Deer Lake log cabin is located on Fontana Lake, in a large private "Upscale" subdivision about a 20 minute trip to the back from the gated entrance. The subdivision's entrance is hidden from The Great Smoky Mountains Expressway (HW 74) which connects it to all the main attractions of the region. The restaurants, shops and Deep Creek entrance to the GSMNP are about a 20 minute trip along HW 74 to Bryson City. The Cherokee Indian Reservation and its many cultural exhibits, shops, Harrah’s Casino and Visitors Center main entrance of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park are another 15 to 20 minutes past Bryson City. If spending a day or two fishing or just cruising Fontana Lake itself appeals to you; you can rent a pontoon boat or launch your own fishing boat about 10 minutes away ( by Water) at the Almond Boat Dock and dock your boat at Deer Lake’s private floating dock. If you are in the need of a little more exciting time on the water; try white water rafting down the Nantahala River about 25 minutes down HW 74. The cabin is about seven miles from the entrance along a well paved yet very winding scenic mountain road. Since the last mile or so is a gravel road, we don't recommend motorcycles. The about 20 minute scenic drive to the cabin helps to separate you from the noise and stresses of a busy world; preparing you for the quiet seclusion that makes for a relaxing and rejuvenating vacation that few others get to experience. Along this quiet forested and curvy two way road you will occasional pass driveways of other partially visible cabins that wind off into the forest, a few deer that will dash across the road and disappear into the mountain forest and many flocks of wild turkeys foraging along and in the road. Even a fox or two have been seen dashing under the cover of the trees along the road. The max speed along this road is 20 mph. Though the winding curves may inspire that road rally spirit we strongly suggest that you don't test the speed limit. Some of the full time residents of this community enjoy biking and jogging this same road and there are many sharp blind curves that can appear quickly. Also it is not uncommon for there to be a wild animal or two on the road, mostly flocks of wild turkeys which are slow to move out of a cars way, they almost seem annoyed by the car’s interruption of their dinner. We do suggest that you stop by the grocery store in town before heading out to this cabin since most guest find it hard to leave once they have arrived at the cabin.
Deer Lake is a three level log cabin with a private floating dock and lots of deck space to enjoy its location on the forested mountain side a short distance up from the shoreline of Fontana Lake. As no hunting of any type is permitted within the large minimally developed subdivision that this cabin is located in, the area has become a sort of an unfenced refuge for the native smoky mountain animals. When vacationing here the cabin owner kept seeing deer making their way down the mountain side through the trees to the lake shore for a drink. So, to offer the vacationing guest at their cabin a better chance to see these beautiful lords of the forest; a stocked deer feeding station is now located just off the bend in the drive way. The paved driveway begins at the gravel road above the cabin. As you turn down the driveway headed for the cabin, the shimmering waters of the lake below reflect through the trees. As you pull up to the side of the cabin to park and step out of your vehicle, the mountain lake side environment fills the air with a peaceful and inviting atmosphere. Guest have stated that they found this lake side setting so inviting that they were compelled to climb down the stairs to visit the lake before they even took their luggage into the cabin. We have also been told that sitting on the edge of the floating dock with your toes in the cool water and just taking in the scenic mountain lake view for a few minutes, is incredibly relaxing after a long but worth it drive.
Back up at the parking area where you probably left your car are two sets of steps. The stairs down to the lake, as you probably have already seen, are on the left and the steps to the front door are straight ahead. A top of the steps is a gate that matches the railing of the covered front porch. This gate allows you to close off the exit point of the deck so your four legged companion can spend time in the fresh air with you. Please note the width of the space between the rails and its height when considering if your pet could escape through or over the railings. The front entrance to this cabin has a screen door like all true log cabins should have. Past the front door a hanging swing at the rear of the porch is a quiet and relaxing spot to enjoy the fresh mountain air while listening to the birds singing in the forest.
The stairs on the left side of the parking area not only lead down to the dock on the lake but also offers access the upper and lower decks facing the lake. At the first landing you can climb up another set of stairs to the upper deck or enter the gate on the right to the lower covered deck. The open sunny upper deck sets high overlooking the lake. The breeze scented by the surrounding mountain forest and carrying the sounds of birds playing amongst the trees with an occasional passing boat splashing wave against the shore of the lake below is strongest here of the two decks. Like the deck on the mountain side of the cabin, a gate with a latch is at the top of the stairs to allow you to close off the exit point of the deck to accommodate pets or smaller family members. (Always keep pets and or small children under supervision when outside on any of the decks or stairs.) A dinette set with seating for 6 guest is a great spot to dine outside or just relax and enjoy a drink and a card game with family or friends. At the side of the deck opposite the stairs is a gas fire pit. Where sitting in a chair in front of an easily lit fire with your favorite beverage in hand, surrounded by friends, is a pretty relaxing way to watch the sun set over a scenic mountain lake. A self-standing porch swing is also on the upper deck. The upper deck is also accessed from either the door next to the stone fireplace in the living room or the sliding glass door of the dining room.
