Queen Branch Cottage - Cozy, Renovated Farmhouse in Private Cove!

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Last updated: 10/19/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:7
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Farmhouse
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

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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Member since: 2011

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 10/19/2016

Property Type

  • Farmhouse

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Renters must be at least 25 years of age....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking is allowed outdoors only....moreless

  • Pets Considered

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 6-7

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Bedroom 3


  • Convertible bed(s)


  • 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...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • 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...moreless


  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    House is set in a mountain cove with distant mountain views from front porch and forested slope views and creek views at sides and back....moreless

  • Water View:

    Across the road from the Little Tennessee River and Queen Branch Creek runs through the property....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine


  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator


  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Covered Front Porch & rear deck w/ creek view...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill


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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Tax Rate 10%


Rental rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

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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  • A

    Needmore Tract & Swing Bridge View on map

    The Needmore Tract 4500 acre state nature preserve that extends along 25 miles of the Little Tennessee River. It's a great place to swim, picnic, and tube along the river. If you drive the entire length of the road you'll end up near Bryson City and onthe way you will have passed the swinging bridge - this is the one of several pedestrian swinging bridges left in the area (but the others are on private land). You'll see the bridge from the road and there are several gravel parking spaces next to the bridge. It's just fun to walk across & it'll give your stomach butterflies when it sways. And there's a small beach on the other side that's a great place to picnic and swim with small children.

  • B

    BP Gas Station View on map

    The nearest place to gas up and get a little grub.

  • C

    Rickman's General Store View on map

    Rickman's General Store is owned by the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee and operates as farmer's market on Friday nights April through October - come for the produce and stay for the ole time bluegrass music.

  • D

    Historic Cowee View on map

    The village of Cowee began as a Cherokee town and is now on the National Historic Registry. A small road-side exhibit "downtown" will direct you on a driving tour of the village.

  • E

    Queen Branch Preserve View on map

    16 acres land preserve along the Little Tennessee River with public access for fishing, kayaking and hiking.

  • F

    JW Mitchell Farms View on map

    395 Bradley Creek Road, Franklin, NC U-pick flowers and vegetables open July through October.

  • G

    Mason Mountain Mine View on map

    Great place for Rhodolite and native rubies. Open March through November. Across the street is a nice vegetable stand with local produce and they rent canoes and tubes for floating down the river. AND, take a look in the River from their parking lot - you'll see a V-shaped section of rocks in the water. This is actually a preserved Cherokee fish weir (to funnel fish into nets to be caught). This part of the Little Tennessee River Valley was an active place and English adventurers in the early 1700s noted a number of Cherokee villages and farms with peach orchards and corn fields thoughout the region.

  • H

    Sheffield Gem Mine View on map

    A great place to find native star rubies & sapphires -open April 1st through October 31st.

  • I

    Tsali Recreation Area View on map

    A top destination for mountain biking in Western North Carolina, and the eastern US.

  • J

    Nantahala Outdoor Center View on map

    Headquarters for white water rafting - the Nantahala has class II and III rapids.

  • K

    Deep Creek GSMNP View on map

    Deep Creek entrance to Great Smoky Mountain National Park . This is a "dead end entrance" that does not connect by roads to the rest of the park. But it is a great place for hiking and seeing waterfalls, and for tubing down Deep Creek - a wild, scenic river gorge. Tubes are available for daily rental at a number of places on the road leading to the Park entrance.

  • L

    Great Smoky Mountain Railroad View on map

    Downtown Bryson City - take a scenic train ride through the Nantahala Gorge.

  • M

    Nantahala Brewing Company View on map

    Sample local beer and see what all the buzz is about for Asheville and this regional beers.

  • N

    Appalachian Trail & Wesser Fire Tower View on map

    The famed Appalachian Trail extends along the Appalachain mountains from Maine to Georgia. Wesser Bald Fire Tower is a great, moderate 4 mile hike that takes you along the AT to the former Wesser Fire Tower (the tower burned down many years ago). Directions to the trailhead: go about 1/2 mile north on HWY 28 & turn left onto Tellico Road (go over white concrete bridge). Follow this road as it climbs through scenic Tellico valley, turns to gravel, passes the Tellico Trout farm and climbs steeply up into the gap. There's plenty of parking at the gap, and you want to follow the Appalachian Trail (AT) north - away from the power-line and starting next to the fire road. The trail is a graded but persistent

  • O

    Great Smoky Mountain National Park View on map

    What can we say about the Park? There's so much to see - our favorites places include Clingman's Dome, Cades Cove, Deep Creek, and seeing the elk at Cattaloochee.


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


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2008

About the owner: 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

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 10/19/2016

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Cottage from the backyard, looking across the stream.

    Cottage from the backyard, looking across the stream.

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Kitchen


  • Upstairs Bedroom

    Upstairs Bedroom

  • Little Tennessee River

    Little Tennessee River

  • Appalachian Trail - Wesser Fire tower view

    Appalachian Trail - Wesser Fire tower view

  • Mountain View from Front Porch

    Mountain View from Front Porch

  • Front Meadow

    Front Meadow

  • Dining Room

    Dining Room

  • Main Floor Bedroom

    Main Floor Bedroom

  • 2nd upstairs bedroom

    2nd upstairs bedroom

  • Needmore tract

    Needmore tract

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This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Friday, December 02, 2016

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