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October availability ! Chic Authentic 1940's Mtn Cabin with View of Whiteside

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 bath with Mountain Views, streams and falls on property

Roy Bunn came to the Carolinas from Iowa in the 1940’s, bought a mountaintop and built this cozy winterized home to live in while he developed sites for the rest of the neighborhood. He selected the best lot, with a view of Whiteside Mountain, and nestled his home right next to a stream that cascades over a small falls, runs along the side of the house down to a waterfall below. He built a bridge across the stream and through a tunnel of mountain laurel. Mr. Bunn could walk to a quiet meadow under an enormous hemlock tree, five acres in all.

When my family constructed the house a short hike past Mr. Bunn’s grapevine, the families grew to know each other and his house became affectionately known as The Bunn House. Mr. Bunn has passed on, as well as my grandparents. Now it’s our house, with all its mementos and curious eccentricities, like the copper envelope holder by the entrance, swinging Dutch door into the office and Mr. Bunn’s safari hat hanging on a piece of old laurel root outside that sometimes houses a bluebird nest. Three families were raised here and now we are ready to share it with you.

Designed by Mr. Bunn, and built by a well-known builder out of Highlands, the house is paneled predominantly with smooth cedar plank boards. The living room boasts exposed beveled beams, with wood covered bolts, a cherry floor and wormy chestnut paneled walls, a rarity after the blight of the chestnut trees. My mother added the chic, replacing all the drapes and reupholstering the wagon wheel rocker, chair and sofa years with an updated elegance, as well as updating all the appliances. Interior solid doors allow you to close off the living room and light a fire on cool summer nights making a very cozy atmosphere. In the morning you can heat up the kitchen with another fire there, or turn on the furnace for an hour or two until the day warms up, often to a perfect 72 in the summer. In a heat wave, fans are all that are needed to keep cool after opening the windows for cross ventilation.

Twilight is my favorite time on the deck, stretched out on cushy cypress wood chairs listening to the birds while light closes down on Whiteside Mountain. During the day, hummingbirds buzz the flowers and the trees move in the breeze. You might see a black bear pass through the yard if you are quiet enough. They are skittish and though big, you would not even hear them unless you happen to be looking their way. When it rains, Adirondack chairs on the front porch sit safely under shelter and allow you to read or just enjoy the sounds of the Appalachian rain forest. Wild flowers grow along the stream and the granite gravel drive, while laurel drop blooms on the trail and rhododendron grow like trees. It’s a magical fairyland, two miles from Cashiers, a growing town of good eats, folk art, antiques and an exclusive Italian dress shop. Highlands, only ten miles in the other direction is a relative metropolis with furniture shops, an antique auction house, summer stock theater, the Center for Cultural Enlightenment and the impressive Bascam Center for Visual Arts. But hiking is what a lot of people come to the mountains for, and we have a library of books to suit your interests in wandering, collecting and watching.

From humble beginnings, we try to maintain our humility and not overprice the simple life. You will have everything you need and none of the worries you left behind. Cable TV and WIFI, comfortable beds and amenable temperatures offer an atmosphere unparalleled.

More Details

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2017

About The Owner

I grew up in Jacksonville, Florida where, in the hot summers, many of the retired residents flocked to the cool climates of the Carolina mountains. My grandparents bought their house from Mr Bunn back in 1960's and every summer the grandchildren had their week up there exploring the creek, catching salamanders and crawdads.

Why The Owner chose Smoky Mountains

When my father sold the house his parents lived in and moved in to Mr Bunn's house, everyone asked why? But I understood my father's preference for the cozy living room, beautiful stream outside the window and the efficiency of having a winterized home. He asked me which house I preferred, and I agreed with him. Mr Bunn had added so much personality to the place!

What makes this cabin unique

Its hard to describe the character of The Bunn House without seeing it. Every room has special nooks, hidden cabinets, beautifully worked wood warmed by age and use. I recently found a cabinet I'm not sure even my parents knew about! It had products from the forties, untouched and intact. The views, the breeze through the house, the sound of the stream and the warmth of the natural wood nestles around you to create a home away from home.


Cashiers Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Guest Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Electric heater in wall for chilly mornings
    Hall Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Electric heater in wall for chilly mornings.
  • The master bedroom uses the hall bathroom. The guest room has its own, large bathroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Beautiful view of Whiteside! The bathroom is in the hallway,
    Guest Bedroom - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , Private full bathroom, large closet, comfy antique bed
  • Queen size Beds (1) The master bedroom has a queen bed and a view of Whiteside Mountain. (2) The guest room has a double bed between two twin beds, creating a family style arrangement. A full bathroom is off this room.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
A note on bears: Bears live in the mountains and are a protected species. In Stillmont as elsewhere, there have been some bear sightings and a few break-ins. We just close the windows to the deck and dining room when we leave or go to bed and that takes care of it. The rest of the windows are on the second floor and inaccessible.


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October availability ! Chic Authentic 1940's Mtn Cabin with View of Whiteside
average rating of 4.766667 based on 30 reviews

Extended Stay

  • 5 of 5

We occupied the house for six weeks in late summer. Comfortable and good space, excellent view, lovely property, privacy, equipped with just about anything you could need. You do hear traffic from hwy 64 with the windows open; but not objectionable for us. Just 5 minutes from Cashiers crossroads.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great mountain cabin!

  • 5 of 5

Great mountain cabin for the weekend with our family in a lovely area of Cashiers.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unique mountain cabin

  • 5 of 5

We so enjoyed our time at the Bunn House. It is very comfortable and the property was fantastic. The views off the porch were wonderful, showing the creek and mountain. It is perfect for a late afternoon read or evening cocktail after a day in the mountains.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Great view

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed the back deck with a view of whiteside while having a glass of wine. Perfect for family of 5 but can fit more. Clean and has everything you need in the kitchen. Has a rustic cabin feel with beautiful wood features. Would stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming with beautiful views!

  • 5 of 5

We spent Father's Day weekend at this lovely cottage. The house was perfect for the five of us! Loved the views and the sound of water from the waterfall. The house is well equipped and comfortable. The house is very charming; it's like going back in time. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great view, nice deck, very clean.

  • 4 of 5

We stayed Memorial Day weekend/11th anniversary trip. The house has a great location which is near downtown Cashiers but very convenient to Highlands. Whiteside seems to be the most popular hiking destination so it was very cool that we had such a great view of Whiteside from the house. The house is very clean, bed very comfortable. I didn't think I would want a hot tub but after lots of hiking my legs thought otherwise. Definitely enjoyed our trip and would book again.

The owner has a book in the house with lots of helpful info. It did recommend the restaurant Haps for the trout which we found out has closed, no complaining here - just a heads up. Try The Orchard instead... but make a reservation.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Hiking Whiteside Mountain is one of the most popular activities to see the entire valley. Scramble over the rocks to views all the way around the precipice, but feel safe with the carefully maintained fencing and trail. Also, Panthertown Valley Trail Map shows miles of trails and a multitude of waterfalls to explore. Both places are minutes from the cabin. Whitewater rapids are navigated along the Chatooga either guided at higher levels or in personal inner tubes at lower levels.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance $59

Thanksgiving Package $850
Nov 22-25, 2017

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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