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Chic Authentic 1940's Mountain Cabin, with Streams, Falls and View of Whiteside

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 4 nights

About the 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 five years ago 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. 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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Dorothy Palmer
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 10, 2017

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, catching salamanders and crawdads.

Why Dorothy Palmer 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.


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Chic Authentic 1940's Mountain Cabin, with Streams, Falls and View of Whiteside
average rating of 4.7727275 based on 22 reviews

Enjoyed the Bunn House ...

  • 4 of 5

Really a cozy and comfortable home with great views out of all the windows ... particularly Whiteside Mountain. Also very convenient to Cashiers and Highlands as well as the hiking trails.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Loved rustic style cabin, great views. Kitchen could use updating.

  • 4 of 5

The property is beautiful! Location is perfect, easy to get to Cashiers and the Highlands.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Cartersville, GA

A well-maintained family heirloom cabin

  • 4 of 5

Everything was exactly as advertised, and all was functional and in excellent working order. The WiFi initially did not accept the password, which was remedied by simply power cycling the DSL modem. The cabin was reminiscent of a family's favorite mountain getaway, with books and photographs adorning the walls. A brook flowed adjacent to the house, soothingly visible from the breakfast area. A view of a steep mountain with exposed granite sheer walls from the back deck made for a classic Smokie Mountain backdrop for relaxing outside. The only caveat I would mention is that the property is within sight - but more importantly sound - of the rather busy NC Highway 64 which is the only direct road between Highlands and Cashiers. So if sleeping in is important, and you are at all a light sleeper, the steady random sound of that characteristic noise engines make when they downshift to negotiate a steep uphill grade will be noticeable.

Overall a convenient location. During this short stay of 3 nights, we had dinner out in Highlands every night, and also hiked Whiteside Mountain trail (the loop is approx 2.5 miles). Piece of advice: if you have dicey or bad knees, take the steeper loop up to the right, so that the downhill return will be on a flatter grade with broader and less rooty terrain - would've been much easier on my wife's knees if we had figured that out ahead of time. Worth seeing: Dry Falls and Bridal Veil Falls (though the latter had a light flow due to dry weather). Also enjoyed browsing around the booths at a fall festival in Cashiers.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Northwest Florida

Wonderful place to relax!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I love eating at the breakfast table while watching the birds and squirrels getting their breakfast. Hearing the water flowing in the creek is probably the most relaxing part of the Bunn House. Dorothy has thoughtfully provided extras for all rooms in the house which means one does not need to haul so much from home. I especially liked the history and wildlife books for North Carolina. And, of course, the beautiful view of Mt Whiteside! It was always nice to return to the Bunn House after a day of sight seeing or after a delicious meal at one of the many fine restaurants in the area. We stayed 2 weeks this time and would have loved to 'linger longer'!!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Charming cabin!

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in your charming cabin. A lot of time was spent on the deck enjoying the sound of the stream and the cool breezes. Great location between Cashiers and Highlands. Also, enjoyed the Skinner family history--quite interesting!!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Very clean, homey and historical cabin.

  • 5 of 5

Solid, well built, all wood and stone cabin. We felt like friends of the owners by the time we left. Great porch, beautiful flowers, wonderful running stream right by house, very well located, completely private. All windows roll open easily for cool breezes.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
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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

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Jun 19 2017 - Aug 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Week
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 25 2017
4 night minimum stay
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Jun 18 2018 - Aug 19 2018
3 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2018 - Oct 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Week
Nov 21 2018 - Nov 24 2018
4 night minimum stay
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Jun 17 2019 - Aug 18 2019
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Week
Nov 27 2019 - Nov 30 2019
4 night minimum stay
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 11.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Cashiers Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • 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 hall bathroom is shared by the master bedroom and the guest bathroom is off the guest room giving it a private entrance.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Bathroom is in the hallway, beautiful view of Whiteside!
    Guest Bedroom - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , Private full bathroom, large closet, antique bed
  • Queen size Beds (1) The master bedroom has a queen bed and a view of Whiteside Mountain, Twin or Single Beds (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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • 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 due to lack of diligence in keeping accessible windows closed and locked while cooking, at night and when leaving the house. They are skittish and do not want to see humans anymore than we want to interact with them. What to do? Close and lock (they can open windows that are not locked) all the windows on the driveway side of the house and on the deck (they can climb onto the deck) when you are cooking, sleeping and gone. Bring the grill inside the dining room after its cooled at night before bed and close the door to the kitchen and bedrooms. Keep garage door closed and food out of cars. That usually takes care of it!

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