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Luxury 3/2 + Mountain/Riverview+ Lowest Rate $525

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,688 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

- 3 BR, 2 BA, Sleeps 8, No pets please



In 2006 our home was totally rebuilt and updated with hardwood floors, granite kitchen and bath, stainless appliances in kitchen, roof over 30' deck overlooking the river and mountains, best grade ceiling fans, flat-screen TV/stereo, massive reading library best quality bed/mattresses on the planet.

GEM MINERS DREAM - Our beautiful home is from 100 yards to 20 minutes away from every gem mine in Franklin/Macon County. Some fabulous gems have been nearly next door and another 5 minutes away.

MOTORCYCLISTS DREAM: Plenty of room to park 8 or more motorcycles. Facilities for washing bikes, is near parking area. HELLBENDERS/MOONSHINE 28 right there for an awesome ride. About an hour to Tail of the Dragon i...and the drive to the Tail is absolutely beautiful along the Little Tennessee River and Lake Fontana on beautiful winding Hwy 28.

HIKERS/TRAIL WALKERS DREAM: If you head in any direction there is a trail to walk or hike. The Appellation Trail is about 20-25 minutes away. There are 2 outdoor outfitters in town a few minutes away for trail and hiking maps.

FISHERMANS DREAM: The owner of the property, Tom Hopkins, is a popular fly fishing guide and fly fishing/fly tying instructor. You can make reservations for a charter or for local information with Tom Hopkins for these areas: fly fish the Tuckaseegee River; fly fish the Oconoluftee River; fly fish the Pigeon River; fly fish Cherokee; fly fish Waynesville; fly fish Sylva; fly fish Highlands; fly fish Cashiers; fly fish Maggie Valley; fly fish Nantahala; fly fish the Cullasaja River; fly fish Franklin, NC. Wild trout fishing in the nearby National/State Parks.

There is also Smallmouth Bass fishing right in front of the house and many more miles down stream for wading or kayaking.

KAYAKING/WHITEWATER KAYAKING DREAM: There is a kayak/canoe launch site about 100 yards from our drive and a canoe/kayak livery about 3/4 mile upstream.

Whitewater kayaking is on the Nantahala River 45 minutes away. Lake Emory is about 15 minutes away for canoe/kayak launching. Slow moving water into Lake Emory.


Asheville (1:15) including the Biltmore Estate, Tourists Baseball Team, UNC Asheville, Asheville Art District, Outlet Store Mall, more wonderful eateries and craft breweries than you can possibly cover in one trip.

HIGHLANDS (:45) The village of Highlands 4400 ft elevation is one of the prettiest in Western NC with shops and eateries galore.

WATERFALLS: (:20 and more) Bust Your Butt Falls, Cullasaja Falls, Bridal Veil etc and many others are a short drive away.

ACTIVITIES CLOSE BY: Snow Skiing and Snow Tubing (1hr); Horseback riding: (:45); Ziplining (:45); Shooting Range (:45;) Auto racing: 1:15; Flea Markets (:15) too many to mention within an hour;Gun show (:15) twice a year; Gem Show (:07) one of the nations largest May and July; Mountain Biking (:10); Bowling (:10)

STATE/NATIONAL PARKS etc: Smoky Mountain National Park ;(:45), Standing Indian (:40); Cherokee Indian Reservation (:45); Blue Ridge Parkway (:35); Western Carolina University (:40)

Please see our amenities section for more details about our home. Our reviews only tell half the story. Nearly everyone says "Your pictures don't do the beauty of this house and view justice".

More Details

Tom Hopkins
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 13, 2017

About Tom Hopkins

We purchased this property for a vacation home rental. We totally remodeled the home from the roof down and hardwood throughout, contemporary tile in the kitchen and bath with granite and stainless, plus a paved drive and large parking area. The new Craftsman Timber porch was competed in 2016.

Tom Hopkins purchased this house in 2006

Why Tom Hopkins chose Smoky Mountains

Our pricing is considerably lower than any of the upscale homes in the area.

The cost of an upscale motel in the area is approximately the same as ours.....FOR ONE ROOM without two more bedrooms, very large living and dining area, full service kitchen and two baths, plenty of secure parking and one of the most beautiful views in the area. It is very close to everything you need like food, gas, shopping and the fun things you come to enjoy.

