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"Onawim" Lakefront Cabin! Cozy setting, private boat slip and swim platform.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath. Sleeps 2-6. Beautiful lake views. Peaceful and quiet.

Onawim (on a whim!) is just 10 min. off I75. The closest marinas via water are Indian River Marina and Whitman Hollow Marina. The cabin lies right across from mile marker 8.

This cozy cottage, nestled amongst dogwood and pine trees is on a private dead-end lane and perches very close to the water. Steps and walkways make for EASY access to the lake. The 2 decks offer bountiful views of the lake and surrounding grounds. One of the decks has a gas grill. The other deck is covered, so you can enjoy it even in inclement weather. You will enjoy the lakeside lower deck which offers relaxing deck chairs and of course, a beautiful view. You can also sit on this shaded lakeside deck and keep an eye on the activities taking place on the dock and water. It's a great place for your morning coffee or 5 o clock cocktail, beer, or glass of wine!

You will really enjoy the private dock - both for a place to keep your boat(s) and a place to swim. The swim platform alone is 12x24. That is more than enough room to sunbathe and 'hang-out' on those exquisite summer days! A boat ramp is just 2 minutes away at Indian River Marina.

Be sure to enjoy the fire-pit and bring ingredients for smores!

You will find the accommodations comfy and cozy, perfect for smaller groups. There are 2 bedrooms. One has a king-size bed and the other has twin bunk beds and a full size bed. There is an eat-in kitchen, outside dining area, laundry area, and a family room. There is a DVD player, stereo, 2 television sets, and wi-fi. The air conditioning and ceiling fans will keep you comfortable on hot summer days. All the windows and doors have screens on them which allow for cool breezes as well.

The biggest attraction, of course, is the lake itself. By day or night, the lake beckons you to come out and play. The lake has numerous coves to explore and hang out in. So many coves, so little time! Norris Lake is great for all kinds of water sports and fishing. An added feature is the cabin's pontoon boat which is available for you to reserve.

The surrounding area offers countless recreational opportunities as well. The heart of Gatlinburg is approximately 75 miles south. Knoxville is 35 miles south. Come prepared to have a great time!

FYI: Owner manages a couple of other lake front properties in the same area. I encourage you to email or call to verify availability of requested time frame. If Onawim is not available, you have an option to check out the other properties! One property is 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and the other is 2 bedrooms, 2 baths. Both are lake front and each have a private dock and great views! If you have a large group, you could reserve all cabins, which sleep up to 17 people. That way you can be together, just not 24/7!

These can be viewed at VRBO Listing #726359 and #825364

Keywords: Cabin, lakefront, pontoon rental, Lake Norris house for rent, private, cottage, private boat dock, swim platform

More Details

Joanne Geveshausen
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2017

About Joanne Geveshausen

My husband and I both grew up in the Midwest. We thought we would move back someday but we discovered Norris Lake back in 2000, and the rest, as they say, is history! We stumbled onto a slice of paradise here on Norris Lake and love sharing that with other lake-lovers! We have spent a tremendous amount of time and energy making this a family-friendly place to come to year after year! From the awesome swim/boat dock, to the decks and fire pit, ONAWIM is a great place from which to enjoy the lake. I never tire of the beauty in and around Norris as well. It is a feast for the eyes! Additionally, East TN is a HUGE play ground. Not only does it have one of the prettiest lakes, but acres and acres dedicated to hiking, four-wheeling, and horseback riding. The outdoor enthusiast has a cornucopia of options! C'mon and enjoy!

Joanne Geveshausen purchased this cabin in 2006

Why Joanne Geveshausen chose Norris Lake

We choose this area not only because of its proximity to I75 and to town, but also for its privacy and feeling of getting away from it all. The fact that the cabin is on a dead end lane lends itself to being peaceful and quiet. There are two marinas in close proximity to ONAWIM. They are Indian River Marina and Whitman Hollow marina. This end of the lake has a plethora of coves to hang out in, rocks to climb and jump off of,and rope swings. It offers nice and smooth areas to ski or tube, and plenty of places to dangle a fishing line. It is my humble opinion that it doesn't get much better than this!

What makes this cabin unique

As a guest here, you will really enjoy the night sky, summer sounds, the sun coming over the mountain in the morning, the swim area, the fire pit, the decks, the dock, the peace....I could go on and on. Additionally, it is conveniently located close to town. Food-city and super Wal-mart are approx 5 minutes away. Lowe's, Wal-Green's, CVS, hospital, etc. All nearby.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks a million for sharing your darling cabin with us. It is such a beautiful place to relax. We appreciate that we could bring our "babies" with us. We hope to see you again! All the best!
Sep 2013
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Nearest Airport
46 Miles
Tyson McGee Airport, Knox
Car: necessary

If it is a rainy day and the lake would be no fun, then Gatlinburg and all it offers is a short drive south. The Appalachian Museum is interesting and near-by in Clinton, TN. Also, the Knoxville zoo.

There are different hikes to do around the area.

Four-wheeling is very popular in this area as well. There are miles and miles of trails to explore in the surrounding mountains.


