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Spectacular Mountain Views, Reverse Sunrises/Awesome Sunsets.

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 4 nights


Otto House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, sleeps 6 adults (3 couples) plus two small children

'Serendipity' offers guests an unique mountain experience with spectacular views, cool summer evenings, unbeatable fall weather, leaf color changes and moderate winters, all in a warm, pleasant home fully equipped with all amenities. Sip a cup of morning coffee on the deck while enjoying the golden morning sunshine on Albert Mountain. Share your favorite beverage in the evening on the swing or observation deck (Boardroom) in the wooded area at the side of the house. Be in awe of the vibrant sunsets. Watch the phethora of song birds and deer roam through the property. Build a fire in the winter. Enjoy satellite TV with two 32' LCD HDTV's with stero system and DVD player. Prepare your favorite meal in a fully equipped kitchen or on the gas grill. Relax in the jetted tub in the master bedroom. All of this conveniently located near everything offered by the Great Smoky Mountains.

'Serendipity' is a custom home built in 2006 and is still owned by the original owners who have used it as a second home. The pride of ownership will be apparent. Be among the first to enjoy a memorable vacation at Serendipity.

Deck. Over 300 sf with swing, four rocking chairs and outside dinning table for four.

Master Bedroom. A comfortable sized bedroom, tray ceiling, ceiling fan with queensize bed, amoire, end tables, lamps and rocking chair. Opens to outside deck. Large bath area with two sinks, separate shower stall and jetted tub. Huge walk-in closet with antique dresser/mirror.

Second Bedroom. Furnished with queensize bed, end tables, lamps and antique dresser/mirror. Ceiling fan. Spacious closet.

Third Bedroom. Furnished with comfortable futon, covertible to a double bed, ceiling fan, amoire holding 32' HDTV, end tables, lamp and rocking chair. Opens to outsde deck.

Great Room. Features unusal wood floors, wood burning stone fireplace, liquor cabinet/wine rack, kitchen bar with chairs, 32' HDTV with stereo system and DVD player. Music/movie library available. Unique conversation height dining table for eight, recliner, sofa and glider. WIFI service is available.

Kitchen. Fully equipped with modern appliances including 26 cu. in. fridge with ice maker, D/W, microwave, oven/range. Toaster oven. Waffle iron. All pots, pans, skillets, bowls, dishes, coffee mugs, silverware, knives are included. Large pantry. Everything you need to prepare a meal is included.

Laundry Room. Complete with washer/dryer and laundry tub. Vacuum cleaner and cleaning supplies.

Keywords: Beautiful, comfortably furnished, mountain retreat situated on one acre wooded lot with incredible mountain views from all bedrooms and a spacious covered deck.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Kendall Allen
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
December 10, 2016
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About Kendall Allen

My wife, Carol, and I are native Floridians. Carol retired in 2006 as an office manager for an interior design company in central Florida. My business is real estate and I'm still active as a broker and commercial property owner.

Avocations include golf, fishing, woodworking and traveling. The mountains of NC have been our summer home since 2006. It is always nice to get out of the summer heat in Florida and enjoy the cooler temps in the mountains.

Our usual plans have changed so we have decided to share our mountain home with others looking for a memorable vacation.

Kendall Allen purchased this house in 2006

Why Kendall Allen chose Smoky Mountains

We have vacationed in the Franklin, NC area for over thirty years. When Carol retired in 2006, we decided to look for a second home in the mountains. After looking at over two dozen homes for a week, we stumbled into Deer Ridge to look at an open house. When we walked in the front door and saw the view from the great room and the deck, we knew it was meant to be ours. Custom built, great views, wood floors, spacious kitchen, a large master suite, all on an acre of wooded land. When searching for a name for the house, 'Serendipity' fit perfectly. It was indeed an unexpected, fortunate finding of great joy!

What makes this house unique

Enjoying the amenities at 'Serendipity' is great, but it is close to all of the exciting venues, sights and experiences afforded by a mountain visit. Excellent restaurants are available in Franklin to the north or in Dillard and Clayton, Ga to the south. It is less than a 30 minute drive to Highlands, NC with all of its shops, restaurants and golf courses. Visit Dry Falls and Bridal Veil Falls along the way.

If you are a model airplane enthuiast, a local model airplane club has a ten acre airfield just below the house. Watch planes from the deck or drive down to the airfield and get up close and personal. Guests are welcome.

Franklin is now the home to the new Smoky Mountain Performing Arts Center. Enjoy name entertainers like the Oak Ridge Boys, Kenny Rogers, Lee Greenwood, Gatlin Brothers as well as regional and local talent. Prices are reasonable too!

Golfers will find numerous challenging courses in north GA as well as in western NC, all less than an hour away. Mill Creek Country Club in Franklin offers a true mountain golf experience as well.

One of the highlights of any trip to the mountains is a trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway. With elevations over 5000 ft, there are inumerable incredible views. Dine on a mountain top at the famous Pisgah Inn or pack a lunch and picnic at one of the many picnic areas along the way. Access to the Parkway is available south of Waynesville about 45 miles north.

