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Over the River & Thru the Woods, Serene 2.5 ac. Luxury Retreat (The Cottage)

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,200 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Escape to the Mountains - perfect vacation spot for 2-8 guests

There are many places to choose from in our area. However, we can tell you that we've been vacation renting our two homes (by owner) for 8+ years - our reviews are 5*. "Better than the photos" "incredible attention to detail" "everything you need" "awesome vacation", "incredibly maintained", "our most favorite vacation". This "cabin" or we call a Cottage, sits on 2.5 wooded acres alongside a small natural spring fed stream that trickles and pools creating a serene setting. Your worries will slip away. A covered deck faces the stream and features an outdoor fireplace so you can enjoy s'mores year-round. Nothing finer than to come back after a nice hike or day exploring our beautiful area, put on comfy clothes, grab a beverage of choice, and relax.

Message me if you are just one couple using one bedroom and I'll reduce the rates.

GREAT FOR MOTORCYCLISTS - Paved Road to paved drive, covered parking, room for trailer too.

Cell service, HD TV and Wi-fi. While you feel like you are away from it all, we are just 5-6 min. from downtown Franklin, 3 min. to grocery and restaurants (easy access, not a scary remote location). Because it is finished on 3 levels it doesn't feel large and therefore works great for just 1-2 couples. 4 BR, Sleeps 8 If traveling as a family the lower level is terrific for the kids. King Master Bedroom on Main, 2 more bedrooms upstairs (King & Queen) all with private bathrooms, and a Guest/Entertainment suite in lower level (2 twins, sofa, TV, bathroom).

We are particular and it shows. Great Housekeepers! 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). Our Timber Frame Rentals guests 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. Wi-Fi & DirecTV. Get away and pamper yourself at the same time.

Wonderful Spring Break the kids will remember. Great cabin for connecting with family and/or friends.

INQUIRE about 14+ night stay discounts.

*Note: MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY IS A TOTAL OF 8 (adults & children) no exceptions. Not suitable for crawling or toddler aged children due to rustic wood floors, loft and open staircase (no safety features like cabinet door locks or electrical plugs).

We do not allow large family reunion groups, weddings, parties, etc.

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! 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.

We get calls all the time from visitors who have booked another property, arrived and it is nothing like the photos online or the rental is dirty, musty smelling, scary location, and they scramble to find something else. Make vacation memories in a place you will long to return year after year.

*Layout Detail: Timber Framed Home with beautiful exposed beams. The main floor is one large room - living area, dining & open kitchen. There is a King 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) one king and one queen, each with an en suite bath. The basement/lower level is finished and works great for children/teens as it becomes 'their' space with TV, bathroom, table & chairs, DVD, 2 twins and a sofa. It is one large room. The stairway leading to the lower level is enclosed and the entire lower level is carpeted. The rest of the house features wood floors.

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.

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

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More Details

Pam Pringle, Owner
Member since: 2008
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

About Pam Pringle, Owner

We own two homes in the area, this home we call the Cottage and another #179198. We travel globally and we prefer vacation rentals to hotels. We understand what separates the best from the rest when it comes to accommodations. We believe that our attention to details makes our homes stand out and our reviews confirm that.

Pam Pringle, Owner purchased this cabin in 2008

Why Pam Pringle, Owner chose Franklin

We love Franklin NC, Franklin's location allows you to tour around and enjoy all Western NC has to offer.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 cabin 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 faux fur blankets for snuggling by the fire, skewers for 'smores, plenty of seating. Wood burning indoor and outdoor fireplaces, we supply wood! Terrific housekeeping, we are particular on occupancy so you won't arrive to a run down property. Our photos don't do the home justice. Pet free so we can accommodate our frequent guests with pet allergies.

In most cases, depending on arrival time, someone greets you upon arrival so that you immediately can get settled in without wondering where things are or operational issues.

