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Cute Lakefront Cottage, “The Lighthouse,” - Pet Friendly - with Dock

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Cabin, 3 bedrooms + Loft, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 8

This cute cabin has everything you need for a relaxing, fun-filled lakeside vacation! Enter into the open living room / dining room area and immediately enjoy the waterfront views! The kitchen is brand new, complete with granite countertops and stainless appliances and provides all you will need to prepare and enjoy your meals while on vacation. The first bedroom with a queen bed and one bathroom with shower are located on the main level. Travel up the lighthouse staircase and find two additional bedrooms, one with a queen bed, the other with two twin beds and a loft sleeping area with an additional double bed. All have beautiful views of the water! There is also another bathroom with shower and laundry facilities on this level. Walk down to the boat dock to enjoy the multitude of water activities the lake invites. There is even a bath house between the house and dock complete with refrigerator, shower, sink and toilet! When you just want to relax, step out onto the deck that overlooks the lake and enjoy the gorgeous views up and down the main channel.

The beauty of the Watauga Lake region in northeastern Tennessee is unsurpassed. The lake is just over 16 miles long and has over 105 miles of amazingly beautiful shoreline! It is reputed to be the third cleanest lake in the U.S. and is surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest. Enjoy it all from 'The Lighthouse' Cottage!

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Susan Pohl
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 21, 2017

About Susan Pohl

I currently split my time between Florida and Tennessee -yup, I'm a snowbird. I discovered Watauga Lake in 2010 when friends invited us up for a visit. It was love at first site! The fact that the Cherokee National Forest surrounds most of the lake makes it that much more beautiful and unspoiled. After spending many summers on Cape Cod and fighting all the tourist traffic, this seemed like paradise...and it is! I have discovered a place that I can truly relax.

Susan Pohl purchased this cabin in 2012

Why Susan Pohl chose Tennessee

The views from this house are amazing and it just felt 'right' when this house came up for now I own it and hope to share some of what Watauga Lake offers to other people. I have been here for several summers now, and it has proven to be as perfect a family experience as I could hope for - as well as a great place for friends to visit. This is a place to have good times and make good memories!

What makes this cabin unique

I fell in love with the views, hands down! The house is cute and a little quirky. The inside staircase is narrow and winds like a lighthouse staircase, but the house is cute! (There is an outside stairway that goes to the second level also). And the bath house between the dock and the house is so convenient! It is an awesome piece of property - it just feels good to be on the deck there relaxing and taking it all in!


Butler Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • marina
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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Cute Lakefront Cottage, “The Lighthouse,” - Pet Friendly - with Dock
average rating of 4.9 based on 20 reviews

The house and location were perfect. Our family had a great time and we plan on coming back again!

  • 5 of 5

We were pleasantly surprised to find a bountiful gift basket and a home that was very clean, well maintained and tastefully decorated. We only had to bring our clothes and food, everything else was provided. We enjoyed a beautiful view while relaxing outside on the huge porch or from the inside looking through the many picture windows.

The owner is very nice, easy to work with and helpful. We enjoyed kayaking everyday and saw fish jumping out of the water, herons, king fisher birds and deer.

We'll be back for sure!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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What a great week at The Lighthouse Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

What a great week at The Lighthouse Cottage! We couldn't have been more pleased with the lovely home/cottage and the remarkable lake/mountain views. Thank you for all the attention to detail and amenities that made the week so very relaxing... from the welcome basket to the DVD library...fully stocked kitchen...kayaks etc., we thoroughly enjoyed the week and just couldn't get over the amazing views from virtually every room and the sprawling back deck! This lovely property is a real stress-buster!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sweet cottage, exceeded our expectations

  • 5 of 5

Everything about this cottage was a sweet surprise. It's not the largest and flashiest place to stay, and that's exactly what we loved about it.

It was clean and well appointed, with a beautiful view, caring hosts, and a private dock on a quiet side of the lake. Perfect for a family of 4.

We can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Lighthouse is Awesome!

