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

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms5
Space 6,000 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

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

Please note: Before confirming your reservation, the receipt of a copy of the primary reservation holder's valid Driver's License is required.

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.

More Details

Owner
Martha McKay
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 17, 2017

About Martha McKay

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.

Martha McKay purchased this chateau / country house in 2005

Why Martha McKay chose Arkansas

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.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

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.

Amenities

Hughes Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 6000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 12 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Master bath features heated marble floors, marble deck bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Heated floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Beautiful, antique marble vanity
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Ladie's dressing room with outdoor access to lake
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , Men's dressing room with outdoor access to lake
  • 3 out of the 5 baths feature Toto toilets with non-slamming lids and seats. Two of the baths feature heated marble floors.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • The Snowden Suite - 1 king , Lakefront suite with marble master bath
    Bogardus Room - 1 queen , Lake view room with full bath
    Mountcastle Room - 1 queen , Lakeview room with full bath
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
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.

Reviews

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

The house and property were amazing!!

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at the Snowden House and learning its history from Martha. Highly recommended!!

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You were delightful guests and I am so glad that you enjoyed your weekend getaway. Now that you have discovered us, please come visit again soon!
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Awesome experience

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely time at this unique home on Horseshoe lake. Martha's kindness in sharing the family history and providing a personal tour of the house made the experience extra special. The house is a mixture of old family pieces and modern features. Beds were comfortable.

The owner, Martha, lives on the 3rd floor. We shared the kitchen with no problems. Martha is very friendly and accommodating.

The house is located a little farther from major restaurants and stores than usual(15-20 miles into West Memphis). However, it is surrounded by wonderful fields of cotton, soybeans and rice. We got to see the cotton fields getting ready for harvest. Each day the cotton fields looked whiter than the day before. The grounds are peaceful and private. Horseshoe Lake is lovely. We particularly enjoyed sitting on lounge chairs at the end of the dock to read and watch the local turtles swimming around. The screened in porch was a favorite place to sit.

We would recommend guests stay several days just to appreciate it all.

Thanks, Martha, for helping make this a great vacation.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Cathleen. You and your entire family were perfectly lovely guests and I am so glad that you had the opportunity to stay a week and settle in to this peaceful place. I particularly enjoyed our friendly visits around the kitchen table, getting to know you and your family as time allowed. Thanks for leaving everything so neat and tidy and please do come visit again, someday. Martha McKay Snowden House
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Denton, TX
5

Peaceful, relaxing and a great place to hang out with dear friends

  • 5 of 5

We stayed with two other couples that we have been friends with for 28 years. This was the perfect meeting place for our reunion. Martha was a wonderful hostess meeting all our needs and making us feel this was our home for the weekend. The House was better than expected. Peaceful, beautiful and relaxing. Close enough to visit Graceland, Beale Street and downtown Memphis. Stick with the catfish at Kamp Komfort. And eat at St Francis in Hughes for country cooking. If you like to hang out on the lake rent the Pontoon boat. You won't be disappointed. Thanks Martha for sharing your peaceful plantation with us

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

We had a great time and recommend this property highly.

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Snowden House. The hospitality was superb and the home was charming with both historical elements and modern conveniences. We look forward to another wonderful visit.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ooltewah, TN
5

Beautiful Home

  • 5 of 5

The Snowden House is a beautiful home with a breathtaking view of the river. We stayed Easter weekend and it was wonderful. Martha is a gracious host and goes out of her way to make sure you have everything you need. We were able to rent the pontoon boat and had so much fun. Definitely worth renting. The sunsets are amazing. Martha had outside games for the children to play and we had an Easter egg hunt. We look forward to another at the Snowden house.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pittsburgh, PA USA
5

A beautifully appointed historical property.

  • 5 of 5

Our recent stay at Snowden was exactly as presented and more. Martha's love for her home is apparent in every detail and her hospitality beyond compare. We have stayed in homes all over the world. This was our favorite...hands down.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Restoring the family home to its glory while carefully appointing modern amenities has been and continues to be a labor of love over these past several years and brings its own satisfaction in the results. But what makes the effort the most rewarding is having a family such as Kelly's stay here and appreciate it the way they did. They were a lovely, extended family of three generations, each enjoying the home and its bucolic setting. I welcome them back anytime!
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Nearest Airport
41 Miles
Memphis, Tennessee
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Highwater Landing
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Plantation Putting Green
Nearest Train
37 Miles
Memphis, Tennessee
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
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Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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

Our rates are based upon an occupancy of six people. There is ample room for up to six additional guests at the additional fee of $25 per person per night. 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 if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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