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Mary Frances

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

Mountain Top Paradise - Fisherman's Retreat

24 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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High Country & Blue Ridge Mountains Cabin Rental Photos and Description

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


This four bedroom, two bath, Lincoln Log style cabin is anything but rustic as the kitchen appliances are new, internet access as well as Wi-Fi is available. You can feel your blood pressure start to drop as you drive up the winding 1500 foot long 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 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.

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 canoeing, nearby ski slopes, 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, chains or all wheel drive 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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Mary Frances (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Mary Frances

My family began visiting the Banner Elk area when I was a child. My father built this cabin is 1979 as a family retreat and has never been previously rented. I now have come full circle as I am watching my children enjoy and discover the area. 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...

Mary Frances purchased this cabin in 2005

Why Mary Frances chose High Country & Blue Ridge Mountains

Our family wanted a break from the summer heat and built this cabin as a mountain retreat. We have enjoyed all four seasons in Banner Elk and the chance to relax and enjoy the magnificent scenery. You can be as sctive as you want be we often find ourselves content to stay on top of the mountain, sitting in the swings, reading, fishing, feeding apples to the horses and taking a break from our routine.

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. Children love to pick the apples and pears in late summer and fall, and feed them to the neighbor's horses which are in the pasture which surrounds the house. 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.


based on 24 traveler reviews

Mountain Top Paradise - Fisherman's Retreat
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 24 reviews

Wonderful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in this cabin was totally awesome. It is very roomy and is set up to provide space for everyone. The kitchen was well equipped, hot water was plentiful and the beds were very comfortable. The views were outstanding and we had the pleasure of staying during the last snowfall of this winter season! mary Frances, the owner, was a delight to work with and was very accommodating. We plan to return in the fall!!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Mountain Family Escape

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a secluded mountain retreat with fabulous views, unbelievable comfort, spacious upscale rustic environment, this is the place. This wonderful retreat log home provided our two grandchildren, 3 adults children and us old folks the perfect environment to escape the city life and experience the grandeur of the Smokie Mountain tops at 3800 feet in a luxurious real log cabin with so many amenties -- it was like staying in a 5 star bed and breakfast. While I enjoyed the serenity and glorious of the glass enclosed porch, our children and grandchildren and 2 dogs enjoyed the loud TV movies or played games in the large living room or dining areas. The bedrooms are huge with high ceilings and comfy beds. If you can believe it or not, it rained for the 2 continuous days we were there and this was the perfect place to retreat and enjoy many ours together as a family including eating great homemade meals prepared in advance and broungt from home -- baked chicken with noodles in mushroom sauce one night and beef stew the next. The key descriptors for this place are -- spectacular views, luxurious, rustic, spacious, spacious, homey, secluded, clean, quiet. We look forward to going back.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Magical Setting close to Banner Elk,etc

  • 5 of 5

Wow what an awesome setting. Loved the long paved steep drive thru the woods to the top to find a nice flat yard surrounded by beautiful pastures and views. The cabin is so very cozy,great stone fireplace,kitchen with everything you may need and the back glass porch was the best. Loved looking into the woods with all the windows open and the sounds of nature. A perfect space just to hang out or read a book or listen to music.

The king bedroom upstairs had a good mattress with nice comfortable linens.The cabin felt like you were coming home after a full day of hiking,rafting,shopping,wine tasting. Not fancy at all but all the creatures of comfort ! Can't wait to return soon!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charlotte, NC

Secluded and away from it all!

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for a summer get-away from the city. The owner was very easy to work with and returned our security deposit very quickly.

Be aware... as with many homes in the area, there is no A/C in this structure, which was almost a deal breaker for me... but there were lots of fans that could be placed in the windows and the nights were fairly cool. The days, when we stayed in the cabin, were a little warm in June. Also there is Direct TV in the cabin, but whether it was due to the tree canopy or the storms that passed through the area, it was difficult to watch TV when the screen kept freezing or "skipping". But these are my only negatives.

The cabin is very remote and so quiet at night. The beds are super comfy, and the living room furniture, while dated, was also comfortable. The house had everything we needed to cook dinner a couple of nights, while we stayed (although the grill is a portable model). The house has a nice stereo system as well as surround sound speakers (which I did not use). And, although the back sunroom was amazing...due to the warm temperature in the house, I spent a lot of time on the front porch on the swing.

It is a short drive to downtown Banner Elk and other high country attractions. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Muncie, Indiana USA


  • 5 of 5

Our family totally enjoyed staying in the cabin. Everything we needed was available. We especially enjoyed sitting on the porches in the mornings enjoying coffee and the back porch feels like you are sitting in a tree house. There was plenty of room for 8 people to relax and take in the beautiful mountain scenery. We enjoyed hiking, river rafting, horse back riding, 4th of July parade, and a trip to Blowing Rock which was enjoyable. Would definitely come back to this area again.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Raleigh, NC, US

So Relaxing! Beautiful Views!

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful, quiet place with lots of room to relax. The furniture and beds are all very comfortable, and the kitchen is especially nice; fully stocked with any cooking utensils, bowls and pans you might need. My family enjoyed themselves immensely. We spent a good deal of time hiking, kayaking, window-shopping and eating at some local places, and then came back to lay out on the grass and watch the fireflies and the stars after the sun went down. The overall feel of the place is homey and comfortable; the owner is thoughtful and accommodating, and the views are amazing. Definitely would go back.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Tri-Cities Airport
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

Banner Elk Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Minimum 3 nights
Jan 4 2016 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Pet Fee $100
Cleaning Fee $130

The rate is $200 per night for a two night stay; however, if you stay three nights or more, then the rate is $150 per night.
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. I do not use the VRBO on-line booking feature, and ask that you call or email me to reserve the dates requested. Also, I do accept credit cards but do not use the VRBO on-line automatic payment feature as the fees are much higher than the service I use. Please call me to process your credit card...thank you

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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High Country & Blue Ridge Mountains Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • 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 ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • 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
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
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