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Norris Lake Rentals - 'The Big Dipper' Dining for 30, Wet Bar, Billiards

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 9
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Norris Lake Cabin Rental Photos and Description

Cabin, 9 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 7 Baths, (Sleeps 30-32)

Norris Lake Rentals

Off Waterfront Trl, La Follette, TN 37766

(937) 286-4103

Welcome to the “BIG Dipper”. This massive, 4,500 square foot, 3 floor lakeside cabin offers cathedral ceilings, huge kitchen and formal dining room overlooking a large TV room, providing the ultimate entertainment for an extra large group of friends and family.

Features oak and pine from floor to ceiling! 18 foot, 20 person, Amish custom built dining room table!

With 9 bedrooms (4 Master Suites), 7 full bathrooms, and a recreation room sofa sleeper, this spectacular home provides 10 sleeping quarters for up to 32 people. Couples will appreciate the lake views that each of the 4 Master Suites offer.

The extra large open kitchen is well equipped for crowds with a canopy vented 5 burner gas cook top, 2 wall ovens, microwave, extra large refrigerator, 2 dishwashers, and 3 food pantries. The extra large 7 seat island bar is equally suited for entertaining as it is for whipping up huge meals for the hungry group.

3 TV rooms and game room sporting Dish Network and DVD provides endless entertainment. The 4 master suites provide their own additional TVs equipped with Dish Network.

The game room features a wet bar overlooking the pool table, air hockey, fireplace, and your favorite ball game on the massive TV.

Saving the best for last- Three decks overlook the swimming cove of Norris Lake’s Cedar Creek. Walk off the back deck to your own personal dock that accommodates your boats, jet skis, and swim platform.

NOTE: Big Dipper is located in a gated community.

****You must be at minimum 26 years of age to rent this cabin*****

Keywords: Norris Lake Rentals, Vacation Rentals, Cabin Rentals, Villas, Waterfront, Lakefront, Wakeboarding, Fishing, Skiing, Jet Ski, Family, Friends. On and On.....

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
John Bertke (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About John Bertke

John Bertke lives in Dayton, OH and enjoys visiting Norris Lake with his friends and family. He enjoys fly fishing and smoking cigars.

John Bertke purchased this cabin in 2010

Why John Bertke chose Norris Lake

They say location means everything. The Big Dipper is located in the woods, right on the waters edge. The fish come to swim around the dock. The boaters come to swim around the cove. There are two golf courses nearby. What more could you ask for?

What makes this cabin unique

I'm an avid fly fisher, my wife loves to golf, and my daughters never tire from wakeboarding so my whole family stays happy when we visit The Big Dipper.


based on 14 traveler reviews

Norris Lake Rentals - 'The Big Dipper' Dining for 30, Wet Bar, Billiards
average rating of 4.928571 based on 14 reviews
Columbus, Ohio, USA

Comfortable Accommodations

  • 5 of 5

The accommodations at the Big Dipper were comfortable and relaxing. The view from the house is spectacular. The house has 3 refrigerators, which came in handy. No problems with over-working a refrigerator. The dining room table is incredibly long-one of the great perks of the house. The owner/manager was easy to work with and responsive. I'll definitely be back!

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Laura, I am glad your group had fun. With the massive size of your group, spanning our multiple cabins, you all were amazingly organized. It will be fun to see you all back again for 2017. Thanks, John
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What A TRIP!

  • 5 of 5

Our family and close friends just completed our stay at the Big Dipper and the accommodations were ideal. The view from the kitchen, onto the lake, is the best in the cove and the layout was perfect as each family had their own floor. The kitchen was spectacular with two dishwashers and a dining table big enough to accommodate 20 people. The three refrigerators came in handy as did the full-size washer and dryer.

We rented two boats and two wave runners and the dock was perfect with two covered spots for the boats and two floating platforms to park the wave runners. The jacuzzi was very nice after a full day on the lake and the game room kept the kids occupied. The house has NO shortage of TV’s and everyone had there own bed which is difficult to find when housing 12-15 people.

Access to the jumping bridge, proximity to Sugar Hollow Marina and Shanghai Marina made for added convenience. Although secluded and private, the gated community is close to town where we were able to shop for groceries and daily essentials. The owner was great to work with and was very accommodating. In addition to the great memories, we spent valuable time together with our friends and family which made for the perfect get-a-way. We are already talking about our next trip.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bub, You nailed it "great memories with friends and family". Norris is an ideal location and The Big Dipper is the ultimate gathering place. Thanks for noticing that "best location" in the cove; perfect view up the creek as well as down the creek. Hope to see you all again, John Bertke
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Chattanooga, TN

A retreat to remember

  • 5 of 5

This home was just that, a home.

My family gets together with 9 other families every year for a weekend getaway. It was a tradition that began in college, and we have continued on for 13 years straight. As singles became couples, we searched for a bigger place to lodge. Then, as couples became families, we needed an even bigger place to lodge. We were running out of hope, until we found this little gem. It is tucked away in a secluded area, on the water, with an abundance of rooms and beds to accomodate such a massive gathering. The comforts and extras provided entertainment in the basement, a quiet resting place for the little ones in the middle of the day (as well as in the wee hours of the morning), and our favorite part of The Big Dipper was the big dining room table that accomodated all of us at the same time. Some of our best conversations and the most meaningful times of fellowship happen around the table.

