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Sit by a river.
Find peace and meaning
In the rhythm
Of the lifeblood of the Earth.
Little House on the River is nestled at the base of the western slope of the Cumberland Mountains in the scenic Rocky River Community of Van Buren County. Situated in the heart of Middle Tennessee, and centrally located between Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville, it is located 2.8 miles off Hwy. 30 - 15 miles east of McMinnville and 15 miles west of Spencer at 14142 Rocky River Road, Rock Island, TN.
This cozy little cottage was completed in October 2008. It is surrounded by over 5 acres of privacy, has 640 square feet of living space, 384 square feet of covered porches, and a 162 square feet patio.
You won't be able to resist relaxing in the swing or sitting in one of the rocking chairs on the back porch as you watch the river wash your cares away. You will also want to hike along the almost 1400 feet of clean, spring-fed river. Keep your eyes open for beavers, otters, squirrels, chipmunks, wood ducks, blue herons, Canada geese,and the neighbors cows across the river. Bring your fishing pole - the river is stocked with trout several times a year.
You will want to walk down to the river and spend some peaceful time there with its beautiful views up and down the river. There is a hammock right above there that is just waiting for you. You are going to love the soothing sounds of the water as the river ripples by.
The house has one bedroom with a queen-size bed and window with a view of the river. There is one bath with a tub/shower combo. Bed linens are provided as well as towels and wash cloths. Towels for any river activity are NOT provided. There is a sofa in the living room that includes two recliners -- it is NOT a sofa bed. A TV with DISH service and DVD player are also in that area. The kitchen is stocked with basic cooking and serving supplies. A phone is NOT provided. Cell phone service is possible but not optimal. A heating / air conditioning unit is located in the living area, along with an electric 'wood burning' stove. Cuddle up in the winter months or open the windows in mild weather to enjoy the refreshing breeze.
A charcoal grill is on site, but you'll need to bring your own charcoal. There is also a fire ring with firewood provided.
More information and photos may be found at our website. The link is a little farther down this page. You may also find us on facebook.
In addition to the three guest-submitted reviews that are indicated at the top of the page, there are over 100 more that I copy word for word from our guest book (minus any personal information) posted at the bottom of this page.
A complimentary daylily is available from our farm - Shangri La Farm - when you book a stay with us.
Keywords: Cabin, Rock Island State Park, Cumberland Caverns, Bluegrass Underground, Rocky River Bluegrass Festival, Fall Creek Falls State Park, Burgess Falls State Park, River, Romantic Getaway, Privacy, Relaxing, McMinnville lodging
Your hosts are Debby & Joe Moffitt. We have always lived in Middle Tennessee and feel fortunate to be so close to so much natural beauty. Joe is a retired school administrator and we still operate a nursery - Shangri La Farm - primarily selling daylilies. Together, we have 12 children and 29 grandchildren.
The Owner purchased this cottage in 2008
After looking at river / creek property for several years, we found our dream spot near the headwaters of Rocky River. It is located close to our primary residence and is a favorite spot when children and grandchildren visit.
As much as we love this place we call home, we also love to travel. As we have done that, and used a variety of accommodations, we have discovered that our favorite places to stay are similar to what we built overlooking Rocky River. Our idea of a perfect getaway - is just that - a getaway: from the traffic, the crowds, the noise, and the lure of tourist traps.
The location is a real plus. Rock Island State Park is about 15 minutes away. Cumberland Caverns (home of Bluegrass Underground) is about the same. Driving just a little bit longer will take you to beautiful Fall Creek Falls State Park. As fun as those destinations are, there are not words to describe the picturesque Rocky River farming community, the sounds and sights of nature, and the calming effect of the river as it ripples by. We think you'll love Little House as much as we do! Leave your cares behind and come recharge at one of the prettiest little spots on earth.
Another visit here has come and gone. The time seems to pass so quickly and yet it seems to stand still. This is such a calm and peaceful place. Thank you for sharing your "Little House" with us and all the special little touches - especially the daylily and the honey. Yummy! We took a couple of nature walks and soaked up God's beauty. We were even lucky to see the ducks twice. Being by the water, hearing the rustling of the leaves, watching the squirrels playing in the trees, and seeing the many birds reminded us the importance of taking time and enjoying the moment. On a bad note, the birds pooped all over our truck. LOL This is such a homey place and our first choice to stay when in town. Can't wait to visit again. May God bless you and the family.
We visited here for 4th of July a few years ago and absolutely loved it. Very nice, peaceful, clean, and we are looking to visit again in the next few weeks.
Debby and Joe,
We had such a wonderful time! Your home is lovely and peaceful. We certainly got much needed rest. We enjoyed Rock Island very much and plan to come back very soon. Having sporadic cell service wasn't at all bad - forced us to go out and enjoy nature! :) Thank you for our welcome gift. I can't wait to plant it.
Josie and Corey
our stay took me back to when i was a kid.ive never been so relaxed on a vacation.ill be back again and again!...T and T from lebanon
Rock Island State Park is close by and it offers a lot of outdoor activities: fishing, boating, kayaking, hiking, bicycling, swimming, etc. Fall Creek Falls is a little further away and offers these options: swimming (including a pool) hiking, canoeing, paddle boating, bicycling, horseback riding, golf, tennis, etc. Cumberland Caverns is a short drive if you'd like to do a little spelunking. Links to all of these are at our website, along with several others.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
5% will be added if you pay by credit card. Also, rates are based on two people. An additional $10 per night per guest will be added for anyone over the age of three.
If paying by credit card, your card will be charged at the end of your stay. You may pay at time of arrival if paying by cash or check. In that event, credit card number / expiration date / security code will still be needed to hold the reservation.