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Summer Haven at Lake Martin, Alabama

38 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cabin in Eclectic - Summer Haven

3 Bedroom / 3 Full Bathrooms / Sleeps 6

Please Read Entirely Before Making An Inquiry And Check Our Availability Calendar Since It Is Always Kept Up To Date.

Area: Eclectic

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 3


•Bed - King

•Bed - Queen

•Bed - 2 Twin

•Bath Towels and Bed Linens

•DISH Satellite TV System with Premium Movie Channels

•Sports Networks Added During College Football Season

•Large Screen 55" HD TV

•DVD w/ Blu Ray in Living Room

•65+ Movie Library

•Wireless Internet

•Coffee Maker



•Electric Stove Top and Oven



•Weber Charcoal Grill and Charcoal Smoker

•Huge Screened Porch

•100 ft. of Sandy Beach Easy Water Entry

•Covered Fixed Dock and Floating Pier with Stairs

•Fire Pit with cooking grate

•Picnic Table near Fire Pit

•Fish Attracting Pier Lights & Fish Habitat Under Pier

Description: Fall and Early Spring Special:

September 15, 2016 through April 30, 2017. $285/weeknight, $300/weekend night

Normal 2016 Rate: $350 per night from May 1 - September 14, 2016

Normal 2017 Rate: $360 per night from May 1 - September 14, 2017

Housekeeping Fee: $150 per stay (up to 7 days). AL Lodging Tax: 4%. Credit Cards Only. 5% Rent Discount for Active Duty Military with ID. $400 Refundable Damage Deposit

Enjoy your stay at our cozy three bedroom cabin, tucked away on a 1-1/2 acre wooded lot, with wonderful lake views. The beautifully designed cabin has over 100 ft. of white sand beach, covered pier, floating pier, rock fireplace, and 500 square feet of screened patio with exposed wood beam ceilings. There is an additional 350 square feet of unscreened open air covered deck to enjoy for sunning or outdoor dining. The screened deck offers plenty of space to enjoy outside dining and comfortable seating while sitting under ceiling fans. The covered pier offers a cool place out of the sun, where you can fish for bass, catfish, stripers, or crappie. There is a porch swing and a ceiling fan on the pier to provide comfortable seating and a continuous breeze.

Our three bedrooms (one king, one queen, and two twins) are spacious, each with a private bathroom and wonderful lake or forest views. Easy access throughout the cabin is provided by: a ramp to the front door, lever handles on all interior doors, tile / hardwood floors, and extra wide doors. The open floor plan consists of: a 20’ x 35’. living and dining area, 55" satellite TV, 65+ movie library, DVD, and board games. The great room adjoins the open kitchen to form a large gathering area, with beautiful views of the lake and grounds. The kitchen features electric appliances with granite countertops. The kitchen is stocked with all cooking utensils. There is plenty of seating to accommodate dining either indoors or outdoors. Don't forget to bring marshmallows or the fixings for s'mores. The firepit is a great place to toast marshmallows, tell stories, or sing songs.

Nearby towns offer plenty of shopping, hiking, and sightseeing. We are located 50 miles from Montgomery, 40 miles from Auburn University, 95 miles from Birmingham, and about 2 1/2 hours from Atlanta. The cabin is conveniently located in the Anchor Bay / Kowaliga Area.

2 Night minimum except Summer 4 nights and holidays which are: Memorial Day or Labor Day 4 nights, Independence Day 7 nights, Thanksgiving 4 nights, Christmas 5 nights, or New Years 3 nights.

For rentals over 10 days: Please inquire with Owner for additional information.

Due to the high housekeeping standards, early check in and late departure are not available. Check out is no later than 10:30 am and check in is no earlier than 3:00 pm.

Lake Martin water levels are controlled by a hydroelectric dam. Water is lowered by 10 ft. in the winter. This lowering begins on Oct 15 at about 2 ft. per month. The water starts to rise on Feb 20 and is back up to full pool by May 1. The fishing is still great and we have a floating pier with stairs! The best time for trophy striped bass fishing is February to May. Lake Martin is an 'Alabama Treasured Lake' and is now on the 'Alabama Bass Trail'.

