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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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"Renters" must be 24-years of age or older and must be present throughout the rental agreement.

Our home is located in a quiet residential subdivision. In an effort to respect the chosen lifestyle of our neighbors, eighteen (18) people is the maximum allowed on site.

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 upstairs. Laundry room downstairs.

Game room (Bedroom 5) downstairs with ping pong, air hockey table, foosball, game table and gaming TV.

A separate Pool room is also downstairs.

Flat screen TV w/ DVD player on main floor.

Wireless internet.

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

Two main floor bedrooms open to deck on main floor.

Main floor deck includes patio table, chairs and gas grill (gas is provided).

Lounge chairs for sun bathing are available for the deck over boathouse. Downstairs covered patio includes lounge chairs, tables and swings.

We have both a gas burning and a wood burning fire pit.

Large driveway for parking multiple cars, also area for parking boat or trailer.

Approximately 1 mile from Food Lion shopping center, gas station, drug store, and local restaurants 3 miles from full service marina (Eaton Ferry - Morningstar).

3 marinas are nearby for fuel.

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, and life jackets provided

Gas Fire Pit on the Main Deck

Wood Fire Pit in an open area off the lower deck

Bedroom Configuration:

1) Upstairs - Master - Queen sized bed

2) Upstairs - Access to uppper deck -Queen sized bed

3) Upstairs - Front Lawn view - Queen sized bed

4) Downstairs - Four twin beds

5) Downstairs - Gameroom - Four twin beds, one queen sized hide-a-bed with a DreamAire Mattress

6) Downstairs - 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).


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
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 25, 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 North Carolina

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 4.962963 based on 54 reviews

Beautiful Home and Awesome short getaway

  • 5 of 5

This home is hard to sum up in a few words. The home was spotless when we arrived. This home has all the amenities you could think of. We were sad that our stay was short and we didn't have time utilize all of them. The property views were breath taking. The home is located within a short driving distance of places to dine. We had dinner at "The Pointe". The food was delicious and the entertainment was great!

The process of renting this home was a good one from start to finish. The owner has thought of everything. All my interactions with Mr Kremer were pleasant. He always responded in a timely manner.

I will definitely be returning in the near future. I would love to revisit during warmer weather. I highly recommend renting this home.

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Keisha, thank-you so much of choosing to stay with us at the Summer Shade Inn. Thank-you also for sharing so many great pictures on Facebook - there is no doubt that your group enjoys getting together:). We hope that this will become an annual event... You are correct - there is even more to do in the warmer months... 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: Sep 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: Aug 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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We had a great time. We are pleasantly surprised at all the necessities provided.

  • 4 of 5

The home is nice size, clean and comfortable. The weather was way hotter and humid than we anticipated. No fires with some-mores and fire side conversations. Next year we will shoot for after Labor Day. We had a lot of fun in the game room and on the lake. The grocery store being so close was nice too!

We only had 11 folks, 6 being adults.

If I were to have the place for flexibility I would have one of the down stairs bedrooms offer an adult sleeping space rather than bunk beds allowing another family to have secluded space. This way the bathrooms are used per family. I didn't think of it until later but we could have set this up with an air mattress.

It was a great space for us! We loved it!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mary, thank-you again for choosing to stay with us at the Summer Shade Inn. Keith
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Our family had a great time. Beautiful house with lots of amenities!

  • 5 of 5

Our family gets together once a year at Lake Gaston. Two of our 4 sons fly in from Seattle and we cherish our time together with our 4 sons, daughters in law and grandkids. SummerShade Inn was a great place to relax and enjoy our family. The owner has everything very organized and the house was very clean and well kept. We would recommend this house to anyone.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Pam, thank-you so much for your kind words and for choosing to spend your vacation with us. We hope to see you again in the near future:). Keith
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Best Lake House Rental

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a lake house rental, look no more. This house is a fantastic lake house rental. The owner, Keith, has gone above and beyond to make this a perfect lake house rental. It comes with so many amenities from lake toys, indoor fun and so much more. Everything we needed was there, they truly thought of a family's vacation needs. The house is very well maintained and was a great place to stay. We will be staying again and recommend this place to others. Thank you for helping us have a perfect lake vacation. DeDe

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: DeDe, thank-you so much for your kind words and for choosing to stay with us at the SummerShade Inn:). We look forward to your return in the very near future. Keith
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $500


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