About the property
- Cabin3100 sq. ft.
- Half Baths2
- Minimum Stay2 nights
Cabin, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 3.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 9)
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What sets this house apart is its private dock and large swimmable shoreline. At Whipkins Cove, you can swim in a shallow area (gets deep gradually) near fire circle or plunge into deep water at the dock. One of the few areas around lake where you feel safe swimming out from shore.
This is a great home for multi-generational groups or two families vacationing together. Be sure to check out the video tour (with guided audio).
Home has three distinct living 'zones.' Top floor has master bed (king) with private bath (soaking tub and separate shower) and loft (w/ built-in double bed).
Middle floor has open kitchen/dining/living area (w/fireplace), 1/2 bath off kitchen, and master bedroom (king) with private bath (shower only).
Lower floor has mudroom with extra-large capacity W/D, 1/2 bath, entertainment area with sofa/love seat/fireplace/50-inch TV, and a large bedroom with two sets of bunkbeds and private bath (tub/shower combo and double sinks).
Outside there are four levels of decks, two covered porches and a huge waterfront with boulders to relax on. Fire circle at lakeside. Swim right off the dock or shore (from your own private gravel beach with large sitting stones).
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- Response time:
- within one day
- Calendar last updated:
- May 20, 2018
Our family has long dreamed of creating a vacation rental home specifically for the people who visit. We travel the globe for work and pleasure and take notes and ideas from each place we stay in. We jumped at the opportunity to buy Whipkins Cove (named by the former owners, who used a combination of their last names) and transform it into an amazing place by moving walls, adding dormers and giving it upscale touches. More than $100k later (ouch!), the home is completely remodeled and designed for maximum guest enjoyment (ie: lots of room to spread out and a lot of luxury touches). Taking ideas from our favorite hotel chains (including Marriott and Ritz Carlton), we furnished the beds, kitchen, bathrooms, etc., with amenities that would make the house comfortable and memorable. Now, as we enter our first rental season, we're blown away by the interest Whipkins Cove has already generated (including bookings made when it was still a construction mess). If Whipkins Cove is a VRBO success, we have our sights on other potential VRBO properties, including another cabin, this one located near the North Carolina ski resorts.
Owner purchased this Cabin in 2009
Why Owner chose Butler
Watauga Lake is beginning to capture attention of nature-loving travelers from around the globe. To us, that meant it would be a great investment opportunity. So far, that's been true. We've gotten inquiries from several Midwestern states, Florida, New England and even Europe. The kicker? Very few of the people contacting us had ever been to Watauga Lake before 2010.
What makes this Cabin unique
The waterfront is amazing. It ranges from peaceful to party (depending on the season and joviality of the boaters passing by). I love that we have both shallow-water and deep-water (40-feet-plus) areas right off shore. The shallow area is protected from cove boat traffic by a giant rock and tree, located about 50 feet off shore. The rock keeps boats from coming too close to shore (or they'll crash into it) and gives children a safe place to swim.
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
9 of us stayed here over Thanksgiving week and loved it. Plenty of room, high end amenities and great access to the lake. Will be checking it out during the summmer months!
Thanks for taking time to review Whipkins Cove! Delighted it was a great fit for your family’s holiday gathering. Just wait until you experience Whipkins Cove and Watauga Lake in the summer. Even better! Thanks for being great guests!
Amazing home with everything you need for a relaxing trip!
One of the best vacation homes we have ever had! This property is a treat! You can tell right away that it is well cared for. The owners have thought of every little detail. I liked how they left little notes of instruction/information everywhere. The basement area is perfect for kids of all ages. They have toys, games, and books that meet a variety of interests and ages. The loft has a gorgeous view complete with a comfy daybed for reading or napping. My guys loved the kayaks and the row boat! Beautiful views of the lake were seen from every deck level. Porch swings were also in abundance! So many nice touches- I could go on, but you should just see for yourself. :)
Wow Julie! I'm thrilled Whipkins Cove was a great fit for your family AND that it has everything you'd needed. We have even more games, toys, DVDs and helpful amenities set aside for our next trip up. Hope your family will come back to Whipkins Cove and Watauga Lake soon!
Unparalleled Lake Luxury!
