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Charming Floating House On Norris Lake

Bedrooms 2
Space 650 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2BD (sleeps 6) Literally On The Water With Beautiful Views From Every Window

Our 2BD floating house, the Shanghai Lucy, is designed for relaxation in a natural, beautiful setting. It is extremely comfortable, has incredible views, and is on one the best locations on the lake.

This is a floating house accessible by boat only. Two kayaks and a paddle boat may be available for use per prior arrangement with owner, but renters must have (or rent) their own boat for access to and from the Lucy.

The Lucy was newly renovated and redecorated in 2013 with high speed wi-fi, central air and heat, flat screen TVs (including 52' in family room, Direct TV with 157 channels and sports package), original artwork, antique tin ceilings, crown molding and detailed woodwork, washer/dryer, and comfy beds, including a very comfortable pillow-top king size in the master bedroom. (Please check out the video of the Lucy under the Video tab in the box in the top left corner of the photo on the first page.)

The 2nd bedroom has 2 double beds in bunk layout.

The sunny, full kitchen has all accessories.

The living room features a high, vaulted ceiling with antique tin ceiling, moldings and woodwork. The master bedroom also has an antique tin ceiling, moldings and woodwork as well. Both rooms have new faux hardwood floors that are warm and look great (it is difficult to put real hardwood in a floating house due to moisture). There is original artwork throughout the house.

The best part about the whole house is the picture window facing the back, which has an unobstructed view of a beautiful cove and the sunset every night. Smoky Mountain 'smoke' rises in the cove every morning and after each rain.

Your family can swim right off the front deck, day or night, which is partially covered/shaded and features a gas grill and a covered outdoor dining table for 6.

If you don't have a motor boat, various types are available for weekly or daily rental at the nearby marina. Jet skis are available as well. You just park your boat at the front porch of the Lucy and you're home.

The Lucy is located at Shanghai Resort--one of the best locations on the lake--with an outdoor/indoor, floating restaurant and bar within view and a short boat ride from the house. Situated in a quiet cove, you can literally lie in bed and look out the window at ducks on the water or families of deer or even otters on the nearby shore. The sunrise and sunset views from the house are terrific.

Norris Lake is in the Cumberland Mountains, with many state parks, hiking trails and an excellent trout stream nearby. Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge are only 1.5 hours away.

Minimal rental period is three nights. Renters must also pay $85 cleaning fee and $25 processing fee. Also, any rental including the 4th of July must be a for one week..

Environment at Shanghai: The Shanghai Harbor is a mellow, relaxing place. The residents grill out, swim, ski, boat, fish, etc. There are other floating houses nearby to the Lucy, so it is more like a community or village scattered around a harbor centered around the marina/restaurant/bar. The environment is appropriate for families or adults who want to enjoy relaxing in a beautiful environment. Loud partying or rowdiness late at night will lead to complaints from other residents, and possibly even expulsion by the owner of the marina. Thus, groups of 'spring breakers' or other groups wanting to get loud and blow off some steam late at night are fine for many places, but would not be a good fit for this environment.

More Details

Mark Godsey
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
6 August, 2018

About Mark Godsey

We are a family of 4 from Cincinnati, who fell in love with Norris Lake and the Shanghai Resort area, and dreamed of having our own floating house here. We rent it out only for a few weeks a year to cover some of the expenses. This is a vacation home that is truly cared for and loved by its owners (rather than owned as just an investment), because it is used by our family most of the time.

Mark Godsey purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Mark Godsey chose La Follette

We fell in love with Shanghai Resort and the cove that the resort is in. There is something about the sunrises and sunsets here. It is just so beautiful. It is rare that a floating cottage comes up for sale here at Shanghai, so when this one came up for sale, and we saw it and realized what we could do with it with renovations, we jumped at the opportunity. We have put more than $35,000 in updates into it since buying it in early 2013 and now it is completely re-done and ready to go.

What makes this cottage unique

This floating cottage is unique in design and decorated with high-end furnishings. It is in a quiet, calm spot in the harbor.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in La Follette in Tennessee

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Full bath with shower, sink, medicine cabinet, etc.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Double Bed , double bunk beds sleeps 4
  • Master bedroom with King-sized bed (super comfy high-end mattress) and window over water. Lie in bed and watch the water...Antique tin ceiling and chandalier. Flatscreen TV with DirecTV
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(19 traveller reviews)

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Charming Floating House On Norris Lake
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 19 reviews

Such a great property and great location!

  • 5 of 5

Staying at the Lucy was so wonderful! The location is close to Shanghai and Stardust and Sugar Grove Marinas. It was very clean and the neighboring homes were well kept also. There was a nice array of electronics available for those rainy days (roku stick, directTV, etc). We will definitely stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome location.

  • 5 of 5

Really clean house. Great for a small family. One of our best lake trips so far. I’m sure we will be back again. I should probably give it a bad review so it’s not overbooked next year. The owner was awesome and very help. Responded quickly.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loving lake life at the Shanghai Lucy!

