First, some unsolicited comments from guests::
A few words to tell you that your “tree home” is so, so special and the location is a hiker’s dream. Our guests, ~~ 5 boys between 9 and 14 yrs., were in a dream world. They never stopped moving, swimming and exploring. We went to all the places you suggested and they found trails on their own, explored the Chattooga trail and did some fly-fishing with their dad by the Iron Bridge. Oh my, they were hungry all the time! And the best ~~ Sliding Rocks, it was so, so chilly but they were all relentless and the laughter was such a joy!
“Heaven on earth! What a spectacular location and the house is wonderful. We enjoyed the porch at night – wish we had brought the telescope! We also enjoyed the trail out back . . . “ – Ann K.
“ . . . this is one of the nicest vacations we have had. We shall miss the ever changing views of the mountains, the good-tasting water right out of the faucet, being able to see lots of stars, sleeping with the windows open . . . “ Debbie E.
“ I don’t think we have ever stayed anywhere with such amazing views – 360 degrees – it was beautiful . . . our granddaughter especially liked the “Harry Potter” room . . .” – Ann S.
“Your home fits its surroundings perfectly – spectacular! We really enjoyed the views of gold, orange and red. Mother nature did a wonderful job: the hiking to the streams and waterfalls are breathtaking. We enjoyed sitting outside to see so many stars.” – Kim A.
From a Thanksgiving: “My parents 50th wedding anniversary was outstanding . . . The location is spectacular and the lodge is wonderful. Sightseeing, hiking, fishing and even shopping is all close at hand. We even had snow the last two days and all have our Christmas card photographs taken care of.” – Julie F
“We had a wonderful time vacationing at your beautiful home. The kids loved the hike down to the river. We all enjoyed horseback riding, the waterfalls, tubing, campfires and shopping! It was so relaxing for us to have the kids playing outside without worrying about them. Your house was plenty big enough for all 12 of us . . . “ – Jennifer B.
“A true vacation in every sense of the word! Fun, relaxing, beautiful – a great house. We wanted for nothing! Love it!!!” – Diane P., North Palm Beach
The hikes through your trails gave our kids a great thrill.
I love this place.
I think this house is beautiful.
Your home is warm and welcoming with spectacular views.
Your home afforded us the opportunity to gather in once place yet not be cramped for small group areas to share and play games and find “space”.
Our grandchildren loved playing in the little play-houses.
The house/lodge is perfect.
What a great spot!!
The kids loved the “clubhouse”, loft and of course the woods.
What an amazing house and view.
We enjoyed the fire pit all evening.
This is a very beautiful place and ideal for family get-togethers.
Your lodge is great and the river is full of trout.
The play areas are a blast.
Easy 20 minute drive to the wonderful resort towns of Cashiers (to the east) or Highlands (to the west), but still a "deep woods" location at the end of a road with fantastic views of the mountains across the valley. Very private and rustic with only one neighbor in sight. Our backyard borders the Nantahala National Forest, and a 15-minute path leads to the Chattooga River and Chattooga River Trail with beautiful river access, picnic areas, swimming holes and endless hiking. This area is rated 'wild and scenic' by the forest service - a rare honor!
Kids love this place as we have built a special 'kids cave' inside - cozy and kid-size to get away from the adults - they have their own secret spot! Outside are play areas, swings, fort and hammock - and of course most important of all - the woods! Trails run through the woods, and the day will fly by while they explore. All the outside features are close enough so parents can enjoy their time on the upstairs screened porch and still keep an eye on the children.
Built in 2003, this passive-solar design brings the sun in during winter, so is naturally warm then, but shades the windows with overhangs and tree cover in summer so we stay cool! It also includes air conditioning and ceiling fans, a toasty see-thru gas fireplace on the main floor, and electric heat in each bedroom.
The open floor plan designed especially for family reunions. We have four full bathrooms, six bedrooms (one with a king size bed, four with queen size, and one with two twins), plus large loft (with bunk bed & two trundle beds), plus den w/trundle bed . . . this place can hold a LOT of people! Other rooms include family room, dining room, breakfast nook, and screened, covered patio and exterior deck with charcoal grill. Five BRs share adjoining baths. The mail-level BR has the two twins and is designed for limited mobility persons with a bath nearby and low-threshold shower stall.
For mealtime, there is a 12-14 person dining room table, plus large circular table for 4 - 6, plus seating for 6 at the kitchen bar-top.
State-of-the-art appliances, including large center-island kitchen with gas range, microwave, blender, and two coffee makers (including Keurig). Also a large laundry room with washer and dryer.
I built this for my own family and go there often when its not rented. It is stocked with many books, games and DVDs (and usually staples and condiments in the pantry). Also have satellite TV and WiFi, and a treadmill with DVD player for those who like their exercise inside.
Edible plants outside include blueberry, blackberry, elderberry, gooseberry, pawpaw, hazelnut, currant, cherry trees, grape vines, etc.
Keywords: Home, lodge, retreat, vacation rental, mountain cabin