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Butler, TN, USA
  • Cabin3500 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps12
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths2
  • Minimum Stay0 - 7 nights

Lakefront Mtn Cabin, 4 Bedrooms + 2 Convertible beds, 2.5+ Baths (Sleeps 8-12)

Waters Edge is a luxurious, new (finished July '07) custom built log cabin on the shore of beautiful, sparkling Watauga Lake. With 106 miles of shoreline and fabulous coves and islands to explore, use the canoe and kayak provided or bring your own boat and keep it at your very own private dock that comes with the cabin. Rental boats are also available at Fish Springs Marina, with a $10.00 discount for guests of Waters Edge.

If you have to stay in touch with the office, don't fret. Hook up to the wireless network high speed internet, plus make unlimited long distance calls within the continental U.S.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES GALORE!!!: There are plenty of activities close by including horseback riding, biking, mountain biking, white water rafting, snow skiing and tubing, sledding, ice skating, hiking (including the Appalachian Trail just 15 minutes away), fishing, golfing, shopping/strolling in Boone/Blowing Rock, or sightseeing and other activities at many outdoor parks anywhere from 10 minutes to 45-60 minutes away. Grandfather Mountain, Chimney Rock and the Blue Ridge Parkway are a few of the more well known destinations, but there are plenty more to be discovered. Bring your bikes and ride on Sink Valley Road right in front of Waters Edge, or transport them to biking trails in the area, including one near the Mast General Store outside of Boone, North Carolina and the Virginia Creeper Trail out of Abbingdon, Virginia to the north. And if none of that interests you, just sit back on one of the four decks and take in the beautiful scenery of the lake and mountains. Or turn on your favorite music on the outside speakers.

NOT SO OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES: For those who are not into outdoor activities, there are plenty of other activities. The Butler Museum tells the story of Butler, The Town that Wouldn't Drown! The town used to be at what is now the bottom of Watauga Lake. Old structures, signs and roads are explored by avid scuba divers. In Boone, NC near Appalachian State University and in Blowing Rock, NC, there are plenty of shops with arts, pottery, clothing and collectibles. There are also quite a few excellent restaurants. For bigger city shoppers, Johnson City, TN is not far away. Before you get to Johnson City is Elizabethton which has its own set of smaller town shops, restaurants and even an oldies car show downtown on the weekend nights in the warmer months and a drive-in movie theater!

YOUR VACATION ESCAPE: Escape to Waters Edge for a true retreat in the mountains of Tennessee and nearby North Carolina! The lake and national forest are at your doorstep. This lake home is truly waterfront with its own dock in the backyard. Bring your own boat or rent one nearby. Keep it at the dock which is just steps from the cabin down a winding sidewalk. Join our group of guests who say Waters Edge is the best cabin on Watauga Lake, and keep comin' back!

Fall colors abound around Waters Edge and in the vicinity. Panoramic views are found in any direction you drive.

During the winter, there are 4 ski slopes within a 40 to 50-minute drive. Enjoy the challenge and bustle of the slopes during the day, then escape to your own private mountain lake home. You will easily be able to unwind and relax in front of the home theater system, stone fireplace, Jacuzzi, or fire ring by the lake.

The calendar fills up quickly and well in advance. Make your reservation today and come escape and relax at WATERS EDGE!!!


Scott Russell

Member Since 2008
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 11, 2018
About Scott Russell

My wife and I are environmental consultants in Florida who love to escape to the Appalachian mountains. Good quality lake water is important to us in our profession and our free time. Those are prime reasons why we chose to build on the shores of Watauga Lake - the mountains (elevation of 2000 feet at our home) and absolutely great water quality. We enjoy it all at Waters Edge - all outdoor activities, relaxing in the cabin, cooking with family and friends, and enjoying the mountains. When we leave Waters Edge, we are saddened but already planning our next trip back. We have made Waters Edge a truly premier cabin for us and our guests. We have carefully planned and selected everything you will need to enjoy your stay. We have it cleaned and maintained meticulously to keep it in that premier shape. We are sure you will notice it and it will add to your enjoyment.

