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Gorgeous Floating House, Sleeps 12, 4 BR/2 Bath, Stunning Views

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


Minimum Stay
5 nights

About the property

Floating lake house with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, full loft and mountain view.

Imagine sitting on your front deck with the picturesque views of the Cumberland Mountains while a bald eagle soars overhead. There are nesting eagles in the area and most days you will see them fly overhead or dive down to the water and grab a fish. Your boat is only a few feet away; the kids are able to swim without a walk to the pool all while you enjoy all the comforts of home. This is what life is like on Summer Retreat at Norris Lake. This is the perfect vacation; not only are you at the lake, but you are always on the lake. You are surrounded by the peacefulness and beauty of nature, your boat is a few feet away, and the kids are always entertained. Our house is nestled in a very quiet and peaceful part of the lake in a no-wake zone which makes it great for children to swim and very enjoyable to lay on a raft and relax.

This gorgeous floating home offers over 1,800 square feet of living area, with four bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a loft. You’ll enjoy the large kitchen that not only includes a full size refrigerator, stove, dishwasher and microwave but an ice maker that makes up to 50 lbs of ice per day. A large living room awaits you with a flat screen TV, DVD player, and a receiver that controls the interior and exterior speakers and has an iPod dock. There is also a full size washer and dryer and large gas grill. The exterior deck provides a walkway around the entire house with cleats for your boat(s) as well as a wave runner dock.

One of the things you’re sure to enjoy is the large covered front deck along with the additional 12’ x 32’ sun deck in the front. It provides a great place for sunbathing, relaxing while enjoying the scenic views or a great place for the children to play. No need to worry about splinters on the decking surrounding this house, it’s all composite decking.

Summer Retreat has four bedrooms. Three of the bedrooms have queen size beds and the fourth bedroom has bunk beds with a full on the bottom and a twin on top. The loft includes four twin beds and a TV with a DVD player. This house sleeps twelve guests comfortably.

The first bathroom includes a double sink vanity with a tub/shower. The second bathroom includes a single sink vanity with a large shower.

Our house is open and spacious. The great room provides a place to relax or catch a movie. The large kitchen provides plenty of space to prepare a perfect meal with a dining area to accommodate everyone either at the kitchen bar (five bar stools) or at the dining room table that seats eight.

We supply just about everything you need including fresh linens, blankets and pillows for all of the beds. In the kitchen we provide dishes, glasses, silverware, pots, pans, cooking utensils, coffee pot and filters. There will be trash bags, dish soap, dish washer soap, dish towels and cloths, and a starter supply of toilet paper and paper towels. All you need to bring is your food and drinks, towels (bath and beach), toiletries, and extra toilet paper and paper towels. You may also want to bring your own DVD’s and don’t forget your iPod.

Summer Retreat is located at Powell Valley Resort which is one of, if not the easiest, marinas to drive to on Norris Lake. No long winding, narrow roads to navigate while towing your boat, just 2 short miles once you turn off of 63. If you’ve driven to other marinas at Norris Lake you will be pleasantly surprised.

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Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 13, 2017

About Julia

After visiting Norris Lake several times and staying on rented floating houses, we decided this is where we always wanted to be with our boat. We love everything about this lake, from the clear waters, the beautiful mountains and gorgeous views, to the beautiful blue sky and catching a glimpse of the eagles flying overhead. With kids, we are not able to spend as much time at Summer Retreat as we would like. Renting it allows us to share our favorite family vacation home with other families. We hope you fall in love with Summer Retreat at Norris Lake just like we did!

Julia purchased this house in 2013

Why Julia chose Norris Lake

We love this house for so many reasons. The location is perfect; it's an easy drive off of 63, the views are incredible, the neighbors are great, and the house is beautiful and spacious. The size of the house allows us to have family and friends enjoy the lake with us. We have had it for only a year and constantly pinch ourselves with how lucky we are.

What makes this house unique

We love the way the house is so open and airy. The light coming through all the windows on beautiful summer days at the lake is so relaxing. The kitchen layout and bar area are perfect for all meals. Having the ice maker is wonderful and saves us many trips to buy bags of ice. The ease of having your boat(s) right out your front door is so nice. No loading and unloading multiple times a day - you just jump in and go. Come experience it for yourself!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Gorgeous Floating House, Sleeps 12, 4 BR/2 Bath, Stunning Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Excellent stay at Norris Lake

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed several different locations on Norris Lake over the last 15 years- homes, floating houses and house boats! Floating houses are by far our favorite! The 'Summer Retreat' floating house was absolutely delightful! Clean, organized and well stocked! Working with Julia and Ryan was simple and they thought of all the details! We will be renting from them again! The location of this floating house vs others on Norris Lake- quieter and more scenic view! What a wonderful time!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful family vacation here! The house was very nice, clean & comfortable. We pulled our boat right up to the fantastic swim deck, where we fished, swam and relaxed, enjoying the beautiful view. Can't wait to come back again!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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wonderful house, view & week!

  • 5 of 5

this floating house is amazing! the view is wonderful and not obstructed by other houses etc. inside the house there was plenty of sleeping room and everything we needed to spend 5 days/nights on the lake. we would definitely recommend to others and love stay again next summer!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is the second year that our family has stayed at this home, and it certainly won't be our last. We have rented homes at Norris Lake since 2002, and Summer Retreat is our favorite. The owners are great to work with, and the home is clean and well-stocked. It is easy to get to and in a very quiet area. The view is amazing!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Laid back and relaxed!

  • 5 of 5

My husband kept talking about renting a floating house on Lake Norris. I had never heard of a floating house on ANY lake. After searching online I quickly found out what a floating home was and was very impressed! Unexpectedly our house guests who were only coming for a weekend wanted to stay longer and go somewhere relatively close where she could relax and her husband could fish. We were very lucky that Summer Retreat had the dates we requested. We were able make reservations for our 4 day stay the week before! Wow!

Upon arriving we went around the entire house with our mouths open! Beautifully decorated! Spacious! I could tell someone took care in every detail. From the comforters and sheets on the bed to the kitchen utensils and cookware. Normally when I stay in cabins or condos I usually bring some of my cookware. This time I thought I would take a chance and just leave it at home. So glad I did. They had everything we needed and more! Even a slow cooker!! Of course I can't forget the ice maker!

There was always something to do. When my husband and brother-in-law were not on the boat fishing, we would sit on the deck fishing. My 5 year old daughter really enjoyed this. Gatlinburg is not too far from the lake(1 1/2hrs maybe). We did a girl side trip one day and did some shopping. We were sad to leave on Thursday. We all agreed it was very relaxing an fun. The scenery was beautiful! We will look forward to visiting again.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved our stay!

  • 5 of 5

House exceeded our expectations, it was clean and well maintained. Kitchen was very well stocked with utensils, pots, pans etc. Made cooking and grilling out very easy. Ice Maker was huge plus also for stocking coolers. Marina is Quiet and tucked away in a no wake zone, so very little boat traffic which allowed the kids to swim and not worry.

Located on the north east part of the lake. Great area for skiing & wakeboarding, we were always able to find smooth water not to far away. Owners are very friendly and helpful and would defiantly stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

La Follette House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Off Season
Apr 28 2017 - May 25 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
May 26 2017 - Sep 4 2017
5 night minimum stay
Off Season
Sep 5 2017 - Oct 29 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 14.25%

*Cleaning fee is included.
*There is a 5 night minimum stay for 2017. A 5 night stay is $2,100.00 BEFORE taxes. A 6 night stay is $2,300.00 BEFORE taxes. A 7 night stay is $2,500.00 BEFORE taxes.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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La Follette House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 13 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Bring towels - bath and beach!
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Loft - 4 twin/ single , Large loft with 4 twin beds and lots of space!
  • 3 Queen size beds, 1 double bed, 5 single beds and 2 futons.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • marina
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • jet skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Dock multiple boats and PWCs on all 4 sides.

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