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Lake James Cabin in North Carolina -Cozy and Comfortable!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Den, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

Come and Enjoy our comfortable cottage near Lake James and steps to the Linville River!!

Our cabin is for those who appreciate the outdoors and a rustic cabin experience, that is still comfortable and charming. The cabin is within the Pisgah National Forest and wilderness area at the foot of the Linville Gorge close to tons of really great easy to strenuous hiking trails.

The cabin is in a small community of about 10 homes. Our wonderful neighbors sometimes visit on the weekends and are part of the reason guests return again and again.

Lake James is a 6,510 acre lake which has more than 150 miles of shoreline and located at the base of the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area.

The cabin is convenient to the Pisgah Loop Scenic Byway, Table Rock and Hawksbill mountains, Linville Falls, the Linville Gorge, and the city of Asheville (1 hr west).

There is excellent access to Lake James, just 2 miles by road from a public/boat access area and 1/2 mile by walking. You have access to the Linville River is just behind the house for kayaking, canoeing, fishing and swimming. The cabin is available three seasons out of the year.

Keywords: Cabin, mountain get-away, hiking, boating, river access, Lake James, blue ridge mountains

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Karen Henessee
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
July 24, 2017

About Karen Henessee

We love our second home at the base of the Linville Gorge and are so happy to be able to share it with others who also love the outdoors. We have purchased it in 2008 and gave it a major renovation. We love hiking and traveling.

Karen Henessee purchased this cabin in 2008

Why Karen Henessee chose North Carolina

This is a beautiful property very close to wonderful outdoor adventures - some of the best hiking in NC (the Linville Gorge and Lake James trails) for all abilities. Lake James and the Linville River remain some of the cleanest bodies of water in the state.

What makes this cabin unique

The cabin is made mostly of wood and stone - natural materials, constructed in the 1930s. There is something very earthy about being here - very healing. It will revitalize you from the inside out. Swim or float down the Linville River on a hot summer day, just behind the house. Relax on the screened in porch. Hike the Linville Gorge - the 'Grand Canyon' of the southeast - a quick drive from the cabin.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had such a nice time. My only complaint is that we couldn't stay longer:-(

We definitely hope to go back sometime in the fall. The cabin is so sweet. You have have done a wonderful job with creating a cozy indoor and outdoor home away from home. There is so much to explore so we only got a little taste on this trip, venturing up 105 to Linville Falls and relaxing around Lake James.

So glad I found out about the cabin!
Jun 2010
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Nebo Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Roomy new shower installed 2013. Sink with generous counter top and clothes washer and dryer for your convenience.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Den - 1 twin/ single , We have a cot with a foam mattress for your 5th guest.
  • Queen size Beds (1) Lovely sleigh bed in one of the bedrooms, Double Beds (1) A double bed in 2nd bedroom with tempur pedic mattress, Comfy sofa is great for one person to sleep on. We also have a comfortable single cot with a mattress and sheets for another guest.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Screened in porch area, kayak or canoe put-in access a few yards from cabin (Linville River)


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Lake James Cabin in North Carolina -Cozy and Comfortable!
average rating of 4.3636365 based on 24 reviews
Lake Worth, Florida USA

Hidden Gem!

  • 5 of 5

Wow! What a fun time we had! My husband and I took our 3 boys (9, 11, and 13 yrs) on an "outdoor" family vacation but had no idea how much of a great time was ahead of us. This Cabin is so charming and comfortable with all of the amenities PLUS. We absolutely loved the river in the back of the house and boys had hours of fun tubing down it. The neighbors were all so nice/welcoming and helpful. My boys loved using the mountain bikes from the shed and roasting s'mores on the fire at night! The cabin is located so close to everything including Lake James State Park with a ton of things to do! Morganton is very close and such a sweet town. Don't forget to check out the Linville Caverns and Falls and if you want more thrills, ziplining at the Beanstalk Journey in Catawba Meadows or tubing/Kayaking down 6 miles on Green River Cove, so much fun! Thank you to the owner who recommended most of our activities and made our summer vacation one to remember! What a hidden little gem, highly recommended and absolutely receives a stamp of approval by this family! We definitely plan on revisiting... Thank you!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great little cabin, in a good location.

  • 5 of 5

Well maintained and clean with good customer service and directions.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Gabriel - We are so happy you enjoyed your stay. You are welcome back anytime.
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Beautiful quiet location!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed all 3 of our visits to this very cute rustic home. All the comforts of home, but very rustic. My husband and I fondly call this the Hobbit house, in that my husband is 6' 7" and had to duck to go through some of the doorways...haha. One night he didn't think to duck and banged his head pretty good. Overall we had everything we needed, and the beds were very comfortable! Great location for outdoor adventure!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay Elizabeth. We are so happy you have come back three times and hope to see you again. It is a perfect place base for outdoor adventures!
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Great cabin

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was all we had hoped for and more. Two very comfortable bedrooms, two common areas, a large bathroom, fantastic kitchen, screened porch and a front porch. My father enjoyed the fire pit even though it was summer. It was nice to have the washer and dryer to use in preparation for the next week of vacation. The air conditioners were good to have when the weather was hot.

