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Biker, hiker & family friendly! Covered parking with easy access.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 full baths, full kitchen & front porch that is length of house

The Lone Duck was named after a little lone duck that visited quite often during the renovation.

The house was built in the 1940's and was newly remodeled in 2014. It is a great place for a weekend get away or week long vacation. It is within 15 minutes of the Tail of the Dragon. The Dragon is located on US 129 and has 318 curves in 11 miles and is considered by many as the world's best motorcycling and sports car roads. The house is located just 1 mile off of the moonshiner 28, a paved road for easy access, and a short gravel driveway with covered parking, makes it an ideal spot for motorcyclist and sports cars.

The house has beautiful wood flooring throughout. The stairway is rough sawn wood with rustic railing. The living room ceiling is very old corrugated metal. The lighting above the kitchen sink is old mason jars to add to the charm and warmth of the old home place. The old fashioned front porch has an open ceiling so you can enjoy the sound of rain on an old tin roof and is the length of the house.

It has 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths. The bedroom on the main level has a queen bed and the bathroom is connected, but has a separate entrance from utility room. The upstairs bedroom is 2 full beds, with a seating area and a deck with table and 2 chairs and a private entry. The bathroom has a huge walk in shower. Both bathrooms have lots of extra towels and wash clothes for your convenience. Extra linens are also provided for both bedrooms. The beds are all covered in very comfortable linens.

The kitchen is fully equipped with all new appliances (full refrigerator, electric stove/w oven & microwave). Also includes toaster, coffee maker, blender, crock pot, dinnerware, cookware, flatware, cooking and serving utensils. The dining table seats 4 , the wood bar seats 3 and looks into the living room so you can watch TV while you enjoy your meal.

So come enjoy your morning coffee on the upper deck while breathing in the fresh mountain air. What better way to start your day! Before you leave for a day of adventure start your dinner in the crock pot and come home to a home cooked meal. You can end your day making s'mores, relaxing by the fire pit & doing some star gazing. The peacefulness of this place will take you back to a simpler day and time, while making some lasting new memories.

It is located about 1 mile from beautiful Lake Fontana. It is in a central location to many area attraction and is about a 15 minute drive to the Tail of the Dragon, and just a short drive to Harrah's Casino, Cherohala Skyway, Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, Fontana Dam, Joyce Kilmer Natonal Forest where in early to mid June the Fireflies light up in unison, and numerous other attractions.

The area is great for hiking, biking, motorcycling, lake fishing, fly fishing, boating, swimming, white water rafting or just relaxing. There is also some amazing places for photography here, as Graham County is one of North Carolina's most remote counties.

More Details

Darrin & Sandi Lail
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

About Darrin & Sandi Lail

Darrin & I were both blessed to be born and raised in this beautiful place. We have one daughter Macy, who is a junior at Robbinsville High School. Darrin is a contractor & owns Lail's Construction. So if you visit here and decide that you just have to have a home built or maybe purchase one that needs some renovations done, no matter how big or small, you can contact him. We would like the chance to share this beautiful & amazing place with you & your family.

Darrin & Sandi Lail purchased this cabin in 2013

Why Darrin & Sandi Lail chose Robbinsville

This house once belonged to distant relatives of mine, who all lived out of town, and came to visit as often as possible. With aging they were no longer able to enjoy it as they once had and with much sorrow to them decided to sell. They offered it to us and we decided to buy. It was bitter sweet to them as well as us. They are now very pleased with all the renovations that we made to the place and are happy that it ended up being kept in the family. Now it is already to be shared with you.

What makes this cabin unique

The house has an old fashioned feel to it, as it was originally built in the 1940's. During the renovation we wanted to keep that feel and took every measure possible to do so. It is nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains. In the morning you can walk outside and see the beauty of this area all around you, without every leaving your porch. It is a little piece of Heaven here on earth and we think you will agree once you visit us.


Robbinsville Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 full bathroom. Main level bath has cast iron tub/with shower, toilet & sink. Storage closet with lots of extra towels & wash clothes. Upstairs bath has huge walk-in shower, toilet & sink. Also a storage closet with lots of extra towels & wash clothes.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 double , A seating area is located in upstairs bedroom
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Main level bedroom has a queen bed. Upstairs bedroom has 2 full beds with a seating area. A small deck with table & 2 chairs has a private entry & is off the upstairs bedroom.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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Biker, hiker & family friendly! Covered parking with easy access.
average rating of 4.939394 based on 33 reviews

Perfect property

  • 5 of 5

This home was just the right size for my two teens and I. It was decorated with care, and everything was at our fingertips! Very quiet area, with the sound of the stream very relaxing while watching our fire in the pit. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to stay "on the quiet side" of the Smokies.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Lone Duck Cabin in one word… Fantastic!

  • 5 of 5

This charming cabin was a perfect home base for our trip to the Smokies! Working with Sandi and Darrin was great. Sandi was quick to respond to emails and text messages. This was greatly appreciated and made our stay that much better.

The cabin is located on a paved road about a mile off of Rt 28 between Rt 143 to Robbinsville and the Fontana Dam. The driveway is gravel and up-hill. The transition from pavement to gravel is smooth and the incline is not that steep. Those on motorcycles or (as our group was) in cars with modified suspensions will not have any issues getting up to the cabin. At the top of the driveway is a carport that will easily hold several bikes or two cars.

