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Pam Pringle, Owner

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

Over the River & Thru the Woods Mountain Escape

27 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Upscale Rustic- 3 Bedrooms + Lower Level Guest/Entertainment Suite, Sleeps 8

This mountain home sits alongside a small natural spring fed stream that trickles and pools thru the wooded 2.5 acre property. So serene and relaxing. A terrific deck faces the stream and features an outdoor fireplace so you can enjoy the peaceful setting and s'mores year-round. This timber framed home is custom built by us, the owners, and we have thought of everything to make your vacation truly special.

While the home sleeps 8 privately because of the multi-levels, it is not a large home so it does work for just a couple wanting a romantic escape. However, if you are traveling with friends or family, the house's layout allows privacy. Your comfort is more important to us than just taking a reservation. Not suitable for children under age 6 due to open loft.

Bedrooms: a king master on the main floor with a slate open shower, upstairs are two more bedrooms with private baths; one king, one queen. The finished lower level is one large room with two twins & sofa, tv, table, & bath. This area is especially good for children. (*See details below for specific layout details).

So much to do or simply get away and relax. Waterfalls Abound: You can spend weeks getting to them all. Beautiful falls within just a few miles of the house. Our activities Book will keep you busy for days, weeks or months! Paved Road to paved drive so great for motorcylists too!

Decor is not the usual rental type but rather features leather and upholstered furnishings, comfy mattresses & pillows, wool rugs, local artwork (owner is a decorator). We are particular and it shows.

Our renters tell us we've thought of everything... from walking sticks to wood for the fireplace and blankets to snuggle on cooler evenings by the fire. The gourmet kitchen is well equipped to cook (saving money on eating out). There's even a crockpot & popcorn popper. Wireless Internet & DirecTV.

Come hike or take a scenic drive, fish, raft, kayak, hunt for antiques, shop, go gem mining, attend festivals. It's all here! Our location is close to all our mountain activities but away from noisy tourism. Experience all Western NC has to offer from our comfortable home.

Get away and pamper yourself at the same time. Nothing finer than to come back after a nice hike or day exploring our beautiful area, put on comfy clothes, build a fire, grab a beverage of choice, and relax on the incredible timber framed deck.

Note: MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY IS A TOTAL OF 8 (adults & children) no exceptions. Not suitable for children under the age of 6 due to loft and open staircase. We do not allow large family reunion groups, weddings, parties, etc.

Share the Expense of Vacation: Bring along another couple or two, or family and share expenses. Less than the cost of hotel rooms. Hotel rooms shared with your children can be stressful, and eating out every meal gets expensive, you'll save by being able to eat in and pack a picnic.

Layout Detail: Timber Framed Home with beautiful exposed beams. The main floor is one large room - living area, dining & open kitchen. There is a Master Bedroom with en suite bath off the kitchen area. a powder room is off the entry/foyer. The ceiling in the main living area is vaulted to the second floor and there is an open staircase that leads to the second floor bedrooms. You can look over the railings into the living area below. The two bedrooms upstairs are private (not lofts) each with an en suite bath. The basement/lower level is finished and works great for children as it becomes 'their' space with TV, bathroom, table & chairs, DVD, 2 twins and a sofa. The stairway leading to the lower level is enclosed and the entire lower level is carpeted. The rest of the house features wood floors.

View our video on line for a more detailed image of the house.

We have another home nearby - #179198, Sleeps 6

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pam Pringle, Owner (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

About Pam Pringle, Owner

We built the Cottage in 2008. We love Franklin NC, Franklin's convenient location allows you to tour around and enjoy all Western NC has to offer.

Pam Pringle, Owner purchased this house in 2008

Why Pam Pringle, Owner chose North Carolina

This area is quiet and peaceful with large lots so you don't have nearby noisy neighbors. Away from tourism, but close enough to experience it all.

