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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 boats, 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 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 is 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

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 air mattresses are located under the steps, in the pool room.


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.

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, 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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 20, 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.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • 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 4.979592 based on 49 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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Amazing home for family vacation

  • 5 of 5

This home was amazing. There is no other home suitable for a family vacation. This was perfect for my son's graduation celebration and family gathering. Everyone that entered was mesmorized. Every amenity was available. We can't wait for our return visit.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wytina, thank-you so much for choosing to stay with us at the Summer Shade Inn. The best of luck to our new graduate as he begins the next chapter of his life. We look forward to your frequent return to your "home away from home - on the lake"... Keith
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Family Memorial Day

  • 5 of 5

my extended family and I had a wonderful time at Summer Shade Inn over the long Memorial Day weekend. It was accommodating on every level, from each bed being used to great water "toys" to use! The teenagers would request a shade (for optional use) for the doors/windows in the game room so they could still get extended sleep time when those bunks are used, but otherwise an overwhelming success! Highly recommend this user friendly, well equipped home!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy that you enjoyed your stay. We have considered adding blinds to the sliding glass doors in the game room - but have resisted - we try to encourage enjoying each sunrise and sunset while at the lake (we are from farm families - up at sunrise and down with the setting of the sun - a full day of "fun").
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Great house for large group right on the water!

  • 5 of 5

The Summer Shade Inn was the perfect place for our group of 12. The house on arrival was extremely clean and organized. We rented a pontoon boat for the day and hopped on from the deck- the rental place was only about a 20 minute boat ride from the house. Our group really enjoyed using the three stand up paddle boards, floats, knee board and water skis. There was even more we didn't get a chance to use- like kayaks and the pedal boat.

The kitchen overlooked the deck and gorgeous water views- what a terrific place to cook and chat! The owners also had great board games and arcade games that everyone loved playing each evening. Things got heated during our foosball tournament and Family Feud games! :)

The bedrooms were spacious and beds comfortable. There were plenty of beach/bath towels and blankets for everyone. The one tiny little con I would say is there were only 3 rooms with beds for more than one person. Since we had all adults it was a little strange having the rest of the guests sleep in twin bunk beds...BUT nobody really cared- there was so much to do and see we basically passed out by the end of each day. I think I missed that in the description. It would be super for kids though!

Everyone complimented the house during their stay- I would absolutely rent this place again! Great location in a quiet neighborhood right on the water. So wonderful!! :):)

  • Submitted: May 24, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rachel, thank-you so much for your thoughtful review. My Mom (age 86), her boyfriend (age 88), my five Brothers (ages 46-66) and their significant others and I just spent the week of Mother's Day at the lake. We were joined by my wife, three grandchildren, my daughter and son-in-law for the weekend. We experienced the same challenge related to determining "who would sleep together" and in which room. Even determining who got to stay in "The a Master Bedroom" became a point of interest (it was not me). Like you, the challenge was quickly met. There is something about being at the Lake that brings people together - as you know - Life is Good, at the Lake:). Keith
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Beautiful Home and Location, great for a getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for opening up your gorgeous home to us! We had a wonderful couple days and we were very happy with the home, the location, and the amenities. Keith, you and your wife are so kind and a pleasure to rent from. Thanks!

  • Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ashley, Thank-you so much for choosing to stay with us at the Summer Shade Inn. We look forward to your frequent return:). Keith
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Great weekend get away!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I spent the weekend at Lake Gaston and had an amazing time. The house was in perfect condition and worked well for us. The water activities were great. We can't wait to go back again.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mary, we are so happy that you, your friends and family enjoyed your weekend at the lake. We look forward to your frequent return to the Summer Shade Inn on Stillwater Creek. Keith
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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:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer: Check-in Sat/Sun (4pm)
Jun 17 2017 - Aug 12 2017
5 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2017
Aug 13 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Labor Day (2017)
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Summer (2017)
Sep 6 2017 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Fall (2017)
Oct 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Winter (2018)
Jan 1 2018 - Mar 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
Spring (2018)
Apr 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
5 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 - Sep 30 2018
2 night minimum stay
Fall (2018)
Oct 1 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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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