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Charm, Character, Location: Lake Junaluska 1920 Cottage with today's updates

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Cottage

Cozy Cottage was purchased by the Rev. George C. Starr in 1957 and currently owned by his son. On the grounds of Lake Junaluska Conference Center but far enough away to avoid the congestion - an easy 10 minute walk to all activities. The home is centered on three lots, providing wooded views in three directions. A circular drive gives easy access and off street parking for at least three cars.

A recent renovation/addition of kitchen and second bath provides modern comfort and convenience while preserving the character and charm of the cottage. Appropriately furnished with antiques, rugs and original art work. Ceiling fans in each room and one window air conditioner keeps it cool during the hottest summer days and gas heat is convenient for cool mountain evenings. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Fire Extinquisher assure safety. Internet/wifi, local TV chanels, ROKU and Netflick provided. Included in rental: linens and towels, paper towel, toilet paper, dish detergent, dishwasher detergent, hand soap, trash bags and stocked with laundry essentials.

The cook's Kitchen has a 5 burner gas cooktop with overhead exhaust, new Bosch dishwasher, microwave, stainless steel refrigerator with freezer, built in oven, double stainless sink with disposal, free standing chop block. Equipped with coffee pot, coffee grinder, toaster, crock pot, small, medium and large food processors, hand mixer, chef knifes and paring knifes, several sets of china, glasses, wine glasses, various size pots, cast iron frying pans and dutch oven, a good selection of spices -- too many amenities to list. Everything you would need to prepare a gourmet meal. Cloth napkins, placemats, dish towels and dish cloths are provided.

The Living Room is comfortably furnished with a leather sofa and chairs for 6 and a large coffee table. The stone fireplace is equiped with gas logs. A 32' flat screen TV with cable, VCR, DVD are concealed in the armoire; also provided is a combination radio/CD/record player. An antique Killim rug over hardwood floors. Large windows look out to wooded areas and the front door opens to the screened porch which is furnished with vintage wicker, old hickory chairs and small table with 2 chairs.

Separate large Dining Room with table which seats 6-8 is centered on an oriental rug, large sideboard with lamps, antique Hoosier cabinet, and china cabinet. The window air conditioner is located in the dining room. Lots of windows which make it bright and cheerful. Permanently installed propane heater with an automatic thermostat keeps it toasty when needed. One of two TV's is located in the dining room.

Perfect house for two couples or a family as the two bedrooms are located at opposite ends of the house. The Master Bedroom is furnished with an antique brass and iron double bed with decorative valance above, swing arm reading lamps, armoire, chest of drawers, oriental rug. A separate dressing alcove with dressing table, mirror and chair connect the bedroom and Master Bath, which has a shower. A tankless water heater supplies the house with continuous hot water. The bath has a ceiling heater and exhaust fan as well as a washer and dryer. The Second Bedroom has two twin beds, night stand, chest of drawers, chair and a dhurrie rug. Both bedrooms have new comfortable mattress, and down comforters.

The Guest Bath is entered from a hall and through a small alcove which has a bookcase and cabinet. A pocket door separating this area from the bathroom. The bath has the original claw foot tub and shower combo, ceiling exhaust and heat.

Note: Inquire about long term rental and 3-4 night daily rentals.

More Details

Vicki Starr
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 10, 2018

About Vicki Starr

Cozy Cottage was originally built in 1920 as a summer cottage for the sisters of the head of Champion Paper Mill in Canton. The cottage has been owned by the Starr Family more than 60 years, and was used exclusively by the family until 2012 when it was made available as a summer rental. A renovation was completed to expand the home, and add modern amenities. It was very important to keep the character of the house.

The owners, Ed and Vicki Starr have degrees in interior design. Ed has been active in the American Society of Interior Designer (ASID) for many years. He was named a Fellow in that professional organization and he continues to work as a design consultant. Their primary residence is in a National Historic District in Gastonia, NC and Ed serves on the City Historic District Commission. After Vicki retired from design, she reinvented herself and had a successful career catering private parties and events and was known for her artistic presentation. Now finally retired she enjoys gardening and entertaining friends. In their home and cottage they prefer an eclectic mix of styles and a natural, slightly overgrown look in the surrounding areas.

