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Private estate on lake w/seclusion, rustic luxury, private swimming pool

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,600 sq ft
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

3br, 2b, Full Kitchen, Den W/ Fireplace And 20' Ceiling. 2 Xtra Beds In Bunkhous

Being offered for your secluded getaway is a well kept, well appointed, contemporary log home. The ground floor includes the Master Bedroom and bath, den w/ fireplace (firewood is furnished), full kitchen and dining area. Bedroom linens are high quality and professionally laundered. Guests frequently say they feel they have been pampered because the beds are so comfortable. The kitchen is stocked with an abundant supply of cookware, tableware, and serve ware. There's also a selection of basic spices and staples. Lakeside (rear) of the house is a large deck with plenty of seating and lounges furnished. Poolside (front) of the house is a covered porch also serving as a covered walkway to the Bunkhouse (not included in basic pricing for the main house) with ping-pong/playroom downstairs and additional sleeping space upstairs including 2 queen size beds, sofas and chairs in one undivided large room. The second floor of the main house includes two additional bedrooms, one with a full-size bed and one with two twin-size beds. The two upstairs bedrooms are joined by a shared full bathroom. Upstairs there is a seating area with large television, AppleTV, DVD player and a small collection of DVD movies. There is an upstairs balcony lakeside. The log house has a metal roof on which the 'pitter-patter' sound will lull you to sleep in a gentle to moderate rain. The metal roof can also make creaking and popping sounds when the suns begins to warm it up after being cool in the mornings. It's part of the charm but can surprise you until you become accustomed to the sounds. (You'll miss it when you're gone)

The stunning pool area surrounds an approximately 20' by 40' gunite swimming pool with a low jump-board. The pool uses salt for chlorine conversion so the water feels softer than a typically chlorinated pool. It is easier on skin, clothing and eyes and does not have the odor of a chlorinated pool. The pool is fenced and gated with an iron fence and beautiful landscaping. There is a bar at the pool that includes a sink and built-in refrigerator. The bar is covered by an arbor that hosts abundant wisteria to shade you from the sun. The pool area is lighted for use in the evenings. There are numerous chairs and lounges with seat cushions and pool floats. The shower house at the pool includes full restroom facilities with a wonderful rainshower type shower head.

Nearby the swimming pool is a precious playhouse for youngsters (used by our daughters in their childhood). Farther away, at the top of the hill near the orchard, is a treehouse (used by our sons in their childhood). It's a simple but idyllic structure in the trees, to be used only under adult supervision. There are many private acres, both fields and forests, for your walking and exploration. While Center Hill Lake, an Army Corps of Engineers managed impoundment, is lovely to view from the house, it is a significant undertaking to hike to the water's edge. It appears to be reasonably close but is in fact about 300 feet away and 300 feet below in elevation. There is abundant wildlife in the area. There are nature guide books at the house to aide you in identifying the various species if you have interest.

There are cutting garden areas. If anything is in bloom during your stay and you like fresh flowers in the house you are welcomed to use reasonable quantities. The gardener will likely be around some if your visit is during the growing season. There are about 20 acres we keep mown and around the house there is always something that needs to be planted, trimmed, or removed. If your stay for is more than seven nights the housekeeper will visit to change beds and freshen up the bathrooms, etc.

The town of Cookeville is approximately 20 minutes away. There you will find numerous franchise and local dining establishments, shopping opportunities, groceries and entertainment options. Frequently there are bands playing complimentary live performances in the city parks. Check the Cookeville, Tennessee website for more information. We would be glad to assist you with advice on special opportunities at the time of your scheduled visit. There are numerous Tennessee State Parks within close proximity, a regional medical center (CRMC) for emergency requirements, and numerous other attractions for a variety of interests.

Please read our entire listing to understand the full details such as the typical swimming season, main house capacity, etc. We'd love for you to be our Guests! You should come.

