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The Refuge where dreams come true!


Property Details

Updated: Oct 18, 2016
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.

ADDITIONAL NOTE: In my 20 yrs of ownership and tramping every inch of the woods and waters I have never seen a poisonous snake at the Refuge. However; I have had reports recently from visitors that they had seen them. MY caution if you have little children please be aware that you are in the woods where it is possible to find a snake. Just be cautious and on the lookout. IF you see one I would like to know about it.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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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33 Reviews

based on 33 traveler reviews


Great family getaway

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a 5 night stay at the Refuge with 2 families. Our 4 young boys loved fishing and running/playing in the yard and on-site playground. There is a swim dock that we used to fish and canoe as the water was not ideal for swimming during our visit (very murky).

The house is very large and family-friendly. The Refuge includes satellite TV (with DVR), satellite WiFi (okay for email and light browsing but not for streaming), fully stocked linens, and fully stocked kitchen. There are tons of books, games, and puzzles to keep you busy during your stay.

The owner was accessible and friendly. We would stay again.

Tip: If you are looking for a good activity with young kids, we visited Beaman Park (about 30 min drive) and hiked Sedge Hill Trail. There is a beautiful creek about .6 miles in that is great for crawfish and minnow fishing.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such kind review. You will always be welcome at our Refuge. Sorry about the Murky water in the lake. We have that problem when we have lots of rain. Maybe next time it will be crystal blue. FA
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A Treasure!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I spent a full week in this lovely home. We wasn't expecting what a true treasure find this place was. It was so peaceful and off the beaten path. I had hoped to get some work done while there, but the internet was up and down (I would say basically because of the location), and that was a blessing in disguise! It caused me to have to let my mind rest as well! The owners are so helpful, and offer great communication with them as well. I would love to come back with my entire family for a getaway! Thanks for lending us your beautiful home!!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind remarks. The Refuge is a special place for family and you will always be welcome at our place.
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Lovely and peaceful.

  • 5 of 5

Loved, loved, loved this place! It is even better than the pictures show. Lots of room and very comfortable! We celebrated our parents 50th wedding anniversary at The Refuge. It was a beautiful place to do so, and we all had a wonderful time there . Thank you, Mr. Andrews for being so delightful to work with and sharing your home with us. I wish that we could have met you and your wife in person.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such kind comments. We constantly strive to make the Refuge the most comfortable and charming property in our area. You will always be welcome at the Refuge!
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Beautiful and quiet.

  • 5 of 5

This was an awesome place. We were 4 Vietnam Veterans and their wives. It was so enjoyable to sit on the back porch and watch the lake. Everything was beautiful. There were lots of books to read and a great television. We would have loved to sit around the campfire, but it rained. It was great having a bathroom for each couple. It made it so much easier getting ready in the morning. The only downfall was that there was no Wi-Fi. The telephone service was spotty there Most of us couldn't get a signal. Wi-Fi would have made it easier to keep in touch when some of us were gone. We had a great time.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. Sorry about the WIFI not being in service during your stay. We typically have reasonable service but sometimes it is spotty. Please come again.
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Home Away from Home

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful property! We had the best time. The Refuge couldn't have been more perfect. My parents came with my husband and I, along with our two year old daughter. There was plenty of space for us all, as well as entertainment! Frank came and visited with us one afternoon - what a great guy! We definitely plan to visit again!

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are constantly striving to make the Refuge the top spot in the area. Your compliments give us the encouragement we need to continue. You will always be welcome at the Refuge.
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Beautiful & Serene

  • 5 of 5

The photos don't even come close to doing the Refuge justice. Once at the Refuge there is not another house in site! Very quiet, & peaceful. The Andrews are so nice & pleasure to deal with.

We were in town to help our friends the Willis Clan with their Music City Irish Festival in Nashville. After each tiring day in Nashville it was so nice to return to the Refuge! The name is so fitting. Everything is perfect. The property is right on the lake. The house has 3 stories with living & sleeping areas on each floor for privacy. There are two large decks facing the lake to relax on. We didn't want to leave! We would like to thank the Andrews so much for sharing their beautiful Refuge with us.

God Bless You

PJ Lunz

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am looking forward to the next Irish Street Festival in Nashville. I was unable to attend this one due to schedule conflict. Make the Refuge you home as you will always be welcome here.
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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

Nearest Airport : BNA Nashville at 35 Miles Car: necessary

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


Rental rates

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150
Cleaning fee $150

$200.00 per night 4 adults. Add $25.00 per person per night over 4 people. No charge for children under 5 yrs 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.

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

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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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
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • 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

Floor Area

  • 2700 sq. ft.


  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • Bathroom 3
  • Bathroom 4
  • Half Bathroom


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen, 1 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 double, 1 sleep sofa /futon


  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill


  • Guests provide their own meals


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

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