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Comfortable and Welcoming Home Away from Home!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5)

This house is recently furnished and offered as a vacation rental. It is easily accessible from Highway 441. The house sits at the top of a hill with a grill and patio table for relaxing and enjoying the outdoors. There is a fenced in yard in the front that is accessible from the front door of the property.

If you are looking for an additional property so large family groups, we have another property that is right next door...see VRBO listing 582823.

The house has a split bedroom plan with a king bed in the master bedroom with an adjoining master bath. The 2nd bedroom has a double bed and the 3rd bedroom has one twin bed. These two bedrooms share a full second bath. The kitchen is fully equipped and all linens are provided.

We allow 2 pets for a visit - either small dogs or cats.

Nightly Rate (minimum 3 nights) $85 per night

Weekly Rate $525 per week

Monthly Rate available - please call

There is no telephone but the cell service is excellent.

Franklin offers a relaxed big city lights here. However, there are some great attractions like the Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts, The Fun Factory, ruby and sapphire mines, Nantahala National Forest which offers hiking, canoeing and whitewater rafting, trout fishing, waterfalls and scenic drives

The town of Highlands is up a winding mountain stretch of Highway 64 (don't take your RV or camper) and offers unique shopping and dining.

Great Smoky Mountains Railway is only 40 minutes away and offers a beautiful scenic ride

The town of Cherokee is only 40 minutes away and is home of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The stirring outdoor drama 'Unto These Hills' plays during summer months and tells the story of the Cherokees and the infamous Trail of Tears.

Asheville is only a 2 hour drive and is the home of The Biltmore House - George Vanderbilt's summer mansion built in the 1890s.

Directions to the house from East, North or West:

*Interstate 40

*Exit 27 - Highway 23 South

*Exit 81 - Highway 23/441 South

*Clayton/Atlanta exit (no #) - Highway 23/441 South

*From top of exit, approximately 2.8 miles to right turn on Belle Dowdle road

*.6 of mile to 700 Belle Dowdle Road on left

Directions from South:

*Follow 441 North into North Carolina

*Approximately 9 miles after entering NC, left turn on Belle Dowdle Road

*.6 of mile to 700 Belle Dowdle Road on left

Keywords: cottage

More Details

Rilla Hughart
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 17, 2018

About Rilla Hughart

I grew up in Franklin and still have lots of family in the area. My husband and I come often and sometimes bring our traveling cats with us.

Rilla Hughart purchased this house in 2008

Why Rilla Hughart chose Franklin

The property sits on 4 1/2 acres of land inherited from my grandparents whose home is just next door. My childhood home is the neighbor down the road - see VRBO property #582823. My brother built the house here and lived in it until 2011.


Franklin House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Shared by bedrooms 2 and 3
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Master Bath with double sinks, walk in closet.
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , with Master Bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Comfortable and Welcoming Home Away from Home!
average rating of 4.9428573 based on 35 reviews

Good location and clean

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we have spent a week's vacation here and we really like the location. It is close to restaurants in Franklin. The house is clean and welcoming.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, well furnished and very comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

Stayed for two weeks and the house had everything that one could ask for. Country setting with large meadow but ample shopping only a few miles away. The hostess was close by and made us feel welcome. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your stay with us and your kind words. We strive to make everything the way we want it when we are traveling!
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Saint Augustine, FL

Very cozy and private

  • 5 of 5

I booked this rental because I wanted to bring my 4 dachshunds on vacation with me. Rilla was very prompt in getting back with me and said it would be alright with an additional security deposit. I instantly booked.

