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Comfortable House in Downtown; Near All High Country Activities

9 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 nights


Banner Elk House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath House Convenient to all the Mountain Attractions

Situated in downtown Banner Elk, this newly remodeled and expanded mountain house is convenient to all the High Country attractions - less than 3 miles to Beech and Sugar mountains (skiing, hiking, or just enjoying), 0.5 miles to Lees-McRae College and its wonderful theater offerings, excellent golf courses (public and private) within 6 miles, less than 25 minutes to Grandfather Mountain, and walking distance to Tate-Evans Park and the many wonderful restaurants/shops/festivals/music in Banner Elk. And if you are willing to venture a little further, there is Mast General Store at Valle Crucis, Linville Falls, Linville Caverns, Tweetsie Railroad, Maggie Valley, apple orchards, fishing, white water rafting, etc. Excellent and unique shopping is available in Valle Crucis and in Blowing Rock, and in the many shops and stores along the way. The list seems endless - you just name it - and it's there for your enjoyment and relaxation! Since the house is located on 3 acres of land that has been left pretty much 'natural', there is a lot of nature to enjoy right at the house.

However, being centrally located in Banner Elk, this house is a perfect place to serve as your center of operations to either enjoy the many opportunities available or to just relax and enjoy being 'in the mountains' with its wonderful people. This house has a history of its own in that it served as the Town Hall of Banner Elk in the past (while the current one was being built) and was recently expanded in the last year so that it can now comfortably accommodate 6 to 8 people with all the amenities of 'home away from home.' The house is well-equipped from its 3-car paved parking area, to its beautiful stone fireplace (with a mantel recovered from a Georgia barn) located in a Great Room with a cathedral ceiling, to its modern flat screen TV's, its outdoor gas grill installed on its almost 400 sq. ft. main deck, its stacked washer and dryer, and its built-in dishwasher. You are sure to enjoy your stay whether it is a special romantic weekend or full-fledged family get-away with all the troops.

If you decide to come, we are certain that you will enjoy your stay and the beautiful mountains of North Carolina.

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  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2016
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About Owner/Manager

The house and property are currently owned by Lou and Buddy Leasure who reside in Greensboro. They inherited the property from Lou's father and mother, Linwood and Sally Lafferty. Mr. Lafferty came to Banner Elk in 1931, when Mr he was hired by Edgar Tufts, who founded Lees-McRae College. Mr Lafferty was hired to teach sciences (Chemistry, Physics) and to run the power plant for the college. In 1931, only the College, the Grandfather Home for Children and Grace Memorial Hospital (now a part of the College) had electricity. Mr. Lafferty, with support from Mr. Tufts, did well and he played a very significant role in bringing 'electricity to the mountains'. He became a licensed electrical contractor (wiring many of the homes in the region) and he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mountain Electric Co-op (which still provides power in this area) for 38 years. He taught at LMC for more than 35 years, and at one time served as Dean of the school.

Mrs. Lafferty was a student at Lees-McRae when she and Linwood first met. They married in 1934. In their spare time, Mr. & Mrs. Lafferty ran the Banner Elk Hardware Store, which was in effect the center of town It was located across Route 194 from the listed house, which served as the Town Hall. Mrs. Lafferty played a major role in running the hardware store, and she served for years as the Town Clerk of Banner Elk.

Owner/Manager purchased this house in 1995

Why Owner/Manager chose High Country & Blue Ridge Mountains

We inherited this property in the mid-90's when Mrs. Lafferty deceased.

What makes this house unique

We, as well as, our children (4) and grandchildren (11) love Banner Elk, and we enjoy coming here whenever we can.


based on 9 traveler reviews

Comfortable House in Downtown; Near All High Country Activities
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews
Atlanta, GA

Family Ski Trip to Sugar Mountain

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful time in Banner Elk, even during a winter snowfall and wind chill below zero. We loved waking up to a beautiful blanket of new white snow that covered everything. Adults and kids all enjoyed snow skiing at Sugar Mountain, which is just a few miles down the road. Banner Elk has many great little restaurants, and we highly recommend the Banner Elk Café for breakfast. The house is exactly as advertised, and is inviting and cozy. The kitchen is well stocked, and we used the extra table and chairs that were provided in the closet. We were happy to have the laundry room/mud room for removing/housing all our shoes and snow gear. I really enjoyed the fireplace, which has a blower to keep the family room nice and warm. The only recommendation to the owners add 'blackout' drapery or shades to the front two bedrooms. The street lights are very bright and light up the bedrooms throughout the night, and the sun rises very early in the morning. We thank you for sharing your cottage, and look forward to returning for our family ski trip next year.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the feedback. We have added "blackout curtains" to the two bedrooms as suggested.
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  • 4 of 5

This place was so clean (AND I AM a clean freak), the kitchen was stocked with everything we needed (we LOVE to cook), the space was wonderful, the decor was really nice too!!!

