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"Retreat in the Sky" in the Words of a Guest, "This Place is Beyond Beautiful"..

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The view, the privacy, the beautiful flowers and the top of the world feelin....


Last updated: 05/26/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Cabin with 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Private and With Beautiful Mountain Views

You can book your reservation on this site through Homeaway/vrbo "book it" or you can contact us directly by phoning or emailing.

A recent guest wrote in our guest book....'this place is beyond beautiful'....

Retreat in the Sky is an unforgettable place to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and all those special times.

Come to the Smoky Mountains and Retreat in the Sky for an unforgettable vacation! Whether you're sport enthusiasts wanting to be located in the hub of all the Smoky Mountain activities... or second honeymooners celebrating your wedding anniversary and hoping for that very special place... or vacationers/seniors looking for rest and relaxation at an incredibly beautiful vacation home....we offer it all.....

Sitting close to the top of Bear Cove Mountain, our guests enjoy our wonderful, very private, mountain home...and its great the very heart of the Smoky Mountain activities!!! Special features include a breathtaking view of the Smokies from most rooms including the screened porch and deck, a large deluxe hot tub on the screened porch (where you're safe from all the outside critters), a fire log burning fireplace, a beautiful cathedral ceiling in the Great Room, and an outdoor fire pit for those wonderful wood burning campfires.

In addition to the hot tub, the large screened porch has a teak wood table and chairs and comfortable furniture. The deck is great for relaxing with your loved one on the swing and enjoying the spectacular short and long range views, grilling out and dining on the umbrella table or rocking and enjoying the wonderful feeling that comes with being in the mountains.

Retreat is centrally located for ALL of the Smoky Mountain activities!! We offer a great location. Just minutes to Bryson City, the Gateway to the Smokies... the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad... Fontana Lake, a beautiful mountain lake where you can swim, fish, and rent a pontoon boat for half or the entire day... the Nantahala Outdoor Center for whitewater rafting, ziplining, horseback riding, biking, and fun restaurants... Cherokee, you can try your luck at Harrah's Casino... Deep Creek for tubing, hiking, and picnics...the Smoky Mountain Country Club which is a beautiful mountain course and open to the public....the Blue Ridge Parkway...where is there a more beautiful drive??? And maybe best of all... Ingles Supermarket is only five minutes away.

But...if you're looking for complete seclusion, getting totally away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life...and doing nothing more than relaxing, reading a good book and enjoying being alone together...You will love Retreat in the Sky...the view is majestic and the only neighbors are the birds and occasional wild turkeys that come to visit..

* We offer a beautiful vacation home
* Check-In after 3:00 pm and Check-Out by 10:00 am.
* Unlimited free Wifi
* Signed Rental Agreement required
* No smoking in house or screened porch (and no exceptions!)
* No pets (and no exceptions!)
* Be sure to bring your cell phone; there is no longer telephone service at the cottage...
* Hot Tub is available March 15th through October and is inside the screened porch...that means no bugs or critters or scary outside dark...
* Maximum guests: 4
* Returning guests deposit waived and offered a 15% discount on rate...
* Fire log burning fireplace (not wood) Firelogs not provided
* Not suitable for children... (and no exceptions)

* 3 night minimum...except July and October which are weekly only...
* Our road association does not permit motorcycles or trailers...

Please e-mail us with questions or telephone us to make your reservations. Be sure to visit our other vacation home on vrbo #7436... A Log Heaven. It might be available if Retreat in the Sky is not.

We are celebrating the 19th anniversary since we built and opened our vacation home to guests. We have learned a lot (and are still learning) about what makes a great vacation and what we need to do to help our guests have one! Ty and I have talked with and met many wonderful new friends who have stayed with us from all over the USA, plus England, the Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, China, Norway, Canada and Finland. We thank you for looking at our web page and we hope you have an opportunity to vacation or visit with us at Retreat in the Sky.
Ty and Sandy Nelson

Keywords: Mountain retreat, mountain getaway, mountain chic, mountain cabin, mountain chalet, mountain cottage
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Member since: 2000

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/26/2017

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 1200 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Bath towels, hand towels and wash cloths provided...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Bath towels, hand towels and washcloths provided...moreless

Other Amenities

  • What makes Retreat in the Sky so special?? Maybe it's that the road in Bear Cove is mostly paved and you don't need a 4-wheel drive vehicle to reach it, or maybe it's that it's so convenient, only a few minutes to Ingles to pick up those limes you forgot, then maybe it's because of the privacy, it sits up high on the mountain all by itself, you would never have to see or listen to any other vacationers, but then maybe it's the view, whether you're inside or out, the view is everywhere and it's beautiful, could be the hot tub; most hot tubs are outside, yours would be inside the screened porch, you could use it rain or shine and not have bugs or critters...maybe it's the comfort, pillows everywhere, maybe that's it, maybe it's having a deck AND screened porch, sometimes you could even want privacy from each other, or even maybe the outside woodburning firepit for marshmallows and fun. We love it all and we think you will too!!...moreless


  • Books:

    Bookcase with lots of popular books....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Beautiful short and long range mountain views!...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Internet:

    Unlimited free Wifi...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Large parking area...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone:

