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Waterfront Luxury at Watauga Lake!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 3.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 9)

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What sets this house apart is its private dock and large swimmable shoreline. At Whipkins Cove, you can swim in a shallow area (gets deep gradually) near fire circle or plunge into deep water at the dock. One of the few areas around lake where you feel safe swimming out from shore.

This is a great home for multi-generational groups or two families vacationing together. Be sure to check out the video tour (with guided audio).

Home has three distinct living 'zones.' Top floor has master bed (king) with private bath (soaking tub and separate shower) and loft (w/ built-in double bed).

Middle floor has open kitchen/dining/living area (w/fireplace), 1/2 bath off kitchen, and master bedroom (king) with private bath (shower only).

Lower floor has mudroom with extra-large capacity W/D, 1/2 bath, entertainment area with sofa/love seat/fireplace/50-inch TV, and a large bedroom with two sets of bunkbeds and private bath (tub/shower combo and double sinks).

Outside there are four levels of decks, two covered porches and a huge waterfront with boulders to relax on. Fire circle at lakeside. Swim right off the dock or shore (from your own private gravel beach with large sitting stones).

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Member since: 2010
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 14, 2018

About The Owner

Our family has long dreamed of creating a vacation rental home specifically for the people who visit. We travel the globe for work and pleasure and take notes and ideas from each place we stay in.

We jumped at the opportunity to buy Whipkins Cove (named by the former owners, who used a combination of their last names) and transform it into an amazing place by moving walls, adding dormers and giving it upscale touches. More than $100k later (ouch!), the home is completely remodeled and designed for maximum guest enjoyment (ie: lots of room to spread out and a lot of luxury touches).

Taking ideas from our favorite hotel chains (including Marriott and Ritz Carlton), we furnished the beds, kitchen, bathrooms, etc., with amenities that would make the house comfortable and memorable. Now, as we enter our first rental season, we're blown away by the interest Whipkins Cove has already generated (including bookings made when it was still a construction mess).

If Whipkins Cove is a VRBO success, we have our sights on other potential VRBO properties, including another cabin, this one located near the North Carolina ski resorts.

The Owner purchased this cabin in 2009

Why The Owner chose Butler

Watauga Lake is beginning to capture attention of nature-loving travelers from around the globe. To us, that meant it would be a great investment opportunity. So far, that's been true. We've gotten inquiries from several Midwestern states, Florida, New England and even Europe. The kicker? Very few of the people contacting us had ever been to Watauga Lake before 2010.

What makes this cabin unique

The waterfront is amazing. It ranges from peaceful to party (depending on the season and joviality of the boaters passing by). I love that we have both shallow-water and deep-water (40-feet-plus) areas right off shore. The shallow area is protected from cove boat traffic by a giant rock and tree, located about 50 feet off shore. The rock keeps boats from coming too close to shore (or they'll crash into it) and gives children a safe place to swim.

Guestbook comments from the owner

First of all, I would like to say thank you for accommodating all of our families this weekend. We had so much fun, from swimming around the cove, riding on the boats and just relaxing around the cabin. I would highly recommend rending a boat for a couple days and exploring the lake. I also recommend making a bonfire, because our families had a blast making s'mores and just talking around the fire. (Comment written in guest book).
Jul 2010
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cabin rental in Butler

Property Type:
  • cabin
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
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  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Thank you for deciding to book Whipkins Cove. It's an amazing place. Please review the rental agreement below for more details.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • King size beds (1) Two king beds (home has two master suites)., Double Beds (1) Double bed built into (daybed style) loft. Has only moderate privacy., Twin or Single Beds (1), Bunk Beds (2) Lower-level bunk bed room has two bunk beds to accommodate four.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility
  • wheelchair accessible
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Boat Launch (used by a handful of homeowners), private aluminum dock with boat slip, Fire Circle for Wood Fires, Expansive Decks and Covered Porches


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Waterfront Luxury at Watauga Lake!
average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews
Charlotte NC

Amazing home with everything you need for a relaxing trip!

  • 5 of 5

One of the best vacation homes we have ever had! This property is a treat! You can tell right away that it is well cared for. The owners have thought of every little detail. I liked how they left little notes of instruction/information everywhere. The basement area is perfect for kids of all ages. They have toys, games, and books that meet a variety of interests and ages. The loft has a gorgeous view complete with a comfy daybed for reading or napping. My guys loved the kayaks and the row boat! Beautiful views of the lake were seen from every deck level. Porch swings were also in abundance! So many nice touches- I could go on, but you should just see for yourself. :)

  • Submitted: 9-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow Julie! I'm thrilled Whipkins Cove was a great fit for your family AND that it has everything you'd needed. We have even more games, toys, DVDs and helpful amenities set aside for our next trip up. Hope your family will come back to Whipkins Cove and Watauga Lake soon!
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Thanksgiving Week

  • 5 of 5

9 of us stayed here over Thanksgiving week and loved it. Plenty of room, high end amenities and great access to the lake. Will be checking it out during the summmer months!

  • Submitted: 25-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking time to review Whipkins Cove! Delighted it was a great fit for your family’s holiday gathering. Just wait until you experience Whipkins Cove and Watauga Lake in the summer. Even better! Thanks for being great guests!
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Unparalleled Lake Luxury!

