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I had rather be fishing

Benton, KY, USA
  • House2000 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps7
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay3 - 4 nights

3 Bedrooms, 2 Full Bathrooms, 1 half bathroom, Sleeps 6

2000 square foot private Kentucky Lake front home. Beautiful views

of Jonathan Creek bay from every room. Great kitchen with granite countertops. Twenty by thirty-five foot great

room with floor to ceiling windows facing the lake and wood burning

fireplace for chilly nights. Deck and screened porch facing lake. Satellite internet. Sits on approximately 3 1/2 acres plus TVA land. Great for families, duck hunters, fishermen, etc. Long term rentals welcome as well.



Member Since 2008
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within one day
Calendar last updated:
Apr 21, 2018
About Melinda

I grew up in Mayfield KY about 20 miles from the lake. I now live in St Louis MO. My husband and I built this house so that we could visit our aging parents without the hassle of packing and unpacking all of the time and with a view toward retiring there someday. The house was built for us, not as an income property so it has many touches that other available houses do not have - huge fireplace, oversized windows overlooking the lake, high end appliances, high ceilings, tall doors,maple and cherry floors in the bedrooms, cherry handrails, large yard (3+ acres) etc. After 3 of our parents died, we no longer came to the lake as often but could not bear to sell the house where we had spent so much quality time and where our grandchildren had made so many memories. We decided to rent our house through Homeaway to defray the cost of keeping our part time home and so that others could create great memories there as well.

Melinda purchased this House in 1998

Why Melinda chose Benton

Since we live in a large city, we wanted a place that was away from the hustle and bustle. We found that here. The house sits on 3 acres plus TVA land. We have deer and other wildlife everywhere. At night the stars are very bright and unobstructed by light pollution. You hear the sounds of nature instead of the rumble of cars.

What makes this House unique

We love that you can see the lake from every room of the house. It just embraces the lake. Additionally the bathrooms have views of the woods. Sitting on the deck at night with a fire or watching the moon rise over the lake is a priceless treat. Kids can play in the woods or yard and you do not have to worry about them. It is just a good place to be..


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Bedroom 2
        1 king
      • Bedroom 3
        1 king
      • Master bedroom with king sized memory foam bed and private bath with Jacuzzi. Deck from both the master bedroom and great room overlooking lake. Second bedroom with king sized bed, bath and screened porch. Third bedroom upstairs with King sized memory foam bed and half bath. Tile and hardwood floors throughout. Soaring ceilings and skylights. Private boat dock with deck,half under roof,and 100 foot fishing pier.


      • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, jetted tub
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 3
      • Master bath has jacuzzi tub and separate shower. Second bath has a shower.

      Location Type

        • Lake
        • Lakefront
        • Waterfront


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Laundry Soap
                    • Air Conditioning
                    • Ceiling Fans
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Filtered Water
                    • Fireplace
                      wood available beside the driveway across from upper garage
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                      Great room with vaulted ceilings and floor to ceiling windows.
                    • Parking
                      We have a long driveway but it is difficult to turn a boat around at the bottom by the house. Please leave boats and trailers in the designated area along the driveway.
                    • Parking Off Street
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Water Cooler
                    • Wireless Internet
                    • Wood Stove
                      on deck off master bedroom


                        • Kitchen
                        • Blender
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          pots and pans as well as casserole dishes and most things you will need.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                          with icemaker
                        • Grill
                        • Ice Maker
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          common spices
                        • Refrigerator
                          Side by side
                        • Stove
                          gas five burner
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Overlooks lake.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 10 people


                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Currently Dish but may be DirecTV in future.
                                • Television
                                  Flat screen televisions in every room.


                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Three acres of land
                                    • Boat Dock
                                    • Golf
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Kayaks and paddles available for use at your own risk. No charge. Guest responsible for returning Kayaks and paddles to their original location ans locking them with provided cable.
                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      Screened porch off great room. Covered seating area on dock. Large deck.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      both gas and charcoal
                                    • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                    • Screen Porch / Veranda
                                    • Walkway to Water
                                    • Wood Deck


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Jacuzzi


                                                • autumn foliage
                                                • cinemas
                                                • forests
                                                • restaurants

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • paddle boating
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hunting
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • pier fishing
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • water skiing
                                                            • water tubing

                                                              64 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews


                                                              Kim M.

                                                              We stayed at I'd rather be fishing two weeks ago and will definately go back. It was so relaxing and beautiful. The dock is amazing. We enjoyed the view of the lake from every room and the fireplace on the deck. The house is equipped with everything you need and is very well kept. Very quiet and relaxing.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you. The water is low in the fall but that provides opportunities for hiking on the lake or going to the beach on the point below the Cemetery. It is covered by water the rest of the year. We have so many migratory birds in the fall that we can watch from the dock or the house plus deer are everywhere, especially the mudflats. Now we have eagles building a nest in the pines in the front yard so we will be able to watch them raise their young in the winter. So much wildlife!

                                                              I Had Rather Be Fishing

                                                              Evelyn G.Maryevelyn50@gmail.com

                                                              The house and lake was more than we ever expected......it was wonderful. You could not ask for a better lake home. We felt very comfortable and enjoyed the area very much. Hope to be back this spring.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Even though the water is low In October, it is one of my favorite times of the year to be at the lake. The Pelicans arrive and often put on a show and the fall colors are beginning. I am glad you enjoyed your stay.

                                                              Beautiful area, absolutely breathtaking.

                                                              Lea Ann R.

                                                              My family and I had a wonderful experience visiting the lake house. The home was immaculate, the view of the lake and property was absolutely gorgeous. Sitting on the dock overlooking the water with the breeze coming in was so peaceful and relaxing. We certainly hope to return in the future, and would definitely recommend visiting this special place.

                                                              The Great Eclipse

                                                              Jack B.Atlanta , GA

                                                              The home and property are everything advertised and much more . We stayed with one of our sons and his three small boys . It is VERY fully equipped and located in a beautiful setting . We will return !

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              So glad you enjoyed your stay. What a great opportunity to see the Great American Eclipse over the lake with people you love! Thank you for the review. We always appreciate feedback.

                                                              Great Vacation

                                                              Rita D.

                                                              Best vacation ever.. Don't want to go home. The house was amazing.

                                                              The home was really nice, large and accommodating.

                                                              Hope G.

                                                              We really enjoyed our visit to the home and property. The house is really beautiful and the dock was a great spot to relax. The only thing that set me back a bit was the lack of cleanliness of the house. I'm just a clean freak tho and it is a lake home. So I was able to overlook that for the location and the beauty of the place.

                                                              It's truly a GREAT spot and we ALL enjoyed our visit! Also the owner was always quick to respond to us and was very accommodating to allow us early entry and a later check out. Thank you Melinda!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              I am glad that you all enjoyed your stay. I am sorry that you were less than thrilled with our housekeeping. As you stated, you arrived early and stayed late. That is a frequent thing in the summer when guests are excited to begin their vacation and then, at checkout, are not ready to leave.

                                                              We generally have a maximum 4 hour turnaround from one group of guests to the next. As a result deep cleaning is impossible in the summer and there is no time to wash the huge windows, the woodwork and mow the 3 acre yar on a shorter time frame. We allow pets and in the country it is dusty in the summertime. Some things may get missed.

                                                              We aim to make our guests happy. Had you let us know, we would have had any deficiencies you found corrected.


                                                              Benton, KY, USA

                                                              Very private area. Great for getting away from it all. Sleep in the hammock on the dock. Float in the lake and sun or, if you bring your boat, enjoy boating and tubing/skiing on Jonathan Creek. Fall color is gorgeous. This house is surrounded by woods and is not in a subdivision. Two kayaks available for tenant use. The house is on Jonathan Creek which is one of the large bays of Kentucky Lake, one of the largest manmade lakes in the world. Other Activities: Boating/fishing (guides available nearby)/ hiking TVA lands around the house and Land Between the Lakes. Golf: Many golf curses available nearby. Ky Dam golf course is a well maintained 18 hole course. Kenlake has a very nice 9 hole course. Miller Golf Course is operated by Murray State University and is excellent. There are many others available in the area.

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Pet Fee
                                                              Tax Rate

                                                              $300 deposit is due at booking. Rental fee is due 15 days before arrival. Refund is subject to re-rental of your dates. Thanksgiving and Christmas rates are $350 per night with 3 night minimum. For monthly stays or longer, contact owner for a quote.

                                                              64 Reviews
                                                              Exceptional 5/5
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