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Margaret D'Onofrio

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

Views, views, views from this luxury timber frame just outside Franklin

25 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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North Carolina Mountains House Rental Photos and Description

4 Bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, sleeps 10, 4 decks, outstanding views from every room

This upscale, custom built, luxury home sits on 5 very private acres at approximately 3,000 feet. New high end furnishings indoor and out, designer linens, wheelchair accessible with two bedrooms and en suite bathrooms on the first floor; two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms on the second floor. Amazing views from every room and each of the 4 decks. 2 outdoor eating decks for breakfast on east-facing deck and cocktails and dinner on west facing deck. Hot tub on lower north deck and sleeping swing on upper north deck to enjoy incredible long range mountain views. Barbecue grill on east deck. Very well equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances, new Italian tableware, pots etc. All bedrooms have en suite bathrooms and TVs. Laundry room with new high efficiency steam washer and steam dryer. Reading nook, Internet, terrific cell reception and large screen Sony TVs. Please note that Buttercup Haven is ideal for adult parties and not ideal for young children or groups of children. Please specify the age of any minors in your party when making inquiries.

  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Margaret D'Onofrio (Property Manager)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

Why Margaret D'Onofrio chose North Carolina Mountains

I fell in love with this property because of its unique location, the beauty and tranquility of the outdoors and the magnificent views from every room. The post and beam home has been built with amazing care and attention to detail. Since I purchased it in late 2012, it has new furnishings throughout and updated landscaping and new seating in all outdoor areas. Come see for yourself why Buttercup Haven is a special place.

What makes this house unique

Newly equipped with high end furnishings, including designer linens and mattresses from Italy. Incredible views, privacy on almost 5 acres, Wheelchair accessible. Private and very quiet, yet minutes to downtown Franklin. Sleeps 10 comfortably. Porte cochiere to drive up to the front entrance. Local and long distance (U.S.) unlimited calls. Snug TV room with board games and separate bathroom, with direct access to outdoors. Reading nook. Incredible views from every room and four decks. Please note that Buttercup Haven is not suitable for families with young children.


based on 25 traveler reviews

Views, views, views from this luxury timber frame just outside Franklin
average rating of 4.96 based on 25 reviews

Wonderful Week at Buttercup Haven

  • 5 of 5

Just wanted to say what a wonderful time we had at Buttercup Haven! It was a lovely place with such exquisite decor. I love to cook and as stated it had everything a cook could want. Amazing views from any of the many porches provided. The house was very clean and the owner does a great job of responding to emails and providing all the necessary information you would need. We were travelling with a 97 year old and it had perfect accommodations for her. Thank you again for providing a wonderful place that made a memorable vacation for all of us especially for our daughter who got engaged on one of the scenic porches with the sunset. We hope to return again to experience another season.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Catherine and congratulations on your daughter's engagement (and wonderful photo you shared privately). I am touched by your story. Buttercup Haven creates such wonderful memories for many families, including my own. I'm delighted to hear that it created one for yours too. I look forward to having you back.
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  • 5 of 5

We have been renting cabins, houses in the NC/GA mountains for many years - this home was the nicest we have ever rented. The views are as advertised and the furnishings just wonderful. We will have a difficult time finding a fall mountain home that could be better than Buttercup Haven. Also, there has never been a kitchen as well equipped.

Thanks for sharing your home!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lee - thanks you so much for taking the time to provide such wonderful feedback. It's much appreciated. I hope you will consider a return visit to Buttercup Haven to enjoy the NWC mountains during a different season. Margaret
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Beautiful home with million dollar view

  • 5 of 5

The home was absolutely beautiful , comfortable and is perfectly appointed. Everything is top quality from kitchen to the bath suites...We did not want to leave! Overall it is worth a 5 star rating. All the architectural details shows the owner has really put a lot of love and thought into the home ! Thank you for sharing your home!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the time to submit a review Bob. I always like to hear that my guests do not want to leave - there is no better compliment! Of course, I'd love to have you back. Margaret
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  • 5 of 5

