Like your grandparent's lake house, it's still Mid-Century and roomy, comfortable, and unpretentious. Fully equipped eat-in kitchen, large living room, family room, 3+ bedrooms, 2 baths, enclosed porch, attached garage. Sleeps 8-10 (see beds). Quiet lake neighborhood. Oak Ridge 5 mi, Clinton 3 mi, Windrock 15-20 mi, Knoxville/UT 20-25 mi, Smoky Mtns 60-65 mi. ID required. No smoking, no animals, no parties. Use "contact host" link to tell host about your group and ask questions before booking.
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*Melton Hill Lake house is in a quiet neighborhood and suitable for work groups and families. The house has 3+ bedrooms (king bdrm, queen bdrm, twin bdrm, and a queen bed and a twin bed in enclosed porch), 2 full baths, large kitchen, large living room, family room, enclosed porch, attached garage. Living room and family room have floor space for air-mattresses if you need more space. Lake views from living room, king bedroom, and queen bedroom. Lake is across low-traffic neighborhood street. Public park with boat launch facilities, fishing pier, picnic pavilion about one mile away. House has wifi, several tables with laptop work space (kitchen table, drop-leaf dining table, enclosed porch game table), and office chairs for work group and enough beds and baths for family or friends group.
*King bedroom sleeps 2. Has dresser, closet with hangers, en-suite bath with two vanities, comfort height toilet, and large walk-in shower. Shower chair available.
*Queen bedroom sleeps 2 and has chest with drawers, closet with hangers, and 32" entrance door. The second bath is across the hall from queen bedroom.
*Third bedroom has a twin beds with bunk bed inter-spring mattress and is located next to hall bath.
*The enclosed porch has a queen bed and a twin bed with air-mattress. Note that hot tub in porch photos is not operational (and scheduled to be removed as soon as we can figure out how to extract it).
*The second bath, across hall from queen bedroom and next to third bedroom, has a tub with shower, vanity, and comfort height toilet.
*Master bedroom king bed sleeps 2, second bedroom queen bed sleeps 2, third bedroom twin bed sleeps 1, and enclosed porch has queen bed sleeps 2 and twin bed sleeps 1. If more than 8 in your group, two air mistresses are available and living and family room have sufficient floor space.
*Children are welcome. We do not provide cribs or bed rails for small children but there is space in several rooms for a port-a-crib. Electrical outlet plugs are available to install where needed. There are no cabinet latches but cleaning products have been or can be moved to high kitchen cabinet shelves when you do your child-safety check.
*Eat-in kitchen has original vintage turquoise cook-top and oven, recent fridge with ice maker, dishwasher, and counter-top appliances (coffee maker, toaster, counter-top microwave, hot plate), dishes, flatware, pots and pans. Grocery stores and restaurant's are close by in Clinton (3 miles) and in Oak Ridge (6 miles).
*Roku enabled 32 inch Smart TV but no cable TV. Netflix, news, entertainment apps, Youtube, etc have been installed. If you download paid content apps, remember to remove when you leave so other guest don't charge your account.
*Accessibility: Home has 32-inch doors into bedrooms and master bath. Master bath's walk-in shower has grab bars. A shower chair is available. Wheel or mobility chair access into home is through ramp from garage into kitchen. Once inside, there is a ramp at step-down from from family room to enclosed porch. and rest of home is single level. Interior flooring is laminate in kitchen, vinyl tile in baths, carpet in other areas.
*Attached garage has space for one large passenger vehicle or two smaller vehicles. Extra long paved driveway can accommodate a second vehicle or a vehicle with boat or bike trailer. There's driveway room for an RV, but no RV hookups. If your group is arriving in more than two vehicles or vehicles with trailers, use "contact host" button to discuss parking space availability before booking.
*NO SMOKING, NO ANIMALS, NO PARTIES/EVENTS. No extra guest beyond the number booked. Children under two aren't extra (more like attachments) but parents must provide port-a-crib and child gear.
BOOKING FEES: Base rate is for one to two people. Each additional guest is $20/night per guest. If booking for 2, we will assume you are a couple sharing the king bed unless you tell us you need two beds. To avoid any misunderstanding, please provide an accurate guest count and number of beds needed so required beds are ready.
*A trained canine service animal for a physically challenged guest is allowed if guest has good Airbnb reviews from other hosts concerning travel with the service animal; guests provides the service animal and guest US travel documents prior to booking (can be downloaded from US airline website (guest medical necessity affidavit, animal current medical/vaccination records, animal training/good behavior affidavit). Animal is charge an "extra guest" nightly rate to cover extra cleaning costs. Guest may not leave service animal in house when guest isn't there and must keep animal on leash and clean up animal waste when outside. Guest is responsible for all animal caused damages even in excess of damage deposit amount held by Airbnb. Use contact host link to discuss service animal and provide documentation before booking.
