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Jimbo's Farm - 53 Acre Retreat with Trout Pond and Stream

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights


Robbinsville Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

Farmhouse, 3 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Nestled in the Nantahala National Forest, and in the southern shadows of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you'll find 'Jimbo's Farm.' It's a 53 acre retreat that includes a 110 year-old restored Farm House with New Metal Roof, one acre trout pond, 2 settling ponds with waterfalls and mountain branch running through the entire property. There are Apple / Pear / Peach / Cherry Trees and Blueberry Bushes in meadow next to Pond. Hughes Net Internet service with wireless router available. Springtime arrives late March, when the old growth trees begin to green and daffodils start to bloom. By summer, dogwood, laurel, wild azaleas and rhododendron are in full glory. Gentle summer temperatures rarely reach 80 F while nights drop into the high 50's. The colors of fall in this rural mountain setting make for the most spectacular viewing. With over 100,000 acres of National Forest, the walking trails along the pristine streams and mountain tops contain one of the greatest varieties of flora found anywhere in the world. Lake Santeetlah covers 2800 acres, with 100 miles of shoreline. Excellent fishing for small mouth bass and large mouth bass, walleye, crappie, bream, and lake trout. Cherohala Skyway; a leisurely and breathtaking drive. This ridge route between North Carolina and Tennessee opened on October 12, 1996 and was immediately acclaimed as one of the most scenic routes in the USA. Spirit Ridge offers the most expansive view along the entire route. The Dr agon: 318 curves in 11 miles on US 129, a scenic driving challenge. Mountain crafts abound with over 500 local artisans. Cherokee Indians are native to the county and make beautiful baskets, beaded items and carvings. Tsali: one of top 10 mountain biking trails in the US. Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest: the last 3,800 acres of untouched virgin wilderness east of the Mississippi. Old growth trees, some 20 feet around the base, grow in this natural setting and remain in its primitive state. Excellent walking trails wind along this living monument to the memory of Joyce Kilmer, the poet who is best remembered for the poem 'Trees.' Practice your Fly casting skills on your private trout pond before heading off to countless streams. Then visit the famous Blue Boar Lodge, rent a boat and try your luck on Lake Santeetlah. Enjoy the many outdoor activities available just minutes from ' Jimbo's Farm .' Or just stock up, close the gate, and stay in your secluded retreat. Have a seat on the porch and enjoy the quiet, slow paced life of Graham County. Driving times: Less than three hours north of Atlanta Less than two hours west of Asheville One hour and a half east of Knoxville Keywords: 110 Year Old Restored Farm House with New Metal Roof, 1 acre pond, and mountain branch that runs through entire property.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

James Kalamasz
Member since: 1998
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 16, 2016
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About James Kalamasz


Musician that needed to know the light at end of tunnel was not a train.

James Kalamasz purchased this farmhouse in 1998

Why James Kalamasz chose Lake Santeetlah

Visited Western North Carolina many times over the years

Had friends with property in area & felt at home.

What makes this farmhouse unique

This is the last undiscovered area of WNC. 80% of land in Graham County is National Forest & locals are wonderful. You get the entire 53 acre to yourselves. Looking out from front porch you see the acre pond and Beech Creek Mountain, not other cabins .

If you prefer a Biltmore Estate sort of place, it is 90 miles due East of us.

There are cheaper places to stay, but none better

Guestbook comments from the owner


We had a wonderful stay! My husband actually got to join us!! I think his boss felt bad that he was making him work on his birthday weekend! LOL! Yes, I left the check on the kitchen table (in the napkin holder). When I said goodbye to Carolyn (we had just finished packing up when she arrived), I told her where I’d left it. We’ll certainly visit again! Our boys particularly enjoyed your playhouse with the pool table! Also want to HIGHLY RECOMMEND Jasper’s Restaurant at Tapoco Lodge…AMAZING food and service!! 5-star!!! Thanks again for everything!

Best Regards,

Jun 2014
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Jimbo's Farm - 53 Acre Retreat with Trout Pond and Stream
average rating of 4.785714 based on 38 reviews

Short Summer Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed at Jimbo's Farm this past weekend (3 nights) We all had a great time. We went there fearing the weather, as it was supposed to rain every day we were to be there.. The rain did come, but nothing like we had expected. We had plenty of sunshine to have tons of fun. My personal favorite was the pond.. Feeding the fish, and catching plenty as well. The house itself is fairly simple and rustic, but it still has everything most anyone would need. It's also located just a short drive to plenty of fun attractions in the area. I have no complaints about anything during our stay, and my family have already decided that we would love to go back when we can.