I was very impressed by how cozy this property is and loved the wildflowers along the yard and visiting birds at the bird feeders every morning. Rilla and her husband keep it very clean and tidy. My dachshunds absolutely LOVED the yard and the home. Rilla and her husband are awesome hosts! The pups were so relaxed inside the house. When I left to look at properties, they stayed in their crates; when I was home they loved cuddling and chilling in the living room. It was cute seeing them so happy :) The fenced in yard has soft green grass with no sand spurs (unlike what they are used to in St. Augustine) AND has concrete all along the perimeter base of the fence. My dachshund Lucy loves to dig under fences to get at any potential intruders (like lizards) but soon found out that she couldn’t with this fence. I felt like I was on a real vacation because I didn’t have to be on high alert with The grass reminds me of the type of grass you’d find in New Zealand, soft and short, so even pups who don’t like walking on grass like this grass. There is a neighbor’s dog nearby, but he ignored us. The neighbors keep to themselves to where you feel like you are on top of your own private hill.

No WiFi - was actually not an issue. I just used my iPhone as a personal hotspot and was able to use my computer like normal. It was rather nice being more disconnected than usual. iPhone>Settings>Personal Hotspot>On and your laptop connects automatically.

I loved the location of this property. It’s close to everything without being too close. I was here on vacation and to look at properties and everything was within a 5-10min drive. I felt very safe the entire time. Even though it was a little chilly and overcast during our visit, this house kept us warm and cozy.

Only thing I would mention for your own personal preference: The back door doesn’t have a curtain so if you like your privacy, bring something to cover it up. It doesn’t face anything so no one would look in. All the other windows have blinds or curtains.

Overall experience: Loved this place! Check out the neat artwork on the kitchen walls and read the binder for the history of the place. Super cool!

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! You were a wonderful guest who left everything in great order and we would be happy to have you and your pups anytime!
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Super nice home

  • 5 of 5

The home was super clean and had everything we needed!

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect mountain getaway

  • 5 of 5

The house was great. Very warm and inviting for our family. Our kids had a blast playing with games and toys. Excellent location. The kids enjoyed exploring in the woods behind the house and running up and down the big hill. Everything was clean and well kept. Beds were comfortable. This was our second year in a row staying on this property for the last week of the year. Last year we stayed in the house at the bottom of the hill on the same property. The owner is great. You can feel the warmth and love in the decorating and the upkeep. Thanks again!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! We were glad to have you stay with us again. I'm glad you were comfortable and enjoyed the house....that's our goal.
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fort lauderdale

A dream vacation in the Smokies for our family of four.

  • 5 of 5

Our 2 and 3 year old girls and us loved staying at this wonderful cabin in Franklin. The house is very child friendly, so our girls were able to run around safely every time they got a chance.

Central location made it possible for us to enjoy day trips to spectacular waterfalls, nature trails, window shopping in Hellen and art gallery hopping in Highlands..... etc. It was just as easy to get onto a highway or take a chance and wander off onto one of the local roads leading to an an amazing adventure.

On the personal note, I loved having a well stocked kitchen and tastefully decorated living areas and bedrooms. Beds were super comfortable and beautifully decorated. I also really appreciated the garden.

I loved everything about this house, except for being a bit too close to the neighbors and the neighbor’s dogs. I would definetely recommend staying at this property to my friends or family. We had a blast in Franklin and we will probaby be back next year.

Thank you, Rilla. Blessings to you and your family,

the Annins from Fort Lauderdale.

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Asheville Regional Airport
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Highway 441
Car: necessary

Franklin is known for an abundance of Ruby mines where you can try your luck at finding the 'big' one. The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts is only about 3 miles away and features some great acts. Just next door to it is The Fun Factory with lots of games, go-carts and other amusements for children and adults. The downtown area is small but has some great shops including one that features crafts made in NC. There are beautiful mountains, waterfalls and scenic drives. A 40 minute drive will also bring you to a ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. A drive of about the same time will bring you to the reservation for the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians. Here you can see a wonderful outdoor drama about the infamous Trail of Tears called 'Unto These Hills'. The Oconaluftee Indian Village is also in Cherokee and shows much about their history and crafts.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $100

Additional $100 deposit required for pets is refundable if no damage or excessive cleaning.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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