TRASH MANAGEMENT: We're in a semi-rural area with once a week trash pickup so we ask guest to minimize waste volume -- compress plastic and paper before bagging and bag all trash before putting in garage garbage can in garage. Big trash bags are in tall kitchen cabinet next to fridge. Smaller bags are under sink near can. Also, since we're on a septic system and not city sewer, instead of putting food waste down garbage disposal or into garbage can (can get stinky), feed critters (birds, rabbits, groundhogs) along the backyard fence near burn barrel. On checkout, leave food you're not taking in fridge and cleaner will dispose of it.
THE LAKE: Melton Hill Lake, a Tennessee Valley Authority lake, is across the street. The nearby Gibbs Ferry Park (1 mi) has boat launch, fishing pier, and picnic area. Melton Lake Drive, Oak Ridge (6 mi), has lakeside walking trails, lake access, restaurants, and watercraft rental places. Both Clinton and Oak Ridge have lake side parks and Civic Centers with swimming pools for public use at a small fee
*Home is located in a quiet neighborhood with low-traffic streets suitable for walking and jogging. The nearby towns of Clinton (3 mi NE) and Oak Ridge (5 mi SW) have grocery, drug, and other stores, restaurants, medical facilities, and lots of things to see and do. Both Clinton and Oak Ridge have public parks with play areas, walking and jogging trails, civic centers with swimming pools, libraries, and lakeside parks with public boat launch and other recreation areas. For major entertainment and sports events, Knoxville and UT are 20 to 25 miles East.
*Windrock Mountain off-road?ATV and bike trails are 15 miles away via Oliver Springs (6 miles). Norris and Big Ridge State Parks (lakes, fishing, trails) are 15-20 miles via Clinton (3 miles).
*Guided fishing trips on Melton Hill and Norris Lake are available (check online). Fishing license can be purchased online at Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency website "Fishing-in-Tennessee."
*Canoes, kayaks for use on Melton Hill Lake can be rented at Adventures Outdoors aka Outdoors Kayak & Bike Rentals, Melton Lake Dr, Oak Ridge (about 5 mi). Bigger boats and docking space may be available at Melton Hill Lake Marina Boat Rental & Charter Oak Ridge, Solway Ferry Rd, Oak Ridge.
*City of Oak Ridge (5 miles west), home of the historic World War II Manhattan project, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and other DOE government and Federal contractor businesses, also has movie theaters, a playhouse, restaurants, medical facilities, shopping, American Museum of Science and Energy, Children's Museum of Oak Ridge, Manhattan Project Historical Park, and University of Tennessee Arboretum with 250 acres, hundreds of species of plants indigenous to the region, botanical gardens, nature and wildlife trails.
*Historic Clinton (3 miles) is the Anderson County county seat and a small town with everything you need -- courthouse, churches, and shopping you'll actually enjoy. Hoskins Drug Store on Main Street still has it's original old fashioned soda counter and booths and serves those great "made-just-for-you" floats and burgers, and they have all the medicinals you might need. Next door is the Ritz Theater showing current movies at reasonable prices. Turn the corner onto Market Street and you'll find a whole city block of antique shops.
*Museum of Appalachia, a Smithsonian affiliated living history museum, is about 10 miles NE of Clinton on Andersonville Hwy/TN Hwy 61. Tour acres of historic cabins and farm buildings to see how life was lived in these parts before the rest of the world found out about our natural treasures. The Red Display Barn contains both things made or used by the hardy pioneers of this area and family histories that attach to the things.
*Appalachian Craft Center in less than a mile further NE on Hwy 61 (before turn-off to Norris). There, you can learn how to be an artist/crafts person or buy a new family treasure created by talented East Tennessee artists/crafts persons.
*Norris Dam, exit off TN-61/Andersonville Hwy, is a historic Tennessee Valley Authority monumental engineering structure. The Clinch River area above behind Norris Dam was populated with farm families who trace their roots about to Tennessee's early settlers when TVA acquired their lands and build the dam in the early 1930s. Today, the Clinch River above Norris Dam is called Norris Lake and the Clinch River between Norris and Melton Hill Dam near Lenoir City is Melton Hill Lake. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency stocks both sections of the Clinch River and keeps the public advise on water released from the dam and the best locations to fish for various species. Visit the TWRA website Fishing-in-Tennessee for best location to fish and to purchase a license.