Scott Russell purchased this Cabin in 2007

Why Scott Russell chose Butler

We chose Watauga Lake out of twelve lakes we were looking at in the southeast because of its elevation, its great water quality, and lack of crowding. Sixty percent of the watershed is occupied by the Cherokee National Forest and will never be developed. There are no weekend or summertime boat jams on Watauga. We also wanted mountains and views of them from the cabin. On Watauga we got it all! It is the perfect vacation lake home for year round enjoyment. There are indoor and outdoor activities at the home or close by during all four seasons. Our home is in the country, but convenient to the cities. Once you experience our lake home, no others will do!

What makes this Cabin unique

Guests will truly enjoy being directly on the lake with their own private yard and boat dock with a swim ladder. They will also enjoy the fact that it is an easy drive in and out - no steep, white knuckle roads! The views of the lake and mountains are outstanding. Often at night, you will hear nothing - that is NOTHING!!! Peaceful. Or crank up the stereo inside and out, grill out, toast marshmallows at the fire ring by the dock and life is good! There are too many unique features to mention all of them - the fully equipped gourmet kitchen, home theater, Jacuzzi, fireplace, outdoor shower, canoe, kayak, pool table, game table, 4 decks and a balcony ....... And all in excellent, well-maintained condition. Come see why many of our guests have said it is the nicest cabin on Watauga Lake!


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
      • Master Bedroom
        1 king
      • Loft Bedroom
        1 queen
      • Lower Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Lower Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single
      • The four Bedrooms sleep eight, then the two queen sleeper sofas sleep four more. These are located in the Living Room on the Main Level and in the Family Room on the Lower Level. All Bedrooms, including the Loft Bedroom have doors for privacy, plus plenty of furniture, closets and an armoire for clothes. Ceiling fans are found in each Bedroom. All Bedrooms have views of the lake.


      • 2 Bathrooms, 2 Half Baths
      • Master, Main Level
        toilet, shower, jetted tub
      • Powder, Main Level
      • Guest, Lower Level
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Outdoor Shower, Lower Level
        outdoor shower, May 15th - Sept 15th
      • You will find the Bathrooms are luxuriously furnished and more than ample for your group. The outdoor shower during the warmer months is a definite plus, and great for rinsing off when coming in from the lake or outdoors. Custom decor has been carefully selected for each of the Bathrooms inside. There is a window above the Jacuzzi in the Master Bathroom through which the foliage, blue sky, or starlit night sky can be viewed while unwinding.

      Location Type

        • Lake
        • Lake View
          Superb views of the lake from nearly all rooms, decks, and balcony.
        • Lakefront
          Truly lakefront with your own dock for swimming, boating, canoing, and kayaking. Beautiful view of the lake, cove, and mountains from nearly all rooms and decks, plus balcony.
        • Mountain
        • Mountain View
          Beautiful mountains and rolling topography of Tennessee from nearly all rooms, decks, and balcony.


            • Family


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Laundry Soap
                    • Activities Guide
                    • Alarm Clock
                    • Broadband Access
                      Charter Cable.
                    • Ceiling Fans
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Front loader In the cabin for your use only.
                    • Ducted Cooling
                    • Ducted Heating
                    • Fireplace
                      Gas log with remote control.
                    • Free Long Distance
                      Unlimited long distance within the continental U.S.
                    • Gas Fireplace
                      Natural Tennessee stone fireplace with logs and remote control.
                    • Heating
                      Central electric heat all three floors.
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Four zones for controlling comfort on the three floors.
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Area
                    • Living Room
                      On main floor with plenty of seating, big screen TV, home theater, gas fireplace.
                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Parking Off Street
                      Front driveway will hold 3 to 4 cars, depending on size.
                    • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      This can be done in driveway but will restrict the number of cars that can be parked there. Trailer parking may be available at Bay View RV Park (in Butler, a 3-minute drive) or Fish Springs Marina (a 10-minute drive).
                    • Security System
                    • Sofa Bed
                    • Telephone
                      (3) One on the Main Floor, one in the Loft, and one on the Lower Level.
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                      Top loader in the cabin for your use only.
                    • Water Cooler
                    • Wireless Internet
                      Wireless router is located in Loft but should be available throughout cabin. A key code is provided if your computer requires it.


