Lake front home in the beautiful Ozark Mountains, with 3 decks facing the lake, walk to water and swim/fishing dock from the house, fire circle, bar-b-q, water sports on beautiful Lake Norfork, right in the backyard. Perfect for families or a romantic couple’s retreat. Our windows and back doors are screened, to make your holiday more enjoyable, without have to be concerned about pesky flys or bussing mosquitoes.
Our kayaks are available for use by our guests. There are swim floats and a variety of sizes of life vests. Ask about sizes. Rental boats are available at nearby public docks. Ozark folk shows, with cultural music and dancing are fun and educational, are within 15 minutes to 1 hour from the house. There are several cave tours are nearby. Golfing is within a few miles of the house. Unique culinary experiences are close by, bar-b-q, cray fish, pond raised cat fish with all the trimmings.
Shopping, groceries, pharmacy, doctors and dental offices are within 15 minutes of the house, hardware stores, bakeries, restaurants, taverns and brewery, and the Regional Level One Trauma Hospital are all within 3-5 miles of the home. A car is necessary bc there is not local public transportation. We have a car available to exchange, if needed.
3BR, 2 Bath, 2,000sq. ft, lake front home-walk to water in the backyard, on 2 acres in the beautiful Ozarks mountains of Arkansas, USA. Central AC/heat and there are ceiling fans in all rooms. All windows and back doors are screened. There is a 10’X30’ swim deck on our private 2-stall boat dock, for our guest’s enjoyment with deck chairs on the boat dock for relaxing days and evening spent on the swim deck watching the beautiful sunsets. Deck furniture for 8 and outdoor dining table and chairs are on the upper decks. Outdoor lighting on the 3 decks and fire pit for s’mores and chilly evenings around the fire compliment the decks. High speed WiFi & a security system is provided.
The home boasts a vaulted ceiling in the 20’X23’ great room, with a 55” TV, DVD player & game table for board games, cards or great jigsaw puzzle table with views of the lake. We often eat meals at the glass top game table to enjoy the views overlooking the lake. The house has hardwood floors throughout, except new carpet in bedrooms,(2020) and new tile and countertops in both bathrooms. The main bath also has a new large tub/shower combo with a rain head shower head as well as a hand held shower head and grab bars to assist children and adults getting in and our of the bathtub. The kitchen is well equipped with an electric cook top, oven, microwave, dishwasher, coffee machine, toaster, juicer, and all the cookware needed to make meals. We have new linens for the bedrooms and bathrooms. All rooms have ceiling fans. Washer/dryer. Level yard in front for children or family games. We have board games, puzzles and lots of children’s toys, plus a selection of DVD movies available. There’s a complete s’mores basket stocked with everything necessary for fun around the fire pit. Also, we have a good collection of books you are welcome to read and enjoy in the quiet moments around the fireplace on a chilly night.
BR 1- King bed, BR-2- I Queen & 1 Double,
BR-3- 1 Queen.
The house is one level. Front entry has 1 step onto porch and 1 step into house. The 3 back decks, facing the lake, has 3 levels, requiring 3-10 steps to different levels to the outdoor dining and furniture.
High Speed Internet
First aid kit
Garden / yard
Deck / patio / courtyard / terrace
Covered porch / verandah
EV Home Charger
Sport and leisure
Suitable for infants under 2
Suitable for children ages 2-12
Pets not allowed
We are on a quiet, dead end road. The 52 homes on this point are the only ones on Lake Norfork (1K miles of shoreline) where private boat docks are allowed on this manmade lake. The water sports, including swimming, scuba diving, water skiing/knee boards, jet ski and fishing year round, is superb. Golf, caverns to explore, craft & antique shops, canoe/or inner tube float trips are available on nearby rivers, fish hatchery tours, zip lining, museums & quilt shops are just a few of the activities available for your enjoyment. There is seasonal hunting for deer, turkey & duck in the area. There are several State Parks and Corp of Engineer places to hike and bike within 15-45 minutes of the house.
Branson, MO, is a 2-hr drive, which offers live music & comedy shows, golf, Silver Dollar City amusement park, Sheppard of the Hills Theatre, Paddlewheel Showboat Dinner Cruises and more.
Groceries, pharmacy, gas stations, hardware, restaurants, golf, fishing supplies/bait, shopping, Regional Medical Center, miniature golf, theater, bowling, are all within 3-5 miles. The house is approx. 2 miles off of the main highway on a dead end paved road in an upscale neighborhood.
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This was our second visit to Elaine’s amazing lake front house. We are extremely happy to explore beautiful Arkansas and had a relaxing time with spectacular view from the house.
