'Glamping' in a Yurt at Blanche Manor- Affordable Eco-Friendly
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- Minimum stay:1 night
- Pets allowed:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
After years of requests by our horseback riding guests, we are now able to share a taste of life at Blanche Manor. After long deliberation, we decided on yurts. We wanted others to enjoy the paradise we live in without destroying or altering the beauty we all migrate to the mountains for. The yurt allows you to feel as if you are part of the wilderness, but does not leave a permanent environmental footprint! Believe it or not, these structures can be taken down and moved if needed. Mother Nature would never know they were ever there!
So what is a yurt, anyway? It is a portable circular dwelling with a permanent wooden floor, a dome roof supported by beautiful wooden rafters that leads to wonderful skylight. The natural light from above and the four large windows truly gives you the feeling of being outside. Think of the yurt as a camping experience, and your expectations will wildly surpassed.
Our structures are cooled by mountain breezes that flow freely through the multiple windows; the large ceiling fan keeps the cool air in and pushes the hot air out. In very hot weather each yurt is equipped with an air conditioner, to ensure your total comfort. In cooler weather the windows are closed and small eco-friendly heaters will help this efficient, well insulated structure to keep the chill out. These wonderful abodes were the perfect option for us because they are not only beautiful, environmentally respectful, but offer the safety and structure of a home, with the earthy feeling of camping. Talk about having it all!
Being environmentally friendly does not mean you cannot be comfortable! We designed each yurt to feel as if you were “glamping”. They were thoughtfully and beautifully appointed with everything you should need to enjoy your stay away from home. The queen size log bed boasts high thread count sheets, elegant comforters and pillows, and a space- saving trundle bed underneath for two additional guests. . .
If you have more than four guests, there is a sleeper sofa or queen air mattress, depending on which yurt you choose.
The kitchen area is simply and efficiently designed to meet the needs of a honeymoon couple wanting a sunrise cup of coffee or a bustling family excitedly looking forward to a full blown mountain cookout . There is a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, dishes, utensils, utility towels, and pots and pans for grill cooking.
The patio area was designed for guests to appreciate the reason we all migrate to the mountains. Our outside kitchen has a view that is unmatched. The gas grill has a side burner so complete meals can be prepared. Your grilled masterpiece can then be conveniently enjoyed in the outside dining area that is shaded by an umbrella and situated at the optimal point to enjoy refreshing mountain breezes. And my favorite is the hammock – a great place to read a book, supervise all that cooking, or do nothing at all! For the true mountaineers, there is a fire pit if you really want to cook you dinner the old fashioned way! This centrally located amenity, just steps away from your yurt, is also equipped with running water for washing off your dishes, hands, shoes, etc.
In keeping with the earth friendly theme, the yurts share a bathhouse with a common septic system. This allowed us to reduce our impact on our forest, which was of paramount importance. Each yurt has its own bathroom at the bathhouse. The facility is at the bottom of the yurt property. It can be seen in this photo as the red tin roof. A winding path, illuminated at night makes the commute to the facilities short, safe, and scenic, about a one minute walk. THERE IS NOT A BATHROOM IN THE YURT, YOU MUST WALK TO YOUR BATHROOM, ABOUT 150 YARDS DOWN A GRAVELED, ILLUMINATED PATH. Because of this, staying in our yurts may not be for everyone. If you are in poor health, or the thought of walking to the bathrooom does not thrill you, this is probably not the experience for you.
We made sure the bathroom was worth the short jaunt, about 150 yards down an illuminted gravel path. They are appointed with fluffy towels, quality fixtures, a well lit vanity and sink, a shower with deluxe shower head, and toilet. There is also a shared hot tub in the bath house area for enjoying incredible views of star-filled nights. Getting back to nature has never been so luxurious! The bathhouse is also where the parking area is located. You will have to walk your luggage up the hill to the yurt, so please pack accordingly. The walk is short, but it is uphill. We have gone out of our way to make sure you have everything you need, so packing light should be easy. Also, the walk back up the hill is well worth the beautiful view you get from your deck!
There is so much nature to enjoy. It can be as simple as the sunrises from your deck. When you are ready to explore, our secluded wooded location has walking paths, a small pond, and of course horses passing by at the bottom of the property.
