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Unique Smokey Mountain Retreat

Andrews, NC, USA
  • Cabin2300 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps7
  • Bathrooms4
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 4 nights

Mountain Log Home Between Ponds And Babbling Creek Minutes From Nantahala Lake

'The Ponds at Nantalaha Lake' is a 'Unique Retreat' of 3.6 beautifully landscaped acres strategically located as the hub, surrounded by a wheel of incredible activity and tourist gems. Our outdoor deck overlooks the salmon pond, continuously fed by a mountain stream, with a refreshing fountain for rustic ambiance. Walking to the middle of the property, you will enjoy the breathtaking view of another quarter acre pond situated with a lovely Smokey Mountain background. Sport fish or simply relax on a few large boulders and muse, read or watch the wildlife. The Nantalaha Stream with its many small waterfalls runs through and borders the property and continuously flows into and out of each pond (very unique!) Open up the master bedroom doors to the lanai and sleep to the peaceful sounds of gently flowing water. The pristine Lake Nantahala is less than a ten minute drive to the public boat launch. Bring your motorcycles, boat and RV too - we have outbuildings to protect your special vacation vehicles, with electric and septic hook-ups. After a day of activity come back to the cabin for a meal cooked on our gas or charcoal grills. Parents relax in the hot tub, children play badminton, volleyball, horseshoes, or croquet, and pets move freely from the outdoor deck to the large fenced backyard. The entire family can retire to the 'fire-pit' by the stream to enjoy roasting marshmallows, story telling and singing, or come inside to the pool and game tables.

Our authentic log home is modest and decorated in keeping with the simple mountain life, yet with all the modern conveniences of home. It sleeps up to eight people, but can be a real retreat for one or two couples. Master 1 is a large bedroom with a queen electric bed. This room is decorated in traditional mountain decor and opens to the lanai for the experience of outdoor sleeping, yet in the safety and comfort of the home. It has a cedar closet, computer area, satellite TV and shares a full bath with the main floor. Master 2 provides old world charm in the tradition of a cottage. It too has a full bath and satellite TV, with both a queen and a trundle day bed. In addition to the formal bedrooms, the large entertainment area on the lower level has another trundle day bed and one queen futon. This area also has a kitchenette, private full bathroom and private stone deck with a hot tub. This entertainment area is perfect for children, or another independent family arrangement!

The gas fireplace, leather furniture and open ceiling make the living room a quaint place for relaxation, watching satellite TV, reading or quiet conversation. The kitchen is equipped with everything you would need: all modern appliances and some extras for the gourmet cook. There is a small eating area in the cabin, a large deck for eating and entertainment, and another large table on the lanai for meals or craft activities.

'The Ponds at Nantahala Lake' is mountain-close to all major attractions. Looking to the North, South East and West of us, you will find all major attractions conveniently located. We are less than 10 minutes to the pristine Nantahala Lake, and within 15-30 minutes to Nantahala Gorge and Outdoor Center, with other lakes (Santeetlah, Fontana, Chatuga), towns (Murphy, Franklin, Bryson City) and attractions (Cherohala Skyway, John Campbell Folk Arts School, Tail of the Dragon) and much more nearby. The locals say we are 'two hours from Anywhere': Atlanta GA, Ashville NC. Charlotte NC, Knoxville TN, and Gatlinburg TN. We are truly blessed to be in the middle of no-where, yet so close to everything that means so much to the people who live here and the tourists that visit. We heartily invite you to share our lovely home, our community of open and trusting folk, and one of the most beautiful places on this planet!


Toni & Camillo Iacoboni


Camillo Iacoboni

Member Since 2013
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 19, 2018
About Camillo Iacoboni

We searched long and hard throughout the Smokey Mountains region for the 'place of our dreams' for our own retirement, and were thrilled to purchase this unique estate in the summer of 2013.

Camillo Iacoboni purchased this Cabin in 2013

Why Camillo Iacoboni chose Andrews

The location was chosen to provide guests with all the mountains have to offer; “Exquisite Mountain Beauty”, lake activities, open land for games and family fun, fishing and hiking, large fenced yard for pets, and the unique stream-fed ponds for relaxation. It is convenient to the best local attractions, and a short distance to many tri-state and national tourist sites. “The Ponds At Nantalaha Lake” is situated on 3.6 exquisite acres with one quarter acre pond, two smaller fish ponds with a large fountain, two streams and water falls, bordering state forest, and 10 minutes to the lake. You do not need any special vehicle to drive right into our large garage from the main road, but you can bring your motorcycles, boat and/or RV too!

