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Property Details

Updated: May 4, 2015
House, 4 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths, 8 Sleeps

Perfect family refuge. Water, wildlife and walking trails; 30-40 minutes NW of Nashville on Cheatham Lake. Convenient to Middle Tennessee Attractions. No telephone connection - bring cell phone. NO smoking or alcoholic beverages permitted. WE UPDATE OUR CALENDAR DAILY. PLEASE REVIEW OUR PREVIOUS GUESTS COMMENTS! All you need are your provisions and pajamas. You will be nestled in comfort with comfortable beds. Warm wood walls and floors make the Refuge a special place for your family occasion.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
  • Barbecue

Recent Review

About the Owner

Martha and I (Martha is a pet name because it is more poetic than Carolyn) grew up together and I walked her to school in 1st grade. I married her in 1959 and we have 3 children. I operate Andrews Appraisal Service with my two sons in Franklin, Tennessee.

I am a published poet and am currently writing a book of small stepping stones that I have experienced over the past 76 years. Google me at William Franklin Andrews for additional poetry.

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Guestbook comments from the manager

My wife and I along with a couple from Iowa and Michigan met at 'Our Refuge' for a reunion. This was a time for us to get reacquainted as we had worked together since the late 90's.

The lake house was more than advertised. The owner kept in touch with me prior to our arrival providing much helpful information. It was to be a very cool night on our arrival and Frank had prepared the fireplace with wood and kindling with a welcome note that said, "Just light and enjoy".

The facilities for the 6 of us allowed us to have privacy while at the same time giving us plenty of room for our together time. It was cleaned and everything was in working order. The BEDS were comfortable, the kithcne was fully furnished and all things were neat, clean and in order.

We chose Nashville as our central meeting place with us coming from Florida, Iowa and Michigan. When we dicided to get together in Nashville, I gegan a search for just this typie of facility and i'm thankful that I found this place. We had planned several activities in Nashville and knew "our Refuge" was some distance fronm downtown but we were able to plan around that with our trips combining sightseeing with selecting our eating places. We had great times together during the trips back and forth as we all were able to utilize a single vehicle.

The guys had planned to play gold, but we were only able to get one round in. It was at a local course near Ashland City and wasn't the greatest of places to play. There were other courses not much further away that would have been better experiences.
Oct 2013
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23 Reviews

based on 23 traveler reviews

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The Refuge where dreams come true!
+1 -615 972 3764
Nashville Tennessee
Wiggins MS

April 2015 Nashville trip

  • 5 of 5
The Refuge has most definitely been named perfectly! Such a beautiful peaceful place! Our stay wasn't long enough! Will be on our must-do-again list! Owners made reservations easy and seem to enjoy sharing this special place! Highly recommend!
  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: It was nice getting to meet you as you left the Refuge! I thank you for kind words and you
will always be welcome at the Refuge.
The Refuge where dreams come true!
+1 -615 972 3764
Nashville Tennessee

The Brooks Family

  • 5 of 5
We had a wonderful time at the "Refuge". The owners were wonderful to work with. The house on the lake was very spacious and well maintained, it had everything we needed and more! I would highly recommend this oasis to all who look for a relaxing getaway yet close enough to get to Nashville for all the doing. We saw museums, zoos and caught a play at community theater in North Nashville. Super vacation. Great value related to the size of the rental and the gorgeous location.
  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this kind review! The Refuge is our heart to our traveling friends and we
strive to always keep your comfort in mind. You will always be welcome at the Refuge.
The Refuge where dreams come true!
+1 -615 972 3764
Nashville Tennessee
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

The Refuge - Awesome!

  • 5 of 5
The Refuge is the perfect getaway destination! The Refuge is the perfect place for a family vacation or a large gathering get-together. Fishing at the lake is so much fun! We've stayed 3 times within the last 3 years and always look forward the next stay. The owners are very hospitable.
  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind remarks! You will always be welcome at
our Refuge.
The Refuge where dreams come true!
+1 -615 972 3764
Nashville Tennessee

Wonderful Experience

  • 5 of 5
I was looking back on this property to recommend it to friends, and I realized we never commented on it! We actually stayed the summer of 2013. There were 16 of us (5 were 4 and under). We literally are still talking about this cabin. There was so much space for everyone. There were two families and two grandmas, and we all had privacy when we needed it. We went into Nashville a couple of our days there, and we wish we had planned more days just spending time at The Refuge. We plan to go back soon!
  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. You make our business a pleasure. You will always be welcome at the Refuge.
The Refuge where dreams come true!
+1 -615 972 3764
Nashville Tennessee

This was our 4th year at the Refuge and we love it

  • 4 of 5
It was my cousins first time there and she said Quote: it feels like you just came home! Need I say more!! Frank and Carolyn are wonderful people !!! We have been there four years and will continue to return!!😘
  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These are the words we love to here. You will always be welcome at the Refuge.
The Refuge where dreams come true!
+1 -615 972 3764
Nashville Tennessee
Lehighton, PA


  • 5 of 5
What a great time we had! We had a family get together with my brother and sister and their spouses and thoroughly enjoyed our time at The Refuge. Just far enough out of town to relax in the quietness of nature but close enough to enjoy the sights of Nashville. The view was awesome and the house was clean and furnished with everything you need. If you are heading to the Nashville area with a larger group of people, this is the place you want. If we head to Nashville again we would definitely go back here.
  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your love of our Refuge is what keeps us going. We constantly strive to make our guests both welcome and comfortable. You will always be welcome here!


From the Owner

This 21 acres of paradise was purchased as a company retreat in 1996. The Refuge was constructed a couple years later. We needed a place approximately 1 hour from our home in Franklin and this spot was simply the very best available.

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

Get close to nature in this wonderful 21 acre woods and meadow estate. Secluded yet not isolated;


From $150 Per night

Rental rates

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3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

  • Pet Fee $150.00
  • Cleaning fee $150.00

1/3 down with reservation - balance 30 days prior to stay. Mastercard/Visa accepted. Personal check preferred

$150.00 per night 4 adults. Add $20.00 per person per night over 4 people. No charge children under 12 years old.
The only other charge is $150.00 cleaning fee.
One-third payment to reserve -- balance 30 days prior to stay. Personal checks
or Visa/Mastercard welcome.

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Updated: May 4, 2015


From the Owner

' A PATCH OF EARTH' I want a patch of earth to call my own Where birds can sing and children can run free; A spot of ground with trees and sandy loam; A place where Martha can grow old with me. I want to live for me what time remains; Unfettered by the many chains that bind; Nor captive to economy's sad strain; I must be free so I can speak my mind. I've had my fill of chasing earthly dreams. The will of man with all his evil schemes; I'll rest a while on earth while here I stay And trust my God and hope for better days from 'Songs of a Native Son' 2005 chronic discount books.

Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Air Conditioning


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront


  • autumn foliage
  • churches

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing


  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • Bathroom 3
  • Bathroom 4
  • Half Bathroom


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4


  • Outdoor Grill


  • Large front porch overlooks lake; swim & boat from private dock. Canoe available; 2700 sqft with 4 BR 4.5 Baths.

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