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Lakefront Mountain Cabin bordering Nantahala National Forest

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms + 1 loft, 1 full bathroom, 1 half bathroom, sleeps 4-6

Our home is situated at about a 3200 feet elevation. Our yard backs up to National Forest land and Queens Lake, which is said to be one of the cleanest and quietest in WNC, is directly in front of us. The lake is stocked with trout. It’s perfect for canoeing, fishing, and swimming (no jet-skis or motor boats!). While a boat put-in is directly in front of our house, the jumping off and fishing dock is down the road. Also down our road is a forest road that leads down to route 74. When it’s open, this is the short cut to the NOC and all points East and is also a lovely hike with waterfalls, mountain vistas and rock faces. Winding Stairs road was built and named in the late 1800s by the residents of Nantahala to improve their access to goods and services. To build the road, they used dynamite to blast out the sides of the mountain.

Day activities include walking, hiking, biking along the lake and down the forest road, swimming and boating, and fishing in the lake and at nearby rivers, streams and at nearby Otter Creek trout farm. We are close to several trail heads, waterfalls and rivers. We are also close to the NOC and other rafting and outdoor adventure outfitters. If you choose to venture farther away, easy day trips are to Bryson City, Cherokee and Franklin.

Our house has extensive covered porch area - useful for enjoying the outdoors in case of rain - and a nice grassy lawn area. We have a lower porch down the yard with its own grill closer to the lake which is a perfect place for drinks or lunch. We have a fire pit for making Smores or just sitting around. We think our cabin is the perfect mountain escape. The location is extremely peaceful and remote, truly 'away from it all.' We intentionally do not have television or internet so that we can enjoy the many activities of being outdoors and in the mountains. We hope you will enjoy our unique find in the mountains as much as we have.

The house has had remodeling and feels new inside with original hardwood floors throughout. All of the interior furniture is also brand-new.

Sleeping Arrangements: We have 2 bedrooms and a loft sleeping area upstairs, and a futon couch downstairs. The upstairs Master bedroom has a queen size bed, and the guest bedroom has a full size bed. The loft area has a daybed that converts to sleep one or two (full size). The full bath is upstairs.

Home Amenities: We have a fully-stocked kitchen with both a french-press and electric coffee maker, utensils and dinnerware, a dishwasher, gas stove and refrigerator/freezer. There is a wood-stove in the living room that does a great job of warming the house in cold weather, and also electric heating. Though the home does have air-conditioning units, we open up the windows and enjoy the fresh air during the day, and cool air at night. The Master bedroom has its own porch. We do offer sheets and bath towels for our guests' use.

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Topton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Gate
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Upstairs bath - toilet , shower
    Downstairs bath - toilet
  • The upstairs bathroom is bright and cheerful with ceramic floors and sink. It has a stand-up shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Guest - 1 double
    Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Master bedroom enjoys a private covered porch with view over lake and neighboring mountain. We call the lovely guest bedroom the 'tree house room' since it is so quiet with views directly in the surrounding national forest. Our loft is an open space at the top of the stairs with a new CB2 daybed that comfortably sleeps 2. The downstairs living room also has a futon that can sleep up to 2. We do provide bed linens for our guests' use.
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • MP3 Dock
  • Toys
  • Barbecue
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Raft
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Housekeeping is included in the rate for full week stays. We provide bed linens and towels. Fresh breads, muffins, or catered meals available upon request.


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Lakefront Mountain Cabin bordering Nantahala National Forest
average rating of 4.470588 based on 18 reviews
Fort Myers, Florida

Peaceful mountain retreat, great for family

  • 5 of 5

My family and I loved our stay here. The cabin had everything we needed and enough room for our family of five to be comfortable. Victoria and Rob were wonderful at communication and we had no trouble finding the cabin thanks to their detailed directions. We spent quite a bit of time at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, went whitewater rafting, and ate a few meals at their restaurants, which were great, especially the trout and sherpa rice at River's End. We also spent a day picnicking and tubing at Deep Creek which was a lot of fun.

