BEARFOOT LODGE=SPECTACULAR VIEWS -- SLEEPS 10/ FALL AVAILABILITY

Gianna, Tina & Felicia Russo

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Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
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Minimum Stay 7 nights

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BEARFOOT LODGE=SPECTACULAR VIEWS -- SLEEPS 10/ FALL AVAILABILITY

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Mountain-Top Home With 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths And Gorgeous Views!

Follow the tracks to Bearfoot Lodge! Our beautiful, comfortable, and affordable vacation home is just as perfect for a memorable holiday gathering or a big family reunion as it is for a couple’s getaway or a secluded writer's or artist's retreat. We offer a military discount.

Bearfoot Lodge is located at an elevation of 3,500 feet in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. With an almost-360 degree view, Bearfoot Lodge claims 'the best view in Macon County,' according to a local realtor. Featuring a wraparound deck, Bearfoot Lodge looks out on the neighboring mountains and lush, peaceful valleys of the Appalachian foothills. The home’s backyard is the Nantahala Forest and nearby Appalachian Trail.

Our two-story home is equally ready for either your big family party or your quiet escape from life’s pressures. From the large wrap around deck, you have a spectacular view of layers upon layers of blue-on-blue mountains. Upstairs, Bearfoot Lodge features a beautifully furnished family room with gas fireplace; full dining area and gourmet kitchen with breakfast bar. There are two bedrooms (1 king and 1 queen) and 2 full bathrooms. The family room overlooks and opens onto the deck.

Downstairs is a den stocked with board games, books, VCR/DVDs, a keyboard and rocking chairs. In summer 2013 we will add a full-size futon. There is one queen bedroom and one full bathroom. An additional finished room houses 3 rollaway beds and a double inflatable mattress. There is also a full laundry room and access to outside.

Other amenities in the house include central heat and air; satellite dish and VCR/DVD player; stereo and CD player; microwave and dishwasher; barbeque grill; and washer and dryer. All linens supplied.

But best of all is the view! Spend your mornings on the deck watching the sun climb over rosy-peaked mountains or enjoying the shimmering hummingbirds that visit the feeders. Rock the afternoons away listening to wind in the treetops or watching dozens of goldfinches. Keep your eyes open for rabbits, wild turkey and deer. As the sun sets into blue mist and fireflies appear, gaze into the brilliant, star-studded sky and identify your favorite constellations.

Interested in things to do? Our house is perfectly located for just about anything you have in mind. Situated on a mountaintop several miles off of HWY 441, Bearfoot Lodge is away from it all, but close to lots of fun things to do.

In Otto, check out the little labyrinth, kayak on the Little Tennessee River, and grab some fresh, delicious milk, cheese and ice cream from the dairy. South, in Dillard, Ga, enjoy shopping for antiques, mountain souvenirs, and savor a country meal at the famous Dillard House. A little further south and you'll see the turn off for Betty's Creek, which will take you to the beautiful property of the Hambidge Center, an artists' retreat on over 350 acres. About 15 miles south of Dillard is the charming mountain city of Clayton. Stroll the main street of the historic downtown. Explore the bird shop and check out the store full of vintage appliances --some going back to the early 20th century. Enjoy a yummy sandwich and wine from Tiger Mountain vineyard at Grapes & Beans, or a delicious dinner at Rumor Hazit. Going North on 441; you're less than ten miles from Franklin. On the way up, check out the gem mining. Once in downtown Franklin, you can enjoy all kinds of shopping and sightseeing in this lovely mountain town. Friday nights may feature a concert in the park or live music. Franklin has a rich history with connections to the Cherokee Indians and to Scottish settlers.

There are a number nearby trails to hike, besides the beautiful roadway that leads up to our mountain. The famous Appalachian Trail has entrances throughout the area. A recently completed Greenway follows the Little Tennessee River which runs through Franklin. You can hike or bike for several miles along the river. There is also white water rafting, good fishing for mountain trout and viewing of some of the gorgeous waterfalls. Franklin is known as the “Gem Capital of the World” and there are several ruby mines where you can pan for rubies and emeralds. Franklin is also your gateway to many of the mountains’ most famous towns and sights such as Dillsboro, Waynesville and Asheville.

Any time of year is perfect for a stay at Bearfoot Lodge. In the spring the mountain laurel, tulips and redbuds pop out; in the summer the cool mountain air calms the nerves and hummingbirds visit the deck daily; in the autumn the hillsides blaze up in orange and gold; and if you visit at Christmas or New Years you have a good chance of having a white Christmas.

