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Lakeside Home In The Southern Blue Ridge Mountains

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 3 Bath House With Over 1000 Sq Ft Of Porches And Decks.

AVAILABLE AGAIN!!!! Our beautiful lakefront home is available for the 2016 season. Our house presents a modest demeanor from the roadside but opens up to two floors of windows, doors, decks, and porches facing a remote mountain lake. It is one of the only properties on the lake that has an easy, gradual slope to the water and a shallow access for swimming.

We have 3 bedrooms and 3 baths and a spacious living room, dining room, and sunroom. The kitchen is newly remodeled and has all major and small appliances including a five burner gas range with two ovens. Both the master suite (king bed) and the guest suite downstairs (twin beds) open to their own secluded porches with views to the lake and have private baths. The 2nd guest room is on the first floor and has an attached bath. There is also a sunroom with a sleeper sofa.

With over 1000 sq ft of decks and porches this is truly and outdoor oriented house. The covered porch outside the master bedroom has a swinging bed, the downstairs covered patio has an old fashioned swing, an outdoor shower, and a chimenia for cool evenings. The huge screened porch off the living area has seating for a crowd and a beautiful view of the lake. The house is fully heated and air conditioned (two separate units) and has a wood burning fireplace (with a gas lighter) in the living room. The outdoor grill (on the upper deck) is piped directly to the propane source.

No docks are allowed on Apalachia Lake and the National Forest protects the shoreline. We strive to be good neighbors to them and use an anchored pontoon boat with a swim ladder. This is also a great platform for sunning and relaxing. We also have a small beach at the lake front with a firepit and canoe storage (summer). We leave two canoes for our guests to use.

More Details

Dr. Elizabeth F. Carter
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 17, 2017

About Dr. Elizabeth F. Carter

We are retired professionals who have owned this home since 1999. We are very outdoor oriented and love this area for its paddling and hiking opportunities as well as just driving around soaking up the beauty. We travel over 1/2 of the year but always come back to the lake. I am an outdoor recreational writer and have written a number of booklets about the area including The Complete Scenic Circle: Outdoor Day Trip Destinations from Murphy,NC. I also wrote Daytrips from Coker Creek: Backroads & Adventures In Southeast Tennessee, and two of the Benton MacKaye Trail Guides (TN/NC, and GA). We will leave plenty of maps, books, and information about where to go and what to see. We want to be sure that our guests don't miss anything.

Dr. Elizabeth F. Carter purchased this house in 1999

Why Dr. Elizabeth F. Carter chose Smoky Mountains

We are natives of the Florida Panhandle and began coming to this area in the early 1970's to paddle the whitewater rivers. We camped in the summers and explored with our children. We knew we wanted to have our own home and looked for a place central for paddling but also on a river or lake. We first came to Lake Apalachia in 1994 and rented a house for several years before buying this house.

What makes this house unique

It is so quiet here. It is possible to go for an hour without hearing any 'human' sounds. We are also in one of the few 'dark spots' left in the Eastern USA. Our night sky is incredible and our sunrises and sunsets are magnificent. We love to go for a drive and stay on backroads all day just looking for animals, flowers, rock formations, unique old buildings, historic sites,, waterfalls, whatever. Our house has so many wonderful places to just sit.


Murphy House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Lakeside Home In The Southern Blue Ridge Mountains
average rating of 4.4444447 based on 9 reviews

Pictures do not do this place justice.

  • 5 of 5

Home is beautiful and kitchen is perfectly designed for family meals. We canoed to Notterly falls and played in pool at the base of waterfall. Home is remote but loved being able to disconnect. Thank you for sharing your amazing lake home with our family.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay. Our family has many happy memories of that pool at the waterfall and it is wonderful to know that other families enjoy it too. Thank you for taking the time to write a review.
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Black Mountain, NC

A Great place to stay on Apalachia Lake!!!

  • 5 of 5

My family really enjoyed our stay for annual fishing trip. The house is very comfortable and well laid out.Just bring your food and drink and you're all set. I could have sat for hours on any of the several decks looking at the mountains and the lake. The fish kept calling me to the lake so I couldn't sit for long. This is a great property to relax in the wilderness or use as a base of operations for enjoying the mountains.The owners are very pleasant to work with and we are looking forward to going back. Mark Swann

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. We are getting great reports from our guests about the fishing this year. Thank you for the good review.
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Wonderful and peaceful.

  • 5 of 5

Everything we could have asked for and more! We peacefully relaxed around the fire at night and went visiting nearby towns during the day. The owners graciously answered all our questions and were very pleasant. If you are looking for a place that is peaceful and quiet with all the comforts of home on a beautiful lake, this is it. We loved it.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place to stay on clean, secluded lake

  • 5 of 5

My husband and 2 daughters and I came to stay in late May 2016, in late pre-season. The home is very spacious and has plenty of areas to relax, in company or seclusion. Everything was clean and ready for us on the inside of the home. The decks and porches needed some spiffing up as we were the first to arrive for the season. The decks and porches have a lot of square footage so expecting these to be clean and free of all leaves and debris would be a lot to expect of the property manager and we did not mind helping by sweeping it and cleaning the table surfaces as anybody would have to do in their own place. It is located in a remote area so make sure to bring all the grocery supplies that you expect to need and then settle down for a very peaceful and inviting space. The lake water was so clean that I felt as if I could swallow it if it got in my mouth while swimming (but didn't of course) and it tasted so sweet and pure. There was not much boat traffic and we were able to do quite a bit of swimming. We also enjoyed the canoes and brought our own kayaks to use also. The main porch was great for having outdoor meals and also for just relaxing and catching up on some reading. We would love to return in the future and hope to bring my in-laws as there is ample space for a large group. I would definately recommend this place, especially given the price for what you get!

