House, 8 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 5.5 Baths, (Sleeps 26-32)
The Jacksons are a fun loving family of 6 including Mom (Donna) and Dad (Ken) and four grown children, Jennifer (32), Heather (27), Kenny (26) and Kevin (24), who hail from Asheville, N.C. We all enjoy the outdoors and are avid water and snow skiiers. We also enjoy travel and have traveled as a family to Hawaii, Alaska, Costa Rica, many islands in the Caribean and have climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa. We have enjoyed ski trips to Colorado, Wyoming, California and Utah to pursue the best powder and snowmobiling! In recent years our family has grown to include Eric (married to Jennifer), Al (married to Heather) and Courtney (married to Kenny). And, our fifth grandchild is on the way and due in march of 2014! Ken and Donna continue to live and work full time in Asheville; Ken as a real estate developer and Donna as a nurse. Ken is originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and Donna from Charlotte, N.C.
Owner purchased this House in 2001
Why Owner chose Turtlehead
We built our home in 2001 for the enjoyment of our family and friends and have rented it occasionally over the years. We use the home all year including for Clemson football weekends in the fall and basketball games in the winter. We love the north end of Lake Keowee as it still somewhat underdeveloped and provides a little more opportunity to get away from it all than other lake communities located adjacent to larger cities. We are completely surrounded by the nationally known Cliffs Communities and the Cliifs at Keowee Falls North provides access to our home. Ken, Kenny and Kevin all attended Clemson earning their degrees there and the family simply cannot ever be too far away from Clemson, including Jennifer and Heather who attended App. State and WCU.
What makes this House unique
Our home is uniquely situated on a deep water point that provides opportuities to ski and ski out while family members can lay on our unusually large dock and upper party deck. We have 256 feet of shoreline that keeps the neighbors from being to close. We have room at the dock if you wish to rent a ski boat or pontton boat and have space for a jet ski at one of our float on docks. Several companies rent all types of boats in the area and will deliver to our dock. See Jocassee Outdoor Center or try Lake Jocassee Pontooon Boat Rentals. Our family and friends enjoy the view off our back deck towards the lake and surrounding mountains as much as anything else we do on a weekend at the lake. Being an Appalcahian Style log home versus stick built construction makes for a cooler living environment and easier to maintain as there is no drywall to be found any where in the home. Even the interior walls are wood, tongue and groove siding. A small neighborhood shopping center, Keowee Towne Center, is located 5 minutes from our home on Highway 11 in The Cliffs at Keowee Falls South and is open to the public. It has an 8,000 SF gourmet/organic grocery store with an excellent wine selection plus the best beef and steaks found in the upstate. On those vacation days when you are too lazy to prepare meals, drive over and order breakfast or lunch from their well stocked kitchen. An Ace Hardware store and can also be found in the center. Gas can be purchased on the lake about 1 mile from our home directly adjacent to the Lake Jocassee dam at the Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards marina. They also have a store that offers a variety of boating supplies and has a limited lunch menu and drinks. We are a 5 minute drive from Scenic Highway 11 and a 35-45 minute drive to Clemson University and the beautiful mountain communities of Highlands, Cashiers and Brevard.
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Horribly dirty with terrible landlord
I hope and pray the you never get stuck renting the horrible house at Lake Keowee.
Before we arrived we received the following email from the owner:
"...we nearly lost our cleaning crew in may. They drive from Greenville and have a max. of 5 hours to clean the house and do the laundry. When we had large groups rent the house, it was taking 8-10 hours to do the laundry, which is 4-5 hours after it took to clean the house. They were even having to take the laundry home and bring it back which they can’t afford to do for the cleaning fee. We are now asking that our renters do a minimum of 3 loads of sheets and towels and leave them folded on the dining room table before leaving on Saturday morning. We have had no complaints so far from renters. In fact, everyone has embraced the request, knowing that it takes very little effort to do so.
