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Waterfront Luxury at Watauga Lake!

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs2
Space 3,100 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 3.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 9)

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What sets this house apart is its private dock and large swimmable shoreline. At Whipkins Cove, you can swim in a shallow area (gets deep gradually) near fire circle or plunge into deep water at the dock. One of the few areas around lake where you feel safe swimming out from shore.

This is a great home for multi-generational groups or two families vacationing together. Be sure to check out the video tour (with guided audio).

Home has three distinct living 'zones.' Top floor has master bed (king) with private bath (soaking tub and separate shower) and loft (w/ built-in double bed).

Middle floor has open kitchen/dining/living area (w/fireplace), 1/2 bath off kitchen, and master bedroom (king) with private bath (shower only).

Lower floor has mudroom with extra-large capacity W/D, 1/2 bath, entertainment area with sofa/love seat/fireplace/50-inch TV, and a large bedroom with two sets of bunkbeds and private bath (tub/shower combo and double sinks).

Outside there are four levels of decks, two covered porches and a huge waterfront with boulders to relax on. Fire circle at lakeside. Swim right off the dock or shore (from your own private gravel beach with large sitting stones).

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Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
21 July, 2018

About The Owner

Our family has long dreamed of creating a vacation rental home specifically for the people who visit. We travel the globe for work and pleasure and take notes and ideas from each place we stay in.

We jumped at the opportunity to buy Whipkins Cove (named by the former owners, who used a combination of their last names) and transform it into an amazing place by moving walls, adding dormers and giving it upscale touches. More than $100k later (ouch!), the home is completely remodeled and designed for maximum guest enjoyment (ie: lots of room to spread out and a lot of luxury touches).

Taking ideas from our favorite hotel chains (including Marriott and Ritz Carlton), we furnished the beds, kitchen, bathrooms, etc., with amenities that would make the house comfortable and memorable. Now, as we enter our first rental season, we're blown away by the interest Whipkins Cove has already generated (including bookings made when it was still a construction mess).

If Whipkins Cove is a VRBO success, we have our sights on other potential VRBO properties, including another cabin, this one located near the North Carolina ski resorts.

The Owner purchased this cabin in 2009

Why The Owner chose Butler

Watauga Lake is beginning to capture attention of nature-loving travelers from around the globe. To us, that meant it would be a great investment opportunity. So far, that's been true. We've gotten inquiries from several Midwestern states, Florida, New England and even Europe. The kicker? Very few of the people contacting us had ever been to Watauga Lake before 2010.

What makes this cabin unique

The waterfront is amazing. It ranges from peaceful to party (depending on the season and joviality of the boaters passing by). I love that we have both shallow-water and deep-water (40-feet-plus) areas right off shore. The shallow area is protected from cove boat traffic by a giant rock and tree, located about 50 feet off shore. The rock keeps boats from coming too close to shore (or they'll crash into it) and gives children a safe place to swim.

Guestbook comments from the owner

First of all, I would like to say thank you for accommodating all of our families this weekend. We had so much fun, from swimming around the cove, riding on the boats and just relaxing around the cabin. I would highly recommend rending a boat for a couple days and exploring the lake. I also recommend making a bonfire, because our families had a blast making s'mores and just talking around the fire. (Comment written in guest book).
Jul 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Butler in Johnson County

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 9 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Thank you for deciding to book Whipkins Cove. It's an amazing place. Please review the rental agreement below for more details.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WCs
  • Bathroom 1 (top floor master suite) - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Spacious bathroom with claw-foot soaking tub.
    Bathroom 2 (adjoins middle floor master suite) - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Walk-in shower. Pedestal sink. Hair dryer. Bench.
    Bathroom 3 (adjoins bunk bed room) - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Deep tub great for baths. Tub/shower combo. Double sinks.
    Bathroom 1 (half bath off kitchen) - Toilet , Easy access to kitchen and living room on middle floor.
    Bathroom 5 (half bath lowest level) - Toilet , Located at mudroom. Convenient to lower level living area.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 (master suite) - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Upper level master suite with soaking tub + separate shower
    Bedroom 2 (master suite) - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Middle level suite with shower in bathroom.
    Bedroom 3 (bunk beds w/ attached bath) - 2 Bunk Bed , Lower level. Tub/shower combo. Double sinks.
    Loft (overlooks lake and living room) - 1 Double Bed , Located outside master bed on top level. Great views.
  • Perfect house for folks to have their own space. This is a three-story house, with one master-suite style bedroom per floor. Middle floor bedroom is perfect for people who don't want to climb stairs. (Middle floor is same level as driveway, wrap around porch, kitchen, living room, dining room, etc.)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Boating
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • caving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Boat Launch (used by a handful of homeowners), private aluminum dock with boat slip, Fire Circle for Wood Fires, Expansive Decks and Covered Porches


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Waterfront Luxury at Watauga Lake!
average rating of 5.0 based on 33 reviews
Charlotte NC

Amazing home with everything you need for a relaxing trip!

  • 5 of 5

One of the best vacation homes we have ever had! This property is a treat! You can tell right away that it is well cared for. The owners have thought of every little detail. I liked how they left little notes of instruction/information everywhere. The basement area is perfect for kids of all ages. They have toys, games, and books that meet a variety of interests and ages. The loft has a gorgeous view complete with a comfy daybed for reading or napping. My guys loved the kayaks and the row boat! Beautiful views of the lake were seen from every deck level. Porch swings were also in abundance! So many nice touches- I could go on, but you should just see for yourself. :)

  • Review Submitted: 09-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow Julie! I'm thrilled Whipkins Cove was a great fit for your family AND that it has everything you'd needed. We have even more games, toys, DVDs and helpful amenities set aside for our next trip up. Hope your family will come back to Whipkins Cove and Watauga Lake soon!
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Fairfield County Connecticut

A really special place!

