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Michelle Shelby Spinneweber

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

Herons Haven Lakeside Chalet - Pets Welcome, Sleeps 10, Hot Tub, 2 Fireplaces!!

Bedrooms 2
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Almond Chalet Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom, Sleeps 10, Hot Tub, 2 fireplaces, Swimming/Fishing Lake

This lakeside chalet is a popular honeymoon destination, family reunion locale, and a quick rafting/biking getaway (just minutes to Tsali or the NOC). Home completely renovated in 2013! This home has 2 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms, a huge living room on the first floor and huge family room on the 2nd level, this two story home can easily host a group of couples or a family as there’s enough room to comfortably accommodate up to 10 guests. Whatever the size of your group, there’s ample room for everyone to relax and take in the spectacular views from the expansive screened porch, deck with hot tub, and upper balcony. The chalet has easy access as it is off of a paved road and the entrance to the home is on the ground level. There is ample parking that is suitable for all vehicles and motorcycles. After a fun day of outdoor recreation, have a soothing soak in the home’s private hot tub or gather around the fireplace in the family room with your travel companions. You won’t have to miss the basic conveniences of a home while staying here – This home comes with its own washer and dryer plus a fully equipped kitchen, and gas grill so you can make yummy home-cooked meals while on vacation.

The home's setting is picturesque as the home is carved into a mountainside and there is a forest behind the house and a swimming and fishing lake just steps away. The lower porch has a brook that runs underneath of it that offers soothing sounds to calm the mind . You’ll also have easy access to everything the Great Smoky Mountain region has to offer, including opportunities for hiking, biking, horseback riding, boating, fishing, white-water rafting, shopping, dining, sightseeing and more. The Nantahala National Forest and Lake Fontana, the Fontana Dam and the Great Smokey Mountain Railway are some of the many favorite things to do that are super close to the chalet.

Rent for the whole month and receive a Huge Discount!! Call for monthly rate special.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
Michelle Shelby Spinneweber (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Michelle Shelby Spinneweber

I go by Shelby and I am a sagittarius:) Which makes me a lover of travel and adventure . I like to write, read, eat really good food in really nice or really unusual restaurants, and listen to all kinds of music (country, jazz, blues, classical, old rock) I appreciate a finely crafted cocktail and prefer 'top shelf'. My husband and I have 10 horses (mostly quarter horses) and we like to trail ride at the beach and numerous state parks. I am a fan of camping. I would like to work on the 'glamping' thing. I work full time as a realtor in NE Florida. I specialize in St. Augustine which is the oldest city in the US! My work keeps me really busy but I like it as I get to work with buyers and sellers from all different walks of life and I get to see a lot of nice homes. I like renovation projects best as I love to see an old home with good bones get new life. In early life I grew up on 40 acres in Pennsylvania. I moved to S. Florida in the 80's and now live near St. Augustine, FL.

Michelle Shelby Spinneweber purchased this chalet in 2013

Why Michelle Shelby Spinneweber chose Bryson City Area

From the moment I first walked in this home I was enchanted. I loved the huge stone fireplaces, the sprawling outdoor spaces, the amazing lake views, and the icing on the cake was when i first heard and saw the babbling brook running under the deck. I found this place to be so peaceful and I had to make it mine and I also wanted to share it with others.

What makes this chalet unique

Super close to NOC, Lake Fontana, Smokey Mountain Railroad. Super easy access on a paved road with plenty of room to park vehicles and or a boat. Really quiet and peaceful setting but so close to so many wonderful things to do!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)
Herons Haven Lakeside Chalet - Pets Welcome, Sleeps 10, Hot Tub, 2 Fireplaces!!
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews

Relaxing and soothing....

  • 5 of 5

The property was nice and located in a quiet and very relaxing area. There is a small private lake directly across from the chalet and is a nice evening or early morning walk. The chalet is spacious especially if you have a large group. It was only 2 of us and our dog but we enjoyed it very much. The property is set back from main attractions yet very accessible to everything from Nantahala forest to the Smokey mountains and other local sights. The internet services and TV are limited yet we weren't there for that so it didn't bother us at all. We didn't have a strong signal for our mobile devices yet there is home phone. It was lovely and well-worth the week we spent.

I didn't have to contact the owner at all but have rented from the owner at another location two years ago. She is wonderful and responsive to your needs should something come up. She is reliable and goes out of her way to make sure everything works out well.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location! Great for 2 families!