Jacksboro Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Great lake views from this bedroom.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , Door from this room leads out to a deck facing the lake.
  • King size beds (1), Queen bed (1)Bunk Beds Twin size (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Owner has two other cabins in close proximity available for reservation if that would serve your needs to accommodate larger groups. You can be close by to your friends and family but still have your own privacy. Please inquire if interested.


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"Onawim" Lakefront Cabin! Cozy setting, private boat slip and swim platform.
average rating of 4.6086955 based on 100 reviews

All I can say nice is that the lake is very beautiful.

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See one star feedback from previous renter below. Homeowner says she is receptive to feedback; but I really don’t get that vibe so I’m choosing not to rehash. Me, husband, Mom and Dad felt the same way About this cabin and given the fact that Joanne seems to make, excuses, for the reason the way things are at her cabin I felt there was no use in me really being specific. Make your own decision and stay if you want. However, I would highly recommend that if you rent this place and you decide to rent a pontoon boat for example and you pay Joanne through PayPal… You may want to consider entering into a digitally signed Contract with her. Any time I’ve ever worked with Airbnb or previous VRBO homeowners, they have required this for rentals and any other ancillary pre-purchases but Joanne did not. In fact, she assured me they were “laid-back” and a “mom and pop environment/community”. I probably shouldn’t have rented the pontoon boat in advance of our arrival but because she assured me of how “laid-back and “they were an even told me that I could add on days after we got there if I wanted to, I decided to go for it. This trip, held a special meaning for us as a family. My parents had just been through cancer hell for the last two years and my husband and I wanted to treat them to some time away from all of the doctors, hospitals, etc.… And my dad really loves fishing and thought that two days on the boat would be a good amount for him to take up his favorite hobby that he hasn’t had time to do. So we get to the cabin and are there for a few days and then the day 1 ( really had it out for about five hours - but that’s on us), Bring it back, cleaned it up and fill it up with gas with every intention of using it on day 2. Day 2 arrives and my mom says that she really wanted us to spend time together as a family since we were all packing up and leaving the following morning. I contacted Joanne an hour and a half before we were scheduled to take the boat out and she says “just keep it for the day, you may change your mind”, we told her we would not be taking it and she again reiterated that we should keep it just in case. We never took it out and when I asked her if we could get the 2nd day rental of $200 back she said no and the only time you can do that is if it is raining and the weather is bad but you can’t get your money back if you change your mind. What happened to laid-back!?! Why couldn’t she at least just give us half...hmmmm.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a wonderful time. Joanne was awesome!!! She was so easy to work with, always available if we needed her. The cabin was beautiful in every way. Absolutely adorable. We loved the decks with the lake views, went swimming off the boat dock, had a fire in the fire pit with a full moon above, sky filled with stars, and cold drinks in hand. It was a perfect getaway. Would love to return some day. Anne W.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome Weekend

  • 5 of 5

What a great little getaway place. My girlfriends and I had a blast on the lake and the cabin was wonderful. On-A-Wim has a great Kitchen, comfy living room and the bedrooms were a perfect fit for the 5 of us. It was nice to be so close to the water, to go swimming whenever we wanted. Your neighbors were great also, very friendly and helpful when we were parking our cars. Joanne is a Gem to work with, very accommodating and as friendly as you can be. Loved that she took time out of her day to ask how our time on the lake was and helped us tie up the boat. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place to stay. Joanne was wonderful. Very responsive. The home was cozy and welcoming. Very clean. Well equipped. The lake was beautiful and grounds and fire pit amazing. What a great home away from home.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Very quiet location and a great view of Norris Lake.

  • 5 of 5

The house is well equiped and has pretty much everything you would need.The location is at the end of a dead end street, so it is very quiet which we liked.The decks off the house very nice and had great views of the lake.The house is kept nicely clean and very homey.If you are an outdoor person there is a lot to do in the area,lots of parks and hiking trails.We had a very nice stay,wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Pictuesque house nestled in the woods.

  • 5 of 5

Thanks to Joanne and her son, Jason, for their attentiveness during our stay. The house was very clean. It was comfortable with 3 different decks to sit on either for socializing or just being still. The master bed was very comfortable it was solid and snuggly. The bedroom was downstairs and maintained a cool comfortable temperature with out the use of AC or heat during our October stay. Smart TV, blue tooth speakers available, free WiFi, and small desk down stairs if you need to keep up with things back home---This was a nice feature which I planned on but did NOT use. This environment was very conducive to leaving "it" all behind. We brought our 2 dogs who loved exploring the hillside and rocks down by the water. The kitchen was well stocked with appliances (crock pot, blender, toaster oven) and cooking utensils (sharp knives). I always bring my own favorite knives to cook with, it seems other houses we have rented have 1 knife that is crooked and dull.

We rented the pontoon boat for 4 days while we were there. Jason's hospitality was refreshing, he was personable, brought cookies to the dogs, and was very helpful while teaching my husband about Norris Lake and how to use the boat.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Cleaning $75
Tax Rate 14.25%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Total amount of DAMAGE DEPOSIT is determined based on length of stay and whether or not the pontoon boat is reserved. It is collected upon arrival with a personal check or a credit card.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.