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Historic Lakefront Mansion 30 Miles from Memphis

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Last updated: 09/17/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
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  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Memphis chateau / country house description

Step into a timeless place where the magnificent natural surroundings are beautifully matched and enhanced by this stately, elegant and very comfortable and luxurious lakefront home. Featuring 5 bedrooms and 6 baths, each wing of the mansion features breathtaking views of beautiful Horseshoe Lake, a large, recreational lake just 30 miles from Memphis, Tennessee and the luscious wooded grounds of several acres of completely private forest and landscaped terrain along the lake. This historic home, The Snowden House, built by one of the founding families of Memphis and the oldest residence on Horseshoe Lake, features many architectural details including a grand marble-floored entrance with a sweeping staircase where all of the formal living areas are on the second floor in the style of antebellum Louisiana-style plantation homes along the Mississippi river. Three sets of French doors open out from the formal living room which features 12 + foot high ceilings, Carrera marble fireplace with grand gilded mirror, onto the spectacular screened porch which affords a sweeping view of the lake through ivy-patterned wrought iron. There is a large, formal dining area, as well as a more casual lunch porch completely surrounded by windows looking out over lake and woods – perfect for lounging away the afternoon, watching the birds and the sparkling waves of the lake. The kitchen has been completely renovated into a gourmet, live-in style kitchen, which has all of the amenities including Viking range and refrigerator, large island for entertaining, and plenty of storage. And the more casual downstairs area is great for relaxed family get togethers with easy access to the beautiful Horseshoe Lake, which, at one time, was an arm of the mighty Mississippi.
During the summer months a pontoon boat is available upon request for an additional charge, as the lake is ideal for family gatherings and enjoying a full range of water-related recreation. Wonderful picnics under the full canopy of the great oak trees on the bank are a big favorite throughout the summer, as the breeze off of the lake keeps the outdoors pleasant throughout the summer. During fall, winter and spring seasons, the home is a favorite for lovers of wildlife, fishing, bird watching, canoeing, or just building a nice fire and enjoying the tranquility of such an elegant yet comfortable setting.

The master bedroom on the second floor and facing the lake, features a state-of-the-art memory foam topped king bed, upholstered headboard, hardwood floors with comfortable wool area rug. The master bath is your own private marble-lined spa with a sumptuously deep marble-decked 6' long, deep bath with your own private view of the lake, while the marble lined shower sports 6 Kohler shower tiles plus a wonderful, Grohe overhead shower spout. Step out onto the heated travertine marble floor and seep yourself in the luxury of this lakeside master bath.

There are two more bedrooms on the second floor, each with their own private bath and views of the lake. On the third floor there are two more bedrooms with views of the lake and one bath to share.


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Property Type

  • 3 story
  • Chateau / Country House
  • 6000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


      • Catering Available
      • Breakfast - Booking Possible
      • Lunch - Booking Possible
      • Dinner - Booking Possible

      Onsite Services

      • Housekeeper Optional
      • Private Chef


      • Events Allowed
      • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

        Responsible adults must be present...moreless

      • Children Welcome:

        This is an ideal location for family gatherings and recreation...moreless

      • Non Smoking Only

      Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 12

      Bathrooms: 6 Bathrooms

      • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower

        Master bath features heated marble floors, marble deck bath...moreless

      • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

        Heated floor...moreless

      • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower

        Beautiful, antique marble vanity...moreless

      • Bathroom 4: toilet, shower


      • Bathroom 5: toilet, shower

        Ladie's dressing room with outdoor access to lake...moreless

      • Bathroom 6: toilet, shower

        Men's dressing room with outdoor access to lake...moreless

      • 3 out of the 6 baths feature Toto toilets with non-slamming lids and seats. Two of the baths feature heated marble floors....moreless

      Other Amenities

          • Horseshoe Lake is a popular destination for all types of water sports activities in the summer, as well as fishing and bird-watching in the cooler times of the year. For guests interested in 'green' building, this stately home has been completely retrofitted with state of the art geothermal heating and air throughout the house, as well as other energy-saving devices such as heated floors, ceiling fans, attic fans and transom windows....moreless


          • Books
          • CD Player
          • DVD Player
          • Music Library
          • Satellite / Cable
          • Stereo
          • Television
          • Video Library


          • Away From It All
          • Family
          • Historic
          • Romantic


          • Library
          • Marina
          • Restaurants

          Local Services & Businesses

              • Groceries

              Leisure Activities

              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Gambling Casinos
              • Horseshoes
              • Scenic Drives
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

              • Lakefront
              • Rural

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Cycling
              • Fishing
              • Fly Fishing
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Hunting
              • Jet Skiing
              • Kayaking
              • Pier Fishing
              • Sailing
              • Swimming
              • Water Skiing
              • Wind-Surfing


              • Dining:

                There is a formal dining room that seats up to 12, as well as a more casual dining area in the sun room off the formal dining room....moreless

              • Dining Room
              • Seating for 12 people


              • Air Conditioning:

