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Secluded Retreat on Lake Watauga

Bedrooms 4
Space 1 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, (Sleeps up to 8)

Situated overlooking a quiet cove of Lake Watauga, this secluded retreat has 4 bedrooms and 4 baths, with a sleeping capacity of 8 persons. The house is on two levels with a large deck on each level overlooking the cove.

When walking through the front door, the kitchen is on your left which opens onto a large living/dining area. You can see the deck (which has comfortable chairs, a lounge chair and eating table with chairs) through the sliding glass doors as you look through the living room. There are 2 bedrooms on this main floor--one with a queen bed, sliding glass doors onto the deck and an attached full bath, the other with twin beds. The living areas have an open floor plan with a fully equipped modern kitchen with dishwasher, a gas stove-top/electric oven, a TV with cable, a radio/DVD/VCR player, wi-fi connection, a gas log fireplace and an outdoor gas grill on the deck. There is a second full bath on the main level attached to the living area.

On the lower level there is the master king-bed room with attached large bathroom that has a whirlpool tub and separate shower and 2 sinks. Also, on the lower level, there is a large room with chairs and a futon which makes into a double bed; a bath with shower is a few steps away. Both rooms on lower level have sliding glass doors opening onto the lower deck. There is a hammock in the master bedroom which you can attach to hooks on the deck for relaxation and reading. On the lower level there is a separate laundry room with new washer and dryer.

The house is part of a small, secluded older lake house development with common lake access area a 5 minute walk from the cabin.

Lake Watauga is located within National Forest boundaries giving the lake an 'undeveloped' character. It is known as one of the cleanest and most beautiful lakes in America. There are several boat access points (the Little Milligan Forest Service ramp is less than 5 minutes away) and three marinas with boat rentals within 8 miles from the house. Year round recreation opportunities are plentiful in the area with many outdoor guide services, kayaking and tubing on the Watauga River, hiking, Tweetsie Railroad, summer theaters, winter skiing and many other possibilities are located within a half hour to and hour drive. The Carter (as in June Carter/Carter family) is about 45 minutes-1hour away near Gate City, VA. Every Saturday night in the summer, they have a known musicians playing. The entry fee $5-10 and they have food and drinks for sale.


More Details

Ann and Randy Roark
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time
Within a day
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
17 September, 2018

About Ann and Randy Roark

We were looking for a mountain cottage near our son and his family who live in Boone, NC. Not only did we find exactly what we wanted but got the added bonus of being on one of the most beautiful lakes in America! Then we realized we landed in one of the richest musical areas, as well, ranging from the Carter Family Fold to the celtic music traditions. Plus there is great hiking near-by, the Appalachian trail crosses the lake, and we are not far from snow skiing in the Southern Appalachians? You gotta be kidding! I know you will love it too!

Ann and Randy Roark purchased this house in 2006

Why Ann and Randy Roark chose Butler

We love to be outdoors, to hike and to be near water. Renting a pontoon boat for the day and cruising around Lake Watauga, visiting it coves, swimming in the clean water and picnicking is one of our favorite thing to do. Also, going to the various nearby summer music festivals is wonderful. We especially recommend going to the Carter Family Fold on Saturday nights during the hours away, wonderful music and very inexpensive.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Butler

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Mountain View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower enclosure , deep sink w faucet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower , off the living room
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , jacuzzi , off master bdrm, large with drawers and 2 basins
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , bath with shower , off queen bdrm
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master bdrm w King size bed--lower level w deck, 1 Queen Bed on main floor w deck, 1 Twin Bdrm w 2 twin beds, 1 full Sleep Sofa/ Futon-- lower level w deck
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • video player
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • jacuzzi
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • boating
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • ski
  • swimming
Oversize master bath with 2 sinks, shower stall and jacuzzi tub


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Secluded Retreat on Lake Watauga
average rating of 4.714286 based on 7 reviews
Durham, NC

Great get away, close to lake!

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place to get away for a family weekend at the lake. Very close to a boat launch & marinas. Lots of space & bathrooms made it very convenient! The owners were also very quick to respond to any questions or concerns we had. Thanks for a wonderful stay!

  • Review Submitted: 16/09/2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful property. Wonderful decks. quiet

  • 4 of 5

Nice stay at this property. Well furnished and kept. Two issues. The refrigerator was not very cool. Did not keep things cool. Freezer worked. Also, outside grill was very messy, greasy, baked on. Did not use because of this.

