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Historic Southern Lakefront Mansion 32 Miles from Memphis, 3BR 5 BA

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Last updated: 05/23/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-3 nights
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:5
  • Property type:Chateau / Country House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Old world charm on eight acres of wooded grounds right on the lake

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Step into a timeless place where the magnificent natural surroundings are beautifully matched and enhanced by this stately, elegant and very comfortable and luxurious lakefront mansion of the old-world style. Featuring 3 bedrooms, each with a private bath, each wing of the mansion features breathtaking views of beautiful Horseshoe Lake, a large, recreational lake just 30 miles from Memphis, Tennessee. The home sits on several acres of luscious wooded grounds with stately Bald Cypress trees along the bank of the lake, giving the home its singular character. The Snowden House, built by one of the founding families of Memphis, is the oldest residence on Horseshoe Lake and features many architectural details including a grand marble-floored entrance with a sweeping staircase, a fan window highlighted the antique crystal chandelier, a Carrera marble fireplace and three-panel gilded mirror over the fireplace, all heirlooms from one of the original family homes in Memphis. All of the formal living areas are on the second floor in the style of antebellum Louisiana-style plantation homes along the Mississippi river. Three sets of French doors open out from the formal living room which features 12 + foot high ceilings and signature cove lighting from its beautifully molded soffets, onto the spectacular screened porch which affords a sweeping view of the lake through ivy-patterned wrought iron. There is a large, formal dining area, as well as a more casual breakfast and lunch porch completely surrounded by windows looking out over lake and woods – perfect for lounging away the afternoon, watching the birds and the sparkling waves of the lake. There is a live-in kitchen that is shared with the owner and is available for preparation of simple meals, as well as a charcoal grill for outdoor cooking. And the more casual downstairs area is great for relaxed family get togethers with easy access to the beautiful Horseshoe Lake, which, at one time, was an arm of the mighty Mississippi.
During the summer months a pontoon boat is available upon request for an additional charge, as the lake is ideal for family gatherings and enjoying a full range of water-related recreation. Wonderful picnics under the full canopy of the great oak trees on the bank are a big favorite throughout the summer, as the breeze off of the lake keeps the outdoors pleasant throughout the summer. During fall, winter and spring seasons, the home is a favorite for lovers of wildlife, fishing, bird watching, canoeing, or just building a nice fire and enjoying the tranquility of such an elegant yet comfortable setting.
The master bedroom on the second floor and facing the lake, features a state-of-the-art memory foam topped king bed, upholstered headboard, hardwood floors with comfortable wool area rug. The master bath is your own private marble-lined spa with a sumptuously deep marble-decked 6' long, deep bath with your own private view of the lake, while the marble lined shower sports 6 Kohler shower tiles plus a wonderful, Grohe overhead shower spout. Step out onto the heated travertine marble floor and seep yourself in the luxury of this lakeside master bath.
There are two more bedrooms on the second floor, each with their own private bath and views of the lake. The third floor is occupied by your hostess and is completely separate from the main parts of the house. On the ground floor, guests enjoy a more casual atmosphere where they enjoy a large screen TV, a library bar with a large table for games and other gatherings on rainy days, and men's and ladies' dressing rooms where guests may change into their bathing suits and have outside access to the lake.
On the west end of the property is a private pier with chaise lounge chairs and sun umbrella for sunbathing and enjoying the view, a perfect spot for a swim on a warm summer day!
PLEASE NOTE: the owner lives in her private quarters on the third floor of the home.
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Member since: 2005

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/23/2017

Property Type

  • Chateau / Country House
  • 6000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 10
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Responsible adults must be present at all times with children under the age of 10 years old....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    This is an ideal location for family gatherings and recreation...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Designated outdoor areas for smoking with ashtrays provided are the screened-in porch and casual seating area on lakebank...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 6-10

  • The Snowden Suite: 1 king

    Lakefront suite with marble master bath...moreless

  • Bogardus Room: 1 queen

    Lake view room with full bath...moreless

  • Mountcastle Room: 1 queen

    Lakeview room with full bath...moreless

  • All bedrooms feature pure cotton linens, ample storage space and views of lake. Accommodations for additional guests are available upon request at an additional fee....moreless

Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower

    Master bath features heated marble floors, marble deck bath...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Heated floor...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Beautiful, antique marble vanity...moreless

  • Bathroom 4: toilet, shower

    Ladie's dressing room with outdoor access to lake...moreless

  • Bathroom 5: toilet, shower

    Men's dressing room with outdoor access to lake...moreless

  • 3 out of the 5 baths feature Toto toilets with non-slamming lids and seats. Two of the baths feature heated marble floors....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Horseshoe Lake is a popular destination for all types of water sports activities in the summer, as well as fishing and bird-watching in the cooler times of the year. For guests interested in 'green' building, this stately home has been completely retrofitted with state of the art geothermal heating and air throughout the house, as well as other energy-saving devices such as heated floors, ceiling fans, attic fans and transom windows....moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Large screen TV in family room with over 300 channels + HBO from DirecTV....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Churches
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseshoes
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake View:

    All bedrooms feature lake views, and the screened porch on the second floor offers sweeping views of the lake....moreless

