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Walk to Downtown, On Appalachian Trail. Family And Pet Friendly!

Bedrooms 3
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

2-3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5-7

Goldfinch Cabin is the ideal lodging for groups, families, and couples who want a scenic, peaceful retreat that is just a few minute's walking distance from the Appalachian Trail and Hot Springs!

The cabin is surrounded by English cottage garden style flowers and a picket fence and backed by woods full of songbirds to greet you at sunrise. When you are ready to head to town for live music and supper, leave the car behind. Put on your sneakers and stroll on in! Want to adventure out for a full moon hike on the Appalachian Trail? The trailhead is just outside of your front door. Once you are ready to cozy down inside, enjoy our WiFi and make your friends and family jealous by sending them your cool trip photos!

A master bedroom with a queen bed welcomes all honeymooners and sweethearts, and if you are traveling with children or friends there is a second bedroom with one twin bed and one full bed. An additional third bedroom with a queen bed can be added on by request ($15 per stay) if you're booking for a larger group. Third bedroom is automatically included for all reservations of 6 or more guests.

Goldfinch Cabin is outfitted with a kitchenette. This includes a coffee maker (of course!), a coffee bean grinder, a mini-fridge/freezer, a sink, a set of basic plates, bowls, and utensils, a cutting board, knife, and crock-pot. There is no oven or stove in this kitchenette.

The shower is in a separate room from the toilet and sink, making it easier for larger groups to share these spaces.

There is a television as well as over 100 DVDs to choose from. We do not have cable/satellite TV.

We pride ourselves on our VERY CLEAN cabin. Just check out our reviews!


All linens (towels, washcloths, sheets, dish cloths) are provided. Bath bars and hand soaps are also included.


We've got WiFi! We have the best WiFi that is possible to get at our location, BUT it is satellite internet and is affected by the weather and heavy usage times in the county. Do expect to be able to browse the web, but do not expect to be able to stream movies or music. Sometimes it will, and sometimes it won't!


Yes! We do have air conditioning to keep you cool on hot summer days. In contrast with loud traditional A/C units, our mini-split operated air conditioning is very quiet so you will not be disturbed while sleeping!


Yes! We have a remote-controlled mini-split heating system to keep you warm on even the coldest winter days. Original baseboard heat is present as well for additional warmth if desired.


The cabin is on a well-maintained state road and the approach and parking is flat, so it is accessible by two wheel drive vehicles in all but the most severe of storms!

TWO NIGHT minimum stay for reservations including a weekend night (Friday and Saturday). ONE NIGHT minimum stay offered for Sunday-Thursday nights. Weekend one night weekend stays will be accepted if the day is "stranded" (rented the night before and night after) or if it 4 days or less from your desired check-in date.


Goldfinch shares a wall with an adjacent cabin (Chickadee). Each cabin has its own private parking and private entrance. Shared wall is soundproofed for privacy.


Goldfinch is pet-friendly! Mostly we expect dogs, but cats may be welcome as well. If your pet is not house friendly (chewing, scratching, general chaos and destruction...) we ask that you kindly leave them elsewhere OR bring a kennel for their time in the house. A $25 pet fee covers up to two pets for the entire duration of your stay.


This is a NON SMOKING vacation rental. Evidence of smoking, such as the smell of cigarette or cigar smoke inside the home by the owner or cleaning crew is sufficient basis to charge the renter for smoke clean-up and removal from carpeting, AC ducts & filters and furniture. This type of clean up is expensive and Renter is Liable for the Costs


Goldfinch Cabin is located near town and only steps from the southern entrance to the Appalachian Trail. We would guess that we are 78 steps away, but haven't actually counted :) The AT will cruise you straight on in to Hot Springs, no car required, and you can expect it to take 5-15 minutes depending on your ability level and where you are headed in town.

A three minute drive will land you at the famous Hot Springs Spa and Resort, where you can soak in Hot Springs' naturally heated mineral tubs. For a real "day at the spa," check out their massages as well!

We are across the street from the Laughing Heart Lodge, which is a beautiful building that is an old Jesuit Retreat Center and is now operated as a predominantly private events center. There are public yoga and dance classes periodically, and guests of Goldfinch have an open invite from the owners to enjoy their beautiful garden and grounds!

There are other houses on our road, but they are not visible from the cabins, as we are surrounded on three sides by forest.


Guests have access to all areas photographed and mentioned. The additional bedroom is available for an additional charge of $15/night. All photos of the additional bedroom are described as "Optional Third Bedroom", so you can know which one that it is! If you do not specifically request the additional bedroom, you will not have access to this room.