Big thanks to Jim for everything, and to Carolyn for the clean house when we arrived! Hope to visit again soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peace & Tranquility Abound

  • 5 of 5

We are back home & wanted to take a minute to thank you for sharing

Jimbo's Farm with us. The property is heaven. It's so serene and relaxing.

A place we have each dreamed of but we never seem to find.

We fed the fish every morning & evening. Lola, our Lab just loved going down

to the pond and watching the fish come up to feed. She especially loved walking the pond shallows and "trying" to catch the smallest fish. The blue heron came around each day, catching frogs for dinner. We enjoyed fishing off the deck and relaxing with Lola by our side. She worked & played so hard all week. She was exhausted at days end from being a real dog. We picnicked each day by the pond, relaxing in the sun and shade as the day

wore on. We bbq'd each night then relaxed on the front porch as the day ended.

We brought a blanket with us for star gazing, relaxed under the stars and found

life in the clouds. I loved the L/R fire place/stove. So rustic & real. We lit a fire every night, relaxing & chatting late into the night. The master fireplace was romantic & did provide warmth. We now have so many gorgeous pictures to show & share, and one

or two I will enlarge & frame to remind us of the beauty we will be missing.

I really hope you make time yourself to enjoy this captivating piece of heaven Jim.

We all get so wrapped up in life we forget to breath. Don't forget to make time to go back home to clear your head and enjoy the tranquility you share. Hope to return soon.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a fine time and thanks for your kind review. I knew your Lab would love this place. Even Pets need a vacation. You are welcome back anytime. All the Best Jim Kalamasz aka Jimbo
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Great Place

  • 5 of 5

We had a blast. The property was absolutely beautiful. It was so realxing. My teenagers loved to fish at the pond. It brought my kids closer. They enjoyed the blueberries and black berries. I would recommend staying here. Jimbo made sure our stay was good. He called and checked on us. We had a storm and lost power, Carol walked up to check on us. She was very helpful too. Hoping to go back in a couple years. Thank you

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a fine time . Thunderstorms are common in summer. They make lots of noise and cause power outages now and then. Duke Power has gotten much better over the years getting electric back on. Blueberry Smoothies, Yum........................................... All the best. Jimbo
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Hands down the Best Vacation!!!

  • 5 of 5

The selfish part of me does not even want to write a review because I want to keep this place all to myself. Although the pictures are stunning, they do not serve the property justice. All i wanted was to be in the mountains, surrounded by trees, and what we got was so much more! We only left the property once during our entire trip. As other reviews listed, there were little cobwebs and the house was outdated but my family loved it and thought it was perfect addition to the nostalgia of the property. Every morning we woke up to sit on the hammocks on the front porch and listen to the birds and the day beginning. We fished off the dock, we hiked the mountain on the property, we drank from the spring water at the top of the mountain, we had bonfires, grilled out, star gazed for hours, had a family baseball game in the front yard, skipped up and down the stream, caught lightening bugs and literally detached from the social world and tapped back into the nature world. it was like being a kid again and showing my kids how we used to have fun before all this technology. It was perfect! the days were beautiful, the nights were cool, we slept with the doors and windows open and realized we were a long way from home. The only day we left the property, we went tubing in this little Cherokee town about an hour away. it was so much fun. They had little rapids down the stream and you were literally surrounded by mountains while you were tubing down one. We left to go back home already planning our next vacation. Jimbo thank you for everything! you have a hidden gem and we are so thankful we were able to enjoy it.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay & the weather co operated. You are welcome anytime at Jimbos farm. Thanks for the great picture.
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Picture perfect setting!

