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Waterfront Home With 14 Skylights and Pier ~ 'CLIFFHAVEN'

Bedrooms 6
Space 3,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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.

* 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

Judy Linton
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, Taiwanese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 25, 2017

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


Killen House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • 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)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • 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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Waterfront Home With 14 Skylights and Pier ~ 'CLIFFHAVEN'
average rating of 4.5789475 based on 19 reviews

Great place and location

  • 4 of 5

The house is nice and the location on the lake is perfect. Lots of room and the upstairs room with sky light is awesome. Kids really enjoyed it. Not much boat traffic and there is a small river close by that can be used for pulling kids behind jetski/boat. The pier and steps to water need some work. Also, the room upstairs stayed hot.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice home

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with 5 people on a college fishing trip. Enjoyed the house very much. Property and house were just as described. Had an issue with smoke alarms going off and property manager came out and fixed right away. He was very friendly and we even went and played golf together the next day. Only thing I would change would be nice to have ESPN channels on the satellite package. Hope to stay here next year.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed the house. And you're right, my property manager is a gem. Welcome back! (looking into adding ESPN now : ))
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great place

  • 5 of 5

very nice and accommodating! would definitely recommend cliffhaven

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So peaceful!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely lake house. Loved each individual room.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love the peacefulness at Cliffhaven, too! We welcome you back to experience it again : ).
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The Property was lovely - just what we needed

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay. There was enough space for everyone. The owner, Judy, was very nice and accommodating. We enjoyed fishing and other activities during the stay. The view in the morning was beautiful. The kids were happy to see that there was a "kids room" with books and other items suited for kids. They felt at home. During our stay in Alabama, we rented two house due to the size of our family. I have to say we enjoyed staying here far better than the other property. Thanks Judy for making your home so welcoming. I should also note that during our stay there were new mattresses placed on a few of the beds (and it was not due to any complaints from us).

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 3 of 5

The home was neat, clean, and mostly appropriate for a group of 10 professional males visiting the area on a golf outing. We simply chose the wrong weekend for golf; the area received its ONLY snowfall of the year our last night there.

Since the home is remotely located, driving to restaurants and sports bars was cumbersome. Thus, after golfing and eating out, our evenings were spent, for the most part, in the rental house. There we discovered several problems for a group of male golfers. Female visitors may not agree.

1) the Dish Network TV system had no ESPN or sports package availability. I have recommended to the owner that she may wish to make that small investment to preclude future frustration from future groups of male renters( unfortunately our visit occurred the weekend of conference tournament basketball games, which we were unable to watch- we did not realize from the booking data provided that we needed an HDTL cable to hook into our laptops so that we could watch the games).

2) the 6 beds in the upstairs rooms, as well as several of the smaller downstairs beds were inadequate. The 6 upstairs beds were essentially cots, most of which had 2-3 inch thick "mattresses" on wooden platforms- most uncomfortable for adult sized males. We elected to have one person per downstairs bedroom, thus 3 of us were relegated to the upstairs bedroom, the room with 6 cots. Those three needed to take the mattresses from the three unused beds to double their own mattresses. Several of the smaller downstairs mattresses also needed replacing.

The grill noted in the pre-rental data was a charcoal grill. One needs to supply charcoal and lighter fluid to use.

However, overall the house was comfortable, accommodating, and clean and a relatively good value for the price paid.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback, Dr. Betsill, As we had communicated in our e-mail, the new mattresses were already in the works and I apologize again that your guests were not able to take advantage of them. The mattresses should be delivered sometime this week and we do welcome you all back to check out our brand new 12" thick mattresses. I'm wondering whether or not you were aware that the town of Florence, AL is only a 25 minutes' drive away? As I had mentioned in our welcome e-mail, Florence AL has all the great chain restaurants, sports bars plus several local favorites and a charming downtown. Our former guests seemed to all enjoy dining out in Florence. Be assured we will do our very best to tend to the things you mentioned and make the home even better for future guests!
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Rates & Availability

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $185 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

July 4th, Thanksgiving and Christmas are weekly rentals only.
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 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.