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Cougars Retreat- 2 miles to slopes to Sugar Mountain and 5 miles to Beech Mtn

Bedrooms 5
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 10 Sleeps

Cougars Retreat is a newly completely renovated mountain house located in downtown Banner Elk.-Firepit---

This beautiful mountain getaway has 5 bedrooms and will comfortably sleep 10 adults and children. There is one king bedroom located on main floor, 3 Queen bedrooms, 1 bedroom with 2 twin beds located on the main floor and 3 full bathrooms. New hardwoods and carpet throughout the house. The kitchen opens up to the great room with an outdoor deck and another outdoor deck is located on the bottom level. The kitchen also has brand new appliances and all utensils are provided. We offer a charcoal grill for those renters that want that great true grill taste. Just don't forget your charcoal.

This mountain house has a rustic decor with log beds in two of the rooms, leather furniture and rustic accents. On the main floor is the King Bedroom and the other bedroom located on the main floor has 2 twin beds. Then on the lower level there are 2 bedrooms with 'Queen beds and on the upper floor there is a queen bedroom with a private bath.. 3 Floors total..'

Banner Elk is a quaint little town located at the base of Beech Mountain. You can enjoy mountain biking, hiking, skiing, the Zip Line and plenty of other fun outdoor activities. All are nearby.

As far as restaurants, Banner Elk has a great local coffee shop, lunch cafes, and fine dining. And don't forget the Banner Elk Winery which has tours Tuesday thru Sunday. 12:00 til 6 PM.

For the wintertime vacationers that wish to snow ski, you are 5 miles from Beech Mountain and 2 miles from Sugar Mountain. So why not enjoy both ski resorts in one weekend.

This mountain getaway is centrally located, so you can get to Boone in less than 25 min, Blowing Rock in less than 35 minutes and Grandfather Mountain is less than 20 minutes. So if a local festival is happening, you are close by.

Schedule you vacation today and call us if you have any questions.

More Details

Property Manager
Katie Purgason
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
14 March, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

Awesome house and we will be back.. Came from Flordia and had 4 groups that stayed in other houses and everyone agreed we had the nicest house. Fire pit was so much fun. Had a wedding at EAgles Nest and we were so close to it. Worked out perfect.
Sep 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Banner Elk in Avery County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • ski
  • whitewater rafting
Wireless internet Wood burning Fireplace- Bring your firewood for a cozy fire.. 2 Covered Outdoor Decks Washer and Dryer 2 Dens- one on First Floor and one downstairs Fully Equiped Kitchen 2 Flat Screen TVS 32' Charcoal Grill Fire Pit Outside.


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(12 traveller reviews)

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Cougars Retreat- 2 miles to slopes to Sugar Mountain and 5 miles to Beech Mtn
average rating of 4.1666665 based on 16 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This place was amazing me n my family had the best time of our life!! The rooms were just what we need lots of space balcony was great overall this was a nice place n if you want a perfect place this is it!! Thank Mrs Katie it was absolutely amazing

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the complements!! Glad you had a great time. Come back again soon.
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Wake Forest, NC

High hopes yet property did not deliver.

  • 1 of 5

I have stayed at other vrbo homes in the area yet all were booked during the time I wanted to visit. Stayed here as a call back. Very nice area and the owner was very responsive.

The property presents well from the outside. Once inside we were presented with a very outdated property. Cobwebs, dead bugs in the shower, musty smell, missing nobs and worn paint. The fire pit was up a short trail yet it was too steep to access with my children. When I went to look there was trash in the fire pit. We found one fire alarm within the entire property and it was not functioning. Very unsafe in a mostly wood cabin. As stated by another guest the steps are very steep with the first three being 16 x 16 pavers with gravel on top. This caused slipping and I would not advise anyone of age to rent simply because of this.

On the day of check out I woke up early and spotted multiple cockroaches on the kitchen counter.

All in all, not a place I would recommend to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Couldn't ask for more!

