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Kayaks, paddle boat, row boat, canoe - Free to use! Family and pet friendly!

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, (Limit 6 people)

This guest house ensemble is located on a Lake Norman cove fed by BeaverdamCreek. The water is deep and inviting. It is a fantastic getaway for a couple, young family, fishermen or fisherwomen. The upstairs level has a queen size bed in the bedroom and a full bath. It has been newly outfitted with hardwood laminate and tile. The living-dining area is homey and the kitchen is fully equipped with all amenities. There is a dining room table for six. It has a new 40' flat screen TV and blu ray player. Wireless internet is provided. The living room opens to a deck to enjoy sunshine, morning coffee and lake view. Downstairs, a large, brand new second bedroom has been built and furnished with two queen size beds and flat screen TV and DVD player. It has its own half bath for convenience. In addition to the porch and the upstairs deck at part 2 of the guest house ensemble, our visitors also have the use of the covered patio and a second, eat in kitchen in Part 1 of the guesthouse ensemble. A gas grill, patio table and chairs, and swing are available to our guests so they can fully enjoy the stunning, 180 degree view of the lake!

The fishing and boating enthusiasts will be delighted with the use of the boat ramp and slip that come free with the guest house rental. A second slip may be rented for an added charge. Guests can rent a boat from local businesses or bring their own, insured boat and jetskis and avail themselves of the free boat slip. Swimming and fishing are enjoyed by many, and the lake is perfect for these activities. An added extra is the free use of our paddle boat, a Walker Bay rowboat, two kayaks, and a brand new 15.5 foot Old Towne canoe for those wanting a leisurely exploration of the cove.

Occupancy of the property may not exceed six people. Those six or less people are to be indicated on the agreement. Occupancy over the amount indicated will result in eviction and forfeiture of all rental monies. All rentals are to families and responsible adults (26yrs. or more) only. No high school, college or civic groups, chaperoned or not, are permitted. Violation is grounds for immediate termination.

We are pet friendly. Your small to medium size dog (40 lbs.) or cat (you may bring 2 animals) is welcome for $45 each per visit. You can include the fee for one dog or cat in your payment and bring the fee for the second dog or cat with you. I can only list one but I know there are those with two and we welcome two. Bring papers from vet that shows the animals are up to date on the shots including rabies shots. This is a state law.


Hi Jim and Vivia,

We had a great time. Jim and Vivia were gracious hosts. The residence was a short walk to the water, plenty of fish in the lake, warm water to swim in, quiet, and the kayaks were fun. The rooms were clean. That's two thumbs up for us! It's about a 5 to 6 mile ride to multiple restaurants and plenty to do. Thanks for your kindness. Ed and Judy

'Thank you for allowing us to enjoy the peace and tranquility of your guest home. We enjoyed the relaxing weekend and hospitality!' Vanessa

'Our week at the lake was so relaxing. The accommodations were comfortable and even my son said he felt like he was at home. I appreciated the respect and privacy you gave our family. We felt like we had the place to ourselves with the luxury of knowing help was just a call away if we needed anything. You both went out of your way to meet the needs of our family, and by the end of our stay I felt like we had made some special friends! I will definitely tell friends about your hospitality and the great accommodations waiting for them at Lake Norman. Thanks again!' Connie and Bill

'Thanks! Again, we had a very enjoyable stay!!! Your hospitality goes above and beyond what we could have expected. Steve says thanks for allowing him to use your new rowboat! We will see you again...' Joyce and family

My elderly mother and I recently visited North Carolina from Canada,

spending 13 nights at Jim and Vivia's lakeside property. We found the

couple to be pleasant and accommodating. The home offered us all the

necessary amenities in a country setting while being in close

proximity to shops and restaurants. The lake was beautiful and felt

like slipping into bath water. It was relaxing and scenic with ducks

and loons to watch while neighbors were fishing and boating nearby.

The accommodations offered plenty in the way of water based activities

to entertain all ages. Lake Norman and surrounding areas were ease to

navigate with several routes to avoid fast congested freeways. We

enjoyed our stay at the lake house and would highly recommend it for

your consideration. Deborah

Mon 8/28/2017 11:52 AM EDT

House rental amenities:

Central air conditioning and heat

Cable TV in each bedroom

DVD in second bedroom and living room

Wireless high speed internet connection

Fully equipped kitchen including stove, microwave, refrigerator, and coffee pot, pots and pans, utensils,etc.


Washer and dryer, iron and ironing board

Ceiling fan

Porch for smoking and conversation - no smoking indoors

(Smoking indoors will result in loss of security deposit)

Second porch with grill, swing, tables and chairs

Second family size kitchen facing the lake.

Linens, towels, etc. provided

Free boat slip for your boat

Free, private, ramp

Dock for fishing and swimming

Free use: Paddle boat, Walker Bay rowboat, and 2 kayaks

Activities and attractions in Lake Norman Heartland:

YMCA Gym, fishing, bird watching, shopping, restaurants, and all water sports are available at Beaver Dam Creek House. In addition, there are local attractions that include but are not limited to:

Latta Plantation

Lowe's Motor Speedway

Asheboro Zoo

Omni Max Theater

Discovery Place

Lazy 5 Ranch

Rural Hill Farm (homestead of Major John Davidson)

Winter rates for multiple weeks or by the month.


