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Over the River & Thru the Woods, Serene 2.5 ac. Luxury Retreat (The Cottage)

Franklin, NC, USA
  • Cabin3200 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms4
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights

Escape to the Mountains - perfect vacation spot for 2-8 guests

There are many places to choose from in our area. However, we can tell you that we've been vacation renting our two homes (by owner) for 8+ years - our reviews are 5*. "Better than the photos" "incredible attention to detail" "everything you need" "awesome vacation", "incredibly maintained", "our most favorite vacation". This "cabin" or we call a Cottage, sits on 2.5 wooded acres alongside a small natural spring fed stream that trickles and pools creating a serene setting. Your worries will slip away. A covered deck faces the stream and features an outdoor fireplace so you can enjoy s'mores year-round. Nothing finer than to come back after a nice hike or day exploring our beautiful area, put on comfy clothes, grab a beverage of choice, and relax.

Message me if you are just one couple using one bedroom and I'll reduce the rates.

GREAT FOR MOTORCYCLISTS - Paved Road to paved drive, covered parking, room for trailer too.

Cell service, HD TV and Wi-fi. While you feel like you are away from it all, we are just 5-6 min. from downtown Franklin, 3 min. to grocery and restaurants (easy access, not a scary remote location). Because it is finished on 3 levels it doesn't feel large and therefore works great for just 1-2 couples. 4 BR, Sleeps 8 If traveling as a family the lower level is terrific for the kids. King Master Bedroom on Main, 2 more bedrooms upstairs (King & Queen) all with private bathrooms, and a Guest/Entertainment suite in lower level (2 twins, sofa, TV, bathroom).

We are particular and it shows. Great Housekeepers! Decor is not the usual rental type but rather features leather and upholstered furnishings, comfy mattresses & pillows, wool rugs, local artwork (owner is a decorator). Our Timber Frame Rentals guests tell us we've thought of everything... from walking sticks to wood for the fireplace and blankets to snuggle on cooler evenings by the fire. The gourmet kitchen is well equipped to cook (saving money on eating out). There's even a crockpot & popcorn popper. Wi-Fi & DirecTV. Get away and pamper yourself at the same time.

Wonderful Spring Break the kids will remember. Great cabin for connecting with family and/or friends.

INQUIRE about 14+ night stay discounts.

*Note: MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY IS A TOTAL OF 8 (adults & children) no exceptions. Not suitable for crawling or toddler aged children due to rustic wood floors, loft and open staircase (no safety features like cabinet door locks or electrical plugs).

We do not allow large family reunion groups, weddings, parties, etc.

So much to do or simply get away and relax. Waterfalls Abound: You can spend weeks getting to them all. Beautiful falls within just a few miles of the house. Our activities Book will keep you busy for days, weeks or months! Come hike or take a scenic drive, fish, raft, kayak, hunt for antiques, shop, go gem mining, attend festivals. It's all here! Our location is close to all our mountain activities but away from noisy tourism. Experience all Western NC has to offer from our comfortable home.

We get calls all the time from visitors who have booked another property, arrived and it is nothing like the photos online or the rental is dirty, musty smelling, scary location, and they scramble to find something else. Make vacation memories in a place you will long to return year after year.

*Layout Detail: Timber Framed Home with beautiful exposed beams. The main floor is one large room - living area, dining & open kitchen. There is a King Master Bedroom with en suite bath off the kitchen area. a powder room is off the entry/foyer. The ceiling in the main living area is vaulted to the second floor and there is an open staircase that leads to the second floor bedrooms. You can look over the railings into the living area below. The two bedrooms upstairs are private (not lofts) one king and one queen, each with an en suite bath. The basement/lower level is finished and works great for children/teens as it becomes 'their' space with TV, bathroom, table & chairs, DVD, 2 twins and a sofa. It is one large room. The stairway leading to the lower level is enclosed and the entire lower level is carpeted. The rest of the house features wood floors.

Share the Expense of Vacation: Bring along another couple or two, or family and share expenses. Less than the cost of hotel rooms. Hotel rooms shared with your children can be stressful, and eating out every meal gets expensive, you'll save by being able to eat in and pack a picnic.

View our video on line for a more detailed image of the house.

See another of our spectacular homes - #179198, Sleeps 6


Pam Pringle, Owner

Member Since 2008
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Calendar last updated:
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About Pam Pringle, Owner

We own two homes in the area, this home we call the Cottage and another #179198. We travel globally and we prefer vacation rentals to hotels. We understand what separates the best from the rest when it comes to accommodations. We believe that our attention to details makes our homes stand out and our reviews confirm that.

