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Private Vacation House in the Woods

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6-6)

Check out our winter/spring rates. November offers mild days and cold nights! Homeaway and VRBO rate this rental with five stars. We feel we provide the best value within the Highlands area. Take a look at our reviews. The house is 1200square ft. It has a spacious kitchen, living area, two bedrooms. King size bed in master, twin beds in second bedroom, and a pull out couch. The house has central air and heating, ceiling fans in the bedrooms, ice making refrigerator, dishwasher, disposal, and washer and dryer. The kitchen is amply supplied with utensils. Coffee and tea is provided. Heated bath area. Direct TV. WiFi available. Charcoal Grill. The house has a wood burning fireplace and firewood is provided. There is a camping area with fire pit next to the house. Gate to the National Forest is a 200 yds down the road. It leads to the base of Scaly Mountain and acess to the Bartam Trail. The house is at the end of the road with very little traffic. Numerous hiking trails in the area. Abundant wildlife in the area. DIRECTIONs: From Dillard take Ga.246 towards Highland. Ga. 246 will change to N.C. 106, in 2.8 miles turn left onto Buck Knob Road. Stay straight staying on the pavement. In 1.8 miles you will turn left at Bob Long Mountain Road.Proceed to the top of the mountain and at the fence-line turn right. Second drive on the right is 535 Bob Long Mountain.Parking either in front or on the side. From Higlands it is about 7 miles, turn right on Buck Knob off N.C.106 and use previous directions. JUST BRING YOUR FOOD, CONDIMENTS, AND BEVERAGES. Everthing else is provided. Taxes are included in the price.

Keywords: Five Star rating!

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Joe Bartenfeld
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Joe Bartenfeld

Sam and I live in Atlanta and have the house next door to the rental. We both were employed by Delta Airlines. Me as a Captain and she is still working as a Flight Attendant. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama and I graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. We have one daughter and one granddaughter who live in Gainesville, Ga. Sam and I both love meeting and socializing with our guest.

Joe Bartenfeld purchased this house in 2009

Why Joe Bartenfeld chose Scaly Mountain

NEW WINTER AND SPRING PRICING! We love the serenity and beauty of this location. We take great pride in its cleaniness. WE DO NOT ACCEPT ANY PETS! I t is tastfully decorated.

We back up to the National Forest and enjoy hiking down the trail which connects to the Bartram trail at the base of Scaly Mountain. It is a wonderful place to sit back and relax.

What makes this house unique

We are at the end of the road, it is quiet. It has a camping area for children. It has an outdoor fire-pit. Swing set for Children. The cabin is totally supplied and we are centrally located to Clayton, Ga. and Franklin N.C. and Highlands is just 9 miles away. We DO NOT ACCEPT PETS! We will take infants but prefer children over four years of age.

The spring brings the flowering shrubs and plants. The fall bring the beautiful foliage change and the mountains are painted in breathtaking aray of colors. The winters open the canopy for wonderful distant views.


Scaly Mountain House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Tub with Shower. Two sinks.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
There is a year round tubing slope at Scaly Mountain. Highlands Zip Line is approximately four miles from the house. For the Romantics this is completely private. Long walks in the forest. People comment about how relaxing and sleepy the area provides.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 82 reviews

best rental we've ever stayed at! we will be back!

  • 5 of 5

oh my goodness. what a great rental! we've rented a lot thru vrbo and this one far surpasses any we've ever stayed at. the owner met us at the door (even though we arrived super late) and welcomed us with a warm smile and handshake. he generously offered us Friday night free since no one was renting (we weren't planning to come until Saturday). he was a wealth of knowledge about the area and made sure we knew where everything was in the cabin. the decor was adorable - lots of really neat antiques. everything was so clean and fresh. the fireplace was just what we needed for the colder weather and the wood was provided by the owner! the kitchen was more stocked than my kitchen at home. coffee was included and even a bottle of red and white wine. the area was beautiful and we really enjoyed highlands a lot. because it was in the 20s most of our stay, we did not hike. but had the weather been warmer, we totally would've. we have already passed on the info for this cabin to several of our highlands-loving friends. and we plan to be back. soon.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Andrea, You are way to kind in your assessment. Thanks for renting from us and we look forward to your return. Joe B.
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My partner and I enjoyed our stay at this comfortable and quiet cabin in the forest.

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was well appointed, quite comfortable, and was close to many good hikes in the Nantahala Nat'l Forest. We highly recommend staying here!

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful retreat

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time to stay at this home in Scaly. Was just as outstanding as our first. The owner accommodated all of our needs. We had an issue with the water that he quickly fixed.

We have been coming to the Highlands/Scaly Mountain area for years, and I can’t' think of a better home to rent.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great family getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at this delightful cabin between Christmas and New Years. It had everything we needed. Clean and comfortable; the beds were great. There was plenty of firewood for us so we could sit by the fire and read as well as many great local hikes. Couldn’t have been better!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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As good as it gets

  • 5 of 5

Owners were so welcoming and got us ensconced with a minimum of fuss. They had everything we could possibly need from kitchen to bathroom to laundry. The cottage was comfortable, too. I really felt like I was maybe at the Biltmore estate in a deluxe cottage there. It is decorated with lots of antique tables and stuffed armchairs, all kinds of lamps and pretty pictures, a wonderful eclectic mix plus some great cabbage rose type curtains and wooden blinds. But we didn’t feel like we might break something. Relaxing and fun. The kitchen window looks out over the mountains and the cottage is surrounded by rhododendrons and their land adjoins national forest. It was COLD so we built a good fire the first night. Again, all was ready, the wood was already laid in the fireplace. We walked around in the snow and enjoyed being pretty private on that mountaintop. It was nice to know ,though, that the owners were close by in case we needed something. (We didn’t).

Checking out was as easy and simple as checking in. The only hard part was leaving.

Our experience was as close to coming up to a friend’s or sister’s cabin as you can get. Thank you Joe and Sam for your warm hospitality!

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This was a dream stay for our family. From the moment we booked, Joe was was available to answer all questions. After arriving ,you will find just about everything for your stay. We stopped at the Dollar General which was just a few minutes drive down the road and picked up some food , paper plates and rented some movies at the redbox. The location is perfect, you will find some great cafe's , waterfalls and shopping opportunities all within a short drive. Joe was such a wonderful host, and we greatly appreciated his insight into the area and recommendations on places to visit. Great care was taken in providing us with a wonderful stay and that meant so much. Our only complaint was that we had to leave. My kids are already begging to return for another stay.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Ashville, North Carolina
Nearest Barpub
9 Miles
Ugly Dog Highlands,nc
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Sky Valley, Ga.
Nearest Motorway
9 Miles
US 441
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Annie' at the tubing slope.
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Sapphire Valley
Nearest Point of Interest
Tubing Slope
Car: necessary

We are centrally located between Dillard, Ga and Highlands, NC. In the winter there is a tubing slope and ice skating nearby. National forest is behind the house. Lots of hiking trails in the area. Great Resturants at Highlands, Franklin, Dillard and Clayton.




Additional information about rental rates

Maid Fee 2 guest $100

Weekend Rates Are $115/night. Weekday rates are $95/night
Oct 26 thru April 30. Weekends $90, Weekdays $80 minimum stay 2 days.
Prefer to NOT use credit cards because I do not need to expose to to theifery on the Internet. A check or cash after you are satisfied with the accommodations.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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