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Airy, modern rustic, designer cabin - the perfect place for your family holiday!

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

6 Bedroom/4.5 bath Lodge, sleeps 12-14, less than 5 minutes to Lonesome Valley

Here's the story of the Mountain House....

In 2012, two travelers were looking for a vacation home in the gorgeous Cashiers mountains ...when they stumbled across a house that just had so much promise waiting to be realized. They could see it....extended families gathering for vacations, birthdays, anniversaries...spending precious time together. Or headed to the mountains for a picture perfect wedding at Lonesome Valley, High Hampton, Sawyer Family Farm or Cullasaja Club...where we can breakfast together or cook a great dinner, and have an evening glass of wine or watch a movie. Something comfortable but beautiful, upscale but not forbidding, convenient to all those places yet with a secluded feel.

And then we found this house. Beautiful bones and architecture, plenty of room for a family or group of friends, it was perfect. So 3 new hvac systems, 1 new roof, 6 months designing and furnishing interiors later....and there you are. If you read the reviews, they tell the story.

As longtime VRBO travelers ourselves, we furnished this house to be the place we always look for, but rarely found. Mountain rustic...(modern mountain if you will), with designer details, antiques and a refined casual vibe thrown in for a lovely eclectic mix. This craftsman style, genuine post and beam house has heart of pine hardwood and slate floors throughout - no carpet. Whole house wifi, HD tvs with Netflix and Amazon streaming.

Not to name drop -maybe just a bit - when actor Josh Brolin and his gorgeous Atlanta bride decided on Cashiers as the place for their 2016 Lonesome Valley wedding, it was quite the event. Matt Damon, La Streisand and others were there. So how does the Mountain House play in this scenario? The bride's family was happily ensconced at the Mountain House, which we took as a real compliment.

So what's great about the house? We wanted amazing mattresses and linens, a kitchen with everything you need, not just a bit of it. Down comforters to snuggle in, big soft sofas, tons of tall windows to let in loads of light, surrounded by trees and rhododendrons.

Dog friendly, check... just let us know Fido is coming (treats in store!).

Cleanliness: It is top on our priority list, as it is for most travelers. We have a top notch cleaning team, and you can be assured your vacation getaway is clean, top to bottom.

Convenience: It's also important to us and our guests to be close to the supermarket, hiking, waterfalls, restaurants, and shops. While still secluded and pastoral, the Mountain House is just minutes to all these things.

Detailing: It's here, in every room, not just some of them. And it's just one thing that sets the Mountain House(and its baby sister, the Hobbit House - #655938) apart. All the rooms are unique, with great accents, from the ten foot antique French workbench coffee table in front of the fireplace to cool art throughout the house.

Family perfect: Aren't most of us looking for the place that can make can those family memories? Birthdays, anniversaries, reunions....the occasions that make you realize that time together, is the gift that never wears out.

Space for everyone! The great room is perfect for family confabs in front of the soaring 24 foot rock fireplace...great in the winter season or on chilly summer nights(and a second, lovely living area downstairs)...plenty of seating to chat, or watch movies on the HD television. Wifi, of course.

Family dining: A huge rustic trestle dining table that seats 10 to 12 easily, anchors the dining room. A large antique buffet against the wall for serving that gourmet dinner. Right by the screened porch is the open porch, where you can dine al fresco with your family and guests at a huge 10 foot table, enjoying the gorgeous summer weather in the mountains.

Cooking: The fully stocked, gourmet kitchen has beautiful soapstone countertops and farmhouse sink, TWO ovens (heaven for the cook), and a Dacor 5-burner gas cooktop...and everything you need to cook and serve an amazing family meal. Beautiful dishes and serving ware, family size slow cooker, electric kettle, Bonavita coffee maker, blender, Cuisinart pots and pans, spices and cooking basics.

Relaxation: Sure we all love togetherness (most of the time), but we also need some alone time, right? Try the screened porch, where I promise you'll spend a lot of time. The large daybed swing with tons of pillows and a foam mattress is the best place imaginable for reading or naps...and you may even sleep there one night! There are plenty of getaway spots for quiet moments.

Six bedrooms: Three bedrooms on the main level: 1 king, 2 queens, with 2-1/2 baths (both with heated stone floors). Upstairs are 2 more guest bedrooms (1 queen and 2 twins) that share the bath. The 6th bedroom is a king on the lower level, very private, with glass doors and windows onto the back garden with lots of rhododendrons. It also has a full bathroom with heated stone floors and a seating area outside for your morning coffee!!

