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Retreat in the Sky...In the Words of a Guest...'This Place is Beyond Beautiful'

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Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Bryson City Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, With Beautiful Mountain Views

You can book your reservation on this site through Homeaway/vrbo "book it" or you can contact us directly by phoning or emailing.

A recent guest wrote in our guest book....'this place is beyond beautiful'....

Retreat in the Sky is an unforgettable place to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and all those special times.

Come to the Smoky Mountains and Retreat in the Sky for an unforgettable vacation! Whether you're sport enthusiasts wanting to be located in the hub of all the Smoky Mountain activities... or second honeymooners celebrating your wedding anniversary and hoping for that very special place... or vacationers/seniors looking for rest and relaxation at an incredibly beautiful vacation home....we offer it all.....

Sitting close to the top of Bear Cove Mountain, our guests enjoy our wonderful, very private, mountain home...and its great the very heart of the Smoky Mountain activities!!! Special features include a breathtaking view of the Smokies from most rooms including the screened porch and deck, a large deluxe hot tub on the screened porch (where you're safe from all the outside critters), a fire log burning fireplace, a beautiful cathedral ceiling in the Great Room, and an outdoor fire pit for those wonderful wood burning campfires.

In addition to the hot tub, the large screened porch has a teak wood table and chairs and comfortable furniture. The deck is great for relaxing with your loved one on the swing and enjoying the spectacular short and long range views, grilling out and dining on the umbrella table or rocking and enjoying the wonderful feeling that comes with being in the mountains.

Retreat is centrally located for ALL of the Smoky Mountain activities!! We offer a great location. Just minutes to Bryson City, the Gateway to the Smokies... the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad... Fontana Lake, a beautiful mountain lake where you can swim, fish, and rent a pontoon boat for half or the entire day... the Nantahala Outdoor Center for whitewater rafting, ziplining, horseback riding, biking, and fun restaurants... Cherokee, you can try your luck at Harrah's Casino... Deep Creek for tubing, hiking, and picnics...the Smoky Mountain Country Club which is a beautiful mountain course and open to the public....the Blue Ridge Parkway...where is there a more beautiful drive??? And maybe best of all... Ingles Supermarket is only five minutes away.

But...if you're looking for complete seclusion, getting totally away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life...and doing nothing more than relaxing, reading a good book and enjoying being alone together...You will love Retreat in the Sky...the view is majestic and the only neighbors are the birds and occasional wild turkeys that come to visit..


* We offer a beautiful vacation home

* Check-In after 3:00 pm and Check-Out by 10:00 am.

* Unlimited free Wifi

* Signed Rental Agreement required

* No smoking in house or screened porch (and no exceptions!)

* No pets (and no exceptions!)

* Be sure to bring your cell phone; there is no longer telephone service at the cottage...

* Hot Tub is available March 15th through October and is inside the screened porch...that means no bugs or critters or scary outside dark...

* Maximum guests: 2

* Returning guests deposit waived and offered a 15% discount on rate...

* Fire log burning fireplace (not wood) Firelogs not provided

* Not suitable for children... (and no exceptions)

* One "free" night with weekly rental...

* 3 night minimum...except July and October which are weekly only...

* Our road association does not permit motorcycles or trailers...

Please e-mail us with questions or telephone us to make your reservations. Be sure to visit our other vacation home on vrbo #7436... A Log Heaven. It might be available if Retreat in the Sky is not.

We are celebrating the 17th anniversary since we built and opened our vacation home to guests. At one time we were the only ones on vrbo for Bryson City and today vacationers have hundred to choose from. We have learned a lot (and are still learning) about what makes a great vacation and what we need to do to help our guests have one! Ty and I have talked with and met many wonderful new friends who have stayed with us from all over the USA, plus England, the Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, China, Norway, Canada and Finland. We thank you for looking at our web page and we hope you have an opportunity to vacation or visit with us at Retreat in the Sky.

Ty and Sandy Nelson

Keywords: Mountain retreat, mountain getaway, mountain chic, mountain cabin, mountain chalet, mountain cottage

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Sandy Nelson
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
September 7, 2016
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About Sandy Nelson

Ty and I have been sharing our vacation home, Retreat in the Sky, with guests for over sixteen years. It has been fun, sometimes very challenging...but most of all...a rewarding experience. Our goal is... and has always been provide a wonderful vacation experience for our guests..

