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BOOK NEW YEARS!! 15 min to Town, Fire Pit, Gas Log Stove, & Fast Internet!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,350 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Handcrafted | Spacious | High-end Kitchen | 2 Masters | WIFI | Pet Friendly

15 minutes to groceries & shopping in Spruce Pine, Conley House is a modern craft cabin located on 6 private acres with stunning, long-range mountain views with almost no other houses in sight. Fast fiber optic internet & free WIFI, original artwork, air conditioning, BABY ITEMS like a stroller & highchair (with advance notice), plus perks like chocolates, bath salts, and pantry staples... you'll want for nothing. And, we’re just minutes from the beautiful Penland School of Crafts campus!


8 miles - Ingles Market, a full-service grocery store with traditional, natural and organic selections and a full-service pharmacy.

4.8 m - Closest eat-in/take-out option: Stella’s

9 m - Downtown Spruce Pine & Riverside Park

12 m - Walmart

15 m - National Mineral Museum

30 m - Roan Mountain State Park

36 m - Mount Mitchell State Park

48 miles - Downtown Asheville

8.6 m- Hospital & ER

Originally two cabins with a courtyard in between, later each cabin was converted into a spacious master with ensuite and joined by an open floor plan living space that's filled with natural light. The front of the house has an 1125 sq ft terrace that looks out to the awe-inspiring view. Converted by the director of Penland School of Crafts, the home is filled with custom details and built-in original artwork. The office/third bedroom, located above the studio, is near the main house. (To protect guests’ privacy, the house and office/studio are never rented separately.) If you like places that are well done and not cookie-cutter, you’ll love Conley House!


(all total approximately 2450 sq. ft. with office)

- Safe, rural location 15 minutes from town

- 6 private acres

- charming, we're perched above a Christmas tree farm that wraps around one side of the property

- gas log stove

- fire pot with seating (wood not included, but readily available)

- over 3200 feet above sea level, we have stunning unobstructed mountain views from every room

- free WIFI & super fast fiber optic internet

- whole house WiFi for strong even signal throughout

- smart home features using Alexa

- safety features like a smart lock and motion sensing exterior surveillance system

- commissioned artwork & handmade details throughout

- perks like chocolates, bath salts, and pantry staples are included!

- easy access from state-maintained roads

- driveway is plowed in snow

- have more people in your group coming to the area? Check out Conley House’s big sister Dougs Way! A 4 bed, 3.5 bath that sleeps 20 and just 4 minutes away from Conley House! Type 1369820 into the VRBO search bar to learn more!


- Toddler gear available w/advance notice

- 1150 sq. ft. terrace with fenced in yard - great for pets!

- pet-friendly to pre-approved canines (a pet fee is required)

water bowl provided

- HE washer and dryer

LIVING ROOM & DINING - Open Floor Plan

(approx. 1000 sq ft. including kitchen)

- Indoor seating (prep area/bar: 8, dining table: 8)

- Outdoor seating for 10 on 1152 sq. ft. stone terrace

- half bath

- 4K HDTV, DVD (using Xbox with remote), and sound bar

- Xbox One S with 2 controllers

- Roku 4 device for streaming movies, TV and other content

- Hulu, Netflix, Showtime, Amazon, HBO, Sling house accounts

- Live streaming of ESPN sports channels & cable TV using Sling app


(In Living & Dining area)

- Well appointed kitchen

coffee & tea makers:

French press

Mr. Coffee w/reusable gold filter

mocha espresso pot

Bodum pour over

extra large tea kettle

gas range with electric convection oven

stainless steel dishwasher

KitchenAid Standmixer - 6 qt Pro series

Ninja Pro blender, food processor and smoothie maker

pots and pans, utensils, items for serving

handmade tableware

pantry staples



herbs & spices

baking soda & baking powder

salt & pepper

- Over 30 sq. ft. of prep space - socialize while you cook

- Apples, pears, strawberries, blueberries, and fresh herbs, when in season

- Extra-large Weber Charcoal Grill


(approx. 500 sq ft)

