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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.
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
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
Dishes & Utensils
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
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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.
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.