This is our only vacation rental property. Our family personally manages it. We maintain it in excellent condition because we also stay here when we come to the mountains. We have been renting our house for over 10 years and our guests tell us they never want to leave. Many come back year after year to de-stress and re-charge. We would love to share “the best view in Macon County” with you. You’ll be glad you ventured off the beaten path and settled in at Bearfoot Lodge.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
Gianna, Tina & Felicia Russo (Owner)
Advertiser since 2013
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About Gianna, Tina & Felicia Russo

The Russo and Wofford families own Bearfoot Lodge. We are a fun-loving bunch from Tampa, FL who love any excuse to party or to enjoy new adventures.We love exploring all the fun activities in the mountains as much as we enjoy the serenity our mountain home. Our favorite activities (with number one being sitting on the deck and counting the hummingbirds!) include day hikes in the forest, visiting waterfalls, exploring the mountain roads, and strolling the street of Franklin, Clayton, Dillard. A day trip to Waynesville or Asheville is always special.

Gianna, Tina & Felicia Russo purchased this house in 1995

Why Gianna, Tina & Felicia Russo chose Otto

Mom Belle Russo and her cousin Nancy Wofford and their husbands Joe and William first discovered the property in the early '90's. It was hidden gem at the top of the world. The entire mountain where the property is located had been owned and worked for generations by the Shope family. The Shopes still live at the base of the mountain near the remains of their old homestead. When Joe Shope released the mountain acreage for building, our property was one of the first to have a house built on it. The view was the deciding factor--it is simply spectacular. Old Mr. Shope befriended the family and would drive the 1.5 miles up the mountain frequently in his pickup truck--followed by his barking dogs--to check on the progress and savor the mountaintop view. Once building began, workers would notice black bear prints in the mud each morning they returned to work. Thus, the house was named 'Bearfoot Lodge.'

Our favorite holiday to spend at Bearfoot is Thanksgiving. The hills are orange and gold, the wild turkeys are gobbling, the deer scamper through the woods and the sky is blue like you'll not see anywhere else in the world. There is so much to be thankful for!

What makes this house unique

Our house is perfectly located--away from it all on top of the mountain, but close to lots of fun things to do. The entire area is an outdoor lover's treasure trove with opportunities at every turn for hiking, fishing, biking and picnicking. Entrance signs to the Nantahla Forest and the Appalachian Trail are plentiful throughout the area. Other activities include gem mining, white-water rafting and tubing, horseback riding, skiing, golfing, motorcycling, kayaking, sightseeing, and visiting waterfalls, wineries and gardens.

Bearfoot Lodge is also conveniently located for trips to the most famous attractions in the Smokies: Appalachian Trail; Blue Ridge Parkway; Tallulah Gorge; Cherokee Indian Reservation and Bally’s Casino; Great Smoky Mountain Railroad; Biltmore House and Gardens; Swiss Village in Helen, GA; shopping in Dillsboro, NC; Highlands, NC;.and Asheville, NC.

Close to home, in Otto, check out the little labyrinth, kayak on the Little Tennessee River, and grab some fresh, delicious milk, cheese and ice cream from the dairy. South on 441: In Dillard, Ga, enjoy shopping for antiques and mountain souvenirs, and savor a country meal at the famous Dillard House. A little further south and you'll see the turn off for Betty's Creek, which will take you to the beautiful property of the Hambidge Center, an artists' retreat on over 350 acres. About 15 miles south of Dillard is the charming mountain city of Clayton. Stroll the main street of the historic downtown. Explore the bird shop and check out the store full of vintage appliances --some going back to the early 20th century. Enjoy a yummy sandwich and wine from Tiger Mountain vineyard at Grapes & Beans, or a delicious dinner at Rumor Hazit. In Lakemont, is our favorite pizza place, Louie’s on the Lake. North on 441: towards Franklin, check out the gem mining shop. Once in downtown Franklin, you can enjoy all kinds of shopping and sightseeing. Friday nights might feature an outdoor concert.

Guestbook comments from the owner

lutzman (Tampa, Fl)





Bearfoot Lodge was exactly what the description said it would be from the moment I stepped onto the deck. The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable. Spending time on the deck looking out at the beautiful Smoky Mountains was a breath-taking experience. I would definately recommend Bearfoot to friends and family. Bearfoot is a great place for couples on a honeymoon or a family with kids.
Dec 2012
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Bearfoot Lodge=Spectacular Views -- Sleeps 10/ Fall Availability
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews
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Otto Cashiers Area
Jacksonville, Illinois
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HEAVEN ON EARTH

  • 5 of 5
What a wonderful place to get away from it al!!
Bear Foot Lodge soon becomes a world that you don't want to leave.
The most memorable part of the Lodge for us was the porch.
We spent every moment we could, on the porch, looking down into the majestic valleys and at the mountains of the Highlands.
The first day we arrived at Barefoot Lodge we discovered a fawn in the flower bed. She ran away at first but soon became use to us and stayed!
This is my sixth time to the area and after staying at Bearfoot Lodge I know where I'm coming back to vacation at next year.
Thanks for having us!
  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: The view from the porch really is magnificent and it changes almost every day. We can't wait for the fall colors to start showing themselves in September/October.

