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New Pics! Enjoy lake life here! Swim, fish, relax, bbq, kayak, explore, enjoy.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,232 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

A fully updated, quaint cabin; 3 bedrm/2 bath for 8, with a beautiful lake view

Start creating your vacation memories at our super cute cabin right on a beautiful cove of Lake Hartwell. The cabin offers an inviting, open floor plan and easily sleeps 8, ideal for sharing the fun with extended family and friends. The master bedroom has an incredibly comfortable king size bed, so pile the kids in at night to watch a movie, and sleep in late! All the beds are supremely comfortable. If you're the first up in the morning, pry your guests out of the soft sheets with the smell of freshly brewed coffee (always included) and breakfast. After breakfast, if you're not loafing inside or lounging on the sunny deck, stroll down to the water and take a plunge. The walk from the house to the dock is short and gently sloped. The 100ft of shoreline is perfect for launching kayaks and SUP boards and offers a safe place for small children to get their toes wet. Nestled within a private cove, the dock is situated on "deep water" so bring your own boat and use the dock slip between day trips and sunset cruises. Access to "big water" is right around the corner - just a short cruise to all the action on the lake including small islands and sand bars. There is a huge 8 seat picnic table on the dock for enjoying lunch or dinner -you'll never have to be far from the water!

You're going to appreciate the private, peaceful neighborhood on the Georgia side of Lake Hartwell. A quaint, winding road takes you pass cows, goats and rolling pastures. When you pull up to the cabin it may look modest, but once inside you'll be welcomed with an open floor plan which is ample for family and friends. You'll be able to gather or relax with ease. All guests will be able to stream, watch and play their devices with free WI-Fi, even on the dock. When its time to put the devices away, play cards at the long farm table or bring your favorite family game/craft, build a campfire, stroll the neighborhood or get back to the main attraction, the lake!

Lake Hartwell is among the Upstate's 3 best lakes right alongside Keowee and Jocassee. We think you'll delight in our accommodations and relish every minute of your stay!

*Please note that booking a reservation through VRBO constitutes an agreement that all personal watercrafts (kayaks, SUP boards or your own boat) will be used at your own discretion. Our VRBO guest takes all responsibility for the use of these items. Thank you.

Water Access:

4mi from Carter's Ferry ramp, 5mi Crawford's Ferry ramp, 7mi Paynes Campground, 9.4mi Hartwell Marina, 16mi Harbor Light Marina, 3mi by boat to Big Water Marina, Starr, SC.


Limited toiletries and cleaning products are provided

Full bath and sleeping linens

Charcoal grill

Gas grill *Early 2018

30Mb Wi-Fi with two Smart TVs, local HD stations

A/C & heat

Kayaks, SUPs, life vests, noodles

Outdoor furniture

Washer, dryer



Friday morning trash pick-up


No smoking

Pets require pre-approval

No beach towels

Weekday quiet period after 10p

Weekend quiet period after 10:30p

No fishing equipment allowed inside cabin

No RV parking

*******ACTIVITIES & EVENTS******* Check back often for updates!

---Check out historic Andersonville Island - only 3/4mi by boat from the SW corner of this 2mi long island which

Discover an island with 50 graves dating back to the 1700 and 1800’s. The large island is located near buoy S-55 and S-53 on Lake Hartwell. To find the graves, beach your boat on the North side of the island and hike to the tallest point on the island. There's much to explore and there's a geo cache site!!

---Visit “Broyles Party Island” which is located near Broyles Rec. Area and is only accessible by boat. It is a very popular Lake Hartwell spot to hang out by boat.

---Hart County Botanical Gardens: Off Elberton Hwy (Hwy 77) just South of Hartwell. Free, Open daylight hours

Nice nature path, butterfly garden, children’s play fort and bluebird habitat.

---Hartwell Farmer’s Market: Intersection of Carter & Howell Streets, across from the new City Hall.

500 East Howell St. Hartwell, GA 30643


Saturday Hours: 7:00 AM – Noon

Tuesday: Hours: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM.


--- - Stunning video of the Hartwell Dam

--- History of Lake Hartwell

More Details

Ryan and Amy Schnackenberg
Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2018

About Ryan and Amy Schnackenberg

Amy and I have always had wonderful experiences booking temporary rentals, so when our neighbor shared his story about his own property, we decided to dive into our first investment property! We've enjoyed "The Lazy Loon" so much, we hope you will too! It's new for 2017, fully updated, but it still keeps the charm of a traditional cabin, relaxing, beautiful water, secluded location, and more!

Ryan and Amy Schnackenberg purchased this house in 2016

Why Ryan and Amy Schnackenberg chose Hartwell

When we first saw this property after a long day of air travel, this was the first home we saw! Tired, but excited to see all the listings our realtor had prepared for us, the Lazy Loon was the best fit. I simply recall opening the door after a long day of traveling, exhausted, and I said: 'now this is a place I can relax and unwind."

