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Private estate on lake w/seclusion, rustic luxury, private swimming pool

Bedrooms 4
Space 241 m²
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

3br, 2b, Full Kitchen, Den W/ Fireplace And 20' Ceiling. 2 Xtra Beds In Bunkhous

Being offered for your secluded getaway is a well kept, well appointed, contemporary log home. The ground floor includes the Master Bedroom and bath, den w/ fireplace (firewood is furnished), full kitchen and dining area. Bedroom linens are high quality and professionally laundered. Guests frequently say they feel they have been pampered because the beds are so comfortable. The kitchen is stocked with an abundant supply of cookware, tableware, and serve ware. There's also a selection of basic spices and staples. Lakeside (rear) of the house is a large deck with plenty of seating and lounges furnished. Poolside (front) of the house is a covered porch also serving as a covered walkway to the Bunkhouse (not included in basic pricing for the main house) with ping-pong/playroom downstairs and additional sleeping space upstairs including 2 queen size beds, sofas and chairs in one undivided large room. The second floor of the main house includes two additional bedrooms, one with a full-size bed and one with two twin-size beds. The two upstairs bedrooms are joined by a shared full bathroom. Upstairs there is a seating area with large television, AppleTV, DVD player and a small collection of DVD movies. There is an upstairs balcony lakeside. The log house has a metal roof on which the 'pitter-patter' sound will lull you to sleep in a gentle to moderate rain. The metal roof can also make creaking and popping sounds when the suns begins to warm it up after being cool in the mornings. It's part of the charm but can surprise you until you become accustomed to the sounds. (You'll miss it when you're gone)

The stunning pool area surrounds an approximately 20' by 40' gunite swimming pool with a low jump-board. The pool uses salt for chlorine conversion so the water feels softer than a typically chlorinated pool. It is easier on skin, clothing and eyes and does not have the odor of a chlorinated pool. The pool is fenced and gated with an iron fence and beautiful landscaping. There is a bar at the pool that includes a sink and built-in refrigerator. The bar is covered by an arbor that hosts abundant wisteria to shade you from the sun. The pool area is lighted for use in the evenings. There are numerous chairs and lounges with seat cushions and pool floats. The shower house at the pool includes full restroom facilities with a wonderful rainshower type shower head.

Nearby the swimming pool is a precious playhouse for youngsters (used by our daughters in their childhood). Farther away, at the top of the hill near the orchard, is a treehouse (used by our sons in their childhood). It's a simple but idyllic structure in the trees, to be used only under adult supervision. There are many private acres, both fields and forests, for your walking and exploration. While Center Hill Lake, an Army Corps of Engineers managed impoundment, is lovely to view from the house, it is a significant undertaking to hike to the water's edge. It appears to be reasonably close but is in fact about 300 feet away and 300 feet below in elevation. There is abundant wildlife in the area. There are nature guide books at the house to aide you in identifying the various species if you have interest.

There are cutting garden areas. If anything is in bloom during your stay and you like fresh flowers in the house you are welcomed to use reasonable quantities. The gardener will likely be around some if your visit is during the growing season. There are about 20 acres we keep mown and around the house there is always something that needs to be planted, trimmed, or removed. If your stay for is more than seven nights the housekeeper will visit to change beds and freshen up the bathrooms, etc.

The town of Cookeville is approximately 20 minutes away. There you will find numerous franchise and local dining establishments, shopping opportunities, groceries and entertainment options. Frequently there are bands playing complimentary live performances in the city parks. Check the Cookeville, Tennessee website for more information. We would be glad to assist you with advice on special opportunities at the time of your scheduled visit. There are numerous Tennessee State Parks within close proximity, a regional medical center (CRMC) for emergency requirements, and numerous other attractions for a variety of interests.

Please read our entire listing to understand the full details such as the typical swimming season, main house capacity, etc. We'd love for you to be our Guests! You should come.

More Details

J.D. Parks
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 1, 2018

About J.D. Parks

Our family enjoyed living on this property for about 15 years prior to moving back into the nearby town of Cookeville. Since moving to another home in about 2008 we've continued to make improvements to the grounds and structures. We're very proud of our little private paradise.

J.D. Parks purchased this lodge in 1991

Why J.D. Parks chose Baxter

While this property could be considered rustic, it is elegant as well. We have developed this lakeview setting for the comfort and enjoyment of our family and guests. When we are there we think we should never leave, and possibly you will feel the same. From April through October you can enjoy either the blooms of the wisteria, bridal wreath spirea, crepe myrtle, hearty hibiscus and butterfly bushes. Another of our favorites is the peonies that usually bloom profusely about the middle of May. There's generally good floral color from the beginning of April till the middle of October when the leaves of the hardwood forests begin their magnificent colorful transformation to fall colors. You'll find the location is condusive to indoor/outdoor leisure for folks who'd like a few days 'off the grid'.

