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Tom Holz

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

Lake Home, Extraordinary Mountain Views, Private Marina, 1 of a kind custom home

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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Chalet, 3 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-10)

Whispering Pines has the best view of the mountains and overlooks the lake just a short walk downhill to the private marina.

The cabin sleeps 8-10 comfortably and is perfect for a couple families with or without children.

The mountain chalet is a 3 level home and has 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths

• 1st floor Master bedroom has a King and full bath

• 2nd floor master has queen and full bath

• 3rd level bedroom has two twin beds, a loft with two beds and a kids hide away with one bed

• The 1st and 2nd level both have gas fireplaces

It doesn’t get prettier than this. One of our guests, described Watauga Lake as Lake Geneva in the NorthEast corner of Tennesee. Our house sits atop of the mountains in Appalachia at 4500 feet. Because we are in the Cherokee National Forest, there are very few homes on the lake which makes the views prettier than normal. In addition, the lake gets warm early in the season. You can swim from April through late October. It is a short walk to the private marina and gazebo, where there is a private covered marina; Fish Springs will bring a rental boat to an open slip for you if you'd like or you can bring one yourself. In the winter, it is an amazing home located 20 miles from a handful of skiing mountains including Sugar, Beech, and Appalachian. Our home, completed in late November 2009, looks like something straight out of a movie with driftwood trees inside the house as well as indoor and outdoor water falls. You can be busy every minute, or simply sit by the water's edge and relax.

For more information, the most up to date calendar and lots more photos, please check out our complete website below.

Keywords: Mountain view, Lake view, Watauga Lake, Knoxville, Boone, North Carolina Lakes, Tennesee Lakes, Lake rental, Mountain rental, skiing, Sugar, Beech

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Tom Holz (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Tom Holz

Heidi and I and our 3 children live in Charlotte NC and fell in love with Watauga Lake. It is one of the most peaceful, beautiful, fun places in America.

Tom Holz purchased this chalet in 2009

Why Tom Holz chose Tennessee

We come to Watauga falls in the winter for the beauty, the skiing and tubing, the fall for the views, hiking, camping, the spring and summer for boating, tubing, water skiing, cornhole, hiking, fireworks, marshmallows by the fire and of course just hanging out.

What makes this chalet unique

•Water Skiing, Fishing, Hiking in National Park, Camping, Boating around the beautiful lake

•Bring your own boat or rent (Fish Springs Marina) and park in private marina

•Snow skiing - Ski resorts (Beech Mountain, Sugar Mountain) within an hour

•Hot tub

•Fire place in both living areas

•Outdoor fire pit

•Brand new Tornado Fusbol table

•Completely stocked kitchen

•2 Large flat panel HD TVs, DirecTV, DVD Player

•Full size washer & Dryer

Guestbook comments from the owner

For us, Whispering Pines is a relaxing haven that gives us a chance to get away from it all. It sits atop a mountain so the views are spectacular! Stunningly beautiful Lake Watauga is at our doorstep. This house is clean and attractive inside and it has been outfitted in many thoughtful ways. It truly has all the amenities of home! We love eating outside on the deck under the roof, even on a rainy day. Our favorite outdoor spot? The in-the-ground campfire site with the benches surrounding it. Be sure to pack marshmallow, Hershey bars, and graham crackers in your suitcase! There is A/C and heat available at your finger tips, so no matter the weather, we are always comfortable. We will keep coming back to the Whispering Pines because it’s the perfect get-away (this was our 6th time :). We know that each visit will bring new and lasting memories. Thx so much Tom & Heidi for sharing your beautiful mountain home with us. --Jo & Frank Dirnbauer
Jul 2014
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based on 17 traveler reviews

Lake Home, Extraordinary Mountain Views, Private Marina, 1 of a kind custom home
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 18 reviews

We loved the place!!!

  • 5 of 5

Excellent property adjacent to one of the most beautiful, majestic lakes in the entire country.

Owner was very accomdating and provided precision directions to this remote property, and detailed description of the house proper and nearby amenities. The property is well cared for and clean. There was no trouble using the development marina...this was a huge plus for our group as we docked boat there for the entire stay.

Hints: arrive during daylight hours. Property is blissfully remote and you will need to follow owner provided instructions. You will want to enjoy the scenery anyway.

Last 100 yards of the driveway is prepared.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Go tell it on the mountain

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home on the top of the mountain that easily accommodated 5 adults and 5 children. Hot tub, 2 kayaks, private marina to fish from and lots of fresh air and trees. Right around the corner from the marina is a rope swing that the young people loved. The home has everything you need and it is first class. I certainly would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous Home in Great Location for Family Adventure!!

  • 5 of 5

My best friend and I get our two families together every year for a summer adventure. This year we decided on Whispering Pines. This was our best trip yet!! The house was absolutely gorgeous, the photos on the website do not do this house justice. It was simply breathtaking!!! Every square inch of this home is immaculately decorated and no detail has been over looked.

Even though there are only three bedrooms we had more than enough space for 4 adults and 6 children. The owners smartly provided several air mattresses and there is a separate living room downstairs with a comfy queen pull out sofa that worked fantastic as a fourth bedroom. The house is so large, we never felt cramped. There was plenty of room for the kids and adults alike!!

The property surrounding the home is as gorgeous as the house itself. The stone fire pit, hot tub, spacious porches and beautiful landscaping added to the mountain relaxation. Not only are the grounds spectacular but the views of the surrounding mountains and gorgeous lake are unreal. We spent many hours just rocking on the porch and enjoying the wilderness.

