Floating House W/3 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath, Sleeps 8-10, Attached Boat Dock.
Laura J. Shade
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About Laura J. Shade
Laura Shade is a neonatal nurse practitioner for Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. Laura has been in the business of helping the sickest babies fight for their lives since 1984. She loves helping others and enjoys above all else spending time with her wonderful children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She enjoys reading, boating, and antiquing. This is her first year renting out her beloved vacation home, and is confident you will love it too! Jimmy Conroy II, Laura Shade's son, is an executive for etrailer Corporation. out of Wentzville, MO, and a recent graduate of Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio. Jimmy is helping Laura this year as she make the transition from full-time vacation home owner to a rental property owner.. Jimmy loves all things boating. He has a 3 year old daughter named Ali who also loves the water! Jimmy is an avid book collector and enjoys learning, good conversation, and fine dining.
Laura J. Shade purchased this House Boat in 2005
Why Laura J. Shade chose La Follette
In 2005 when this house was built, Laura Shade had her pick of any spot at the marina. This home was one of the first in this area known as Powell Valley, and she loved the mountain view making sure to set her home right in the middle of the cove. This house allows for family and friends to travel by boat everywhere they go, while enjoying all the natural wonder of Lake Norris. The kids can step out of their beds and jump off the diving board into the water. It is an ideal location for families, friends, or business associates. This property is a great value and easily accessible from I-75. Also, La Follette, TN, is a quick 10 minute ride so anything you need of forget to bring is an easy trip to town. Many people make this their annual summer vacation destination, and all of the amenities of home can be easily had in the various shopping destination. Also, Knoxville, TN is 45 minutes further down I-75 and should you want to take a day trip to see Univ of Tenn it is an easy trip. You are ~4 hours from Cincinnati, and approximately 5 hours from Columbus. The traffic on i-75 typically flows at 80 mph.
What makes this House Boat unique
This house has an unobstructed view of the Powell Valley, and you are free to use all that is onsite at the property. This house is a great place to entertain with friends and family, and serves as a great "home base" for those that enjoy, as we do, spending their days out adventuring on boats. You must bring all your own towels, food, soap, etc. but all the infrastructure is in place for your use. Also, and most importantly you MUST BRING YOUR OWN BOAT, as without a boat you will be unable to access this property as it is floating 1/4 mile into the bay in 100 feet of water. Thanks for looking!
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
Guest must disclose prior to booking.
Must get prior approval to bring pets.
Children must be attended at all times.
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:10 (sleeps up to 10 adults)
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Problematic communication and honesty / great view & location
The Pro’s – location and view:
• We have stayed in other areas of the lake, but never here. This is a bit less busy then Deerfield/Shanghai.
• The house has a stunning view of the mountains
• It is back in the marina. It is well protected from any wake, so your boat isn’t getting jostled when docked.
The Con’s – communication and dishonesty:
• Communication was seriously lacking. The provided phone number does NOT work (which others have also mentioned) and emails were not responded to.
o Due to lack of response over multiple days, we were getting concerned that we wouldn’t be able to retrieve the keys (which we were told to pick up at the marina) because we knew we would be arriving late.
o Our inquiries were ignored until we finally opened a VRBO case. At that point, the owner at least answered our initial questions (albeit not all honestly, as seen below).
• Even after that, our extra inquiry while on property was ignored. I never did get a response.
• Having read reviews that occurred after the time that we booked the property, I wanted to ensure that there was access to 1.) the lake toys, as we booked the property thinking we didn’t need to bring that stuff AND 2.) that the dishwasher was working (which multiple reviews said was not the case). I was told (during the initial/only communication after opening the VRBO case) that:
o They are no longer providing access to the pool toy shed.
o The dishwasher had been fixed, which was NOT TRUE. It had a taped note onto it, instructing us not to use it. I would not have initially booked a property without a dishwasher. Other people around the marina told us that the dishwasher had not been working the ENTIRE summer.
First Floating House Experience
Had a wonderful stay. Any issues had were handled quickly. Look forward to staying again. Really enjoyed that I could take my fur babies with me!
Great “neighborhood “ atmosphere
The floating house was great. There are a few things on the listing that are not true. There is NO access to the storage building at all. The check in process is fairly simple and the location is easy to find. The house was in a great floating neighborhood. All the neighbors were very inviting and extremely nice. The owners phone number did not work and the message I sent her was never answered once we got to the property. Make sure to get a map of the lake if you are not familiar with the lake. You can get lost in a heartbeat. This is the second floating house we have stayed in and it was awesome. The only complaints were the listing needs updated and the owner did not respond to any attempts made to contact while we were there.
Truely best view on the lake!!!!
Bumpy start getting in but once checked in and settled very relaxing!! This our third visit to Norris and third place we have stayed in and by far the best! Only issues dish washer and clothes washer didn’t work! And since we are all Ohio State Buckeyes appreciated decor!! O-H
Easy and wonderful experience! Great value as well! Can’t wait for next year.
Beautiful location and view. Spacious home.
The home and location were excellent. There were several things in the home in need of repair - nothing major - things like lightbulbs and medicine cabinet doors and tub drains. We did not get a key for the garage where the water toys were stored as the listing said we would. We also had to contact VRBO en route to get check-in information as several attempts to contact owner were unsuccessful and we had not received said information..
Norris Lake is a beautiful scenic escape for thousands of families and visitors every year. The breathtaking rolling hills frame the perfectly placid and amazingly clear turquoise-green deep waters. Lake Norris is truly a rare and treasured find for those seeking its picturesque majesty. Norris Lake is one of the greatest areas for fishing, swimming, vacationing, boating, tubing, wakeboarding, water skiing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, trails, camping, and just having an amazing time. Whether it is relaxation and peace that you seek or a new adventure with outdoor beauty to explore, the areas surrounding this lake will entice you to return again and again, year after year. You will always find something new with every visit. Norris Lake hosts many hidden private coves along its long and winding shores as well as miles and miles of hiking trails through the hills. Plenty of water and land to explore as you set off for an absolutely amazing vacation.
The beautiful "House on the Lake" is right in the heart of this region, offering the easiest of commutes to access Lake Norris. Located 22 miles from the I-63/I-75 junction you will not have to navigate any mountain roads to access the house. You will enjoy the majesty of a rural location, but not the hassle of a long drive should you require supplies from La Follette.
This home has never before been rented, so enjoy a clean and fun family environment.