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Private Vacation House in the Woods

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6-6)

Check out our winter rates. November offers mild days and cold nights! Homeaway and VRBO rate this rental with five stars. We feel we provide the best value within the Highlands area. Take a look at our reviews. The house is 1200square ft. It has a spacious kitchen, living area, two bedrooms. King size bed in master, twin beds in second bedroom, and a pull out couch. The house has central air and heating, ceiling fans in the bedrooms, ice making refrigerator, dishwasher, disposal, and washer and dryer. The kitchen is amply supplied with utensils. Coffee and tea is provided. Heated bath area. Direct TV. WiFi available. Charcoal Grill. The house has a wood burning fireplace and firewood is provided. There is a camping area with fire pit next to the house. Gate to the National Forest is a 200 yds down the road. It leads to the base of Scaly Mountain and acess to the Bartam Trail. The house is at the end of the road with very little traffic. Numerous hiking trails in the area. Abundant wildlife in the area. DIRECTIONs: From Dillard take Ga.246 towards Highland. Ga. 246 will change to N.C. 106, in 2.8 miles turn left onto Buck Knob Road. Stay straight staying on the pavement. In 1.8 miles you will turn left at Bob Long Mountain Road.Proceed to the top of the mountain and at the fence-line turn right. Second drive on the right is 535 Bob Long Mountain.Parking either in front or on the side. From Higlands it is about 7 miles, turn right on Buck Knob off N.C.106 and use previous directions. JUST BRING YOUR FOOD, CONDIMENTS, AND BEVERAGES. Everthing else is provided.

Keywords: Five Star rating!

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Joe Bartenfeld
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2017

About Joe Bartenfeld

Sam and I live in Atlanta and have the house next door to the rental. We both were employed by Delta Airlines. Me as a Captain and she is still working as a Flight Attendant. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama and I graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. We have one daughter and one granddaughter who live in Gainesville, Ga. Sam and I both love meeting and socializing with our guest.

Joe Bartenfeld purchased this house in 2009

Why Joe Bartenfeld chose Smoky Mountains

NEW WINTER AND SPRING PRICING! We love the serenity and beauty of this location. We take great pride in its cleaniness. WE DO NOT ACCEPT ANY PETS! I t is tastfully decorated.

We back up to the National Forest and enjoy hiking down the trail which connects to the Bartram trail at the base of Scaly Mountain. It is a wonderful place to sit back and relax.

What makes this house unique

We are at the end of the road, it is quiet. It has a camping area for children. It has an outdoor fire-pit. Swing set for Children. The cabin is totally supplied and we are centrally located to Clayton, Ga. and Franklin N.C. and Highlands is just 9 miles away. We DO NOT ACCEPT PETS! We will take infants but prefer children over four years of age.

The spring brings the flowering shrubs and plants. The fall bring the beautiful foliage change and the mountains are painted in breathtaking aray of colors. The winters open the canopy for wonderful distant views.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(61 traveler reviews)

Private Vacation House in the Woods
average rating of 5.0 based on 61 reviews

Fabulous home away from home

  • 5 of 5

This is our second year renting our cabin from Joe and Sam. Top notch. Very clean and well stocked. They are such wonderful people. Joe even brought over some home grown tomatoes for us to enjoy. The cabin is on top of the mountain. Very quiet and secluded. Only thing you'll hear is mother nature and an occasional dog or 2. You are close to shopping, hiking, tubing, waterfalls, you name it's in this area. We will definitely be renting the cabin again next year. I don't think we will ever tire of this area.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Mountain Home!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the mountains at this house! It is in a good location, very tranquil and private, but also in close proximity to Highlands, Franklin, and Dillard for restaurants, shops, etc. We also really enjoyed the nearby hiking trails and many waterfalls in this area! The house itself was very cozy and clean, and the kitchen is well-equipped for preparing your own meals if you choose to do so. The gas grill and wood for the fire pit made for a fun evening of cooking out and enjoying a bonfire in the cool mountain evening! We felt very comfortable and relaxed here, and would have stayed longer if we could! Thanks for all your help Joe, we're sorry our Swiss friends missed out on such a lovely place!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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***** Absolute Perfection!*****

