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Bearfoot Lodge=Spectacular Views -- Sleeps 10/ Fall Availability

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Welcome to Bearfoot Lodge. The porch wraps all the way around to the back deck.

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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

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Follow the tracks to Bearfoot Lodge! Our beautiful, comfortable, and affordable vacation home is just as perfect for a memorable holiday gathering or a big family reunion as it is for a couple’s getaway or a secluded writer's or artist's retreat. We offer a military discount.

Bearfoot Lodge is located at an elevation of 3,500 feet in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. With an almost-360 degree view, Bearfoot Lodge claims 'the best view in Macon County,' according to a local realtor. Featuring a wraparound deck, Bearfoot Lodge looks out on the neighboring mountains and lush, peaceful valleys of the Appalachian foothills. The home’s backyard is the Nantahala Forest and nearby Appalachian Trail.

Our two-story home is equally ready for either your big family party or your quiet escape from life’s pressures. From the large wrap around deck, you have a spectacular view of layers upon layers of blue-on-blue mountains. Upstairs, Bearfoot Lodge features a beautifully furnished family room with gas fireplace; full dining area and gourmet kitchen with breakfast bar. There are two bedrooms (1 king and 1 queen) and 2 full bathrooms. The family room overlooks and opens onto the deck.

Downstairs is a den stocked with board games, books, VCR/DVDs, a keyboard and rocking chairs. In summer 2013 we will add a full-size futon. There is one queen bedroom and one full bathroom. An additional finished room houses 3 rollaway beds and a double inflatable mattress. There is also a full laundry room and access to outside.

Other amenities in the house include central heat and air; satellite dish and VCR/DVD player; stereo and CD player; microwave and dishwasher; barbeque grill; and washer and dryer. All linens supplied.

But best of all is the view! Spend your mornings on the deck watching the sun climb over rosy-peaked mountains or enjoying the shimmering hummingbirds that visit the feeders. Rock the afternoons away listening to wind in the treetops or watching dozens of goldfinches. Keep your eyes open for rabbits, wild turkey and deer. As the sun sets into blue mist and fireflies appear, gaze into the brilliant, star-studded sky and identify your favorite constellations.

Interested in things to do? Our house is perfectly located for just about anything you have in mind. Situated on a mountaintop several miles off of HWY 441, Bearfoot Lodge is away from it all, but close to lots of fun things to do.

In Otto, check out the little labyrinth, kayak on the Little Tennessee River, and grab some fresh, delicious milk, cheese and ice cream from the dairy. South, in Dillard, Ga, enjoy shopping for antiques, mountain souvenirs, and savor a country meal at the famous Dillard House. A little further south and you'll see the turn off for Betty's Creek, which will take you to the beautiful property of the Hambidge Center, an artists' retreat on over 350 acres. About 15 miles south of Dillard is the charming mountain city of Clayton. Stroll the main street of the historic downtown. Explore the bird shop and check out the store full of vintage appliances --some going back to the early 20th century. Enjoy a yummy sandwich and wine from Tiger Mountain vineyard at Grapes & Beans, or a delicious dinner at Rumor Hazit. Going North on 441; you're less than ten miles from Franklin. On the way up, check out the gem mining. Once in downtown Franklin, you can enjoy all kinds of shopping and sightseeing in this lovely mountain town. Friday nights may feature a concert in the park or live music. Franklin has a rich history with connections to the Cherokee Indians and to Scottish settlers.

There are a number nearby trails to hike, besides the beautiful roadway that leads up to our mountain. The famous Appalachian Trail has entrances throughout the area. A recently completed Greenway follows the Little Tennessee River which runs through Franklin. You can hike or bike for several miles along the river. There is also white water rafting, good fishing for mountain trout and viewing of some of the gorgeous waterfalls. Franklin is known as the “Gem Capital of the World” and there are several ruby mines where you can pan for rubies and emeralds. Franklin is also your gateway to many of the mountains’ most famous towns and sights such as Dillsboro, Waynesville and Asheville.

Any time of year is perfect for a stay at Bearfoot Lodge. In the spring the mountain laurel, tulips and redbuds pop out; in the summer the cool mountain air calms the nerves and hummingbirds visit the deck daily; in the autumn the hillsides blaze up in orange and gold; and if you visit at Christmas or New Years you have a good chance of having a white Christmas.

This is our only vacation rental property. Our family personally manages it. We maintain it in excellent condition because we also stay here when we come to the mountains. We have been renting our house for over 10 years and our guests tell us they never want to leave. Many come back year after year to de-stress and re-charge. We would love to share “the best view in Macon County” with you. You’ll be glad you ventured off the beaten path and settled in at Bearfoot Lodge.