                        • Kitchen
                          Located on the Main Floor is a fully equipped Kitchen including all standard appliances, dishwasher, microwave, blender, and coffee maker. A Kitchenette/Wet Bar with a sink, microwave, coffee maker, and refrigerator is located on the Lower Level. Both refrigerators have ice makers.
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Coffee Maker
                          Two - one in the Kitchen on the Main floor and one in the Kitchenette on the Lower floor.
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Full set of gourmet cookware and utensils. Crockpot, blender, and mixer are included.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Fully equipped with everything you need.
                        • Dishwasher
                          Large capacity dishwasher in Kitchen on Main floor.
                        • Freezer
                        • Grill
                        • Ice Maker
                        • Blender
                        • Kitchenette
                        • Lobster Pot
                        • Microwave
                          (2) Two are provided - one in the Main Kitchen, and one in the Kitchenette/Wet Bar.
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                          (2) Two are provided - one on the Main Floor and one on the Lower Level. Both refrigerators have ice makers.
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 12 people


                                • Pool Table
                                • Books
                                • DVD Player
                                  One on Main floor and one on Lower Level.
                                • Game Room
                                  Pool table and poker/game table.
                                • Games
                                  Pool table and board games.
                                • Music Library
                                  Several CDs.
                                • CD Player
                                • Radio
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  (2) The Wide Screen LCD TV is located in the Living Room on the Main Level and an LCD TV is located in the Family Room on the Lower Level.
                                • Stereo
                                  On Main floor, inside and outside.
                                • Television
                                • VCR
                                • Video Library
                                  Several DVDs are provided.


                                    • Outdoor Entertainment Area
                                    • Balcony
                                      The balcony runs between the two decks on the Main Floor.
                                    • Boat Dock
                                    • Canoe
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      (4) Four decks are provided - two on the Main Floor and two on the Lower Level. Two have roofs and one has a deck above. Two picnic tables, and two round tables with plenty of chairs are included. Phenomenal views of the lake and mountains are provided for you enjoyment! Outside stereo speakers complete your vacation package.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      One canoe and 2 kayaks.
                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      (2) Two of the decks are covered with roofs and one is covered with a deck above.
                                    • Barbecue
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                    • Porch / Veranda
                                    • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                                    • Walkway to Water
                                    • Wood Deck

                                      Pool / Spa

                                        • Jacuzzi
                                        • jetted tub
                                          This is a 2-person Jacuzzi provided in the Master Bathroom with a view of the foliage or starry sky out one window.


                                            • autumn foliage
                                            • caves
                                            • churches
                                            • cinemas
                                            • forests
                                            • library
                                            • marina
                                            • museums
                                            • restaurants
                                            • waterfalls

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • antiquing
                                                • boating
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • shopping
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • sledding
                                                • walking
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • fitness center
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • rafting
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • hunting
                                                        • ice skating
                                                        • jet skiing
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • mountain climbing
                                                        • mountaineering
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • rock climbing
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                        • skiing
                                                        • snorkeling
                                                        • snorkeling/diving
                                                        • snowboarding
                                                        • spelunking
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • water skiing
                                                        • water tubing
                                                        • whitewater rafting
                                                        • wind-surfing


                                                            • To clarify, the iron and board are in the Laundry Room, not the Kitchen. There is a fully equipped gourmet kitchen on the Main Level with everything we could think of that you will need. There is also a Kitchenette/Wet Bar on the Lower Level with a microwave oven, additional coffee maker and full refrigerator. Both refrigerators have ice makers and the one on the Main Level also dispenses cool water. On the Main Level is a stone fireplace with gas logs, widescreen TV with home theater system, CD/DVD players, stereo tuner, and controls for outdoor speakers on 3 of the 4 decks. There is also an LCD TV and CD/DVD player on the Lower Level in the Family Room. The pool and game tables are also here. Life vests, canoe, and kayak with paddles are provided. You have your own private dock in your backyard with a swim ladder and plenty of room to tie up the canoe, kayak, your own boat, or a rental boat if you decide to get one. Next to the dock is a fire ring and bench.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                              23 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Great family get away

                                                              Matt & Bev B.

