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Mathews' Mansion, a cabin by a mountain lake

Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Air Conditioning


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 bath, sleeps 3. 1 couch. Dishes, cutlery. Steps to lake.

Long overdue for a lazy afternoon in a hammock? How about a rocking chair overlooking one of the most pristine lakes in the world? At Mathews' Mansion, a small cabin on a lake full of fish, you will find a bit of heaven. No clocks, phones, or TV's, only rest and the rustling of maples. Bring your camera for some great nature shots. Chipmunks, hummingbirds, and raccoons are common visitors. Smoking okay on screened-in porch.

Lake is great for bass, boating, swimming. Santeetlah Marina is only a quarter of a mile. Hike the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest and other lush trails in the region. Take a drive on the breathtaking Cherula Skyway. Nearby streams & rivers are world-famous for fly-fishing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, and tubing. Ride the choo-choo from Bryson City to the Nantahala Gorge. Visit a pow wow at the nearby Cherokee Reservation or see the outdoor drama. Try your hand at ruby mining. Go antiquing for quilts & carvings. Cycle, or just relax!

Tail of the Dragon: Mathews' Mansion is close to the Tail of the Dragon, the famous curvy Highway 129, which attracts sports car enthusiasts and cyclists from all over the country. Along Cherola Highway one will view spectacular breathtaking mountain views. For more details visit our website.

Cherokee Artifacts: Did you know that Cherokee artifacts have been found in Lake Santeetlah? Stop at the Cherokee Museum in Robbinsville to see what local residents have found while walking the shores. While there, visit Chief Junaluska's grave site. Take a drive through the Snowbird reservation and picnic at one of the creekside tables. Always keep your eyes open, for you, too, might find a Native American relic!

More Details

Marsha Mathews
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, spanish, Spanish call Aura 828-479-8737. MATHEWS MANSION
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
May 21, 2017

About Marsha Mathews

I am a professor at a small college, an author of three poetry books, a mother, and a grandmother. I love my cottage on Lake Santeetlah and named it Mathews Mansion when I inherited it from my parents. I have enjoyed fixing it up, one project at a time, from the septic tank to the roof. When the economy fell, I started inviting guests to stay to offset the costs of property taxes, utilities, and maintenance. It's a lot of work, but when I'm there, I feel like I'm in a tree house overlooking the lake.

Why Marsha Mathews chose Lake Santeetlah

This property is exquisite, set in among some of the oldest mountains on the earth. The wildlife intrigues me because I grew up in Florida where birds have much longer legs. In addition, each season brings something new, especially autumn when the leaves turn red and gold and flutter in the breeze like butterflies. The screen porch is where I spend most of my time, rocking, reading, watching the lake, the chipmunks, and listening to songbirds.

What makes this cabin unique

This is not a place to party. it is a place to relax and retreat from the hubbub of daily pressures. It is great for those who want to hike, kayak, or simply rock in the rocking chairs. Only an hour or two from river rafting, Cherokee, DollyWood, Gatlinberg, Asheville. Chief Junaluska's burial site is right there in Robbinsville (6 miles) and a small museum and Native American garden.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We really enjoyed our visit. Such a quiet restful place! We had a great time exploring all the nearby areas – even got pictures of the elk at the Great Smoky welcome center. Thanks again for sharing your mansion with us.
Jul 2015
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Robbinsville Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Floor tile, showerhead, sink, and faucets.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Snug-a-Bug - 1 twin/ single , Bring Linens
    Patchwork - 1 queen , Bring linens with deep pockets that fit thick mattress.
  • Pillows and mattress pads provided. We have closets! The couch is comfortable for a child to sleep but is not a pull-out.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Toys ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
You will love this place. It's the perfect retreat as long as you like being near hemlock and laurel, mountain air, and the flutter of hummingbird wings. Gatlinburg is not far away. Cherokee's close, too. Please bring lots of bath towels because you'll use them after your dip in the lake. There's a sandy beach around the bend of lake, roped off for safe swimming. Or take the steps down to the water in front of your cabin. Mathews' Mansion is on a cul-de-sac. Even non-walkers enjoy walking around the mountain, the next road up, scouting for rabbits, ground hogs, raccoons, and other critters. Community leash law. Come in autumn if you wish to see a spectacular display of foliage.


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Mathews' Mansion, a cabin by a mountain lake
average rating of 4.625 based on 10 reviews

Comfortable, small cabin on beautiful lake Santeet

  • 4 of 5

Well-supplied cabin with two great decks (one screened) overlooking the lake. Swimming at the cabin or 1/2 mile down the road at public beach. Robbinsville is close by with good shopping. Great drives and sightseeing in the area. Only problem is that we had difficulty finding the cabin with GPS.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice, quiet, beautiful and we loved it!

