|Space||800 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
A liability waiver will be provided by the proprietor. The waiver must be signed and sent along with payment.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.