|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
Come to the PONDEROSA for ultimate relaxation.
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Walk in the smokies from cabin with total peace and quiet, a true relaxing experience.
The cabin is a beautiful two story log home at 4900 feet of elevation in the mountains of Maggie Valley, North Carolina, on Balsam Mountain. A serene private woodsy home on 1.25 acres with wonderful view. Be in remote privacy and feel the stress flow out of you.
HOT TUB under covered deck sit; lots of rocking chairs to rock your cares away No houses are visible from back deck, only woods , wonderful long range and valley views.
Both bird feeder and hummingbird feeder on back porch.
Also with second uncovered porch in front with 4 chairs. Can view few houses only from driveway area. There is a house close by uphill used as secondary home and house at end of driveway that is vacant. But this is last house on the road and no other houses will be viewed from back deck where view is. Ponderosa has recent extensive DVD movie selection 2 HDTV's ; AIR HOCKEY and FOOSBALL available, take a 20 minutes hike to Smoky Mountains, roast marshmallows at the FIREPIT. Two firepits available, one in front yard and one down path in the woods. Feel like you are camping at the firepit which is down a path. Or just plain relax. The chipmunks, hummingbirds, and Carolina wrens also like to visit the Ponderosa. A couple times of the year Edgar the elk stops by for a visit. That is what my guest named the elk. There are numerous hummingbirds during summer months.
The temperature at the Ponderosa averages a minimum 10 degrees cooler than the valley. Open the windows for fresh air, but if needed gas heat or AC available. Wireless internet is available on porches and throughout house for those that like to surf the internet and be with nature at same time.
There are 2 roads that can access cabin. The quickest route is a hard surface dirt/gravel with steep access for 0.5 mile. Total length of road is 1.3 mile. The road does have guardrail on initial 0.3 mile of road.
There alternative second road that can be used for flatlanders that is 2.7 miles and not as steep dirt gravel road.
Would recommend all wheel drive for inclement weather ie snow in winter months. Summer would need front wheel drive. Or take longer access
Soco falls 15 min drive from cabin.
The blueridge parkway entrance to the smoky mountains is 15 min drive.
Asheville is approximately 40 min drive.
Watch all the hummingbirds, birds, chipmunks, elk sightings, play foosball, air hockey and watch DVD's; over 100 movies available.
Walk to masonic monument in the smokies, about 40 min walk one way from cabin.
. Have numerous dirt roads for hiking to Heintooga Road in the smokies; or dirt bike and 4-wheeling on numerous roads around cabin higher clearance.
If you want to book, have specific questions or If need specific pictures; just call me at either number and leave voicemail and will get back with you to give you a more personal experience. If no answer on home phone feel free to call cell phone.
Have email of pictures ready to go.
Also have pictures of both road accesses.
Please note : minimum age to rent condo is 25 years old. If 21 to 25 years old, I consider on individual basis but increase returnable security deposit to $225.
For family reunions on a mountain top , there are a couple rentals nearby.
I love the humor; so what is funnier than Jim drinking from a cup with an elk on it with edgar the elk in the front yard? Jim and Paula bought this home as a family getaway. It was the best thing we ever did. We always feel totally relaxed when come back from the mountains. The Ponderosa has a very homey feel. It definitely gave our family quality time. Now the kids are grown up and just Jim and myself go on trips to the Ponderosa.
I try to keep everything that will be needed for that special cabin on top of the mountain experience.
We love the elk that come by; they are fantastic animals and makes us happy. I also love walking to Heintooga Road in the smokies.
Jim and Paula purchased this cabin in 1996
the true cabin experience with modern amenities and great view; Love the walks around cabin and elk :)
Blackberries everywhere in July and August. Like the privacy of being in the woods with great view. Favorite is sitting in hot tub on cold night looking at the lights of Lake Junaluska on a clear night. Like walking around all the dirt roads and hiking to Heintooga Road in the smokies. The fire pit in the summer time is surrounded by woods and house not visible secondary foliage. You can sing loud and we have terrible singing voices. Love watching the hummingbirds zoom around. And Edgar the Elk is always welcome when he stops by.
