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Queen Branch Cottage - cozy, renovated farmhouse in private cove!

Bedrooms 3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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About the property

Farmhouse, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6-7)

Queen Branch Cottage is real slice of Southern Appalachian culture nestled in a secluded (but easily accessible)mountain cove in the rural Little Tennessee River valley halfway between Franklin and Bryson City, North Carolina. Named 'Queen Branch' for the stream that runs alongside it,the farmhouse was built in the 1880s and still retains its original character inside and out; but a recent 'green' renovation has made it into a comfortable, and energy-efficient modern home.

In the morning, you can sip your coffee on the porch as you look at the misty mountains and listen to the songbirds sing, and if you’re lucky you’ll catch a glimpse of deer at the edge of the front meadow.

Then, you can spend lazy days fishing, floating, or kayaking in the nearby Little Tennessee River, or swing in the yard and watch the hummingbirds buzz about the flowers. You can also enjoy all the excitement the region has to offer including: kayaking and white water rafting; mountain and road biking; hiking in the Smoky Mountain National Park or on the Appalachian Trail; hunting for rubies and sapphires at a local gem mine; or just taking a scenic drive or train ride; and make sure to take advantage of being in a rural farming community and get your food from the source at a local farm stand. On rainy days, you can relax and listen to rain on the old tin roof, hear the rush of the creek, and when it stops watch the ghostly wisps fog slowly dissipate to expose the mountain vista beyond and understand why they called these mountains “Smoky”.

In the evenings, you can watch the fireflies in the meadow and listen to the whippoorwills’ call to each other as you watch the sun set over the Nantahala Mountain Range turn into a night sky filled with stars.

Whether you are seeking a quiet respite from the city, a romantic weekend, or a great base for your family vacation, Queen Branch cottage is a beautiful, eco-friendly place to stay to create your own fond memories.

Keywords: eco-friendly, historic home

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Charlie Wallin and Diana Bellgowan
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 19, 2016

About Charlie Wallin and Diana Bellgowan

Our family lives in Asheville, North Carolina and we love these mountains!

A few years ago, we discovered this old farmhouse that the local Land Trust and Preservation Society were trying to save and we fell in completely in love. We were struck by the beauty of the rural setting and the simple elegance of the farmhouse, and decided to take on the restoration and combine historic preservation with green building techniques to create a truly special home.

Now, the restoration is complete but our jobs and school keep us away more than we would like, so we've decided to share our home with others. We hope you enjoy your stay at this wonderful place!

Diana, Charlie, and Rennie

Charlie Wallin and Diana Bellgowan purchased this farmhouse in 2008

Guestbook comments from the owner

What can we say except - we don't want to leave! This house is so peaceful, so comfortable. Thank you for all your hard work preserving this bit of history.
Jul 2013
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Excellent! 4.6/5 -
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Queen Branch Cottage - cozy, renovated farmhouse in private cove!
average rating of 4.571429 based on 13 reviews
St Petersburg, FL

Lovely but still waiting on our deposit to be returned

  • 3 of 5

My husband and I stayed in this lovely farm house along with another couple in late October 2014 (the dates do not go back that far). The cabin is great and plenty of room for 4 adults. The kitchen is amazing and it was a nice touch that there were pictures and books describing the history of the home (it is almost completely modernized now).

The only disappointment was that there was not firewood (we bought our own so it worked out) and the washing machine door was broken so when I washed the sheets to prepare for our departure it would not open again.

Despite that, we left the house spotless and exactly as we found it, However, we did not receive our deposit back not any explanation for why it was being withheld. My husband and I have repeatedly contacted the owners (5+ times) and they have NEVER responded.

While it is beautiful and exactly what you would hope for prepare to lose your deposit without explanation. I have resorted to this review because of the owners ignoring our emails.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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wonderful home

  • 5 of 5

I could not be happier with the stay at your charming home. I was disappointed that the creek I told me son he would have to play in was grown up to the point it was not accessible. We did go down to the river and enjoyed our time there. The only thing I thought the house did need is a microwave. it is the only thing I really missed, and there was no way to get news or weather. no TV, radio. Maybe a weather radio would be nice. I will remember to bring one on my next visit. I will be back regularly. Thank you fo r allowing me to use your home.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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West Palm Beach, Fla.

One of a kind

  • 5 of 5

We could not have been happier with our stay at Queen Branch Cottage.

The place is a beauty. It is steeped in the history of the pioneers came before and lovingly restored by its modern-day owners.

There is plenty to enjoy on the property: cool mornings on the front porch, the pleasure of cooking a meal in the thoughtfully designed kitchen, the quiet of the evening. This may sound crazy, but we even enjoyed the most mundane chores of clearing dishes, doing laundry and gathering tinder for a fire.

And it is easy driving distance to hiking, tubing, fishing, sight-seeing, antiquing, music - everything the Smoky Mountain area has to offer.

Thank you to Diana, Charlie and Rennie for opening their one-of-a-kind home.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We couldn't agree more - there is something very wonderful and peaceful about our little cottage and we're happy when others can enjoy it too!
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Knoxville, TN

a getaway!

