|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
We will consider rentals if it is within the next 6 weeks. However we can't commit to renting further into the future since the house is officially for sale.
All the comforts of a Modern Home nestled in 3 acres of Secluded Woods.
Set on a beautiful cove on Douglas Lake, this property is perfect for families or friends who enjoy diverse entertainment. The lake provides excellent swimming, fishing, and water sports; and the location gives quick access to all the attractions of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg. Dandridge, the second oldest town in Tennessee, is just 10 minutes away.
Douglas Lake is one of the best fishing lakes in Tennessee! Our particular cove has good fishing and excellent swimming right off the dock behind the house. The dock sits in 15-25 ft of water from late April until September, and is protected from lake traffic, so its convenient for both swimming and boating. The closest boat ramp is just 5 minutes away.
Enjoy any of these nearby activities or simply stay at the house and relax in the hot tub, watch the deer and wild turkeys, and enjoy the beautiful vistas.
We have also expanded the deck and added a gazebo.
It has been a great house for us but we have now decided that it is time to sell.
Thank you for having us. This location was so great for us as it was just a few driveways from our ailing parents, it couldn't have been better. The home is very spacious with 3 levels but lacks insulation so sounds traveled between floors. The view is great and private, lots of decking and parking. The amenities are lower end, the house could use a few pairing and sharp knives, more silverware, new towels, ( the downstairs towels needed to be washed as they were quite musty) bathroom soap, shampoo, conditioner, foil and saran wrap, we ran to the store so many times for small things. I realize that they probably were not intended to be included. One thing that the owner must add is a first aid kit, ( Band-aids, hydrogen peroxide, a needle, neosporen etc) We needed that badly our first night one of the kids got a large splinter upstairs and it was horrible getting it out with nothing. The other thing we lacked was a blow-dryer. With 4 bathrooms I'd suggest you get at least one. We ALL forgot ours and went out with wet un-styled hair. The house could use some deep cleaning like the shower enclosure calking and the washing machine seal but even with these issues we feel that the location and value for us was really super and we hope to rent it again. We needed a few more comforters / blankets also. The heating downstairs only worked if the upstairs was too hot . Once you are in bed it didn't matter but the kids didn't really play downstairs like we thought as it was cold.
The first night we were there the gas ran out on the grille as we were finishing cooking dinner so we couldn't use the grille the other 4 nights, sad.
The front porch pendant light doesn't work, we even got a ladder and changed the bulb but it needs to be fixed. With out railings it was scary at night for the our older parents.
These are all minor but good suggestions for the owner. Once again, thank you for having us, it was a good vacation and the house was good.
See you again next year!
There was 1 king down stairs, 1 queen upstairs, then the other 2 bedrooms had full beds ( shorter) and one twin bed with a foot board. It worked ok for us as we had 5 adults and the rest kids but if it was all adults it wouldnt have worked. The kids also used the extra futon mattress on the floor downstairs.
Next time we'll come more prepared also.
We had the best Thanksgiving with family! The house was great! Very clean and ready for our arrival. I had spoken with the caretaker about previous comments about the kitchenware. I did bring some of my own pots and pans given I was cooking a holiday meal for 9 people. There was plenty of room for everyone to watch football. The views are awesome! In the winter the water in the lake is drawn down very low but it really didn't change the views or the beauty of the location. I would highly recommend this house.
Our stay was wonderful but a few small changes could have made it even more comfortable. The kitchen cookware, plates, silverware could stand to be checked and restocked. The house needs some better skillets, more mixing and serving bowls and dishes and silverware for at least the nine people it is listed as housing. The house also did not have a DVD player, although the listing lists that it should have one. Another way to improve the property would be to screen in the deck with the table, off of the kitchen area. We loved that area and spent a lot of time playing cards there but found it challenging in the evening as the bugs came out. Otherwise, the trip was awesome. The house was very roomy for 9 and was quite clean and comfortable. This house would be perfect for spending most of your time at the lake but if you intend to spend a lot of your vacation going to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge or hiking then plan to spend a lot of time in the car. The distance might not seem all that far but the traffic makes the trip seem very long. The privacy of the cove was spectacular. We had the whole cove to ourselves and spent lots of time hanging out of the dock and floating in the water. This was a wonderful way to spend a week and everyone in our group would rent this house again.