                                                              We were very fortunate to book this home for our family to spend time together over the holidays. We were near enough to Beech and Sugar for some snow skiing for some of our grandchildren to learn.

                                                              The home is in great condition and the three floors made it great for a group of 12 to spread out. The owner was responsive as was the local support person. I would love to book it again during motorcycle and Kayak season. Matt B Tallahassee, Florida

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              We are so pleased that this group thoroughly enjoyed our cabin and enjoyed the local snow skiing. We are looking forward to having them as guests again!

                                                              Scott Russell, Owner

                                                              Wonderful Week At a Beautiful Lake

                                                              Chip C.

                                                              We just got home after spending a great week at Water's Edge. First let me say that you will not find a more picturesque lake no matter where you go. The mountain views are spectacular and, after renting a pontoon boat, the sunset cruises were outstanding. The water is very clean and clear. My only complaint was that makes for tough fishing and I didn't catch anything. However, it is everything you would want for swimming, tubing and water sports.

                                                              The cabin is a log cabin with knotty pine ceilings and interior walls. It is well furnished and the kitchen is well stocked with most utensils that you would need. There are refrigerators on the main floor and in the lower floor game room that both have ice makers.

                                                              The great room on the main floor, the game room on the second floor and the decks on both floors provided plenty of room for the 6 adults and 4 ten to fourteen year old kids to congregate and enjoy each others company.

                                                              We ran into two small problems during the week and Scott, the owner, was very responsive and had people come over in a timely manner to correct the problems to our satisfaction. Scott was very easy to work with and very helpful. You can tell that he and his wife are very proud of their beautiful cabin and want their guests to feel the same.

                                                              The lake is rather remote so don't expect great restaurants or crazy nightlife but if you are looking to get away and relax and do some hikes along the many nearby mountain trails then you can't go wrong with the beautiful Water's Edge on gorgeous Watauga Lake.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              We were very pleased to have this group as our guests and love to hear feed back like this! On the issue of restaurants, there are actually several fantastic restaurants within 10 to 30 minutes away. There is an authentic Italian restaurant 10 minutes away, with the owner/chef direct from Italy - La Cucina - with food to die for! There is an authentic Thai restaurant - Monsoons - even closer and just as good, with the owner/chef directly from Thailand. Then there is Captains Table, 15 minutes away with excellent seafood cuisine and views of the lake and mountains that remind me of the Grand Titons in Wyoming. Finally, 30 minutes away, is an excellent German restaurant Freiberg's - in Johnson City, 20 minutes away, there is a fantastic continental restaurant - Subas- with food and desserts that are out of this world, and Shirleys for fabulous country cooking and entertainment 7 - 8 minutes away. In Boone, Blowing Rock, Elizabethton, and Johnson City, about 30 to 40 minutes away, there are even more restaurants with excellent food!

                                                              Wonderful house on the lake!

                                                              Jennifer P.

                                                              The house was absolutely spectacular. Plenty of room and everyone had their own sleeping space. We appreciate being able to bring our dog, she just loved swimming in the lake. We loved having access to a canoe and kayak. The detailed instructions you had for everything in the house was so great to have. The house had everything we needed! Thanks again for a wonderful stay.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              This is such great feed back! It confirms everything we try to accomplish. We really do want all of our guests to have this same experience. Thank you and come back any time!

