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Watauga River Magic - located directly on the bend of the Watauga River

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, plus loft (sleep 6) with downriver views of the Watauga River

Book your Christmas visit now in hopes of a snowy Christmas and a Christmas card view everywhere you look!

The view is pure magic! Just 20 minutes from Bristol and the TriCities Regional Airport. With 2 bedrooms, a loft, and 2.5 bathrooms - the cabin has been thoughtfully positioned to achieve a downriver view of the Watauga River. The view is visible from the front doors to the massive 16 foot stretch of sliding glass back doors. The house is tastefully furnished in an upscale mountain house fashion with custom log and stone accents throughout the interior and exterior of the home. The kitchen features granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a huge island that seats 4, plus another 6 at the dining room table. This home follows the open concept plan with kitchen, living, and dining open to one another all with comfortable well maintained furnishings. The master bedroom suite is also located downstairs with king-size bed, walk-in closet and full master bath with both jacuzzi and walk-in shower. The upstairs features a large loft living room with 2nd bedroom with adjoining 3 piece bathroom and a small office tucked away in the back of the loft when you just need to get a little work done. There is a sofa bed in the loft as well as 2 power home theater chairs. There is a large projector screen but you would need to bring your own portable projector. There is a 42" TV in the loft and a 46" TV in the Living Room both equipped with DirecTV service. The large 40' x 16' porch is equipped with rocking chairs, outdoor dining table and chairs and a hammock plus the incredible view of the river. Watch the fly fisherman and kayakers navigate their way over the shoals. There is a walkway to the river plus a room size flat rock to fish from on this beautiful trophy section of the river. This cabin serves the guest looking for a more quiet retreat. This house is not recommended for children or pets due to the depth and swiftness of the river at this location. This cabin is within walking distance of the Watauga River Cabins and directly across the river from the Watauga River Lodge and Outfitter. The caretaker lives on the property and will verify number and ages of guests for safety concerns as well as the terms of the rental agreement. Free wifi is provided. The cabin is located about 5 miles from I-26 off the HIghway 91 exit. The cabin rests halfway between Johnson City and Elizabethton in the Central Community.

Linda Davis
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018

About Linda Davis

We are citrus growers and I am also a college professor who enjoys our occasional stint to come up here and cool off from our hot Florida summers. We also really enjoy the leaf season, and Christmas when it chooses to snow.

Linda Davis purchased this cabin in 2006

Why Linda Davis chose Central

This unique property has been in the Smalling/Davis family for over 150 years. Our great-grandfather had a sand mine operation (rare for the mountains) in the area and used some of those funds to invest in Florida Orange Groves back in the 1920's. Several generations later, we sold a small bit of our groves in Florida to build this cabin for our future retirement house. We love Florida but we really love Tennessee and this special place on the river. We hope you enjoy it and treasure it as much as we do.

What makes this cabin unique

From a fly fisherman's perspective - you can walk down the walkway to a huge flat rock - almost 20 ft. in length (room size) that creates the perfect perch in which to fly fish from plus the river is tremendously calming. If you are not a fisherman - just know that sitting on the porch is a fine hobby and you will be so content to watch the river go by.


Central Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Powder Room - toilet , hammered copper sink and toilet located under the stairway
    Master Bath - toilet , shower , jetted tub , double vanities, laundry, and large walk-in closet also
    Mini master bath - toilet , shower , single vanity that connects directly to the 2nd bed and loft
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Suite - 1 king , 1st flr - Large Master Suite connects directly to large bath
    Mini Master - 1 queen , 2nd floor - connects directly to upstairs 3 piece bath
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , This is an open loft living room at the top of the stairs
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
This cabin is located directly on the trophy section of the Watauga River.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Watauga River Magic - located directly on the bend of the Watauga River
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Our family spent the week of Thanksgiving 2017 at the cabin. What a beautiful place!. The cabin was well equipped with pretty much everything you would need. Just like being home. The kitchen was a pleasure to be in, even on vacation. The proximity to shopping & restaurants in town was great, once you got to know which way to get in and out of the property. Going straight after leaving the driveway was definitely the best was for us. I would highly recommend this property. We are even planning a trip back in 2018!

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Splendid bliss... October 13 - 16, 2017

  • 5 of 5

My family as well as myself thoroughly enjoyed our stay here!! My fiancé and I arrived first, toured the place and simply fell in love. My fiancé’s cousin and wife arrived a short time later and had the same experience. Everything was so peaceful and serene. The view was amazing and the Watauga River was breathtaking! The kitchen had all of the utensils and appliances that we needed.We were able to relax, which is what we wanted. The cabin was very comfortable and cozy. Linda Davis is a jewel to work with! Phil (groundskeeper) was very helpful and kind...he provided us with wood for the fireplace. If you are looking for the perfect getaway, look no further. We did not want to leave!! We will definitely stay here again.

Taesha Copeland

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful and comfortable house in a serene and beautiful setting.

  • 5 of 5

The house is beautiful and quiet. The back porch overlooking the river was our favorite gathering spot. The owner is very responsive to emails or texts and is pleasant. We were very comfortable and will stay there again next year without hesitation.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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amazing river "cabin"

  • 5 of 5

this place was great! beautiful inside and out, enjoyed relaxing in the cabin (more like a real home) and fishing at the river located right below. Went into town and had a great meal at Tupelo Honey, and enjoyed walking down main street. plenty of shopping within 10 minutes to get whatever you need to eat at the cabin. did a rafting trip on the Watauga, just upriver a short 15 minutes away. great weekend with the family!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

When we walked in, it was truly like I was walking into my own home! Linda was always accommodating and helpful with any questions that we had. The home, the property, the location...... everything, could not have been more perfect! Thank you for sharing your little piece of heaven with us! We will definitely be back!!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The house was clean and the management was prompt and polite. Everything we needed was provided. The river was cold yet refreshing! Our family LOVED hanging out on the back porch and sitting around the fire. I would definitely stay again! Beautiful inside and out.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
TRI Cities Airport, Bloutsville, TN (TRI)
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Insurance $79

Rates and dates available are subject to change prior to booking confirmation

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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