Property Type

  • House
  • 3200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Included

              Suitability

              • Events Allowed
              • Long-Term Renters Welcome
              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

                21...moreless

              • Children Welcome
              • Pets Not Allowed
              • Smoking Allowed:

                Please smoke outside on the deck....moreless

              Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 6-10

              • Bedroom 1: 1 king

                Large upstairs bedroom with private bath, double closet....moreless

              • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

                Upstairs, cozy with a large closet....moreless

              • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

                Downstairs bedroom with large closet....moreless

              • The house sleeps 10. There are 3 rollaway beds and a full blow up mattress which can be used in the den and the finished basement room. In summer 2013, we will add a full, fold out futon in the downstairs den....moreless

              Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

                Private bath in the master bedroom....moreless

              • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

                Upstairs bathroom....moreless

              • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower

                Downstairs bathroom also has large linen closet....moreless

              Entertainment

              • Books:

                Two members of the family are writers. We continue to build our library....moreless

              • DVD Player
              • Games:

                Monopoly, chess, checkers, cards, and a number of jigsaw puzzles....moreless

              • Music Library
              • Satellite / Cable
              • Stereo
              • Television:

                We have a large TV with DVD/VCR player and are planning to upgrade to flat screen soon. There is a second TV in the downstairs den....moreless

              • Video Library:

                Over 100 movies....moreless

              Theme

              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions

              Attractions

              • Arboretum
              • Churches
              • Library
              • Museums
              • Recreation Center
              • Restaurants
              • Winery Tours

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Laundromat
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Eco Tourism
              • Gambling Casinos
              • Horseback Riding
              • Miniature Golf
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

                  • Mountain View:

                    Bearfoot Lodge, elevation 3,500 ft, has a wraparound deck that features 'the best view in Macon County,' according to a local realtor. Its backyard is the doorstep of Nantahala Forest. ...moreless

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Hiking
                  • Hunting
                  • Hunting Small Game
                  • Kayaking
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Mountaineering
                  • Rafting
                  • Rock Climbing
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis
                  • Water Tubing
                  • Whitewater Rafting

                  Dining

                  • Dining:

                    Dining Room table seats 6, but can accommodate up to 8-10. There is also a table on the deck that can seat 6. There are also 2 folding tables and chairs....moreless

                  • Dining Area
                  • Seating for 10 people

                  General

                  • Air Conditioning:

                    Central air & Heat. Most rooms also have ceiling fans....moreless

                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Fireplace:

                    Gas fireplace makes lighting easy....moreless

                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating:

                    Central air & Heat....moreless

                  • Internet:

                    WiFi is just starting to come into the area. You can get free WiFi at the Franklin Library or Clayton....moreless

                  • Iron & Board
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Living Room:

                    Features sofa, recliner, rocking chair, comfy chair alosn with the other amenities. Look for our guest book on the coffee table and please sign it....moreless

                  • Parking:

                    We have a large gravel driveway and parking area next to the front of the house....moreless

                  • Telephone:

                    There is a house phone. Use a phone card. Some cell phones do/do not work from the deck. ...moreless

                  • Towels Provided
                  • Washing Machine

                  Kitchen

                  • Coffee Maker:

                    Regular coffeemaker and cappuccino maker....moreless

                  • Dishes & Utensils:

                    Fully equipped to accommodate 10 people with dinnerware, several full sets of silverware, glasses, wine glasses,mugs, bowls, cookware, bakeware, pots, pans, trays, etc....moreless

                  • Dishwasher
                  • Kitchen:

                    The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking, baking, grilling, pizza and breakfast. There are plenty of cabinets and storage space....moreless

                  • Microwave
                  • Oven

                  Outside

                  • Balcony
                  • Boat:

                    Boat rentals on Lake Rabun and Lake Burton....moreless

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    The most spectacular feature of the house!...moreless

                  • Golf:

                    Several courses in the area....moreless

                  • Kayak / Canoe:

                    Check out the Little Tennessee river and the French Broad....moreless

                  • Lawn / Garden:

                    We keep a little flower and herb garden next to the front porch. There is also a lawn that slopes down along the mountainside. The rode to the house also makes a great walking path....moreless

                  • Outdoor Grill
                  • Tennis:

                    Several courts near Highlands....moreless

                  House Cleaning

                      • Housekeeper Included
                       

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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Autumn & the Holidays
                      Oct 16 - Dec 31
                      7 night min stay

                      $800
                      Early Spring
                      Mar 15 - Mar 30
                      7 night min stay

                      $600
                      My Standard Rate
                      7 night min stay

                      $700

                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Fees:

                      • Cleaning Fee $125
                      • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
                      • Tax Rate 13%

                      Notes:

                      Available mid-March--December for stays from 1 week to a month. Check in Saturdays, 3pm. Check out Saturdays, 10 am. Later check out/earlier check in possible. Minimum security deposit of $200 is required at least 7 days after making reservation. Full payment required 7 days prior to occupancy. Security deposit will be returned within 14 days of checkout. $50 military discount on cleaning.


