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We can't adequately describe how peaceful it is to sit on the deck of our little cabin and listen to the birds and the wind through the trees as you watch the sun set over the Smokey Mountains. With the Nantahala National Forest literally as our back yard, this new log cabin is the perfect secluded nature getaway! After getting one of the best night’s sleep you've ever had in our pillow top bed, you'll have the energy to try Fly Fishing or White Water Rafting the Nantahala River, or Water Skiing on the glassy water of the highest elevation lake east of the Mississippi (Nantahala Lake is just 1 mile down the road from the cabin) or hike the nearby Appalachian and Bartram Trails. Area activities also include mountain biking, kayaking, hunting, golfing, swimming, sight-seeing, and more. We've got some DVD’s at the cabin in case it rains. The cabin is stocked with everything you'd have at your own kitchen plus a propane grill on the deck. The quaint little towns of Andrews and Murphy are just a short drive away - if you don’t want to cook your own meals or forgot your favorite fishing lure.
Our renters continually tell us how peaceful and therapeutic it is to stay at our cabin. They mention having great plans to visit touristic attractions and outdoor adventures - but are so lured by the peace and beauty surrounding the cabin that they end up spending most the day kicked back on the deck enjoying the views or sitting at the fire pit watching the stars illuminate the sky.
NOTE: While mountain roads are sometimes steep and curvy they are well maintained paved roads and completely accessible. We have gone to great lengths to make the cabin as accessible as possible, but our gravel driveway is EXTREMELY steep. Therefore, we REQUIRE all renters to either have 4 wheel drive or all-wheel drive. If you don’t have such a vehicle we require you to park at the bottom and hike up. This is a typical request for mountain cabins and not an unreasonable expectation, unless you're unwilling to hike the last 800 ft.
Renting Online: If you're reading this then you're ahead of the game when it comes to online renting. We have tried to make the process as simple as possible. Feel free to call us at any time if you have any questions about the process. If you're ready - just “book online”. Once we have received confirmation of the payment you will receive a detailed set of directions to the cabin which also include the 'key box code' for entry into the cabin.
Final note: This cabin is REMOTE by US standards - so be prepared for no cell service, no TV, no WIFI, and no one bothering you!
As a child I would come to this property on extended family reunions. My mother was raised on the property when there was no running water or electricity. Enchanted by the stories of her childhood, my father he loved visiting her family and hiking the mountain trails with my Uncles. When my Grandfather passed away in the 1989 my family inherited a parcel of the property that had been in our family since the 1830's. I embraced my father's vision of developing and building on our 'family' land in North Carolina and shared that vision with my wife when we first got married. Even as we were finishing our degrees at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah we began saving. In 2003 I joined the Air Force and was stationed at Warner Robins, GA. We practically raised our boys on the weekends hiking up and down the mountains trying to find the right spot for our own cabin. In 2005 my Uncle Frank granted us 4.88 acres of his inheritance and we eventually built the cabin you see here. In 2007 we were transferred to Alaska. After 6 heavenly years there we received orders, and in 2013 made the epic 45 day journey from Alaska to Virginia - via 17 National Parks, to our current duty station at Langley AFB, VA.
Mike Henrie purchased this cabin in 2005
If you want to watch TV, talk on your Cell Phone, check your Email, and surf the Internet - then you should look for a different cabin. If you'd like to get away from all of that - then this is the PERFECT cabin for you! Read the reviews.
Then, book your vacation and enjoy the life changing memories you'll make in the Mountains.
Rest, Relaxation, Serenity, Calm, Quiet, Secluded, Inspirational.
Me and my girlfriend recently visited this cabin over New Year's and loved it. The place looks new inside and out, and it has everything you need. This was our first mountain vacation and it was perfect. I definitely reccomend checking out Wayah Bald, the view is amazing. The driveway is exactly as described, but if you like using your four wheel drive, like me, its quite enjoyable. Overall no bad remarks, i would love to come back in the summer and be able to enjoy the lake.