- king bed with allergy free duvet, soft sheets & cozy blankets

- chaise lounge

- walk-in closet and dresser

- large ensuite bath with separate shower and extra large jetted tub

heated floors

custom fixtures

magnifying makeup mirror



fluffly towels, hand towels, and wash cloths

tissues, Q-tips, cotton balls

- independent heat & air system


(approx. 500 square feet)

- king bed with allergy free duvet, soft sheets & cozy blankets

- queen size fold-out in guest suite

- closet & dresser

- ensuite bath with separate shower/tub combo

custom fixtures

magnifying makeup mirror



fluffly towels, hand towels, and wash cloths

tissues, Q-tips, cotton balls

- independent heat & air system


(approx. 450 sq. ft. - detached, located a short walk away above artist studio)

- great for teenagers or those who want extra privacy

- queen size bed with allergy free duvet, soft sheets & cozy blankets

- game table

- seating area

- desk & office chair

- 28" iMac

- Samsung laser air printer

- sofa

- chaise lounge

- independent heat & air system

- guests use 1/2 bath just inside back door of main house and will need to share shower facilities with another guest in the house

I love helping guests plan wonderful vacations and am honored to be rewarded with a 5-star ranking by our guests. :-) I am always glad to help you! If you have any questions about the cabin, area or are having difficulties booking just click the ASK OWNER A QUESTION link in the top right just under the BOOK NOW button.



Locally - Spruce Pine is one of the best-kept secrets in the area. As a matter of fact, the town was voted "One of the Coolest Small Towns Around" by Romantic Asheville and Conde Nast's Traveler magazine recently dubbed it “One of the Best Small Town Food Cities"! What the town and area have to offer is often compared to Gatlinburg decades ago - authenticity - with a small town feel that's super friendly with beautiful scenery and locally owned, family-run businesses, galleries and studios that are anything but touristy.

Charming Spruce Pine is divided by the South Toe River. This gem of a town is a known retreat for people living in Charlotte, Asheville, and Knoxville, TN. Just 15 minutes away from the house, the downtown area of the town is like a stop in time when things were a bit simpler.


When you register you will be sent a PDF book with all sorts of thing to do, broken into types of excursions and parts of the region. Here are some highlights.

- Visit the Mayland Earth to Sky Park and see some of the best stargazing in the Blue Ridge

- Eat at farm to table restaurants that celebrate local ingredients and what the region has to offer!

- Spruce Pine is known for rock hounding

- Visit the National Mineral Museum

- Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway!

- Play at Springmaid Mountain

- Swim at Brad Ragan Park

- Picnic at Riverside Park

- Visit Waterfalls, Great Trails, and National and State Parks

- Floating: Kayak, Tubing, Canoeing, WW rafting

- Swimming, Biking, Zip Lines, Horseback Riding and Running

- Fishing & Cooking Outdoors - talk to us about scheduling an excursion!

- Rock Climbing & Hiking

- Farm Tours, Farmers Markets & Agritourism of all kinds

- U-Pick Fruit - including heritage apples native to the area

- Shopping & Antiquing

- Wineries & Craft Breweries

- Visit Artist Studios & Galleries - Shop for Fine Craft

- Go on Studio Tours (pottery, glass, basketry, metal, fibers and more!)

- Take a class at Penland ( 1 week, 2 week, and intensive courses available)

- Visit Yancey Theater - $6 a person for a current movie

- Tour historic Dellingers Grist Mill dating back to 1867


Views in winter are amazing! Hiking the Roan or to waterfalls can be spectacular with almost no one else on the trail. However, in winter (usually mid-December through February or mid-March) some businesses keep different hours or even close, while others do creative things like popup restaurants and special winter openings. If you are concerned about what might be available please ask us. We'd be happy to assist you in deciding if visiting in the off-season would be a good fit.


Children are welcome. The house is a home - not a museum, so it can be a great place for families. We ask that parents be attentive, putting objects out of reach that may cause a problem or be damaged, putting delicate items are cords out of reach. A number of kid-friendly items such as a stroller, pack and play, highchair, etc. is available with advanced notice.

