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Mathews' Mansion, a Cottage by a Mountain Lake

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Last updated: 02/13/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Lake Santeetlah cottage description

Long overdue for a lazy afternoon in a hammock? How about a rocking chair overlooking one of the most pristine lakes in the world? At Mathews' Mansion, a small cabin on a lake full of fish, you will find a bit of heaven. No clocks, phones, or TV's, only rest and the rustling of maples. Bring your camera for some great nature shots. Chipmunks, hummingbirds, and raccoons are common visitors. Smoking okay on screened-in porch.

Lake is great for bass, boating, swimming. Santeetlah Marina is only a quarter of a mile. Hike the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest and other lush trails in the region. Take a drive on the breathtaking Cherula Skyway. Nearby streams & rivers are world-famous for fly-fishing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, and tubing. Ride the choo-choo from Bryson City to the Nantahala Gorge. Visit a pow wow at the nearby Cherokee Reservation or see the outdoor drama. Try your hand at ruby mining. Go antiquing for quilts & carvings. Cycle, or just relax!

Tail of the Dragon: Mathews' Mansion is close to the Tail of the Dragon, the famous curvy Highway 129, which attracts sports car enthusiasts and cyclists from all over the country. Along Cherola Highway one will view spectacular breathtaking mountain views. For more details visit our website.

Cherokee Artifacts: Did you know that Cherokee artifacts have been found in Lake Santeetlah? Stop at the Cherokee Museum in Robbinsville to see what local residents have found while walking the shores. While there, visit Chief Junaluska's grave site. Take a drive through the Snowbird reservation and picnic at one of the creekside tables. Always keep your eyes open, for you, too, might find a Native American relic!


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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 800 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Renter must be a legal adult....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoke on the screen-porch and enjoy the sounds of nature and the beauty of the lake....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    One cat permitted on screen-porch. There is a cat door. Bring at your own risk. We have raccoons and bears. No cats permitted inside. Sorry no dogs! They tear out the screen. ...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 3-4

  • Snug-a-Bug: 1 twin/ single

    Bring Linens...moreless

  • Patchwork : 1 queen

    Bring Linens...moreless

  • Pillows and mattress pads provided. We have closets! The couch is comfortable for a child to sleep but is not a pull-out. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom : toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Floor tile, showerhead, sink, and faucets.

Other Amenities

  • You will love this place. It's the perfect retreat as long as you like being near hemlock and laurel, mountain air, and the flutter of hummingbird wings. Gatlinburg is not far away. Cherokee's close, too. Please bring lots of bath towels because you'll use them after your dip in the lake. There's a sandy beach around the bend of lake, roped off for safe swimming. Or take the steps down to the water in front of your cabin. Mathews' Mansion is on a cul-de-sac. Even non-walkers enjoy walking around the mountain, the next road up, scouting for rabbits, ground hogs, raccoons, and other critters. Community leash law. Come in autumn if you wish to see a spectacular display of foliage. ...moreless


  • Books:

    If you don't finish reading your book, please take it with you....moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • Games
  • Games For Kids


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Churches
  • Coin Laundry
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Waterfalls

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries
  • Laundromat

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Lake
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Jet Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining:

    Additional table on screen porch, plus two benches that can be adjusted and pulled together as a small picnic table, especially for children or smaller adults like me....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 3 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    If it doesn't come on, make sure it's plugged in and press the button on the plug....moreless

  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided:

    Only pillows and mattress pads provided....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Brand new couch (2012) New chair (2012) ...moreless

  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    Ample room for your car and a trailer. No garage for motorcycles. ...moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    Bring your own, but if you use any there, please launder before you leave, as that is not included in the cleaning fee. Thank you....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    A small basic coffee maker....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    More than you'll ever need. Can opener, knives, cutting board, and so on....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    A mishmash of china, glassware, plastic-ware, and cutlery. ...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Apartment refrigerator and stove, small microwave, small broiler oven, pantry, cookware, dishes. George Foreman. Some spices, tea bags, coffee, and other necessities. Table....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Small but adequate....moreless

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    We have a cute pantry for storing your groceries. The salt hardens quickly because of the humidity, so you may want to bring your own if you need it. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Clean. No ice-maker. Apartment sized. Adequate freezer. Make sure you close the door all the way! May need to adjust the settings. Fridge can get too cold, so check periodically and adjust temp....moreless

  • Stove:

    Very clean, good condition. Apartment-sized....moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    A small broiler oven. ...moreless


  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat:

    Santeetlah Marina is withing walking distance and offers boat rentals, lessons in water sports, and more....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Wonderful deck with built-in benches. Lovely lawn chairs....moreless

