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Bill Shields

Member since: 2001
Speaks: english

Lakefront on Lake Nantahala **Escape the Heat! $500 Off any Week Left in Summer!

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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Topton House Rental Photos and Description

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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Bill Shields (Owner)
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english

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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based on 8 traveler reviews

Lakefront on Lake Nantahala **Escape the Heat! $500 Off any Week Left in Summer!
average rating of 4.75 based on 14 reviews

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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Clarkston, Georgia

Where the stars shine brighter!

  • 5 of 5

We love this place! But getting there was a joy in itself.

Driving down Waterfall Byway of North Carolina you can hike to a wonderful array of waterfalls along its winding route. In autumn, the beautiful foliage lined the road embracing you in vibrant colors as you curved around every corner. As you turn into Wayah Rd. from Franklin to Nantahala, you begin at the foothills of the Smokies. Farm houses and church sit quietly below the towering peaks around them welcoming your eyes as you drive by. You'll be deep in the beautiful Nantahala Mountain before you know it, and make sure you check out Wayah Bald along the way.

Upon arriving, the house was a welcoming site. Ample parking spaces for 4+ cars. The gorgeous view of the lake in autumn will take your breath away immediately when you open the front door. You'll be greeted with the warm evening light from the setting sun over the peaks across the lake. We didn't even unpack. We took off immediately to the back deck to take sight in. There is a canoe and paddle boat below at the dock waiting patient for you to take them to the water. There was always a delightful breeze gently blowing across the valley. It was a perfect autumn evening.

The house had everything we needed and more. You may think they don't have it until you find it in one of the many cabinets or closets there. There is a gas furnace there for heating and the fireplace is ready if you prefer that too. Plenty of clean towels and sheets if you need them. The washer and dryer are on the lower floor along with ping pong tables and couches for you hang out. Both floor have decks looking out to the lake.

The lake receded somewhat when we were there as it was autumn. The dock ran into ground as it was tied down. However, it was easy to get the canoe into the water. There may be at the most one two boat in the lake at the time when we paddle out. Most of the time it feels like the lake was all yours.

I will say no more. You'll love this place if you appreciate nature and its quietness. When I looked for a vacation rental, I though it was either the lake or the mountain. But my Fiancee wanted both and she got it! We stayed Oct 26th through the 29th.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Atlanta, GA

Great Lake House with Great Views

  • 5 of 5

We had an unforgettable vacation staying in this great lake house!! The view is unbelievable in the fall, especially in the morning when the sunshine falls on the mountain and brightens the colors and fogs. Drive way is one of the easiest from all our past experience, and very convenient to Smoky Mountain area or you can just enjoy the beautiful lake. Kids love to have their own bedroom, they had a lot of fun! The owner is very nice, has many notes inside the house to help find things. We had a late call to the owner due to a battery issue but he helped a lot without any complaints. Thanks very much for renting your beautiful house to us! We'd love to be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fort Wayne IN/midwest

Awesome retreat, Secluded

  • 5 of 5

This vacation rental is awesome. It is a hidden gem up in the mountains on a super quiet lake. We rented a pontoon boat for the Fathers Day weekend and I was a little leary on how crowded it would be-well the most we saw the whole weekend at one time was six motorcraft on the water. The water is very peaceful and calm. The house is decorated very nicely and there were lots of stocked necessities. It is a distance to a store so stock up on supplies before getting in as once you are in you will never want to leave.Kids and spouses did whitewater rafting and zip lining and had a ball. The girls did a jeep tour that showed some beautiful country and the first place he went to was Lake Nantahala! Only one complaint was one too soft, dip in the middle mattress. Had a new grill delivered while there which was really nice. On the grill- its NOT gas. As a extended family vacation group we seldom repeat our location but this is one place we would return to.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
During this stay the property was under previous owner or management.
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  • 5 of 5

Your Lake House was very comfortable and clean. We had 3 familes stay, 13 of us. It was my Husbands 40th Birthday and had a Great Time. We rented a boat and went tubing, the kids fished and went on the rope swing, took walks every night. It was a Relaxing get away. I liked the basement for the kids hangout, The Adults had down time, great lay out. Thank You Karen for letting us use your home we will be back.


  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
Actual Location of Home - Map is off

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
Late Summer
Aug 21 2016 - Sep 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
Fall Leaf Season
Oct 1 2016 - Nov 18 2016
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Week
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 27 2016
5 night minimum stay
Christmas Week
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 3 2017
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

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Topton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3800 sq. ft.
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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • 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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