Me and my wife had a wonderful time. Mike has thought of everything and the cabin was perfect. It's a remote area which was great and allowed us to unplug for a week. We are planning a return visit with family and hope this can be a regular yearly trip for us. Nantahala area is beautiful as well and we enjoyed meeting the locals in Andrews. Thanks Mike for sharing you home with us!
The view is indescribable and so worth the hike up the driveway! We were lucky enough to see some snow, however don't try the trails if it is snowy. The house itself was spotless and beautifully decorated. We packed our meals for the weekend and had all utensils and appliances we could have needed. During the day on Saturday we trekked down to the small town of Andrews and found an awesome pizza and craft beer joint. We considered the lack of wifi and cell service a plus because it was truly a getaway. Great house, land, and owner! Thanks so much again and hope to return to "Smawlie". -Robert & Megan
Overall it was a nice little place. It was a tad annoying to get there & not have any dry towels as whoever cleaned just left them in the washer. Also the place stated that there was firewood but we were not able to find any. This guy is not kidding about the steep entrance, do not attempt unless you have a car that can take it.
There were some instructions on how to get to this one lake but we ended up nowhere since everything seems to be private property with lots of no trespassing signs.
There was also mentioned of a treehouse & after walking around for a while we found nothing.
There's a full kitchen although a lot of the pans are useless as they have seen better days, maybe time to get new ones?
The bed was comfy, slept like a baby. It was cold & there were space heaters all over the place but even those were not enough. Bring extra blankets if you get cold easily.
Finally we got before you leave instructions which I found annoying as I paid $75 cleaning fee & yet this guy wanted us to clean before leaving? I fail to see why I should do that if I'm paying separately for a cleaning fee.
Like I said overall it was okay but maybe a few things need to be changed under the description.
My fiancee' and I were in the neighborhood looking at land in the Topton/Andrews area. I believe if you want to know a place, you have immerse yourself in it. Staying in a motel is not going to get it. As others have said, Mike practically responds to emails before you send them! He is highly accommodating and very easy to work with. The cabin was perfect for our one-night stay -- it had all the comforts of home and the bed was comfortable. And it had one important thing that home does not have -- solitude. Eating dinner on the deck with only the sights and sounds of the mountain to serenade us was truly peaceful. Thank you for sharing your great cabin with us. Maybe soon we will be neighbors! To those of you 55 and older and don't have a 4x4, 800 feet is almost the length of 3 football fields. My Marine Corps veteran wanted me to say that he ran up the whole way. Ha!
Thank you Henrie family for sharing your beautiful cabin with us! We drove all the way from South Florida and spent two nights in Smawlie. We unfortunately did not have a 4-wheel drive but the hike up to the cabin was beautiful so we didn't complain. The view was breathtaking and we spent most of our time outdoors. If I'm ever in North Carolina again, I know I have a place to call home!
Our cozy little log cabin is nestled in the mountains bordering the Nantahala National Forest on the edge of Nantahala Lake - between Franklin and Andrews North Carolina. We are in an ideal location for hiking, fishing, boating, and swimming. We’re literally within 5 minutes of the Appalachian and Bartram Hiking trails, several mountain bike trails, and lots of little stream crossings and waterfalls. If you’re into scenic drives or motorcycling, the area is flooded with world famous drives - including the infamous 'Tail of the Dragon', Cherahola Skyway, and the Smokey Mountain Parkway. Hunting season is incredible around this area! Wild Turkey, Deer, and Black Bear are just a few of the choices. If you’d rather be outdoors than anywhere else, then this is the area for you! Other than our other property in Alaska, I can’t think of a more beautiful place. Oh, if you don’t like to cook your own meals or forgot your favorite fishing lure, the town of Andrews is only 10 miles away.
Stay up late - because star gazing the night sky is just phenomenal and finding new constellations never seen under city lights is a regular occurrence.
Enjoy the fire pit! Bring some s'mores and your pocket knife!
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
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* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.