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Cozy Cabin on Lake Santeetlah in the Smoky Mountains

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 bedroom cabin lake front with private dock

Our cozy cabin on Lake Santeetlah is great for a couple or small family to relax and unwind. Lake Santeetlah is located in Graham County, just south of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and in the Nantahala National Forest. Lake Santeetlah is a pristine and clear 3000 acre lake with a 1939 foot lake elevation, with an average depth of 56 feet and a maximum of 213’. About 80% of the lake shoreline is national park, with only 20% developed.

The Cabin has 2 bedrooms, living room, bath, screened in porch and dock. The cabin is newly renovated with a new kitchen and bath. The first bedroom has a queen bed with great views of the lake. The second bedroom has a twin bed. Dinner on the screened in porch, followed by a board or card game is a great way to end the day after a long day in the lake swimming, tubing, boating or playing.

There is a canoe available on the property and two kayaks, along with a few noodles and other lake toys. The lake is deep and clear. You can see the fish swimming around the dock! Bring your own boat and launch it at the public boat ramp or rent a boat at the local Marina. The water at our dock is very deep and will allow almost any size boat to be docked there. There is fresh water fishing in the lake, with all different types of bass: largemouth, smallmouth, spotted, white and striped bass. Walleye, catfish and crappie are also caught on the lake. Fly fishing for trout is just off the lake in the creeks leading to the lake, with Buffalo Creek, Big Snowbird Creek and Yellow Creek local favorite places. Some rivers are hatchery supported and some only have wild trout.

The area around the cabin has a lot to offer to explore or for a rainy day. Cherokee is about 1 hour north on Hwy 74/441. Scenic train rides take you around the mountains starting in Bryson City. Tsali Recreation Area is nationally known for its mountain bike rides, with 42 miles of trails. Closer to home, the famous Tail of the Dragon starts just outside of Town, along with Moonshiner Highway (Rt 28) and the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest has trees so large it takes a group of people to put their arms all the way around a single tree. The Appalachian Trail is just 8 miles from Lake Santeetlah along with other shorter hikes to waterfalls and beautiful creeks. And yes, there are bears in the area, so be aware! There is also white water rafting on the Nantahala River or the Little Tennessee River just outside of Town.

Come, enjoy your stay, relax, have fun and make memories!

More Details

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2017

About Tina

Our family has rented cottages on different lakes on the East Coast and Lake Santeetlah is the only lake that we returned to more than once. The lake and the views are unbelievable. I love having coffee on the dock and watching the 'smoke' roll over the mountains in the morning. The nights are very quiet and the stars seem close enough to touch. A few summers ago, we purchased the cabin. It was unexpected as we hadn't been looking to buy at that time, as we were just sending our last child off to college. We spent the first year renovating the cabin and trying to make it a comfortable place to relax and enjoy the lake and surrounding area. We hope you'll enjoy the lake as much as we do.

Tina purchased this cabin in 2014

Why Tina chose Smoky Mountains

The views are incredible. Come, you'll see.


Robbinsville Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Great views of the lake from the bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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Cozy Cabin on Lake Santeetlah in the Smoky Mountains
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Crystal Lake


  • 5 of 5

Stayed a week from July 1st until July 8th with my husband, 17 year old daughter and our 1.5 year old German Shepherd Tula. What a paradise. The owners John and Tina went out of their way to make sure all comforts were available and what an adorable couple to have met. They are the best renters we have had the pleasure of renting from and nothing is overlooked to make your stay excellent and fabulously memorable. The cove where the cabin is located is pristine, the views amazing and the cabin the perfect size with all the amenities one could ask for. Clean and located close to town where a fully stocked kitchen offers you the option of staying in and cooking like we did or take a break and eat at some wonderful places to dine in and around town. Kayaks, canoes, clear water, swimming and fishing all available right off the dock. My husband caught perch and large mouth bass right off the dock! Fabulous fire pit area, absolutely beautiful landscaping. We rented a pontoon boat for a few days and enjoyed the lake and it's many hidden wonders with stunning sunsets and sunrises. It really was simply perfect. Oh, and no mosquitos, what a treat! Did I mention a screened in porch where you can sit and read a book listening to water lap the bank, enjoy your coffee/tea to great sunsets/sunrises also? Total perfection. We look forward to returning, we have been coming to this area for over 10 years now and there is a reason....the people, the views, the wonderful hidden cabins in coves and complete serenity. Thank you once again Tina and John for making it a wonderful home away from home.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a very relaxing week here. The views are incredible and the lake is unbelievably clean and clear! House is no frills but a great pet friendly property. Tina was very responsive when it came to the few issues we had. can't wait to return next year😄?

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 2 of 5

The location on the cabin is great. I loved being on the lake, even though the water was too cold to get in (at least for me). The parking and one way road were not ideal for a trailer and motorcycles. The cabin had a weird smell, actually smelled like pee at some points. The tub does not drain, so you are standing in ankle deep water when taking a shower. Other than those two things, the cabin was fine. The parking, slanted driveway with gravel made maneuvering motorcycles difficult.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great view

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our week very relaxing

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Lovely Stay in the Mountains

  • 4 of 5

While we ended up being moved from the cabin to the neighboring cottage because of a roofing issue, my wife and I found the experience to be pleasant and tranquil. The cottage was cozy and had a great view of the mountains across the lake. We did have some issues with dog fur being imprinted into the couches, but it wasn't anything that throwing a comforter down wouldn't fix. There are some great kayaks available with paddles and quality life jackets. The laundry situation left something to be desired, as we had to leave the cottage and go outside and down the deck to reach the basement. There were some rather unsettling figurines down in the basement as it appears the hosts were renovating, which made for a good if nervous laugh with the wife. We also had trouble with the bath mat, which seemed to soak up water and never dry out no matter what we did.

Overall it was a great trip at a lovely cottage. Would definitely visit again.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Most beautiful

  • 5 of 5

We just spent our Thanksgiving here and words can not describe the beauty of this place. Even though we couldn't swim of course, we fully took advantage of the kayaks and canoes. The water is so clear, and the view breath taking. The cabin is small, yet spacious and the furniture was very comfortable. It really felt like a home away from home. This is one of those places that mark your soul, and live in your heart forever.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $60
Pet Fee $50

There is also a cleaning fee of $75.00 per stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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