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

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 6 nights

About the property

5 bedroom, 3 bathroom Lakefront Vacation Home

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During our Prime Summer Schedule for 2017 (June 10 - August 12) 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 available for boats and PWC

Swimming platform with ladder

Dock has 12 ft of water

2-fishing rods, skis, 3 wake boards, a pedal boat, 2 kayaks, 3 paddle boards, 3 tubes, a knee board, and 15 life jackets provided

Gas Fire Pit on the Main Deck

Wood Fire Pit in an open area off the lower deck

We have now completed our second full 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 2017, understand that calendars fill quickly – many of our guests lock-in dates a year in advance (notice that dates are already being filled within our 2017 calendar).

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 summer vacation 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, weddings, 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

Keith Kremer
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 27, 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).


Littleton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3300 sq. ft.
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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • 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.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(41 traveler reviews)

The Summer Shade Inn - Lake Gaston (Pedal Boat, Paddle Boards, Kayaks Included)
average rating of 4.97561 based on 41 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Excellent. We absolutely loved the home. Everything you'll need is there for you.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dwight, thank-you for your kind words and for choosing to stay with us for your Super Bowl Gathering:) Keith
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Boca Raton

Loved It ... Would Rebook

  • 5 of 5

I loved the home, the game room was a perfect addition for the kids, there was tons of space and everything looked like the pictures.

My only complaint is that the owners should check out the previous tenants more thoroughly I feel like we cleaned up much better than the people before us did. For example, some of the pot holders had food residue on it or some of the dishes weren't clean but they were put up.

I just assumed the guest before us were lazy and let that be that but the owner was sweet, the house is gorgeous and I would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kristiana, we feel sad to learn that you found materials that were put away in less than clean condition. I shared your review with my cleaning crew, who quickly reminded me that "I" was the guest who stayed at the Lake House right before your arrival. I have been thinking about whether I typically clean hot pads after each use (I don't think that I do - but may in the future). Also in terms of dishes, because I grab a handful of dishes out of the dishwasher at a time, a less than clean dish could slip through - again, I will be more careful in the future. Thank-you for providing me with a "cause to pause". Keith
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Raleigh, NC

Words Alone Cannot Describe the Summer Shade Inn

  • 5 of 5

This was the most relaxing weekend our family has enjoyed for years.

The setting is peaceful and surrounded by nature.

The owners have thought of everything - all you need to bring are your personal items.

Our family all enjoyed jumping off the dock into the frigid waters of Stillwater Creek - the pictures are priceless.

Thank-you to Keith and Family....

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank-you so much for your kind words and for choosing to stay with us at the Summer Shade Inn on Stillwater Creek:) We look forward to your frequent return. Keith
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Great amenities and attention to details. A very positive experience!

  • 4 of 5

The property has everything you need and more. Everything was organized and labeled; easy to find.

The owner made himself available and checked on us to make sure our needs were met.

We will definetely recommend it to our friends.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Elba, thank-you for your kind words and for choosing to stay with us for your Church Retreat. I have emailed you personally to seek additional input regarding your visit. Keith
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Fabulous Time and Great Home

  • 5 of 5

We as a group from church got together for a relaxing weekend and to ring in the new year. The home was more than we could ask for. Keith was very helpful through the process and provided all the details of home before even arriving. You could fill the warmth and welcoming spirit as soon as you walked in. All the amenities were more than enough and the place was very kid friendly for the little ones. Place was clean and ready for our arrival. It's a place that will we have lasting memories. We had friends who took the opportunity to get engaged during their stay. Memories that will last a lifetime. We definitely would recommend this place to stay for anyone and we are looking to plan our next trip here in warmer weather. Thank you to Keith for this glorious opportunity!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank-you for your kind words and for choosing to stay with us at the SummerShade Inn. We look forward to return in the very near furture. Keith
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Spectacular home! Awesome Owner! MEMORABLE and PRICELESS birthday celebration for me!

  • 5 of 5

This by far, is one of the best mini vacations I have ever had! The owner has thought of EVERYTHING that visitors need and our jaws dropped at the cleanliness, the games, the setup, I mean absolutely EVERYTHING from the time we walked through the door until the time we left. Spectacular views! PLENTY of SPACE! SO comfortable that one literally feels like they are at HOME! The first night, my hubby and my friend's hubby did a lowcountry boil for our small group of friends and the 2nd night, I threw a bday party in which we did karaoke, played pool and table tennis - actually utilized the game space! The next morning, myself, my husband and friends did NOT want to leave. We plan on making this a yearly small and intimate get-together spot and also have plans to bring our kids with us in the summer for a family trip. This place was very special to me, as my family is originally from Halifax county and it felt JUST right relaxing in the area of my family's origin! I HIGHLY recommend The Summer Shade Inn to all! Keith was an absolute GEM, very responsive and very open to answering any questions as well as truly making his family's home like a home away from home for visitors! THANK YOU AGAIN! Everyone is STILL talking about how beautiful everything was and how much fun we had - and we didn't even go fishing or boating! Can't WAIT to come back!

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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


Rates & Availability

Littleton House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring (2017)
Mar 1 2017 - May 24 2017
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day (2017)
May 25 2017 - May 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2017
May 31 2017 - Jun 9 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer: Check-in Sat/Sun (4pm)
Jun 10 2017 - Aug 12 2017
6 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2017
Aug 13 2017 - Aug 19 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer Special I
Aug 20 2017 - Aug 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer Special II
Aug 27 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day (2017)
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Summer (2017)
Sep 6 2017 - Oct 14 2017
2 night minimum stay
Fall (2017)
Oct 15 2017 - Dec 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Winter (2018)
Jan 1 2018 - Feb 28 2018
2 night minimum stay
Spring (2018)
Mar 1 2018 - May 24 2018
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day (2018)
May 25 2018 - May 27 2018
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer (2018)
May 28 2018 - Jun 8 2018
2 night minimum stay
Summer (2018)
Jun 9 2018 - Aug 17 2018
6 night minimum stay
Late Summer (2018)
Aug 18 2018 - Aug 30 2018
2 night minimum stay
Labor Day (2018)
Aug 31 2018 - Sep 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
Early Fall (2018)
Sep 3 2018 - Oct 12 2018
2 night minimum stay
Fall (2018)
Oct 13 2018 - Dec 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund
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