Pets: No

Smoking: No

Large gatherings, large reunions, weddings, etc: No

Loud Music: No


09/03/16 Clemson

09/10/16 Arkansas State

09/17/16 Texas A&M

09/24/16 LSU

10/01/16 ULM

10/22/16 Arkansas

11/05/16 Vanderbilt

11/19/16 Alabama A&M


$5 Pancake Breakfast at Russell Crossroads - 5/28, 7/2, 9/3

$5 Wine Tasting at Russell Crossroads - Every Friday Memorial Day to Labor Day

$8 Hamburger Night at Kowaliga Restaurant - Every Sunday Night

2/21&22/16 Alabama Bass Trail Tournament

2/27/16 Russell Forest Run

3/19&20/16 Lake Martin 100 Trail Run

4/22-24/16 Russell Marine In-Water Boat Show

5/??/16 Mothers Day Lake Martin BBQ Cookoff

5/7/16 Derby Day at The Stables

5/??/16 Kowliga Marine WakeBoard and Surf Clinic

5/27-29/16 RXR Fest at the Crossroads

6/4-11/16 State of Alabama Free Fishing Week

6/10-11/16 Alexander City Jazz Fest at Lake Martin at the Amphitheater (AMP)

7/2&3/16 Arti-Gras at the Crossroads

7/4/16 Fourth of July Boat Parade

9/4/16 Labor Day Concert at the AMP Kowaliga

10/29/16 Family Fall Festival at Russell Crossroads

11/5/16 Pike Road Arts and Crafts Fair

11/25-27/16 Christmas at Russell Crossroads


More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

David Hornsby
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 October, 2016
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Why David Hornsby chose Alabama

The property has been in our family for four generations and was one of the original properties on the lake, after Lake Martin Dam was constructed from 1926-1930. The original cabin was rebuilt several times over the decades and has recently been rebuilt to offer all of the conveniences and comforts of a modern home. Our family has enjoyed spending many summers on the lake and appreciate its beauty. We hope that you will enjoy your visit here as much as we have.

What makes this cabin unique

The best things are the peaceful surroundings, the views from the porch, the beach, and the slower pace.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I just want you to know how much my family and my sister-in-law's family have enjoyed staying at Summer Haven over the years.-- When I go to the Lake-I want to stay in house that has a big screen porch, nice yard, and a pier and dock that is good for swimming, fishing, or just sitting in the swing taking in the beauty of the lake and watching my family enjoy skiing and riding on the tube! I also love the stone wall and sandy beach! My family loves the big open living and dining area when we come in for a meal.-- Thank you for renting it so that others can share the enjoyment of staying in such a beautiful place. If we don't get to rent it this Fall- we will definitely be reserving a few days in the Spring and a week in the Summer.
Aug 2014
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Summer Haven at Lake Martin, Alabama
average rating of 4.868421 based on 42 reviews

Beyond wonderful

  • 5 of 5

Our first but certainly not last visit to Lake Martin was great. Your home was perfect for our family. My daughter.in.law and I fell in love with it! We will be back.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you and your family enjoyed it.
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Excellent property

  • 5 of 5

Summerhaven is a perfect place for a family vacation. We love the beachfront which is rare on Lake Martin unless you boat to an island. Provisions are always more than adequate. Porches are great places to relax, and the area is very quiet at night.

Deep water at the boat dock, or pull up to the beach. Owners are great to see that your stay is perfect.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The nice beach is fairly rare on Lake Martin and attracts many of our guests. We also try to give special attention to our guests to make sure that your stay is as relaxing as possible. See you again next year!
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Very relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

Second time staying at Bill's home. It's hard to beat the location and layout of the home. Great family/living/kitchen setup. Really open and inviting. The outside beach area and dock are very relaxing, quiet, and private. Good water for skiing and boating. We'll be back.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying with us again. We look forward to your return.
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Summer Haven - A Great Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

Thanks for letting us rent your Lake Martin cabin! We had a great stay and Summer Haven was the right choice for us. The cabin was just as you described which made us feel right at home when we arrived and made us hate leaving this morning. From the shallow swimming area for the grandson (and the rest of us kids) to the big screened porches and comfortable surroundings your lake house was perfect. All of the furnishings and the modern feel were appreciated by everyone in our party. I would definitely recommend Summer Haven for anyone's vacation plans. We are already planning a return trip. Thank you once again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad that your stay was perfect. The gently sloping sandy beach is great for children.
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Wall of windows, comfortable, open-plan, beautifully landscaped

  • 5 of 5

Love reviews. Hate long wordy ones. Will get to the point.

