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'The Dock House' - amazing lake front home and views!

Topton, NC, USA
  • House3200 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps14
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Mininum Stay3 - 7 nights

House, 4 Bedrooms + Den, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 12-14)

Thanks for stopping by and welcome to The Dock House!!

The Dock House is a prime spot for family vacations. The mountain panoramic views are exceptional. We are located on pristine Nantahala Lake, which is the second highest lake east of the Mississippi, and one of the cleanest man made lakes in the world. Rising 3000 feet above sea level, the Mountain topography produces mild temperatures in spring and summer. Fall follows which a spectacular display of Mother Nature’s colorful artistry - as the autumn leaves turn brilliant hues of orange, yellow, crimson and gold. Winter has its own allure – providing visitors with a secluded idyllic winter wonderland.

The Dock House was custom designed to fit it’s surroundings and might be the closest home to Nantahala Lake. The deck is a mere 10 feet from the shore line which makes for an easy walk to the oversized dock. Also, nearly every room in the house has a view of the lake, including the master shower, hot tub area and the sauna. The tile and slate selected for the bath rooms enhances the feeling of warmth and serenity that the Nantahala area is known for. The Silestone counter tops and the gourmet kitchen make meal preparation a pleasure! We have spacious decks which are perfect for sunbathing, reading, relaxing and family outdoor gatherings. Our home is also equipped with a big screen TV and pool table. ! The unique 2 master bedroom plan makes it perfect for 2 cost conscious families that like sharing vacation time together. There's a bunk room that sleeps 6 and a loft that sleeps 4, so there's plenty of room for the kids!

The Dock House is truly a unique home. You can tell by looking at how the house blends in with the mountain side. The site was carefully selected for the optimum view and to harvest the magnificent red oaks which were milled into the extensive hardwood flooring and crafted into the beautiful hand rails in the foyer and loft. The post and beam interior was constructed from whole white oak posts and rough sawn white pine beams, which mostly came from the house site as well. The custom designed doors, kitchen cabinets and the one of a kind kitchen table were all hand made from an ancient black walnut tree that was blown down by a storm that passed through Andrews, NC in May of 2002.

The Nantahala area has a lot to offer families who want to create wonderful memories! Entertainment enthusiasts will enjoy the Mountainside Theater, located in the heart of Cherokee Indian Country. The theater is famous for its production of “Unto These Hills”, which is a live re-enactment of the story behind the Cherokee Indian historic “Trail of Tears” journey. Or, hop aboard the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for your choice of scenic family train rides or romantic gourmet dining. The Railroad also presents a Mystery Theater dinner on select Friday nights. Sports fans will delight in nearby offerings of white water rafting, mountain biking, skiing, and hiking. If you are adventurous you must go rafting down the Nantahala River. It is one of the finest whitewater rafting rivers in the country. And, the Tsali Recreation Area is fast becoming a “Mecca” for lovers of mountain biking. Hikers of all ages will appreciate the world famous Appalachian Trial, which you can pick up with a short drive from home. You also don’t want to miss a drive up to the top of Wayah Bald, which offers stunning views for miles of the Western North Carolina landscape.

So, thanks again for letting us share a little bit about The Dock House with you. And, call or email today to make your reservation!

Best regards,


Keywords: Lake Home


Mike McDowell

Member Since 2004
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 08, 2018
About Mike McDowell

I'm the designer/builder of this house. We are the original owners and we take a lot of pride in what we do. Mountain houses require a lot of work and we aren't afraid to roll up our sleeves and get the job done.

Mike McDowell purchased this House in 1995

Why Mike McDowell chose Topton

This house is centrally located on Nantahala Lake. Yet, when you look out over the water you can only see 3 or 4 docks. Our decks hang almost to the waters edge, so you get the feeling of being right on the water. It's just a wonderful place to experience the beauty of the mountains.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
        • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2) In the loft, Bunk Beds (2) Double size on the bottom, twins on the top


        • 3 Bathrooms

            Location Type

              • Lake View
              • Lakefront
                Very easy walk down the wooden stairs to the dock!
              • Mountain View
              • Rural
              • Water View
              • Waterfront


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Parking
                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Fitness Room / Equipment
                      • Free Long Distance
                        For calls within the Continental US. If your calling Tajikistan there will be a small investment ... :)
                      • Gas Fireplace
                        In master bed room
                      • Internet
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Broadband Access
                        Frontier/Verizon 1.5 M DSL
                      • Parking Off Street
                      • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      • Telephone
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wireless Internet
                      • Wood Fireplace
                        In kitchen and the pavilion.


                          • Catering Available
                            Calls for details
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Cooking Utensils
                            coffee maker, bread maker, blender, toaster oven, ice cream maker, cutlery, etc
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Ice Maker
                          • Kitchen
                          • Microwave
                          • Refrigerator
                            (2) Bar sized refrigerator in the Den. Full sized frig in the kitchen


                              • Dining
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 8 people


                                  • CD Player
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Pool Table
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    (4) Den, Kitchen, Pavilion and Master Bedroom
                                  • Stereo
                                  • VCR
                                  • Video Library


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        2 kayaks and paddles come with our house.
                                      • Outdoor Grill


                                          • wheelchair inaccessible

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Hot Tub
                                                4 person hot tub
                                              • Sauna
                                                Has a great view of the lake
                                              • jetted tub
                                                has a heater too.


