Queen Branch Cottage - Cozy, Renovated Farmhouse in Private Cove!
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Property type:Farmhouse
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
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
- Vacation Rental
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 6-7
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- 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
- Video Library
- Botanical Garden
Local Services & Businesses
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Mountain View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Water Tubing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Air Conditioning
- Clothes Dryer
- Free Long Distance
- Linens Provided
- Parking Off Street
- Washing Machine
- Cooking Utensils
- Ice Maker
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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.
Owner's cancellation policy:
Policy available by contacting owner when booking
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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....MoreCollapse
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....MoreCollapse
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....MoreCollapse
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...MoreCollapse
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
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
- Primary: (828)275-1971
- Secondary: +1 8282752434
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Cottage from the backyard, looking across the stream.
Little Tennessee River
Appalachian Trail - Wesser Fire tower view
Mountain View from Front Porch
Main Floor Bedroom
2nd upstairs bedroom
This listing was first published here in 2011.
Date last modified - Friday, December 02, 2016
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