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Casual elegance in a secluded setting is just the beginning

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

3BR 3BA all on separate levels, perfect for 6.

Dock Envy is where it begins.

New 2-level dock with spectacular views, deep clear water and no cluster of neighboring docks is just the start.

Casual Elegance is where it continues in this 3 BR, 3 BA (each located on their own level) nestled in a forest of protected trees bursting with life. Located 10 miles from the outlet mall, 30 mins to the Mall of Georgia and 1 hr from Atlanta is a perfect retreat for 6.

A fabulous screened cedar gazebo is ideal for mid-day game playing during thunderstorms, a quiet place to enjoy your favorite beverage and well suited for intimate evening dining. Or relax one the the many decks and decide if you are at a lake house, a mountain cabin or romantic tree house.

The open living/dining/kitchen rooms with fireplace also allow for those same serene views. It is well appointed with subtle lighting and includes Xfinity WiFi, a 55” Samsung Smart TV with Apple TV and Xbox 360. The kitchen is fully equipped - including spices, rubs and condiments - and the dining table can be expanded for 8+. New refrigerator and granite counter tops added in 2016.

All bedrooms are nicely sized (especially the master) and include cable TV.

Please be aware that this is on a hill and that there are approx 15 steps at the end of the pathway to access the dock – that’s why we have deep water. There is room to moor your boat on either side of the 26' dock. There are boat rental options close by and numerous launching options.

More Details

Phil Rabon
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 21, 2017

About Phil Rabon

This home is co-owned by two friends from Atlanta -one a lawyer, the other a software specialist. My father first purchased a lake lot at Lake Wateree in South Carolina when I was 6 where as a family, we all pitched in built a cabin. Numerous family reunions were held, more fish frys and catfish stews than I can remember but mostly, a gathering and social place. Now, many years later, my brother and sister each have their own lake homes so it really is in our blood.

Phil Rabon purchased this house in 2001

Why Phil Rabon chose Gainesville

When looking for a lake home, I wanted the feeling of being away from the city and was wanting a mountain cabin feeling. When I first walked into this house, I immediately knew this was it.... the soaring floor to ceiling windows, hard wood flooring, multi-levels, fabulous fireplace, deep water, low maintenance... it just called out to me. I have spent these years making this a destination that my friends and family would want to do again and again.

What makes this house unique

Most important is that it is only a one hour drive to Atlanta and all it has to offer. Sandwiched between Gainesville and Cumming, it is 10 mins from the outlet mall and 30 mins from the Mall of Georgia and close to all the north Georgia fall festivals.


Gainesville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • 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 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • All bedrooms are nicely sized and equipped with TV's. No tiny closet converted to make a bedroom. Each on their own level including one on the main living level for those that are "stair challenged". Lower level BR has separate living area and direct access to large deck.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Casual elegance in a secluded setting is just the beginning
average rating of 4.904762 based on 42 reviews

Beautiful Home in the Woods

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful home on Lake Lanier was perfect for us. It was spacious and comfortable and had everything you could possibly need. It was only about a 15 minute drive to Gainesville so it was easy to eat out or get groceries. It was very quiet and peaceful. It was about 40 degrees outside when we were there recently but the house was as cozy and comfortable as you could ever want. The fireplace was great. We would rent this home again in the future. It was within an hour's drive of Atlanta.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place!!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here, such a great place! The views are woods, wildlife and some water. The dock is beautiful with awesome views. It felt very private with the trees. The owner is great to work with and very accommodating. Fully stocked kitchen and tastefully decorated. We hope to stay here again!! Thanks very much from the Florida and Wisconsin gals!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome house with a great location on Lake Lanier

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay. The house is very nice and has lots of extras...was fully stocked for us with everything we needed to cook. The location is great although the hike up and down the hill to the dock can get tiring. We wrote it off as our daily exercise. Kids had a lot of fun with the Xbox and games and pool table. It is nice that the kids can be in the basement and have fun by themselves. You are a quick drive to downtown where there is some decent eating options. This is a place that I would definitely go back. Thanks for the great stay Phil!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We felt right at home in this cozy get away! We booked this home when evacuating from Florida during hurricane Irma. What a relief to come to an inviting, clean home nestled in beautiful trees with a great dock to sit and soak in the beauty of the lake. The lake view is the perfect spot for sunrise coffee and the kids had a blast jumping off the upstairs platform and playing in the water. The house was fully equipped and a lot of attention to detail; even for a foodie like me who loves the kitchen! Any and everything we needed was available. We encountered a power outage during our stay due to downed trees and power-lines. The homeowners went above and beyond including hiring an after hours emergency crew to work on restoring power for us. They were very proactive and accommodating, including a generous refund for our inconvenience. We experienced the feeling of being tucked away yet in just a short drive we had access to any type of food, restaurants, shopping we could want. These property owners have earned long time guests. We had such great things to say, we are already talking of planning a family get together here soon!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Lake House!!!

  • 5 of 5

This was the nicest, cleanest, most enjoyable house we have rented. We brought our boat with us and Phil was more than accommodating with letting us use the boat dock. The dock is one of the nicest on the lake, I promise. Plenty of room to dock a boat, swim, relax, and its over 30' deep at the end of the dock which is great for diving. For the rainy days we spent a lot of our time in the gazebo, which is one of the nicest touches on the property. Screened in gazebo with lights/fan, perfect for board/card games and catching up with friends. The house is nicely decorated, the kitchen has everything you could possibly need/want for cooking. Each floor has its own private bedroom with a bathroom, perfect for couples. The TV and sound system in the living room are top tier, perfect for the Game of Thrones Season 7 premier! Phil was very quick to respond to all of my questions, by far the easiest owner I've dealt with. If you're looking for a great house, great boat dock, great location...this is the place! 5-Stars all the way!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Lake Lanier location

  • 5 of 5

This property is conveniently located between Gainesville and Dawsonville GA on Lake Lanier. This portion of the lake seems calmer and allows for better opportunities for water skiing and boating.

The house is three levels which provides some privacy for all occupants and still has a central living room which is comfortable for everyone to congregate.

The neighborhood is quiet. We enjoyed jogging in the morning on the rolling hills in the area.

Phil, the owner, was easy to contact, if we ever needed to, during the trip.

The dock is large and the water is deep. We swam everyday. Our teens really enjoyed this aspect of the property.

Overall this is a beautiful house in a secluded neighborhood. We enjoyed our week there.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $125
Pet Fee $75
Refundable damage deposit $300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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