We booked this house for a family vacation and had a good time. I have rented many houses through VRBO and always appreciate people giving pros and cons of the houses, so I hope this helps someone else.
-Owners are very nice and QUICK to respond to messages
-the house has lovely views and a great swing and hammock on the back deck.
-the house has basic cleaning things in case you forget something at the store which is so awesome (some rental places we have been to have the house stripped bare)
-the kitchen is well-stocked with pots, pans and utensils
-the house is secluded and far from most things so we would recommend it for people who want to hole up for a while and not leave the house
-the house has fun toys for kids
-the house is secluded and it is far from most of the major hiking places. We should have clarified this when booking but just be aware that this house is about 30 minutes North of downtown Banner Elk and then you drive 30 additional minutes from there to get to hiking places.
-there is no dishwasher
-the lower level of the house where the queen bedroom is is in the basement so it has a strong musty/mildewy smell and you hear the air handler come on and off.
-the air hockey table needs new disks
We would recommend this house but just want people to understand what they are getting when they rent it.