What makes this house unique

Our home is beautifully appointed including a collection of clocks made by local artist Carol Mayer. We enjoy sharing our home with our guests but due to the fragile nature of this collection and other amenities , our minimum age of guest is 16 years old.


Franklin House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1688 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • River
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Bathroom has tub, shower and wash basin cabinet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , Bathroom 2 has shower, toilet and wash basin in cabinet
  • Bathrooms were totally remodeled recently. They look better than the pictures show. They are absolutely beautiful as is the new granite topped kitchen cabinets.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , deluxe mattress
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
  • The master bedroom is a high queen size bed with ample closet and chest storage. Adjacent Bathroom. The new box spring and mattress are of the highest luxury hotel quality. The 2nd bedroom has queen size bed with new box spring and mattresses of the highest luxury hotel quality. bathroom adjoining. The 3rd bedroom has a queens size bed .In the daytime it also serves as a quiet getaway from the rest of the house for naps etc. Bathroom is across the hall. There is a very comfortable Queen Size inflatable mattress for parties of more than 6 people. Auto inflate and auto deflate.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Tom Hopkins is a fly popular fly fishing guide for the Tuckaseegee River, Nantahala River, and The Smoky Mountain National Park as well as Cherokee. Tom also guides on the trout streams near Highlands NC and Cashiers NC. To also make reservations please see contact information on this site or go to wwwwesternncflyfishingguidecom. This site will not allow me to use periods in another web address. Motorcyclists dream! The road leading to our Cowee Woods Drive is called Hellbender or more recently Moonshiner 28. Moonshiner 28 will take you to The Tail of the Dragon, about an hour +- away. Check "Tall of the Dragon Maps" to see how many motorcycle day trips are near our home. We have a huge parking area for motorcycles and trailer. There are facilities for washing bikes right at the house. I am a motorcyclist and love motorcycling guests, with whom, sometimes I ride. We are Gem Mine Capital of the World. Many mines from 100 yards to 20 minutes away.


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average rating of 4.8125 based on 16 reviews
Port Washington, WI USA

"Gem" of a Home

  • 5 of 5

This home was everything we were expecting (and More!) We came for the Gem mining, but found so much more. Each evening we came home, we actually Felt at Home! The place was CLEAN, roomy, quiet neighborhood, just beautiful! Beside gem mining, we went White Water Rafting(our first time), and took an overnite trip to Wilmington to see the Battleship North Carolina (Awesome!!). Each nite we sat on the deck and watched the sun set over the mountains, then we had the Ping Pong Competitions (the youngsters won). This was our first vacation rental, and if all other owners are as Friendly, Helpful, Gracious, and Considerate as Tom & Carol, we will definitly rent again! If we are ever back in NC we would surely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2008
  • Stayed: Jul 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: These folks, as well as some others, were kind enough to respond to my request write a review for us......a year after their stay. I hadn't asked any one until recently to leave comments on their stay. Our Guest Log at the house is full of this type of comment. That Guest Log is the greatest joy of owning a vacation home for others. Tom and Carol
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A Gem!!

  • 4 of 5

The owners and the home are lovely! The view is great, the beds are comfy and the home is cozy. We loved it! And there is a gem mine close by where we enjoyed our first experience of panning for gems. That was a delightful experience! We also enjoyed a drive to Highlands, which included a stop at Dry Falls. Beautiful!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful get away and close to town if needed..

  • 4 of 5

The four of us thoroughly enjoyed the house, gardens and the wonderful sounds of the river and birds. After enjoying the gem show in town we opted to chill and eat back at the house. Thanks for opening your home for others to enjoy. We were very fascinated by all the clocks!

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful house!!!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay here. The house is beautiful and the view is amazing. The owners are very friendly and the house is very clean! The only downfall is we didn't feel like we had privacy as the owners live below the house. We felt like we were being entirely too loud with 3 kids in the cabin. They never complained that we made too much noise but we felt like we had to make the kids tiptoe so we didn't disturb the owners. I wouldn't call this place kid friendly. There is a drop off right outside the front door that we were worried about with our 3 year old. We had a good time and love NC.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We remember Jodie and her family very well. They were a lovely family from Bartow, Florida. We feel badly that they felt badly about making too much noise because "over-insulated" our home so that we cannot hear our guests upstairs and they cannot hear us. (The 3 bedroom/2 bath main house has a small apartment on the lower level which is where we stay when we have guests.) Even though their concern about the noise level from their three small children was unwarranted and not necessary, they were right to be concerned for their toddler because our home sits on the side of a mountain overlooking the Little Tennessee River and the Nantahala Mountains. We're glad they had a good time otherwise.
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Cincinnati, Ohio

