Lakehouse Inn

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WELCOME TO THE INN CROWD!

The Bel Air Motel was originally constructed in the late 1950’s. When the most recent owners, the English family, decided to sell – it was an opportunity that the Cook family decided not to pass up. For years, the Bel Air has hosted families, fishermen and reunions – and that’s still the business plan. We’re just doing it as The Lakehouse Inn at Sledd Creek – with a complete renovation of all 18 rooms, the lobby and the cabins.

If you’re looking to recreate memories of summer camps and family road trips – this nostalgic inn is for you. Our outdoor space is unlike any other at Kentucky Lake – with cozy fire pits, family games and a two resort style pools. We’re a stone’s throw away from so many of the Lake’s most popular places to eat, shop, play – and launch a boat, of course!

Welcome to your lake house – where modern meets rustic and becomes home.

 

Our Story

We are Brad & Cindi Cook and our Kentucky Lake story starts on July 2, 2006. My own Kentucky Lake story started in August of 1964, when my parents chose to honeymoon there. We spent several summer vacations there as a family – swimming and playing on the beach at Kentucky Dam Resort. I remember being a kid at Kaintuck Territory — and those random “gunfights” that would break out in the street when the bank was robbed. Remember how you could get your picture made on a WANTED poster there? My family didn’t have a boat – but we loved the lake anyway.

Fast forward to 2006. After a blind date the week before, Brad and I went on our 2nd date at Kentucky Lake on July 4th weekend.. He had a campsite at Buchanan — and a boat with engine trouble – but he was determined that we would have a great day on the water. He drove to Buchanan from Union City (over an hour), started his boat, left it running, drove back to pick me up in Union City, and we headed back to the lake. The boat was still running and we headed out on a perfect day. Of course, later in the day, the boat wouldn’t start. We got a tow from another boater – and headed back to the Airstream to feel the fireworks. We’ve been married 15 years.

We each had two children when we married, and as most parents know, teenagers with practice schedules and social lives can interfere with family lake time. So the boat and the Airstream were sold — and we enjoyed those years at the pool in our backyard. But in the summer of 2020, when all the kids were finally out of school, we ventured back to Kentucky Lake and rented a pontoon for the day from Green Turtle Bay. We cruised around, saw a “For Sale” sign in a yard at a house on Sledd Creek — and a few months later we were officially lake people again.

We spent six months renovating a super cute house from the 1960s with “great bones”, bought a boat, and we haven’t looked back. Kaintuck Territory might be gone (google it!) — but our kids love Kentucky Lake almost as much as we do. There are so many days when Brad and I watch the sun go down and think, “Wouldn’t it be great if everyone could enjoy a lake house vacation?”

For the next part of the story, we need to head back in time again to the summer of 2006. Brad and I were dating then — and one weekend in late July, his son was in a weekend baseball tournament in Marshall County. I drove over to the lake from Portageville, Missouri and met him so we could watch the game together. Our meeting spot? The Bel-Air Motel in Gilbertsville. The parents of the boys on the team were all there – grilling burgers and hot dogs while the kids swam at the pool. Later that day, we had Blizzards at the Dairy Queen in Draffenville.

Back to 2021. Every time we headed to Sledd Creek from Union City, we would hang a right at the Bel-Air Motel. I noticed a “For Sale” sign  out front. It was there in the fall of 2021. It was there in the spring of 2022. Still there during the summer. One day, when Brad and I were rained off the water, we drove to The Thirsty Turtle, and I asked if he ever thought about buying the Bel-Air. We talked about how cool it would be to have a hotel close where family could stay when they visited. Our lake house brought us so much happiness — what if we could do that for people with the Bel-Air?

So we bought a hotel. The deal closed in October of 2022 and the renovations started soon after. Our goal is to keep what everyone loved about the old Bel-Air — while making it a place where families can experience a lake house. Just like my family in the 1970’s, they don’t need a boat. We’ve got a super cool resort pool that will keep kids entertained all week. In the evenings, everyone can play corn hole and ping pong and horseshoes. And catch fireflies. And enjoy the bonfire. No boat required.

The old Bel-Air Motel is now officially The Lakehouse Inn at Sledd Creek. We have 18 rooms and four cabins — and we want to provide a luxury (yet affordable) stay for families who want to fall in love with the lake. Future plans include campers for rent and an event space for gatherings of families and businesses. At some point, we’d like to have a restaurant. After that? Who knows?! Maybe we’ll buy another motel – or build one. Maybe we will just sit on our dock and watch the boats go by. But I can guarantee you that whatever we do, we will be doing it at Kentucky Lake. 

 

"Clean and very roomy"

"My husband and I spent half the day here. The rooms are so clean and very roomy and decorated very nicely. They have a fabulous pool and a nice big kiddie pool in the back. Everything is so clean and tidy. They also have a great area to eat breakfast, with lots of assortment of items to choose from. They have a laundry area and snack area. They have put a lot of money into this place. I would highly recommend it to anyone. There is a fire pit out back also for people to enjoy. We ate at Habeneros less than 5 miles away. It was also delicious."

Rebecca R.

"Tastefully done."

"Newly renovated and tastefully done! This isn't your traditional inn. This is so much more! Wonderful stay with beautiful rooms and awesome amenities! The pool, firepit, and outdoor areas are amazing!"

Megan L.

"Hidden Gem"

"This is a little hidden gem and the hospitality is amazing!!! Loved everything about it."

Sara M.

"Comfortable"

"Wife and I stayed here for a business event. Room was large and comfortable. Hotel was recently renovated. Staff was exceptional, really enjoyed the firepit at night as well. We will stay here again for her next event at the lake."

Marc S.

"Clean, cozy, and convenient"

"Close to Kentucky Dam, land between the lakes. Clean, cozy and convenient."

Norman B.

"Beautiful"

"Beautiful rooms, clean and large."

Larry

Thoroughly enjoyed"

"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. It's a revitalized old motel that kept its charm but now exhibits a modern boutique style! We definitely will stay again while traveling through the area."

John

"Spotless"

"It has been newly renovated with care that shows. Spotless and a great modern feel to the traditional motel. Absolutely would stay again."

Greg

"Couldn’t ask for any better."

"The property has been renovated to like new condition. The staff were friendly, courteous, and helpful. Couldn’t ask for any better."

Samuel

"Beautifully Decorated"

"Wonderful place to stay! Very clean and beautifully decorated. We will definitely be back!"

Lori Hodge

"So modern and aesthetic!"

"The room is so modern and aesthetic! Very clean as well!! I love how they had the lights turned on for us when got here since it was dark. We came for the valentines special and it did not disappoint! LOVED eating chocolate strawberries in bed! We will definitely be coming back for little staycations!"

Amanda Heater

"Perfect location"

"Our stay was a last minute trip to help my father in law. (Lives on the lake) Perfect location, clean and beautiful room. Thank you for a little peace on a stressful trip. Will definitely be back."

Larry Rush

"Immaculately clean"

This is a great hotel on Kentucky Lake! We were here for a fishing tournament and the Lakehouse Inn was perfect for our needs - very easy boat parking and exterior power outlets for charging, the room was immaculately clean and the staff were friendly and very helpful. This hotel is also very close to the main Kentucky Dam tournament boat ramp. We highly recommend this place and will be back again.

Amy Carpenter

"Extremely clean and spacious"

My wife and I and our daughter stayed here this past weekend and loved it. The rooms were extremely clean and spacious. The amenities are great also, we sat around the fire pit Saturday night. The staff was very helpful and friendly and made check in and check out very easy. If you're looking to support a mom and pop business instead of the big chain hotels I HIGHLY RECOMMEND The Lakehouse Inn. We will definitely be back when it's warmer so we can enjoy the pool.

Clay Asbridge

"Tastefully redecorated"

"My wife and i were doing a weekend get a way. I found this Inn on line. Something kept bringing me back to the web site. I booked a room and we are glad . The grounds and Motel itself take you back in time, not in a bad way but in a very good way. The rooms are very tastefully redecorated as well as spacious. The rooms and grounds were extremely clean. We loved it."

Yules Hodge

"No complaints at all!"

"Gorgeous rooms that have everything you need, amazing outdoor space (kids and adults loved it) and friendly staff in the main office. No complaints at all! 10/10"

Brooke H

"Friendly and helpful"

"The staff is great. Friendly and helpfull. The rooms are really nice. Look to be newly remodeled. It was nice and peaceful."

Frank Newton

"Definitely 5 star place"

This place was amazing. I highly recommend if you are in the area. Completely remodeled and updated rooms. Beds were super comfortable and room was spotless. The pool and fire pit looked amazing. The staff was very for friendly and helpful. Definitely 5 star place

Cynthia Pettit

"Decorated Creatively"

"What a treasure to find this beautiful in on the lake area."

