About the property
- Estate12000 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
Sleeps up to 45 with 14 bdrms and 12 baths, kid and adult paradise.
Welcome to Ark on Lake Lanier, the premiere family reunion and corporate retreat location in north Georgia! This place is perfect for your family reunions, corporate retreats, executive getaways, multi-family gatherings, church retreats, board meetings and more.
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. Renovations and additions are done every year. Outdoors we have a pool, hot tub, huge fire pit, full size professional volleyball court, tether ball, gaga pit and hundreds of feet of shoreline with our own private double decker party dock with room for your boats and jet skis. Two kayaks await your presence to go and test out the waters.
This multi million dollar property includes an 12,000 sq ft. home along with 3 cabins and a poolhouse and there is PROPERTY WIDE HIGH SPEED WIFI. There are 16 TVs throughout the property in virtually every bedroom and cabin. 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 with the nicest theater chairs on the market. Netflix, DVDs, Amazon Prime, or charter cable await you. There are 6 BR/4 BA upstairs, including a 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
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 19, 2018
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 Estate in 2006
Why Jeff Hylton chose Gainesville
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 Estate 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.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Reunion + Adventure
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.
Adam, thanks for the great review. You and your friends are welcome back anytime. Thanks for taking good care of the property.
Exquisite lake estate in beautiful NE Georgia
The house and grounds are even better than the pictures! Jeff (owner) and his wife have thought of everything. The decor is beautiful and every little detail is perfect. This estate is exquisite and immaculately clean. If you enjoy the finer things in life, you will NOT be disappointed with your stay here. I've stayed in five star resorts and many vacation rental homes, and the Ark is in my top 2! There is ample room for large families/groups. Everyone can have their own space and yet there are numerous common areas to gather and socialize. The theatre room, kitchen island, large dining table, living room, screened porch, and outdoor living areas were our favorite places to congregate. The nights were cold when we visited, which provided great weather for gathering around the large fire pit and soaking in the hot tub under the stars. Everyone enjoyed cooking in the gourmet kitchen and outside on the grill. There are two refrigerators and freezers for stocking up. We ended up only going out to eat one time because I couldn't imagine any setting that would be better than the Ark for a meal. There are views from every room! If you don't feel like cooking, you can easily hire a caterer or have food delivered.
I must mention the master suite. It's luxurious and romantic with plush linens, a fireplace, remote control window treatments, a steam shower, a jacuzzi tub, large closet, a TV, tons of natural light, and gorgeous views. It provided a great escape for this busy mom. Of course, I finally caved and did let my daughters in to try the steam shower and the big bath tub.
All of the other bedrooms, bathrooms, apartments, and suites were impressive, as well. Everyone in our group said the beds were comfortable, and they were extremely pleased with their accommodations.
The house is so comfortable and filled with so many activity choices, that you never have to leave during your stay. However, this part of Georgia is pretty amazing! Atlanta is a short drive away. Gainesville is the closest town and has everything you need. If you love nature, you will have endless options. We found fabulous hikes within an hour of the house. My husband loves to fish and enjoyed fishing from the private boat dock and from one of the provided kayaks. All of our children, ages 10-18, enjoyed the in-ground trampoline, pool, hot, tub, kayaks, outdoor games, Nintendo Wii and numerous board games (any and every game imaginable).
Amazing Property, so spacious and relaxing!
I was so impressed with this beautiful property! The home is huge, and bedrooms were so spacious and comfortable. The Kitchen was well equipped and had everything we needed. The huge fire pit, beautiful pool, and lakefront views made it the perfect retreat location! The owners were very sweet and accommodating and went out of there way to make us feel at home. I would highly recommend this property!
Luxurious dream property!!
I had the blessed privilege to stay at the Ark for 4 nights and 5 days. Even before my stay, I heard legends about this magical place from those who had visited in the past. It FAR EXCEEDED even these legends of greatness. The place is massive, very clean, decorated so beautifully, and has breathtaking views of the lake and pool/recreational area out back. The Ark was the perfect place for a retreat week. It was so quiet, homey, and yet feels like a dream! I wouldn’t change a thing about it, and I have no suggestions for improvement of the property because frankly I see none! I hope to stay here in the future!
Clean, comfortable, and tons of space!
My time at the Ark was incredible! There is a ton of space, the rooms are beautifully and comfortably furnished, and the property is beautiful and well-maintained. It is clean and comfortable and accommodates big groups well. I would definitely stay again!
The Ark was a dream!
Staying at the Ark was a dream! My group was there for a week, and we had a blast. The property is beautiful especially with the way the house looks right over the lake. The movie room was a great addition! The kitchen is spacious, so there was room for all of us to hang out during mealtimes. Altogether a great time!
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
Additional information about rental rates
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). Booking with a credit card adds 4% to the total cost.