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                      Bearfoot Lodge, at an elevation of 3,500 feet, sits at the summit of Shope Mountain in Otto, about 10 miles south of Franklin, NC. Its backyard is the Nantahala Forest. It is just 2 hours north of Atlanta off Highway 441, near Highlands, NC and Dillard and Clayton, GA. Bearfoot Lodge is conveniently located for trips to the most famous attractions in the Smokies: Appalachian Trail; Blue Ridge Parkway; Tallulah Gorge; Cherokee Indian Reservation and Bally’s Casino; Great Smoky Mountain Railroad; Biltmore House and Gardens; Swiss Village in Helen, GA; Shopping in Dillsboro, NC, Highlands, NC, and Asheville, NC. There are numerous entrances to the forest, the Appalachian Trail, and access to waterfalls nearby. Activities in the area include gem mining, white-water rafting and tubing, horseback riding, skiing, golfing, fishing, hiking, biking, motorcycling, kayaking, sightseeing, shopping, and visiting waterfalls, wineries, gardens and local restaurants.

                      Close to home, in Otto, check out the little labyrinth, kayak on the Little Tennessee River, and grab some fresh, delicious milk, cheese and ice cream from the dairy. Forest entrance signs are plentiful throughout the area.

                      Travel south on 441: In Dillard, Ga, enjoy shopping for antiques and mountain souvenirs, and savor a country meal at the famous Dillard House. Lighter country fare is served at Valley Cafe. A little further south and you'll see the turn off for Betty's Creek, which will take you to the beautiful property of the Hambidge Center, an artists' retreat on over 350 acres. About 15 miles south of Dillard is the charming mountain city of Clayton. Stroll the main street of the historic downtown. Explore the bird shop and check out the store full of vintage appliances --some going back to the early 20th century. Enjoy a yummy sandwich and wine from Tiger Mountain vineyard at Beans & Grapes, or a delicious dinner at Rumor Hazit. Going North on 441: On the way towards Franklin, check out the gem mining shop. Once in downtown Franklin, you can enjoy all kinds of shopping and sightseeing. Friday nights might feature a concert in the park or live music at the Rathskellar. Franklin is also your gateway to many of the mountain's most famous town and sights such as Dillsboro, Waynesville and Asheville.

                       

                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 1995

                      About the owner: The Russo and Wofford families own Bearfoot Lodge. We are a fun-loving bunch from Tampa, FL who love any excuse to party or to enjoy new adventures.We love exploring all the fun activities in the mountains as much as we enjoy the serenity our mountain home. Our favorite activities (with number one being sitting on the deck and counting the hummingbirds!) include day hikes in the forest, visiting waterfalls, exploring the mountain roads, and strolling the street of Franklin, Clayton, Dillard. A day trip to Waynesville or Asheville is always special.

                      Why the Owner Chose Franklin:
                      Mom Belle Russo and her cousin Nancy Wofford and their husbands Joe and William first discovered the property in the early '90's. It was hidden gem at the top of the world. The entire mountain where the property is located had been owned and worked for generations by the Shope family. The Shopes still live at the base of the mountain near the remains of their old homestead. When Joe Shope released the mountain acreage for building, our property was one of the first to have a house built on it. The view was the deciding factor--it is simply spectacular. Old Mr. Shope befriended the family and would drive the 1.5 miles up the mountain frequently in his pickup truck--followed by his barking dogs--to check on the progress and savor the mountaintop view. Once building began, workers would notice black bear prints in the mud each morning they returned to work. Thus, the house was named 'Bearfoot Lodge.' Our favorite holiday to spend at Bearfoot is Thanksgiving. The hills are orange and gold, the wild turkeys are gobbling, the deer scamper through the woods and the sky is blue like you'll not see anywhere else in the world. There is so much to be thankful for!

