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The Tulip Tree Bay Lodge

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

4-bedroom/4.5-bath that sleeps 14 on 5 acres with stunning lake views

A unique opportunity to stay in an architectural gem on Center Hill Lake! The Tulip Tree Bay Lodge is a 3200 square foot 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath house situated on 5 acres of mostly wooded land overlooking beautiful Center Hill Lake. The house comfortably sleeps and entertains 14 people. Enjoy your morning coffee or afternoon glass of wine on the gorgeous deck with views of center hill lake with no other homes in view.

Hot tub! Dish TV (two television screens throughout the house), Satellite Internet. Fire pit. Ping pong table, basketball goal, tree swing, and corn hole! Board games, movies, and many books for the entertainment and enjoyment of you and your loved ones.

Do you like to cook? The chef's kitchen at The Tulip Tree Bay Lodge will thrill you! Double ovens, cooktop, type of fridge, ice maker and dishwasher. For coffee lovers, choose from a traditional coffeemaker, Bodum French Press, Hario Pour over, or Keurig coffee for your morning wake up. Weber grill on the wrap-around deck. Leave your cookbooks at home! The house is stocked with over 20 cookbooks, with a focus on Southern cooking, but certainly not limited to it. Titles include many Southern Living annual cookbooks, Ms. Daisy's Teahouse (Nashville, TN), Williams and Sonoma, Prune (famed New York City Restaurant), Braise (Chef Daniel Bolud of NY, NY), Alice Waters (Chez Panisse fame in Berkeley, CA), Smitten Kitchen, Ottolenghi (London, UK), and many more. Plenty of dining seating inside as well as outside on the deck.

Designed by renowned Lake Tahoe architect James Morton in 1978, this house is unlike any other on Center Hill Lake! The house is constructed entirely of California Redwood, Western Cedar, and Mahogany.

For more pics and information, follow us on Facebook (The Tulip Tree Bay Lodge) and Instagram (@tuliptreebaylodge).


Master Bedroom- King size bed, Woods/lake views, desk, loveseat, two full baths en suite (main level)

Bedroom 2- King-size bed and twin-size bunk beds (upper bunk weight limit of 165ibs, intended for kids/teens), fireplace, loveseat- direct access to hot tub patio (downstairs)

Bedroom 3- Twin beds, direct access to hot tub patio (downstairs)

Bedroom 4- Twin bed, bunk beds- full on bottom, twin on top (upper bunk weight limit of 165ibs, intended for kids/teens) with en suite full bathroom (downstairs)

Small sitting room- Full Sofa bed (main level)

FOOD: Griffin's Produce Stand, Smithville Farmer's Market, Food Lion and Walmart are 15 minutes away in Smithville as well as some excellent options for dining out, like Los Lobos (Mexican), Foglight Woodhouse (Walling, TN, cajun food with a view), Smithville Donuts (Breakfast and Lunch), Kilgore's (meat and three), Sundance (cafe on the town square), and the new Webb & Sons Soda Fountain.

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Access Center Hill Lake at Sligo Marina (4 miles) and Ragland Bottom State Park (3 miles). Burgess Falls. Appalachian Center for Craft. Short Mountain Distillery. Canoe the Caney. Riverview Golf Course.

Need more space? Consider also renting The Cottage at The Tulip Tree Bay Lodge. Also available on VRBO, it is on the same 6-acre property and is just down the hill from the The Tulip Tree Bay Lodge. The Cottage is a three bedroom/two bath house that sleep 6-8. It will become available for rent in Summer 2018.

More Details

Ashley French
Member since: 2018
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2018

About Ashley French

A native Nashvillian who moved to New York City after college and worked in higher education consulting for over 10 years before relocating with her husband and family to Florida where she now moms three kids, works on a PhD in Sociology, teaches at a local liberal arts college, and is always dreaming of getting back to the lake house in Tennessee for some R&R!

