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The Summer Shade Inn - Lake Gaston (Pedal Boat, Paddle Boards, Kayaks Included)

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

5 bedroom, 3 bathroom Lakefront Vacation Home

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Having three paddle boards, a pedal boat, two kayaks and all of the supporting equipment available to the guest makes this property a most appealing choice on Lake Gaston.


During our Prime Summer Schedule for 2018 (June 9 - August 17) check-in is at 4pm on Saturday "or" 4pm on Sunday. Check-out is at 11am.

The remainder of the year:

Check-in: 4 pm Check-out: 11 am

See the details below...

Our home includes a variety of indoor and outdoor items designed to entertain guests of all ages, in all forms of weather conditions...

Beautiful 3,300 s/f home in private Stillwater neighborhood.

5 bedrooms, 3 full baths

Living room, fully equipped kitchen and dining room on the upper level

Game room (Bedroom 5) with ping pong, air hockey table, foosball, game table and gaming TV on the lower level

A separate Pool room is also on the lower level - it can serve as a sixth bedroom (queen sized pillow top AeroBed - three AeroBeds are available to provide flexibility in sleeping arrangements)

Flat screen TV w/ DVD player on both the upper and lower levels

Laundry Room on the lower level

Large stand alone Ice Machine on the lower level

A second refrigerator on the lower level (poolroom)

Wireless internet.

Three separate deck areas, two with full sun and one covered.

Two main floor bedrooms open to the deck on the upper level.

Upper level deck includes patio table, chairs and gas grill (gas is provided).

Lounge chairs for sun bathing are available for the deck over boathouse.

Lower level covered patio includes lounge chairs, tables and swings.

Large driveway for parking multiple vehicles.

Approximately 1 mile from Food Lion shopping center, gas station, drug store, and local restaurants

3 miles from two full service marinas (Eaton Ferry and Northampton)

Ample dock-space is available for boats and PWC

Swimming platform with ladder

Dock has 12 ft of water

Fishing rods, skis, wake boards, a pedal boat, kayaks, paddle boards, tubes, a knee board, ropes and life jackets provided

A new “Splash Island” has recently been added

Gas Fire Pit on the Main Deck

Wood Fire Pit in an open area off the lower deck

Bedroom Configuration:

1) Upper Level- Master - Queen sized bed

2) Upper Level - Access to uppper deck -Queen sized bed

3) Upper Level - Front Lawn view - Queen sized bed

4) Lower Level - Four twin beds

5) Lower Level - Game room - Four twin beds, one queen sized hide-a-bed with a DreamAire Mattress

6) Lower Level - Pool Room - A queen sized air mattress fits nicely between the pool table and the wall adjacent to the downstairs refrigerator (three queen sized air mattresses are located under the steps, in the pool room).

Bathroom Configuration:

1). Upper level - In the Master Bedroom

2) Upper Level - Between Bedrooms Two and Three (Queen sized beds).

3) Lower Level - Outside Bedroom Four


We have now completed our third year of inviting guests to share our Lakefront Home. We have met some outstanding individuals and have particularly loved our many conversations designed to help ensure a most positive Lake Gaston experience (for some this involved rest and relaxation, for others it involved fishing, boating, swimming and gaming, while still others enjoyed winery tours, golfing and shopping).

We have also appreciated the insight provided by our guests that has helped us improve the experience for each subsequent guest.

For those who are planning a vacation for the summer of 2018, understand that calendars fill quickly – many of our guests lock-in dates a year in advance.

Remember that Lake Gaston has incredible weather throughout the year - my family was boating in late December this year - with temperatures in the mid-70's...

The key to a most successful "get-away" is often in the planning stage. My recommendation is to begin early.

This year our home has hosted single couples looking for a romantic get-away, anniversaries, family reunions, and a large number of guests who simply wanted an opportunity to reconnect with friends and family.

With this year’s experience as the backdrop, we look forward to working with each of you as you plan your Lake Front Get-Away.


More Details

Property Manager
Keith Kremer
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 22, 2017

About Keith Kremer

Although we spent much of our time living near the beaches of North and South Carolina, we fell in love with the lake life on our family summer vacations. Currently, we live in Raleigh, NC, just a short drive away.

Keith Kremer purchased this house in 2014

Why Keith Kremer chose Littleton

After enjoying family vacations at Lake Gaston for years, we decided to invest in a home of our own. We hope our home provides families with a special place to spend time together while enjoying everything the lake has to offer.

During our summer vacations, we often spent as much money renting kayaks, paddle boats, life jackets, skis, knee boards, wake boards and ropes as we spent for our accommodations. As we prepared to share our home with others, we decided to provide as many of these items as possible to help ensure a most positive lake experience. In addition, we attempted to plan for "rainy days", by providing two separate "gaming rooms" with a variety of items sure to challenge guests of all ages.

The Summer Shade Inn is situated in a peaceful cove off Lizard Creek. Join us for a most relaxing, yet event filled, Lake Front experience.

What makes this house unique

Our home is located in a peaceful creek on Lake Gaston. The location provides a nearly tranquil lake environment with very little boat traffic. Our family spends the majority of our time in the waters surrounding the house; however, Lake Gaston is a three minute boat ride away for those who prefer the open water (35-miles from end-to-end).


