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A Luxurious Cottage on the Shores of Lake Santeetlah, ~NC~

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Library, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Overlooking pristine Lake Santeetlah and the Snowbird Mountains, the Dragonfly Cottage is an intimate retreat and the epitome of rustic luxury mountain living.

Cradled by tall oak and maple trees, the Adirondack-inspired wooden home also enjoys the constant sounds of water from the nearby mountain stream, offering second home buyers a luxurious abode in a serene environment in the Smoky Mountains.

Featuring an elegant rustic mountain-style décor, The Dragonfly Cottage exemplifies luxurious mountain living and the Great Camps experience. In addition to enjoying exclusive services, guests will be attended by a wilderness concierge who can organize customized outdoor activities that suits everyone’s preferences and levels.

From whitewater rafting and mountain biking to fly fishing and hiking, Graham County offers a range of authentic adventure recreational activities. And with Lake Santeetlah right at the doorstep, families and friends can spend quality time on the beautiful mountain lake that has more than 80 miles of shoreline, 90 percent of which is preserved in National Forest.

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Property Manager
Hugo Zamorano
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2018

What makes this cottage unique

The Dragonfly Cottage is located within the Great Camps of The Smokies communities.


Robbinsville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master - 1 queen
    Guest Room 1 - 1 queen
    Den - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed , Double bed on bottom bunk - single on top
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Bed (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting


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A Luxurious Cottage on the Shores of Lake Santeetlah, ~NC~
average rating of 4.75 based on 8 reviews

Dragonfly Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home overlooking a gorgeous, unspoiled view of Lake Santeetlah. We had a lovely pre-Thanksgiving weekend at the Dragonfly Cottage and found the owner to be very easy to work with and the cabin an absolute delight to stay in. Two recommendations: ask for precise directions to the cottage because although there are only two homes on the street, it's in a small subdivision and is actually not that easy to find, especially at dusk; and also if you want to play games or watch movies while at the cottage, plan to bring your own as this cottage, unlike all the others we've rented is happily not strewn with junk! You won't find signs everywhere nor will you find ratty decks of cards, games, or movies that don't work! You may want to bring matches or a lighter and firewood too.

The Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is nearby and is a beautiful park with a fun, easy hiking trail. Also, the Santeetlah Dam is interesting to visit, and Robbinsville is nearby for groceries or other needs.

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2014
  • Stayed: November 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great views, relaxing place for adults and children

  • 5 of 5

Very close to the Lake Santeehlah Marina. Use directions on website or GPS takes you in another direction. House is beautifully appointed. Had a great day nearby at doing the zip line and white water rafting. Views are more spectacular than the pictures show. Our children enjoyed fishing and using their boat. Very close to grocery store. Great owner- would stay again.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice house

  • 3 of 5

Very nice home. Close to the lake. Great location and beautiful views. A bit pricey compared to other properties in the area. We had a couple issues upon arrival. The house could have been cleaner, dead bugs, very dusty. Master bedroom fireplace didn't work. Half the light bulbs were burned out and the house plants were dead.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mason, OH


  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect. Nice deck with great views of the lake. We had a wonderful time with the family. We only left the house 3 times and two of those were to go white water rafting. I would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santiago, Chile

I know natural beauty, I am a Chilean

  • 5 of 5

If you are attracted to the magical world of mountains and lakes, the DRAGONFLY COTTAGE at Santeelah Lake is the place to be. This house is architecturally magnificent and decorated with a wonderful taste for elegance and comfort. The profound silence that reigns at the Cottage and its surrounding area, together with its breathtaking view, makes for inspirational thoughts at any time during the day or night. A place for a family vacation must for nature lovers.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Greensboro, NC

A fantastic family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed one of our best ever family vacations at the Dragonfly. The house is amazing, the views are incredible and the lake is one of the nicest we've ever been on. We skied, tubed, swam and just enjoyed the pristine area. We only left twice, once to raft down the Nantahala River, which was perfect with an 11 year old. The accommodations and decorating of the house are even nicer than the pictures can show. We look forward to returning next year and hope the weather is a great as it was this time!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2012
  • Stayed: June 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Below is some general information on our area and adventures and activities here:

