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This House Is Lake Summit, Truly Original but with all the Modern Amenities

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,900 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms main house (1King/2queens) 2 lucky twin sleepers over boathouse

*I am now offering my guests the option to rent the pontoon boat for your summer rental fun!!!

So , Welcome:

If you want a cross between my lovely grandmothers' “Sweet Briar” full silver service, breakfast, lunch and dinner charm and sensibility with myself, the artist, (Undergraduate and Master’s; will not say which Universities to lose guests due to college loyalties....Ha) who loves to create, design, and cook, you have found the correct Mountain/Lake Summit home. This is one of the first 4 original houses built here at Lake Summit and the first arrivals here get the best view... You and your family/guests will feel its original charm, beauty, and tranquil spirit the minute you walk through the house and to the front porch, deck and European brick courtyard, which all overlooks the lake. You will instantly shed all of the tension, stress, and ill will that you brought with you and will properly start your vacation *(if not, pour a glass of wine, or a higher octane in extreme cases). When you come back into the house you will find a very warm atmosphere with knotty pine, art covered walls, beamed ceilings, comfortable furniture (antiques and contemporary), heart pine floors with traveled rugs, and a working original rock fireplace. Most of the walls are covered by my art (see pictures), art buddies, and local or international talent collected through my life’s journeys.

The house, though originally built in 1920 on this beautiful lake (dammed in 1919), has had all of the proper modernization's to the home without losing the feel of the original house.

The house has three in-home bedrooms. All the matresses and box springs, in the house and boat house are brand new!! (Zzzzzz). The Master on the main level with a king-size bed and the two other bedrooms are located off the lower level with very comfy queens. The house provides all quality Egyptian or Pima cotton, white linens for the beds, and white cotton bath towels and wash clothes. I also have various colored or patterned Beach towels for the lake.

(Please note: Due to time restraints on turning the house, you are responsible for washing and drying the beach towels you use at the lake before your departure, or bring your own beach towels)

The Master bedroom closet also contains a twin size, FrontGate, Essential EZ inflatable guest bed for your convenience if you have a small child you want to sleep with you in the same room or close in the living room area. Very comfy and really easy set up or take down. Sheets provided with bed.

I also feature the fourth lucky bedroom which is 15 feet over the water, located on the second story of the boat house. This room contains two twin beds with an awesome wake up view. There is air conditioning, heater, and/or fan if needed, and is the perfect hideout for any family’s teenage or older children, or those wanting a little more privacy (located down the hill from the house and over water, not appropriate for children who need attending...period). It also works as a great reading/napping room overlooking the lake and the upper deck herb garden. This is also a great place for a Massage! Yes, there is a folding massage table provided under front twin bed.

*(The boathouse is not equipped with a bathroom).

The Main house is complete with two full bathrooms, a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen, gas stove and proper cooking gear (and grab some herbs from the herb garden!), an exquisite, often-used fireplace in the main room that’s sure to provide the perfect evening setting. Central air/heat, with ceiling fans as well, everywhere. There are two large French farm tables which can hold 10 guests each, one inside and one on the awesome front porch. This house is sure to provide the space and accommodations for any size or type of family or group of friends, cozy enough for as few as two, or spacious enough for as many as eight.

Fully equipped with all the latest in technology, the house includes 6 flat screen televisions all with "smart" (Netflix) capabilities (which can also be left off), wireless internet, as well as a surround-sound system that encompasses both the inside and outside settings. The televisions maintain DIRECTV package w/ two receivers. Yes guys, if there is a game, match or round, you can get the game, match or round. Almost any major sporting event. Welcome to your vacation as well! (I recommend the large flat screen on the front porch for those sporting events, also overlooks the lake, best of both worlds!) The stereo system has surround sound for the movie viewing which also goes through the main floor of the house, kitchen, porch, and cooking deck. There is a PlayStation 3 at the main TV for gaming or streaming videos for the kids with many games and controllers provided. There is a pair of VR Goggles, cards and other various games as well (including Twister!)

Perhaps the most stunning and noteworthy feature of the house, aside from its inner beauty, is its multiple locations for outdoor enjoyment. Standing on the edge of the lake, there are four different outdoor areas for entertainment at any time of the day or night. Not only does the lower level bedroom entrance have its separate beautiful deck that overlooks the lake, but the boathouse also has a patio deck on its upper level. Again, surrounded by the smells of the herb garden, this is a perfect place for wine, cheese and appetizers. It has nice seating for any afternoon or evening (off of the boathouse bedroom, this deck is also fun to jump off of into the lake).

The courtyard next to the grilling area also has a Chimenea for the outdoor fireplace feature and chill quaint gathering spot (wine not provided, but I would encourage bringing some).

