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James Kalamasz

Member since: 1998
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Speaks: english

Jimbo's Farm - 53 Acre Retreat with Trout Pond and Stream

11 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Lake Santeetlah Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

Farmhouse, 3 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Nestled in the Nantahala National Forest, and in the southern shadows of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you'll find 'Jimbo's Farm.' It's a 53 acre retreat that includes a 110 year-old restored Farm House with New Metal Roof, one acre trout pond, 2 settling ponds with waterfalls and mountain branch running through the entire property. There are Apple / Pear / Peach / Cherry Trees and Blueberry Bushes in meadow next to Pond. Hughes Net Internet service with wireless router available. Springtime arrives late March, when the old growth trees begin to green and daffodils start to bloom. By summer, dogwood, laurel, wild azaleas and rhododendron are in full glory. Gentle summer temperatures rarely reach 80 F while nights drop into the high 50's. The colors of fall in this rural mountain setting make for the most spectacular viewing. With over 100,000 acres of National Forest, the walking trails along the pristine streams and mountain tops contain one of the greatest varieties of flora found anywhere in the world. Lake Santeetlah covers 2800 acres, with 100 miles of shoreline. Excellent fishing for small mouth bass and large mouth bass, walleye, crappie, bream, and lake trout. Cherohala Skyway; a leisurely and breathtaking drive. This ridge route between North Carolina and Tennessee opened on October 12, 1996 and was immediately acclaimed as one of the most scenic routes in the USA. Spirit Ridge offers the most expansive view along the entire route. The Dr agon: 318 curves in 11 miles on US 129, a scenic driving challenge. Mountain crafts abound with over 500 local artisans. Cherokee Indians are native to the county and make beautiful baskets, beaded items and carvings. Tsali: one of top 10 mountain biking trails in the US. Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest: the last 3,800 acres of untouched virgin wilderness east of the Mississippi. Old growth trees, some 20 feet around the base, grow in this natural setting and remain in its primitive state. Excellent walking trails wind along this living monument to the memory of Joyce Kilmer, the poet who is best remembered for the poem 'Trees.' Practice your Fly casting skills on your private trout pond before heading off to countless streams. Then visit the famous Blue Boar Lodge, rent a boat and try your luck on Lake Santeetlah. Enjoy the many outdoor activities available just minutes from ' Jimbo's Farm .' Or just stock up, close the gate, and stay in your secluded retreat. Have a seat on the porch and enjoy the quiet, slow paced life of Graham County. Driving times: Less than three hours north of Atlanta Less than two hours west of Asheville One hour and a half east of Knoxville Keywords: 110 Year Old Restored Farm House with New Metal Roof, 1 acre pond, and mountain branch that runs through entire property.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
James Kalamasz (Owner)
Member since: 1998
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About James Kalamasz


Musician that needed to know the light at end of tunnel was not a train.

James Kalamasz purchased this farmhouse in 1998

Why James Kalamasz chose Lake Santeetlah

Visited Western North Carolina many times over the years

Had friends with property in area & felt at home.

What makes this farmhouse unique

This is the last undiscovered area of WNC. 80% of land in Graham County is National Forest & locals are wonderful. You get the entire 53 acre to yourselves. Looking out from front porch you see the acre pond and Beech Creek Mountain, not other cabins .

If you prefer a Biltmore Estate sort of place, it is 90 miles due East of us.

There are cheaper places to stay, but none better

Guestbook comments from the owner


We had a wonderful stay! My husband actually got to join us!! I think his boss felt bad that he was making him work on his birthday weekend! LOL! Yes, I left the check on the kitchen table (in the napkin holder). When I said goodbye to Carolyn (we had just finished packing up when she arrived), I told her where I’d left it. We’ll certainly visit again! Our boys particularly enjoyed your playhouse with the pool table! Also want to HIGHLY RECOMMEND Jasper’s Restaurant at Tapoco Lodge…AMAZING food and service!! 5-star!!! Thanks again for everything!