- Easy to book, great directions, easy to contact the owner, easy check-in and out

- Grounds were Perfect: Stone retaining walls, well-landscaped with roses, azaleas, and many other plants, boat launch well-kept, great dock, small sandy beach, hammock and fire pit by the beach...

- House: Open floor plan, three large size bathrooms with each one attached to three large sized bedrooms set in 3 different corners of the home, not on top of each other, all the light switches well marked, large size washer and dry...

- Bedrooms: Mattresses comfortable, bathrooms well-stocked with towels and powerful showers with plenty of hot water, plenty of luggage storage

- Living area: Open, open, open, windows every where, two couches, two recliners, large TV, fireplace for the winter

- Dining area: Seats six with 3 counter chairs for the island in the kitchen

- Kitchen: lots of room, lots of pots, pans, glassware, cooking utensils....everything you could possibly want to cook almost anything

- Porches: Well this is where the property is a standout. All screened (sides, underneath, every nook and cranny), several ceiling fans, plenty of lounging chairs, an outdoor table (seats 4), grill, and screen doors that slam just like ours did at my childhood home :)

Would I recommend this property? Absolutely

Will I return? As Hank Williams Sr. would say: "Lord willin' and the creek don't rise, we'll see you before long."

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We thank you so much for the wonderful comments and description of the cabin. Our hope is that everyone will see these same qualities and enjoy it as much as you have.
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Family get away

  • 5 of 5

We love this house! Perfect for our children and my Inlaw's. The fishing was great!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you enjoy it like we do. The beach is perfect for children. I hope that you got to see the ducks.
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Montgomery Airport
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Stillwaters Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
County Road 229
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Kowaliga Restaurant
Nearest Beach
On Property
Car: necessary

Some of the other nearby activities are:

1. Hike up Smith Mountain to the newly restored Fire Tower. What a view!

2. Guided Largemouth & Striped Bass Fishing Trips - Contact owner for discount information

3. Stillwaters Golf Club open to public - Scenic golf overlooking the lake.

4. Horseshoe Bend National Military Park - War of 1812!

5. Lake Martin Amphitheater 'The AMP' - Great concerts.

6. Alabama Antique Trail - Shopping.

7. Whippoorwill Vineyards - Alabama Wine.

8. Wind Creek State Park

9. Alexander City Golf Course

10. Anytime Fitness Gym in Alexander City


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Eclectic, River Heritage

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Fall Special 2016
15 Sep 2016 - 23 Nov 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Iron Bowl/Thanks. Week 2016
24 Nov 2016 - 28 Nov 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Winter Special 2016
29 Nov 2016 - 20 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas/New Years 2016
21 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Winter Special 2016/2017
7 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Spring 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 12 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Summer 2017
13 May 2017 - 17 Aug 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
End of Summer 2017
18 Aug 2017 - 18 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Fall Special 2017
19 Sep 2017 - 21 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Iron Bowl/Thanks.Week 2017
22 Nov 2017 - 28 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
December Special 2017
29 Nov 2017 - 20 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas/New Years 2017
21 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Housekeeping Fee £122 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £326
Tax Rate 4.0%

Due to our high housekeeping standards: Checkout is no later than 10:30 am and Check-in is no earlier than 3:00pm. Please check in the description section for minimum night restrictions during holiday or special event periods. Rates are subject to change until completed Rental Confirmations are made. No pets.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Eclectic, USA

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1752 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • All bathrooms have tile floors. Guests should provide their own personal care items and shampoo. Bath towels and hand soap are provided
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Has 32" Flat Screen TV
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Has 24" TV which shares same channels as master bedroom
  • All bedrooms have ceiling fans and hardwood floors.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The property also has about 100 ft. of private sandy beach with easy shallow water entry. Wood, ONLY for use in the fire pit, can be arranged for $40. Bring your charcoal for the grill. Striper fishing has been good about 200 ft. off the pier. Catfish and bream fishing are always good near the pier. Bring some minnow nets for catching bait. Nearest Public boat ramp at Castaway Island / Anchor Bay Marina(about 1 mile by water). Pontoon boats can be rented at the marinas but reserve early.

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