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Lakefront Rustic Charm with Beach Access

Lake Santeetlah, NC, USA
  • Cabin
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms, Den + dining area, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

Lake Santeetlah offers the perfect setting for a wilderness retreat where you can indulge in a variety of outdoor and aquatic activities or simply relax in the tranquility of a quaint mountain development that has preserved an era of days past.

Located in the high peaks of the Smoky Mountains in Western North Carolina and surrounded lush greens, mountain laurel, trout streams, waterfalls, white-water rivers, miles of hiking trails and the tallest trees east of the Mississippi, Lake Santeetlah is a 3,000 acre lake with 80 miles of shoreline of which 90% is within The Nantahala National Forest.

We just completed upgrading our cabin with all new exterior siding, new roof, new kitchen counter top and sink,fresh paint and all new windows. Santeetlah is a rare find with its crystal clear waters, mountain views and hidden coves. Our property is unique because of its beach; only a handful of Santeetlah properties have beaches making this location very family friendly and also allowing people to walk into the water as well as sit beachside. A dock is also available for boating.

We have an open design that includes a full kitchen, living room and dining area as a large open space. The sliding doors provide a full view of the lake as well as to the screened-in porch where you can enjoy an early morning cup of coffee and an evening meal. The porch provides alternate access to the beach, about 50 feet away, easily accessed on the level back yard. There are no steep, tiring steps to climb up and down to get to the waterfront.

The living room has two very comfortable leather couches to lounge while reading, watching the scenic twilights and the dew rising from the early morning waters. The couches can sleep two additional people in comfort. The bedrooms are large enough for a queen size bed in one and two twin size beds in the other. The bathroom has a shower and bathtub.

You'll love the lake water; you can swim comfortably 3 of the 4 seasons. During the spring, its in the upper 60's to low 70's and it remains in the upper 70's to 80 throughout the summer - very unusual for a mountain lake. Kayaking and canoeing is very enjoyable and boating is an adventure exploring the many fingers and coves where you can anchor for an afternoon for lunch and never see another boat while you swim, read or just relax.

We'll be happy to answer any questions and accommodate you anyway we can so you have a truly memorable vacation.

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About Debbie

Since purchasing our cabin, we've done a number of upgrades; new siding, new vinyl windows, new roof, new kitchen counter, fresh paint and a new air conditioning unit. A mix of rustic charm and modern amenities. We plan on continuing to make improvements and offer the best value on the lake.

Debbie purchased this Cabin in 2003

Why Debbie chose Yellow Creek

After visiting many, many lakes throughout the Southeast to find the perfect family retreat, we stumbled onto Lake Santeetlah. After our first visit, we knew this was the place we had long awaited. The serenity, the mountains, the rustic charm, the clear waters, the remote coves and the small town community made us feel like we were on vacation on every visit. Santeetlah is a best kept secret and unspoiled due to its National Forest shoreline. Lake Santeetlah cannot be re-created, but for those who want to experience nature at its best, seeing is believing.

What makes this Cabin unique

The beauty of Santeetlah is a double threat - the mystique of the Smoky Mountains coupled with the crystal clear waters.During the early mornings you can sit at the screened porch or on the dock and enjoy a cup of coffee while the morning dew gradually rises from the water revealing the mountain landscape and pallet of colors. Only a handful of the lake properties have beach access to the waters, our is one of those rarities. This feature allows you to place beach chairs in the water edge and allows children to play at the water front and makes it easier to enter the warm water at your own pace to wade or swim rather than diving or climbing ladders as required by most properties. Plenty of parking also makes this property a desired location.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
        • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)


        • 1 Bathroom
          • Combination tub and shower, single toilet. Sink is outside of shower room.

