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Lake Toxaway Lakefront, Mountain Escape | Private Setting | 3 BR/3 BA | Sleeps 6

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 BR/3BA Lakefront Mountain Cabin With Incredible Views

NEW RENTAL starting November 1, 2016! This comfortable, well-cared for 3 bedroom, 3 bath home is situated on Lake Cardinal on 2.5 private acres of wooded property -- part of the beautiful Lake Toxaway community. Perfect for families or couples looking for a secluded retreat, with plenty of activity within steps from the front door or a short car ride away.

The Lake Toxaway community is located in the heart of a pristine landscape, surrounded by more than 10,000 acres of national forests and state parks, four of which border the property: Gorges State Park, Nantahala National Forest, Pisgah National Forest, and DuPont State Forest. Lake Cardinal is an exclusive section of Lake Toxaway Estates that afford the guest peace and quiet on a 'no gas engine' lake separated from Lake Toxaway by a dam. Lake Toxaway is available for guests via the Marina, where boats can be rented for half day, full day or a week to enjoy water sports on the 'big' lake.

The beautiful towns of Brevard and Cashiers are about twenty minutes away and Highlands is forty minutes. Asheville and its famous Biltmore Estate are an hour's drive.

The first floor features warm pine floors in the kitchen and dining room and a new wood burning stove. The open layout is perfect for family gatherings, game nights, or watching a movie on the new flat screen TV (DirectTV is available). The first floor bedroom features a queen bed and attached bathroom. The two bedrooms upstairs both have en suite bathrooms, one with a queen bed, one with two twin beds. The house also features multiple outdoor seating areas, including a covered porch with porch swing, two screened in porches (one with a dining area and one with comfortable seating), and a sun deck with chaise lounge chairs. The home is in pristine condition, recently purchased (in 2015) from original owners and updated with brand new furnishings throughout, including new beds, new hardwood floors upstairs, and refinished decks.

*Pet policy: With prior permission, we allow up to 2 well-behaved, house trained dogs - our fees are $50 for the first dog and $75 for two dogs for your stay.

More Details

Vanessa H.
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2018

About Vanessa H.

Hello! We're sisters Amanda and Vanessa and our family purchased Cardinal Cottage in 2015. We both love Lake Toxaway, the surrounding parks and forests and local towns. We're both avid hikers, enjoy canoeing, kayaking, and paddling on the lake. We hope you enjoy this home as much as we have!

Vanessa H. purchased this house in 2015

Why Vanessa H. chose Lake Toxaway

Because you are set up from the lake, nearly view from the house gives you sweeping views of the lake, but with a treehouse feel! There's nothing better than waking up in the morning and sitting on the porch with a warm cup of coffee and taking in the views and nature. But, if you want more activity, it's all so close by -- from renting a powerboat on the big lake, to heading to nearby Brevard or Cashiers for incredible food. It's the best of all worlds.


Lake Toxaway House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Resort
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • marina
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • water skiing


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Lake Toxaway Lakefront, Mountain Escape | Private Setting | 3 BR/3 BA | Sleeps 6
average rating of 4.736842 based on 19 reviews

Peaceful spot near Lake Toxaway

  • 5 of 5

We visited Lake Toxaway for a cousin's wedding. Vanessa's house on Lake Cardinal was very peaceful and a welcome retreat from wedding craziness. It was perfect for our group to be together, but also very close to the country club and Greystone Inn. We shopped in Brevard on our way from Charlotte, which was very convenient. Enjoyed a very nice paddle around Lake Cardinal. The house is clean and comfortable with beautiful views. Thanks for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous Lakehouse! Highly recommend!

  • 5 of 5

We could not have asked for a more wonderful vacation home . The hosts were simply beautiful inside and out. They were beyond accommodating to my entire family and went above our expectations in every way. Vanessa and Amanda have a home filled with all the amenities any family would totally enjoy . The lake access and views were spectacular as were the wonderful trails ( less than a block away ).They had a fabulous guide book in the home that really gave us perfect recommendations to everything restaurants, hikes, water sports and so much more . We will we going back to this special Lake Toxaway home for many years . Perfect place to build awesome family memories .

Side note : My husband and I had our 3 adult children with us and my adult nephew, more than enough room and plenty of deck space!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice house

  • 4 of 5

Our family enjoyed our recent stay. The house is in a great location for exploring the waterfalls and parks in the area. It is very quiet - we saw no one on the lake the first couple of days. While we didn't use it, a canoe is at the dock.

The house has great outdoor space with the decks and covered porches looking out over the lake.

While we were there, it was very hot. It would have been nice to adjust the AC to cool off the upstairs bedrooms. Without the ceiling fans, it would have been tough to sleep.

Thanks for being dog friendly. Our dog loved going out with us during the day to check out the waterfalls and parks.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for four days to attend our nephew's wedding. House was very clean and had everything necessary to make our stay unforgettable! We would definitely recommend this house to anyone staying in the Lake Toxaway area.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful House & Beautiful Setting

  • 5 of 5

We arrived on Thanksgiving Day 2017 and departed the following Monday morning. Vanessa was gracious to allow us to shift our stay from Wed. thru Sunday to Thursday thru Monday, and made every other facet of our rental smooth and easy.

Location on Lake Toxaway was spectacular with views of the lake from all rooms and a walkway down to the dock. We took full advantage of both the open and screened porches to enjoy the view .... and the unseasonable 60 degree late November weather. The access roads and sorrounding forest offered many hiking opportunities with the added bonus of aggressive hills to push our hearts and clear our heads. Thanks Vanessa for a great weekend.

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful, isolated and quiet [except for the melodic waterfall by the deck]...

  • 4 of 5

A wonderful get-away. Clean, well-kept, the TV was easy to operate, with plenty of channels. The living area and bedrooms are spacious. Other than a few movies, we read on the dock and on the large decks and screened porches. It is very private. We let the dogs roam and explore the 2.5 acres. We paddled the French Broad River through nearby Headwater Outfitters. A neat hike, walking from the cabin, up the Toxaway River. The owner was kind, wanting to ensure that we enjoyed our stay...and we sure did!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Asheville Regional Airport
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $105
Pet Fee $75
Refundable Damage Deposit $300

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.