Back at the first landing down from the parking area stairs is a set of French doors that lead into the lower level mud room. The gate on the right opens into the covered lower deck. The only other access to the lower deck is from another door in the lower level mud room. The whole lower deck is covered by vinyl roofing to create a completely shaded refuge from the sun and on rainy days the lower deck is dry enough to still enjoy the fresh air. The first feature to great you on the lower deck is the gas grill. To the left of the gate is the large hot tub. After spending a long day exploring the trails of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park the hot tub’s warm messaging waters feel pretty soothing on sore muscles. Even if you haven’t been hiking for miles, sitting in a hot tub overlooking a scenic mountain lake at a secluded log cabin is a great way to spend a vacation. If you’re not in the mood for a dip in the hot tub; to the right is a row of rocking chairs that spending some time in will help to slow down the pace of life and restore a sense of peace. Another dinette set also set at the far end of the deck, so you can still eat out even on rainy days. The lower deck is well lighted so the fresh air and hot tub can be enjoyed as late into the night as you want.
From the entrance to the lower deck a series of stairs and landings wind down through the forested yard to the private floating dock on Fontana Lake. The last section of walk way that connects to the aluminum gangplank has a long bench shaded by the trees for sitting and enjoying the view or waiting for your boat to arrive. The floating dock has a canapé to shade your boat when it is docked. Don’t own a boat or have time to spend out on a boat; you can still fish from the dock or shore line if you bring your fishing poles. Bait, fishing licenses, boat rentals and a few tips are available at Almond Boat Dock. This dock is only about 5 to 10 minutes away by water and 15 minutes down the road from the entrance of this gated community. Even if fishing and boating is not you’re your thing, sitting on the edge of a dock on a beautiful mountain lake watching an eagle hunting for its next sushi dinner is an experience not easily forgotten. Fontana Lake is a managed and dam controlled mountain lake that forms the boarder of GSMNP. The level of this lake varies throughout the year and it is possible for the dock to be resting on the beach and the lake to be very deep a few feet from the end of the dock at certain time of the year. To the right of the dock the water level is shallow enough to create an almost beach access area for swimming. Keep in mind that the lake bed drops steeply off near the end of the deck. (See winter picture of dock and lake level for example.) Guest must swim at their own risk. Please bring life vest if you plan to swim.
The front door is on the mountain side (right side from the parking area) of the cabin. As you step through the front door, you enter into a hallway with a set of stairs to the upper level on the right. The true log cabin feel continues into the interior of the cabin. The floors, walls and beamed ceilings are all built of real wood that imparts a warmth and natural spirit to the interior. As you pass the stairs and continue moving straight ahead you will reach the living room. Right before you reach the living room a set of stairs down to the lower level will be on the left forming the back wall of the living room. When you enter the living room the first thing you will notice is the large stone gas log fireplace reaching up to the cathedral ceiling with a flat screen satellite TV mounted above the mantel. To relax and enjoy your favorite show or just watch the warm glow of the fireplace, the living room has a leather reclining sofa, love seat and recliner. To the right side of the fireplace is a glass door and outer screen door that lead out to the upper deck. Opening this screen door in combination with the front screen door will allow you to create a flow of fresh mountain forest scented air through the cabin creating the feeling the outdoor throughout the inside. When the quiet evening in front of the fireplace ends, you can go in the door to the right of the living room to enter the master bedroom suite. The master bedroom has a king size bed, satellite TV and private bathroom. To the left the of the living room is a large dark wood dining table that seats six guest across from a view of the mountain forest through sliding glass doors. A newly remodeled kitchen with new stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops and all the cooking and dining utensils needed to cook a great meal is next to the dining room. A set of folding doors along one side of the kitchen hides the washer and dryer. At the back of the kitchen is a hallway on the left with a pantry that ends back at the front door.
The stairs next to the front door lead to the upper level. The first bedroom on the upper level is to the right of the top of the stairs. This bedroom has a queen size bed, satellite TV and warm tongue and groove natural wood walls and ceiling. A rocking chair is positioned in the dormer bump out where the window lets in lots of natural light make a great spot to read a few chapters of that book you have been meaning to finish. The next door along the walk way is the upper level full bath. The door at the end of the walk way is the second bedroom of the upper level. This bedroom also has natural wood tongue and groove walls and ceiling. The bed in this room is a king size bed. A satellite TV sits on the dresser opposite the bed. This bedroom also has a dormer bump out with a rocking chair in front of the window making a great spot to read a few early morning emails; but only if you want to think about work.
