Romantic Lake Retreat- Near Appalachian Trail

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Enjoy a great view from every room with only a one minute walk to the lake.


Last updated: 11/09/2015
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Come to this beautiful, romantic mountain retreat right on crystal clear Nanatahala Lake. You will find yourself high in the treetops, watching the pines swaying in the wind, the Sourwood leaves turning red, and the lake below sparkling with sun. In winter, the mountain tops across the lake will shimmer with frost.

Take a video tour! Look for "Links to more information" just above the photo section.

This is a perfect romantic get-a-way. Wake in the morning to the sun coming over the mountains shining across the lake. In fall, reds and yellows against the dark green on the mountainsides or right outside the window engulf you with the wonder of fall. In summer, be engulfed by Appalachian lushness. And take a short drive to take a short or long hike on the beautiful Appalachian Trail (including a scenic fire tower look-out). Sometimes the Smokey Mountain mist creates shining wonders before your eyes. Cook your favorite gourmet meals in our kitchen in full view of the lake. Basking in the dappled sun on the deck is always wonderful.

At night, build a fire and sink into comfort with a glass of wine or your favorite tea while moonlight plays on the mountains across the lake. Try some candlelight while soaking in our large comfortable oval tub. Or relax in our cozy private spa on the lower deck and watch the stars.

Take a swim in the clear waters below. Use our canoe or two kayaks or launch your own boat nearby and tie up at our dock. Spend evenings on the dock, gazing at the stars in the clear mountain air. Feel the gratitude of just being alive.

Stroll down our scenic, peaceful neighborhood lane, take a loop hike through the woods on primative roads or take the nearby hikes on the Appalachian Trail to a great look-out or Wayha, Wesser or Siler Balds. Watch the birds, try your luck in the nearby award-winning trout stream or look for rare fresh water salmon across the lake or just fish right off the dock. Explore one of the many bike routes or visit the famous Nantahala Outdoor Center for rafting, kayaking, biking and delicious food.

Smokey Mountain National Park invites you just an hour away, or you can visit the famous Biltmore House in Asheville. Take a scenic ride on the historic railway or try panning for gems. Do you like music? Vist Dolly Partan's village or attend free Friday night concerts at John Campbell Folk School, or the great bands playing riverside at NOC. On the other hand, just sitting on the deck in the tree tops gazing at the lake might be just the peace and solitude you need.

Come treat yourself and let us welcome you to our home. We think there is no place more beautiful! We hope you will agree.

In winter the boats can still be used from the beach and sun shines brightly through the leafless trees and reflects up from the lake through the many windows. At night build a warm fire or just enjoy games with family. Outside, all is quiet.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 2400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility:

    There are two steps to get into the house. Wheelchairs are fine on main level which is very adequate for most people: bedroom, bathroom, living room, kitchen, dining area and large deck..However, game room, hot tub and TV are downstairs and dock and boats are down many steps to the lake. My 95 year old mom with walker loved visiting....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 7-9

  • Den


  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    On main floor -- adjoining living room- great view...moreless

  • Bedroom 2 -- spacious with desk, phone, great view : 1 double

    deck and hot tub out the glass doors...moreless

  • Bedroom 3 - bunk bed - great view: 1 bunk bed

    double on bottom, single on top, extra mattress under bed...moreless

  • Queen size Bed (1), Double (1) Bunk bed sleeps 3, extra double mattress. Couch in TV/game room - converts to double bed. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Wifi, intercom to communicate with folks downstairs, new Turbo 2 Massage Chair, spa to seat four with bubbles but no jets on the deck, Large dock, canoe and two single kayaks, one which is especially good for kids. driveway parking for three or four cars, peaceful one lane winding road, neighbors out of view because of lush surrounding woods. Very, very tall pines!...moreless


  • Air Hockey
  • Books:

    Selected to be about the North Carolina mountains....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room:

    Combination air hockey, pool and ping pong. Bring own video games and use with large TV....moreless

  • Games:

    A variety of board games...moreless

  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television:

    New high definition very large screen in lower level den and game room. A separate TV just for DVD's in the bedroom....moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    About twenty videos and DVD's suitable for family viewing, four of which either filmed in or are set in the NC mountains....moreless


  • Marina

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Sight Seeing

Location Type

  • Lake View:

    The view is wonderful from every room all year round. There are tall pines, but they only enhance the beauty as you view the shining lake below....moreless

  • Lakefront:

    The walk down to the dock along a beautiful curving wooded path takes about one minute. Then after a swim, come back up to the deck and soak in the bubbling hot tub....moreless

  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront:

    Jump in our canoe or kayak or take a swim off our dock in the cleanest water you will ever find. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing


  • Dining:

    Table can seat 6 comfortably. Four others can eat kitchen/bar. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Entire main floor has good air conditioning. Lower level remains cool since it is built into the hill. Fans are provided for exceptional occasions....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Beautiful wood fireplace in living room and wood is provided. ...moreless

  • Heating:

    Excellent heat on both levels. ...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Very spacious including dining area. Excellent views from every room in the house....moreless

  • Parking:

    There is room for four cars in our driveway. The lane is too narrow for additional parking. ...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Space for three or four cars in driveway....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Boat or motorcycle trailers can be left at private nearby storage areas. ...moreless

  • Telephone:

    There is no cell phone access but seems to be a small hot spot if you walk down the road. The land line is convenient. Bring a phone card for long distance calls....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    We have wifi with satellite. Reception varies in speed in the mountains even though we have the best money can buy. ...moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Firewood also provided....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    coffee maker, blender, toaster, crock pot, no coffee grinder at the moment...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Enough to serve 9 or 10....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    It is open to the living room and its many windows so that you have an amazing view while cooking. Has all the amenities....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    We have two high balconies. See 'Deck'...moreless

  • Boat:

    Pontoon boat rentals very nearby. Reserve in advance....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    One is off the living room with a table (six), great view, one just off the lower level bedrooms -- with a spa. A third outside eating area is outside at a picnic table. ...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Two single person kayaks and one three person canoe. Life preservers provided, but welcome to bring own....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    You can soak on the outside deck with a great view of the lake and tall trees. At night you can admire the amazingly bright stars. We have bubbles instead of jets. ...moreless



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  • cleaning fee $80
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Tax Rate 9.75%

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Last updated: 11/09/2015
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Many other activites such as restaurants, movies, shopping and antiques, concerts, crafts, wine tasting are available in towns that are about 20-30 miles away. Smokey Mountains National Park is about an hour's drive. The Nantahala Outdoor Center is a major hiking, kayaking center with great food and weekend entertainment .. about 20 miles away.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2007

About the owner: We are two retired college community college teachers from Wisconsin. We love to travel the world, enjoy participating in active sports like hiking, kayaking, sailing, and skiing. But also love reading, eating good food and just sitting peacefully admiring nature.

Why the Owner Chose Lake Nantahala:
We fell in love with this lot with huge tall trees on a beautiful, pristine lake. We designed the house ourselves with lots of windows to be open to nature. We try to stay there whenever we can, but also like to share it with guests, even if we don't know them personally. So you are most welcome.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
This house is a wilderness experience, high in the mountains, every room with a view of the gorgeous lake, and a unique chance to be in the branches of tall pines - but with all the luxury of home. We used to love camping in spots like this. Now we can enjoy comfortable beds, a modern kitchen and even a hot tub after a swim in the exceptionally clear lake. All in all . . this is heaven.

Contact us

Speaks: english, french, a little Japanese and French

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  • Enjoy a great view from every room with only a one minute walk to the lake.

    Enjoy a great view from every room with only a one minute walk to the lake.

  • A get-away for two or a retreat for six:  it's a perfect spot

    A get-away for two or a retreat for six: it's a perfect spot

  • Swim, canoe or kayak in chrystal clear lake

    Swim, canoe or kayak in chrystal clear lake

  • Butterfly bedroom

    Butterfly bedroom

  • Spacious and sunny with lake view at every season

    Spacious and sunny with lake view at every season

  • Swaying pines decorate the lake view

    Swaying pines decorate the lake view

  • Enjoy cooking while viewing the lake

    Enjoy cooking while viewing the lake

  • Let nature sooth body and soul.

    Let nature sooth body and soul.

  • Spacious living in the midst  of nature

    Spacious living in the midst of nature

  • Relax under sun, moon or stars

    Relax under sun, moon or stars

  • Master Bedroom with view -- main floor

    Master Bedroom with view -- main floor

  • Large bedroom opens to spa

    Large bedroom opens to spa

  • Welcome to this romantic retreat

    Welcome to this romantic retreat

  • Den and game room - pool, air hockey, ping pong

    Den and game room - pool, air hockey, ping pong

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This listing was first published here in 2005.

Date last modified - Monday, November 30, 2015

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