Beautiful Home with Amazing veiws

  • 5 of 5

We arrived Saturday evening to a beautiful home and were greeted by the owners, Tom and Carol. They are a wonderful couple, made us feel so welcome and when we walked into their beautiful home, we were beyond pleased. Everything was clean, updated, comfortable and had lots of neat clocks that Carol makes. The view of the mountains and the sounds of the river from the balcony was the icing on the cake. WOW... doesn't do it justice !!! We came to Franklin to do our family tradition of Gem Mining at Cherokee Ruby Mine. We have been going for years and this home was the best yet. Close to town and close to the ruby mine. We met lots of wonderful and fun people mining and we all found some great gems. It was just a great family get away and the time in this beautiful home went way too fast. For our last night, we went to a Mexican restaurant in town that Tom and Carol recommended and it was a great way to end out stay in the mountains. We will definitely plan to stay there again...hopefully next year. Thanks so much Tom and Carol !!!

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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St Louis

Exceeded Expectations!

  • 5 of 5

We have rented homes via VRBO for over 12 years and feel we have gained enough knowledge to write pertinent and unbiased reviews of the homes we have stayed in. It can be overwhelming at times trying to find a home that fits your needs, so reviews can be extremely helpful. First I want to comment on the owner Tom, never have I met a man so genuine and kind. He was very helpful in ways that go above and beyond expectations. Just knowing I was renting from someone who was caring and attentive made our vacation that much less stressful. The house was spectacular! The photos really do not do it justice. The home was immaculately clean, well stocked with everything you would need to cook/bake/bbq. We only used the bedroom downstairs and the bed was soft and comfortable. Lots of extra pillows and blankets are stocked away for your use as well. As detailed in the homes description, all the modern conveniences you are likely accustomed to are present in this home; fast WiFi, Satellite TV and free use of a land line phone if your cell service struggles. Stepping out onto the full length deck offered a spectacular long range mountain view. Add the sounds of the rushing water from the Little Tennessee River and the ambiance is unmatched. The added bonus is the sun sets right behind the mountains! Lots of different kinds of seating is available to suit anyone. We brought ohttp://my.ur motorcycle and this home is situated smack in the middle of "Moonshiner 28", one of the greatest motorcycle roads in this area. To the North is Cherokee, NC and the Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smokey Mountain Park and the Tail Of The Dragon and Cherohala Skyway. To the South is the Waterfalls along Moonshiner 28 and some amazing riding. To the West is Wayah Road and some of the greatest switchbacks you'll ever ride! We had some rough weather and Tom was kind enough to let me keep the bike in the garage. He also provided us everything we needed to wash the bike! Another huge plus is the road to the home is fully paved and the parking was flat and ample enough for the car and the trailer. The city of Franklin is about 5 minutes away. We ate at a Mexician place called "Mi Casa", Don't be fooled by the looks of it, the food was amazing! Communications with Tom was easy before and during our stay. We've even been in touch since! If you are looking for a very clean and comfortable home, you will not be disappointed. I highly recommend Tom and his beautiful home.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

Our Cowee Woods property is 5 miles north of Main Street Franklin, NC just off Hwy 28....the foot hills of the Smokies. Minutes from many gem mines. It is an easy drive to Bryson City, Cherokee, Waynesville, Maggie Valley, Sylva, Murphy, Nantahala etc. The access road is short and paved, as is our driveway and parking area.

There are festivals and art/music events from spring to winter. Mountains, beautiful falls, lakes, whitewater and fishing rivers, snow skiing 30 minutes away in the winter. We have remodeled and decorated our home to make you feel like it is your second home. It is not rustic, but it is furnished in such a way to make you feel like you've been here before. The gas fireplace is a welcome treat on the chilly months. The view across the valleys of the Nantahala Mountains and overlooking the Little Tennessee River

The owner, Tom Hopkins, is a fly fishing Guide on the Tuckaseegee River, Pigeon River, Oconoluftee River. See wwwwesternncflyfishingguidecom.


Rates & Availability

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.75%

$150 deposit required to make firm reservation. Full payment is required 30 days before occupancy date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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