Elaine and Lowell warm welcomed us with surprise gifts and my mom who’s visiting us from overseas fell in love with the lake house. Home is spotless and very comfortable. We did many PLU exchanges, Elaine’s lake house is absolutely one of our favorites. Arkansas is such a hidden gem, so many places to visit!!
Elaine and Lowell! We truly appreciate your amazing hospitality and letting us to come back to your beautiful home! It was so happy to spring time with you guys again!
Dana and family
Home Feedback: Dana stayed with Elaine 1 month ago
Elaine and Lowell’s lake house was simply amazing!
First of all, Elaine and Lowell us the sweetest host ever. Very welcoming and excellent hospitality.
Elaine has everything that we need and house was tidy and spotless! She provided us like new high quality bed sheets and towels too!
She left tons of toys for my son, he had blast!!!
Entire livingroom/ kitchen/ bedroom has full lake view we really enjoyed looking at amazing view and sunsets! It was just a dream exchange.
We rented a boat for very reasonable price explore amazing north fork lake. My son jumped off the boat and swim. The water was so cleaner and warm!
I highly recommend Elaine’s lake house, whoever gets stay you are in luck!
Also Arkansas was full of surprise and beautiful natures everywhere. We went to amazing caves near Eliane’s house. Buffalo river was amazing!
Also love Petit Jean states park!
There are amazing trails near by. Also Walmart and big shopping centers with in 8mins from the house!!
We would love to go back! My son keep asking when we are going to re-visit the lake house!
We truly appreciate for everything Elaine and Lowell.
Home Feedback: Dana stayed with Elaine 11 months ago
Wonderful experience! I'm so grateful for the beautiful home Elaine shared with me and my daughter. We had a blast hiking, exploring the area, horseback riding, listening to live music, and more! She even left a bag of presents for my daughter and had a basket of s'mores to use at the firepit. So grateful!
Home Feedback: Erin stayed with Elaine 11 months ago
Erin and her daughter were our first home exchange guests. Erin and I had great communication before and after the exchange. She left our home immaculate and all the toys were put neatly away. (Very good parenting, Erin!)
We look forward to exchanging into Erin’s home soon. St. Louis is a great place to explore and an easy 4-hour drive. Erin and her family will be welcome to return anytime and will be a wonderful guest for future exchanges.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit with Lowell and Elaine and we’re so happy to be able to accommodate their exchange with us. They are true, kind PLU folk and you won’t go wrong exchanging with them.
Can’t wait to visit their lakehouse in Arkansas!
Elaine and Lowell are wonderful and interesting people! They could not have taken better care of our home. They cleaned and took care of it as if it was their own home. Any host would be happy to have them stay! As a non-simultaneous exchange, it was so nice to meet up with them and get to know these fellow travelers! As experienced travelers, they have lots of stories to share about their interesting adventures. We so admire how they travel extensively in their retirement. We can't wait to stay in their home next year and hopefully meetup with them again.
Guest Feedback: Elaine stayed with Lora 8 months ago
We stayed with Lora and Scott for a 2-week non simultaneous exchange at their lovely home in Maine. The home is in a beautiful rural setting with views of the mountains, especially from the bar-b-q deck and fire pit in the backyard. We only used the downstairs, as there was a king size bedroom, bath with a walk in shower, open kitchen & dining area, living room with fireplace and large laundry room with folding area and working desk area. Everything was spotless and we appreciated the gift basket of goodies, fresh eggs, orange juice, English muffins, butter, coffee, Maine cheese curls from the local dairy and a beautiful potted Mum. There was an additional 4 bedrooms and 3 baths upstairs. Lora was easy to communicate with throughout our entire exchange process and very helpful with suggestions of places to visit. Scott is quite knowledgeable about some local WWII military vehicles and gave Lowell a private tour of this collection. There’s a lovely covered bridge just one half mile from their home. We spent a lazy afternoon reading and enjoying the peacefulness on the sandy beach. We met Lora and Scott for lunch and enjoyed our time with them immensely. I highly recommend an exchange with Lora and Scott. We look forward to their visit to our home next summer.
Elaine and Lowell are excellent couple.
They took care of my house so well and take care of our little turtle and plants.
Lowell even played with our turtle. So sweet! :)
Communication was superb! We are super lucky to connect with amazing Elaine and Lowell.
Would love to host you guys anytime please come back!
