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About the property

Cabin, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

58 REVIEWS AND COUNTING; FANTASTIC LITTLE JEWEL OF A CABIN, THE GREAT ESCAPE, STRESS RELIEF, ABSOULTELY PERFECT, LOVED THE PLACE, SO PEACEFUL, A MOST DELIGHTFUL VACATION EXPERIENCE, EXACTLY WHAT WE NEEDED. FAIRY-TALE CABIN. CHECK OUT THE COMMENTS SECTION OF THIS WEBSITE. This Rustic cabin is near beautiful farms and pastures nestled in the western end of Iotla Valley. A creek meanders in front of the property, a mountain view, sunrises and sunsets are enjoyed from the covered deck. You may hear the cattle conversing in the pastures nearby. Bluebirds thrive in the special homes prepared for them around this property. See the chickens in their nests next door.

Come and enjoy the quietness and serenity of this little get-away with us. Many activities abound or you may just want to relax and read a good book.

Keywords: Peaceful, quiet, beautiful serene setting. Minutes to river, tubing, canoeing and gem mines. Enjoy the hammock and swing by picnic area. Walking distance to other available cabin. Call 828-349-2925 for reservations. See also vrbo370240 . IF CALENDAR IS FULL, PLEASE CALL. THERE MAY HAVE BEEN A LAST MINUTE CANCELLATION.

More Details

Gene and Diane
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 9, 2017

About Gene and Diane

We, Gene and Diane, love to receive guest to our quaint little cottages. We live on the property and are available to assist you in any way we can to make your stay with us a pleasant one.

Gene and Diane purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Gene and Diane chose Smoky Mountains

Orchard Hill Cottages are located in the Mountains in the midst of rolling pastures. Plenty of flowers, cows, rabbits and birds of all kinds to enjoy. We are close to the river where tubing and canoeing are available and also close to good hiking trails for those who prefer the woods. A few miles up Hwy 28 offers white water rafting. Gem mines are all around within a few miles.

What makes this cottage unique

This is truly country living where front porches, rocking chairs, swings, a comfortable hammock and a good little fire-pit can be used daily. We have a picnic area all set up for grilling and just relaxing down by the little creek. Do come and enjoy the beauty with us!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We wanted you to know that we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at your charming cabin. All the beautiful flowers growing around the cabin and the multitude of song birds were such a delight. Also, the pie you gave us was delicious. Thank you for everything.
May 2011
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(87 traveler reviews)

average rating of 4.908046 based on 93 reviews

Very nice and cozy cabin.

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable, beautifully decorated. Very clean and well equipped. Quiet, nice and relaxed surroundings. Very friendly owner. Thanks for the opportunity to get to know your place. The Loayza's

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Greenwood, SC

Quaint, comfortable cabin retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We had a terrific long weekend stay. Exactly as presented. Quaint cabin retreat. It was comfortable and relaxing as soon as we stepped through the door. Wouldn't change a thing!

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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A little piece of heaven on earth

  • 5 of 5

Where to start? Gene & Diane are the sweetest hosts and their Little Rustic Cabin is a perfect getaway in the mountains! While it is not isolated like some cabins, we never felt intruded upon. Quite the opposite. We enjoyed our stay and felt perfectly comfortable and as if we had the place to ourselves! Every detail in the cabin showed Gene & Diane's thoughtfulness and desire to make their guests comfortable. They provided directions that brought us directly to the doorstep. The cabin was spotless and had everything we needed, from coffee maker to blankets to towels. The wildfires were in full swing unfortunately during our stay, but they offered to accommodate us in the future if we decided we needed to leave because of the fires. Despite the smoke, we hiked and explored several towns. Bryson City is only a 30-minute drive away, and Franklin (the nearest town) is a quaint NC mountain town with plenty to offer! If you are looking for a fun, relaxing mountain getaway, you won't go wrong staying in any of the cabins at Orchard Hill! We can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, Warm, and Welcoming

  • 5 of 5

We have visited the Franklin N.C. mountain area before, but this sweet cabin is located in an area overlooking rural farm land and is located on a rolling hillside pasture. It was just wonderful. The owners made arrival and check out totally stress free. The bed, sofa, chairs were comfortable and we found the size to be a perfect for a couple. The owner did a wonderful job of warming the cabin with selected rustic and country accessories without it being crafty or cluttered. We fell in love with the charm of the cabin and the owners. We hope to return again and again to this little hide-a-way spot. Try dinner at the Root and Barrel in Franklin for a tasty and delightful meal.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A charming piece of heaven in Franklin.

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we pulled into the drive to the moment we pulled away from The Lil' Rustic Cabin, every detail was perfect. First of all, we were greeted by Gene and Diane, who make you feel at home instantly, Diane is a sweetheart. The cabin was spotless, maintained to perfection. The cabin is so cozy, I could literally live here forever and not change a thing. The porch and view are heaven on earth. I will definitely be back....hopefully very soon. Diane recommended some awesome places for us to try. First of all was Dry Falls. I cannot say enough about how breathtaking this fall was. Don't stop there though, keep on heading up the mountain to Highlands. It's the most adorable, artsy town. The prepared food at Mountain Fresh Market made a wonderful dinner. I was so surprised at how delicious it was. I recommend the pulled pork which is cooked on a wood fired something, and the wild-caught steamed, spiced shrimp, as good or better than most high end restaurants. Also, Caffé Rel in Franklin is another gem. Delicious Italian food for a very good price. Dillsboro and Sylva are 2 other near artistic towns. I almost forgot, a special touch in the cabin is the heated vent that you can turn on right at the shower. All in all, this was a heavenly retreat that couldn't be matched. The Lil Rustic Cabin and it's owners are second to none in my heart! 💗

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy, Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I needed to get away for our Anniversary and before our 2nd baby is born. We loved the "Lil' Rustic Cabin" it was really well thought out. From the driftwood TV Stand to the Hot Air Steamer as you get out of the shower, the amenities were terrific for a small rustic cabin. Gene and Diane are so kind and helpful!

Thank you, we will be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Asheville, NC
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Franklin Country Club
Nearest Motorway
2.6 Miles
Hwy 28 North, US 441, Hwy 64 East & West.
Nearest Restaurant
2.8 Miles
Cafe Rel
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Maggie Valley
Car: necessary

Macon County and the Franklin area is a gemstone area for collectors, professional and amateur alike. Many facilities are available for this purpose. We will send you information on request about this favorite attraction. Also see vrbo 370240. for our cabin #2 listing.

Also see another listing on


Rates & Availability

Franklin Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Year Round
Oct 31 2016 - Apr 29 2018
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

One time cleaning charge $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.75%

Smoking allowed outside only.
Pets not allowed.
Individual parking area for each cottage.
Extra charge of $15.00/night for more than 2 guests. Extra guests may sleep on the sofa, bring your own sleeping bags or blow-up air mattress. We furnish linens for these extra persons if needed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Franklin Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 480 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Nice dressing space in shower area
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Bed (1), Sofa (1)
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
See also our other cottage listing at vrbo 370240.

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