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Charming Floating House on Norris Lake

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Last updated: 08/05/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

LaFollette cottage description

Our 2BD floating house, the Shanghai Lucy, is designed for relaxation in a natural, beautiful setting. It is extremely comfortable, has incredible views, and is on one the best locations on the lake.

This is a floating house accessible by boat only. Two kayaks may be available for use per prior arrangement with owner, but renters must have (or rent) their own boat for access to and from the Lucy.

The Lucy was newly renovated and redecorated in 2013 with high speed wi-fi, central air and heat, flat screen TVs (including 52' in family room, Direct TV with 157 channels and sports package), original artwork, antique tin ceilings, crown molding and detailed woodwork, washer/dryer, and comfy beds, including a very comfortable pillow-top king size in the master bedroom. (Please check out the video of the Lucy under the Video tab in the box in the top left corner of the photo on the first page.)

The 2nd bedroom has 2 double beds in bunk layout.

The sunny, full kitchen has all accessories.

The living room features a high, vaulted ceiling with antique tin ceiling, moldings and woodwork. The master bedroom also has an antique tin ceiling, moldings and woodwork as well. Both rooms have new faux hardwood floors that are warm and look great (it is difficult to put real hardwood in a floating house due to moisture). There is original artwork throughout the house.

The best part about the whole house is the picture window facing the back, which has an unobstructed view of a beautiful cove and the sunset every night. Smoky Mountain 'smoke' rises in the cove every morning and after each rain.

Your family can swim right off the front deck, day or night, which is partially covered/shaded and features a gas grill and a covered outdoor dining table for 6.

If you don't have a motor boat, various types are available for weekly or daily rental at the nearby marina. Jet skis are available as well. You just park your boat at the front porch of the Lucy and you're home.

The Lucy is located at Shanghai Resort--one of the best locations on the lake--with an outdoor/indoor, floating restaurant and bar within view and a short boat ride from the house. Situated in a quiet cove, you can literally lie in bed and look out the window at ducks on the water or families of deer or even otters on the nearby shore. The sunrise and sunset views from the house are terrific. The website for Shanghai Resort is here: http://www.Shanghairesort.Com/

Norris Lake is in the Cumberland Mountains, with many state parks, hiking trails and an excellent trout stream nearby. Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge are only 1.5 hours away.

Minimal rental period is three nights. Renters must also pay $75 cleaning fee and $25 processing fee. Also, any rental involving the 4th of July must be a minimum of 5 days.

Environment at Shanghai: The Shanghai Harbor is a mellow, relaxing place. The residents grill out, swim, ski, boat, fish, etc. There are other floating houses nearby to the Lucy, so it is more like a community or village scattered around a harbor centered around the marina/restaurant/bar. The environment is appropriate for families or adults who want to enjoy relaxing in a beautiful environment. Loud partying or rowdiness late at night will lead to complaints from other residents, and possibly even expulsion by the owner of the marina. Thus, groups of 'spring breakers' or other groups wanting to get loud and blow off some steam late at night are fine for many places, but would not be a good fit for this environment.

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 650 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            21...moreless

          • Children Welcome:

            The toilet requires flushing with plastic foot pedal. Small children (old enough to use toilet but too young to remember careful instructions) will have to be supervised using toilet because pushing the pedal too hard with your foot has been known to break the seal....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Wheelchair Inaccessible

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

          • Bedroom 1: 1 king

            ...moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 2 double

            double bunk beds sleeps 4...moreless

          • Master bedroom with King-sized bed (super comfy high-end mattress) and window over water. Lie in bed and watch the water...Antique tin ceiling and chandalier. Flatscreen TV with DirecTV...moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

            ...moreless

          • Full bath with shower, sink, medicine cabinet, etc.

          Entertainment

          • DVD Player
          • Satellite / Cable:

            157 Channels of Direct TV plus sports package...moreless

          • Stereo
          • Television

          Theme

          • Adventure
          • Away From It All
          • Family
          • Romantic
          • Sports & Activities

          Attractions

          • Cinemas
          • Marina
          • Museums
          • Restaurants
          • Theme Parks

          Local Services & Businesses

          • ATM/Bank
          • Groceries
          • Hospital
          • Laundromat
          • Medical Services

          Leisure Activities

          • Bird Watching
          • Boating
          • Horseback Riding
          • Scenic Drives
          • Sight Seeing
          • Walking
          • Wildlife Viewing

          Location Type

          Sports & Adventure Activities

          • Cycling
          • Fishing
          • Fly Fishing
          • Freshwater Fishing
          • Hiking
          • Jet Skiing
          • Kayaking
          • Sailing
          • Swimming
          • Water Skiing
          • Water Tubing

