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Create Smoky Mountain Memories, Santeetlah Spectacular Lakefront Home

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 3,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

Are you are looking for the perfect lakefront vacation home or getaway with mountain views? This 3300 sq ft North Carolina lakefront custom home offers direct waterfront on Lake Santeetlah with a private dock. Three Master Bedrooms with large windows and a floor plan like no other property, whether it is a cottage, house, or cabin.

This home has stunning views of both lake and mountains from every room. It has an extraordinary kitchen with hand crafted pine furniture cabinets, granite counter tops, heart pine floors, and special milled pine base & casing that give this lakefront home the aura of rustic elegance. Even the bedrooms are special with 3 master suites (& private baths) having their own unique amenities that add to it's overall ambiance. The 1st floor Master Suite has a private screened-in covered Porch. The large 2nd floor Master above the Kitchen has a bonus room and a two-person walk-in shower. The third Master Suite has a jetted tub and a clear glass shower.

This property has it's own private dock, tie up your boat or swim directly from the large floating dock. Free use of our canoe, floats, and water loungers is also provided.

One of the most popular features is the firepit deck on our lot next to the home with a fun view of the water. It has a firepit with a grille on one end designed for cooking over a charcoal or wood fire, and at night, use the open section of the firepit to sit around make s'mores and tell stories.

This home is located on the most unique lake in Western North Carolina. With 90% of its 75+ miles of shoreline protected, Lake Santeetlah's natural surroundings will be preserved and never crowded. Lake levels are maintained year round for recreational use. This lake is a watersports and fisherman's paradise. If you're looking to start a tradition with your family vacation, build your memories here on Lake Santeetlah at this unique luxury getaway.

Keywords: Lake Santeetlah, Lake Front, Luxury Mountain Rental, Mountain View, Mountain Cottage, Lake Front Cottage, Mountain Home, Lake Santeetlah Rental, Smoky Mountain Rentals, North Carolina Lakefront Rental

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Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2018

About The Owner

The owner of this home is also the designer and builder of the home. I am a professor of Construction Technology at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Florida. It took me nine months to design and over two years to build this extra-special home. I personally worked on and was involved in every aspect of the construction, even to the point of custom hand making one-of-a-kind: queen beds, kitchen table, and the pine furniture cabinets in the kitchen.

My favorite things to do: Spend time with my 5 children, fish (we caught 86 keeper size fish last summer on Santeetlah -white bass, walleye, lake trout, large mouth bass), and water ski.

I am a licensed builder in both Florida and North Carolina (NC License No. 62831) and was initially licensed in Michigan. I teach all the building construction courses that lead to an A.S. Degree in Building Construction Technology. Builders, their employees, subcontractors, suppliers, and some county building officials enroll in my courses to earn a college degree. I have worked in the construction industry for over 27 years and on a tremendous range of projects: hospitals, stores, industrial buildings and warehouses, projects for the US Army, US Air Force, US Coast Guard, custom homes, renovations, restaurants, auto industry, churches, and schools.

The Owner purchased this house in 2009

Why The Owner chose Robbinsville

Before building here, we took a family vacation with the goal of finding the best mountain lake to buy property and build. Since we live on the water in Florida we wanted more than 'flat or rolling land with a lake' since we already had that. We wanted to change the lifestyle and environment as much as we could and still be within a day's drive of South Florida. That ruled out many states and left the mountain areas of North Carolina as the best of all worlds. We then literally looked at the NC map and drove to every lake that was big enough to appear on the map and was on the western half of the state (not interested in rolling hills). We narrowed it down to 3 lakes and then considered other factors such as driving distance to stores and how safe or easy the drive would be. The other two lakes had roads that were too scary for my wife and driving age daughters, besides taking 30 min or more just to reach some sort of store. The winner was Santeetlah in almost every category. (What good is a nice lake if it is crowded with boats and cottages) We absolutley love our choice.

What makes this house unique

The unique features and benefits of this home are almost too long to list so to name a few:

Everything is clean, crisp, and fresh.

There is no long walk to the water, the home is right on the water's edge.

Every room except for the bonus room and bathrooms have oversized windows and a view of the water and mountains. (Even the stairs leading to the basement has a window)

The driveway and road is at house level for super easy and safe access. Plus there is plenty of parking area unlike some homes that have you park on the shoulder of the road.

You do not have cottages right next to you as many of the other homes on the lake have.

You have a choice of a covered screened-in porch, open upper and lower decks, covered front porch, or covered rear porch area. So even if it rains there are places to sit outside.

There are no other docks right next to you, you can sunbathe and swim in privacy.