What royalty our family felt like for the weekend! We truly appreciate the thought that the owners put into every single detail on the property. It was a memorable and magnificent stay. Lore was prompt with her response when we first arrived and had difficulty connecting to the WiFi (which we were then able to connect to immediately). We were in need of NOTHING. On our way in, we passed the drive in movie theater in Elizabethton. I have never been, and my mom thought it would be fun to venture out one evening for a movie. Once we arrived at Whipkins Cove, we did not want to leave for anything (not even when we had to go back home after checkout)! We spent the weekend drooling over the beauty of God's creation and all the work that the owners put into making this a vacation dream home. We will certainly be returning. Everything about the house was gorgeous. I was particularly drawn to the upstairs bathroom with the walk in shower and amazing bathtub. There were even bath salts present for my relaxation. They truly thought of everything! I would recommend this cabin to anyone. We laughed as people floated by the house on boats/ kayaks and just pointed and stared in amazement at the home. It is massive and breathtaking from the water! It was a real pleasure working with Lore. She is flexible and understanding. I am a huge cook and would have considered myself in heaven if I never left the kitchen all weekend! From the outdoor furniture to the matches and pens in the drawer and EVERYTHING in between, we thank you for such an incredible experience on Watauga Lake. There are even nicely printed labels located in various places around the home with helpful hints such as one in the shower that says to turn the knob a certain way if the shower head won't stop dripping. Helpful hints were handy and plentiful! This is one weekend that I will never forget. It is tranquil, serene, and a getaway to be adored by all. I hope to be speaking with Lore again soon as we plan for a longer family vacation next year. Everything was top notch and wonderful, from the time I found this home on VRBO to writing this very review! Thank you so much, Whipkins Cove!
Debbie August 2016
An incredible lake home for our entire family and friends. You will not be disappointed. The owners have thought of every little detail. Super clean and awesome!! My husband is a culinary instructor and absolutely loved the gourmet kitchen. Stocked with all the bells and whistles to create wonderful meals. All the rooms and beds are so comfortable.The private cove boat dock, the kayaks, the endless hours of noodling,relaxing and lake fun. The house layout is fantastic for places to watch TV and or read a book. Looking forward to coming again!!
Excellent Lake House!!
You will not be disappointed with this rental. The location and view are awesome. It has a very rustic, lake house feel, but everything is very modern. Wonderful kitchen with lots of great cookware. The beds are super comfy and the game room downstairs is great for kids. The entire house was exceptionally clean. There are decks everywhere with deck furniture to enjoy and a gas grill. We had so much fun with the boat and kayaks, fishing, and roasting hot dogs and making s'mores at the fire pit! The owners are great to work with.
Perfect rental on Watauga Lake
Stayed at Watauga Lake twice this summer (came here because Boone Lake was drained this summer). First stayed at a property atop a hill that claimed to be waterfront. Hey people: Having a dock in the water doesn't count as waterfront if you HAVE TO DRIVE TO THAT DOCK.
Whipkins Cove REALLY IS waterfront. The house is great. Up to date, clean, upscale comfortable. Wonderful!!! Can't beat the well-stocked kitchen with plates and cookware you want to use. And the shoreline is huge! Great for both swimming and docking your boat. Looking forward to returning next summer.
Hi Jennifer. I didn't realize you'd come to Watauga Lake twice this summer. Glad you found us after your first stay wasn't as advertised. We are fortunate to have 300 feet of waterfront connected to the house. :)
Looking forward to having you back. I suspect we will see more Boone Lake vacation renters before Boone Lake is refilled in coming years.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Thank you for choosing Whipkins Cove! A few notes: SUMMER RENTALS: We try to book complete weeks during the summer. Weeks that haven't rented by mid-May are available for shorter stays. Please call or email if you're not able to book these online. FEES: The cleaning fee goes directly to the housekeeping team. It's high... but we demand a lot of them. Beds are triple sheeted (bottom sheet... then top sheet - down comforter - top sheet). Makes the beds feel great, but takes housekeeping more time. They also stock toiletries, coffee pods and other items. Guests usually rave about the great job they do. TAXES: Sales taxes are also high (14.5%) but they help keep Watauga Lake beautiful. FISHING: Watauga Lake has great sport fishing (according to people who know more about fishing than I do). The common fish can be caught right off the dock or shoreline. Adults need a fishing license, which is available at stores and gas stations. Check the Dry Hill Diner (address in house) for rates and licenses.