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Donna Stromatt

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

Location Location Location - Our Home Is Your Home

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Buford House Rental Photos and Description

5 Bedrooms, 4 1/2 Baths, Spectacular Lake View, Outdoor Deck - Patio & Boat Dock


Unfortunately, we have had several guests recently that violated the contract by having "parties" at our home. They have parked cars on the grass and over worked the septic system by having too many people here at one time. Please DO NOT book this home if that is your intentions. We have neighbors watching the house and we will know. And we will ask you to leave with NO Refund.

You have found the perfect house in a great location. This spacious 5 bedroom lake house has all the modern conveniences and enjoyment you could ask for.

This house is tastefully decorated with high end furnishings (pottery barn) linens, towels and much more. A fully equipped kitchen will make any chef happy.

This casually elegant lake home boasts breathtaking views. Relaxation sets in as soon as you hit the front steps. Walk through the house to the back deck where you can enjoy grilling, relaxing on a chaise lounge, reading or sunbathing. The back deck with the amazing lake view is the ideal place for morning coffee or cool afternoon drinks.

There are two large family rooms each with their own large flat screen TV's. Upstairs the kitchen and dining room are large and open to the family room - great atmosphere for enjoying each others company.

This house sleeps 10 in beds and has a maximum occupancy of 8-10.

1st Level

Family Room w/flat screen tv - Dining Room - Large Kitchen - Laundry Room - Powder Room. There are two bedrooms (the King Master and a Queen Guest) 2 1/2 baths and a 3 car garage. Beautiful deck with seating for six and a natural gas grill.

Terrace Level

Large Family Room w/multiple TV's - Game Room w/Poker Table - 2 Queen Bedrooms with a shared bathroom and a third bedroom that has bunkbeds, full size day bed and a full hall bath. There is also a beautiful covered patio with seating off the family room.

Property is located directly on the lake, private boat dock and year round lake views. It is great for swimming, boating and fishing. Boat rentals are available from Holiday Marina and various boat vendors on the lake. The property sits in a private cove in deep water. Relax on a raft the whole day long. Enjoy the 'True Lake Experience' at this home.

WE also just purchased a new KEURIG coffee maker so be sure to bring some of your favorite coffee flavors with you to enjoy as you sit out on the porch and enjoy the lake.

The ABC’s of our Policies

AMENITIES: Please enjoy the books, magazines, games and cards while you are here, just put them back in the same condition as you found them when you are done.


In the event you cancel or change your reservation 30 or more days in advance of the date you are scheduled to arrive, you will receive a 100% refund of the all monies received.

CANDLES: While renting the Lake House: No open flames (candles). Do not light any of the candles on display.

CAPACITY: Please abide by the stated maximum capacity of 10 persons, unless prior arrangements have been made with us. Violating this policy will result in you being asked to leave.



Please leave enough time to run through our departure checklist.

CLEANING: Please treat our home with respect and care. Please leave the house in the same relative condition as you found it, with items stored and in the same condition as they were when you arrived. While the final cleaning is provided, you are asked to leave the house as you would want your guests to leave your home.

CONTACT INFO: You can reach us pretty much anytime at (404) 849-9904 (Donna’s cell); (404) 849-9997 (Jeff’s cell); Donna’s cell number is the best and fastest way to reach us so try that first. Also, feel free to email Donna at: dstromatt@yahoo

DAMAGE: If any damage occurs, please notify us immediately, so we can get in and correct problems before our next guests arrive. While you are renting the house, you are responsible for damage to the home and for any lost or misplaced items. We do keep a detailed count of all towels, linens, utensils, furniture, equipment, etc. We inventory these items after each visit.

DECK FURNITURE: Please stack the chaise cushions in the garage in the event of a storm and/or before you leave.

DOCK FURNITURE: Please store the dock furniture before you leave in the same way you found it. The container of tie downs can be stored inside the round table.

DEPARTURE: Please turn off all lights. Please leave your trash in the garage. Please make sure that all exterior doors are locked, as well as any windows that you may have opened.

DISTURBANCES: Enjoy yourself; however please respect the right of the neighbors not to be disturbed. Quite time after 10pm.

DOCK: Please do not move the dock in or out without first contacting us. It is imperative that this is done correctly or it can cause severe damage to the dock and can result in injury. Movement of the dock without express permission will result in additional cost to you to reposition the dock.

DOCK SAFETY. We have a policy that we hope you adopt with your children while you are renting the house – we require that children (anyone under age 14) wear life vests when they are on the dock, swimming off the dock or near the water. The water is deep off the end of the dock when the lake is full. We also strongly encourage all adults to do the same. No children at any time should be allowed on the dock without an adult present. We think any child who goes in the water should have a coast guard approved PFD (personal flotation device) that fits them. Also, please do not dive from the dock. Although the water depth is fine, the lake is a natural body of water and the lake bottom can change – logs or limbs of trees can be carried into our cove by currents under water. Swim at your own risk.

