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Pamela Glenn

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

8 BR/8 Bath--Blue Boar Retreat Large Group Rental at Lake Santeetlah

27 Reviews
Bedrooms 8
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


Lake Santeetlah Lodge Rental Photos and Description

House, 8 Bedrooms, 8 Baths, 7000 sq. ft.--sleeps 24

Rent the Entire Woodlands Retreat

Special Offering (formerly operated as Blue Boar Inn, B & B)

Is your home not big enough to accommodate everyone on your guest list for your special gathering?

The Blue Boar Retreat may be rented year-round, without the Innkeeper or staff,

for special group or family gatherings.

Plan a holiday retreat or winter get-a-way for your family and friends. Springtime arrives late March, when the old growth trees begin to green and daffodils start to bloom. By Summer, the weather is warm during the day, perfect for all of the outdoor activities and the mountains are green. Fall begins to arrive early October at the higher elevations and throughout the month into late November, the foliage colors are orange, red, and gold everywhere you look. The fall air is crisp & sunny during the day and at night, the fire pit is the best place to sit. Winter is great for gathering inside around the fireplace and celebrating the Holidays with family and friends. Each season offers something special for your group to make memories!

The Retreat has 8 guest rooms, living room with fireplace, dining room facilities,

and a large commercial kitchen for you to cook your favorite meals. Outdoor covered deck and fire pit. Trout Pond. Boat dock on Lake Santeetlah. Swimming in lake. A catering service can be recommended for special occasions or festivities.

There are 4 bedrooms with King beds and 4 bedrooms with 2 Queen beds each. Each bedroom has a private bath, sitting area and porch. TV and wireless internet service is available.

The Retreat is fully provisioned with linens, cooking ware, tableware, silverware and everything you need to make your stay comfortable. Just bring your personal items and food to prepare. Housekeeping services are not provided.

You can fish in the trout pond or use our canoes and kayaks on the Lake Santeetlah..

Enjoy the great hiking trails in the Joyce Kilmer Forest and ride the Cherohala Skyway or Tail of the Dragon.

A two-4 night minimum stay is required.

The Retreat is children friendly.

Pets welcome with fee and prior permission.

Entry road is not accessible for motorcycles or vehicles with low clearance.

$600 -$900 per night plus 9.75% tax and a security deposit (refunded) of $350.00 Additional cleaning fee of $300.00 required.

Two-4 night minimum. Weekly & Monthly Discounts

Call or e-mail Innkeeper for details and book early.


Please visit Blue Boar Retreat, Robbinsville, NC website for a preview. Also look on YouTube for Blue Boar Retreat, Lake Santeetlah, Graham County NC, Joyce Kilmer Forest and Cherohala Skyway.

What to expect in the surrounding area.

Graham County is located in the far reaches of Western North Carolina in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains of the southern Appalachians. This region is home to the some of the highest and most remote mountains east of the Mississippi with elevations ranging from 1177 to 5560 feet. Graham County is nestled among hundreds of thousands of acres of wilderness full of stunning mountain landscapes and many breathtaking views.

Graham County is practically enclosed by rugged towering mountains on all sides. The western range of the Great Smoky Mountains separating Graham from Tennessee is called the Unicoi Mountains. The southern boundary is the Snowbird Mountains circling to Red Marble Gap, then swinging northward to Cheoah Bald. The northern border is the Little Tennessee River inundated by Fontana Lake. The Cheoah range and the Yellow Creek Mountains traverse the northern part of the county completely boxing in Graham County on all sides with the exception of the rocky gorge of the Cheoah River below Lake Santeetlah where the Little Tennessee enters Tennessee. It is then indeed little wonder that this region was one of the last regions of Western North Carolina to be settled by the white men. Graham County, a part of the Cherokee treaty lands, was not opened to settlement until President Jackson ordered the removal of the Indians in 1838.

Thousands of hiking trails surround Santeetlah Lake amidst extremely biodiverse flora, awe-inspiring landscapes and intriguing wildlife. In addition to the encircling Nantahala National Forest, the Appalachian Trail can be reached to the east in less than ten miles. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park forms the northern border of Graham County providing visitors with popular camping, backpacking, fishing, wildlife viewing, and auto touring experiences. The 10,000 acres of the Snowbird Backcountry Area, where a group of Cherokee Native Americans hid from persecution on the Trail of Tears, is located south of the lake. Hunting, native trout fishing, primitive camping, and cascading waterfalls make this area a favorite among visitors. The Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is immediately situated on the western side of the lake. The protected area is a stunning preserve of forest that has never been harvested by man. Twenty-foot wide poplars and giant red oaks, silent in their ancientness, are among some of the magnificent specimen of life you will see.

Elevation of Blue Boar Woodlands Retreat is 2100 ft.

