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Retreat in the Sky...In the Words of a Guest...'This Place is Beyond Beautiful'

Sandy Nelson

Member since: 2000
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Sandy Nelson

Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
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Retreat in the Sky...In the Words of a Guest...'This Place is Beyond Beautiful'

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


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 fire log burning fireplace, a beautiful cathedral ceiling in the Great Room, and an outdoor fire pit for those wonderful woodburning 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...


* We offer a beautiful vacation home...

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

* Unlimited free Wifi

* 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 and is inside the screened porch...that means no bugs or critters or scary outside dark...

* Maximum guests: 2

* Firelog burning fireplace; (firelogs not provided)

* Not suitable for children...

* 3 night minimum...except 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 15th 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, China, Norway, 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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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Sandy Nelson (Owner)
Member since: 2000
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Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
May 25, 2015

About Sandy Nelson

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

Why Sandy Nelson chose Bryson City

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 beautiful. Retreat in the Sky 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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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!
Jun 2013
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Retreat in the Sky...In the Words of a Guest...'This Place is Beyond Beautiful'
average rating of 5.0 based on 31 reviews

Absolutely FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

The pictures don't do it justice!! The views are incredible. This place feels like HOME, not a rental! We have been renting cabins in Tenn for over twenty years, way too crowded and commercial for us now. On a whim I checked Homeaway and I was BLOWN AWAY! Sandy is one of the nicest people I have yet to actually meet though I have talked to her many times. She goes out of her way to make sure your stay is PERFECT! From the wonderful fresh smell when you walk in to the fabulous bed in the loft (high thread count sheets, yes!!), the house plants and decor, everything was great! The area is a blast, casino close by and a ton of little towns to explore! Next time we come (YES there WILL be a next time) it will be a bit later so we can go whitewater rafting. If you are a couple looking for a private get away DO IT! You will not be disappointed! Thank you again Sandy for a fantastic stay, I only wish it was longer (okay, I never wanted to leave!!)

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, thank you, thank you Stacy and Bill for being such wonderful guests and taking such great care of Retreat! Thank you too for your very kind words telling future guests about your visit. We would love to have you come back to go white water rafting, tubing and ziplining. You just needed a little warmer weather. Loved all of our chats, I feel like we're already friends. Thank you too for the "Coffee on the Porch". I am enjoying it right now as I write this and it is delicious!

Beautiful just like the pictures! :-)

  • 5 of 5

This homey cabin looks just like the pictures present it to look. Nice, private and quiet spot. Very warm large hot tub, great view from the loft bed of the mountains, close to many area attractions. Owners are very personable.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Josh for your very kind words! Thanks too for taking such good care of Retreat. We hope you will visit us again....maybe to celebrate your first anniversary?

I Hate To Write This Review...

  • 5 of 5

...because I feel like I'm just creating more competition for myself when it comes to booking another trip to the Retreat! Seriously however, this was our second year at the Retreat and it was just as good as the first. This is still just an amazing place. You're way up the mountain, there's total privacy (I don't even think that in the winter when the leaves are gone anyone could see the Retreat), the view of the Smokey Mountains is spectacular, the house is warm and cozy with all the accouterments you could want. My biggest problem is motivating myself to want to go out and travel around. We had planned to spend one day just staying in and we choose Tuesday. Just sat on the swing on the deck and read a book all afternoon. It was great! Unfortunately we got rain on Wednesday so that was an "in" day too, but still just great to sit in front of the fire and chill out. Sandy and Ty, you have created a wonderful "Retreat" and because of your willingness to share, we can all enjoy it as, THANK YOU!

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so lucky to have wonderful guests like yourselves! There are a million activities in and around Bryson City but Ty and I are like's hard to get motivated when you can just stay put and relax. Thanks again for being so wonderful...we hope to see you in 2015!
Lancaster, PA

Great Smoky Mountain Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We were warned ahead of time that the drive up to Retreat In The Sky would require the car to be in low gear. They were not kidding! But the drive up was absolutely worth it. The house was terrific, everything a couple could want or need, clean and well maintained. The photoes presented are an accurate representation of the property. The view from the front porch is spectacular. All this and a hot tub. This was a great place to rent to visit the Smoky Mountains. Bryson City is a lovely small town with all the amenities you could need. We even had a pet salamander that hung out in the screen door.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Tom and Jane. You were wonderful guests and I feel like we are friends after all our discussions regarding our pet hanging on our screened door. Thanks for taking such great care of Retreat.

Until Next Time.....

  • 5 of 5

Wow, this cabin was absolutely perfect for a relaxing and romantic getaway. I was scared...I must admit... just a little...the first time twisting up the mountain roads, but once you round that last (and steepest) bend the view is simply breathtaking. With just a few ventures to and fro I admittedly looked forward to the climb. From the amazing views both inside and outside of the cabin, to the firepit, the hot tub and the super cozy interior, and yes even the winding trek up the mountain...everything came together to create a really welcoming and serene ambiance. The cabin is super close to dining in Bryson City (we ate at Cork and Bean per Sandy and Ty's recommendation and it was delicious) and also close to plenty of outdoor activities. We did the tubing at Deep Creek and the NOC mountain top zip line tour which was just amazing. I cannot recommend this place enough. Sandy was great to work with and she had plenty of recommendations and was just all around helpful. Its almost hard to imagine other guests coming and going from the "retreat in the sky" because for the few days we were there it truly felt like it was ours and ours alone. We will definitely be coming back! Thanks Sandy and Ty for sharing your cabin with us : )

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Heather for your very kind words regarding Retreat! We loved having you as guests and we hope you will return soon. We also loved your saying that you felt like it was your own and that's what our housekeepers said after your visit, you left Retreat so nice you would have thought it was your own. Next visit you will have to rent a pontoon on Fontana Lake. You would love it. It is one of the most beautiful lakes in our country. Thanks were wonderful guests!

Wonderful get-away!!!

  • 5 of 5

I have been renting vacation homes through VRBO in Arizona,Colorado,California,South Carolina and New Hampshire . This is our first in North Carolina and so far the one that tops the list!

It is beautifully decorated yet relaxing and cozy. The view from the master bedroom and back deck is breath-taking. The screened porch with hot tub was so inviting. The cottage was very clean and beautiful flowers and a firefly lightshow were included!

The grocery store was well stocked and a short drive. There was also a good selection of restaurants to sample. The Smoky Mountain National Park should not be missed. We hope to explore it more on our next visit to the area. Thank you Sandy and Ty for sharing your lovely retreat and all your helpful information. We hope to visit again soon!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Gerri-Ann and Jim for being such wonderful guests and taking such good care of Retreat. Ty and I just loved seeing Retreat through your eyes and we are so happy that Retreat sits on top of your vrbo list! The Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers a world of new experiences, challenges and fun! And it is free! You must come back and hike some of the many trails, visit Cades Cove and enjoy the magnificent scenery!


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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Asheville, NC
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Bryson City
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Smoky Mountain Country Club, Whittier, NC
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Smoky Mountain Railroad, Bryson City, NC
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Route 74
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Cataloochee, Maggie Valley, NC
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!


Rates & Availability

From $150 Per night

Bryson City Cottage Rental Rates

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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200.00
Tax Rate 10.75%
Notes $75/$100 cash/check cleaning charge (depending on how many beds used) to be left at the cabin at checkout for the housekeeper
$50 cancellation fee when applicable

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 ...
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • 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),
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
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 and not have bugs or critters...maybe it's the comfort, 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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