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Lake Lanier Corporate Retreats, Family Reunions & Multi-family gatherings

Bedrooms 14
Space 12,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Sleeps up to 45 with 14 bdrms and 12 baths, kid and adult paradise.

Welcome to Ark on Lake Lanier, the premiere family reunion and corporate retreat location in north Georgia! This place is perfect for your family reunions, corporate retreats, executive getaways, multi-family gatherings, church retreats, board meetings and more.

We have put countless hours and money into creating this little piece of heaven on the shores of Lake Lanier. After purchasing this place and living here for 6 years, we turned it into a vacation rental in 2013. Renovations and additions are done every year. Outdoors we have a pool, hot tub, huge fire pit, full size professional volleyball court, tether ball, gaga pit and hundreds of feet of shoreline with our own private double decker party dock with room for your boats and jet skis. Two kayaks await your presence to go and test out the waters.

This multi million dollar property includes an 12,000 sq ft. home along with 3 cabins and a poolhouse and there is PROPERTY WIDE HIGH SPEED WIFI. There are 16 TVs throughout the property in virtually every bedroom and cabin. We worked with one of Atlanta's top designers to create a 5 star luxurious experience. The main house has 11 bedrooms and 9 full baths. The main floor has 2 kitchens. One is a professional kitchen for the chef in the family, while the other services a guest suite. The great room overlooks the lake, has a large flat screen tv, and a pool/ping pong table. The dining room table seats 12 comfortably and can easily add another table and chairs. There are additional tables and chairs to seat up to 36 on the screened porch.

There are 2 BR and 3 full Baths on this floor. There is a large 50 x 50 screened porch that overlooks the lake and pool area that is great for groups. We have 4 round tables and 36 chairs available to use in this space for dining or group gatherings.

The second den connects to a covered porch. Steps away is an 8 foot wide stone firepit that overlooks the pool and lake. It burns real wood, but has a gas starter for convenience. The basement has 2 BR and a full Bath. One room has 2 twin beds and the other has two king beds.

Upstairs you will find a 16 seat professional home theater with a 120 inch movie screen with the nicest theater chairs on the market. Netflix, DVDs, Amazon Prime, or charter cable await you. There are 6 BR/4 BA upstairs, including a master suite with a fireplace, jacuzzi tub, and three 6 foot windows that overlook the beautiful back yard and lake. The other master suite is brand new and has four built in bunks in the room beside it. The main laundry room is upstairs, but there are two other ones on the property as well.

There are three cabins, each having a separate entry, den, small fridge, microwave, and coffee pot. Cabin 1 is steps from the main house, connected to the garage and has 2 BR, 1 BA. It has a queen bed and 4 built in bunk beds. Cabin 2 is 1 BR with a queen bed and 1 BA. Cabin 3 is one large BR with 5 twin beds, one queen bed and a pull out sofa downstairs, along with 1BA.

The Poolhouse is screened in and has a full size fridge, microwave, ice maker, full size bath, and two outdoor showers. It is steps away from the green egg grill on the patio. The back yard and lake views are seen from most rooms and the back yard is flat for the kids to play. There are three main outdoor decks to relax in and each one has plenty of ceiling fans to keep you cool in the summer. We are located in a quiet cove and surrounded by 15 acres of corps protected land, so it is very quiet. Enjoy fishing off the double deck party dock, or rent jet skis, pontoon boat, or ski boat at the nearby marina. We have two jet ski platforms and a place to tie your boat up.

Lake, pool, hot tub, home theater, pool table, gaga ball, tether ball, volleyball court, lodge setting...this is the place to host your family reunion or group get together. Gather as a group or break away into small conversations in our many sitting areas and outdoor seating. This is ideal for a smaller corporate retreat or executive gathering. Boards and leadership teams are welcome.

Please note: We do not rent cabins separately. When you rent, you get the entire facility, including the three cabins. We are not set up as a bed and breakfast, so please don't ask about renting cabins separately or renting part of the house. You get it all.

We are in a residential neighborhood with neighbors nearby. This is not the place for your loud party or events.

Please email the owner to request a floor plan to use for planning purposes. Will consider stays of any length but primarily rent for full weeks in the summer and three night minimums during the spring and fall.

Keywords: Family reunions, multi family vacations, lakefront, 15 bedroom, 13 bedroom, 12 bedroom, 11 bedroom, 10 bedroom, corporate retreat, lake vacation, large lake house, executive retreat, getaway

More Details

Jeff Hylton
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, Pig Latin
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 11, 2018

About Jeff Hylton

We lived in Atlanta for 7 years before relocating to Gainesville, Ga. We wanted to find and create a homestead and gathering place for friends and family to get away from life's distractions and rest and build deeper relationships. We lived at The Ark for six years before realizing it had a bigger purpose and wasn't meant for our family of five. We added on, remodeled and renovated with the purpose of using it to house and provide rest to missionaries coming in from overseas. We now rent it out to cover the costs of continuing to do provide a haven to those who need it most.

Jeff Hylton purchased this house in 2006

Why Jeff Hylton chose Gainesville

We fell in love with Lake Lanier with its convenience to Atlanta, located in the quaint small town of Gainesville, and a short distance to the North Georgia mountains. My parents had recently moved to Gainesville and we wanted the kids to be near them as well. After living here a year, we found this special piece of property. It was rare to find 4 acres with a flat back yard to the water in a cove. It is surrounded by 15 acres on the right by corp protected land, so it is private and quiet. I have seen wild turkey, owls, deer, and plenty of other wildlife in the backyard. While we lived here, we owned chickens, goats and alpacas. The animal pen that we had has been turned into a parking area.

