Hartwell Heaven & the Surf Shack - Cottage and Carriage House
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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Hartwell house description
Aloha and welcome to Hartwell Heaven and the Surf Shack! A unique, charming cottage-style lake home on Lake Hartwell! Main house comes with a detached carriage house (our Hawaiian-themed Surf Shack, complete with TIKI BAR, air hockey and foosball). Perfect for family vacations and celebrations. A covered dock with a 26 ft. slip rests just outside the back door - perfect spot for your boat, or we can help you arrange a pontoon rental. Six minute boat ride to Hartwell Marina for refueling or to get a bite at their weekend grill.
Four-person pedal boat and three person Grumman canoe included in your rental. High-Speed Internet connection. Bring your laptop and check your e-mails after your ski run, from the dock or screened porch! Two exterior decks on either side of the house, and a large screened-in porch overlook the lake - a great way to begin or end the day. Both decks have seating areas, one has a propane grill.
Our quiet, emerald-colored, no-wake cove is perfect for protected swimming and for the avid fisherman. The adjacent cove is large enough for water sports - and stays smooth (the little ones can learn to ski and tube here) when the rest of the lake is choppy! Stone/timber walkway to the dock, light pole and water supply at dock. Fire pit area. Tree swing. MAIN HOUSE - 3BR/2.5BA. Bookshelves in the foyer with games, puzzles, books, magazines, etc. Spacious master features king bed, walk-in closet, cable TV/DVD, private tiled bathroom with tub/shower).
Two additional bedrooms have connecting full bath (with large shared closet area) and feature queen beds both open onto the screened porch with lake views. Kitchen features ample cabinet space, plenty of tableware, flatware, blender, and microwave.
Family room (lake view) features woodburning 'Buck' stove, sleeper sofa and two recliners; sunroom (lake view) features two sofas as well (one is a sleeper sofa) -- everyone will have a place to curl up and relax!
Half bath adjacent to the kitchen area. Huge laundry area. Dock is about 50 paces (very gradual grade) from the deck (very close corp line!). Excellent swimming off the dock -- plenty of space to bring a cooler down and set up for the day. Very little boat traffic, so the kids stay safe while swimming!
THE SURF SHACK - Our Hawaiian-themed detached carriage house sleeps 5 people in beds (3 singles and a full futon). Approx. 700 square feet of heated/air conditioned living space. The surf shack has two levels -- main level has living area with a surfboard-themed futon, a kitchenette featuring an over the top 'tiki' bar, sink and mini fridge; game area has air hockey, foosball, wall mount tv/dvd, loads of cool retro hawaiian touches like vintage posters, mid-century bamboo furniture, carved tikis, surf boards, all of which will have you feeling like you are on the Big Island!!
Upstairs is a full tiled bath (lake views) and a very fun sleeping area with three twin beds done in comfy PB Wahine bedding, complete with grass bedskirts. Sleeping area has another TV/DVD with Nintendo. A second story deck off the back of the Surf Shack completes the picture -- perfect to walk out and enjoy the view as you plan your day of fun at the lake (check our the REAL surfboard mounted on the side of the Shack)!
Keywords: House + Carriage House
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Your kids will find so much fun and distraction in the Surf Shack that they will NEVER utter the dreaded 'I'm bored' while on vacation. Mom and dad will have peace and quiet (even on a rainy afternoon) because the kids will have so much to do and a place of their own. Kids love to dress up in the Hawaiian shirts, leis, hula skirts and beachcomber hats we leave out for them. Great memories are made here!...moreless
Well behaved dogs will be considered on an individual basis. Pets must be completely house broken, well behaved, kept off furniture, on an flea/tick preventative, and be cleaned up after (yard). $20/day pet fee...moreless
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15, Beds for 8-15
Bathrooms: 3.5 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
(3) Full-sized fridge in kitchen, additional full-sized fridge in basement room (great for keeping drinks cold and for extra space when you are entertaining a group); mini-fridge in the Surf Shack bar....moreless
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- Ice Maker
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- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
- Our detached carriage house THE SURF SHACK is a unique spot. Young and young at heart will adore it and find plenty to do when not on the lake. Decorated in vintage Hawaiian style, with board games, leis, hawaiian shirts (all sizes) and skirts (have your own family luau!). Air hockey and foosball table provide loads of fun. Authentic tiki bar (with complete barware for mixing up the perfect island drink!) Classic Grumman 17 ft. canoe and four person pedal boat included in your rental - great exercise! Basketball and Goal provided, stainless steel fire pit, tree swing, hammock, life jackets, flotation devices, floats, fishing rods. Bedding, 1 King, 2 Queens, two Sleeper Sofas (main house), three twins and a full futon (Surf Shack), sleeping mats for overflow; new fish cleaning station (with water supply) at the dock...moreless
- Video Game Console
- CD Player
- Air Hockey
- Video Games
- Video Library
- Broadband Access
Deck / Patio:
(3) two decks on either side of the house; one deck on the second floor of the Surf Shack; plus a screened-in-porch with lots of seating and ceiling fans! Another patio in front of house with built-in bench seats and a hammock!...moreless
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Jet Skiing
- Basketball Court
- Water Skiing
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Live Theater
- Horseback Riding
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
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Thanksgiving was almost heaven
Thanksgiving was almost heaven
What a great stay we had over Thanksgiving at Hartwell Heaven! This property is awesome and dealing with Lisa was a pleasure. Although our week started cold and rainy, then turned sunny and stayed cold, we hunkered in and just enjoyed the place. Once the weather cleared we caught a ton of fish. The dock is great and the kids enjoyed the Surf Shack. This property is very conveniently located to the town of Hartwell so groceries and supplies are 10 minutes drive.