                Geothermal HVAC system...moreless

              • Clothes Dryer
              • Fireplace:

                Two fireplaces with firewood furnished...moreless

              • Hair Dryer
              • Heating:

                Geothermal HVAC system...moreless

              • Internet:

                Wi-fi throughout house...moreless

              • Iron & Board
              • Linens Provided:

                100% cotton linens for bed and bath throughout house....moreless

              • Living Room:

                Formal living room on 2nd floor with Carrera marble fireplace, gilded mirror over mantel, 3 sets for french doors leading out to ornately decorated screened in porch overlooking the lake ...moreless

              • Parking:

                Ample off-street parking available...moreless

              • Parking Off Street
              • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

                No RV's or trailer permitted on property....moreless

              • Telephone:

                Land line available for guests...moreless

              • Towels Provided:

                100% cotton towels provided for baths and pier....moreless

              • Washing Machine
              • Wood Fireplace


              • Coffee Maker:

                12-cup Grohe coffee maker ...moreless

              • Cooking Utensils:

                All necessary equipment and utensils provided...moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                Fully-equipped kitchen to serve up to 12 people ...moreless

              • Dishwasher
              • Ice Maker
              • Kitchen:

                This live-in kitchen is great for entertaining friends around the soapstone topped island....moreless

              • Microwave
              • Oven:

                Double electric ovens; one large, one small. Large oven features convection option....moreless

              • Pantry Items:

                Table linens, vases, etc....moreless

              • Refrigerator:

                Viking refrigerator with freezer drawer below and easy access to refrigerator at waist height...moreless

              • Stove:

                Kitchen is equipped with gourmet Viking range, 6 burners, griddle, heating racks, profession vent-a-hood...moreless

              • Toaster


              • Balcony
              • Boat:

                Pontoon boat available upon request for additional fee...moreless

              • Deck / Patio
              • Kayak / Canoe:

                Canoe available for guests' use...moreless

              • Lawn / Garden
              • Outdoor Grill
              • Water Sports Gear:

                Floats and water toys for swimming off private pier...moreless

              House Cleaning

                  • Housekeeper Optional


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                  from 4 traveler reviews
                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Dec 4 - May 18, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  My Standard Rate
                  7 night min stay


                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Fees and Rental Conditions:

                  • Cleaning fee $250
                  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
                  • Property Damage Protection $89
                  • Tax Rate 9.75%


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                  Cancellation policy:

                  100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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                  Last updated: 09/17/2014
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                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2005

                  About the owner: The Snowden House was built by my grandparents, Bob and Grace Snowden. In 2005, I bought the property from my family and spent several years restoring it to its present condition. While we were born at Horseshoe Lake, we grew up in San Francisco and traveled back to Horseshoe Lake every summer during our childhood, which instilled a deep and abiding love for the home and all of the happy memories there.

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                  • Grand entrance hall

                    Grand entrance hall

                  • Formal living room

                    Formal living room

                  • Sun Room

                    Sun Room

                  • Gourmet kitchen - Great for entertaining

                    Gourmet kitchen - Great for entertaining

                  • Master bath

                    Master bath

                  • Family room

                    Family room

                  • Bathroom #2 - second floor

                    Bathroom #2 - second floor

                  • Bathroom #3 - 2nd floor

                    Bathroom #3 - 2nd floor

                  • Bedroom #4 - third floor - queen bed

                    Bedroom #4 - third floor - queen bed

                  • Bedroom #5 - third floor - full bed

                    Bedroom #5 - third floor - full bed

                  • Boxwood-lined private drive

                    Boxwood-lined private drive

                  • Front entrance

                    Front entrance

                  • Lake bank

                    Lake bank

                  • Formal Dining Room

                    Formal Dining Room

                  • Gourmet kitchen

                    Gourmet kitchen

                  • Master Bedroom - 2nd floor - king bed

                    Master Bedroom - 2nd floor - king bed

                  • Porch


                  • Bedroom #2 - 2nd floor (twin beds)

                    Bedroom #2 - 2nd floor (twin beds)

                  • Bedroom #3 - 2nd floor (queen bed)

                    Bedroom #3 - 2nd floor (queen bed)

                  • Vintage marble vanity, tile shower with small tub

                    Vintage marble vanity, tile shower with small tub

                  • Bedroom #5 - third floor - trundle bed

                    Bedroom #5 - third floor - trundle bed

                  • Bathroom #5 with tile shower - 3rd floor

                    Bathroom #5 with tile shower - 3rd floor

                  • Private dock

                    Private dock

                  VRBO #67834

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                  This listing was first published here in 2005.

                  Date last modified - Sunday, December 28, 2014

                  $500 - $800 per night (USD)

                  5 Bedroom / 6 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 12

                  View calendar: Updated 09/17/14
                  Minimum stay: 3-7 nights
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                  Member since: 2005
                  Speaks: english
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                  • Calendar last updated: 09/17/2014
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                  Historic Lakefront Mansion 30 miles from Memphis

                  Memphis #67834

                  5 BR  6 BA  Sleeps 12

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