Private Estate on Lake W/Seclusion, Rustic Luxury, Private Swimming Pool(38 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2-5 nights
- Property type:Lodge
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
3br, 2b, Full Kitchen, Den W/ Fireplace And 20' Ceiling. 2 Xtra Beds In Bunkhous
The stunning pool area surrounds an approximately 20' by 40' gunite swimming pool with a low jump-board. The pool uses salt for chlorine conversion so the water feels softer than a typically chlorinated pool. It is easier on skin, clothing and eyes and does not have the odor of a chlorinated pool. The pool is fenced and gated with an iron fence and beautiful landscaping. There is a bar at the pool that includes a sink and built-in refrigerator. The bar is covered by an arbor that hosts abundant wisteria to shade you from the sun. The pool area is lighted for use in the evenings. There are numerous chairs and lounges with seat cushions and pool floats. The shower house at the pool includes full restroom facilities with a wonderful rainshower type shower head.
Nearby the swimming pool is a precious playhouse for youngsters (used by our daughters in their childhood). Farther away, at the top of the hill near the orchard, is a treehouse (used by our sons in their childhood). It's a simple but idyllic structure in the trees, to be used only under adult supervision. There are many private acres, both fields and forests, for your walking and exploration. While Center Hill Lake, an Army Corps of Engineers managed impoundment, is lovely to view from the house, it is a significant undertaking to hike to the water's edge. It appears to be reasonably close but is in fact about 300 feet away and 300 feet below in elevation. There is abundant wildlife in the area. There are nature guide books at the house to aide you in identifying the various species if you have interest.
There are cutting garden areas. If anything is in bloom during your stay and you like fresh flowers in the house you are welcomed to use reasonable quantities. The gardener will likely be around some if your visit is during the growing season. There are about 20 acres we keep mown and around the house there is always something that needs to be planted, trimmed, or removed. If your stay for is more than seven nights the housekeeper will visit to change beds and freshen up the bathrooms, etc.
The town of Cookeville is approximately 20 minutes away. There you will find numerous franchise and local dining establishments, shopping opportunities, groceries and entertainment options. Frequently there are bands playing complimentary live performances in the city parks. Check the Cookeville, Tennessee website for more information. We would be glad to assist you with advice on special opportunities at the time of your scheduled visit. There are numerous Tennessee State Parks within close proximity, a regional medical center (CRMC) for emergency requirements, and numerous other attractions for a variety of interests.
Please read our entire listing to understand the full details such as the typical swimming season, main house capacity, etc. We'd love for you to be our Guests! You should come.
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Member since: 2013
- 2600 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Children Welcome:
Domestic dogs and cats are permitted. Both the front porch and the back yard can be used to contain non-destructive animals behind a 3' high fence. A portable crate is available on-site for your use upon request....moreless
- Smoking Allowed:
While the structure is two story, the first floor can be navigated by wheelchair. There is a 4' elevation change from the driveway/parking area to the front porch and another 3' elevation change from the front porch to the entry door elevation. The house was not designed to be wheelchair accessible. The pool area is not wheelchair accessible but navigable once there. ...moreless
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15, Beds for 6-15
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms
- While we welcome use of the property for events such as weddings, receptions, reunions, etc., where numerous guests would likely be involved, the fee schedule offered herein does not apply. Please communicate with the owners with your plans for special events and fee schedules will be negotiated individually, based upon your requirements....moreless
- DVD Player:
- Game Room:
- Music Library:
There is a stereo in the living room, with speakers there and on the back deck overlooking the lake. There is a 2nd stereo unit you can take to the pool and attach to speakers installed at the arbor....moreless
- Video Library:
- Away From It All
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Scenic Drives
- Wildlife Viewing
- Lake View:
- Mountain View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Water Skiing
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- Seating for 10 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
Beautiful, comfortable, all cotton linens are used on all beds. Beds will have fresh linens upon your arrival and will be changed mid-stay, upon advance request, if your stay exceeds seven days....moreless
- Living Room:
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine:
- Coffee Maker:
- Dishes & Utensils:
Boating/fishing is popular on Center Hill Lake as well as the nearby Dale Hollow Lake and Cordell Hull Lake. The nearest access for fishing boats is 2 miles away, for large boats is 5 miles away....moreless
- Deck / Patio:
- Kayak / Canoe:
- Lanai / Gazebo:
Pool / Spa
- Heated Pool
- Hot Tub:
- Housekeeper Optional
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Apr 15 - Oct 15, 2017
5 night min stay
Changeover Day: Friday
Rates are based on 6 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $500
- Main House housekeeping $150
- Tax Rate 9.75%
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Rates quoted on VRBO.com are based on a maximum of 6 guests using the main residence. Should you require the additional use of the bunkhouse with 2 add'l queen beds the additional charge of $100 per night or $150 per night in "Green Season" will be included. The bunkhouse will sleep up to 4 additional guests. The VRBO auto-quote feature may not correctly calculate your charges so please request a quote prior to booking. Pool season is 4/15 - 10/15.
