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Private Estate on Lake W/Seclusion, Rustic Luxury, Private Swimming Pool

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Last updated: 03/14/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-5 nights
  • Sleeps:15
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:Lodge
  • Internet:Yes
  • 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

Being offered for your secluded getaway is a well kept, well appointed, contemporary log home. The ground floor includes the Master Bedroom and bath, den w/ fireplace (firewood is furnished), full kitchen and dining area. Bedroom linens are high quality and professionally laundered. Guests frequently say they feel they have been pampered because the beds are so comfortable. The kitchen is stocked with an abundant supply of cookware, tableware, and serve ware. There's also a selection of basic spices and staples. Lakeside (rear) of the house is a large deck with plenty of seating and lounges furnished. Poolside (front) of the house is a covered porch also serving as a covered walkway to the Bunkhouse (not included in basic pricing for the main house) with ping-pong/playroom downstairs and additional sleeping space upstairs including 2 queen size beds, sofas and chairs in one undivided large room. The second floor of the main house includes two additional bedrooms, one with a full-size bed and one with two twin-size beds. The two upstairs bedrooms are joined by a shared full bathroom. Upstairs there is a seating area with large television, AppleTV, DVD player and a small collection of DVD movies. There is an upstairs balcony lakeside. The log house has a metal roof on which the 'pitter-patter' sound will lull you to sleep in a gentle to moderate rain. The metal roof can also make creaking and popping sounds when the suns begins to warm it up after being cool in the mornings. It's part of the charm but can surprise you until you become accustomed to the sounds. (You'll miss it when you're gone)
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

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/14/2017

Property Type

  • Lodge
  • 2600 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 15
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    The minimum age limit is 21 years....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    A portable baby-crib is available. Please bring your child's own sheets and/or blankets....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    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:

    Smoking is allowed outside only....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    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

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Bathroom 2 is upstairs in the main house....moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

    Bathroom 3 is at the pool and can serve bunkhouse guests. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • 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


  • Books:

    There is a small collection of books for every age. Bookshelves are on the 2nd floor overlooking the living room....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    There are DVD players for each television....moreless

  • Game Room:

    In the ground floor level of the Bunkhouse (rented as an option to the main house) there is a ping-pong table and dart board....moreless

  • Music Library:

    There is a small, eclectic music library for your use. An iPod connection is available on the main stereo amplifier....moreless

  • Stereo:

    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

  • Television:

    There are TVs in the ground floor bedroom (Bedroom 1) and upstairs in the main house, and in the bunkhouse. They are only for use with DVD players. There is no cable or satellite service....moreless

  • Video Library:

    A small library of DVDs is kept near the upstairs television....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake View:

    Center Hill Lake view from the property. Nearest boat launch is about 2 miles away. Nearest marina is about 5 miles away....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Check our pictures for views of the terrain around Center Hill Lake where the property is located....moreless

  • Rural:

    Property is situated on 100 private acres directly bordered by 1000's of acres of public property around Center Hill Lake....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Dining table seats 6 people without leaves and up to 10 with leaves added. We'll add leaves based upon the number in your party. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    A split central unit serves the main house. A mini-split unit serves the bunkhouse....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Available for your use in a closet at the end of the galley kitchen....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Firewood is furnished and conveniently kept on the front porch...moreless

  • Garage:

    The garage/bunkhouse structure, attached by a covered porch to the main house, is not available for parking a vehicle. The ground floor is used for the owner's storage and workspace. ...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    A central gas unit serves the main house....moreless

  • Internet:

    The house is equipped with wifi. Depending upon the device you use, you may be able to use wifi at the pool. ...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    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:

    The spacious living room includes a wood burning fireplace with a 24' interior stone chimney. There is a nice view of Center Hill Lake from the living room....moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking space at the main house is sufficient for up to 4 vehicles. Plenty additional space is available at the end of the driveway, about 100 yes from the main house. ...moreless

  • Telephone:

    There is a land-line for local calls, emergency (911) calls and incoming calls. Toll restriction is implemented. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    All baths are supplied with good quality cotton towels....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Available for your use in a closet at the end of the galley kitchen....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    A drip type coffee-maker with cone-shaped filter is available. ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    There is service for up to 12 guests....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Full galley kitchen with fridge, range, microwave, dishwasher and disposal. Ample tableware and serve ware for 12 guests. Some staples and spices are kept in the pantry....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Spices and staples are available....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    The interior balcony overlooks the living room/fireplace area....moreless

  • Boat:

    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:

    There are 2 independent decks overlooking the lake and a very spacious patio/deck area surrounding the pool....moreless

  • Golf:

    There are numerous golf courses in the area....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Kayak/canoe outfitters are nearby for river trips....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    At the pool is the beautiful wisteria-covered arbor. Seating furniture and lounges are available for up to 12 guests. Arbor dining bar includes a sink and refrigerator....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    The house is surrounded by a small lawn with ivy beds around the perimeter. Most of the yard is elevated and is partially surrounded by wrought-iron fence....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    A propane grill is available for your use. Propane is kept on site....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub:

    The hot tub is partially sunken to make access easier. It's comfortable for up to 4 people at once. It is open year-round....moreless

  • Private Pool:

    The approx. 20' X 40' pool is surrounded by wisteria that's breath-taking in the spring. Pool can be opened and heated off-season, or heated in the season for extra charge. Pool season is 4/15-10/15....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
"Green Season"
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
$300 $300
Fri, Sat

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 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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Last updated: 03/14/2017
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75 Miles
Nearest Airport
BNA - Nashville International Airport
13 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Numerous establishments in Cookeville
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
Numerous courses in the area
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
I-40, Exits 280 and 286
13 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Numerous local establishments in Cookeville

Car: Necessary

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.


Owner info

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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Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/14/2017

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  • Approaching view of Hillmont Lodge

    Approaching view of Hillmont Lodge

  • Overhead view of pool area

    Overhead view of pool area

  • Poolside at night

    Poolside at night

  • The drama of weather unfolds in the view from the back of the house in the fall.

    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

    Den/livingroom opens to dining, entry hall and kitchen

  • Galley kitchen from dining area perspective

    Galley kitchen from dining area perspective

  • South bedroom with 2 twin beds and full sofa.

    South bedroom with 2 twin beds and full sofa.

  • Treehouse


  • Bunkhouse with full sofa and 2 queen beds.

    Bunkhouse with full sofa and 2 queen beds.

  • North upstairs bedroom

    North upstairs bedroom

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Free-standing fireplace in greatroom

    Free-standing fireplace in greatroom

  • Approaching view #2

    Approaching view #2

  • Poolside jacuzzi and shaded kitchen area.

    Poolside jacuzzi and shaded kitchen area.

  • Lakeview after summer rain

    Lakeview after summer rain

  • A pretty, clear day in early summer.

    A pretty, clear day in early summer.

  • Dining Area - two additional table leaves expand seating to 10

    Dining Area - two additional table leaves expand seating to 10

  • Balcony library overlooking the living room.

    Balcony library overlooking the living room.

  • Shared upstairs bath as seen from the south bedroom.

    Shared upstairs bath as seen from the south bedroom.

  • Playhouse


  • Balcony seating/media area

    Balcony seating/media area

  • View through kitchen to dining area

    View through kitchen to dining area

  • Panoramic view of pool area

    Panoramic view of pool area

  • Seating area in greatroom

    Seating area in greatroom

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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