Handcrafted | Spacious | High-end Kitchen | 2 Masters | WIFI | Pet Friendly
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 HOME'S HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE 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.
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Very comfortable and clean. Beautiful view and perfect location. Yard is great. Kitchen well stocked and beautiful artwork throughout. Recommend!!
Jane, we are so glad you all enjoyed your stay! We love it when guests make the most of all the mountains have to offer. We hope you come again!
One of the best cabins we have ever rented!
Best view in the North Carolina mountains! Home is very well appointed. The owners are very easy to work with, and their attention to detail is impressive. Convenient to Burnsville, Bakersville, and Spruce Pine. An hour from Asheville. You are not going to be able to find a better rental.
How kind! Thank you for such a lovely review.
Incredible views and living art within the house as well as outside...
The house is perfectly situated with an incredible view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, extremely quiet and beautifully decorated. All amenities included made the stay extra special, from the deep Jet Tub with bath salts and oils, to a kitchen with artistic flare and functionality infused with incredible taste and practicality. The art work throughout the house resembles walking around a museum and your eye catching something new and beautiful in every room.. every crevice. We will be returning to stay at this house in years to come. Highly recommended.
Thank you for the lovely things you wrote about your stay and what you loved about the cabin. We hope you come again soon!
Very clean and spacious
Beautiful modern cabin in what looks like being in the middle of nowhere! Nice amenities throughout. Very relaxing and attentive owners who were readily available to answer any questions.
House was beautifully maintained and comfortable. We stayed here for a week with family (4 adults and 2 kids) and there was more than enough room for everyone. With a spare TV in the master bedroom it also allowed us to let the kids watch a couple of shows in the evening and let the adults have a conversation in the living room without the noise and distractions. Worked well as a central location while we explored the area around. Went hiking at various spots throughout the mountains, hunted gems and rocks with the kids nearby, ate out at several places including the Mountain View Restaurant which was delicious. All sorts of recommendations and information is provided for you at the house on the area and things to do and places to go. Its an incredible wealth of information of you are new to the area. Lisa was extremely responsive to anything and checked in with us several times while we were there to see if we needed anything. If you are looking to explore the area or just relax with a beautiful view of the mountains, this place has it all. Will be back again soon!
Very nice, and lovely home away from home.
It's remote - not too man neighbors around and very quiet!
stunning view also
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.