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Large Groups ~ Lodge, Affordable, Family Friendly (Walking Distance to Lake)

Bedrooms 16
Half Baths2
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

16 rooms, 18 bathrooms, 500 yards to lake

This property is located on 17 beautiful wooded acres next to Douglas Lake. It is owned by Mountain Lake Resort, which has other buildings including a huge log cabin lodge with 8 bedrooms that sleeps up to 64.

This is a "Do It Yourself" Retreat Center which means that our guests provide their own sheets or sleeping bags, pillows, towels and washcloths. The bed sizes are listed for your information.

The main lodge has 16 hotel style rooms and can sleep up to 64. It is perfect for large groups like wedding parties, church events & retreats, family reunions, anniversaries, birthday parties, etc. The lodge is located away from the hustle and bustle of town and it is less than 500 yards from the lake. Due to it's remote location, it offers guests the opportunity to go for walks, fishing, swimming, bird watching, etc. The lodge has porches outside of each room and a large back porch where people can relax, read a book, or just enjoy the quiet beauty of nature. Inside each room is a heating and air unit that is adjustable by room, 1 full bathroom, and beds. There are 6 rooms with 2 queen sized beds, 8 rooms with 2 full sized beds, 1 family room with 2 queen beds and 2 bunk beds, and a honeymoon suite with 1 king bed and a sofa.

There is a fellowship hall that can seat up to 60 people. It also has a men's and women's bathroom. If a group would like to have an outdoor activity like an outdoor wedding, there is a large grassy area that can accommodate around 200 people in front of the building. In addition, there is a large kitchen for the group to cook all of their meals. The kitchen includes 2 stoves, 2 ovens, 2 refrigerators, 1 large double sink, and a serving area. This is a smoke free and alcohol free facility.

More Details

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2018

About Betty

Tom and Betty moved from Florida to the foothills of the Smoky Mountains back in 1985. On this 35 acre "farm" various buildings were added as needed as churches asked to come and bring their youth and others on retreats. Their 3 sons were raised at the ranch and over the years many church groups and families have enjoyed the wholesome atmosphere at the ranch while taking advantage of the convenience of all the attractions of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and the Smoky mountains located close by.

Why Betty chose Dandridge

This property appealed to us because of it's proximity to Douglas Lake, and it's convenience to the attractions of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and the Smokies while being able to come back to the quiet country setting of the ranch after a day of fun.

What makes this lodge unique

Mountain Lake Ranch is a great place to relax, enjoy activities whether on the lake nearby or on the grounds at our fishing pond, volleyball area, basketball in our gym, or a cozy bonfire. There is ample area for young people to run, play games and get some exercise. There are boat ramps a few miles in each direction, and within five miles are horseback riding stables, shopping and several golf courses.


Dandridge Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 64
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No alcohol please No rowdiness which results in messes No pets inside facilities
  • Talk to owner regarding refunds.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 16 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom #201 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom #202 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , "Honeymoon Suite" jacuzzi
    Bathroom #203 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom #204 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom #205 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom #206 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom #207 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom #208 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom #101 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom #102 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom #103 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom #104 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom #105 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom #106 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom #107 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom #108 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom #1 - toilet
    Bathroom #2 - toilet
  • Room #101 has a larger bathroom that may fit a wheelchair.
  • 16 Bedrooms, Sleeps 64
  • Bedroom #101 - 2 double
    Bedroom #102 - 2 double
    Bedroom #103 - 2 double
    Bedroom #104 - 2 double
    Bedroom #105 - 2 double
    Bedroom #106 - 2 double
    Bedroom #107 - 2 double
    Bedroom #108 - 2 double
    Bedroom #201 - 2 queen , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom #202 - 1 king , "Honeymoon Suite" w/Jacuzzi
    Bedroom #203 - 2 queen
    Bedroom #204 - 2 queen
    Bedroom #205 - 2 queen
    Bedroom #206 - 2 queen
    Bedroom #207 - 2 queen
    Bedroom #208 - 2 queen
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Please remember to bring your own bed sheets, towels, toiletries, shampoo, etc. (There is a blanket/ cover for each bed.) In the kitchen you will need: paper plates and cups, napkins and paper towels. (we supply the first roll of paper towels) Ice is available @ $1.50 per bag and there is a deposit money box provided in the kitchen. The kitchen is equipped w/household type coffee makers, toaster, 2 stoves, 2 refrigerators, cutlery and a few pots/pans and serving bowls. (NO DISHWASHER)


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Large Groups ~ Lodge, Affordable, Family Friendly (Walking Distance to Lake)
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 6 reviews