  • 5 of 5

Words cannot even begin to express how perfect our stay at The Birdhouse was. From start to finish the entire experience was pure heaven. The cottage itself was stunning. Beautifully decorated with care and thought for the people that may stay there. EVERYTHING you need is in the cottage--and I do mean everything. The only thing you need to bring is yourself. Step outside at night and you feel like you can reach out and touch the stars. Joe is the perfect vacation landlord offering advice on restaurants, shopping, sights and hiking trails. He is always just a phone call away if needed but also gives you your privacy to relax and enjoy his property. Mountain Fresh Deli in the Highlands is a great place for takeout and easy grocery shopping. Bella's Junction Cafe in Scaly Mtn is a must for dinner! There should be an exclusive category on VRBO that is reserved for Elite 5 Star vacation properties--Joe Bartenfield's Birdhouse would be at the very top of that category. Can't wait to go back next year!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A hidden gem in the mountains

  • 5 of 5

This was one of the best trips our family has ever had in the mountains! Thanks to Joe and Sam for sharing their little slice of heaven with us. The 1st class service, top notch accommodations and helpful hints that Joe gave us made our trip outstanding! The house is remotely located in the mountains and very peaceful. At night is felt as though you could reach up and grab the stars. The kids had a blasts exploring around the property during the day and playing games by the warm fireplace at night. We could not have asked for anything more! Great food, waterfalls, scenic views, and horseback riding were all only a short drive away. If you want to vacation in the mountains and do it the right way, this is your solution. This is the only place we will stay from now on when we visit this part of the mountains. I could go on and on, but words could never truly describe how wonderful this cabin and it's owners really are.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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hiawassee, GA

we enjoyed ourselves for a month at the cabin

  • 5 of 5

this is a great place for adventure and relaxation in the highlands area. some of the hikes we completed: scaly mountain, jones knob, pickens nose, rabun bald and whiteside mountain. a couple of them we did twice. all within a short drive from the cabin. this place is over 4000 ft. in elevation which is rare for north carolina and gives you beautiful foliage and trees. the mountain fresh grocery has a great deli and coffee shop along with good meat and beer and wine. there is an ABC package store if you want something stronger. as previously stated: the cabin is fully equipped with anything and everything you might need. the place is totally quiet with beautiful scenery right out the front door.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Love love this cabin and the owners

  • 5 of 5

My family and I just had a wonderful, relaxing vacation at Joe and Sam's cabin. We were able to do hiking, view waterfalls, and did some snow play. Snow tubing was just 2.5 miles away!! Joe supplied everything including firewood for the fire. The cabin was beautifully furnished and we felt right at home. We've already booked another trip for the summer so we can do some more hiking, zip lining (about 4-5 miles away), and lots of reading by the fireplace.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Ashville, North Carolina
Nearest Barpub
9 Miles
Ugly Dog Highlands,nc
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Sky Valley, Ga.
Nearest Motorway
9 Miles
US 441
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Annie' at the tubing slope.
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Sapphire Valley
Nearest Point of Interest
Tubing Slope
Car: necessary

We are centrally located between Dillard, Ga and Highlands, NC. In the winter there is a tubing slope and ice skating nearby. National forest is behind the house. Lots of hiking trails in the area. Great Resturants at Highlands, Franklin, Dillard and Clayton.


Rates & Availability

Scaly Mountain House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jan 9 2017 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Maid Fee 4 guest $100

Weekend Rates Are $115/night. Weekday rates are $95/night
Oct 26 thru April 30. Weekends $90, Weekdays $80 minimum stay 2 days.
Prefer to NOT use credit cards because I do not need to expose to to theifery on the Internet. A check or cash after you are satisfied with the accommodations.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Scaly Mountain House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Tub with Shower. Two sinks.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
There is a year round tubing slope at Scaly Mountain. Highlands Zip Line is approximately four miles from the house. For the Romantics this is completely private. Long walks in the forest. People comment about how relaxing and sleepy the area provides.

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