The stairs from the living room end in the mudroom of the lower level. This room has two sets of doors. The one straight ahead leads to the parking area and the one on the right opens to the lower level deck and hot tub. The main and largest room of the lower level also has tongue and grove natural wood walls and ceiling. A bunk bed set is on the left side of the room. It has a twin upper bunk over a full size lower bed. Opposite the bunk bed is the second largest flat screen TV at the cabin. The kids can watch their favorite shows before bed. That is if you can get them to go to bed. Just pass the bunk bed is a non-regulation size pool table. The door at the back of the room is the full bath for the lower level.
CAROLINA MOUNTAIN VACATIONS
VACATION RENTAL AGREEMENT
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A. IF YOUR RESERVATION IS MADE MORE THAN 15 DAYS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL: A deposit of the first 2 nights will be required on a major credit or debit card (Master Card, Visa or Discover; we do not accept American Express). Balance is paid at check-in. Full payment is due at time of reservation if made 14 days or less prior to check-in (see below). Upon making your reservation, you will receive an email confirmation and a copy of our VRA. Please, read, initial and sign the VRA. You may return it by e-mail, Fax 1-828-488-7533 or when you check-in.
B. IF YOUR RESERVATION IS MADE LESS THAN 14 DAYS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL: Your reservation will be secured by phone with payment in full on a Master Card, Visa or Discover; we do not accept American Express. Upon making your reservation, you will receive an email confirmation and a copy of our VRA. Please, read, initial and sign the VRA. You may return it by e-mail, Fax 1-828-488-7533 or when you check-in.
C. All reservations incur 6.75-7% NC Sales Tax and County Occupancy Tax of 3%-5% in addition to the rental amounts and fees. Rates are subjected to applicable state sales and county occupancy taxes which are in effect during the time of your stay. Please note that these are subject to change as authorized by the appropriate governing body. Carolina Mountain Vacations will adjust your reservation to reflect current tax rates which are in effect at the time of your stay. Carolina Mountain Vacations will credit or debit your account for tax changes.
NO RENTALS will be permitted to ANYONE UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE.
All Guest are required to Check-In at our office:
40 Greenlee Street, Bryson City, NC 28713
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CHECK-IN is AFTER 4 P.M.
A.) Required to sign a rental agreement and Pet Policy (if applicable)
B.) Pay any outstanding balance in full.
C.) Security Authorization Hold is required on a major credit card (Master Card, Visa or Discover; we do not accept American Express). More info
D.) You will be handed printed detailed directions and information to access keys to your vacation cabin on the day you check-in at our office. Internet mapping devises and navigation systems are NOT recommended for use in the Western NC Mountains ( GPS does not always work in the mountains). Please be aware that some NC mountain roads may be steep and/or curvy. Access to some of our cabins may require driving on gravel roads or driveways. Please adhere to any recommendation or requirement for a four-wheel-drive vehicle when listed in a property description. It is highly recommended that Guests try to arrive during daylight hours for their first visit to our area to become familiar with the area and roads.
CHECK-OUT is by 11 A.M.
Early Check-In and Late Check-Out: If you are planning a late arrival time to your North Carolina vacation cabin rental, please contact our cabin rental office during business hours to make arrangements. Our office hours are 9 am to 9 pm, 7 days a week. Requests for early check-in or late check-out will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact our office no less than 24 hours in advance with requests for an early arrival or late departure. Consideration is given based upon the property’s “status” immediately prior to or following your reservation.
A Security Authorization Hold is required on a major credit card at time of check-in.
The Security Authorization Hold amount ranges from ($150.00 on 1-bedroom cabins, $250.00 on 2 and 3 bedroom cabins, $500.00 on, 4 and 5 bedroom cabins). Also, an additional Pet Security Hold of $100 if applicable will also be applied to the credit card on file. Your Security Authorization Hold must be made at check-in (Master Card, Visa or Discover; we do not accept American Express). Security Authorization Holds are released within 30 days of departure in accordance with NC law. Whether or not a Security Authorization Hold is required, a guest is responsible for any intentional damage due to willful negligence on leased Cabin. A guest agrees that charges can be processed on their credit card.
Cancellations with short notice are unfair to both Carolina Mountain Vacations as well as the Cabin owner.