*For mountain biking and off-road adventures, travel about 5-6 miles west of Melton Hill Lake Retreat to Oliver Springs (founded in 1821 as Winter's Gap, then noted for it's natural mineral springs). From Oliver Springs, wind up Windrock Road (carefully) for about 8-9 miles to Windrock Mountain. There you'll find miles and miles of challenging mountain bike and ORV trails. The Oak Ridge Haw Ridge Park has closer challenging bike trails.
*From Oliver Springs, instead of heading to Windrock Mountain for biking, take another path and wind up Hwy 62/Hwy 52/Hwy 27 by Coalfield, Wartburg, and Sunbright, and in about 50 miles of beautiful scenery, reach the historic town of Rugby and tour its beautiful Victorian era homes in a picturesque mountain top setting. Rugby is listed under the name Rugby Colony on the National Register of Historic Places and is on the edge of Frozen Head State Park. See Wikipedia articles on both for more information..
*Frozen Head State Park and Natural Area has more than 24,000 acres in the Cumberland Mountains, fifty miles of backpacking and day-hiking and bike trails, and an observation deck at the 3.324-foot peak summit that offers a fantastic 360-degree view of the breath-taking surrounding wilderness area.
*Knoxville and the University of Tennessee are about 20-25 miles east of Melton Hill Lake Retreat -- UT is 22 miles from Clinton and about 25 miles from Oak Ridge. (Usually less traffic on TN-25).
*Downtown Knoxville's open-air Market Square is surrounded by trendy restaurants and bars with outside seating -- take a seat, buy a drink, enjoy. Weekend events often include live music.
*The historic Tennessee Theater on Gay Street (on National Register of Historic Places and restored to it's original grandeur when reopened in 2003 as the State Theater of Tennessee) is a short stroll from Market Square. The Tennessee is now home of Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Opera, and venue for touring plays and musical artists year round.
*The Tennessee River (created by the Holston and French Broad Rivers joining just north of Knoxville) passes through Knoxville on it's way to Chattanooga (and then into northern Alabama and then along a border with Mississippi before heading northwest back across West Tennessee toward Paducah, KY where it joins the Ohio at the Mississippi River -- and yes, you can boat all the way from Knoxville to the Gulf of Mexico). Along the Knoxville banks of the Tennessee, you'll find great restaurants with decks for dining and strolling, docks for private boats, boat rentals, and steamboats offering day and night cruises with and without dinner.
*As you leave downtown Knoxville heading toward the University of Tennessee, just a few city blocks away, you'll notice (can't miss) the 1982 Worlds Fair's iconic Sunsphere, a 266 ft high hexagonal steel structure topped with a 75 ft gold-colored glass sphere (nothing says the '80s like a reflecting glass ball). The Sunsphere's observation deck was reopened in 2014 at the World's Fair Park and, for no charge last time I checked, offers (on a clear day) a 360-degree view of the original 1982 World's Fair site, downtown Knoxville, the Tennessee River, the University of Tennessee, the Smoky Mountains, and the Cumberland Plateau. The view is tremendous. Makes you wonder why you'd ever want to live anywhere else but East Tennessee.
*For the college crowd, Cumberland Avenue running through the University of Tennessee campus has it's own day and night life. As all we very proud UTK Alumni know, our school is a world class university, and there's nothing that brings out our Vols spirit more than hearing UT's Pride of the Southland Band play "Rocky Top" (because we can sing along to it and never conquered the tune to our alma mater "On a Hallowed Hill" - you can find both on YouTube if you want to check out that assertion). Founded in 1794, two years before Tennessee became a state and then chartered as Blount College, the University of Tennessee has seen name changes and tremendous growth in the over 200 years since. UTK now hosts almost 28,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 foreign countries. It's still growing and still offering a warm welcome to students and loyal alumni from all over the world.
*The Smoky Mountains National Park is about 60-65 miles east. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park straddles the ridge-line of the Great Smoky Mountains and part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, both divisions of the larger Appalachian Mountain chain that runs from Georgia to Maine. The Park encompasses 522,419 acres, making it one of the largest protected areas in the eastern United States. Elevations in the park range from 876 feet at the mouth of Abrams Creek to 6,643 feet (2,025 m) at the summit of Clingmans Dome with hiking trails throughout the park and along the Appalachian Trail. Within the Tennessee and adjacent North Carolina section of the park, a total of sixteen mountains reach elevations higher than 6,000 feet.
*On your way to the Park, you'll pass through Sevierville (Dolly Parton's home town where you'll find her statue in front of the beautiful Sevier County Courthouse), Pigeon Forge (home of Dolly's Dollywood), and Gatlinburg surrounded by the Park.
*Melton Hill Lake Retreat dot com has additional information on East Tennessee places mentioned in this section.
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