When the owners, travel they always book through VRBO so they can experience first hand what guests are looking for in a rental.

Vicki Starr purchased this cottage in 1957

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Absolutely delightful cottage full of surprises around every corner! The serene wooded lots provides a secret garden like canopy while the cozy inside and screened-in porch are a sure elixir for the soul. We anticipate our arrival same time next year. I can only wonder what novel gifts the cottage may yield next"
Jun 2014
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Waynesville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Guest Bath: Original footed tub with shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Master Bedroom Bath has concealed washer and dryer
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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Charm, Character, Location: Lake Junaluska 1920 Cottage with today's updates
average rating of 4.6 based on 23 reviews

Quaint, clean, comfortable, near restaurants and shopping yet secluded.

  • 5 of 5

All the convenience and comfort of being at home

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your comments. We hope you will return again to enjoy and make it your home away from home.
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Statesville, NC

Quaint cottage really is cozy

  • 4 of 5

We spent a little over three weeks at Starr Cozy Cottage (SCC) at Lake Junaluska and enjoyed it. This charming cottage is close to the lake (you can walk down to the water, as long as you can handle walking uphill to get back). It has the best-equipped kitchen of all the places we've rented so far (including a Crockpot, a food processor, and about any kitchen implement, pot, or dish you could ever need to use). The owner was very helpful and accommodating, both before the rental period and during. Also, we only have one pay-as-you-go cell phone, which we carry with us for emergencies. SCC is one of a very few rentals we've encountered where there is a land line! So one particular friend, with whom I'm collaborating on a project, was able to call me at the cottage -- easy to keep in touch when a confab was needed. The cottage has loads of books and magazines if you forget to bring something of your own to read. Sitting on the screened-in front porch enjoying the towhee and wren calls and reading....well, that was just very relaxing! Would recommend SCC for a couple or small family.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy, charming nest

  • 5 of 5

Starr cottage was a delightful little nest to return to after busy days of hiking and antiquing. Every detail was well-thought out, from the upholstered footstools, to the wonderful lighted artwork, to the fluffy towels in the two bathrooms, to the well-appointed kitchen, to the champagne and chocolate the owner left for us as an anniversary gift. It is hard to praise the charm and warmth of the old-to-new style of the cottage sufficiently! We loved having a glass of wine on the porch before dinner, and the tub soaks with bath salts were divine. Overall a very relaxing haven! Thank you for a wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your two reviews. I was pleased to see after you wrote the first review, you decided to write a second review which was more in depth and you gave the cottage 5 stars. Your thoughts are appreciated. Vicki
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Charming, cozy nest

  • 4 of 5

Starr Cozy Cottage is a place to feel at home while you're away. Perfect little getaway for a couple of days - close to Waynesville, Asheville, Maggie Valley and many hiking destinations.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This property was just lovely! Very charming and cozy cottage.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time staying at the Starr cottage. I especially loved the shabby chic decor. It was bigger than I expected and we were quite comfortable there. The kitchen and bathrooms were very nice. Plenty of towels and the kitchen is nicely stocked with everything needed to cook very comfortably.

I would definetly recommend this rental to all! We hope to go back soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed you stay and look forward to having you again. Thank you for writing a review of the cottage.
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Vero Beach, Fl..

A lovely cottage.

  • 4 of 5

In a nice location; convenient to the lake. We enjoyed our stay very much. Short on closet space and master bedroom is pretty small. We enjoyed

our stay and liked the convenience of location. It was very clean with a nice kitchen, which was well stocked. We enjoyed shopping in Waynesville.

Highly recommend for 2- 4 people for a short period of time.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mary, thank you for your review. Yes the bedroom is on the small size but that is typical for homes of this vintage and especially summer cottages. You are the first to mention shortage of closet space. Since you had already been vacation in the mountains for three weeks prior to arriving at Cozy Cottage, I am sure you had a lot of clothing.
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The Lake Junaluska Conference Center and Activities are within walking distance. Historic town of Waynesville is minutes away-- Shopping, restaurants, and festivals. Asheville is a 30 minute drive, Biltmore House, Cherokee and Casinos, Highlands, Maggie Valley, Blue Ridge Parkway, Cataloochee Ranch.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $80 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 11.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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