Jacki H.

"Hospitality was top notch!"

I recently stayed here for a business event. The stay was very pleasant and enjoyable. My room was very spacious and clean. The decor is modern with a cozy feel and the hospitality was top notch! I highly recommend Lakehouse Inn and hope to return soon!

Gloria H.

"Beautiful room, friendly staff"

I wanted to express my sincere gratitude for all that you have done for this cozy Inn. Your beautiful room, friendly staff, and proximity to the lake gave us a beautiful and cozy place to relax while on a work trip. We truly appreciate all your efforts to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable. Including on-site laundry, I won't have to pack so much on our next trip!

Duste W.

"Immaculately clean"

This place is amazing! Totally redone rooms, immaculately clean, comfortable beds and a kitchenette. Just what we needed on our road trip. Well done owners!!!

Martha L.

"Comfortably Decorated."

Loved the room, very clean and comfortably decorated! Very impressed and the service was great! Will be back!

"Very accommodating."

The place was very accommodating and clean. When we are back in the area we will definitely be back.

James S.

"Very clean room"

Comfortable and very clean room. Loved the bed. I wanted to take a swim in the beautiful swimming pool, I guess that I will have wait till late spring.

Doug C.

"Perfect Getaway"

Last year we were visiting KY Lake and decided we wanted to bring in the New Year near the lake. We found out about this place and rented a cabin!!! It was the perfect place to bring in the New Year! The staff was very helpful and friendly. They even made sure we had the best internet if we needed it. The cabin has everything anyone needs and is the perfect getaway. Will be doing this again this year!

Pat B.

"Love this place"

This place is incredible. Just arrived from Arkansas and walked into my room with the wow factor. Has every amenity you can imagine. Feels like home away from home. Great job on the refurb to the new owners. Love this place already.

Joshua H.

Beautiful

Beautiful and very clean rooms.

Jazmyne K.

"Awesome place"

Awesome place to relax and hang with friends

Jon H.

"Super comfortable."

Second time staying here and definitely won't be the last. Super comfortable rooms and atmosphere. Awesome staff.

John B.

"Amazing fire pit"

The rooms are like being at home -- beds comfortable and clean. The staff is very friendly and a amazing fire pit for cool fall afternoons.

Ethan L.

"Highly recommended"

Highly recommended!! The rooms were amazing with a kitchenette and pub table. The bed was comfortable with nice pillows!! That’s important to me. Lots of stuff for the kids to do! Swimming, two pools, a fire pit, games for the kids. Very affordable and it’s not what you’re expecting. The rooms are fabulous!!

Jeff J.

"Clean and beautiful"

We stayed here for a company get together. The firepit was amazing! Rooms were clean and beautiful

Hunter D.

"Highly, highly recommend"

We were here for a work retreat and this place was perfect. The meeting area, the room, the atmosphere; everything about it was GREAT!!! Highly, highly recommend staying here.

John B.

"Cute and cozy!"

Love this place! So cute and cozy!

Kennedy C.

"Everything was perfect!!"

"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Lakehouse Inn. You all have gone above and beyond on this beauty! Everything was perfect!! We are down several times a year to visit friends and this is by far the best place we have stayed. We normally stay somewhere else but this was so much better!! Great Job!! Thank you!"

Sonda & Greg A.

"Awesome place"

Awesome place to stay! We will be back next year!

Katherine B.

"Thoroughly enjoyed"

We thoroughly enjoyed or stay! The room was clean and having the kitchenette was a plus. We liked the check in process. We are so glad you’re working so hard to bring back a part of Hwy. 641 historic building sites. Nicely done!

Mike F.

"Clean Place to Stay"

Thank you for such a clean place to stay! We had a great weekend.

Gary & Judy D.

"Spacious and clean"

Great place. Rooms are spacious and clean. Pool is modern with amenities. Off the beaten path but still close to the water enough.

Christopher Goss

"Pool out back is amazing!"

My husband and I had a lovely stay at the Lakehouse Inn! The rooms are updated, clean, and cute, and the pool out back is amazing!

Amelia LaJoie

"Relaxing Retreat"

My husband and I loved the decor of the rooms and the cleanliness! Mattress and bed linens were above hotel quality and the pool was a relaxing retreat. We will definitely be staying there again.

Terie Britt

"Super Great Find."

