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Fern Hill Overlook, Fantastic Views, Hot Tub, Private Setting

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Fern Hill Overlook

Fern Hill Overlook View from the front porch in the fall Hot tub, views, private setting Rocking chair front porch Large Carved Bear Family room with view Wood Stove Master Bedroom with views Full Bathroom Dining area with bay window Kitchen Guest Bedroom Half Bathroom Front yard Back yard Welcome ! Entry Winter view of Watauga river from front porch


Last updated: 04/22/2014
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  • Minimum stay:Contact manager
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Valle Crucis cabin description

Situated on 2 acres on the western slopes of the North Carolina Appalachian Mountains, Fern Hill Overlook offers magnificent mountain views, lots of privacy, and is conveniently accessible to local attractions and activities.

Curve up the driveway between rock ledges and rhododendron to a rustic cabin which is not easily visible from the road. A large carved bear greets your sight as you round the bend in the driveway.

Park under the deck and walk up the stone steps. At the top of the steps, there is a bench big enough for two and a stone patio. It's a great spot for quiet reflection. Go through the house or follow the deck to the front porch for BREATHTAKING mountain views and a glimpse of the river in winter. No other cabins are between you and the river. Put the two rocking chairs together and share nature's beauty and majesty with someone special. Or, soak in the hot tub on the deck and enjoy the scenic views and forest setting. Be sure to keep an eye out for deer passing by but please respect this property as a sanctuary for the native flora and fauna.

This cabin has many amenities including full length windows, an updated kitchen and open floor plan. It is nicely furnished with rustic style furniture and accents. The master bedroom with a reading area takes full advantage of the windows and views. Firewood is provided for the wood burning stove which keeps the cabin cozy in even the coldest weather.

For quick supplies, there's a grocery and gas station just around the bend. Located only 20 minutes from Boone or Blowing Rock, it's a short ride for shopping, touring, or skiing. Head in the other direction and you can spend the day in Tennessee at Watauga Lake! Browse the collection of books in the cabin for reading on a rainy day.

Bear images and figures are included in the decor. Count the bears in and around the cabin and turn in your total to confirm whether you found all of them. Further details are available from the property manager.

Fern Hill Overlook is accessible year round but four wheel drive or chains are recommended for this property in winter months due to the significant slope of the driveway.

Since our primary residence is not in this area, we have elected to handle some of the reservation details through a professional property manager. We believe that ensures local service and expertise to provide you with the best vacation experience.

Property Type

  • 1050 sq. ft.
  • Cabin
  • 1 story

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Non Smoking Only

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Dining Area Seats:


          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Dishwasher
          • Toaster
          • Coffee Maker
          • Refrigerator
          • Kitchen
          • Microwave
          • Stove


          • Covered Parking:

            Parking for one vehicle under deck extension...moreless

          • Heating:

            Ceramic heaters, baseboard heaters...moreless

          • Wood Fireplace:

            Wood stove, firewood provided...moreless

          • Clothes Dryer
          • Hair Dryer
          • Iron & Board
          • Washing Machine
          • Wood Stove
          • Linens Provided
          • Towels Provided


          • Games
          • Books
          • Toys
          • Satellite / Cable
          • Television
          • DVD Player


              Pool & Spa

                  • Hot Tub

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Lawn / Garden:

                    House is on nearly 2 acres with natural landscaping....moreless

                  • Deck / Patio


                  • Romantic
                  • Away From It All
                  • Adventure

                  Location & View

                      • Mountain View


                      • Cycling
                      • Fishing
                      • Kayaking
                      • Skiing
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Mountaineering
                      • Hiking
                      • Mountain Climbing
                      • Rafting
                      • Rock Climbing
                      • Equestrian Events
                      • Fly Fishing
                      • Groceries
                      • Restaurants
                      • Walking
                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Churches
                      • Playground
                      • Recreation Center
                      • Bird Watching
                      • Antiquing
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Scenic Drives
                      • Shopping
                      • Wildlife Viewing