What makes this Cabin unique

The minute we enter our home, we feel we are on vacation, and make every effort to provide you the same experience!


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


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
      • Master Bedroom 1
        1 queen, Main level, cedar closet, full bath, french doors to lanai
      • Master Bedroom 2
        1 queen, 2 twin/ single, 2nd floor, full bath
      • Lower Level
        2 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon
      • Master bedroom on main level has french doors leading to screened in porch. Mountain cabin decor. 2nd level master bedroom with full bath combines cottage elegance and privacy. Plenty of extra sleeping room on lower entertainment level. Fully supplied with your relaxation and comfort in mind
        Hypo-Allergenic and Insect Retardant mattress covers/pads. Two bed linen sets/bed (one in case of emergency). Decorative Quilt Hanger (themed top quilt for decoration only, NOT for sleeping), with non-decorative quilts, dual-controlled electric mattress pads and extra blankets.


      • 4 Bathrooms
      • Entertainment level bathroom 3
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Large counter space, convenient to hot tub.
      • Garage Bathroom 4
        toilet, shower, Great for the quick shower after outdoor activities!
      • Master Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, Locking door separates sink from toilet/tub/shower.
      • Master Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower, Private bath inside 2nd master bedroom
      • Fully stocked with bath towels, hand towels, beach towels, wash cloths, paper towels, facial tissue, toilet paper, products for tub cleaning after each use, shower gel, shampoo and conditioner, hair dryer. Magnified makeup mirror.

      Location Type

        • Mountain View
          Look down from your spacious deck to see the trout in the pond, or look up to see the beautiful Smokey Mountains
        • Rural
          Your own piece of Smokey Mountain Serenity, just 5 miles from beautiful Nantahala Lake
        • Water View
          Beautiful larger pond is fed by fresh water from the mountain creek year round. Look out from the deck across the front pond to see the mist of the clouds in the Smokey Mountains.
        • Waterfront
          Mountain stream feeds the pond just below your deck, which then flows to a babbling creek that runs along the back of the property


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Iron & Board
                    • Air Conditioning
                    • Fireplace
                      Gas logs in beautiful fireplace in open lodge setting
                    • Fitness Room / Equipment
                    • Garage
                      RV garage: electric and septic hookup. Separate oversized insulated 2 car garage with bathroom/shower, storage (extra chairs, etc.), and possible pet kennel site (please ask for details re: pets).
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Backup electric generator with automatic cutover provides security for HVAC and electric.
                    • Internet
                      Free WiFi
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      New state of the art. Fabric softener above dryer.
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                      2 leather sofas, fireplace, Dish TV
                    • Parking
                      Park either in the large garage or in front of the home - very convenient
                    • Telephone
                      Unlimited free long distance (USA); no collect calls accepted
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                      New state of the art. Utility room stocked with pre-measured laundry detergent packets.
                    • Free Wifi


                        • Coffee Maker
                          Coffee maker and electric tea kettle
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Dishes, cutlery, silverware and glassware, mixing bowls/bakeware/measuring cups and spoons, pots, pans and cooking utensils (please use plastic only on pans)
                        • Dishwasher
                          Dishwasher detergent under sink
                        • Kitchen
                          Stand/Hand Mixer, Food Processor/Blender (Ninja). Ingles (grocery store 7 minutes away) shopping card provided for your convenience; optional grocery shopping service for your convenience.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Cleaning products, insect sprays for emergency use, dish soap. Items often leftover from prior guests: condiments, coffee & filters, spices, paper towels, foil, paper plates and cups.
                        • Refrigerator
                          Full Refrigerator with Freezer
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster
                          Bread/bagel toaster and toaster oven


                            • Dining
                              Additional dining areas on beautiful screened in porch facing creek and on open deck facing waterfall into pond; additional kitchenette and seating on lower level
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                  Library shelf in loft overlooking family room
                                • DVD Player
                                • Game Room
                                  Huge lower level functions as Entertainment Center including large screen TV, pool table, classic wooden card table, game rack, kitchenette with seating, access to outdoor hot tub with full bath.
                                • Games
                                  Horseshoes, bean bag toss, multiple board games.
                                • Music Library
                                  Loft overlooking family room features classic antique organ (please: only for those who actually play - no children allowed to touch) and guitar stand.
                                • Pool Table
                                  7 foot, beautiful decor, rack with multiple cues
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Dish TV service
                                • Television
                                  TV in Master Bedroom 1. Flat screen TV in living room. Entertainment Center Large Screen TV on lower level.
                                • Video Library
                                  Large DVD and VHS library at lower level Entertainment Center