The river access did not allow us to put in our kayaks but only because the river was low and our kayaks are not plastic. Otherwise, we could have easily put in there. We did take advantage of all the put-in places on Lake James for our kayaks but my favorite was the Hidden Cove boat launch area.

The neighborhood dog was so sweet! He checked on us every day and liked everyone.

There is a good movie selection in the cabin, games and puzzles. There is a porch swing on the screened porch that was very enjoyable.

This is a great cabin, good location with friendly neighbors. We had two cars and plenty of parking.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Durham, NC USA

Homey and comfy Lake James cabin

  • 5 of 5

A well-equipped cabin close to Lake James and Linville Gorge. For four friends who like to cook and eat, we found a spacious kitchen equipped with the necessary small appliances and pots, and plenty of tableware and dishes. We used the small screen porch off the kitchen to gather for appetizers in the late afternoons. In the evenings we played the board and card games. The bathroom includes washer and dryer had we needed them. The trails in Lake James State Park are just up the road. For a longer excursion, we drove over to Linville Falls to hike and picnic. The two bedrooms can accommodate 2 couples or 2 singles. One of us slept on a cot, surprisingly comfortable, and the other on a sofa. The propane heaters provided just the right amount of heat when we needed it.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words Nancy. We are so glad you and your friends enjoyed the cabin. Yes, there is plenty to do there. You all are welcome back anytime.
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Calling all hikers - stone cabin nestled harmoniously in NC mountain / lake playground

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay here! The cottage fits into the landscape beautifully, with smooth rocks pulled straight from the river and warm woods on all surfaces. We loved the roaring fireplace which kept us toasty for board games. We were surprised by the open roominess and the large kitchen. The bed is super comfy, with a cozy down mattress-topper and down quilts. Even the bathroom was more than we expected, with a laundry machine and plenty of space. The hosts were very responsive to all our questions and needs. We visited in December, and the neighborhood was quiet and peaceful.

From this comfortable cabin, we were able to connect effortlessly with the best of the gorgeous NC outdoors. It was too cold for us to swim in December, but in the summer one could wander out the back door to tube or kayak in the Linville River, and let the current float you down into Lake James in 10 minutes - we’ll definitely be back for that!

A pleasant 30 minute walk (1.5 miles, mostly down an old forest service road) connected us to the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, from where we explored the southern end of Linville Gorge. We didn’t make it up to Table Rock, but that’ll be our goal next time we visit! A visit to the Silver Fork Winery 30 minutes away to watch the sunset over the ridges, warm our feet by their fire pit, and listen to live music was the perfect ending to a beautiful day. What a lovely location, to be able to hike and visit a winery in the same day.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words Deliberate Nomad! Yes, this is a wonderful location for hiking and mountain play. We hope you will come back in the summer in time for swimming!
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Brown Mountain Lights
"Special place to stop and see the view of the Linville mountain range. Close to off road mo..."
Grind Cafe
"Wonderful cafe in downtown Morganton with music, free wi-fi and great food and coffee."
Roma Restaurant -- CLOSED
"Fantastic old fashioned Italian restaurant owned by an Italian family. Wonderful sauce. Br..."
Food Lion Store
"Conveniently located grocery store"
Lake James Pub Grill -- CLOSED
"Great bar and grill often with live music on the weekends, only 5 miles east of the cabin on..."
Judge's Riverside Restaurant
"Great place to put your kayak in the Catabwa River. Also easy entrance to the greenway - fa..."
"Lots of services, a local brew pub, restaurants, galleries, groceries, music downtown in Fri..."
Silver Fork Winery
"Wonderful winery with great views - bring a picnic lunch and spend the afternoon!"
Nearest Airport
86 Miles
Charlotte Douglas International
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Lake James Pub
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Marion Lake Club
Nearest Train
93 Miles
Amtrak in Charolotte
Nearest Motorway
13 Miles
Interstate 40
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Lake James Pub
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Lake James State Park
Car: necessary

Lake James Boat Excursion on the Harbour Queen, local wineries, Linville Caverns, best hiking in North Carolina thru the Linville Gorge very close by.


Rates & Availability

Nebo Cabin Rental Rates

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Holiday Rates
Nov 20 2017 - Jan 6 2019
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $169.13
Cleaning fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.75%

Pet rent is $15 per night per pet. Holiday rate for national holidays is $135 per night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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