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Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Bryson City Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2) with Beautiful Mountain Views

A recent guest wrote in our guest book....'this place is beyond beautiful'....

Retreat in the Sky is an unforgettable place to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and all those special times.

Come to the Smoky Mountains and Retreat in the Sky for an unforgettable vacation! Whether you're sport enthusiasts wanting to be located in the hub of all the Smoky Mountain activities... or second honeymooners celebrating your wedding anniversary and hoping for that very special place... or vacationers/seniors looking for rest and relaxation at an incredibly beautiful vacation home....we offer it all.....

Sitting close to the top of Bear Cove Mountain, our guests enjoy our wonderful, like new, very private luxury mountain home...and its great the very heart of the Smoky Mountain activities!!! Special features include a breathtaking view of the Smokies from most rooms including the screened porch and deck, a large deluxe hot tub on the screened porch (where you're safe from all the outside critters), a log burning fireplace, a beautiful cathedral ceiling in the Great Room, and an outdoor fire pit for those wonderful campfires.

In addition to the hot tub, the large screened porch has a teakwood table and chairs and comfortable furniture. The deck is great for relaxing with your loved one on the swing and enjoying the spectacular short and long range views, grilling out and dining on the umbrella table or rocking and enjoying the wonderful feeling that comes with being in the mountains.

But...the master loft bedroom, with it's queen feather 4-poster bed, and its incredible view...will make your Retreat in the Sky and mountain experience a vacation you won't forget!!!

Retreat is centrally located for ALL of the Smoky Mountain activities!! We offer a great location. Just minutes to Bryson City, the Gateway to the Smokies... the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad... Fontana Lake, a beautiful mountain lake where you can swim, fish, and rent a pontoon boat for half or the entire day... the Nantahala Outdoor Center for whitewater rafting, ziplining, horseback riding, biking, and fun restaurants... Cherokee, you can try your luck at Harrah's Casino... Deep Creek for tubing, hiking, and picnics...the Smoky Mountain Country Club which is a beautiful mountain course and open to the public....the Blue Ridge Parkway...where is there a more beautiful drive??? And maybe best of all... Ingles Supermarket is only five minutes away.

But...if you're looking for complete seclusion, getting totally away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life...and doing nothing more than relaxing, reading a good book and enjoying being alone together...You will love Retreat in the Sky...the view is majestic and the only neighbors are the birds and occasional wild turkeys that come to visit...


* Check-In after 3:00 pm and Check-Out by 10:00 am.

* Signed Rental Agreement Required

* No smoking in house or screened porch

* No pets (and no exceptions!)

* Be sure to bring your cell phone; there is no longer telephone service at the cottage...

* Hot Tub is available March 15th through October...adults only

* Firelog burning fireplace; (firelogs not provided)

* Not suitable for children...

* 3 night minimum...except June, July and October which are weekly only...

* Our road association does not permit motorcycles or trailers...

Please e-mail us with questions or telephone us to make your reservations. Be sure to visit our other vacation home on vrbo #7436... A Log Heaven. It might be available if Retreat in the Sky is not.

We are celebrating the 14th anniversary since we built and opened our vacation home to guests. We have learned a lot (and are still learning) about what makes a great vacation and what we need to do to help insure that you have one! Ty and I have talked with and met many wonderful new friends who have stayed with us from all over the USA, plus England, Germany, Brazil, Canada and Finland. We thank you for looking at our web page and we hope you have an opportunity to vacation with us at Retreat in the Sky.

Ty and Sandy Nelson

Keywords: Mountain retreat, mountain getaway, mountain chic, mountain cabin, mountain chalet, mountain cottage

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  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters

Sandy Nelson

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Ty and I have been sharing our vacation home, Retreat in the Sky, with guests for over fifteen years. It has been fun, sometimes very challenging...but most of all...a rewarding experience. Our goal is... and has always been provide a wonderful vacation experience for our guests..

Sandy Nelson purchased this cottage in 1998

We fell in love with Bryson City the first time we visited. It is quaint, friendly and surrounded by beautiful mountains. We found the perfect spot to build our second home. It's close to the top of Bear Cove Mountain in the Smokies. Our view is outstanding. Retreat has a privacy that is hard to describe. Our first home is three hours away and fifteen years later, with our car packed with all our stuff, heading for Bryson City and our Retreat in the Sky, we're still excited.... after all these years, we still can't wait to get there.

