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Group Retreat House--25 minutes from U.T. Stadium, 5 minutes from Norris Lake

26 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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chateau / country house
Minimum Stay
2 nights


Norris Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description

5 bedroom; 3 bath home on 6 acres. Feel at home while away from home.

Rabbit Run Retreat is nestled in a beautiful, tranquil country setting, located in Norris, TN. A large yard with a patio provides space for outdoor dining or just relaxing.

There are two large great rooms, 5 bedrooms, 2 family rooms, 2 kitchens and 3 baths. One great room overlooks a peaceful valley and pond where deer often wander. It is set up with large tables for crafts, meetings or dining with a view!

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Judy Valentine
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 13, 2016
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About Judy Valentine

Jim and Judy operated a sign shop, Val-U-Signs, in Oak Ridge, TN from the mid 80's until 2006. When we retired, our son purchased, and now operates, the business.

I guess we couldn't stay retired because here we are starting another business. In 2005 we purchased a Crestline modular home and erected it on our property in Norris (8.6 acres). We lived in the home until early 2012. It's a lovely home, but more space than we need. We subdivided the property, moved another house next door and now live there.

Over the years we have done quite a bit of entertaining in the Rabbit Run house. Plus there was one wedding and one memorial service. It really is a perfect place to have a gathering.

We chose the name because we have had a rabbit rescue here for several years.

Our rabbit rescue pen has become a home for chickens, two rabbits, and a guinea pig. Our granddaughter, Charlie, is an animal lover; and chickens are her current favorite. We still have a house rabbit in our home. He is a white dwarf named Marshmallow. There are also four cats--they are all gentle, and they may come to visit the Rabbit house yard.

Judy Valentine purchased this chateau / country house in 2005

Why Judy Valentine chose Tennessee

It's a lovely and peaceful place. When we purchased the property in 1997, we wanted to be in the country without being too far from civilization. It's just a few minutes to drive to walking trails, streams, Norris Dam and Norris State Park shopping, and restaurants.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Only an hour away from Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, the retreat is 16 miles north of Knoxville, TN--just minutes away from Norris Lake, Norris Dam, the Clinch River, Appalachian Museum, U.T. Stadium, hiking, biking, and horseback trails.

Shopping, restaurants, and easy interstate access are all close by.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Had a great time there at Rabbit Run Retreat with a great group of Veterans and the program for Veterans, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. Allowing us D.A. Veterans to come together and capture a little R & R, do a little fishing and be around a lot of great people. Thanks again and look forward to the next event. Sincerely, William (Charlie) PHWFF M'Boro, TN
Apr 2016
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Group Retreat House--25 minutes from U.T. Stadium, 5 minutes from Norris Lake
average rating of 4.6153846 based on 36 reviews

family reunion

  • 5 of 5

Our whole family (about 23) gets together each year. This was our first time at The Rabbit Run Retreat House.

This house is perfect for such a get together. There are plenty of places to sleep, a wonderful enclosed porch where we could all fit to eat together, and much more. The description tells it all. Everything is provided that one could imagine and the owner is so gracious and friendly. We would like to make this our yearly gathering place. We cannot say enough good things about it.!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having your family group, and look forward to seeing you next year! Jim & Judy
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Perfect setting and facilities for our ladies retreat.

  • 4 of 5

The retreat is a in a peaceful setting with all the amenities for a weekend get away. It is spacious for group gatherings indoors as well as outdoors.The only issue we had was the bunk beds on the lower level were not too comfortable for grown ladies.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay! I have purchased an additional double bed (not a bunk bed) to be used in one of the bedrooms on the first floor. Judy
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Quaint retreat with lots of room to spread out

  • 4 of 5

Our quilter's retreat was a great getaway at Rabbit Run. The owner is present and attentive to any needs - promptly came and replaced light bulbs for better nighttime sewing.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I enjoyed meeting all of you, and looking at your beautiful projects! Judy
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Great stay

  • 5 of 5

We booked Rabbit Run for a youth retreat and enjoyed it. The house set up perfectly for our group. We had 12 people in our group and the two floors were perfect to have a devision of boys and girls in separate floors but still plenty of space to have everyone together for lessons and games. Kitchen was plenty big enough to cook a huge breakfast for everyone. There wasn't anything we needed that we could not find in the house. Loved this house and plan on using it again in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Newman Family Reunion 2016

  • 5 of 5

This place was a home away from home it was very well kept and had every thing you needed to make it your get away home .

Our family could work together and cook we enjoyed it so much.

Mrs. Valentine (Judy) and her granddaughter made you feel at home.

there is talk of going back next year.

May God bless Mrs Judy for allowing families to use this nice place.

And our GPS took us took it,lol

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ms Valentine has a vacation or business trip property that exceeds all expectations

  • 5 of 5

Whenever my company have personnel visiting the Knoxville area, we immediately check to see if Rabbit Run is available. No hotel can match the ability to lay back and relax in a fully furnished home which is within driving distance of any event in Knoxville. The property is large enough for any size party. We have had 1 person and up to 13 people stay and each time our personnel walked away happy and impressed. Thanks Judy!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always a pleasure to have you! I look forward to your next visit. Thank you for the great review! Judy
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Los Cadalleros
Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Knoxville, Mcghee Tyson
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Oak Ridge, Knoxville
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
I-75-- exit 122
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Fast foods and restaurants at the Interstate exit
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Gatlinburg - snow; Norris Lake - water
Car: necessary

Go to To see what's happening in Anderson County, click on 'Area Events' at the top of the page.

U.T. Football fans--we're just 20-30 minutes from the U.T. Stadium.

Some of the best trout fishing in the Southeast just minutes away from RRR.

We are located right behind the Appalachian Museum and 5 minutes from the Lenoir Museum, and Norris Dam.

The historic city of Oak Ridge is 20 miles from Rabbit Run. Be sure to visit the American Museum of Science and Energy and the Children's Museum.

There are antique shops and craft stores just minutes away.


Rates & Availability

Norris Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 14.75%

Minimum stay Monday - Thursday nights is 3 nights. Minimum stay for weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday nights) is 2 nights.

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.
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Norris Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 35 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , In master bedroom on main level.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Main level.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Lower level.
  • 3 full baths
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 30
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Located on lower Level
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master bedroom-- incl. bath. Main level.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Main Level.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Main level.
    Bunk Area - 1 double , 5 twin/ single , Located on lower level-- sitting/sleeping nook
    Bedroom 5 - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , Bunk is full under and twin over.
  • Queen size Beds (1) There is one queen bed., 3 double beds., 6 twin beds., Bunk Beds (1) double under, twin above. There is a twin bed in the alcove in front of stairs--fine area for one person. Additional space for portable beds if traveler provides.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
There are two large rooms--one on each floor--perfect for gatherings.

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