  • 5 of 5

My family has traveled all over WNC, but we always seem to end up back in the Bryson City area. This house was perfect for 2 families with kids and dogs to share. The little neighborhood was perfect as far as location to Fontana Lake. It was also within about 15 mins to the NOC if you're interested in whitewater rafting (or you need an overpriced bottle of wine or 12 pk after hours hehehe)!! This area is dry so bring more beer/wine than you think you'll need/want (you can always take the extra home)!! If you go all the way to Bryson City in the summer and don't visit the lake, you're wasting your time! We brought our pontoon boat but there were rentals at the Fontana Marina (about 20 mins away). We found that the Almond Boat Park was the easiest place to launch for a $5 fee. Tsali Boat Ramp (while free) was very difficult to put the boat the $5 at Almond Boat Park just 12 mins from the house!! Anyway, I'm spoiled living near Lake Jocassee in SC but Fontana Lake is in its' own league. It's spectacular!!!!!! It is a MUST SEE!!! I can't say enough about the area. Our family has traveled to the Bryson City area summer and winter and it's absolutely the best summer vacation we've had in a long time! A side note for over-prepared people like shop to the fullest...Ingles is the nearest grocery store at 25 mins away! Have a great time!!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Best stay in the smokies!

  • 5 of 5

This chalet was perfect for our family. It was convenient to Fontana damn, whitewater rafting, pontoon rentals and Cherokee and Bryson for shopping. We spent so many hours on the screened in patio, fishing and walking the dogs down by the creek. We absolutely loved it!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Oak Island, North Carolina

Beautiful and calming enviroment!

  • 5 of 5

I love this place!! This was our second time staying in the Chalet and as the first time we loved it even more!! I would have stayed longer if time would have allowed. Spent many hours on the screened in porch and at the lake across the street. The hot tub was great and very relaxing. Very nice welcoming people in the community and Shelby is always wonderful to us. Thank you so much Shelby and looking forward to our next stay!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Angie. I am so glad you returned to Herons Haven Lakeside Chalet and I am very happy you had another wonderful time! You are always such a pleasure to host and my house keeping staff loves you since you leave the home in immaculate condition:) Thank u for staying and hope to see u again soon! Shelby
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Montague, MI

Great Location, good value

  • 4 of 5

It's a pretty spot. We were happy with this rental. But it should really be listed as having beds for 8, not 10. Two of our 10 people had to sleep on couches - which were still comfortable to use as beds. Had a small problem with the upstairs shower, but it worked. The cabin was well stocked with the essentials (paper towels, TP, detergents, seasonings, dishes, etc) and everything worked well. Nice sized kitchen. Lots of room for socializing and dining. The furniture was all nice. The gas grill was great; big enough to cook for 10. The hot tub was enjoyed by several in our party, and was warmed-up when we got there. The rate was fair and the property, as a whole, seemed reasonably well maintained. I would rent this place again.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cary, NC

Great House, Great location

  • 5 of 5

I have to agree with all the other posts. This was a great place to stay if you want to be centrally located to all the great things to do in the Almond/ Bryson City area. We had a great time relaxing in the lake in front of the house..Our dog loved it too .We also enjoyed the hot tub. That was great after a day of hiking. Loved the screened in porch with the babbling brook underneath, very relaxing. The house is well equipped with everything you need and Shelby was great to work with. We had a great time horseback riding at Smokemont stables,White water rafting the Nantahala with Paddle Inn. I highly recommend them and ask for Rogers for your guide. He knew the river and was very friendly and funny. Definitely take time to hike to all the area waterfalls. Very beautiful and not that far. Fontanna Lake and Dam were not that far and worth the drive out there. Now, when I say "not that far " , that's mountain speak for 20- 30 mins. Grocery store is about 15-20 mins so stock up while you're there. That's still not ARE in the mountains.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
McGhee Tyson Airport
Nearest Train
11 Miles
Great Smokey Mountain Railroad
Car: recommended

Nantahala River for white water rafting & fly fishing.

Fontana Lake close to Almond Boat ramp for renting boats & fishing. Bryson City- The Great Smokey Mountain Railroad, groceries-waterfalls-deep creek for tubing tail of the dragon- motorcyclist Tsali mountain biking and horseback riding. Cherokee Indian Reservation & casino.


Rates & Availability

Almond Chalet Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer Rates
May 24 2016 - Sep 3 2016
4 night minimum stay
September Special
Sep 4 2016 - Sep 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
October Rates
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
November Special
Nov 1 2016 - Nov 17 2016
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Rates
Nov 18 2016 - Nov 26 2016
4 night minimum stay
Christmas & New Years
Dec 20 2016 - Jan 4 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $50
Cleaning $95

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Almond Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • 2 bedroom, 3 full bath.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting

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