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Original House, New Private Dock On Lake, Near Public Boat Landing.

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

If you are looking for a classic mountain getaway, with a superb location in the Nantahala National Forest - on Lake Nantahala - this is your place! By 'classic' we mean it was built by our children's great-grandparents as a mountain vacation home and fishing base back in the '60s. It is NOT a million dollar McMansion thrown up a few years ago that will cost a fortune to rent. It's our family lakehouse. And, we're happy to rent it to you.

This vacation get-away is located on Lake Nantahala with direct access to a private dock and absolutely beautiful views of the lake and mountains. The lake can be enjoyed for swimming, fishing and boating. Many other outdoor activities are within arm's reach of the property.

The location of the house on the lake is something special, a place where you can retreat to get away from the grind of normal life. It is a true escape, nestled away in a stand of enormous poplar trees with a view of the large lake area in front of the distant dam. The hours melt away as you settle into a life of mountain informality, fantastic natural surroundings and wonderful fellowship with family and friends.

The house was one of the first properties built on the lake, and has been maintained and updated with modern amenities. The two-level house is ideal for families and groups of friends. The upper (driveway) level has two bedrooms and one large sleeping area with a screened-off double bed, two single beds and a couch bed. The lower level features a family room with a wood burning fireplace, a large, well-equipped kitchen, and an outside patio facing the lake with a gas grill. It has all the character of a family mountain cabin, with added features like remodeled kitchen, washer/dryer, satellite TV, and DVD/VCR.

The public boat landing is nearby, within 5 minutes by car or a short 15 minute walk. A canoe is included along with paddles and personal floatation devices.

Keywords: House, Cabin, Lake house, Summer home, Mountain home

More Details

LaRue Wait
Member since: 2005
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few days
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
20 September, 2018

About LaRue Wait

Natives of NC and SC with a number of family members living in points North and West.

LaRue Wait purchased this house in 1962

Why LaRue Wait chose Topton

The house was built by our father and mother when there were only a few houses on the lake. The land it was built on was part of a large tract of land that our parents bought back when the Nantahala Lake was known to only a few local mountain folk. It has been in our family ever since.

To say that there are countless memories of visits and gatherings of family and friends is a huge understatement. We gather here during three seasons (it's a bit cold in the winter so it is generally closed then) and enjoy the wonderful scenery and all that mountain fresh air.

This house is a true treasure and was built by our father and other local mountain men. The stone steps to the lake were laid by a local mason. The trees, including two apple trees and a pear tree, were planted by our father. And to this day I tend to and add to our mother's wonderful selection of native plants that add different colors to the landscape throughout the year.

What makes this house unique

Nature, the lake, the fresh mountain air and communion with loved ones.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Topton

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • First floor bathroom - toilet , bath with shower
    Downstairs bathroom - toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , Lake view, windows front and side.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , Drive way side. Windows back & side (indirect view of lake)
    Other (See Description) - 1 double bed , 2 single bed , 1 sofa bed/futon , Large open plan area with picture window, and the TV
  • There are two good size bedrooms, each with a Queen bed. Both adjacent to bathroom in shared hall. The other beds are also on the first floor in the large open plan area with the picture window and the TV.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • video player
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Dock for boat and swimming with direct access from property. A canoe is included along with paddles and personal floatation devices.


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Original House, New Private Dock On Lake, Near Public Boat Landing.
average rating of 4.875 based on 24 reviews

Great Lakeside Rental

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 (and our dog) had a great stay. Lake Nantahala and the surrounding area is beautiful with tons to do. Got in a lot of swimming off the dock, canoeing/boating (canoe included and rented a pontoon from caretakers), fishing, hiking, and sightseeing. The lake house had everything we needed and was in great shape.

  • Review Submitted: 29/05/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: David and family: We are thrilled that you had an enjoyable stay. This house is a family treasure for our family. My children grew up loving it and all the family gatherings - along with some normal " family drama" ! We hope you will choose to visit again'. Thanks!
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Ireland/England/North and South US

Awe inspiring beauty as well as relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

We visited the area in 2017 with friends, and decided to rent a house on Nantahala Lake the next summer. We couldn't have made a better decision than this lake and this house. A warning, if you need good cell service and wifi, this is not your vacation home. If you're like me, and just want to swim in a pristine lake, sit on the dock and read, or watch old movies, then here's your place.

