About the property
- Lodge5500 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights
House, 8 Bedrooms, 8 Baths, 7000 sq. ft.--sleeps 24
Rent the Entire Woodlands Retreat
Special Offering (formerly operated as Blue Boar Inn, B & B)
Is your home not big enough to accommodate everyone on your guest list for your special gathering?
The Blue Boar Retreat may be rented April - December, without the Innkeeper or staff,
for special group or family gatherings.
Plan a holiday retreat or summer get-a-way for your family and friends. Springtime arrives late March, when the old growth trees begin to green and daffodils start to bloom. By Summer, the weather is warm during the day, perfect for all of the outdoor activities and the mountains are green. Fall begins to arrive early October at the higher elevations and throughout the month into late November, the foliage colors are orange, red, and gold everywhere you look. The fall air is crisp & sunny during the day and at night, the fire pit is the best place to sit. December is great for gathering inside around the fireplace and celebrating the Holidays with family and friends. Each season offers something special for your group to make memories!
The Retreat has 8 guest rooms, living room with fireplace, dining room facilities,
and a large commercial kitchen for you to cook your favorite meals. Outdoor covered deck and fire pit. Pond with fountain. Boat dock on Lake Santeetlah. Swimming in lake. There are 4 bedrooms with King beds and 4 bedrooms with 2 Queen beds each. Each bedroom has a private bath, sitting area and porch. TV and wireless internet service is available.
The Retreat is fully provisioned with linens, cooking ware, tableware, silverware and everything you need to make your stay comfortable. Just bring your personal items and food to prepare. Housekeeping services are not provided.
You can picnic by the pond or use our canoes and kayaks on the Lake Santeetlah..
Enjoy the great hiking trails in the Joyce Kilmer Forest and ride the Cherohala Skyway or Tail of the Dragon.
A two-4 night minimum stay is required.
The Retreat is children friendly.
Must be over 25 years to sign rental documents.
Entry road is not accessible for motorcycles or vehicles with low clearance.
$600 -$900 per night plus 9.75% tax and a security deposit (refunded) of $400.00 Additional cleaning fee of $400.00 required.
Two-4 night minimum. Weekly & Monthly Discounts
Call or e-mail Innkeeper for details and book early.
Please visit Blue Boar Retreat, Robbinsville, NC website for a preview. Also look on YouTube for Blue Boar Retreat, Lake Santeetlah, Graham County NC, Joyce Kilmer Forest and Cherohala Skyway.
What to expect in the surrounding area.
Graham County is located in the far reaches of Western North Carolina in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains of the southern Appalachians. This region is home to the some of the highest and most remote mountains east of the Mississippi with elevations ranging from 1177 to 5560 feet. Graham County is nestled among hundreds of thousands of acres of wilderness full of stunning mountain landscapes and many breathtaking views.
Graham County is practically enclosed by rugged towering mountains on all sides. The western range of the Great Smoky Mountains separating Graham from Tennessee is called the Unicoi Mountains. The southern boundary is the Snowbird Mountains circling to Red Marble Gap, then swinging northward to Cheoah Bald. The northern border is the Little Tennessee River inundated by Fontana Lake. The Cheoah range and the Yellow Creek Mountains traverse the northern part of the county completely boxing in Graham County on all sides with the exception of the rocky gorge of the Cheoah River below Lake Santeetlah where the Little Tennessee enters Tennessee. It is then indeed little wonder that this region was one of the last regions of Western North Carolina to be settled by the white men. Graham County, a part of the Cherokee treaty lands, was not opened to settlement until President Jackson ordered the removal of the Indians in 1838.
Thousands of hiking trails surround Santeetlah Lake amidst extremely biodiverse flora, awe-inspiring landscapes and intriguing wildlife. In addition to the encircling Nantahala National Forest, the Appalachian Trail can be reached to the east in less than ten miles. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park forms the northern border of Graham County providing visitors with popular camping, backpacking, fishing, wildlife viewing, and auto touring experiences. The 10,000 acres of the Snowbird Backcountry Area, where a group of Cherokee Native Americans hid from persecution on the Trail of Tears, is located south of the lake. Hunting, native trout fishing, primitive camping, and cascading waterfalls make this area a favorite among visitors. The Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is immediately situated on the western side of the lake. The protected area is a stunning preserve of forest that has never been harvested by man. Twenty-foot wide poplars and giant red oaks, silent in their ancientness, are among some of the magnificent specimen of life you will see.
