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Lake 20 Feet From The Patio, Flat Lot, Screened In Porch with Wet Bar, Island

Jacksons' Gap, AL, USA
  • Cottage1700 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps9
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

Cottage On Lake Martin Only 15 Steps From The Water Across A Flat Lot! 3 Bedroom

Enjoy lakefront vacationing in this charming lake cottage in the Sandy Creek area 35 minutes from Auburn. A few steps across the flat yard and you’re in the water or on the dock. Enjoy 100 feet of waterfront, a floating wet slip for your boat and a covered dock with cushioned chairs. Take in the big water view while swimming without boat traffic thanks to a tiny island keeping most boat traffic away. Woods on both sides of the property make it feel like you have your own piece of paradise! Best of all with its southern exposure you'll get plenty of sun.

The huge lake style screened porch with wet bar screams vacation! Enjoy your large patio area with lounge chairs for sunning and a separate grilling patio. Watch the birds and chipmunks eat the bird seed and when you’re done for the day you can use your private outdoor shower and then fire up the gas grill.

With the house only 20 feet from the water the covered dock is like an extension of the house and yard. The huge screened in porch guarantees a party even if the weather turns. There is ample outside area for gathering and visiting.

The cottage has an open floor concept with shared gas fireplace in living area and master bedroom. The master's French doors provide a lake front view and open to the patio. You also have an updated walk in shower. After a great week you can use the laundry room to get organized before heading back home.

If you're not in the cooking mood there are several great restaurants within 10 minutes of your perfect vacation spot. Everything from fried cheese balls and fish to great southern cooking!

Great for families, fishing and hunting excursions or a peaceful retreat. High speed internet access and cable TV. Flat screen TV's are great for watching your favorite sports and movies.

Auburn is 35 minutes while Dadeville is seven minutes and Alexander City 23 minutes. There is plenty of parking right at the backdoor of the cottage so moving in and out is a breeze.


Main parking is 35' wide x 43' long with another ~100 feet of driveway out to the road.


Great swimming and fishing right off of our great covered dock and our floating dock. The water is roughly four feet deep directly off of the sea wall and roughly 10 feet deep off the end of the docks.

NOTE: Alabama Power drops Lake Martin's water level from full pool starting in October and begins increasing the water level in late February to mid-March. The change is seven to 10 feet so the water will be out past the dock during most of this time frame. Lake Martin is at full pool roughly from mid-March through early October. When the water is down seven feet puts the water just past the end of our dock. You can still walk out to the island to fish and watch the ducks and boats form the dock or house.

BOAT RAMPS (public):

Smith Mountain Landing: 17 minutes by car

Smith Landing: 19 minutes by car

D.A.R.E. Park: 21 minutes by car

MARINA'S (times are by car):

- Bay Pines Marina (17 minutes) - Rent boats?

- Singleton Marine Group Blue Creek Marina (14 minutes) - Rent pontoon boats, speed boats, and Jet Skis

- Lakeside Marina LLC (14 minutes)

- Harbor Pointe Marina (20 minutes)

- Pleasure Point Park & Marina (27 minutes) - CLOSED

- Sorry due to insurance rules we cannot allow you to use our speed boat or jet ski

RESTAURANT'S (make sure to check their days and hours of operation):

- Oskar's Cafe at Blue Creek (15 minutes) Rated #1

- Niffer's Place (16 minutes) Rated #2

- La Posada Mexican Grill (8 minutes) Rated #3

- Lake Martin Pizza Co (12 minutes) Rated #4

- Chuck's Marina (24 minutes) Rated #5

- Judy's Stagecoach (13 minutes) Rated #6

- Poplar Dawgs (12 minutes) Rated #7

- Copper’s (17 minutes) Rated #8

- Golden Gate Chinese Restaurant (8 minutes) Rated #9

- Bob's Fine Foods (8 minutes) Rated #10

- Homeplate Cafe (9 minutes) Rated #11


Bay Pine Marina https://www.facebook.com/BayPinesMarina/

3455 Bay Pine Rd, Jacksons' Gap, AL 36861


Chuck's Marina https://www.facebook.com/Chucks-Marina-107437862610660/

237 Marina Rd, Dadeville, AL 36853


Harbor Pointe Marina at Stillwaters http://harborpointe.net/

397 Marina Pointe Road Dadeville, Alabama 36853



- Auburn, AL has a really fun downtown for dining and shopping (35 minutes)

- D.A.R.E. Power Park -- Bird Trails, Beach with white sand, Grills, Pavilions, Fishing and Amphitheater (21 minutes)

- Talladega National Forest (one hour)

- Minimum of 25 years of age to rent

- No pets

All rentals require completion of a rental agreement, all "book it now" reservations require completion and return of a rental agreement within 24 hours of the booking submission or the reservation may be canceled.