Everything else was great. Please refund my damage deposit of 250.00

Thanks, Greg Meny

  • Review Submitted: 18/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cary, NC

What a great deal

  • 5 of 5

We spent three nights at the house over July 4th weekend. The house provided a lot of space and great layout for our group of four adults and two kids. It was the perfect retreat for us to shield away from summer heat from canopy of surrounding trees and cool mist of Watauga lake. What a blessing to wake up in chirping of birds, sip a cup of coffee on deck in fresh mountain air, and enjoy a gourmet meal after a day's activities. Ann was very helpful for providing us local information. We visited Roan Mountain, hiked Appalachian trail and Laurel Fork waterfall, fished at Watauga lake, and pontooned at South Holston Lake. What a memorable vacation. Thanks for all the accommodation and we cannot wait to be back.


  • Review Submitted: 24/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cleveland, Tennessee

Great weekend on the lake

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a great weekend staying at this secluded home. We did not have cell service but the wifi made up for that (so many apps now that came be used for texting and calling through wifi). It's a good idea to bring your own small TV if your child is going to hook up a gaming system, all that is currently in the home is a small tube TV which does not have the proper hooks ups. Or you can let it be an excuse to escape all that for the weekend ;-) Also a good idea to bring your own propane for the gas grill. We'd brought a griddle which we used for everything once we realized the gas was out. Super nice appliances (gas range), plenty of space, lots of bathrooms. The 4th bedroom is an open room on the lower level with a futon but this was fine with us since it was for a child (if 4 couples were renting this home they might not like that), same with the 3rd bedroom which had 2 twins. Master bedroom is on the lower level but was very nice. We rented a pontoon boat at Fish Springs (rentals are 8-6) and the kids just loved it, Lake Watauga is gorgeous. We ate dinner at Shirley's that night and it was fantastic family style country cooking. We always come up against a weekend that straddles when 2 of my kids are at camp at Doe River in Hampton (pick on up Friday, next one goes back Sunday) and living as far away as we do this may become a tradition for us!

  • Review Submitted: 24/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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La Center, KY


  • 5 of 5

This house met and exceeded all of our expectations. My boyfriend and I, my parents, and his dad all enjoyed a wonderful weekend at this house. The layout of the house was perfect for us. We took the downstairs(master bedroom) and our parents each had a bedroom and bathroom of their own upstairs. This house is great to go to if you want some great quality time, minus the distractions of TV's, cellphones, internet. Yes, this house only had one, small TV, with limited channel selection, no cell phone service, and no WiFi.....and we loved it!!!! I think sometimes people get carried away with everyday "necessities" and they forget what it is like to actually have to have communication with the people they love. We rented this house for Bristol weekend so all of us could stay together and not in separate hotel rooms. The house is about 35-40 minutes from the track, however, it was a very easy drive. We are hoping to make this a yearly trip...and hopefully we will be able to rent this wonderful house again.

  • Review Submitted: 12/09/2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dallas, Ga.

Wonderful Mountain Getaway

  • 4 of 5

This is a lovely cabin, very secluded on a mountain facing a cove of the beautiful green waters of Lake Wautauga. Nice views, comfortable and roomy, great kitchen, awesome master suite. Close to the Lake and several boat ramps. Try Shirley's for breakfast (weekends only). Thinking of making this an annual trip, we so enjoyed it. Owner was super nice, helpful and friendly. Only con was no WiFi or cell service. One of our group had to drive to "town" to answer some work e-mails and check on ill relative. Also, the gas grill LP tank was empty. We would definitely recommend this wonderful rental!!!!

  • Review Submitted: 12/08/2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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House is a 5 minute drive to a U.S. Forest Service boat ramp,

House is a 10 minute drive to the Appalachian Trail for longer hikes,

House is a 10 minute drive to 3 marinas, each with boat rentals,

House is less that an hour drive from the Bristol Motor speedway,

House is less thant an hour drive to the ski slopes around Boone, NC,

House is a half hour drive to Elizabethton, TN, and its antique stores,

House is less than an hour drive to historic Jonesborough, TN, and its famous storytelling festival,


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house around the Butler

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
6 May 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
winter/early spring
1 Nov 2018 - 30 Apr 2019
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$343.05
cleaning fee AU$171.52
Pet Fee AU$137.22

if you are renting the cabin within 30 days of arrival, pay full rental upon booking. I will send you cabin information, directions, area information and nearby hikes about 3 weeks before your arrival. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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