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Rilla Hughart

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

Comfortable and Welcoming Home Away from Home!

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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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 $500 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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Rilla Hughart (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english

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 North Carolina Mountains

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.


based on 17 traveler reviews

Comfortable and Welcoming Home Away from Home!
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 17 reviews

Enjoyable Stay

  • 5 of 5

This was our family"s third stay so we are always glad to have such a wonderful home to return to. The backyard is a lovely place to watch bird antics around the large feeder. Our ten yr. old loves to chase the fireflies at twilight and is grateful that Miss Midnight the cat is welcome to accompany us. We will be returning frequently!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Rental!

  • 5 of 5

This rental was everything we could have hoped for. It was spacious, quiet, very clean and extremely well equipped and stocked. There is easy access to town yet is very private. Owner was very nice to deal with. Many great restaurants and, swimming pools and festivals in town. We would highly recommend this rental.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very clean, new looking, double wide mobile home, just south of Franklin

  • 5 of 5

Has every thing you need, pots and pans, kitchen ware, linens, towels, washer, dryer, etc,TV, cable, radio, no WIFI, but you can hot spot your phone, 3 bedrooms, 1 king, 1 double, and 1 twin, 2 full baths, kitchen with table, and living room, was big enough for our party of 4 adults and one 2 year old child, also pet friendly with a little fenced yard, just right for our little dog, quiet, close to town.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location and comfortable place

  • 4 of 5

We loved it. Perfect for bringing our pet. Felt very home like and comfortable. Great for day trips in the surrounding areas. Highlands, Bryson City for rafting, Helen for an excellent pretzel @ the Bavarian Inn. Host was very good in communications with our questions.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Great location

  • 5 of 5

The house was in a great location for us. It is close to town and provides easy access to riding the mountain roads. The house was very clean and updated. There were four of us and with the 3 bedrooms and 2 baths we all were comfortable. I also liked the fact that a cleaning fee was not charged. The house had lots of parking and a big yard so we had plenty of privacy. I would highly recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family friendly

  • 5 of 5

We were in the area to visit family and this house was the same cost as a hotel room but we had so much more space and could bring the dogs. Very nice place--great location and a wonderful yard for the kids and dogs. The house was very clean. The neighbors seemed friendly too saying hi when we drove up and reassuring us that their dog was friendly. They had toys for the kids which was a bonus we hadn't expected. In addition, they laid out muffin mix, some basic condiments, and hot chocolate for us to use! Such a nice bonus and very thoughtful. We would certainly stay there again. Another unexpected bonus was how little they needed us to do to settle in or leave. The beds were made already and when we left we did the dishes and started to strip the beds, etc. but they didn't "require" it. Super easy place and way better than a hotel!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Historic Downtown Franklin
Cullasaja Falls
Cowee Mountain Ruby Mine
Scottish Tartans Museum Center
Dairy Queen
Frog Quarters
Motor co. grill
The Boiler Room Steak House
Peppermint Patti's Ice Cream
Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Asheville Regional Airport
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Highway 441
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
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

Franklin House Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Pet Fee $100
Tax Rate 9.75%

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Franklin House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • 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

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