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Private estate on lake w/seclusion, rustic luxury, private swimming pool

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,600 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Private Pool
  • Hot Tub


About the property

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.

More Details

J.D. Parks
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 May, 2017

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 lakeview 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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday lodge in Baxter in Putnam County

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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(39 traveller reviews)

Private estate on lake w/seclusion, rustic luxury, private swimming pool
average rating of 4.974359 based on 39 reviews

Beautiful estate with breathtaking view

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had our wedding here this summer. The owner was so nice and helpful to make everything special for our big day. Because we had the guest house we had the whole wedding party stay the weekend so we could all relax and spend time with our friends and family. The house is very rustic with all amenities you can think of. We had the wedding of our dreams and this house will always hold a special place in our hearts.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Brittany for taking time to make comments. We enjoyed meeting you and your family and we're honored that you chose Hillmont as the place for your wedding ceremony. Thank you for taking good care of everything and leaving it in proper order. We hope you'll come again!
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  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at Hillmont 3 times now and have loved everything about it. The home is amazing and the grounds are beautiful. The owners are wonderful to work with. Oh... and the view!!!! GORGEOUS!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Traci for your great comments. The best indication of happy Guests is a return trip. You're always welcome! We appreciate Guests like you and your group. J.D. Parks
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Excellent property and the pictures can't even do it justice!

  • 5 of 5

The property is as well taken care of as any I've stayed at with VRBO, and the owner was very response. It has a lot to offer from a game room, to hiking, a great swimming pool, and plenty of space to just relax!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey thanks Matt. Really glad the property was good for you and your group. We appreciate your comments and want you to know you're welcome to return. J.D. Parks
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  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed at this lake house over an extended weekend. We could not have asked for a better location or home. Everything from the view, the pool/hot tub, and the nature sitings was perfect! Our three year old calls this "our lake house" and cannot wait to get back to "her play house."

Thank you Mr. Parks for opening up your home so that others can enjoy.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You're most welcome Bobby. Thanks for coming, and for treating the property as kindly as your own. Bring that daughter back to her play house every chance you get! J.D. Parks
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Absolutely perfect!

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing setting to celebrate our anniversary and get away to peace and quite! The property had been everything we needed! It felt like home immediately - the peace was palatable. The pool area was outstanding and I can only imagine how beautiful it would be if the wisteria had been in bloom. We are definitely coming back and bringing the whole family!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate you and yours being the perfect Guests James. It's such a great help when our Guests leave the property well cared for, like you did. FYI, the wisteria blooms mid-April, along with the bridalwreath spirea. The peonies (my favorite) bloom mid-may. That period from mid-April to mid-May is the best for a colorful springtime visit. You're certainly welcome to return. Best Regards, J.D. Parks
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Beautiful Property with all the amenities

  • 5 of 5

Had a fantastic experience staying here. J.D. was very nice and quickly responded to texts with any questions we had. The pool area is the perfect place to unwind during the day, then head to the back porch for an incredible view of the lake to watch the sunset. From Ping-Pong tournaments in the bunkhouse to grilling steaks by the pool this property has something for everyone. Thanks again J.D.!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your comments are gratifying Shane. We're really glad you and your group had an enjoyable getaway at Hillmont and hope you'll return any chance you get. All the best, J.D.
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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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday lodge in Baxter, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
"Green Season"
15 Apr 2017 - 15 Oct 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £30 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £386.51
Main House housekeeping £115.95
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 "Green 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 4/15 - 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 2.9%. No fee is charged for paying by eCheck.
Our cancelation policy is detailed in the contract. It has priority over VRBO statement and policies.

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.
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