If you must cancel be sure to do so at least 31 days in advance of your arrival date.
a. All cancellations made within 31 days of arrival are non-refundable. In the event you must cancel your reservation within 31 days of arrival, please notify us as soon as possible. We will make every effort to re-rent the Cabin for your original dates. If we re-rent the Cabin for the total number of reservation nights, all monies (less a $75 cancellation fee) will be returned within 30 days after re-booking. If we re-rent the Cabin for less than the total number of reservation nights, we will refund the monies for this portion of the rental rate (less a $75 cancellation fee) within 30 days after re-booking. If after diligent effort, we are unable to re-rent the Cabin, the full rental payment will be forfeited.
b. If cancellations are made outside of the 31 day arrival, your deposit will be refunded minus a $75 cancellation fee within 30 days of the cancellation date.
c. Your reservation may be switched to a different cabin if you notify us 31 days or more prior to your arrival. Reservations CAN NOT be transferred to another cabin within 31 days of arrival.
d. Please remember that you are making an agreement with CMV for an individually owned Cabin. If you are disappointed or unsatisfied with the cabin due to different tastes according to decor, accommodations, location, construction, mountain road conditions, etc. and decline to stay at the cabin, this will be considered a cancellation and no rent reduction or refund will be issued. If you have particular needs such as a disability or severe medical condition, CMV will attempt to answer and address all concerns. If the Cabin is not fit and habitable, CMV will substitute a reasonably comparable property. If a Cabin cannot be substituted, CMV will refund to the guest all payments made by guest. CMV will conduct all activities in regard to this Agreement without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap or familial status of any guest. Guest agrees to hold harmless Carolina Mountain Vacations for any inaccuracies.
Failure to disclose an accurate Guest count or the presence of unregistered Guests could result in immediate eviction, forfeiture of any remaining rent and an additional charge of $250 deducted from card on file.
Children 12 and under stay free.
Additional guest are $10.00 per night, per guest extra, this must be approved prior to checking into your vacation rental cabin.
Maximum occupancy refers to all persons over the age of one year old. Violations of maximum occupancy can cause property damage as well as violate local laws and regulations. (Most mountain cabins and homes run on private septic and well systems. Overtaxing these systems can cause serious problems.) Any maximum occupancy violation constitutes a breach of contract and Guest agrees that any such violation, in addition to any other remedies herein, will result in immediate eviction of Guests, forfeiture of any remaining rent and an additional charge of $250 representing liquidated damages.
Policies for Carolina Mountain Vacations Pet-Friendly Cabins
Guests will be required to sign the CMV Pet Policy at Check-In.
There are potential consequences for bringing an unauthorized pet onto any CMV property.
1. For pet friendly cabins, there is a $45 non-refundable pet fee for the first pet, $20 for the second pet and $20 for the third pet. Any misrepresentation regarding the number of pets at the cabin will be charged accordingly.
2. Pets are only permitted with prior approval. Be sure to notify us if you are bringing a dog to one of our pet-friendly cabins. If prior approval has not been authorized and there is evidence of a pet having been at the property, the penalty may include a $200 charge, immediate removal of the pet and eviction from the cabin with the forfeiture of all rental payments.
3. CMV only accepts well-behaved, housebroken dogs into our pet friendly cabins. Even though we love all pets, we regret that we are unable to allow any animals other than dogs in our rental cabins. Absolutely no cats are permitted in CMV rental cabins. For the purpose of this agreement, the term “pet” is always used in reference to a dog. In the interest of protection your dog, a leash should always be used when your dog is outside. While North Carolina does not have a state leash law, please note that cities and counties may have stricter regulations. No dog shall be tied outside the Cabin unless supervised by a responsible adult
4. As a general rule, dogs should not be left unattended in cabins. In an unfamiliar environment dogs may act uncharacteristically and unpredictably. They may get nervous and bark, causing a disturbance to neighbors. Or they may harm the cabin by chewing, scratching or making messes that they would not typically make at home. Please remember to be respectful of nearby neighbors. Always use a crate in the rare event that a dog must be left alone.
5. Legal Disclaimer: Any damages to the cabin or cabin property or another person because of a pet will be the sole responsibility of the registered Guest. Guests are held financially responsible for all physical damages to the Cabin (i.e. chewing, scratching, flea infestation, etc.) inflicted on the Cabin by the presence of a pet. If extra cleaning is deemed reasonable due to the presence of a pet (i.e. soiled furniture and/or flooring, hair on furnishings or bedding, fleas), the Guest will be held financially responsible and the credit card on file will be charged for the amount of the repair/recovery. CMV is not responsible for harm caused to any pet.