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If you are looking for a place to experience the mountains and all that Western North Carolina has to offer, our Blessing Ridge mountain home could be an ideal choice for you! Completed in late 2011 our home is located at a 2500 foot elevation within the boundaries of the Nantahala National Forest. It has the feel of a remote mountain getaway…without the usual steep mountain driving. It also has easy access to neighbors and to nearby suburban amenities. You will enjoy great views from every room in the house with breathtaking 180 degree, long range mountain views from our great room, dining room and wrap around covered porch. If you like to cook you will even enjoy the view while cooking on an IKEA gas stove inserted into a cooking island complete with chef table seating! The kitchen is equipped with brand new stainless steel appliances so there is no roughing it at Blessing Ridge.
The great room with a family room loft overlooking it has wood floors, tongue and groove wood paneling on its vaulted ceiling and a gas log fireplace inset in a floor to ceiling stone wall. The fireplace turns on with the flip of a wall switch! Both the family room and master bedroom are equipped with a 60 channel Dish Network satellite system. There is a new 55' LED HD Flat-Screen TV mounted above fireplace and a new 29' LED Flat-Screen in the Master Bedroom. Blessing Ridge is also equipped with wireless DSL internet...if you need to check your email or post some vacation photos on Facebook!
The dining room butcher block table will seat 10 with beautiful views of its own. Or you may enjoy supper on the adjacent shaded wrap around covered porch with gas grill and comfortable seating for 6 in the dining area. There’s additional space to relax on a new red cedar two person glider on the covered rocking porch and a sunning deck with two chaise lounges adjacent to a 7 person lounger hot tub equipped with L.E.D. lighting and an MP3 / FM stereo sound system! Every seat has a different jet configuration so we have enjoyed playing musical seats in the hot tub! It’s also an especially great spot to enjoy the starlit mountain sky.
Our home will sleep up to ten with queen beds in two of the bedrooms, a full bed and twin bunks in the upstairs bedroom, and a queen sofa bed in the loft. The sofa bed has a memory foam mattress and a great long range mountain view! The house has three full baths with tub and shower, with a 9 jet Jacuzzi in the Master Bath! We have just added a new full-size ping pong table in the loft as well.
While the terrain for many mountain view home locations may feel a bit treacherous for younger kids, our home’s grassy hills are kid-friendly and provide a great place for sledding…on the grass as well as during the occasional winter snow. A fire pit has been installed on the ridge with a panoramic view of the mountains from three 6' custom built spruce benches. A great place for a cookout or to enjoy smors with the lids! The adjacent hillsides are also a favorite morning and evening hang-out for numerous white-tailed deer. Located on the side of the 3500’ Lyle Knob, you don’t even need to get in your car to enjoy some great hiking. Exploring the undeveloped areas of Buck Mountain Estates on switch backing gravel paths provides some great aerobic exercise and stunning views at the higher elevations.
Our home is located one mile from US Highway 441, a short 10 minute drive to Franklin in Western North Carolina. It is 75 minutes from the Asheville Airport and 2 ½ hours from the Atlanta Airport.
No traffic! No steep ravines to worry about! Great sliding hills adjacent to house. New fire-pit to enjoy wiener roasts and smors....moreless
There are two steps at entrance. Once inside, the living room, dining room, kitchen, porch, and 2 of the bedrooms and bathrooms are on all on one level. Higher toilet in master bath. There is also one step down to the deck and hot tub. We have hosted a wheelchair guest who plans to return but have been advised that access to the toilets and showers can be challenging....moreless
Two dogs max on main level wood floor only. Twenty pounds or less. $100 per stay. Sorry...no cats due to allergies!...moreless
Queen size beds in master bedroom and main floor guest bedroom. Full size bed and bunk beds in family bedroom adjacent to loft. Queen Sleep Sofa with new memory foam mattress in loft. Great morning view of mountains from sofa bed!...moreless
Covered wrap around porch for dining and rocking on new two person red cedar glider in addition to elevated deck, 7 person hot tub on deck and two chaise lounges, great walking and hiking on development's gravel roads, memory foam mattress on sofa bed, all new appliances...moreless
Stocked with a variety of family friendly board games and cards....moreless
Turns on with the flip of a wall switch! The fireplace is a decorative feature and not the primary heating device so guests are asked to kindly turn it off when leaving the room or going to bed!...moreless
Summer Season Jun 1 - Aug 15, 2015 3 night min stay
July 4th Holiday Week Jun 28 - Jul 4, 2015 7 night min stay
$1,100 flat fee
Fall Color Season Oct 2 - Nov 7, 2015 3 night min stay
November - December Nov 8 - Dec 19, 2015 2 night min stay
Thanksgiving Week Nov 21 - Nov 27, 2015 7 night min stay
$1,100 flat fee
Christmas Week Dec 20 - Dec 26, 2015 7 night min stay
$1,100 flat fee
New Year's Day Week Dec 27 - Jan 2, 2016 7 night min stay
$1,100 flat fee
My Standard Rate 2 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit$200
$75 - $150 Cleaning Fee$100
Pet Fee$50 + tax
Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Franklin is the Gem Mining Capital! Several mines nearby!
Year Purchased: 2011
About the owner: I am a Lutheran pastor serving in Orlando. My wife is a public school teacher. Our son is in seminary and our daughter just got her MSW and works with children in poverty. Our Franklin vacation home has become our favorite place to get away as a family, relax, and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the North Carolina mountains! We know you will feel as blessed at our Blessing Ridge home as we do!
Why the Owner Chose Franklin: Our Franklin vacation home is an unexpected blessing. We chose it for its spectacular mountain views and easy access to Franklin and its many suburban amenities. We chose Franklin because of its central location in Western North Carolina making it a great base from which to explore all that this great area has to offer.
The Unique Benefits at this Cabin: Blessing Ridge is a spectacular vacation home. Everyone who has visited is blown away by the 180 degree long range mountain views that we enjoy there. We love the view when the sky is clear and you can see for miles. And we love the view when it's raining and the clouds are rolling in and out among the many layers of ridges we can see from our many windows. In most places the view stays constant....but not in the mountains. The personality of the view can change in minutes which is always exciting. The hot tub and sunning deck...along with the substantial wrap around covered porch for dining and rocking...the dining room windows...and the living room view wall allow you the freedom to enjoy the view no matter what the weather. Even when the sun goes down...the outline of the distant mountains remains...and on a clear night the stars from the hot tub are breathtaking! The gas fireplace creates a great ambiance for reading, visiting, playing games or napping. And while it feels like you are on top of the world...with only the mountains in view...you're only 10 minutes from the amenities of Franklin which feels surprisingly suburban for a town of only 3000 people...with Gem Mining, two McDonald's and the 1500 seat Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts which regularly hosts Broadway touring shows! It is a very unique place to vacation and to explore all that Western North Carolina has to offer...including waterfalls within a 20 minute drive and whitewater rafting within 45 minutes. You won't regret your stay!