Property Description Mountain Log Home Between Ponds And Babbling Creek Minutes From Nantahala Lake
Please Note: All booking requests require answering these two questions:
1) How is each guest related to or known by the person submitting the booking request for the group?
2) Will any pets be part of the group? How many? Please describe each pet: breed, approximate weight, and behavior.
"The Ponds at Nantalaha Lake" is a "Unique Retreat" of 3.6 beautifully landscaped acres, strategically located as the hub surrounded by a wheel of incredible attractions and activities. An outdoor deck overlooks the Upper Pond stocked with pet trout, continuously fed by a mountain stream, and complimented by a refreshing fountain for rustic ambiance. Walking to the middle of the property, you can enjoy the breathtaking view of another quarter acre Lower Pond situated with a lovely Smokey Mountain background. Sport fish or simply relax on a few large boulders and muse, read or watch the wildlife.
Even the ponds themselves are unique! Rather than the typical natural pools which are fed primarily by rain water, with little inflow and outflow, here each is continuously fed by running mountain water from above that travels through the series of ponds on its way to Junaluska Creek below. This transforms what elsewhere could be a stagnant water collection into this property's constantly refreshing and self-replenishing ponds. Whether you are eating during the day on the outdoor deck, while watching (or feeding!) the pet trout in the Upper Pond... or experiencing during the evening the spectacular star-filled sky far from city lights and the symphony of frogs at the Lower Pond... or sleeping in the master bedroom with the lanai doors open to enjoy the sound of the babbling creek below... you will likely not forget that this Unique Retreat is appropriately named... "The Ponds"!
Take the kayaks and life vests from the garage to experience the pristine Lake Nantahala with a ten minute drive to the public boat launch. Bring your motorcycles, boat and RV too - you have use of an oversize garage as well as electric and septic hook-ups. After a day of activity, come back to the cabin for a meal cooked on our gas or charcoal grills. Parents relax in the hot tub, children play badminton, volleyball, horseshoes, or croquet, and pets move freely from the outdoor deck to the large, fenced backyard. The entire family can gather at the 'fire-pit' by the stream to enjoy roasting marshmallows, story telling and singing.
Time to come inside? The ground floor great room is a trip into the past: The antique decor includes a kitchen stove that cooked meals for prior generations above its wood fire compartment, and the Coca Cola theme of the kitchenette. The large collection of VHS tapes can be viewed on the big (but far from flat) screen. And many families have found themselves repeating enjoyable evenings at the pool and game tables.
Experience both: the rustic authenticity of a log cabin decorated in keeping with simple mountain life, and the convenience of the home's modern appliances, wifi / internet, satellite TV, and reliable / automatic cutover to backup generator during power outages (not too uncommon when trees fall onto power lines in these here mountains!) It has often been a real retreat for one or two couples, but can easily sleep eight. There is no shortage of rooming options with three floors, each equipped with both sleeping accommodations and its own full bathroom. Master 1 on the first floor is a large bedroom with a queen bed with separate electric controls for each side. This room displays traditional mountain decor and opens to the lanai for the experience of outdoor sleeping, yet in the safety and comfort of the home. It has a cedar closet, desk and chair, and satellite TV, and shares a full bath with the main floor. Master 2 on the second floor provides old world charm in the tradition of a cottage. It too has a full bath and satellite TV, with both a queen and a trundle day bed. In addition to the formal bedrooms, the large entertainment area on the lower level has another trundle day bed and a futon couch that can open to become yet another queen bed. The ground floor kitchenette, full bathroom and private stone deck with a hot tub make it perfect for another independent family arrangement, or for ensuring that your family will also enjoy just hanging out at home!
The gas fireplace and vaulted ceiling make the living room a quaint place for relaxation, watching satellite TV, reading or quiet conversation. The kitchen is equipped with typical modern appliances and some extras for the gourmet cook. "Pass thru" windows allow sending food directly to the small dining room or onto the fully screened lanai, with its large table and deck for eating and entertainment. The large (and unique) antique coffee table in the living room makes overflow seating for meals or activities while relaxing on the leather couches convenient for all. But we'll understand if you decide instead to eat outside under the umbrella at the large deck table, with the Smokey Mountain view stretching before you and the local trout swimming below!
