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Lake James waterfront house with private dock and boat slip. N.C. mountains.

Nebo, NC, USA
  • House1200 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 5 nights

Waterfront 3 bed, 2 baths, on clean, crystal clear Lake James with covered dock

Lake James

Lake James is a 7000 acre, pristine mountain lake, located in western North Carolina. Adjacent to the Blue Ridge Mountains and Linville Gorge, the lake offers sparkling clear water, boating, waterskiing, tubing, sailing, diving, camping, and fishing for largemouth, smallmouth, walleye, crappie, catfish, white bass and bream. A water quality study by the TVA showed the lake water to be the cleanest and purest of any lake they have ever tested. It is regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in the Eastern US, and served as the location for the movies 'Last of the Mohicans' and 'Hunt for Red October.'

Our House

•A 1960s cottage, clean, comfortable, updated and refurbished, but not "upscale." Roughly 1200 square feet. Beach-like décor with comfortable furniture. Cable TV, DVD player, wireless internet. Maximum capacity is 6 people. We have onsite property managers, Lake James Real Estate in Morganton, NC, to be available 24-7 for any problems or issues.

•On a quiet cove in the Holiday Shores section of the lake, with a view of the main lake and South Mountains.

•3 bedrooms, 2 baths, living room, economy kitchen, dining area, central heat and air, 2 screened porches. Queen bed in master bedroom, 2 twins in each other bedroom. Linens and towels for one week are included. Please note, we do NOT have a washer, dryer, or dishwasher. New flooring and updated bath fixtures in 2016.

•Gentle, grassy slope to the water. No rocks, steps, or steep banks to traverse. Lake bottom has a gradual slope and a sand bottom which makes nice swimming conditions for children.

•Huge, covered, private boat dock, with a large patio area, rocking chairs, swing, table, swim ladder, and covered boat slip for up to a 22’ boat. Bring your boat, skis, tubes, kayaks, canoes, and water toys! If you don't have a boat or jet ski, you can rent one 2 minutes away and have it delivered to our dock.

•Large parking area with plenty of room for boat trailers and RVs. There are three boat ramps within a five minute ride by boat and car.

Please note: Our home is in a residential neighborhood, and we do not rent to fraternities, house parties, school, or civic groups or other non-family groups. We do not allow occupancy by more than six people. We request no smoking or pets inside the house.


Western North Carolina, near Morganton, ten minutes off Interstate 40. Ninety minutes northwest of Charlotte; 45 min. east of Asheville; 30 min. west of Hickory. Near Boone, Blowing rock, Blue Ridge Parkway, Linville Gorge, North Carolina Outward Bound, Hickory furniture outlets. Charlotte, Gatlinburg, Dollywood, and Bristol speedway are within a two hour drive.

Other places to go and things to do in our area:

If you have a desire to leave the water and explore western North Carolina, there is a long list of possibilities:

• Lake James State Park, with hiking and bicycling;

• Catawba River rafting, tubing, kayaking, fishing

• World class trout fishing with several local, excellent guides. Wading or drift boat

• Brillant autumn foilage of the western North Carolina mountains

• Zip-lining

• Free concerts on the courthouse square every Friday night

• A 4.5 mile, paved greenway by the Catawba River for walking, jogging, biking or fishing

• Joara archaeological site

• Senator Sam J. Ervin library and museum

• Multiple golf courses

• Linville Caverns

• North Carolina Birding Trail has four viewing sites in Burke County

• Tweetsie Railroad (a MUST for every kid)

• Blue Ridge Parkway

• Appalachian trail and Mountains to Sea trail not far away

• Lake Lure (where 'Dirty Dancing' was filmed)

• Mountain biking

• Linville Gorge, Pisgah National Forest (512,000 acres of rivers, trails, waterfalls, and forest) and literally thousands of other trails

• Asheville and Black Mountain, known for cuisine of every type, crafts, galleries, art, music, shows, and lots of 'characters'

• Biltmore House

• UNC Asheville one hour away

• Blowing Rock, Boone, Appalachian State University and Lees McRae college about one hour away

• Chimney Rock State Park about an hour away

• Tryon International Equestrian Center one hour away

• NASCAR racing (98 miles to Charlotte, 88 miles to Bristol)

• Snowskiing at Appalachian, Sugar, and Beech Mountains about an hour away

• Gem mining (multiple locations in several counties)

• Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail

• Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi (with a state park and a wonderful restaurant on top of the mountain)

• Grandfather Mountain, with its mile high swinging bridge and hang gliding center--one of North Carolina's most popular attractions.



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About Eileen

A family that loves the water!

Eileen purchased this House in 1998

Why Eileen chose Nebo

Making family memories is what we love most about Lake James. But, people come here for lots of different reasons--serenity, beauty, nature, friendly people, low crime, clean air and water, low cost of living......

What makes this House unique

Our lake is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in the entire U.S. People from all over the country have chosen to vacation and retire here. In addition to its beauty and cleanliness, the lake is not very crowded and boat traffic is significantly lighter than on many large reservoirs--making it safer to be on the water, and quieter and more pleasant when on shore.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 3
        2 twin/ single
      • Master Bedroom
        1 queen, Attached bathroom with shower
      • Master is a good size for a couple, and the other 2 bedrooms are good for kids, and young adults who don not mind sharing space. Both extra bedrooms have 2 twin beds. Maximum overnight guests is 6.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Hall bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Master Bath
        toilet, shower
      • Our cottage is older but well maintained and has received some updates since 2016. The hall bath has an overhead shower adapter added for convenience. The master has a small stand up shower.

