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Luxurious Custom Riverfront Retreat on 7 Acres

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, outside shower (Sleeps 10)

5 star, eco-friendly, 7 acre riverfront luxury home in the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina. The ultimate in luxurious privacy. If you love hiking, playing in the river, fishing, kyaking or canoeing or just relaxing on the bank of the river then LOOK NO FURTHER! THIS IS THE BEST! Owner/builder designed every detail personally for your enjoyment and comfort. 3 king and 4 twin beds are chiropractic Restonic, superbly comfortable with 400 thread count linens. All bedrooms have satellite TV with HBO and Showtime. All wood floors. Panoramic views of the mountains and river. Spectacular dining and entertainment area. A riverfront deck with gas fire pit, summer kitchen and gas grill cantelevers over the little Tennessee river. On the property is a half mile hiking trail up the back hill. Two horse stalls available, bring your own horses or rent them for the week, nearby. Experienced equestrians only.

WARNING: This property is not recommended for children under the age of 6 years, and to those children who do not swim. The summer kitchen cantilevers over the moving river which has exposed rocks- which could cause instant death if a child fell off.

Keywords: Log Home

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Helene Hollub
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish, Spanish/english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Helene Hollub

I built this beautiful home to live in when I retire. That is why it has the ultimate in luxury appointments!

Helene Hollub purchased this house in 2008

Why Helene Hollub chose Franklin

Beautiful scenic Smokey mountains private with 7 acres and 2 horse stalls on riverfront best trout fishing river in area. View deer and turkeys and other wildlife right on the property. Smokey Mountain fish camp less than one mile. Tubing and Kyaking in the river. White water rafting nearby at the Nantahala River or Ocoee River. We are Located in the middle of Ruby and Gem mines. Convenience store less than one mile away. 6 Miles to the town of Franklin. Peace, privacy, nearby antiquing, great retaurants, Smokey Mountain National Park, Asheville, Gabling at Cherokee Reservation.

What makes this house unique

Sit out on the Deck and view wildlife and the river. Barbecue, fish, swim, relax. If you need to work you can by using the WIFI provided and the portable phone!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Rivers Whisper Reatreat VRBO#24543?4

North Caroline


to me

Hello Helene,

Happy New Year! I wanted to let you know how much our family enjoyed our New Year celebration at your wonderful home in Franklin. Everything was perfect! You have such a lovely, very comfortable place. I especially enjoyed your super well-equipped kitchen! Everything I needed to use for cooking up some special meals you had! We enjoyed your wonderful river and outdoor fire pit. Our family enjoyed watching the cows across the river move from area to area and sometimes even run! We also saw several wild turkeys that were a big hit with my grandsons. Thank you for sharing your home. We hope we can repeat our New Year celebration at your place again this year! Take good care!


Dec 2012
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Franklin House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please no eating in the bedrooms. If there is food debris in the bedroom a $50 charge will be deducted from the damage deposit.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - his and her vanities, bidet/toilet,jacuzzi tubshower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet , bidet/toilet, double sink, sit down vanity, double shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , one sink, sit down vanity,bidet/tiolet
    Bathroom 5 - outdoor shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , sink.toilet and changing room to service deck area and yard
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Has in-suite bath with soaking tub/shower
    Bedroom 4 Upstairs - 2 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , Shares a bath with upstairs king bedroom
    Bedroom 3 Upstairs - 1 king , shares a bath with bunk room
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Has in-suite double vanity bath and jacuzzi/shower
  • King size beds (3) There are two Master Suites downstairs with baths and sit down vanities. One king bedroom upstairs that shares bath, Twin or Single Beds (4) There are 4 twin beds in the kids room with Satellite TV, Bunk Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • 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
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Professional gas cooktop, double oven, oversized farmhouse sink, instant hot water, all bathrooms sit down vanities, TWO MASTER SUITES WITH FULL BATHS EACH, soaking tub and Jacuzzi. All commodes have Kohler Bidet seats. Flat screen TV's and DVD player in every bedroom, 10 seat dining room table, wood burning fireplace in living room, outside deck and summer kitchen with sink, refrigerator and oversized gas grill. 2 HORSE STALLS with over an acre electric fenced paddock. Experienced riders only! You may bring your own horses (2 max) or lease from nearby stable.