Sitting on the swing on our deck...enjoying the beautiful the ultimate in relaxation. Retreat in the Sky can only be reached by driving up the private road and then you drive up some more on our paved driveway. We are not on the road so no one can see us or drive by us. So you see, we also have the ultimate in privacy. We not only have a beautiful deck filled with flowers and a wonderfully landscaped setting, but a large screened porch complete with hot tub and a great place to hang out. We're only five minutes from Ingles Supermarket, the quaint town of Bryson City and only ten minutes from just about everywhere else.

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Property Reviews

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Retreat in the Sky 'An Unforgettable Getaway For Two'
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews
Retreat in the Sky 'An Unforgettable Getaway For Two'
(803) 732-5826
Bryson City Bryson City Area

WHAT A PLACE...Retreat in the Sky is an understatement

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
It's tough to come up with things to say that are just not redundant to what's already been said about the Retreat in the Sky...but we'll try. First is the location. You are nearly 3,000' up Bear Cove Mountain...via a one-way, one-lane, partially paved, partially graveled road. Not as bad as it sounds, but the first time up in the daylight and the first time up in the dark will be interesting. It is safe, just be careful. Of course, once you reach the Retreat you'll know it's worth the trip.

This is just a lovely home. It's obvious Sandy and Ty have put a lot of love into it. It's just very homey and warm. Frankly, it was difficult to get motivated to leave to go out and see things. Just sitting on the deck looking out across the Smokies was so relaxing. And of course, the hot tub made for more relaxation. If your blood pressure doesn't go down 10 points while you're here, something's wrong.

We were here the first week in Nov. so we were past the high point of the fall colors, but there was still plenty of color to see. And it hadn't gotten real cold yet so it was still comfortable being out and about. Bryson City is a very nice little town with several good
restaurants. We enjoyed the Fryemont Inn the most I think. It was the middle of the week in early Nov so it wasn't crowded. We had table right up by the fireplace...with a glass of wine and dinner. Doesn't get any better than that.

As for who should come here, I would recommend it to anyone looking for a romantic location with plenty of privacy. Husbands, your wife will love it! A honeymoon...a second honeymoon, her birthday, a way to get you out of the doghouse. Any excuse will do.

The bottom line is...we're looking forward to being back again in 2014!
Recommended for:  Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you Ken and Rosalinda for your wonderful, wonderful unsolicited review of Retreat in the Sky. You were terrific guests and we are so lucky that you enjoyed the whole mountain experience and are returning next fall. We agree, the Fryemont Inn is warm and charming and the food quite good. In fact, the whole town of Bryson City is charming and we are so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you again and we are looking forward to your next visit!! And, one last thing. Our road in Bear Cove. A well maintained, one way road, with lots of it paved is as good as it gets in the mountains! As Ken said, just be careful!
Helpful votes: 1/1
Retreat in the Sky 'An Unforgettable Getaway For Two'
(803) 732-5826
Bryson City Bryson City Area

CLT Couple

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
We loved the cabin the moment we saw it. We arrived in the afternoon and directions sent to us were perfect. We had no trouble climbing up the mountain - even in our convertible! The cabin is furnished to the max - making us feel right at home! Our favorite?! The screened in porch with the hot tub! The property is well kept and you can tell the owners have taken great care in making everything as perfect as possible. Secluded, yet so convenient to Downtown Bryson City, NOC, Fontana Lake, Cherokee...we enjoyed our stay and the view from the cabin was spectacular! Thanks, Sandy and Ty for sharing your home with us!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you Terry and were absolutely wonderful guests and we would love for you to visit us again!! So glad you liked the screened porch and hot tub the best because I do too! My husband and I went around and around about where we were going to put the hot tub. He wanted the screened porch and I didn't....but you see, he was right all along. Thank you again!!
Helpful votes: 3/4
Retreat in the Sky 'An Unforgettable Getaway For Two'
(803) 732-5826
Bryson City Bryson City Area
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A Feast for the Senses!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
Retreat in the Sky is a feast for the senses! The interior of the home is filled with artistically arranged collectibles and plants that provide a treat for the eyes in any direction. The flower-laden deck is wonderful alone but combined with the amazing view of the mountains takes your breathe away. The candles and comforts provide a romantic ambiance and the overall effect of a week here was very soul-soothing. All this and the amazing variety of hikes, views, activities and waterfalls (our favorite) made for a fabulous vacation---we loved it!
Helpful votes: 1/1
Retreat in the Sky 'An Unforgettable Getaway For Two'
(803) 732-5826
Bryson City Bryson City Area
Shreveport, La. US