FIRE EXTINGUISHER: There is a fire extinguisher in the house – under the kitchen sink

FIRST AID: There is a first aid kit in the storage closet.

FOOD: If you eat on the dock or deck and spill food, etc. please clean these areas before you checkout, as outside areas are not typically included in our cleaning. Don’t forget to remove all food items from the refrigerator, freezer and cabinets.

FORCE MAJEURE: We shall not be liable for any failure to perform our obligations where such failure is as a result of Acts of Nature (including fire, flood, storm or other natural disaster), lockout or interruption or failure of electricity [or telephone service].

GRILL: You’re welcome to use the grill - please remember to turn off the grill after each use and close the grill once it cools back down. Please check the disposable drip pan under grill to avoid spillage.

HAZARDS: Fireworks may not be discharged near the house, dock, lawns or streets.

HOUSE BINDER: Please make sure our House Information binder is back on the kitchen counter or on the desk in the kitchen.

INTERNET: Internet access is provided for your convenience, please do not utilize it for any peer to peer downloading of copyrighted materials.

KEYS: The key is in the lock box at the front entrance. The key is to the front door and to the rear deck door and the terrace door. The code to the lock box will be provided after booking. You will have to enter this code both when you take out the key and when you put the key back in the lock box upon your departure. VERY IMPORTANT: Please place it back in the lockbox when you checkout. If you do not do this, our next renter will not be able to get in!!!

LINENS: Linens are provided with the rental. Please plan to bring your own beach towels for use outside at the dock and in your boat. Please do not take any towels, blankets, pillows, etc. outside of the home.

NO SMOKING. We really do mean “no smoking.” There is no smoking inside the house, on the dock or on the decks. If you choose to smoke outside on the property, please put your butts in a container and dispose of them in the trash.

NO WAKE: Please be respectful of our neighbor’s docks and don’t create a wake if you are within 250 feet or so of their docks.

OWNER ACCESS: There may be times when we (or service people we contract with) will need access to the property (like the lawn guy, bug guy, etc.). We will try to give you advance notice.

PARKING: Please DO NOT park or drive on the grass. There is plenty of parking in the driveway.

PEST CONTROL: We have a pest control service that does a pretty good job with pest control. However, you may see some live bugs while you are here (we don’t think you will, but you are in the woods out here and on a lake).

PETS: No Pets are allowed.

PHONE SERVICE: There is a land-line (phone) at the house it can be used for local calls and long distance calls.

SEPTIC: Our house is on a septic system. Do not flush feminine hygiene products down the toilet. Do not flush wet wipes.

SUPPLIES: We supply you with soap, dish wash detergent, laundry detergent, toilet paper, and tissues. Also, there are plenty of towels in all bathrooms.

SWIM LADDER: At the end of your stay, please raise the swim ladder at the dock so it is resting on the dock and not in the water (it gets algae build up on it if you leave it in the water).

THERMOSTATS: Feel free to set the thermostat to a temperature you find comfortable.

TRASH REMOVAL: Please place the small white trash bags INTO a large black trash bag before you leave. Please empty liquids such as half empty bottles of soda, etc. down the drain before throwing them in the trash. DO NOT pour oil or grease down the drain.

WE Require Renters purchase property Damage Protection By CSA Travel Protection for $99.00 and a $500 fully refundable damage deposit providing there is no damage and ALL check out instructions have been followed.


The Stromatt’s

*Drew Barrymore was a guest in this home for 5 weeks while filming the movie 'Blended', with Adam Sandler*

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Donna Stromatt (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Donna Stromatt

My husband, daughter and myself live less than an hour away from our lake home...but we feel like we have been transported to another time when we visit. It is so peaceful and relaxing here.

Donna Stromatt purchased this house in 2013

Why Donna Stromatt chose Lake Lanier

After spending 8 plus summers enjoying this lake home we jumped at the chance to purchase it. And we are excited about sharing it with you. We want you to be able to relax and love spending time here as much as we do.

What makes this house unique

This home is in a perfect location. Less than 50 feet away is deep water and a private dock in a quiet cove.

Both Holiday Marina and Lake Lanier Islands are only minutes away by lake or land. If you have spent all day on the lake and are just too tired to cook,the Mall of Georgia and the dozens of restaurants that surround it are only 10 minutes away.

Also dozens of exciting places to visit while you are here:

Chateau Elan

Georgia Aquarium



Fernbank Museum

High Museum of Art

Fox Theatre

Buckhead Atlanta

Top Gulf Alpharetta

Atlanta Botanical Gardens

World of Coke

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank You!