                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      Access from dining room or Master Bedroom 1; table seats six; swing; art area; screened; faces babbling creek
                                    • Bicycles
                                      Paved bicycle trails nearby
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Overlooks beautiful pond fed by mountain stream; table and chairs for four; umbrella
                                    • Golf
                                      In area
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Use of 2 sit-on Spitfire kayaks and paddles included.
                                    • Boat
                                      Less than 5 miles from cabin to public boat launch (0.6 miles to access road, then 4 miles of beautiful woods leads to lake). Incredible view: peaceful Nantahala Lake surrounded by Smokey Mountains.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Unique! 3 lovely acres includes large pond stocked with fish and fed by mountain creek, another set of ponds with waterfall adjacent to house. Large yard for games. Blueberries trellis and grapes.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      New gas grill (four burners and side plate burner) and separate Weber charcoal grill. Adirondack chairs and side table surround fire-ring by the stream, with firewood by garage porch.
                                    • Ski & Snowboard
                                      40 minutes to ski resort
                                    • Tennis
                                      In area
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      Use of life jackets in various sizes included


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Hot Tub
                                              Sanitized and adjusted prior to visit. Easily seats 4 persons, variable speed jets, mood lights, private setting on porch with easy access to full indoor bathroom stocked with beach towels.


                                                • churches
                                                • cinemas
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • library
                                                • playground
                                                • recreation center
                                                • restaurants

                                                  Leisure Activities

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

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • Babysitter
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • mountain climbing
                                                            • cross country skiing
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hunting
                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • mountaineering
                                                            • rafting
                                                            • rock climbing
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • skiing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • water skiing
                                                            • water tubing
                                                            • whitewater rafting
                                                            • wind-surfing

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              25 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              The cabin and grounds were beautiful and relaxing.

                                                              Phil B.

                                                              Great cabin and in a terrific location for day hikes and day trips. Owners are the best!!!

                                                              Awesome location to lake Nantahala

                                                              Scott T.

                                                              We had a great stay on our boys fishing weekend. The cabin had everything we needed and the driveway and garage was awesome for our boats. I hope to stay here again soon.

                                                              Mountain Getaway at its best

                                                              John V.

                                                              My wife, our two dogs and I spent 5 days at this beautiful cabin. The property was absolutely beautiful, with a large fenced in area for the dogs, and two locations for nightly fires. The house has every luxuary and plenty of room for at eight people. House borders the Nantahala National Forest, so we started every morning with long hikes through the forest and never came across another soul. Andrews is well located, as we took day trips to Asheville, Gatlinburg, and Cherokee. The fall colors were everything they are cracked up to.

                                                              I can’t recommend this property enough, we will definitely be renting here again in the future.

                                                              Fall Break 2017

                                                              Kelvey B.

                                                              This place was absolutely perfect for us!

                                                              Michael and Stephanie

                                                              michael t.South Hill, Virginia

                                                              Beautiful home, mountain scenery was awesome. Townspeople were nice and the owners are great people! If you like to drive around and explore, we drove to Georgia and Tennessee same day, not far from either. Alot of boating, rafting, paddle boating, there's even a casino about 15 minutes from the cabin. We visited local markets and restaurants! Highly recommend to all. Thank you Camillo and Toni, we hope to be back soon!

                                                              Beautiful and relaxing vacation!

                                                              Karen C.Charlotte

                                                              We spent a week at the height of the summer, and could not have asked for more pleasant accommodations! Plenty of room in the house, a deck, a screened porch and ample room to roam outside. The area has lots of activities available: rafting, zip-lining, fishing. We spent time in Cherokee and at Nantahala Lake, but I confess, I was happiest on the porch with a cup of tea just watching the hummingbirds and listening to the stream! This was a perfect spot for just resting and resetting. I will mention -- as with most mountain areas in NC, cell reception is practically non-existant. Wi-fi was spotty, but with 3 young adults in tow, I actually counted that as a bonus! I highly recommend this beautiful place for a family vacation/retreat!


                                                              Andrews, NC, USA

                                                              The best of both worlds! Relax in your own beautiful yard with mountain fed ponds and creek. Take the kayaks from the garage to beautiful Nantahala Lake in 10 minutes (Big Choga, the entrance road to the lake, is only 0.6 miles away). Quickly drive to Nantahala Gorge for hiking or water sports. And so much more...

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                                                              Rates are subject to change unless booked. Pets require advance approval.

                                                              25 Reviews
                                                              Wonderful 4.9/5
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