Robbinsville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No cleaning & linens charge when staying 3 nights or more $80.00 charge for 2 nights stay $160.00 charge for 1 night stay
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (2) Custom Hand-made, in Master Suite on 1st Floor Custom Hand-made, in 3rd Master Suite, Twin or Single Beds (4) (2) Single Beds in Master Suite above Kitchen (2) Single Beds in Bonus Room attached to Master Suite above Kitchen
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Property has Private Dock (rent or bring your own boat), Use of Canoe Included in Rental


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Create Smoky Mountain Memories, Santeetlah Spectacular Lakefront Home
average rating of 4.888889 based on 18 reviews

Very Nice House!

  • 5 of 5

Great size house! Beautiful inside and outside and good size rooms and bathrooms. Perfect for our family Christmas vacation!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Super sweet cabin, clean, close to town!

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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A great base to enjoy the lake and surrounding area

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I and our three young children stayed at the house for a week, along with a family friend. There was plenty of space for all of us and the kids loved the games room. We had no issues with the house and would definitely consider staying there again. A few things to note: cell reception was patchy at best in the house and the internet was good for emails and light surfing but no more (our observation is that this seemed typical for the area, though). We actually found it a welcome break from instant connectivity. The house has a large collection of DVDs and books - good old fashioned entertainment!

The house is well located to explore both the lake and the surrounding area. We rented a boat from Jim, one of the owner's local friends, and spent a couple of days on the lake. We wish we had done more of this. Jim gave us a great deal on the boat and was extremely helpful and generous. The lake is beautiful and we all enjoyed swimming and tubing off the back of the boat. Robbinsville is a short car ride away if you need supplies, and it doesn't take long to get to Fontana Dam and the Cherohala Skyway if you want some spectacular driving and scenery. Also, we recommend visiting nearby Stoney Hollow Farm to pick your own fruit, and the kids enjoyed visiting Wehrloom Honey (also a short drive).

All in all, we had a great week and would seriously consider returning.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Maitland, Florida

Beautiful, peaceful and just the perfect get away

  • 5 of 5

The house offers a true home away from home environment. This house is located just perfectly for day trips around North Carolina and Tennessee. We went on college tours, zip lining, a thrilling/roller coaster drive on the Tail of the Dragon. Hiking, fishing, site seeing and shopping at the Biltmore and Downtown Asheville and Bryson City. Nightly ping pong tournaments, movies and games as a family. We all wished we could of stayed a few more days. Plenty of room and the accommodations were plentiful. Grocery shopping and restaurants close by.

The price is well worth every cent. No price can be put on an awesome family vacation.

A huge Thank you to the owner.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Lake Fantastic House

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful way to spend a week. The house is perfect.Very well designed with quiet private room for the grandparents, lovely bedroom with screened in porch for the newly weds and family rooms for the parents with two children. Everyone had their own space. The kitchen has plenty of everything-pots, pans,dishwasher,sets of dishes. Plenty of water toys for everyone. The lake is beautiful and tranquil. Even over Memorial Day weekend it was peaceful in our cove. A must is to rent the boats from the neighbor Jim. He knows all the history of the area and checks on you for any boat needs. The boys went fishing with him one morning and had a great time. The Owner is extremely helpful and left no questions unanswered. His welcome packet covers everything you could imagine with helpful hints. We hiked in Smokey Mountains every other day and spend time on the lake the others. A must if you are there the first of June is the Synchronized Firefly in Joyce Kilmer Forest a short distance away. Thank you for sharing your home.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved our stay on Lake Santeetlah

  • 5 of 5

The house was beautiful inside and out. There were 7 adults. Each comfortable bedroom had its own unique private bathroom. Plenty of room for all of us. The kitchen was fully stocked with 3 sets of dishes, countertop appliances, pots/pans, utensils etc.

We rented the neighbors boat (which we used for sight seeing, fishing or tubing) for the week. We ventured around the mountains to various areas.

Ingles grocery (5 min. away) store had everything we needed. There is no cable/satellite available (which would be nice for our sports minded men), but there is Internet service.

We had family from Georgia, Tennessee and NC which made this a nice central area for all of us to vaca together. We played many ping pong tournaments but mostly relaxed on the dock or decks just catching up and enjoying each other's company.

I love taking pictures, so I always had a beautiful scenery where ever we went. My favorites pictures are from the lake in the boat with mountains as background and the sunrises. Each morning greeted me as the sun peeks over the mountains and the clouds slowly lifted from the hills, I stood in awe at God's beautiful works of art! It did not matter where we went, beauty was everywhere!

I would recommend this house. Beautiful setting on the lake and Gary was so easy and efficient to work with.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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We give our own 13-page renter information handout which provides lake , home, and area information. We list places to go along with driving directions, travel time, and comments.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance $59
Damage Deposit $400

Cleaning & Linens charge of $160.00 for 1 night stay
Cleaning & Linens charge of $80.00 for 2 nights stay
No charge for cleaning & Linens for 3 or more nights stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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