                                                  • cinemas
                                                  • festivals
                                                  • live theater
                                                  • marina
                                                  • museums
                                                  • recreation center
                                                  • restaurants
                                                  • theme parks
                                                  • winery tours

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • photography
                                                      • antiquing
                                                      • boating
                                                      • gambling casinos
                                                      • horseback riding
                                                      • bird watching
                                                      • scenic drives
                                                      • shopping
                                                      • sight seeing
                                                      • walking
                                                      • wildlife viewing

                                                        Local Services & Businesses

                                                          • ATM/bank
                                                          • groceries
                                                          • hospital

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • mountain climbing
                                                              • cycling
                                                              • fly fishing
                                                              • freshwater fishing
                                                              • golf
                                                              • hiking
                                                              • hunting
                                                              • kayaking
                                                              • mountain biking
                                                              • fishing
                                                              • rafting
                                                              • rock climbing
                                                              • sailing
                                                              • skiing
                                                              • snowboarding
                                                              • swimming
                                                              • water skiing
                                                              • whitewater rafting
                                                              • wind-surfing


                                                                  • Swim Dock, 65" big screen TV, life jackets, floats

                                                                    House Rules

                                                                    Check-in: 4:30 PM

                                                                    Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                    Cancellation Policy

                                                                    Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                                    32 Reviews


                                                                    Latest reviews

                                                                    Awesome House - Will be back!

                                                                    Samantha D.

                                                                    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay! Amazing house, beautiful view, lots of space, and awesome outdoor deck! We went on Labor Day Weekend and it was so nice that the lake wasn't super crowded with boats. You could enjoy the lake which was really nice. We had 8 adults and 2 kids and we didnt feel cramped at all. We will definitely be back!

                                                                    Beautiful views, perfect family getaway!

                                                                    Paula M.Ellenton, FL

                                                                    Our family of five spent a idyllic week at the Dock House and loved every moment. The views of the lake and mountains are so beautiful and peaceful. We thoroughly enjoyed the house, especially the pool table, hot tub and the deck. The kids loved the kayaks and we rented a pontoon boat for tubing and fishing. One night we even had pizza delivered by boat from the nearby marina! The kitchen was well equipped, and the bedrooms were more than comfortable. The driveway was steep and it was tricky to find the house, but all was definitely worth the experience! An awesome place, perfect for relaxing and spending great family time together!

                                                                    Great house. Beautiful views in a semi-remote location.

                                                                    Robert D.

                                                                    Indoor and outdoor spaces excellent for a couple of families to share. Well decorated. House is in need of some light maintenance work but nothing that would detract from your stay.

                                                                    Spectacular views, relaxing, fun and making memories

                                                                    Denise T.

                                                                    Our group had our usual 'large' time with each others company. Negative indeed was the offloading area to the house. Extremely steep hill and ONLY ROOM FOR 1 VEHICLE 'at a time' TO UNLOAD. Parking at the top of this steep hill for 2 vehicles making it strenuous for the back and forth when needed. We found multiple 'maintenance list items' as the Owner referenced them when advised......#1 - TV in loft did not power on at all, #2 - the Pavilion TV (satellite) did not work, #3 - No pool rack, #4 - had to replace batteries in 2 remotes, #5 - several light bulbs need replacing, #6 - downstairs toilet would not flush or would slow flush. When paying premium for rentals, our opinion is these 'maintenance items' should have been taken care of before our arrival. In addition to this, make sure you read all the details on agreement because VRBO deducted (for additional fees??) 2.5% of our rental fee from the '$500 refundable damage deposit' therefore we did not get credited the entire $500 at the end of our stay. Just things that are important to most folks. Thanks for allowing us to enjoy the views of Nantahala Lake !!

                                                                    Beautiful home, Beautiful Lakeview!!

                                                                    Sharon M.MS

                                                                    Beautiful home and uniquely decorated very tastefully done. The view from the balcony is perfection , very private you don't see any other homes just docks. Very private. Marina very close by and was fantastic we enjoyed 3 days on this. We also did some hiking and went to wyha bald the views are breathtaking. We only had 3 full days but we packed it all in and it was a pleasure coming back to this home for the sunsets and enjoying the evening, we did not get to use the outdoor hot tub, but enjoyed the tub in master bathroom. This was a very large home for families but as a couple we also found it to be very romantic , we absolutely loved every minute of our stay!!!


                                                                    We just returned after nights at the Dock House. LOVED it! We had our 2 kids and for 2 nights, 2 other adults. So much room! It was exactly as described. The view was unbelievable! Loved being able to easily run down to the dock to sit with my feet in the water. The lake is pretty deep, even right off the dock, so watch little ones! Rented a pontoon twice and it was easy to dock, as was the fishing charter. Whitewater rafting was about 30 minutes away. Wayah Bald has great views on the way to Franklin. The kitchen was nicely furnished and the fluffy towels were a treat. Probably more room than we needed for 4, but would love to return with another family. The driveway is as steep as they say, so use caution or just park up higher and enjoy the climb/descent. Totally worth it once you see the house and views.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Thanks for your input. Really glad you enjoyed your visit.


                                                                    Topton, NC, USA

                                                                    Lake front, mountains, national forest, rafting, casino, hiking, biking, dining, festivals


                                                                    Additional information about rental rates

                                                                    Booking with a credit card is an additional cost of 2.5%. It will be deducted from your deposit. That's our cost. Booking by snail mail costs much less. Prices subject to change. Our rental agreement will supersede any information in the VRBO billing system. The cleaning fee is $200. Please leave a check for the cleaners when you check out.

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