  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    This is a one-person kayak. We're hoping to purchase an additional one soon....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Please dio not use it on screen porch and please do not leave the grill unattended. When cool, pour ashes into a trashbag. Thank you....moreless

  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway To Water
  • Wood Deck

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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  • Taxes Not included


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Last updated: 02/13/2015
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1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Cheoah Beach is at Lake Santeetlah

Car: Necessary

Right at the Tail of the Dragon, this cottage on Thunderbird Mountain overlooks Lake Santeetlah, which is surrounded by pristine National Forest. Steps make it easy to hop in for a swim or to board your kayak. With the appeal of a cabin, complete with rocking chairs on its screened porch and a hammock ready to hang, this peaceful abode also sports a large deck with benches and two comfy yard recliners. The marina down the street offers boat rentals and water sports equipment. Ten miles in at Robbinsville, see the Native American Museum or a few miles further, you will find white water for fly fishing, rafting, and nature galore. In driving distance to Cherokee, Dollywood, Gatlinburg, and Cades Cove where you will see deer and maybe even a bear.

Other Activities: Mining for Rubies and Garnets; Nature Photography


Owner info

About the owner: I am a professor at a small college, an author of three poetry books, a mother, and a grandmother. I love my cottage on Lake Santeetlah and named it Mathews Mansion when I inherited it from my parents. I have enjoyed fixing it up, one project at a time, from the septic tank to the roof. When the economy fell, I started inviting guests to stay to offset the costs of property taxes, utilities, and maintenance. It's a lot of work, but when I'm there, I feel like I'm in a tree house overlooking the lake.

Why the Owner Chose Lake Santeetlah:
This property is exquisite, set in among some of the oldest mountains on the earth. The wildlife intrigues me because I grew up in Florida where birds have much longer legs. In addition, each season brings something new, especially autumn when the leaves turn red and gold and flutter in the breeze like butterflies. The screen porch is where I spend most of my time, rocking, reading, watching the lake, the chipmunks, and listening to songbirds.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
This is not a place to party. it is a place to relax and retreat from the hubbub of daily pressures. It is great for those who want to hike, kayak, or simply rock in the rocking chairs. Only an hour or two from river rafting, Cherokee, DollyWood, Gatlinberg, Asheville. Chief Junaluska's burial site is right there in Robbinsville (6 miles) and a small museum and Native American garden.

Contact us

Speaks: english, spanish, Spanish call Aura 828-479-8737. MATHEWS MANSION

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Mathews' Mansion

    Mathews' Mansion

  • Rock Yourself to Sleep on the Screened Porch.

    Rock Yourself to Sleep on the Screened Porch.

  • Patchwork Bedroom Queen-sized!

    Patchwork Bedroom Queen-sized!

  • Snug-a-Bug Single  for Child or Child-at-Heart. Twin bed.

    Snug-a-Bug Single for Child or Child-at-Heart. Twin bed.

  • Front View from Deck & Screened Porch

    Front View from Deck & Screened Porch

  • Magical light makes for great photography opportunities.

    Magical light makes for great photography opportunities.

  • Table on Screened Porch is added pleasure.

    Table on Screened Porch is added pleasure.

  • A great place to hang out!

    A great place to hang out!

  • Raft the Ocoee or the Nantahala!

    Raft the Ocoee or the Nantahala!

  • Hike the Joyce Kilmer Forest, a short drive away (15 minutes)

    Hike the Joyce Kilmer Forest, a short drive away (15 minutes)

  • Zip line, if you dare!

    Zip line, if you dare!

  • Gem mining make bring you treasures to take home.

    Gem mining make bring you treasures to take home.

  • Beautiful View from Driveway

    Beautiful View from Driveway

  • Front Deck Overlooks Lake

    Front Deck Overlooks Lake

  • Natural Beauty

    Natural Beauty

  • Remodelled Kitchen also has small microwave and table.

    Remodelled Kitchen also has small microwave and table.

  • A tree house for adults, overlooking Lake Santeetlah.

    A tree house for adults, overlooking Lake Santeetlah.

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • October Blessings.

    October Blessings.

  • Local Dam.

    Local Dam.

  • Most of the lake is adjacent to national forest.

    Most of the lake is adjacent to national forest.

  • Kayak the whitewater on nearby rivers.

    Kayak the whitewater on nearby rivers.

  • Jet skis are for rent at local marina.

    Jet skis are for rent at local marina.

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Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, spanish, Spanish call Aura 828-479-8737. MATHEWS MANSION
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  • Response rate: 20%
  • Calendar last updated: 02/13/2015
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