Laundry: Yep it happens, even on vacation. But here it's easy...a beautiful (yes, it can be) laundry/mud room just off the kitchen, and a side entrance (great place to unload groceries)...with top of the line front loading washer and dryer, prep sink area just off the kitchen, and a lovely summer herb garden just outside the door.

No TV struggle: A lovely 2nd family room with HDTV is on the lower level, with big windows, built in bookshelves, mini-fridge and sink...and a game room with foosball and ping-pong. Game on!

More s'mores! No problem. Just outside is a new boulder firepit with cedar Adirondack chairs perfect for a chilly mountain night and we have long, stainless marshmallow roasters!

Location: The Mountain House is located in a lovely, gated neighborhood just behind the Country Club of Sapphire Valley...a wooded, gentle, level road for walking, biking or driving (not so far out and up hairpin twist roads you think twice about going anywhere). Snow is cleared by the neighborhood assoc. in the winter, as is our driveway.

Activities: Done, and done. The Sapphire Resort facilities with indoor and outdoor pools, Fairfield Lake, winter ski slopes (great fun!), exercise room, playground, two hot tubs and saunas, and massage...literally just down the street. You have access for a small daily fee... Hiking, waterfalls, golf, fishing,'s all here. We're also very close to several top notch restaurants, including the famous Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley, which is 5 minutes away.

Baby, oh baby: You won't have to pack all your baby gear...we have a wonderful Four Moms Breeze Pack and Play, a Cybex stroller, Phil & Ted's lobster high chair, and vibrating baby rocker for your convenience.

More Details

Donna H Paulson
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 25, 2017

About Donna H Paulson

Thank you for your interest in our private retreat in the mountains of North Carolina! After traveling the globe for 20 years for the tv biz...I have had the pleasure of seeing some of the world's best. But Cashiers is the spot that stopped me in my tracks. It's the perfect place to reflect, regain your senses and relax. The Mountain House and its little sister, the Hobbit House (655938) are for those who appreciate the outdoors, a beautiful setting and family time. Warning: you may never want to leave!

Donna H Paulson purchased this lodge in 2012

Why Donna H Paulson chose Cashiers Area

Its beautiful but convenient location....the Mountain House offers privacy and greenery, but is 5 minutes to great shopping and restaurants...the perfect balance.

Beautiful four seasons a year, the area truly offers something for everyone, no matter what your interests.

What makes this lodge unique

Tranquility. Rest. Relaxation. Balance. Fun.

Our goal is to provide you with the perfect family vacation!


Cashiers Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Heated stone floors
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Double vanity, walk in slate shower, heated floors.
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , Heated stone floors
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • master bath with separate shower and jacuzzi tub, two guest baths all with stone floors...
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king
  • two king, 3 queens, 2 twins...We also have a blow up pillow top mattress available.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 3 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Indoor Pool
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Additional housekeeping can be arranged if desired.


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Airy, modern rustic, designer cabin - the perfect place for your family holiday!
average rating of 4.9827585 based on 58 reviews

Wonderful vacation in the mountains

  • 5 of 5

The Mountain House was ideal for our group of 14, ages 1 to 60's. Great outdoor spaces (2 open decks, screened porch and fire pit area) and plenty of space in the house to relax. Decor was just right for a home in this location. Kitchen had everything needed for a big group. The owners were great to work with, sending lots of info about the area and answering questions immediately before we arrived and responding quickly when we had an issue with the house when we were here. This was indeed a smooth and fun experience for all!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Spot

  • 5 of 5

House was awesome. Donna was very helpful. We will probably stay again next year if Donna will have us. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great House for Family Gathering

  • 5 of 5

"Thank you so much for everything, We have gathered in Kansas, Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina for the family holiday over the past few years. Everyone agreed that the Mountain House was the best place hands down!!! The layout of the house suited our needs perfectly. Lots of space to visit together but room for privacy when needed. We appreciated all the attention to detail, the linens, sheets, towels etc were first class. The kitchen was stocked with everything one could need, the dishes, glasses, pots and pans were more than adequate, The house was beautiful and soooo clean, how do you do it?? We all enjoyed the fireplace and the fire pit, great places to gather, hope we didn’t abuse the wood supply, but we did appreciate the wood being provided. The driveway was a great hit with the young bicyclists who were used to flat riding paths, but they soon were flying down the hill. We would definitely consider another stay at the Mountain House, next year. Thank you again for sharing your wonderful house with us."

