First of all the house's name is "Top of the World". Its a charming lake house with a huge boathouse for entertaining. Wake up to the sun shining on the far end of the lake, and see the campers at Mondamin running around like ants on a hill. The vast lake and mountain views are spectacular. There are many species of birds and butterflies that frequent the house. Often, when you've finished a long day of swimming and water sports on the lake, and thought the sun has set, the sun bounces off the clouds and will make the entire lake look like gold. What a sight! Views are simply amazing.
The house itself has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths on the main floor. An additional bedroom/bath in the basement with twin beds that the children love so they can get away from their parents ( or at least thats what we tell them). The main floor bedrooms are along the back hallway. The master has a king, a walk in closet, and a large private bathroom. One guest room has a king and a closet, the other has new bunk beds and a closet. Their is a full bath between the two.
The main floor is an open floor plan with knotty pine walls, beamed ceilings, comfortable furniture, and an original stone wood burning fire place (fire wood provided). There is also central A/C for the occasional hot nights. The cook (s) can still take in the views and converse with the crowd while cooking. The house has a very functional, well stocked kitchen for cooking. There is also a properly working gas grill at the house, and at the boathouse. The main dining table seats 8, and another table seats 6.
The western facing living room and deck are perfect for early morning coffee or tea. The high altitude provides almost total freedom from bugs and mosquitoes (except lightening bugs, plenty of those) while you have that cocktail before and/or after supper.
The boathouse is a large two story structure with the full upper floor level built over the two boat slips. The boathouse setting is so pleasant, we often pack up our meals and spend the whole day down there. Its a great place for a get together which can seat 14 at the 2 tables. The boathouse has 2 full size refrigerators, an electric stove/oven, gas grill, and plenty of counter/cabinet space. Its really fun to cook at the boathouse as well. You must bring your own potable water to the boathouse. There is a pump and sink downstairs in the boathouse that pumps the water right from the lake. There is a mountain stream that spills into the lake right beside the boathouse. There is a private port a potty on the downstairs level that is cleaned weekly. The boathouse is also a great place to swim, paddle, or float from. This lake, besides the few occasional weekends, stays pretty calm and un hurried. There is a sleeper sofa at the boathouse for those afternoon siestsas. Its just a great place to be with friends and family.
There is great fishing, canoeing, and all sports involving boating. You may bring your own boat and dock it in the empty slip provided. Arrangements must be made in advance, and a boat registration fee of $50 to the Lake Summit Association and proof of insurance will be needed. Prime fishing is found on the lake, but you will need a current NC fishing license even when fishing from the dock. This can be done online.
There are many activities to do nearby: The Flat Rock Playhouse, The Biltmore House in Asheville, Chimney Rock, many hiking trails and waterfalls, river rafting, stream fishing, and of course plenty of breweries and night life is 20 miles away in Asheville ( I recommend Sierra Nevada. Its less than 10 miles from the house and is amazing! Kid and pet friendly as well). The whole area is a mecca for summer camps. There are three on the lake alone. Its a great place to stay before, during, and after dropping off the kids.
For our Horse lovers, you will find and easy commute to the new Tryon International Equestrian Center. Its about 20 minutes down the mountain on I-26 and Hwy 74, very pleasant drive. But come back to the comfort of the cabin in the evenings and get out of the heat from the lower altitude of the Piedmont. Always a good 10 degrees cooler coming back up to the mountain, and lake views!