Upon arrival on the property we were greeted by their two dogs Bingo and Elmo. The cabin was nicely decorated, extremely clean, and very well equipped. We found the three beds to be very comfortable and a plentiful supply of clean towels in both bathrooms. The cabin was 100% ready for our arrival. We grilled out every night and spent hours sitting by the fire pit (Elmo often check in on us) reminiscing about our daily adventures.

I would highly recommend The Lone Duck Cabin to anyone and I will definitely be staying here again.

It was a pleasure meeting both of you. Thank you for sharing your cabin with us! See you next fall!

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

The place was decorated for fall and had all the amenities needed! It was super clean and we enjoyed the place immensely! We can't wait to say again!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceeded our expectations!!

  • 5 of 5

Our "gang" had all vacationed in the Smoky Mountains on numerous occasions but had always stayed on the TN side. Well after this trip to the NC side we will be returning. Challenging roads abound for motorcycle enthusiasts as well as gorgeous scenery. The accommodations were all we could have hoped for. Great central location for area attractions. The owners are extremely pleasant, cordial and accommodating. Will definitely recommend this place to anyone interested.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our four-day stay at this cottage-style cabin was wonderful. Everything was spotless and the owner's personal touch and attention to detail made us feel like we were in the comfort or our own home. The place is stocked with everything you might possibly need except for food and clothing. You have PLENTY of privacy, and the scenery was among the most beautiful I've ever seen, absolutely breathtaking. It was dark when we arrived a the cabin and when we were able to view our surroundings the next morning, we started planning a return trip right away. The town of Robbinsville is only seven or eight miles away.....but remember that you're in the mountains, so there are a lot of curves in the road which make your speed minimal when you're travelling. I think the fastest I drove while I was there was about 45 mph. Lake Fontana and all the rivers and streams were picturesque. There is plenty to do there from a lazy day of fishing to white water rafting or a trip to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge! This place can be as peaceful as you want it to be or as exciting as you'd like to make it; the location offers access to so many different types of activities for both the young and the old alike. This is one of the best and most beautiful vacations I've ever taken. Sandi, the owner, was very sweet and helpful and immediately felt like family. You can't go wrong with this place, folks; you get plenty of bang for your buck!

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Exactly what we wanted

  • 5 of 5

The lone duck is a great place to stay if you are in the Robbinsville area. Upon arrival Sandi had a blackboard greeting that made us feel welcome for our stay. The house has a lot of reconditioning and remodeling and was very clean. Decorations in the house were for the fall season and made the lone duck even more inviting. The lone duck is visited daily by Sandi's dogs Bingo and Elmo. They are great dogs and just looking for a quick pet and maybe a scrap of burger from the grill. We enjoyed our stay and would rent the lone duck on our next trip to the Smoky Mountains area.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Knoxville, Tn
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Bryson City, NC
Car: necessary

If you truly love adventure and own a motorcycle or sports car you have to check out 129 or better known as the Dragon. And on your way to the Dragon stop by and visit Fontana Dam. You can get some gorgeous photos of Fontana Lake and surrounding scenery here. Another great spot to visit is Joyce Kilmer National Forest. Especially if you are in the area in early to mid June, you can see an amazing show of synchronized Fireflies. Joyce Kilmer is one of the few places in the world you can experience this natural phenomenon. It is well worth the drive to catch this show. The Cherohala Skyway is also a favorite drive for locals as well as tourist. You can do some breath taking photography here as well as numerous other spots around this remote area.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $200

Deposits &/or rentals will be refunded in full if owners are given at least 30 days notice.Cancellations less than 30 days are refunded less 50% of total. Rebooking is a possibility. No shows will charged full rate. Early departures are considered cancellations without 30 days notice & are subject to full charge. No refunds will be made due to failure of non essential items such as TV's, WIFI, air conditioners, washer/dryer, microwave or other convenience items. We will make every effort to repair as quickly as possible. Not responsible for food items lost in refrigerator if it were to go out. Refunds will not be given due loss of electricity to cabin due to power outages that are beyond our control. The name appearing on the reservation is legally responsible for payment, all the actions of the occupants and any damage fee applicable & imposed. Check-out is 11:00 AM. CHECK-in:4:00 PM. If cabin is occupied after 11:00 on date of departure, occupant will be charged for an additional night's rent unless arrangements are made with owner. You agree to indemnify & hold harmless the owner(s) from any claim or demand arising from use of the rental unit or surrounding property. A maximum of (6) people may occupy the unit. If you wish to have visitors it must be approved by the owner. If it is determined that more than (6) people are occupying the unit you maybe ask to leave and no refunds will be given. Pets will be allowed with approval of the owner and an additional fee will be charged. If it appears a pet has occupied the house without approval of the owner your damage deposit will not be refunded. If the premises are damaged due to the pet you will be held responsible for the damages. Pets must be taken outside to relieve themselves. NO puppy pads are to be used in the house & the pet must be house broken. NO smoking inside the house. It is permitted outside only. Cigarettes must be disposed of in the ashtrays provided,ashtrays must be cleaned prior to your departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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