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

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

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

More Details

Mike McDowell
Member since: 2004
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 day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 13, 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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"The Dock House" is a unique house, situated within 10' of Nantahala Lake. I reached way back into my college days for the knowledge to design and build this house, so a lot of care went into every detail to make your stay more enjoyable. I believe you will find it a fun and comfortable place to vacation. Thanks for stopping by!

Apr 2004
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Topton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • The cleaners are to be paid $200.00 upon departure. Please see our rental agreement for more details.
  • A $500 security deposit is required. It is paid by mail or Venmo to The Dock House, LLC.
  • Signed copy of rental agreement (see link below) and drivers license required.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 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
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Swim Dock, 65" big screen TV, life jackets, floats


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'The Dock House' - amazing lake front home and views!
average rating of 4.7714286 based on 36 reviews
Fayetteville, GA

Dock House awesome

  • 5 of 5

9 members of our family just returned from a vacation at the Dock House. It was absolutely wonderful. The house is a mixture of beauty and comfort. The lake is gorgeous, very clean and so clear you can see the fish! We were already talking about next year before we locked the door behind us. I highly recommend this rental.

The house was all that was promised and very well kept. The owner provided great directions and lots of other useful information. It is fairly remote but there is a little store less than 5 minutes away with the basics. We actually planned to visit some of the local attractions-gem mining, cherokee casino, etc., but we were so relaxed and happy at the Dock House that we never left except for a quick run into Franklin (about 25 minutes) for more groceries.

The house is very near the water so there is a steep driveway to negotiate but it is paved and there is a parking pad midway down for small 4 cyclinder front wheel drives.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2008
  • Stayed: July 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful spot with beautiful view yet a bit remote

  • 4 of 5

We spent a week at the dock house and had s wonderful time. The view is spectacular, majestic and serene. The house is well equipped with everything you might need. Lots of outdoor balcony areas, a great little area with a hot tub and outdoor tv, an indoor pool table. Two kayaks to enjoy the lake. We rented a boat from a very close marina and had a fabulous time tubing and relaxing on the water. All this being said you must be prepared when you go. The nearest grocery store is about 40 minutes away down a very curvy mountain road. The driveway is very steep and you have to park half way down meaning you must carry all your packages down the hill. There is only one little restaurant nearby.

We also had no WiFi calling service and very spotty ability to connect to the internet

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible View

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time at the house. It was very clean and spacious. It was a bit dark and there were a lot of stairs. Driveway is super steep. Overall we had a wonderful time. We rented jet skis and went down the Nantahala river. The only thing that would have made it better is if we could have hiked right from the house - versus having to drive and park. We brought all of our food with us and I would highly recommend that. While a boat would have been great - I couldn’t get enough of the view

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing place

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. The house is great, big, spacious and comfortable. We had plenty room and we enjoyed every single place in the house. The grill was a plus and the big kitchen everything you need. We really had a good time playing games, fishing, cooking and relaxing too. I recommend this place to anyone. We already talked about coming back😊😊. Thank you Mike to let us use The Dock House.

Lucy Cruz

Deltona, Florida

  • Submitted: May 30, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome House - Will be back!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ellenton, FL

Beautiful views, perfect family getaway!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Nearest Airport
82 Miles
Knoxville, TN and Asheville, NC

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


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

On Line Booking Fee 2.5% $25
Property Damage Protection $59

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund