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14 Bedrm 12 bath Exec Retreat near Atlanta

Bedrooms 14
Space 12,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Estate, 14 bedrooms, 12 Bathrooms total (Sleeps up to 45)

Welcome to The Ark at Lake Lanier, the premier family reunion location in north Georgia!

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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. In addition, 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 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. There are 16 TVs throughout the property in virtually every bedroom and cabin. We completed a major inside and front yard renovation two years ago. 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 120 inch 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. This is ideal for a smaller corporate retreat or executive gathering. Boards and leadership teams are welcome.

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, executive retreat, getaway

More Details

Jeff Hylton
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, Pig Latin
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
July 13, 2017

About Jeff Hylton

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

Why Jeff Hylton chose Lake Lanier

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.

What makes this house unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Everything is great. We are loving this place. The wives are giddy!
Jun 2013
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Gainesville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 12000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 45
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • There are noise restrictions. No bands or DJs. Please do not bring any outside speakers or amplification equipment. We do have neighbors.
  • We can easily park up to 20 vehicles. If you will have more than that, please contact owner for permission and rules.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 12 Bathrooms
  • Master - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Basement - toilet , shower
    Porch Suite - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Gazebo Bathroom - toilet , shower , Double Sinks
    Upstairs Second Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , Double Sinks
    Garage Cabin - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Kathy's Cabin - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Poolhouse Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Upstairs shared bathroom - toilet , shower
    Barn Cabin - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Foyer Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Lookout room bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Double sinks
  • 14 Bedrooms, Sleeps 45
  • Basement interior - 2 twin/ single
    Gazebo Room - 1 king
    Garage Cabin - 1 queen
    Garage Cabin Bunk Room - 2 bunk bed
    Upstairs Second Master - 1 king
    Upstairs off Second Master - 2 bunk bed
    Kathy's Cabin - 1 queen
    Porch Suite - 1 king , 1 bunk bed , 1 twin over full bunkbed and another room with a king bed
    Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Basement - 2 king
    Upstairs Corner Kids room - 4 twin/ single , two twins, one bunk bed
    Upstairs Queen Bdrm with shared bath - 1 queen
    Lookout room with attached bath - 1 king
    Barn Cabin - 1 queen , 5 twin/ single , Queen and 5 twins can sleep 7 in the barn
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
We only provide the house, but can help you get whatever you need, from concierge service to maid service to catering. Also have someone across the street that can do errands, help keep the boats filled up with gas, etc.


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14 Bedrm 12 bath Exec Retreat near Atlanta
average rating of 4.9866667 based on 301 reviews
Greenville, SC

Reunion + Adventure

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at the Ark for a reunion and had an unbelievable time with friends. Our kids loved it too, as they had plenty to do including billiards, ping pong, volleyball, frisbee golf, trampoline, gaga ball, swimming in the pool and hanging out in the hot tub. The adults just chilled and hung out while the kids played non-stop. Highly recommend for a great weekend with family and friends.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Adam, thanks for the great review. You and your friends are welcome back anytime. Thanks for taking good care of the property.
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  • 5 of 5

Words can’t express how amazing our stay was at The Ark this past weekend! We enjoyed EVERY aspect of the house: the trampoline, volleyball court, theatre, pool, frisbee golf course, kitchen, ping-pong table, fire-pit, porches…the list goes on-and-on-and-on. The introverts in our crowd had space to “get away” and the extroverts had PLENTY of activities to constantly be enjoying together. We were all so blown away by how beautiful everything was, from the decor to the landscaping. Someone mentioned to me, “This place feels like a home…definitely not a rental property.” For a number of our attendees from our neighborhood, this was their first opportunity to be at a “lake house” and it was such a treat to see how excited they were to have an opportunity to relax and enjoy such a wonderful place. I can't recommend this place highly enough!!

  • Submitted: May 12, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Atlanta, GA

Amazing Property

  • 5 of 5

We just spent a long weekend at the Ark on Lake Lanier and loved everything about it. The property is basically a small resort with every amenity you could ask for at a lake house. We spent all weekend playing games outside (with all equipment provided), around the pool & hot tub, fire pit, and even watched part of a movie (just to get the theatre experience in the fully equipped movie room). When we first toured the property, it felt like it just kept going and by the end of the weekend, I still felt like I didn't have a chance to experience the whole property. We had 22 people in our group and at times, the house seemed empty due to the sheer size of the grounds and house. All of the amenities and interior accommodations were first class and flawlessly executed. I also really appreciated the detailed house manual that answered just about every question that came up. Everyone in our group came away from the weekend wanting more Ark and thankful that we were able to spend time at such an amazing place. Would highly recommend to any large group regardless of the reason for the outing and we would absolutely come back if the opportunity presents itself. Thanks to the owner Jeff for being so accommodating to our group; we couldn't have asked for a better location for our get together.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Whether you are with friends or family, this place has you covered! Play all day and relax by the fire at night. This place is sure to satisfy.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family, friends and fun at The Ark!!

  • 5 of 5

We recently planned a long weekend getaway/reunion with 5 families (16 kids in total). This place was absolutely amazing. I'm not sure I have ever stayed in a home where 26 people did not feel crowded...but here, it doesn't. The layout and space of the home is fabulous. There are SO many things to do here...swim, hot tub, swings, trampoline, frisbee golf, boat, lake, volleyball...and more! It was also nice to have a full view of the backyard so that we could watch the kids without having to be right there with them. The adults did a lot of hanging out and catching up while the kids played. It was relaxing and just what was needed! The house is decorated and appointed to perfection. This is a well taken care of, clean home that was a blast to rent out. We cannot wait to go back...our kids are already begging! The owners were easy to work with and just nice. Great experience all the way around!

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unlimited Fun...

  • 5 of 5

We had 5 families with 10 adults and 16 kids over 3 full days. It was a blast for everyone with lots to do. From the trampoline to the pool, disc golf and volleyball, great kitchen for big meals and lots of bedrooms. Internet worked great as did the Sonos for tunes while having a bonfire. Couldn't have asked for a better venue.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks David for your review. You guys were great guests. Glad you enjoyed it.
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Atlanta Hartsfield
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Chattahoochee Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Papas Pizza
Car: recommended

12 miles from premium outlets, visit nearby lake lanier islands, boat and jet ski rentals nearby. Atlanta is less than an hour away. Many wineries within driving distance around Dahlonega. Many hiking trails nearby.


Rates & Availability

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 44 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $2,000
Pet Fee $250 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $1,000 + Tax
fee is 3% $1
Property Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 12.0%

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). Anyone booking through VRBO or HomeAway agrees to pay the owner an additional 3% for Visa or 4% for AmEx to cover credit card processing fees.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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