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Mountain Cabin with Creek near Watauga Lake

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Country Cabin on 81 Acres with privacy & views - sleeps 6

Come share our piece of Heaven! (24 miles from Boone, NC) When we come to the mountains and step on our property, we feel instantly relaxed. The clean mountain air and the sound of the rushing creek melt away any tensions from "city life". Bring your fishing pole and relax by the pond or walk back to the National Forest. We love to see the new fawns with their moms by the apple tree in summer. The butterflies, humming birds and wild flowers add beauty and color. Wild blackberries and apples just beg to be made into a pie. The kids and dogs romp in the creek. It's all here to enjoy! For a change of pace, it's a quick drive over to Roan Mtn State Park, Grandfather Mtn, Tweetsie Railroad, Linville Falls, Bristol Speedway, Bristol Caverns, Damascus Creeper Trail, Watauga Winery, Blue Ridge Pkwy, or take a hike on one of the many Appalachian Trail hiking paths. And who could miss Watauga Lake, surrounded by Cherokee National Forest! Boat and jet ski rentals are available at many of the marinas or go for a swim at one of the 17 access points. You can even fish for supper. The cabin was built from lumber cut from our 81 acres and boasts of down-home country. There are 2 bedrooms and a sleeper sofa, 1.5 baths, and full laundry. In summer it's fun to end the day in the private outdoor shower. We furnished the cabin for easy country living with all the extras that make it "home". Come visit the mountains . . . it's beautiful this time of year!

Barbara Willard
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2018

About Barbara Willard

We looked for our perfect get-away in the mountains for over 12 years, and then we discovered this gem! We bought it the same day, and over the next year, cut trees and brought in a sawmill to mill the wood for our cabin. We live in Florida but love to spend 3 - 4 months in the mountains. In a few years, we will retire to TN full time.

Barbara Willard purchased this cabin in 2003

Why Barbara Willard chose Butler

This parcel was exactly what we were seeking because of the privacy it affords and the vast abundance of wildlife. The parcel runs ridge to ridge and backs up to Cherokee National Forest. It has a beautiful rushing stream that runs right through the middle of the property.

What makes this cabin unique

Very private and quiet. Lots of hiking and ATV trails. Fishing, bird watching, deer, ground hogs, turkey, bobcat, quail, grouse, and much more. Black Branch (the name of the creek) flows right down to Watauga Lake across the street.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Glad you enjoyed our little piece of Heaven! We look forward to your return visit.
Aug 2016
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Butler Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , outdoor shower , 1/2 bath. Private outdoor shower at back of cabin
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting


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Mountain Cabin with Creek near Watauga Lake
average rating of 4.7 based on 11 reviews

Peaceful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed listening to the stream from the back porch and our dog loved walking and laying in it. Conveniently located within minutes of the nearest boat launch for Watauga Lake, which is surrounded by mountain ranges and stunning views. There are a few restaurants and general store nearby, the nearest town for shopping is about 25 minutes away. Best plan is to bring food and drinks to the cabin. The propane grill was great to use and the owner was so accommodating and very responsive. Only 7 miles to the North Carolina border, we went to Boone, NC, only about 30 minutes away. Really enjoyed finding the Appalacian Trail by accident when visiting Roan Mountain. The dog loved hiking the AT. Cabin was comfortable and well stocked. Would not hesitate to return here in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

A beautiful home that has been restored and updated. Clean. Peaceful, private and quite with a stream running by the home. Lot of space to hike. A small pond to fish in. Would love to return.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Serious nature lovers only! :)

