Queen Branch Cottage - Cozy, Renovated Farmhouse in Private Cove!
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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Franklin farmhouse description
Queen Branch Cottage is real slice of Southern Appalachian culture nestled in a secluded (but easily accessible)mountain cove in the rural Little Tennessee River valley halfway between Franklin and Bryson City, North Carolina. Named 'Queen Branch' for the stream that runs alongside it,the farmhouse was built in the 1880s and still retains its original character inside and out; but a recent 'green' renovation has made it into a comfortable, and energy-efficient modern home.
In the morning, you can sip your coffee on the porch as you look at the misty mountains and listen to the songbirds sing, and if you’re lucky you’ll catch a glimpse of deer at the edge of the front meadow.
Then, you can spend lazy days fishing, floating, or kayaking in the nearby Little Tennessee River, or swing in the yard and watch the hummingbirds buzz about the flowers. You can also enjoy all the excitement the region has to offer including: kayaking and white water rafting; mountain and road biking; hiking in the Smoky Mountain National Park or on the Appalachian Trail; hunting for rubies and sapphires at a local gem mine; or just taking a scenic drive or train ride; and make sure to take advantage of being in a rural farming community and get your food from the source at a local farm stand. On rainy days, you can relax and listen to rain on the old tin roof, hear the rush of the creek, and when it stops watch the ghostly wisps fog slowly dissipate to expose the mountain vista beyond and understand why they called these mountains “Smoky”.
In the evenings, you can watch the fireflies in the meadow and listen to the whippoorwills’ call to each other as you watch the sun set over the Nantahala Mountain Range turn into a night sky filled with stars.
Whether you are seeking a quiet respite from the city, a romantic weekend, or a great base for your family vacation, Queen Branch cottage is a beautiful, eco-friendly place to stay to create your own fond memories.
Keywords: eco-friendly, historic home
- Vacation Rental
- Pets Considered
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 6-7
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Ice Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Washing Machine
- Clothes Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Parking Off Street
- Air Conditioning
- Washer/Dryer in unit, two bedrooms have queen beds and the other has a full-sized bed, plus a full-sized futon in family room, secluded location on 8 acres of conserved woodlands, a rushing creek runs next to the house, fire pit, public access to Little Tennessee River and acres of conserved meadow lands across the road, children welcome, pets welcome...moreless
- Video Library
- DVD Player
- Free Long Distance
- Outdoor Grill
- Deck / Patio
Location & View
- Mountain View:
- Mountain Biking
- Water Tubing
- Mountain Climbing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Scenic Drives
- Botanical Garden
- Sight Seeing
- Horseback Riding
- Wildlife Viewing
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AT HikingGuest comment entered by owner
Three old friends here to hike sections of the AT. What a wonderful home to come back to at the end of the day!We loved your book about the area but mostly about this historic house. Thanks so much for the fully-equipped kitchen - we cooked delicious dinners every night and loved having the staples/condiments already stocked. It was a great time with great friends, great food and great accommodations.
- Guest Peg, Suzy, & Anne
- Date of stay 10/23/11
- Review Submitted 03/05/12
One of a kind
One of a kind
We could not have been happier with our stay at Queen Branch Cottage. The place is a beauty. It is steeped in the history of the pioneers came before and lovingly restored by its modern-day owners. There is plenty to enjoy on the property: cool mornings on the front porch, the pleasure of cooking a meal in the thoughtfully designed kitchen, the quiet of the evening. This may sound crazy, but we even enjoyed the most mundane chores of clearing dishes, doing laundry and gathering tinder for a fire. And it is easy driving distance to hiking, tubing, fishing, sight-seeing, antiquing, music - everything the Smoky Mountain area has to offer. Thank you to Diana, Charlie and Rennie for opening their one-of-a-kind home.
- Guest Bill and Carolyn (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
- Date of stay 08/02/11
- Review Submitted 08/16/11
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, age 55+.
Owner response: We couldn't agree more - there is something very wonderful and peaceful about our little cottage and we're happy when others can enjoy it too!
It is hard to describe in words how much we enjoyed our stay at Queen Branch Cottage. What an amazing 4 days of total relaxation---exploring, reading, resting, grilling, learning to fish again (after 40 years, learning about this special part of the mountains and enjoying the home you so beautifully put back together. What a great result and obviously a labor of love, and so well crafted, by far the best home on Route 28! The early morning fog and haze burning off to gorgeous days, the sound of the creek outside tumbling down the mountain, fireflies in the evening, and the incredible landscape. We are grateful for this opportunity and hope everyone enjoys this place as much as we did.