Ashley French purchased this house in 2017


Sparta House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Max. adults: 12
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Master Bath 1
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Master Bath 2
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Hall bath
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , En suite bathroom in Bedroom 4
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , Near entryway and Living Room
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , master suite with two full baths, lake view, loveseat, desk
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Access to Hot Tub Patio
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , En suite bathroom
    Common Space - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sofabed in secondary TV room off kitchen. Deck access.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 bunk bed , Fireplace, access to Hot Tub Patio
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • festivals
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
We also have a fire pit, tree swing, and basketball goal.


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(4 traveler reviews)

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The Tulip Tree Bay Lodge
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

This home has ALL We Wanted plus extras !

  • 5 of 5

All our wishes were granted here! Unlike the Smokies, we get 4 extra hours to relax!

Day 1: Nice lunch at Smithville's Sundance, quaint shops on the square & dessert at Webb's Pharmacy till check in. Wow, lots of parking & level entry. Well adorned kitchen! Massive fridge, & an extra ice maker. Large inside dining sat us all & more room on the large deck. OMG, the view! Craft makers’ dream. Relaxed in rockers for cocktails. Loved the seclusion. Gorgeous flowering landscape. Laughed long & loud by the new fire pit. Beds were super comfy, a ton of closets, storage, linens, towels & 2 bedrooms access the hot tub!

Day 2: Crafts, Burgess Falls, reading novels, & simply relaxing. We grew to 9 guests today, still plenty of sleeping room. Getting ready for dinner at the Foglight Foodhouse was a snap with 4 1/2 baths! (Go early for best seating, great food!)

Day 3: We saw glass blowing, metal & wood working demos and bought pottery at the Appalachian Center for Crafts. Snow flurries arrived. So we all nested comfortably for movies in the big den with a nice fire & the ambience of this lovely Lake Tahoe inspired home. This gem bears quality craftsmanship throughout, views toward the lake in every room. The owners kept its glory plus all the upgrades! Another small den w/ TV is comfy for 5. A nice laundry room is near the enormous heated garage with ping pong, darts, bean bag toss & room for a car or a boat! Tons of cushions stored here for the inviting deck furniture. I saw only 1 chipmunk scamper to the lake & 1 mighty moose head impressively posed over the stairs.

We can't thank Ashley enough for the best mini-vacation ever! She professionally ensures everything is "spot on" for our enjoyment. Superbly stocked, amenities abound, abundant quality kitchen-wares, extremely clean, & secure. All appliances, hot tub, TVs, internet worked great. She immediately responded to 2 items for maintenance later which didn't affect our wonderful stay. Much respect & appreciation to Ashley & her Tulip Tree Bay Lodge! Enjoyed all our conversations. We're boasting our fabulous experience, just save us a spot for our return! Lastly, we enjoyed Blue Water Grill for Sunday lunch.

- We unanimously LOVE this place,

- The Gals of '74

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Pat, you and your friends were such a delight!! I am so glad you enjoyed your stay! Thank you for such a glowing review! We have worked hard to make this vacation home comfortable, relaxing and restful for all who visit! I hope you and the rest of The Gals of 74 return soon!!
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House was perfect for our trip!

  • 5 of 5

Everything was easy and the house was just what we needed for our guys weekend. Plenty of space and beds. Great common areas and the patio was amazing. We would go back here for sure. We played golf on Friday at Riverwatch and rented a boat at Sligo Marina on Saturday. Great view off the back deck.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Super great!!

  • 5 of 5

Very nice lake and house !!’

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Amazing

  • 5 of 5

This property lived up to and exceeded all expectations. From the amazing amount of room in the house to the stunning views. I plan on staying here anytime I go to visit my family. Make sure to checkout the marina 3 miles away for boat rentals on a beautiful lake.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Center Hill Lake is the biggest draw, but there are other activities, including: Canoe the Caney, Short Mountain Distillery, Appalachain Center for Craft, Calfkiller Brewery, Fiddler's Jamboree (early July), Wakefest (late July), and much more.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Property Damage Insurance $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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