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Pet Friendly Log Cabin by a stream

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property


Relax in a swing or rocking chair on the COVERED PORCH overlooking a bold, rushing creek. Be lulled to sleep by the sound of the creek, which can be seen and heard throughout the house-truly therapeutic for MELTING AWAY STRESS! Cabin is on a well-maintained mountain road in a mountain hollow at 3500 foot elevation. Beautiful mountain views surround you. Spectacular in the Fall when the LEAVES ARE CHANGING.


Antique log cabin reconstructed to have all of the modern amenities, including a washer and dryer. It is tastefully and comfortably furnished in the Adirondack style with cathedral ceilings in the living room and downstairs bedroom. Wood floors are throughout the cabin. The living room has a beautiful wood burning STONE FIREPLACE and the kitchen area has a WOOD BURNING STOVE. The large kitchen is fully equipped with all cooking utensils and has a large farm table for family meals. A DECK on the front has a PICNIC TABLE that overlooks the creek and a GAS GRILL for enjoying outdoor meals. The second floor has a deck that looks out on a hardwood forest for stargazing or watching the moon rise over the mountain. The master bedroom is on the second floor surrounded on 3 sides by windows and overlooks the creek. A large covered porch runs the entire length of the front, OVERLOOKING THE CREEK which is in close proximity to the house


Cabin is 2 story and has 2BR/2BA (one each upstairs and downstairs) and sleeps 8 comfortably in 4 separate sleeping areas. There are 2 double beds, 2 twin beds and a sleeper couch in the living room by the fireplace. The downstairs bathroom has a RIVERROCK SHOWER. The upstairs bathroom has a FOOTED BATHTUB. All linens and towels are provided.


The cabin is SECLUDED BUT NOT ISOLATED. The care-taker lives nearby on the same mountain. Easy access year round via interstate and state highways. The mountain road leading to the cabin is 2 miles long and is well maintained by the state. Since the cabin is close to the creek, the access to the cabin is level and does not require 4 wheel drive to get there.


SYVLA is a picturesque, all-American town with a thriving Main Street with many locally owned businesses, including a wine and cheese shop, a brewery, book store, and a local arts and crafts gallery. There are many nice restaurants and music venues. The old courthouse is now the library and sits atop a hill at the end of Main Street. There is a movie theater in town as well as DVD rentals. A REGIONAL HOSPITAL and GROCERY STORE are 10 minutes away from the cabin.

Some of the great LOCAL RESTAURANTS include Lulu’s, Jarrett House Inn, Nick and Nate’s Pizza, Balsam Mountain Inn and City Lights Café in the bookstore.

NEARBY TOWNS within an hour drive include:

ASHEVILLE (Biltmore House, Grove Park Inn, great restaurants, art galleries, shopping and music)

WAYNESVILLE (Golf, great restaurants, antiques)

CHEROKEE (Family activities, Indian crafts, restaurants, fly fishing, casino, Outdoor drama)

BRYSON CITY (Smoky Mountain Railway trips)

CASHIERS and HIGHLANDS (Shopping, restaurants)

DILLARD, GA (Dillard House restaurant, antiques, Fox Fire Museum, horseback riding)

FRANKLIN (Mining, antique malls)

PIGEON FORGE (Outlet malls, Dollywood )

CULLOWHEE (Western Carolina University)



HIKE on the logging road behind the cabin, down the stream to a SWIMMING HOLE or just along the picturesque mountain road and enjoy the beautiful countryside where you will encounter an abundance of wildflowers and WILDLIFE-deer, wild turkeys, groundhogs, bluebirds and bunnies (to name a few). FISH for mountain trout. Cook hotdogs and s’mores on a stick by the creek. Read (the cabin has a well-stocked library) in the swing on the porch. Play games or do puzzles (good selection of both available). Watch movies on the VCR and DVD players. Bring your mountain bikes and enjoy BIKING on the mountain road and trails.

NEARBY (most within 45 minutes or less):

Both the SMOKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK and the BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY entrance are close by. HIKE, HORSEBACK RIDE, pick wild berries, or picnic at a WATERFALL.

