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Unique Smokey Mountain Retreat

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,300 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

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

'The Ponds at Nantalaha Lake' is a 'Unique Retreat' strategically located as the hub, surrounded by a wheel of incredible activity and tourist gems. Our 3.6 acres are beautifully landscaped to please the senses. The outdoor deck overlooks our 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 continously 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 rushing water. The pristine Lake Nantahala is less than a ten minute drive to the public boat launch. Bring your 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 while the children play badminton, volleyball, horseshoes, or croquet. The entire family can retire to the 'fire-pit' by the stream to enjoy roasting marshmallows, story telling and singing.

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 nine 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. 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 5 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) 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

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Camillo Iacoboni
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 17, 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 strategically chosen to provide its guests with all that the mountains have to offer; “Exquisite Mountain Beauty”, Lake Activities, Stream Wonderment, Open Land For Games and Family Fun, and The 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. Bring your 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!


Andrews Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 11:00 AM
  • /
  • Check-out: 4:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Locking door separates sink from toilet/tub/shower.
    Master Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Private bath inside 2nd master bedroom
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • 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:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

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Unique Smokey Mountain Retreat
average rating of 4.909091 based on 22 reviews

Mountain Getaway at its best

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fall Break 2017

  • 5 of 5

This place was absolutely perfect for us!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Michael and Stephanie

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Beautiful and relaxing vacation!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Great mountain retreat!

  • 5 of 5

The grounds are beautiful. The house is large and comfortable. The beds are very comfortable. We found the kitchen we appointed. Grilling and eating on the deck overlooking the fountained pond was great. The downstairs recreation room with hot tub a real plus. As a biker, the use of the very spacious garage was greatly appreciated. We have many more roads to ride and will definitely return to the Ponds.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Awesome Relaxing Getaway, Great Property!

  • 5 of 5

Great place, close to what you NEED, but far enough away from the hustle and bustle to forget about reality for a while. Beautiful 3 story log cabin style home, all wood inside and out. Great wrap around porch, pool table, hot tub, fire pit, two ponds, babbling brook, huge yard. Went with three teenagers, we did rafting , hiking, fishing, zip lining, lakes, rivers... all within 20 minutes! Small town with grocery store close by. Can trek to Murphy 20 minutes for the big city Wal-Mart if needed.

Overall we had everything we needed. Towels, three bedrooms, gas and charcoal grill, and all the necessities of a lived in home. Place was clean and tidy, other than a small ladybug issue. Apparently they like to sun-tan in the window-sill upstairs a minute or two too long. Haha. Vacuumed right up, no problem.

If we wanted to sit around the bon-fire and make smores and look at the stars we could. If we wanted to zip on a 1/2 mile line 350' over the tree canopy we could. If we wanted to go to Bryson City to eat... no problem. Feed the pet trout in the pond, yup! Red headed woodpeckers and bunny rabbits to hang out with while having morning coffee by the brook and fire pit, absolutely.

If you want to be in the mix of busy life and the hustle and bustle of tourists, go to Gatlinburg. If you want convenience and seclusion at the same time... this is the spot!

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nantahala River
Nearest Airport
149 Miles
Atlanta, GA (ATL)
Nearest Motorway
5.8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
several in Andrews
Car: necessary

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...


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Cleaning and Maintenance Fee $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 11.0%

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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