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What sets this house apart is its private dock and large swimmable shoreline. At Whipkins Cove, you can swim in a shallow area (gets deep gradually) near fire circle or plunge into deep water at the dock. One of the few areas around lake where you feel safe swimming out from shore.
This is a great home for multi-generational groups or two families vacationing together. Be sure to check out the video tour (with guided audio).
Home has three distinct living 'zones.' Top floor has master bed (king) with private bath (soaking tub and separate shower) and loft (w/ built-in double bed).
Middle floor has open kitchen/dining/living area (w/fireplace), 1/2 bath off kitchen, and master bedroom (king) with private bath (shower only).
Lower floor has mudroom with extra-large capacity W/D, 1/2 bath, entertainment area with sofa/love seat/fireplace/50-inch TV, and a large bedroom with two sets of bunkbeds and private bath (tub/shower combo and double sinks).
Outside there are four levels of decks, two covered porches and a huge waterfront with boulders to relax on. Fire circle at lakeside. Swim right off the dock or shore (from your own private gravel beach with large sitting stones).
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King size beds (1) Two king beds (home has two master suites)., Double Beds (1) Double bed built into (daybed style) loft. Has only moderate privacy., Twin or Single Beds (1), Bunk Beds (2) Lower-level bunk bed room has two bunk beds to accommodate four. ...moreless
DVD library has more than 120 movies, ranging from old classics to new releases....moreless
Private shoreline more than 300 feet wide. Includes pea-gravel beach. Area just off shore includes shallow section protected from boats and a deep-water area (40+ feet deep). Dock (over deep-water area) new for 2011 season. ...moreless
During high season (summer), 7-night booking is required. Shorter stays are available off season. Summer rents Sunday to Sunday. No pets (sorry).
50 percent of the rental fee is due at booking to hold reservation. Balance is due 30 days before stay.
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About the owner: Our family has long dreamed of creating a vacation rental home specifically for the people who visit. We travel the globe for work and pleasure and take notes and ideas from each place we stay in.
We jumped at the opportunity to buy Whipkins Cove (named by the former owners, who used a combination of their last names) and transform it into an amazing place by moving walls, adding dormers and giving it upscale touches. More than $100k later (ouch!), the home is completely remodeled and designed for maximum guest enjoyment (ie: lots of room to spread out and a lot of luxury touches).
Taking ideas from our favorite hotel chains (including Marriott and Ritz Carlton), we furnished the beds, kitchen, bathrooms, etc., with amenities that would make the house comfortable and memorable. Now, as we enter our first rental season, we're blown away by the interest Whipkins Cove has already generated (including bookings made when it was still a construction mess).
If Whipkins Cove is a VRBO success, we have our sights on other potential VRBO properties, including another cabin, this one located near the North Carolina ski resorts.
Why the Owner Chose Watauga Lake: Watauga Lake is beginning to capture attention of nature-loving travelers from around the globe. To us, that meant it would be a great investment opportunity. So far, that's been true. We've gotten inquiries from several Midwestern states, Florida, New England and even Europe. The kicker? Very few of the people contacting us had ever been to Watauga Lake before 2010.
The Unique Benefits at this Cabin: The waterfront is amazing. It ranges from peaceful to party (depending on the season and joviality of the boaters passing by). I love that we have both shallow-water and deep-water (40-feet-plus) areas right off shore. The shallow area is protected from cove boat traffic by a giant rock and tree, located about 50 feet off shore. The rock keeps boats from coming too close to shore (or they'll crash into it) and gives children a safe place to swim.