For reservations made after August 1, 2015, credit card fees charged to the property owner will be deducted from your deposit refund. The fee for using a credit card is 2.9%. No fee is charged for paying by eCheck.
Our cancelation policy is detailed in the contract. It has priority over VRBO statement and policies.
Owner's cancellation policy:
50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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We have numerous State Parks and Recreation areas that make good day trips if your group desires more activity than that afforded at Hillmont Lodge . Check out Burgess Falls State Park, Cummins Falls State Park and the Window Cliffs area recently purchased by the State of Tennessee to be maintained as a natural area.
Year Purchased: 1991
About the owner: Our family enjoyed living on this property for about 15 years prior to moving back into the nearby town of Cookeville. Since moving to another home in about 2008 we've continued to make improvements to the grounds and structures. We're very proud of our little private paradise.
Why the Owner Chose Baxter, TN, USA:
While this property could be considered rustic, it is elegant as well. We have developed this lakeview setting for the comfort and enjoyment of our family and guests. When we are there we think we should never leave, and possibly you will feel the same. From April through October you can enjoy either the blooms of the wisteria, bridal wreath spirea, crepe myrtle, hearty hibiscus and butterfly bushes. Another of our favorites is the peonies that usually bloom profusely about the middle of May. There's generally good floral color from the beginning of April till the middle of October when the leaves of the hardwood forests begin their magnificent colorful transformation to fall colors. You'll find the location is condusive to indoor/outdoor leisure for folks who'd like a few days 'off the grid'.
The Unique Benefits at this Lodge:
When you arrive you'll drive down the half-mile of driveway, through forested fields, then suddenly break over a hilltop and see what seems to be a private compound. When you awaken your first morning your breath will be taken by the fresh morning light on the 'pool' side of the house. Then in the evening the sunsets, occasional foggy landscapes, and glistening views of Center Hill Lake on the lakeside will ease you. The well appointed, private swimming pool was planned by top Nashville landscape architects and the plantings were executed according to a commissioned plan by Southern Living Magazine. In season at the pool you'll find a bar sink and refrigerator for your convenience while relaxing and a gas grill for cooking if you wish. The shower-house at the pool provides nearby facilities for a restroom as well as a fabulous rainshower type shower stall.
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Approaching view of Hillmont Lodge
Overhead view of pool area
Poolside at night
The drama of weather unfolds in the view from the back of the house in the fall.
Den/livingroom opens to dining, entry hall and kitchen
Galley kitchen from dining area perspective
South bedroom with 2 twin beds and full sofa.
Bunkhouse with full sofa and 2 queen beds.
North upstairs bedroom
Free-standing fireplace in greatroom
Approaching view #2
Poolside jacuzzi and shaded kitchen area.
Lakeview after summer rain
A pretty, clear day in early summer.
Dining Area - two additional table leaves expand seating to 10
Balcony library overlooking the living room.
Shared upstairs bath as seen from the south bedroom.
Balcony seating/media area
View through kitchen to dining area
Panoramic view of pool area
Seating area in greatroom
This listing was first published here in 2013.
Date last modified - Tuesday, December 06, 2016
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