                                                              Scott Russell, Owner

                                                              Tranquility in Tennessee

                                                              JoAnn M.Texas

                                                              Our family just enjoyed a wonderful week at Water's Edge. The home is well designed for a family vacation with three living areas, a large well-equipped kitchen and dining area and ample porches. We put our boat in at the nearby RV park and kept it docked at the house all week. The lake is truly beautiful. My husband, brother-in-law and nephew fished the lake while my sister-in-law and I walked our dogs on the rural roads and the nearby Virginia Creeper Trail. We toured Boone and Blowing Rock and caught a movie in Johnson City. The house is conveniently located so all were within about a 20-30 minute drive. Or you could spend the whole time relaxing at the house. Couldn't have asked for a more relaxing week! The owners are great to deal with; very responsive.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              We really appreciate this feedback! We work very hard to keep our cabin in excellent, luxurious condition for our guests. It speaks well of a few of the activities at our home, on the lake, and in the surrounding area. There are even more activities on the lake and within 30 to 60 minutes. We do try our best to accommodate our guests to insure they thoroughly enjoy their time at Waters Edge!

                                                              Fabulous vacation at Water's Edge!

                                                              Linda M.Endicott, NY

                                                              We had the pleasure of staying in the lovely Water’s Edge cabin on our recent trip to Tennessee. The “cabin” was absolutely beautiful! It is located in a very peaceful and quiet cove on the lake. It was a perfect spot to ‘explore’ the surrounding area—either by canoe or by car—or just sit and relax and enjoy the beautiful view of the lake and the surrounding countryside!

                                                              The cabin was tastefully furnished—high quality, yet very comfortable and homey. The kitchen (and the whole cabin, for that matter!) was equipped with everything you could possibly need or want! Many of the basic necessities were thoughtfully stocked for vacationer’s use and convenience. No detail was overlooked! The owners were very helpful and prompt in providing feedback to any questions we had, as well as suggestions for site-seeing, dining, or things to do in the area. Very clear and detailed instructions were provided on how to operate anything within the home, which made everything so user-friendly!

                                                              We truly enjoyed our stay in the beautiful Water’s Edge home—we didn’t want to leave! We hope to have the pleasure of returning again soon! Special Thank you to Scott and Michele for allowing us to share your wonderful home!

                                                              (BTW…We even had a resident Crested Kingfisher that would entertain us daily, by showing his hunting and diving expertise, right at the edge of the dock! )

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              We are always thrilled when yet another guest has totally enjoyed Waters Edge! It is our goal to provide the nicest cabin on Watauga Lake so our guests have an incredible lake vacation.


                                                              maggie p.

                                                              We spent a week at the cabin and it far exceeded our expectations! The cabin was beautiful, very clean and it was stocked with just about anything you could possibly need for your stay. It was very peaceful and quiet. We hiked different sections of the Appalachian Trail every day with our dogs, which was full of fun adventures! Scott's communication prior to, during and after our stay was perfect. Thank you for sharing your beautiful cabin!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              This is why we love sharing our luxurious lakefront cabin with guests. We really do put our best foot forward and hope that we hit a home run with each set of guests.


                                                              Butler, TN, USA

                                                              Boating, swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, shooting targets, national forest, parks, snow skiing, ice skating, NASCAR Bristol Race, Blowing Rock, Grandfather Mountain, Appalachian Trail, Virginia Creeper Trail, bicycling, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, jet skiing, Blue Ridge Parkway, fall colors, Appalachian State University, bluegrass music, car show in Elizabethton, antiquing, sightseeing, scuba diving. 40 Minutes to Johnson City, TN & 45 Minutes to Boone, NC


                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Tax Rate

                                                              $185-$375/nt US Dollars US Dollars; $375/night, 7 night minimum during summer (peak season), 2 to 5 night minimum at other times. Normal Cleaning, Garbage ($150.00), pet fee ($100.00), taxes(13.5% on rent & cleaning), & refundable $200.00 deposit for theft, damage, excessive garbage, excessive cleaning, etc. Dates Available: Year Round

                                                              23 Reviews
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