  • 5 of 5

This was the most incredibly beautiful farm! My husband and I arrived with our small dog for 3 days of lovely fall weather . We enjoyed our time there so much, we didn't leave the place except to pick up a few groceries nearby. We took the Cherohala parkway at the owners suggestion. The views and fall foliage were grand! We spent our time fishing at the trout pond, roasting hot dogs over the campfire, grilling our steaks on the charcoal grill, walking the trails on the property, and just sitting and watching the magnificent beauty of the place. Our little dog was mesmerized by the babbling brook. He had a great time. The house is like stepping back in time to great grandmas. I appreciate all the work the owner has done with really nice fireplaces, wood stove for living area, and nice electric fire for the bedroom. I liked the "very cold" mountain water and "very hot " water! Lol! It is "old timey", so don't expect sleek modern with everything new and sparkling clean. If you are OCD about cleanliness you probably shouldn't go, but you will really miss out on a grand place. Experience the finer things in life that are not man made. Look at this place and you will know there is a creator. There was a really nice featherbed on the bed , but it didn't agree with my back, so we took it off and slept on the comfortable mattress underneath. Jimbo and Carolyn were great! Thanks for sharing your place with us. We would love to come again.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a fine time. Fall is one of our favorite times of the year also. We dug out and expanded the settling ponds during my last stay. The extra rocks between first & second makes the water in stream gurgle even more than before. Dogs love this place. You folks are welcome anytime. All the best Jimbo.
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One of a Kind

  • 5 of 5

There were few things on my mind, before I planned to book a cabin. Serene, away from all hustle bustle, nice and peaceful nature and most importantly a real dark sky (we are amateur astronomers).

Jimbo's Farm not only fulfilled all of my above expectations, but it exceeded our expectations. The cabin being a classic one, had those doors and frames that remind of the old times. Therefore, it felt as if we were back to our Granny's home (nostalgia at it's best). The huge front yard with a pond filled with trouts give you own little forest like experience, allowing you to take in the clean air, chirping of birds and the gentle sound of water stream all at once. My wife who was apprehensive of the cabin, was mightliy impressed the moment she arrived and enjoyed the stay thoroughly. The best part was, me and brother were praying for a clear dark sky during those three days. And Bingo, it was clear as it can be. Jimbo's farm being away from the city or major town lights, the sky was excellent for star gazing. We were able to see the milky way galaxy with naked eyes. Through our binoculars, we were able to view other deep sky objects such as Andromeda galaxy etc. Night photography was amazing. Over all, it is worth every penny to visit Jimbo's Farm. James and Carolyn were extremely courteous to answer all of our questions and made our stay even better.

This is a definite re-book place.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely review. Glad everyone in your family found something fun to do at Jimbo's Farm. The night sky on clear nights are amazing. In late July the fireflies arrive & light up the surrounding trees and meadows. The rainbow & brown trout did very well this past winter. Even Hoover the grass carp made it. He has to be 24 years old by now. All the best. Jimbo
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Asheville NC
Nearest Motorway
11 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Downtown Robbinsville
Car: necessary

Nearby , Whitewater Rafting, Tsali Bike Trail, Lake Santeetlah, Fontana Lake etc,

NEW, Jimbo's Play Room, Full size Brunswick Pool Table, Dart Board, writing table. Available for $25.00.

There are Cheaper places to stay, But none Better.


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Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

Rate includes up to 8 guests. Add $10.00 per night, per guest after that.
2014 couples special. $975.00 & 10 % sales tax for a week. Holidays excluded.

A $300.00 down payment will lock in your dates. Balance due 30 days before you arrive. Payment by check via slow mail or use your credit card via our PayPal account is accepted.

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Robbinsville Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main House - toilet , shower
    OutBuilding - toilet , shower , Kinda like going to camp.
  • Bath & hand towels provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Loft #1 - 1 double , 1890 Sleigh with Feather Bed, Quilt, Oil Radiator heater.
    Loft Room #2 - 2 twin/ single , Twin Cherry Beds, Oil Radiator heater, A/C wall units.
    OutBuilding - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Rustic. We don't charge extra so no complaints.
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Queen with Feather Bed, Country quilt, Electric Firepace.
  • Queen size Beds (3) 1. Queen in Master Bedroom with Feather Bed, Winter Quilt, fleece blanket, Country Quilt; 1 - Queen Bed in Out Building & 1 twin. 1- Broyhill Queen Sofa Bed in Living Room, 1 - Double Bed, 1890 Sleigh Bed in Up Stairs Loft 1 Feather Bed, Winter Quilt, Fleece Blanket., 2 - Twin or Single Beds cherry Twin beds in Loft #2 Rustic Out Building can be used at no extra charge so you can't complain.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Pot Belly Stove in living room, Charcoal BBQ, Electric Fireplace in master bedroom. Out-Building with Queen Bed, 1 Twin Bed, Bathroom with shower, Sleeps 2-3, Great for Kids! available at no extra charge. 14,000 BTU A/C Unit -1 main floor, 2 Window Units 5,000 BTU in Upstairs Lofts. Pets allowed with Security Deposit Hughes Net Internet service with wireless router Available.

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