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Large, Magical Mountain Lake Cabin on Lake Keowee

Sleeps14
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 14)

'A Stay Away' (the phonetic Cherokee language translation of 'Cedar Creek', the branch of Lake Keowee on which the property is located) is a true Mountain Lake Vacation Home. It is a 4000 sq ft, Lindal Cedar Home with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, large, open common spaces, a stone fireplace, spacious kitchen, and ample sleeping areas. The house was renovated in 2009, and the kitchen got new appliances in 2011.

In addition to two bedrooms with king beds, and one with a queen bed, there is a comfortable queen-sized swing bed (on a ceiling-suspended platform) on a sleeping porch, and a bunkroom with 4 beds. One of the king-sized rooms also has an additional set of bunk beds, and each floor has a queen sofa bed (new, firm memory foam mattresses), most comfortable for one adult or two children, of course. In addition, there is a pack-n-play for infants, and a futon mattress which can be used for extra sleeping space.

Bedrooms:

Main floor:

Master with one king

4-season porch with suspended queen "swing bed"

Lower level (daylight, walk out basement):

Bedroom #2: queen bed, private bath across the hall

Bedroom #3: king bed and bunk beds, jack and jil bath shared with bunk room

Bunk Room: 4 bunk beds

Other:

pack-n-play-1

futon under master bed

2 x queen sleeper sofas (memory foam mattresses are actually pretty comfortable)

Outdoors, there is a two-level deck, with shady and sunny areas.

The dock is a double decker with a covered slip and an uncovered slip. There's also a wave runner float lift.

Mostly, you'll want to spend the days on the lake, or retreat to the quiet seclusion of the cabin itself. Aside from a rarely-occupied log cabin next door, the nearest house is across the lake! In the summer, there are many lake activities available. Many nearby activities (golf, hiking, shopping) are available.

We are *not* TV people, but there is a flat screen TV on each floor (36" and 50", I think). There is no cable in the area, but we have basic DirecTV. While there is a DVD player, VHS player, and satellite receiver, it may not be the best place for TV watching or TV watching parties (eg, sports events). Wifi is via a Verizon "Jet Pack". We have a large data plan, but we do sometimes have to purchase more data as needed for renters. (Please go easy on us with the streaming!)

The community paid a fortune to bring in county water in 2014, so all our water filters are obsolete. We still have a separate kitchen drinking water filter (RO). We think it's better than bottled.

The property is about a 30-minute drive from Clemson, SC, a 40-minute drive from Seneca, SC, 50-minute drive from Greenville, SC, and about 45-minutes from Cashiers, NC.

Keywords: House,lake,lakehouse,cabin,rustic,large,remote,quiet,dock,keowee,north, south carolina,mountain,mountains,woods,wooded

More Details

Owner
Michael
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
September 15, 2017

About Michael

We are a family of 5 who live in Greenville, SC. We work too much to enjoy the house as often as we would like. Renting it out allows us to afford upkeep and taxes (whew!). We genuinely love the thought of people up there enjoying it in our absence. We are old-school VRBOers. We do not have a professional management service, and can't always provide concierge services, but while you're guests at the house, our house is your house. Overall, we've had a very enjoyable experience as owners on VRBO. It's fun to get feedback about the great vacations on the lake!

Michael purchased this house in 2006

Why Michael chose Lake Keowee

I grew up near Surfside Beach, SC, and my family would spend weekends there. We wanted something close by to make family memories. Love cool, clean, scenic Keowee!

What makes this house unique

The house is truly remote. Sometimes we feel like it's the only place we get away from it all. The house has a way of sucking the desire to work right out of you. The only people you're likely to see are the people across the cove. The wifi is only recently good enough to do any significant work online. Cell service wasn't even reliable until about 5 years ago. We reluctantly got TV service about the same time.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Awesome!!! Thank you...we needed this!!
Jul 2012
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Amenities

Sunset House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub
    Powder Room - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Jack n Jill - toilet , combination tub/shower , Separate sinks for each room that shares this bathroom
  • 3.5
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , 1 bunk bed
    Sleeping Porch - 1 queen
    Bunk Room - 2 bunk bed
  • King size beds (1) Two rooms have king beds., Queen size Beds (1) Two queen-sized beds, including the swing bed on the four-season sleeping porch (good mattress on platform hung from ceiling)., Baby Cribs (1) Pack-n-play crib available., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Each floor has one queen-sized sofabed, recommended for one person, or two children., Bunk Beds (6) There is a room with 4 bunk beds, and another room with 2 bunk beds in addition to a king-sized bed.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • scenic drives
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes:
Double-decker dock available. Boats may be rented elsewhere on the lake. Dock has an extra, uncovered boat-slip. Owner's boat and waverunner may not be used secondary to liability issues. WiFi Internet access is often available from an unknown source.