Pam Pringle, Owner purchased this Cabin in 2008

Why Pam Pringle, Owner chose Ellijay

We love Franklin NC, Franklin's location allows you to tour around and enjoy all Western NC has to offer.This area is quiet and peaceful with large lots so you don't have nearby noisy neighbors. Away from tourism, but close enough to experience it all.

What makes this Cabin unique

Beautiful timber framed home with rustic elegant decor. We try to think of every detail to make you feel right at home upon arrival. Just bring your pj's! The covered porch with outdoor fireplace will be where you spend all your time, listening to the trickling stream, peaceful, calming woodland ambiance on 2.5 acres. We've provided faux fur blankets for snuggling by the fire, skewers for 'smores, plenty of seating. Wood burning indoor and outdoor fireplaces, we supply wood! Terrific housekeeping, we are particular on occupancy so you won't arrive to a run down property. Our photos don't do the home justice. Pet free so we can accommodate our frequent guests with pet allergies. In most cases, depending on arrival time, someone greets you upon arrival so that you immediately can get settled in without wondering where things are or operational issues.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Master on Main
        1 king, King Master on Main Floor
      • Upstairs Guest
        1 king, King Upstairs Bedroom
      • Upstairs Guest
        1 queen, Queen Upstairs Bedroom
      • Lower Guest/Ent.
        2 twin/ single
      • 3 Bedrooms + Lower Level Guest/Entertainment, 4-1/2 Baths - Master Bedroom Suite on Main Floor with King Iron/Wood Bed, Built-in Cabinetry, Walk-In closet, private bath. 2 Bedrooms on second level, one King Iron/Wood Bed, private bath and the other bedroom features one Queen 4 Poster Bed, and private bath . A fourth bedroom - the Lower Level Guest Suite/Entertainment room is one open floor plan room with 2 Aspen log twin beds, and L-shaped sofa, TV, copper top table & 4 chairs & private bath. This area is great for a private guest suite or to accommodate children Children love to hide out down here or it makes a wonderful private roomy suite for a couple. All Bedrooms have DirecTVs, comfy beds & great linens


      • 4 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, Master Bath w/ large walk-in Tiled Shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Upstairs King Bedroom
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, shower, Upstairs Queen Bedroom
      • Bathroom 5
        toilet, shower, Located on Lower Ent. Area
      • All Bedrooms have en suite private baths, as does the Lower Guest/Entertainment area. Master Bathroom on main floor is quite unique and features a large walk-in slate doorless shower, double vanity copper sinks and full wall of built-in cabinetry. The upstairs King Bedroom bath features a tub/shower combination, pedestal sink, built in cabinetry and walk-in closet. The Queen Bedroom bath features a tiled glassed in shower, and pedestal sink. The lower level Guest Suite/Entertainment Area bath features a glassed in shower and pedestal sink and adjacent walk-in closet. Linens, shampoo, shower gels & paper products provided.

      Location Type

        • Mountain
        • Rural
          Quiet, peaceful location away from tourist traffic but close to all activities/ located on 2.5 wooded acres, with a natural spring fed stream flowing through the property.
        • Water View
          Natural Spring-fed creek runs through the property.


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


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                      Open Floor Plan
                    • Activities Guide
                    • Alarm Clock
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Broadband Access
                    • Ceiling Fans
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Filtered Water
                    • Fireplace
                      Inside & Outside, wood provided
                    • Firewood
                    • Free Local Calls
                    • Garage
                      1 car carport
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Heat Pump
                    • Internet
                      Free Wi-Fi
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Laundry Soap
                    • Linens Provided
                      All beds are made up with fresh linens & we provide bath & kitchen towels
                    • Air Conditioning
                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Local Maps
                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Mobile Phone
                    • Paper Towels
                    • Parking
                      on site
                    • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      Paved Roads & Driveway to house, Motorcycle Trailer may be parked at top of drive. No RV/Boat parking
                    • Shampoo
                    • Telephone
                      Most cell phones work in our area. Land line at house.
                    • Thermos Bottle
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                      Laundry detergent provided
                    • Water Cooler
                    • Wireless Internet
                      Free Wi-Fi
                    • Wood Fireplace
                      Two wood burning fireplaces, one in living area, one outside on porch
                    • Free Wifi


