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Peaceful Easy Feeling, Mountain Views, Outdoor Fireplace, Upscale Rustic Decor

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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights


Franklin House Rental Photos and Description

When only the Best Will Do! Sleeps 2-6

Simply one of the most beautiful mountain homes in our area. You'll walk in and not only be in awe of the timber frame 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. 3 bedrooms, 3, baths, a high end gourmet kitchen, outdoor grill 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. Max. Occupancy 6 (not suitable for children under age 6) This home also works well for one couple, quiet, romantic escape.

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.

Make vacation memories in a place you will long to return year after year.

This is a great location, 3 miles from grocery, easily accessible, close to US64/US441 interchange. No scary one lane roads. Easily visit Highlands or Cashiers. 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.

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. Our home is not suitable for children under the age of 7 due to open staircase & loft.

Our other home, The Cottage Homeaway #179200 sleeps 8.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed

Pam Pringle, Owner
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 17, 2016

About Pam Pringle, Owner

We travel globally and prefer a vacation rentals to hotels. So we understand what separates the best from the rest when it comes to accommodations. Little things... and attention to details make a difference and we have reflected that philosophy in our home. We built this custom award winning (Best Vacation Home) timber framed home in 2006/2007.

Pam Pringle, Owner purchased this house in 2006

Why Pam Pringle, Owner chose North Carolina Mountains

We fell in love with area and it's great central location. Franklin is a quaint small town with friendly people. We have terrific restaurants nearby. And, it's out of the way of noisy tourism but easy to get to all 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'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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Peaceful Easy Feeling, Mountain Views, Outdoor Fireplace, Upscale Rustic Decor
average rating of 5.0 based on 62 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
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Extremely Nice

  • 5 of 5

One of the most accommodating rental we have very stayed in. 5 Stars all the way around.

Thank you Pam.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, I hope you'll come back again!
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Beautiful and secluded property!

  • 5 of 5

I recently experienced The Pond for a retreat from the city and the August heat. This house has everything you could want in a mountain top experience. The outdoor porch was a beautiful place to read and relax.

I hope to come back for the fall / winter season. The drive to Highlands was easily accessible and beautiful. Per the owner's recommendation, don't miss Caffe' Rel for lunch and dinner and bring your own special wine at night. The Pond is lovely!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review the house. I couldn't agree more. Everyone loves the porch - its a fabulous spot to read, relax and refresh. Something about those mountains that just always soothes the soul. We look forward to your return!
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Truly a gem!

  • 5 of 5

We found The Pond to be an exceptional vacation home! It's decorated with beautiful furnishings and was extremely clean! We enjoyed the peacefulness of the screened in porch as well the beautiful view from the rear deck. The beds were very comfortable and the linens very luxurious feeling. Pam, the owner, was very easy to communicate with and provided us with tons of information about the area. I would not hesitate to stay here again and will recommend to family and friends!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our favorite retreat!

  • 5 of 5

This is our seventh stay at The Pond and we can not imagine our year without this to look forward to! Everything is perfect and thought through in the greatest detail. The home and property are peaceful and beautiful. Sunrises, sunsets, rainy days, perfect weather ... we look forward to each and every moment we share together in The Pringles lovely home!

  • Submitted: Feb 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have so enjoyed your visit each year. Making your Christmas special by providing a welcoming holiday home is our pleasure. We feel like you are a part of the family and look forward to your return.
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Fancy and cozy

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at The Pound. The house was everything that we hope for. It was very clean, well thought out, and offered all the amenities of home. We only needed to bring our clothes, food, and drinks - all else was provided for. Pam, the owner, decorated the home beautifully and is a great communicator.

We plan on staying here again and highly recommend this cabin.


  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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Dry Falls
Cullasaja Falls
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Historic Downtown Franklin
Caffe 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


Rates & Availability

Franklin House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Oct 1 2016 - Nov 6 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov 20 2016 - Nov 27 2016
7 night minimum stay
Christmas 2016
Dec 19 2016 - Dec 27 2016
7 night minimum stay
New Years
Dec 28 2016 - Jan 2 2017
4 night minimum stay
Jan 5 2017 - Apr 14 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning/Supply/Firewood $225 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 9.75%

Note Holiday Weeks, 7 night min. stay
MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY: 6 (no children under the age of 7)
Inquire about extended stay rates.
Owner reserves the right to increase fees depending on # of guests
Owner reserves the right to increase Damage Security Deposit Insurance requirements.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund if canceled at least 0 days before arrival date.
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Franklin House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
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
  • 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 3 - 1 queen , On Main Floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Upstairs Master Suite
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master Suite on Main
  • 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths - 2 large Master Suites (one on the Main Floor), First Floor Master Suite has a king bed, rustic teak dressers, french doors lead to back deck with spectacular view of the valley and mountains. The Upstairs Master has a 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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
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
  • 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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