  • 5 of 5

It is hard to describe in words how much we enjoyed our stay at Queen Branch Cottage. What an amazing 4 days of total relaxation---exploring, reading, resting, grilling, learning to fish again (after 40 years, learning about this special part of the mountains and enjoying the home you so beautifully put back together. What a great result and obviously a labor of love, and so well crafted, by far the best home on Route 28! The early morning fog and haze burning off to gorgeous days, the sound of the creek outside tumbling down the mountain, fireflies in the evening, and the incredible landscape. We are grateful for this opportunity and hope everyone enjoys this place as much as we did.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: There REALLY is something about the sound of that creek, the view of those mountains, and the flashing fireflies in the meadow that makes you forgot your troubles and stresses and lets you just relax and enjoy life!
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Asheville, NC

Sweet & Easy Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Super charming getaway. What a great place to sit back and enjoy just breathing. Incredible restoration job on this little piece of history. Many times throughout the long weekend we felt we'd stepped back in time. That said, the kitchen and bathroom were well stocked with all the modern day amenities. It was especially good sleeping in the upstairs bedroom with the window open and sounds of the flowing creek to lull one to sleep. The bead board walls and ceiling upstairs felt both cozy and like the kind of walls that have stories... good stories. We really enjoyed the sparse, yet perfect decor of the interior. Life is full of man-made things to look at and take in, and the simplicity at the cottage felt like the perfect respite from a visually overloaded world.

Had a great fire in the outdoor fire pit. The stars, the stars.... incredible show with several shooting stars. Next time we bring our telescope.

It should be pointed out that Hwy 28, a scenic byway, passes 100+ yards in front of the house. But honestly it didn't feel invasive. I imagined that those who were traveling down this byway by bicycle, motorcycle or car were taking in the same beauty that we were-intentionally as well. The Little River Trust land and the mountains that lay beyond the front of the house are a huge bonus. When not reading on the front porch, I found myself staring at the meadow and mountains, listening to all the birds, and escaping from hurried everyday life.

There are games to play, a great swing out front, a good selection of reading material and the back deck was great for yoga. We look forward to coming back in the summer for tubing down the river, fall for the view and spring for the unfold of it all again. Look forward to sharing it with others as well. It's a great place for a small group of friends, family or just for two.

Thanks Charlie, Diana and Rennie for putting so much love and hard work into this home and then sharing it with the rest of us.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2011
  • Stayed: Apr 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always nice to see the cottage through someone else'e eyes. And, it's a good point to mention that a two lane scenic highway runs along the property - we like it because it make the cottage easy to access in any weather - and it's a great bike route! Every year in mid-May, it is fun to see the Ruby Ride & Run pass by out front.
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Raleigh, North Carolina

Charming Mountain Cottage!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the cottage and Diana and Charlie were helpful in giving us tips on things to do and see in the area. It’s a truly charming and cozy farmhouse, very simply (but nicely) furnished. We loved taking our dogs to explore the creek and roam in the meadows across the road. Our trips to Fontana Dam and to the nearby the Mason Mountain Gem Mine were really fun (and we especially enjoyed the local flavor of the folks at the canoe rental/vegetable stand across the road from the Mine) and the whole area around Queen Branch is very scenic – especially around sunset when the meadows take on a golden glow.

We totally recommend this place and would rent it again.

The one drawback was the lack of tv and internet access. Our stay was only three nights and we found things to do in the evening: we had a bonfire one night, played board games another, and watched DVDs on the last night. But I can see were it might get tedious on a longer stay. If they had tv and internet service, this place would definitely be a 5 out of 5.

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Charlie and I have considered getting digital tv and internet at Queen Branch cottage. The only reason we haven't yet, is that we enjoy taking a break from our daily work routine when we're out there and by not having those distractions we find that we spend more time outside enjoying nature - looking for bugs, collecting rocks, listening to the creek. and watching the sunset. But, we do understand that renters might want to stay connected and if we get requests from future renters we'll definitely add that amenity!
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Nearest Point of Interest
Needmore Tract & Swing Bridge
Nearest Point of Interest
BP Gas Station
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Rickman's General Store
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Historic Cowee
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Queen Branch Preserve
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JW Mitchell Farms
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Mason Mountain Mine
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Sheffield Gem Mine
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Tsali Recreation Area
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Nantahala Outdoor Center
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Deep Creek GSMNP
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Great Smoky Mountain Railroad
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Nantahala Brewing Company
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Appalachian Trail & Wesser Fire Tower
Nearest Point of Interest
Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Car: necessary

near local gem mining; fishing, canoeing and tubing on Little Tennessee River, hiking on the Appalachian Trail, mountain biking at Tsali, and rafting/kayaking on the Nantahala River


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Tax Rate 10.0%

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Cancellation policy: If written cancellation is received more than 21 days in advance, 50% of rent will be returned; if cancellation is less than 21 days in advance, 0% of rent will be return; except, for any cancellation full rent will be refunded if someone else rents the cottage for those same dates.

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Franklin Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Queen size Beds (2) Main Floor Bedroom & one Upper floor bedroom have queen sized beds, Double Beds (1) Second upper floor bedroom has double/full bed, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Full-sized futon in Family Room upstairs
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • botanical garden
  • churches
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Washer/Dryer in unit, two bedrooms have queen beds and the other has a full-sized bed, plus a full-sized futon in family room, secluded location on 8 acres of conserved woodlands, a rushing creek runs next to the house, fire pit, public access to Little Tennessee River and acres of conserved meadow lands across the road, children welcome, pets welcome

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