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The Refuge where dreams come true!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 250 m²
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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 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 Tennessee

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:
  • 250 m²
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 4.948718 based on 47 reviews
Lake Charles, Louisiana

Relaxing getaway in amazing house

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the refuge. The house is much bigger and nicer than the pictures show. We didn't want to leave. We highly recommend to anyone looking up unplug and relax.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your visit to our Refuge. You will always be welcome here. Your kind words are not taken lightly as we strive to be the very best.
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We hope to stay at The Refuge again. Very comfortablel.

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoying getting together at The Refuge in May, 2017. It is a "home away from home" while you are there. The Andrews pay attention to every detail, making for a most pleasant stay. Our family highly recommends this vacation rental property.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you kindly for your remarks! The Refuge will always welcome you and your family.
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We LOVE The Refuge

  • 5 of 5

This is our 3rd time staying at the Refuge and it was wonderful as always! Our kids feel like they're at home when we come & they enjoy swimming in the creek!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review.
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Fantastic Waterfront Home!

  • 5 of 5

This property was lovely - right on the water. The home was well stocked and exceptionally clean. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Maria for your kind words. We strive to make the Refuge a real place of refuge and warmth. You will always be welcome here.
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Love it!!!!

  • 5 of 5

The house was amazing. I loved sitting by the fire and watching it snow Everything was perfect - the beds were so comfortable. We loved our mini vacation

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your visit and kind review.. We constantly strive to make the Refuge a place of peace and tranquility. You will always be welcome.
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Truly a refuge

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I have arrived back home from our 3 night stay at the Refuge. We loved the house and were pleased to find it was so well stock and comfortable. Also we enjoyed the beautiful setting with the lake and Autumn leaves, not to mention all the wildlife, including a crane on the dock and 4 small deer at the top of the hill!

Thank you once again for making everything so nice and convenient for us. We are seriously considering making this our destination again next year if possible.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We constantly strive to make the Refuge a place of peace and comfort for our guests. Thank you for your kind remarks. You will always be welcome at our Refuge!
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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
Additional Guest Fee $25 per person per night

$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.

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.