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Summer Haven at Lake Martin, Alabama

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,752 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom / 3 Full Bathrooms / Sleeps 6

Please Read Entirely Before Making An Inquiry And Check Our Availability Calendar Since It Is Always Kept Up To Date.

Area: Eclectic

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 3


•Bed - King

•Bed - Queen

•Bed - 2 Twin

•Bath Towels and Bed Linens

•DISH Satellite TV System with Premium Movie Channels

•Sports Networks Added During College Football Season

•Large Screen 55" HD TV

•DVD w/ Blu Ray in Living Room

•65+ Movie Library

•Wireless Internet

•Coffee Maker



•Electric Stove Top and Oven



•Weber Charcoal Grill and Charcoal Smoker

•Huge Screened Porch

•100 ft. of Sandy Beach Easy Water Entry

•Covered Fixed Dock and Floating Pier with Stairs

•Fire Pit with cooking grate

•Picnic Table near Fire Pit

•Fish Attracting Pier Lights & Fish Habitat Under Pier

Description: Fall and Early Spring Special:

Mid September 2017 through April 30, 2018. $300/weeknight, $315/weekend night

Normal 2017 Rate: $360 per night from May 1 - September 14, 2017

Normal 2018 Rate: $365 per night from May 1 - September 14, 2018

Housekeeping Fee: $155 per stay (up to 7 days). AL Lodging Tax: 4%. Credit Cards Only. 5% Rent Discount Off Nightly Rate for Active Duty Military with ID. $400 Refundable Damage Deposit

Enjoy your stay at our cozy three bedroom cabin, tucked away on a 1-1/2 acre wooded lot, with wonderful lake views. The beautifully designed cabin has over 100 ft. of white sand beach, covered pier, floating pier, rock fireplace, and 500 square feet of screened patio with exposed wood beam ceilings. There is an additional 350 square feet of unscreened open air covered deck to enjoy for sunning or outdoor dining. The screened deck offers plenty of space to enjoy outside dining and comfortable seating while sitting under ceiling fans. The covered pier offers a cool place out of the sun, where you can fish for bass, catfish, stripers, or crappie. There is a porch swing and a ceiling fan on the pier to provide comfortable seating and a continuous breeze.

Our three bedrooms (one king, one queen, and two twins) are spacious, each with a private bathroom and wonderful lake or forest views. Easy access throughout the cabin is provided by: a ramp to the front door, lever handles on all interior doors, tile / hardwood floors, and extra wide doors. The open floor plan consists of: a 20’ x 35’. living and dining area, 55" satellite TV, 65+ movie library, DVD, and board games. The great room adjoins the open kitchen to form a large gathering area, with beautiful views of the lake and grounds. The kitchen features electric appliances with granite countertops. The kitchen is stocked with all cooking utensils. There is plenty of seating to accommodate dining either indoors or outdoors. Don't forget to bring marshmallows or the fixings for s'mores. The firepit is a great place to toast marshmallows, tell stories, or sing songs.

Nearby towns offer plenty of shopping, hiking, and sightseeing. We are located 50 miles from Montgomery, 40 miles from Auburn University, 95 miles from Birmingham, and about 2 1/2 hours from Atlanta. The cabin is conveniently located in the Anchor Bay / Kowaliga Area.

2 Night minimum except Summer 4 nights and holidays which are: Memorial Day or Labor Day 4 nights, Independence Day 7 nights, Thanksgiving 4 nights, Christmas 5 nights, or New Years 3 nights.

For rentals over 10 days: Please inquire with Owner for additional information.

Due to the high housekeeping standards, early check in and late departure are not available. Check out is no later than 10:30 am and check in is no earlier than 3:00 pm.

Lake Martin water levels are controlled by a hydroelectric dam. Water is lowered by 10 ft. in the winter. This lowering begins on Oct 15 at about 2 ft. per month. The water starts to rise on Feb 20 and is back up to full pool by May 1. The fishing is still great and we have a floating pier with stairs! The best time for trophy striped bass fishing is February to May. Lake Martin is an 'Alabama Treasured Lake' and is now on the 'Alabama Bass Trail'.

Pets: No

Smoking: No

Large gatherings, large reunions, weddings, etc: No

Loud Music: No


04/08/17 A-Day Spring Game

09/02/17 Georgia Southern

09/16/17 Mercer

09/30/17 Mississippi State

10/07/17 Ole Miss

11/11/17 Georgia

11/18/17 ULM

11/25/17 Alabama - IRON BOWL!!!

12/02/17 SEC Championship Game in Atlanta


$5 Pancake Breakfast at Russell Crossroads - 5/28, 7/2, 9/3

$5 Wine Tasting at Russell Crossroads - Every Friday Memorial Day to Labor Day

$8 Hamburger Night at Kowaliga Restaurant - Every Sunday Night

4/8/17 Alabama Bass Trail Tournament

Russell Forest Run

Lake Martin 100 Trail Run

4/28/17 Russell Marine In-Water Boat Show

Mothers Day Lake Martin BBQ Cookoff

5/7/17 Derby Day at The Stables

6/9/17 Kowliga Marine WakeBoard and Surf Clinic

RXR Fest at the Crossroads

State of Alabama Free Fishing Week

Alexander City Jazz Fest at Lake Martin at the Amphitheater (AMP)

7/1&2/17 Arti-Gras at the Crossroads

7/4/17 Fourth of July Boat Parade

9/3/17 Labor Day Concert at the AMP Kowaliga

10/28/17 Family Fall Festival at Russell Crossroads

Pike Road Arts and Crafts Fair

11/24-26/17 Christmas at Russell Crossroads


More Details

David Hornsby
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 24, 2017

Why David Hornsby chose Lake Martin

The property has been in our family for four generations and was one of the original properties on the lake, after Lake Martin Dam was constructed from 1926-1930. The original cabin was rebuilt several times over the decades and has recently been rebuilt to offer all of the conveniences and comforts of a modern home. Our family has enjoyed spending many summers on the lake and appreciate its beauty. We hope that you will enjoy your visit here as much as we have.