                        • Grill
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Catering Available
                          Private chef available upon request
                        • Coffee Grinder
                        • Coffee Maker
                          Mr Coffee
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Extras such as crock pot, popcorn popper, waffle iron, skewers for s'mores by the fire.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                        • Garbage Disposal
                        • Gourmet Kitchen
                        • Blender
                        • Ice Maker
                        • Kitchen
                          Fully equipped gourmet kitchen, including crock pot, blender, popcorn popper, waffle iron, baking pans, spices.
                        • Lobster Pot
                        • Microwave
                        • Mini Refrigerator
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Some spices
                        • Refrigerator
                          Water/ice in door.
                        • Stove
                          Bosch Dual Fuel Range/Oven
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Table seats 8
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 8 people


                                • Games
                                • Books
                                • Books for Kids
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Game Room
                                  Lower level has DVD player, DirecTV, we provide some card games, etc. Great area for children (their own space, 2 twins, bathroom and L shaped sofa.
                                • Books for Adults
                                • Games for Kids
                                • MP3 Dock
                                • Music Library
                                  DirecTV Music Cannels
                                • Radio
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  DirecTV High def
                                • Television
                                  (4) TV in main living area, lower level, and in each bedroom


                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Beach Chairs
                                    • Golf
                                      2 courses nearby plus many more within 30 minutes
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Nearby streams, rentals in downtown Franklin
                                    • Large Cooler
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      2.5 acre property with small natural stream
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Covered Porch with Outdoor Fireplace looks out over woods and natural stream
                                    • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                    • Porch / Veranda
                                      Covered porch with fireplace, blankets for snuggling by the fire
                                    • Porch Furniture
                                    • Small Cooler
                                    • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                                    • Wood Deck


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • suitable for elderly or infirm
                                        • wheelchair accessible
                                          Two steps into house. Master on Main with large walk-in shower, deck is accessed through living room (no steps).


                                            • live theater
                                            • autumn foliage
                                            • churches
                                            • cinemas
                                            • festivals
                                            • forests
                                            • health/beauty spa
                                            • library
                                            • botanical garden
                                            • marina
                                            • museums
                                            • playground
                                            • recreation center
                                            • restaurants
                                            • waterfalls
                                            • winery tours

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • photography
                                                • antiquing
                                                • boating
                                                • eco tourism
                                                • gambling casinos
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • bird watching
                                                • 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

                                                        • mountain climbing
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • hunting
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • mountaineering
                                                        • pier fishing
                                                        • rafting
                                                        • rock climbing
                                                        • skiing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis
                                                        • water tubing
                                                        • whitewater rafting


                                                            • Outdoor Wood Burning Stacked Stone Fireplace on Timber Framed Back Porch overlooking a natural spring fed stream in a natural wooded setting. Life's stresses will melt away. Gourmet fully equipped kitchen, upscale furnishings & decor, comfy mattresses, lower level keeps kids occupied. DirecTV Satellite with Music Channels, Wireless Internet, Cell Phone Service. Quiet, private mountain community, easy access, 2.7 miles from grocery. You won't wish for a thing. We've thought of it all and paid attention to the details. A great home to reconnect with family & friends. MOTORCYCLING - Visit our website for more information about the incredible rides nearby, Tail of the Dragon, Deals Gap, Cullasaja Gorge Scenic Drive. Base your trip from The Cottage! PAVED ROAD, PAVED DRIVE. Walking/Hiking Sticks, elaborate book of activities to keep you busy for days & weeks. Daily Maid & Chef Services available for an extra charge.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              38 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Awesome Peaceful Retreat!

                                                              Lisa F.

                                                              My 4 cousins and I had a wonderfully relaxing girls long weekend getaway at this lovely cabin home. The pictures do not fully convey the beauty of this cabin. The owners have thought of every convenience for you. The place was very clean and well appointed. It was so relaxing that we didnt go out much. We wanted a place to reconnect and relax and it exceeded all of our expectations. However when we did venture out the beauty of the scenic gourge was lovely. The locals were warm and friendly. We will be back again for sure! Pam the owner was so thoughtful and informative and Tony the manager was also very thoughtful and helpful. Both are very responsive and quick to reply. Can't wait to bring my husband and adult children here!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Lisa - so happy you girls had a great weekend together. We'll look forward to your return visit. Thanks again, Pam

                                                              Perfect Family Get-Away

                                                              Monica C.

                                                              This cottage is perfect! Home is stunning and Pam has thought of every little detail. We enjoyed local hiking trails, snow skiing, and dining/breweries. Highly recommend and hope to visit again soon.