Keywords: Vacation Rental, Group Retreat, Lake Santeetlah, Family Get-a-way, Lakeside, private dock, woodlands setting.

(Formerly operated as Blue Boar Inn)

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Retreat owner or assistant will greet you and show you around the facility upon arrival and will be available by telephone during your stay for questions or problems.

Retreat has Wi-Fi. Password is posted at front desk in lobby. You must bring your own laptops as no computer or laptop is provided.

Verizon cell service works best in this area.

Retreat does have one front desk phone for local and emergency dialing or calling in.

Retreat has one TV with Direct TV service in sitting room off the lobby. No TV’s in bedrooms.

Retreat has air conditioning and heat with individual temp controls in each bedroom.

Bathrooms have combined tubs/showers.

Approach to Retreat is down a 1-1/4 mile well maintained gravel Forest Service road. Last portion is slight incline with “s” turns for consideration of those on motorcycles.

Lake Santeetlah is a 4 minute walk from the Retreat or you can drive and park at the lake landing.

Retreat has 3 canoes and 3 kayaks you can use. Life jackets are available (adult size only). Canoes and kayaks are on a trailer at the lake landing and you will need a key to unlock the cable lock that locks them to the trailer.

Bring your own fishing poles.

You can dock a small boat at no charge at our dock. You can put in a small boat at our lake landing or larger boat at Massey Branch Forest Service Boat Launch on Massey Branch Road.

There is adequate parking for approximately 8-10 cars in front of the Retreat with space for 3-5 cars in back.

Retreat has 2 washers and 4 dryers in the basement you can use. Bring own detergent.

Pets are allowed with prior permission and must stay in designated areas with a fee charged based on number of pets and length of stay.

The cottages on the hillside behind the Retreat are privately owned and sometimes rented. You will see others on the road or at the lake but they will not interfere with your visit.

You are in the woods—watch for snakes, small critters, bugs, wasps, wasp nests, etc. Bring sun and bug spray. You will not see bears or boars on the property.

Firewood is provided for fire pit beside covered deck. You will need to gather starter twigs or bring fire starter supplies.

There is an Ingles Grocery Store in Robbinsville, 8 miles. Also, a Walgreens, fast food, post office.

Closest hospitals in Bryson City or Murphy—both about 50 minutes.

Closest place to buy wine, beer or spirits is Andrews, 35 minutes. Graham is a dry county.

Walmart-- 50 minutes in Murphy

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest—4 miles—beautiful hiking trails

Cherohala Shyway—2 miles—scenic byway and hiking trails

Tail of the Dragon—about 35 minutes—Deals Gap

Nantahala Gorge—white water rafting—about 35 minutes

Tsali Mountain biking trails—about 35 minutes

Two Marinas on Lake Santeetlah—Santeetlah Marina and Deyton Camp Marina for boat rentals

Cheoah Ranger Station is about 15 minutes from Retreat—828-479-6431 for camping, forest, lake questions

NC fishing license is needed to fish in Lake Santeetlah.

Forest Service Boat ramp is on Massey Branch Road—concrete ramp and parking

Kitchen has dishes, glassware, silverware for approx 25-28 people with large pots, pans.

Kitchen has 6 burner gas stove with 24” x24” grill, convection oven and regular oven.

Kitchen has propane char grill, 1 commercial refrigerators, 2 19 cu. Ft freezeerless refrigerators, 1 7 cu ft. freezer, ice machine, commercial Bunn coffee machine (filters supplied), 2 microwaves, 2 toasters, kitchen aid mixer, hand mixer home dishwasher, heating lamps , lots of storage, counter, and work space.

There is an outdoor propane grill on the back deck area and two picnic tables.

Dining room has seating for 25-30.—there are plastic table cloths on the tables.

Bring extra bags of ice for use in coolers for boating or hiking.

There is no food delivery service from Robbinsville. There are no catering services that I know of that I can recommend for a special meal.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Pamela Glenn (Owner)
Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

About Pamela Glenn

I purchased this property in 1998 when it was still an old hunting lodge built in the 1950's and spent a year renovating to create an updated rental property. I ran the facility as a bed and breakfast for 13 years before offering it as simply a large group vacation rental home.

Pamela Glenn purchased this lodge in 1998

Why Pamela Glenn chose Lake Santeetlah

Lake Santeetlah is a lake surrounded 75% by National Forest and is not crowded with lakefront homes and boat traffic. The property is surrounded by woodlands but has access to the lake with a permitted boat dock. It is out of the way and serene.

