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Modern rustic, designer cabin...spring's the perfect time to visit!

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
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 property 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. Others heading to the mountains for a picture perfect wedding at Lonesome Valley, High Hampton, Sawyer Family Farm or Cullasaja Club. But where do we stay where we can breakfast together...and have a glass of wine or watch a movie in the evening? 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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 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
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(50 traveler reviews)

Modern rustic, designer cabin...spring's the perfect time to visit!
average rating of 4.98 based on 50 reviews

Absolutely Amazing!!

  • 5 of 5

This house is awesome! Came here for my daughter's 11th bday and everyone had a great time... from my 72 year old Dad to my 6 year old niece. We will be back!!

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Magical Christmas

  • 5 of 5

This house was designed and furnished with a discerning eye. The wrapped its arms around our hearts the minute we walked in. Gourmet kithchen, a wonderful fireplace, and heated bathroom floors! A perfect get away for a family, a girls weekends, or some mountain romance! We will definitely return. I can't say enough about this wonderful home, and its attentive owners!

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our second stay at this absolutely wonderful home! The owners are fabulous hosts, ensuring that your every need is met. We will be back again next year !

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad your second visit was as good as the's to 2017!!
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The Pefect Mountain Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I spent a long weekend at the Mountain House to celebrate my 60th birthday and this was the perfect place! It is extremely well stocked and beautifully decorated. There is plenty of room for everyone to hang out together or find a quiet place to have a nap. We enjoyed playing corn hole in the back yard with a fire in the fire pit. It is very convenient to get to the grocery store or into Cashiers. Donna was terrific in providing information to make our stay special. I would highly recommend this property and would definitely go back. I hope you have as much fun as we did!

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Mountain House played a special part in achieving our vision for our wedding week!!

  • 5 of 5

Staying at The Mountain House for the week leading up to our wedding helped make such a monumental life event so special. It was perfect for entertaining our closet family and friends. Which is exactly what we had hoped for when planning our destination wedding week. Donna is an exceptional hostess. She was attentive and so kind to us during the year of us planning our week at her home. My husband and I look forward to staying at The Mountain House when we have our own family! Thank you so much, Donna, for sharing your gorgeous home with us!

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad the wedding went so can miss, having it at Lonesome Valley!! Thanks for bringing your family to the Mountain House!
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Wonderful Family Vacation Home!

  • 5 of 5

We have spent 2 separate weekends at this house and it is just perfect for a family vacation or for a group. Extremely clean and comfortable, well stocked and organized, and open with a spacious floor plan that flows well for big groups and has plenty of seating options for group dinners (big table inside and out on the deck). The kids loved the play room downstairs as well as the fire-pit outside for marshmellows, and the porch was wonderful. A beautiful home that is both upscale but family friendly too! Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Canyon Kitchen
"Chef John Fleer who made the Inn at Blackberry Farm famous, is behind this gorgeous. Rustic,..."
The Gamekeeper's Tavern
"Great place for a gourmet burger or tuna tartare with citrus viniagrette. Wonderful wine lis..."
Mica's Restaurant & Pub
"Mica's is a great place for a good, casual meal, when you don't feel like getting "dressed"(..."
"A quick drive away, with a really nice selection of things.Good produce, meat...Starbucks in..."
Cashiers Farmers Market
"great produce gourmet foods On the Side bbq(yes, on the side-has wonderful food)..."
Ski Sapphire Valley Resort
"Sapphire Valley has 2 outdoor pools and one indoor(all heated), exercise room, tennis club w..."
Sapphire National Golf Club LLC
"Tranquil mountain views and dramatic elevation changes(you're golfing in the mountains!)...w..."
The Orchard Restaurant & Events Barn
"Just love this place...upscale southern cuisine, beautiful outdoor dining overlooking the ga..."
Silver Run Falls
Whiteside Mountain
Cornucopia Restaurant
Bucks Coffee Cafe of Cashiers
"Great coffee house with a roaring fireplace and leather sofa, breakfast sandwiches, and home..."
Panthertown Trail
Carolina Smokehouse
"Real pit bbq - 'nuff said. "
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:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early spring
Feb 21 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
July Fourth Week
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer II
Jul 9 2017 - Aug 26 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
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $79
cleaning $250 + Tax
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

July Fourth holiday week is $4500.00

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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