Come enjoy our cozy, 672 sq ft lakefront cottage with lovely mountain and sunset views perfectly situated overlooking Lake Lure. A beautiful, brief one hour drive from bustling Asheville, then four short steps from our quiet road and you will enter the top floor of the Turtle House, renovated to include modern amenities while still retaining it's rustic charm.
On the front entrance level we have one full bath (linens provided) with stack washer/dryer, vanity sink and tub/shower. Also on the top floor are two bedrooms. The master bedroom has one queen size bed, reading lights, ceiling fan and view of lake. Our second bedroom has a bunkbed with full bed on bottom and twin bed on top (children only on top bunk). At the end of the hall is an upstairs porch. Sit back, relax on our glider or chaise lounges and take in the views from your own private retreat.
Downstairs is the living area with original knotty pine paneling, comfy sofa and chairs, perfect for unwinding in front of the gas fireplace. Our home entertainment options consist of books, games and satellite tv with DVD player or head to the Ingles on Rte 9 where movies, groceries etc are all available for you.
Adjacent to the living room is our kitchen complete with microwave, fridge, oven, stove and a dishwasher to help clean up. If you'd like to move mealtime outside to the back porch, fire up the gas grill and keep an eye on what's cooking from our classic glider and chairs. When it's time to dine make yourselves comfortable at the picnic table overlooking the lake. Outdoor living is pretty sweet at The Turtle House!
While you are enjoying the back porch, mossy yard, boathouse deck and lake, you will find for your convenience the second bathroom located off the back porch. Minimalist yet functional, it provides easy access to shower, sink and commode and is especially handy for those just finished swimming in the lake.
Take a few steps from the back porch towards the lake and you will be lured to the 12 stone stairs leading down to the deck on top of the boathouse complete with dining area, lounging chairs and some of the best views on Lake Lure. Downstairs from the boathouse deck is the dock where you will find a 2 person kayak and a pedal boat for getting around the lake. 5 universal fit life vests are in storage on the boathouse deck though please note: access to the inside of boathouse is locked as it contains our maintenance supplies (plus maybe an opportunistic otter or two).
The Turtle House is located on the east side of the lake on a large quiet, cove with a no wake zone (not far off the main channel), so that swimming, kayaking and paddling are safe and fun. We are now a Certified Wildlife Habitat, an idea inspired by the turtles who occasionally come to visit our 'back yard'. For our guests who are interested in fishing, rather than fish off the dock we invite you to take one of our boats out onto the lake to enjoy the views while fishing from there. Thank you in advance for helping us care for our Turtle House friends!
Selected as one of the ten most beautiful man-made lakes in the world by National Geographic, Lake Lure is nestled in the serene setting of the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. You will discover the magic and bounty of nature in this wondrous canyon known as Hickory Nut Gorge. Lake Lure was built in 1925 and consists of approximately 1500 acres with 27 miles of shoreline. Major motion pictures filmed here include Firestarter, A Breed Apart, Dirty Dancing, and Last of the Mohicans.
For scenic attractions our community offers parks, hiking, zip lining, horseback riding, white water rafting, and water sports, as well as waterfalls close by, good food, and quaint shops. Enjoy the options for adventure or simply lounge on the boathouse deck whilst enjoying the lake and mountain views with a good book.
So Sorry, but No Smoking (except outside) and No Pets allowed.
Bed, bath and kitchen linens included.
Maximum occupancy is five guests at all times (4 adults and 1 child), visitors included. Maximum parking is for three vehicles.
Check in is 4:00 p.m. and Check out is 11:00 a.m.
We look forward to welcoming you to The Turtle House!
*Though fishing is allowed at Lake Lure with a valid license, we ask our guests not to fish off the dock or boathouse so that all our guests may enjoy swimming in safety and without worry of hooks and lines. Please consider this house rule before making a reservation and be sure it's agreeable with you before booking.
*From Oct 15-March 15 the cottage is winterized between guests. Upon arrival, guests are asked to turn the water valve in the kitchen to restore water supply to cottage. Second bathroom accessed by back porch is winterized and locked.
*From Nov 26- Feb 15 the city of Lake Lure draws lake water levels down by 3-5 ft.
*For guests interested in visiting Asheville, please see our sister listing Avondale Mountain, VRBO # 918910.