Great Vacation!!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a blast. It is a great place for kids to play. And for adults to relax. The owners are very nice. If anything is needed, they are glad to help if they can. We will definitely come back. Thank You Mrs. Betty for a great vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice lodging for large groups

  • 4 of 5

Our family (55 members from age 2-78) planned a family vacation at Douglas Lake. We assumed we would have to rent 3-4 cabins close to each other to accommodate. We were surprised and very excited to find the Main Lodge that would provide enough room for all of us to stay at one place. The outdated decor is easily overlooked when compared to all the amenities that come along with the lodge. Loved that each room had its own bathroom, the kitchen was large enough and enough storage for all of our food and drinks. The large open common area off the kitchen was perfect for everyone to fit into and enjoy each other's company. We really enjoyed the wrap around porch with the large area on the back where we all sat late into the night. The owners were quick to respond and fix the minor issue we had with one of the exterior doors. Nice easy walk to the lake. Especially nice that you can drive vehicles there to carry all the coolers and swimming accessories. Easy gradual entry into the cove, perfect for swimming and floating. We also enjoyed theuse of the gym and very convenient to have laundry onsite (just a short walk/drive to the campground) to wash all the wet lake clothes and towels. Beautiful setting and grounds! We will definitely plan a return visit!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Affordable for large family reunion!

  • 4 of 5

Our extended family enjoyed staying at this property--had enough bedrooms and bathrooms for everyone, kitchen was large enough to cook for the crowd, and also enough room in adjoining area to set up tables to eat at. This property is older, but was clean and to us that was more important than fancy.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rock Hill, SC

Great meeting place

  • 5 of 5

Nice rooms - helpful and pleasant owners - great meeting and and eating areas - 2 refrigerators and buffet counter make serving food convenient - 2 stoves and deep well sinks are a nice feature of the kitchen - will be using lodge again next year - thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Daytona Beach, FL

So much room!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at our family reunion! This place was huge and allowed our family (30+) plenty of room to eat and play games together in the same rooms at the same time. Look forward to coming back again. The walk to the lake was a little longer than expected but the views were well worth it.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place with lots of space!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the lodge for a family reunion with 40+ people. The large kitchen, serving area, dining room and big gathering room worked really well for our group. There was plenty of tables and chairs. There were more than enough bedrooms and bathrooms for all of us. The scenery is beautiful and quiet. We enjoyed multiple walks to the lake and the kids enjoyed climbing the rocks by the lake and exploring along the way. The property was very clean and maintained. The owners were very helpful with details before and during our stay. We highly recommend staying here! Would also be great for youth group trips, too! We will be booking again for our next reunion!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
McGee Tyson
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Cowboys on the water
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Ober Gatlinburg
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
On the other side of Douglas Dam, 4 mile drive
Car: necessary

There are three marinas between 3-4 miles away (Mountain Cove Marina, Mountain Harbor Inn & Marina, and Lighthouse Pointe Marina). Each marina offers boat rentals, but only Mountain Harbor offers boat, kayak, and jet ski rentals. In addition, about 4 miles away you will find a sandy beach at the Douglas Dam Headwater Campground. Other reasons to visit this area include attractions in the Sevierville area (NASCAR SpeedPark Smoky Mountains = go carts, Tanger Outlet = shopping, Forbidden Caverns, Douglas Lakeview Stables). The Pigeon Forge area (Dollywood, Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction, Titanic Museum Attraction, Hollywood Wax Museum, Country Tonite Theatre, The Comedy Barn Theater). The Gatlinburg area (CLIMB Works, Gatlinburg Sky Lift, Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies). In addition, there are other cool attractions not far from Mountain Lake Ranch including: Great Smoky Mountain National Park is 20 miles, Knoxville Zoological Gardens is 23 miles, University of Tennessee is 27 miles, Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort is 27 miles, Crescent Bend House & Garden is 28 miles (antiquing), Cades Cove Riding Stables is 39 miles (horseback riding), Museum of Appalachia is 44 miles, Harrah's Cherokee Casino is 61 miles, Ghost Town In The Sky is 76 miles (amusement park), Nantahala Outdoor Center is 84 miles (rafting), Bristol Motor Speedway is 89 miles, Biltmore Estate is 96 miles (historic mansion).


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $225 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250

1. Church groups that present a Tax Exempt form will not have to pay tax on the rental.
2. We are a Christian Retreat and do NOT allow alcohol or smoking in any of our rentals.
3. Sorry, but pets are not allowed.
4. There are NO refunds for a cancellation, so please be sure before you book.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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