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Create Smoky Mountain Memories, Santeetlah Spectacular Lakefront Home

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 3,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

Are you are looking for the perfect lakefront vacation home or getaway with mountain views? This 3300 sq ft North Carolina lakefront custom home offers direct waterfront on Lake Santeetlah with a private dock. Three Master Bedrooms with large windows and a floor plan like no other property, whether it is a cottage, house, or cabin.

This home has stunning views of both lake and mountains from every room. It has an extraordinary kitchen with hand crafted pine furniture cabinets, granite counter tops, heart pine floors, and special milled pine base & casing that give this lakefront home the aura of rustic elegance. Even the bedrooms are special with 3 master suites (& private baths) having their own unique amenities that add to it's overall ambiance. The 1st floor Master Suite has a private screened-in covered Porch. The large 2nd floor Master above the Kitchen has a bonus room and a two-person walk-in shower. The third Master Suite has a jetted tub and a clear glass shower.

This property has it's own private dock, tie up your boat or swim directly from the large floating dock. Free use of our canoe, floats, and water loungers is also provided.

One of the most popular features is the firepit deck on our lot next to the home with a fun view of the water. It has a firepit with a grille on one end designed for cooking over a charcoal or wood fire, and at night, use the open section of the firepit to sit around make s'mores and tell stories.

This home is located on the most unique lake in Western North Carolina. With 90% of its 75+ miles of shoreline protected, Lake Santeetlah's natural surroundings will be preserved and never crowded. Lake levels are maintained year round for recreational use. This lake is a watersports and fisherman's paradise. If you're looking to start a tradition with your family vacation, build your memories here on Lake Santeetlah at this unique luxury getaway.

Keywords: Lake Santeetlah, Lake Front, Luxury Mountain Rental, Mountain View, Mountain Cottage, Lake Front Cottage, Mountain Home, Lake Santeetlah Rental, Smoky Mountain Rentals, North Carolina Lakefront Rental

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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2017

About The Owner

The owner of this home is also the designer and builder of the home. I am a professor of Construction Technology at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Florida. It took me nine months to design and over two years to build this extra-special home. I personally worked on and was involved in every aspect of the construction, even to the point of custom hand making one-of-a-kind: queen beds, kitchen table, and the pine furniture cabinets in the kitchen.

My favorite things to do: Spend time with my 5 children, fish (we caught 86 keeper size fish last summer on Santeetlah -white bass, walleye, lake trout, large mouth bass), and water ski.

I am a licensed builder in both Florida and North Carolina (NC License No. 62831) and was initially licensed in Michigan. I teach all the building construction courses that lead to an A.S. Degree in Building Construction Technology. Builders, their employees, subcontractors, suppliers, and some county building officials enroll in my courses to earn a college degree. I have worked in the construction industry for over 27 years and on a tremendous range of projects: hospitals, stores, industrial buildings and warehouses, projects for the US Army, US Air Force, US Coast Guard, custom homes, renovations, restaurants, auto industry, churches, and schools.

The Owner purchased this house in 2009

Why The Owner chose Lake Santeetlah

Before building here, we took a family vacation with the goal of finding the best mountain lake to buy property and build. Since we live on the water in Florida we wanted more than 'flat or rolling land with a lake' since we already had that. We wanted to change the lifestyle and environment as much as we could and still be within a day's drive of South Florida. That ruled out many states and left the mountain areas of North Carolina as the best of all worlds. We then literally looked at the NC map and drove to every lake that was big enough to appear on the map and was on the western half of the state (not interested in rolling hills). We narrowed it down to 3 lakes and then considered other factors such as driving distance to stores and how safe or easy the drive would be. The other two lakes had roads that were too scary for my wife and driving age daughters, besides taking 30 min or more just to reach some sort of store. The winner was Santeetlah in almost every category. (What good is a nice lake if it is crowded with boats and cottages) We absolutley love our choice.

What makes this house unique

The unique features and benefits of this home are almost too long to list so to name a few:

Everything is clean, crisp, and fresh.

There is no long walk to the water, the home is right on the water's edge.

Every room except for the bonus room and bathrooms have oversized windows and a view of the water and mountains. (Even the stairs leading to the basement has a window)

The driveway and road is at house level for super easy and safe access. Plus there is plenty of parking area unlike some homes that have you park on the shoulder of the road.

You do not have cottages right next to you as many of the other homes on the lake have.

You have a choice of a covered screened-in porch, open upper and lower decks, covered front porch, or covered rear porch area. So even if it rains there are places to sit outside.

There are no other docks right next to you, you can sunbathe and swim in privacy.