Elevation of Blue Boar Woodlands Retreat is 2100 ft.
Keywords: Vacation Rental, Group Retreat, Lake Santeetlah, Family Get-a-way, Lakeside, private dock, woodlands setting.
(Formerly operated as Blue Boar Inn)
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Retreat owner or assistant will greet you and show you around the facility upon arrival and will be available by telephone during your stay for questions or problems.
Retreat has Wi-Fi. Password is posted at front desk in lobby. You must bring your own laptops as no computer or laptop is provided.
Verizon cell service works best in this area.
Retreat does have one front desk phone for local and emergency dialing or calling in.
Retreat has one TV with Direct TV service in sitting room off the lobby. No TV’s in bedrooms.
Retreat has air conditioning and heat with individual temp controls in each bedroom.
Bathrooms have combined tubs/showers.
Approach to Retreat is down a 1-1/4 mile well maintained gravel Forest Service road. Last portion is slight incline with “s” turns for consideration of those on motorcycles.
Lake Santeetlah is a 4 minute walk from the Retreat or you can drive and park at the lake landing.
Retreat has 3 canoes and 3 kayaks you can use. Life jackets are available (adult size only). Canoes and kayaks are on a trailer at the lake landing and you will need a key to unlock the cable lock that locks them to the trailer.
Bring your own fishing poles.
You can dock a small boat at no charge at our dock. You can put in a small boat at our lake landing or larger boat at Massey Branch Forest Service Boat Launch on Massey Branch Road.
There is adequate parking for approximately 8-10 cars in front of the Retreat with space for 3-5 cars in back.
Retreat has 2 washers and 4 dryers in the basement you can use. Bring own detergent.
The cottages on the hillside behind the Retreat are privately owned and sometimes rented. You will see others on the road or at the lake but they will not interfere with your visit.
You are in the woods—watch for snakes, small critters, bugs, wasps, wasp nests, etc. Bring sun and bug spray. You will not see bears or boars on the property.
Firewood is provided for fire pit beside covered deck. You will need to gather starter twigs or bring fire starter supplies.
There is an Ingles Grocery Store in Robbinsville, 8 miles. Also, a Walgreens, fast food, post office.
Closest hospitals in Bryson City or Murphy—both about 50 minutes.
Closest place to buy wine, beer or spirits is Andrews, 35 minutes. Graham is a dry county.
Walmart-- 50 minutes in Murphy
Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest—4 miles—beautiful hiking trails
Cherohala Shyway—2 miles—scenic byway and hiking trails
Tail of the Dragon—about 35 minutes—Deals Gap
Nantahala Gorge—white water rafting—about 35 minutes
Tsali Mountain biking trails—about 35 minutes
Two Marinas on Lake Santeetlah—Santeetlah Marina and Deyton Camp Marina for boat rentals
Cheoah Ranger Station is about 15 minutes from Retreat—828-479-6431 for camping, forest, lake questions
NC fishing license is needed to fish in Lake Santeetlah.
Forest Service Boat ramp is on Massey Branch Road—concrete ramp and parking
Kitchen has dishes, glassware, silverware for approx 25-28 people with large pots, pans.
Kitchen has 6 burner gas stove with 24” x24” grill, convection oven and regular oven.
Kitchen has propane char grill, 1 commercial refrigerators, 2 19 cu. Ft freezeerless refrigerators, 1 7 cu ft. freezer, ice machine, commercial Bunn coffee machine (filters supplied), 2 microwaves, 2 toasters, kitchen aid mixer, hand mixer home dishwasher, heating lamps , lots of storage, counter, and work space.
There is an outdoor propane grill on the back deck area and two picnic tables.
Dining room has seating for 25-30.—there are plastic table cloths on the tables.
Bring extra bags of ice for use in coolers for boating or hiking.
There is no food delivery service from Robbinsville. There are no catering services that I know of that I can recommend for a special meal.
Michelle L McClish
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- within two days
- Calendar last updated:
- May 27, 2018
Why Michelle L McClish chose Cheoah
Lake Santeetlah is a lake surrounded 75% by National Forest and is not crowded with lakefront homes and boat traffic. The property is surrounded by woodlands but has access to the lake with a permitted boat dock. It is out of the way and serene.
