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Luxurious Smoky Mountain Chalet with a View of Mountain Vistas

Otto, NC, USA
  • Chalet2500 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps10
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

Chalet, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

Luxusious Smoky Mountain Chalet with a Killer View

Location: Franklin, NC (off Hwy. 441 south of Franklin)

Why stay in a vacation rental with hand-me-down furniture, dusty rooms, a lack of soft towels, and a shortage of dishes when you can stay in luxury at Hidden Gem. I stay in vacation rentals when I travel and I know there is a wide selection in what you find when you get to your destination. You will not be disappointed when you arrive at HIdden Gem. Everything is first class. I guarantee it.

Hidden Gem is located 5 miles from the GA/NC state line on HWY 441. It is 9 miles from Franklin. As you drive up the paved road to the top of the mountain, there is only one other house on the road. From the large wrap around deck you have a wonderful view of a mountain vista with layers of mountains.

Inside, the stone gas fireplace provides a warm center for the large vaulted living room. There is a wall of windows looking out over the mountains. There are 2 bedrooms with king beds, 1 bedroom with a queen bed, and 1 bedroom with twin beds. In addition there is a game room with a sleeper sofa. You can relax in front of one of the two TV’s, play a game of pool, or soak in the hot tub in a separate room which looks out on the forest. You can hook up with the free WiFi if you have to stay in touch but be warned - business will not be as important when you are relaxed in the mountains. You can even start out at our lower deck on a private nature trail that extends out into the National Forest.

Franklin is a quaint, friendly town that loves to have festivals, parades and parties. In 2015 and 2016 Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine voted it the Top Outdoor Town in the Blue Ridge area. It has a number of fine restaurants and shops. A recently completed Greenway follows the Little Tennessee River which runs through Franklin. You can hike or bike for several miles along the river. There are nature walks with guides to point out plants, birds and other things of interest. Franklin has a rich history with connections to the Cherokee Indians and to Scottish settlers. “Picking on the Square” during the summer and fall months invites everyone to come downtown with their folding chairs and listen to music and watch the folk dancing. The Fun Factory is a delight for both children and adults with all kinds of games and food.

If your taste is for more lively things there are a number of trails to hike (The famous Appalachian Trail is only a short distance from town). We have recently added a nature trail directly from Hidden Gem. There is also white water rafting, good fishing for mountain trout, viewing some of the impressive waterfalls nearby. Franklin is known as the “Gem Capital of the World” and there are several ruby mines where you can pan for rubies, garnets, sapphires and other precious and semi-precious gems. The Smokey Mountain Theatre is a new arts center which brings in well known entertainers from all over the United States. Asheville, with its magnificent Biltmore House is about an hour away. The Biltmore is George Vanderbilt's chateau that is the largest private house in the country. It has 250 rooms filled with priceless antiques and art. Harrah's recently renovated casino is less than an hour away in Cherokee. You won't be bored. In fact, you may just want to sit on the large Hidden Gem deck and gaze at the mountains to relax.

Come stay in our lovely chalet. Any time is good. In the spring you can enjoy the mountain laurel and other native flowers; in the summer relax in the cool mountain air; in the autumn be amazed at the color display Mother Nature puts on for you. And if you are a mind to, spend Christmas or New Years and have a good chance of having a white Christmas. Wildlife abounds. Other guests have reported seeing lots of deer, wild turkeys, fox and even an occasional black bear.

This is my only vacation rental property. I personally manage it and my family stays here when they come to the mountains. We maintain it in good condition. Our cleaning crew is top notch. We would love to share it with you. I will be happy to recommend the good restaurants, the best place to pan for gems and do anything else I can to make your visit memorable.


Owner, Jerry Porter

Member Since 2010
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 16, 2018
About Owner, Jerry Porter

I love to travel and I love to stay in vacation rentals. But in staying in mountain rentals I was not always Impressed . I determined if I ever owned one it would be different. I wanted it to be clean and something I could be proud of.I was born and raised in the Missouri Ozarks. I have always loved the mountains. When I first visited western North Carolina I knew I wanted to spend a lot of time here. When I got a chance to purchase Hidden Gem I jumped at it. We have upgraded with a pool table, furniture, linens, new mattresses, additional decks, a new spa room etc. It is a comfortable, relaxing place to spend a week or a month. You will enjoy the art and decoration my talented daughter has lavished on Hidden Gem. I love the deer trail that runs near the lower deck. (We have added a lower deck to get down to the private nature trail.) With 2 HG TV's, Wifi , and an amazing view of the mountain ranges, this is not your typical mountain cabin. Look at the pictures and read the reviews of our guests. You will enjoy Hidden Gem.