          Location Type

            • Beachfront
              A Rare Feature on Lake Santeetlah is a Beachfront Property such as this. The Backyard Has a Gradual Decline to the Beach Making it Easy to Carry Chairs, Coolers or Beach Toys as Well as Providing Comfortable Access to Your Private Dock. Most Properties Have Many Steep Steps to Get Access to Your Dock, Our Cabin Allows You to Wade in at Your Pace and Set Chairs by the Waterfront. You'll Appreciate the Easy Access. the Lake Bottom is Soft and Easy to Walk, So Shoes Are Not Required.
            • Downtown
              Robbinsville is about 5 miles south of the lake where you can find a supermarket, pharmacies and a number of restaurants.
            • Lakefront
              The Walk from the Back Porch to the Beach is About 50 Feet with Easy Access to the Dock from the Beach. Launch Your Canoes or Kayaks from the Beach or Dock. Powerboats Can Also Be Docked Here
            • Mountain View
              The Lake is Surrounded by Mountain Ranges that Make Scenic Backgrounds for Postcard Quality Photos.
            • Village
              A Cherokee native American Village is approximately 40 miles away in Cherokee, NC.
            • Waterfront
              The Walk from the Back Porch to the Beach is About 50 Feet with Easy Access to the Dock from the Beach. Launch Your Canoes or Kayaks from the Beach or Dock. Powerboats Can Also Be Docked Here


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                      Two leather couches
                    • Air Conditioning
                      New air conditioning unit installed in 2012 season.
                    • Fireplace
                      Yes, available wood burning fireplace. Please inquire in advance so we can provide logs if possible.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Yes, laundry room in lower level.
                    • Parking
                      Parking available in street or down the driveway. 3 cars can be accommodated.
                    • Parking Off Street
                      Driveway available
                    • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      Street parking area suggested for trailer.
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                      Yes, laundry room in lower level.
                    • Wireless Internet
                      WiFi is Available to Those Who Truly Need Access to the Outside World, However We Encourage You Take the Break You Deserve and Have Earned. the WEP Key Will Be Provided on Arrival to Gain Access to the Internet.
                    • Wood Fireplace
                      Yes, available wood burning fireplace. Please inquire in advance so we can provide logs if possible.


                        • Coffee Maker
                          Drip coffer maker available with filters.
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          All included to meet most needs.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          All included
                        • Kitchen
                          Electric stove with griddle and oven. Coffee maker, toaster, microwave.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                          Full size refrigerator with freezer.
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Dining room table included, however many people prefer to eat outdoors on the screened porch that has views to the lake.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                • DVD Player
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Television
                                • Video Library
                                  DVD library includes films suitable for family viewing (Ex. Finding Nemo, Holes, Harry Potter, The Mask)


                                    • Boat
                                      Dock accommodates pontoon boat, or boat with less than 3 foot draft.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Two kayaks available
                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      This Screened-in Porch is Ideal for Morning Coffee and Sunset Meals While Watching Waterfront Activities.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Tennis
                                      Available in town


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome


                                            • churches
                                            • cinemas
                                            • library
                                            • marina
                                            • museums
                                            • restaurants
                                            • theme parks

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • bird watching
                                                • boating
                                                • gambling casinos
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • shopping
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • hunting
                                                        • jet skiing
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • rafting
                                                        • rock climbing
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • snorkeling/diving
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis
                                                        • water skiing
                                                        • water tubing


                                                            • A Truly Unique Feature of This Property is its Beachfront Accessibility. in Most Mountain Properties, a Lot of Stairs Are Required to Get to the Water Level, Usually the Dock . on Our Property, There is Plenty of Room in the Fairly Level Backyard to Place a Picnic Table or Blankets, Playpen or Chairs to Enjoy the Sun and Water, Keep an Eye on Children and to Have Comfortable Access to the Water for Wading or Launching Kayaks and Canoes. Your Private Dock Can Be Boarded from the Beach. This is a Safe Property for Water Access. Very Few Santeetlah Lots Have Beaches and Level Lots. You'll Appreciate This when You Forgot Something at the Cabin.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 2:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              25 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Excellent house in perfect location!

                                                              Carlos C.

