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BirdTown Guesthouse/Cabin (price includes taxes) quiet & secluded

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

1 bedroom, queen-size bed, deluxe pull out w/air mattress insert, 1 full bath.

We do not discriminate for ANY reason.

Private & quiet, located at 3800 ft in a cove surrounded by hundreds of acres of conservancy land and the Pisgah National Forest. It's cool here when it's roasting in the Piedmont. Appalachian Trail and Blue Ridge Parkway nearby, trout fishing, beautiful views. Nearby rafting that's suitable for even little kids (or my 86 year old dad).

Tastefully appointed with a queen bed, La-Z-Boy pullout w/ deluxe air mattress in the living room.

There is a majestic view of the mountains. We have apple trees, blueberries, a pond with ducks, three Nigerian Dwarf goats, and two creeks. Listen to song birds & owls, look for wild turkey and deer, pet the goats, feed the ducks, sit by a creek & read, etc.

The Guesthouse is fully equipped and well appointed, all the way down to the corkscrew and Starbucks coffee. High speed WiFi internet. HDTV with Roku streaming, a DVD player and an eclectic movie collection.

Pets are allowed off leash to run around. I find lots of tennis balls in the creek!

Road cycling for the serious bicyclist, from a challenging trip to the top of the Roan to a relatively flat ride along the river. (I'm an avid bicyclist, all are welcome). The Appalachian Trail at Carver's Gap and the Blue Ridge Parkway are 20 miles away. If you're too tired to hike, it's a beautiful drive.

This area is known for its artists and Penland School of Craft, the oldest craft school in the country. There are hundreds of artists studios in the area.

Bakersville, which is tiny, has two world class galleries, some other small galleries, a traditional goat cheese making operation, and a tailgate farmers’ market on Saturdays.

In nearby Spruce Pine there are more galleries, the award-winning farm to table restaurant Knife and Fork (#45 in Southern Living’s 100 best restaurants in the entire South) and classic cocktail bar Spoon. The Pizza Shop & Dry County Brewing Company serves hand tossed pizza and small batch craft beer, and there is a tailgate farmers’ market on Wednesdays. There are various other restaurants in the area most of which are detailed in our welcome book.

When you arrive, I make it a point to come up and say 'hello' and tell you all about tasty and delicious things about BirdTown and the area...then I leave you to your privacy. I'm always available in person or electronically; my house is in the front of BirdTown, out of view.

You need a car..or a bicycle.

More Details

Mary Vogel
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2017

About Mary Vogel

I am a professional photographer; I primarily photograph art for the large artist community here and I also do portrait work. I am also an avid bicyclist. I live with my wife Allison.

Mary Vogel purchased this house in 2000

Why Mary Vogel chose High Country & Blue Ridge Mountains

We live in the front of the property. We placed our cabin out of sight and sound with the intent to use it for family (I have 10 sibs). In the mean time we thought it would be a great vacation rental as well. This has proven to be true due to the fun and pleasure of meeting people from all over the world. The Appalachian Mountains are unsurpassed in their beauty, peace and quiet. This area is home to the Penland School of Crafts, and world renowned artists.

What makes this house unique

First I'll describe my land: We are surrounded by hundreds of acres of conservancy land and the Pisgah National Forest, very green in the summer, snow in the winter. There is a majestic view of the mountains from the deck and pure rolling green landscape with a small pond (very meditative). Bicyclists bring their road bikes for the challenge and beauty and some come to ride in the 'Roan Moan' century and metric century. Some folks just stay and hang out, never leaving once they get here. The driving routes are gorgeous, the Appalachian Trail is nearby as well as Blue Ridge Parkway.


Bakersville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • River
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , queen sleeper in living room
  • New Sealy mattress with down overlay. Down quilt and luxurious spread. Choice of down or fiberfill pillows. The sofa in the living room is a queen sleeper with an upgrade to an air mattress, very nice.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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BirdTown Guesthouse/Cabin (price includes taxes) quiet & secluded
average rating of 4.9560437 based on 91 reviews