However, arguably the most enchanting and magnetic place on the entire property is the spanning front porch on the main level of the house. This wooden deck with natural Mountain Laurel rails and party lighting (electrical, candle lit, or combination) provide the ideal view of the lake at the perfect altitude to see on for what seems to be forever. The Western facing porch allows for the most perfect point of view for every sunset that one could ever ask for. Cameras will get a workout from this perspective, I promise. The porch includes the other 10ft French farm dining tables (breakfast, lunch and dinner lake views) with several candle opportunities. The other half of the porch has a seating area, a large porch swing, it opens to the outer deck and to the brick courtyard. There are the two proper grills (one gas and one charcoal) at this part of the house all allowing for unforgettable nights and fantastic dinners. There is also a movable propane Tower Fire Tube heater to gather around on the deck or on the porch on those cooler evenings. For those who have not seen one yet, look them up...

The boathouse and dock has 4 Kayaks for your use, a "Floating Island" to swim to and sun on as well as many other floatables, a full-size refrigerator, an ice cream maker, blender, Micro wave, panini press, fresh water sink and a hot dog steamer (over one million hot dogs served).

There can be arrangements made for getting your boat lake permitted and docking your boat as well (it does take several days to get a lake permit so this has to be done way ahead of time before your arrival). We also now have found a boat rental in South Carolina which does service Lake Summit. Just ask for the information and I will hook you up. (fishing lingo). These rentals also need to go through the permitting process.

Or, you can take the option to rent my 20ft pontoon with a 50hp Honda 4 stroke. The boat will be delivered to you and waiting at the dock at your arrival.... (Easier, no launching, no permitting, no hauling, less expensive, you are on vacation already, alternative.). ;-)

I great way to explore the rest of the lake or take that occasional cocktail cruise!

**You definitely do not have to decide about the boat renting option now. You may decide closer to your arrival date. I only rent this boat to my guests. It is my personal boat, easy to maneuver, you can't get lost on the lake, and it comes pre-dented from being on a lake full of wooden docks (laugh) , doggie rides permitted. The boat is already on the lake and we can arrange to get it to the boat house fairly quickly.

It is also of course a great lake to bring a Canoe or Paddle Board . Or just Kayak with the 4 included Kayaks!

And sunning, floating and swimming off the dock is the toughest job you should have during your summer stay.

Tryon International Equestrian Center:

For those of you visiting or participating in the marvelous new Tryon International Equestrian Center, Welcome. Lake Summit is an easy 20 some minute drive up the mountain on

I -26, just on the other side of Saluda. That short drive gets you out of the lowland heat and up the mountain where it is at least 10 degrees cooler minimum at all times. Not to mention the cool clean mountain lake to jump in to wash the days dust off... For those guests not familiar with the Tryon International Equestrian Center, its a must see during your visit here if you can possibly get off of the lake.

Thanks for looking at my property and I hope to see you all soon, from which ever direction you are coming from and for what ever reason it brings you here. It has been fondly dubbed "Camp Billy" , a camp both for the young and the young at heart. (And cheaper than other camps at the other end of the lake!). It is a great adult alternative to hang here while your kids participate in the other truly fine kids camps at the other end of the lake....laugh. But truthfully a great, fun spot with the whole family.

With all of this said, I would love to share the house I've built my life around. I am sure it will become as memorable for you as it is endearing for me.

Billy Gordon

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Billy Gordon
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November 27, 2017

About Billy Gordon

I do not just have this VRBO property, I take advantage of other VRBO properties at every opportunity in my travels.

If you can make your own bed, enjoy the culinary arts, do not want o drink and drive while being able to enjoy your vacation, sure beats the heck out of hotels and restaurants..

Ok..... If you do go out and enjoy some of the many restaurants in the area. Don't drink and drive!..... ha

I like to help my guests enjoy their stay, and typically go out of my way to do so. I think because of this I have aquired many new friends who started out as guests, and who end up coming back to visit on a yearly basis. Of course , only if they can handle my attempt at humor......

I admit I am very lucky to own this property, and it is a lot of fun to share.

Billy Gordon purchased this cottage in 1920

Why Billy Gordon chose Saluda

This is truly not your typical rental. I go at great lengths to make this property as comfortable and welcoming as it could be.

From the art on the walls and the complete chefs kitchen to the fun floats and kayaks , hot dog steamer and ice cream maker at the boat house. Nice large white towels, Pima or Egyptian white linens, new mattress and box springs through the whole house for every bed to the Charmin double ply soft toilet tissue. I do not scrimp on anything and it makes a difference when compared to the others..... After all, I enjoy staying here as well.......

The views are incredible and vast out across the lake and mountains , yet you are a short ride to restaurants and stores for your convenience.

I guess the best sell for this property comes from you, my guests, and the kind words expressed in the reviews given that are attached to this site in the review section. I invite you to read them.

What makes this cottage unique

A beautiful unique home , on a beautiful unique lake, in a beautiful unique area...... is benificial....


