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Original House, New Private Dock On Lake, Near Public Boat Landing.

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

If you are looking for a classic mountain getaway, with a superb location in the Nantahala National Forest - on Lake Nantahala - this is your place! By 'classic' we mean it was built by our children's great-grandparents as a mountain vacation home and fishing base back in the '60s. It is NOT a million dollar McMansion thrown up a few years ago that will cost a fortune to rent. It's our family lakehouse. And, we're happy to rent it to you.

This vacation get-away is located on Lake Nantahala with direct access to a private dock and absolutely beautiful views of the lake and mountains. The lake can be enjoyed for swimming, fishing and boating. Many other outdoor activities are within arm's reach of the property.

The location of the house on the lake is something special, a place where you can retreat to get away from the grind of normal life. It is a true escape, nestled away in a stand of enormous poplar trees with a view of the large lake area in front of the distant dam. The hours melt away as you settle into a life of mountain informality, fantastic natural surroundings and wonderful fellowship with family and friends.

The house was one of the first properties built on the lake, and has been maintained and updated with modern amenities. The two-level house is ideal for families and groups of friends. The upper (driveway) level has two bedrooms and one large sleeping area with a screened-off double bed, two single beds and a couch bed. The lower level features a family room with a wood burning fireplace, a large, well-equipped kitchen, and an outside patio facing the lake with a gas grill. It has all the character of a family mountain cabin, with added features like remodeled kitchen, washer/dryer, satellite TV, and DVD/VCR.

The public boat landing is nearby, within 5 minutes by car or a short 15 minute walk. A canoe is included along with paddles and personal floatation devices.

Keywords: House, Cabin, Lake house, Summer home, Mountain home

More Details

LaRue Wait
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2017

About LaRue Wait

Natives of NC and SC with a number of family members living in points North and West.

LaRue Wait purchased this house in 1962

Why LaRue Wait chose Smoky Mountains

The house was built by our father and mother when there were only a few houses on the lake. The land it was built on was part of a large tract of land that our parents bought back when the Nantahala Lake was known to only a few local mountain folk. It has been in our family ever since.

To say that there are countless memories of visits and gatherings of family and friends is a huge understatement. We gather here during three seasons (it's a bit cold in the winter so it is generally closed then) and enjoy the wonderful scenery and all that mountain fresh air.

This house is a true treasure and was built by our father and other local mountain men. The stone steps to the lake were laid by a local mason. The trees, including two apple trees and a pear tree, were planted by our father. And to this day I tend to and add to our mother's wonderful selection of native plants that add different colors to the landscape throughout the year.

What makes this house unique

Nature, the lake, the fresh mountain air and communion with loved ones.


Topton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • First floor bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Downstairs bathroom - toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Lake view, windows front and side.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Drive way side. Windows back & side (indirect view of lake)
    Other (See Description) - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Large open plan area with picture window, and the TV
  • There are two good size bedrooms, each with a Queen bed. Both adjacent to bathroom in shared hall. The other beds are also on the first floor in the large open plan area with the picture window and the TV.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Dock for boat and swimming with direct access from property. A canoe is included along with paddles and personal floatation devices.


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Original House, New Private Dock On Lake, Near Public Boat Landing.
average rating of 4.8 based on 15 reviews

Great Lakeside Rental

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 (and our dog) had a great stay. Lake Nantahala and the surrounding area is beautiful with tons to do. Got in a lot of swimming off the dock, canoeing/boating (canoe included and rented a pontoon from caretakers), fishing, hiking, and sightseeing. The lake house had everything we needed and was in great shape.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: David and family: We are thrilled that you had an enjoyable stay. This house is a family treasure for our family. My children grew up loving it and all the family gatherings - along with some normal " family drama" ! We hope you will choose to visit again'. Thanks!
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Nice location

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay. The lake was great. My husband kayaked a lot. House was spacious

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Escape for Families

  • 5 of 5

Title says it all.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We absolutely loved this home and the lake!

  • 5 of 5

This was by far the best vacation my family has been on! The views were beautiful. The location was great. The home itself was charming with more than enough room to accommodate my family. The location to the marina was a nice extra benefit. The owner answered all my questions and the caretakers were very nice. I would highly recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The Rays were just the type guests we hope will always enjoy our home as it has been a place of joy for our family for four generations.
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Nice stay. great for dogs. Little dated. Will return.

  • 4 of 5

I went up to beautiful Lake Nantahala for four days with my husband, son, and his friend. I wish that I would have brought my two little dogs. It is the perfect place for dogs. There is little traffic as it is nestled away on an almost private road. The location is convenient as it is close to the Lake's-End marina and restaurant. It sleeps about 12, including two sofas. The bed and bath are upstairs. The kitchen and half bath is downstairs. There is one working fireplace downstairs, and they provide the wood. We loved this. There are no decks, but there are large picture windows and a patio. It would be great if there was some vista pruning, but one can still see the lake pretty well. The place is clean but has a slight mildew odor in the upstairs area. There is no dishwasher and no wifi. Cell service was also not existent for our carrier. The neighbors oversee the place and are wonderful. They answered our questions and made sure that we had everything that we needed. They also rent their pontoon boat for a great price. It is a bit dated, but they are refurbishing it soon. It is a great deal at 165.00 per day plus paying for gas. We took the boat out and toured the entire lake. The boat owners are flexible and knowledgeable about the area. The dock is also a bit dated, but the owners are getting a new one soon. Two canoes, a flat bottom boat, a grill, all cooking utensils, etc. are included. Also, bedding, bath and beach towels are provided. This place provided a nice unplugged weekend. It was only 17 miles to Franklin, NC, where we ate at the food truck and tested samples at the Loafing Hiker Brewery, and 15 or so miles to Anderson. There is hiking everywhere. We spent most of the time pontooning and kayaking on our own kayaks. The marina rents paddle boards, kayaks, etc.. We will return.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect, peaceful getaway.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here with our dog Mattie for a quick get away before our daughter was born. We couldn't have picked a better spot. We spent many mornings in the canoe out on the lake (bundled up, of course!) and then we would head inside, light a fire and take a nap on the couch. There is great fishing just up the road, and several nice spots on the river to plant a chair and relax. The home itself was very clean and neat. We slept in the bedroom with the lake view and it was very comfortable. I can imagine that coming in the summer would be great, as the lake would be very refreshing. We certainly plan to come back for another stay. Thank you for sharing your home with us. :)

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
132 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Wayah Cafe
Nearest Point of Interest
Nantahala Outdoor Center
Nearest Point of Interest
Lakes End Diner
Nearest Point of Interest
Public Boat Landing
Nearest Point of Interest
Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest
Nearest Point of Interest
Wayah Bald Lookout
Nearest Point of Interest
Appalachian Trail crossing
Nearest Point of Interest
Siler Bald
Nearest Point of Interest
Tsali State Park
Car: necessary

Some of the best whitewater in the USA is within 1-3 hours driving distance. Also, fantastic road and mountain biking, as well as hiking are accessible within minutes. The Appalachian Trail is 7 miles away, and Bartram Trail is within 2 miles. The Nantahala River is 12 miles away.

Fishing on the lake and in nearby rivers is also very good. Plenty of local advice can be had through local tackle and outdoor stores.

The Cherokee Indian Reservation is a 1 hr drive and has a casino, souvenirs and a wonderful, family-friendly performance called Unto These Hills documenting the Trail of Tears.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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