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SERENITY - Award Winning Luxury Home, Mountain Views & Outdoor Fireplace

Pam Pringle, Owner

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Pam Pringle, Owner

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SERENITY - Award Winning Luxury Home, Mountain Views & Outdoor Fireplace

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Franklin House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedrooms, 3 Full Baths, Sleeps 6, Romantic Getaway for 1-3 couples

Simply one of the most beautiful mountain homes in our area. You'll walk in and not only be in awe of the post and beam architecture, but the view will draw you immediately through the house to the back deck where you can't wait to relax with a beverage of choice. Three bedrooms, three baths, a gourmet kitchen, and attention to detail is evident. Two wood burning fireplaces, one inside and one outside (wood provided). The SCREENED PORCH with OUTDOOR FIREPLACE will be your favorite relaxation spot year-round. VIEWS OF 5 MOUNTAIN RANGES from almost every room.

Experience all Western North Carolina has to offer - great hiking, swimming holes, hike or drive to waterfalls, fishing, rafting/slow river floats, kayaking, gem mining, golf, restaurants & shopping, scenic drives, a photographers dream.

When Only the Best Will Do - Pamper Yourself A Little: No bare bones cabin here, all the comforts of home and more. This home is a great place to come and reconnect with friends & family. Not your usual vacation rental ... Rustic Elegant décor (owner is a decorator), comfy mattresses, beautiful linens and all the necessities.. Fully equipped gourmet kitchen with everything from waffle iron and popcorn popper to food processor and slow cooker. DirecTV, WI-Fi, blankets for snuggling by the fire, walking sticks. We are particular and the house reflects that.

Easy access (no scary single lane roads, paved to gravel drive). A retreat from life's stresses, a luxury you deserve. Escape, put your feet up, and relax. End a day full of activities by simply gazing at the mountains and enjoying each other.

Our home It isn't just accented by timber beams and called a timber frame, it is a true timber frame home. Our home won three architectural awards including BEST VACATION HOME. OUR GUESTS TELL US THEY NEVER WANT TO LEAVE and they come back year after year.

Our reviews speak volumes. We get calls all the time from people who've rented other properties and are disappointed when they arrive. Everyone who walks in tells us the home is more beautiful than the photos reflect. Look at our video on line and you'll see for yourself.

Share the expense: Bring another couple or two and it amounts to less than a nice hotel. Plan a family get together and share the costs. And, consider what you will save by being able to cook and eat in. Re-charge your Relaxation Skills.

Time for the Girls?: This house is a great GIRL FRIEND GETAWAY. Relax, read, hike, & lots of shopping! We can arrange Spa services, catering/picnic baskets, cooking lessons, hiking tours, & more.

Convenient location, groceries (3 mi), downtown Franklin (5 mi).

Max Occupancy is 6. We don't allow group parties, reunions, weddings, etc.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pam Pringle, Owner (Owner)
Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
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About Pam Pringle, Owner

We built this award winning home in 2006.

Pam Pringle, Owner purchased this house in 2006

Why Pam Pringle, Owner chose Franklin

We fell in love with area, it's such a central location. Franklin is a quaint small town with friendly people. We have terrific restaurants nearby. You can visit surrounding areas such as Asheville, Bryson City, Cherokee, The Smoky Mountain National Park, Sylva, Dillsboro. Hiking to waterfalls and taking scenic drives with a picnic is a couple of our favorite things to do.

What makes this house unique

The views are incredible and our area is such a quiet and serene spot to escape from the stresses and hectic schedule of city life. We travel ourselves and do our best to provide our guests with all the comforts of home. We've even thought of hiking sticks, coolers, picnic baskets and our activity books will keep you busy and coming back time and time again. So much to do, or do nothing!

Guestbook comments from the owner

If I were say what I felt about the Pond House I would just be repeating the previous comments.