Nearest Airport
81 Miles
Major Air Port - RDU (Raleigh/Durham)
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Lake Gaston Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
100 Miles
Elizabeth City


Littleton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower , jetted tub , double sinks
    Down Stairs Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Hall Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , double sinks
  • 3 full bathrooms
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , sleeps 2
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Sleeps 2
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Sleeps 2
    Bedroom 4 - 4 twin/ single , Sleeps 4
    Bedroom 5 - 4 twin/ single , 2 sleep sofa /futon , Sleeps 6 (queen sofa bed and 2 bunk beds)
    Pool Room - 1 queen , Sleeps 2 (Pillow-top AeroBed)
  • Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, sleeps 18 (in beds). There is also plenty of additional floor space for sleeping bags (3-provided). Beds for 14, plus a sleeper sofa with an air dream mattress, that sleeps two (in Bedroom 5), a Queen sized AeroBed that sleeps two (available for the pool room or in a variety of locations around the home, depending on your party). Babies and toddlers are not included in our numbers for 'maximum occupancy'. There is plenty of space in each of the upstairs bedrooms to set up a 'pack-and-play' (provided).
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Waffle maker, mixer, blender, toaster oven and a Margaritaville Iced Drink Maker provided A stroller, booster chair and a pack and play are also available. A Gas and a Wood Burning Fire Pit:) Eaton Ferry Marina (Morningstar) is three miles from our home - for boat and jet ski rental (see them on the Internet). Several other marinas are within a short driving/boating distance from our home.


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The Summer Shade Inn - Lake Gaston (Pedal Boat, Paddle Boards, Kayaks Included)
average rating of 4.965517 based on 58 reviews

Wonderful rental.

  • 5 of 5

We had the best experience at The Summer Shade Inn for a three-day family getaway in the fall. The property is centrally located and easy to get to with plenty of parking for all the guests. Planning for the trip was made extremely easy by the homeowners with a detailed description packet outlining all of the features and amenities of the property. Keyless lock entry to get in made it super-easy to get inside and get settled without having to track down a key or a realtor.

The house was awesome and had more than enough room for the four parents and four teenagers that we brought along. The game room was nothing short of awesome and had fun, indoor stuff for people of all ages to use and keep entertained at all hours of the day or night. The views were spectacular, with great seating areas located on the upper deck and and the lower porch. We had fun using both the wood fire pit and the gas fire pit. The waterfront facilities were awesome as well. The available watercraft and accessories made it very easy for us to just show up and use the equipment without having to pack a bunch of stuff from home. Was completely blown away by the amount of "extras" inside the house...everything from silverware, to linens, to music, and some of the little things like aluminum foil and AAA batteries....everything was there which eliminated the often-annoying trip to the store to pick up the things that the house was missing. This house had all of the "extras" pre-stocked, which made the stay that much more convenient and easy to enjoy. Thanks for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is how I feel when I am fortunate enough to enjoy time at the lake:). Thank-you so much for skillfully putting your “feelings” into “words”... We look forward to your frequent return to your Home on the Lake... I have to add - you made my day - please remind me - being “featured” provides you with an additional $50 off of your next visit... Keith
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Good time with great friends!

  • 5 of 5

This was my second time staying at this property. I look forward to this being one of my yearly getaways. The home exceeded my expectations once again. Mr Kremer has thought of every detail. It’s a great sense of comfort to stay in a home that’s not only beautiful but also well maintained and safe. Everything you need is at your disposal. I can’t say enough about the yearly experience.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: After two consecutive years, Keisha, you are now a part of the Summer Shade Family - we look forward to your frequent return:). Keith
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Solitude, Sun and SHORT Family Sentiment at the Summer Shade Inn

  • 5 of 5

My family enjoyed a wonderful weekend at The Summer Shade Inn. This house has everything to offer to all ages !! The owner was easily accessible and check-in was simple. The location of this house was perfect for all of our family members travelling from Fredericksburg, Franklin and Raleigh. We will definitely be back !!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kim, thank-you so much for your kind words and for taking such great care of our home during your visit. We look forward to your frequent return. Keith
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Beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Summer Shade Inn for our annual trip to the Lake Gaston Seafood Festival. Location is great (5 minute drive to the Fest) and the house was more than accommodating for our group of 14. The owner, Keith, provided excellent communication to make our stay as easy as possible. Would love to stay there again.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank-you so much for choosing to stay with us at the Summer Shade Inn. We look forward to your annual return to our local Seafood Festival. Keith
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Fabulous vacation home

  • 5 of 5

The home has every amenity for a relaxing stay at the lake. I would have preferred to have TV sets in each bedroom because I like to lounge in bed and watch TV.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Veronica, thank-you so much for choosing to stay with us at the Summer Shade Inn. Keith
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Beautiful, extremely well equipped home

  • 5 of 5

Spacious and comfortable for a large family gathering. Every imaginal piece of rec room equipment and more than enough water toys in the boat house. The kids took advantage of paddle boards, kayak, paddleboat and all the tow able stuff when we rented a pontoon boat at a nearby marina. one caution there are 40 steps to the boat house, a bit formidable for the oldest member of our party.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank-you again for choosing to stay with us at the Summer Shade Inn - the 40-steps keep this 60-plus year old in shape, but you are most correct - they are not suitable for everyone:). Keith
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 7.0%


Summer Check-in (June 10 - August 12) - Saturday or Sunday at 4pm, Check-out is at 11am

The Remainder of the Year:: Check-in: 4pm Check-out: 11am

Guests have the option of cleaning our home before check-out (all cleaning equipment and supplies are available) "or" using our contracted cleaning service ($250 - to be paid 30-days before a guest's arrival, with the final payment).

Guests add the $500 damage deposit to their final payment, 30-days before their scheduled arrival. If all checks out, the deposit it returned within two weeks of check out.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund