Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

A Group Retreat House--25 min. from U.T. Stadium, 5 minutes from Norris Lake

Bedrooms 6
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

5 Bedrooms, 3 Full Bathrooms, Country Setting--sleeps 26+

Rabbit Run Retreat is nestled in a beautiful, tranquil country setting, located in Norris, TN. A large yard with a patio provides space for outdoor dining or just relaxing.

There are two large great rooms, 5 bedrooms, 2 family rooms, 2 kitchens and 3 baths. Extra sleeping areas on ground floor. Beds to sleep 26, but plenty of space for portable beds.

One great room overlooks a peaceful valley and pond where deer often wander. It is set up with large tables for crafts, meetings or dining with a view!

Judy Valentine
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 26, 2017

About Judy Valentine

Jim and Judy operated a sign shop, Val-U-Signs, in Oak Ridge, TN from the mid 80's until 2006. When we retired, our son purchased, and now operates, the business.

I guess we couldn't stay retired because here we are starting another business. In 2005 we purchased a Crestline modular home and erected it on our property in Norris (8.6 acres). We lived in the home until early 2012. It's a lovely home, but more space than we need. We subdivided the property, moved another house next door and now live there.

Over the years we have done quite a bit of entertaining in the Rabbit Run house. Plus there was one wedding and one memorial service. It really is a perfect place to have a gathering.

We chose the name because we have had a rabbit rescue here for several years.

Our rabbit rescue pen has become a home for chickens, two rabbits, and a guinea pig. Our granddaughter, Charlie, is an animal lover; and chickens are her current favorite. We still have a house rabbit in our home. He is a white dwarf named Marshmallow. There are also four cats--they are all gentle, and they may come to visit the Rabbit Run house yard.

Judy Valentine purchased this chateau / country house in 2005

Why Judy Valentine chose Norris Lake

It's a lovely and peaceful place. When we purchased the property in 1997, we wanted to be in the country without being too far from civilization. It's just a few minutes to drive to walking trails, streams, Norris Dam and Norris State Park.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Only an hour away from Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, the retreat is 16 miles north of Knoxville, TN--just minutes away from Norris Lake, Norris Dam, the Clinch River, Appalachian Museum, U.T. Stadium, hiking, biking, and horseback trails.

Shopping, restaurants, and easy interstate access are all close by.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Had a great time there at Rabbit Run Retreat with a great group of Veterans and the program for Veterans, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. Allowing us D.A. Veterans to come together and capture a little R & R, do a little fishing and be around a lot of great people. Thanks again and look forward to the next event. Sincerely, William (Charlie) PHWFF M'Boro, TN
Apr 2016
  • 1 of 17


Norris Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 30
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural ...
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 30
  • Bedroom 2 - upstairs - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Located on ground floor
    Bedroom 1-upstairs - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4-downstairs - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5-downstairs - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , Double/twin bunkbed plus a twin--on ground floor.
    Bedroom 3-upstairs - 1 queen
    Great Room-downstairs - 1 bunk bed , Double under, twin over
    Bedroom 6-downstairs - 2 twin/ single , 4 bunk bed , 3 single bunk beds, 1 double under and twin over
    Alcove-upstairs - 1 twin/ single , Alcove off hallway-upstairs
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Bed Summary: Queen = 3 Full = 5 plus sleeper sofa Twin - 14
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(25 traveler reviews)

68% Complete
28% Complete
0% Complete
4% Complete
0% Complete
A Group Retreat House--25 min. from U.T. Stadium, 5 minutes from Norris Lake
average rating of 4.6 based on 42 reviews

Great place for a group. Judy was an exceptional hostess.

  • 5 of 5

Great place for a group. Judy was an exceptional hostess.

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! Enjoyed your visit, and hope to see you again! Judy
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

The best time I ever had.