The area is also a great spot for family adventure. After lazing in the lake we set out for adventure. There is a lovely swimming beach called Shook Branch about 15 mins from the house. We also ventured to Laurel Falls and the hike was dramatic but not overly strenuous. The falls were beautiful with a cold swimming hole. We also went to Off the Grid Mountain Adventures and did zip lining and ATV tours, within 30 mins from the house. Lastly we went white water rafting with Wahoo's. The rafting trip goes down the Watauga River and was extremely suitable for small children as the "rapids" we're not extreme at all.

Lastly, Tom was great answering all my questions and providing information to make our stay more enjoyable. He responded promptly every time and made our trip so easy and stress free!

There was truly something for everyone here. Our kids range in age from 8 to 17 and each one said it was their favorite trip so far!! I cannot recommend this property more highly!!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kerri, we are so glad the two families had such a fabulous time at Whispering Pines. And yes you are correct; pictures don't do our house justice. No matter what we do, we can't capture the beauty in two dimensions. So you'll have to come back :). Enjoy the rest of your summer.
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In town for Reunion

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a cabin as close to Watauga Lake as we could get. Whispering Pines was a great find and we know we will be back. Two families enjoyed this location and it was plenty of room. We love to cook and entertain so the main kitchen/living room area was perfect and you could also eat out on the back covered deck . Our kids are all older than 19 so using the kayaks that Tom provided, as well as paddle board and jet ski rentals from Off The Grid Adventures, made the trip fantastic. We also had family who could boat over to the dock and pick us up. The cabin itself is beautifully decorated and comes with cable tv and wifi (just in case you need some down time). We enjoyed the fire pit at night as well as the hot tub. Easy trips to Ashville NC and Boone. Grocery shopping in Elizabethton, as well as an incredible coffee and lunch at The Coffee Company are within 25 minutes just down the mountain. We missed The Pizza Inn, this trip( all you can eat)- next time for sure. We had a great time!! Thanks Tom for always being available too.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lisa & Mark - We are so glad you had an amazing time @ Whispering Pines. We'd love to have you back any time. Enjoy the rest of your summer.
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Fabulous log cabin retreat

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is absolutely beautiful. It is a fully stocked cabin (house) that is clearly treated as a second home and very comfortable with all amenities. The decorations are very unique to a mountain setting - beautiful waterfalls inside and out; can sit outside and enjoy the peacefulness of the wilderness or see the stars; a nice fire pit that we used just about every night; great time to relax, play games, and cook out. It is in close proximity to the lake where we swam frequently - even rented a boat! Lots of hiking nearby on the AT. We even went to the drive-in movie which was great fun especially since our kids had never experienced one! On the one day it rained, we drove to the Biltmore to take a tour. Tom was very prompt in answering any questions and providing information and recommendations about the surrounding area and restaurants. He couldn't have been any more hospitable and wanted us to enjoy the home as much as they do. It truly is a piece of paradise and one that we will return to in the future. Thank you Tom and Heidi for opening your retreat to us!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Theresa, so glad you and the family had such a great time. We would welcome you back any time.
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Beautiful Mountain Vacation

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here for 5 days at the end of June for a family vacation. It was wonderful to have our daughter and grandson under one roof for the entire time in a spectacular setting. This house was immaculate and so very comfortable. It had everything we needed to make our stay like we were at our second home. Thank you Tom and Heidi for sharing your little slice of heaven with us! Tom was very attentive and made sure to let us know he was there if we needed anything. The lake was absolutely beautiful, although this house is not located on the lake. It was too far down the hill for us to walk so if we wanted to go to the dock we had to drive down, which was fine. We really enjoyed the fire pit in the yard where we made s'mores almost every night :) We also got in a few games of cornhole. Check out the Watauga lake winery if you stay here. It was a beautiful drive along the lake and the wines were very good. My only disappointment was the hot tub. It didn't work at all during our stay. All in all the vacation was wonderful and we did not want to leave

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your time at our house. The hot tub is repaired now; unfortunately it needed a new motor and broke the day prior to your arrival and we had to wait for the part to arrive. It was just repaired yesterday. Happy to offer a discount for your next stay. With regard to the walk to the lake, it is 2 tenths of a mile or less than 200 hundred yards walk downhill to the lake which is what is listed on our VRBO page. The benefit is that you have the best view in the entire neighborhood looking straight into the face of the mountains with the marina only a short walk. It sounds like you enjoyed it; we just went to the winery this week as well and it was awesome. We will definitely add that to our page. Again, we do apologize for the hot tub issues. You were great guests and took great care if our home. Thank you.
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Tri-Cities Regional Airport, (423) 325-6000
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
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Nearest Ski
29 Miles
Sugar Mountain Resort,
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Beachfront on Watauga Lake
Car: recommended

Watauga Falls Development – Whispering Pines

507 Heidi Hill Lane, Butler TN 37640 – will get you close with a GPS but you’re best to do the following:

1. Use 114 Piercetown Road, Butler, TN 37640 for your GPS

2. From Piercetown Road, continue straight

3. At the fork/curve, stay right

4. When Piercetown Road ends, turn left

5. Make an almost immediate right up the hill (Watauga Falls sign)

6. Go through the gates and take an immediate left

7. Follow the road to the left at the Y

8. At the top of the hill, turn around and go straight up our driveway. Whispering Pines is at the very top.

*Included with rental - cornhole game, Fusbol table, outdoor firepit, hammock


Rates & Availability

Butler Chalet Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall/Winter 16-17
Sep 13 2016 - May 18 2017
2 night minimum stay
Spring-Summer 17
May 20 2017 - Sep 11 2017
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning & Trash $135
Property Damage Protection $99

During Bristol race weekends, the rate is $350 per night with a 3 night minimum; during peak times the minimum remains at a 5 night minimum.

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Butler Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Private community boat drop located down the hill less than 2 tenths of a mile; 20 miles from ski mountains in NC

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