TUBE and KAYAK along the Tuckasegee River and Deep Creek. WHITEWATER RAFT on the French Broad, Nantahala or Chattooga Rivers. Rent a PONTOON BOAT and swim or fish on Lake Burton or Lake Glenville. FLY FISH at numerous mountain streams. Take an old-fashioned steam TRAINRIDE through the mountains. Go ruby or gold MINING. See the outdoor drama “Unto these Hills” in Cherokee and enjoy the many shops, restaurants and family activities on the INDIAN RESERVATION. Drive through the Smoky Mountain Park to CADES COVE to one of the most beautiful (and photographed) areas in the United States.

Take a CLASS at John Campbell Folk School or Penland School of Crafts. Enjoy a dinner and entertainment at the Balsam Mountain in when they have their SONGWRITER'S NIGHT. Tour the BILTMORE HOUSE and gardens.

Enjoy a SPA treatment at the Grove Park Inn. Drop in on YOGA or MEDITATION classes at Sylva Yoga. SHOP in the nearby towns of Waynesville, Asheville or Dillsboro and the many ANTIQUE SHOPS and malls in the area. Nearby Dillard has the world famous DILLARD HOUSE restaurant (also a petting zoo and horseback riding) for the best mountain food you will ever taste! Enjoy antique shopping and the Fox Fire museum and make a day of it. Play GOLF at the Waynesville Country Club.


In the AUTUMN, enjoy the beautiful change of leaves that surround the cabin and the entire region. This usually peaks in mid-October and is quite a sight to behold! Enjoy a cozy fire at night.

In WINTER, Cataloochee SKI resort has down-hill skiing , snowboarding and tubing.

SPRING is a beautiful time also with lilacs, apple-blossoms, dogwoods and mountain laurel and many wild flowers in bloom.

More Details

John Harrell
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
June 28, 2017

About John Harrell

Our log cabin is a labor of love. The original log cabin was first built in Southern Georgia in 1865 by a woman and her slave for the husband coming home from the Civil war. We purchased it from the landowners who wanted to tear it down. We painstakingly dissassembled it (numbering every log-you can still see these tags today) and stored it in a relative's barn in Georgia until we found the perfect location for it on a mountain creek in North Carolina. We had eyed this property for many years as we visited a friend who had a cabin on the mountain. The property (and surrounding 30 acres) had been owned by one family for over 40 years and happened to go for sale at auction. It was bought by our friend's uncle and subdivided into 8 home-sites. We had our pick of our favorite location close to the stream which was also the site of the original hometead on the property. We reassembled the cabin as close to the creek as possible (it was the original dogtrot design made entirely of heart pine), added an 8 foot wide covered porch to the entire front of the cabin (to get the most enjoyment out of the stream) and added a bathroom, kitchen and sitting area to the back.

This past year we have added a second story with a master suite and additional bathroom.

As native Floridians, we have always wanted a place to escape the heat in the summer and enjoy the change of seasons the rest of the year. North Carolina is perfect for both of these.

John Harrell purchased this cabin in 1984

Why John Harrell chose Smoky Mountains

We have visited the Sylva area for 30+ years and feel like it is our second home. We plan to retire there for part of the year so we have furnished the cabin with all of the comforts we would want to have.

What makes this cabin unique

There is nowhere we would rather be than sitting in the swing overlooking the creek in the summer or in front of the stone fireplace in cold weather. It is truly one of the most relaxing places you'll ever be. The scenery is constantly changing depending upon the season and the time of day. The creek can be seen and heard from most rooms of the house. The new Master bedroom has views on three sides from the bed.


Sylva Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Double Beds (3) Two are in the second floor bedroom/loft, one in 1st fl bedroom with 2 Twin Beds (2) . Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) One of these is in living room by the fireplace. The other is in the first floor bedroom.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • 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
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Located 2.2 miles from the nearest heavily traveled highway. Country road to the cabin is state maintained and is easily navigable. A bold rushing stream cascades around the cabin. Enjoy fishing for trout, cooking by the creek or hiking down it to find swimming holes. It provides all the entertainment and relaxation you need. There are many nice hikes on the mountain road and a wide variety of things to do nearby.


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Pet Friendly Log Cabin by a stream
average rating of 4.9428573 based on 35 reviews

Very nice cabin

  • 5 of 5

The rushing water was great.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Absolutely gorgeous!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. Hard choice each day whether to go explore or stay at the cabin and relax!