Best Regards,

Jun 2014
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based on 11 traveler reviews

Jimbo's Farm - 53 Acre Retreat with Trout Pond and Stream
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 35 reviews

Short Summer Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed at Jimbo's Farm this past weekend (3 nights) We all had a great time. We went there fearing the weather, as it was supposed to rain every day we were to be there.. The rain did come, but nothing like we had expected. We had plenty of sunshine to have tons of fun. My personal favorite was the pond.. Feeding the fish, and catching plenty as well. The house itself is fairly simple and rustic, but it still has everything most anyone would need. It's also located just a short drive to plenty of fun attractions in the area. I have no complaints about anything during our stay, and my family have already decided that we would love to go back when we can.

Big thanks to Jim for everything, and to Carolyn for the clean house when we arrived! Hope to visit again soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Picture perfect setting!

  • 5 of 5

This was the most incredibly beautiful farm! My husband and I arrived with our small dog for 3 days of lovely fall weather . We enjoyed our time there so much, we didn't leave the place except to pick up a few groceries nearby. We took the Cherohala parkway at the owners suggestion. The views and fall foliage were grand! We spent our time fishing at the trout pond, roasting hot dogs over the campfire, grilling our steaks on the charcoal grill, walking the trails on the property, and just sitting and watching the magnificent beauty of the place. Our little dog was mesmerized by the babbling brook. He had a great time. The house is like stepping back in time to great grandmas. I appreciate all the work the owner has done with really nice fireplaces, wood stove for living area, and nice electric fire for the bedroom. I liked the "very cold" mountain water and "very hot " water! Lol! It is "old timey", so don't expect sleek modern with everything new and sparkling clean. If you are OCD about cleanliness you probably shouldn't go, but you will really miss out on a grand place. Experience the finer things in life that are not man made. Look at this place and you will know there is a creator. There was a really nice featherbed on the bed , but it didn't agree with my back, so we took it off and slept on the comfortable mattress underneath. Jimbo and Carolyn were great! Thanks for sharing your place with us. We would love to come again.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a fine time. Fall is one of our favorite times of the year also. We dug out and expanded the settling ponds during my last stay. The extra rocks between first & second makes the water in stream gurgle even more than before. Dogs love this place. You folks are welcome anytime. All the best Jimbo.
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One of a Kind

  • 5 of 5

There were few things on my mind, before I planned to book a cabin. Serene, away from all hustle bustle, nice and peaceful nature and most importantly a real dark sky (we are amateur astronomers).

Jimbo's Farm not only fulfilled all of my above expectations, but it exceeded our expectations. The cabin being a classic one, had those doors and frames that remind of the old times. Therefore, it felt as if we were back to our Granny's home (nostalgia at it's best). The huge front yard with a pond filled with trouts give you own little forest like experience, allowing you to take in the clean air, chirping of birds and the gentle sound of water stream all at once. My wife who was apprehensive of the cabin, was mightliy impressed the moment she arrived and enjoyed the stay thoroughly. The best part was, me and brother were praying for a clear dark sky during those three days. And Bingo, it was clear as it can be. Jimbo's farm being away from the city or major town lights, the sky was excellent for star gazing. We were able to see the milky way galaxy with naked eyes. Through our binoculars, we were able to view other deep sky objects such as Andromeda galaxy etc. Night photography was amazing. Over all, it is worth every penny to visit Jimbo's Farm. James and Carolyn were extremely courteous to answer all of our questions and made our stay even better.

This is a definite re-book place.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely review. Glad everyone in your family found something fun to do at Jimbo's Farm. The night sky on clear nights are amazing. In late July the fireflies arrive & light up the surrounding trees and meadows. The rainbow & brown trout did very well this past winter. Even Hoover the grass carp made it. He has to be 24 years old by now. All the best. Jimbo
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Mobile, Al

A Real Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

I took my family of 6, and our dog to the farm for a week. This was exactly the vacation that we needed! Away from the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives. We slowcooked a roast while we fished and laid around in the hammocks. We have 2 teenagers so it was great getting to spend quality time with them playing crochet in the yard! And WITHOUT their cellphones! I would absolutely recommend this place to anyone who's looking to relax the right way! Thanks Jimbo!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you all had a fine time & good weather. Early springtime is a great time to be up at Jimbo's Farm. All the best. Jimbo
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Tampa, FL

Heaven on Earth !!!