What makes this cabin unique

The best things are the peaceful surroundings, the views from the porch, the beach, clear water, and the slower pace.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I just want you to know how much my family and my sister-in-law's family have enjoyed staying at Summer Haven over the years.-- When I go to the Lake-I want to stay in house that has a big screen porch, nice yard, and a pier and dock that is good for swimming, fishing, or just sitting in the swing taking in the beauty of the lake and watching my family enjoy skiing and riding on the tube! I also love the stone wall and sandy beach! My family loves the big open living and dining area when we come in for a meal.-- Thank you for renting it so that others can share the enjoyment of staying in such a beautiful place. If we don't get to rent it this Fall- we will definitely be reserving a few days in the Spring and a week in the Summer.
Aug 2014
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Eclectic Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1752 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • All bathrooms have tile floors. Guests should provide their own personal care items and shampoo. Bath towels and hand soap are provided
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Has 32" Flat Screen TV
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Has 24" TV which shares same channels as master bedroom
  • All bedrooms have ceiling fans and hardwood floors.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The property also has about 100 ft. of private sandy beach with easy shallow water entry. Wood, ONLY for use in the fire pit, can be arranged for $40. Bring your charcoal for the grill. Striper fishing has been good about 200 ft. off the pier. Catfish and bream fishing are always good near the pier. Bring some minnow nets for catching bait. Nearest Public boat ramp at Castaway Island / Anchor Bay Marina(about 1 mile by water). Pontoon boats can be rented at the marinas but reserve early.


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Summer Haven at Lake Martin, Alabama
average rating of 4.897959 based on 53 reviews

Outdoor space is amazing!

  • 5 of 5

We chose this property because of the outdoor space and it's proximity to Chimney Rock, Chucks and Anchor Bay where we rented the boat. My daughter graduated from high school so we had a family BBQ. The beach was great for the kiddos and the pier with the two swings was great for the adults and the bigger kids when they needed a break from the kiddos. There was ample space inside too although we were only in there to sleep. The screened porch was awesome and got lots of use too.

I spoke to the owners and they were very friendly and helpful and my deposit was on it's way before I even made it home to Florida! Thanks David!!

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great vacation spot!

  • 5 of 5

Summer Haven is a great place to stay for a vacation on Lake Martin. The sandy beach area and the shallow water was great for the grandkids. The fire pit was great for roasting hot dogs and marshmallows. The covered area on the dock allowed us to enjoy the lake view and the setting sun. It has an excellent spot to easily dock your boat. The house was very attractive and allowed plenty of room for adults and children. Each of the three bedrooms having an attached bath was fantastic. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying with us!
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  • 5 of 5

This is our third year to rent Summer Haven! We love the home , it has everything to make our stay very comfortable !!!! Wonderful 2017 vacation!!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for returning!
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Mountain Brook

Perfect cabin!

  • 5 of 5

Our second time here. We had another great trip. Beautiful property, the view is incredible, love the beach area, wrap around porches & firepit. The cabin is well organized & has lots of fun extras. Can't wait to come back.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay!!

  • 5 of 5

Really great stay! Nice house and he outside water front areas were amazing! Wish I was there longer!

  • Submitted: May 10, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

Very nice lakehouse! Clean, spacious, beautiful views all around! Favorite part was the shallow beach area...perfect for our 5 year old to swim & have fun!

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Montgomery Airport
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Stillwaters Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
County Road 229
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Kowaliga Restaurant
Nearest Beach
On Property
Car: necessary

Some of the other nearby activities are:

1. Hike up Smith Mountain to the newly restored Fire Tower. What a view!

2. Guided Largemouth & Striped Bass Fishing Trips - Contact owner for discount information

3. Stillwaters Golf Club open to public - Scenic golf overlooking the lake.

4. Horseshoe Bend National Military Park - War of 1812!

5. Lake Martin Amphitheater 'The AMP' - Great concerts.

6. Alabama Antique Trail - Shopping.

7. Whippoorwill Vineyards - Alabama Wine.

8. Wind Creek State Park

9. Alexander City Golf Course

10. Anytime Fitness Gym in Alexander City


Rates & Availability

Eclectic Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
May 13 2017 - Aug 17 2017
4 night minimum stay
End of Summer 2017
Aug 18 2017 - Sep 18 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall Special 2017
Sep 19 2017 - Nov 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Iron Bowl/Thanks.Week 2017
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 28 2017
4 night minimum stay
December Special 2017
Nov 29 2017 - Dec 20 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Years 2017
Dec 21 2017 - Jan 6 2018
4 night minimum stay
Winter Special 2017/2018
Jan 7 2018 - Mar 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
Spring 2018
Apr 1 2018 - May 12 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping Fee $155 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $400
Tax Rate 4.0%

Due to our high housekeeping standards: Checkout is no later than 10:30 am and Check-in is no earlier than 3:00pm. Please check in the description section for minimum night restrictions during holiday or special event periods. Rates are subject to change until completed Rental Confirmations are made. No pets.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Contact Owner

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