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

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


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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Member since: 2002
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
June 18, 2017


Cherokee House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 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
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(30 traveler reviews)

Secluded Retreat Panoramic Views, Low Rates, Hot Tub, Fire Pit
average rating of 4.766667 based on 30 reviews


  • 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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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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  • 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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Overpriced but with awesome views

  • 2 of 5

Pros: Views are amazing and the ability to go on hikes without having to get in the car is great.

Cons: For the amount paid per night there was a certain level of expectation on the overall look and feel of the house. It's not advertised in the description but the only source of heat is the fireplace, gas heater in the dining area, and portable heaters in the rooms, arriving on a cold night and walking into a really cold house was unpleasant especially since it takes a while for the fire to get going and the heaters to start warming the place up. The cleanliness in the kitchen was off putting, the exterior of the oven needed a good scrubbing, you could see old food caked into the grooves on the face of the oven door. We moved the granite cutting board after using it to ensure we cleaned up all our mess to find that it apparently hasn't been moved in a really long time because the counter top behind it was filthy. The floors throughout the down stairs could have used a more thorough sweeping and a good mopping. A used lancet for testing blood was found on the floor under one of the beds. Laundry room had a strong cat litter box odor. And the bugs, there were a lot of bugs in the house, crickets, wasps and lady bugs. We get that will happen from time to time, esp in a location like this, but it just seemed rather excessive, esp the amount of lady bugs. In addition to the cleanliness there were just several cosmetic items that could have given the home a more well put together feeling and it would have been a cheap fix, examples include putting the cover over the light switch by the front door, a fresh coat of paint to cover the years of scuff marks and general use marks, esp in the upstairs bathroom, and bedroom doors, adding window treatments in the kitchen so when you're cooking at the stove you're not shielding your eyes from the sun with one hand while cooking with the other, replacing the frame or box spring on the master bedroom bed, hard to sleep when every time you move there is a sustaining rattle of metal.

Overall we understand this is a rental and gets used by a lot of people but for the amount charged per night there has to be more than enough money in the maintenance budget to hire more through cleaners, remedy the bug situation, and freshen up the worn interior.

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We just now became aware of this poor review after a customer brought it to our attention. Unfortunately as 10 months have passed we are unable to go back and do the detective work to determine what happened in this case. We have rented Water Rock Garden Retreat for over twenty years and we have hundreds of satisfied customers. All the other five star reviews (27 out of 29) on this site are evidence of this. Without going into a lengthy defense let me simply say that we are highly committed to providing an excellent customer experience. The experience described by this guest is an anomaly for Water Rock. If this customer had brought this to our attention at the time we would have immediately rectified any concerns mentioned here. For the record, we do not allow cats at the retreat. We are very disappointed to discover that any guest had this experience. We live in the area and are always ready to respond right away to any concern a guest may have. We hope that this review will not keep you from discovering one of the most beautiful sites in the Great Smoky Mountains.
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The view was outstanding. Love the travel journal.

  • 5 of 5

Thanks for a different kind of stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
US Hwy 19
Car: necessary

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


Rates & Availability

Cherokee House Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $15 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $125 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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