This was a super great find. The remodel on this old hotel was excellent. Alot of attention was put into the details. Very clean, super cute and well decorated rooms and great price!

Jason Bates

"Spotlessly Clean"

This is a delightful boutique inn with very comfortable bed and pillows and a bohemian feel with high end bathroom accouterments. Very quiet, room was spotlessly clean, and any questions I had were answered quickly.

Gloria Royster

"So Clean and really felt very homey."

I booked this place to stay for a work trip. This was the CUTEST room I’ve ever stayed in. Everything has just been remodeled and it was done so beautifully. The king room was HUGE and had a large kitchenette with everything you would need to get you started. Bathrooms were nice and updated as well. The space was so clean and really felt very homey. I will 100% be staying here again!

Lindsay Francow

"Love this little gem."

Love this little gem. Great pool. We can't wait to see the remaining improvements!!

Michael Gulley

"Perfect for a family with littles."

The hotel is beautiful! Rooms are so nice and very clean! I used to be a maid for resorts so when I say it’s clean, it’s very clean 🥰 perfect for getaways or vacation! It’s close to the beach at lake and only 15 mins away from venture river and some very nice restaurants in the area! The 2 pools they have are amazing! Perfect for a family with littles or just want to hang out and drink a beer. Me and my bunch will be back next year! Definitely highly recommend this place!

Emily Crittenden

""Fantastic Place!"

2023 was our family's 11th reunion at this location. The remake of the Bel Air Motel to The Lakehouse Inn at Sledd Creek is fabulous! Rooms are spacious and clean and have the amenities for a comfortable stay. The pool is very cool. The pavilion has new picnic tables and fun orange lights for evening dinners and family gatherings. The location is close to tourist spots all around the Kentucky Lake area. All in all, a fantastic place!

Jeanne Rhodes

"Modern and cozy."

Great stay. Love the upgraded room. It’s like staying in a tiny house. So roomy. Decor is so modern and cozy.

Nikki Davis

"Pool was incredible!"

We loved all of the updates!! The pool was incredible! We can’t wait to see the lobby when it’s finished!

Anna Braden

"Roomy and Cool."

This place is great! Everything is just redone. Some things like the fireplace were not done. Do to parts not in. But was a blast. The pools are real nice. The concrete around them is roomy and cool. Will definitely be back.

Steve Minor

"Wonderful Place to Stay!"

We loved staying in this completely renovated, new room. It was beautiful and had that “new home” smell. Modern decor with everything we needed. The best mattress and luxurious towels! The swimming pool was just perfect! Such a wonderful place to stay!

Melanie Nan

"We had a wonderful weekend!!"

This is the place to stay while on Kentucky lake!! The rooms are very high end with boutique finishes. The pool is fun for the whole family, so many activity centers for all ages to enjoy. Staff was so warm and kind, and check in was a breeze! We will be back for years to come! Thank you Lakehouse Inn, we had a wonderful weekend!!

Maddy Mansker

"Very Nice"

Brand new owners and it was very nice

Dawn Tippett

"Extremely clean"

Awesome place. Close to town, close to several boat ramps, rooms are brand new, extremely clean and the pool/game area is off the charts!! Make your reservations now.

Clay Sisson

"Had everything we needed."

Beautiful room and had everything we needed!

Billie

"No detail was overlooked."

Just had my son's 8th birthday party here at the pool then we stayed in a room. The pool and outside games area is so beautiful. The pool lights at night were a big hit with the kids. It's very obvious that no detail was overlooked when setting up the pool and game area as well as in the rooms. All the small touches were what made it for us. My son has already requested for his birthday party next year to be here.

Jessica Buchanan

"It gets better every time we go!"

Gorgeously designed rooms, spectacular pool and amenities, super great location, amazing staff and owners! It gets better every time we go!

Delasaria Lihon

"Great staff, Beautiful rooms."

Great staff, beautiful rooms, awesome pool & great location. Thank you Lakehouse!

Kathy Krocker

"Fantastic Place"

Fantastic place to chill and relax...the rooms are beautiful and the pools are awesome!

Donna McDonough Elwell

"Wonderful"

We just spent the weekend at your beautiful inn. It was wonderful.

Brenda Randolph

"Totally Surprised"

We were totally surprised by how beautiful and clean everything was and especially the outdoor living areas and pool! Thank you and we will tell our Indiana friends if they need a place to stay, to make reservations with the Lakehouse Inn at Sledd Creek.

Sharon & Art Baker