  • 5 of 5

Whipkins Cove is a truly special place! Being able to rent a pontoon boat from the Fish Springs Marina and keep it for several days at the dock at the house was so convenient and really fantastic. We jumped off the dock to swim and fished every morning and evening. The house was immaculately clean, with huge picturesque windows overlooking the lake. I would definitely go to Whipkins Cove again!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous! The home, the views and the lake! Not just a family vacation but, therapy. A perfect reset

  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous home with presteen accommodations. Two master suites, with one on main floor, made the house ideal for the grandparent who couldn’t deal with a lot of steps. Even the staircase to the dock had levels with seats and views that allowed the same grandparent to take her time between boat and house.

The kids had amazing fun!! A great cove where they could swim, fish, kayak and swim some more. 5 kids and the home had enough kayaks, fishing poles, noodles and life jackets for all!

We enjoyed the private cove- but, every day took our pontoon we rented from the local marina and cruised the lake. One word- Breathtaking!!

Because of the natural beauty of Watagua Lake, the gorgeous home of Whipkins Cove along with the ease and pleasure dealing with the owner, Lore- We will definitely be back-

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice house on a beautiful lake

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our family get together with our granddaughters and children. if you you want to do more than just relax and swim there is lots to do in the area . On the coolest day we drove to Damascus and rode bikes down the Virginia creeper trail which was great - definitely worth doing. We rented a pontoon boat for a few days and toured the entire lake - it is beautiful. We also checked out the nearby winery - very friendly folks there. I highly recommend this as a rental if you would like to stay in this area. I'm sure this is one of the nicest properties available.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Thanksgiving Week

  • 5 of 5

9 of us stayed here over Thanksgiving week and loved it. Plenty of room, high end amenities and great access to the lake. Will be checking it out during the summmer months!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking time to review Whipkins Cove! Delighted it was a great fit for your family’s holiday gathering. Just wait until you experience Whipkins Cove and Watauga Lake in the summer. Even better! Thanks for being great guests!
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Unparalleled Lake Luxury!

  • 5 of 5

What royalty our family felt like for the weekend! We truly appreciate the thought that the owners put into every single detail on the property. It was a memorable and magnificent stay. Lore was prompt with her response when we first arrived and had difficulty connecting to the WiFi (which we were then able to connect to immediately). We were in need of NOTHING. On our way in, we passed the drive in movie theater in Elizabethton. I have never been, and my mom thought it would be fun to venture out one evening for a movie. Once we arrived at Whipkins Cove, we did not want to leave for anything (not even when we had to go back home after checkout)! We spent the weekend drooling over the beauty of God's creation and all the work that the owners put into making this a vacation dream home. We will certainly be returning. Everything about the house was gorgeous. I was particularly drawn to the upstairs bathroom with the walk in shower and amazing bathtub. There were even bath salts present for my relaxation. They truly thought of everything! I would recommend this cabin to anyone. We laughed as people floated by the house on boats/ kayaks and just pointed and stared in amazement at the home. It is massive and breathtaking from the water! It was a real pleasure working with Lore. She is flexible and understanding. I am a huge cook and would have considered myself in heaven if I never left the kitchen all weekend! From the outdoor furniture to the matches and pens in the drawer and EVERYTHING in between, we thank you for such an incredible experience on Watauga Lake. There are even nicely printed labels located in various places around the home with helpful hints such as one in the shower that says to turn the knob a certain way if the shower head won't stop dripping. Helpful hints were handy and plentiful! This is one weekend that I will never forget. It is tranquil, serene, and a getaway to be adored by all. I hope to be speaking with Lore again soon as we plan for a longer family vacation next year. Everything was top notch and wonderful, from the time I found this home on VRBO to writing this very review! Thank you so much, Whipkins Cove!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Pioneer Landing
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Dry Hill General Store and Diner
Nearest Point of Interest
Fish Springs Marina
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Captain's Table restaurant
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Lakeshore Marina
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Town of Butler, Tenn.
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Downtown Boone (Boone day trip)
Nearest Point of Interest
Whitewater rafting: Wahoo's Adventures
Nearest Point of Interest
Rock climbing: Rock Dimensions
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Foggy Mountain Gem Mine
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Outdoor adventures: River and Earth Adventures
Nearest Point of Interest
Ziplines and tubing: Hawksnest/Sevel Devils, NC
Nearest Point of Interest
Snow skiing: Sugar Mountain/Beech Mountain
Nearest Point of Interest
Snow skiing: Beech and Sugar Mountains


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Butler, USA

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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £380.7
Cleaning + housekeeping £110.4 + Tax

Thank you for choosing Whipkins Cove! A few notes:

SUMMER RENTALS: We try to book complete weeks during the summer. Weeks that haven't rented by mid-May are available for shorter stays. Please call or email if you're not able to book these online.

FEES: The cleaning fee goes directly to the housekeeping team. It's high... but we demand a lot of them. Beds are triple sheeted (bottom sheet... then top sheet - down comforter - top sheet). Makes the beds feel great, but takes housekeeping more time. They also stock toiletries, coffee pods and other items. Guests usually rave about the great job they do.

TAXES: Sales taxes are also high (14.5%) but they help keep Watauga Lake beautiful.

FISHING: Watauga Lake has great sport fishing (according to people who know more about fishing than I do). The common fish can be caught right off the dock or shoreline. Adults need a fishing license, which is available at stores and gas stations. Check the Dry Hill Diner (address in house) for rates and licenses.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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