The Ark on Lake Lanier is a family-owned business and ministry that began operating as a vacation rental in June 2013. The Hylton family lived here for six years with farm animals and four wheelers before realizing it’s greater purpose: this is a ministry house meant for more than just a family of five. There’s a higher calling to the property.

The Ark is not a 501c3, but gives a portion of its profits away in supporting various charities and ministries, as well as providing discounted rates to worthwhile causes. See a list of our partners here.

While the Hyltons don’t live at the Ark anymore, they are only 15 minutes away in the city limits of Gainesville. Jeff has been a financial advisor for 26 years and Alycea uses her decorating and design genius to keep the Ark fresh and updated.

Brittany is our horse lover and is enrolled at MTSU in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Brooks spends most of his time playing tennis and is a senior at Lakeview Academy. Bennett may be the country’s youngest wood turner and is a freshman at Lakeview Academy. Check out his YouTube channel Courage Woodworks here.

For smaller groups needing fewer bedrooms and/or cheaper pricing, please check out our smaller sister property Chateau Lanier.

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