                                                              Amazing home!

                                                              Eric B.Kansas City

                                                              We loved our stay at the "Pond" Cabin. What a beautiful home and nestled in the forest. The home is outfitted with every possible amenity and is clean , neat and organized well. The owner spent a great deal of effort making this a gorgeous and well stocked home. We would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a secluded getaway in the mountains. We enjoyed exploring the surrounding areas and the nearby towns. Was a special treat to be able to enjoy the fire outside and hear the creek behind the home. We can't wait to return! Thanks again for letting us enjoy your amazing home.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              This review is for the Cottage. Thanks Eric, look forward to your return!


                                                              The property was absolutely beatiful. Perfectly placed property in the woods for privacy and peace!

                                                              Richard G.

                                                              Our family loved the place, from the decor to the functionality. Not one detail was skipped in ensuring comfort was the #1 priority. I loved the tranquility and the sound of the stream is super relaxing.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thanks Rick, so happy you enjoyed the house and I certainly enjoyed seeing the photos of your family enjoying the mountains. A vacation to remember! Come back again some day.

                                                              'The Greatest Escape' it truly is!

                                                              Dee D.

                                                              The home was beautifully decorated and spotless with endless attention to detail. From our arrival to our departure, we wanted for nothing! Both the owner and property manager could not have been more accommodating and helpful! The area is beautiful with many trails to hike and waterfalls to see. Shopping and restaurants are close, but the best is an outdoor fireplace at the home with a babbling brook running nearby. One could not want for more!!!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Dee - thank you so much for the great review. So happy you and all the family enjoyed their stay. With our busy lives and family living in different parts of the country, making time to visit in a special place every year is a wonderful thing to do.

                                                              Come back any time!

                                                              Beautiful Cabin in the Mountains

                                                              Mitch G.

                                                              Our two families, four children ages 6 to 11 enjoyed our stay at the cottage. The cabin was extremely well outfitted, the best that we've experienced over a four-year period of time renting in the mountains. One could tell that the owners Took great care in ensuring that the renters had a great experience. The beds were comfortable, theentire cabin extremely clean, well outfitted kitchen and special measures taken to make everyone feel at home. There was plenty of wood for the fireplace, and even little s'mores packets for the kids. This is one definitely to return to! We're looking forward to next year already!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Happy to hear you had a great time and enjoyed our Cottage. Come back any time!


                                                              Franklin, NC, USA

                                                              Franklin NC is located between two popular scenic gorges, the Cullasaja and the Nantahala. The Cottage is located within 10 min. of the famous Cullasaja River Gorge scenic drive, and is rated one of the most spectacular in North America, passing 3 major waterfalls. Take a walk behind the roaring 75 foot wall of water of Dry Falls, and drive your car under Bridal Veil Falls. The mountainscape is lined with many hiking trails, including the famous Appalachian and Bartram Trails, both accessed 25 minutes drive from The Cottage. Located in the southwestern corner of North Carolina, Franklin serves as the southern gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Smokies. It's convenient location to major cities make Franklin a favorite vacation spot. Atlanta, Georgia is just two hours to the south while Asheville, is one hour to the east. Other cities nearby include Highlands, Cashiers, Dillsboro, & Sylva, all within about 30 minutes. Other Activities: Western North Carolina has so much to offer. Excellent Hiking (easy hikes and Appalachian Trail hiking). Fishing, either fly fishing or lake/stream fishing is great in our area. We'll hook you up with guides if you like. Restaurants in our area from fast food to gourmet. Grocery is less than 3 miles from the house. Antiquing is a favorite shopping activity in our area and we have many local owned shops. We're located along the Waterfall Byway. You can drive or hike to gorgeous waterfall vistas. We're known for our white water rafting, or take a slow tube float down the river. Our area is also famous and featured on the Travel Channel for Gem Mining. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a wonderful drive and great way to cool off in the summer months. A picnic on the Parkway is the best! Access to The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is in nearby Bryson City. Come see the elk, or take a train ride. Skiing and snow tubing in winter months is about 40 min. from house. So much to do! Golf: 2 Public Golf Courses in Franklin, and several more in nearby communities Ski: Skiing available in nearby Cataloochee (40 min.)


                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Tax Rate

                                                              Inquire about extended stay rates. Maximum Occupancy 8 (adults and children, no children under age 6) Owner reserves the right to increase fees and insurance requirements depending on # of guests.

                                                              38 Reviews
                                                              Exceptional 5/5
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                                                              Property # 179200ha