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Centrally located at Lake James. Close to Lake James State Park (Paddy's

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

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

More Details

Garry & Debby Crooks
Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 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


Nebo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Bath towels and wash cloths provided
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Bed Linens provided
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • marina
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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Centrally located at Lake James. Close to Lake James State Park (Paddy's
average rating of 5.0 based on 31 reviews

A great place!

  • 5 of 5

The house is wonderfully spacious. We had a great time!!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cleanest vaca home we've ever been to + so much more!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the caretaker's keep at Lake James! Aside from being the cleanest vacation home we've ever rented, Garry & Debby went above and beyond to make us feel like welcome guests. We arrived late and were thrilled to see essentials and special goodies were already stocked up - snacks, drinks, coffee. The works. The back yard, fire pit, grill all contributed to our enjoying the stay. The home is within a short drive to many beautiful natural attractions and great family activities. While indoors, be sure to check out the home's unique history and innumerable vintage "artifacts" from Camp Firestone's early days! Our family of 5 loved it and would absolutely return!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our whole experience was wonderful. It was nice to walk in and find the extra added touches such as complementary snacks and firewood to just name a couple of the special touches.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The house was perfect for us

  • 5 of 5

We appreciated how much care went into everything. From the antique furnishings and historic clips about the area to the snacks left for us when we arrived they really made us feel welcome. Also very clean and well maintained. We hope to be back next year. Thank you Garry and Debbie.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice, modern and thematic house which you will never forget

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time at this house: huge backyard, grill and a fireplace outside, lots of antique and fishing decorations which create amazing and relaxing setting for a great vacation. Very close to lake James where you can fish, swim and a lot more. They have WiFi in the house, but it works through a phone line and pretty slow. Fortunately my husband's AT&T phone had a great signal.

The owners were amazing and we even forgot some jewelry in the house, which they let us know about and shipped it to us for free.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing home! Just what we needed!

  • 5 of 5

We got married at Lake James State Park and stayed here the evening before and after. It was just minutes from our venue and provided absolutely everything we needed. The house is very spacious, clean and well furnished. The beds were very comfortable. Garry and Debby think of everything and have little complimentary toiletries and other such things you might forget when traveling. The kitchen was fully stocked with necessary cooking items for those cooking for themselves. The photos actually don’t do this place justice. The hosts are available and accommodating. It’s awesome!! Thank you!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
61 Miles
Asheville Regional
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Marion lake Club
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Roma's Italian Resturant
Nearest Ski
41 Miles
Sugar Mountain Resort
Nearest Beach
0.3 Miles
Lake James State Park
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $70
Pet Fee $75
Refundable Damage Deposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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