More Details

J.D. Parks
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
18 July, 2018

About J.D. Parks

Our family enjoyed living on this property for about 15 years prior to moving back into the nearby town of Cookeville. Since moving to another home in about 2008 we've continued to make improvements to the grounds and structures. We're very proud of our little private paradise.

J.D. Parks purchased this lodge in 1991

Why J.D. Parks chose Baxter

While this property could be considered rustic, it is elegant as well. We have developed this lakeview setting for the comfort and enjoyment of our family and guests. When we are there we think we should never leave, and possibly you will feel the same. From April through October you can enjoy either the blooms of the wisteria, bridal wreath spirea, crepe myrtle, hearty hibiscus and butterfly bushes. Another of our favorites is the peonies that usually bloom profusely about the middle of May. There's generally good floral color from the beginning of April till the middle of October when the leaves of the hardwood forests begin their magnificent colorful transformation to fall colors. You'll find the location is condusive to indoor/outdoor leisure for folks who'd like a few days 'off the grid'.

What makes this lodge unique

When you arrive you'll drive down the half-mile of driveway, through forested fields, then suddenly break over a hilltop and see what seems to be a private compound. When you awaken your first morning your breath will be taken by the fresh morning light on the 'pool' side of the house. Then in the evening the sunsets, occasional foggy landscapes, and glistening views of Center Hill Lake on the lakeside will ease you. The well appointed, private swimming pool was planned by top Nashville landscape architects and the plantings were executed according to a commissioned plan by Southern Living Magazine. In season at the pool you'll find a bar sink and refrigerator for your convenience while relaxing and a gas grill for cooking if you wish. The shower-house at the pool provides nearby facilities for a restroom as well as a fabulous rainshower type shower stall.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday lodge rental in Baxter

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Recreational vehicles and/or trailers are not permitted within 400' of the house due to limited parking space.
  • An executed Hillmont contract with the complete list of Rental Rules is the only binding agreement between the Owner and our Guest(s). Please review.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower , Bathroom 2 is upstairs in the main house.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure , Bathroom 3 is at the pool and can serve bunkhouse guests.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 large double bed , Bedroom 4 is in the garage/bunkhouse. Add'l charges apply.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • caving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
While we welcome use of the property for events such as weddings, receptions, reunions, etc., where numerous guests would likely be involved, the fee schedule offered herein does not apply. Please communicate with the owners with your plans for special events and fee schedules will be negotiated individually, based upon your requirements.


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Private estate on lake w/seclusion, rustic luxury, private swimming pool
average rating of 4.9791665 based on 48 reviews

It's all true!

  • 5 of 5

I am not sure what I can add to the glowing reviews from previous guests at this stunning property except to say that everything in the reviews is true! The sheer beauty of the spot and the extraordinary landscaping will take your breath away as it did ours. The house itself met every need and the attention to detail for the comfort of guests is extraordinary. We have rented many properties from the Homeway site but this is the best by far. We planned ahead and never left the property the week we were there. I am torn about whether to share it with friends or keep it a secret..... Just kidding J. D., we will make sure all our friends know about it, right after we book it for next year!

  • Review Submitted: 09/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You're too kind Dennis! We are quite fortunate to attract Guests like you and yours. Thank you kindly for your positive and rewarding words. Folks like you are why we focus on some of the details that might be noticeable in the big picture. Best Regards, J.D.
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  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about this property. It is set in a super private, peaceful location, with a lovely view. The home has everything you could possibly need and then some, making it the perfect home away from home. We have rented several properties with private pools, and this is by far the BEST yet. Our kids were so reluctant to leave it, we decided to extend our stay. The owners were extremely attentive and accommodating but also allowed us plenty of privacy, and we very much look forward to returning... sooner rather than later. ;) You will need to plan for a 20 minute drive if you intend to shop or visit restaurants, but we didn't mind that a bit. Cookeville has many great restaurant options to choose from, but the house has everything you might need if you prefer cooking and staying in. Overall, an easy 5 star property. Thanks again for hosting us!