  • 5 of 5

The perfect place to relax and unwind! The house was beautiful and stocked with everything imaginable!(Outdoor shower included) So much beautiful land to explore and a pond for fishing. Don't forget your camera because there are photo ops at every turn(wildlife, mountains,sunrises). Located within easy driving distance from some amazing places. Boone,NC,Blowing Rock,Grandfather Mountain,Jonesborough,Tn,Johnson City and of course Watauga Lake. The customer service was outstanding. The manager is close by for any concerns and Barb was a phone call away. 4 adults slept comfortably and we had plenty of space to move around. Night time in the mountains can be a little chilly so the satellite tv(all channels) and collection of dvd's came in handy. The house is situated on the main road but you wouldn't know it sitting on the back porch(where we spent most of our time when we weren't taking in the sites). Bird feed is sitting by the door so it was fun to feed and watch the birds and the turkey was our morning alarm clock. For anyone staying I suggest a drive to Daniel Boone Inn(about 25 miles in Boone,NC) for some downhome delicious cooking! I would highly recommend this spot for families, couples,fishermen,or even girls weekend. Fall is a great time of the year to visit for sure(we could sit out and watch the leaves changing :) Can't wait for a return trip! Thanks for everything! !

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous Retreat

  • 4 of 5

My family and I were looking for an opportunity to get away and unplug. We could not have asked for a better place to do so. The cabin is well equipped and the owner has thought about everything one could need for a delightful stay. It also met my very high standards of cleanliness, which is a definite perk. In other places we have stayed, I would typically spend most of day one cleaning.

During our first day, I will say I was a little concerned because the property is close to the highway, but I soon found that I never noticed it except for it's convenience when we were going out. We spent the majority of our time there on the back porch where you quickly notice nothing but the bubbling brook, the hum of the hummingbirds, butterflies and the wild turkeys that would come to visit twice a day. The property around the cabin is gorgeous and if you are bird lovers you will be in heaven and the pond is full of little bluegill that were fun for my little one to catch and release. We are an adventurous bunch and there are tons of fabulous hiking trails in short driving distance from cabin or just trek the property itself. Of course the lake is always close by for however you wish to enjoy, kayaking, boating. I would advise that you purchase supplies on your way in. The closest full grocery store is a good bit away and a lot of the local restaurants and fares are only open on the weekend. We found, though, that we did not miss them. Loved the outdoor shower! There is nothing like coming back from a day of hiking or lake and being able to take a shower with the whisper of wind and birds above you (not to mention, not tracking through the house :)). If you are looking for a great place to get a way from it all and reconnect with your family and nature or just get a way in general, I would highly recommend this retreat!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this property for the month of June and used it to have convenient access to our boat on Watauga Lake. We soon discovered that we enjoyed spending time at the cabin just as much as the lake; maybe more! The creek that runs beside the cabin is the perfect centerpiece. The privacy and beauty that this property offers is hard to beat. It is close to the marinas on Watauga and is just a beautiful place. The owners were very accommodating and everything we could possibly need is stocked in the cabin. While there is no cell service at the cabin, there is a land line phone and we didn't miss being uplugged at all because it is just so beautiful there. I highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property!

  • 5 of 5

We have been coming to the Watauga area for over 15 years and have stayed in many places. We rank this rental as one of our favorites! We truly enjoyed our stay. The house was very comfortable, clean and well-equipped. The property was beautiful and peaceful. I only wish we had found this place years before! We will definitely stay here again when we return. We will also highly recommend this rental to our friends and family who also enjoy coming to the area! The only thing that would have improved our stay...internet and phone service! Maybe the area will get cell coverage soon so we can stay connected! :0)

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review! We look forward to your return visits. Internet is in the works once Century Link can connect us. We did get the phone hooked back up again.
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Tri-Cities Airport
Nearest Barpub
24 Miles
Boone or Elizabethton
Nearest Golf
28 Miles
Boone, Elizabethton
Nearest Motorway
40 Miles
Bristol Speedway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Boone, Elizabethton, Elk Mills
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Boone, Banner Elk
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Watauga Lake Access points


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Pet Fee $10
Refundable Damage Deposit $250

Pets (house broken) with prior approval. Pets may not be left alone in cabin unless in crate. Cleaning fee may be waived if you leave the cabin neat and clean, place your linens in the laundry area and remove your trash.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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