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Bedrooms 4
Space 3,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Loft, 4 Baths, (Sleeps up to 14)

Enjoy the vacation of your dreams -Direct lakefront - Majestic lake and mountain views await you from this beautiful four bedroom, four bath, vacation home! Reserve this Lakefront Home which is nestled in a private cove on pristine Lake Nantahala in the mountains of Southwest North Carolina.

***New Casino Nearby: The Cherokee Valley River Casino and Hotel is open and is only 40 minutes away!***

Breathtaking mountain and lake views from both the upper and lower decks. Outdoor stairs allow easy access to our private Lakefront dock. Boat rentals are available at a nearby marina or you can bring your own boat and dock it right at the house. Our cove allows for a perfect area to swim and fish off the dock. We also offer use of a canoe which is included with the house rental.

2 Story walls of glass in the family room afford you a panoramic mountain and lake view. Pine cathedral ceilings and a stone fireplace add to that mountain home feel. There are two bedrooms on the main floor (each with queen) and two baths. The kitchen is fully-equipped. Wooden floors throughout main area of home. Relax in the rocker on the screened in porch or lounge on the deck. Upstairs there are two more bedrooms (5 twins/ second king plus 2 twins ), a bathroom, and an open loft (queen futon).

Perfect for a family reunion or get-away with friends. Challenge your friends to a game of ping pong or just take time to relax and play a few board games. The house is equipped with Satellite TV, VCR, DVD, games and videos for your enjoyment and WiFi Internet access. There is a laundry room and full bath located in the basement.

Semi finished basement with tv, video games and ping pong table. Go for a swim, explore the waterfalls, hike Wayah Bold Mt., fish at the local Trout Farm or just relax and watch the wildlife.

We are located close to Whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River, tubing, the Cherokee Indian Reserve, and the Great Smoky Mountain State Park. Lake Nantahala - Land of the Noon Day Sun's undiscovered beauty is surrounded mostly by the Nantahala Forest Preserve and some private homes . You will love the peacefulness of area and beauty of the lake. Lake Nantahala is one of the most picturesque lakes in Southeast!

We have satellite WiFi internet available for a small access fee !

We are the best value on the lake !

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More Details

Bill Shields
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 25, 2017

About Bill Shields

We are Floridians and Georgians that fell in love with the serenity of the mountains and Lake Nantahala - its an undiscovered gem - beautiful and peaceful.

Bill Shields purchased this house in 2003

Why Bill Shields chose Lake Nantahala

The location is unique, high elevation , clear clean lake, national forests surrounds half the lake, not a lot of boat traffic, close to whitewater rafting and hiking areas. There are very few pest bugs at this elevation. It is always 10 degrees cooler than Atlanta!

What makes this house unique

Lakefront with private boat dock. Use of canoe.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We wanted a place to connect and chill together as a family, the house was clean and comfortable. Loved the views - great time
Dec 2013
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Topton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Hallway Bath on main level with privacy door.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Private bath
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Hallway bath on upper level
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Basement bath in finished basement.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 5 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Boat Dock
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Private dock, canoe, stone fireplace,, direct lake front, gorgeous mountain views, stairs to lake, cement driveway, gravel roads, gated community.


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average rating of 4.6666665 based on 18 reviews

Pleasantly Surprised!

  • 5 of 5

The house was wonderfully spacious and well equipped for our group of 12 people. There were plenty of beds and private spaces for us to have our own little heaven. The finished basement was a welcomed surprise and provided two televisions during bad weather. The cove was wonderful and peaceful. Every morning we could see the midst rising from the mountains. Just across the lake via kayaks, or the canoe provided by the home, was a hidden waterfall that was so peaceful. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at this home and on the lake!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous home on georgeous lot!