Call owners Mike or Rebecca 8 am to 9 pm central standard time


Michael or Rebecca Gruber

Member Since 2016
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Calendar last updated:
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About Michael or Rebecca Gruber

Mike and Rebecca have been married since 1980 and have three children spread across the country. Mike has a Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering degree while Rebecca has a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education degree. Rebecca taught high school for a few years and then home schooled all of our children for 13 years. Mike has worked for 3M and Boeing but has been self employed since 1992. Mike and Rebecca started renting their first property in 2010. This is the second property we have purchased for renting.

Michael or Rebecca Gruber purchased this Cottage in 2015

Why Michael or Rebecca Gruber chose Jacksons' Gap

The previous owners said even though some of their friends have larger houses the party always ended up at their cottage due to the ease of lake access and the other great amenities. Rebecca and I have always wanted a lake house so in the fall of 2015 we set out to find a house we'd love to live in. We wanted a house right on the lake, on a flat lot and relatively new. Our Island Cove house fits this bill and more. You have lake front views from the master bedroom and all of the common living space. The house was built in 2000 and is an open concept. The people in the kitchen can see and talk to everyone in the dining room and living room. As a bonus they can open the window at talk to everyone in the screened porch. Simply put it's a house designed for a good time!

What makes this Cottage unique

- Twenty feet from the patio to the water - House is very clean - Great views - Flat lot - Tree lined lot makes you feel like you have your own piece of paradise - Very nice covered dock for the people that want to be close to the fun but out of the sun! - Big floating dock - Two patios with one being partially shaded with a gas fire pit - Fantastic screen in porch with wet bar - Gas fire place shared between master bedroom and living room - Plenty of parking - A dozen good restaurants from eight minutes to a twenty minute drive away


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
      • Master
        1 king, Lake View, Fireplace, walk in shower & French doors to patio
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, NEW carpet in 2017 - ALL bedrooms!
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen, NEW carpet in 2017 - ALL bedrooms!


        • 2 Bathrooms
        • Master Bath
          toilet, shower, Walk in shower
        • Bathroom 2
          toilet, combination tub/shower
        • There is also a great outdoor shower on the outside wall of the house near the grilling patio

        Location Type

          • Beachfront
            Island Cove Cottage doesn't have a beach but DARE Power Park has a white sandy beach (2.8 mile drive or five minutes). https://www.google.com/#q=dare+power+park+dadeville+alabama
          • Downtown
            Lake Martin is a huge vacation spot so even though it is a small town there are more than a dozen GOOD places to eat from eight to 17 minutes away. Visit the amenities section to see some of these!
          • Lake View
            Island Cove Cottage's patio is ~20 feet from Lake Martin. It has great swimming, fishing, a really nice floating dock and a covered dock with chairs. All 50 feet from the house across a flat yard!
          • Lakefront
            Island Cove Cottage's patio is ~20 feet from Lake Martin. It has great swimming, fishing, a really nice floating dock and a covered dock with chairs. All 50 feet from the house across a flat yard!


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


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Iron & Board
                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Fireplace
                        Gas fireplace can be enjoyed from the living room and master bedroom.
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Internet
                        High speed from Charter Communications
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                        Huge sectional provides comfortable sitting for several people.
                      • Parking
                        Parking for four plus cars ... Main parking is 35' wide x 43' long with another ~100 feet of driveway out to the road.
                      • Telephone
                        Your cell phone should work but just in case there is a cottage phone for emergencies. The phone is located to the right of the fireplace on the shelf.
                      • Towels Provided
                        Bathroom and kitchen towels only. NO beach towels.
                      • Washing Machine


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            We have a huge supply of cups, plates, silverware and pots and pans.
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Kitchen
                            The open floor concept allows the cook to see all the way to the fireplace in the living room. The cook can also see and talk to the people on the screened in porch through the kitchen window.
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                            There are various spices in the cabinet left from past guests
                          • Refrigerator
                            New in 2014
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                Six chairs at the table plus three stools at the kitchen bar. There are several chairs in the screened porch with coffee tables. The screened in porch also has several chairs and tables.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 9 people


                                  • Books
                                    There are a few books on the book shelf in the living room.
                                  • DVD Player
                                    Our DVD player is hooked into the stereo receiver for great sound during movies!
                                  • Game Room
                                    The entire lake! We also have board games.
                                  • Games
                                    Assorted games are in the cabinet to the right of the fireplace.
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    Cable with 175+ channels (silver triple play package through Charter Communications) A list of channels are in two green three ring binders. One in the master bedroom and one in living room.
                                  • Stereo
                                    New stereo receiver in May 2017 plays inside and also outside. New receiver allows you to connect all the modern music playing devices. We installed new outside speakers in February 2016.
                                  • Television
                                    32" flat screen high definition TV in living room over the fireplace. 22" flat screen high definition TV in master bedroom.
                                  • Video Library
                                    There are a half dozen children friendly videos