                      Other Activities

                          • Enjoy majestic mountain views, the crisp tang of the air, the abundance of wildlife, the splendor of the leaves in fall, the sound of the river after a rain, and the character of this mountain community! In this very private setting, the hot tub on the deck is a great way to relax while you enjoy the view. It's a short drive to Valle Crucis. Be sure to visit the Mast General Store and Annex there. Music in the Valle features local musicians in the community park on Friday nights during the summer. For “downtown” shopping, it is about 20 minutes from Boone. There’s a great grocery right around the corner from the cabin for any necessities. Ski resorts in the area provide sporting activity in the winter. For warmer weather, there are opportunities for horseback riding, kayaking, canoeing and whitewater rafting. ...moreless


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                          • Relaxation is the word!

                            Relaxation is the word!

                            • Guest Tonya (Belmont, NC)
                            • Date of stay 02/16/13
                            • Review Submitted 02/21/13
                            This cabin was perfect for a much needed weekend of relaxation. It was quite easy to find and I managed to drive up the steep driveway in my little Civic, so it wasn't as bad as I had thought it might be. The cabin is a little older, but it was very comfortable and felt homey. The owner provided games, books and puzzles for entertainment, and lots of little blankets to curl up with in front of the wood-burning stove. An abundance of firewood is provided for you and the stove really keeps the place warmed up. The hot tub was our favorite part, and as silly as it sounds, sitting in the hot tub with the snow falling on us was magical. I would definitely recommend this cabin for anyone wanting some privacy or a nice spot to come home to after hiking the trails or exploring Watauga Lake, which was just a short drive away. The owner was very nice to talk to and having a local property manager was reassuring in case anything had gone wrong. We can't wait to visit again.

                            Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, adventure seekers, families with young children, age 55+.

                            Manager response: We're so glad that you had a relaxing stay and look forward to welcoming you back!

                            Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 0/0

                          • Great Experinence

                            Great Experinence

                            • Guest Natalie (Charlotte, NC )
                            • Date of stay 10/19/12
                            • Review Submitted 02/20/13
                            Wow! What breath taking views from all windows of this cute little cabin. We loved waking up to the gorgeous fall foliage greeting us as it stood tall on the beautiful NC mountains! The hot tub was fantastic as we star gazed. We enjoyed the Woolly Worm festival, Mast General Store, Grandfather Mountain but MOSTLY this cabin and nature of the NC mountains.

                            Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, adventure seekers, families with young children, girls getaway, age 55+.

                            Manager response: Thank you for sharing your comments. We're glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you will visit again!

                            Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 0/0

                          • Nice place

                            Nice place

                            • Guest Chethan R.
                            • Date of stay 10/05/12
                            • Review Submitted 10/20/12
                            Found this nice cabin at the last minute. proved to be a nice experience. The view is good if not great (only because the property's trees obstruct what can be a really awesome view). Spider webs inside the cabin in a couple of places was a bit surprising. The setting is private enough, and the sound of the birds chirping is only disturbed by the frequent/occasional cars that drive by some 100 or 200 feet away. We had mentioned that we would check in late, and the manager had assured us that some of the lights would be turned on by the time we arrived. However, when we arrived around 10:30p we were invited by pitch darkness and after a bit of fumbling in total darkness we were able to get in. Perhaps the lights have a timer and it had switched off ..may be. The entrance has a steep slope and one would need to take adequate care during winter months.