Just wanted to let you know, I have mailed you the key back to the Ponderosa. By the way, you got an absolute "glowing" report from everyone on the cabin, views, hot tub and your attention to little details, like your in-depth instructions, abundance of needed items (utensils, lighters, salt/pepper, flashlights, etc.) and the quality of the cabin itself; my husband was totally intrigued by the buck stove - he could not believe how well that worked. My sister and I just loved getting in the hot tub on cool nights. All of our college-aged kids really enjoyed the cabin, the tour of the Biltmore and most of all, I think, Chimney Rock Park.
We were in awe of the beauty surrounding us in the NC mountains, and now we are all talking about taking a rafting or a train trip for our next adventure there. If we do, I will definitely see if the Ponderosa is available.
Thanks for going "above and beyond" as it is so rare anymore.
Our 2 week stay at the Ponderosa was wonderful! We saw the elk almost every evening on Long Branch & Black Camp Gap Rds. The mountain view is perfect and watching the humming birds & chipmunks is always fun! Long Branch Rd. was rather challenging... although I drive a Jeep Wrangler, my boyfriend had a Chevy Malibu & had some trouble getting up the road. This was the 2nd time renting a cabin in Maggie Valley....it is a great area with easy access to Blue Ridge Pkwy. Visited Biltmore Estate in Asheville (a must-see!!), waterfall hike in Pisgah Nat'l Forest, Cataloochee Valley, & many scenic drives. Good restaurants: Frankie's, Joey's Pancake House, Frog's Leap (Waynesville), Andolini's & Southern Table. Definitely would like to visit again during "leaf season"!
We thoroughly enjoyed staying at the Ponderosa cabin this past week, it exceeded our expectations. We spent most all of our time on the back porch enjoying the awesome view of the Smokey Mountains and being entertained by all of the different birds visiting the bird feeder. As a bonus, (4) Elk were at the bottom of the driveway to see us off when we left. Since the Ponderosa is on the top of the mountain you can truly enjoy rest and relaxation in peace and quiet. We look forward to our next visit.
Stefan and Christina
What a beautiful setting for this great cabin! The view from the back porch is awesome. My favorite spot to have my morning coffee! The front porch was also nice to sit out in the sun. We didn't mind the steeper, shorter route to the cabin even though it was a little bumpy in a couple spots (we did have an AWD). My husband and I especially loved the quiet and seclusion of the wooded setting, without any mosquitoes or ticks! The minute we walked inside the cabin, it felt just like home. It was very clean and nicely decorated. The furnishings were very comfortable and there were lots of pots, pans, dishes, drinkware, silverware/utensils and towels. Lots of movie DVDs. We were lucky enough to see an elk come right up to the cabin our first evening and witnessed it eat the flowers off the hosta by the porch! During our week's stay, we drove through the Smoky Mountain National Park to Gatlinburg and back. We also took a drive to pretty Cataloochee Valley. We also did some hiking. We hiked to the Masonic Marker, which had nice views along the way, and also hiked to the top of Waterrock Knob, which was a climb but had an awesome view! Definitely some good workouts! Soco Falls was very pretty and was an easy climb down. We enjoyed the nice warm hot tub in the evening. We also checked out some good breweries in Waynesville. We had a wonderful stay and would not hesitate to recommend it to others. We hope to visit again!
The home was incredible. The process to reserve with the owners was a pretty easy process too. I travel A LOT for work & when I see a few of the little things that were taken care of for our stay, I was impressed. One- the Hot Tub was pre-heated for our arrival. Also, you can tell that the owners care fro their guests, by all of the notes, etc on the fridge and other small communications they provided. The view from the balcony is great! It was nice to send the time out there & then pop in a movie next to the fireplace. The bed really was comfortable, which I appreciate! The road that leads up to the cabin was not as bad as I had thought it would be (from the reviews) but don't let me play it down... it was still a decent hike up the hill and all gravel or dirt road ALL the way up. Driveway to the house is steep too. I'm glad the rental car company upgraded us to a 4X4 bc they were out of cars. Location in Maggie Valley is great too. Seemed that we were always 30 min. to 1 hour from all things. We did see Elk the last day at the entrance to the gravel road up to the cabin- only time though.