- Guest John (Knoxville, TN)
- Date of stay 06/01/11
- Review Submitted 07/01/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, pet owners, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+.
Owner response: There REALLY is something about the sound of that creek, the view of those mountains, and the flashing fireflies in the meadow that makes you forgot your troubles and stresses and lets you just relax and enjoy life!
Guest comment entered by owner
This was a wonderful place to stay for our family. My son had been studying abroad in Scotland, my middle daughter away at college and interning at Highlands, my youngest daughter super busy this last year in high school. It was the first time we had been together as a family for quite some time and well needed. We often rent in the mountains for vacation and my son commented that this way his favorite place we have stayed. We went no where, rested, took walks at the Preserve, played croquet in the rain, and sat on the porch listening to the creek and looking at the stars. We sang on the porch while my son strummed guitar. A lovely respite and time together.
- Guest Heidi & Wayne
- Date of stay 06/19/11
- Review Submitted 06/25/11
Sweet & Easy Getaway
Sweet & Easy Getaway
Super charming getaway. What a great place to sit back and enjoy just breathing. Incredible restoration job on this little piece of history. Many times throughout the long weekend we felt we'd stepped back in time. That said, the kitchen and bathroom were well stocked with all the modern day amenities. It was especially good sleeping in the upstairs bedroom with the window open and sounds of the flowing creek to lull one to sleep. The bead board walls and ceiling upstairs felt both cozy and like the kind of walls that have stories... good stories. We really enjoyed the sparse, yet perfect decor of the interior. Life is full of man-made things to look at and take in, and the simplicity at the cottage felt like the perfect respite from a visually overloaded world. Had a great fire in the outdoor fire pit. The stars, the stars.... incredible show with several shooting stars. Next time we bring our telescope. It should be pointed out that Hwy 28, a scenic byway, passes 100+ yards in front of the house. But honestly it didn't feel invasive. I imagined that those who were traveling down this byway by bicycle, motorcycle or car were taking in the same beauty that we were-intentionally as well. The Little River Trust land and the mountains that lay beyond the front of the house are a huge bonus. When not reading on the front porch, I found myself staring at the meadow and mountains, listening to all the birds, and escaping from hurried everyday life. There are games to play, a great swing out front, a good selection of reading material and the back deck was great for yoga. We look forward to coming back in the summer for tubing down the river, fall for the view and spring for the unfold of it all again. Look forward to sharing it with others as well. It's a great place for a small group of friends, family or just for two. Thanks Charlie, Diana and Rennie for putting so much love and hard work into this home and then sharing it with the rest of us.
- Guest bixjimby (Asheville, NC)
- Date of stay 04/22/11
- Review Submitted 04/24/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, families with young children, pet owners, adventure seekers, romantic getaway.
Owner response: It's always nice to see the cottage through someone else'e eyes. And, it's a good point to mention that a two lane scenic highway runs along the property - we like it because it make the cottage easy to access in any weather - and it's a great bike route! Every year in mid-May, it is fun to see the Ruby Ride & Run pass by out front.
Charming Mountain Cottage!
Charming Mountain Cottage!
We enjoyed our stay at the cottage and Diana and Charlie were helpful in giving us tips on things to do and see in the area. It’s a truly charming and cozy farmhouse, very simply (but nicely) furnished. We loved taking our dogs to explore the creek and roam in the meadows across the road. Our trips to Fontana Dam and to the nearby the Mason Mountain Gem Mine were really fun (and we especially enjoyed the local flavor of the folks at the canoe rental/vegetable stand across the road from the Mine) and the whole area around Queen Branch is very scenic – especially around sunset when the meadows take on a golden glow. We totally recommend this place and would rent it again. The one drawback was the lack of tv and internet access. Our stay was only three nights and we found things to do in the evening: we had a bonfire one night, played board games another, and watched DVDs on the last night. But I can see were it might get tedious on a longer stay. If they had tv and internet service, this place would definitely be a 5 out of 5.
- Guest John (Raleigh, North Carolina)
- Date of stay 09/17/10
- Review Submitted 02/14/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with young children, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with teenagers.
Owner response: Charlie and I have considered getting digital tv and internet at Queen Branch cottage. The only reason we haven't yet, is that we enjoy taking a break from our daily work routine when we're out there and by not having those distractions we find that we spend more time outside enjoying nature - looking for bugs, collecting rocks, listening to the creek. and watching the sunset. But, we do understand that renters might want to stay connected and if we get requests from future renters we'll definitely add that amenity!
