The Retreat has over a 50% repeat rental history and 5 star reviews online
About Joan Willis
I am a part time resident of both Murphy and Sanibel Island Florida. I love renovating, designing websites, computer work and I am the author of the Cancer Patient's Workbook. My first book was a print edition published in 2001 and sold really well. The new edition is a digital book selling in iTunes and is struggling to find its intended audience.I'd say that I enjoy life more than life itself but that makes no sense. Point is, I'd give anything to be in two places at once. I love my family, my dog, my friends, painting, anything artsy craftsy, the beaches, the mountains, travel, beading, quirky art. I want to do it all and I want to do it all right now! Unfortunately, I'm the one that put the 'wanna' in wannabe, so I have a bucket list a mile long. I love Murphy and I believe you will too. While I don't get to stay as long as I like in my cabin now that we are renting it, I do go up often and my favorite thing is waking up in the morning and sitting on the screened in back porch with my coffee and iPad and watching the hummingbirds and finches. I always go to my cabin with a list of places I want to go to and things I want to see and I end up just sitting on the back decks, taking it all in. It's incredible, it really is.
Joan Willis purchased this Cabin in 2006
Why Joan Willis chose Murphy
I love how private the mountain is and yet it's so close to town. I also just like how "cool" the cabin is. The layout is different, the decks are great because they are both off the back but the lower deck doesn't obstruct the view of the upper deck and the peace at the Retreat just totally drew me in.....My cabin is a reflection of who I am while I'm there and I truly love it!!!!
What makes this Cabin unique
Close to town Screened in Porch Open Deck Views! Views! Views! Small enough that I feel like I'm playing house instead of cleaning house!
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Nicely kept cabin with beautiful view.
Our stay there in July 2018 was great. The home was nicely decorated, clean, and both inside and outside grounds were well kept. We sat on the back screened porch a lot to enjoy the fantastic mountain view. Several mornings had fog in the valleys that made for beautiful views. The road up is steep but well worth it for the views and beautifully decorated cabin.
AWESOME PORCH, GREAT VIEW, PEACEFUL CABIN
I'm writing this review even though it will mean more people will want to book this great cabin, and we want to return as often as possible. Two very comfortable king bedrooms, stylish and comfortable sofa and easy chairs in the living room, everything needed to cook a meal in the convenient kitchen, comfortable screened in porch facing a serene mountain view. Swing on 2nd level of porch with a good grill. Plants in bloom, and birds at the bird feeders. Fast, reliable internet, and plenty of convenient electrical outlets. We've rented vacation cabins for over 35 years and Joanie is the best, most considerate, and communicative owner we've ever encountered. Truly, if we didn't need to walk back up the mountain, we could walk about 2 miles to downtown Murphy with some really good restaurants-another plus. We've already booked The Retreat for a month next summer--we liked it and her that much!
The cabin did not disappoint us.
We meet up with another couple from SC. Right before we left my husband broke his leg. If one had to spend a week on bed rest or with your foot elevated, this would be where you would want to be. The ever changing view from the screen in porch was mesmerizing.
Home was well stock with all we needed. Joanie was great to work with.
Direction were great! The drive up to the cabin was an experience but any vehicle can make it. The view was so worth the trip. Awesome experience.
WOW, WOW & WOW Again
WOW, WOW & WOW Again:
WOW #1 - The View - The views are exactly like the pictures, they were beautiful.
WOW #2 - The Cabin - The cabin was decorated so wonderfully, with attention to detail in every room. The cabin was very clean and the kitchen had all the cooking gear needed for a romantic dinner on the deck. The location was also wonderful, close to town yet you felt like you were far far away.
WOW #3 - The Bed - The bed was very comfortable and I am picky about mattresses, but this one was perfect.
Owner was very responsive and attentive.
I would highly recommend this cabin to all couples wanting a very nice get away.
We live the close location to town but the seclusion was heaven. Great view great home great rental just too many greats to list. Just a Great and Wonderful place. Will
Continue to come back again and again.
Thank you so much for your kind words. I put you on my Short Notice Discount list and sent you a $25 "valued guest" discount for your next stay with us along with the Thank You card that is on it's way to you. I SO appreciate the care and love that you showed my home. My cleaner was delighted at what great guests you are. I loved your emails telling me you had a wonderful time and I hope you will make us a yearly tradition!
Cindy & I found everything to be accurate in what others wrote about this cabin. Great view and a place to unwind. We watched movies in bed like at home. Nice nature river walk in Murphy. The road to the cabin is paved, steep and mostly one lane. There is a outdoor fully screened fire container which can handle 3 small logs and you can sit in front of an outside fire. Thanks Joanie for a great stay. Rich & Cindy
I just LOVED having you at the cabin. I too love that walk along the river. I hope you got the chance to take some long drives to see the leaves change and we would love to have you back. My best, Joanie
River and lake fishing, Hiking, Boating & pontoon boating, John Campbells Folks School (free Friday Night Concerts and Tuesday Night Square Dancing), White River Rafting, Ziplining, Renown Field of the Woods, Hiawassee Dam and Lake, Hanging Dog Lake, Lake Chatuge, Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad, Flea Markets, Antique Shops, Golfing, Konehete River Walk/Park/Rec Center/Tennis Courts (4 miles away) Downtown Murphy (2 miles away), Horseback riding, Kayaking in the Natahala or Ocoee, Mountain Biking, Appalachian Trials, Scenic Cherohala Skyway,