Franklin is known for it's gem mining opportunities. Rafting trips for all skill levels on any of several rivers is available within an hour's drive. In the winter, skiing and other winter activities can be found @ Maggie Valley, also about an hour away.

The mountains are a hiker's delight. One can enjoy the historical Appalachian or Bertram Trails or the famous Whiteside Mountain trail between Highlands and Cashiers. Many, many other trails for all skill levels are close by. The rewards of climbing to a mountain top are indescribable.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(33 traveler reviews)

Spectacular Mountain Views, Reverse Sunrises/Awesome Sunsets.
average rating of 4.969697 based on 33 reviews

Great home, great owners and a great experience.

  • 5 of 5

The Allens pay attention to all the details that matter when one rents a home. The home was roomy, clean, pest free, stocked with supplies and very comfortable. You really feel "at home."

The community gated community is full of wildlife and friendly neighbors. If you are a birdwatcher, there were no less than 25 different species of birds we saw during our stay. The Allens provide bird feeders for you to keep stocked. Between the squirrels and the birds, they provided a lot of entertainment as they came and went.

During the fall foliage, we saw incredible beauty as the leaves changed and the nights got cooler. We hiked and fished from Brevard (French Broad) to Sylva (Tuck) to the Highlands (Callasaga). There are many restaurants within a half hour that are 3 star and better. Two in Franklin, one in Clayton and 4 in Highlands. And, if you really want to stretch, make the trip to Cashiers to the Canyon Kitchen. In the past we have mined for gemstones at the Mason's Ruby and Sapphire Mine. A great experience and true prospecting. Not like the other mines where the ground is "salted"--where they put the gemstones in the dirt for you. What's the fun in that????

You cannot go wrong in renting this property. It is a comfortable get-away and a true gem in the Franklin/Otto area.

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another great stay!

  • 5 of 5

Thanks again for providing such a great place to relax. Awesome views of the mountains and a great rocking chair porch. Not much more you can ask for! Hope to be back next year!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Our stay in Otto NC

  • 5 of 5

We loved Serendipity! It has large bathrooms and a modern kitchen. The view from the back porch was to very nice. My son and I sat on the back porch late into the night, just looking at the stars. When we go on vacation we love to stay near Franklin, it is our home base to play in North Georgia and cross over the mountains into Tennessee. Ken was easy to deal with and we hope to stay at Serendipity again.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words. We strive to make the accommodations at Serendipity first class. We have used our experience in staying at numerous VRBO homes over the years to provide a comfortable, problem free vacation venue.
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Another fantastic stay!

  • 5 of 5

This is the second year in a row we stayed here at Serendipity and it was fantastic! Even though the weather did not cooperate with us we really enjoyed sitting on the porch watching the hummingbirds and enjoying the mountain views. House is extremely comfortable and the kitchen was big enough for the 4 of us to be in it while we were cooking and cleaning. Kendall is extremely responsive and we hope to return again next year!

Thanks Kendall!

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Tom for the kind comments. We're glad you came back and hope that we will see you again.
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Leesburg, FL

Truly Serendipity

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for the week of 6/21/15, my husband and I, my 85 year old mother and 8 year old granddaughter. It worked out perfectly for us and what a great place to stay. Serendipity had everything we needed and the accommodations were very roomy and comfortable. The beds were better then home, although, I personally would not have wanted to sleep on the futon, but, it worked out great for our granddaughter. We loved sitting on the porch overlooking the mountains in the mornings with our coffee. It is an awesome place.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Vero Beach Fl.

The Serendipity

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just stayed at the Serendipity and what a wonderful experience. The owners have put a lot of thought and effort into their beautiful home. They were wonderful to work with from the moment we decided to stay in Franklin. We truly enjoyed our stay and look forward to another. It's the perfect place for a mountain vacation.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Asheville, NC
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Sky Valley
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
US 441 (Georgia Rd)
Nearest Restaurant
4.5 Miles
Mountain Man
Car: necessary

Gem mining, live entertainment, sightseeing by air from Macon County Airport, model airplane airfield.


Rates & Availability

Otto House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Late Fall
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 18 2016
3 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year's
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 1 2017
4 night minimum stay
Jan 2 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Fall
Nov 1 2017 - Nov 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 20 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Late Fall
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year
Dec 20 2017 - Jan 2 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
Housekeeping $100 + Tax
Housekeeping Extra $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.75%

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Otto House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Master Bath equipped with jetted tub and separate shower. Double sinks. Huge walk-in closet. Picture window over tub provides for picturesque view to side yard.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (2), Futons (1). Sleeping for six adults. Air mattress available for children.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Deck features a swing, four rocking chairs, cocktail tables and outdoor dining table for four. Large two car carport for covered parking. Special conversation area in woods behind the house with swing, observation deck with director's chairs.

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