- Guest Keith K. (Dallas, Texas)
- Date of stay 11/25/13
- Review Submitted 01/09/14
Recommended for: Girls getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers, pet owners, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+, sightseeing.
The house was beautiful. There was plenty of space for all of our guests, the home was quaint and comfortable. We didn't have a single problem (except for the rain) during our entire stay. There was plenty of parking in the driveway, the dock was well-maintained and beautiful, and we enjoyed the use of the peddle boat and the canoe. It was especially nice to be able to bring our dog along with us. She had such a great time! The Surf Shack was a perfect place for people to hang out, play games, relax, etc. We would love to come back on a weekend that is warmer and sunnier to get the full effect. The kitchen utensils and cooking-ware are a little random, so make sure you bring anything special you might need. Other than that the kitchen was more than able to accommodate and the grill was the perfect size.
- Guest joseph b.
- Date of stay 08/16/13
- Review Submitted 08/25/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers, pet owners, adventure seekers, romantic getaway.
Fantastic house right on the lake. Property and house was just as described. Clean and well maintained. Owner Lisa is extremely responsive and easy to work with. We had 9 adults and 6 kids and it worked out great with the 2 sleeper sofas and futon in the surf shack. Lots of fun games, toys, Hawaiian dress-up items, and decor. Well stocked kitchen. We went in early Aug and the lake was very quiet. Really can't say enough good things about our experience, wish we were still there. If the family doesn't grow we will be back!
- Guest made in Japan (Dallas, TX)
- Date of stay 08/03/13
- Review Submitted 08/13/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, age 55+.
Outstanding Lake House
Outstanding Lake House
My wife and I spent a week here, with friends and family visiting almost daily. There is a lot of space in the main house and several decks/porches. The location on the lake is excellent, being near the dam and very close to Hartwell Marina. The cove from the Hwy 51 bridge to the house is perfect for skiing/tubing and nearly always wake free. The lake was at full pool during our stay and the depth at the back of the dock was 12'. I can imagine this dock is in the water in all but the worst droughts. The dock itself is very nice, with several chairs and plenty of space for sunning or fishing. The walk from the house to the covered dock is short and very easy with well-maintained steps. I have rented other lake houses in the past and this one was the best. They've thought of everything. There is a very large laundry room in the house with full-sized washer and dryer. There's a coffee maker, microwave, stove and free wi-fi that worked perfectly the entire stay. The beds were comfortable and the bedding in great shape. My nephew and niece enjoyed the Surf Shack, which has a air hockey table as well as a foozball table. It was surprisingly large, being 2 stories with a 2nd story deck off the side. I'm guessing you could sleep 5-6 kids in that building alone. Overall, this was an outstanding vacation in a superb lake house in a very quite cove. Another very cool feature about the location is that it's a very short boat ride to the Swamp Guinea restaurant. They have a dock there, so if you have a boat, you should make that trip one night for dinner.
- Guest Greg (Alpharetta, GA)
- Date of stay 06/28/13
- Review Submitted 07/14/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, families with young children, people with disabilities, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+, sightseeing.
Had a wonderful time. Place was perfect size for our two families. Kids really enjoyed their stay and "rocking" on the dock. Kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed to make thanksgiving dinner. Only thing it didnt have was a can opener. Which was suprising as it had EVERYTHING else you could think of. Was great experience.Would definately stay here again.
- Guest christine h.
- Date of stay 11/21/12
- Review Submitted 12/02/12
Recommended for: Girls getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers, tourists without a car, age 55+.
Owner response: Thanks Christine - so glad you had fun and the house suited your family! We have asked the housekeeping staff to buy a new can opener. We apologize for any inconvenience. We had one, of course, but things occassionally get lost, grow legs or break before they come to our attention. We appreciate you letting us know via the guestbook! --Best, Lisa.
