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Romantic Lake Retreat- On beautiful, clear Lake Nantahala

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,400 sq ft
Property type house


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Gameroom, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7-9)

Come to this beautiful, romantic mountain retreat right on crystal clear Nanatahala Lake. You will find yourself high in the treetops, watching the pines swaying in the wind, the Sourwood leaves turning red, and the lake below sparkling with sun. In winter, the mountain tops across the lake will shimmer with frost.

This is a perfect romantic get-a-way. Wake in the morning to the sun coming over the mountains shining across the lake. In fall, reds and yellows against the dark green on the mountainsides or right outside the window engulf you with the wonder of fall. In summer, be engulfed by Appalachian lushness. And take a short drive to take a short or long hike on the beautiful Appalachian Trail (including a scenic fire tower look-out). Sometimes the Smokey Mountain mist creates shining wonders before your eyes. Cook your favorite gourmet meals in our kitchen in full view of the lake. Basking in the dappled sun on the deck is always wonderful.

At night, build a fire and sink into comfort with a glass of wine or your favorite tea while moonlight plays on the mountains across the lake. Try some candlelight while soaking in our large comfortable oval tub. Or relax in our cozy private spa on the lower deck and watch the stars.

Take a swim in the clear waters below. Use our canoe or two kayaks or launch your own boat nearby and tie up at our dock. Spend evenings on the dock, gazing at the stars in the clear mountain air. Feel the gratitude of just being alive.

Stroll down our scenic, peaceful neighborhood lane, take a loop hike through the woods on primative roads or take the nearby hikes on the Appalachian Trail to a great look-out or Wayha, Wesser or Siler Balds. Watch the birds, try your luck in the nearby award-winning trout stream or look for rare fresh water salmon across the lake or just fish right off the dock. Explore one of the many bike routes or visit the famous Nantahala Outdoor Center for rafting, kayaking, biking and delicious food.

Smokey Mountain National Park invites you just an hour away, or you can visit the famous Biltmore House in Asheville. Take a scenic ride on the historic railway or try panning for gems. Do you like music? Vist Dolly Partan's village or attend free Friday night concerts at John Campbell Folk School, or the great bands playing riverside at NOC. On the other hand, just sitting on the deck in the tree tops gazing at the lake might be just the peace and solitude you need.

Come treat yourself and let us welcome you to our home. We think there is no place more beautiful! We hope you will agree.

In winter the boats can still be used from the beach and sun shines brightly through the leafless trees and reflects up from the lake through the many windows. At night build a warm fire or just enjoy games with family. Outside, all is quiet.

Keywords: House Lake Cabin

More Details

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french, a little Japanese and French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2018

About The Owner

We are two retired college community college teachers from Wisconsin. We love to travel the world, enjoy participating in active sports like hiking, kayaking, sailing, and skiing. But also love reading, eating good food and just sitting peacefully admiring nature.

The Owner purchased this house in 2007

Why The Owner chose Topton

We fell in love with this lot with huge tall trees on a beautiful, pristine lake. We designed the house ourselves with lots of windows to be open to nature. We try to stay there whenever we can, but also like to share it with guests, even if we don't know them personally. So you are most welcome.

What makes this house unique

This house is a wilderness experience, high in the mountains, every room with a view of the gorgeous lake, and a unique chance to be in the branches of tall pines - but with all the luxury of home. We used to love camping in spots like this. Now we can enjoy comfortable beds, a modern kitchen and even a hot tub after a swim in the exceptionally clear lake. All in all . . this is heaven.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our home is new and we are just now starting our guest book. It is a great idea to share insights among guests and pass along tips about favorite things to do etc. We love staying at our Lake Nantahala house and hope it will provide a welcome retreat for you, too. (Marilyn and Jim)
Jun 2006
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Topton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 2 -- spacious with desk, phone, great view - 1 double , deck and hot tub out the glass doors
    Bedroom 3 - bunk bed - great view - 1 bunk bed , double on bottom, single on top, extra mattress under bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , On main floor -- adjoining living room, bathroom - great vie
  • Queen size Bed (1), Double (1) Bunk bed sleeps 3, extra double mattress. Couch in TV/game room - converts to double bed.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • marina
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Wifi, intercom to communicate with folks downstairs, new Turbo 2 Massage Chair, spa to seat four with bubbles but no jets on the deck, Large dock, canoe and two single kayaks, one which is especially good for kids, stand-up paddle board for kids, driveway parking for three or four cars, peaceful one lane winding road, neighbors out of view because of lush surrounding woods. Very, very tall pines!