Built in 1992, the property has only had a few owners, none of whom used the home with any regularity! It was pristine for its age, the kitchen and bathrooms looked brand new. It was cute, and with our design inspiration, we provided just enough renovations to keep the relaxing feel, while providing convenient updates and an inviting, fresh decor!

What makes this house unique

The drive into the Lazy Loon is fun and unique each time. Guests pass old southern style, abandoned, farm homes and there's crazy looking junkyard just off the roadside. Following that, there's a beautiful horse farm with rolling hills. As you approach the neighborhood, look for goats and cows! There are several calfs grazing the pasture most seasons. And finally, as you pull up to our cabin you can catch a glimpse of the beautiful lakefront, just an enough to build your excitement to rush down to the dock and plunge into the water! In the mornings, you may hear the roosters crowing in the distance and depending on the season, you'll see three loons diving for their breakfast; other birds sing and flutter vigorously from tree to tree. Be on the lookout for the Blue Heron. He likes to sun himself on our dock and our neighbor's! Don't be alarmed, you may also be greeted by the quiet cul-de-sac's mascot, Champ, a mix breed German Shepard. He'll play it cool, and likely ignore you, but be careful where you walk around in the grass, dogs are free to roam around! As the day progresses the sun gets hot, so stay near the lake, enjoy the cool A/C or better yet relax on the shady deck. In the late afternoon, the sun will be on part of the deck, but the dock will be in the shade! On a clear moonless night, you can see the Milky Way, and depending on the time of year, Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn are visible, while Orion and the Big Dipper appear larger than you ever imagined...and listen closely, you may hear the owl! There's so much more to experience, so when you arrive, make sure you share them with us in the guestbook! Ryan and Amy Schnackenberg

Guestbook comments from the owner

Terri and Debbie were great guests, we were excited and grateful for all the positive comments they left us about their vacation experiences! These are the type of guests you will welcome back anytime!
May 2017
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Hartwell House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1232 sq ft
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Hair Dryer Basic First Aid items
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , Sleeps 4
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed , Bunk Beds are built-ins, Sleeps 2
  • Smart TV in master. All rooms have chest/dresser and a closet.
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Beautiful lakeside cabin with loads of amenities!

  • 5 of 5

Our weekend stay could not have been any better! Not only is the cabin situated in a great location on the lake but, it’s also beautifully decorated and affords loads of amenities! The Schnackenbergs have truly created a wonderful lakeside retreat that I definitely plan on returning to as often as possible!

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Biloxi, MS

Thanksgiving weekend

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the view of the lake and the fall colors. House had everything we needed and was set up perfectly. Would recommend this property and use it again.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The home was very clean. Open floor plan was nice.

  • 5 of 5

My son enjoyed fishing off the dock and my wife enjoyed kayaking in the cove . It was a very nice, peaceful and relaxing weekend.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, WA

Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

Amy and Ryan maintain a spectacular home in a great location. Their beautiful home has everything you need - from a perfectly appointed kitchen to super comfortable beds to kayaks so you can enjoy the lakeside location. Everyone from grandpa to the six year old had a great time. We really couldn't have asked for a cleaner, more comfortable, beautiful place to spend some family time together.

Top notch communication every step of the way. Amy and Ryan always responded quickly and were great about reaching out as well.

We have stayed at many vacation homes over the years and this is definitely one of our favorites. We can't wait to return.

Thank you Amy and Ryan!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Melinda, Thank you so much for your glowing remarks. It makes all our hard work worth it when someone takes notice. We are definitely motivated by providing our guests a place we ourselves would appreciate as travelers. Please come back anytime!
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Wonderful weekend away!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely home! Very clean and updated! Comfortable beds with soft linens and updated furniture through out. Easy walk down to dock and quiet cove in the lake to enjoy your day.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet retreat

  • 5 of 5

The house was clean and well taken care of. The location is quiet, and the dock is a fun place to hang out. If you have or rent a boat, the dock is very convenient. Definitely worth a stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Waterfall Grille
Hartwell Marina
Hart State Park
Long Point Recreation Area
Watersports and Fireworks!
Portman Marina Inc
Hartwell Dam
Great Deli
Foothills Outfitters Inc
Casa Grande Cantina & GRill
Backstreet BBQ
Drive Thru or eat in --- Open only THURS-SAT
New York Pizza
Cateechee Golf Club
Ingles Market
The Home Depot
Walmart Supercenter
CVS Pharmacy
Hart County Library
South State Bank
Hart County Chamber of Commerce
Nearest Airport
121 Miles
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Swamp Guinea 1615 Reed Creek Hwy, Hartwell
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Cateechee Golf Club, 140 Cateechee Trail, Hartwell
Nearest Motorway
19 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
9 Miles
Various Downtown Hartwell
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Hart State Park
Car: necessary

Lake Hartwell,

A lot of other local activities are found at the following websites!

Don't forgert other attractions in the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains, such as: hiking, sight-seeing, the tallest free falling waterfall east of the Miss.- within 1-1.5 hours away.

Greenville SC, has an amazing downtown, it's full of activities for all generations, only 1h 10 mins from the cabin.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $85
Pet Fee $100
Damage Deposit $250

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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