PETS: Dogs are accepted by approval only - EVEN IF YOU INSTANT BOOK. There is a $75 pet fee per stay for approved pets. No cats are allowed due to the owners allergies.

For approval please email us the following information about your pet:

Are they FULLY housebroken?

How old are they?

Do they shed?

What flea and tick medication? (Frontline and Frontline Plus are not approved medications, as they do not kill all fleas in our area. Acceptable medications include Bravecto, Trifexis, or similar medication that does not contain Fipronil as the active ingredient.)

Are they treated for fleas and ticks year-round?

What is their size and weight?

What training have they had – obedience, crate training, are they allowed on the furniture, etc?

Please note that bringing any unapproved pet to the property will result in immediate eviction according to NC short term rental laws and the guest will forfeit their security deposit. Sorry to be hard line about this, we would like to remain pet friendly while also protecting our home.

Conley House is an exceptional experience. We book in advance but please check with us. We’d love to have you!

More Details

Lisa Smith
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 23, 2018

About Lisa Smith

Owner Rick Smith is an artist/blacksmith and professor of metals and blacksmithing. He operates an independent studio making work for galleries and by commission, while also heading the metals program at SIUC in Carbondale, IL. Rick was a resident artist at Penland School of Crafts and has taught workshops there many times over the years. His work is in the permanent collections of the Mint Museum, Decorative Arts Museum, Metal Museum, and the John and Robyn Horn Collection, among others. Rick likes nothing better than to spend the day on water, sailing or fishing, and really loves to travel.

Lisa Smith is a branding professional with a background in graphic design. A homebody, her favorite way to spend the day is cooking and baking. Lisa wrote a food column for seven years and her passion for the culinary arts is evident at Conley House.

Rick and Lisa have one son, Isaac, who is a photojournalist. With his wife Megan, a fibers artist and teacher with a specialization in Waldorf education, they have a young son whose name is Henry.

Lisa manages the property and oversees the day to day functioning of the vacation rental with the help of a cleaning service.

Lisa Smith purchased this cabin in 2015

Why Lisa Smith chose Bakersville

At 3600 feet above sea level, the view is fantastic and the weather tends to be mild even in the depths of summer.


The house was originally two cabins. Bill Brown, the first director of Penland School of Crafts after the retirement of its founder Lucy Morgan, connected the two cabins with a living space and made a home for his family. His studio and many of the original touches can still be seen, including the railings made by his son, Bill Brown Jr. who is now a studio artist.

Having been a resident artist and studio coordinator at Penland not long after Bill Brown retired, Rick Smith admired the property for years. When it became available, he and his wife Lisa knew they had found something special!

Penland School is important to the region of Appalachia because in the 1920s Miss Lucy, as she was often called, provided education and resources to local women, teaching them how to weave and sell their handmade goods. They now offer classes in all media and are the oldest and largest crafts school in America.

The history, beautiful surroundings, slower pace, artwork and the connection to the craft community all make Conley House quite exceptional! From the handmade cabinets and sinks to the stonework, artwork and tableware, you won't find another property like it . . . and, of course, it has a "million dollar view!"

What makes this cabin unique

We like to make it easy, because traveling can be stressful. By providing the basics like herbs and spices, flour, sugar and cooking oil, plus all the kitchenware and appliances you'll need, as well as things to help you relax, such as an assortment of teas, bath salts and infused bath oils our guests relax, get in vacation mode much faster and enjoy their stay more.

One the aspects of the house that sets it apart is all the attention to detail. From the complimentary bowl of chocolates and bath salts to the original artwork and craftsmanship, Conley House is not like any other vacation rental. Our guests often tell us that we "thought of everything!" We take pride in that, because we strive to make your stay something you will remember for years to come.

Conley House is clean, very private and has unobstructed views! It is located in a safe community of mostly studio artists and craftspeople. Being just 15 minutes to shopping, good restaurants and cafes, it is conveniently located, too.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The cabin was beautiful, the grounds lovely, and the view to die for. The cabin was well-appointed and we lacked for nothing. LIsa is very quick to respond to any questions or needs. We will plan on returning in the future! The driveway is steep and we were glad we had a truck to get up to the house.