Buddy was more than accommodating prior and during our stay!! Easy to deal with and you can tell they care a great deal about their rental/home and their guests! The only reasons for 4 stars instead of 5 might not matter to anyone else; Location - tough without a car and no WiFi (again that might not be important to others). WE WILL FOR SURE BOOK THERE AGAIN!!! :-)

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Penrod Winterfest 2015

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful time enjoying the beauty of Banner Elk and the surrounding area. The house is cozy and very quiet. The fully euqipped kitchen was very clean and spacious. Our main purpose for this trip was to go snow tubing at Hawksnest, which is very conveniently located to the house. We also enjoyed seeing the Blue Ridge Parkway Viaduct around Grandfather Mountain and a short hike. Another great feature this property offered is a fire pit area behind the house. We enjoyed S'mores and family time around a nice fire under the stars. We definitely recommend the Banner Elk Cafe for breakfast (or any meal). We look forward to our next moutain adventure and hope to stay in this beautiful house again.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Burlington NC


  • 5 of 5

We had a very enjoyable time together as a family. The house is warm and inviting, very cozy!! Close walking distance to downtown Banner Elk where there are some cool shops and very good restaurants. We loved it also because it was close proximity to a lot of the places we like to go such as Linville, Grandfather and Blowing Rock. The fireplace was absolutely amazing as well as all the amenities of the home :) I would recommend this beautiful home to anyone who is looking for a quiet or fun get-away!! Thank you for sharing your home with us :)

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable home in excellent location

  • 5 of 5

Easy access to town, mountain trails and local playground makes this comfortable home perfect for almost every type of family. Owners are helpful and kind and went out of their way to make our stay special and memorable.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place, wonderful owners!

  • 5 of 5

This lovely house worked perfectly for our family ski trip to Sugar Mountain in 2013. In fact it was so perfect that we came back and used again in 2014! The location is excellent--it is within about 5 minutes of Sugar Mountain and similarly close to Beech Mt. The kitchen has all the things you might need for cooking and serving a group of up to 8 people. The appliances (refrigerator, dishwasher, range, and washer / dryer) are all modern and work well. The bedrooms are comfortable with good beds and flat screen TVs. The great room has a big screen TV, and a warm gas fireplace, and comfortable furniture. There's ample parking for three vehicles.

It is not super fancy nor luxury, but it is a wonderful place for a vacation with family & /or friends. We'll be coming back next year!

... oh, and make sure that you learn about the history of the house -- it's an amazing story! :-)

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Small Private Airport in Elk Park
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Flat Top Brewery
Nearest Ferry
300 Miles
Close to Myrtle Beach
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Mountain Glen Public Counse
Nearest Train
19 Miles
In Boone, NC
Nearest Motorway
200 Metres
US Highway 191
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Banner Elk Cafe, Stonewall's, Louisiana Purchase
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain
Nearest Beach
300 Miles
Myrtle Beach
Car: recommended

Tweetsie Railroad - 25 miles,

Linville Falls - 30 miles,

Grandfather Mountain - 12 miles,

Linville Caverns - 25 miles,

Beech Mountain - 7 miles,

Sugar Mountain - 4 miles,

Blue Ridge Parkway - 12 miles


Rates & Availability

Banner Elk House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter 1 - 2016
Sep 30 2016 - Dec 18 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay
Holiday - 2016
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 9 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning Fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.75%

- Terms are subject to change without notification from the owner
- Deposit will be refunded in full if cancellation is received more than 14 days before the reservation date; if later, a processing fee of $150 will be charged.
- Security Deposit will be refunded in full less any charges for abusive damages or excessive wear & tear.

- One-half of rental fee is due at time of reservation and balance is due no later than 14 days before occupancy.

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Banner Elk House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1628 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Large walk-in shower w/seats. Mirror & tiled floor.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Mirror and tiled floor.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Large mirror & tiled floor.
  • 2.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • King size beds (1) Master Bed Room; Queen size Beds (1) Bedroom #2; Twin or Single Beds (2) Twin Beds in Bedroom #3; Sleep Sofas (2) 1- queen sofa in Great Room; 1- double sofa in Dining Room
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Full Baths: House has two full baths. Each bath has a shower capability but only one has a tub. The MBR bath is a walk-in type of enclosure with a great deal of room and a place to sit down after entry.

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