What makes this house unique

Beautiful timber framed home with rustic elegant decor. We try to think of every detail to make you feel right at home upon arrival. Just bring your pj's! The covered porch with outdoor fireplace will be where you spend all your time, listening to the trickling stream, peaceful, calming woodland ambiance on 2.5 acres. We've provided blankets for snuggling by the fire, skewers for 'smores, lots of seating.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had an amazing time here at the Cottage. We did so many fun things like going gem mining, Ziplining in Highlands, horseback riding at the Dillard House and just walking around the town of Highlands. Not to mention the beautiful waterfalls, my personal favorite was Dry Falls.

The house had all amenities needed and provided a nice and cozy place to spend the nights and mornings. We are so grateful for the little treat basket you gave us.
Aug 2013
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based on 27 traveler reviews

Over the River & Thru the Woods Mountain Escape
average rating of 5.0 based on 57 reviews
Tallahassee, Florida

Thanksgiving in the Mountains

  • 5 of 5

Thanksgiving 2008 .... The chill was in the air, but when family gets together and snuggle around either the indoor fireplace or the outdoor fireplace, the warmth generated by both the fire and the reminscing of family times past brings a coziness and comfort that warms not only the body, but the soul ..

The incredible attention to comfort details were unsurpassed .. Impeccably clean, with all of our needs given the utmost attention .. State of the art kitchen and bathrooms ... All we needed to bring was our clothes and some food..The scenery breathtaking .. our wish was the owners command ... they bent over backwards to accomodate our family of 10 ( ages 11 months to 60 yrs) during this special time ... Rooms large enough and interesting decor that gave us not only space for the family to congegrate, but also gave us individual space for "quiet time"

A stone's throw from entertainment and restaurants... yet privacy at the utmost.. To hike to the top of the mountain gave us a glimpse of Heaven .. Watching the fog roll up from the valley was breathtaking .. There was something for all ages to experience that created memories that will be close to us for a long, long,time to come.. This place is excellent for a family get together, or a romantic get-a-way for couples of all ages..

The only minor inconvenience was having to take our trash to the local landfill ( but it was on the way to the local Bi-Low grocery store) .. The owners treated us in such a way that we felt they were caring for our comfort as if we were their best friends ..

If you can't tell that we enjoyed ourselves so much that we plan on returning at a later date, you haven't been paying attention to this review !!!

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2009
  • Stayed: Nov 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are interested in our guests and try to go above and beyond to make sure their visit is memorable, comfortable, and relaxing. We have the best housekeepers and do our utmost to keep everything in working order. And, yes, as Paul states, since this is a mountain community, we cannot have trash cans outside and do ask our guests if they have more than a bag or two to run their garbage down to the nearby trash/recycling facility. This is normally necessary for larger groups who stay more than a few days.
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The attention to detail was unreal!

  • 5 of 5

The stay at the cottage was by far the best place we've stayed.

After making reservations we received a phone call fairly quickly and the customer service was fantastic. We then received an email with just about everything to do in the area so our homework was already done.

Upon arrival, there was someone to meet us that was a complete gentleman. He brought us for a tour of the house and answered any questions we had.

During the stay we found that they had everything stocked full in the kitchen with really top of the line cookware and cutlery. The attention to detail at every moment was perfect. The welcoming package was nice, the instructions for anything you'd have a question for was great!

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. Tony loves meeting our guests. And it helps you not have to go looking for things or wondering about operational issues. We travel too and its terrific to get a feel for the area before arrival, so we put together our favorite things to do for our guests and email that ahead of time so you can start planning. So happy to hear you and your family had a wonderful time. Thanks for choosing our home. And, thank you for appreciating all that we do.
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Zephyrhills, FL

Beautiful Home!

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent spring break at The Cottage and we had a terrific stay! The home is gorgeous and Pam thought of everything to make our stay as comfortable as possible. The home is very private - sitting on the porch while enjoying the fireplace and the sound of the small creek which runs right behind the home, you can only see one other home off through the trees (and this is Pam's other rental home!). Even though it's private, it is not out in the boonies. We enjoyed exploring Franklin which is only minutes away. We also made day trips to the Biltmore Mansion, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Waynesville, Highlands/Cashiers and to Helen, GA - the home was a great location for all of these. We will be back and we'll tell all of our friends to stay at The Cottage when they need some time away!

