|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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, 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 diving 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!
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
While this property could be considered rustic, it is elegant as well. We have developed this lakeside 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'.
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.
Highly recommended for a quiet weekend. Customer service unmatched. I have used VRBO around the world, and have not experienced such a simple turn key operation.
My family enjoyed this beautiful property over the New Years holiday. It was a quiet, peaceful and scenic getaway. We took two trips to nearby waterfalls/hiking trails, which we really enjoyed. I also loved sitting by the fire and reading. The cabin was very cozy yet spacious. We really enjoyed the bunkhouse for playing darts and ping pong and even made use of the hot tub even though it was very chilly outside!
We would love to come back during the warmer months to take use of the pool and the outdoor kitchen!
A few suggestions!
- Larger trashcan for the kitchen
- Adding beds for young children to sleep on in the loft upstairs in the main house
- Directions for how to run the heater in the bunkhouse
Thanks for a wonderful stay! We really enjoyed it.
Our family had a wonderful time during our stay. We were able to celebrate Thanksgiving, birthdays and Christmas. The home was comfortable, well appointed and had loads of kid friendly activities inside and out. The sunrises/sunsets were gorgeous over the lake. Those visiting from Florida enjoyed jumping in the leaves that were neatly piled near the house - this was a first for those kids to jump in the leaves and we take it for granted in Iowa. We were able to bring our groceries and call it our home for the remainder of the week. There was even a potato masher so I could make my "party potatoes" for Thanksgiving. Our dogs even enjoyed their stay and were exhausted when we returned home. If you have small children or children in their teens/20's you will find something to do. My youngest son said he wants to do this again because he had so much fun. There's plenty to explore in the area - water falls, dam and lakes as well as hiking. If you have to shop it's not too far to Cookeville either. Would recommend the barbecue at the Little Dodge Market too! Even if you choose to do nothing but relax, you will have a great time doing so. It was very easy to work with JD too. Would recommend this home for your next get away to Tennessee.
We loved our stay at the house. It is so beautiful. The house was so well stocked. We had a lot of people staying and we never ran out of towels, not even close. Everyone came from different places even England and they all thought the place was beautiful. The trip to the house is a little weird but the house makes up for it. I would recommend the house to any of my friends and we are already talking about meeting up there again. JD who owns the property could not have been nicer. He answered all the questions we had. Just a great experience overall.
Our family had such a wonderful time relaxing this past week. The house and pool are equipped with upscale amenities, which were a pleasant surprise. The rooms were all very well appointed. We are from an resort area and usually vacation in resort areas, thus we were surprised that the house was left with ample fresh linens, plush towels, paper towels, toilet paper and extras that you may have forgotten. The house and pool area have been immaculately kept and was very clean. We spent most of our time at the pool, in between some rain showers. The pool has high-end pool furniture, grill and floats, which were very useful. The pool house was a treat with the rain shower and tumbled marble walls, however, the shower was just warm and not hot. We enjoyed not being in a hustle and bustle area, the area was very serene and we loved listening to the outside sounds. The house was very well represented on the website and was accurately reflected. The owner J.D. was very helpful in providing any information that we needed and had maintenance on call, if needed. We have already recommended this to friends and hope they follow our recommendation, as we know they will not be disappointed. Thank you J.D. and Lissa for making our stay comfortable.
We had an excellent stay this past week at the Hillmont Lodge. The house is beautifully decorated with antiques and is very well stocked with all of the little things you may of forgotten to pack. The sunset's off the back porch were awesome but were a little blocked by the overgrowth of trees. The pool was terrific and the kids had a blast perfecting their dives off the diving board. The shower in the pool house is an experience all in its own, it could use a little more hot water coming to it but it was fantastic! The beds were very comfortable and everyone got some really nice rest. The kitchen was nice except for the stove. It has a jenair grill on one side so it really only leaves two burners for cooking. Which posed as a challenge when we were trying to cook larger meals.
Overall, we were all very happy with our stay and glad we chose it for our 2014 family vacation. Thank you J.D. for opening your home to us and for being so pleasant to work with.
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 .
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||$500|
|Main House housekeeping||$150|
|Notes||Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Rates quoted on VRBO.com are based on a maximum of 6 guests using the main residence for the period of the reservation. Should you require the additional use of the bunkhouse and the beds in the bunkhouse the additional charge of $100 per night will apply. The bunkhouse will sleep up to 4 additional guests. Pool season is 5/15 - 10/15.|
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