What makes this lodge unique

We have our own stocked trout pond, access to the lake, and space for many people to sleep comfortably with 8 private bedrooms with baths. The local Ingles grocery store is just 8 miles. There are 2 marinas on the lake for boat and jet ski rentals.


based on 27 traveler reviews

8 BR/8 Bath--Blue Boar Retreat Large Group Rental at Lake Santeetlah
average rating of 4.9259257 based on 27 reviews

Blue Boar Retreat Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We rented Blue Boar Retreat for our weeklong family vacation. With siblings and/or children residing in 6 different states, ranging from 15 months to 75 years of age, the 8 bedroom/bath combination was perfect. Each group took one day to designate a group activity, cook breakfast & an evening meal. That way, no one was overburdened, but had a chance to share their speciality.

Off-site adventures included Joyce Kilmer Forest, whitewater rafting, Fontana Dam, and Cherokee. The canoes, kayaks, boat dock, board games and fire pit made for additional activities.

The kitchen was well stocked: in addition to large pots/pans, we could have the sink and the dishwasher full and still have plenty of dishes/glasses/silverware!! The basic household necessities were provided: 3 refrigerators, 5 cooking surfaces, 2 ovens, 2 microwaves, 1 toaster, 1 large freezer, washers & dryers, sheets, bath and kitchen towels. Additionally, starter necessities were there: bathroom tissue & soap, cooking spices, trash bags, laundry & dish detergent. A great coffee maker (with filters), a mixer, and many cooking/serving utensils were available.

The separate TV room made it possible for sports fans to follow their team activities without interruption. The dining area seated our entire group. The layout made it easy to have private time, or participate as a large group. In addition to all that, the decor was pleasing -- a wonderful place to spend time together.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Blue Boar is heaven for a large family gathering!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Blue Boar in May of 2016 with a family of 14 adults and 6 children. My wife's first expression was, "we have an entire hotel to ourselves!"

This place was as good as advertised. We loved kayaking on the incredible Lake Santeetlah. It feels like your boating in the middle of the Smokey Mountain, which, I guess ... you are! We rented two pontoon boats from a nearby marina and had a wonderful time exploring the pristine lake. It was a little chilly for swimming but perfect for finding a postcard perfect view, tying up the boats, turning up the music and popping open the coolers.

The inn was huge and the hallway containing the 8 bedrooms with 8 bathrooms looked just like a hotel. It was really cool and separate from the main gathering areas so anyone taking a nap or sleeping late was undisturbed. Practically unheard of with a group our size. It was well maintained and very comfortable. It didn't feel like a museum so I didn't have to hold my breath with the kids running around!

We loved that the one TV was at the very front of the inn and completely separate from the main area. It was perfect for putting on a movie for the kids in the afternoon but because it was out of the way, it dissuaded people from just sitting in front of the TV. It was there if you needed it (and we did check the score of the TPC a few times :) but it wasn't front and center and for me that was a huge plus.

The kitchen was fantastic --- starting with three refrigerators, one of which was a double door and a separate freezer. With the amount of food and beer we brought along we had more than enough room for everything. Two ovens, an indoor grille, HUGE pots for large groups and four or five coffee pots with warming stations in the main area are just some of the amenities that you simply cannot find in any other rental.

By far the biggest selling point for us was the outdoor area. This is where we spent most of our time playing corn hole, playing with the kids, making s'mores around the fire at night, listening to music and just laughing with each other. It was a perfect setting. Best of all, we could hang out until well past midnight -- and in our case -- even karaoke without any worry at all about disturbing anyone else!

Pam was incredibly kind, hospitable and helpful from beginning to end. She made several very generous concessions to ensure all members of our group were comfortable and taken care of.

Thank you Pam --- we WILL be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Columbia, SC

Perfect mini reunion in a perfect place.

  • 5 of 5

Eight couples in their eighties have found the solution to problems of previous gatherings. Eight beautiful bedrooms all with private baths and on one level. The commercial kitchen made it possible to cook for and serve our sixteen easily. The indoor grill and the "flat top" allowed for menu choices we haven't been able to do for the last seventeen gatherings. The amenities are very special. The area is beautiful and the owner (Pam) is a dream to work with. Our ages not withstanding, we are booking for next spring.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent for family gathering

  • 5 of 5

We had a family get together for our Dad's 85th birthday. We had 20 people. The Inn is laid out perfectly for such a gathering. Each family had their own spacious bedroom and bathroom. The sitting area and dining area are a good size for our group. The kitchen was well equipped and perfect for cooking big meals. It was raining the whole time we were there so we didn't get to use the covered porch out back much. A few of us did go canoeing despite the rain. I would recommend this property. Most of us arrived in the evening and it is a little hard to find in the dark and rain. Also, the roads are very curvy and dark so I recommend arriving in daylight.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hoffman Estates, IL, USA

Just Perfect for Us!