There were loads of laundry (towels and sheets) in both the washer and dryer when we arrived.
The house and linens was dirty and soiled, one refrigerator wasn't working, the sheets left for the beds didn't fit and had stains that looked like blood on them, the kitchen cooking utensils were filthy and there were mouse droppings all over the pantry shelves. We caught the mouse in a trap the first night we stayed.
During our stay one of the porch table glass tops burst when we were out in the boat. When we returned to the house and found this broken we let the owner know and he said that he would have to replace both tables as they were 16 yrs old and he could not match them now. Not sure I have ever seen a Lowe's porch table last 16 yrs... could be why it broke without anyone around. He felt it appropriate to keep nearly the entire deposit to replace this tacky table.
We made him aware of broken refrigerator and other problems on the day we arrived. This was his response:
"Thank you...all items duly noted. Most of the times are the reasons why we are going to phase out the rental of the home by the end of 2018.
We won't replace furniture or do any major repairs until then as renters don't respect our home and 7 Years of rentals has left some parts of the home looking like the house is twice as old as it is."
Don't let this landlord fool you like he did us.
I have pictures of all to prove
We did have trouble for about 2 months this year with our cleaning crews and were stood up by the crew who had done the cleaning for 6 years and suddenly failed to clean the house about 2 weeks before these renters came in. We had to fire them and strongly considered taking the home off of VRBO (we were simply tired of dealing with the management). The problem was resolved by the time these renters rented the house.
I would invite anyone to preview the house if you think that what this renter had to say is the truth. We have had multiple renters since this renter actually rented the house in July (not sure why she waited until October to write a review) and all have been happy with how the house looked.
This renter (Shannon H) is mad because she lost most of her security deposit as her children destroyed a glass top table on the back deck that had to be replaced and since it matched a second table on the deck, both had to be replaced. This had to be done on short notice before the next group came in, forcing me to cancel family plans the Saturday Shannon H. and her family checked out. In addition, they left several bags of rotting trash on the front porch that animals had gotten into by the time I arrived and trash was all over the front porch.
Note, in my 7 years of renting the house to over 145 renters, we have had 3 bad reviews and with all 3, it was coincidental that we had to withhold part of their security deposit to offset damage.
So, please consider the source and reason for a bad review. We are batting 98% with the 142 satisfied renters!
Cleaning Needs work.
We have rented this house for 3 years. The view of the home is great, and has enough room for a large group. The only reason why we came back to the house is we could not find a home that would accommodate our large family. Last year we expressed our concern on how the cleaning of the house was not up to par. The owner assured us that it would be taken care of for our next visit.
The home this year was once again not clean. Bugs on the floors, spider webs on the walls, mold on the bathroom floors and walls. The oven did not work properly either. We told the owner last year of our concerns and he assured us that it would be fixed. The oven had to be put on 400 degrees just to heat up. The oven would take 2 times longer to cook anything you wanted to prepare. The owner also had the closets full of their items to where you could not put your own stuff in the closets. Due to all of the issues and lack of cleaning our group has decided to look elsewhere for a home to rent. I would not recommend this home to anyone.
The home is thoroughly cleaned after each renter leaves. It's the only complaint we have had regarding cleaning. I am not sure why the comments were made.
The oven was repaired in the summer of 2015 but when the problems persisted, we spent $800 on a new 5 burner oven. The oven was brand new when the referenced group rented the home and is in perfect working order. Again, I am not sure why the referenced renter filed the above complaint.
Great Lake house
Accommodations were perfect for our group of 25. Lots of space. 2 full kitchens. Owner was easy to work with. Everything was as described or better.
Great place for a large group get together
Recently had the pleasure of spending a week at this property with a large group of family and friends ranging in age from 3 years to late 80's. We had plenty of space for everyone whether socializing in large groups or individuals searching for private space. The dock area was a hit with the younger crowd while the deck area was perfect for the older crowd. Loved the kitchen and cooking on the Viking gas stove. The two and a half refrigerators in the house were a life saver! The small local store had all of the primary items we needed for those quick restocks. I would recommend bringing the majority of food items with you though as it can be a time intensive activity to do all shopping due to the distance to stores. That is a minor inconvenience for such a great location on the lake.