$45 per visit for preapproved pets. No large dogs or untrained dogs and cats. Bring paperwork from vet to show that animal is up to date on shots, including rabies shots.

$250 security deposit fully refundable after visit if no repairs or replacements are necessary.

Our weekly rates are from Saturday to Saturday but we can be flexible.

Payment is guided by VRBO/HomeAway Your deposit confirms your reservation. Deposits are

refunded if cancellation occurs 30 or more days before reserved dates. Non refundable when cancellation occurs under 30 days before reservation time.

Keywords: Lake Norman, North Carolina, Vacation, Home

More Details

Jim and Vivia Tatum
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2017

About Jim and Vivia Tatum

Our guest house was built in 2003. We lived in it as our home was being built. We enjoyed that experience and wanted to share the fun with others. Welcome!

Jim and Vivia Tatum purchased this house in 1995

Why Jim and Vivia Tatum chose Lake Norman of Catawba

We loved this property at first sight! The cove is beautiful and our water very deep. it's proved ideal for boating, fishing and all other water activities. Our view is unparalleled.

What makes this house unique

One of our unique benefits is providing our guests with a wide selection of non motorized boats. These boats are available to our guests free of charge. Welcome!

Guestbook comments from the owner

You have such a nice family! Your son is adorable! We're glad you had a nice vacation and we look forward to seeing you again next vacation. It's always a special treat for us when we have return visits from out guests. We wish you well in all you do! Vivia and Jim Tatum
Jul 2016
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Lake Norman of Catawba House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Shared Kitchen ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (3) 3 queen beds - bedroom 1 has 1, bedroom 2 has 2
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Free use of 2 kayaks, a paddleboat a Walker Bay rowboat, and a canoe!


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Kayaks, paddle boat, row boat, canoe - Free to use! Family and pet friendly!
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Best vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5

Jim and Vivia are wonderful hosts and their property was the best. We were looking for peace and tranquility in a home-like atmosphere and got that and more! Thank you, Jim and Vivian for your hospitality!

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed your visit , too. We're so happy you caught all those fish! The cat fish were very impressive! Come again when you can. Have a good year and enjoy your retirement! Jim and Vivia
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Enjoyed our stay.

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay. Everything was nice and clean. Our grandkids enjoyed the toys that were there and we enjoyed the time we spent. The lake is beautiful. Thanks for the hospitality.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed your stay. We enjoy having guests come and we feel good when we get these good reports! We look forward to seeing you again one day. Have a good year! Jim and Vivia
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Fine place

  • 5 of 5

Vivia and Jim made us very welcome, and encouraged us to make use of the kayaks and the paddle boat. The accommodations were clean and very pleasant, and included basic kitchen and laundry supplies. We had a great time!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were glad to offer you a place to rent during the hurricane. We're so glad you could enjoy yourself in addition. we wish you well in your future and we hope you can come again some day! Jim and Vivia
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Wonderful experience!

  • 5 of 5

Jim and Vivia were wonderful! They were very personable and their home was welcoming and warming. My family and I enjoyed staying with them while we visited NC for a family reunion and the extra amenities are defiantly worth the stay! We thank them for their hospitality

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love reunions and have had many for our families. It was a pleasure to see your family enjoying each other and going here and there for your planned events and surprise ones, too! We hope you'll visit again sometime. It was a pleasure to meet you and we so enjoyed our chats here and there! The best to you all! Vivia and Jim
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Quiet lake getaway

  • 5 of 5

I visited this property with my wife and two children (ages 3 and 1). It worked well as a quiet vacation on the lake.


- House was clean, well maintained, with good kitchen, washer/dryer, and lots of cute decorations.

- House was a good size & layout for my family. (2 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom)

- House had lots of toys and books for my kids to play with.

- House had lots of boats & life jackets available. There was also a kiddie-pool available to set up, which my kids enjoyed.

- Hosts were friendly and helpful, but also able to give privacy.


- The house wasn't set directly at the lakeside; it's set behind the host's house. However, it was easy to walk down the driveway to get access to the lake, dock, boats, etc. Also, the host provided access to their patio and basement floor, which is set at the lakeside. It worked out fine for us.

Overall, we had a great time. I would recommend this property to others.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're pleased you enjoyed yourselves at our Guest House Ensemble. Your children were so sweet and we're glad they enjoyed the books and toys we keep available for the little ones. Have a great year and we hope you'll come again sometime! Jim and Vivia Tatum
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Quaint, excellent location!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a great time! Vivia and Jim Tatum were great hosts, showed us around the property, and all the amenities available to us. We loved kayaking and just floating around the lake. The guest house was cozy and comfortable. We definitely plan to return there, hopefully next summer!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're very happy that you and your children enjoyed the lake, the kayaks, and the relaxation! Having the time to read and have quiet relaxation is another wonderful feature of vacation time away from home. We're so glad you all found something that you enjoyed doing and we look forward to seeing you again someday, returning to beautiful Lake Norman. We wish you the best. Jim and Vivia Tatum
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Car: necessary

Boat and jetski rentals are available nearby.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $50 + Tax
Pet Fee $45 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

There is a fee for each pet based on number of days reserved. Email owner for details. Email owner for terms of damage protection.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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