  • 5 of 5

Driftwood Cove had everything we needed and wanted and more. The sunsets were absolutely breathtaking and the Dock was so much fun for our girls. Lots of space and privacy. We can't wait to book again and bring our boat.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Spot

  • 5 of 5

Really nice home right on the lake. The great room windows provide a gorgeous view of the water, a beautiful fireplace and a huge, comfy couch. The house is well equipped, clean. Part of the deck is screened in and nicely furnished. You'll want to sit and read, and enjoy the view. Beds are super comfortable. Great basement space for kids to hang out, play ping pong. Lots of steep steps to the water, but we got our canoe down and back up; great dock. There were some ants in the kitchen, but not really a problem. Overall, wonderful place to enjoy the lake and the woods.

The Wayah Bald is worth the drive...amazing view.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Winter Park

5-star location, 3-star house, 1-star hospitality

  • 3 of 5

5-star Location

The location is remote and beautiful. Gorgeous mountains cascading down into a beautiful lake. It takes a lovely long and winding mountain road to get to the house. The lake is massive, incredibly fun, and has a marina (Lake's End) that will rent boats and has a delicious restaurant. The only downside (or upside, depending on your perspective) is that there is no cell service in the area for many miles.

3-star house

The house is very attractive. There are 3 adult bedrooms and 1 bunk room with 5 twin beds. The TV room and dining area are comfortable and have a great view of the lake. There are many downsides, though. The driveway is steep on both sides and there's not much room for parking. The house sits high above the lake and there are 74 steps down to the lake (you will have burning thighs after each trip up to the house). The kitchen was not well-outfitted. In particular, there were all of 3 wine glasses, the knives were so dull they were unusable and the refrigerator was falling apart. There is a semi-finished basement but it has really old furniture and a cement floor so it is not a space where anyone wanted to spend time. There were ants all over the kitchen and bathrooms, notes from previous renters about the ants, and the owner was defensive about the problem when contacted. The HVAC was not working properly and we had to do some maintenance on it and, again, the owner did not seem concerned. There is no garbage service and we had to place our garbage bags on the downstair balcony in cans which made the balcony smelly, useless and kind of gross as we walked by it to and from the dock.

2-star Hospitality

The owner advertises that the house has internet and wi-fi but what he does not say is that it is available by satellite only for a fee of $10 per MB. We spent the entire week trying to conserve our usage because we were so afraid of the fees. The house is not supplied well (one towel per person, very little toilet paper or other basics) and the nearest grocery is 30 minutes away. The dryer takes ages to work. The garbage situation was exacerbated by the fact that, apparently, the owner expected us to haul our garbage to the dump and sent us an annoyed message after we left that the cleaning people had to haul our garbage and then he charged us a $35 hauling fee.


The owner is offering a luxury house but treating guests like budget travelers.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Here is how the conversation actually went: Hi, HVAC I found the box I think you were talking about and I shook it as asked. It seemed to be working well for a while but now there is more water on the floor and the yellow light in lit on the box. ANTS There are so many ants here. It is a huge problem. The kitchen and bathrooms all have steady streams of them. SUPPLIES I don't know how long it's been since you've been to the house but the supplies are rather low. There's almost no toilet paper here (we bought some). There's just one old dish towel. The knives are not useful they are so dull. The sponges are very old. There is a limited amount of kitchen cleaning supplies. There are just three small wine glasses. Aug 2 to Chele Thank you for the update. I do have some ant and bug spray under the kitchen sink. The home is sprayed quarterly and was done in June. The lease states: Supplies: "Bed linens, limited 15 bath towels, starter bath tissue and bath soap are provided. We suggest you bring extra towels and lake towels for water activities. House is furnished and has dishes, silverware, glassware, pots and pans. You will need to bring additional garbage bags, laundry detergent, dishwasher soap, coffee filters, paper towels etc." We do try to be a little more accommodating with a stocked spice rack, coffee filters, sugar and dish soap. I will address the sponges. My housekeepers should have provided you a new one. We have plenty in the owner's closet. The house has been rented all summer, so I have not been there to check glass or utensil inventory since June. Thanks again and enjoy the rest of your stay. Bill Here is the email that I sent her after she returned home,. Does this sound "irritated"? to me Hi Bill, Can you let me know what our final satellite bill was and when I can expect the deposit return? Thanks! Aug 10 to Chele Per the lease: Security Deposit: Security deposit is refundable if all conditions of lease are met. Refunds will be mailed about 1-2 weeks after checkout. You used 9600 MB of data and paid for 2500, so the balance due is $71. The cleaning crew charged an extra $35 for excess trash disposal. He had to fill a pick up truck with trash to take to the dump. Here is an excerpt from their e-mail: "we cleaned the house on saturday.we had a truck load of trash so be sure to charge them $ 35.00 out of their deposit because that is what i am charging " We are always compassionate and responsive to our guests needs
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Our stay at the lake