    There is no longer telephone service at Retreat. However, cell phone service (except for Nextel/Sprint) is excellent!...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bath towels and hot tub towels...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Laundry soap provided...moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Firelogs may be burned in the fireplace from October through April...moreless

  • Free Wifi


  • Coffee Maker:

    includes coffee and supplies...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Appliances include refrigerator, dishwasher, stove/oven, microwave, garbage disposal...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Spices, sugar, flour, coffee and tea...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    700 feet of outdoor living space....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Rain or shine, you will love the hot tub! You don't have to go out in the scary dark with the critters from the woods coming out. The hot tub is inside the beautiful screened porch. ...moreless



from 42 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$1,050 $3,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Cleaning fee $100 + tax
  • Tax Rate 10.75%


$50 cancellation fee when applicable

One free night with weekly rental

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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60 Miles
Nearest Airport
Asheville, NC
5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Bryson City
12 Miles
Nearest Golf
Smoky Mountain Country Club, Whittier, NC
5 Miles
Nearest Train
Smoky Mountain Railroad, Bryson City, NC
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Route 74
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
40 Miles
Nearest Ski
Cataloochee, Maggie Valley, NC

Car: Necessary

The most exciting new activity has to be ziplining....our guests just rave about how much fun it is...take a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway... it is unforgettable...pack a picnic lunch (picnic pack for two at Retreat for guests use) and mountain gaze, and you must go to Highlands and Cashiers (great shopping and restaurants) and visit all of the waterfalls in the area, the Biltmore Estate in Asheville is only one hour should plan to spend the entire day as there is so much to see, go for a hike at the Joyce Kilmer forest or Deep Creek, visit Dollywood and stop at all the outlets on the way, Win some $$ to take home at Harrahs Casino in Cherokee and enjoy a great dinner there as well. You will NEVER run out of things to do. Or, never leave, sit on the deck at Retreat in the Sky and enjoy the privacy, the wonderful view and each other!


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1998

About the owner: Ty and I have been sharing our vacation home, Retreat in the Sky, with guests for over seventeen years. It has been fun, sometimes very challenging...but most of all...a rewarding experience. Our goal is... and has always been provide a wonderful vacation experience for our guests..

Why the Owner Chose Bryson City, NC, USA:
We fell in love with Bryson City the first time we visited. It is quaint, friendly and surrounded by beautiful mountains. We found the perfect spot to build our second home. It's close to the top of Bear Cove Mountain in the Smokies. Our view is beautiful. Retreat in the Sky has a privacy that is hard to describe. Our first home is three hours away and seventeen years later, with our car packed with all our stuff, heading for Bryson City and our Retreat in the Sky, we're still excited.... after all these years, we still can't wait to get there.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
Sitting on the swing on our deck...enjoying the beautiful the ultimate in relaxation. Retreat in the Sky can only be reached by driving up the private road and then you drive up some more on our paved driveway. We are not on the road so no one can see us or drive by us. So you see, we also have the ultimate in privacy. We not only have a beautiful deck filled with flowers and a wonderfully landscaped setting, but a large screened porch complete with hot tub and a great place to hang out. We're only five minutes from Ingles Supermarket, the quaint town of Bryson City and only ten minutes from just about everywhere else. We took a survey from vrbo/homeaway a few years back that results showed that only 21% of property owners that rent their vacation homes use it themselves. We use ours every chance we get. Not only because we love being there but because we want to maintain the high standards we set for ourselves in maintaining our beautiful vacation home. .

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/26/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • The view, the privacy, the beautiful flowers and the top of the world feelin....

    The view, the privacy, the beautiful flowers and the top of the world feelin....

  • Welcome to Retreat in the Sky...the vacation home to fall in love with...

    Welcome to Retreat in the Sky...the vacation home to fall in love with...

  • TV watching, reading a book, or just hanging out ...

    TV watching, reading a book, or just hanging out ...

  • Amazing sunsets right from your deck! (or from your Master Bedroom)

    Amazing sunsets right from your deck! (or from your Master Bedroom)

  • Enjoy the beautiful view from the deck!

    Enjoy the beautiful view from the deck!

  • One of our favorite places...the screened porch...

    One of our favorite places...the screened porch...

  • You will love waking up to the amazing view!

    You will love waking up to the amazing view!

  • Everyone loves the screened porch!

    Everyone loves the screened porch!

  • A beautiful day in the mountains

    A beautiful day in the mountains

  • Newly built...1998
Retreat in the Sky stole our hearts and will steal yours too!

    Newly built...1998 Retreat in the Sky stole our hearts and will steal yours too!

  • Everyday a new view

    Everyday a new view

  • Swing away your cares on the beautiful deck.  Flowers everywhere!

    Swing away your cares on the beautiful deck. Flowers everywhere!

  • It looks like a park, doesn't it? It could be your front yard!

    It looks like a park, doesn't it? It could be your front yard!

  • The deck with the glorious swing overlooking the magnificent view!

    The deck with the glorious swing overlooking the magnificent view!

  • A spectacular view every day!!!  Complete privacy too!

    A spectacular view every day!!! Complete privacy too!

  • And amazing sunsets!

    And amazing sunsets!

  • Queen bed ... sleep tight!

    Queen bed ... sleep tight!

  • Soaring ceiling

    Soaring ceiling

VRBO #3362

This listing was first published here in 2000.

Date last modified - Friday, May 26, 2017

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