Fun and Relaxing Weekend Getaway!
Fun and Relaxing Weekend Getaway!
We met a few friends (9 adults) from out of town for a spur of the moment weekend getaway. Lisa was very professional and had everything ready for our arrival given that we booked only a few days prior! The Hartwell Heaven and Surf Shack exceeded expectations! It felt like home away from home and the "kids," aka single men, really enjoyed the tiki bar and surf shack! We spent our days canoeing, playing on the paddle boat, swimming, and floating in the quiet cove. We cooked almost every meal on the grill or in the kitchen which had everything we needed. We spent our evenings by the fire pit enjoying good company and great conversations. It was the perfect weekend for both the couples and singles. I can't wait to go back to Hartwell Heaven and Surf Shack for our next lake adventure!
- Guest Ashley (Greenville, SC)
- Date of stay 09/14/12
- Review Submitted 10/02/12
Recommended for: Girls getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers, pet owners, romantic getaway.
Wet laundry left in dryer---the refrigerator leaked water to kitchen floor---one bad early morning fall by my wife when she walked in to kitchen and slipped on floor---master bedroom smelled like dog pee---grill to cook on was a joke----rusted and burnt out----sheets not changed in surf shack----board in walkway to dock needs replacing---- Kids loved surf shack---dock was good--canoe and paddle boat were nice.
- Guest Juls (Flowery Branch, GA)
- Date of stay 06/23/12
- Review Submitted 07/17/12
Owner response: Thank you for bringing these issues to our attention. We pride ourselves on providing a vacation home where guests can relax and enjoy their stay. We have addressed all concerns brought to our attention. • Carpet in master bedroom has been replaced. • Grill has been replaced. • Cleaning service has been asked to perform a re-check in the future in order to make sure that no items are left in the dryer. • Refrigerator has been fixed. • Cleaning service was informed about the sheet in the Surf Shack, then assured us the linens were laundered prior to your arrival, but we apologize in any event. • All warped boards in walkway to the dock have been replaced. Thank you again for staying with us and for taking the time to let us know how we can make our future guest’s stay even better. We are glad that your kids loved the surf shack and that you were able to take advantage of our canoe, paddle boat, and our other amenities!
Great weekend on the lake.
Great weekend on the lake.
A few of us needed to be in Hartwell for the weekend and this house far exceeded our expectations. I would highly recommend staying here. The pedal boat was fun and swimming in the small cove was very relaxing.
- Guest Chip (Athens, GA)
- Date of stay 05/04/12
- Review Submitted 05/07/12
Recommended for: Families with young children, families with teenagers.
EXCELLENT LAKE HOME ON GREAT LAKE
EXCELLENT LAKE HOME ON GREAT LAKE
Hi, we had 4 adults and 6 children and it was perfect!! Everything was cleaned and neat!! There is so much room in this home and we loved the TIKI...great for kids. The lake is awesome, we had the perfect cove and alot of privacy. Loved this placed!! And Lisa is great to work with!! I can't wait to come again next year.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 08/01/11
- Review Submitted 08/31/11
Recommended for: Girls getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+, sightseeing.
We just returned home from a week @ Lake Hartwell and really enjoyed the house and surf shack. The house was very "homey" and comfortable - rooms plenty big enough and the surf shack was great for the teenagers! Swimming off the dock was great- cove is QUIET... actually the whole lake was quiet during our stay so we really enjoyed boating and tubing. The guys did a fishing charter one night & caught a good amount of BIG fish that we fileted and ate during the week. Highly recommend renting "Hartwell Heaven & the SURF SHACK"
- Guest Florida families (Venice FL)
- Date of stay 06/18/11
- Review Submitted 06/27/11
Recommended for: Girls getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, age 55+, sightseeing.
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Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: We love Lake Hartwell!
Why the Owner Chose Hartwell:
This location is a 6 minute boat ride to Hartwell Marina, a 2 minute boat ride to one of the few slalom courses on the lake, and less than 10 minutes drive to downtown. We also love the vacationy feel of the lot and positioning of the house from the point, allowing water views from two sides of the house.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
The tiki bar gives people an excuse to have a luau and even the kids can get into it - frozen virgin pina coladas and leis make every day fun! The grumman canoe is great to explore the coves, and the pedal boat is great for both kids and adults.
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House and Carriage House
Surf Shack - Main Living Area - airhockey, foosball, tiki bar...
Sunroom Overlooking Lake -- So Close!
Groovy Surf Shack - Futon Makes a Full Bed
This photo was taken standing on the covered dock
Side shot - main house and surf shack - lovely shaded lot!
Beachy Fire Pit Area with Lake View
Plenty of seating for meals!
Lakeside Screened Porch with two ceiling fans
Surf Shack Sleeping Area (view is of two of three twin beds)
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