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Lakefront Rustic Charm with Beach Access

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Last updated: 04/21/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

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: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/21/2017

Property Type

  • Cabin

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Minimum of 25 Years of Age to Rent....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    This is a Single Story Cabin with No Dangers of Falling from High Porches; the Porch is Screened-in and Can Be Locked from the Inside to Contain Toddlers. There Are No Harzardous Steps to Get to the Beach and the Water Has a Gradual Decline So Youngsters Can Comfortably Walk-in and Play in the Sand or Water in Safe Water Depths with Their Pails, Shovels or Water Toys. There is Not a Current to Be Concerned with and There Are No Tides. This is a Quiet Cove So Boating Traffic is Minimal. the Wide Open Floor Plan Makes it Easy to Keep an Eye on Children, and Most of the Floor is Carpeted....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    As a courtesy to future guests, please limit smoking to outdoors or on dock....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Small pets allowed. A $75.00 nonrefundable pet deposit required....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • Combination tub and shower, single toilet. Sink is outside of shower room....moreless

Other Amenities

  • 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....moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library:

    DVD library includes films suitable for family viewing (Ex. Finding Nemo, Holes, Harry Potter, The Mask)...moreless


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    A Rare Feature on Lake Santeetlah is a Beachfront Property such as this. The Backyard Has a Gradual Decline to the Beach Making it Easy to Carry Chairs, Coolers or Beach Toys as Well as Providing Comfortable Access to Your Private Dock. Most Properties Have Many Steep Steps to Get Access to Your Dock, Our Cabin Allows You to Wade in at Your Pace and Set Chairs by the Waterfront. You'll Appreciate the Easy Access. the Lake Bottom is Soft and Easy to Walk, So Shoes Are Not Required....moreless

  • Downtown:

    Robbinsville is about 5 miles south of the lake where you can find a supermarket, pharmacies and a number of restaurants....moreless

  • Lakefront:

    The Walk from the Back Porch to the Beach is About 50 Feet with Easy Access to the Dock from the Beach. Launch Your Canoes or Kayaks from the Beach or Dock. Powerboats Can Also Be Docked Here...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    The Lake is Surrounded by Mountain Ranges that Make Scenic Backgrounds for Postcard Quality Photos....moreless

  • Village:

    A Cherokee native American Village is approximately 40 miles away in Cherokee, NC....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    The Walk from the Back Porch to the Beach is About 50 Feet with Easy Access to the Dock from the Beach. Launch Your Canoes or Kayaks from the Beach or Dock. Powerboats Can Also Be Docked Here...moreless

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


  • Dining:

    Dining room table included, however many people prefer to eat outdoors on the screened porch that has views to the lake. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    New air conditioning unit installed in 2012 season....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Yes, laundry room in lower level....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Yes, available wood burning fireplace. Please inquire in advance so we can provide logs if possible. ...moreless

  • Internet:

    Yes. ...moreless

  • Linens Provided:


  • Living Room:

    Two leather couches...moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking available in street or down the driveway. 3 cars can be accommodated....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Driveway available...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Street parking area suggested for trailer. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided:


  • Washing Machine:

    Yes, laundry room in lower level. ...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    WiFi is Available to Those Who Truly Need Access to the Outside World, However We Encourage You Take the Break You Deserve and Have Earned. the WEP Key Will Be Provided on Arrival to Gain Access to the Internet....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Yes, available wood burning fireplace. Please inquire in advance so we can provide logs if possible. ...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Drip coffer maker available with filters....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    All included to meet most needs....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    All included...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Electric stove with griddle and oven. Coffee maker, toaster, microwave. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:



  • Boat:

    Dock accommodates pontoon boat, or boat with less than 3 foot draft. ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Two kayaks available...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    This Screened-in Porch is Ideal for Morning Coffee and Sunset Meals While Watching Waterfront Activities....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis:

    Available in town...moreless



Write a review 4.5
from 17 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$165 $165
Fri, Sat, Sun

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $75 + tax
  • Pet Fee $75 + tax
  • Tax Rate 10.75%


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:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 04/21/2017
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60 Miles
Nearest Airport
Knoxville Airport
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Route 129
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
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.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2003

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose Lake Santeetlah, NC, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
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.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/21/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Come relax.

    Come relax.

  • View from parking area with cabin and lake just a few feet away

    View from parking area with cabin and lake just a few feet away

  • lake side of house with screened in porch

    lake side of house with screened in porch

  • Kitchen with new counter top

    Kitchen with new counter top

  • Living room with stone fire place

    Living room with stone fire place

  • Second bedroom with two twin beds

    Second bedroom with two twin beds

  • View from Thunderbird Trail

    View from Thunderbird Trail

  • View from the water.

    View from the water.

  • New ramp on dock

    New ramp on dock

  • View from driveway to lake.

    View from driveway to lake.

  • Lake side of house

    Lake side of house

  • Open floor plan. Living room, dining room and screened in porch.

    Open floor plan. Living room, dining room and screened in porch.

  • Living room with buttery soft leather couches and working fireplace

    Living room with buttery soft leather couches and working fireplace

  • Kitchen


  • Diningroom


  • First bedroom with queen bed

    First bedroom with queen bed

  • Bathroom


  • Screen porch

    Screen porch

  • Mama eagle with babys in tree around lake

    Mama eagle with babys in tree around lake

VRBO #177133

This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Friday, April 21, 2017

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