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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 a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2018

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 Murphy

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


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Lakeside Home In The Southern Blue Ridge Mountains
average rating of 4.5454545 based on 11 reviews

Peaceful Paradise

  • 5 of 5

This home was even more beautiful than the photos showed. It was a perfect place to unwind and enjoy nature. All of the books and maps were great for discovering all of the beautiful scenery. We did venture into town and found all of the locals are welcoming and friendly. Thank you for sharing your beautiful lake home!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you had a good visit. Our property manager had high praise for you also!
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Beautiful home. Beautiful lake

  • 5 of 5

We totally enjoyed our stay. If towing boat you must have a 4 wheel drive vehicle. But nice neighbor helped us out.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. I am assuming that you launched your boat from The Point? I am glad you got help and that it worked for you but we do not recommend using that access. The designated access at Hiwassee Dam does not require 4 wheel drive. Our cleaner had high praise for you!
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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: June 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: April 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: October 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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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

Taxes and fees are additional

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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