Quiet retreat, lovely setting, wonderful property
Quiet retreat, lovely setting, wonderful property
We rented this house for a long weekend to get away without going to far and be close to the hiking we wanted to do. The house is gorgeous and comfortable. I loved the colors of the rooms. the warmth of the wood and I especially love the antique paneling in the upstairs rooms. You just felt relaxed and comfortable as soon as you walked in the door. Everything was clean and seemed brand new, the kitchen was average size but well laid out and easy to work in. The kids had a blast playing in the creek just out the back door and exploring the fields and woods that surround the place. They really loved the big swing out front and our excursions to the not so little Little Tennesse River a short walk away across the street. I would definitely stay here again or might put family up there the next time they come to visit. It was a much needed relaxing stay and easy trip into Bryson city for some good brew and a pizza. Lots of great hiking and canoeing close by too. Two thumbs up!
- Guest The Perks (Fairview, NC)
- Date of stay 11/05/10
- Review Submitted 02/09/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with young children, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+.
Owner response: It's so nice to hear that people appreciate the original bead board paneling. We worked hard to salvage it when we renovated the house, and we've been told by several visitors that the sloped ceilings and bead board walls upstairs look just like the old farmhouses at Cade's Cove in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park that are from about the same time period.
Guest comment entered by owner
We love this place! It was so relaxing to just sit on the front porch and listen to the songbirds and soak in the sun - and when I got ambitious, I went across the road and did some fly fishing (didn't catch much though). On our last morning, we saw a flock of 20 or 30 wild turkeys roaming across the backyard - it was quite a site and something we don't often see back home in Michigan! We will definitely be back next year!
- Guest Carl and Marty
- Date of stay 10/21/10
- Review Submitted 02/07/11
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The Needmore Tract 4500 acre state nature preserve that extends along 25 miles of the Little Tennessee River. It's a great place to swim, picnic, and tube along the river. If you drive the entire length of the road you'll end up near Bryson City and onthe way you will have passed the swinging bridge - this is the one of several pedestrian swinging bridges left in the area (but the others are on private land). You'll see the bridge from the road and there are several gravel parking spaces next to the bridge. It's just fun to walk across & it'll give your stomach butterflies when it sways. And there's a small beach on the other side that's a great place to picnic and swim with small children....MoreCollapse
Great place for Rhodolite and native rubies. Open March through November. Across the street is a nice vegetable stand with local produce and they rent canoes and tubes for floating down the river. AND, take a look in the River from their parking lot - you'll see a V-shaped section of rocks in the water. This is actually a preserved Cherokee fish weir (to funnel fish into nets to be caught). This part of the Little Tennessee River Valley was an active place and English adventurers in the early 1700s noted a number of Cherokee villages and farms with peach orchards and corn fields thoughout the region....MoreCollapse
The famed Appalachian Trail extends along the Appalachain mountains from Maine to Georgia. Wesser Bald Fire Tower is a great, moderate 4 mile hike that takes you along the AT to the former Wesser Fire Tower (the tower burned down many years ago). Directions to the trailhead: go about 1/2 mile north on HWY 28 & turn left onto Tellico Road (go over white concrete bridge). Follow this road as it climbs through scenic Tellico valley, turns to gravel, passes the Tellico Trout farm and climbs steeply up into the gap. There's plenty of parking at the gap, and you want to follow the Appalachian Trail (AT) north - away from the power-line and starting next to the fire road. The trail is a graded but persistent...MoreCollapse
Deep Creek entrance to Great Smoky Mountain National Park . This is a "dead end entrance" that does not connect by roads to the rest of the park. But it is a great place for hiking and seeing waterfalls, and for tubing down Deep Creek - a wild, scenic river gorge. Tubes are available for daily rental at a number of places on the road leading to the Park entrance....MoreCollapse
Year Purchased: 2008
About the owner: Our family lives in Asheville, North Carolina and we love these mountains! A few years ago, we discovered this old farmhouse that the local Land Trust and Preservation Society were trying to save and we fell in completely in love. We were struck by the beauty of the rural setting and the simple elegance of the farmhouse, and decided to take on the restoration and combine historic preservation with green building techniques to create a truly special home. Now, the restoration is complete but our jobs and school keep us away more than we would like, so we've decided to share our home with others. We hope you enjoy your stay at this wonderful place! Diana, Charlie, and Rennie
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Cottage from the backyard, looking across the stream.
Little Tennessee River
Appalachian Trail - Wesser Fire tower view
Mountain View from Front Porch
Main Floor Bedroom
2nd upstairs bedroom
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