  • 5 of 5

The view from the screened in porch and deck are absolutely beautiful. The facilities were clean and well-maintained. They were very helpful with anything we needed. Eating our breakfast each morning in the porch looking at the water was a quiet and wonderful way to start each day. The only problem we had was negotiating the steps. We would definitely recommend this property to others.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing weekend stay.

  • 4 of 5

My elderly parents stayed in your cabin for a few nights while we were staying at Lake Santeetlah. They LOVED the cabin. They were so sad to leave and wished they could have stayed longer. The location was perfect since they could walk to our cabin. The deck outside is gorgeous. They opened the windows for fresh air and my dad said it was the best night's sleep he's gotten in a year!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Barbara! Your mother called me the day they left and said she had been very pleased with the facilities. Thank you for responding to the survey to let others know that Mathews Mansion is more than one step up from camping. It's not the Hilton, but it's definitely a place to hear the birds singing. I hope you book Mathews Mansion again soon! Marsha
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Breathtaking views

  • 4 of 5

Property small, rustic but clean! For family of 3 for sure. Deck definitely best feature of house. Bring your own drinking water. There is no floating dock so swimming with kids and older parents proved hard...but views made everytiing negative we were thinking just disappear! There is so much to do in the area that you don't have to travel far to find gems. Lots of cute local art places, local honey, Cherokee museum in Robbinsville, the lake,, the scenic drives, the lake, kilmore forest, the lake, waterfalls, the lake, the lake, the lake!!! I'd stay here again in a heartbeat especially because owner was perfect to work with!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aw! Thank you for your kind words! I am pleased you love it there as much as I do. As far as swimming with the children, there is Cheoah Beach, a five-minute drive around the lake to a super spot where sand has been pumped in the create a real beach. There are roped off areas out in the water, to help keep the children safe. The view here is spectacular. There are outdoor grills, picnic tables, and bathrooms. Also, the drinking water is checked regularly. Those million dollar homes on the other side of the mountain have the same water, and my cabin has been replumbed with new pipes, so it's okay to drink. I love love love repeat guests. If you ever want to stay here again, please remind me that you get a repeat lodger discount! Warmly, Marsha Matheww
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A perfect cozy place to relax and enjoy the lake!

  • 5 of 5

We Loved this cottage! It was just perfect for our family of 3! The owner's directions to the cottage were accurate and easy to follow. Marsha was wonderful to work with and answered all my questions. The deck and screened in porch are really the best part of the cottage, along with the view of the lake.

We came up for my family reunion and the location was perfect 30 minutes to Stecoah and 10 minutes to my grandparents house.

The cabin is perfectly located to a lot of great places to hike we went to Joyce Kilmer National forest and yellow creek falls during our stay. I highly recommend going to both. Next time we will stay longer so we can enjoy the lake a little more.

For meals it is a about 5 miles from the town of Robbinnsvile,NC. Graham County, where the cabin is, it is the only dry county left in NC, so if you want wine or beer you can't get it at the restaurants if you want it in your cabin you need to bring it with you.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Jennifer, for your kind words and for taking the time to send in a review of Mathews Mansion. It's people like you who appreciate the natural beauty of the mountains, the lake and streams, the lush maples and hickories, and wildlife who seem to thrive there. I hope you and yours can return in the near future. Marsha Mathews
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Cozy Cabin

  • 5 of 5

I loved the cozy cabin on Lake Santeetlah! The cabin is perfect for a romantic couple's getaway or for a small family. The mountains are beautiful.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
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1 Miles
Cheoah Beach is at Lake Santeetlah
Car: necessary

Right at the Tail of the Dragon, this cottage on Thunderbird Mountain overlooks Lake Santeetlah, which is surrounded by pristine National Forest. Steps make it easy to hop in for a swim or to board your kayak. With the appeal of a cabin, complete with rocking chairs on its screened porch and a hammock ready to hang, this peaceful abode also sports a large deck with benches and two comfy yard recliners. The marina down the street offers boat rentals and water sports equipment. Ten miles in at Robbinsville, see the Native American Museum or a few miles further, you will find white water for fly fishing, rafting, and nature galore. In driving distance to Cherokee, Dollywood, Gatlinburg, and Cades Cove where you will see deer and maybe even a bear.

Other Activities: Mining for rubies and garnets; nature photography, berry-picking, bird-watching, horseback riding are all close by. Gambling is now available in Murphy, about 45 minutes. Boat rental is available at the nearby Santeetlah Marina or Dayton Camp Boat Rentals (828) 479-7422.


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