                                                              This property is exellently maintained and was perfect for my family vacation. Very clean and comfortable with all the needs met. Full kitchen with all the utensils plates and glasses you could ask for. Nice cozy couches which I napped on soundly. TV with DVD player and wifi for movies, screened in patio with dining table for eating or gaming, but you won't want to spend much time in the house with so many activitys on the lake. The dock was awesome for fishing in the day and stargazing at night. 2 Single seat Kayaks are on the property free to use. Fire pit and propane BBQ on site. Close to lake activities like hiking and white water rafting on the tail of the dragon. Nice restaurants like the tapoco historical lodge with riverside dining. The owner Joan is very hospitable and friendly. She helped us find the house by meeting us down at the marina and we followed her in, she even was thoughtful enough to find us eclipse viewing glasses which we couldn't find anywhere. Thanks Joan!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you for your kind words and we're very happy everything met to your satisfaction. It was quite a week with front row seats to the Total Eclipse ! We hope to see you and your family next year and if there's anything we can do to accommodate you, please don't hesitate to ask.

                                                              Great find

                                                              Susan A.Asheville, NC

                                                              Quaint house with a lovely lake view and easy access. Thanks for the opportunity to gather here with friends for a weekend! The screened porch was perfect.

                                                              Great cabin.

                                                              vincent m.

                                                              Owners make you feel like a guest.

                                                              Family Friendly Lake Get-Away

                                                              Jason L.Marietta, GA

                                                              We spent Labor day at Lake Santeetlah with our 3 & 6 year old. They loved swimming and fishing off the dock and it is a good location to get acquainted with the surrounding area. The lake is an easy walk from the cabin and the lake is very clean. All of our immediate needs were provided at the cabin and we would definitely stay here again.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review. We're very happy to hear your children enjoyed themselves, the beach is a unique feature on the lake and it makes it safe for children and it's nice to pull a chair into the water to watch them. If there's any way we can ever accommodate you in the future, please don't hesitate to ask, thank you for your stay.

                                                              Lovely Lake Front House

                                                              Kathy J.Savannah

                                                              Absolutely loved this house and location. There were 3 of us ladies staying at the house for a long weekend getaway. What a perfect location on the lake, great view, clean and adorable house with a fantastic screened in porch. We were greeted by Joan (one of the owners) who lives next door. She couldn't have been any nicer. The pictures are exactly how the lake and house look. We enjoyed kayacking and swimming in the lake. We also rented a boat for the day from the marina and enjoyed fishing and just cruising the lake. Be careful, the lake is huge and you could get lost. The scenery is spectacular. The house was very clean and just what we wanted. The only thing you have to remember is you are in the mountains. There are lots of steps to get to and from the house and to the lake. I'm on oxygen and my mother had an injured foot so it was difficult getting to and from the house. We certainly managed and would not have wanted to miss out on this awesome property. Thank you Debbie and Joan for allowing us to stay at your beautiful house.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you for such a lovely review, we sincerely appreciate it. Your enjoyment of our little hideaway makes our day. Santeetlah is tucked within nature's splendor and if you should have the opportunity to return, we'd very much enjoy showing you parts of the lake and national forest you may not have seen. We wish you the best and are grateful that you selected our property.

                                                              Beautiful lake and peaceful neighborhood

                                                              Jane A.

                                                              Very comfortable home with all we needed to enjoy our stay. Owner was friendly and helpful.

                                                              Thank you


                                                              Lake Santeetlah, NC, USA

                                                              This Property is Located Just Off Route 129 at the World Famous 'Tail of the Dragon' Known by Sports Car and Motorcycle Enthusiast Clubs for its 318 Curves in 11 Miles. White-Water Rafting and Kayaking Are Nearby on the Nantahala River Where You Can Rent and Plan Family and Advanced Excursions. the Area Offers Trout Stream Fly Fishing, Scenic Mountain Biking at the Usfs Forest Service Tale Recreation Area, Appalachian Trail Hiking, the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest (Home of 200+ Foot Poplars), Lake Fontana and Fontana Dam, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Excursions Train, Cherokee Indian Reservation and Cherokee Harrah's Casino. for Daytrips, Asheville, Home of the Biltmore Mansion, is Just Two Hours Away and Dolly Wood Amusement Park and Gatlinburg Are Just an Hour and Forty-Five Minutes North in Tn.

                                                              Rates & Availability

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                                                              Property is closed November-March. Summer rentals are generally Saturday to Saturday with an option for additional days based on availability. We are willing to accommodate late arrivals as best as possible. If you have any special needs or requests, we will try to accommodate them. All rentals subject to availability and owner discretion.

                                                              25 Reviews
                                                              Excellent 4.6/5
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