|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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Welcome to The Ark at Lake Lanier, the premier family reunion location in north Georgia!
We have put countless hours and money into creating this little piece of heaven on the shores of Lake Lanier. After purchasing this place and living here for 6 years, we turned it into a vacation rental in 2013. Since then we have renovated two bathrooms and the entire backyard including landscaping, new zoysia sod, retaining walls, new fence around the pool, new pool deck, patios, beautiful plants. The current picture on this website does not do the backyard justice. We will update pictures soon. In addition, to the side of the house, we have finished building a permanent sand beach volleyball court, tether ball set and in-ground trampoline and in August 2015 have added a Gaga Ball Pit! We have also just purchased beautiful new theater furniture, a full 16 theater chairs of the highest leather quality, all fully automatic and beautiful.
This multi million dollar property includes an 12,000 sq ft. home along with 3 cabins and a poolhouse. We completed a major inside and front yard renovation two years ago and have completed a major backyard renovation along with two bathrooms inside. We worked with one of Atlanta's top designers to create a 5 star luxurious experience. The main house has 11 bedrooms and 9 full baths. The main floor has 2 kitchens. One is a professional kitchen for the chef in the family, while the other services a guest suite. The great room overlooks the lake, has a large flat screen tv, and a pool/ping pong table. The dining room table seats 12 comfortably and can easily add another table and chairs. There are additional tables and chairs to seat up to 36 on the screened porch.
There are 2 BR and 3 full Baths on this floor. There is a large 50 x 50 screened porch that overlooks the lake and pool area that is great for groups. We have 4 round tables and 36 chairs available to use in this space for dining or group gatherings.
The second den connects to a covered porch. Steps away is an 8 foot wide stone firepit that overlooks the pool and lake. It burns real wood, but has a gas starter for convenience. The basement has 2 BR and a full Bath. One room has 2 twin beds and the other has two king beds.
Upstairs you will find a 16 seat professional home theater with a 110' movie screen. There are 6 BR/4 BA upstairs, including a newly added master suite with a fireplace, jacuzzi tub, and three 6 foot windows that overlook the beautiful back yard and lake. The other master suite is brand new and has four built in bunks in the room beside it. The main laundry room is upstairs, but there are two other ones on the property as well.
There are three cabins, each having a separate entry, den, small fridge, microwave, and coffee pot. Cabin 1 is steps from the main house, connected to the garage and has 2 BR, 1 BA. It has a queen bed and 4 built in bunk beds. Cabin 2 is 1 BR with a queen bed and 1 BA. Cabin 3 is one large BR with 5 twin beds, one queen bed and a pull out sofa downstairs, along with 1BA.
The Poolhouse is screened in and has a full size fridge, microwave, ice maker, full size bath, and two outdoor showers. It is steps away from the green egg grill on the patio. The back yard and lake views are seen from most rooms and the back yard is flat for the kids to play. There are three main outdoor decks to relax in and each one has plenty of ceiling fans to keep you cool in the summer. We are located in a quiet cove and surrounded by 15 acres of corps protected land, so it is very quiet. Enjoy fishing off the double deck party dock, or rent jet skis, pontoon boat, or ski boat at the nearby marina. We have two jet ski platforms and a place to tie your boat up.
Lake, pool, hot tub, home theater, pool table, gaga ball, tether ball, volleyball court, lodge setting...this is the place to host your family reunion or group get together. Gather as a group or break away into small conversations in our many sitting areas and outdoor seating.
Please note: We do not rent cabins separately. When you rent, you get the entire facility, including the three cabins. We are not set up as a bed and breakfast, so please don't ask about renting cabins separately or renting part of the house. You get it all.
We are in a residential neighborhood with neighbors nearby. This is not the place for your loud party or events.
Please email the owner to request a floor plan to use for planning purposes. Will consider stays of any length but primarily rent for full weeks in the summer and three night minimums during the spring and fall.
Keywords: Family reunions, multi family vacations, lakefront, 15 bedroom, 13 bedroom, 12 bedroom, 11 bedroom, 10 bedroom, corporate retreat, lake vacation, large lake house
We lived in Atlanta for 7 years before relocating to Gainesville, Ga. We wanted to find and create a homestead and gathering place for friends and family to get away from life's distractions and rest and build deeper relationships. We lived at The Ark for six years before realizing it had a bigger purpose and wasn't meant for our family of five. We added on, remodeled and renovated with the purpose of using it to house and provide rest to missionaries coming in from overseas. We now rent it out to cover the costs of continuing to do provide a haven to those who need it most.
Jeff Hylton purchased this house in 2006
We fell in love with Lake Lanier with its convenience to Atlanta, located in the quaint small town of Gainesville, and a short distance to the North Georgia mountains. My parents had recently moved to Gainesville and we wanted the kids to be near them as well. After living here a year, we found this special piece of property. It was rare to find 4 acres with a flat back yard to the water in a cove. It is surrounded by 15 acres on the right by corp protected land, so it is private and quiet. I have seen wild turkey, owls, deer, and plenty of other wildlife in the backyard. While we lived here, we owned chickens, goats and alpacas. The animal pen that we had has been turned into a parking area.
Our place is a unique property with 3 separate cabin living spaces as well as our home. I worked with a professional decorator to give every person a 5 star hotel experience. Great care has been taken to make sure mattresses are nice, sheets are soft, and guests feel pampered while they are here. Indoor and outdoor amenities continue to be added every year.
It's hard to believe that this was once someone's personal home. So many bedrooms and bathrooms. Great common areas and personal touches. Whether you're having a family vacation, reunion or corporate retreat, this space is awesome!
We went to the Ark with 5 families that we normally go on vacation to Hilton Head, Gatlinburg, and other places with. All of our families have been vacationing together for over 15 yrs and have stayed in MANY different large houses. The Ark is BY FAR the best and our most favorite place that we have ever stayed in together! This place is UNBELIEVABLE!!! The pictures do not do it justice. First of all- there was so much room for us to spread out. Everyone had more than enough room to have some "alone" time if they needed it and yet it's amazing for gathering everyone together for meals, games, etc. Secondly- the amenities! Basketball, gaga ball, volleyball, the lake and pier with kayaks, frisbee golf, firepit- the list goes on and on. This place is PERFECT for large family get togethers and retreats. Highly recommended!
We stayed in master suite. Super nice! Superb meeting areas and kitchen. In all, truly first class!
This house is amazing, and so are the owners!! The beds feel like heaven, and having the Lake in the backyard is an added bonus - although you don't need it with all of the entertainment and amenities included with the house alone.
I can't rave enough about how awesome it is to stay here and I will continue to book The Ark for future events!
You could not imagine a better place for a family reunion or get away with friends. Beautiful home with tons of space. With all the activities provided on site, we were able to hold an Olympics that was the hit of our trip. Jeff, provided everything we needed and was a most gracious host. Can't wait to go back!
12 miles from premium outlets, visit nearby lake lanier islands, boat and jet ski rentals nearby
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Cleaning Fee||$1,000 + Tax|
|Pet Fee||$250 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$2,000|
Rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed. Three day minimum doesn't always apply. Please ask the owner. Less than a week rentals may also be available in the summer. More than 40 guests may incur an additional fee. Corporate outings have additional fee. All holidays are charged premium prices (add 25% minimum).