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Amazingly Beautiful!!! Peaceful!!

  • 5 of 5

Well maintained! The owners have thought of everything just in case you forget something! Also very responsive if you have issues or questions! We will not forget all our memories made there!! Thank you John and Michele for allowing us to stay in your beautiful, relaxing, and peaceful home!! Hope to return during summer months to see it in a different season! The Lieb Family

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Cozy, thoughtfully decorated, comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time celebrating my 30th. The house was immaculate and thoughtfully decorated. We loved the big kitchen table, perfect for dinner with friends. Close enough to smokey mountains to get a long day hike in, but less than 3 hours from Atlanta. Would gladly stay here again!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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St Pete FL

Pure Relaxation

  • 5 of 5

We could not have asked for anything more during our stay here. Great location, very secluded, yet within about 30 -40 minute drive to Cherokee, Bryson City, Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Blue Ridge Parkway, etc etc. Sylva and Dillsboro were also great little 'old' towns to explore also. We loved learning a little about the history of the 1860's dogtrot cabin from John. The creek was so relaxing, morning day and night. The clawfoot tub, and river rock shower were great bonuses.The cabin was well stocked with everything we needed and was very clean when we arrived. It's in a very quiet area, pretty much end of road and no through traffic. The description was perfect. On a scale of 1 to 10, this cabin and it's owners definitely get a 10+++++++++.

Scott and Eva

St Pete FL

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Relaxing Retreat!!!

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at the cabin early June, 2016. My brother and his wife, two children joined us (my family of 4), we had plenty of room for all of us! The cabin is decorated rustically and was very charming. My children really enjoyed the tire swing and catching fireflies in the evenings around the campfire, truly magical! We all enjoyed the beautiful private setting, there are two homes within close proximity but still far away enough to offer ample privacy. The creek was especially relaxing, but we did see several snakes around the creek, so pls be mindful if you have young kids. We visited nearby Cherokee and enjoyed downtown Sylva. You can also view Elk in the wild at the Smoky Mountain Nat Park nearby! Lots of wonderful restaurants, a must try is the BBQ shack in Dillsboro! Delicious. All in all this place was amazing and I could not have enjoyed my vacation any more anywhere else! We plan on making this a yearly trip for our families :) Thanks to John & Michele who were very kind and responsive to any questions or concerns that I had during the process of renting. I would highly reccomend visiting this beautiful hidden gem.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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SYLVA is a picturesque, all-American town with a thriving Main Street with many local owned businesses, including a wine and cheese shop, a brewery, book store, and a local arts and crafts gallery. There are many nice restaurants and music venues. The old courthouse is now the library and sits atop a hill at the end of Main Street. A regional hospital and grocery store are within 10 minutes of the cabin.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS (all within 45 minutes or less):

Both the Smoky Mountain National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance are within 20 minutes. Hike, horseback ride, pick wild berries, or picnic at waterfalls. Tube and kayak along the Tuckasegee River and Deep Creek. Whitewater Raft on the French Broad, Nantahala or Chattooga Rivers. Rent a pontoon boat and swim or fish on Lake Burton or Lake Glenville.

Sylva is centrally located in the mountains of western North Carolina within 45 minutes or less of these towns:

Asheville (Biltmore House, restaurants, shopping, Grove Park Inn spa) , Cherokee (Indian Reservation and Outdoor play 'Unto These Hills' in the summer) , Waynesville (restaurants, antiques, shopping), Bryson City (white water rafting on the Nantahala and scenic railroad rides), Highlands, Cashiers, Dillard, Franklin, Dillsboro, Brevard (Sliding Rock), Catalochee (skiing in winter, horseback riding and llama trekking in summer).

Pigeon Forge (outlet malls and Dollywood), Gatlinburg and Cades Cove (one of the most scenic locations in America) are about 60 miles across the Smoky Mountain Park on a scenic drive that can be done in a day trip.

Western Carolina University is 5 miles from Sylva.


Rates & Availability

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $125
Pet Fee $25
Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 6.75%

Rates are for 6 person maximum. Each additional person over 6 is additional $50 per rental. Pet limit of one large dog, or two small dogs. No cats allowed. No smoking inside cabin. rentals with pet requires an additional $100 refundable damage deposit.

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