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Mountain Retreat in the Middle of the Alarka Range- WiFi included

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

Spend the mornings sipping your coffee on one of the porch swings while watching the hummingbirds dance their fanciful dance. A small, spring-fed creek provides a restful babble as it flows beside the master bedroom and the porch. During the day, there are streams to fish and swim in, trails to hike and water falls to discover. At night, the stars are right there ready to be plucked from the sky, and the slot machines at the casino are ready to be played. No matter what the time of day, or what the weather, there is always something to do. Even if it is just sitting back on the porch again, watching the view change.

Maximum of 2, well behaved, dogs welcome. Pet fee of $100 will be refunded within 7 days when no damage is reported.

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More Details

Dean and Diane Shepherd
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 14, 2017

About Dean and Diane Shepherd

We are healthcare professionals who have spent our careers taking care of sick infants and children, in Florida. We have 3 children, and 6 grandchildren who have all shared the mountains with us. We are now empty-nesters, rounding into retirement, and trying to figure out what the next phase of our lives will be.

Why Dean and Diane Shepherd chose Bryson City Area

We started coming to the area 15 years ago, when the kids were small. We love playing on the raging rivers, most of all. Dean even became a rafting guide for NOC, 5 years ago. We live in Florida, but plan on spending our summers in the mountains as soon as we can. While we love Florida, nothing can beat a summer in the mountains.

What makes this cottage unique

For outdoor enthusiasts, this location cannot be beat. Whitewater, hiking, mountain biking, boating, waterfall seeking, ziplining, horseback riding are all nearby, in many forms. After days of adventure, or shopping for antiques, this house offers the best place for a quiet evening, watching the sunset with friends and family.


Bryson City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Washer and Dryer also located in this bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Queen bed (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Close to Nantahala, Tuckaseegee Rivers and Deep Creek for whitewater rafting and tubing. Cherokee Indian Reservation, Great Smokey Mountain Nat Park, Tsali bike trail, Fontana Lake and Dam, many waterfalls and hiking, zipline courses, horseback riding and gem mining nearby. Fishing on Fontana and many rivers and streams.


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Mountain Retreat in the Middle of the Alarka Range- WiFi included
average rating of 4.731707 based on 41 reviews

Nice, peaceful stay. Great porch with scenic view!

  • 4 of 5

Nice, peaceful stay. We stayed 2 nights this April during or my daughters spring break. Great porch with scenic view! Clean and cozy home. Excellent kitchen with a vast collection of silverware, crockery and utensils for cooking. Clean sheets and towels. The games and books were added bonus. One of the bedrooms needs the paint done as there are patches on the wall. We didn't use the fans but they were not clean. Those were just minor things in an otherwise excellent stay.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying! There was a bit of communication lapse between me and my caretaker, so she didn't have quite enough time to finish all the details. The paint in the bedroom is from a new circuit that was run to the microwave. Just haven't had a chance to touch that up.
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Warner Robins, GA 31088

Very relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay and the view from the porch was just awesome. The caretakers were very helpful. The owners were very friendly and took care of any issues we had. We will be going back there again.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely stunning!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here while running from hurricane Irma and it was the most delightful discovery we'be made thus far!! Perfectly tucked away in the mountains and quiet as ever. But still close enough to Cherokee, Sylva, and Dilsborro. Will definitely be returning! The owners are so thoughtful and amazing! Can't wait to come back when we aren't in a panic! Lol thank you Dean and thank you Patty!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice Getaway

  • 4 of 5

The porch was awesome. The view was excellent and the hummingbirds were visiting from sun up to sun down. The owner was very nice and the caretaker made sure we had everything we needed.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and amazing

  • 5 of 5

This was a small family trip to enjoy the mountains and go into cherokee and maggie valley but when we got to this cozy home we barely left it felt just like home we will hopefully be staying there again next time. We highly recommend it

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful sunsets, peaceful,serene, great place!

  • 4 of 5

The house is stocked with everything you need. The bed in master bedroom is great! The view is awesome from the porch! I saw the most beautiful sunsets and they looked different every day!The cell reception is not good but the internet works great and you can use the internet calling from your phone.

Dean the owner is very nice and easy to work with. I would recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Asheville, North Carolina
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Smokey Mountain Railroad
Car: necessary

There is always something to do! Tsali mountain biking; raft and kayak the Nantahala; tube Deep Creek; ride the Smokey Mountain Railroad in Bryson City; hike in the Smokey Mountain National Park; win big at the Casino in Cheroke; water sports on Lake Fontana; antique in Franklin, Bryson City, Dillsboro; Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway and have lunch at the Pisquah Inn; Visit the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, Gatlinburg, Pidgeon Forge, and Dollywood in TN; bike ride in Cades Cove looking for deer, turkey and bear; fly fish/fish the many streams in the area, especially in the Smokey Mountain National Park; and when you are tired and can go no more, there are all types of restaurants in nearby Bryson City.

Other Activities: Tubing, rafting, kayaking, casino, festivals, mineral/gem hunting, train tours, plays.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75 + Tax
Pet Fee $100
Tax Rate 10.75%

A $75 cleaning fee is added to rental fee. Rental contract required before reservations are accepted. CANCELLATIONS: There is no penalty for canceling your reservation at least 14 days before
the check-in date, all monies will be refunded. Notice of intent to cancel must be in writing.
Cancellations occuring 14 days or less before check-in date will be charged the minumum stay,
Rental agreement will be attached to all bookings. Booking this property implies occupants will abide by all house rules, and be responsible for any and all damages to property.
Pet fee is refundable after no damage reported. Refund will be processed within 7 days.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.