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Mathews' Mansion, a cabin by a mountain lake

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Overview

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

Owner
Marsha Mathews
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, spanish, Spanish call Aura 828-479-8737. MATHEWS MANSION
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
July 23, 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 North Carolina Mountains

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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Amenities

Lake Santeetlah Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Bring one set of queen sheets and, if needed, twin sheets, and plenty of towels for swimming, rafting, boating.
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Toilet Paper
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Floor tile, showerhead, sink, and faucets.
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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.

Reviews

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average rating of 4.2727275 based on 13 reviews
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Quiet lakefront cabin.

  • 3 of 5

I always enjoy staying here to avoid crowded urban areas. The weather and proximity to good hiking trails is important to me. I look forward to returning again.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location, nice house, great times

  • 4 of 5

Our family had a great time staying at Mathews Mansion. The location is great-- convenient to the Cheoah Point swimming beach, not far from Joyce Kilmer and Slickrock Creek hiking trails, and convenient to Robbinsville restaurants and stores, also.

The house had everything we needed for cooking meals.

The lake view from the porch is beautiful.

There is a nice staircase leading down to the water which would be a perfect place to load into a canoe.

One piece of advice-- air out the master bedroom for a while (maybe use some Febreze, too) before putting your clothes and linens in there. The lakeside/musty smell is really strong in there, and it kind of permeated all my clothes before I realized it. You might consider buying some DampRid to help keep that problem under control.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Andrew, I'm pleased to hear you enjoyed your trip to this majestic lake. Also, thanks for your suggestions on removing the musty odor in the front bedroom. I have notified the cleaning crew, and they are getting the Damp Rid from storage to place in the bedroom closet. We use Damp Rid during the winter when the cabin is closed up, but I guess this is a particularly damp season and need it now, as well. It sounds like the positives outweighed the negatives for you, so I hope you will come back again soon. Marsha
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  • 3 of 5

Small cabin, but that is the way it is listed. Not able to get to the water from cabin. But gorgeous view of the lake. Quiet with only 2 neighbors and both of those houses were unoccupied when we were there so it was very quiet, which we liked. House smelled musty but we were probably first to occupy it this season. Mattress pad definitely needs replaced.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your feedback. You have to walk down the steps in front of the cabin to get to the lake. There are about 20 steps (no curves) with railings along both sides, for safety. As with many older cabins, when humidity is high, there sometimes is a musty odor. I usually open the windows to let the air pass through. I will notify the cleaning team to toss the older mattress pad.
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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
Owner's Response: The address has recently changed from 209 Santeetlah Trail to 163 Santeetlah Trail. I'm not sure the GPS maps are keeping up with Postal changes, buy I now send the new address in the Confirmation Letter (with butterfly photo). Marsha
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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
Owner's Response: Thank you for your 5-star response! We work hard to try to provide our guests with a relaxing stay. The stone steps in front are slick when wet. I'm trying to think of a solution to this problem and do encourage guests to wear non-skid shoes. I'd love to have you back again! Marsha
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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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Nearest Beach
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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Rates & Availability

Lake Santeetlah Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
September Special
Sep 5 2017 - Oct 1 2017
4 night minimum stay
$79
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$115
$590
$1,990
 

Additional information about rental rates

A liability waiver will be provided by the proprietor. The waiver must be signed and sent along with payment.

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.
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