Overall our stay was a positive one. The property is a very nice size considering the cost of rental for a week. We had 6 adults and two children stay there and never felt cramped or lacking for space. The owner was very easy to work with throughout the entire process and his brother, who is the caretaker, was also very accommodating and available,
We chose this property because it was on the lake and we wanted something a little off the beaten path, which it is. Keep in mind though, that it's on top of a hill and you have a long way down many steps to get to the water. This wasn't a problem for us, but I just wanted to note it for anyone reading. The dock was disconnected from the steps, but we were able to get it back into place enough to make it useable, although the water was over the bottom few steps, so you got wet feet accessing the dock. Also not a problem for us, but some folks may take issue with the dock situation.
I saw that some other reviewers questioned the cleanliness of the house. We did not see any mouse droppings, but I will say that if you're looking for a pristine rental, this one may not be for you. While it was clean and in reasonable condition I would consider this more like staying at a relatives house than staying at a high end rental, like others I've been at in the past. Window sills needed cleaning, and there were spider webs here and there, especially on the outside of the windows and in the screens. Nothing horrible but not the cleanest I've seen by far.
My biggest complaint would be the cookware. If you plan on doing any cooking with a skillet, bring your own cookware. The skillets are cheap and paper thin, and we struggled to make a decent pancake with what they had there. Other than that the kitchen is well stocked with the other cooking utensils and serving items.
I saw someone mention the poor condition of the decks and I have no idea what they're talking about. We spent a lot of time on the decks and they are all safe and pleasant to use. Our kids played out there daily.
We enjoyed this property and the surrounding area very much. I would recommend this property with the readers understanding that it is a lived in and used home, and don't go into it thinking you're getting "Ritz Carleton" level accommodations. For the price it's well worth it.
We loved this property so much! We had three familys stay here, everyone had their room with that they needed. Downstairs is game room and HUGE master room with bathroom, that area was PERFECT for my sisters family with two younger kids ages 6,8. They were able to be loud downstairs without waking anyone upstairs! Our main concern was accommodating our 86 yr old grandmother, so the small room on the main floor right next to the bathroom and kitchen was the most ideal situation we could ask for. It let Grandma be right there with all of us, but also able to go to bed early and use the restroom or kitchen at her convienance. We often found ourselves at the kitchen table playing board games and in the living room just relaxing in the beautiful open room. The views are amazing and the majority of my photos were of them. Upstairs is three rooms, one smaller room that was great for my younger sister with no husband or kids, then there was a slightly larger room with bigger bed for my mother and her husband. In between those rooms was a huge bathroom with held washer and dryer which came in handy with all the little ones running around and their messes. lastly the master room upstairs was PERFECT for my husband and I, it had a full bathroom in the connecting room as well. We have a small child so it was perfect little (it is actually huge) room for us with tons of privacy for a little one and momma. I loved that I could shower and bathe baby before everyone got up for the day without waking any other guest, it was really the prefect room. I was SO pleased how well the property accomidated all of us. I keep using the word Perfect but that's exactly what it was. We LOVED all the decks to hang out on. To be honest I didn't know there was a hot tub but you can imagine the excitement on everyones faces when we found that!! My husband fished all week and loved the floating dock. There are many steps leading down to the dock and at times it was a bit steep, but we did not mind at all and enjoyed every moment. Paul is a wonderful host and was VERY good about communitcation throughout the process of booking the rent up into following up to see if my family had a great time. We are 100% going to book this property again in the future and cant wait to come back to visit douglas lake!!!
Our second stay in this property. Having had such a wonderful stay in 2012 (see my review below) we were soooo looking forward to our return visit. Could not have been more disappointed. What a dreadful difference a year made. House was filthy. Owner's brothers Boxer dog roaming fee and pooping throughout property. Decks attached to house structurally unsound. Window coverings torn and broken. Large concrete block under sink as 'temporary repair' (?) Mouse droppings in several kitchen drawers. Dead mouse in main floor toilet. and the list goes on. Cockroaches and millipedes everywhere. When we approached the owner he did not seem to think any of this such a big deal. He even told us that the renters after us in the property had also noted the mouse droppings in the kitchens drawers but it didn't concern or worry them (really ??) In 2012 this was a wonderful clean well-maintained property. In 2013 it was horribly unkempt and dirty. Such a dreadful shame because of our previous experience. We did after much correspondence receive a partial refund from the owner (although not enough to make up for a ruined vacation) We can only hope that he took our comments to heart and has cleaned up and repaired his house to be in a fit and healthy state for other renters to experience. I am quite sure he will respond with some clever 'positioning' but I have much correspondence which would disprove any rebuttal he could come up with. Future renters be aware............!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Pet Fee||$100 + Tax|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.