Owner Response: Thank you, Gwen!
Jul 2016
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Bakersville Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2350 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Only flush toilet paper and effluence.
  • Please follow the framed House Tips that are found in the kitchen.
  • PETS: Dogs are by approval only - EVEN IF YOU INSTANT BOOK. Please see rental agreement for more information.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 2nd Bedroom Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Common Half-bath - toilet , Off the living/dining area just inside entry door.
    King Master Bath - toilet , shower , jetted tub , The jetted tub is extra large. There is a tv installed above
  • Bathrooms feature clean towels, washcloths, hand towels, magnified makeup mirrors, hair dryers, bath gel/shampoo, lotion, bath salts and infused bath oils. All sinks are made by well known ceramicist, Cynthia Bringle. Master bath ironwork by Nathan Blank.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • 2. Guest Master Suite - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen is a size sleeper sofa.
    1. Master Suite - 1 king , Also offers an HDTV with Roku.
    3. Studio Office/Guest Bed above studio - 2 queen , 1 Queen bed, 1 Queen inflatable plush-top mattress
  • Both suites offer new, very comfortable king size mattresses and cotton bedding. All bedrooms have sliding glass doors and a view of Mount Mitchell and the Black Mountains. The studio office/bedroom has a living area, queen size bed and a private deck. This space does not have a bath in the same space. Guests using this room would use a bath in the main house, which is down a short path to the main house. (The studio office/bedroom is not available in winter months due to the possibility of snow or ice.) A plush, queen size mattress is available.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Fire pot in the side yard that’s perfect for weenie roasts! Kid-Friendly: stroller, pack n’ play sleeper/changing table, monitor, plate & cutlery available with advance notice. The office/3rd bedroom can be made available upon request for no additional charge. It offers a business center that includes an iMac computer and laser printer that guests may use help plan the day's festivities or get a little work done. We are happy to help you plan fun things to do on your trip, so please let us know if you would like personalized suggestions. PETS: Dogs are accepted by approval only - EVEN IF YOU INSTANT BOOK. There is a $75 pet fee per stay for approved pets. No cats are allowed due to the owners allergies. For approval please email us information about your pet.


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average rating of 4.982143 based on 72 reviews
Charlotte, NC USA


  • 5 of 5

This was our second summer at Conley House, which we enjoyed so much in 2017 that we extended our 2018 visit to three weeks. Conley House is warm and welcoming, fully stocked, and beautifully appointed and maintained. The house has a wall of sliding glass doors for enjoying the mountain views, which are stunning on their own, and change every day with the weather. It's a great home to nestle into, but there's a wealth of things to do within a relatively short distance. Asheville, with its galleries, shops and restaurants, is a bare hour's drive, but within much less time you can visit pottery and glass studios, farmers' markets and local shops and galleries, and you can find beautiful hikes that range from easy to strenuous, depending on your experience and preference. You can also drive up the road (or walk if you wish) and visit the renowned Penland School of Crafts. This is a wonderful place to rest and rejuvenate without every worrying about becoming bored.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so happy to hear you took advantage of the great variety of things there are to do in the area and that you enjoyed your stay at our cabin! We hope you return again soon. Best, Lisa
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Even More Than Expected

  • 5 of 5

The Conley House is everything that is advertised and MORE! We thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful view and privacy as well as the many amenities and general comfort of the home. We were surprised and delighted by the wildlife, the beautiful pottery dishes and the wonderful selection of teas. The Hershey's Kisses were a nice touch, too. We have rented many homes through VRBO and rank The Conley House among the best. We highly recommend to anyone looking for a peaceful place with all the comforts of home (and more) and with convenience to all this lovely area has to offer.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay! Please come again soon. Best, Lisa
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Beautiful home and stunning views!