  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough about how nice our stay was at the Lighthouse. We wished we could have stayed another week. Loved the gift basket that awaited us. Susan and Salvatore were immediately available for one issue we had, and it was resolved quickly and efficiently. The entire house is immaculate, bright, airy. The beds were extremely comfortable and the newly remodeled kitchen was great to work in. We really enjoyed the views from the rooms and the large deck, which is partially roofed. This was nice because if you didn't want to go down on the dock below to tan, you could do so on the deck, or you could still sit in the shade if that's your preference. We brought our dog for the first time on a big vacation, and she loved the house as well as our walks up the road.

My daughter and I kayaked using those provided with the property -- a plus!!! The lake was fantastic to kayak on. The dock was perfect for sunbathing with lounge chairs provided. Having the bath house located halfway down to the dock was also a plus. The only suggestion we would have is to put more lighting in the bathrooms. The overhead light in the higher ceilings made it a little dark for shaving or putting on make-up when we were getting ready to go out. However, for us girls, we improvised using the natural light and the full-length mirror upstairs.

Highly recommend, and if we find ourselves looking to come back to Tennessee in the future, we are definitely booking the Lighthouse again. Thank you!!!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just what we needed!

  • 5 of 5

The house is clean and quaint. It has everything you would need to enjoy a week at the lake comfortably. The view is outstanding and the location on the lake is ideal for swimming and other water activities. We had a great time!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The perfect getaway with all the comforts of home!

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect getaway for a multi generational reunion of girlfriends! The home is lovely, very clean, well kept, updated and the details are so nice. General kitchen and bath supplies left by the owners are generous in size, not just sample sizes. They also left a welcome gift basket like none I have ever seen! Full of lovely food, snacks, sweet, salts and a bottle of the local wine. The views are spectacular of the lake which is gorgeous in an of itself. Although the steps down to the dock Are numerous, as it is a mountain lake, it is well worth it. The perfect little Dockhouse halfway down is a really nice touch with sink toilet refrigerator and all the supplies you need for the kayaks etc. We swam and floated and sunned and kayaked and enjoyed the water. It is clean and clear and the perfect temperature in the summer. We also rented a pontoon boat at the nearby marina recommended by the owners and enjoyed a beautiful day out on the lake itself. The kitchen is well-stocked with everything you could possibly need so no need to bring a lot of extras with you. The downstairs master has a nice desk nook, should anyone need to set up a laptop to do a bit of work while away on vacation. The linens are soft and the mattresses are comfortable. I brought my own special pillow from home but I didn't need it as those provided felt just right. The upstairs was a little warmer than the downstairs as it's not uncommon in air-conditioned homes with a single zone, however the owners have portable air conditioning units in each bedroom upstairs and my guests said that it felt great and made the difference and worked like charms. Cell service is very dicey which helps to leave the worries of real life and work behind but we did manage to do some texting and the Wi-Fi works great once we connected our phones everything was good. The landline for unlimited long distance calling is a fantastic link back home if needed. These owners have really thought through every detail to make your stay and certainly our stay comfortable fun beautiful and peaceful. We all agreed we want to return I know you'll feel the same! The "wooooo" girls from Augusta. Atlanta. Louisville. Charlotte. Raleigh. And Washington! We love The Lighthouse Cottage.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are really pleased to hear that the house met all your needs for a fantastic vacation! Thank you!
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Car: necessary

Access all the lake has to offer right from the dock at the house. Swim, fish, or boat right from the dock. Boat launches,swimming beaches, hiking trails  and picnic sites are located within the Cherokee National Forest and are available for public use. The Appalachian Trail crosses the lake at its southwestern tip. Hike the Appalachian Trail or one of the other hiking trails available and discover waterfalls and even more gorgeous views. Parking is available for the hike to Laurel Falls is just north of Hampton off of Route 321. Private marinas provide boat rental, boat mooring and boat launching facilities. Watauga Lake is perfect for almost any type of boating -  from houseboats to sailboats to ski and wakeboard boats to canoes and kayaks - they are all at home on the lake. If you feel the need for a little “civilization”, Boone, NC is just 30 minutes away and Blowing Rock just another five miles or so. On the Tennessee side, Elizabethton is just 40 minutes and Johnson City, TN just beyond that.


Rates & Availability

Butler Cabin Rental Rates

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4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Pet Fee $25
Damage Deposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.