A piece of heaven!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: May 28, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
wonderful home in Bryson City on top of the mountain. Fabulous views, very cozy, warm home. Loved the hot tub on the screened porch. Plants everywhere. All creature comforts have been provided by the owners who take great pride in maintaining a beautiful home. If you are looking for a relaxing experience, look no further!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Kate. You were wonderful guests and we are so happy you especially enjoyed the hot tub. We like it being inside the screened porch so it's there for you to relax in all kinds of weather and you don't need to go outside. It is always a pleasure to have such special guests like yourselves that make Retreat their home away from home. Our housekeeper said not only did you take great care of Retreat but you watered all the plants and flowers. We hope you'll return someday!!
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Retreat in the Sky 'An Unforgettable Getaway For Two'
(803) 732-5826
Bryson City Bryson City Area

A Charming Getaway in the Sky!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: May 23, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
I booked a stay at the Retreat in the Sky as surprise for my boyfriend's 26th birthday! When we arrived, he was speechless. The pictures of the cabin online do not do it justice! The outside is beautifully landscaped with a variety of flowers which creates a 'park-like' feel right in your front yard! Not to mention the cute firepit in the yard and the beautiful bench for a relaxing pit-stop. Every nook and cranny of the cabin is decorated perfectly. I felt right at home (and what a GORGEOUS home it was!) in the spacious, country-themed cabin. It was a great mixture of homey, romantic, country-chic. We got the best sleep of our lives in the firm 4 posted bed located in the main bedroom. I slept like a log every night and woke up to the most amazing view each morning. I won't even begin to describe it. Also note-able is the hot tub, which I soaked in on all 3 nights of our trip! The temperature was just right, the jets gave a wonderful massage, and it was the perfect size for two people. The location of the cabin is the perfect distance from just about everything- we were 15 minutes from the Nantahala Outdoor Center where we whitewater rafted and 20 minutes from Harrah's Casino where we gambled our pennies away! I can't really say enough about how wonderful our vacation was, but I can say that we will definitely be back!
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Shaquera and Brandon..we cannot thank you enough for being guests at Retreat. We are so excited for you Shaquera, that you were able to surprise Brandon and that he had such a wonderful birthday! You were certainly the perfect guests and we hope you will return. Thank you too for taking your time to comment (unsolicited) and say such wonderful things. Thank you...thank you....thank you!!
Helpful votes: 2/2
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Asheville, NC
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Smoky Mountain Railroad, Bryson City, NC
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Route 74
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Bryson City
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Cataloochee, Maggie Valley, NC
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Smoky Mountain Country Club, Whittier, NC
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Car: necessary

The most exciting new activity has to be ziplining....our guests just rave about how much fun it is...take a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway... it is unforgettable...pack a picnic lunch (picnic pack for two at Retreat for guests use) and mountain gaze, and you must go to Highlands and Cashiers (great shopping and restaurants) and visit all of the waterfalls in the area, the Biltmore Estate in Asheville is only one hour should plan to spend the entire day as there is so much to see, go for a hike at the Joyce Kilmer forest or Deep Creek, visit Dollywood and stop at all the outlets on the way, Win some $$ to take home at Harrahs Casino in Cherokee and enjoy a great dinner there as well. You will NEVER run out of things to do. Or, never leave, sit on the deck at Retreat in the Sky and enjoy the privacy, the wonderful view and each other!

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Refundable damage deposit $200.00
Tax Rate 10.75%
Notes $75 cash cleanup charge to be left at the cabin at checkout for the housekeeper

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Bryson City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Romantic
  • Adventure
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Telephone ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking Off Street
  • Living Room
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Ice Maker
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Bath towels, hand towels and wash cloths provided
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bath towels, hand towels and washcloths provided
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (2),
  • DVD Player
  • Books
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • not suitable for children
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • gambling casinos
  • bird watching
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • whitewater rafting
  • golf privileges optional
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • water tubing
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • water skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • fly fishing
What makes Retreat in the Sky so special?? Maybe it's that the road in Bear Cove is mostly paved and you don't need a 4-wheel drive vehicle to reach it, or maybe it's that it's so convenient, only a few minutes to Ingles to pick up those limes you forgot, then maybe it's because of the privacy, it sits up high on the mountain all by itself, you would never have to see or listen to any other vacationers, but then maybe it's the view, whether you're inside or out, the view is everywhere and it's beautiful, could be the hot tub; most hot tubs are outside, yours would be inside the screened porch, you could use it rain or shine... maybe it's the comfort, feather beds, pillows everywhere, maybe that's it, maybe it's having a deck AND screened porch, sometimes you could even want privacy from each other, or even maybe the outside woodburning firepit for marshmallows and fun. We love it all and we think you will too!
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