  • Review Submitted: 11/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words Jessica. We are fortunate that the property attracts only the best Guests! Thank you greatly for leaving everything in such nice order when you departed. You are most welcome to return as your schedule permits. Until you return, Best Regards, J.D.
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One of a kind property...

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I booked this property for 4 days and had a hard time leaving to go back home. Total privacy/isolation and water view were our non-negotiable needs, and this property didn't disappoint. There are no surrounding neighbors, making it extremely private, and the view from the back decks was incredible. The weather didn't allow us to make use of the beautiful pool area but we still had a very tranquil and fufilling time. We plan to book another visit soon to take full advantage of the pool, outside cabana/ bar area, and hot tub. It was clean, well stocked, and very roomy. On top of that, the owner, J.D., was a pleasure to deal with. He was friendly, prepared, fair, and genuinely concerned with our visit. I highly recommend the property and JD as a property manager. It has so much to offer everyone.

  • Review Submitted: 23/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You're quite the gentleman Jim. After four days of being "rained in" we appreciate you keeping a positive attitude and providing such a glowing review. We look forward to your return trip, and certainly hope the weatherman will be kinder! Thank you so much for treating our place like your own. The housekeeper loves you! J.D. and Lissa Parks
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Georgeous home, spectacular views.

  • 5 of 5

Home had all the amenities needed. No cable but we considered that a bonus. WiFi worked well. We kept the massive stack stone fireplace going the whole time. Great to celebrate Christmas and New Years. We look forward to coming back in the summer for the amazing pool. Very user friendly.

  • Review Submitted: 02/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your nice comments Gary. We were certainly glad to have you and yours as our Guests and will hope to be your hosts again this Summer. J.D. and Lissa Parks
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Lebanon, TN

Cozy cabin - great for family Christmas getaway

  • 5 of 5

Owner is very responsive and works hard to ensure an enjoyable experience. The house is well equipped and really cozy. Our 3 families fit comfortably, with the teenagers in the bunkhouse. This was our second stay here and we had a great experience both times.

  • Review Submitted: 28/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad you and yours had a great Christmas getaway Mike. Hope to see you again in the Spring or Summer. Thank you for leaving the property in great condition when you left. We invite you back at any time. J.D. and Lissa
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The perfect house!

  • 5 of 5

It was our second time at the house and it was perfect. The pool is amazing and we had such a quiet family getaway. Great for kids

  • Review Submitted: 18/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a great compliment that you returned Michelle. Glad you had a good time, and hope to have you as our Guests again.
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
BNA - Nashville International Airport
Nearest Barpub
13 Miles
Numerous establishments in Cookeville
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Numerous courses in the area
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
I-40, Exits 280 and 286
Nearest Restaurant
13 Miles
Numerous local establishments in Cookeville
Car: necessary

We have numerous State Parks and Recreation areas that make good day trips if your group desires more activity than that afforded at Hillmont Lodge . Check out Burgess Falls State Park, Cummins Falls State Park and the Window Cliffs area recently purchased by the State of Tennessee to be maintained as a natural area.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday lodge in Baxter

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
"Green Season"
15 Apr 2018 - 15 Oct 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add AU$47 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Bunkhouse housekeeping AU$101.61
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$677.4
Main House housekeeping AU$203.22

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Rates quoted on are based on a maximum of 6 guests using the main residence. Should you require the additional use of the bunkhouse with 2 add'l queen beds the additional charge of $100 per night or $150 per night in "Green Season" will be included. The bunkhouse will sleep up to 4 additional guests. The VRBO auto-quote feature may not correctly calculate your charges so please request a quote prior to booking. Pool season is 4/15 - 10/15.
For reservations made after August 1, 2015, credit card fees charged to the property owner will be deducted from your deposit refund. The fee for using a credit card is 2.9%. No fee is charged for paying by eCheck.
Our cancelation policy is detailed in the contract. It has priority over VRBO statement and policies.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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