Owner, Jerry Porter purchased this Chalet in 2002


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Bedroom 2
        1 king
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 4
        2 twin/ single
      • other
        1 sleep sofa /futon
      • Beds
        King Bed (2) upstairs and terrace Queen Bed on main level 2 Twin Beds on main level Sofa Bed on terrace level


      • 3 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, combination tub/shower

        Location Type

          • Mountain
          • Mountain View


              • Away From It All
              • Family


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Linens Provided
                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Basic Soaps
                      • Ceiling Fans
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Fireplace
                      • Gas Fireplace
                      • Heating
                      • Internet
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Laundry Soap
                      • Alarm Clock
                      • Living Room
                        Gas fireplace, flat screen TV with satellite signals
                      • Local Maps
                      • Local Restaurant Guide
                      • Paper Towels
                      • Parking
                      • Parking Off Street
                      • Telephone
                      • Toilet Paper
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Free Wifi


                          • Kitchen
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Grill
                          • Ice Maker
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                            Smooth top electric
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 8 people


                                  • CD Player
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Game Room
                                  • Games
                                  • Pool Table
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    46 inch flat screen LCD with HD, plus 32 inch TV with DVD
                                  • Television
                                    2 flat screen TV's
                                  • VCR


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                      • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                      • Wood Deck

                                        Pool / Spa

                                          • Hot Tub
                                          • Indoor Hot Tub

                                            Onsite Services

                                              • Housekeeper


                                                  • library
                                                  • autumn foliage
                                                  • cinemas
                                                  • coin laundry
                                                  • festivals
                                                  • forests
                                                  • health/beauty spa
                                                  • churches
                                                  • live theater
                                                  • museums
                                                  • recreation center
                                                  • restaurants
                                                  • theme parks
                                                  • waterfalls

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • antiquing
                                                      • bird watching
                                                      • gambling casinos
                                                      • horseback riding
                                                      • scenic drives
                                                      • shopping
                                                      • sight seeing
                                                      • walking
                                                      • wildlife viewing

                                                        Local Services & Businesses

                                                          • ATM/bank
                                                          • fitness center
                                                          • groceries
                                                          • hospital
                                                          • massage therapist
                                                          • medical services

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • mountain biking
                                                              • cycling
                                                              • fly fishing
                                                              • freshwater fishing
                                                              • golf
                                                              • hiking
                                                              • hunting
                                                              • kayaking
                                                              • fishing
                                                              • mountain climbing
                                                              • mountaineering
                                                              • rafting
                                                              • rock climbing
                                                              • swimming
                                                              • tennis
                                                              • water tubing
                                                              • whitewater rafting


                                                                  • The kitchen has everything you need. You can cook a fine meal on the smooth-top cook stove. Dishes, utensils and cookware are all included as are linens for the beds and baths. Gas fireplace. Special News - we have just finished a complete upgrade of paint, furniture, renovated bathrooms, curtains, bedding, etc. Appalachian Trail and other Hiking trails and Greenway, Fishing in mountain streams, biking trails, panning for gems, local museums, shopping, antiquing, fine dining, local festivals, and local musical events.

                                                                    House Rules

                                                                    Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                    Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                    Cancellation Policy

                                                                    100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                    39 Reviews


                                                                    Latest reviews

                                                                    This was the perfect getaway!

                                                                    Jacob D.

                                                                    We loved our stay at Hidden Gem! The owners responded very quickly and came through for us when our other cabin rental fell through the day before our wedding! It was comfortable, easy to find, adequately equipped, and the view is AMAZING.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Jacob, It was our pleasure to have you stay at Hidden Gem. I am glad we were able to work with you when your booking fell through. Not what one wants to happen when they get married. You were a great guest and are welcome back any time. Best wishes to you and your wife in your life together.

                                                                    Jerry Porter

                                                                    Truly a hidden gem!

                                                                    Amanda B.

                                                                    We had such a wonderful time during our visit! The house was super clean, great layout with plenty of space to lounge, entertain and relax. We had 4 adults and 3 small children and will most definitely be back for another visit!

                                                                    Totally enjoyable

                                                                    Carol J. R.

                                                                    Appointed very well...super location...close enough to 441 but view from the house was quiet and mountain views.

                                                                    Excellent getaway!!!

                                                                    Roger T.

                                                                    The family had a great time. Hidden Gem is wonderful.

                                                                    Absolutely beautiful!

                                                                    Kerri K.

                                                                    We felt like were at home the moment we walked through the doors. Breathtaking views and a beautiful home. The home had everything you could possibly need! Very clean and really close to some awesome places. We hope to return soon!

                                                                    Spectacular view and home!!

                                                                    Linda D.

                                                                    This home exceeded our expectations!! Spacious home with so many extras. The hot tub, pool table and decks with immense views were wonderful as was the homes decor. The owners have anticipated every need. Everything we needed was at hand. They are also great to work with - so warm and friendly!! We highly recommend this property. We can't imagine a home with a more spectacular view!!


                                                                    Otto, NC, USA

                                                                    Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Wildlife Viewing, Health/Beauty Spa

                                                                    Rates & Availability

                                                                    Additional information about rental rates

                                                                    Cleaning Fee
                                                                    Additional Guest Fee
                                                                    Tax Rate

                                                                    If you cancel more than 60 days before your visit, deposit returned in full $100 cleaning deposit charged on all bookings.. Weekly rentals only January, February, June, July and October. We prefer Saturday to Saturday bookings but can be flexible. Maximum of 10 people. $100 charge per person over 8 people.

                                                                    39 Reviews
                                                                    Wonderful 4.9/5
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                                                                    For booking assistance, call 888-640-7927

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