A few cons to consider so you won't be surprised:

The hot tub was not in working order.

We did see a live scorpion downstairs, but we had seen one on a stay in Costa Rica, so realized that paradise comes with a few creatures who like the area, too!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking time to write a review. It is good of you to be so understanding about the difficulty in keeping 1000sq ft of deck clear of leaves and twigs! We have discarded the hot tub as it was impossible to keep it clean and running.With help from our guests we learn as we go along. We are so happy that you and your family had a good time and will look forward to seeing you again.
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Beautiful location, lovely home

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here the first week in July with my two teenage kids and we had a nice, relaxing time. It was exactly as it was described in the listing.

The lake was peaceful and serene. We went out in both canoes several times and we were really grateful that they were made available to the tenants.

The accommodations were spotless and we had everything we needed. It's obvious that the owners take great pride in their home and work to keep it in good shape.

This locations is very remote but we were able to go into town several times. The last night we were there a huge storm came through, we lost power, and the roads down the mountain were blocked. The power was returned early morning and the neighbors got together to clear the road and they even let us know when we could safely leave.

All and all it was a great trip for us and the listing accurately describes the house and the property. I had no problem communicating with the owner and the caretaker came by to check that everything was OK.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your feedback. I appreciate your patience when the storm delayed your departure. Our neighbors reported that you were really good sports! We will take your comments to heart as we want all of our guests to have a good stay.
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Terrible Place to Stay

  • 1 of 5

There are so many things to cover here so I will use point form:

- The owner is not available to help with anything and the 'local property contact' they provide you with does not answer phone calls or emails

- The same 'property contact' mentioned above is also the cleaning crew. We arrived past our check in time and the place still was not ready. She was still 'cleaning'. There had been a storm the night before and all of the decks were strewn with twigs that she declined to sweep away.

- The bedsheets had clearly not been washed so we started our vacation doing laundry.

- Every single kitchen utensil was dirty. All of the non-stick pots and pans were scratched and peeling so badly and everyone knows how poisonous that material is when it is getting into your food. We had to buy our own pots and pans just to be able to cook.

- The soap dispenser on the dishwasher was not popping open during the cycle, therefore all the dishes and kitchenware had not been cleaned properly in ??? weeks/months! I fixed the dishwasher myself.

- The air conditioning is virtually non-existent. I advised the owner and property contact of this and all they did was change a filter 2 days later. This did not correct the problem.

- The house rules state not to leave anything in the refrigerator when you leave, which we did not, but THE OWNERS DID WHEN THEY WERE THERE THE WEEK PRIOR! This was disgusting. We had to place all of their opened/used foods into a shopping bag and relocate to the fridge in the garage.

- THEY LEFT THEIR USED BAR SOAP IN THE SHOWER! This is also very disgusting.

- The dining room lights are on a strange dimmer that we did not figure out how to use until the 4th day. We tried asking the owner and property manager for help and received none, therefore we ate in the dark for the 1st 3 days.

- Don't think that you will be able to safely use the canoe if you stay here. The canoe itself is literally falling apart and the life jackets that are provided are ancient and dilapidated. Definitely not safe to use.

- Just for the simple fact that the bed sheets had not been washed and there was nobody to answer an email or a phone call, I would never recommend this place for your hard earned vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: One of the disadvantages to using a service like VBRO is the helplessness that owners feel in view of an unfair and untrue review. We are sincerely sorry that this guest was unhappy with our home and hope that, in the future, he can find a more satisfactory experience. We will not do a point by point rebuttal but will note that this guests attempts to get in touch with us and/or our manager occurred via e-mail after one o'clock in the morning. As soon as we got them, we responded. I will also note that to avoid further contact with this guest we did not charge them damages for destroying a very expensive canoe paddle that was being used as a decoration inside the house. We realize that not everyone is going to be satisfied but we do our best.
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Nearest Barpub
25 Miles
Murphy NC
Nearest Golf
35 Miles
Murphy NC
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
TN 68
Car: necessary

Our house is on Apalachia Lake, a TVA reservoir that is 10 miles long and has 31 miles of shoreline. It is a remote lake with no marina or commercial development and is almost completely surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest. It remains at full pool year around. Our small gated neighborhood has only 10 widely scattered homes and offers the utmost in quiet and privacy. We are 1/2 mile from a paved road.

We consider our home to be in the middle of incredible outdoor opportunities.

The entire area is rich in outdoor recreational opportunities. Not only do we enjoy swimming, fishing, boating (canoe, kayak, motorized craft), on the lake, we are also very near whitewater paddling and rafting venues such as the Ocoee, Hiwassee, Tellico, & Nantahala Rivers. Trail heads to John Muir, Benton MacKaye, and Appalacian Trails are close by as well as many designated trails in the National Forests. Scenic drives include Ocoee Scenic Byway, Cherohala Skyway, Mountain Waters Scenic Byway, and miles of backroads to explore.

We are two hours from Atlanta, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Ashville and there are an abundance of charming mountain towns and villages to browse in. There are three scenic railroads within a hours drive and Great Smoky Mountains National Park is just over an hour away.


Rates & Availability

Murphy House Rental Rates

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6 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150
cleaning up to 6 guests $85
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 10.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed. An additional $50 is charged for 8 guests plus a cleaning fee of $105.00 and a tax of $98.00

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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