Sandy Nelson purchased this cottage in 1998

Why Sandy Nelson chose Bryson City Area

We fell in love with Bryson City the first time we visited. It is quaint, friendly and surrounded by beautiful mountains. We found the perfect spot to build our second home. It's close to the top of Bear Cove Mountain in the Smokies. Our view is beautiful. Retreat in the Sky has a privacy that is hard to describe. Our first home is three hours away and seventeen years later, with our car packed with all our stuff, heading for Bryson City and our Retreat in the Sky, we're still excited.... after all these years, we still can't wait to get there.

What makes this cottage unique

Sitting on the swing on our deck...enjoying the beautiful the ultimate in relaxation. Retreat in the Sky can only be reached by driving up the private road and then you drive up some more on our paved driveway. We are not on the road so no one can see us or drive by us. So you see, we also have the ultimate in privacy. We not only have a beautiful deck filled with flowers and a wonderfully landscaped setting, but a large screened porch complete with hot tub and a great place to hang out. We're only five minutes from Ingles Supermarket, the quaint town of Bryson City and only ten minutes from just about everywhere else.

We took a survey from vrbo/homeaway a few years back that results showed that only 21% of property owners that rent their vacation homes use it themselves. We use ours every chance we get. Not only because we love being there but because we want to maintain the high standards we set for ourselves in maintaining our beautiful vacation home. .

Guestbook comments from the owner

Retreat in the Sky is a feast for the senses! The interior of the home is filled with artistically arranged collectibles and plants that provide a treat for the eyes in any direction. The flower-laden deck is wonderful alone but combined with the amazing view of the mountains takes your breathe away. The candles and comforts provide a romantic ambiance and the overall effect of a week here was very soul-soothing. All this and the amazing variety of hikes, views, activities and waterfalls (our favorite) made for a fabulous vacation---we loved it!
Jun 2013
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Retreat in the Sky...In the Words of a Guest...'This Place is Beyond Beautiful'
average rating of 5.0 based on 43 reviews

Absolutely FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

The pictures don't do it justice!! The views are incredible. This place feels like HOME, not a rental! We have been renting cabins in Tenn for over twenty years, way too crowded and commercial for us now. On a whim I checked Homeaway and I was BLOWN AWAY! Sandy is one of the nicest people I have yet to actually meet though I have talked to her many times. She goes out of her way to make sure your stay is PERFECT! From the wonderful fresh smell when you walk in to the fabulous bed in the loft (high thread count sheets, yes!!), the house plants and decor, everything was great! The area is a blast, casino close by and a ton of little towns to explore! Next time we come (YES there WILL be a next time) it will be a bit later so we can go whitewater rafting. If you are a couple looking for a private get away DO IT! You will not be disappointed! Thank you again Sandy for a fantastic stay, I only wish it was longer (okay, I never wanted to leave!!)

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, thank you, thank you Stacy and Bill for being such wonderful guests and taking such great care of Retreat! Thank you too for your very kind words telling future guests about your visit. We would love to have you come back to go white water rafting, tubing and ziplining. You just needed a little warmer weather. Loved all of our chats, I feel like we're already friends. Thank you too for the "Coffee on the Porch". I am enjoying it right now as I write this and it is delicious!
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Retreat in the Sky

  • 5 of 5

The cottage location was beautiful. We enjoyed amazing sunrises and sunsets and loved the hot tub. Everything that we needed was provided.

The location outside of Bryson City was excellent and made it possible to take many day trips.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutley Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

Retreat in the sky is absolutely amazing. Couldn't think of a better way to celebrate our 44th anniversary! We are in love with this place. We had dinner on the deck last night and took in the amazing view. We watched a rain storm a few mountain ridges away while at the same time enjoyed big white puffy clouds and blue skies directly in front of us and later a beautiful sunset! In the morning when we woke up we were above the clouds. Wondered for a minute if we had died and gone to heaven! The the decor inside is so warm, cozy and fun!! The hot tub is fabulous! We had a hard time even leaving to explore the area. We went to Deep Creek park and hiked to 3 beautiful waterfalls. Our last night there we went to Bryson City and ate dinner at Jimmy Max's. We had a yummy meal at very reasonable prices. After we ate we headed to the Natahala Brewing Company and sipped a couple brews while listening to a great little band. What a fun night.