  • 5 of 5

We held our family reunion (24 total) at the Blue Boar Retreat to celebrate our Mom's 90th birthday. This rental was just perfect for our needs! Pamela was a very courteous and responsive owner, and guided us through the ins and outs of the property upon arrival. We loved that all the bedrooms were aligned along a long hallway and that each had a sitting room, a small porch, and a full bath. The commercial kitchen was beyond our dreams as we all cook a lot due to various dietary requirements. Seating in the dining area was more than ample. Having a laundry was a plus, and the outdoor covered deck area and accompanying firepit were great for evening activities. We all found things to do during the day, and having the lake so close by was great for swimming and boating (canoes and kayaks included was awesome)! The arrangement of the property encourages talking rather than spending time on electronic devices. We enjoyed playing board games together in the evenings and the dining room rang with laughter every evening we were there as several different games were possible at the same time. Most important of all, our Mom had a time she will never forget! We so appreciate having the opportunity to rent here and hope others will enjoy this as much as we did.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Blue Boar Retreat

  • 5 of 5

It rained two of the four days we stayed here, and our boat rental fell through. So one would expect that our 25 member party-- a family reunion-- would have been ruined. In fact, just the opposite occurred. The facilities were so comfortable and inviting that our family reunion turned out to be a huge success. The rooms have a very cozy, home-like feel, and are well furnished with dressers, love seats, lounge chairs, tables, and bedside stands. The large family rooms and dining rooms would have been able to accomodate many more than the 11 adults and 13 kids. The industrial-sized kitchen was perfect for our big group and we benefited from the multiple refrigerators, the endless supply of plates and kitchenware, and the additional microwaves, sinks, freezers, etc... We roasted smores on the veranda out back-- wood and citronella candles provided--, took family pictures in several picturesque on-site settings, fished in the stocked trout pond, road mountain bikes to and from the lake, and spent much time kayaking and canoeing. lake santeetlah is sooo beautiful! I didn't see another person on the lake the entire time (though we didn't leave our little finger inlets because the thunderstorm canceled our boat rental. Did I mention that the water was the perfect temperature? We plan to come back again.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Knoxville, TN

White water rafting, birding, wildflower viewing, fly fishing, canoeing, scenic drives, Tail of the Dragon, Deals Gap, Nantahala Gorge, boat rentals for lake Santeetlah. Local arts and crafts. Cherokee History information. Area draws motorcycle and sports car enthusiasts from all over the country to ride the Tail of the Dragon, an 11 mile stretch of road with 318 curves. Graham is known its for car gatherings and motorcycle rallies.

Lake Santeetlah is the most scenic and least visited of any lake on the eastern seaboard. With approximately 75% of the shoreline either USFS lands or in conservation easements, you will always enjoy a guiet boating experience. The mountains rise right out of the shoreline and there are long range views from just about anywhere on the lake. And this area looks much the same as the first European Settlers found it when they drove their wagons across the 5,000 foot high mountain divides to get here.


Rates & Availability

Robbinsville Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2016
Jul 6 2016 - Aug 31 2016
4 night minimum stay
Labor day 2016
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2016
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 27 2016
4 night minimum stay
Christmas 2016
Dec 23 2016 - Dec 31 2016
4 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Mar 31 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day 2017
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
Early summer 2017
May 30 2017 - Jun 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 30 2017 - Sep 5 2017
4 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 6 2017 - Nov 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
thanksgiving 2017
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Late Fall 2017
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas 2017
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $350
Pet Fee $100
cleaning service fee $350
Tax Rate 9.75%

Rates subject to change for longer stays and month of the year.

One night's rental fee due at booking and signing rental contract. Balance due 60 days prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Lake Santeetlah Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 30 people
  • 8 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
    Bathroom 7 -
    Bathroom 8 -
  • Tubs with showers
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24
  • King size beds (4) 4 rooms with King beds, Queen size Beds (4) 4 rooms with 2 queen beds each
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Trout Pond, Fire Pit, canoes and kayaks, dock and access to Lake Santeetlah. 8 miles from Robbinsville for grocery shopping. Nearby whitewater rafting, Fontana Dam, Ziplines, Cherokee, Joyce Kilmer Forest, Stecoah Valley Center with handcrafted items from over 135 local and regional artists. Marina on lake for boat rentals. Horseback riding nearby. The 2800 acrea Lake Santeetlah is surrounded by the Nantahala Forest. The fish population is comprised of walleye, rainbow trout, brown trout, bluegill, and large and smallmouth bass. The lake also has a swimming beach, and several boat ramps. Nantahala Forest presents visitors with a variety of excellent hiking opportunities. Also nearby is whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River, access to the Appalachian Trail, and Fontana Dam, the largest dam on the Eastern Seaboard. Mountain Biking, the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, and the scenic Cherohala Skyway stretching from Robbinsville to Tellico Plains, TN.

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