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Luxurious Riverfront Mountain Home.

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,301 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6 adults, 2 children)

The Willow Cottage is one of only two beautiful cottages on Cold Mountain's 200 Riverfront Acres. This page features The Willow, but if your dates are taken for The Willow Cottage, please be sure to check the availability of VRBO Listing 355657 or simply email or call us. Thank you. Please visit us on Facebook: The Cottages at Cold Mountain. Watch the video! You will be glad you did!

Just take a look at the pictures...the cottage was designed by renowned architect Keith Summerour and the idea was to take the very finest elements of luxury homebuilding and scale them down to an enjoyable, sensible size of 2300 feet. In the indoors, we wanted guests to be able to enjoy the very best materials, craftsmanship and design--understated elegance. The exterior features locally harvested stone, cedar siding, and unbelievable Ludowici clay tile roofing. Guests will feel at once that they are stepping back in time to an era when craftsmanship and materials still mattered, and stepping forward into the future with a home heated & cooled with underground geothermal wells.

The kitchen, dining and living areas are fully integrated with an all-stone terrace complete with wood burning fireplace and antique timber-framed porch. The kitchen features plaster walls, beautiful views, a Wolf range, two Subzero refrigerators and beautiful soapstone countertops and custom cabinets.

The Willow Cottage is one of two cottages located within the private, gated riverfront conservation community called Cold Mountain. The clear waters of the East Fork River run through the property, and our guests have access to 1/2 mile of it. The 200 acres features the river which is within 300 feet of the cottage. The cottage is located in the heart of the meadow area of Cold Mountain and is within 100 feet of an historic dairy barn (no animals today) and a 1/2 acre catfish pond bordered by Willow Trees. A beautiful activity field for soccer, volleyball or chasing fireflies is 100 feet away as is an apple orchard, small vineyard and raspberry and blackberry patches. (Great for the morning's cereal.) The upper 1/3 of Cold Mountain is very mountainous and guests can hike, mountain bike, ride horses, camp or picnic at 4,000 feet if they wish.

You will need to carefully consider the town that is close by. If you haven't discovered Waynesville, do yourself a favor and check it out. This year, no less a source than the L.A. Times called Waynesville 'the perfect blend of mountain charm and sophistication.' Art galleries, tailgate markets, incredible wine store (Wineseller) just 15 minutes away. Want to take advantage of something in Asheville--35 minutes away. We love Asheville too, but the truth is it is a city, which is what we believe a lot of people are seeking to escape. Stay in the country, use Waynesville as your anchor town and cherry-pick the best of Asheville's offerings. Now, you are 35 minutes away from Asheville and 15 minutes from Waynesville, but that gives you the payoff of a spectacularly beautiful, riverfront setting. Plus, you are in the direction of something...Pisgah National Forest begins just 5 minutes south of the property and leads you into some of the most beautiful and iconic places in the Eastern US--Sliding Rock, Mount Pisgah Inn, Looking Glass Falls and many more are within 20 minutes for a truly unlimited amount of recreational potential. Finally, Springdale Golf Club (18 holes) is directly across the street for any family members keep a swing sharp.

We built and furnished the Willow Cottage because we were generally disappointed with the quality of both the homes and properties available for vacation rental. Also, being flatlanders from Hilton Head, we had grown tired of those terribly steep properties that have nice views, but nothing to do. The Willow Cottage at Cold Mountain is an absolutely unique offering in Western North Carolina with views, water and lots of room to roam...thank you for taking a moment to consider us. We look forward to hearing from you. We regret that the covenants of Cold Mountain do not permit weddings.

Keywords: 2010 Custom, Luxury, Cottage, 2 King Suites, 1 Queen, and 2 Trundles in Loft, Green Built, Reclaimed Oak and Chestnut Floors and Doors, Plaster Walls, Wolf/Subzero Appliances, Waterworks Fixtures, Porch with Fireplace, Teak Outdoor Dining Table, Professionally-Designed Interior, Riverfront, Historic Farm, 11 Mi to Waynesville, 35 Mi to Asheville, 5 Mi to Pisgah National Forest (Sliding Rock, Pisgah Inn, Etc.), Hiking Trails Onsite, Equestrian Trails Onsite, Flyfishing Onsite, Riverside Fire Pit, Golf Across Street.

