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The Refuge where dreams come true!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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.

More Details

Property Manager
Frank Andrews
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 9, 2017

About Frank Andrews

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.

Frank Andrews purchased this house in 1996

Why Frank Andrews chose Charlotte

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.

What makes this house unique


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.

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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Charlotte House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • The only alcohol permitted is wine at dinner. No beer or whiskey
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • 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
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 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
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Large front porch overlooks lake; swim & boat from private dock. Canoe available; 2700 sqft with 4 BR 4.5 Baths.


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The Refuge where dreams come true!
average rating of 4.9130435 based on 54 reviews

Wonderful place for a family getaway and reunion!

  • 5 of 5

Our family looks forward to staying here each year. The property is very clean, and the owners have been a wonderful blessing to know and rent from. Definitely a place to rest and relax in the beauty of God's creation!

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I cannot remember if this is your 5th or 6th year. But you will always be welcome at our Refuge. Our personal friendship means an awful lot to us.
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a little slice of heaven...

  • 5 of 5

These pictures DO NOT do it justice. Beautiful setting. Immaculately clean. Every amenity provided. Highly recommended!!!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have been blessed with sufficient help from our staff to keep the Refuge in pristine condition. We will always work hard to earn your trust and confidence. Thank you for your comments - you will always be welcome.
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This is truly a Refuge!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived on a Thursday afternoon before our daughters wedding a few miles away. This was the perfect place to relax and enjoy our family before the big day. The Refuge was so peaceful and welcoming. We were on the run all weekend but certainly enjoyed the outside swings with our morning coffee. The view was amazing! We hosted the bride's maids on Friday evening with plenty of room to spare! The girls loved all of the decor, history, games and comfy spots to curl up and relax at the Refuge. We cannot wait to come back again soon and not leave the premises! It is definitely an A+ in our books! Thank you Mr. Andrews for having us and the easy communication!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for letting us earn your trust and confidence. The Refuge was planned just for families like yours. You will always be welcome here. Please give our congratulations to the bride.
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great refuge

  • 5 of 5

The owner is great to work with. He makes sure that everything runs smoothly. The view is wonderful. The fishing was also good.

As this is a remote location, be prepared to see some big spider webs. The good thing about the spiders is that they eat mosquitoes!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. My apologies for the spider webs on the porch. We will tend to that problem right away.
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Beautiful Home on Water

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I and three other couples stayed in this beautiful home for three nights during the solar eclipse. This place is indeed a refuge! And the eclipse was awesome! We all found the home to be extremely comfortable and clean. There is a great balcony on the back of the house to sit, relax, and watch the world go by. It's out in the country and so very quiet. We did some cooking and the kitchen had everything we needed. The owners are wonderful and are great Christian folks. Even though we live over a thousand miles away, we hope to come back to the Nashville area and stay in this home again. Therefore, we give this home our highest rating and recommendation.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review of our Refuge. You will always be welcome at our place. I am glad to know that your solar eclipse trip turned out fine and that our Refuge was a pleasant place to stay.
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Cozy and Comfortable

  • 4 of 5

It was a bit of a last minute trip as plans for another trip changed.

Booking was easy and the owners were accommodating and responsive to our questions.

It was hot and humid, but the house was very cool and comfortable. We really enjoyed being in the woods and fished every day either in the canoe or right off the shore/dock. It couldn't have been more different than our busy, urban, desert dry-Southern California life, but it was lovely and the change we were needing for a few days.

We even got a few visits from some big sweet dogs that were swimming in the lake, which made us happy as we always miss our doggies when we're traveling. :-)

We went into downtown Nashville twice and the drive isn't too bad, about 45 minutes.

Thanks for the experience!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What could we do to improve one more star? We are so pleased that you were happy at The Refuge. You will always be welcome here.
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
BNA Nashville
Car: necessary
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Grand Old Opry.

* The Hermitage (Andrew Jackson Home).

* Natchez Trace Parkway & Loveless Cafe.

* Historic Franklin.

* Riverfront Park.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Relax.

* Walking trails.

* Swimming.

* Boating.

* Fishing.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Visit Antique Archaeology American Pickers.....

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


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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. Call owner for total charges. Frank Andrews 615 972 3764

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.