Gosh, this place is amazing. Here is my honest review. I drive a corolla , let me tell you...please take the longer route. The longer route has beautiful views and much easier to navigate. Driving up the shorter route I spun out several times. It is intimidating. Once we got to the cabin I got out of my car and kissed the ground (I am serious) . The view from the cabin was amazing. The house is in excellent condition . After I had a shot of jack Daniels I just sat on the porch and watched all the chipmunks and the beautiful view. Every mountain trip we make chilli in the crockpot...I panicked. .I forgot the crockpot..thankfully there was one there. We only turned on the TV at the end of the trip. Most nights we lit the fire and just sat in the hot tub if we got cold. We went on multiple hikes around the property. Never saw aNY elk..but while hiking I did step in elk poop and bear poop (eeks!). Just find a trail and start walking...bring the walking sticks provided! We picked up extra ones along the way. I filled up the bird feeder, and it was empty by day 3!. We did a lot of exploring on the trails/ roads. We only left the cabin to take the trash. We struggled getting back up the drive way, it took 6 tries. Just get out and sweep the driveway of leaves. Once I did that I got up. The fireplace really warms up the house. The owners are kind enough to leave firewood. Other places I have stayed haven't done that. It rained most of the time. We brought games to play. The guy who cleans the hot tub showed up early, so we chatted with him for a while. Thank goodness he was there because as I was backing out I almost hit the tree, both him and my husband had to push the car off if it. I can drive...I promise. We loved everything about this place. Next time I will have a suv...or take the longer road. You will love the beauty...as soon as you get into the garage! Lol. Enjoy this place..it is worth the stressful way up there..keep in mind I drive a corolla. Will stat again for sure.
We stayed here for a week and we're amazed at the stunning views of the mountains and this cabin had far exceeded our expectations! We have previously stayed in various cabins in the Smokey Mountains area and Blue Ridge...if you are looking for a true cabin stay away from all of the hustle and bustle then this is definitely the cabin for your family. We were just 25 minutes down the mountain from Ingles and local restaurants (yet the Cabin was far enough away that it felt really secluded) we chose to just stay and enjoy the cabin and hiking near our cabin. We grilled out almost every night, the fire pit was perfect for smores and fun, the jacuzzi was the perfect temperature to get in after hiking or relaxing. We had ALL the luxuries of WiFi, Cable, DVDs and the cabin was well stocked with every detail in mind. I really appreciated all of the thoughtful detail in the maps for hiking and all the things to do in the area during our stay. The Ponderosa Cabin was VERY CLEAN and kept really well. Thank you so very much for giving us the opportunity to stay at the Ponderosa Cabin, we had such a great time there, what an awesome place! We look forward to staying again! We do recommend an SUV or AWD, we had an SUV and did just fine ;) God Bless - The Nazario Family
maybe Edgar the Elk will stop by (that is what my guests named him)Star gazing, Numerous dirt roads around property for hiking, can hike to Heintooga Road in the Smoky Mountain(20 minute steep hike), Pick blackberries in July, campfire site down a path from house with benches, (Activities in Maggie Valley), Ghost Town in the Sky, Bluegrass shows, Wheels Through Time Museum, Numerous Golf Courses, Go-Karts, Trout Fishing, Horseback Riding (Activities Nearby), 10 minutes to Blue Ridge parkway milepost 452, 8 near Heintooga Road leading to Smoky Mountain National Park, Cataloochee Valley in Smoky Mountain National Park to see the elk, 40 minutes to Biltmore Estate, Hiking in Pisgah or Smoky Mountain National Park, Sliding Rock/Waterfalls in Pisgah National Forest, Cherokee Indian Reservation & Harrah's Casino, Whitewater Rafting, Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, Santa's Land, River tubing, Gem mining, fishing in Cherokee
|Refundable damage deposit||$150|
|hot tub/cleaning fee||$150|
11% taxes already included in above quote already;
Prefer check payment, but I do take credit card via paypal for 3 % fee
Refundable security deposit of $150
Pets considered for $100 non refundable pet fee; consider decrease pet fee for smaller pets;