When you are ready for some outdoor activities, the ranch is steps away, the Ocoee River is just 10 minutes, and unlimited hiking and biking are available at the White Water Center 15 minutes from our property.
We are sure you will enjoy your stay on the ranch with us. You can see our property at www.blanchemanor.com
- 24 sq. ft.
- 1 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8
- Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Bathrooms: 1 Bathrooms
- Air Conditioning
- Shared Hot Tub
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Mountain View
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Medical Services
- Fly Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Water Skiing
- Miniature Golf
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Eco Tourism
- Wildlife Viewing
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First time "yurter"
First time "yurter"
In my previous post I spoke of the horses and dogs, in no way were they a bother, I was trying to explain that it's not a remote, totally quiet property. We really enjoyed our stay and would go back again. It's perfect for those of us who love the outdoors experience without totally roughing it!
- Guest Regina F.
- Date of stay 05/10/13
- Review Submitted 05/15/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway.
First time "yurter"
First time "yurter"
Overall a great experience! This was a birthday surprise for our son and he loved it! We were pleasantly surprised at how much room is in the yurt and it was well stocked with dishes and extra bedding. The temperature was very comfortable and it was supplied with fans and heaters for personal comfort. The bed was a rustic log bed and was pretty comfortable except for the flat pillows. There were lots of extras so we put two inside each pillowcase. Our son slept on the pull out trundle and it was hard and he could feel the boards. He is 19 so he's a grown man, a child would probably never notice. The bathroom is down a path that was supposed to be well lighted but several of the lights were out so we took the flashlight that was provided and it was fine. The bathroom is nice and clean but there was no soap. If you're looking for something totally quiet and private, this isn't the place, there are dogs barking and people on trail rides and people staying in the bunkhouse. If you keep in mind that it's really more like camping than staying in a hotel room, you will enjoy the stay.
- Guest Regina F.
- Date of stay 05/10/13
- Review Submitted 05/14/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, families with young children.
Owner response: I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us! I apologize for some of the lights being out in the path, the solar lights have batteries that go out frequently and we will check them immediately. I am so sorry that the soap was out in the bathroom, that will be remedied immediately. I only wish we would have known this during your stay so we could have corrected it during your visit. I apologize that our working dogs barking disturbed you. Their job is to keep all of the large forest animals away from the horses and our guests. So when you hear them barking, they are actually chasing away something unwelcome that is trying to enter the property perimeter. I am also sorry that the riders passing at the top of the view was disruptive, normally that is a highlight for our guests. I am happy that was only an issue for you until 3 PM, when the rides,are completed for the day. Thank you for staying with us, and I hope you visit the ranch again soon. Your concerns will be addressed and implimented immediately. Thank you for your assistance in making our facilities better for our future guests:)
Took 5 little girls Glamping
Took 5 little girls Glamping
We took 5 little girls ages 6-9 glamping. The yurt was awesome. They got the feel of pseudo camping while still having all the amenities needed. The yurt had plenty of space and had everything we required. The kids had a wonderful time playing out in nature. They loved the hot tub. It was a wonderful weekend and a great birthday party. You don't need to pack anything but food. It was all the fun of camping without all the work. Our horseback riding activities were a short walk away. We'll be back soon. We'd highly recommend it. If you've never been camping and want to try it, this is a good way to get your feet wet.
- Guest Birthday glamping
- Date of stay 05/05/12
- Review Submitted 05/06/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway.
We arrived after dark, so can only guess we missed an awesome sunset. Laying in the hammock, under a sky full of stars was magical. The yurt was very comfortable and warm with the heaters provided. The night sky lighting up the skylight in the roof was incredible. We woke up just before dawn so that we could experience an amazing sunrise. It was so peaceful and quite. We also enjoyed the horseback riding. The staff at the barn was very friendly and helpful, the horses were amazing. We will be back.
- Guest ponz
- Date of stay 03/21/12
- Review Submitted 03/26/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, adventure seekers, romantic getaway.
Thoroughly enjoyed staying in the Yurt. More comfortable than true camping, yet still with that feel. Beautiful views, quiet and peaceful. It was what I was expecting from the pictures. Everything was well maintained. The owners are very friendly and helpful. I would heartily recommend this for anyone wanting a peaceful getaway. Visit the Cider House restaurant and store, great food and even more wonderful, fresh apples. And it's an easy drive to the Ocoee River Whitewater Center. Already looking forward to going again.