          Dining

          • Dining:

            Dining table is on the covered porch; TV trays inside around the living area for eating inside. With this view, no reason to eat inside. :)...moreless

          • Dining Area
          • Seating for 6 people

          General

          • Air Conditioning
          • Clothes Dryer:

            Door to laundry room must be left open when using dryer due to high heat levels....moreless

          • Hair Dryer
          • Heating
          • Internet:

            High speed wireless...moreless

          • Linens Provided
          • Living Room
          • Parking
          • Telephone:

            Verizon cellular gets some access here, but AT&T doesn't, so we bought a mini-tower for AT&T to get service. To use the AT&T service will need to notify owner in advance so he can add your number....moreless

          • Towels Provided
          • Washing Machine

          Kitchen

          • Coffee Maker
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Dishwasher:

            The dishwahser is tricky to work, so plan not to use it (use paper plates or wash dishes by hand) unless you discuss how to use dishwasher in advance....moreless

          • Refrigerator
          • Stove
          • Toaster

          Outside

          • Deck / Patio
          • Kayak / Canoe:

            Two kayaks may be available per prior arrangement with owner. Please check when making reservation....moreless

          • Outdoor Grill
           

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          Fees:

          • processing fee $25
          • cleaning fee $75
          • Refundable Damage Deposit $400
          • Taxes Not included

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          Last updated: 08/05/2014
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          Location

          50 Metres
          Nearest Barpub
          Castaways
          50 Metres
          Nearest Restaurant
          Castaways (Shanghai Resort)

          The Shanghai Lucy is a floating house on Norris Lake, with all the fun and beauty associated with Norris. Norris Lake is in the Cumberland Mountains, with many state parks, hiking trails and an excellent trout stream nearby. Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge are only 1.5 hours away.

           

          Owner info

          Year Purchased: 2013

          About the owner: We are a family of 4 from Cincinnati, who fell in love with Norris Lake and the Shanghai Resort area, and dreamed of having our own floating house here. We rent it out only for a few weeks a year to cover some of the expenses. This is a vacation home that is truly cared for and loved by its owners (rather than owned as just an investment), because it is used by our family most of the time.

          Why the Owner Chose LaFollette:
          We fell in love with Shanghai Resort and the cove that the resort is in. There is something about the sunrises and sunsets here. It is just so beautiful. It is rare that a floating cottage comes up for sale here at Shanghai, so when this one came up for sale, and we saw it and realized what we could do with it with renovations, we jumped at the opportunity. We have put more than $25,000 in updates into it since buying it in early 2013 and now it is completely re-done and ready to go.

          The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
          This floating cottage is unique in design and decorated with high-end furnishings. It is in a quiet, calm spot in the harbor.


          Contact us

          Speaks: english

           

          Photos

          • Family room with plenty of seating; antique ceiling and chandelier, and a view!

            Family room with plenty of seating; antique ceiling and chandelier, and a view!

          • Master bedroom with tin ceiling, great view and flatscreen TV...

            Master bedroom with tin ceiling, great view and flatscreen TV...

          • Antique ceiling and chandelier, and 52 inch flatscreen..

            Antique ceiling and chandelier, and 52 inch flatscreen..

          • front porch (a small portion of it)

            front porch (a small portion of it)

          • View out back picture window before sunset...

            View out back picture window before sunset...

          • View from living room couch in winter...watch ducks, deer, etc. outside...

            View from living room couch in winter...watch ducks, deer, etc. outside...

          • Tiki bar at Deerfield nearby...

            Tiki bar at Deerfield nearby...

          • The Shanghai Lucy...

            The Shanghai Lucy...

          • Fully equipped kitchen

            Fully equipped kitchen

          • 2nd Bedroom with 2 double beds (in bunk arrangement)

            2nd Bedroom with 2 double beds (in bunk arrangement)

          • Shanghai Cove in the fog....the Lucy is down in the fog...

            Shanghai Cove in the fog....the Lucy is down in the fog...

          • The Shanghai Resort and Castaways Outdoor/Indoor Restaurant.  This is nearby

            The Shanghai Resort and Castaways Outdoor/Indoor Restaurant. This is nearby

          • View from front porch in evening....

            View from front porch in evening....

          • The jumping bridge is very close (one harbor over)

            The jumping bridge is very close (one harbor over)

          • Otter family that lives in Shanghai Cove..

            Otter family that lives in Shanghai Cove..

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          This listing was first published here in 2013.

          Date last modified - Monday, October 13, 2014

          $250 per night (USD)
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          2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
          Sleeps 6

          View calendar: Updated 08/05/14
          Minimum stay: 3 nights
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