Speaking of the house, I absolutely adore this jewel. It's a trip back to the 60s and 70s, but with an updated kitchen. I hope the owner never changes anything, not the lamps, not the furniture, not the board games, not anything. I felt so at home here.

Speaking of the owner, she couldn't have been more nicer, and her son and his family couldn't have been more gracious having taken us with them on the pontoon boat to the marina for supper.

Saving the best for last, the lake and the surrounding mountains. If you'd like to visit the pacific northwest, but don't have the time, here's your place. It rained nearly every late afternoon or evening, while being sunny the rest of the day. The temperatures in mid July never rose above 82F. It was chilly enough at night for a sweater. The lake itself is the cleanest in NC, and one of the cleanest to be found anywhere. And the view is nothing but mountains. I never take pictures until this trip, it's that beautiful.

I look forward to returning, and will keep "my lake house" in my memories forever. Thank you so much!

  • Review Submitted: 26/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted when our guests enjoy the beauty and relaxation of our "step back in time" Vacation home. Families and friends need to slow the pace and communicate. We will welcome these guest again with pleasure
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Batavia, IL.

Most relaxing vacation EVER

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful home with my family. We had the best time relaxing and swimming right off the dock! The scenery was absolutely breathtaking that we never wanted to leave. The neighbors Bev and Chris were so nice and helpful when we had questions. We rented the boat 2 days and enjoyed the lake and all the fun it had to offer. The lake was so clear and clean that we spent lots of time swimming and playing in the water. The house was exactly as I expected, the perfect summer lake house. There was plenty of room for my family of 5 and our 2 dogs that we could spread out. The kids loved running around the house looking for little baby toads everyday. I wish we would have brought our fishing poles to fish right off the dock. We can't wait to come back and visit again next year!

  • Review Submitted: 19/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tabatha and family... so glad you enjoyed the place where our children grew up doing all those same things ! Do make it a tradition! Places of such peace and beauty are becoming more and more rare. LaRue
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Beautiful location, clean, relaxing!!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay very much. The place was very clean and had everything we needed. Very family friendly and our kids had a blast. There is no reception or internet which makes for true relaxing getaway and quality time with family. Lovely quaint home that felt like many fun memories have been had. We did for sure.


  • Review Submitted: 14/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Emily, Just the words we like to hear! Yes, memories abound. We are glad you are making yours. Please come again! LaRue
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St. Pete, FL

It was perfect.

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. The view from the dock (morning sunrises!), time on the lake, games and daily outings. We enjoyed the lake house as well. It isn't fancy but its homey and clean and actually reminded us of people we love (grand parents). No wifi was fine with us! Step back in time, forcing us to unwind. The kids had a blast too.

  • Review Submitted: 14/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: THEY GOT IT !!! The experience this family had is what we hope all our guests will find: a comfortable place to rest, time to reconnect with themselves and family members, and the peace and beauty of nature surrounding them .
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Great experience at Nantahala

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful view of the lake, short walk to the dock. Nice canoe for going out on the lake. Very clean house. We had a wonderful trip.

  • Review Submitted: 04/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
132 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Wayah Cafe
Nearest Point of Interest
Nantahala Outdoor Center
Nearest Point of Interest
Lakes End Diner
Nearest Point of Interest
Public Boat Landing
Nearest Point of Interest
Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest
Nearest Point of Interest
Wayah Bald Lookout
Nearest Point of Interest
Appalachian Trail crossing
Nearest Point of Interest
Siler Bald
Nearest Point of Interest
Tsali State Park
Car: necessary

Some of the best whitewater in the USA is within 1-3 hours driving distance. Also, fantastic road and mountain biking, as well as hiking are accessible within minutes. The Appalachian Trail is 7 miles away, and Bartram Trail is within 2 miles. The Nantahala River is 12 miles away.

Fishing on the lake and in nearby rivers is also very good. Plenty of local advice can be had through local tackle and outdoor stores.

The Cherokee Indian Reservation is a 1 hr drive and has a casino, souvenirs and a wonderful, family-friendly performance called Unto These Hills documenting the Trail of Tears.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$137.22
Pet Fee AU$137.22

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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