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Romantic Lake Retreat- On beautiful, clear Lake Nantahala
average rating of 4.513889 based on 73 reviews

Beautiful Lake home with stunning views. The beauty of nature here will blow you away!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this beautiful home Easter weekend. I will write a detailed review on this as it deserves 10 stars.

The booking process was very easy. The owners contact number is listed and they literally called me back within 10 minutes of me leaving a voicemail.

The owners are very nice people. I had an extremely hard time finding home owners that would approve my rental request with having 5 children which was

extremely frustrating but the owners of this property were very kid friendly. They are grandparents themselves they told me and were so nice about me having children. First thing I noticed when entering the home it was exceptionally clean. The layout of the home is the top floor has the master bed room with a deck and a beautiful living room with stunning views over the lake and a very nice kitchen. The master bath room is also on this floor and has a very big tub and shower. It has a fireplace and massage chair in the living room. The massage chair was awesome. On the bottom floor you will find a game room that your children will love. I know mine did.It has a pool table that can be changed to a ping pong table or air hockey table. This game room also has a huge TV with Direct TV.The home has a lot of board games for the family to play as well. The owners really went above and beyond to make sure a family with children will have a blast at their home. There are two more bedrooms on the bottom floor, one with a queen size bed and one with a bunk bed. Both bedrooms have a sliding door to go onto the second deck of the home which has a hot tub. The hot tub is very nice to relax in and we were grateful it was there. This floor also has a bathroom with a shower. From the game room you will find a door that takes you to a walking path down to the dock where you will find kayaks and a canoe. My kids loved canoeing on the lake with us. This location is absolutely beautiful. There are stunning homes built all around the lake but in good distance from each other giving you plenty of privacy and it is surprisingly quiet on the lake. If you are looking for fun but also a relaxing vacation for your family this home is definitely it. We will rent this home again. The beauty of nature here will definitely blow you away. You will not regret booking this property. If you view this home from your desktop take a virtual tour and you will see what I am describing. Enjoy your stay, we miss this beautiful place already!

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Canton, North Carolina

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week of our daughter's spring break in this house. We have been going to Lake Nantahala since we were both children (at least 25 years). This house is wonderful. It is neat, clean, up-to-date and has a wonderful open floor plan with many, many fantastic amenities. We took our own boat and could tie it up at the private dock. It was one of the best vacations we have had in a while and this house truly contributed to that. We are certain to stay again many, many more times in the future - we plan to every year now. Thanks Marilyn for sharing your awesome lake house with us.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2007
  • Stayed: June 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful location & house

  • 5 of 5

Very secluded and peaceful. Fully equipped house with all amenities including canoe and kayaks. Temperatures were perfect and the water was warm. Marina a few miles away has boat rentals and basic items. Nantahala Outdoor Center about 30 minutes for whitewater rafting and kayaking. Owners replied quickly. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice place

  • 5 of 5

Place was great. Highlights were the kayaks and canoe. Lake in the back looked great. House is very spacious

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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orlando, fl

gorgeous private lake, lovely home with plenty of entertainment

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay. Kayaked, canoed, paddle boarded, played pool, ate at nearby marina restaurant. House is private and clean. Close to river rafting, tubing, horse back riding.

Love the massage chair. Our second visit.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lake Butler, Fl

Very enjoyable for our family

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed staying at the lake house. They had canoe's and kayaks that the kids really enjoyed. It is a very comfortable home. It would be nice to have another tv in the upstairs bedroom. The views are lovely. Also, when it says go 15 mph on curves, believe it! One corner we came around, there were bears on the side of the road, if they would have been in the road, it would have been hard to stop. It is appr. 40 minutes to the bottom of the mountain, so you need to make sure that you have everything that you need for the night.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Many other activites such as restaurants, movies, shopping and antiques, concerts, crafts, wine tasting are available in towns that are about 20-30 miles away. Smokey Mountains National Park is about an hour's drive. The Nantahala Outdoor Center is a major hiking, kayaking

center with great food and weekend entertainment .. about 20 miles away. Nearby are hiking trails, waterfalls and fishing.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
cleaning fee $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.