About the property
- House1800 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights
This property is an excellent base camp for a multitude of outdoor activities
Three bedroom, two bath (sleeps 6)
This property is located only .3 mile from the entrance of Lake James State Park (Paddy’s Creek section), .3 mile from Lake James Marina, .5 mile from Canal Bridge public boat launch and 3 miles from the Marion Lake Club (18 hole golf course open to the public). This property is not waterfront nor water view however it is ideally located in the center of the Lake James area footprint.
Lake James State Park's Paddy's Creek facilities include a 700 foot swim beach, 25 miles of hiking and 15 miles of mountain biking trails, fishing piers and snack bar. Canoe, kayak and paddleboards are available for rent at the park May through September. Pontoon, jet ski, paddleboard and kayak rentals are also available from other vendors around the lake.
This 1,800 sf recently updated home has 3 bedrooms (Queen, Full and 2 Twin beds), 2 full baths, full kitchen with two microwaves, dishwasher, coffee maker. Other conveniences include DirecTV, Wi-Fi, central heat and air, full size washer and dryer, iron and ironing board and hair dryer in each bath. Kitchenette has seating for 4, formal dining area has seating for 6-8. Private deck and patio are located at rear of home with gas grill and patio furnishings.
This property is situated directly on an 18 mile lake loop excellent for road cyclist and conveniently located for access to local attractions including Pisgah Loop Scenic byway (2.6 Mi.), Pisgah National Forest (4.8 Mi.), Linville Gorge Wilderness area (9.8 Mi.), Blue Ridge Parkway (28.4 Mi.), Linville Caverns (30.1 Mi.), Linville Falls (33.1 Mi.), Mount Mitchell State Park (41.5 Mi.), Grandfather Mountain (42.9 Mi.) & Biltmore House (48.6 Mi.).
Several restaurants, breweries & wineries are located within a 15 mile radius or a short commute to Black Mountain or Asheville
Garry & Debby Crooks
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- Response time:
- within one hour
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 25, 2018
About Garry & Debby Crooks
The Crooks' family has lived at Lake James for five generations since the Lake was built until current day. My grandfather ran a store and boat landing for many years less than a half mile down the road at canal bridge catering mainly to fisherman and the lake trade. This home was built by my mother Muriel and father Earl Crooks in 1957. My father was the caretaker for the old Camp Firestone for several years, the camp was located on the lake just across the road from this home. My sister and I grew up in this home and spent many endless summers swimming, fishing and playing at the camp and on the lake. We also enjoyed meeting different campers every week as they checked in. The old camp reminded us of the summer camp in the movie Dirty Dancing as it had cabins, bunk houses, boats, horseshoe pits, meeting hall & etc. My wife and I still reside next door to this property. We enjoy getting on the lake as much as possible and taking advantage of the state park next door for walking, hiking, trail running and mountain biking. We also enjoy the close proximity of Pisgah National Forest for fishing, hunting, mountain biking and hiking.
Garry & Debby Crooks purchased this House in 1957
Why Garry & Debby Crooks chose Nebo
Although this house was built as a residence it also served somewhat as camp headquarters for Camp Firestone where a lot of the supplies and records were kept and was the check-in station for visiting campers. Once we began cleaning out the attic, basements and garage we found lots of memorabilia from the old Camp Firestone and Lake James in general. Everything from old maps to old fishing equipment and boat motors. We decided to display all these hidden "treasures" for all to see when they visit the home. An article about old Camp Firestone was recently published in the July 2017 issue of Our State magazine detailing lake life at the camp in that bygone era. Unfortunately the old camp is now gone and the property has been sold to private owners.
What makes this House unique
Lake James is still not very commercialized which adds to it's uniqueness and charm. It is also a very clean and clear lake holding cold water fish populations of Smallmouth Bass and Walleye. This property is situated next door to Lake James State Park (Paddy's Creek Section) which has large swim beach, hiking and mountain biking trails and fishing piers, it is also very close to the Canal Bridge public boat launch within a half mile. This location allows quick access to Pisgah National Forest for many outdoor activities. Linville Gorge, Linville Falls, Table Rock Mountain, Short off Mountain, Mountain to Sea Trail, Over the Mountain Victory Trail are some of the many great hiking destinations nearby. Day trips to Black Mountain and Asheville area are an easy commute via I-40
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Fully stocked, comfortable home
Caretaker’s Cottage is convenient to Camp Lake James. The home is stocked with anything you might need as well as many historic artifacts from the area. We will definitely return.
A great experience at Camp Firestone.
We had a great stay at Camp Firestone. We were in the area to run a trail race, which was conveniently located right down the road. The house had everything we need, towels, bed linens, and many personal touches. There was enough room for 5 adults. I would stay there again.
House is in great shape and very comfortable. A great place to spend the weekend at Lake James!
The decorations made the house special and it was interesting reading about the history of the cottage. The owners were great to work with and we would definitely stay in this home again!
Great place, warm and relaxing.
Great relaxing place. We were working this week and it was nice to have a place to come back to and cook a decent meal, enjoy the trees, and decompress. The owners are quick to reply and easy to work with. No problems at all. Made for a great week, even while working,
The owners were pleasant and responsive in all dealings, including giving restaurant recommendations when asked. Arrival and check-out istructions were clear and easy to follow.The property was exceptionally clean and well maintained. The stock of snacks and beverages were such a nice touch and much appreciated. We had hoped to get to explore the state park while there, but plans changed. So, we may have to make a return visit for that purpose. Just the 2 of us were on this trip, but the house could easily accommodate a few extras... we may invite some of the kids next time.
Cozy Home Away From Home
We can not say enough about this house. When we arrived there was quiet music playing and snacks and drinks (provided by our hosts) which the kids and myself very much welcomed after a six hour drive. The house was clean and well maintained even though it dates to 1957! Although not an actual cabin it felt very much like we were in a cabin near the lake once inside. The beds were very comfortable and each bedroom was beautifully decorated with a warm/cozy feeling. The house provided many areas for the family to retreat to after a day of exploring the area and visiting family. The history of the house decorated the walls and learning so much about the home we were staying in was a plus. There is also a large yard and wooded area in the back that the girls loved adventuring in and even found a set of small deer antlers. After our five day stay (we even extended a day we were enjoying our stay and the area so much) were sad to leave but hope to return in the future.