What makes this lodge unique

When you arrive you'll drive down the half-mile of driveway, through forested fields, then suddenly break over a hilltop and see what seems to be a private compound. When you awaken your first morning your breath will be taken by the fresh morning light on the 'pool' side of the house. Then in the evening the sunsets, occasional foggy landscapes, and glistening views of Center Hill Lake on the lakeside will ease you. The well appointed, private swimming pool was planned by top Nashville landscape architects and the plantings were executed according to a commissioned plan by Southern Living Magazine. In season at the pool you'll find a bar sink and refrigerator for your convenience while relaxing and a gas grill for cooking if you wish. The shower-house at the pool provides nearby facilities for a restroom as well as a fabulous rainshower type shower stall.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation lodge rental in Baxter

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 241 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Recreational vehicles and/or trailers are not permitted within 400' of the house due to limited parking space.
  • An executed Hillmont contract with the complete list of Rental Rules is the only binding agreement between the Owner and our Guest(s). Please review.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bathroom 2 is upstairs in the main house.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Bathroom 3 is at the pool and can serve bunkhouse guests.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 queen , Bedroom 4 is in the garage/bunkhouse. Add'l charges apply.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
While we welcome use of the property for events such as weddings, receptions, reunions, etc., where numerous guests would likely be involved, the fee schedule offered herein does not apply. Please communicate with the owners with your plans for special events and fee schedules will be negotiated individually, based upon your requirements.


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Private estate on lake w/seclusion, rustic luxury, private swimming pool
average rating of 4.977778 based on 45 reviews

Georgeous home, spectacular views.

  • 5 of 5

Home had all the amenities needed. No cable but we considered that a bonus. WiFi worked well. We kept the massive stack stone fireplace going the whole time. Great to celebrate Christmas and New Years. We look forward to coming back in the summer for the amazing pool. Very user friendly.

  • Submitted: 2-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your nice comments Gary. We were certainly glad to have you and yours as our Guests and will hope to be your hosts again this Summer. J.D. and Lissa Parks
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Lebanon, TN

Cozy cabin - great for family Christmas getaway

  • 5 of 5

Owner is very responsive and works hard to ensure an enjoyable experience. The house is well equipped and really cozy. Our 3 families fit comfortably, with the teenagers in the bunkhouse. This was our second stay here and we had a great experience both times.

  • Submitted: 28-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad you and yours had a great Christmas getaway Mike. Hope to see you again in the Spring or Summer. Thank you for leaving the property in great condition when you left. We invite you back at any time. J.D. and Lissa
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The perfect house!

  • 5 of 5

It was our second time at the house and it was perfect. The pool is amazing and we had such a quiet family getaway. Great for kids

  • Submitted: 18-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a great compliment that you returned Michelle. Glad you had a good time, and hope to have you as our Guests again.
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Peaceful and Relaxing - inside and outside!

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time at Hillmont, and definitely won't be our last!! The privacy, the peacefulness, the pool, the lake view from the back deck, the sunsets, and the very comfortable home with all the amenities needed to make our stay so enjoyable and make us feel so "at home" in a home away from home, make this one of our favorite places to get away from it all!! Thank you, Doug and Lissa, for sharing your wonderful lake home!!

(Randy and Debbie)

  • Submitted: 25-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're delighted you feel at home at Hillmont. Our goal is to make it an easy place for you to visit, relax, and get away from it all. Certainly hope to see you return. Thanks for the glowing remarks. J.D. and Lissa
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Bell Buckle, TN, USA

Well appointed and beautiful vacation rental. J D is very helpful too.

  • 5 of 5

We had our son and new daughter-in-laws reception here. It was perfect! And everyone commented how spectacular the property is.

  • Submitted: 5-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Debbie. We're glad it all worked out so well. Thank you for the nice comments, and know you're welcomed to return at any time.
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Wonderful place!

  • 5 of 5

Words can't describe how beautiful this place is with the gorgeous views and the lovely flowers (hydrangeas) that were blooming! It was a perfect setting for a rehearsal dinner while overlooking the lake. With the house and the bunkhouse we had plenty of room for family and friends. The pool was a wonderful bonus for everyone to enjoy. No need to bring anything from home as the kitchen is stocked with pots, pans, utensils, etc. and there's plenty of linens, bath towels and pool towels. Very enjoyable!

  • Submitted: 16-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the good words Teresa. We're glad it was a good fit for your most special occasion.
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
BNA - Nashville International Airport
Nearest Barpub
13 Miles
Numerous establishments in Cookeville
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Numerous courses in the area
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
I-40, Exits 280 and 286
Nearest Restaurant
13 Miles
Numerous local establishments in Cookeville
Car: necessary

We have numerous State Parks and Recreation areas that make good day trips if your group desires more activity than that afforded at Hillmont Lodge . Check out Burgess Falls State Park, Cummins Falls State Park and the Window Cliffs area recently purchased by the State of Tennessee to be maintained as a natural area.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation lodge rental in Baxter

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
"Green Season"
Apr 15 2018 - Oct 15 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add C$44 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add C$32 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Bunkhouse housekeeping C$94.75
Refundable Damage Deposit C$631.65
Main House housekeeping C$189.49
Tax Rate 9.75%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Rates quoted on are based on a maximum of 6 guests using the main residence. Should you require the additional use of the bunkhouse with 2 add'l queen beds the additional charge of $100 per night or $150 per night in "Green Season" will be included. The bunkhouse will sleep up to 4 additional guests. The VRBO auto-quote feature may not correctly calculate your charges so please request a quote prior to booking. Pool season is 4/15 - 10/15.
For reservations made after August 1, 2015, credit card fees charged to the property owner will be deducted from your deposit refund. The fee for using a credit card is 2.9%. No fee is charged for paying by eCheck.
Our cancelation policy is detailed in the contract. It has priority over VRBO statement and policies.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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