We've lovingly restored our 1968 lakefront cottage and welcome you to experience the tranquility of our lake house in a quiet fishing cove. What sets our vacation rental apart are the long range views of the dam across deep water, which is why our listing is coined "Great Dam View". Because our cottage sits on a large grassy lot with very few houses in our cove, it makes for a wonderfully relaxing getaway where you truly feel as if you're away from it all.
With unbelievable lake views in almost every room of the home, the cottage features a romantic master bedroom with a fireplace, a large lakeside porch to snuggle in a hammock with a book, and a relaxing dock ready for fishing or laying in the sun. Enjoy a cup of coffee in the adirondack chairs on the front porch and see the sun rising over the Hartwell dam across the lake. Roast marshmallows around our stone fire pit with vintage lighting and comfortable chairs as you enjoy the lake view.
Rent a boat from Portman Marina and tour around Lake Hartwell or take a long cruise and catch the cheers of a football game at Clemson University with its lakeside stadium (about 45 minutes away). We also love cruising to dinner at a lovely local restaurant called the Galley in Anderson, SC (about 20 minutes away by boat). If you own a boat, easily drop it in the water at the public ramp only one street away and use our covered boat slip at our private dock. Fishing is plentiful at Hartwell and our guests frequently comment on their success in our large, quiet cove. We recently had a family visit who told us their son was so proud of his first catch ever - a five pound catfish!
The Cottage is full of memories from guests playing on the lake, building fires, and running outdoors with the big grassy yard and plenty of yard games. Enjoy the horseshoe pit, ladderball, cornhole, giant Jenga, and the one-man kayak.
After a day on the water, relax in the open concept living room and kitchen with a wall full of windows showcasing expansive lake views. Cozy up in our comfy couches in the living room with cable tv, a replica Atari videogame, or a family board game. With a dining table and a humble kitchen you won't have to leave, but downtown Hartwell is a 5 minute drive away and offers wonderful restaurants with a nostalgic "Main Street" feel. Here you'll find a mix of antique shops, great local cooking, and seasonal events in the downtown square.
The master bedroom offers a plush queen bed with an amazing lake view and a wood-burning fireplace. In the morning brew a pot of coffee and enjoy it in bed as you watch the stunning sunrise over the lake. There are blackout curtains on the windows if you prefer to sleep in and maybe even start a morning fire in the fireplace. Some mornings we enjoy opening the French doors off the master bedroom and eating breakfast at the picnic table on the front porch, quietly enjoying the view. The guest room also has French doors with a lake view and has a full size bed. The remaining bedroom is perfect for families and offers two twin sized beds.
We have guests from all over the North and Southeast looking for a restful spot on the water for their families, or for a peaceful night's sleep during work travels. Our home is also centrally located for college visits to Clemson, UGA, University of North Georgia, and Furman University.
We poured our heart and soul into the renovations, and while we still have Pinterest boards full of inspirational photos for future projects, we love the way it turned out. Coming to the lake cottage allows us the chance to escape from our crazy schedules and to take a moment to just relax. Surrounded by vintage furnishings and rustic beauty, we find it easy to lose track of time and soak in the family memories together.
This home is very special to us, and we are so excited to share it with you!