House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)
About Pam Murphy
I'm a person who values privacy, quiet, contemplation and nature. My friends are for life. Having sold a small retail food business, I now own a small garden design/installation business which is the thing I have always wanted to do. As a state certified master gardener, I also volunteer my time in many ways and in many communities. I split my living year between Atlanta, GA and MountainView House, where I hope to live full time one day. I enjoy most outdoor activities, but especially, hiking and bird watching. I'm an avid reader of history, natural science and literary novels and journals. I'm learning to use my telescope more effectively. I was once addicted to Breaking Bad and The Wire (probably still am) and I really enjoy well written serious dramatic as well as seriously funny TV and movies. I'm a native of Chicago and return often to the suburbs there to visit my mom (she's 98 :) who lives independently in the home my dad built in Northbrook, IL. I hope to stay active and independent all my life and I believe that the key to that is to always enjoy and have fun at what you do even if you could make more money doing something else.
Pam Murphy purchased this House in 1998
Why Pam Murphy chose Topton
I bought this beautiful place after spending a July 4 weekend in the Snowbird Mountains and seeing only 1 other person on the lake there. I began searching a bit farther south in The Nantahala range of the Smokies, where there were/are even less people, although after 18 years, there are a few more folks who have caught on to this magic place. After two years of searching, this home came on the market and my realtor called me to come up and see it, even though it was for sale at a price higher than I had budgeted. One look out the western windows and I knew, THIS IS IT. I made an offer that day and have never looked back for the past 20 years. For me, it's not even the house, it's the place, itself, where I always feel closest to nature and her living things. The scene is always changing and always beautiful and haunting. There is always peace to be found here.
What makes this House unique
My home is situated on two (mostly vertical :) acres at the top of a mountain. Most of my very few neighbors are seasonal, but I live here on and off, year 'round. It is the incredible quiet and peace that I find here and yet I am only 140 miles from my home in Atlanta. I feel that The Nantahala is another country entirely, so close to Nature as it is and rugged enough that not that many people live here. I also enjoy the face that the road leading to my home is like a private driveway, really, and when the trees are in leaf, you would never know my home was there. When the trees are bare, my home is more exposed, but the mountain views are so much more dramatic! The spring and late fall are wonderful times to visit for this very reason but not many people take advantage of this fact and so I happily return for longer visits, especially in November, when it is still fairly warm and in the spring during bird migration. This is definitely a spot for serious birders or for anyone who enjoys the color and song of migrating birds. Also, bald eagles have returned to the lake - a wonderful indicator of a healthy environment. Travelers should know that this is not a rental property per se, but a private property that is sometimes rented. Therefore, my guests will find quality furnishings and art and probably things that I should not display because of their portability. I believe in trust and the honor system, though, and have found through the years that most people are honest and trustworthy which gives me great hope. I have been disappointed only 3 times in 18 years and I consider that a good record. Guests need only behave as they would in their own homes to have a good experience for themselves and for me.
No smoking in house or on the deck.
Only with strict supervision at all times
Minimum age of primary renter:4
If you have muddy shoes, please remove in foyer. In general, please clean up after yourselves.
Treat my property as you would have a stranger treat yours. My transactions are guided by trust, and I hope that your's are, too.
You may help yourself to open containers of condiments, spices, etc., should you run out. Otherwise, do not eat/drink what does not belong to you.
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
This property is well maintained and very clean. The view is nice and a private setting. We enjoyed our stay and will consider returning in the future.
Smoky mountains, waterfalls, and a bear, oh my!
Wonderful views and cooler weather had us heading to Pam’s house. The house is pleasantly decorated and the kitchen is decently stocked for cooking/baking. We even saw a bear while preparing lunch one day. Several birds came to the various bird feeders and the smoky mountain view changed every second. The twin beds are very firm and the hall bathroom is tight and cozy with the family room. The master bath is well done and spacious.
We parked at the beginning of the Bartram Trail and hiked to Pam’s home for dinner before going to grab the car (6.5 miles). We also would recommend eating at the Dillard House and the restaurant on the lake. The Dry Falls are worth a visit, we ran out of daylight to visit all the falls in the area.
Overall we would recommend Pam’s house and when we seek cooler weather we’ll be back.
A perfect stay in the mountains near by Nantahala Weddings
We had a great time with the whole family in a well and tasteful equipped house on a quiet top of the mountain. Many thanks to Pam who guided us in a perfect manner so that organization around everything was an easy job.
Best stay ever!
Wonderful property with amazing views
Great house with all the amenities you need. Pam was great to work with and gave us some great hiking recommendations. Highly recommend!
Place to "Unplug" - Spectacular!
Our stay at the Mountainview House was incredible! The house was impeccably clean. It was stocked with everything you would ever need for your stay. The vistas are extraordinary. Pam was easy to communicate with and she provides her guests with a binder that is filled to the brim with things to do. We used this binder as a guide to see nature at its finest! It was nice to "unplug" for a few days and enjoy the beauty of the NC mountains. Peaceful bliss....
We are looking forward to returning to the Mountainview House in the very near future.
Thank you, Pam, for allowing us to stay in your beautiful home!
Don and Leslie
My home is located at the top of a mountain in a sparsely populated area, The Nantahala, above Nantahala Lake. The primary view is of the Nantahala Range. Groceries and hospital are at minimum, 15 miles from home. I always shop for groceries before I drive up-Ingles in Franklin, Murphy and Andrews. WalMart in Murphy or Franklin. Small local store at lake sells basics at elevated prices. My pantry is stocked with basics, should you forget spices, etc.
My home is centrally located for hiking (AT and Bartram) and birding (Audubon Important Bird Area or IBA), lake access dock is 1.5 mile down the mountain. Small restaurant is 1.5 miles on lake, Lakes End Grill.