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'The Dock House' - only 1 week left for summer 2017

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Den, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 12-14)

Thanks for stopping by and welcome to The Dock House!!

The Dock House is a prime spot for family vacations. The mountain panoramic views are exceptional. We are located on pristine Nantahala Lake, which is the second highest lake east of the Mississippi, and one of the cleanest man made lakes in the world. Rising 3000 feet above sea level, the Mountain topography produces mild temperatures in spring and summer. Fall follows which a spectacular display of Mother Nature’s colorful artistry - as the autumn leaves turn brilliant hues of orange, yellow, crimson and gold. Winter has its own allure – providing visitors with a secluded idyllic winter wonderland.

The Dock House was custom designed to fit it’s surroundings and might be the closest home to Nantahala Lake. The deck is a mere 10 feet from the shore line which makes for an easy walk to the oversized dock. Also, nearly every room in the house has a view of the lake, including the master shower, hot tub area and the sauna. The tile and slate selected for the bath rooms enhances the feeling of warmth and serenity that the Nantahala area is known for. The Silestone counter tops and the gourmet kitchen make meal preparation a pleasure! We have spacious decks which are perfect for sunbathing, reading, relaxing and family outdoor gatherings. Our home is also equipped with a big screen TV and pool table. ! The unique 2 master bedroom plan makes it perfect for 2 cost conscious families that like sharing vacation time together. There's a bunk room that sleeps 6 and a loft that sleeps 4, so there's plenty of room for the kids!

The Dock House is truly a unique home. You can tell by looking at how the house blends in with the mountain side. The site was carefully selected for the optimum view and to harvest the magnificent red oaks which were milled into the extensive hardwood flooring and crafted into the beautiful hand rails in the foyer and loft. The post and beam interior was constructed from whole white oak posts and rough sawn white pine beams, which mostly came from the house site as well. The custom designed doors, kitchen cabinets and the one of a kind kitchen table were all hand made from an ancient black walnut tree that was blown down by a storm that passed through Andrews, NC in May of 2002.

The Nantahala area has a lot to offer families who want to create wonderful memories! Entertainment enthusiasts will enjoy the Mountainside Theater, located in the heart of Cherokee Indian Country. The theater is famous for its production of “Unto These Hills”, which is a live re-enactment of the story behind the Cherokee Indian historic “Trail of Tears” journey. Or, hop aboard the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for your choice of scenic family train rides or romantic gourmet dining. The Railroad also presents a Mystery Theater dinner on select Friday nights. Sports fans will delight in nearby offerings of white water rafting, mountain biking, skiing, and hiking. If you are adventurous you must go rafting down the Nantahala River. It is one of the finest whitewater rafting rivers in the country. And, the Tsali Recreation Area is fast becoming a “Mecca” for lovers of mountain biking. Hikers of all ages will appreciate the world famous Appalachian Trial, which you can pick up with a short drive from home. You also don’t want to miss a drive up to the top of Wayah Bald, which offers stunning views for miles of the Western North Carolina landscape.

So, thanks again for letting us share a little bit about The Dock House with you. And, call or email today to make your reservation!

Warmest regards,


P.S. – Be sure to click on the link to our web site! It’s just down the page below the availability calendar. We have extra pictures, local attractions and the floor plan

Keywords: Lake Home

More Details

Mike McDowell
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2017

About Mike McDowell

I'm the designer/builder of this house. We are the original owners and we take a lot of pride in what we do. Mountain houses require a lot of work and we aren't afraid to roll up our sleeves and get the job done.

Mike McDowell purchased this house in 1995

Why Mike McDowell chose Lake Nantahala

This house is centrally located on Nantahala Lake. Yet, when you look out over the water you can only see 3 or 4 docks. Our decks hang almost to the waters edge, so you get the feeling of being right on the water. It's just a wonderful place to experience the beauty of the mountains.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"The Dock House" is a unique house, situated within 10' of Nantahala Lake. I reached way back into my college days for the knowledge to design and build this house, so a lot of care went into every detail to make your stay more enjoyable. I believe you will find it a fun and comfortable place to vacation. Thanks for stopping by!

Apr 2004
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Topton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2) In the loft, Bunk Beds (2) Double size on the bottom, twins on the top
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Swim Dock, 61" big screen TV, life jackets, floats


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(29 traveler reviews)

'The Dock House' - only 1 week left for summer 2017
average rating of 4.827586 based on 30 reviews
Fayetteville, GA

Dock House awesome

  • 5 of 5

9 members of our family just returned from a vacation at the Dock House. It was absolutely wonderful. The house is a mixture of beauty and comfort. The lake is gorgeous, very clean and so clear you can see the fish! We were already talking about next year before we locked the door behind us. I highly recommend this rental.

