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The Greatest Escape - Hiking, rafting, waterfalls. 5***** Reviews.

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 10 nights


About the property

Our guests return again & again, Great for Motorcyclists too

Gorgeous peaceful 2.5 acre setting in the woods alongside a small natural spring fed stream that trickles and pools thru property. 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). This cabin/home can accommodate up to 8, however it is not a large home so it's also perfect for just a couple wanting a romantic escape.

A covered deck faces the stream and features an outdoor fireplace so you can enjoy the peaceful setting and s'mores year-round. 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.

INQUIRE about 14+ night stay discounts.

*Note: MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY IS A TOTAL OF 8 (adults & children) no exceptions. Not suitable for children under the age of 5 due to 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.

If you are traveling with friends or family, the house's layout allows privacy.

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 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. Wi-Fi & DirecTV. Get away and pamper yourself at the same time.

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. Paved Road to paved drive so great for motorcylists too!

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. So choose wisely, read our reviews! 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.

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See another of our spectacular homes - #179198, Sleeps 6

More Details

Pam Pringle, Owner
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2017

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. Constantly refreshing, great maintenance and a terrific central location.

Pam Pringle, Owner purchased this house in 2008

Why Pam Pringle, Owner chose North Carolina Mountains

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 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 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 House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • 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.
  • Please do not inquire if you have more than 8 (adults & children).
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 ...
  • 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 . 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 (our home is not suitable for children under age 5). 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.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Exceptional! 5/5 -
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The Greatest Escape - Hiking, rafting, waterfalls. 5***** Reviews.
average rating of 5.0 based on 64 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 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: Apr 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: Dec 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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More Amazing than the Photos

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a week with both sets of parents, our infant, and my brother. The house was absolutely perfect for our group. Each room has its own attached bathroom, which gave much-appreciated privacy. The kitchen had every dish, pan, and utensil we needed. And, the setting and views are phenomenal. It is a beautiful house.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Incredible home in the mountains

  • 5 of 5

First of all, the pictures do not do this home justice. This incredible home in the western Carolina mountains is everything we were looking for in a family vacation. Incredibly clean, fully stocked kitchen, perfect location for exploring and an outdoor fireplace and seating (which was our favorite place to spend each evening).

Pam is wonderful to work with and gave us more than enough information leading up to our stay to plan for our trip. Tony met us at the house and thoroughly explained everything we need to know about the cottage.

Highlights of the area include hiking to various waterfalls, drive to Highlands, letting the kids pan for gems (Rose Creek) and a few local beers at Lazy Hiker.

This is the place you will want to stay in W NC.

This was an easy drive for us from Atlanta and we can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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WOW!!! What an amazing Cottage!!!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing relaxing stay in your beautiful Cottage!! Thank you for your wonderful hospitality. The Cottage is absolutely gorgeous. You provided everything we needed and more. The detail in the Cottage is amazing. We really enjoyed the outside fireplace on the porch. LIstening to the water in the stream and the crickets chirping while enjoying the fire was so relaxing and serene. The kitchen had all the amenities we needed to enjoy meals together as a family. The basement was great for our late night Canasta nights and entertainment. The area and location was perfect!! We hiked and found so many beautiful Waterfalls!!

Thank you again!!! We will definitely come back in the future!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the glowing review. The Cottage is such a special spot and happy you and your family enjoyed it. We look forward to your return visit.
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Cullasaja Falls
Dry Falls
Rufus Morgan Falls
Bridal Veil Falls
Whiteside Mountain
Glen Falls
Cliffside Lake
Wayah Bald Rd
Pickens Nose
Blue Ridge Parkway, NC
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Historic Downtown Franklin
Caffe Rel
"Excellent restaurant in Franklin"
Little Tennessee River Greenway
Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
Root & Barrel
Lazy Hiker Brewing Co.
Smoky Mountain Bicycles
Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub
Chris & Charlie's Franklin
Frogtown Market
NC Mountain Made
Smoky Mountain Host
Lucio's Restaurant
Scottish Tartans Museum Center
Fun Factory, The
Thai Paradise
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

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 10 2017 - Oct 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Oct 9 2017 - Nov 12 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
Holiday 2017
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 1 2018
10 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Winter/Spring 2018
Jan 2 2018 - Mar 31 2018
3 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

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

Holiday Weeks require 7 night stay.
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.

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