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Newly Renovated- Direct Lake front +Spectacular Lake and Mt Views

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,900 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms + Loft, 4 Baths, Private Dock, Lakefront, Mt Views, multistory deckin

We made the best even better- Just renovated in late 2017 :

Freshly painted interior with new living room furniture, completed basement with new flooring and cool barn doors adds additional finished bonus space !

Enjoy the vacation of your dreams. Driftwood Cove is a Direct lakefront Vacation rental with private dock - Majestic lake and mountain views await you from this beautiful four bedroom, four bath, vacation home! Our open loft adds additional sleeping options and a comfortable seating area.

Reserve this Lakefront Home which is nestled in a private cove in the central part of pristine Lake Nantahala in the mountains of Southwest North Carolina.

***New Casino Nearby: The Cherokee Valley River Casino and Hotel is open and is only 40 minutes away!***

Breathtaking mountain and lake views from both the upper and lower decks. Charcoal grill and picnic table on upper deck. Outdoor stairs allow easy access to our private Lakefront dock. Boat rentals are available at a nearby marina or you can bring your own boat and dock it right at the house. Our cove allows for a perfect area to swim and fish off the dock. We also offer use of a canoe which is included with the house rental.

2 Story walls of glass in the family room afford you a panoramic mountain and lake view. Pine cathedral ceilings and a stone fireplace add to that mountain home feel. There are two bedrooms on the main floor (each with queen) and two baths. The kitchen is fully-equipped. Wooden floors throughout main area of home. Relax in the rocker on the screened in porch or lounge on the deck. Upstairs there are two more bedrooms (5 twins/ second king plus 2 twins ), a bathroom, and an open loft (queen futon).

Perfect for a family reunion or get-away with friends. Challenge your friends to a game of ping pong or just take time to relax and play a few board games. The house is equipped with Satellite TV, VCR, DVD, games and videos for your enjoyment and WiFi Internet access. There is a laundry room and full bath located in the basement.

Newly finished spacious basement with tv, video games and ping pong table. Large open room with L shape couch, table and chairs . New vinyl wood look flooring and barn doors adds a rustic flair .

Go for a swim, explore the waterfalls, hike Wayah Bold Mt., fish at the local Trout Farm or just relax and watch the wildlife.

We are located close to Whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River, tubing, the Cherokee Indian Reserve, and the Great Smoky Mountain State Park. Lake Nantahala - Land of the Noon Day Sun's undiscovered beauty is surrounded mostly by the Nantahala Forest Preserve and some private homes . You will love the peacefulness of area and beauty of the lake. Lake Nantahala is one of the most picturesque lakes in Southeast offering 42 miles of shoreline to explore!

The Nantahala area has a lot of activities to offer families. The Mountainside Theater is located about 45 minutes away in the heart of Cherokee Indian Country. The theater is famous for its production of “Unto These Hills”, which is a live re-enactment of the story behind the Cherokee Indian historic “Trail of Tears” journey. Or, hop aboard the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for your choice of scenic family train rides or romantic gourmet dining. The Railroad also presents a Mystery Theater dinner on select Friday nights.

Outdoor enthusiasts will love the nearby offerings of The Nantahala Outdoors center - white water rafting, mountain biking, skiing, and hiking. If you are adventurous you must go rafting down the Nantahala River. . And, the Tsali Recreation Area is fast becoming a “Mecca” for lovers of mountain biking. Hikers of all ages will appreciate the world famous Appalachian Trial, which you can pick up with a short drive from home. You also don’t want to miss a drive up to the top of Wayah Bald, which offers stunning views for miles of the Western North Carolina landscape. There are also horseback riding options in the area.

Driftwood Cove has satellite WiFi internet available for a small access fee !

We are the best value on the lake !

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More Details

Bill Shields and Mike Shields
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2018

About Bill Shields and Mike Shields

We are Floridians and Georgians that fell in love with the serenity of the mountains and Lake Nantahala - its an undiscovered gem - beautiful and peaceful.

