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Watauga River Cabins- Cedar Cabin

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Last updated: 05/23/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

one of a kind cabin built from old tobacco barns and timbers from sawmills

The property featured is a newly built 2,000 sq. ft. "upscale rustic" lodge. The lodge is located at the headwaters of the trophy trout section on the beautiful Watauga River. The lodge was built using mostly reclaimed wood from local tobacco barns. From the barn wood kitchen cabinets, to the tobacco flooring and siding, this lodge is truly unique. Even though we just completed the lodge this past winter, it looks as though it has been there for a hundred years. From using a whiskey barrel to hold a faucet to rusty metal ceilings, this lodge is truly one of a kind. The lodge is equipped with all modern appliances and a fully equipped kitchen. Hand made barn wood cabinets and granite counter tops makes this kitchen an inviting place to cook and enjoy family time.

Relax on our Back Deck: A guest favorite…our back deck is the place to enjoy the great outdoors while watching the river go by. You might even see someone catching a fish! Featuring a stone wood burning fireplace, an outdoor kitchen area, and teak furniture & rocking chairs – this relaxed setting is the perfect place to unwind. This section of the Watauga River is a fisherman's paradise! You can walk off the large covered back porch down to a wadable river to fish, kayak, or watch wildlife.

Located on a country road, you would think you are a long way from civilization, but travel four miles down the road and you can pick up anything you need. The lodge is fully equipped with linens and all household items. All you need to bring is personal items and food.

We have been planning this lodge for a long time & we hope you will enjoy it as much we do! We look forward to meeting you!

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Member since: 2010

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/23/2017

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 2000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking outside only....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Non aggressive breeds are allowed as long as they are not destructive and are well behaved. All pets must be on flea control. Limit 2 pets per cabin. ...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Wheel chair ramp to front entrance. Call for more details....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms


  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television:

    The living room area has a 52' flat screen. Each bedroom has a 32' flat screen. Direct TV is the carrier. ...moreless


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Waterfront:

    Located on the trophy trout waters of the Watauga River....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining:

    Indoor dining area seats 8. Outdoor river dining seats 12 comfortably. ...moreless

  • Dining Area


  • Air Conditioning:


  • Clothes Dryer:

    Front loading...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    There are gas fireplaces in the living room & master bedroom. In the outdoor deck area, there is a log burning fireplace along with a fire pit for campfires. Hot dog & marsh mellow skewers provided....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:


  • Internet:

    High Speed internet provided by Charter Cable....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Leather reclining sofa and love seat. Comfortably seats 5. Bar area seats 4. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Out front of cabin...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Front loading...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Complimentary coffee, cream, and sugar. ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Complete set of dishes, silverware, and new pots and pans. ...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    New kitchen with barn wood cabinets and high end appliances. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator:

    French door with bottom drawer freeze. Water and ice in the door....moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Great river to kayak. However, kayaks are not provided but can be rented from Watauga RIver Kayak....moreless



from 7 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$1,750 $7,500
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $100 + tax
  • Tax Rate 14.75%

Manager's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/23/2017
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20 Miles
Nearest Airport
Tri Cities
4 Miles
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
Johnson City
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
40 Miles
Nearest Ski
Sugar Mountain

Car: Necessary


Manager info

Watauga River Cabins

Year Purchased: 2015

About: I own a retirement mobile home park and my wife is a Biology teacher in Frostproof, Florida.

Why Johnson City, TN, USA:
The river property came into my mother’s family in the 1890’s. My great grandfather built the family homestead. In 1901 (pre-dam) a flood came and damaged the home. With mules and logs they moved the 3,000 square foot, 2 story home across the creek and placed it on higher ground. Before the dam was built in the mid 1940’s, the river would sometimes look like a creek, at other times it would rise and come out its 50 foot banks. In the winter, the river would freeze and my great grandparents would cut squares of ice from the river and bury it in their home for later use. Before the bridge, there was a natural shelf that allowed the horse and buggies to cross the river in front of the cabins. The ground was farmed until I received it in 2003. My mother was raised on the property, until she married my father in 1947 and moved to Florida. We vacationed here every year, so I have always loved this place. I wanted a place of my own but hated the idea of having it sit empty most of the time. I am in the rental business in Florida so I decided to build something that could be rented when we are not able to be here. At that time, there were no buildings on the property so I was able to start from scratch. I really like the character of horse barns and thought, why not build one that could house people. So, in 2004, we built the cabins and it has been a great adventure! This past winter, we completed our retirement cabin. The cabin has three bedrooms, three baths, and an apartment on the lower level. We hope you choose us for your lodging in East Tennessee. We know you will enjoy it. - Gary and Patty Whidden

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
Beautiful river and mountain views. Close to major shopping and leisure activities.

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/23/2017

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Links to more information:



  • Cedar Cabin

    Cedar Cabin

  • Back Porch

    Back Porch

  • Grilling Area. Flat griddle, gas grill & electric smoker.

    Grilling Area. Flat griddle, gas grill & electric smoker.

  • Steps to River

    Steps to River

  • Living/Dining Room

    Living/Dining Room

  • Kitchen


  • 1st Floor Guest Bath

    1st Floor Guest Bath

  • Master Suite

    Master Suite

  • Master Bath

    Master Bath

  • Sleeping Porch off Master Suite

    Sleeping Porch off Master Suite

  • 2nd Floor Guest Room

    2nd Floor Guest Room

  • Laundry Room

    Laundry Room

  • Side Porch

    Side Porch

  • Back Porch River View

    Back Porch River View

  • Hammock on River

    Hammock on River

  • Dining Area

    Dining Area

  • Kitchen


  • 1st Floor Guest Room

    1st Floor Guest Room

  • Master Suite

    Master Suite

  • Master Bath Double Vanity

    Master Bath Double Vanity

  • Shower Master Bath

    Shower Master Bath

  • Office Area/Hallway

    Office Area/Hallway

  • 2nd Floor Guest Bath

    2nd Floor Guest Bath

  • Campfire with river view.

    Campfire with river view.

VRBO #842651

This listing was first published here in 2016.

Date last modified - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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