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Charlie

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, spanish, russian

Mountaintop Views:, Hot Tub, Fishing Rafting:Hypoallergenic1 Rating w/ canoe

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Overview

Almond Lodge Rental Photos and Description

5 Bedroom, 3 bathroom, sleeps 12: Within minutes of rafting-boating-hiking.

This ridgetop lodge is the largest on the mountain. This cabin is among the finest rental available, when you combine the custom nature of the construction, the detailed level of detail, and the ridgetop views location of the cabin, which borders 11,000 acres of US Forest/Park land, and is directly accessible. Private trail (with no motorized vehicles allowed) leads down to the Tsali mountain biking area.

This home has all the amenities, appliance, and comfort one would expect in a modern well appointed home. Post and beam construction with a cathedral ceilings give this home the views and feel reminiscent of a great Western Canadian lodge. The great room features a towering stone grand fireplace surrounded by leather furniture, cathedral ceiling with a walk around rail loft balcony, and massive picture windows overlooks the mountains and stars. Enjoy an evening in front of the gas fireplace, or outdoors, under the stars with a campfire or Jacuzzi.

Bedroom layout:

-Master bedroom with queen bed and master bath and soaking tub on main floor

-2nd and 3rd bedroom have queen beds, with a bathroom between on main floor.

-4th bedroom upstairs has queen and 2 single (possibly for small children)

-Loft 1600 sf: 1 queen, 1 double, 2 singles, full bathroom, fireplace, sitting room, two high - balcony decks.

Walk out basement feature pool table and ping pong table

Big Sky II is a new 4900 sf rental cabin sited on a mountain top with long range views of the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Centrally and conveniently located to the Nantahala River, Lake Fontana, kayaking, white water rafting, swimming, Bryson City, the Cherokee Indian Reservation, the Tsali mountain biking and horse riding trails, and the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. If you are looking to just relax or prefer the excitement of whitewater rafting, kayaking, fishing, water sports, mountain biking, horseback riding, or motorcycling the 'Tail of the Dragon.', you have come to the right place. This cabin is located in the center of it all. Check out our website for nearby activities such as whitewater rafting and kayaking, mountain biking, boating, and horseback riding

Long range mountains views. Cabin has all amenities including cooking, barbecuing, television, and available internet with 4g connection. Backs up to mountain trails and bike paths. Perfect for family gatherings, Groups of friends, or a romantic getaway. Babysitting services available. This cabin is located in a secure, gated, private mountains.

No hunting is allowed. Not unusual to see wild turkeys, deer, cardinals, hummingbirds, whippoorwills, quail, and an occasional fox.

This property grows grapes, rhubarb, blueberries, raspberries, apples, plums, and peaches. You are welcome to pick what is ripe. Please do not pick the rhubarb yet in that it is not past the non picking 1 year mark (rhubarb must be plucked from the root, for it stops growing it cut)

Age requirement: 30+

*** The hot tub from Jan 3 to April 1, due to the possibility of winter power outages and freezing of pipes. ***

MAXIMUM SLEEPING CAPACITY IS DIFFICULT TO ACHIEVE AND IT IS STRONGLY ADVISED AGAINST LARGE GROUPS MADE UP OF MOSTLY ADULTS. As the number of adults increases the realistic functionality and comfort of this cabin significantly diminishes. It is recommended that groups with large numbers of adults look into combo options and add more units to their selection as the number of sleeping spots in this cabin alone is very high in proportion to the overall space and functionality of the cabin.

Please note that the Google Map provide to us is not entirely accurate. The USFS road called "Horse Branch" (visible if you zoom in adequately) is a non-vehicular road so is excellent for hiking and biking, but does not allow motorized vehicles. The map shows it connecting to and terminating at Birch Rd, which is incorrect. Horse Branch Trail will lead you all the way down to highway 28N and terminates about 1/4 mile north of the entrance to the Tsali Recreation Area. One can mountain bike all the way to the Tsali trails directly from this cabin.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Charlie (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks: english, spanish, russian

What makes this lodge unique

This is a hypoallergenic cabin. That means we wash all bedding and bed spreads before you arrive. That means the hot tub is drained and water replaced between all visitors. (that is unheard of, at most cabins) That means we heat and air condition the cabin year round to eliminate mold and mildew. That means there is no mold and no drywall to hold mold.

We do not allow dogs, cats or pets to provide a allergen free environment for our guests. The cabin is fresh and clean.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)
Mountaintop Views:, Hot Tub, Fishing Rafting:Hypoallergenic1 Rating w/ canoe
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews
5

Great house, spacious, well appointed, all expectations exceeded.

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time visiting the Smoky Mountains and if we return, we will definitely book Big Sky again! We had ten adults in our group with four couples. Each couple had their own private bedroom and there was plenty of room for our other two guests. The house is even better than the pictures and provided great places to relax both indoors and outdoors. The property was just about perfect for our group with room for more.

The road to the house is paved which I found to be difficult to find when researching properties. A definite plus for our motorcycle toting group.

The location of the home was also ideal for our motorcycle vacation as it is centrally located between the Maggie Valley, Tail of the Dragon, Cherohala Skyway and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Absolutely riveting riding experiences for sure.

