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Love Llamas, Country Living? Indulge Yourself at Tender Mercy Retreat

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,430 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

We live on this property in a separate house and have a small 7 acre farm. We raise llamas, and fruit and vegetables. We also have 2 horses, 8 laying hens, 2 dogs, 4 cats, ducks and fish in the pond. This is a lovely rural community that is close enough to town to give you the best of both worlds.

The 'cottage' is a 1400 sq. ft. home built on a small hill with garage underneath it. Access to the home can be up the front stairs, up the inside stairway, or drive to the back door and enter up 2 steps.

Tony and Linda Sexton
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, llama
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 24, 2017

About Tony and Linda Sexton

We love the mountains of Western North Carolina and the lifestyle of living on a small farm, yet being close to the town of Waynesville and the city of Asheville. We feel that we have a responsibility to care for all of our animals and the land in a respectful manner. We make everyone welcome who visits here. We want them to love it as we do. Our mailing address is Sexton 383 Heath Retreat Rd., Waynesville, NC 28786

Tony and Linda Sexton purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Tony and Linda Sexton chose Maggie Valley/Waynesville Area

It just happened, as we wanted this property to live on, and the second house was a bonus.

What makes this cottage unique

We are close to many recreation areas. Motorcycle riders enjoy the location being close to some of their favorite mountain roads. Fisherman enjoy casting in our pond, and taking a short ride to fish the Pigeon River for trout fishing. Birders can enjoy looking for the many different species of birds that migrate through our area. Folks who want peace and time to relax can lay in the hammock and read or sleep. Commune with the many animals here, horses, llamas, a donkey, chickens, dogs & cats. Deer and turkey often come down from the woods. Hoot owls can be heard every night. Hikers can walk the property, or head out to the Appalachian Trail near by. Almost anything you might want to do, you can find here, or very close by.


Waynesville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1430 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • If you require bath aids such a shower chair, we have one we can put in the shower for you. Both baths have grab bars. Master bath has shower only, main bath has tub/shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • King size beds (1) In Master Bedroom., Twin or Single Beds (2) In second bedroom., Child Beds (1) Cot available, Portable Crib, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) 12 foot sofa in living room great for sleeping.
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Good cell phone reception(Verizon), great drinking water from our well (filtered), screened in porch in front, second porch at back door, stairway electric chair on inside stairwell for mobility challenged.


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Love Llamas, Country Living? Indulge Yourself at Tender Mercy Retreat
average rating of 4.888889 based on 27 reviews
Shorter Alabama

Very clean

  • 5 of 5

As always, Linda and Tony did a great job with our rental. The apartment was clean, as always, and the hosts were very gracious and accommodating.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kindness. We enjoy sharing this beautiful part of our country and we are always glad when guests have a good time.
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A relaxing retreat in a beautiful setting.

  • 4 of 5

The cottage has everything you could want in a vacation rental. We especially liked the fact that it was off the beaten path and we could relax after a busy day. The horses came over to visit us, we fed the llamas, and we entertained one of the dogs. The owners, Tony and Linda, were friendly and available if we needed anything, but most of the time we found what we wanted. We will come back again if the opportunity presents itself.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always happy to share our our farm with folks who desire a time in the country. Glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Shorter Alabama

Very comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Very clean and comfortable, much more private than you would think. Beautiful farm setting, with pond, barn, and animals. Owners friendly and helpful. Would highly recommend for couple or small family. My wife and I and our son and daughter-in-law were very comfortable.

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. We strive to do all that we can to make your stay pleasant and to give you privacy during your time here. We hope you return when you are in the area. Thank you.
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beautiful property...lovely folks

  • 5 of 5

beautiful lake, stocked well. very well kept property. Nice people to talk to.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Tender Mercy Retreat was a home away from home, with its cozy setting, comfortable beds, fully equipped kitchen which even included several staple supplies for home cooked meals.

The retreat location is just a short hop to down town cafés and shopping. Asheville, Cherokee, and many more attractions are just a little further down the road and what a beautiful drive it is.

Everything was perfect, from the llamas and horses, to the ducks by the pond and eggs from the chickens, down to the little friendly dog Poppy that was just happy for us to be there as we were. The hosts were great and available when needed, even supplying us with a little snow on the day we left.

Can't beat the value and would absolutely recommend!

The Lee's

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I have rented several homes from Vacation Rental by Owner; the Sexton's home is by far the best. Upon our arrival we were met by Linda the owner. She was most helpful getting us settled. You could not ask for a nicer reception.

The view around the home is breathe taking. We could have spent our whole vacation there at the house. The home is located within a short drive to lots of attractions. It was so nice to come back after a long day of sightseeing and relax in such beauty.

I would recommend the Sexton's home to everyone. We had the most peaceful, restful vacation thanks to the Sextons.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We are always happy when folks enjoy our farm and cottage as much as we hope they will. We think it is a very special place and are happy everyday living here. Hope to see you again!
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10 Miles
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Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Juke Box Junction, El Pobre
Car: necessary

Please park on right of driveway to allow owner to back out of carport. Enjoy fishing on site, animal husbandry on site, gathering eggs from hen house and hiking adjoining 30 acres. Nearby favorite motorcycle riding roads. Short drive to access to Pigeon River for water play, & fishing with liscense. 30 minutes to Asheville with the Biltmore House, Riding Stables, French Broad River activities, and River District Art Lofts. Many shopping opportunities at Waynesville, and Asheville including many antique dealers.


Rates & Availability

Waynesville Cottage Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $60
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 12.0%

11.5% taxes are due unless stay is > 90 days.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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