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Modern rustic lodge, 5 minutes to Lonesome Valley, perfect luxe winter getaway!

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, 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 perhaps headed to the mountains for a picture perfect wedding at nearby Lonesome Valley, High Hampton, Sawyer Family Farm or Cullasaja Club...where everyone can breakfast together or cook a great dinner, and have an evening glass of wine on the porch, or watch a movie. Something beautiful but comfortable, upscale but not forbidding, convenient to all those places yet with a secluded feel.

And then we found this house. Beautiful and beam 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 interiors later....and there you are. If you read the reviews, they tell the story.

As longtime VRBO fans 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 Google wifi, HD tvs with Netflix and Amazon streaming.

Not to name drop - ok, 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 many more in attendance. The bride's family chose the Mountain House as their wedding abode, which we took as a real compliment.. our little moment in the spotlight!

So what's so great about the Mountain 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, holidays....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.

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 prepare 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 hall 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, winter ski slopes (great fun!), exercise room, playground, two hot tubs and saunas, and massage...literally just down the street, and beautiful Fairfield Lake just down the road with canoes and paddleboards. 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, a new exer-saucer and vibrating baby rocker for your convenience.

More Details

Donna H Paulson
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 22, 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 plus 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 Sapphire

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!


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
The Library, Cork and Barrel Wine Bar
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Sapphire National Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 64
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Canyon Kitchen, Mica's, The Library, 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!


Sapphire 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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Modern rustic lodge, 5 minutes to Lonesome Valley, perfect luxe winter getaway!
average rating of 4.9846153 based on 65 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This is our second time staying here and we loved it just as much, if not more, than the first time. Everything is so clean, elegant, accessible, and spacial. Donna did an excellent job of keeping in contact with me throughout the whole process. We will definitely be coming back!

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mountain House is the perfect vacation home for a family reunion.

  • 5 of 5

We spent five days at Mountain House in September 2017. It was a Family get-away for grandparents, adult children and grandchildren ages 13 to 2.

The accommodations are special. The large great room and stone fireplace are the center of the family universe . . . with seating for all at a marvelous dining table, all possible TV options plus an outdoor dining area and a screened-in porch with a large hanging two person hammock (perfect for a quick nap).

The kids challenged the adults to a ping pong tournament, and the s'mores we roasted at the outdoor fire pit were a special treat.

There is plenty of off-street parking and a large back yard for the kids to romp around.

Special note: the mattresses are heavenly.

The bedrooms, bathrooms and public areas are perfectly maintained and up to date.

The nearby Sapphire Club has indoor and outdoor swimming pools plus a miniature golf course.

We loaded up the refrigerators with carts of groceries from Ingles supermarket a couple miles away, and enjoyed congenial evenings out at nearby restaurants.

Mountain House is a gem. We hope to return often.

Marc H.


  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mountain House Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This home is in a gated community. We felt very comfortable and relaxed. We have rented large homes for family vacations for over twenty years. This is the only one where we felt as guests rather than renters. Every effort was made by owners to make the home comfortable, including having board games and puzzles, recreational items, and common staples for cooking on hand. Also had every utensil you would ever need except a small paring knife. This home had everthing you would want. High end appliances. Most popular items in the home were the large swing on the screened porch (was in constant use by someone), the outdoor firepit stocked with firewood (smores and fire at night), and the fuseball table (children constantly wanted to play). The floorplan was ideal to offer both large space where all could gather as well as space where you could "get away". No pool, but this is not a beach home. And Sapphire Valley has both indoor and outdoor pools within a mile and a half. Only one warning...cell phone service is spotty in the house , but can be found. All in all, if you have a large family and Sapphire Valley is where you want to go, this is where you want to stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jacksonville, FL

The perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The Mountain House is the perfect escape. Our Florida family enjoyed our respite in the cool mountain air. The kiddos loved all the local waterfalls. We'll definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chattanooga, TN

Amazing trip to the mountains of western North Carolina

  • 5 of 5

I have found many wonderful vacation properties through VRBO but this one tops them all! The Mountain House exceeded our expectations in every way possible! From the beautiful architecture to the furnishings, bedding, kitchen supplies, and cleanliness, all the way to the chocolate cake on the counter and wood stacked in the fire pit- Donna does not spare a single luxury for her guests. Our family was blessed to spend a week in this incredible home surrounded by the natural beauty of Cashiers, and we hope to visit again next year. Donna is the perfect hostess and we are grateful to have been her guests!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for a family gathering

  • 5 of 5

Three generations of our family gathered at "The Mountain House" at Sapphire Valley Resort for a week at the end of July. We took our kids, their spouses, and grandkids for a wonderful week in the the NC mountains. The house was beautifully equipped and there was plenty of room for all eleven of us. Definitely a place to return to.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thomas, I've taken the liberty of posting your email to me after your visit...I think future guests would find it informative & helpful...thanks so much!! "Donna, we had a wonderful week enjoying the cool air of the NC mountains. It was so pleasant that we turned the AC off when we arrived and only turned it back on, as directed, when we left. Great sleeping weather. The week went quickly. We all went tubing on the French Broad one day – most relaxing and the kids really enjoyed it. However, the grandkids favorite thing was our afternoon at Lake Glenville. We rented a pontoon boat with a tube. 11-14 year olds love the thrill of being on a tube going at what seems like high speed over the water. Our son-in-law brought his canoe and used it several times on Lake Fairfield. The grandkids enjoyed swimming in the lake and also the pool at the rec center. We even played a round of minature golf at the rec center. Our son and son-in-law took the kids on a hike one afternoon which was fun and only marred by mist obstructing the views. Your lovely and well-equipped home served as a great base and the kids pretty much took over the lower level – playing chess, ping-pong, and monopoly. We all loved the porch and spent a lot of time out there, talking, napping, and reading. Family meals around your large dining table were fun-filled every evening. Thank you for providing the perfect venue for our family get-together and the next time our “out west” kids (Salt Lake City and San Diego) come east we’ll definitely want to spend time at your Mountain House. "
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
cleaning $300 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $1,500
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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