Guest Feedback: Elaine stayed with Dana 11 months ago
Dana and Moon are delightful guests and always leave our home immaculate and go beyond our expectations for any guests. We’ve become “family” through PLU. We couldn’t ask for kinder, more considerate and fun guests and we all look forward to our get togethers. This visit we were able to meet Dana’s Mom, Jacqueline, visiting from Korea. She and Dana made homemade Korean dumplings and left them in the freezer for us to enjoy on our next trip to our lake house. If you ever get a chance to exchange homes with Dana, (#7926) in Dallas, jump on it. Her home, and the surrounding area, is awesome. So many fun things to do and see. Did I mention her massage chair? That’s worth a visit to her home if you never leave the house!😂 We look forward to meeting Moon’s parents this fall when they visit from Australia.
Guest Feedback: Dana stayed with Elaine 1 month ago
We stayed a week in Al and Louise’s beautiful lakeside home. The large deck and lovely lake views from the Master bedroom, living room and downstairs game room/lounge area was gorgeous. The home had everything we needed to have a delightful stay and was very clean. They left us a pumpkin filled with all kinds of treats, including a bottle of their son’s home made maple syrup! Yum!! We really enjoyed meeting Al and Louise for lunch and we spent all afternoon together talking about our experiences with PLU and they gave us tips on what to do in the area. After lunch they were kind enough to offer to show us around the area, including a private tour of their son’s “sugar shack” where he processes maple syrup, from the trees on his property. It was fascinating and educational. My husband and I went kayaking around the lake every day and enjoyed sitting on the deck each morning and evening. If you get a chance to exchange with Al and Louise, grab it! We look forward to hosting them next year in Arkansas. I highly recommend Al and Louise’s home.
We just completed a simultaneous home exchange with Moon, Dana and Won, their adorable 3.5yo son, in there beautiful Dallas, Texas home. It’s on a large lot and the tree lined, quiet street and walkable.
They welcomed us with gifts and full access to their organic garden. They are a delightful couple that we met at our lake home after a freak storm just 12 hours before their arrival. We needed to stay and clean up downed trees and upturned lawn furniture. Upon their arrival, they pitched in to help us clean up the yard and we, unexpectedly, shared that night together in our lake home. We awoke to the most delicious breakfast, prepared by Dana, a feast really; 4-5 kinds of fresh fruit, pancakes, Oatmeal, broccoli soup, hard boiled eggs, healthy green juice, made with fruit and veggies, and blueberry muffins. This, after staying up LATE the night before chatting and enjoying our new friendship and their hard work helping us clean up our yard. They were so sweet and understanding. Dana and I communicated well together prior, during and after the exchange. Their home was inviting, well equipped with everything we needed to make our stay comfortable, even an expensive massage chair that I used nearly every day of our visit. Dana & Moon’s house was tidy, very clean and well organized, and an absolute dream for children, with every conceivable toy, art supplies and back yard play house and swing set. Their home is so convenient to walk to White Rock Lake, bike and walking paths and there’s so many interesting places to visit on day trips; the Arboretum, the Ft. Worth Stockyards, Magnolia Markets, the Texas hill country and more. We enjoyed the Arboretum, the Stockyards in Ft. Worth, the long horn cattle are amazing, and you can watch the round up twice a day on the main streets and visit the pens for a safe, but, up close view of the steers. We visited the unique shops with cowboy boots, hats, clothing and beautiful Hacienda type top quality furniture. The Cowgirl Museum is awesome and informative about the role of women in settling the West. The rodeo is a must see!
Waco, Texas is a delightful day trip to visit Magnolia Markets, (Joanne & Chip Gaines, US TV personalities) which is very family friendly, with beautiful gardens, lawn games, food trucks and a lovely covered picnic area.
We look forward to future exchanges with Moon and Dana. We consider them “family”., after our “yard adventure” together. We’ve adopted Won and his parents! If you get a chance to exchange with Moon and Dana, don’t hesitate, jump right in and you’ll have a wonderful exchange!
Elaine & Lowell
Home Feedback: Elaine stayed with Dana 11 months ago
Our home was left immaculate and Dana even washed the linens on the bed we slept in the night we shared our home, prior to driving to Dallas!
Thank you for everything!
Guest Feedback: Dana stayed with Elaine 11 months ago
Erin and her daughter were very neat and left our home spotless. They would be welcome again in our home and we look forward to our visit in Erin’s home in the near future.
Guest Feedback: Erin stayed with Elaine 11 months ago
We are semi-retired medical professionals and world travelers that have have lived in Germany and Peru, which launched our love of new adventures in foreign places. Our passion is independent traveling, meeting new people and exploring new cultures.
We look forward to meeting new friends from many countries through exchanges in PLU. We hope you will enjoy our lakefront vacation home in Mountain Home, AR, USA.
Lowell & Elaine Hardcastle