Reviews

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Large, Magical Mountain Lake Cabin on Lake Keowee
average rating of 4.5454545 based on 15 reviews
5

large, fun property on beautiful lake

  • 5 of 5

Three generations of our family enjoyed our stay at Michael's house for the 2017 eclipse. There was plenty for the kids and adults to do, and plenty of space to enjoy being together or off on one's own for a little down time. The lake is clear and warm and the dock is large and accessible, if you don't mind the short trek down the hill to get there. The upper deck is spacious. There is plenty of seating in the house, though fitting everyone around one table was never going to happen. The kids took to the entertainment room downstairs like ducks to water. The kitchen had a great selection of pots and pans, though extra plates and glasses would have been helpful, and the extra fridge in the laundry room was a lifesaver. Overall, the house fit our needs just fine.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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enjoyed

  • 3 of 5

We enjoyed our stay! We lived in Ashville, NC about 12 years ago and went to the north end of Lake Keowee regularly with our 3 sons then ages 3-9. We wanted to go back and revisit the area. We needed two boat slips as we are avid water skiers and wake boarders/surfers who pulled two boats from Florida. The lake has a lot more boat traffic, so rollers are a problem! We were a party of 10 (2 families- the other family of 5 are friends from Germany) so we wanted a 2-story dock for more space to hang out on ( need some deck chairs) and jump off of into the cool, clean water! There was plenty of room for all of us to eat together and play games and music in the upstairs living room. We would recommend more pots and pans, (it appears that former renters put pots and frying pans in the dishwasher which ruins them) and deeper bowls for cereal and a few more drinking glasses. A variety of bed pillows would be nice, most seemed to be feather, I would suggest latex pillows as they don't flatten out and are known to be anti-allergy and anti-dust mite, etc. Obviously, I did not sleep on every mattress but the queen beds were very uncomfortable in the downstairs bedroom and the sleeping porch, and both of these rooms were very HOT with the air conditioning on! I did inform the owner of the possible problem in the downstairs queen room. The twin beds in the bunk room were also miserable for my teenage sons. I realize this is a rental and many people do not take care of other peoples belongings and accidents of all kinds happen. So, I understand why the owners do not have better mattresses but maybe they will consider upgrading the mattresses I mentioned. The owner was accommodating and emailed or texted with me promptly. For those with boats the neighborhood boat ramp is permanently closed but it is not too far to a public boat ramp. Overall, we enjoyed our stay, the lake is beautiful, as are the surrounding areas.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Of course, we always want guests to have a great stay, so this review is disappointing. Frankly, I had heartburn about these renters from the beginning, based on the tone of early communications, and had even suggested they might want to rent elsewhere. Live and learn. The home has two, powerful HVAC units. No one else has ever informed me of any poor function. I was informed of the hot room (s) after departure. The one unit was coincidentally replaced this week with a brand new Trane unit, because of age, not poor function. We regularly replace mattresses with quality mattresses comparable to what we use at home. Again, this is the first complaint about the beds mentioned. Two mattresses were replaced this summer. Bunk beds may not be a great sleep for adults or teens, agreed. Renters have been hard on cookware. Some has been replaced since these renters' stay, again without having gotten this feedback until now. We will get some "anti-allergy" pillows. The pillows at the house are very expensive, with a foam core and feather/down surrounding that. (Linens are Egyptian cotton.) Thought we had done good. : ) We may continue to have shallow cereal bowls. But we will reassess! As always, we are constantly replacing and upgrading. We genuinely enjoy knowing people are using and hopefully enjoying the house, as our schedules are too busy to spend much time there ourselves. In summary house is very nice, and we hear that frequently, yet it is a classic lake cabin, where you can come in from the lake without too much worry of messing up a museum-like palace.
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5

Great family vacation home!

  • 5 of 5

We were able to relax and get away! The Greene's are amazing and we're there if we needed them for anything!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. It's music to our ears, especially since you stayed at the house immediately after the folks who left a 3-star review. NOTE; We do try to be responsive to needs, but don't want it to sound like the house has a concierge service--we have day jobs!
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Great property, close to the Falls.

  • 4 of 5

We had a great week, loved the openness of the kitchen, dining, and living room. Master suite was very nice, and the owners were very nice. Would definitely come back again.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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5

Incredible

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home, with amazing atmosphere! We enjoyed our time there.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Lake house/boat/swimming dock for large party

  • 4 of 5

We had 6 adults and 6 kids (3 families). The house was great for us! We were able to dock the boat and take it out plenty...great lake. The swimming off the two story boat house/dock was great...deep water and open area. Highly recommend this house for your trip!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
46 Miles
Greenville Spartanburg (GSP)
Nearest Motorway
1.4 Miles
Hwy 133
Nearest Restaurant
18 Miles
Aunt Sue's Country Corner
Car: necessary

This house, at the north end of Lake Keowee, is remote. The nearest grocery is Ingles in Pickens, 13 miles, though there is a nice, smaller market closer on Hwy 11 (the Market) at the entrance to "Falls South".

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Damage Insurance $59
Damage Deposit $500

Holidays may be higher priced than regular season rates. "Long weekends", such as Labor Day, require a 4 day stay. Thank you.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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