'The Ponds at Nantahala Lake' is mountain-close to all major attractions. We are 10 minutes from pristine Nantahala Lake, and within 20-30 minutes of the Nantahala Gorge and Outdoor Center, with other lakes (Santeetlah, Fontana, Chatuga), towns (Andrews, Murphy, Franklin, Bryson City) and attractions (Cherohala Skyway, John Campbell Folk Arts School, Tail of the Dragon, Cherokee Indian Village) and much more nearby. The locals say we are 'two hours from Anywhere': Atlanta GA, Ashville NC. Charlotte NC, Knoxville TN, and Gatlinburg TN. We are truly blessed to be in the middle of no-where, yet close to everything that means so much to the people who live here and the guests who visit.
We could enjoy detailing many other reasons why we chose, developed, and look forward to retiring in this Unique Retreat (feel free to ask us about our favorite local hiking trails and other activities)... but we would rather you read the many reviews from guests explaining why they can't wait to return! We heartily invite you to share our lovely home, our community of open and trusting folk, and one of the most beautiful places on the planet!
Toni & Camillo Iacoboni
Registration Number: VRBO Property ID: 491169
BedroomsMaster Bedroom 1
Master Bedroom 2
queen · twin/ single (2)
twin/ single (2) · sleep sofa /futon
BathroomsMaster Bathroom 1
Toilet · shower
Master Bathroom 2
Toilet · shower
Entertainment level bathroom 3
Toilet · Combination tub/shower
Garage Bathroom 4
Toilet · shower
Dishwasher detergent under sink
Full Refrigerator with Freezer
Coffee maker and electric tea kettle
Bread/bagel toaster and toaster oven
Cleaning products, insect sprays for emergency use, dish soap. Items often leftover from prior guests: condiments, coffee & filters, spices, paper towels, foil, paper plates and cups.
Dishes & Utensils
Dishes, cutlery, silverware and glassware,
mixing bowls/bakeware/measuring cups and spoons, pots, pans and cooking utensils (please use plastic only on pans)
Wireless landline and DSL WiFi (allows wifi calling on most smart phones)
Backup electric generator with automatic cutover provides security for HVAC and electric.
New state of the art. Utility room stocked with pre-measured laundry detergent packets.
New state of the art. Fabric softener above dryer.
Large oversize garage with completely paved driveway. Also parking in front of home for convenience.
RV garage: electric and septic hookup. Separate oversized insulated 2 car garage with bathroom/shower, storage (extra chairs, etc.), and possible pet kennel site (please ask for details re: pets).
Iron & Board
Other Amenities Air Conditioning,
Washer & Dryer,
Satellite or cable,
Dish TV service
Library shelf in loft overlooking family room
Huge lower level functions as Entertainment Center including large screen TV, pool table, classic wooden card table, game rack, kitchenette with seating, access to outdoor hot tub with full bath.
Horseshoes, bean bag toss, multiple board games.
Games for Kids
Loft overlooking family room features classic antique organ (please: only for those who actually play - no children allowed to touch) and guitar stand.
7 foot, beautiful decor, rack with multiple cues
Large DVD and VHS library at lower level Entertainment Center
Pool / SpaSpa whirlpool
Sanitized and adjusted prior to visit. Easily seats 4 persons, variable speed jets, mood lights, private setting on porch with easy access to full indoor bathroom stocked with beach towels.
Use of 3 sit-on kayaks and paddles included.
Paved bicycle trails nearby
Less than 5 miles from cabin to public boat launch (0.6 miles to access road, then 4 miles of beautiful woods leads to lake). Incredible view: peaceful Nantahala Lake surrounded by Smokey Mountains.
Water Sports Gear
Use of life jackets in various sizes included
Ski & Snowboard
40 minutes to ski resort
Additional Guest Fee
Rates are subject to change unless booked.
Per night Pet Fee is $20 for the first and $10 for the second pet (two pets maximum); all pets require advance approval.