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay. The views were breathtaking! The open plan was great for our family. It was very clean and tastefully decorated. Great decks and and nice grill! The lake was amazing. Awesome place for kayaking, boating and fishing. Waterfall and hiking. First time visiting here and will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Driftwood Cove Vacation

  • 3 of 5

We did enjoy our vacation to the mountains.

However we were disappointed in the vacation home. There were many things in the home that were damaged or broken upon arrival. We were to notify the owner and he had a way of justifying everything reported. I would have expected things that were broken or damaged to have been replaced or fixed properly. I thought that we paid for more than what we actually got.

The house was listed with a paddle boat which was not there. The pictures of the listing also had a rope swing described conviently located right across the cove which was no longer there as well. The kids were very excited about and expecting these items which were not available. While these things may be unavoidable, the listing should be updated to reflect the changes.

The road into the home was a very narrow one lane gravel road with two way traffic which was a little tricky at times.

We did catch a few fish and got to enjoy swimming off the dock. The lake and mountain view was great. Despite the flaws it as a nice time spent with family.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I have not had a paddle boat in two years. This guest was clearly disappointed that there was not a paddle boat on property. I had removed any mention of the paddle boat in the property description two years ago, but I did not uncheck the check box in house amenities. She is the first one to catch this error. I do have a Scanoe (flat bottom canoe that is more stable). As far as the items in disrepair, she was so upset about the paddle boat, that she found any flaw she could with the house and choose to write a review about them. She even says the roads are too narrow in the community. This is a rural mountain community and the roads are generally used one way but can be used both ways. They are just fine. She also complained about the rope swing across from the house not being there. This is located on the national forest side of the lake and I have no control over whether a rope swing is no longer usable. The tree must have fallen down recently because my kids used it in early June. There are several other rope swings around the lake. I was just up there this past weekend and did replace a ceiling fan that only worked on low speed, a coffee maker (that she said leaked and didn't when I used it 3 times), fixed a vegetable drawer in the refrigerator that a recent guest must have broke, and tightened the screw on the porch door handle that she said came loose. We have a partial finished basement that is not mentioned in our description but she complained about that as well.
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White water rafting on the Nantahala River. Choose from over 20 outfitters on the river. Fly fishing in the nearby rivers. Hiking on the Bartram and Appalachian Trails. Zip Line/Canopy tours nearby. Harrah's Cherokee Casino and the new Cherokee River Valley Casino in Murphy is nearby. Snow ski at nearby Maggie Valley. Waterfall sightseeing is within a few miles and several are right on the lake.


Rates & Availability

Topton House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 27 2017 - Aug 19 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 20 2017 - Oct 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall Leaf Season
Oct 16 2017 - Nov 17 2017
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Week
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 26 2017
5 night minimum stay
Early Winter
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 20 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Years Week
Dec 21 2017 - Jan 2 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $175
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 11.5%

Please pay the initial payment through VRBO. Final payment is due 45 days prior to check in by check only. Disregard any notice from VRBO to "Pay Now" and mail a check.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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