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking the time to write a review. It is so appreciated, by us as well as future guests. Sounds like you kept busy...there is so much to do so you'll have to come back. The Cottage is such a peaceful spot, and yes, in the winter months you can barely see our other home through the trees on our 2.5 acre property. Once the leaves are on the trees it is a woodland oasis. A Spring Break your children will remember I'm sure!
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  • 5 of 5

Awesome is the best way to describe our visit to The Cottage. We were so warmly welcomed by Pam and Tony with true Southern Hospitality. Our grandsons were so excited to find a gift of S’mores and Hot Chocolate. This was so gracious of our host! The cabin was so beautifully decorated and CLEAN. The kitchen was very well appointed and contained everything in an orderly fashion to prepare our Thanksgiving Feast. The dual fireplaces were a great gathering place. The deck was a wonderful place to relax with the sounds of the stream and beautiful smell of the trees. It was a treat to have ample firewood and starters available for our use. We are a family of three generations and the little boys loved having their own ‘apartment’ in the lower level. They spent time exploring the woods and mining in the creek. They were even more excited to discover ‘gold’ in the water.

We spent time at Dry Falls, Clingman’s Dome, picnicked by a river and hunted for rocks, had a nature scavenger hunt at the cabin, went gem mining and cut our first Christmas Trees at the Tom Sawyer Tree Farm. We shopped in Highlands and saw the Christmas Display at Biltmore. The boys were amazed to pick icicles in the Smokey Mt Park. We also spend lots of time on the deck roasting marshmallows and just relaxing by the fire. The information provided by Pam and Tony helped provide an action packed week. It was our first trip to the Franklin area and we hope to return over the summer.

A special thanks to Pam and Tony for ensuring that we had everything necessary for a wonderful trip at the Cottage. As our grandsons said “This was the best vacation ever.”

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, what a great review. We really always try to make our guests' stay special, thanks for noticing and appreciating what we do. We agree, the Cottage is an outstanding home, located in such a great central location to enjoy all Western NC activities. Sounds like you started to put a dent in the list of things to do in our area. Such a huge compliment that the children not only had a wonderful time too but will remember this vacation for years to come. Making cherished memories. Thank you, and we look forward to your return.
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  • 5 of 5

The cottage was perfect! We couldn't have found a nicer place. We had 4 adults and 2 kids staying at the cottage, and we all had a great time. My husband and I rarely left. It was so lovely and peaceful, we just didn't want to go anywhere else!

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This property is enchanting.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is tucked away peacefully into the most beautiful trees, babbling brook, rustling leaves. "Cottage" is an understatement. Every amenity and upgrade is a "WOW" factor. It was a challenge to leave this charmed home, but Pam had documented many beautiful waterfalls and hikes to explore to include walking sticks. Gorgeous drives. The people in Highlands are so welcoming. Just the perfect hideaway. I will return.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: There is something special about the Cottage. I think its just so peaceful to sit and listen to the trickling stream and the birds on the porch. So happy you had a great time. That drive into Highlands is awesome. National Geographic rated one of the "Drives of a Lifetime"! And in the Fall, Wow is right. Thanks again, we look forward to your return.
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Cullasaja Falls
Dry Falls
Rufus Morgan Falls
Bridal Veil Falls
Whiteside Mountain
Glen Falls Cottage Minutes from Downtown Highlands
Glen Falls
Cliffside Lake
Wayah Bald Rd
Pickens Nose
Blue Ridge Parkway, NC
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Historic Downtown Franklin
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 Cottage 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 Cottage.

