Mathews' Mansion, a Cabin by a Mountain Lake(8 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Property type:Cabin
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
2 bedrooms, 1 bath, sleeps 3. 1 couch. Dishes, cutlery. Steps to lake.
Lake is great for bass, boating, swimming. Santeetlah Marina is only a quarter of a mile. Hike the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest and other lush trails in the region. Take a drive on the breathtaking Cherula Skyway. Nearby streams & rivers are world-famous for fly-fishing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, and tubing. Ride the choo-choo from Bryson City to the Nantahala Gorge. Visit a pow wow at the nearby Cherokee Reservation or see the outdoor drama. Try your hand at ruby mining. Go antiquing for quilts & carvings. Cycle, or just relax!
Tail of the Dragon: Mathews' Mansion is close to the Tail of the Dragon, the famous curvy Highway 129, which attracts sports car enthusiasts and cyclists from all over the country. Along Cherola Highway one will view spectacular breathtaking mountain views. For more details visit our website.
Cherokee Artifacts: Did you know that Cherokee artifacts have been found in Lake Santeetlah? Stop at the Cherokee Museum in Robbinsville to see what local residents have found while walking the shores. While there, visit Chief Junaluska's grave site. Take a drive through the Snowbird reservation and picnic at one of the creekside tables. Always keep your eyes open, for you, too, might find a Native American relic!
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Member since: 2007
- 800 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only:
- Pets Not Allowed:
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 3-4
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Floor tile, showerhead, sink, and faucets.
- You will love this place. It's the perfect retreat as long as you like being near hemlock and laurel, mountain air, and the flutter of hummingbird wings. Gatlinburg is not far away. Cherokee's close, too. Please bring lots of bath towels because you'll use them after your dip in the lake. There's a sandy beach around the bend of lake, roped off for safe swimming. Or take the steps down to the water in front of your cabin. Mathews' Mansion is on a cul-de-sac. Even non-walkers enjoy walking around the mountain, the next road up, scouting for rabbits, ground hogs, raccoons, and other critters. Community leash law. Come in autumn if you wish to see a spectacular display of foliage. ...moreless
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Autumn Foliage
- Coin Laundry
- Live Theater
Local Services & Businesses
- Bird Watching
- Gambling Casinos
- Horseback Riding
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Monument View:
- Mountain View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Equestrian Events
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Water Skiing
- Water Tubing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Dining Area
- Seating for 3 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Basic Soaps
- Ceiling Fans
- Hair Dryer
- Living Room:
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Coffee Maker:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
We have a cute pantry for storing your groceries. The salt hardens quickly because of the humidity, so you may want to bring your own if you need it. You will find coffee and other hot drinks....moreless
Clean. No ice-maker. Apartment sized. Adequate freezer. Make sure you close the door all the way! May need to adjust the settings. Fridge can get too cold, so check periodically and adjust temp....moreless
- Beach Chairs
Santeetlah Marina is within walking distance and offers boat rentals, lessons in water sports, and more. There is a more economical boat-rental spot, turn at the Skyway gas station on the road to town...moreless
- Deck / Patio:
- Fish Cleaning Table
- Kayak / Canoe:
- Outdoor Grill:
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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
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Right at the Tail of the Dragon, this cottage on Thunderbird Mountain overlooks Lake Santeetlah, which is surrounded by pristine National Forest. Steps make it easy to hop in for a swim or to board your kayak. With the appeal of a cabin, complete with rocking chairs on its screened porch and a hammock ready to hang, this peaceful abode also sports a large deck with benches and two comfy yard recliners. The marina down the street offers boat rentals and water sports equipment. Ten miles in at Robbinsville, see the Native American Museum or a few miles further, you will find white water for fly fishing, rafting, and nature galore. In driving distance to Cherokee, Dollywood, Gatlinburg, and Cades Cove where you will see deer and maybe even a bear.
Other Activities: Mining for rubies and garnets; nature photography, berry-picking, bird-watching, horseback riding are all close by. Gambling is now available in Murphy, about 45 minutes. Boat rental is available at the nearby Santeetlah Marina or Dayton Camp Boat Rentals (828) 479-7422.
About the owner: I am a professor at a small college, an author of three poetry books, a mother, and a grandmother. I love my cottage on Lake Santeetlah and named it Mathews Mansion when I inherited it from my parents. I have enjoyed fixing it up, one project at a time, from the septic tank to the roof. When the economy fell, I started inviting guests to stay to offset the costs of property taxes, utilities, and maintenance. It's a lot of work, but when I'm there, I feel like I'm in a tree house overlooking the lake.
Why the Owner Chose Robbinsville, NC, USA:
This property is exquisite, set in among some of the oldest mountains on the earth. The wildlife intrigues me because I grew up in Florida where birds have much longer legs. In addition, each season brings something new, especially autumn when the leaves turn red and gold and flutter in the breeze like butterflies. The screen porch is where I spend most of my time, rocking, reading, watching the lake, the chipmunks, and listening to songbirds.
The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
This is not a place to party. it is a place to relax and retreat from the hubbub of daily pressures. It is great for those who want to hike, kayak, or simply rock in the rocking chairs. Only an hour or two from river rafting, Cherokee, DollyWood, Gatlinberg, Asheville. Chief Junaluska's burial site is right there in Robbinsville (6 miles) and a small museum and Native American garden.
- Primary: +1 7066181022
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Mathews' Mansion is a lovely retreat for unwinding. Sorry, no dogs.
Rock Yourself to Sleep on the Screened Porch.
Patchwork Bedroom Queen-sized!
Snug-a-Bug Single for Child or Child-at-Heart. Twin bed.
Front View from Deck & Screened Porch
Most of the lake is adjacent to national forest.
Kayak the whitewater on nearby rivers.
Jet skis are for rent at local marina.
Beautiful View from Driveway
Front Deck Overlooks Lake
Remodelled Kitchen also has small microwave and table.
A tree house for adults, overlooking Lake Santeetlah.
Table on Screened Porch is added pleasure.
A great place to hang out!
Raft the Ocoee or the Nantahala!
Hike the Joyce Kilmer Forest, a short drive away (15 minutes)
Zip line, if you dare!
Gem mining make bring you treasures to take home.
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