1-5 Rating:

Detail = 10

Amenities = 10

View = 10

Location = 10

Furnishings = 10
Nov 2013
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Bedrooms 3
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Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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SERENITY - Award Winning Luxury Home, Mountain Views & Outdoor Fireplace
average rating of 5.0 based on 48 reviews

Excellent Rental

  • 5 of 5

The Pond is an excellent rental home with everything you can possibly need at your disposal. Beautiful scenery, beautiful surroundings, and a beautiful home make it the perfect getaway. Nicely decorated with all the amenities you will need and offers complete privacy. Close proximity to Highlands and lots of hiking possibilities. We rented bikes at a local shop and enjoyed their beautiful park in their quaint town! Perfect for a quiet and relaxing escape!

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2008
  • Stayed: Oct 2008
  • Source: HomeAway

The Very Best Vacation Rental

  • 5 of 5

The house was beautiful and set in a very private and quiet area. Not too far away from a great small town for shopping and dining. We didn't need to bring a thing, everything was provided for the perfect stay. This was a warm and comfortable home with both indoor and outdoor fireplaces we especially enjoyed. The home is very well maintained and clean. We will definitely be back many times.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We agree, Franklin is a wonderful small town. Friendly people and lots of restaurants to choose from. I know you had a good time scouring the antique shops too. Come back any time.

Our Annual Family Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We are so blessed that we call The Pond our "Christmas Home" for the last six years. This beautiful home is perfectly appointed to allow us to relax and enjoy our time no matter what we choose to do. There are well organized notebooks to give information on dining, activities and shopping. Nothing is overlooked in this immaculate home! You will not regret booking this home!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We too feel blessed to share our home with you and we really enjoy making it a special escape for your family holiday each and every year. Thank you.


  • 5 of 5

From the moment you enter The Pond you feel as if you've been wrapped in a warm throw and your state of mind transforms from stressed, scattered and wide open to relaxed, calm and spoiled. Photos do not do it justice! It's hard to believe it's a rental because of the excellent and meticulous condition of it. Every thing we could posssibly need was available- gourmet kitchen, woodburning fireplaces (ESPECIALLY outside) information on attractions, scenic drives, restaurants or other nearby towns and anything else you could possibly think of doing! Every LITTLE detail matters to the owners so that your stay is truely memorable. We have been back MANY times and plan to return ASAP.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sharon, thank you for such a terrific review. You are a favorite and truly special guest of ours and we love having you back every time.
Mystic, CT

Stunning home, property, and location

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 3 adult, couples so impressed with this rental that we are already in the process of renting it again next year. The pictures, though accurate representations, don't begin to do this home justice. The furnishings and decorations are outstanding, and the setting at the top of a small valley with the mountains on the horizon were better than we hoped.

The owner was meticulous, detailed, prompt and gracious from first contact through the length of our stay and beyond. There were multiple, extensive notebooks and source materials for activities, shopping and dining in the area, and we found the top recommendations well worth following.

For over 10 years we have rented vacation homes from Zermatt to Maui and can say, without reservation, that this was the best rental we have experienced.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, I'm happy you enjoyed your stay and appreciated our attention to the details. You're all set for next year!

Luxury in the Mountains

  • 5 of 5

The Pond House was just perfect. Everything was spotless, the house was stocked with everything you could want for a terrific vacation. We were greeted with a walk-through describing everything the house offered. The view of the pond and the mountains was enough to make you want to stay on the deck all the while. But we did explore the surrounding towns and waterfalls anyway. We can't wait to get back and highly recommend this gem in the mountains!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway


Dry Falls
Cullasaja Falls
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Historic Downtown Franklin
Caff-E Rel
"Excellent restaurant in Franklin"
Rosebud Cottage
"Excellent chefs - soups, sandwiches and salads"
Rose Creek Mine
Sheffield Mine
Mason Ruby & Sapphire Mine
Gold City Amusement
Jackson Hole Trading Post
Nantahala Outdoor Center
"Rafting at its finest!"
Rufus Morgan Falls
Bridal Veil Falls
Whiteside Mountain
Cliffside Lake
Wayah Bald Rd
Biltmore Estate
Little Tennessee River Greenway
Chunky Gal Stables
Dillard House
Blue Ridge Parkway, NC
Appalachian Trail
Clingmans Dome
Clingmans Dome
Great Smokey Mountain Fish Camp & Safari's
Tuckaseegee Fly Fishing Guide
Turning Stones Fly Fishing LLC
Max Patch Bald Mountain
Pickens Nose
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Franklin Golf Course & Mill Creek
Car: necessary

