Mathews' Mansion, a Cabin by a Mountain Lake

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Mathews' Mansion is a lovely retreat for unwinding. Sorry, no dogs.


Last updated: 08/17/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Long overdue for a lazy afternoon in a hammock? How about a rocking chair overlooking one of the most pristine lakes in the world? At Mathews' Mansion, a small cabin on a lake full of fish, you will find a bit of heaven. No clocks, phones, or TV's, only rest and the rustling of maples. Bring your camera for some great nature shots. Chipmunks, hummingbirds, and raccoons are common visitors. Smoking okay on screened-in porch.

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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Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 800 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Renter must be a legal adult....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Adults will need to supervise small children because of the proximity to the lake. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoke on the screen-porch and enjoy the songbirds, hummingbirds, whispering breeze, and lull of lake current. ...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Because of damage risk, especially to the screen room, I am unable to accommodate dogs, as much as I love them....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    There are old, cracked, original stone steps up to the cabin. Bring non-skid shoes for rainy weather....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 3-4

  • Snug-a-Bug: 1 twin/ single

    Bring Linens...moreless

  • Patchwork : 1 queen

    Bring linens with deep pockets that fit thick mattress....moreless

  • Pillows and mattress pads provided. We have closets! The couch is comfortable for a child to sleep but is not a pull-out. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom : toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Floor tile, showerhead, sink, and faucets.

Other Amenities

  • 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


  • Books:

    If you don't finish reading your book, please take it with you....moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • Games:

    Board games for various ages. ...moreless

  • Games For Kids


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Churches
  • Coin Laundry
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Waterfalls

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries
  • Laundromat

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Lake:

    Santeetlah Marina is within a quarter of a mile. Dayton Boat Rentals (828) 479-7422....moreless

  • Lakefront:

    This is a great spot for kayaking or canoeing....moreless

  • Monument View:

    Chief Junaluska's grave is in Robbinsville. There is a Native American museum worth visiting. ...moreless

  • Mountain
  • Mountain View:

    The cottage is on Thunderbird Mountain with lake access for swimming or boating....moreless

  • Rural:

    Red-headed woodpeckers, songbirds, hummingbirds, chipmunks, foxes, and other wildlife are plentiful here. ...moreless

  • Village:

    The town of Lake Santeetlah is a nature lover's paradise. ...moreless

  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining:

    Additional table on screen porch, plus two benches that can be adjusted and pulled together as a small picnic table, for children. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 3 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    The unit is fairly new. If it doesn't come on, or if the remote doesn't work, make sure it's plugged in, and press the button on the plug....moreless

  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    The heater on the baseboard next to the sliding glass doors doesn't work, but there are two electric heaters. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Fairly new couch and chair. Coffee table....moreless

  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    Ample room for your car and a trailer. No garage for motorcycles. ...moreless

  • Toilet Paper


  • Coffee Maker:

    Makes several cups. ...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    More than you'll need. Can opener, knives, cutting board, and so on....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    A mishmash of china, glassware, plastic-ware, and cutlery. ...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Apartment refrigerator and stove, small microwave, small broiler oven, pantry, cookware, dishes. George Foreman. Some spices, tea bags, coffee, and other necessities. Table....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Small. ...moreless

  • Oven:

    An apartment-size oven and a small broiler over....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    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

  • Refrigerator:

    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

  • Stove:

    Very clean, good condition. Apartment-sized. Pans are in cabinet over the fridge or inside the oven. Please make sure the burners are turned off before you depart....moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    A small broiler/toaster oven. ...moreless


  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat:

    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:

    Wonderful recently rebuilt deck with built-in benches. Lawn chairs for sitting back for some sun on your face....moreless

  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    This is a one-person kayak. We're hoping to purchase an additional one soon....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    A new charcoal grill! Simply roll it onto the deck and cook up the fish you caught. Or enjoy a steak or hot dogs and s'mores. Long-handed utensils hang on the screen porch. ...moreless

  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway To Water
  • Water Sports Gear:

    Kayak paddle, flares. ...moreless

  • Wood Deck


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Last updated: 08/17/2016
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1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Cheoah Beach is at Lake Santeetlah

Car: Necessary

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.


Owner info

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.

Contact us

Speaks: english, spanish, Spanish call Aura 828-479-8737. MATHEWS MANSION

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Mathews' Mansion is a lovely retreat for unwinding. Sorry, no dogs.

    Mathews' Mansion is a lovely retreat for unwinding. Sorry, no dogs.

  • Rock Yourself to Sleep on the Screened Porch.

    Rock Yourself to Sleep on the Screened Porch.

  • Patchwork Bedroom Queen-sized!

    Patchwork Bedroom Queen-sized!

  • Snug-a-Bug Single  for Child or Child-at-Heart. Twin bed.

    Snug-a-Bug Single for Child or Child-at-Heart. Twin bed.

  • Front View from Deck & Screened Porch

    Front View from Deck & Screened Porch

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • October Blessings.

    October Blessings.

  • Local Dam.

    Local Dam.

  • Most of the lake is adjacent to national forest.

    Most of the lake is adjacent to national forest.

  • Kayak the whitewater on nearby rivers.

    Kayak the whitewater on nearby rivers.

  • Jet skis are for rent at local marina.

    Jet skis are for rent at local marina.

  • Beautiful View from Driveway

    Beautiful View from Driveway

  • Front Deck Overlooks Lake

    Front Deck Overlooks Lake

  • Natural Beauty

    Natural Beauty

  • Remodelled Kitchen also has small microwave and table.

    Remodelled Kitchen also has small microwave and table.

  • A tree house for adults, overlooking Lake Santeetlah.

    A tree house for adults, overlooking Lake Santeetlah.

  • Table on Screened Porch is added pleasure.

    Table on Screened Porch is added pleasure.

  • A great place to hang out!

    A great place to hang out!

  • Raft the Ocoee or the Nantahala!

    Raft the Ocoee or the Nantahala!

  • Hike the Joyce Kilmer Forest, a short drive away (15 minutes)

    Hike the Joyce Kilmer Forest, a short drive away (15 minutes)

  • Zip line, if you dare!

    Zip line, if you dare!

  • Gem mining make bring you treasures to take home.

    Gem mining make bring you treasures to take home.

  • Spring has Sprung at Mathews' Mansion

    Spring has Sprung at Mathews' Mansion

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