- Guest Susan
- Date of stay 09/22/11
- Review Submitted 09/27/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, adventure seekers, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway.
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Please refer to the email your recived as your rental agreement. It will give check in directions and policies. Please call Rachel at 423-248-0898 day of arrival with any questions.
- cleaning fee: $20
- Tax Rate 9.25%
IF YOU MAKE A SAME DAY RESERVATION, PLEASE CALL 423-241-0898 IMMDEDIATELY AND MAKE US AWARE OF YOUR INTENDED ARRIVAL AND CHECK IN TIME. THE NATURE OF OUR BUSINESS KEEPS US OUTSIDE MOST OF THE DAY AND UNABLE TO ACCESS OUR COMPUTER. WE ARE UNABLE TO CONTROL WEATHER CONDITIONS. THE YURTS ARE AN OUTSIDE ACTIVITY. We will not offer refunds for weather related issues. Please remember that the yurts are closer to camping in luxury than a cabin, so the climate control will make it more comfortable than the outdoors, but not the same as a cabin. In extreme heat or cold the yurt will not be able to maintain temperature like a house does. Full payment is charged with reservation. $30 processing fee charged on all reservations cancelled prior to seven days of reservation. No refunds within seven days of reservation. There is a $20 cleaning fee per stay, plus taxes that will be added at checkout. No refunds for early departure. TO CHECK INTO THE YURTS AND BUNKHOUSE: Please copy directions from www.blanchemanor.com "contact us/directions". As you approach the barn parking lot, take the fork to your LEFT, it will be marke "YURT VILLAGE". Follow this road until it ends at the bath house with the hot tub. Walk up to the red doors on the covered porch and find doors marked #1 and #2, for the bunkhouse the key will be on the gate marked "bunkhouse" around the side of the porch - this is the entrance to the "Bunkhouse" If you are staying in Yurt #1, your keys will be on the handle on bathroom door #1 and your yurt is the closest yurt to the bathhouse, is marked with #1 on the door, and has a hammock on the deck. If you are staying in Yurt #2, your keys will be on bathroom door #2, and your yurt is behind Yurt #1, has#2 on the door, and a hammock hanging between two trees. ALL hot tub towels will be on the hamper by the hot tub, and bath towels will be in the bath room. Please do not take bath towels out of bath room, and all towels are only to be used for their intended purpose - no outside cleaning with towels, please! Please only use the bathroom assigned to your yurt, or an additional $20 cleaning fee will be charged to your card on file. If you have any problem there is onsite managers who are most always present at check in. If any emergencies, please call 423-241-0898. During regular check - in between 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM, a manager will greet you during your first few hours. If arriving after 7:00 PM, please follow procedures above. PLEASE CALL 423-241-0898 ON YOUR DAY OF ARRIVAL AND LET US KNOW WHEN YOU WILL BE CHECKING IN. If cases of late arrival, we will greet you the next morning. *PLEASE NOTE THE RATE IS $85 PER NIGHT for Yurts, $105 per night for Bunk House. FIRST NIGHT BOOKINGS ARE aprox. $105 yurts, aprox. $130 Bunkhouse. ($85/$105 per night, $20 cleaning fee, and lodging tax) DO NOT FEED, PET, OR LET THE WORKING DOGS NEAR THE YURTS. THEIR JOB IS TO PROTECT THE HORSES AND FARM ANIMALS FROM PREDATORS. IF YOU PET THEM OR FEED THEM, THEY WILL NOT WORK AND PROTECT THE FARM. ONE OF OUR ANIMALS COULD BE INJURED OR KILLED AS A RESULT. I CANNOT STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS RULE! No pets, no smoking, no cooking inside yurts, no open flame of any kind in yurts. Max occupancy is 6 persons, rate includes 4 occupants, extra guests $5 per night. Use of fire pit is to be attended by adults over 18 years of age at all times. All fires must be extinguished fully before being unattended. When unoccupied, all yurt windows and doors must be closed completely to avoid any damage to yurt from rain or wind. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT; RAIN DAMAGE CAN RUIN THE YURT. Any damage beyond normal wear to yurt or premises will be charged to credit card on file. ALL BEDDING, TOWELS, AND BLANKETS WILL BE LEFT IN THE YURTS and BUNKHOUSE AND BATH HOUSE. NONE ARE PERMITTED OUTSIDE OR TO BE USED FOR OUTSIDE CLEANING OR REMOVING MUD OFF OF CLOTHING OR SHOES. There are designated blankets for use on the patio or fire pit, and utility towels for cleaning. All bedding and towels will be left in yurt and bunkhouse and not taken outside. All bath towels will be left at bath house, and used solely for bathing. Guest will be charged for any dishes, towels, bedding, small wares, fixtures, and items not accounted for, or damaged by outside use after check out. Upon check out, all trash must be collected and deposited in proper receptacles or guests will be subject to a $50 fee to be charged to credit card on file. During guest stay, all guests must keep trash in properly provided receptacles to prevent wild visitors. Guests will respect property boundaries and not trespass beyond marked areas or be subject to immediate removal without refund. DO NOT WALK ON THE HORSE TRAILS, THIS CAN FRIGHTEN THE HORSES AND CAUSE INJURY TO RIDERS. Guests will not approach horses passing through property and will exercise caution while in their presence. All children will be supervised at all times at hot tub and pond by an adult to avoid accidental drowning. Any behavior not conducive to a safe and respectful family environment included, but not limited to: loud, disruptive, drunken, lewd, or obnoxious behavior will not be tolerated and guests will be asked to leave immediately without refund. All guests will respect the 10pm till 8am "quiet time". Blanche Manor LLC, its owners, employees, and volunteers will be held harmless for any accident occurring on premises regardless of negligence, fault, or general occurrence.
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- Nearest Airport: Chattanooga tn at 60 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: Highway 5 at 5 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Ocoee Pub at 5 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Copperhill Golf Course at 5 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Cider House Cafe at 2 Miles
Year Purchased: 2009
About the owner: Our family runs Blanche Manor and the guest accomodations. We take great pride in sharing the best of the Blue Ridge Mountains with you! We know you will enjoy your time with us, as we feel we have offered the greatest value possible in a beautiful location, come join us at Blanche Manor!
Why the Owner Chose Copperhill:
Our ranch is located in the heart of the Cohutta Wilderness. We have Olympic rafting courses at our doorstep, riding stables, hiking, biking, tubing, and great restaurants. Our ranch guests would constantly request to stay overnight. We finally answered the multiple requests and opened our yurt village. It is green, works in harmony with our forest, and preserves the natural beauty we all travel to the mountains for. Make no mistake - they are very comfortable and well appointed. I took care to make sure our guests would stay in the same fashion I would expect if I were traveling on a romantic get-away with my husband, or a full our family vacation with my four small children.
The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
While you are 'glamping' with us you will be close to EVERYTHING outdoors! Horseback riding, mountain biking, rafting, tubing, hiking, trout fishing, and swimming. Also antique shopping, scenic railway, great restaurants, constant festivals, and just enjoying the mountain air! We have hoseback riding acitivities onsite, as well as wagon rides through an apple orchard. We also have a wonderful country cafe, The Cider House. It is only 2 miles from the farm, and was featured in Southern Living.
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Full View of Yurt. Yurt 1 has a private deck, gas grill, and hammock.
This is the illuminated walking path from the parking lot to the yurts.
Yurt features log bedding and furniture, fridge, microwave, coffee maker, radio.
The wonderful sky light gives an airy outdoor feel to the yurts.
The hot tub is a wonderful place to enjoy the stars at night.
Our deer grazing area borders the yurts. Smokehouse is pictured upper left.
The firepit and view of Yurt 2 from Yurt 1. Many fmailies rent out both yurts.
When you arrive, our horse-filled pastures will border our private drive.
We get several snows a year. For winter lodging, please book our BUNKHOUSE.
This is the bath house where each yurt has a private bathroom and shared hot tub
View from yurt deck of the mountains. Roof of bath house lower left hand corner.
You are surrounded by nature, you can catch glimpses the horses passing.
The fire pit is a great place to gather under the stars and roast marshmallows.
Entrance to the yurt village, this is where you will find your keys on door #1
Creeks border our farm property. A great way to see them is on horseback!
Our ranch boasts a view of 3 states, a similar view can be seen from the yurts.
PLEASE DO NOT FEED OR PET THE WORKING DOGS WHEN AT THE YURTS.
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