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: Western North Carolina has so much to offer. Excellent Hiking (easy hikes and Appalachian Trail hiking). Fishing, either fly fishing or lake/stream fishing is great in our area. We'll hook you up with guides if you like. Restaurants in our area from fast food to gourmet. Grocery is less than 3 miles from the house. Antiquing is a favorite shopping activity in our area and we have many local owned shops. We're located along the Waterfall Byway. You can drive or hike to gorgeous waterfall vistas. We're known for our white water rafting, or take a slow tube float down the river. Our area is also famous and featured on the Travel Channel for Gem Mining. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a wonderful drive and great way to cool off in the summer months. A picnic on the Parkway is the best! Access to The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is in nearby Bryson City. Come see the elk, or take a train ride. Skiing and snow tubing in winter months is about 40 min. from house. So much to do!

Golf: 2 Public Golf Courses in Franklin, and several more in nearby communities

Ski: Skiing available in nearby Cataloochee (40 min.)


Rates & Availability

Franklin House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
July 4th Holiday
Jul 2 2016 - Jul 10 2016
7 night minimum stay
Nov 20 2016 - Nov 27 2016
7 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Years
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

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

Holiday Weeks require 7 night stay.
Inquire about extended stay rates.
Additional Firewood Fee in Winter Months $25.00
Maximum Occupancy 8 (adults and children, no children under age 6)
Owner reserves the right to increase fees and insurance requirements depending on # of guests.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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North Carolina House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • 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
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master Bath w/ large walk-in Tiled Shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs King Bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Upstairs Queen Bedroom
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Powder Room, Main Floor
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , Located on Lower Ent. Area
  • 4-1/2 Baths - Three full en suite bathrooms. Master Bathroom on main floor is quite unique and features a large walk-in slate doorless shower, double vanity copper sinks and full wall of built-in cabinetry. Two other bathrooms are located upstairs off each bedroom. The King Suite Bathroom features a tub/shower combination, pedestal sink, built in cabinetry and walk-in closet. The Queen Bedroom Suite bath features a tiled glassed in shower, and pedestal sink. The Power Room on the main level features a very unique hand crafted beam with granite sink. The lower level Guest Suite/Entertainment Area bath features a glassed in shower and pedestal sink and adjacent walk-in closet. Linens, shampoo, shower gels & paper products provided.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master on Main - 1 king , King Master on Main Floor
    Upstairs Guest - 1 king , King Upstairs Bedroom
    Upstairs Guest - 1 queen , Queen Upstairs Bedroom
    Lower Guest/Ent. - 2 twin/ single , Twins, best suited for children
  • 4 Bedrooms, 4-1/2 Baths - Master Bedroom Suite on Main Floor with King Iron/Wood Bed, Built-in Cabinetry, Walk-In closet, private bath. 2 Bedrooms on second level, one King Iron/Wood Bed, private bath and the other bedroom features one Queen 4 Poster Bed, and private bath . The Lower Level Guest Suite/Entertainment room is one large room with 2 Aspen log twin beds, and L-shaped sofa, TV, copper top table & 4 chairs & private bath. This area is great for a private guest suite or to accommodate children (our home is not suitable for children under age 6). Children love to hide out down here or it makes a wonderful private roomy suite for a couple but keep in mind there are twin beds that cannot be pushed together. All Bedrooms have DirecTVs, comfy beds & great linens
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • 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
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Outdoor Wood Burning Stacked Stone Fireplace on Timber Framed Back Porch overlooking a natural spring fed stream in a natural wooded setting. Life's stresses will melt away. Gourmet fully equipped kitchen, upscale furnishings & decor, comfy mattresses, lower level keeps kids occupied. DirecTV Satellite with Music Channels, Wireless Internet, Cell Phone Service. Quiet, private mountain community, easy access, 2.7 miles from grocery. You won't wish for a thing. We've thought of it all and paid attention to the details. A great home to reconnect with family & friends. MOTORCYCLING - Visit our website for more information about the incredible rides nearby, Tail of the Dragon, Deals Gap, Cullasaja Gorge Scenic Drive. Base your trip from The Cottage! PAVED ROAD, PAVED DRIVE. Walking/Hiking Sticks, elaborate book of activities to keep you busy for days & weeks. Daily Maid & Chef Services available for an extra charge.

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