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Roy Bunn came to the Carolinas from Iowa in the 1940’s, bought a mountaintop and built this cozy winterized home to live in while he developed sites for the rest of the neighborhood. He selected the best lot, with a view of Whiteside Mountain, and nestled his home right next to a stream that cascades over a small falls, runs along the side of the house down to a waterfall below. He built a bridge across the stream and through a tunnel of mountain laurel Mr. Bunn could walk to a quiet meadow under an enormous hemlock tree, five acres in all.
When my family constructed the house a short hike past Mr. Bunn’s grapevine, the families grew to know each other and his house became affectionately known as The Bunn House. Mr. Bunn has passed on, as well as my grandparents. Now it’s our house, with all its mementos and curious eccentricities, like the copper envelope holder by the entrance, swinging Dutch door into the office and Mr. Bunn’s safari hat hanging on a piece of old laurel root outside. Three families were raised here and now we are ready to share it with you.
Designed by Mr. Bunn, and built by a well-known builder out of Highlands, the house is paneled predominantly with smooth cedar plank boards. The living room boasts exposed beveled beams, with wood covered bolts, a cherry floor and wormy chestnut paneled walls, a rarity after the blight of the chestnut trees. My mother added the chic, replacing all the drapes and reupholstering the wagon wheel rocker, chair and sofa five years ago with an updated elegance, as well as updating all the appliances. Interior solid doors allow you to close off the living room and light a fire on cool summer nights making a very cozy atmosphere. In the morning you can heat up the kitchen with another fire there, or turn on the furnace for an hour or two until the day warms up, often to a perfect 72 in the summer. In a heat wave, fans are all that are needed to keep cool after opening the windows for cross ventilation.
Twilight is my favorite time on the deck, stretched out on cushy cypress wood chairs listening to the birds while light closes down on Whiteside Mountain. During the day, hummingbirds visit feeders and the trees move in the breeze. When it rains, Adirondack chairs on the front porch sit safely under shelter and allow you to read or just enjoy the sounds of the Appalachian rain forest. Wild flowers grow along the stream and the granite gravel drive, while laurel drop blooms on the trail and rhododendron grow like trees. It’s a magical fairyland, two miles from Cashiers, a growing town of good eats, folk art, antiques and an exclusive Italian dress shop. Highlands, only ten miles in the other direction is a relative metropolis with furniture shops, an antique auction house, summer stock theater, the Center for Cultural Enlightenment and the impressive Bascam Center for Visual Arts. But hiking is what a lot of people come to the mountains for, and we have a library of books to suit your interests in wandering, collecting and watching.
From humble beginnings, we try to maintain our humility and not overprice the simple life. You will have everything you need and none of the worries you left behind. Cable TV and WIFI, comfortable beds and amenable temperatures offer an atmosphere unparalleled.
Smoking is allowed outside on the deck and on the front porch when the windows to the house are closed....moreless
Pets Not Allowed
2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Master Bedroom: 1 queen
Bathroom is in the hallway, beautiful view of Whiteside!...moreless
Guest Bedroom: 1 double, 2 twin/ single
Private full bathroom, large closet, antique bed...moreless
Queen size Beds (1) The master bedroom has a queen bed and a view of Whiteside Mountain, Twin or Single Beds (2) The guest room has a double bed between two twin beds, creating a family style arrangement. A full bathroom is off this room....moreless
Electric heater in wall for chilly mornings....moreless
The hall bathroom is shared by the master bedroom and the guest bathroom is off the guest room giving it a private entrance....moreless
If you come to Cashiers to get away, go to festivals, or hike everyday, the Bunn house is in the center of it all. ...moreless
Satellite / Cable
Away From It All
Local Services & Businesses
Whiteside Mountain is front and center, with a different vantage point from every room in the house. Peregrine falcons have been seen flying in the airspace above the valley....moreless
A mountain stream bubbles down several waterfalls, over rocks, through glittering sand and pools along the side of the house, past the view from the breakfast table and then steeply onwards to a higher falls below....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Dine surrounded by the warmth of cedar plank paneling on this drop leaf table that seats four to eight people....moreless
A small dirt floor two car garage is there, but we just park in front....moreless
The cabin is oil heated and zoned in two areas. It is very efficient and heats the rooms quickly. We turn the kitchen heat off at night and down in the bedrooms, snuggled under blankets if cold....moreless
Iron & Board
A sofa and two stuffed chairs, a rocker and a captain chair all are in front of the TV. Behind the sofa is a game table and four more captain chairs....moreless
Unlimited parking down the long driveway, as well as in front of the garage....moreless
Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
The gravel driveway is long enough and wide enough to park several vehicles along the side without parking on the grass. It is a private drive....moreless
Because of poor cell service, the land line becomes your main contact with the outside world, should you wish any....moreless
A large front loading washer is in the basement....moreless
The kitchen features a view of the mountain over the sink, and the stream rolls right along the window by the kitchen table, offering sound and sight to die for. The drop leaf table seats from two to six. This is one of the nicest spots in the house!...moreless
I try to keep spices in the cabinet and condiments in the refrigerator so you don't have to haul them up on short visits....moreless
Thanksgiving Week Nov 25 - Nov 28, 2015 4 night min stay
$650 flat fee
Summer Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2016 6 night min stay
Thanksgiving Week Nov 23 - Nov 26, 2016 4 night min stay
$650 flat fee
Summer Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2017 6 night min stay
Thanksgiving Week Nov 22 - Nov 25, 2017 4 night min stay
$650 flat fee
Summer Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2018 6 night min stay
Thanksgiving Week Nov 21 - Nov 24, 2018 4 night min stay
$650 flat fee
My Standard Rate 3 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
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Fees and Rental Conditions:
housecleaning$100 + tax
Property Damage Protection$79
Summer rentals are weekly only @ $850/wk for a six night week
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Hiking Whiteside Mountain is one of the most popular activities to see the entire valley. Scramble over the rocks to views all the way around the precipice, but feel safe with the carefully maintained fencing and trail. Also, Panthertown Valley Trail Map shows miles of trails and a multitude of waterfalls to explore. Both places are minutes from the cabin. Whitewater rapids are navigated along the Chatooga either guided at higher levels or in personal inner tubes at lower levels.
About the owner: I grew up in Jacksonville, Florida where, in the hot summers, many of the retired residents flocked to the cool climates of the Carolina mountains. My grandparents bought their house from Mr Bunn back in 1960's and every summer the grandchildren had their week up there exploring the creek, catching salamanders and crawdads.
Why the Owner Chose Cashiers: When my father sold the house his parents lived in and moved in to Mr Bunn's house, everyone asked why? But I understood my father's preference for the cozy living room, beautiful stream outside the window and the efficiency of having a winterized home. He asked me which house I preferred, and I agreed with him. Mr Bunn had added so much personality to the place!
The Unique Benefits at this Cabin: Its hard to describe the character of The Bunn House without seeing it. Every room has special nooks, hidden cabinets, beautifully worked wood warmed by age and use. I recently found a cabinet I'm not sure even my parents knew about! It had products from the forties, untouched and intact. The views, the breeze through the house, the sound of the stream and the warmth of the natural wood nestles around you to create a home away from home.
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