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Romantic Rhododendron and Bark Getaway with Great Views of Grandfather Mountain

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms + 2 Baths (Sleeps 4)

Built upon the original 'Potato House', this luxurious cottage has beautiful wood beams and bark construction. Boulders surround this unique place, with a private hot tub hidden away from the road, but not from the view! Situated just outside Banner Elk and a neighboring vineyard, this oasis sits amidst a 43 acre farm that has been preserved through a conservation easement. From the front porch, there is a tremendous pastoral view with Grandfather Mountain in the distance. This view is so striking it has been used in commercial calendars. The cottage overlooks a tranquil farm scene with a beautiful barn and pond across the road. Private trails climb behind the cottage to the back side of Beech Mountain, while a unique walk through the Rhododendron thicket below the pasture lies in front of you. (No Smoking, No Pets, No Parties and NO children)

Property Manager
John Schisler
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 18, 2017

About John Schisler

I'm John Schisler, the owner of Potato House. This property belonged to my Aunt and Uncle who were avid environmentalists. I fell in love with its beauty in college, and helped them establish an easement on the property so the peaceful feeling and incredible view would never be spoiled. I share this 'potato house' with you so I can maintain this special place and protect it from development! I also like the local winery and restaurants!

John Schisler purchased this cottage in 2005

Why John Schisler chose Banner Elk

This area has a wonderful balance of incredible hiking and excellent entertainment.


Banner Elk Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
  • heated floors!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • California King beds
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • jetted tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Romantic Rhododendron and Bark Getaway with Great Views of Grandfather Mountain
average rating of 4.94 based on 50 reviews
St Pete beach

Loved the Potato House!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this home, it is exactly what we hoped for and more!! Perfect location, far enough out of town, but not too far. The house was clean and cozy! The view off the deck, spectacular! We particularly enjoyed the jacuzzi which was perfectly maintained, and I’m not a public pool/jacuzzi type person:) Our late October vacation in NC was perfect!

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the your kind words. When the weather co-operates, our area is heavenly. We look forward to your return!
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Hancock, NY

Nice time at Potato House.

  • 4 of 5

We especially enjoyed the view of Grandfather Mountain from the deck. The only thing missing for us was a recliner/sofa in living space for more relaxing TV time, otherwise fantastic time and location was ideal /convenient for all the attractions we visited in the area. Thanks so much for sharing the Potato House!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Summerfield, NC

You'll hate having to leave

  • 5 of 5

As always, these properties are top notch. Extremely immaculate, comfortable furniture and a beautiful view of the countryside and my favorite Grandfather Mountain. Upper end lodging without the upper end price. Of course I'll be back!

Randy and Gail Brittian

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our third consecutive summer. Love it!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful setting and views. Love watching the wildlife ad fishing in the pond.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful interior and stunning Grandfather Mountain View

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our peaceful stay in this serene setting. Sitting on the deck was our favorite.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely place to be!

  • 4 of 5

Very nice for 2 couples, though the common areas are a tad smallish. Very well equipped... we didn't want for anything. Tastefully decorated, and in excellent condition.... things looked new, clean, and well cared for and everything worked well. Very much enjoyed the front deck.... saw fireworks 2 nights from the deck between July 2nd & 4th. Beautiful view, very private, saw lots of wildlife, and my husband caught a large bass in the fishing pond..... he released it, so someone else can catch it again! Very relaxing 4 days! Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Other Activities: wildlife viewing, health/beauty spa, shopping, racquetball, kayaking, basketball court


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.75%

rent + clean + tax (+ damage deposit for 1st time renters) = total
Important: this is a non-smoking, no pets, no children and no parties property.
Maximum occupancy: 4 adults (renters must be 25 years or older).

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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