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Melanie Prater

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english


30 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Asheville Area Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5)

Trailside Cottage is an enchanting 1940's cottage located directly on the Appalachain Trail within walking distance to all restaurant, bars, festival sites, river and swimming holes. This charming mountain retreat offers an outdoor hot tub, two bedrooms, a beautiful claw foot tub, large kitchen, dining and living rooms, rocking chair front porch and spacious yard with an inviting fire pit. NEW! Secured Wi-Fi! Trailside's decor reflects the comforting era of the cottage as well as the outdoor hiking/river theme of Hot Springs.

Your stay at Trailside Cottage will allow you to experience life in a by gone era that matches the relaxing pace and mountain magic of Hot Springs. Perfect for family vacations or creating a special romantic memory.

Keywords: House, Romantic Getaway, French Broad River, Appalachain Trail, pet friendly, Asheville, in Hot Springs, complete kitchen, family

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Melanie Prater (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english

Why Melanie Prater chose Asheville Area

Since making Hot Springs our home several years ago, we enjoy offering an enchanting mountain getaway experience to others.

What makes this cottage unique

Situated directly on the Appalachian Trail and a short five minute walk to down town Hot Springs and all attractions. This cozy cottage is just right for that romantic mountain getaway or family vacation fun. Outdoor hot tub just steps outside your back door. Relax on the rocking chair front porch with a good book or for good conversation. Full size/ fully equipped kitchen. Take a long relaxing bath in the 100 year old clawfoot bathtub. The decor of Trailside Cottage reflects the Appalachian Trail, rafting and outdoor highlights of the area. This 1940's cottage furnishings are in keeping with the era yet boast modern satellite TV, DVD player and secured wi-fi. Return again and again to Trailside Cottage as your home away from home.


based on 30 traveler reviews

average rating of 4.5666666 based on 30 reviews

Little Cottage with Hot Springs Charm

  • 5 of 5

Spent the weekend in this little cottage which is in the town of Hot Springs with husband and teenage daughter as our place to stay while enjoying the Mother Earth News Fair. The kitchen is stocked with the essentials that we used to make dinner Friday night... Pot, frying pan, broiler pan. Enjoyed the clawfoot bathtub for a soak on Saturday night... The handles are a bit loose but work fine. The big couch was a cozy place for all three of us to pile up on ... It's low to the ground for you tall people but short folk like me appreciate it. The front bedroom is the larger bed with twin and the second bedroom has a double with access to bathroom. The hot tub was great... Especially when we figured out that when the cover goes back, you can possibly unplug the spa :-/ just watch to make sure you don't unplug it lol. We had a great time and love Hot Springs! Thanks Melanie for the last minute booking!

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are welcome! Thanks for enjoying all the amenities Trailside has to offer. Most folks appreciate the hot tub and full kitchen, for the option to just stay put and enjoy! Isn't it great just to walk out your back door to the hot tub and fire ring? Thanks for letting me know about the hot tub plug, we will check into that issue. Thanks for choosing Trailside Cottage and return soon!
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Just what we were looking for

  • 4 of 5

Hot Springs is an amazing community tucked away in the mountains. The Appalachian Trail runs down the sidewalk past a couple shops that sell wonderful crafts and basic amenities. It's simple. It's quaint. It's rustic. It's wonderful. Much like the town, this small home is simple, rustic and wonderful. All the basic amenities are provided, with the lovely addition of a hot tub.

In warmer weather, we typically camp out in Hot Springs. For this trip we needed a bit more shelter (since we were going to have a couple babies with us, we desired more conveniences). The space was precisely what we expected for the price. Thanks for the chance to get away from it all and have the comforts of a house.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Winston-Salem, NC

Thanks for letting pets come along!

  • 5 of 5

This is a clean and quite adequate house for a visit to Hot Springs. You can walk to the town and this is a reasonable rate for the amenities offered. Be warned that it is close to the road and has no fence so you will need to mind the fur babies well. We put our own little barrier up at the front porch steps and they were fine then sitting out there with us. Enjoyed the fire pit in the side yard one evening and got in the hot tub once also. The kitchen is not heavily stocked with cookware so don't plan on doing your gourmet cooking here but it was fine for what we made. There's a Dollar General nearby and we just went down and got a few of the usual items that tend to go missing at rental houses and left them there, which we see as no big deal. This isn't a new house, so expect the usual small issues of cracked linoleum and such. I hate to see people complain about those things when they really don't impact your stay! The screen door latch was missing- I went to the hardware store, got a new one and put it on. For us, I didn't want the dogs to be able to push open the door. (People who expect luxury and perfection need to be selecting rated hotels or very high dollar rentals!) Though I didn't meet her, Melanie is an excellent communicator and available if you need her. The beds were comfy and the cable tv worked fine, giving mother-in-law plenty of things to watch. We enjoyed the little dining table and nearby front porch space very much. Thanks very much, Melanie!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad to offer a pet friendly option. Thanks for respecting our property and enjoying Trailside Cottage. Glad you enjoyed the ambiance of the 1940's cottage, keeping time with the other properties in the area and the pace of town of Hot Springs. Even though, most folks do appreciate the central heat and air, satellite TV and secured wi-fi. Return soon!
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Great place for a get-away!

