The Cardinal Cottage

Starting At $150 - $550 /- Night


Banjoe Vacations invites you to visit Lake Lure and stay ON the water. The Cardinal Cottage is built right over the lake and comes complete with a hot tub, a 2-person kayak, a SUP, and a pontoon boat (available for rental). The rooftop deck is a fantastic place to relax, and the fire table means you can enjoy it most of the year. Move down to the table on the dock overlooking the water and end your day with a soak in the hot tub. This is lake life at its best!  And bring the dogs! They will love the lake too.

This cozy cottage is built right over the water so almost wherever you look, you can see the lake.

Inside, the cottage is comfortably furnished with two pullout sofas, a dining table, and a full kitchen. The bedroom sleeps 2, and both sofas in the living room convert to beds, so the house can sleep 6 people total. There is a workspace with a desk that overlooks the lake, making it easy to take in the views while you work. The bathroom is supplied with toiletries and towels (no need to bring your own).

Outside, there are two dining tables, a gas grill, and a potbellied wood-fire stove. The rooftop deck has a large modular couch, loungers, a hammock, and a propane fire table. The professionally maintained hot tub is also available to guests.

In addition to the kayak and SUP (free the guests), our pontoon boat is docked right next to the house and is available for rent**. We ask for $400 per day to rent the boat (they charge $800 at the marina!) and there isn't a better way to tour the lake. Ask us for more details.

If you need extra room, consider booking this together with The Hummingbird House (our tiny house on the same lot) with a listing called The Nest (

* Additional note about accessibility:
We have one of the classic Lake Lure stone staircases leading down to the Cardinal Cottage and the docks. While being historic is nice, understand that the stairs can be a bit uneven and are not recommended for folks with mobility issues (see the photos).

** Additional note about Lake Lure:
Lake Lure is a town-funded lake that practices sporadic drawdowns. The drawdown of Lake Lure this winter will be from November 1st 2023 to the end of March 2024.
Please be aware that if you book from Nov - April, depending on what the town decides, there could possibly be little to no water in the lake. During drawdowns, kayaks, the canoe, and SU Ps will be put away. However - there are plenty of other fantastic activities in the Lake Lure and Chimney Rock area during the winter season!

Distances to favorite area spots are:
Biltmore Estate: 45 min.
Black Mountain: 42 min.
Downtown Asheville: 50 min.
Chimney Rock State Park: 6 min.
Blue Ridge Parkway: 45 min.
Hendersonville: 36 min.


Setting & View
  • Water View
  • Mountain View
  • Lake
  • Lakefront
  • Lake View
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Lake Access
Popular Amenities
  • Internet
  • Air Conditioning
  • Central Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hot Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Wifi
  • Laptop Friendly Workspace
  • Basic Soaps
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Hangers
  • Private Entrance
  • Extra Pillows & Blankets
  • Free Internet
  • Body Soap
  • Hair Conditioner
  • Shower Gel
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Freezer
  • Pots & Pans
  • Dining Table
  • Baking Sheet
  • Barbeque/ Grill Utensils
  • Wine Glasses
  • Desk
  • Television
Pool/ Spa
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck/ Patio (uncovered)
  • Balcony/ Terrace
  • Boat Available
  • Kayak/ Canoe
  • Sunroof/ Roof Terrace
  • Fire Pit
  • Boat Slip
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Marina
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours
Sports & Adventure
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Water Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing
  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Paddle Boating
  • Boating
  • Shopping
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Water Sports
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Fire Emergency Contact
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • First Aid Kit
  • Medical Emergency Contact
  • Exterior Lighting
  • Police Emergency Contact
  • Smoke Detector
  • Cleaning Disinfection
  • Room Darkening Shades
  • Parking
  • Free Parking
  • Free Parking On Premises
  • Requires Stairs
  • Potential Noise
  • Dangerous Animals




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