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed at the Shanghai Lucy in June 2017. We absolutely had the best time! The owner, Mark, was very responsive and addressed the questions we had promptly. The house was perfect, just as advertised. It had all the amenities we needed, including EXCELLENT WiFi! Without the WiFi, we would not have been able to make calls. (Sprint does not have good coverage in the area) The kids enjoyed the bunk room and the master bedroom's bed was very comfortable! We brought down our boat and restaurant hopped from marina to marina. The Shanghai Resort nearby was excellent and easy to get to. The kids kayaked around the floating home neighborhood and were playing in the water from dusk to dawn! We sat on the front porch drinking coffee most mornings watching the ducks swim around. If you are looking for a relaxing lake vacation in the cleanest lake around, the Shanghai Lucy provides wonderful accommodations creating lasting memories!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great floating house

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time staying at a floating house. It was awesome. We kayaked everyday day and swam right off the porch. Owners were great to work with too. Can't wait to rent it again.

  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

We can't say enough about this unique getaway! It was the best of both worlds. Staying at the lake, ON the lake. Close to the marina, but not hampered by crowds. I was concerned when we first got in because the marina manager told me that Saturday night would be a loud one (they have a DJ for end of summer party), but we didn't really hear anything. A couple of notes on our stay:

-The bed in the master bedroom was probably the most comfortable that I've slept in as long as I can remember.

-The second room, the "bunk room", is two full size beds. It's hard to figure out from the pictures. It does have a TV, but it's on a stand at the foot of the bottom bunk. No issues for us, just information to share.

-This place has everything you could need, just be sure you have a boat!

-Pack light, but pack groceries. The marina, as described on the lake map, says that it has groceries. It doesn't. It has beer / sodas / chips, but that's it. To drive into town to Wal-Mart is probably 15-20 minutes each way. There is a market at the bottom of the hill (about 10 minutes), but we didn't check that out. The marina does have a restaurant, we ate at it once, but unless you plan on eating lunch and dinner "out" every day, bring groceries with you.

-Cell phone reception is very poor at the rental (I actually really loved that fact). Although it has Wi-Fi, we had issues with sending/receiving texts. Even at the marina was bad. However, if you exit the no-wake area of the marina and bank left into the first cove, there is a strong LTE signal there. We are all Verizon, just as a reference.

-We had storms every day, and we loved it. The storms move in / out fast, and we enjoyed sitting on the deck swing (covered) while it rained. Very relaxing.

-Loved waking up in the morning and taking the kayak out. So peaceful.

-If you have kids, instruct them on the keypad lock. When you are "home", unlock it so you don't have to keep keying in the code. It sends Mark a message (and my kids were going in and out and in and out because they were so excited).

-The toilet: Mark will give you info, but don't be "afraid" to use it. Just takes getting used to. Keep plastic bags handy for excessive toilet paper (like my youngest tends to use), and to flush it, there is a switch on the side you hold down.

-DirectTV was in/out, but we brought movies and were there to disconnect :)

We love this property, and we'll definitely be back to stay. Mark was great to work with, very responsive.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Matthew for the nice comments! A couple of quick additions. If you have AT&T we have a mini-tower in the Lucy, so if you send me your number in advance I can add it to the tower and then you will have cellphone service at the Lucy. That is only for AT&T. Also, I have added a large supply of black, opaque ziplock bags to put excess toilet paper in and throw away in the trash can next to the toilet. We upgraded to an odor-free toilet, which is a plus for a floating house, but the downside of it is that the toilet clogs if you use too much paper. But the plastic bags take care of the problem Thanks again!
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  • 5 of 5

Had the most fun and a relaxing vacation on the Shanghai Lucy. Mark is so easy to work with and he has so much available, for families, while staying on The Lucy. We always take our grandsons on vacation and try to do something different every year. They were tired of the beaches, Disney, Universal, and numerous amusement parks, so I mentioned staying of a floating house and they thought it would be fun. OK The Lucy was a hit! The front deck is so nice, especially in the morning, sitting on the swing, drinking my coffee, and enjoying the peaceful scenery. My grandsons had the kayaks, the paddle boat, water basketball, swimming off the deck, and, of course, TV to keep them busy. The inside of the house was extremely nice and comfortable. The marina and restaurant were well taken care of and the Shanghai community was very friendly and helpful. The lake, absolutely very pretty and very clean. I like looking down in the water and being able to see my feet. Thanks Mark this was a relaxing vacation. We definitely will be back.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Castaways (Shanghai Resort)

The Shanghai Lucy is a floating house on Norris Lake, with all the fun and beauty associated with Norris. Norris Lake is in the Cumberland Mountains, with many state parks, hiking trails and an excellent trout stream nearby. Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge are only 1.5 hours away.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in La Follette, Tennessee

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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £46.28
cleaning fee £66.67
handling fee £19.61

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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