                      The Unique Benefits at this House:
                      Our house is perfectly located--away from it all on top of the mountain, but close to lots of fun things to do. The entire area is an outdoor lover's treasure trove with opportunities at every turn for hiking, fishing, biking and picnicking. Entrance signs to the Nantahla Forest and the Appalachian Trail are plentiful throughout the area. Other activities include gem mining, white-water rafting and tubing, horseback riding, skiing, golfing, motorcycling, kayaking, sightseeing, and visiting waterfalls, wineries and gardens. Bearfoot Lodge is also conveniently located for trips to the most famous attractions in the Smokies: Appalachian Trail; Blue Ridge Parkway; Tallulah Gorge; Cherokee Indian Reservation and Bally’s Casino; Great Smoky Mountain Railroad; Biltmore House and Gardens; Swiss Village in Helen, GA; shopping in Dillsboro, NC; Highlands, NC;.and Asheville, NC. Close to home, in Otto, check out the little labyrinth, kayak on the Little Tennessee River, and grab some fresh, delicious milk, cheese and ice cream from the dairy. South on 441: In Dillard, Ga, enjoy shopping for antiques and mountain souvenirs, and savor a country meal at the famous Dillard House. A little further south and you'll see the turn off for Betty's Creek, which will take you to the beautiful property of the Hambidge Center, an artists' retreat on over 350 acres. About 15 miles south of Dillard is the charming mountain city of Clayton. Stroll the main street of the historic downtown. Explore the bird shop and check out the store full of vintage appliances --some going back to the early 20th century. Enjoy a yummy sandwich and wine from Tiger Mountain vineyard at Grapes & Beans, or a delicious dinner at Rumor Hazit. In Lakemont, is our favorite pizza place, Louie’s on the Lake. North on 441: towards Franklin, check out the gem mining shop. Once in downtown Franklin, you can enjoy all kinds of shopping and sightseeing. Friday nights might feature an outdoor concert.


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                      • Welcome to Bearfoot Lodge. The porch wraps all the way around to the back deck.

                        Welcome to Bearfoot Lodge. The porch wraps all the way around to the back deck.

                      • The front porch in late winter awaiting tulips and daffodils.

                        The front porch in late winter awaiting tulips and daffodils.

                      • The wrap-around deck is peacefulness at its best.

                        The wrap-around deck is peacefulness at its best.

                      • Spectacular early morning views from the deck are a daily sight.

                        Spectacular early morning views from the deck are a daily sight.

                      • Rock, read, enjoy movies, TV amd music in the family room.

                        Rock, read, enjoy movies, TV amd music in the family room.

                      • From here, you look out the picture windows at the mountain tops & blue sky.

                        From here, you look out the picture windows at the mountain tops & blue sky.

                      • Our dining area, with breakfast bar on the right.

                        Our dining area, with breakfast bar on the right.

                      • The master king bedroom has a private bathroom and a window view of heaven.

                        The master king bedroom has a private bathroom and a window view of heaven.

                      • The upstairs full bathroom is pretty in pink!

                        The upstairs full bathroom is pretty in pink!

                      • Night, night!

                        Night, night!

                      • The full downstairs bathroom also has a large linen closet.

                        The full downstairs bathroom also has a large linen closet.

                      • One of our surprise visitors.

                        One of our surprise visitors.

                      • The gas grill awaits.

                        The gas grill awaits.

                      • Bubba Bear welcomes our guests!

                        Bubba Bear welcomes our guests!

                      • The deck overlooks  a lush, lovely valley. Elevation 3,500+

                        The deck overlooks a lush, lovely valley. Elevation 3,500+

                      • Another view from the deck.  This is why they're called The Smokies.

                        Another view from the deck. This is why they're called The Smokies.

                      • Who doesn't love a cozy fire? It's easy with gas!

                        Who doesn't love a cozy fire? It's easy with gas!

                      • Our fully-equipped kitchen. Pancakes & cappucino, anyone?

                        Our fully-equipped kitchen. Pancakes & cappucino, anyone?

                      • Dinner is served!

                        Dinner is served!

                      • The upstairs queen bedroom is sure to bring sweet dreams.

                        The upstairs queen bedroom is sure to bring sweet dreams.

                      • The downstairs queen bedroom is especially private.

                        The downstairs queen bedroom is especially private.

                      • The downstairs den has board games and a library and opens onto the lower lawn.

                        The downstairs den has board games and a library and opens onto the lower lawn.

                      • One of our regulars--the hummingbird.

                        One of our regulars--the hummingbird.

                      • The road up the mountain in Springtime.

                        The road up the mountain in Springtime.

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                      3 Bedroom / 3 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 10

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