Bill Shields and Mike Shields purchased this house in 2003

Why Bill Shields and Mike Shields chose Topton

The location is unique, high elevation , clear clean lake, national forests surrounds half the lake, not a lot of boat traffic, close to whitewater rafting and hiking areas. There are very few pest bugs at this elevation. It is always 10 degrees cooler than Atlanta!

What makes this house unique

Lakefront with private boat dock. Love the ability to canoe around the cove area. The living room has a wall of glass and the minute you walk into the house there is a view of lake and mountains ,,, the water front is serene and unspoiled , not a lot of commercial areas yet not isolated . You have access to gravel roads for a great walk around the lake front for miles,,,,There is a hidden waterfall across the lake - we enjoy boating there and walking the path to the falls, taking a swim in the brisk mountain water.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We wanted a place to connect and chill together as a family, the house was clean and comfortable. Loved the views - great time
Dec 2013
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Topton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Hallway Bath on main level with privacy door.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Private bath
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Hallway bath on upper level
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Basement bath in finished basement.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 5 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Boat Dock
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Private dock, canoe, stone fireplace,, direct lake front, gorgeous mountain views, stairs to lake, cement driveway, gravel roads, gated community. We provide linens, towels, kitchen is fully equipped for cooking needs, starter packs for dish soap and dishwashing soap


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Newly Renovated- Direct Lake front +Spectacular Lake and Mt Views
average rating of 4.571429 based on 27 reviews

Awesome house!!

  • 5 of 5

The house was in great shape and had ample room! We I’ll be back again! Thanks

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Lakefront Hideaway

  • 5 of 5

We had such a lovely time at this beautiful lake house; it was well and thoughtfully appointed. Plenty of space for everyone - adults and kids - to find a private spot, and well-designed communal areas to come together. Water view is breathtaking, and the dock complete with red canoe couldn't have been more picturesque. Highly recommend in any season, including a winter getaway weekend that was cozy and relaxing for us. We look forward to coming again and enjoying more seasons at Driftwood Cove.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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Beautiful place to stay!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful place. Very well equipped. We will definitely recommend this property

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Great Thanksgiving get away!

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for our family Thanksgiving celebration. It was comfortable and spacious for 12 people. The kids loved gathering wood for the fireplace, canoeing across the lake, and learning to play ping pong. The neighborhood is beautiful and we all enjoyed going for long walks. Everything was exactly as listed on VRBO.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Lovely getaway ...

  • 4 of 5

It is definitely worth going ...

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Great spot on the lake.

  • 5 of 5

This was a great house in a great spot on the lake. We had 7 adults and 7 kids and could accommodate all. Lots of bonus open space in the ground floor of the house. The only caution that I would throw out there is that there are a LOT (about 75) of stair steps from the house to the dock, so if you have walking issues, this would be a problem.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Hoppy Trout Brewing Company
Excellent small batch brewery with OK food.
Calaboose Cellars
Excellent craft beer and wine. They often have local musicians. Check their Facebook page.
Lakes End Café & Grill
Good local food with lake view. This is the only restaurant and marina on the lake.
Nantahala Lake Marine Inc.
Jeff will take good care of you. Tell him I sent you!
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RidgeRunner Ziplines
Great course for beginner to experienced zip liner.
Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
Actual Location of Home - Map is off

White water rafting on the Nantahala River. Choose from over 20 outfitters on the river. Fly fishing in the nearby rivers. Hiking on the Bartram and Appalachian Trails. Zip Line/Canopy tours nearby. Harrah's Cherokee Casino and the new Cherokee River Valley Casino in Murphy is nearby. Snow ski at nearby Maggie Valley. Waterfall sightseeing is within a few miles and several are right on the lake.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning $175
Tax Rate 9.75%

Please pay the initial payment through VRBO. Final payment is due 45 days prior to check in by check only. Disregard any notice from VRBO to "Pay Now" and mail a check.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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