This is the ideal spot for a family or group to launch a Chattanooga area exploration. Surrounded by National Park land, at the foot of Lookout, just minutes from trails, attractions, and downtown - this charming house is full of comfort and warmth with a new, sturdy deck off the kitchen complete with dining for six and a charcoal grill. Whether its the charm of the woodsy interior, the proximity to sites and city, the secluded woodland setting, or the outdoor living, this is vacation.
This is an old house newly updated on a unique wooded property, full of history, federal park land, and just a stone throw from Chattanooga's best activities. It is one of the few places where you will feel like you are in National Forest but you are almost smack dab in the middle of town. The ceilings are high, which makes the bunk beds cozy and very accommodating. While most of the house boasts of oak hardwood floors, the two bedrooms are carpeted for temperature and comfort on bare feet. The bedrooms are spacious, especially the master bedroom with an attached bath. There is a large laundry room with some detergent on hand and a working washer and dryer should your stay be extended. People who walk into this charming jewel almost universally exclaim how much they love it and how they might even love to live there - it's hard to put into words just how charming a place this is. With many windows - you get a good view of the surrounding jungle on two sides, and one thing you will notice is the odd lack of straight lines and right angles in this odd, old beauty as is the abundance of handmade goods and furniture. Please note, this is not a five star accommodation. We strive to provide a very comfortable home away from home, affordably, for families and groups, who might also enjoy the amenities. To this end, we ask that you be honest and mindful when booking your stay and coming.
Beds: Up to nine can sleep in the house on beds, but that would require two persons to sleep on two full beds. But here is the downlow on the beds: In the master there is a queen bed and a full pull-out mattress under the bed for overflow. The bunk room has one full and three twin beds. For families, mom and dad will love the master with their own bath and TV and vast closet space and can easily sleep up to five kids in the bunk room.
As of late August 2015, a cozy dining deck has been added off of the kitchen complete with dining for six and a charcoal grill. The pool is open April to mid-October to guests and includes the dining deck with pergola as well as the gorgeous inground firpit with surround seating wall. Insurance is now requiring our guests to sign a swimming waiver and we require payment of seven dollars per night if you use our wood (which we use to heat our house) in the firepit. We also have a generous playground behind the pool area easily accessible from the house or pool. However, if you like screen time, we have an Amazon Fire with Prime access, Netflix all for great streaming as well as an HD antenna for live ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, FOX and more. We are working on the honor system, so if you rent a movie to stream on Amazon Streaming, we will (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) you an invoice for the rental at the end of your stay.
Finally, the space is seriously kid friendly. We have a pack and play in the house (so you don't have to pack one), toys for the tots (we have heaps of tots and too many toys), and, while the place is not kid proof, it's also pretty little kid safe. We don't mean to say that the space is only for families with kids, by no means, but, if you move in a constant pack like we do, this is a great little landing pad.
The entire house is yours for the duration of your stay as well as room for parking up to two cars at no charge. My wife has lived on these acres for 12 years and though the drive can be hard to find and a bit tricky, it's off the beaten path and entirely safe (there have been no thefts in that 12 years time). It is an invisible drive, impossible to see if coming from Broad St. but a simple fork left if coming from Brown's Ferry off I-24. Either way, we will give you detailed instructions on finding this nested gem.
Interaction with guests
We are a large family that also lives on our five almost totally wooded acres right by the intersection of Lookout Creek with the Tennessee River at the base of Lookout Mountain. This cottage is next door, so, should any need arise, you can call, email, or just knock on our door. We do enjoy grilling or hanging out around the pool with guest and getting to know you. We have 8 kids and two exchange students so sports and other obligations keeps us moving around most of the spring and autumn.
Other things to note
Pets must be cleared before they are brought along and there will be a pet damage deposit of $75 levied of which $50 will be refunded at checkout provided everything is kosher. Even though you will think you are staying in the national park when you are in the house, you are right upon the city and I-24 separates the property from the TN river so there is some urban transit noise outside.
This is important to note: again, the house is situated in a pocket of woods along with our house, just over I-24 and the TN River. Though there is national park land on 3 sides, there are also 2 train tracks, a CSX and Norfolk Southern that run by the property. So there can be a good amount of urban noise and periodically, the Norfolk Southern line will pull the horn when approaching the tunnel (which is just down a cliff outside our bedroom window), though they tend to be considerate and quiet at night. If you are highly sensitive to urban sounds (freeway and trains), this wilderness in the city land may not be the right fit. We have had only one real complaint about the trains and one party that said they were not fussed by it but suggested the listing be clear that trains are close in case one booking is sensitive to those rumbles and sounds.
We want to be very up front. This house is an amazing gem situate in a perfect but unlikely launch pad to the city. It is an old and wooded house, so the outside shows its over 100 year old history in some places though the inside has been fully renovated. Its character, safety, comforts, and proximity will welcome and warm you. We provide box fans (to use as noisemakers) to assure a good night sleep because there are rumblings and possibly even howls (coyotes) through the night that we never notice but some may.
Please treat the house as if it was your own. We are a family of 8 kids and this house has history with our family and sits upon our acreage. We are here to help at any time.
I have loved world travels entire life though as father of 8 kids, having 3 in the past 3 years, our movements have been more limited of late. I am an entrepreneur and business owner, lover of history, plants, nature, my faith, philosophy, and my family. We love Chattanooga for too many reasons to list, but also cherish variety and the beauty so many places in the world have to offer.
As hosts, my wife is home alot with our 3 Littles (and 5 not so Littles in the summer) during the day, and we live on the same property as our offering. So you will find us responsive and accommodating and eager to share the treasures of our town and learn the treasures of your own. We know the trails, many waterfalls, parks, restaurants, and attractions of Chattanooga quite well and are willing to be a resource for our guests, offering an intimate knowledge of the area.
As a traveler, on business I tend to work, read and rest if I can, and prefer to travel with associates or family when I can. As a vacationer, I am eager to share and celebrate the diversity of creation and humanity with my family and to give them an explorers heart, a warmth for difference, and a bit of zeal for travel too. I prefer National Parks to cities, but cities carry their own attraction. I prefer mountains to beaches, forests to fields, and local to corporate or suburban.
The profile picture was taken at Point Park, overlooking our home at the foot of Lookout and has all but our two baby twin boys, and 2 of our dogs.