We loved this home so very much! We were so happy here. Cheers to you and your family. All my love D.

**Drew Barrymore stayed as our guest for 5 weeks while filming "Blended" with Adam Sandler.**
Aug 2013
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(38 traveler reviews)
Location Location Location - Our Home Is Your Home
average rating of 4.9736843 based on 40 reviews

Lake Front Beauty

  • 5 of 5

We rented Donna's property for our family (ski) vacation. The home is lovely and very well appointed. We found absolutely everything we needed from bedding to a vegetable peeler on site. The dock was recently painted and provides a shelter for your boat as well as another outdoor gathering spot.

Donna was communicative and accessible and our vacation went off without a hitch. I would recommend the property to anyone looking for a Great Lake front get away.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house and location for a lake vacation.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home and great spot on the lake. The house has all the amenities you could want and the lake access is excellent. I would definitely recommend this house for a relaxing lake getaway.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much.
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  • 5 of 5

We absolutely enjoyed our stay at your home!! The house was perfect, the dock awesome, and communication with Donna flawless. We have already started planning our trip next year and can't imagine staying anywhere else. Thank you so much for letting us stay at your Lake Home.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the awesome review. Looking forward to seeing you next year.
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Excellent Property

  • 5 of 5

My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Stromatt's vacation home. Donna was very easy to work with and the property was exactly as represented. Very relaxing beside the lake and the dock provided a great place to swim. Our grandchildren thought they were kings and queens in the home. I would recommend this home for families wanting to spend a few days or a week together.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This is a beautiful well appointed home and was exactly as advertised inside and out.

  • 5 of 5

Our blended family came here together from Alabama, Virginia and Duluth, GA from June 27th thru July 1st. We usually go to the beach in Isle of Palms, SC but decided last year to try a lake vacation together. This was a great place to start a new tradition. The dock was our favorite place to hang out as we listened to music while jumping off the top deck with the men trying to catch the football, using our kayaks and just floating in the cool water which is plenty deep. We had 10 adults and an 8 month old baby. The lower dock had plenty of room for our chairs, coolers and boom box and basically exactly what we needed for the baby to keep him out of the sun most of the time. We rented jet skis and a pontoon boat from Aqua Sports Adventures and Holiday Marina less 15 minutes away by jet ski. The cove is great for people learning to operate a jet ski. If you're timing is right you may just find yourself racing around the cove with the best receiver in the NFL whose name I will protect. The kitchen is huge and has everything you need to make meals for a large group. At night we played card games on an awesome poker table and found the poker room plenty big enough to slide the table out of the way and play team sports against each other on the Wii gaming system we brought along. We especially enjoyed the window seating in that room which allowed everyone to watch the action! Donna was great to work with from start to finish. She allowed us to come up early while the cleaning service was there to drop off our kayaks which allowed us to maximize our time once we officially arrived. She called to check on us the first day but we really never needed anything once we got there. All in all I would definitely recommend this home to anyone who wants to enjoy a fun time at the lake! Whatever your situation is you'll find this to be the perfect lake getaway and we hope to book it again in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A true escape!

  • 4 of 5

What a great place for a family reunion. The house is divided up perfect for us "early risers" on the main floor and the "night owls" downstairs. The dock was a perfect place for fun and some were brave enough to jump off the top deck - even a 65 yr old!

Fully stocked with everything you can think of ( and some thing you didn't even think of) we were able to have a long restful weekend just hanging out and playing at nearby places. The house was very clean and Donna was eager to help in any way. The nice man next door even gave us some fresh veggies!

Thank you for sharing your home and we hope to return again soon!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi I see you only gave 4 stars. Please let me know if there was something I could have done better. Thank You
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Car: recommended

Less than 2 miles to local groceries, gas stations and restaurants. Only 10 miles to the Mall of Georgia and dozens of dining options, shopping and movie theaters.


Rates & Availability

Buford House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Peak Season 2016
Jul 11 2016 - Aug 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day 2016
Sep 1 2016 - Sep 12 2016
4 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2016
Nov 21 2016 - Nov 28 2016
3 night minimum stay
Christmas 2016
Dec 17 2016 - Dec 30 2016
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $250
Tax Rate 7.0%

Cleaning Fee: $250
WE Require Renters to purchase property Damage Protection By CSA Travel Protection for $89.00
Fully Refundable Damage Deposit $500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Buford House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 11 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 5 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Queen Bedroom with private bath
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Queen with Jack & Jill Bath
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Large Master with Lake View and huge Master Bath
    Bedroom 5 - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , Bunk beds and a Day Bed with a Full Bath in the hallway
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Queen Bedroom with lake view and Jack & Jill bath
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

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