About the property
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- Minimum Stay3 - 4 nights
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.
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- Apr 15, 2018
About Dorothy Palmer
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, hunting salamanders and crawdads.
Why Dorothy Palmer chose Hamburg
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.
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We spent Thanksgiving in this beautiful home and I can't say enough good things about our experience. The host (Ms. Palmer) was an absolute joy to work with - from the first moment I contacted her with questions to a telephone call I made to her while on the property with another question, she was attentive and gracious. The home has a breathtaking view of White Mountain which you can see from the deck of the home and from all of the windows in the back of the home. My favorite part was a room off the kitchen that has a wood-burning fireplace where you can sit by the window and hear the water rushing from the creek. I can't explain the relaxation I felt. The home also has an amazing living area with another wood burning fireplace that has a stone backdrop which I could not stop looking at - beautiful! The kitchen had all we needed to prepare our meals, the bed was comfortable. The home is also in a great spot for visiting Highlands, Dry Falls, hiking and great restaurants in the area. The only negative I can express is that this house has too much heart to only spend a few days! I wish I could have stayed longer and would love to come back. Thank you Ms. Palmer for sharing your amazing home! Richard & Grace
Great place to stay.
Wonderful view from the deck and listening to the water rush by beside the house. There was plenty of firewood so we had a nice fire going every night.
Beautiful grounds with creek running through along with great views! However, easy to hear the street/traffic noise below while sitting on the porch (or landscaping & leaf-blowing crew all Saturday morning). Lack of air conditioning wasn't great as the temps crept up well above 75 degrees and we had to blast multiple fans. Close proximity and convenient to Lake Glenville and downtown Cashiers area. Overall, enjoyed our stay and served it's purpose, but not much else.
We had a great week decompressing. Very relaxing and beautiful property. My wife and I will return. Thanks.
CHARM WITH A VIEW
Cant say enough, we loved every thing about the house. Even the name Bunn House. If you like to hike its all out the back door. The stream running by it was wonderful. It rained one day while we were there and watching the mountains and the stream was really fun. My wife cut wild flowers and kept bouquets in house while we were there. The interior is VERY authentic and comfortable. We like to cook and the place has all the utensils one needs. Lots of parking and Highlands and Cashiers easy drive (2-3 miles and 10 miles). Very large supermarket couple miles and charming farmers market. If you want 1940s mountain charm this is the place.
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.
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.
Additional information about rental rates
Thanksgiving Package $850 Nov 22-25, 2017