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Watauga River Cabins- Cedar Cabin

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

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!

More Details

Property Manager
Gary Whidden
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2017

About Gary Whidden

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

Gary Whidden purchased this cabin in 2015

Why Gary Whidden chose Tennessee

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

What makes this cabin unique

Beautiful river and mountain views. Close to major shopping and leisure activities.

Amenities

Central Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Dogs must be on flea control. Limit 2 dogs per cabin. Sorry, no cats.
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 full bathrooms
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • King in master Super twin 2nd bedroom Queen in 3rd bedroom
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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
Notes:
There is a lower level suite that can be rented along with the Cedar Cabin if more room is needed. The suite is 1,000 sq. feet and has one queen bedroom, full bath, washer & dryer. There is an additional charge of $100.00 per night plus a one time cleaning fee of $40.00.

Reviews

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average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews
5

Pictures definitely do not do this lovely cabin justice!!!

  • 5 of 5

The Cedar Cabin is absolutely the most beautiful property I have ever rented through VRBO or Home Away! The beautiful barn boards and exquisite touches are everywhere - everything in this cabin has been extremely well thought out. Loved that we could bring our fur baby, Gibson - she loved the river!! I do not have anything bad to say - Gary was so responsive and attentive, if you get to stay here - you will not regret it!!! Thank you to the Whidden family for putting so much love into the cabin!!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful and spacious!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had our annual reunion at the Watauga River Cabins. This property was by far the most modern, beautiful, and roomy. 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, laundry, excellent kitchen, beautiful deck, kayaks and games at our disposal, AND right on the river!

We are definitely going back!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

It was absolutely AWESOME.

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect place for us.. It was a combination.of family mountain trip and to meet up with with our motorcycle group to do the southern 12 routes.The cabin was perfect for us because it was in a country setting and yet so close to town to meet up with our friends. We loved the details of the workmanship in all the wood work.it was very well cared for and planned out. It was great to have a bathroom with each bedroom. It was so peaceful listening to the river water run directly in back of the cabin. The deck was amazing. That was where we spent most of our time. We had our motorcycle club members visit one evening and they were so envied of our good fortune. We loved this place and can't wait to check my calendar to see when we can get back. I have given the information to my friends as well.

Thank you so much for sharing your lovely home with us.

Maria Glee

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you enjoyed your stay with us & look forward to your return visit! Gary & Patty
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5

The best cabin experience! 5 stars!

  • 5 of 5

My family had the greatest time in the cabin. Everything - from the location to the amenities - was excellent. We were amazed by the style throughout the whole cabin - excellent and unique.

We are looking forward to renting the cabin again soon. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

AMAZING CABIN

  • 5 of 5

I rented this cabin for a small get away with my sisters. It turned into a "mini" family reunion! The cabin is beautiful and very spacious for large groups. The backyard was the focal point for all the kids, the river and hammock was the hit for all..I lived in Tennessee my entire life and had no idea that this cabin was here. This is truly a hidden gem. I look forward to my next reunion there....until next time......

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

True rustic luxury in the Cedar Cabin

  • 4 of 5

The Cabin was lovely, the caretaker had the firing going for our arrival on a cold day. This would be a great place for a large family getting away. The whole property was charming.

  • Submitted: Dec 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Tri Cities
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Elizabethton
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Johnson City
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Elizabethton
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Sugar Mountain
Car: necessary

Directions from I-26. Take I-26 to SR91 North for 2.9 miles. Turn left on Smalling Rd. Watauga River Cabins will be 1.9 miles on the left just before the Smalling Bridge.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100

Manager'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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