|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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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.
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
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.
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.
We really enjoyed the kayaking in the warm fresh water surrounded by green mountain views. Yoga and coffee on the screened in porch during the cooler morning hours with the birds was a perfect way to begin the day. We also went hiking through beautiful landscapes with the relaxing sounds of nature surrounding us. We enjoyed the nearby Cherokee Indian reservation and outdoor theatre show for a step back into history. The Cherokee museum was Amazing! Wonderful artwork and information throughout.
I would definitely recommend staying here to anyone who seeks relaxation and quiet, with the options of activity and adventure nearby.
Joan, who rents the property, is a warm and friendly woman who I would rent from again.
Thanks Debbie and Joan for another wonderful mountain lake get away. Everything was so wonderful. A peaceful relaxing time with family and friends. We'll do it again!! Bill and Julie Ogletree
The house is small but perfect for a small family. The location is directly on Lake Santeetlah and the view from the dock is beautiful. The owners are very accommodating, with one living right next door.
The owners provide many items for use during your stay, including 2 kayaks, life vests and a multitude of floats for the water.
Be prepared for peace and quiet...there if very limited tv channels and no cell or wifi in the house. You may at times have a low cell signal while standing on the dock and the wifi for us from 2 neighboring houses was on and off and did not work for us while we were in the house.
We have found a new piece of heaven in Lake Santeetlah and will certainly be back!
We really enjoyed our stay on Lake Santeetlah! The cabin was a perfect home away from home with everything we needed, our 2 dogs even loved it too! The area around the lake is just breath taking. We will definitely be coming back in the future. Debbie was a great host and made sure we had everything we needed to enjoy our stay
When we were not in the lake, kayaking, we were playing cards in the screened in porch or reading on the dock and also enjoying the views. Perfect lake getaway from our home in Asheville. Less than a 2hr drive.
We look forward to future visits...can only imagine how beautiful the mountains are in the Fall.
My husband and I needed a peaceful spot to relax, swim, watch the sun rise/set, kayak and just "be". This cabin had it all with its lovely views, kayaks, sweet decor, screened porch as well as friendly and very accommodating owners!! It was EVERYTHING we hoped for in a rental!! We will certainly return in the future! In fact, it is one of those places we hope to visit annually. Thank you Debbie and Joan for all you did/do!!
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.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Cleaning Fee||$75 + Tax|
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.