  • Lakefront:

    Snowden House is directly on the bank of Horseshoe Lake, Arkansas and was once a part of the Mississippi River....moreless

  • Rural
  • Waterfront:

    Enjoy beautiful Horseshoe Lake from this beautiful, historic home....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    There is a formal dining room that seats up to 12, as well as a more casual dining area in the sun room off the formal dining room, perfect for catered dinner parties. Ask owner for more details....moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Geothermal HVAC system...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Two fireplaces with firewood furnished...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Geothermal HVAC system...moreless

  • Internet:

    Wi-fi throughout house...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    100% cotton linens for bed and bath throughout house....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Formal living room on 2nd floor with Carrera marble fireplace, gilded mirror over mantel, 3 sets for french doors leading out to ornately decorated screened in porch overlooking the lake ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Ample off-street parking available...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    No RV's or trailer permitted on property....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Land line available for guests...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    100% cotton towels provided for baths and pier....moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace:

    Two fireplaces with firewood furnished...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    12-cup Grohe coffee maker ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Shared kitchen available for guests to prepare simple meals - deliciously prepared breakfasts and dinners available for additional fees....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Boat:

    Pontoon boat available upon request for additional fee...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Beautiful screened porch off formal living room with sweeping views of lake...moreless

  • Golf:

    9 hole golf course a mile away on lakefront...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Canoe available for guests. Arrangements for kayak tour of lake for up to six may be arranged....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Lake bank is under full canopy of great oaks trees in summer with casual outdoor seating...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Coal BBQ with chimney-style starter available...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Floats and water toys for swimming off private pier...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


from 15 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Memorial Day
May 26 - May 29, 2017
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

May 30 - Jun 28, 2017
2 night min stay
$275 $350
Fri, Sat

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Fourth of July
Jun 30 - Jul 3, 2017
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Summer II
Jul 4 - Aug 31, 2017
2 night min stay
$275 $350
Fri, Sat

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 - Sep 4, 2017
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
$275 $350
Fri, Sat
$1,600 $5,750

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $79
  • Cleaning Fee $75
  • Tax Rate 11.25%


Snowden House may accommodate additional guests over six adults for an additional fee of $25 per person. Temporary bedding may be set up in each of the bedrooms as well as in the family rooms on the ground floor, where there are full bathroom facilities for men and women.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/23/2017
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Owner info

Year Purchased: 2005

About the owner: The Snowden House was built by my grandparents, Bob and Grace Snowden. In 2005, I bought the property from my family and spent several years restoring it to its present condition. While we were born at Horseshoe Lake, we grew up in San Francisco and traveled back to Horseshoe Lake every summer during our childhood, which instilled a deep and abiding love for the home and all of the happy memories there. For my guests who come to stay at Snowden House, I am available to cater your meals for you if you wish. I love to cook, and can prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner as per your request. Also, please be aware that I live in my own private quarters on the third floor of the home and am available to help with any questions about the area, but also am able to give you full privacy, as per your wishes.

Why the Owner Chose Hughes, AR, USA:
It is an honor and a privilege to have been able to restore this unique, beautiful family home and now to offer it to visitors to experience southern charm and hospitality in the true traditional style. Experience the tranquility of the bucolic surroundings, with the old oak trees and the Bald Cypress gracing the bank of the lake, Snowden House offers all of the amenities of modern living while maintaining the simple elegance of a stately, southern mansion.

The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
When you stay at Snowden House on Horseshoe Lake, you experience all the joys of the beautiful, natural surroundings in this peaceful, tranquil spot on the lake. Yet, if you seek stimulation, Memphis is only 35 miles away.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/23/2017

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  • Lake side view of Snowden Mansion

    Lake side view of Snowden Mansion

  • Formal living room

    Formal living room

  • Formal Dining Room

    Formal Dining Room

  • Relax on the day bed for an afternoon

    Relax on the day bed for an afternoon

  • Family room

    Family room

  • Master bath

    Master bath

  • Bathroom #2 - second floor

    Bathroom #2 - second floor

  • Bathroom #3 - 2nd floor

    Bathroom #3 - 2nd floor

  • Boxwood-lined private drive

    Boxwood-lined private drive

  • The family flag flies again!

    The family flag flies again!

  • Sweeping entrance hall

    Sweeping entrance hall

  • Sun Room

    Sun Room

  • Gourmet kitchen

    Gourmet kitchen

  • Porch with sweeping views of lake

    Porch with sweeping views of lake

  • Enjoy the breeze off the lake under the oak trees on Snowden Bank

    Enjoy the breeze off the lake under the oak trees on Snowden Bank

  • Master Bedroom - 2nd floor - king bed

    Master Bedroom - 2nd floor - king bed

  • Bogardus Room

    Bogardus Room

  • Bedroom #3 - 2nd floor (queen bed)

    Bedroom #3 - 2nd floor (queen bed)

  • Vintage marble vanity, tile shower with small tub

    Vintage marble vanity, tile shower with small tub

  • Private dock

    Private dock

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This listing was first published here in 2005.

Date last modified - Sunday, May 28, 2017

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