The house was all that was promised and very well kept. The owner provided great directions and lots of other useful information. It is fairly remote but there is a little store less than 5 minutes away with the basics. We actually planned to visit some of the local attractions-gem mining, cherokee casino, etc., but we were so relaxed and happy at the Dock House that we never left except for a quick run into Franklin (about 25 minutes) for more groceries.

The house is very near the water so there is a steep driveway to negotiate but it is paved and there is a parking pad midway down for small 4 cyclinder front wheel drives.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2008
  • Stayed: Jul 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spectacular views, relaxing, fun and making memories

  • 4 of 5

Our group had our usual 'large' time with each others company. Negative indeed was the offloading area to the house. Extremely steep hill and ONLY ROOM FOR 1 VEHICLE 'at a time' TO UNLOAD. Parking at the top of this steep hill for 2 vehicles making it strenuous for the back and forth when needed. We found multiple 'maintenance list items' as the Owner referenced them when advised......#1 - TV in loft did not power on at all, #2 - the Pavilion TV (satellite) did not work, #3 - No pool rack, #4 - had to replace batteries in 2 remotes, #5 - several light bulbs need replacing, #6 - downstairs toilet would not flush or would slow flush. When paying premium for rentals, our opinion is these 'maintenance items' should have been taken care of before our arrival. In addition to this, make sure you read all the details on agreement because VRBO deducted (for additional fees??) 2.5% of our rental fee from the '$500 refundable damage deposit' therefore we did not get credited the entire $500 at the end of our stay. Just things that are important to most folks. Thanks for allowing us to enjoy the views of Nantahala Lake !!

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home, Beautiful Lakeview!!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home and uniquely decorated very tastefully done. The view from the balcony is perfection , very private you don't see any other homes just docks. Very private. Marina very close by and was fantastic we enjoyed 3 days on this. We also did some hiking and went to wyha bald the views are breathtaking. We only had 3 full days but we packed it all in and it was a pleasure coming back to this home for the sunsets and enjoying the evening, we did not get to use the outdoor hot tub, but enjoyed the tub in master bathroom. This was a very large home for families but as a couple we also found it to be very romantic , we absolutely loved every minute of our stay!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We just returned after nights at the Dock House. LOVED it! We had our 2 kids and for 2 nights, 2 other adults. So much room! It was exactly as described. The view was unbelievable! Loved being able to easily run down to the dock to sit with my feet in the water. The lake is pretty deep, even right off the dock, so watch little ones! Rented a pontoon twice and it was easy to dock, as was the fishing charter. Whitewater rafting was about 30 minutes away. Wayah Bald has great views on the way to Franklin. The kitchen was nicely furnished and the fluffy towels were a treat. Probably more room than we needed for 4, but would love to return with another family. The driveway is as steep as they say, so use caution or just park up higher and enjoy the climb/descent. Totally worth it once you see the house and views.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your input. Really glad you enjoyed your visit.
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The cabin to stay in

  • 5 of 5

Very nice accommodations. Very beautiful lake. What else could you ask for?

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Ann, Really glad you enjoyed your stay. Best, Michael
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Loved it! Hope to stay there again...

  • 5 of 5

I love visiting the Nantahala River area for rafting, hiking, and camping. I had never visited the lake until this trip and it is absolutely beautiful. The house was a great place to enjoy all of the scenery. Our group enjoyed playing games in the kitchen next to the fireplace, playing pool in the den, hanging out in the hot tub, and warming up in the sauna. We even had a dusting of snow one morning that our 2 year olds loved making tracks with their trucks in. Michael was a pleasure to work with. He provided detailed directions and information prior to our trip that was very beneficial as we made our plans. Several reviewers have made comments about the drive way. It is steep but I have learned from staying at several cabins in the mountains to be prepared for this. My only real complaint from our trip is that we had to leave. I look forward to visiting the area again and hopefully staying at the Dock House!

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Lake front, mountains, national forest, rafting, casino, hiking, biking, dining, festivals


Rates & Availability

Topton House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mar 18 2017 - May 25 2017
4 night minimum stay
Memorial Day
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
4 night minimum stay
May 30 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
Aug 12 2017 - Aug 19 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 5 2017 - Nov 17 2017
4 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
Christmas/NY 2017
Dec 18 2017 - Jan 7 2018
7 night minimum stay
Winter 2018
Jan 8 2018 - Mar 17 2018
3 night minimum stay
Spring 2018
Mar 18 2018 - May 24 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
On Line Booking Fee 2.5% $25
Property Damage Protection $59

Booking with a credit card is an additional cost of 2.5%. It will be deducted from your deposit. That's our cost. Booking by snail mail costs much less.

Prices subject to change.

Our rental agreement will supersede any information in the VRBO billing system.

The cleaning fee is $165. Please leave a check for the cleaners when you check out.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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