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"Glamourustic" Tiny House - Modern Aesthetic in a Rustic Setting

Bedrooms 2
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Chalet, 2 Beds + 2 Bath + Futon

If you enjoy hiking, camping and the great outdoors, the Treehouse Chalet is a wonderful vacation destination! Recently renovated with a brand new master suite, this cozy treehouse offers a relaxing home base from which to pursue all of your favorite outdoor activities. It is refined and modern yet completely unpretentious.

With 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, this is an ideal space for couples traveling together or families with children. The Treehouse Chalet is an A-frame home with a private master suite built right below the 'A' structure.

The A-frame boasts an interior of 2x6 tongue-in-groove wooden boards from front-to-back, floor to ceiling. For the steeply pitched roof that means single boards of 20 feet in length! You just have to see it to appreciate it. 700 sq ft + loft (another 100).

Located in the A-frame is:

-- a cozy kitchen with hand crafted cabinet doors featuring handles carved from rhododendron branches collected on the property;

-- a dining counter made from pecan wood harvested from our north Florida back yard —and milled and crafted locally in Balsam, NC;

-- a full bathroom with tub;

-- a living room/seating area with futon sofa, additional seating, tables, bench toy box, flat screen TV, DVD/VCR, and cable modem with wireless router;

-- Jotul wood stove

-- two very unique, ~4-ft high skylight-style windows which cantilever open on a horizontal axis, bringing the sounds of the rushing creek, singing birds and the fresh air to you when you're inside;

-- beautiful pinewood floors;

-- a rustic wooden chandelier to illuminate it all;

-- a loft bedroom overlooking it all the chalet with bright lighting, double bed, high-quality bedding, screened window and window fan for the hotter months;.

The private-entrance master suite, eight steps below the A-frame, features:

-- a huge deck with large picnic table for outdoor meals;

-- large, screened casement windows;

-- double bed with high-quality bedding;

-- accent paneling made from pecan trees harvested from our FL home, milled locally in Balsam, NC;

-- seating area with dresser, and remote-controlled TV;

-- complete bathroom with a new tiled shower featuring shelves made from stone pulled from out of the creek on the property;

-- beautiful pinewood floors,

-- warm, pinewood ceilings

-- inset lighting

-- washer & dryer facilities

-- large closet and shelving area for clothes storage.

Doesn't it sound fantastic inside? But that's not all. You have even more to look forward to outside! We provide an outdoor grill for additional cooking options and by the creek is an outdoor fire pit where you can responsibly enjoy all the hot dogs and s’mores you can fit on a stick -- just like camping! A few fire pit implements such as skewers are provided (but if you want to cook on the campfire, please bring your own camp cookware...we don't provide least not yet!!)

We are happy to share with you our homey family getaway. We hope you will make many wonderful memories at the Treehouse Chalet!


The Treehouse Chalet easily accommodates 4 guests, and can accommodate up to 6 by using the convertible living room sofa.. WE HAVE SET THE OCCUPANCY LIMIT TO SIX GUESTS. Total square feet of 'inside space' is about 950. We have provided a child's air mattress to guests before, so if you need this or a pack-and-play, let us know.

Caveat: Because a) the master suite is separated from the A-Frame frame and b) the loft bedroom is only accessible by ladder, some families with young children might prefer to look for other accommodations. Please call us if you have questions. A child's room monitor is provided for split sleeping arrangements.

The occupancy limit of 6 GUESTS is set not only because we are concerned about your perceived comfort, but because we want to limit wear and tear to the cabin and its systems. it is ***NOT OK*** to book for six guests or fewer and bring nine; We will know, and you will forfeit your security deposit. Bottom line, we reserve the right to refuse rental to parties we deem to be too large for the accommodations.

Keywords: cabin, chalet, treehouse, rustic, modern, porch, creek, water, secluded, mountain, fresh, cute, quaint, adventure

More Details

Josie Summa
Member since: 2012
Speaks: italian
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
July 21, 2017

About Josie Summa

Our active family enjoys everything the great outdoors has to offer! We purchased the Treehouse Chalet as a means to build memories, year after year, in a special place which is far different than the environment we enjoy in Florida, our current home.

Our children are thrilled to go fishing, hiking, tubing, camping, swimming and sightseeing throughout Western North Carolina. There are many early mornings we leave the Treehouse for an adventure and don't get back until after sundown.

In 2012, we will be opening the cabin to renters previously unknown to us for the first time. The home is very special to us, and we are pleased to be sharing it with people who value the same things that we do and who can appreciate the special setting we are trying to create.

Our motivations for renting are not profit. We merely want to break even. Anything we clear over taxes, insurance, power, utilities, and maintenance costs will go into improvements at the Treehouse Chalet. In fact, after your visit with us, we'd love your suggestions!

Josie Summa purchased this chalet in 2006

Why Josie Summa chose Smoky Mountains

We chose to purchase a vacation rental in this area for the climate, topography, biodiversity, geographic interest, accessibility to numerous national and state parks, and countless opportunities for outdoor recreation.

What makes this chalet unique

I love waking up on a June or July morning and drinking a cup of hot coffee or cocoa on the porch....while wearing a sweatshirt and jammies, and wrapped in a blanket because it's so COLD!