What makes this house unique

Our place is a unique property with 3 separate cabin living spaces as well as our home. I worked with a professional decorator to give every person a 5 star hotel experience. Great care has been taken to make sure mattresses are nice, sheets are soft, and guests feel pampered while they are here. Indoor and outdoor amenities continue to be added every year.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Everything is great. We are loving this place. The wives are giddy!
Jun 2013
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Gainesville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 12000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 45
  • Max. adults: 45
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • There are noise restrictions. No bands or DJs. Please do not bring any outside speakers or amplification equipment. We do have neighbors.
  • We can easily park up to 20 vehicles. If you will have more than that, please contact owner for permission and rules.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 12 Bathrooms
  • Master - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Basement - toilet , shower
    Porch Suite - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Gazebo Bathroom - toilet , shower , Double Sinks
    Upstairs Second Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , Double Sinks
    Garage Cabin - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Kathy's Cabin - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Poolhouse Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Upstairs shared bathroom - toilet , shower
    Barn Cabin - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Foyer Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Lookout room bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Double sinks
  • 14 Bedrooms, Sleeps 45
  • Basement interior - 2 twin/ single
    Gazebo Room - 1 king
    Garage Cabin - 1 queen
    Garage Cabin Bunk Room - 2 bunk bed
    Upstairs Second Master - 1 king
    Upstairs off Second Master - 2 bunk bed
    Kathy's Cabin - 1 queen
    Porch Suite - 1 king , 1 bunk bed , 1 twin over full bunkbed and another room with a king bed
    Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Basement - 2 king
    Upstairs Corner Kids room - 4 twin/ single , two twins, one bunk bed
    Upstairs Queen Bdrm with shared bath - 1 queen
    Lookout room with attached bath - 1 king
    Barn Cabin - 1 queen , 5 twin/ single , Queen and 5 twins can sleep 7 in the barn
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
We only provide the house, but can help you get whatever you need, from concierge service to maid service to catering. Also have someone across the street that can do errands, help keep the boats filled up with gas, etc.


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Lake Lanier Corporate Retreats, Family Reunions & Multi-family gatherings
average rating of 4.9886365 based on 353 reviews
Greenville, SC

Reunion + Adventure

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at the Ark for a reunion and had an unbelievable time with friends. Our kids loved it too, as they had plenty to do including billiards, ping pong, volleyball, frisbee golf, trampoline, gaga ball, swimming in the pool and hanging out in the hot tub. The adults just chilled and hung out while the kids played non-stop. Highly recommend for a great weekend with family and friends.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Adam, thanks for the great review. You and your friends are welcome back anytime. Thanks for taking good care of the property.
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Amazing Property, so spacious and relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

I was so impressed with this beautiful property! The home is huge, and bedrooms were so spacious and comfortable. The Kitchen was well equipped and had everything we needed. The huge fire pit, beautiful pool, and lakefront views made it the perfect retreat location! The owners were very sweet and accommodating and went out of there way to make us feel at home. I would highly recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Luxurious dream property!!

  • 5 of 5

I had the blessed privilege to stay at the Ark for 4 nights and 5 days. Even before my stay, I heard legends about this magical place from those who had visited in the past. It FAR EXCEEDED even these legends of greatness. The place is massive, very clean, decorated so beautifully, and has breathtaking views of the lake and pool/recreational area out back. The Ark was the perfect place for a retreat week. It was so quiet, homey, and yet feels like a dream! I wouldn’t change a thing about it, and I have no suggestions for improvement of the property because frankly I see none! I hope to stay here in the future!

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, comfortable, and tons of space!

  • 5 of 5

My time at the Ark was incredible! There is a ton of space, the rooms are beautifully and comfortably furnished, and the property is beautiful and well-maintained. It is clean and comfortable and accommodates big groups well. I would definitely stay again!

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Ark was a dream!

  • 5 of 5

Staying at the Ark was a dream! My group was there for a week, and we had a blast. The property is beautiful especially with the way the house looks right over the lake. The movie room was a great addition! The kitchen is spacious, so there was room for all of us to hang out during mealtimes. Altogether a great time!

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The place is a dream!

  • 5 of 5

This place has something to offer for everyone. It is large enough for everyone to fit with room left over. If you don't always want to be around people there is plenty of space to get lost in and be alone. The home was over the top clean, but it didn't have the feel that it was always covered in plastic wrap and never used either. The staff does a really great job of providing an inviting space that truly feels like a place you would call home. The house was stocked with far more ammentities than you could ever need and there was plenty of space for everything you would want to accomplish during your stay.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Atlanta Hartsfield
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Chattahoochee Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Papas Pizza
Car: recommended

12 miles from premium outlets, visit nearby lake lanier islands, boat and jet ski rentals nearby. Atlanta is less than an hour away. Many wineries within driving distance around Dahlonega. Many hiking trails nearby.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $1,000 + Tax
fee is 3% $1
Pet Fee $250 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $2,000
Property Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 12.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed. Three day minimum doesn't always apply. Please ask the owner. Less than a week rentals may also be available in the summer. More than 40 guests may incur an additional fee. Corporate outings have additional fee. All holidays are charged premium prices (add 25% minimum). Booking with a credit card adds 4% to the total cost.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund