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Luxury Lake House with Tram to Your Boat Dock 'The Real McCoy'

Bedrooms 6
Space 3,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

House, 6 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 4 Baths, (Sleeps 20-24)

'The Real McCoy House' is the perfect place to spend your vacation. I have a breath taking view of Lewis Smith lake no matter which way you look. Walk out onto the 12'X 50' porch upstairs or down. Walk off the porch on a deck that connects to a 4 person tram car and rides down to a deck which connects the ramp onto your floating covered boat dock with a swim deck. Fishing is great. Bring your Seadoos and boats. You have a 6-8 person hot tub for your relaxation under the stars.

This wonderful vacation retreat is private and set up for a large family or business getaway. This lake house was new in 2008 and has hardwood floors upstairs and tile downstairs. You are about a mile out of the city limits of Arley. It's a small town and has most anything you need. Arley is approximately 30 minutes from Jasper or Culman and not far from Birmingham. There is a gourmet kitchen that has all stainless steel appliances with all granite counter tops and a bar downstairs. You have gas fireplaces upstairs and down for that perfect evening. Downstairs you have a big screen TV great for those ball games, or catching your favorite TV shows.

3rd cleanest lake in North America.

Keywords: Lake House

More Details

Linda McCoy
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 24, 2017

About Linda McCoy

I own Mortgage Team 1 in Mobile Alabama and I am President Elect for the Alabama Mortgage Brokers Association. I have been in the mortgage business since 1993. I have 2 children and 3 grandchildren. This lakehouse is a wonderful place to bring a family and enjoy lake life. I own Dream Catcher Pointe which is right across the water. I have 19 lake lots for sale, 12 are on deep water. They have approved floating boat dock permits, the road and utilities already put in so you are ready to build your new lake home.

Linda McCoy purchased this house in 2008

Why Linda McCoy chose Lewis Smith Lake

I live in Mobile and after Katrina, I decided to find a place far enough from the Gulf Coast to find refuge from the yearly storms. I know many others who felt the same way so I looked for a place to start a community to bring a huge family when they wanted and needed to get away. I wanted luxury while away from our homes. When I found Smith Lake, it was like a little peice of heaven and the best kept secret. I named our subdivion Dream Catcher Pointe.


Arley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 23
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Town ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Dialup Access
  • Elevator ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master Bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Master Bath
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Masters are ceramic walk-in open showers.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 23
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , 1 double , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 7 - 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • We need to know the number in your party so that we can supply bedding and bath linens appropriately
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Let us know how many is in your party so we can provide enough linens. Starter toiletries provided only.


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Luxury Lake House with Tram to Your Boat Dock 'The Real McCoy'
average rating of 4.428571 based on 21 reviews

Very relaxing and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Everything was just right

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Good guests are a blessing. Thank you
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The lake was great......

  • 2 of 5

But everything else, not so much. Upon entering, we were greeted with an unpleasant smell and abundance of flies and fruit flies inside the house. We immediately had to dispatch someone to a grocery store for trash bags (there were none) and fly swatters. The back door was open, as the hardware did not line up with the door frame (this was corrected by a workman after we reported it). The trash cans (kitchen and bathrooms) were filthy, stuck-on debris, hair, etc. in the bottoms. The refrigerator was empty, but had not been wiped out. The stove and oven were dirty. The lazy susan under the cabinet was dirty with some spill or something that had never been cleaned. Dirty cooking utensils were found in a kitchen drawer. The two bathrooms that have shower curtains - the liners had black mildew and gunk at the bottoms. The large round coffee table in the main level living room was unstable (would tip if leaned on), so we had to keep children away from it. The door to the downstairs opens OUT over the stairs, and there is no landing. My 5 yr old grandson was ascending the stairs when an adult opened the door to go down, and he was knocked down the steps. The carpet on the stairs is very dirty and stained. The banister was grimy and dirty. After my initial complaint about the lack of cleanliness, a cleaning person was sent and she did clean the banister, as well as the trash cans and bathrooms. That's all we had her do because it was too chaotic to have her trying to clean everything that needed it, with 20 people milling around the house. My daughter's bedding had to be washed before she could sleep on it due to a spot on the sheet and some substance on the pillow sham. The downstairs master shower had worms living in the corner of it. Yes, that is not a typo. The bunk bed room downstairs had mold on the wall and baseboard, and a portion of the floor was covered with about 1/2 inch of rain water when a storm came through. One of the flagstones on the edge of the front step was loose and tipped when stepped on. I had to put a piece of tape on it so that everyone would know which to avoid. The front porch/planter area smelled of cat urine. The highchair was filthy, so we cleaned and sanitized it before using. These were the major issues. The tram did work for us without fail, and my family enjoyed the lake. With a GOOD and thorough cleaning an minor repairs, it COULD be perfection. For photos, email

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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One with God and Nature

  • 5 of 5

My Women's prayer group had our Retreat this year and this place was absolutely perfect. The space was just right. We were a small group but everyone had their own space. We use this time to fellowship and the house just made everything so easy. The whirlpool was the talk of the Retreat. We had a very relaxing time. The Real McCoy is the Real Deal.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always a joy for us to have guests that are appreciative. We pride ourselves on trying to create the best experience for our guests. Thank you
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It was OK

  • 2 of 5

The house was good and the porches were nice but the tram broke down and was inconvenient. There are no backup steps on the property so that if the tram breaks you have to go next door and use there dock . The house is a long way to the water.There is not really a great view of the lake with the trees in the way. There needs to be more places for a large family to eat. The steps to the fire pit were hard to navigate all the bushes need to be trimmed. The boat dock needs some work. There are no easy ways around the house.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You would think it was obvious when operating a tram one should not ride to the top of the tram and then push the up button continually. The riders over rode the stopping arm (bending it) causing the tram to malfunction. In March the tram was completely refurbished and was working perfectly for 3-4 other renters. Our neighbor uses our tram and we use his stairs when necessary. When dining you have two 8 people picnic tables outside and seating inside for 12. The TWO bushes have been trimmed. The boat dock is in good shape and when needed a board or two are replaced. No one should be going around the house on either side. Stairs inside and out are for going from the front to the back of the house. Thank You for staying with us.
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Excellent facilities. Beautiful property. Will return again and again

  • 5 of 5

Great get away with close by amenities. Beautiful quiet and organized beautifully

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A week well spent

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect for our gathering. The layout really fit our group of 25 well (infants to Grandparents). The house provided everything we needed, and if it didn't the nearby stores did. The tram worked out very well. It allowed for managing the flow of people down to the water and being able to assure there was adult supervision when required. The intent of renting the 'Real McCoy' was to be able to get our scattered family together in one place where we could enjoy each other without having to worry about anything else. It did just that!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You for the nice review and we appreciate having wonderful renter such as your group. Please remember us next time.
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Nearest Barpub
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
State Hwy 77
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Arley Cafe
Car: necessary

You are within minutes from the Bankhead National Forest


Rates & Availability

Arley House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
ANY Major Holidays
May 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
Winter Rates
Nov 1 2017 - Apr 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
cleaning fee $200

Memorial Day, Jul 4th, Labor Day

Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Yrs. $400/night or $2400/week (4 night min)
Additional costs
Cleaning fee 15 guests or less $175, or 16 plus is $275
CONTACT BY EMAIL for instructions, security codes, and keys.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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