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Mountain View Paradise - Fisherman's Retreat

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Cabin, 4 Bedrooms + Sunroom, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)


This ten room SMOKE-FREE cabin includes four bedroom, two full bathrooms and is Lincoln Log style. The cabin is anything but rustic as the kitchen appliances are new, has internet access as well as free Wi-Fi. You can feel your blood pressure start to drop as you drive up the winding private landscaped driveway. Located on 17 acres and secluded on top a mountain, the cabin overlooks a valley and horse pastures. A stream runs thru the property and has a pond that comes complete with a fishing dock and gazebo. The house is near trout streams for the fly fishing enthusiast. If you don’t fish, relax in the magnificent sunroom and enjoy the panoramic mountain view, or enjoy sitting on the covered front porch in the rocking chairs and enjoy the mountain view while watching the hummingbirds, deer, turkey and other wildlife.

All of your guests will enjoy their privacy as the cabin has 2200 square feet of covered living area, ten rooms and comfortably sleeps eight. There is a bedroom on the ground floor which has a queen size bed. Upstairs, there are two master bedrooms with king size beds while the fourth has a trundle bed. It is perfect retreat to comfortably accomodate two families. There is a full bathroom on each floor. This cabin has Satellite TV in the living room, DVD in the sunroom and lots of special features including a ramp entry, custom wormy chestnut cabinetry, hardwood floors downstairs and carpeting upstairs, exposed beams, luxurious bath towels and linens, washer/dryer, a covered parking area and more. When the weather is cool, sit in the living room, enjoy the wood burning fireplace and toast marshmallows or sit in the sunroom and watch the colors of autumn unfold. There is a cabinet in the sunroom which is filled with board games, and there is a dollhouse which will delight the younger members of your group.

Escape the heat as this cabin is 4200 ft. above sea level and located in Banner Elk, which has the highest elevation of any city in the Southeast. In the fall, the temperature starts to drop but not to worry as there is baseboard heat and you can set the thermostat in each room to your liking. There are lots of activities nearby including rafting, canoeing, snow skiing, fishing, rock climbing, zip lining, mountain biking, gem mining, and hiking. Pick blueberries and blackberries in season or pick apples or pears from the fruit trees on this unique property. Four wheel drive, chains or all wheel drive is required in winter conditions. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity!

Distances from the cabin to the following local attractions…

Base/Beech Mountain 2.6 miles

Banner Elk Downtown 2.9 miles

Base/Sugar Mountain 3.5 miles

Newland 5 miles

Grandfather Mountain 14 miles

Boone 20 miles

Keywords: Log Cabin, Lodge, Retreat, Mountain Home

More Details

Mary Frances
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 27, 2018

About Mary Frances

My family began visiting the Banner Elk area when I was a child, and my parents looked for the perfect piece of propety for over ten years. They built this cabin is 1979 as a family retreat to escape the south Florida heat. It was my father's dream to have a Lincoln-log style cabin where he could fish. My parents found this property in which consists of 17 acres on top of a mountain, and knew it was what they had been waiting for. It became a center for all of us to gather for celebrations, family reunions and weekend retreats. After he retired, they needed to reduce their expenses, and I had heard about VRBO and suggested we try it. I now have come full circle as I have watched my children grow up enjoying the cabin and discover the area. Both of them caught their first fish in the pond. We have a catch and release policy; however; there is an exception for whenever anyone catches their first fish! Every time we go, I think, I need to come here more often and there is always something new to do and see. I hope you will enjoy it as well and make a memory with your family.

Mary Frances purchased this cabin in 2005

Why Mary Frances chose Banner Elk

Banner Elk has the highest elevation of any city in the southeastern United States which means it is cooler than most other places. The cabin is on top of a mountain, and we use the blankets on the bed year round. We have enjoyed all four seasons in Banner Elk and the chance to relax and enjoy the magnificent scenery from the front porch or the sunroom. You can be as active as you want at there is rafting, golf, hiking, zip-lining, mining for gold, canoeing, fishing and all sorts of cultural events just minutes from the cabin. Frankly, we often find ourselves content to stay on top of the mountain, sitting in the swings, reading, fishing in the private pond, or just taking a break from the routine of life..

What makes this cabin unique

The cabin sits on seventeen acres on top of a mountain, overlooking the pond and pastures. Many times I have looked out the window to see deer looking in at me. We also have turkeys, foxes that roam the property (you might draw a bear if you leave your trash outside so PLEASE don't). Children love to pick the apples and pears in late summer and fall. Beautifully landscaped, Mountain Laurel and Hostas bloom to add to the beauty of the setting. A stacked stone wall runs along the 1500 foot private drive that leads you to the cabin. Every time I drive up to the top, I am amazed at the beauty and with the serene setting.