      Location Type

        • Lake View
        • Lakefront
        • Mountain View
        • Rural
        • Water View
        • Waterfront


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


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Air Conditioning
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                      High speed wi-fi
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                    • Parking
                      Plenty of room for boat trailers and RVs
                    • Towels Provided


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          provided for 6 guests.
                        • Kitchen
                          Our economy size kitchen has the basics of electric stove/oven, sink (NO DISHWASHER), refrigerator, standard coffee pot, and counter top microwave.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Dining combo to kitchen and living room for 6.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • DVD Player
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Television


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      2 screen porches One large side porch with covered entrance to kitchen, great for outdoor eatting too. One small front porch for sipping morning coffee.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Easy walk to the dock, level grassy front lawn.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Charcoal grill provided


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome


                                            • churches
                                            • festivals
                                            • marina
                                            • museums
                                            • playground
                                            • recreation center
                                            • restaurants
                                            • synagogues
                                            • winery tours

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • antiquing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • boating
                                                • eco tourism
                                                • photography
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • shopping
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • mountaineering
                                                        • cross country skiing
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • golf privileges optional
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • hunting
                                                        • jet skiing
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • mountain climbing
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • pier fishing
                                                        • rafting
                                                        • rock climbing
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                        • skiing
                                                        • snorkeling
                                                        • snorkeling/diving
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • water skiing
                                                        • water tubing
                                                        • whitewater rafting
                                                        • wind-surfing


                                                            • You can bring your boat or jet skis. Launch them at a nearby boat ramp, and keep them in our covered slip. You can also rent pontoons and other water equipment nearby, ask owner.

                                                              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. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              12 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Owners were helpful from the beginning. Great place to spend time on the lake.

                                                              Richard P.

                                                              Cozy. Charming. Awesome boat dock and slip if you have a boat to bring. Mimosa boat ramp is 5 minutes away.

                                                              Amazing Dock!

                                                              Doreen S.Pineville, NC

                                                              Loved this place... brought our boat and went fishing every day! Everything you need...

                                                              Fall get away

                                                              Stan W.Cincinnati, OH

                                                              The lake side location of this property is very nice. We enjoyed the views, the ability to catch up on some reading on a large pleasant dock and the quiet neighborhood. The cottage was just the right size for our stay.


                                                              Marcia J.Pittsboro, NC

                                                              Dock is perfect.

                                                              Great Lake access - home more suited for cramming as many people as you can vs quality of experienc.

                                                              Steven L.

                                                              House is not completely as advertised

                                                              For clarity-

                                                              Second bathroom is a tub with a hose attachment to rinse off and a suitable shower it is not.

                                                              The beds in the 3rd bedroom are crammed in and door cannot be opened up all the way as a result

                                                              The home described as “character” really means very old. With that comes some challenges. So be aware.

                                                              I will say the owner is super nice and accommodating and did the best she could. This place is probably best suited for a younger clientele who doesn’t mind college type accommodations.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              This traveler and his party of 2 adults and 4 children were guests in our home for 5 days. When it was time to check out, he presented the complaints he lists in this review and asked for a refund! We hope this review will be considered in that context.

                                                              After he submitted his review, he changed his VRBO “profile,” so that this review and previous reviews that he might have submitted cannot be viewed. His traveler rating from other VRBO owners cannot be viewed either. Prior to changing his profile his traveler review was one star.

                                                              We take our guests’ comfort and suggestions for improvements seriously and we strive to make each stay as pleasant and trouble free as possible. Each guest has our personal cell phone number, along with 24/7 contact information for our on-site property manager.

                                                              Regarding the shower, the shower head is like any shower head, but it is attached to a flexible hose so that it can be removed from its wall mount above the tub, and used down inside the tub, as for use with a child or by a person with limited mobility. Several prior guests have thanked us for that feature. As for the bedroom, one of the twin beds got moved over a little by the cleaners, and just needed to be pushed back a few inches.

                                                              As we cleaned up after his departure, we came across a printed itinerary for his stay. It read as follows: Day 1, fishing in the morning, boat lake exploring in the afternoon. Day 2, day hike at Linville Falls, lunch on the trail. Day 3, all day wakeboarding, tubing and fishing. Fish caught by the boys for dinner. Day 4, zip lining in the morning, lake in the afternoon. Day 5, enjoy the lake before departing.

                                                              We think this guest and his party of 2 adults and 4 children had a great time at our home!

                                                              Wish I owned the place! Love to arrive, hate to leave....

                                                              Mara L.Lexington, NC

                                                              My family loves this lake house! This is our second summer here. We spend the majority of our time on the dock, either reading, chatting, or jumping in the lake! We even hung our hammocks there and napped. : ) The house is clean and well-stocked, with lovely views too. I'm also a screen porch addict, and this home has 2-- double bonus. We bring our own boat, and the covered boatslip is perfect, and only a short boat ride away from the public lake access ramp. We'd stay forever... if only we could.


                                                              Nebo, NC, USA

                                                              Rates & Availability

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                                                              Damage deposits will be refunded after your stay is complete and the rental unit is cleaned and inspected. This usually takes 3-7 business days.

                                                              12 Reviews
                                                              Excellent 4.6/5
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