Beautiful home with wonderful view

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a spectacular time staying at the BirdTown Guesthouse. Mary, the owner, was wonderful with communication, making sure we knew all the necessary details for our time in her home as well as places to visit while we were there. We were so tired when we arrived and left feeling very refreshed. The view from the porch is lovely and entirely peaceful. The home was not only decorated well and very comfortable, it was also perfectly clean when we arrived. We loved our time at BirdTown Guesthouse and definately want to recommend it to others looking for peace and quiet and an opportunity to recharge.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow guys, I am humbled and very pleased!
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Serene and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at Birdtown guest houses. Beautiful space for relaxing and plenty of nature and artsy things to venture out and do if you want! We hope to stay again sometime.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, T!
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Bad Scents

  • 2 of 5

Twice we expressed our sensitivity to laundry soap perfumes and dyes. We were led to believe this one request would be honored. Not so! When we arrived the owner thought she was being "cute" with her oops. I would caution those with allergies to find other accommodations. Also, we paid extra for the cabin with A/C which turned out to be in only one room. The road to the cabin is awful. Someone in a Honda Civic would never make it up. We will be taking our car in for balancing and alignment which is an expense we have to absorb. I will say that the cabin did have great views and was clean.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We received this message from the guest four days before their arrival. This was the one and only time they advised us of any chemical sensitivities: “ ____ and I are eager to arrive at our cabin rental this Thursday. I just wanted to remind that both ____ and I are highly sensitive to chemical smells; febreeze, glade air fresheners etc. Can you please make sure the linens and such are free of chemical scents? We thank you very much and look forward to meeting you and enjoying the beautiful surroundings of the area.” We only use vinegar and natural products to clean, we use scent free detergent on sheets and towels, and we never use air fresheners (Glade, Febreze, etc.) Therefore we assured them of such. I spent fifteen or twenty minutes with this lovely couple and they never mentioned any concerns. As far as the oops moment mentioned, I can only think that this guest must be referring to the fact that when I went to meet them I had just taken a shower and put on lotion then realized it probably does have a scent if you get close enough to me. I was concerned (not sure what they mean by “cute”) when I realized this, but they assured me they were fine. The house is 600 square feet with an open floor plan; the AC unit in the living room is sized accordingly and has been adequate for everyone in the past. In fact, most people don’t use it here in the cooler mountains as they prefer to keep the windows open and use the ceiling fans in the living room and the bedroom in order to smell the mountain air and hear the creeks. Our gravel road is meticulously maintained by us. People come here in all sorts of vehicles, including Honda Civics and even Priuses, (and a motorcycle once) and manage to drive up the road without needing to repair their cars. We are sorry to see any guest disappointed. This review was a surprise to us, and I invite potential guests to take a look at the 85 five star reviews and draw your own conclusions accordingly.
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Wonderful place to relax and unwind

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable and well appointed cabin in a beautiful setting. It has all the comforts of home, with a great view of the NC mountains. Mary was a wonderful host, and she has really good taste. She clearly cares deeply about the land and the community, and gave us great restaurant recommendations (Knife and Fork is a must!), and places to go. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! A distinct pleasure meeting you and John..
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Beautiful property with an amazing owner.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the guesthouse for 3 nights with our 6 and 4 year old. We could not have asked for a better experience. Mary greeted us and told us about the property and gave great advice on things to do in the area. The kids absolutely loved her goats. They went and played with them everyday! Also having a kayak at the small pond on the property led to some more new experiences for them. I wouldn't hesitate to visit again if I ever have the chance. The view is gorgeous!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: And your kids were adorable! Thanks so much!
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A Wedding Night Getaway

  • 5 of 5

I was scheduled to attend a wedding in Spruce Pine and found this beautiful cabin in the mountains. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the wedding, but had paid in full. As a wedding gift I offered the Bride to use the Cabin for her and her brides maids to stay overnight and dress for the wedding the next day. I also asked the new bride and groom if they would like to use the cabin in their wedding night for a little getaway. All the girls and the bride loved the place and enjoyed every moment of the cabin and the surrounding sites. I understand Mary was very nice and accommodated the change in occupants for the weekend.

Thank you so much, I look forward to coming to stay at your lovely cabin myself one day!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, so nice! We were glad to accommodate the wedding in your absence.
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Asheville or Johnson City
Nearest Barpub
17 Miles
Spruce Pine
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Spruce Pine
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
17 Miles
Spruce Pine
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Pet Fee $50

Holiday rate, 140.00/night, day before, day of and the day after a holiday. 3 night minimum please.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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