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Hot Springs, NC, USA
  • Cottage1200 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps5
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 4 nights

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


Melanie Prater

Member Since 2011
Premier Partner
This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 14, 2018
Why Melanie Prater chose Hot Springs

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.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 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)


      • 1 Bathroom
        • Clawfoot tub/shower

        Location Type

          • Mountain View
          • Village
            Experience village life as it was in times gone by. Check out the Welcome Center for Hot Springs history, Gentry Hardware Store, Smoky Mt Diner, relax at Hot Springs Spa returning to your cozy cabin


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Linens Provided
                      • Air Conditioning
                        Central air conditioning available. Enjoy but kindly close doors and windows when the HVAC is in use.
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        Central heat provided. Enjoy but kindly close doors and windows when the HVAC is in use.
                      • Internet
                        Secured wi-fi. Password provided upon check in
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Living Room
                      • Parking
                      • Parking Off Street
                        parking for two cars
                      • Telephone
                        telephone for 911 calls only. Most cell services are available in Hot Springs
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                        Provide your own washing powders. For light washing only. No washing bedding, shoes, sleeping bags etc. Thanks


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Kitchen
                            Spacious, full size kitchen with lots of counter tops
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                Dining room right off kitchen and living room
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 6 people


                                  • Books
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Television
                                    flat screen TV
                                  • Video Library


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        rocking chair front porch
                                      • Outdoor Grill


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Hot Tub
                                                Sheltered & private outdoor hot tub just steps outside your back door. Outdoor hot tub our most requested amenity. For adult use, not kids play pool.


                                                  • churches
                                                  • festivals
                                                  • 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

                                                              • mountaineering
                                                              • cycling
                                                              • fly fishing
                                                              • hiking
                                                              • hunting
                                                              • kayaking
                                                              • mountain biking
                                                              • mountain climbing
                                                              • fishing
                                                              • 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.

                                                                    House Rules

                                                                    Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                    Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                    Cancellation Policy

                                                                    100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                    40 Reviews


                                                                    Latest reviews

                                                                    Perfect Mountain Getaway

                                                                    Taylor V.Carolina Beach, NC

                                                                    We had a great stay at Melanie's house!! She was a wonderful host! The updated bathroom was so nice :) and with 4 adults and 2 children we had more than enough space! My favorite part was the front porch and the rocking chairs , very relaxing. Thanks again!

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Yeah! Thanks for being the first guests to enjoy our newly updated bathroom and back entrance! The tiled bathroom, ample shelving and added washer/dryer is just what this charming cottage needed to include every amenity! This property already features a private out door hot tub, steps out the back door, secured Wi-Fi, satellite TV and fully equipped kitchen. Trailside Cottage will continue to be a favorite property with it's location just off the Appalachian Trail and a five minute stroll to town, restaurants and all Hot Springs attractions. Return soon!

                                                                    very nice

                                                                    Ferrell W.

                                                                    had a very relaxing time

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Thanks for enjoying Trailside Cottage for your mountain getaway. Glad you enjoyed all the amenities that make this property so relaxing; private, outdoor hot tub, rocking chair front porch, mountain views, ambiance indoor fire, secured internet, large outdoor fire ring, nice comfy beds and large, fully equipped kitchen. Thanks for loving and respecting our property, return soon for another relaxing visit!


                                                                    Howard L.

                                                                    Great getaway. Nice, clean and cozy.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Thanks for choosing Trailside Cottage for your Appalachian Trail stay in Hot Springs and a close walk to all Hot Springs attractions. Glad you enjoyed the private, outdoor hot tub secured internet and newly renovated bathroom and laundry room yet appears in time with this 1940's cottage. Return soon!

                                                                    Nice, well-equipped house close to town and to trails

                                                                    Sue K.

                                                                    Cute cottage, great location, good beds, nice owner. We made good use from the washer dryer. Musty smell referenced in another review went away quickly. We really enjoyed our stay, tho wish it had been longer than 2 nights. 3pm check-in and 11 am check-out make the other two days pretty short. The add-on fees brought the cost up substantially (tho they may be from VRBO, not sure). I didn't think it appropriate to suggest a tip for the maid, when there was already a required cleaning fee. Friendly residents in town.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Thanks for your great review on at amenities we provide to make a vacation rental everything you expect. You are one of the first guests to enjoy the addition of the washer/dryer. Thanks for bringing to my attention to the musty smell. It was old underhouse insulation that has since been replaced as we completed bathroom and laundry room renovations-all fixed now!! We are very open to early check ins and late check outs, however during the leaf season while you were here, we had guests checking in and out before and after your visit. it is standard and appropriate to suggest maid tips, these folks work hard. It is always appreciated by the housekeeper AND always optional. So glad you enjoyed all our town folk, we love Hot Springs and made our home here 15 years ago and wake up every morning delighted and grateful we live here. Return soon!

                                                                    Hot tub made for a relaxing stay.

                                                                    Charlene O.

                                                                    The cottage had everything we needed for a short getaway. It was nice to be able to walk to town for dinner.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Location is one of the main special features of Trailside Cottage that folks look for when coming to Hot Springs. Steps off the Appalachian Trail and a short walk to all Hot Springs restaurants, taverns and mineral baths. Glad you enjoyed the private outdoor hot tub, wi-fi, full kitchen and Direct TV. Return soon!

                                                                    Cozy, homey cottage in a great location.

                                                                    Martha N.

                                                                    We chose Trailside for its location in Hot Springs and proximity to the Appalachian Trail. We had a restful vacation in comfy beds and a homey atmosphere. Smoky Mountain Diner is a 5 minute walk away and has great breakfast. We walked to Lovers Leap from the cottage and drove north and south to a couple of more hikes on the AT. The hot tub was a luxurious amenity. The board games and books came in handy after nightfall. The cottage has any tools, dishes, cookery that one needs. It was fun to shower in the old claw-foot tub. We would stay here again.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Trailside Cottage; right off the Appalachian Trail! Glad you loved and appreciated our most requested features...the outdoor hot tub! Thanks for sharing all the other features you enjoyed about our town and special property.

                                                                    Return soon!


                                                                    Hot Springs, NC, USA

                                                                    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

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                                                                    Tax Rate

                                                                    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

                                                                    40 Reviews
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