What makes this Lodge unique
We have our own pond with fountain, access to the lake, and space for many people to sleep comfortably with 8 private bedrooms with baths. The local Ingles grocery store is just 8 miles. There are 2 marinas on the lake for boat and jet ski rentals. Read the many reviews of the Retreat on Trip Advisor ( tripadvisor.com) that have been entered under the Blue Boar Inn, Robbinsville, NC listing from 2012-2016 when it became the private large group rental facility. These will provide much insight into other group's experiences in the woodlands.
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Perfect family getaway
The Blue Boar Retreat was truly the perfect location for our family getaway. We rented the 8 bedrooms and had the place to ourselves. We brought in food and enjoyed cooking in the spacious and well appointed kitchen. The large living room and long hall way ensured that my toddler had plenty of room to roam even during the surprise snow storm that kept half our family from joining us! The gas fireplace in the huge living room was the perfect back drop for a few afternoons and evenings of reading, playing games, and visiting as the four generations of our family that were able to attend reconnected and relished in our time together. The panoramic windows of the common space provided tons of viewing opportunities for the snow falling and the industrial sized coffee maker was put to the test as we settled in and enjoyed our stay.
Check in and out were both so very easy and the icing on the cake is the large boar in the front of the retreat. My little one must have walked a hundred miles taking each of us down the hall to look at the big pig. He marveled at the animal and our only regret is that we do not have one of our own for him to admire! We are already wondering if we can make it back this winter to enjoy another relaxing time at the Blue Boar Retreat!
The Blue Boar provided an ideal accommodation for our family reunion. The woodland setting, proximate to the pristine lake, provided ample time for outdoor activities. The beautiful grounds and deck area were relaxing and peaceful. Indoors the commodious rooms and most especially the gathering room were wonderful for games and conversation. The family cooks enjoyed the commercial kitchen and all were happy dinning in the large dinning hall. Our big far-flung family had a wonderful experience.
Perfect Family Vacation!!
The Blue Boar Inn was PERFECT for our big family of 20 including 10 grandkids!! We looked for a long time and were thrilled to find this ideal large mountain inn for loads of family fun. We spent lots of time canoeing, kayaking and swimming at Santeetlah Lake and back at the inn, we loved gathering under the wonderful outdoor covered deck, exploring the mountain stream, roasting s'mores over the outdoor fire pit, putting lots of puzzles together on the neat coffee table shelves, and playing tons of chess games! The Inn kitchen was AMAZING and all of our children's families took different days for cooking feasts for the entire crowd! We even had time for great day trips to the Cherohala Skyway, Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest and Santeetlah Dam. Best of all was having ALL our children and grandchildren together under one roof providing heaps of cousin fun and a lifetime of memories!! Thank you, Pam, for an AWESOME family vacation!!
Another wonderful weekend
This is our 5th family reunion at the Blue Boar Inn - with ages ranging from infants to seniors. And again, we had a wonderful time! We particularly love having the commercial kitchen and a dining room big enough for all to gather and sit at one time. Lake Santeelah is a short walk from the house and is a perfect place for swimming and canoeing. This year, even our four year olds were able to "hike" the Joyce Kilmer Forest, which is nearby and is a beautiful hiking trail. The children also enjoyed the nearby pond. And of course, the outdoor seating area and fire pit is a big hit for s'mores. The Blue Boar worked out perfectly for us and our hosts were sensitive to any of our special needs.
This was our family's second stay at The Blue Boar Inn. It is perfect for a large family gathering.
We had a wonderful weekend, plenty of room for our large group. Beautiful setting, kitchen had everything needed... exceeded our expectations
White water rafting, birding, wildflower viewing, fly fishing, canoeing, scenic drives, Tail of the Dragon, Deals Gap, Nantahala Gorge, boat rentals for lake Santeetlah. Local arts and crafts. Cherokee History information. Area draws motorcycle and sports car enthusiasts from all over the country to ride the Tail of the Dragon, an 11 mile stretch of road with 318 curves. Graham is known its for car gatherings and motorcycle rallies. Lake Santeetlah is the most scenic and least visited of any lake on the eastern seaboard. With approximately 75% of the shoreline either USFS lands or in conservation easements, you will always enjoy a guiet boating experience. The mountains rise right out of the shoreline and there are long range views from just about anywhere on the lake. And this area looks much the same as the first European Settlers found it when they drove their wagons across the 5,000 foot high mountain divides to get here.
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