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'A Riverfront Home!' 'Last Bend Lodge on the Nottely River'

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)


Last Bend Lodge, on the Scenic Banks of the Beautiful Nottely River, is so named because The Nottely performs a hairpin bend right in front of The Lodge, The Last Bend in the River before it disappears into the Vast Natahala National Forest!

Several miles downstream The River flows into huge, pristine Lake Hiawassee which has over 150 miles of shoreline, 90% of which is unspoiled National Forest Land... Open to ALL! The Lodge is situated at 1500 feet elevation and within the area are peaks in excess of 5000 feet. The River sweeps up from the Southwest, executes its turn in front of The Lodge and bubbles off to the Southeast. The view from the massive, elevated deck is just spectacular.

Last Bend Lodge was constructed in 2003 and is bordered by The River in front and The National Forest and our other home, River's Edge Cabin, on the other sides. Rushing Branch Creek tumbles down the mountain and into The River between the two Homes. The Master Suite features French Doors which open to a private, screened section of the deck overlooking The Creek. Yes, this is a private, secluded and very unique site and yet it is easily accessible, with no steep or precipitous driving, and not at all remote.

Convenient Access and Excellent Privacy... The Best of Both Worlds! We are located in Cherokee County, North Carolina (The Westernmost County in the State) about seven miles west of the Bustling Mountain Town of Murphy, North Carolina which is also the County Seat. Murphy has a Junior College, a substantial Medical Center and a Regional-size Wal-Mart as well as many other dining and shopping options.

The World Renowned John C. Campbell School of Folk Arts is a must see. They welcome you to walk right into the classes which range from Blacksmithing to Blue Grass Music.

Come to Last Bend Lodge. Always peaceful and quiet of urban noise. Cool in the Spring and Summer, when the birds are singing and the fish are jumping and snug in the Fall and Winter, when the hills and valleys are ablaze with color and the peaks are capped snow white. Hike, bike, fish, antique, sightsee, and all of the other many activities... Or just sit on the porch and listen to The River Flow By.

*Pets are welcome for a $50 per pet fee. There is also a $50 per pet extra (refundable with no damage) security deposit. We offer a professionally constructed, covered & lockable kennel.

*Last Bend Lodge is 'Smoke Free'. You may smoke on the porch but absolutely not inside.

We live in Austin, TX so Marie Speigel, our property manager, lives across the river and will be available to answer any questions you may have while enjoying Last Bend Lodge.

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Member since: 2001
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 13, 2018

About The Owner

We live in Austin, Texas and purchased this mountain retreat so that our children could spend more time enjoying their grandparents who live in Murphy, North Carolina. We have had many wonderful summers in the mountains and are happy to share this with others!

The Owner purchased this house in 2004


Murphy House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Construction Completed October 2003, Massive Deck overlooking The River, Beautiful Southern Pine Wood Floors, Tongue & Grove Ceiling in Great Room, All Bedrooms have a Riverview, Gas Fireplace with Remote Control, Phone (Toll Restricted to Emergency & Local Calls - Bring your Calling or Credit Card for Long Distance), Central Heat & Air Conditioning, Satellite TV (Dish Network), Combo VCR/CD Player, Covered Parking & Covered, Well lighted access from parking to the front door (which you'll appreciate in a good NC Rain Shower at Night), No Smoking inside (You may smoke on the deck)


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'A Riverfront Home!' 'Last Bend Lodge on the Nottely River'
average rating of 4.894737 based on 19 reviews

Fantastic place

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week! The house was immaculate and the location perfect: right on the river with a second small stream going down the side. Our 7 and 3yo boys had a blast. Would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, cozy cabin with such a perfect layout for family fun and convenience.

  • 5 of 5

This riverfront cabin is gorgeous! It’s views of the river and mountains is spectacular. In addition, there’s a creek to the left of the property right next to the campfire which makes roasting marshmallows and cooking so much fun for the whole family. The sound of the creek is relaxing and fun for children to play in. Overall, this property is a true retreat.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you enjoyed our little retreat so much and hope your family comes back in the very near future! Blessings!
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Delightful Riverside Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We greatly enjoyed our recent stay at Last Bend while my wife participated in classes at the John C. Campbell Folk School. The facilities were wonderful, the view is incredible, and the town of Murphy, with surprisingly good restaurants, is only about 10-15 minutes away. The house is fully appointed and very well maintained, and the Nottely River is very scenic. The river is a dam-release waterway, and we actually caught trout in the mornings before the mist lifted -- not bad for July fly fishing! We hope to return again!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you and your family had such a lovely time! Hope to see you again soon! Blessings!
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Austin, Texas

Beautiful place to relax!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of six adults relaxed here in the beautiful cabin. The cabin has everything you need - we tubed on the river, relaxed on the porch, fed the geese who visited twice a day, and visited. There were several great restaurants in Murphy and nearby hiking. A place to refresh!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wow, what a view!!! What a peaceful location

  • 5 of 5

Loved the view of the river from the cabin. Cabin was very clean and fresh. Well stocked with linens, kitchen, washer/dryer and everything else we needed. Best day was the day we were stuck in the cabin for a rainstorm, totally cool for a SoCal boy.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Can’t wait to go back!

  • 5 of 5

House super cute, comfortable, and had everything except my grandma serving hot cookies and cold milk. Setting was beautiful, my husband kept saying it was like a mini-Shenandoah river. Owners were helpful and responsive to any questions we had. Really, can’t wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Fly Casting & Fishing right in front of The Lodge & virgin waters downstream, if you're willing to hike down-river into The National Forest, Whitewater & Calm Water Rafting, Canoeing & Kayaking, Hiking (from easy to Most Difficult & we're only a short drive to The Appalachian Trail), World Class Motor Cycling, ORV'ing in the vast, World Class Upper Tellico ORV Area, Antique Shops, Indian Reservations/Casinos, Huge TVA Dams & the John C, Campbell Folk Arts School where Old Time Crafts are taught, Side trips to Atlanta GA, Chattanooga TN, Nashville TN, Knoxville TN, Gatlinburg TN, Smoky Mountain National Park, Asheville NC & Greenville SC are all about 100 miles/2 hours away, Of course it is perfectly acceptable to sit on the porch & listen to The River flow by, Most Relaxing


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $100
Refundable Damage Deposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.