Harold & Marla Johnson
About Harold & Marla Johnson
We are a retired couple who moved to Franklin in 2005. Harold graduated from Sarasota High School and ran a construction business specializing in concrete work for 35 years; working exclusively on Boca Grande. He enjoys woodworking, recreating the beauty of an old building and has volunteered over the last 12 years just helping ministries and people in need. Marla is South Carolina girl and enjoys quilting and managing this property. Raised in a minister's home, she loves working with the church and being a part of the "family". They have travelled the world on many missionary endeavors. With 6 children, 11 grandchildren and 5 great grands, they enjoy the life that God has provided.
Harold & Marla Johnson purchased this Cabin in 2005
Why Harold & Marla Johnson chose Franklin
We bought this property with 25 acres in 2005. This building was an old canning shed on the lower level and storage on the upper level. Marla's mother suggested that Harold make her a summer house out of this old building. Thus, Granny's Mountain Retreat was birthed. Read the rest of the story when you stay with us.
What makes this Cabin unique
Cowee Valley is quiet and peaceful. It's a place where you can sit on your porch and watch the deer and turkey feed and hear the geese as they fly into the pond closeby. There are times that you can actually hear the creek rushing through the valley. It's an escape from the busyness of life and enjoy, relax and rest.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Great location quiet easy access to Franklin
A great little cottage!
We had a wonderful time staying here! It had everything we needed! It was very close to all the events that we wanted to try. Such a cozy place for a weekend getaway!
Lovely location and people.
All was magnificent and wonderful. Recommend these to anyone seeking solitude and breathtaking views.
There were a couple of rainy mornings but there's nothing like sleeping with the windows open in the month of July!
Steel Magnolias July 2019
Whole renting process was easy. Owners greeted us upon arrival & departure. Amenities were complete. Enjoyed and very welcoming to come back to rest
Granny's Mountain Retreat is our favorite place to stay when the mountains are calling!
This was our second time staying here and it was just as wonderful as the first time! So relaxing and such a beautiful location. The cabin has everything we needed for our family of four. Our two teenagers even love the place! Plenty of things to do at the cabin and plenty of places nearby within an easy drive. We've explored waterfalls, gone whitewater rafting and even driven down to Helen, GA for the day. We're looking forward to going back again. Thank you Mr. Harold and Momma Marla!
It's so good to get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy what the Great Smokey Mountains has to offer. Sissy will miss this family 💔
Very beautiful and quiet place to relax. could not have been more pleased!
Granny's Mountain Retreat is a great central location for sightseeing on your motorcycle or taking a ride on the Smokey Mountain Railroad. Granny even has a covered area for bike parking!
Waterfalls, Fun Factory, Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts; 10 minutes from Highway 28 known for its curves and dips; snow tubing at Sky Valley and Maggie Valley; NOC whitewater rafting