The owner was a joy to work with. He provided prompt responses to all of my questions leading up the the visit, as well as during, and even afterwards. He is a fair man to work with, whom I never once felt any frustration or dismay with.

When you schedule your next visit, I trust that you will have a similarly pleasant experience as you plan your trip, and then settle in for a time of quality fellowship and enjoyment with those you love at The Big Dipper.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nicholasville, KY

Cove Heaven!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 28 had a blast at the Big Dipper! Awesome place to stay! The location, tucked back in a beautiful cove was amazing, safe for swimming for all the little kids, great for those relaxing morning cups of coffee on the deck, and dining every night with a view of the water was incredible. We have had a 20 year tradition of big family vacations at the beach, but decided to try the lake and see what it was we have a new tradition! We tubed, skied, fished, paddle boarded, swam, dove off the dock, watched movies, played pool, air hockey, and cards at the gigantic dining table. So much fun!! Boat ramp is four houses down and two marinas are pretty close...just a great location. We had a large group and the sleeping accommodations worked perfectly. Lots of thought went into the planning and furnishing of the Big Dipper...we had more than what we needed. It is super nice, but has a rustic lake house feel that says, just relax. Can't say enough about how helpful the owner John was at answering questions and making sure we had everything we needed...really gracious! You have to check this place out.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mike, Thanks for noticing the "super nice but with a rustic lake house feel." While totally modern, we wanted the all wood feel of a cabin. Adding the stone corners & columns to the outside façade, apparently rare, further added to that cabin feel. Also thanks for the furnishings compliment. Many nights were spent staring at blank blueprints figuring out where to put walls followed by beds. Hope to see you all again, John
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New York

Marine Corps Reunion

  • 5 of 5

Our trip to "The Big Dipper" at Norris Lake was an extra special one as we are all Marine Corps Veterans who served together in 1985-1986 at Camp Hansen in Okinawa, Japan. It had been 29 years since we had seen each other and we are all scattered every where, we had people from WI, IA, NC, NY, OH, TN, MS and KY The house and setting were all beautiful and had everything that we could ask for, we all truly enjoyed the fact that we were kind of secluded from the outside world by no phone calls and texts it gave us time to catch up with each other. The fellas loved the dock and used it the entire time and the decks served for lots of reminiscing and laughter of the things we did way back when. We would love to thank John whole heartedly for everything he did to accomodate us and allowing us the use of his beautiful home. We look forward to returning in a couple years for our next one. Thank you :-)

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Stacy, Perhaps we could charge more for that no cell phone therapy? For those of us unable to disconnect from the world, we have forward our cell phone incoming calls to the cabin land line with free long distance. The free, unlimited, secure wireless also keeps us connected via email and iPhone texting. Thank you for your service and of course, semper fidelis. John
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Family from far and wide congregate for the weekend

  • 4 of 5

This is a very nice place with lots of rooms for 20 or more people. Beds are nice sized so everyone had a bed to sleep on. Sort of hard to find as these are on a very steep road but a nice and quite area. Recommend to bring extra blankets and towels if your are large group like ours (25). Only found a couple extra blankets and other than that only sheets and the quilt/comforter on the bed. Loved the long table in the kitchen and all the frig space. Tv's everywhere as well and a great hot tub. Enjoyed this place!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sally, We admit 7 TVs in one cabin is a little over the top. The idea was after a week of these large families hanging out together, the TVs would prevent people strangling each other. Thanks for the tip about extra blankets. We found closing the two stairwell doors helped to prevent the heat from rising to the upper floor. Thanks, John
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Jumping Bridge
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Sugar Hollow Marina
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Rates & Availability

La Follette Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer Season
Aug 6 2016 - Aug 12 2016
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 13 2016 - Aug 19 2016
3 night minimum stay
Fall Season
Sep 8 2016 - Sep 18 2016
3 night minimum stay
New Years
Dec 30 2016 - Jan 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring Season
Apr 6 2017 - May 24 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer Special
May 31 2017 - Jun 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer Season
Jun 10 2017 - Jun 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
Peak Season
Jun 17 2017 - Aug 11 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 12 2017 - Aug 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning $275+ 9.25% tax $300
Tax Rate 14.25%

Pricing excludes holidays.
Cleaning fee includes bed linens and bath towels.
Must be a minimum 26 years of age to rent this beautiful and well maintained cabin.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Norris Lake Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 30 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
    Bathroom 7 -
  • All bathrooms complete w/ tub or shower. Linens provided.
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 30
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , queen & bunk beds (twin)
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 2 double , queen & bunk beds (full)
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , 2 double , queen & bunk beds (full)
    Bedroom 8 - 2 double , bunk beds (full)
    Bedroom 9 - 1 queen , lake view
    Bedroom 7 - 1 king , lakeview w/ bathroom and TV
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , lakeview w/ bathroom and TV
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king , lakeview w/ bathroom and TV
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , lakeview w/ bathroom and TV
  • King size beds (4), Queen size Beds (4), Double Beds (6), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
The Big Dipper is known as 'The Ultimate Gathering Place'. It is perfect for multiple families as well as 9 couples. Plenty of parking. Huge kitchen. Huge dining room table. 2 covered slip 2 jetski swim platform personal dock. 7 TV's. Wet bar w/ dishwasher overlooking billiard table. 2 fireplaces.

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