There was no internet or much cell reception at the cabin, which was good because it forced us all to put down our phones and tablets for a few days. We spent most of our down time exploring the area, playing in the yard, making s'mores in the fire pit, and playing games with the kids at night. I would highly recommend this rental to anyone looking to get away from it all and spend some time enjoying nature.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind and detailed review of our mountain cabin. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again. Best, Victoria, Rob and Alaina
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A great find!

  • 5 of 5

Cute place. Beautiful little lake. Great location. Very private.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great spot!

  • 5 of 5

Had another great weekend up at Topton. If you are looking to get away this is your spot-great lake to swim, fish and paddle on. This is starting to be a great family tradition spending the last weekend of summer at Topton. See you next time!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Winston Salem, North Carolina

Nice cabin for week getaway

  • 3 of 5

Nice cabin for week rental. No TV or internet so true disconnect which was hard for some of my family. Kitchen well stocked and eating area outside. Beds comfortable. Stairs to top floor were very steep and some linens smelled like 2nd hand smoke. Owners very prompt to reply to issues such as lights out and needing to find breaker box.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Great location. House was very clean & comfortable. Use of the canoe & availability of bikes was a bonus. It was nice to have no WiFi, no television & very limited cell phone reception for a couple days.

Kitchen gear is adequate but limited. For instance, no steak knives.If you planned to do much cooking, you'd want to bring your own things.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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6 days away in peace

  • 5 of 5

If you want to drink your coffee on the balcony half naked and relax in quiet mother nature, this is the place. We have been enjoying time here in the fall and we loved it. Great location and easy access with any car. If you want food and restaurant that is about 20+ min away. We where enjoying cooking. Lock home has everything you may need. There are no curtains or shades on the windows, so when is complete dark you may fill that all the creatures from the horror movies watching you. Please don't be scare, the place is awesome. Anna& Stan

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

I just wanted to write and thank you SO MUCH for sharing your beautiful home with us. We absolutely loved it and had a wonderful time. I think I slept the best there than I have on any vacation yet! The fresh air (and no TV and internet and cell service) really helped, I know. The girls and my husband and I really loved swimming in the lake and paddling around and going fishing and for long walks. We stayed up late catching fireflies and read a ton of books and got to go to the trout farm and NOC for some day trips. Honestly, it was just nice to have some unscheduled time to play and enjoy each other and that beautiful spot.

We left Saturday and locked everything up. I hope that you find it in order; please let me know if there were any problems.

Thank you, again, and I hope that we may be able to come back!
Jun 2014
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Nearest Barpub
16 Miles
Big Wesser BBQ & Brew
Nearest Golf
27 Miles
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Great Smoky Mountain Express (NOC)
Nearest Restaurant
16 Miles
River’s End Restaurant (NOC)
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Maggie Valley
Car: recommended

We are situated in the Nantahala Gorge within the Nantahala National Forest. The area is rich in natural beauty with splendid waterfalls, stunning overlooks, and pristine nature. We are located on Queens Creek Lake, a small, quiet, stocked lake perfect for quiet moments fishing, canoeing and swimming in the summer, and are just 15 minutes away from Lake Nantahala with motorboats and more summer fun. We are also within a short drive to the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC), the renowned outfitter and whitewater rafting center. There, you can enjoy guided trips down the Nantahala River, eat at one of their many restaurants, go kayaking, mountain biking, and more. We are near a trout fishing farm (Otter Creek Trout Farm), the Nantahala River put-in, an AT trailhead (Telilco Gap), Wayah Bald, Wesser Bald, the Bartram Trail, fly fishing on the Wayah River, and great hiking and biking right out of our backyard. Day trip to Bryson City and the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, Franklin, Sylva, Dillsboro, Fontana Lake, and Tsali

Other Activities: hiking, canoeing, fly fishing, freshwater fishing




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
cleaning $50

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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