  • 5 of 5

Cougars Retreat is ideal & centrally located for those wanting to ski at sugar and beech. The owner was great and responded to any questions I had very promptly. The cabin itself was very clean and spacious, providing plenty of room for our group of 10. We had a great time & would definitely book again.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a great time. Come back and stay again!! Thank you for taking care of our cabin! Katie Purgason
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Great family retreat

  • 4 of 5

I gave 4 stars only because the steps entering the cottage are a bit challenging for those of us older and a bit out of shape. Otherwise it was perfect for our family retreat. We had plenty of space for 10. The kitchen was great for meals. Cabin was very kid frendly. Had all the basic amenities. Owner was great at answering question and responding to us. Would definitely rent again. Thank you

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jan-2015
  • Date of Stay: January 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh Thank you for the review. Yes it can be a little tricky with the steps especially when they are covered with snow. Hope you come back real soon.
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Cornelius, NC

Perfect Mountain Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Just got back from my mountain getaway vacation at "Cougars Retreat" and I must say what a wonderful time I had. The location was perfect! The furnishings were first class. I loved the dining table so much that I am going to ask the owner where she got it so I can get one for myself. Everything was spotless and all the appliances were new and up-to-date. I love to cook and found everything I could need or use in the well-stocked kitchen. This is a first class getaway and is close to all the slopes. My only regret is that I didn't book it for longer. I definitely plan on going back and will recommend this house to all my friends and family as well. It was also a pleasure talking with the owner, Katie. She was super helpful and friendly. I have booked other houses before and you often wonder about whether what you see in the pictures is what you are going to get but I can say that the pictures do not do this home justice. It is a beautiful home, gorgeously decorated, perfectly located and trouble-free, which is what a vacation is supposed to be. I cannot wait to plan another getaway to "Cougars Retreat"!!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jan-2014
  • Date of Stay: January 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Not what we thought

  • 1 of 5

I am sure the owner of this unit is a nice person but there were so many things that went wrong that I feel the need to warn others. First of all, we had difficulty confirming our reservation. Granted, the person that made the reservation and the person that sent the check were two different people - BUT, appropriate documentation was provided during every interaction (and with every check sent). Still had trouble up until nearly the day we left simply confirming we were good to go. Second, the unit itself is in need of some TLC. Basically no instruction on how to operate much of anything in the unit outside of the basics - you are totally on your own. More importantly, however, is the major stuff that went wrong. The heat never worked as specified - boiling hot in the evenings, ice cold by morning. So much was missing/broken/unusable - missing/burned out light bulbs, non-functional coffee maker (went out and purchased one after two days without), lack of wine bottle opener and lots of other kitchen basics - to sum it up, really elementary stuff. The cabin itself was in a bit of disrepair - broken door knobs, kitchen cabinets out of their hinges, windows that didn't shut. The stairs to get into the cabin are steep and very slippery when wet. If you have anyone in your party that has mobility issues, this is not the rental for them. Please also note that there is no wifi connection - which is OK but we just would have wanted to know this going in. Finally, we rented this for 3 families to come together for Christmas (which was mentioned several times) - although this cabin sleeps 10+ there is only a small kitchen/pub like table for dining that seats 4 and virtually no other place to sit as the living area (common space) is the smallest part of the home. We had to do every meal in shifts - had I had any idea that this cabin could sleep so many but service so few I would have said no right off the bat.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jan-2014
  • Date of Stay: December 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: First of all we got a check in the mail with no info on which house you were renting and what dates or anything. The check came with no phone number or email address or any info so I could book the house. So I had to write a letter to the address the check came from. It took over 2 months for me to hear from someone about which house they wanted and the dates. As for the elememtary stuff wine opener we supply mostly everything but sometimes things disappear. My kitchen is fully stocked. There were extra bulbs in the drawer. As for the WIFI we didn't advertise that we had it. Sorry you must have read that on another web page. As for the steps to get up there that's the way most houses are in the mountains. I wouldn't suggest it for eldery in the winter either. As for the dinette there is a huge table with 6 stools.
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Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Whitewater Rafting.

* Tour Banner Elk Winery.

* Skiing, Zip Lines.

* Sledding and Tubing.

* Fishing.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* HIking Trails at Beech Mtn Free.

* Biking Trails at Beech BYOBike- Free.

* Trout Fishing Stocked Rivers- Free.

* Sightseeing.

* Sledding.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Snow sking and Snowboarding.

* Fire pit for roasting marshmallows.

* Grilling and relaxing on decks.

* Linville Falls, Linville Caverns,.

* Grandfather Mountain, Swinging bridge.

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Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning and all linens £86.65 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

Nightly Rate: $150 - $400

Weekly Rate: $750 - $2500

Monthly Rate: $750 - $2500

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Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.