The deer seem to love our property--and we think they are little "dears!"
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Bearfoot Lodge=Spectacular Views -- Sleeps 10/ Fall Availability
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p471968vb
+1 813-239-3048
Otto Cashiers Area
5

Magnificent View

  • 5 of 5
The view says it all! We sat back and looked at the view from Bearfoot Lodge in awe. Each time of day was our favorite. We finally decided on early morning and late afternoon. The house was very comfortable and inviting (and clean). The owners were helpful and extremely accomodating. The photos and directions were accurate. We would recommend Bearfoot Lodge to anyone looking for a beautiful mountain retreat.
  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Bearfoot Lodge really is a special place and happy guests make us very happy!
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Bearfoot Lodge, at an elevation of 3,500 feet, sits at the summit of Shope Mountain in Otto, about 10 miles south of Franklin, NC. Its backyard is the Nantahala Forest. It is just 2 hours north of Atlanta off Highway 441, near Highlands, NC and Dillard and Clayton, GA. Bearfoot Lodge is conveniently located for trips to the most famous attractions in the Smokies: Appalachian Trail; Blue Ridge Parkway; Tallulah Gorge; Cherokee Indian Reservation and Bally’s Casino; Great Smoky Mountain Railroad; Biltmore House and Gardens; Swiss Village in Helen, GA; Shopping in Dillsboro, NC, Highlands, NC, and Asheville, NC. There are numerous entrances to the forest, the Appalachian Trail, and access to waterfalls nearby. Activities in the area include gem mining, white-water rafting and tubing, horseback riding, skiing, golfing, fishing, hiking, biking, motorcycling, kayaking, sightseeing, shopping, and visiting waterfalls, wineries, gardens and local restaurants.

Close to home, in Otto, check out the little labyrinth, kayak on the Little Tennessee River, and grab some fresh, delicious milk, cheese and ice cream from the dairy. Forest entrance signs are plentiful throughout the area.

Travel south on 441: In Dillard, Ga, enjoy shopping for antiques and mountain souvenirs, and savor a country meal at the famous Dillard House. Lighter country fare is served at Valley Cafe. A little further south and you'll see the turn off for Betty's Creek, which will take you to the beautiful property of the Hambidge Center, an artists' retreat on over 350 acres. About 15 miles south of Dillard is the charming mountain city of Clayton. Stroll the main street of the historic downtown. Explore the bird shop and check out the store full of vintage appliances --some going back to the early 20th century. Enjoy a yummy sandwich and wine from Tiger Mountain vineyard at Beans & Grapes, or a delicious dinner at Rumor Hazit. Going North on 441: On the way towards Franklin, check out the gem mining shop. Once in downtown Franklin, you can enjoy all kinds of shopping and sightseeing. Friday nights might feature a concert in the park or live music at the Rathskellar. Franklin is also your gateway to many of the mountain's most famous town and sights such as Dillsboro, Waynesville and Asheville.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Otto House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Autumn & the Holidays
Oct 16 - Dec 31
7 night minimum stay
$800
 
 
Early Spring
Mar 15 - Mar 30
7 night minimum stay
$600
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$700
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 13.0%
Notes Available mid-March--December for stays from 1 week to a month. Check in Saturdays, 3pm. Check out Saturdays, 10 am. Later check out/earlier check in possible. Minimum security deposit of $200 is required at least 7 days after making reservation. Full payment required 7 days prior to occupancy. Security deposit will be returned within 14 days of checkout. $50 military discount on cleaning.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Amenities

Otto House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Historic
General:
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Living Room ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Private bath in the master bedroom.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs bathroom.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Downstairs bathroom also has large linen closet.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Large upstairs bedroom with private bath, double closet.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Upstairs, cozy with a large closet.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Downstairs bedroom with large closet.
  • The house sleeps 10. There are 3 rollaway beds and a full blow up mattress which can be used in the den and the finished basement room. In summer 2013, we will add a full, fold out futon in the downstairs den.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Music Library
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Golf ...
  • Boat ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Balcony
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
Attractions:
  • churches
  • winery tours
  • restaurants
  • museums
  • arboretum
  • library
  • recreation center
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • boating
  • wildlife viewing
  • antiquing
  • miniature golf
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • tennis
  • freshwater fishing
  • hunting small game
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • golf
  • rafting
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • hiking
  • fishing
  • hunting
  • rock climbing
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