  • 5 of 5

This home was perfect for our family getaway. It's close to great hiking spots, overlooks a Christmas tree farm and the views are absolutely stunning! I highly recommend this!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Good Location with Fabulous Views!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, along with our two Airedale Terriers, thoroughly enjoyed our eight night stay at the Conley House and will definitely return. It was so nice to have the fenced yard for Digges and Lois to explore!

The home itself is in a very private location yet is convenient to the surrounding towns. The artwork and pottery is lovely and really adds to the ambiance of Conley House. We visited Penland and some of the area studios where we made some great purchases. The calibre of the artists in the area is second to none! The kitchen is very well equipped and we enjoyed cooking dinners along with exploring the local restaurants. As Lisa mentioned, The Tin Shed is great! I must say that we found the bed to be the most comfortable we have found in a vacation rental.

We had friends stop by for a visit and their comment was "Wow, you've really outdone yourselves finding this vacation home!" and to that we agree!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The house is well designed to function easily. Everything is handy.

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful location that offers the opportunity to “do nothing” or to seek out sights and activities. The house itself is lovely with its collection of art and craft. The view of the mountains and fields of Christmas trees is spectacular. Every day in this place is a treasure.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
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Perfect cabin with an amazing view

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect cabin for our family of 4. The place was clean and very comfortable so you can tell it is well maintained by the owners. We cooked in every night to take advantage of the great kitchen, which was well supplied with spices and other amenities. The location of the property is also great for getting to roan mountain and other great hikes. We plan to go back at some point!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
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Nearest Airport
67 Miles
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Hef’s (and others in Spruce Pine)
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Grassy Creek Golf & Country Club
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highway 226
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Knife & Fork (excellent farm to table restaurant)
Nearest Ski
34 Miles
Sugar Mountain
Nearest Beach
345 Miles
Washington, NC
Car: necessary

The nearest full service grocery store, Ingles Market, is just 15 minutes away in Spruce Pine. This store also sells beer & wine. Spirits are available at ABC stores in the state of North Carolina.

A river runs right through Spruce Pine, making a convenient and fun day of all sorts of water fun! The region is chockfull of blues, bluegrass and other music festivals, plus an annual gem & mineral show. Every September sees the launch of a new ASAP (Appalachia Sustainable Agriculture Project) Farm Tour that features farms all over the region where participants can learn about farming, tour the farm, meet the farmers and even buy their produce and products.

The locals are very friendly and helpful. We like to spend time in the mountains, in Asheville (Salsas Restaurant, Discount Shoe Warehouse, and The Blue Spiral are not to be missed), and exploring the shops and galleries in the smaller towns like Bakersville (In Tandem Gallery and Mica Gallery), Burnesville (Crimson Laurel Gallery at Micaville exchange and Carriage House shops) and Spruce Pine's antique shops, restaurants and the like. Spruce Pine is a 'wet' town, offering beer, wine, and spirits locally. Grocery stores can sell beer and wine, ABC stores sell liquor. Sunday sales are made after 12:00 pm Noon.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $75 + Tax
Damage Protection Ins. $10 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $125

Kayak rentals are $50 base plus $10 per night of the rental. A signed waiver and contract are required per user. Certain restrictions may apply. You must be at least 18 years old to rent kayaks. An additional deposit may be required. Up to 4 kayaks are available. Rental includes kayak, paddle, and life vest. (Example: a party of 4 wishes to rent four kayaks during their three night stay. Each kayak would cost a base of $50, plus $30 for the three nights, not including tax.) other rental arrangements can be made depending on circumstances. Please inquire.)

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Housekeeping is available for our extended stay guests. Please let us know if you would be interested in this additional service.

We welcome children. However, the house may not be suitable for especially young children or children who are not familiar with being around artwork.

We love pets! All dogs must be preapproved. For approval they MUST be fully housebroken, on an approved flea and tick medication and current on their shots. Pets are not allowed on the furniture. If your pet sheds we ask that you bring sheets or blankets from home to cover the furniture. A water bowl is provided. Please bring their own bedding and food bowl. Thank you for your cooperation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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