Waterview Cabin has a large fenced yard lot with lots of room for kids and pets, a fire pit, a deck with a small lake view perfect for watching the sun set, and a cozy, comfortable interior. Boat ramps and beaches are just a few minutes drive away!
We consider our lake house to be like camping but with a few modern conveniences. We have indoor plumbing, heat and air, and a kitchen, but we try to keep things simple and rustic, but also comfortable.
Waterview Cabin has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and an open living, kitchen and dining area. There is a large deck at the back of the house with seating and a charcoal grill, and a large fully fenced front yard with a fire pit and seating area. There is also a separate smaller building/shed that houses a washer and dryer. Guests do have access to the laundry area (laundry soap is provided) - the lock code is in the house.
The home is equipped with 3 window units (1 in the living room and 1 in each bedroom) for AC as well as ceiling fans in each of those locations. There are multiple space heaters as well as an electric fireplace for heat in the colder months. All of these appliances have a varied level of noise so if this is potentially bothersome you may want to find a location with central heat and air.
Waterview Cabin is all self check in and self check out. We use a keyless entry system to unlock the front door. Once you make a reservation we will send you a numeric code to type in upon arrival. The separate laundry room building uses a combination code you can find in the house.
Interaction with guests
We won't be there to greet you when you arrive but we are available 24/7 should you have any trouble finding the house, questions, or major issues during your stay. We have a handyman in the area who can assist with the majority of issues that require immediate attention. Please note that Whitney is a very small town and there may be times when it's difficult to get someone out right away, especially on holidays. But we will make every attempt to make it happen!
(Please also note that a burned out lightbulb isn't considered an emergency and if one should go out unexpectedly during your stay please feel free to look in a kitchen drawer for a back up!)
Other things to note
This is a lake house surrounded by trees and nature and all which that entails. If you are bothered by insects, off leash dogs, cats lurking about, or an errant chicken attempting to cross the road (or just block it briefly), you may want to try something a little closer to the city. Seriously, the chickens think they own the whole road sometimes!
I am a bit of a coward when it comes to creatures with more than 4 legs. We treat our home for pests several times a year to keep their population down, but you may encounter bugs here and there from time to time (mostly dead, sometimes still a little bit alive) during your stay. This is an expected part of lake life. Again, if this is something that could make or break your vacation, you may want to stick to the city.
We ask for common courtesy and that guests treat our home with the same respect they would treat their own home. We also provide a list of check out instructions on the fridge to make it easier on everyone - it's pretty intuitive stuff.
My husband and I have been renting vacation homes (ours and others) on Lake Whitney for the past 10 years with the help of our 2 grown daughters, our teenage son, and 3 semi-behaved dogs (2 weenie dogs and a rescued mutt who is a Lake Whitney native.) We live north of Dallas in the suburbs but love the quiet, simple charm of the small town of Whitney.
Since our vacation home rental business keeps us on call 24/7 and I typically travel a day or two in Whitney every week, we spend most of our spare time close to home. Our greatest joy is spending time with our children but now that they are older (and don't find us an entertaining as they once did) we have found other pursuits to occupy our time.
My favorite pastimes are decorating and home improvement/DIY projects, cooking, flea market and thrift shopping, and training/being trained by 3 dogs, one of whom is a rescued Whitney native. My husband is a web developer and solar power enthusiast who enjoys running, cycling, and gardening. We also love wine. Is that considered a hobby?
Some of mine and my husband's fondest memories are of times spent at our grandparents lake houses as kids. We bought our first lake house with the same intention for our children and now love sharing it with others so they can make their own family memories.