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Lakefront Rustic Charm with Beach Access

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms, Den + dining area, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

Lake Santeetlah offers the perfect setting for a wilderness retreat where you can indulge in a variety of outdoor and aquatic activities or simply relax in the tranquility of a quaint mountain development that has preserved an era of days past.

Located in the high peaks of the Smoky Mountains in Western North Carolina and surrounded lush greens, mountain laurel, trout streams, waterfalls, white-water rivers, miles of hiking trails and the tallest trees east of the Mississippi, Lake Santeetlah is a 3,000 acre lake with 80 miles of shoreline of which 90% is within The Nantahala National Forest.

We just completed upgrading our cabin with all new exterior siding, new roof, new kitchen counter top and sink,fresh paint and all new windows. Santeetlah is a rare find with its crystal clear waters, mountain views and hidden coves. Our property is unique because of its beach; only a handful of Santeetlah properties have beaches making this location very family friendly and also allowing people to walk into the water as well as sit beachside. A dock is also available for boating.

We have an open design that includes a full kitchen, living room and dining area as a large open space. The sliding doors provide a full view of the lake as well as to the screened-in porch where you can enjoy an early morning cup of coffee and an evening meal. The porch provides alternate access to the beach, about 50 feet away, easily accessed on the level back yard. There are no steep, tiring steps to climb up and down to get to the waterfront.

The living room has two very comfortable leather couches to lounge while reading, watching the scenic twilights and the dew rising from the early morning waters. The couches can sleep two additional people in comfort. The bedrooms are large enough for a queen size bed in one and two twin size beds in the other. The bathroom has a shower and bathtub.

You'll love the lake water; you can swim comfortably 3 of the 4 seasons. During the spring, its in the upper 60's to low 70's and it remains in the upper 70's to 80 throughout the summer - very unusual for a mountain lake. Kayaking and canoeing is very enjoyable and boating is an adventure exploring the many fingers and coves where you can anchor for an afternoon for lunch and never see another boat while you swim, read or just relax.

We'll be happy to answer any questions and accommodate you anyway we can so you have a truly memorable vacation.

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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2018

About Debbie

Since purchasing our cabin, we've done a number of upgrades; new siding, new vinyl windows, new roof, new kitchen counter, fresh paint and a new air conditioning unit. A mix of rustic charm and modern amenities. We plan on continuing to make improvements and offer the best value on the lake.

Debbie purchased this cabin in 2003

Why Debbie chose Lake Santeetlah

After visiting many, many lakes throughout the Southeast to find the perfect family retreat, we stumbled onto Lake Santeetlah. After our first visit, we knew this was the place we had long awaited. The serenity, the mountains, the rustic charm, the clear waters, the remote coves and the small town community made us feel like we were on vacation on every visit. Santeetlah is a best kept secret and unspoiled due to its National Forest shoreline. Lake Santeetlah cannot be re-created, but for those who want to experience nature at its best, seeing is believing.

What makes this cabin unique

The beauty of Santeetlah is a double threat - the mystique of the Smoky Mountains coupled with the crystal clear waters.During the early mornings you can sit at the screened porch or on the dock and enjoy a cup of coffee while the morning dew gradually rises from the water revealing the mountain landscape and pallet of colors. Only a handful of the lake properties have beach access to the waters, our is one of those rarities. This feature allows you to place beach chairs in the water edge and allows children to play at the water front and makes it easier to enter the warm water at your own pace to wade or swim rather than diving or climbing ladders as required by most properties. Plenty of parking also makes this property a desired location.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We loved this house, especially the porch. We had a great vacation :)
Aug 2012
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Lake Santeetlah Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kettle ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Combination tub and shower, single toilet. Sink is outside of shower room.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
A Truly Unique Feature of This Property is its Beachfront Accessibility. in Most Mountain Properties, a Lot of Stairs Are Required to Get to the Water Level, Usually the Dock . on Our Property, There is Plenty of Room in the Fairly Level Backyard to Place a Picnic Table or Blankets, Playpen or Chairs to Enjoy the Sun and Water, Keep an Eye on Children and to Have Comfortable Access to the Water for Wading or Launching Kayaks and Canoes. Your Private Dock Can Be Boarded from the Beach. This is a Safe Property for Water Access. Very Few Santeetlah Lots Have Beaches and Level Lots. You'll Appreciate This when You Forgot Something at the Cabin.


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Lakefront Rustic Charm with Beach Access
average rating of 4.633333 based on 35 reviews

Excellent house in perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

This property is exellently maintained and was perfect for my family vacation. Very clean and comfortable with all the needs met. Full kitchen with all the utensils plates and glasses you could ask for. Nice cozy couches which I napped on soundly. TV with DVD player and wifi for movies, screened in patio with dining table for eating or gaming, but you won't want to spend much time in the house with so many activitys on the lake. The dock was awesome for fishing in the day and stargazing at night. 2 Single seat Kayaks are on the property free to use. Fire pit and propane BBQ on site. Close to lake activities like hiking and white water rafting on the tail of the dragon. Nice restaurants like the tapoco historical lodge with riverside dining. The owner Joan is very hospitable and friendly. She helped us find the house by meeting us down at the marina and we followed her in, she even was thoughtful enough to find us eclipse viewing glasses which we couldn't find anywhere. Thanks Joan!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words and we're very happy everything met to your satisfaction. It was quite a week with front row seats to the Total Eclipse ! We hope to see you and your family next year and if there's anything we can do to accommodate you, please don't hesitate to ask.
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The house was very clean and comfortable. We enjoyed using all of the outdoor amenities.