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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Franklin Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please read our attached Rental Agreement for more information on occupancy, cancellations, etc.
  • We are VERY strict on occupancy. Please do not inquire if you have more than 8 (adults & children total). We meet you at the house upon check in.
  • No parties, family reunions, weddings, etc. may be hosted at the house.
Location Type:
  • 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
  • Garage ...
  • 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 ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 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
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 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 5 - toilet , shower , Located on Lower Ent. Area
  • All Bedrooms have en suite private baths, as does the Lower Guest/Entertainment area. 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. The upstairs King Bedroom bath features a tub/shower combination, pedestal sink, built in cabinetry and walk-in closet. The Queen Bedroom bath features a tiled glassed in shower, and pedestal 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
  • 3 Bedrooms + Lower Level Guest/Entertainment, 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 . A fourth bedroom - the Lower Level Guest Suite/Entertainment room is one open floor plan 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 Children love to hide out down here or it makes a wonderful private roomy suite for a couple. 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
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • 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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Over the River & Thru the Woods, Serene 2.5 ac. Luxury Retreat (The Cottage)
average rating of 5.0 based on 68 reviews

Awesome Peaceful Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

My 4 cousins and I had a wonderfully relaxing girls long weekend getaway at this lovely cabin home. The pictures do not fully convey the beauty of this cabin. The owners have thought of every convenience for you. The place was very clean and well appointed. It was so relaxing that we didnt go out much. We wanted a place to reconnect and relax and it exceeded all of our expectations. However when we did venture out the beauty of the scenic gourge was lovely. The locals were warm and friendly. We will be back again for sure! Pam the owner was so thoughtful and informative and Tony the manager was also very thoughtful and helpful. Both are very responsive and quick to reply. Can't wait to bring my husband and adult children here!

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lisa - so happy you girls had a great weekend together. We'll look forward to your return visit. Thanks again, Pam
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Perfect Family Get-Away

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is perfect! Home is stunning and Pam has thought of every little detail. We enjoyed local hiking trails, snow skiing, and dining/breweries. Highly recommend and hope to visit again soon.

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing home!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the "Pond" Cabin. What a beautiful home and nestled in the forest. The home is outfitted with every possible amenity and is clean , neat and organized well. The owner spent a great deal of effort making this a gorgeous and well stocked home. We would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a secluded getaway in the mountains. We enjoyed exploring the surrounding areas and the nearby towns. Was a special treat to be able to enjoy the fire outside and hear the creek behind the home. We can't wait to return! Thanks again for letting us enjoy your amazing home.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This review is for the Cottage. Thanks Eric, look forward to your return! Pam
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The property was absolutely beatiful. Perfectly placed property in the woods for privacy and peace!

  • 5 of 5

Our family loved the place, from the decor to the functionality. Not one detail was skipped in ensuring comfort was the #1 priority. I loved the tranquility and the sound of the stream is super relaxing.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Rick, so happy you enjoyed the house and I certainly enjoyed seeing the photos of your family enjoying the mountains. A vacation to remember! Come back again some day.
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'The Greatest Escape' it truly is!

  • 5 of 5

The home was beautifully decorated and spotless with endless attention to detail. From our arrival to our departure, we wanted for nothing! Both the owner and property manager could not have been more accommodating and helpful! The area is beautiful with many trails to hike and waterfalls to see. Shopping and restaurants are close, but the best is an outdoor fireplace at the home with a babbling brook running nearby. One could not want for more!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dee - thank you so much for the great review. So happy you and all the family enjoyed their stay. With our busy lives and family living in different parts of the country, making time to visit in a special place every year is a wonderful thing to do. Come back any time!
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Beautiful Cabin in the Mountains

  • 5 of 5

Our two families, four children ages 6 to 11 enjoyed our stay at the cottage. The cabin was extremely well outfitted, the best that we've experienced over a four-year period of time renting in the mountains. One could tell that the owners Took great care in ensuring that the renters had a great experience. The beds were comfortable, theentire cabin extremely clean, well outfitted kitchen and special measures taken to make everyone feel at home. There was plenty of wood for the fireplace, and even little s'mores packets for the kids. This is one definitely to return to! We're looking forward to next year already!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Happy to hear you had a great time and enjoyed our Cottage. Come back any time!
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Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Franklin Golf Course, Mill Creek
Car: necessary

Franklin NC 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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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

Inquire about extended stay rates.
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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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