We stayed the summer of 2014 (the exact date I gave is an estimate), and it was quite an enjoyable stay. The house was clean and cozy, everything worked, and had no problem finding it.
We spent most of our days away, and the cottage make a good jumping off point to see many of the attractions of the mountains, many are close to an hour away, but that's country living for you. The creek on the other side of the road is lovely, and the deck makes an enjoyable spot to spend a hour just watching the falls.
Roger was great about recommending places to go, and the burger place up the road was fantastic. He also suggested where I should go fish, and the little creek produced a 21 in rainbow for the efforts, and a 18 inch brown.
We visited Linville falls, Grandfather mountain, the rhododendron park, among other things. The Linville caverns were kind of a fun, albeit a bit pricy.
The only down sides would be 1 bathroom, which really wasn't a big deal, even with three children. And you are very far from most anything, bring food with you, because the nearest grocery store is about 40 minutes away. But if you want some quiet time, it is very nice.
Thanks for the stay Roger!