Text by Hannah Jones
As the Southern heat reaches blistering highs in the summer, there’s no better place for cottage living than right on the edge of the water. That’s what inspired this city-dweller to purchase a lakeside retreat in 2013—a perfect vacation home for entertaining during the hot summer months and the ideal spot to gather for football games in the fall.
With rustic wood ceilings and floors, barn doors, and an expansive two-story back porch, the humble getaway embraces the beauty of its surroundings and brings nature indoors. “We have beautiful mature landscaping with tall trees and lots of shade on this eastern-facing lot,” Andrew explains. “Something is usually in bloom, whether it’s azaleas and dogwoods in the spring, hydrangeas in the summer, or camellias in the fall and winter.” All the fresh greenery only adds to the main feature of this breathtaking oasis: the lake.
The best place to enjoy the scenery is easily the Ducketts’ massive porch. “It’s where we drink coffee in the morning, eat most of our meals, and enjoy cocktails and music at night while enjoying the beautiful view of the lake,” Andrew says. Featuring a charming porch swing and multiple seating areas under a high-ceiling A-frame roof, it’s hard to see why one would ever have reason to leave. But the kitchen beckons hungry guests indoors with a large inviting bar and reclaimed wood cabinetry. Natural light floods the room thanks to a wall of windows, and a unique chandelier hangs above the island.