The owner Charles was accessible, instruction for the rental were easy to understand and support from the owners repair folks was just a call away. Not that we had any issues with the house but the grill didn't seem to want to heat up correctly. One call and they were there before we got back from our ride. Very polite and courteous people to work with.

A+ rental property at a reasonable price.

Thanks Charles!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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5

Didn't want to leave this beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

The home is spacious with plenty of room for everyone to do things together or in smaller groups. From ping pong and pool in the basement, to badminton, corn hole, and bocce in the back yard (bring these 3 games with you) to sitting around the fire pit, eating smores, or relaxing in the hot tub, this is the place to kick back, relax, and enjoy family time. We had 4 generations (from 6 yrs to 81 yrs) and had a wonderful week. It was hard to leave the property to go see other things. The kitchen (well stocked...it just lacked a candy thermometer for peanut butter fudge and a rolling pin for homemade biscuits) was great and smooth flowing with several preparing meals at a time.

We were fine, but regular mattresses rather than futon mattresses on the the 3 beds upstairs in the loft area would have been a plus, so if you require a softer mattress, make sure to get one of the four actual bedrooms. There was plenty of hot water We had a small maintenance issue and the owner was very prompt in taking care of it. Charlie is awesome to work with!

There was plenty of parking. We had 4 cars, and there were room for 2 more easily. This location was very quiet and peaceful. The view from the back decks was fantastic. Stay here and enjoy!!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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5

Beautiful Mountain Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This was the most relaxing vacation we have ever taken. The Mountain view was beautiful morning, noon and night. It was so quiet ....the only sounds we heard were the birds singing. WE enjoyed rafting, taking a pontoon boat out on Fontana Lake, which is the most beautiful water I have ever seen in a fresh water lake. The hot tub was a big hit. It was always cool enough to enjoy reading on one of the porches.

Everything we needed was furnished .....the kitchen was especially well furnished. We hope to go again

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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5

This place is AWESOME!! The ads do not do it justice

  • 5 of 5

There is tons of room for the entire family and extended family. We stayed for the weekend and had our family Christmas Celebration as well as went to Bryson City and rode the Polar Express. It was only 10 minutes to the train and shopping. The Cabin is Very well equipped from the kitchen right down to the board games. The kids ranged from 4-20 in our group and there was never a dull moment, when we first arrived some of the teens complained about the lack of WiFi, but then found family to entertain themselves, it was Wonderful!! Hide and Seek was a Favorite, lots of cool spots were discovered. We had plenty of room for everyone to do their own thing or play and spend time together. The views were stunning and the cabin was clean and beautiful. If I had to pick one thing that was not perfect it would be the road up the mountain, that is only because I get very car sick. The road was only wide enough for one vehicle and very windy and steep, fortunately it is only a couple of minutes and you are on a main highway. The weather was perfect for our stay but I would assume that road would be a problem in the slick winter weather. I would HIGHLY recommend this property to anyone looking for a great family getaway!!

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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5

5 star property, Excellent location!!

  • 5 of 5

We love the Bryson City area and have been visited almost yearly for the past 15yrs, the area is beautiful, so much to do and it never gets old. Staying at Big Sky II made this vacation the most memorable we've ever spent in Bryson city. This mansion/cabin it's spacious yet cozy, everything on the listing was very accurate and all the amenities listed are in perfectly working order, the house was spotless and well maintained; definitely a plus on my book on the cleanliness.

My husband and me are very happy to have found this property and we will definitely book "Big Sky II" for our future vacations.

Thank you Charlie for trusting us with your amazing house and an A+++ for the great customer service.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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5

Spectaculary Retreat in the Sky

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 8 had a wonderful time at Big Sky II where the long range views of the Great Smoky Mountains were spectacular. The house was spacious and the owner, Charlie, was pleasant and made every attempt to make sure our stay was enjoyable. Big Sky II was well stocked with all the necessities to make our stay comfortable and relaxing. The hot tub provided breathtaking views of the sunset surrounded by cascading mountain peaks. Our family highly recomends Big Sky and plans to come back.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
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Map

Nantahala Outdoor Center
Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Atlanta 3 hours Knoxville 1.5 hrs
Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

Almond Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer
Aug 18 2016 - Oct 6 2016
3 night minimum stay
$300
 
 
Fall
Oct 7 2016 - Dec 18 2016
3 night minimum stay
$400
 
 
Christmas/New Year
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 2 2017
5 night minimum stay
$450
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$400
$2,450
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
cleaning fee $130
Property Damage Protection $79
Tax Rate 10.0%

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Amenities

Almond Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Master bath has shower and soaking tub, Main bathroom is on the main floor and between bedroom 2 and 3 on main floor. Upper loft has complete bathroom.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , 1 double , 2 twin/ single
  • ·Master bedroom: with master bath soaking tub, full shower and cedar walk in closet. Bedroom 2: Queen Bed, Bedroom 3: Queen Bed, Bedroom 4: Queen Bed and single Bedroom 5: Loft: a queen bed, and a triple bunk bed that folds out from a bottom couch to a double and the upper single .
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The property is on the border of the National Forest. Behind the house is an emergency fire trail, and is a great mountain biking trail, in that it is 99% downhill for about 5 miles. Cars are not allowed on trail, and the Trail ends up within 1/4 mile of Tsali State Bike and Horse Park. We have a canoe available which is great for the lake and less turbulent area of the rivers.

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