  • 5 of 5

Hi Jimbo! Thank you for providing such a perfect place to take a real vacation - I couldn't have asked for anything more! The house is very clean and inviting - I love the two fireplaces and the beautiful furniture! The farm house has such great character both inside and out and I felt so comfortable and relaxed while I was there. The land is so beautifully manicured - It is amazing for such a large property! I enjoyed feeding the fish in the beautiful lake and sitting on the wooden swing to watch the sunset. I can make one trip into town to buy groceries and then stay on the property for an entire week without leaving! The hiking trails are amazing and the views from everywhere on your property are the best ever! I appreciate that you check in on us to ensure that everything is OK. I will recommend this perfect vacation spot to everyone I know- It doesn't get better than Jimbo's Farm! Kathi and Nica

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Saint Simons Island, Ga

Get away perfection

  • 5 of 5

We don't want to brag too much on how wonderful our stay was for fear the place will be so booked we can't get it for ourselves when we want it. To quote my 30 year old son, " Mom, this place is perfect." This said while we were finishing an entire day spent under a huge tree by the pond's dock, picnicking, lounging, fishing, floating and sundry shenanigans. It's our kind of place and Jimbo took really good care of us.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely review. You are welcome to visit anytime. Glad you all had a fine time. All the best. Jimbo
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Asheville NC
Nearest Motorway
11 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Downtown Robbinsville
Car: necessary

Nearby , Whitewater Rafting, Tsali Bike Trail, Lake Santeetlah, Fontana Lake etc,

NEW, Jimbo's Play Room, Full size Brunswick Pool Table, Dart Board, writing table. Available for $25.00.

There are Cheaper places to stay, But none Better.


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Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

Rate includes up to 8 guests. Add $10.00 per night, per guest after that.
2014 couples special. $975.00 & 10 % sales tax for a week. Holidays excluded.

A $300.00 down payment will lock in your dates. Balance due 30 days before you arrive. Payment by check via slow mail or use your credit card via our PayPal account is accepted.

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Lake Santeetlah Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main House - toilet , shower
    OutBuilding - toilet , shower , Kinda like going to camp.
  • Bath & hand towels provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Loft #1 - 1 double , 1890 Sleigh with Feather Bed, Quilt, Oil Radiator heater.
    Loft Room #2 - 2 twin/ single , Twin Cherry Beds, Oil Radiator heater, A/C wall units.
    OutBuilding - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Rustic. We don't charge extra so no complaints.
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Queen with Feather Bed, Country quilt, Electric Firepace.
  • Queen size Beds (3) 1. Queen in Master Bedroom with Feather Bed, Winter Quilt, fleece blanket, Country Quilt; 1 - Queen Bed in Out Building & 1 twin. 1- Broyhill Queen Sofa Bed in Living Room, 1 - Double Bed, 1890 Sleigh Bed in Up Stairs Loft 1 Feather Bed, Winter Quilt, Fleece Blanket., 2 - Twin or Single Beds cherry Twin beds in Loft #2 Rustic Out Building can be used at no extra charge so you can't complain.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Pot Belly Stove in living room, Charcoal BBQ, Electric Fireplace in master bedroom. Out-Building with Queen Bed, 1 Twin Bed, Bathroom with shower, Sleeps 2-3, Great for Kids! available at no extra charge. 14,000 BTU A/C Unit -1 main floor, 2 Window Units 5,000 BTU in Upstairs Lofts. Pets allowed with Security Deposit Hughes Net Internet service with wireless router Available.

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