Please treat our space with respect, as we have tried to create the best experience possible for you and would like to provide the same for all guests in the future. We want you to play and adventure and enjoy your vacation! We just ask that you do all of these things with care :)

More Details

Natalie Marsh
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, Moderate French, basic Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2018

About Natalie Marsh

I grew up in the much rockier Rocky Mountains of Colorado, raising goats, chickens, rabbits, horses, and a rotating selection of other farm critters with my parents and my younger sister.

I moved to North Carolina in 2009 and have spent much of my time gardening, studying wild edible and medicinal plants of the Appalachian Mountains, building and remodeling, and raising and milking a few more rogue goats. I live just outside of Hot Springs on a sunny hillside with my husband Andrew and daughter Chloe.

I love to welcome folk to Hot Springs and the surrounding area, so don't hesitate to ask me for hiking recommendations, the inside scoop on local swimming holes, or where to find homemade Appalachian crafts!

Why Natalie Marsh chose Hot Springs

You can't beat how close to Hot Springs this place is, while still feeling secluded! Having such easy access to the Appalachian Trail is a great benefit.

What makes this cabin unique

The cottage-style gardens and natural wood and stone exterior of the cabin is a style I love! I hope that it makes people feel like they are in another place and time.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks for the stay at the Goldfinch. We hike 12.5 miles on the AT, had dinner, and then a great soak in the mineral springs. The cabin is super cute! Great pillows!
Feb 2016
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Hot Springs Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The toilet and handwashing sink are in a separate room from the shower for your convenience.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Optional 3rd Bedroom - 1 queen , Available for an additional $15/night upon request. Sleeps 2
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
This cabin is one half of a duplex; this rental is for the Goldfinch portion of the cabin. Each side has its own private entrance and parking. The interior walls separating the cabins have been recently remodeled to be double-thickness and are insulated with soundproofing material.


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Walk to Downtown, On Appalachian Trail. Family And Pet Friendly!
average rating of 4.90625 based on 35 reviews


  • 5 of 5

It's a great place to stay. It was clean, well-maintained and located conveniently close to downtown. My family and I would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
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Olive Branch, MS

Beautiful area, great stay here!!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our 40th anniversary trip to Hot Springs, Grandfather Mountain, and the Biltmore in Asheville. This was a great cozy spot to have as a home base! We hiked about 20 miles mostly on the AT, and enjoyed the beauty and history of the Biltmore as well. Natalie had the cabin all set up and ready for us and called to make sure we had all info that we needed. She and her family have created a wonderful spot in this place. It was clean and a great use of the space. We cooked out on the grill one night and ate out on the great covered deck! The hike to Max Patch was phenomenal! We enjoyed a couple meals at the Smoky Mountain diner as well! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property was beautiful and the place was clean and cozy

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the cabin! The proximity to the trail and town was just what we wanted. Communication was great! Thank you for a wonderful vacation!!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
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Rome Ga

Quaint cottage was perfect for a long weekend

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at Goldfinch Cottage once before and loved it, so we returned. The house is roomy and very comfortably sleeps 6 people. The air conditioning worked well. The beds and bedding were top notch. The bathroom was stocked well with TP and towels. The kitchenette is basic but was enough for our needs. We made sandwiches during the days and ate out for breakfast and dinner. There is a grill available to use and would have been fun to cook some burgers or steaks. The new covered porch was where we spent most of our time at the cabin just enjoying the mountain breeze and each other's company. I loved having my coffee there in the mornings and saying hello to the hikers passing by. The cottage is so comfortable and welcoming, I'm sure we will be back!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
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Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for sharing your home with us, it was pefect for our girls weekend in the monutains, your cabin was so clean and the ammenties were exactly as described. Highly recomend your place to others

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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Well maintained and very clean

  • 4 of 5

Wish it had cable otherwise wouldn't change a thing. Great location.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Asheville Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Hot Springs

Take an evening to enjoy the renowned HOT SPRINGS SPA AND RESORT, just a few minutes' drive from our cottages. Here you can get a professional massage or reserve one of the Resort's natural-fed hot springs tubs. Good for a romantic evening or a family/group activity, these naturally thermal waters are the perfect getaway and the reason the town is called Hot Springs!

We are just 200 ft from the APPALACHIAN TRAIL, a well-established gateway hiking path into the Smoky Mountains. Many other HIKING opportunities of all levels are all within a 15-20 minute drive, with choices expanding as you drive further. All have stunning views, birdwatching, hundreds of native plants, and many mountain streams and sometimes waterfalls and swimming holes!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $20
Pet Fee $25
Cleaning Fee $10

All guests 2yrs of age and younger are FREE

$20 DAMAGE DEPOSIT will be automatically refunded to your account 7 days after check-out if no damage is reported . We charge the damage deposit to cover costs that may be incurred by things like missing towels and sheets we must replace due to unwashable stains!

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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