My family and good friends rented this house for three days over the Labor Day weekend and found the house to be perfect for our needs. As I was beginning to type this review, I read the reviews that were already posted and agree with what was said in all of the posts except the one posted on August 22. The house was clean and the mattresses were as good as new. In fact the owner stopped by the same time we arrived on Friday on his way to Clemson and, in some general discussion, said the house was 12 years old but never lived in full time with mostly weekend use in the summer and fall and full time rentals for only the past 3 summers when he put the house on VRBO, thus the beds have only about 3 years actual use. We don't expect a 12 year old house to look brand new and didn't have any problems with the deck and dock furniture.
The owner was about 80% complete with pressure washing the entire exterior of the home, including the sidewalks, decks, driveway patios, dock, etc. He said when he first noticed that the record rainfall this year had caused all of the exterior surfaces to become slimy on a family trip on the weekend of July 20th and that he was not able to pressure wash until he had a break in rentals which he did after the renters left on Aug. 11. We were appreciative of what he had done but also glad that he decided not use the noisy pressure washer while we were there (also causes water and dirt to spray everywhere while using). We did not find that the walkway to the lake to be steep.
The home is perfect for both families with or without children and has everything that you would want in a lake house rental. The home sits on a point that allows access into and out of the dock for skiing, tubing, etc. Their dock is the largest dock allowed on Keowee. We would not rent a home that was stuck up in a narrow cove and don't have a problem with the waves from boats that pass in the distance (the lake is over a half mile wide at this location). I have rented homes for all of my adult life and I am 43 years old and this home was my favorite hands down.
Nice Views, OK House
This is a great house if you need a lot of sleeping space. It is big and well laid out, but I can't say that it lived up to our expectations or the rave reviews that others have given it. There was a lot of green slime on the deck, the walkway to the dock and the dock itself. Three different people in our party slipped and fell, one of them quite seriously and suffered bruised ribs. Another was our 10 year old special needs nephew. We spent a few hours one morning scrubbing the deck, walkway (fairly steep) and dock to make it less dangerous. For this reason, I would not recommend it for small children or the elderly unless it has been power-washed recently.
The rest of the house is nice, but a little bit tired. The mattresses were all very worn with large indentations were you sleep and most of the bath and beach towels were very worn. The outdoor chairs were very dirty and most of the lounge chairs were broken. There were thee separate plumbing leaks that we discovered while there, one of which was significant and was putting water on their downstairs carpet. We called the owner and left a detailed message the first night we were there, but he didn't bother to call back. We were able to jury rig a solution, but were surprised that the owner didn't care enough about a plumbing leak to return our call or send a plumber out.
The dock area is a great area to hangout with kids and family, but be advised that the dock is located just off of a very busy main channel. Thus there are lots of waves rolling in all the time, which makes it very rocky to sit on as it is a floating dock. We found it was nicer just to float in the water. If you bring your own boat or jet skis as we did, be sure to bring lots of extra dock fenders or your boat/jet skis will get pretty beat up rubbing against the dock as the owner's two boats take up the best protected dock spaces.
The house appears to have been a great family retreat for the Jackson family for a number of years, but based on all the pictures/wedding albums left out, their kids have grown up now and they probably don't use it anywhere near as much as they used to. Thus, it appears the house is used primarily for rentals now and that there is little in the way of upkeep other than a superficial cleaning each week by a maid service.
Having said all of the above, it is great house if you have a lot of people in your party and Lake Keowee is very pretty. The views were spectacular and it was very peaceful.
We are very fortunate to be located at the foot of the beautiful N.C. mountains and a short drive to Clemson University and all of its activities and sports.