Waynesville Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower
    Main Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Loft - 1 double
    Master Suite - 1 double
  • (2) Double Beds, Futon (Full), Pack and play available
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • arboretum
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Loft Bedroom, Natural Setting, Pack'n'Play Crib, Child's Air Mattress, Creekside, Hiking Trails, Craftsmanship, Creekside Fire Pit, Steps Laid to Creek, Colorful and Friendly Mountainside Neighbors


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

"Glamourustic" Tiny House - Modern Aesthetic in a Rustic Setting
average rating of 4.964286 based on 28 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This tiny house does not feel "tiny" at all! It is extremely comfortable, even for six people and makes great use of space. The beds were comfy, the kitchen and bathrooms well stocked and the home has a certain peaceful vibe that is just hard to explain (I suggest you go and experience it for yourself!). At night, fall asleep to the sound of the tumbling creek, owls and frogs. In the morning wake to birdsong and the sun peeking over the mountains. Also, the master suit tucked under the main house is perfect for privacy and peace. It has everything you may need--a seating area, full bathroom and opens out to the expansive porch.

There are some stairs leading up (or down) to the house but my husband uses a cane and had no trouble managing them. Overall, a GREAT experience!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Property is clean, well maintained and in a good location.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Experience

  • 5 of 5

The chalet was perfect for us. Everything we could possibly need was provided. Very comfortable, very private, immaculately clean, perfect location for us. The owner of the chalet was very accommodating and communicated with us very quickly with every aspect of our planning. We could not have been more satisfied with this experience.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful location and charming place to relax after a day of playing.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I greatly enjoyed our stay at the Treehouse Chalet. The house has a perfect little cabin feel and has all the amenities one would need. It is well decorated, homey and relaxing. We only cooked two nights during our stay (we are pretty lazy about cooking when on vacation) but had all of the kitchen materials we needed when doing so. The bed was very comfortable and we absolutely loved having the windows open at night to listen to the babbling of the nearby stream.

We used the house as mainly a place to rest and were off each day with our outdoor activities. The location of the home was perfect. It was close to Maggie Valley and Waynesville and not a terribly long drive to the National Park, Pisgah National Forest and the Blueridge Parkway. While you feel a bit more remote at the house when you're there, in actuality, you're not. Waynesville has a great grocery store and it's not a huge deal to go and pick up anything you might need during your day. Plus, there are a ton of places to grab a bite to eat if you're not into working during your vacations like we are.

We loved the proximity to Asheville and we spent a couple of days there as well exploring and visiting the Biltmore Mansion.

The only challenge I could see for some is the driveway and the steps up to the house. We have a 4 wheel drive Jeep and are both quite athletic so each were not a concern for us but I could see this being an issue for some. We did turn on the 4 wheel drive to get up the driveway and put rocks behind the wheels at night just to be safe. In the end, I would not recommend this house to a family with small children. It was enough to haul our stuff up and down the steps let alone doing that with kids in tow. If you have a little older children it would be best.

Overall, lovely place to stay. We would absolutely stay there again and fell in love with the area.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a good trip! And Thank You for taking the time to write this lovely review. The driveway is steep, but not treacherously so. Placing rocks behind the tires was a an ingenious hack! You can never be too cautious :) Indeed there are many steps, and the driveway is steep, but families of small children are usually more concerned about the ladder to the loft bed than those items. Everyone has a different level of acceptance, so we encourage future guests to call with any questions. We are happy to answer any queries!!
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great little cabin in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and our 4 kids stayed here and really enjoyed it. It was well maintained, clean, and Josie was so helpful with answering questions and keeping us informed. The cabin stayed cool all day and night despite it being July and not having a/c. It was in a perfect location - just close enough to town to be convenient, but far enough away to feel secluded and peaceful. Josie provided us with a ton of suggestions of things to do, places to eat, hikes, etc. My husband and I enjoyed the separate master suite and I think my older kids liked having their own space as well. Would highly recommend this cabin to anyone looking for a unique place to stay in the beautiful NC mountains!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is great to know that you and your family enjoyed your stay in Western NC! People have a hard time believing we do not need A/C at the Treehouse, yet, as you noticed, the elevation + creek combine for excellent AC courtesy of Mother Nature. There are countless things to do in this area, and I am glad to hear the kids were entertained. Please stay again!
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Great getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This place was great! It is so high up that the temperature drops 8 degrees in your last mile driving to it. Such a beautiful view! We wish we could live there - so much beautiful green forest everywhere. We stayed in June, so it was hot when we arrived, but the windows have screens, so we opened them and it quickly cooled down – no problems with that at all. It was so great waking up with the sounds of the birds and the water in the creek. So peaceful! The driveway is indeed steep, and that there're lots of steps, but none of this was a problem for us. We LOVED the A frame design and the wood walls in the rooms. This house has real personality, we loved it!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your comments and for recognizing the uniqueness of this hideaway. We agree!!
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Nearest Train
45 Miles
Great Smoky Mountain Railroad
Nearest Ski
3 Miles
Cataloochee Ski Area
Nearest Point of Interest
Cataloochee Ski Area
Nearest Point of Interest
Cataloochee Ranch
Nearest Point of Interest
The SWAG Country Inn
Car: necessary

Fitness Center is Waynesville Recreation Center, $7 Adult Daily, $18 Family Daily. There is a great indoor pool area for children at the Rec Center on Vance Street. There is a marked moderate-to-strenuous hiking trail out the front door which visits both a buddhist temple abandoned during construction (such is the local folklore!!) and a secluded waterfall, We will send you a huge List of Things To Do once your reservation is confirmed so that you can plan!

Ask us about the Appalachian Amusement Center (wind tunnel attraction) and various zip line adventures!


Rates & Availability

Waynesville Chalet Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $75
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 11.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Please provide a phone number, as we will not rent to anyone with whom we cannot speak directly - this is for your protection and ours! Unauthorized guests will result in forfeiture of your deposit; Please claim the actual number of guests for your stay; Not doing so will forfeit your deposit. No pets, No smoking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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