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Waterfront Home With 14 Skylights and Pier ~ 'CLIFFHAVEN'

11 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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2 - 3 nights


Killen House Rental Photos and Description

Welcome to our dream home. This is not our vacation home, but it is our beloved home whenever we are in the USA. It was completely gutted in 2010 and lovingly renovated extensively. So you will be staying in a newly remodeled home.

Our house is 3800 sq. ft. with 6 bedrooms (sleeping 15), every room with beautiful views. The house has a split floor plan, with three bedrooms in one wing and 3 on the other. We can close off one wing so that you have the option of only renting the main living space with 3 bedrooms (sleeping 5).

* The master bedroom has a king bed. The master bath has a luxurious Asian style soaking tub.

* Next to the master are two bedrooms. One with two twin beds and a smaller bedroom with one twin bed.

* In the wing on the opposite side of the house are two bedrooms on the ground floor and one large bedroom upstairs. One bedroom contains a queen size bed and one bedroom has two twin beds.

*The biggest bedroom upstairs has 6 twin beds. It also has a breath-taking turret with 6 skylights which will make you feel like you’re in a castle.

The exact opposite of a dark log cabin, this house on the water is bright and light with 14(!) beautiful skylights, you’ll never have to turn on the light during the day.

Eat your meals out on the patio overlooking breathtaking water views. Walk down the steps and set up your fishing lines on the pier, or sit on the beautiful natural rock ledges by the water. The water view is expansive, the opposite shore being over a mile across. Across the waters is TVA land, so you will be looking at a pristine natural shore instead of houses. Not only is the water beautiful during the day, but you just may be treated to a moonrise on the water as well. Crystal clear moonbeam spanning a long trek across the water is a sight few people ever get to experience.

Situated on 7 acres, our property is also a bird watchers’ paradise. We guarantee you will delight in seeing our resident great herons and red-headed woodpeckers. And if you’re lucky, you may see a bald eagle right outside the window! We have seen ospreys, kingfishers, pelicans, hawks, foxes, groundhogs, etc. On our land is also 3 acres of woods, a fruit orchard, and a pine tree stand we named Narnia.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Judy Linton
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, Taiwanese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2016

About Judy Linton

We are a family of 7 and we spend most of our years overseas in Taiwan. After all our travels around the world, we love beautiful North Alabama the best. This home is our primary residence (dream home) when we are in the US.

Judy Linton purchased this house in 2009


based on 11 traveler reviews

Waterfront Home With 14 Skylights and Pier ~ 'CLIFFHAVEN'
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 11 reviews


  • 5 of 5

"Cliffhaven" was absolutely delightful!!! The view of the lake was gorgeous! The grandkids fished off the dock and we grilled the fish for dinner! Everything you could need is there! We played wiffle ball on the large open area just inside the long, lovely driveway. We had a blast! We loved Cliffhaven!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always delighted to host guests who love Cliffhaven as much as we do! Please come again!
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Spacious beautiful house to relax in

  • 4 of 5

Cliffhaven was very clean, spacious and had everything we could ask for in a rental home. Teenagers loved their large bedroom that slept 6 to hang out in and the parents loved the views and two living areas to relax in. Kitchen had everything we could ask as well. We rented this for our families to gather in one place and we had kids that wanted to swim and play in the lake as it was summertime. The stairs going into the water werent accessible as there was floating debris like dead fish, tree branches and bottles blocking the way and if they swam off the front of the dock there was no ladder to get back up so they had to be pulled back up by an adult. There were signs posted to swim at your own risk and we didnt feel it was safe for our children. If we were renting in the months where it is too cold to swim then we would rent again because it was a great great house and was very accommodating. Watching the wildlife and the barges go by was a highlight for us all! Thank you again for lending us your dream home.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed our house - and you're right, our waterfront is not so much for swimming but guests enjoy boating, kayaking and LOTS of fishing. We welcome you all back!
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Louisville, KY

Golf Trip

  • 5 of 5

Annually, eight guys go to Alabama to play golf on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. This year we went to The Shoals near Florence Al. We found "Cliffhaven" on the VRBO website. The accommodations fit our group perfectly. We needed eight separate beds and Cliffhaven provided more than enough. Having four bathrooms was a great plus. The location was not far from the golf course and also near good restaurants. The view of the river was fantastic. When we come back to The Shoals, we will definitely try to book Cliffhaven for the trip.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place for Larger Group

  • 4 of 5

Let me start by saying that this home is very well laid out. We were a party of 10 middle age guys and had plenty of room. The weather was spotty so we were inside one night and outside the others. Again, plenty of room for us to enjoy playing cards, cooking, and hanging out no matter what the weather decided to do. Plenty of seating, tables, and overall space. I was worried about hot water issues as we all would be leaving at the same time. We had no problems and even had two showers going at the same time. It was also an added bonus that the home was already stocked with cookware, flatware, etc.

The owner and staff were very attentive and a pleasure to deal with. One minor issue popped up and the owner responding quickly to my email. The only additional thing that would be helpful would for the bed sizes to vary a bit more. Notice there are lots of single beds, while it was fine for us, it could pose an issue for other guests.

The view was amazing and wildlife was ever present, it was a great time had by all. We enjoyed the restaurants in the area as well as golf courses. We would stay here again should our travel plans allow us to return.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your detailed and fantastic review! You're right, we do have lots of single beds, which has actually worked out great for the multiple groups of golfers we host every year. When multiple families come through, they simply push single beds together, and it's worked out fine. We welcome you all back!
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Great stay

  • 5 of 5

The location was great and had all the amenities needed to accommodate us for the weekend. I would recommend this location for families looking for a weekend get away. The location and river view is amazing.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure hosting you and your wedding party. Thank you!
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Williamsburg, VA, US

Wonderful place!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Cliffhaven could not have been more wonderful. The facilities were more than adequate for the 12 of us for a week. The home is so spacious, we were able to spread out to do many activities. Plenty of comfy seating to find a place to read, chat and/or play games. We had 5 college age grandkids and they had such fun. Our son brought his boat and everyone had a great time water skiing, and other water sports. The fishing was good, too, providing us all with a delicious fried catfish/bass dinner one night. It was a week for making memories, for sure. Any needs we had were quickly taken care of by the names given to us by the owners and everyone was so nice. We would definitely use this lovely place again in a heartbeat if we all didn't live so far away.

We thank the owners for renting their home so that people like us can all be together in such a comfortable place.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Killen House Rental Rates

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National Holiday Weekends
Sep 12 2016 - Mar 11 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $170 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

National Holiday Weekends are $350/night with 3 nights minimum. National Holiday Weeks are $2100/week.
Cancellation Policy: 100% refunded if cancelled prior to 30 days of check-in.
0 % refunded if cancelled within 30 days of check-in.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Killen House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 15 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 4
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 6 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 1 twin/ single
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin Beds (11), portacrib (1)
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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