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America's 1st THIS OLD HOUSE Idea Home

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

The "This Old House Idea Home" at The Homestead in Chickamauga, GA is a beautiful and professionally designed idea home created jointly by the staff of This Old House and John Tatum of Atlanta and Nolan Designs of Chattanooga. The house sits at the head of a sweet little valley in the shadow of Lookout Mountain only 20 minutes from the heart of downtown Chattanooga.

A mountain-esque, craftsmen cottage, the home has a large wrap around porch and a steep roof that affords two floors plus a charming loft on the third level. The house is nestled in the shade of a ridge and is landscaped by designer Kate Karam of Monrovia.

The home was built to inspire how one can live large in a smaller home. With so many clever built-ins at every level, the house lives up to its reputation as an Idea Home.

A queen master suite is on the main, with another queen master suite on the second floor. The second floor also has a twin bunk bedroom and shares a full bath with the loft overhead that has two additional twins and a small play area. The loft is a kid's dream come true.

The details are abundant, from an extensively built-out mud room to large tapered stone columns crowned with triple caps of indigenous flagstones.

Located at The Homestead at Cloudland Station just outside of Chattanooga, it is the perfect home base for enjoying Chattanooga and all the local and regional sites. Uniquely situated, it has a backdoor entry into downtown Chattanooga only 20 minutes away. Moreover, located in the pastoral Chattanooga Valley, you are only 15 minutes to Cloudland Canyon State Park, notably one of the most beautiful state parks in the southeast, 15 minutes to Rock City and 15 minutes to Ruby Falls.

More Details

Property Manager
Angie Tatum
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 21, 2018


Chickamauga House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • Master suite on 1st floor with full bath. Second master suite on 2nd floor with full bath. Twin bunk in 3rd bedroom. 4th bedroom is in a loft with a playroom.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • rock climbing


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(11 traveler reviews)

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America's 1st THIS OLD HOUSE Idea Home
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Wonderful Christmas getaway

  • 5 of 5

We has the best time, the home was beautiful. Angie knew we were doing our family Christmas, she made sure that the was a beautiful Christmas tree there. A beautiful tree next to a warm fire doesn't get much more Christmas than that. I can't say enough about how wonderful the home was. Everything was perfect, we loved it so much we want to come back in the summer to enjoy the lovely wraparound porch.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming and picturesque

  • 5 of 5

We were staying for a wedding and didn’t have much time to enjoy it but the kids loved the treehouse and swing and bunk beds. So many picture taking possibilities ! The television was on the fritz in our visit but we didn’t have time to watch it anyway. Appreciated the detailed information as we had my elderly parents and our special needs child ( along with our two other kids) with us . Found a wasp but hubby killed it quickly Thanks for everything !

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful House!!!

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect house for our weekend with friends. We were extremely satisfied.

We will be staying here again next year!!!


  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Mike - we are thrilled you had a great time!! We would love to have you back!
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From Shanghai Elite Triathlon Club

  • 5 of 5

We come to this house for couple days for IRONMAN70.3 on Sep.9-10. The old house really impress all of us and we are all happy to stay there. Host is nice and help to solve problem. Many thanks for it.

Highly recommend you or your family to stay there because have amazing place around and with a outdoor pool. Hope we can stay more days.

Big Thanks from SETC (Shanghai Elite Triathlon Club)

Susie and Alex

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing Cottage in the woods.

  • 5 of 5

This home and the property that surrounds this home is absolutely beautiful. The house was pristine, decorated beautifully, spacious and the wrap around porch gave this home a spectacular touch. Our kids had so much fun playing in the Tree House, swinging on the rope, and hanging out in the game room in the attic of the house.

We hope to come back and stay longer next time.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, Gigi, for those kind words!! We are thrilled your sweet family had a good time and would certainly welcome you back any time!!
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Hidden gem

  • 5 of 5

Great place. Amazing house. Beautiful area. grass at badminton course needed a mow which isn't a huge deal. Overall wonderful experience

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Jason, for choosing us for your getaway! We are thrilled you liked the house. We will do better on the mowing - appreciate that helpful feedback!
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 7.0%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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