launch across the water. Cullman, AL is 25-30 minutes away and Jasper, AL is 35-45 minutes away. Country Mall is 1/2 mile away--groceries, fishing supplies, gas, etc. 20 minutes from the nice Cullman Public Golf course. About 1 and 1/2 hours from NASA Museum and Space Camp in Huntsville, AL. Charcoal Grill in place on Lower Deck; Chaise lounge chairs for sunbathing on upper deck; Also Picnic table with benches on deck. Boat Dock/Swim Deck.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

Crane Hill - Smith Lake Alabama Rental House-I-65-Broadband-Sleeps 25
average rating of 4.7826085 based on 31 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This home worked out wonderful for our Ladies Retreat! The owners are super easy and very accomodating to work with! They kept us updated on any issues and resolved them before we ever arrived. I highly recommend this home for families or churches looking for a place to come spend some quality time. The home is equipped with everything you will need. We never left the home all weekend, as everything we needed was there! This home will be on our annual rotation list!

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We do everything we can to make our guests stay as comfortable as possible. Rickey and Ulvia Harris
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Beautiful Comfortable house, with great view of the lake

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. This is our second time renting this house for our Writers Retreat. The house is more than big enough for the ten of us. There is plenty of space for writing and workshops. The kitchen is fully loaded and a joy to cook in. We would definitely do it again!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family fun

  • 5 of 5

We rented for a week this summer and we all had a great time, plenty of room for all, the grands loved the lake . The views were beautiful , the furniture was comfortable in all the rooms. big family, big house, big fun.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for large Family

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for letting us stay at your beautiful home. For years, my grandfather has wanted our family to get away together and spend a week in a cabin. We all enjoyed our time together eating, fishing, hiking and eating some more. The layout of the home is perfect for a large family and we'd love to return some day.

Thanks again

  • Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for you kind review and come back anytime!
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Texas to Magnolia Manor

  • 5 of 5

We traveled from East Texas to get together with family. Great place to meet as it is close to I-65. We enjoyed your beautiful home having plenty of room for our big group. Quiet lake, quiet place....all made our stay so restful.

Thank you!

Ronnie and Ruth

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jackson, Ms

Super Roomy and Nice Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

We arrived and were very pleasantly surprised by the layout of the house and how nice and roomy it is. We plan on returning next year. Really liked the upper and lower decks and our kids liked the pool table and fooseball table. "Great paír says The Bear!"

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Birmingham, Al (BHM)
Nearest Barpub
20 Miles
In the City of Cullman
Nearest Golf
18 Miles
Cullman Municipal Golf
Nearest Train
48 Miles
Birmingham, AL
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
State Hwy 69 and I-65
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
In Bremen-open weekends
Nearest Beach
280 Miles
Gulf Shores, Al Orange Beach, Al
Nearest Point of Interest
Smith Lake Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Stoney Lonesome OHV Park
Car: necessary

See our website in order to get a better idea of other things to do in the area. NASA's Space and Rocket Center Museum in Huntsville, AL is only 1 hour and 15-20 minutes away! Rickwood Caverns is 30 minutes away on I-65. We are only 15-20 minutes from Interstate 65. A new 1457 acre Recreational 4-Wheeler Park is 15 minutes away. Owned by the County of Cullman, Alabama. Trail all throughout mountainous terrain. Cullman Municipal Golf Course (a nice public course) is 25 minutes away. Close to Ave Maria Grotto. Only 90 minutes from NASA Museum and Space Camp in Huntsville, AL. Great for all ages. Tie up and keep your boat at Magnolia Manor Boat/Swim Dock during your stay for use at your convenience!


Rates & Availability

Crane Hill House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
New Season
Jan 4 2017 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
High Season
May 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
July 4th Holiday
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 5 2017
4 night minimum stay
July Tween
Jul 6 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 6 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sept Tween
Sep 7 2017 - Oct 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Low Season I
Oct 2 2017 - Nov 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
Nov tween
Nov 16 2017 - Nov 17 2017
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dec tween
Nov 28 2017 - Dec 20 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas 2017
Dec 21 2017 - Dec 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $75
Cleaning Fee $195
Tax Rate 10.0%

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