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Luxurious Custom Riverfront Retreat on 7 Acres
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews
Sanford, NC

River's Whisper Retreat Family Fun in Franklin, NC

  • 5 of 5

5 stars for this beautiful property! Our family of 6 adults and 6 girls ages 4-13 enjoyed a week of fun. Although our family could have used 5 bedrooms, this 4-bedroom (large bedrooms) spacious home met our needs with adding a couple of inflatable beds. We grilled many meals and the spacious kitchen met our needs. Plenty of yard to kick the ball and play hide & seek with the girls. Fishing off the awesome deck and swimming in the river with a HUGE raft (purchased from Costco) accommodated 4 adults & 6 children rounded out most days. Two days of Tubing in Deep Creek State Park in Bryson City about a 40 minute ride was our main reason for the trip! A day of White Water Rafting on the Nantahala River was a first for five children and one adult and what fun! Trout fishing in a stream close by was also a highlight. Gem mining twice was loved by the girls. Mason's mining on Hwy 28 was a quick drive from the house and the best at coming away with beautiful gems. The youngest named the cow Henrietta and loved seeing her most days along with a skunk and rabbits. So private and plenty of room to roam outside. Everyone agreed our family must do this again! Thanks, Helene, for sharing River's Whisper Retreat with our family. Blessings!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sharon, You are very welcome! I hope to welcome you back again. Enjoy the rest of your summer.
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  • 5 of 5

We traveled with extended family, 5 adults/3 kids total, and we had room to spare. The house has everything you need and more! The views are stunning!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great spot for a family getaway

  • 5 of 5

This cabin really does have it all. It feels nice and secluded without being too far away from town. It's conveniently located for a day trip to Highlands or Asheville. The kids loved playing in the yard and the grown-ups enjoyed lounging on the deck. The kitchen was well stocked. This is definitely one I would recommend visiting.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My family and I absolutely loved staying here! dad was able to fish off the dock while the rest of us went kayaking down the little Tennessee river. The property had a great hiking trail and in the evening the lightning bugs were amazing! We come to Franklin often and would highly recommend this property to anyone visiting the area.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Karrie, Thank you for the lovely review! You are always welcome here! All the best, Helene
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Columbia, South Carolina

Absolutley Perfect

  • 5 of 5

Rivers Whisper is nothing short of perfection. One can sit on the porch or on the deck and just watch the clouds go by. Views in all directions are breath-taking. House sits on a large piece of property so you plenty of privacy. We saw deer, turkeys, and the local cows each day. House has plenty of room and is very comfortable with everything one could want. My family and I had a great time in Franklin. House is convenient to tubing, hiking, zip lining, white water rafting, and shopping (if that's your thing). We did them all. Franklin is a wonderful town where the people are friendly and had lots of good places to eat. Caretaker of Rivers Whisper is very helpful and full of good information of the area. He sent us on a loop from the property to Wayah Rd which was breathtaking. So glad we found this place and hope to stay there again if we are ever back in the Franklin area. Thank you so much for our visit.

Michael M.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Beautiful and Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

In April 2016 we had the pleasure of staying at Rivers Whisper Retreat. Its an absolute beautiful cabin located on the river with beautiful views of the mountains. The cabin is wonderful inside and out, and we had the most peaceful stay. One of the most relaxing vacation spots we have ever visited. We will definitely stay again in the future and recommend it to others. The home accommodated 3 adult couples with three King bedrooms and separate bathrooms for each. It also has a separate bunk bedroom for children.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
74 Miles
Asheville regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
6.2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 28 north
Nearest Restaurant
6.2 Miles
Cafe Rel


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $250
Refundable damage deposit $400

This home is a luxury residence built for the owner to live in. Circumstances changed and it is now a vacation rental. There are many fine furnishings and custom made tables, etc. If you are not willing to treat this home as your own then please select another rental.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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