Banner Elk Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , There is one full bathroom downstairs with a shower.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , There is one bathroom upstairs with a shower/tub combination
  • 2
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , There is one bedroom downstairs with a queen bed.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , There are two bedrooms upstairs with king beds.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , This is the second bedroom upstairs with a king size bed.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 murphy bed , This is the smallest bedroom upstairs and has a trundle bed.
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
The cabin is near two ski resorts, Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain which are main attractions in the winter. During the summer and fall, there are often festivals during the weekends. Grandfather Mountain is always a treat to visit as you can enjoy the views, visit the natural animal habitats, hike, or if you are feeling brave, venture to the top of the mountain to cross the swinging bridge. No visit would be complete without stopping at the Mast Store in Valle Crucis which is a General Store which dates back to Revolutionary times. The town of Banner Elk has two parks. One which is near the fire station and has a playground and walking trails. During the summer there are open air concerts where visitors bring picnic baskets and enjoy free concerts under the stars. The other park has a large pond (or a small lake depending on your viewpoint). White sand has been trucked in to create a white sandy beach and there is a nearby playground. Rafting trips are offered as well.


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Mountain View Paradise - Fisherman's Retreat
average rating of 4.9591837 based on 49 reviews

Very comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We had a great weekend in your house. Our favorite spaces were the front porch and sunroom. We cooked good meals, worked a puzzle, played a game, watched a movie, went shopping, and took a nap. A perfect mountain weekend!

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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nice cabin

  • 5 of 5

nice cabin, relaxing, quiet.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house and trip!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great trip to Banner Elk- we had planned to do some snow tubing, but the weather was too warm! We still had a great time- grandfather mountain, gem mining, a little fishing in the pond and watching our little guys run around that front yard (and the whole house!). House was as described, offered lots of room for two couples and two toddlers. Kitchen was well equipped with pans and baking sheets to cook with. We loved the front porch rockers and view from the front of the cabin. We would definitely rent this cabin again in the future or recommend it to anyone. Mary Frances was extremely easy to work with and text a few times checking in, which we appreciated.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great home & property, very helpful owner

  • 5 of 5

We had a great friends reunion at Mary's house near Banner Elk. The log cabin is very nice, and the sunroom is awesome! The house was great for our group; 2 big bedrooms and 2 smaller ones worked for our group. There is also a unfinished basement that doesn't show up in any pictures but is great for drying ski clothes and packing/unpacking the cars.

When the weather cleared up and we were able to spend time outside, it was great to be outside in the yard (we didn't make it to the pond).

Mary was a great host! Before approving the booking, she called to make sure we had AWD in case the weather was bad because they have a steep driveway. She went to great lengths to lend us a Pack n Play so we wouldn't have to travel with ours. She was very communicative - through email, call and text - which made it very easy to ask her questions.

The group was very happy with the house and we'll be back if we go ski near Banner Elk again.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! I hope y’all return.
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Great family cabin in beautiful setting and perfect location. Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Owner/host was very communicative and helpful. The cabin was gorgeous and as expected/described. The setting and views from the cabin are incredible and the location is perfect - VERY convenient to Banner Elk and to Beech and Sugar Mountains. Perfect cabin for a family. There is a ample space and the kitchen is very well stocked which we definitely appreciated. We stayed here for a week and had a great experience. Would return! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful and Magical Experience!!! Beautiful and Breathtaking!!!

  • 5 of 5

My family had such an amazing time in Banner Elk :) Beautiful Mountains and wonderful amenities, and such an Amazing Cabin :) So very much to do :) We made so many magical memories :)

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Tri-Cities Airport
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Banner elk
Nearest Ski
3 Miles
Beech Mountain
Car: necessary

There is a trout-stocked pond on the property.

Distances from the cabin to the following local attractions…

Base/Beech Mountain 2.6 miles

Banner Elk Downtown 2.9 miles

Base/Sugar Mountain 3.5 miles

Newland 5 miles

Grandfather Mountain 14 miles

Boone 20 miles


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $130
Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $500

The rate is $200 per night for a two night stay. During holiday weekends, there is a minimum of a three night stay. There is a minimum age requirement as you must be at least 25 years old to rent this property. The person signing the rental agreement must attach a copy of a valid driver's license to the contract.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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