  • 4 of 5

My sister & I finally got to have our vacation after many tries! We had a GREAT time! Very relaxing, beautiful view right off the front porch; easy walk into town; lots to explore. House was great! Nice size, very comfortable. Loved being able to open the windows and enjoy the comfortable clean mountain air. Would definitely go back again.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad the sisters mountain getaway was a success at Trailside Cottage! I'm glad our cottage fit your request as a property close enough for a short 5 minute walk to town and right on the Appalachian Trail. Glad you enjoyed the rocking chair front porch with mountain view. Please return soon.
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Anderson, SC

The Perfect Place to Go!

  • 5 of 5

Once again, our visit to Hot Springs and Trailside was excellent. The owners are always gracious and go the extra mile to make us feel at home. Whether we are there to walk about a bit, explore the area, sit on the porch and read, play in the river, enjoy the music, or visit in the town, we have a grand time. This is the perfect place to go for a get-away to relax and enjoy the mountain scenery. Can't wait until our next visit!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your return visit. It is always good to have guests who consider Trailside Cottage their mountain getaway home. Glad you enjoyed the front porch, walk to town and just relaxing! Thanks for respecting our property and please return soon!
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Nashville, TN area

Perfect for Girl's Trip!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed the cottage and it's location so close into town! Melanie was very responsive and called to make sure we were set up OK on arrival. We had a "SPA" day on Saturday and enjoyed the Tavern that night---and could walk home!! Hot tub worked great the first night, but went into sleep mode and was chilly on Saturday night. Loved the front porch with the rocking chairs. House is very roomy and we didn't have to worry about being too quiet!! Would also have loved to use the fire pit, but ran out of time. Bathroom needs a little updating (flooring, secure handles on the tub faucets. Couch in LR was pretty worn and sinks down...needs replacing. Need fan blades in the bedroom next to the kitchen. Overall, great for the money and we would certainly go again!

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Trailside Cottage is perfect for what you enjoyed so much...walk to town, outdoor hot tub, rocking chair front porch and the full size kitchen. The hot tub is put in sleep mode by accident by guests, it doesn't just 'go into' sleep mode. We personally check the balance, water level, temperature and setting prior to your arrival. The property information book has the hot tub setting instructions and I mention this to guests prior to their arrival. We are on call to assist with any questions and/or concerns during your stay, Hot Springs is our home as well so we are close by! Previous guests had broken off two ceiling fan blades and we removed the other remaining blades to keep the lighting. We added a tabletop fan to the dresser for added comfort. Do you know most guest comment how comfortable the extra long sofa is and some even use it as an additional bed? It has also been noted to being an exceptional napping spot! I guess the extra length and long seats (depth)do make the sofa a special feature for some guests but not for others. We have other seating that has arms and higher seating in the same room. Thanks again for respecting our property while you enjoyed Trailside Cottage, your visit with good friends and all Hot Springs has to offer. Comme again soon!
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Nearest Barpub
Iron Horse Station, Spring Creek Tavern
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Greenville TN & MAggie Valley
Nearest Restaurant
Smokey Mt Diner, Iron Horse Station, Tavern
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Wolf Laurel & Maggie Valley
Car: not necessary

Trailside Cottage is directly on the Applachian Trail. Hot Springs, NC listed as the 'Best Small Mountain Town in the South' in Blue Ridge Magazine. Enjoy the best place in the world where the Appalachian Trail and the French Broad River meet. Step out your door and hike the Appalachian Trail a short four minutes to restaurants, bars, mineral baths, local music, local art as well as the many festivals and events.


Rates & Availability

Hot Springs Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
French Broad River Festival
Apr 28 2016 - May 2 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Memorial Holiday
May 26 2016 - May 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
CBA Rally
Jun 23 2016 - Jun 27 2016
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
July 4th Holiday
Jul 1 2016 - Jul 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Labor Day Holiday
Sep 1 2016 - Sep 6 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 29 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Christmas Holiday
Dec 22 2016 - Dec 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $40

Open all year.
*Our value packaged rates include booking fees, taxes and cleaning fees
Rate of $150/night two night minimum weekends Weekly rate of $900 for seven nights.
Single night reservations accepted when falling between reservations. Call for one night approval.
Rates are for two guests. Additional guest $10 per person/per night.
Call 8AM-11PM EST (828) 380-039

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Asheville Area Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Clawfoot tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
This cozy 1940's cottage takes you back in time as well as provides modern day treats! Private, outdor hot tub a few steps from your back door, flat screen TV/DVD player with video library, air conditioned, large kitchen, dishwasher, outdoor fire ring and secured Wi-Fi, all where you can relax and breath in the mountain air.

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