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Perfect & charming setting for family fun or a private getaway!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-10)

The log cabin was originally built in 1838. In the mid seventies the cabin was relocated from nearby onto a modern foundation perched upon the top of the hill. At this time of reconstruction a back kitchen & dining room, garage, second floor with 3 bedrooms and 3 covered/enclosed porches were added. Over the past few years the interior has been renovated and modernized. What a charming setting for a very private little getaway or busy family gathering. With plenty of overflow space, all the kids can run and play right out front on the hills of grass while the adults relax on the porches enjoying the sound of running brooks and the spring fed waterwheel. Peace and seclusion are just a few of the attributes found here. A Captain's Cabin on 'Little Onion Mountain' has over five acres to roam without ever leaving the property. Yet it's conveniently located minutes to downtown Franklin, grocery stores, restaurants and 5-20 miles from 4 fabulous waterfalls, world class hiking in the Nantahala National Forest and the town of Highlands.

Keywords: cabin, fireplace, privacy, acreage, waterfalls, hiking, photography, fall foliage, antiquing, horseback riding, spacious, waterwheel, kayaking, canoeing, tubing, rafting, fly & trout fishing, smokey mountain railroad, meadows, pond, secluded, gem mining,

More Details

Thomas Dunzelman
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 6, 2017

About Thomas Dunzelman

International Sea Captain, Diver and Son.

Thomas Dunzelman purchased this cabin in 2005


Franklin Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • NEVER LEAVE CABIN FIREPLACE OR FIRE PIT FIRES BURNING UNATTENDED Leave ALL trash left behind in metal trash can in the garage with the lid on tight.
  • Upon departure - summer turn a/c off ~ winter heat down to 50 degrees. Upstairs sunporch & master bedroom outside doors are securely closed tight.
  • Upon your departure, please leave all beds used unmade. Leave cabin, and back kitchen door unlocked and pulled securely closed.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • 'The Bunk Room' - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , Trundle bed under bottom bunk also.
    The Master Stateroom - 1 king , Back French door lead to game room over garage & back stairs
    The Lighthouse Room - 2 twin/ single
    The Sun Porch - 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Child Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Very private. Running brooks on both side of house with a small bridge and waterwheel. Large out door fire pit / picnic table / hiking trails on and around property and mountain.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Perfect & charming setting for family fun or a private getaway!
average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews
Daphne, AL

Digger's Favorite

  • 5 of 5

The only thing better than visiting the captain's cabin is the rare occassion of the captain's company.

I spend the year waiting to get back. The pictures don't show the awesome hammocks on the screened in poarch or near by lakes and rivers.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2013
  • Stayed: March 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous and Fun

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was even better than expected! It's a perfect spot tucked up on the mountain but close to loads of fun things to do. Waking to the fresh mountain breezes each morning was a slice of heaven. I enjoyed tea every morning on one of the screened porches taking is the beautiful view with the sounds of nature waking me up while the children slept in peacefully. We went rafting, hiking, waterfall climbing, swimming in the pond, learned about gems at the nearby museum and of course boutique shopping. The cabin itself was great! The beds were comfy, the bathrooms clean, plenty of hot water for showers for the whole group, linens, everything supplied. We grilled and enjoyed most of our meals there, including smores by the fire each night. We look forward to returning again and highly recommend the Captain's Cabin for a vacation anytime of year.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2011
  • Stayed: July 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hollywood, Fl

Magnificent property and location

  • 5 of 5

My family visited there this summer. My kids really enjoyed the tire swing and exploring the property. The cabin was clean and there was plenty of space for all of the kids. I found the cabin to be true to it's description but much better in person. We also enjoyed the cute downtown area of Franklin and mining for treasures. Thank you for a wonderful experience in Franklin, NC.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2011
  • Stayed: August 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Merritt Island, Fl

Great getaway for family & friends!

  • 5 of 5

SPACIOUS cabin! Great vacation for kids/families. We enjoyed sightseeing, fishing, gem mining, hiking, even swimming at the beach! Highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2010
  • Stayed: May 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ft.Lauderdale, FL

Dream base for touring Motorcyclists

  • 5 of 5

We spent 4 nights at the Captain's Cabin. We used it as a base for the best motorcycle touring area in the eastern US. Less than 50 miles from the "bucket list" ride called "Tail of the Dragon," at Deal's Gap. Everyday we found an equally beautiful and challenging rides; riding under Brial Veil Falls, taking a long leg on the Blue Ridge Parkway...and afterwards cool out on the front porch or on the cool nights- in front of the big stone fireplace. That is; after putting the bikes to bed in the large well lit garage. All things convenient in the town of Franklin minutes away. Some very toney villages nearby like Sapphire and Cashiers...Fantastic. Hope to return next spring.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2010
  • Stayed: April 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Satsuma, Florida

Hidden but close to everything

  • 5 of 5

Location allowed us to visit the area sites without excessive driving, a big plus for us. Cabin was alot larger than we expected - and everything worked smoothly.

Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2010
  • Stayed: June 2006
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

Trout & fly fishing, Gem Mining, Cherokee Indian reservation, Casino, Waterfalls & Lakes & National Parks.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75
Cleaning Service Fees $125

Additional fees depending on the total number of guests (over 4), and number of pet(s).

Not included in rental fee is Open/close & cleaning services of $125.00

50% deposit due at booking - Balance due 30 days prior to arrival.
Payment by check preferred, or Credit Card.
Credit card on file required prior to arrival for security and damages.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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