5 Bedroom, 4 Bath Mountain Top Lodge, Lake and Mountain Views, covered front and back porches, stone fireplace, super cool swinging bed on back porch overlooking lake, hammock, Open Floor plan, 2 flat screens. Ping pong, foosball, Fire Pit, Gas Grill, utility room with washer/dryer, and ample parking for 5-6 cars/boat/trailer. Trail through the woods leads to shared boat dock. Kayak and canoe available with life jackets and paddles. Marina nearby for renting pontoon and ski boats.
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- Calendar last updated:
- Jan 6, 2019
About Casie Hughes
We built this house as a family retreat and to have plenty of room for all of our friends and family to come together. We've had loads of adventures here and lots of laughs. Great memories have been created here, with many more to come!
Casie Hughes purchased this Cabin in 2007
Why Casie Hughes chose Topton
Did you see that view? When you dive into the cool, clear, clean lake and take a deep breath you'll understand why.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Secluded large home with amazing views and access to boat dock. Near by marina with boat rentals available. Great mountain lake.
Beautiful house, but be prepared for remoteness and potential connectivity challenges
Our family of 5 adults and 6 older teenagers/young adults stayed here for a week.
Positives: House is beautiful, well built, nicely decorated. Bedroom/bathroom configurations worked for our group, although only bathroom on the main floor is in the master bedroom. Nearby dock access was a big PRO...the cove/lake was delightful to swim in...refreshing and surprisingly not too cold! It takes a bit of effort to get there...either on a path through the woods, or down the "main road", however there is some limited parking so driving is also an option. The Lakes End marina facilities nearby (20-30 mins) offers a restaurant and boat rentals. We got a pontoon to pull tubes and wakeboards...a highlight! We enjoyed the porch/view, although would suggest to the owners to clear just a few trees to open it up and allow additional enjoyment of the view and sunlight (would be good for the house as some parts are dark and damp from constant shade). I love trees, but it's a bit claustrophobic.
Cons: Access is tricky. Be prepared for a long, windy entrance road that turns to gravel and requires crossing an 8-10 ft wide shallow flowing stream (not kidding). The driveway is steep but manageable. We had "normal" cars and they all navigated the various terrain successfully. The kitchen doesn't have a microwave which was troublesome. I didn't think to look for that amenity assuming it's standard equipment these days. I'd also recommend bringing some larger pots and pans to cook (which you should since "civilization" is a trek and limited in offerings). There's no trash pickup, so garbage has to be taken to area dumps that aren't exactly close by. We made enough trips off property that it wasn't too big of a deal, but required planning since dump hours and days vary. The house does have WiFi, but we were notified a couple days prior to our trip that it's limited in nature so can slow down...yes, it does...streaming is problematic/non-existent. We never could get the satellite TV service to work despite multiple attempts and owner contact. I was told to call DISH, but couldn't do so because the landline is very spotty (couldn't maintain a conversation). There's no cellular service, so you really have to be prepared to unplug and not have consistent WiFi or TV access despite it being listed in the description. Also, be prepared for power outages. It's apparently not uncommon to lose power which we did. Bring flashlights and your sense of adventure!
Five Peaks Lodge was Fantastic
A few of my friends from law school and I recently spent three days at the Hughes' cabin in late May and could not have been more satisfied with our lodgings. Five Peaks Lodge came just as advertised.
It is a newer home with old cabin character (read: it's clean but rustic). It's large enough but not so large as to lose your party (read: there is plenty of room for 12 people to hang out together or disperse for some quiet time). It is remote enough to feel completely private (read: it was fairly difficult to find but that's the way we wanted it -- we never saw a single person while at the cabin itself). Access to the lake (and kayak) was (fairly) easy but you never had to leave the lodge if you didn't want to (read: I got pseudo lost my first time trying to follow the trail down to the dock, but some of our party never left the lodge because it comes with enough space and entertainment (games, tv, ping pong, foosball, etc.) that if you don't want to go outside, you don't have to). The outdoor space, while small, was fantastic (read: the fire pit was an awesome space (though we did have to provide our own firewood), the double decks were decked out with enough furniture and worked out great, and the small lawn with picnic table could have been much larger for my liking, but served our purposes well enough). The kitchen came fully stocked and the grill and appliances worked without a hitch (read: all you need to bring is food).
Highlights: pretty much everything really, but specifically: the fire pit, the decks, the (somewhat limited) view, the cleanliness of the lodge, the indoor community spaces, how well stocked and furnished the house is, how secluded it is.
Lowlights: the only complaint I had was that the wifi internet was limited -- once we hit the data limit, it was basically an email checking service -- and with a group of nerds, no streaming wifi got a little dicey (but forced them outside to the fire pit!)
The owner, Casie, was very helpful and responsive from the time we began considering renting this lodge to after our stay when asking about our security deposit (returned in full). She made renting her cabin easy.
Bottom line: You really can't go wrong with Five Peaks Lodge unless you want to stream movies all day long, which, come on, go outside.
Beautiful house on the lake
Every summer we have a family reunion at the NJ shore. This year we decided to make a change. 5 Peaks Lodge was the perfect mountain/ lake house for our group of 12.
The kids loved swimming off the dock and paddling around , especially out to the Island. We took a drive to go rafting and hiking.
The house has plenty of room. The teenagers spent their time downstairs and loved the ping pong table. We used the fire pit twice for s'mores and hot dogs which everyone enjoyed.
This stay was true to the pictures and advertising on home away.
We stayed at this property for our annual family vacation with 6 adults and 6 children. It was absolutely beautiful with a short walk down to lake Nantahala. The lake was very quiet and the water was crystal clear. We were able to have a very relaxing, quiet vacation with all the amenities provided. They provided a kayak and all the necessities for boating (life jackets/boogie boards/tubes/floats). The bedrooms each have their own full bathrooms so each family had privacy and the common spaces were very large and able to accommodate everyone in our party. We really like how we were able to be together in one house to spend time together, but also had our own private rooms with everything needed. We used the fire pit every night to sit and have great family time. We highly recommend this property for a great relaxing family vacation!