Saluda Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master - toilet , combination tub/shower , Main floor, main bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Downstairs between the 2 bedrooms w/ 2 headed shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master - 1 king , Master Bedroom is on the main floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , This bed is the 'marshmello'. comfortable tuff to get out of
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , The other downstairs bedroom, they share a large deck
    The Boathouse bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Over the water about 15 feet, great place to wake up to
  • Again, The Boathouse bedroom is away from the house and down obviously at the lake. This is not a bedroom for kids that need supervision being over the water and away from the house. There are also no ( "formal" ) bathroom facilities at the boathouse. It is however one of the favorites to sleep in.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
This part of the country has it all. The mountains, the lake, Historic towns, Flat Rock Play house, The Biltmore House, Vineyards, Micro brew capital of the East, rafting rivers, hiking, waterfalls, zip line adventures, great restaurants, antiques, music and more


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This House Is Lake Summit, Truly Original but with all the Modern Amenities
average rating of 4.96 based on 25 reviews
Charleston, South Carolina

Beautiful, peaceful, fun

  • 5 of 5

There are not enough accolades for "Camp Billy". One just has to go there with friends or family to experience the great house with stone fireplace and awesome kitchen, plenty of area to entertain - including the fabulous dock, dock house and pontoon boat. While the house is a treasure with everything you need, the lake is the star. Just sitting on the wonderful deck and relaxing takes you to total contentment. The location is near Saluda, Flat Rock and Hendersonville, if you can persuade yourself to leave. All of which have great dinning and shopping. Everything was immaculate and fully stocked. Camp Billy, I will be back soon!

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fun, rustic retreat.

  • 5 of 5

Camp Billy is a flash to the past in a historic lodge-type home. The porch and living room give plenty of space for people to congregate or do their own thing. Great kitchen. The kayaks were a big hit and floating around the boat house our favorite activity.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This house is amazing. Fits out family perfectly.

  • 5 of 5

Billy is a great host and a better person. House is equipped with absolutely everything you could need for a comfortable and memorable vacation. I can't imagine a more pet friendly lake house than this. Lake Summit is such a special place. I think anyone that visits there will want to make it there home. We do. We have stayed at many rental vacation properties and none compare to this home. This was our second time staying at Billy's house and will surely not be our last. The very best thing about this property is that you truly feel like you are staying at your friends cabin.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This place was awesome!!!

  • 5 of 5

This was an amazing place great house great sunsets awesome part of the lake

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Vacation House, Boathouse, and Lake Views You Won't Forget

  • 5 of 5

Billy’s house was perfect for our family of four plus dogs! The view from the deck was spectacular. There are a number of candles and decorative lights that set the mood for a tranquil evening, even a fire chimney to enjoy smores! We spent most our nights outside talking or playing cards. Kitchen is fully stocked and is a chef’s dream with tools for all occasions. Billy has definitely gone above and beyond to offer things like spices, sugar, olive oil, condiments, etc. to save you the hassle of buying everything for just one use on vacation. Fair policy to “Pay It Forward” for the next renter. Throughout the property are little touches that show the owner’s passion for this place. A lot of his artwork is on the wall and unique finds that add to the character of this rental.

During the day we enjoyed the waterfront at the boathouse with rafts and water toys or out on the boat exploring the lake. Lake Summit is charming with all the boathouses decorating the shoreline. There are some watersport enthusiasts but overall there is minimal boat traffic. If you feel like an adventurous kayak trip, go to the back of the lake and under the bridge to access the Green River. Lots more scenic views well worth the easy paddling trip. A guy documents trip in a google article- Life at 60 mph paddling Lake Summit.

Ample space throughout the property, and fencing made it ideal for the pups to have fun as well. One trick to note is that the downstairs bedrooms are not connected with an inside staircase to the living room floor, but it is easily accessible by the outside staircase leading from the deck. This does provide some privacy if you have older kids or couples. The owner was smart to provide an E-Z bed twin in the master bedroom for younger kids. Beds and couches were all extremely comfortable.

Another wonderful benefit of “Camp Billy” is the location. Beautiful Lake Summit is out in front, local waterfalls and trails nearby, and Asheville about 30 min away. Shops, restaurants, and grocery stores are only 10 minutes into Hendersonville. Historic Saluda just 5-7 min away is also charming!!! Great general stores, artists markets, boutiques, and even an adventure store you can explore.

The owner is definitely easy to coordinate with for the rental arrangements and we enjoyed getting to know him during this experience. This was one of our family’s favorite trips and we will definitely be back. I highly recommend “Camp Billy” for a vacation you won’t forget!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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A magical spot!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful weekend in a magical spot. We went with our adult children to Billy's place for Memorial Day weekend. Everyone relaxed and enjoyed themselves. We had all sorts of plans, prior to arriving at the house. However, once we went into the house, out on the porch and down to the upper boat dock, we decided to cook in and stay put. As others have said, this is an eclectic, rustic retreat with all the amenities for a perfect stay. Although we initially picked this house based on photos and reviews, it was our contact with Billy that cemented our choice. Billy goes above and beyond to make the entire experience a good time!! Thank you Billy!!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

House Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Pet Fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

The refundable damage deposit is due at the time of booking to secure your dates. The remaining balance is due at least 45 days prior to your arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.