Robbinsville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (2) Custom Hand-made, in Master Suite on 1st Floor Custom Hand-made, in 3rd Master Suite, Twin or Single Beds (4) (2) Single Beds in Master Suite above Kitchen (2) Single Beds in Bonus Room attached to Master Suite above Kitchen
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Property has Private Dock (rent or bring your own boat), Use of Canoe Included in Rental


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Create Smoky Mountain Memories, Santeetlah Spectacular Lakefront Home
average rating of 4.928571 based on 14 reviews

Fantastic Lake Fantastic House

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful way to spend a week. The house is perfect.Very well designed with quiet private room for the grandparents, lovely bedroom with screened in porch for the newly weds and family rooms for the parents with two children. Everyone had their own space. The kitchen has plenty of everything-pots, pans,dishwasher,sets of dishes. Plenty of water toys for everyone. The lake is beautiful and tranquil. Even over Memorial Day weekend it was peaceful in our cove. A must is to rent the boats from the neighbor Jim. He knows all the history of the area and checks on you for any boat needs. The boys went fishing with him one morning and had a great time. The Owner is extremely helpful and left no questions unanswered. His welcome packet covers everything you could imagine with helpful hints. We hiked in Smokey Mountains every other day and spend time on the lake the others. A must if you are there the first of June is the Synchronized Firefly in Joyce Kilmer Forest a short distance away. Thank you for sharing your home.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved our stay on Lake Santeetlah

  • 5 of 5

The house was beautiful inside and out. There were 7 adults. Each comfortable bedroom had its own unique private bathroom. Plenty of room for all of us. The kitchen was fully stocked with 3 sets of dishes, countertop appliances, pots/pans, utensils etc.

We rented the neighbors boat (which we used for sight seeing, fishing or tubing) for the week. We ventured around the mountains to various areas.

Ingles grocery (5 min. away) store had everything we needed. There is no cable/satellite available (which would be nice for our sports minded men), but there is Internet service.

We had family from Georgia, Tennessee and NC which made this a nice central area for all of us to vaca together. We played many ping pong tournaments but mostly relaxed on the dock or decks just catching up and enjoying each other's company.

I love taking pictures, so I always had a beautiful scenery where ever we went. My favorites pictures are from the lake in the boat with mountains as background and the sunrises. Each morning greeted me as the sun peeks over the mountains and the clouds slowly lifted from the hills, I stood in awe at God's beautiful works of art! It did not matter where we went, beauty was everywhere!

I would recommend this house. Beautiful setting on the lake and Gary was so easy and efficient to work with.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice Interior!

  • 4 of 5

Nice new large home. Interior was very well done! Great home for fishing in a boat on the lake or from their private pier. We rented a pontoon boat from Jim (aka "The Mayor")(Neighbor) & he also helped us catch some nice fish. Kids had fun in the game room. Great selection of DVD movies, which was nice since there is no Wifi & cell phone reception is spotty at best. Owner was very easy to work with. Returned Security Deposit immediately.

Wish we would have known that it is a dry county. So pick-up wine, beer, etc. prior to arrival if so desired.

Nice grocery store within 10 minutes. Not too many restaurant choices. There is a McDonalds, Subway etc. The Mexican restaurant, can't remember the name, but there is only one, is actually very good & so is Lynn's Place - these are about your only two choices. The self-proclaimed #1 restaurant in-town "Carolina Kitchen" is closed & no one is certain if it will re-open. Everyone in town was very nice - great people!

There was five of us & unless we were doing something wrong we really had to spread out the showers or no one had hot water. The property is for sale & we had some really nice bikers ring the doorbell trying to find out information about the property.

Great place for those who like to cook & fish off of a nice deck.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We take great pride in our home and seeing that renters have a grand vacation experience. We send each renter an extensive 13 page information packet before check-in. We do tell people that it is a dry county, and that the internet is on the slower side. My family of 7, with 4 women, have vacationed here with no shortage of hot water. (The home has two hot water heaters) We strive to provide a great vacation experience.
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Austin, TX

Perfect lake vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Amazing views! So peaceful! The house and all the ammenities were lovely. We had a fantastic time! Thank you, Gary, for sharing your home with us.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Plainfield, Illinois

What a stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had an awesome week long stay at this beautiful home! The pictures do not do don't do this home justice. We relaxed by the water, fished, and went kayaking on the lake. The water views are beautiful from every aspect. We will definitely be back again.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charleston, SC

Lovely lake setting!

  • 5 of 5

I, along with 5 other 60+ youngsters enjoyed a long weekend on Lake Santeetlah in a great house! The house is well designed and nicely outfitted with everything visitors need to enjoy the lake. The owner has done a remarkable job in anticipating and meeting needs. We rented a pontoon boat from a neighbor and enjoyed meandering around the lake for 2 days. Thanks for providing us an excellent house and great information. A friendly wildlife officer recommended Pasqualino's in Bryson City, which was wonderful for dinner on Friday night and I would like to recommend Cafe Rel in Franklin. My husband and I were referred there by an innkeeper in Waynesville a couple of years ago and we drove there for lunch on Saturday. The menu is great and the homemade desserts are fantastic.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We give our own 13-page renter information handout which provides lake , home, and area information. We list places to go along with driving directions, travel time, and comments.


Rates & Availability

Robbinsville House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Spring
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
Late Spring
May 1 2017 - May 26 2017
2 night minimum stay
May 27 2017 - Sep 2 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Sep 6 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Early Winter
Nov 1 2017 - Nov 22 2017
1 night minimum stay
Nov 23 2017 - Nov 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Winter I
Nov 26 2017 - Dec 22 2017
1 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2017 - Dec 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Between Christmas & New Year's
Dec 26 2017 - Dec 29 2017
1 night minimum stay
New Year's Eve Weekend
Dec 30 2017 - Dec 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Winter II
Jan 2 2018 - Mar 31 2018
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 9.75%

Cleaning & Linens charge of $160.00 for 1 night stay
Cleaning & Linens charge of $80.00 for 2 nights stay
No charge for cleaning & Linens for 3 or more nights stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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