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Beautiful Lake Home Centrally Located to Alabama's Golf Trail

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

Perfect lakefront home for one or two families or 2-10 golfing fanatics. This property is centrally located to at least 6 of the well known Robert Trent Jones golf courses in Alabama. With two courses only an hour away and the other four between 2 and 2 1/2 hours away. This house is located one hour from the Montgomery airport and two hours from the Birmingham airport.

For the lake lovers, Lake Martin is a premier lake with clear water and a sandy bottom. Ideal for all water activities. Our boathouse is a great place to try for bass, brim and catfish. There is also a separate dock for your boat. Nearby Real Island Marina has a boat ramp and you can also rent a boat. Please contact Dean Barker to reserve your boat. Call early.

This charming house has many amenities including a gourmet kitchen, master suite, outdoor shower, wrap around porch, balcony, 3 large guest bedrooms, upstairs playroom and much more.

Nearby historical sites including Horseshoe Bend and Ft. Toulouse add to the interest. Within an hour take the kids to tour Blue Bell ice cream creamery or travel a little farther to the famous Talledega Speedway. All in all an incredible vacation location for all ages.

Keywords: Large, lakefront home, golf retreat

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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2017


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Beautiful Lake Home Centrally Located to Alabama's Golf Trail
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Shangri-la on Lake Martin

  • 5 of 5

This home is truly everything it says and more. We rent a house on the lake yearly when family comes and this one is by far the best. The open floor plan is ideal, house is decorated beautifully and very clean. The kitchen is well equipped with everything you could possibly need. The quiet cove was nice for swimming and fishing. The grandchildren had a great time jug fishing, (with noodles), and tubing. We enjoyed morning coffee on the large porch overlooking the water and played board games with the grandchildren. The ceiling fans on the porch made it comfortable even in the heat of the day.

Owner, Didi, was very accommodating and friendly. Thank you for sharing your home with us.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Preview to Heaven

  • 5 of 5

What a special paradise....full of rich history, beauty, and so comfortable you never really want to leave. Our small group came to ride their motorcycles on the back roads of Alabama and we weren't disappointed on that front at all. However, our accommodations at Hancel's Heaven exceeded our expectations and we will go back. But next time may also take advantage of the wonderful boating and water playground it represents.

We feel so fortunate to have selected this property during our search and have enjoyed working with DiDi . Thank you for sharing your home, your wonderful memories and giving us a chance to make some of our own.

We look forward to next time!

Sweet Peace,

The Mellon's, Swanson's and the Ray's

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jacksonville, Florida

Absolutely Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at Hancel's Haven for two years now. We plan on going back next summer. It is perfect for a family get together. Our children and grandchildren all live in various places so this is special time for us all to be together. It has it all boating, swimming and just sitting on the porch talking. We don't leave once we get there. Love it and would recommend it to anyone. Did I mention it is absolutely beautiful!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dothan, AL

Always a treat!

  • 5 of 5

This home is straight from the pages of Southern Living. The architectural details in every room are incredible. We have been going every summer for five years and every year I discover something new in its design. It is exquisitely decorated and designed to accommodate large families and provides seating for meals and conversation spots. The large gourmet kitchen has everything any chef could need. The lake itself is so large that we can ride everyday for a week in a different direction and see something new every day. We love to ski, tube, lay on the dock, ride to chimney rock to jump, and drink coffee at sunrise on the porch. This year we discovered Goat Island where a herd of goats lives and can be fed. I highly recommend this home and plan to return annually.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Yorkville Illinois


  • 5 of 5

When I saw this house on VRBO I fell in love instantly with it, loved how open it was, the porch, decor. When I requested info Didi responded instantly, and I can honestly say I have never dealt with anyone so nice before. She was so helpful with all the questions I had about her home. This home has everything you could need and more, I was worried about not having enough pots and pans, dishes, etc. No need to worry about anything, just pack your suitcase and move in. And the fact that it is the family home and they open it and shared it with us, amazing. We wanted a place to hang out and just be with family for Christmas, and this house was perfect!!! We got to be together and play games, food in the wonderful kitchen, enjoy the porch, bab, hang out with the dogs from next door, Milo and Jay (or Bo) who I fell head over heels in love with.

We would love to visit again in the summer to take advantage of the lake. I would highly recommend this home to anyone who wants to completely unwind and relax. Loved it!!! Thanks Didi

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jacksonville, Florida

What A Place

  • 5 of 5

We decided to have a little family reunion at Lake Martin. It is centrally located for our 3 children. I had no idea where to stay. Did know that we wanted to be on the lake.

Well, my daughter-in-law said it best. "Memaw you picked a winner". I can't say how beautiful the house was and how wonderful the owners of the house ware. We had a most wonderful time. Spent a lot of time on the porch just visiting and the children spent a lot of time in the water. Of course then there was fishing. It just couldn't have been better. I guess the only thing I can tell you is that we have already made plans to come back next year. Oh yes, we had a little bonus. Milo, the dog from next door came over every afternoon for a visit, great dog.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Little Kowaliga House Rental Rates

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May 26 2017 - May 26 2017
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Little Kowaliga House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) There are two sofa beds - one queen and one double.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • water skiing

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