Franklin is located between two popular scenic gorges, the Cullasaja and the Nantahala. The Pond House is located within 10 min. of the famous Cullasaja River Gorge scenic drive, and is rated one of the most spectacular in North America, passing 3 major waterfalls. Take a walk behind the roaring 75 foot wall of water of Dry Falls, and drive your car under Bridal Veil Falls. The mountainscape is lined with many hiking trails, including the famous Appalachian and Bartram Trails, both accessed 25 minutes drive from The Pond House.

Located in the southwestern corner of North Carolina, Franklin serves as the southern gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Smokies. It's convenient location to major cities make Franklin a favorite vacation spot. Atlanta, Georgia is just two hours to the south while Asheville, is one hour to the east. Other cities nearby include Highlands, Cashiers, Dillsboro, & Sylva, all within about 30 minutes.

Other Activities: Whitewater Rafting, Hiking, Gem Mining, Waterfalls, Blue Ridge Parkway, Picnicking, Mountain Drives, Horseback Riding,

Golf: Franklin has 2 public courses

Ski: Skiing nearby - Sapphire Valley or Cataloochee, check website for conditions


Rates & Availability

From $275 Per night

Franklin House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
July 4th Week
Jun 28 2015 - Jul 11 2015
7 night minimum stay
Nov 21 2015 - Nov 29 2015
7 night minimum stay
Nov 30 2015 - Dec 18 2015
3 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Years
Dec 19 2015 - Jan 3 2016
7 night minimum stay
Jan 4 2016 - Apr 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning, Supply, Ins. $230 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.75%
Peak Fall Leaf Season 4 night minimum stay
July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's 7 night minimum stay
Inquire about extended stay rates.
We provide Damage Protection Insurance in lieu of Cash Security Deposit (cost is included in additional fees)

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Franklin House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Ducted Cooling
  • Ducted Heating
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Printer
  • Shampoo
  • Study Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master on Main
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Guest on Main
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , 2nd Master Upstairs
  • Three 'ensuite baths are custom tiled with rare granite countertops. The Master on the Main Floor features double vanity sinks, warming drawer for towels & slippers and a large glassed in shower. The Upstairs Master features double vanity sinks, jacuzzi tub, and a glassed in shower. The main floor guest bath has a copper sink and glassed in shower. We provide Shampoo, Shower Gels, & initial supply of paper products.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master Suite on Main
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , On Main Floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Upstairs Master Suite
  • 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths - 2 large Master Suites (one on the Main Floor), First Floor Master Suite has a large Queen Aspen Log Bed, Rustic teak dressers, french doors lead to back deck with spectacular view of the valley and mountains. The Upstairs Master has a beautiful King bed, leather chaise & rustic teak dresser, this bedroom also has the spectacular mountain and valley views. The 3rd Bedroom, located on the main floor, has a Queen Bronze Bed with views of the surrounding forest. The 2 Master Suites have DirecTVs. All the bedrooms have large closets, distressed hickory wood floors, beautiful linens, lots of pillows, local artwork, & private baths.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
All the comforts of home have been thought of. If you are a cook, the gourmet kitchen is well stocked with pots & pans, serving dishes, etc. If you want to eat out, there are many great restaurants nearby. Or pack a picnic, we've provided a picnic basket and cooler. Grocery is approx. 2.7 miles. You may want to pick up groceries and never leave the house. A calming, quiet and relaxing home. Large Screened In Porch with Fireplace has dining table & chairs, rocker, & settee. Large Open Back Deck has teak/wrought iron seating and rockers to sit & enjoy the ever changing views of the mountains. We've furnished locally made Hiking/Walking Sticks and a book of actvity suggestions that will keep you busy for days & weeks. This is an upscale home with Rustic Elegance, it is best suited for adults (teen children). View our other listing, Homeaway #179200 if you have more than 6 guests. Daily Maid & Chef Services available upon request.

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