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Two patios with one in the sun and one partially shaded, fantastic covered dock, floating dock and screened in porch with wet bar
                                      • Golf
                                        - Still Waters Golf and Country Club (256)825-1353 (17 minutes) - Lakewinds Golf Course (256) 825-9860 (13 minutes) - Willow Point Golf Course (256)212-1407 (30 minutes) There are other courses ...
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        New five person paddle boat added in May 2017
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Cross the flat yard and in 20 feet your in the lake!
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        New Weber gas grill in January 2016
                                      • Water Sports Gear
                                        New five person paddle boat added in May 2017


                                          • wheelchair accessible


                                              • churches
                                              • cinemas
                                              • festivals
                                              • marina
                                              • recreation center
                                              • restaurants

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • boating
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • hospital
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • fishing
                                                          • freshwater fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • pier fishing
                                                          • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                          • snorkeling
                                                          • snorkeling/diving
                                                          • swimming

                                                            House Rules

                                                            Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                            Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                            Cancellation Policy

                                                            Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                            21 Reviews


                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            Great house, beautiful piece of property on the lake, very clean and cozy.

                                                            Troy C.

                                                            Really enjoyed the view of the lake, the house was very clean with a very comfortable feel all around. Definitely will be back and the owner made sure our stay worked out great.

                                                            Great customer service!

                                                            Emily M.

                                                            Great customer service, Great view! We would love to visit again!

                                                            Very relaxing place on the lake.

                                                            Karrie K.Hickory, nc

                                                            Overall this was a good rental. It could be a bit cleaner. The outdoor and dock area are very nice and a great place to relax and enjoy the scenery. SEC fans would appreciate a larger TV to watch football games. Be sure to bring your own towels and wash cloths. The decor is very nice and up to date. Plenty of seating for eating with a large group. We definitely enjoyed our stay!

                                                            Owner's Response:


                                                            I am so sorry you thought the house wasn't clean enough. What areas or items were not clean so we can make sure a better job is done next time?

                                                            There are towels in the bathrooms and closets. Did you run out?

                                                            Thank you for your feedback.

                                                            Mike Gruber


                                                            Joan R.

                                                            Awesome location, charming home with great amenities. Hard to think of anything missing. Courteous and informative owners. All in all hard to beat.. A perfect place to make happy memories.

                                                            Amazing lake cottage with homey feeling.

                                                            David C.

                                                            We loved it the moment we walked in the door and then it kept getting better. Everything was as described but better when you see it for yourself. This is a perfect family home for relaxing on Lake Martin. The cottage is clean and tastefully decorated with a nautical theme. The location is great and only minutes from Dadeville if you need more beverages or groceries. And close to Alex City for “big box” shopping. The Gruber's went above and beyond to make our stay perfect. We felt like friends borrowing their home. Thanks for sharing this amazing home with our family.

                                                            Owner's Response:


                                                            Thank you ... we try hard to keep it homey! My son and friends arrived Friday afternoon for the music festival I mentioned to you. Jason said the place was VERY clean - THANK YOU!

                                                            He also said you left a few things for my wife and I. I know Rebecca will get a big kick out of whatever you've left. She is supervising the new carpet being put in on Monday so I will keep the surprise to myself.

                                                            Than you again for your kind words. Hope to see you again!

                                                            Mike Gruber

                                                            P.S. 10-26-2017 ... Rebecca LOVES the coasters! She has them on the main table in the porch so no one can miss them. Thank you for leaving such a nice surprise.

                                                            The Perfect Cottage for the Perfect Weekend

                                                            Daryl G.Bessemer, AL

                                                            Island Cove was absolutely perfect! No need to walk down 100 stairs to get to the water - - it is just beyond the level yard. A covered boat dock with chairs to sit and watch the sunset over the lake, or simply lay in the hammock and watch the little ones throw their fishing lines into the water. A paddleboat was provided to venture out into the lake while at the same time getting that needed exercise after eating more than you should have. This home had all the amenities needed for a relaxing weekend -- a sofa that would accommodate everyone, a screened in porch where you could eat dinner, play cards, or take a nap. It was the perfect cottage for the perfect weekend. And you couldn't ask for better communication from the owners, who have made their home a place to come back to time and time again.

                                                            Owner's Response:


                                                            What a great review! Rebecca and I are a bit embarrassed after we asked you to help us secure the outside furniture from hurricane Irma. You went well beyond the call of duty. To write such a great review of our lake cottage after we put you to work gives us a warm feeling about the great people in this country. Thank you again for the help. Rebecca and I would have given you a 10 if the system would have allowed it!

                                                            Mike and Rebecca Gruber


                                                            Jacksons' Gap, AL, USA

                                                            On Sunday's most of the cities do NOT sell alcohol. We haven't checked but according to the ABC board Camp Hill does allow Sunday sales of alcohol.

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