pictures can't due this amazing property know that you're in for a treat the moment you pull into Buttercup Haven,from the beautiful landscaping to the welcoming entryway with a gentle waterfall. The craftsmanship of the home is top of the line. Margaret has thought of every detail to insure a comfortable experience for all. The title for this home on VRBO says it all "views,views,views". It takes your breath away as soon as you enter. Our family traveled to the Biltmore in Asheville,Cherokee Indian village, Dry Falls waterfall,went to the wildlife museum on Highlands, and spent some time in downtown Franklin shopping. We Spent the rest of the time relaxing on the many decks the home has to offer, each one with its own beautiful view. I must say it was hard to leave this setting, but we hope to return some day. A special thanks to Teresa, the house manager, for her kindness in replacing the coffee pot.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Robyn - so good to hear that you and your family enjoyed your stay in the area as well as at Buttercup Haven. My home is a great place to just hang out, relax and enjoy time with family and friends and something I personally do at every available opportunity. I am very fortunate to have a wonderful team who are ready to step in when needed, so many thanks for your feedback on Teresa. She goes above and beyond to ensure our guests are comfortable and have everything they need. Hope to see you back! Warm wishes Margaret
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Absolutely loved it!!!

  • 5 of 5

Hi Margaret -

Just wanted to say how much we enjoyed staying at Buttercup Haven. We all

agreed that it was one of our favorite places ever! The wonderful house,

combined with the splendid surroundings and views surpassed all our hopes

and expectations. It was the perfect setting for us to gather as a family

and just relax and be together; with literally nothing to worry about. The

house is so beautifully furnished with everything and anything one could

need and you have not missed a detail anywhere. Now that we have found

Buttercup Haven, we really hope to return there again sometime and we will

be in touch with you when that possibility arises again for us! The only

negative was having to leave there, but we did so, full of lush and

beautiful memories of that spectacular place!

Thank you!

Margi Wasson and the whole Peterson Family

  • Submitted: May 17, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Margi Many thanks for sharing your feedback on Homeaway. I am delighted to hear that your family enjoyed your stay at Buttercup Haven. I hope you'll think about a return visit. I'd love to have you back. Margaret
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  • 5 of 5

Great location here-very close to town. The drive up the the ridge was all paved, and my 6 cylinder made it up fine. We were delighted in the cabin's architectural and interior design. The cabin was very clean and had everything we could possibly need. Margaret made sure that we were well taken care of. We enjoyed hiking, Willie's BBQ restaurant, and antique shopping during our visit. The most fun we had though was hanging around the cabin and taking in all the breathtaking views! I can't wait to stay here again. Thank you for a lovely getaway, Buttercup Haven!

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and so glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. I appreciate the recommendations for other renters too. Would love to have you back. Margaret.
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Rates & Availability

Franklin House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring/Summer 2016
May 1 2016 - Sep 17 2016
4 night minimum stay
Fall 2016
Sep 18 2016 - Nov 19 2016
4 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2016
Nov 20 2016 - Nov 27 2016
7 night minimum stay
Winter 2016/2017
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 17 2016
4 night minimum stay
Holiday Season 2016/2017
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Winter 2017
Jan 3 2017 - Apr 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $225 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.75%

Buttercup Haven is available for a minimum of 4 nights throughout the year and a minimum of 7 nights during the holidays (July 4th, Thanksgiving and Christmas).

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North Carolina Mountains House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Second Floor Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Dual Vanity with white porcelain sinks; heated floors.
    Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , Dual vanity with copper sinks, heated floors.
    Second Floor Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Vanity with single sink; heated floors.
    Bathroom 5 - Lower Level - toilet , shower , White porcelain vanity.
    Powder Room - toilet , Large carved granite sink with tree base.
    First Floor Second Bathroom - toilet , shower , Ensuite bathroom for second bedroom; heated floors
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , En suite bathroom and private deck
    First Floor Second Bedroom - 1 queen , En suite bathroom
    Second Floor Bedroom 1 - 2 queen , En suite bathroom, walk in closet & large screen TV
    Second Floor Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , En suite bathroom with walk in shower
  • All bedrooms include designer linens and mattresses imported from Italy. Bathroom towels are supplied, but please bring your own towels for the hot tub and outdoor water activities.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • 2 garden chairs
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • live theater
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Whole house generator. Two Adirondack chairs in upper garden; two woven wicker chairs on first floor north facing deck. Second floor sleeping deck with swing bed and seating cushions.

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