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J.D. Parks

Member since: 2013
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Private estate on lake w/seclusion, rustic luxury, private swimming pool

30 Reviews
People15
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday lodge in Tennessee - Hillmont Lodge

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.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
J.D. Parks (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks English

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 Tennessee

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'.

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.

Reviews

5
based on 30 holidaymaker reviews

Private estate on lake w/seclusion, rustic luxury, private swimming pool
average rating of 4.9666667 based on 30 reviews
Tennessee
5

Memorial Day weekend

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a wonderful long weekend at this special home. It was one of the most relaxing vacations we have ever had. The best parts were the total privacy and the serene view of the lake from the back deck. The home itself was very clean, inviting and comfortable, and the pool was refreshing. We hope to come back soon.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tennessee
5

Truly amazing.

  • 5 of 5

This place is great. Anything and everything you need for a vacation. All you need us your clothes and food and they have everything else waiting for you. I have rented a lot of places but this place is off the chart. J. D. Parks is also a great person to rent from. I would recommend this home to any small or large family.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very kind comments after your family's getaway at Hillmont. The housekeeper reported that you all left everything very clean and neat when you departed and that's a huge help. That puts you on our "A List", and should you desire to return you'll certainly be welcome. J.D. Parks
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5

Absolutely beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a fantastic stay! The grounds are beautifully manicured, the home is warm and inviting. We could not have been happier! We will definitely stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate your kind comments Ali and are glad you were happy with your destination. We rated your family as a "five star" Guest, so it looks like we're a good match. We look forward to your return to the property. Best, J.D.
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5

Like staying at a friend's house

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 6 had an easy & relaxing stay for our annual retreat. The house is very well stocked. It was like staying at a friend's. The view of the lake is just gorgeous! We'd like to return in the fall!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice remarks Kelley. We'll consider you and your family our friends and invite you back in the Fall or whenever it works out for you. Best Regards, J.D. and Lissa
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The property was beautifully maintained and located in a private, peaceful setting.

  • 5 of 5

The stay began with a warm, southern hospitable welcome from the owner, J.D. He made it very clear from the onset that he would be available, if we needed anything at all during our stay.

There was a very detailed summary of check in/out instructions for us to review. There was also a very helpful binder with a compile of local things to do and restaurants. The listings were rated from the owner and previous renters.

Although the rainy weather wasn't opportune, we were still able to find many other things to do inside. The location of the property is centrally located to major Tennessee tourist attractions.

We highly recommend staying at Hillmont and hope to go back during warm weather.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your nice and thoughtful comments Lisa. You're on the "A" list for our best Guests. Thank you for treating the property kindly and leaving it in perfect condition. Please do come again.
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Amazing

  • 5 of 5

The place was perfect. Couldn't ask for a better place to stay. Everything was absolutely perfect

  • Review Submitted: Nov 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You're too kind Justin. We're really glad you and your wife enjoyed the getaway and hope to be your hosts again. Thanks for the nice remarks you wrote in the journal. You're on our "A" list of great Guests, keep us on yours. J.D. and Lissa Parks
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Location

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.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday lodge on Center Hill Lake, Tennessee

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Summer Vacation
13 May 2016 - 16 Sep 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£2,210
for 7 nights
£2,210
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £29 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£617
for 2 nights
From
£251
From
£251
Fri,Sat
£1,791
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Main House housekeeping £115
Refundable Damage Deposit £382
Tax Rate 9.75%

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. 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 Summer Vacation 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 5/15 - 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 2.5%. No fee is charged for paying by eCheck.

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday lodge in Tennessee, USA

Property Type:
  • lodge
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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 on your requirements.

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