  • 5 of 5

What royalty our family felt like for the weekend! We truly appreciate the thought that the owners put into every single detail on the property. It was a memorable and magnificent stay. Lore was prompt with her response when we first arrived and had difficulty connecting to the WiFi (which we were then able to connect to immediately). We were in need of NOTHING. On our way in, we passed the drive in movie theater in Elizabethton. I have never been, and my mom thought it would be fun to venture out one evening for a movie. Once we arrived at Whipkins Cove, we did not want to leave for anything (not even when we had to go back home after checkout)! We spent the weekend drooling over the beauty of God's creation and all the work that the owners put into making this a vacation dream home. We will certainly be returning. Everything about the house was gorgeous. I was particularly drawn to the upstairs bathroom with the walk in shower and amazing bathtub. There were even bath salts present for my relaxation. They truly thought of everything! I would recommend this cabin to anyone. We laughed as people floated by the house on boats/ kayaks and just pointed and stared in amazement at the home. It is massive and breathtaking from the water! It was a real pleasure working with Lore. She is flexible and understanding. I am a huge cook and would have considered myself in heaven if I never left the kitchen all weekend! From the outdoor furniture to the matches and pens in the drawer and EVERYTHING in between, we thank you for such an incredible experience on Watauga Lake. There are even nicely printed labels located in various places around the home with helpful hints such as one in the shower that says to turn the knob a certain way if the shower head won't stop dripping. Helpful hints were handy and plentiful! This is one weekend that I will never forget. It is tranquil, serene, and a getaway to be adored by all. I hope to be speaking with Lore again soon as we plan for a longer family vacation next year. Everything was top notch and wonderful, from the time I found this home on VRBO to writing this very review! Thank you so much, Whipkins Cove!

  • Submitted: 2-Sep-2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Debbie August 2016

  • 5 of 5

An incredible lake home for our entire family and friends. You will not be disappointed. The owners have thought of every little detail. Super clean and awesome!! My husband is a culinary instructor and absolutely loved the gourmet kitchen. Stocked with all the bells and whistles to create wonderful meals. All the rooms and beds are so comfortable.The private cove boat dock, the kayaks, the endless hours of noodling,relaxing and lake fun. The house layout is fantastic for places to watch TV and or read a book. Looking forward to coming again!!

  • Submitted: 22-Aug-2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Lake House!!

  • 5 of 5

You will not be disappointed with this rental. The location and view are awesome. It has a very rustic, lake house feel, but everything is very modern. Wonderful kitchen with lots of great cookware. The beds are super comfy and the game room downstairs is great for kids. The entire house was exceptionally clean. There are decks everywhere with deck furniture to enjoy and a gas grill. We had so much fun with the boat and kayaks, fishing, and roasting hot dogs and making s'mores at the fire pit! The owners are great to work with.

  • Submitted: 29-May-2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nashville, TN

Fantastic House

  • 5 of 5

We are amazed at your attention to detail.

For the first few days we were there with my brother and his family from Atlanta as well as my sister from Phoenix. All travel extensively and all were wowed by your house and the entire set up.

At one point we decided to make up a game called "stump the landlord".

Want a Tom Hanks movie ? Yep two or three

Want a sharpie pen ? Yep (kitchen drawer)

Want a hex key ? Yep (one was with the tools in the utility closet,are you kidding me?)

We had major adventure using your kayaks and our paddleboards going up the cove to the whitewater of the Watauga.

We could not have been more pleased.

We are definitely planning a return visit.

You have a gift for hospitality by remote control.


  • Submitted: 9-Jan-2016
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Pioneer Landing
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Dry Hill General Store and Diner
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Fish Springs Marina
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Captain's Table restaurant
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Lakeshore Marina
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Town of Butler, Tenn.
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Downtown Boone (Boone day trip)
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Whitewater rafting: Wahoo's Adventures
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Rock climbing: Rock Dimensions
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Foggy Mountain Gem Mine
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Outdoor adventures: River and Earth Adventures
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Ziplines and tubing: Hawksnest/Sevel Devils, NC
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Snow skiing: Sugar Mountain/Beech Mountain
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Snow skiing: Beech and Sugar Mountains


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cabin rental in Butler

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$631.35
Cleaning C$183.09 + Tax
Tax Rate 14.5%

Thank you for choosing Whipkins Cove! A few notes:

SUMMER RENTALS: We try to book complete weeks during the summer. Weeks that haven't rented by mid-May are available for shorter stays. Please call or email if you're not able to book these online.

FEES: The cleaning fee goes directly to the housekeeping team. It's high... but we demand a lot of them. Beds are triple sheeted (bottom sheet... then top sheet - down comforter - top sheet). Makes the beds feel great, but takes housekeeping more time. They also stock toiletries, coffee pods and other items. Guests usually rave about the great job they do.

TAXES: Sales taxes are also high (14.5%) but they help keep Watauga Lake beautiful.

FISHING: Watauga Lake has great sport fishing (according to people who know more about fishing than I do). The common fish can be caught right off the dock or shoreline. Adults need a fishing license, which is available at stores and gas stations. Check the Dry Hill Diner (address in house) for rates and licenses.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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