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I had rather be fishing

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Full Bathrooms, 1 half bathroom, Sleeps 6

2000 square foot private Kentucky Lake front home. Beautiful views

of Jonathan Creek bay from every room. Great kitchen with grainte countertops. Twenty by thirty-five foot great

room with floor to ceiling windows facing the lake and wood burning

fireplace for chilly nights. Deck and screened porch facing lake. Satellite internet. Sits on approximately 3 1/2 acres plus TVA land. Great for families, duck hunters, fishermen, etc. For additional pictures visit our facebook page 'I had rather be fishing' and click on photos. Contact information is available there as well, If I do not respond within 12 hours, your message may not have reached me. If I do not respond quickly or if you prefer not to book through the website, you may reach me directly through Long term rentals welcome as well. Contact me directly for a quote.

Member since: 2008
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
20 March, 2017

About Melinda

I grew up in Mayfield KY about 20 miles from the lake. I now live in St Louis MO. My husband and I built this house so that we could visit our aging parents without the hassle of packing and unpacking all of the time and with a view toward retiring there someday. The house was built for us, not as an income property so it has many touches that other available houses do not have - huge fireplace, oversized windows overlooking the lake, high end appliances, high ceilings, tall doors,maple and cherry floors in the bedrooms, cherry handrails, large yard (3+ acres) etc. After 3 of our parents died, we no longer came to the lake as often but could not bear to sell the house where we had spent so much quality time and where our grandchildren had made so many memories. We decided to rent our house through Homeaway to defray the cost of keeping our part time home and so that others could create great memories there as well.

Melinda purchased this house in 1998

Why Melinda chose Kentucky

Since we live in a large city, we wanted a place that was away from the hustle and bustle. We found that here. The house sits on 3 acres plus TVA land. We have deer and other wildlife everywhere. At night the stars are very bright and unobstructed by light pollution. You hear the sounds of nature instead of the rumble of cars.

What makes this house unique

We love that you can see the lake from every room of the house. It just embraces the lake. Additionally the bathrooms have views of the woods. Sitting on the deck at night with a fire or watching the moon rise over the lake is a priceless treat. Kids can play in the woods or yard and you do not have to worry about them. It is just a good place to be..


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Benton

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 7
  • pets considered
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • soap
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • water cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , jacuzzi
  • Master bath has jacuzzi tub and separate shower. Second bath has a shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 extra lg. double bed
  • Master bedroom with king sized memory foam bed and private bath with Jacuzzi. Deck from both the master bedroom and great room overlooking lake. Second bedroom with king sized bed, bath and screened porch. Third bedroom upstairs with King sized memory foam bed and half bath. Tile and hardwood floors throughout. Soaring ceilings and skylights. Private boat dock with deck,half under roof,and 100 foot fishing pier.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • conservatory
  • Walkway to Water
  • wooden decking
  • long term rentals available
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(49 traveller reviews)

I had rather be fishing
average rating of 4.9591837 based on 49 reviews

great place

  • 5 of 5

the house was in perfect shape and well taken care of. the veiws are stunning with the entire back of the house being all windows the veiw of the lake is great. the boat dock is a great place to hang out and have a fire at dusk. very peaceful and private. The back deck is a nice place to have a cook out for dinner or lunch. And the sat light tv came in handy when them uninspecting storms come.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 14, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We love the lake house and are glad that others appreciate it as well. The only problem - we are renting it so much that we hardly get to use it ourselves anymore!
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We Want To Stay Forever

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed a new experience staying in this beautiful home for Christmas! The weather was great so we were able to enjoy the spacious dock and the side screened in porch. The house was beautifully decorated and the setting so peaceful and serene. The only thing I can think of that needs corrected on the website is the number of bathrooms. It says two full and two half baths. it just has one half bath but that did not matter. Everything was provided which made traveling easy. A Walmart Super Center is about 20 minutes away. I would highly recommend this house. Thanks again!!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. I just noticed last week that the website said 4 bathrooms. I have no idea why. It also said that the house is on lake Barkley which it is not. I have corrected those items online and hopefully they will remain corrected. I am glad your family enjoyed their stay and that the weather cooperated.
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Great vacation!

  • 5 of 5

The house was really lovely and comfortable. We especially loved the dock! We had such a good time relaxing at "I Had Rather Be Fishing" We would love to go back sometime and would recommend it to friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nolensville, Tennessee

Secluded and just lovely!

  • 5 of 5

This property was the perfect getaway for our multigenerational family reunion. The layout allows plenty of room for everyone to enjoy the space. Great view of the lake with Windows everywhere! Well appointed so you can make plenty of good meals for the family. Outdoor patio space, grills, dock was all as described by owner. Kids had a great time fishing, kayaking and hanging out lakeside. Definitely recommend!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We added the kayaks last year. They have turned out to be a big guest favorite. We are glad you enjoyed your stay.
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great place to relax!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a great time at Melinda's house! The dock was perfect for relaxing and watching the Grandkids swim. Not sure I can add any thing new that hasn't been said except that my wife said more than once she would love to buy the place :) We will definitely recommend!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love it too and are always happy to get the opportunity to stay there ourselves. ( not often). Thank you for choosing our vacation home for your vacation.
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  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect place of not only fun filled activities that sooo many of family and extended family enjoyed, but a place of solitude . We had the opportunity of a lifetime full of memories created here from out of town family from Southern California and close nearby family friends to gather . The circumstances of two of the guests who are facing life struggles of debilitating medical issues allowed them to recover at their convenience as needed and to participate with all that was enjoyable right outside the grounds when they were feeling well enough to participate. We we so blessed to have found such a place that gave us all the amenities needed to create such great memories. The owner was very gracious and understanding in allowing us to extend our stay as well. It fit our needs beyond words or description . As I like to refer to situations like we had without going into great detail " it was a divine moment in time"❤️

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
38 Miles
Paducah KY
Nearest Barpub
20 Miles
Murray KY
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Kenlake Resort
Nearest Motorway
17 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Car: necessary

Very private area. Great for getting away from it all. Sleep in the

hammock on the dock. Float in the lake and sun or, if you bring your boat, enjoy boating and tubing/skiing on Jonathan Creek. Fall color is gorgeous. This house is surrounded by woods and is not in a subdivision. Two kayaks available for tenant use. The house is on Jonathan Creek which is one of the large bays of Kentucky Lake, one of the largest manmade lakes in the world.

Other Activities: Boating/fishing (guides available nearby)/ hiking TVA lands around the house and Land Between the Lakes.

Golf: Many golf curses available nearby. Ky Dam golf course is a well maintained 18 hole course. Kenlake has a very nice 9 hole course. Miller Golf Course is operated by Murray State University and is excellent. There are many others available in the area.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Benton

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
winter 2016-17
24 Oct 2016 - 30 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
31 Mar 2017 - 18 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
19 May 2017 - 5 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
6 Sep 2017 - 26 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$393
Pet Fee A$65
Tax Rate 10.0%

$300 deposit is due at booking. Rental fee is due 15 days before arrival. Refund is subject to re-rental of your dates. Thanksgiving and Christmas rates are $350 per night with 3 night minimum. For monthly stays or longer, contact owner for a quote.

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