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very comfortable and well designed property.

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed the visit and the house was very comfortable and well designed.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceeded all expectations!

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 5 couples arrived at the Mountain House from Hawaii, Chicago, California and NC. Friends since our shared San Francisco days for well over 20 years, we were reuniting to celebrate the 50th birthday of several members of the group. From the moment of booking until our departure, the entire experience was fantastic. Donna sent links to various cultural events and good restaurants in the area, and was in frequent contact with helpful information.

When we arrived -- well, what can I say? The house was as beautiful and well-appointed as the photos. That daybed swing was divine! I spent every morning on it, enjoying my coffee and a good book. The beds and linens were all extremely comfortable to this group of middle-aged folks. And the kitchen was the best-equipped kitchen of any rental I've ever encountered! This is a group of serious food people (including one professional chef). We found not one but two pie plates! A proper Dutch oven for our beef bourguinon! Tons of stemware and plastic wine glasses for out by the fire pit. Platters and serving bowls of every shape and size. Every detail was considered, and everything we needed was always at hand and easy to find. The pantry was well-stocked beyond what you'd expect of a rental. Not only a few spices, but flour, sugar and special baking ingredients were all on hand, including a gorgeous hand-made wooden French rolling pin. We never needed to take advantage of the (wonderful) local restaurants because we have so many avid cooks in our group. The kitchen enabled us to truly *enjoy* preparing our communal meals.

The property itself is private and lush with vegetation. Long walks throughout the Sapphire Valley community were punctuated with waterfalls and gorgeous scenery. We rented a boat on nearby Lake Glenville -- a lovely lake with several fabulous waterfalls...

I would highly recommend this home to anyone wanting a fantastic vacation experience. It is well-suited to adults-only gatherings such as ours, but also would easily support a couple of families. Donna's hospitality and the thoughtful appointments in this home provided the perfect setting for a truly memorable reunion of our group of long-time friends. We will not soon forget our Mountain House experience, and I assure you we will be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Christy, I'm so glad the Mountain House exceeded your expectations! That's what we strive guests a boutique hotel experience, but with soooooooo much more room! Friends making time to get together is the best, and I'm happy the kitchen was up to the workout! Donna
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Lovely setting and spacious yet comfortable for our family

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home! Loved the outdoor porch for mornings with coffee and evenings with drinks.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Cork and Barrel Wine Bar
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Sapphire Valley Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 64
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Canyon Kitchen, Mica's, Table 64
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Sapphire Valley Resort pool, snow skiing
Car: necessary

Cashiers is the most wonderful place in the summer for families...loads of things for the kids to do from summer camps to fishing to hiking to gem mining...and the same goes for adults(minus the summer camps!). In the evening, there are many upscale restaurants for foodies and the weather is perfect. Warm sunny crisp nights that call for a blanket!

You have to save time to see some of the gorgeous waterfalls in this area...some are just a few minutes drive away. And while a few require a good hike, others are easily accessible by everyone.

The city of Ashville is a great day trip, just an hour or so away...incredible shopping and restaurants, lots of artists call Ashville home.

And if you've never seen the Biltmore mansion...this is a must visit. Allow a full day to see the's that big, and that fascinating. Good places to eat lunch right there.

White water rafting, fly fishing, zip lining, horseback's all here!


Rates & Availability

Cashiers Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nightly Rate
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 5 2017 - Nov 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 21 2017 - Nov 26 2017
5 night minimum stay
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 20 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 1 2018
4 night minimum stay
Jan 3 2018 - Jan 11 2018
2 night minimum stay
MLK Holiday
Jan 12 2018 - Jan 15 2018
3 night minimum stay
President's Holiday
Feb 16 2018 - Feb 19 2018
3 night minimum stay
Feb 20 2018 - Mar 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
Apr 1 2018 - May 24 2018
3 night minimum stay
Memorial Day
May 25 2018 - May 28 2018
3 night minimum stay
May 30 2018 - Jun 23 2018
5 night minimum stay
July Fourth Week
Jun 30 2018 - Jul 7 2018
7 night minimum stay
Summer II
Jul 8 2018 - Aug 26 2018
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day 2018
Aug 31 2018 - Sep 3 2018
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2018
Nov 18 2018 - Nov 25 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $300 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $79
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

If you are booking a year or more out, we can easily break the payments into three, instead of two...just let us know that's what you would like.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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