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More Details

Melba Ballew
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About Melba Ballew

The Willow Cottage is owned by two families, one from Hilton Head and the other from Santa Fe, who came together to create a vacation offering that they had always sought, but seldom found: sufficient beauty, warmth and luxury to restore the adults, but lots of room-to-roam onsite in free pursuit of adventure for kids (and kids at-heart) so that they must be called-in from outside.

Melba Ballew purchased this house in 2010

Why Melba Ballew chose Canton

We chose Cold Mountain and the Cruso Valley as the location for the Willow Cottage because it is the perfect balance between country and city living. Any closer to Asheville, and we were not getting our “River Runs Through It” fix; any farther from Asheville felt a little too “Deliverance” or required traversing winding, nauseous roads. Also, being from two popular tourist destinations—Hilton Head and Santa Fe—we wanted a mountain experience that felt like a genuine getaway, rather than a duplication of our country club environs back home or, worse, the contrived resort-town experience.

What makes this house unique

The stage is set for you to create your own experiences. Wade or tube the river, or help a child catch a first fish in the pond. Work with a local chef for a catered dinner on the sunset knoll or pack pimento cheese sandwiches to eat riverside. Read a novel start-to-finish in the hammock under the birches with the river flowing alongside. Risotto and your favorite red at The Chef’s Table in Waynesville, or hamburger, fries and a chocolate malt at Jukebox Junction in Cruso. The list goes on and on and we are available to give you as much help as you like in planning activities for a long-remembered mountain vacation.

Guestbook comments from the owner

your home is so preety my brothers love the pond and the fishing

the frogs so preety. They also liked fish thank you for sharing your home with us.
Sep 2017
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Canton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2301 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master downstairs
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Second master upstairs
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , upstairs
  • Downstairs master bedroom with king bed, upstairs master suite with King bed, upstairs bedroom with queen bed, loft with two pull out trundle beds (59")
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Fishing rods for guest use, gorgeous riverside fire pit, 1/2 mile of the clear waters of the East Fork for fishing, tubing, relaxing, covered pavilion and recreation for cooking out, stocked trout pond, stocked catfish pond, miles of nice hiking trails, sunset knoll garden. Sorry, no weddings are allowed on the property. No four wheelers, motor homes, or mini-bikes allowed. We are the owners of the Laurel and Willow Cottages within Cold Mountain, a private, gated community. There are other lot owners who may visit the property to enjoy the wonderful amenities from time to time.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 120 reviews

Amazing cottage

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing cottage. My wife and her immediate family all went to Canton NC for my wife’s birthday. She wanted s special time for her birthday which is Christmas Day. They owners of this cabin even had a real Christmas tree up for our stay during Christmas. It was quite chilly while we were there and hoped for snow but we didn’t get that this go around. The property offers fun and games, hiking, fishing and more. We explored the property and enjoyed nights by the fire at the cottage. Amazing, and definitely a favorite thus far. You won’t be let down if you choose this cottage.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house and property!

  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay! Beautiful house and property!

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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A Sublime Thanksgiving Retreat

  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough about the magic of this place. This is exactly what our family needed...a grand unplugged outdoor adventure. And then, at the end of each wonderful day, there was The Willow Cottage...a gorgeous retreat-seemingly right out of The Cotswolds-to settle into and admire-for far too short a period. In fact, that would be my only negative: We did not stay long enough. We will definitely remedy that when we come again.

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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  • 5 of 5

These cottages are from a dream. Hated to leave and counting down the days until we can go back. Stay here!

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome location

  • 5 of 5

First class accommodations, relaxing location. Willow Cottage was beautiful and has everything needed to enjoy a relaxing week. Would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing property!

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing house and property! Our kids were thrilled with the river and fish ponds. We caught trout, blue gill, carp, catfish, sunfish and crappie all on the property (using worms, no bobbers)! The use of the fishing poles and gear makes it that much easier. The house is beautiful and impeccably maintained. Highly recommend a stay here, you won't be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)
Nearest Golf
0.05 Miles
Springdale Golf Course
Nearest Ski
24.5 Miles
Cataloochee Ski Area
Car: necessary

Flyrods and fishing rods for guest use, gorgeous riverside fire pit, 1/2 mile of private clear waters of the East Fork for fishing, tubing, relaxing, covered pavilion and recreation for cooking out, stocked trout pond, stocked bass pond, miles of nice hiking trails, sunset knoll garden.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Cleaning fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0% weddings allowed on the property.
No Pets
There is a three night minimum.

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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