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Secluded Retreat Panoramic Views, Low Rates, Hot Tub, Fire Pit

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

Water Rock was designed specifically to showcase the incredible natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains and to provide an example of mountain area permaculture. The retreat also showcases ever-expanding beautifully landscaped terraced grounds covered with an abundance of gorgeous flowers for the enjoyment of our guests. There is lots of flat yard space for the kids to run around and a great firepit area for nights around the campfire.

Water Rock Garden Retreat is ideal for people who love solitude, unspoiled views, spectacular gardens, wildlife, starry nights and full moons, and the sound of rushing mountain streams in the distance. It is beautiful any time of year!

Water Rock Garden Retreat is located on a 15-acre knoll just outside of Cherokee, North Carolina. At an elevation of 4500 feet, there are breathtaking 360-degree views with a 30-mile view of Tennessee and the great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The property now encompasses a 200-acre tract with a 200-foot waterfall and hiking trails being established to Black Rock - an amazing destination at 5800-feet elevation with a 360-degree panorama as fine as any found within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The Retreat's ground floor is open and spacious with ten-foot ceilings and a fireplace. The house has four large bedrooms (three upstairs, one downstairs), including a large master bedroom. The rooms are equipped with two queen-sized beds, one full-sized bed, two twin beds, one twin-sized futon, and two twin-sized bunkies. The house has two full baths, an antique claw foot and a wood-fired hot tub! We will provide one set of sheets and blankets for each bed as well as plenty of towels.

The large custom kitchen is well equipped with utensils, dinnerware, pots, pans, and an outdoor grill. The house also has a 500-square-foot, partially covered, cedar deck and an enclosed crow's nest atop for all-weather viewing of the incredible, panoramic view. A wood-fired hot tub awaits you to step in!

The phone is set up to make only local, credit card, or collect calls. Ask us for the phone number at the house.

The Retreat is located three-point-seven miles up a well-maintained (but bumpy in spots) gravel road. Water Rock Garden Retreat is easily accessible by car, SUV and even trucks with trailers. The road dead ends at the cabin. The road is passable by almost any car except under snowy or icy conditions when a four-wheel drive would be necessary. It takes approximately 15 minutes to travel the road. Cars that ride extra low (such as some luxury or sport cars) may not be appropriate. Ask us if you are not sure about yours.

Located 10 miles from Harrah's Casino in Cherokee and the Blue Ridge Parkway, central to the Smoky Mountains Country Club Golf Course and the Great Smoky Mountain Railway Station in Historic Dillsboro where you will find unique shops, galleries, collectables, and crafts.

Centrally located to Maggie Valley, Cherokee, Bryson City and to Rafting and Tubing in the Nantahala Gorge with numerous hiking and biking trails throughout the area. Enjoy outdoor recreation along nearby waterfalls, hike and commune with nature, float the many rivers and streams on tubes or rafts, or visit local area flea markets.

No hunting or shooting on, or near, the retreat, please. We encourage wildlife to stay in the area. While we love our pets, some pets are inappropriate for Water Rock Garden. If you wish to bring a pet, please inquire when making reservations.

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More Details

Owner
Owner
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
September 17, 2017

Amenities

Cherokee House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Child Beds (2) These beds are located in the Crow's Nest and are big enough to accommodate teenagers or small adults, they are just slightly shorter than a standard twin bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding

Reviews

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Secluded Retreat Panoramic Views, Low Rates, Hot Tub, Fire Pit
average rating of 4.78125 based on 32 reviews
5

Breathtaking

  • 5 of 5

The moment we walked through the canopy of gorgeous green plants we knew this trip was going to perfect. We made memories and shared so many laughs. The view is unbelievable and we sat countless hours just sitting on the hill and taking in the surrounding lands.

We already have talked about returning next year and staying longer. I would recommend this to anyone that loves that mountains. The house was a perfect match for us to have a small reunion of old friends. And the owner was so helpful and nice.

I can't wait to plan our next trip!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Water Rock Garden Retreat is truly designed to have an incomparable Smoky Mountain experience far from the maddening crowds. It is like being able to stay at MT Leconte without hiking 8 miles! We are always so happy to have a satisfied guest.
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Gorgeous Sunset Views

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for our group of 12. It was a little off the beaten path; which is what we wanted. The directions that the owner provided to get to the house were very clear and concise. If you are at all familiar with the area, you will have no problem finding it. Very nice, and spacious terraced garden property; with a large, beautiful home with wonderful views- especially the master bedroom. The owner was very reasonable, accessible, and helpful with the couple small issues that arose. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Breathtaking views and lovely grounds

  • 5 of 5

We loved the sunsets while enjoying dinner on the deck. S'mores every night at the fire pit gave us all a chance to relax and laugh. We will definitely return.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review and for being an extraordinary guest!! I recommend returning at different times of year as each season at Waterrock offers something unique. Best wishes!
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5

Beautiful Views

  • 5 of 5

I'll start off by saying the views lived up to the expectations. The house sits atop a 4 mile mountain road with panoramic views of the smokies. The fall colors made it even more spectacular!

The mountain road up to the house is something I haven't wuite experienced before...but after the first time it becomes an adventure filled with gorgeous scenery. If you are staying here for the first time...I highly advise showing up before dark. The owners provided very detail instructions but not knowing what to expect still makes it scary. But don't worry! It is well worth it.

The owner, Tama, was nothing but helpful the entire trip. We probably bothered him too much but he continually provided us with anything we asked and went out of his way to make sure we were comfortable.

The only bad thing I can say is that the house had a few bugs inside. It was mostly just ladybugs downstairs and it was never even an issue. They minded their own business and ypu couldn't notice them after a while. Also, if you are going to hike black rock trail near the property make sure to allow ample time. To get to the trail was quite a trek up the mountain road and was all uphill...but it was so beautiful.

Overall my stay could not have been much better. The seclusion, the views, the beautiful house, and time with family makes this place special. I can't wait to come back next year and explore more of the area! Thanks Tama!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Bobby, Thank you for taking the time to write this informative , kind, and helpful review! I think your comments will really help guests get a sense of the experience of Waterrock. We try very hard to deal with ladybugs however on certain years they come in and a few will show up even when we have cleaned that afternoon! Some years there are none. Impossible to fully eradicate on those years without highly toxic chemicals that would poison the retreat. At least they are the cute ladybugs and not the stink bugs that invade us here in Asheville! Thanks again and we look forward to your return! Tama
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Rare mountain top lodging with beautiful vistas

  • 5 of 5

Water Rock is that exceptional place in our country that speaks of extreme solitude and peace. Most anywhere in the yard shows another lovely view. The yard itself has been whittled out of the earth with stepping stones, and tunnels through rhododendron. There are even pear trees. The house is comfortable and also has gorgeous mountain views. My two sons and my best friend were there in August 2016 for my wedding anniversary celebration. My husband passed away in November 2015, and to be on the same mountain that we have spent so many anniversaries together was very special to me. My son hiked to Black Rock and sprinkled John's ashes on the rock, with a small ceremony. We had rented Raven's Crest on this same mountain for many years before it was sold. John and I often wanted to rent Water Rock, but it was too big for 2 people. So finally, I was privileged to stay there. Thank you Tama.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing!!!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect! The view takes your breath away. Perfect retreat can't wait to share wedding photos with Tama. We will be back!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
US Hwy 19
Car: necessary

Smoky Mountains National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway Casinos, Gardens, Waterfalls

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Additional Guest Fee $15 per person per night
Pet Fee $15
Damage Deposit $300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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