Retreat in the Sky is everything you could ever dream of in a secluded, quiet, charming mountain cottage. We loved everything about this place! Next visit we will definitely stay longer.

Thanks Sandy and Ty for sharing your wonderful mountain cottage. It truly is a "Retreat in the Sky"!!!!

David & Bonnie Newman

Wake Forest, NC

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Retreat in the Sky - YES

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay. The cabin is "as advertised." It was clean, comfortable and had all the amenities we expected. The views from the front deck were spectacular. Cool mornings drinking coffee and watching the clouds dissipate, it felt like we were truly in the sky. The owners, Ty and Sandy, were very nice and easy to deal with. Sandy checked to make sure we had everything we needed and was available if questions arose. We have been to this area a few times and this was the best place we have stayed. We look forward to our return to "The Retreat in the Sky."

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your visit to Retreat in the Sky. We continue to think we are so lucky to have such wonderful guests as yourselves! Ty and I are just like you and find we enjoy the early morning with our cup of Coffee watching the clouds disappear and the view appear like magic. We would love for you to come back for another visit!
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Beatiful property, great views

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the Retreat in the Sky, the cabin is beautiful. We really enjoyed being able to sit out on the screened porch and enjoy the

nice mountain breezes in the evenings. Sandy is very nice and helpful. We would recommend anyone staying at the Retreat in the Sky.

The Spatz family

Dick, Patti and Shannon

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kinds words, Patti! You were wonderful guests and we hope you will come back for another visit.
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What a View

  • 5 of 5

First of all. the location of Retreat in the Sky could not be better. Convenient to downtown and major roadways. The windy road to acess the cabin is definately worth the drive when you see the stunning view of the mountains and all the flowers surronding the property. A beautiful home, completely decorated and ready with all the amenities. Sandy, the owner is a great communicator and makes sure you have everything you need to enjoy your stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Polly, we loved you and you were wonderful guests. Hope you will return for another visit!
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Asheville, NC
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Bryson City
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Smoky Mountain Country Club, Whittier, NC
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Smoky Mountain Railroad, Bryson City, NC
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Route 74
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Cataloochee, Maggie Valley, NC
Car: necessary

The most exciting new activity has to be ziplining....our guests just rave about how much fun it is...take a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway... it is unforgettable...pack a picnic lunch (picnic pack for two at Retreat for guests use) and mountain gaze, and you must go to Highlands and Cashiers (great shopping and restaurants) and visit all of the waterfalls in the area, the Biltmore Estate in Asheville is only one hour should plan to spend the entire day as there is so much to see, go for a hike at the Joyce Kilmer forest or Deep Creek, visit Dollywood and stop at all the outlets on the way, Win some $$ to take home at Harrahs Casino in Cherokee and enjoy a great dinner there as well. You will NEVER run out of things to do. Or, never leave, sit on the deck at Retreat in the Sky and enjoy the privacy, the wonderful view and each other!


Rates & Availability

Bryson City Cottage Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.75%

$50 cancellation fee when applicable

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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Bryson City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Bath towels, hand towels and wash cloths provided
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bath towels, hand towels and washcloths provided
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (2),
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
What makes Retreat in the Sky so special?? Maybe it's that the road in Bear Cove is mostly paved and you don't need a 4-wheel drive vehicle to reach it, or maybe it's that it's so convenient, only a few minutes to Ingles to pick up those limes you forgot, then maybe it's because of the privacy, it sits up high on the mountain all by itself, you would never have to see or listen to any other vacationers, but then maybe it's the view, whether you're inside or out, the view is everywhere and it's beautiful, could be the hot tub; most hot tubs are outside, yours would be inside the screened porch, you could use it rain or shine and not have bugs or critters...maybe it's the comfort, pillows everywhere, maybe that's it, maybe it's having a deck AND screened porch, sometimes you could even want privacy from each other, or even maybe the outside woodburning firepit for marshmallows and fun. We love it all and we think you will too!!

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