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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!

More Details

Susan Pohl
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 20, 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:
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

Cute Lakefront Cottage, “The Lighthouse,” - Pet Friendly - with Dock
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 13 reviews

Wonderful place to stay on Watauga Lake

  • 5 of 5

This cottage has truly impressive views of the lake and mountains and offers all of the comforts of home in a relaxing setting. We enjoyed kayaking and swimming on the lake and Susan and Sal were great hosts. We're already looking forward to our next stay!

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A great home in an even better location

  • 5 of 5

This house was exactly what we were looking for in a lakeside rental. The dock easily accommodated our boat and the home was perfect. We had 2 dogs, 2 adults and 2 kids and a good time was had by all. We've rented several properties on Lake Watauga and this was easily the best one for the money. We would rent again (and plan to!).

  • Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at our rental house! Watauga Lake is a beautiful lake and we are happy that we have a place that allows us to share what the lake has to offer!
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I would keep looking

  • 3 of 5

Well if you looking to be off the grid then your in luck. Wifi was extremely sketchy and after numerous reboots we gave up. This was a working vacation so we had to leave early when you cannot get paperwork done. The staircase reminded me of something in a tree house at about 18" wide so we elected to walk outside and use the outside stairs to access the second floor. Bottom line is there are other properties that are less expensive and nicer.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm sorry you were disappointed. The house is a vacation cabin --the staircase came with the house and was why we dubbed it "The lighthouse". The wifi service is provided by Century Link and this was the first time we have had notice that it was not working. It took 5 minutes on the phone with Century Link to have the internet up and running again. You emailed me at 8pm and unfortunately, I did not see my emails until the next morning. Our phone number and contact information are provided at the house on the letter placed in the Welcome Basket so that guests are able to contact us if there happens to be any issue. We have done our research and our lakefront cabin is priced competitively. We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.
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The stay was great. Driveway was a little scary 🙂

  • 5 of 5

Cabin was as advertised. Experienced no problems.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Brian - We are happy you enjoyed your stay! And thank you for your review! The house was built below the road, hence the downhill sloped driveway. It definitely requires paying attention to - especially when backing up. Believe it or not, ours is "tame" compared to the steepness of some others around the lake. Watauga Lake was created when the TVA dammed the Elk River, Doe River and Watauga River in the 1940s and flooded the valley and the original town of Butler, TN. They created a gorgeous lake, but the banks of the lake are mountainous - unfortunately, gentle slopes are the exception around Watauga.
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Perfect location for a relazing vacation.

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely wonderful time at "The Lighthouse." The house is great, and well stocked with all the essentials. Comfortably slept 4 adults and two kids... The deck and dock were the highlight of the trip for us, as we spent all our time there. The view is beautiful and the lake is so peaceful. Susan is easily accessible for anything you need. I can't wait to visit again. Thanks again for sharing your home with us!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are so welcome! I am happy you had a wonderful and relaxing vacation at our cabin and Watauga Lake. Watauga Lake is a special place to have fun and make great memories. Thank You!!
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Very nice property with great views!

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful week at The Lighthouse. The cottage is well equipped and very clean. The owners left a wonderful welcome basket with treats and even a bottle of local wine. We spent most of our time gazing at the lake, kayaking or swimming off the dock. The fact that we could bring our little dog Petey made it even more special. Thanks for a fun relaxing week!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. We are so happy you enjoyed your stay at our cabin! Watauga Lake is such a special place - we love being able to share it with others!
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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

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4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Cleaning $125 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 13.5%

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.
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