Lake Santeetlah is a 3,000 acre wilderness lake with over 90 miles of protected shoreline. It is one of the most beautiful lakes in the North Carolina Smokies... a headwaters lake, clear and pristine, nestled among tall mountains, and surrounded by the preserved shorelines of the Nantahala National Forest and the Slickrock Wilderness. In the midst of the lush, green mountain slopes, Lake Santeetlah’s expansive waters and wilderness setting are ideal for boating, fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. Here, where nature resides and bald eagles nest, and you can lose yourself among the myriad of coves and inlets. 

Long recognized as one of the best fishing lakes in North Carolina, the lake’s finger-shaped configuration and minimal boat traffic provide for ideal water recreational activities.  In addition, some of the nation’s best whitewater rivers, hiking, and horse trails, fly fishing streams, mountain biking trails, and driving roads are all located within close proximity.

With over 80% of the land protected as National Forest, Nature Conservancy, or National Wilderness, this area is not only the most beautiful and scenic area in the Smokies, but also has the greatest scarcity of private land...making it an adventure wonderland for nature enthusiasts.

White Water Rafting

Located within easy reach are five outstanding white water experiences: The Nantahala (Class II & III), The Ocoee (Class III & IV).The Chatooga (Class III & IV), The Nolachokee (Class III & IV), and the Cheoah (Class IV & V), located 10 miles from Wildsprings and considered the “top white water river in the Eastern US”. 

Mountain Biking & Horse Trails

A 15 minute drive from Walnut Cove, the Tsali Recreational area offers four spectacular and challenging mountain biking and horse trails along ridges with spectacular views of Lake Fontana and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Tsali is one of the top mountain biking destinations in the  eastern US. The trails are also open to hikers.


The seclusion and unspoiled nature of Lake Santeetlah make it a fishing paradise. Teeming with largemouth and smallmouth bass, lake trout, walleye, bream, and crappy, the lake is destination to many enthusiasts, and until recently boasted the state records for walleye and largemouth bass. Two of the top ten trout streams in the eastern US flow into Lake Santeetlah, the Big Snowbird Creek and the Little Santeetlah Creek. A third, the upper Nantahala River is within 20 minutes of the lake. 

All these streams combine unimaginable beauty, challenging waters, rewarding catches, and are among the most biologically diverse settings in the world. Western North Carolina has over 2000 miles of streams and rivers. These fishing areas range in size from small back-country brook trout streams to large tailrace rivers. Wild Rainbow, Brown and native Brook trout inhabit the many cool mountain streams throughout The Great Smoky Mountains, where the many trails in the National Park, the Nantahala National Forest and the Joyce Kilmer Memorial forest offer endless opportunities for back-country fishing.


Canoeing, kayaking, water-skiing, jet-skiing, and wake-boarding are some of the many boating activities you can enjoy on Lake Santeetlah. The still water coves are perfect for beginner and advanced skiers alike. Take a leisurely tour in a pontoon boat through wild country. With close to 80 miles of the total shoreline of the lake in  immaculate condition, chances are you could spot a bald eagle soaring over the waters or a deer swimming across a cove. This is your backyard, protected forever.

Hiking and Trail Camping

In addition to the Nantahala National Forest, the area is surrounded by hundreds of miles of hiking trails, including the Appalachian Trail, which extends into Great Smoky Mountains National Park and provides access to some of the most beautiful terrain on earth. It is a unique place to enjoy the peace and wonder of nature, whatever your hiking ability.

Lakeside Camping

Pitch your tent by the shore of the Lake Santeetlah, under more stars than you knew existed. Sit around a campfire long into the night telling tales and roasting marshmallows. The Forest Service maintains over fifty primitive campsites on the shore of Lake Santeetlah, many only accessible by boat. Most of these sites are equipped with a picnic table, fire ring, grill, lantern posts, and cleared area for pitching your tents. Once you stake a site it can be occupied for up to two weeks with no fee or permit required.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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