  • 5 of 5

A very lovely home with all one could hope for. Ms. Judy is a terrific host and is most helpful with anything you could want. We will definitely be staying with her again.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: C - I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay at Rabbit Run! It was a pleasure having your group, and I'll look forward to seeing you again. Judy
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


  • 5 of 5

We had our annual Cousin Camp at Rabbit Run this year. Our children and grandchildren were there. Judy Valentine, the owner, was very accommodating and even greeted us with a floral bouquet. The house was well equipped with everything we needed. There was lots of floor space and plenty of beds. We prepared all of our meals there in a kitchen that was well stocked with dishes, utensils, pots and pans, etc. The fire pit on the patio was perfect for making s'mores in the evening. The house was close to many of the activities we chose to do such as the Norris Dam, Norris State Park with a lovely pool, Norris Marina, Chunky Monkey for delicious Mayfield ice cream and even for the morning we spent at the Norris Health and Rehab Center doing a service project. Give Rabbit Run a try. We think you'll like it!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

This place is AWESOME!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

This last weekend, our non-profit organization spent three days here for our annual Board of Directors retreat, and it was truly wonderful!!!

My favorite things about Rabbit Run Retreat are (not necessarily in this order)

- It is huge!!! We only had nine women here but could have fit so many more.

- Every room...bedrooms, bathrooms, common areas...was not only clean and completely stocked, it was so comfortable and homey. We all agreed that we felt like we were staying in a favorite aunt's home.

- Between the four cats, the guinea pig, chickens, duck and deer, it was like being in our own little Charlotte's Web. Add in the pond out back and it really is idyllic.

-Everything was as described on the website. In fact, much of the time, it was even nicer. There are books and TV's and cushy couches if you want to cuddle up in a rain story, and lots of little nooks and crannies for people looking for a little quiet.

-The side porch!!! This was where we spent 90% of our time and it was so perfect for our needs. Lots of chairs and tables, brightly lit, windows we could open to let the fresh air in....since we had to work for hours, it was such a lovely place to be. And when we broke off into committees, there was so much room to spread out.

-The kitchen has all drawers and cabinets labelled and there is a bunch of stuff that most of us always forget we are going to need. Coffee filters, saran wrap, etc. being in someones home.

-Judy, the woman that owns the home, was fantastic! She was very easy to work with, answered all emails so quickly, and was really friendly. She was close by if we needed her, but when she left, we all felt like she trusted us with her home and was happy that we were there.

I could go on and on.....we all really loved it and can't wait to schedule something else here. Anyone that has any questions about this review, and our experience here, is welcome to holler at us at In the meantime, don't hesitate to book this will be glad that you did!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Anna, What a great review! I really appreciate it! It was so nice having your group, and I do look forward to your next visit. Warm regards, Judy
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Quiet, Country and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful experience with this property. The house is large enough to host several people comfortably. It was refreshing to have everything you need to sleep, cook, etc. right there. I've stayed in places that do not provide those things and it turns into a headache.

Judy was awesome and made sure we were settled in and enjoying the property. Would strongly recommend this place to anyone wanting to spend time with family or friends.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Spacious house with lots of sleeping room, activities areas, and privacy

  • 5 of 5

We had a big group get together to celebrate New Year's and had a blast! There is plenty of room for everyone to do different activities and have their own bed /sleeping area. There is privacy around the house, and it is beautifully furnished and comes stocked with everything you'd need. Talked to the owner on the phone and she was very kind. Definitely would stay again!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
30 Miles
McGhee Tyson, Knoxville
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Harrison's Restaurant
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Knoxville or Oak Ridge
Nearest Motorway
441, Norris Fwy.
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Car: necessary

Many of the above services are located within 15 minutes of Rabbit Run Retreat. Others are in Knoxville, Clinton, Oak Ridge or Pigeon Forge--all within 90 minutes of our home.

Rabbit Run Retreat Address:

2862 Norris Freeway

Andersonville, TN 37705



Rates & Availability

Norris Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 14.75%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Contact Owner

You might like these similar properties