                            Manager response: I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and that we could accommodate you on short notice. Privacy at the cabin is enhanced by the surrounding woods. The trees, which are shown in the video posted on VRBO of the view, were pruned to open the line of sight to that vista. They are hemlocks which are becoming less common in the NC mountain forests and are part of the character of my cabin in the woods. After every guest the cabin is cleaned and I asked my property manager to make sure the maid inspects for cobwebs before she leaves based on your comment. It has not been a problem in the past, but the cabin is in a natural rustic setting. Frankly, I'm puzzled by the issue with the lights. There is a pole light outside that works dusk-to-dawn when the switch is "on". In addition, there are porch lights which are turned on for guests who plan to arrive late. Inside the cabin there is an automatic motion sensor light. My property manager usually turns on a lamp in the family room when she inspects the cabin before each arrival if she knows they will come in after dark. With the cabin in a secluded wooded setting, I know how dark the surroundings can be at night without lights! We will check all the light bulbs and replace as needed. I am sorry for any inconvenience you experienced in that regard. As you noted, there is some vehicle noise from the road which is located well below the cabin. The weekend you stayed was ASU Homecoming as well as during the peak color leaf season so there may have been more traffic than usual. The benefit of being near the highway is easy well-maintained access to the driveway in all seasons. Thank you for your feedback.

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                          • A wonderful, quiet get away!

                            A wonderful, quiet get away!

                            • Guest Beth J (Charlotte, NC)
                            • Date of stay 06/29/12
                            • Review Submitted 07/10/12
                            This cabin was perfect for a weekend get away. We met another couple there and had a quiet, relaxing, beautiful weekend. It was unseasonably warm that weekend, but with the windows open and fans going it was the perfect environment. The hot tub was great and the view is out of this world. It is very conviently located to different tourist things, but also so private and secluded that you don't even need to leave if you don't want to. I will definitely be booking this cabin again! Also, the driveway is pretty steep. We were fine in the summer, but I can definitely see needing chains in the winter.

                            Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway, adventure seekers, families with young children, girls getaway, age 55+.

                            Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

                          $150 Nightly/ $750 Weekly   *Introductory specials*
                          $170 Nightly/ $850 Weekly (Peak Season 7/1-8/15 and 10/1 - 10/31)
                          $200 Holiday/ $1000 Holiday Weekly (Holiday season 11/23-11/30 and 12/15-1/2)
                          A credit card number is required to hold $100 for a security deposit.  This money 
                          not collected unless damages are done to the property. There is a 6.75% sales tax,
                          6% Lodging Tax and a $25 processing fee for all reservations.  Two night minimum.
                          Cleaning after stay included in rate.

                          Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

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                          Last updated: 04/22/2014
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                          Manager info

                          Year Purchased: 2006

                          Why Valle Crucis:
                          In May 2006 we found this permanent private rustic vacation cabin which is perfect for us. It is a truly special spot that has a feeling of seclusion on 2 acres, an awesome view of the mountains and seasonal views of the Watauga River.

                          The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
                          Hot tub for relaxation. Rocking chair front porch. Close to the river. Wooded. For necessities, there is a nearby grocery, deli and gas station. We consider this property a refuge for the wildlife and the people who visit. Please respect our desire to maintain this property as a sanctuary for everything within its boundaries. We hope that your stay here will be an experience to store in your chest of treasured memories.

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                          • Fern Hill Overlook

                            Fern Hill Overlook

                          • Hot tub, views, private setting

                            Hot tub, views, private setting

                          • Large Carved Bear

                            Large Carved Bear

                          • Wood Stove

                            Wood Stove

                          • Full Bathroom

                            Full Bathroom

                          • Kitchen


                          • Half Bathroom

                            Half Bathroom

                          • Back yard

                            Back yard

                          • Entry


                          • View from the front porch in the fall

                            View from the front porch in the fall

                          • Rocking chair front porch

                            Rocking chair front porch

                          • Family room with view

                            Family room with view

                          • Master Bedroom with views

                            Master Bedroom with views

                          • Dining area with bay window

                            Dining area with bay window

                          • Guest Bedroom

                            Guest Bedroom

                          • Front yard

                            Front yard

                          • Welcome !

                            Welcome !

                          • Winter view of Watauga river from front porch

                            Winter view of Watauga river from front porch

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                          Date last modified - Monday, March 31, 2014


                          2 Bedroom / 1.5 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 5

                          View calendar: Updated 04/22/14
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