  • 5 of 5

Joan was a wonderful host. We had such a nice time in this comfortable lake getaway. The house had a spacious open floor plan in the living space. Very comfortable for four adults, and the screed porch was awesome! Very well appointed kitchen helped us cook all our meals without leaving “home”. A really great find!!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rustic Charm Indeed!

  • 5 of 5

Joan was there to greet us to ensure that we had everything we needed for our two night stay on the beautiful and majestic Lake Santeelah! What a wonderful stay with a fabulous historic lodge/restaurant nearby as well as the Giant hardwoods in Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family had a blast. Nice little spot on a beautiful lake.

  • 4 of 5

I flip flopped between four and five stars. Ultimately, the negatives I listed below are why I went with four, but keep in the mind the rental rate.

Stayed with my wife and two little girls for a weekend. The weather was stormy but it turned out to be a blessing since we ended up exploring nearby falls, dragon tail, topoco lodge, Fontana village and Fontana Dam. Had enough clear weather to explore the lake on a pontoon rental and take out the host’s kayaks. My three year old loved the little beach. WiFi worked fine and with our Verizon service we had decent cell service. Note that you do need to park by the road and walk down about 20 steps to get to the house. I was the family mule, so I’m sure no one else minded. We ate at The Hub, Pacifico, and Papa’s Pizza. Papa’s is a little over-rated but the other two were very good. Topoco Lodge is charming as hell and the food and drink were good.

Negatives were minor, but as follows:

1. Toaster and coffee maker barely work and could both be replaced with something much better for $50. I brought my own coffee and filters which was a good idea.

2. Cleaning fee is a little steep for such a small place and it wasn’t $75-clean when we arrived. For example, the coffee maker had not been cleaned.

3. Owners have the place listed for sale and they had a showing while we were there. Joan, the next-door-neighbor asked our permission first and brought us a bottle of wine for the inconvenience. She also let us know we could check out a little later since there were not any renters arriving that day. So, all in all, this turned out to be a positive. Joan was very nice and helpful.

4. The roof leaks in a couple places. Most noticeably from the skylight in the living room.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're very pleased that you enjoyed your stay, the beach is a unique feature for Santeetlah lake property and perfect for children or adults wishing to sit by the water. We weren't aware of any issues with the toaster or coffee maker, so we've replaced both of them. The roof, exterior siding and windows are all new and some stubborn prior leak stains may be showing through the ceiling paint. We're considering removing the ceiling and exposing the rafters to raise the ceiling height throughout the living area as we had done in the bedrooms. Thank you for the feedback, we strive to earn a 5-star rating with all our patrons and we appreciate you choosing our house and look forward to your return.
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It was a relaxing stay on a beautiful lake.

  • 4 of 5

The house was small but inviting. The view was great and the covered porch offered a spot to relax and soak it all in. The dock also was a nice spot to swim and just relax on. The improvements I would recommend would be to change the entrance to the dock. The rocks used as steps and the boards in the water were slippery. Also the description says air conditioning which it had but was a small window unit. Nothing wrong with that style but if that’s going to be the main source of cooling, it needs to be more efficient. Overall I would recommend staying here and I would take my family again.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback on your stay. The air conditioner is new, but we can understand maybe it doesn't circulate to the bedrooms efficiently on hotter days so we purchased a 2nd unit for the main bedroom. We have drawings for a new deck and ramp and will be upgrading dock access this winter, all the rainy weekends this spring cut us short on time this season. We appreciate you choosing our lake home and will make every effort to cater to your comfort in future visits.
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Just right!!!

  • 5 of 5

Place was very clean and cozy. We enjoyed every minute. I never saw more than 2 boats at a time. Very peaceful and lots to do with the kids.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Knoxville Airport
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Route 129
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Cheoah State Beach
Car: necessary

This Property is Located Just Off Route 129 at the World Famous 'Tail of the Dragon' Known by Sports Car and Motorcycle Enthusiast Clubs for its 318 Curves in 11 Miles. White-Water Rafting and Kayaking Are Nearby on the Nantahala River Where You Can Rent and Plan Family and Advanced Excursions. the Area Offers Trout Stream Fly Fishing, Scenic Mountain Biking at the Usfs Forest Service Tale Recreation Area, Appalachian Trail Hiking, the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest (Home of 200+ Foot Poplars), Lake Fontana and Fontana Dam, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Excursions Train, Cherokee Indian Reservation and Cherokee Harrah's Casino. for Daytrips, Asheville, Home of the Biltmore Mansion, is Just Two Hours Away and Dolly Wood Amusement Park and Gatlinburg Are Just an Hour and Forty-Five Minutes North in Tn.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Pet Fee $75

Property is closed November-March.
Summer rentals are generally Saturday to Saturday with an option for additional days based on availability.
We are willing to accommodate late arrivals as best as possible.
If you have any special needs or requests, we will try to accommodate them.
All rentals subject to availability and owner discretion.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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