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Artist's home with a beautiful mountain view and convenient location.

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,100 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

This home is clean, spacious, and private. It has a contemporary feel while being completely comfortable and artistic. The owner is an artist and her work and creative touches are all over the home. It has 2 stories, 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, wrap around deck that is partially covered, overlooking the mountain range called Black Rock. Downstairs is a spacious den where you can stream your favorite show on Netflix, play cards, work on a puzzle, dabble on the piano, or right outside is a covered patio with a 6- human hot tub. There is a laundry room available as well. It is the last house on the road and very private and is surrounded by 6.5 acres.

The house is 4 miles from downtown Sylva (galleries, restaurants, a brew pub), off highway 23/74 but tucked away; 9 miles from WCU campus, a 3 minute drive to the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance, 12 miles to Waynesville, 21 miles to Harrah's Casino and the Cherokee Indian reservation, and a 50 minute drive from Asheville. It is 40 miles from the Nantahala Gorge and river, and 27 miles to Maggie Valley. There is rafting, hiking, horseback riding, lakes, rivers, shopping, music all around. Other interesting areas nearby include: waterfalls from Franklin to Highlands, Deep Creek hiking trails/ fishing and the Smoky Mountain Railroad in Bryson City.

The home has WiFi and Dish Network.

More Details

Lara Conner
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2018

About Lara Conner

Hello. A little bit about me. I am an Artist through and through and this is how I see the world. I have been displaced from my art for a time and intend for this rental to help steer me back. I currently am a counselor for the Cherokee hospital. I am originally from Florida, and have lived here in Sylva 20+ years. I have adopted these beautiful mountains as my own and am willing to share any information to help your stay be a memorable one.

Lara Conner purchased this house in 2011

Why Lara Conner chose Sylva

I bought this house because it spoke to my artistic side. It was a fixer upper. I put on a new deck and a new roof. I have stuccoed and painted many of the walls and ceilings. I have also refinished the kitchen cabinets. Of course, I can't help but put an artistic touch on everything that I do. A lot of the artwork and sculpture is my own work. I have put a lot of love into the rebirth of this house and hope you get a chance to see it.

What makes this house unique

This home has all of the amenities without needing to be state of the art. It is very comfortable and clean and has a lot of personality. It is in a convenient and easy location and feels very private. It also has a hot tub that overlooks a fantastic view. Read a book, watch the news, take a nap on the downstairs chaise, soak in the tub, or plan your day's adventure.

Guestbook comments from the owner

From my guest book: Thank you Lara, for a delightful stay! We loved being serenaded by the Woodthrush in the morning & evening. Lovely house! You thought of so many comforts. We felt at home.

God bless you,

Erin & Matt, Tony & Victoria
Jul 2017
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Sylva House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Ceiling fan, no AC.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , single bed, also makes a king, Ceiling fan, no AC.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Ceiling fan and AC window unit.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • arboretum
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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Artist's home with a beautiful mountain view and convenient location.
average rating of 4.857143 based on 24 reviews

Great stay with lots of outdoor activities nearby.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great family Winter getaway. Close and easy access to Blue Ridge Parkway and quaint mountain towns.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pictures do not do this place justice!

  • 5 of 5

Wow! What a beautifully maintained and eclectic home. We were pleasantly surprise by this anything but ordinary gem. The boys loved the basement, which they made into a "man cave", and I was fully inspired by this art form of a home. Lara (homeowner) is a gracious and thoughtful hostess....down to every detail that makes a vacay special. We just left and are already planning another stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Nashville, Tennessee

Great home. A good example of why we no longer stay in hotels.

  • 5 of 5

We have been using VRBO for several years now and this property is a good example of why we do. The comfort and and character of of this home is just what we are looking for when we travel. Very private with a great deck and view. The kitchen is well stocked and there is a large dining room. Super clean and large enough for a big family. I would like to thank Lara for being so helpful. Book with confidence.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ken thank you so much for your review. You were wonderful guests and left my home spotless which I always appreciate. Please come back again soon. :)
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Property and Location were perfect for our needs!

  • 5 of 5

Our trip was planned to visit with family and friends and enjoy the beautiful Smokey Mountains. This property was exactly what we needed and wanted to enjoy it all. The home has gorgeous views, it's very quiet, and the location is perfect for the Blue Ridge Parkway, Smokey Mountain Natinal Park, and several sweet little mountain towns that western NC has to offer.

Lara was lovely to work with offering quick response when questions asked. We hope to come back next year. Thank you for allowing our family to use your home with so much comfort.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Greenville, South Carolina

Labor Day Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We are so happy we found this house last minute for Labor Day weekend. Lara was very easy to communicate with and FAST to respond to any questions. The house was easy to find, very clean, well stocked and eclectically decorated. We were a group of 6 with pets and never felt crowded. We really enjoyed gathering on the porch or hot tub and taking in the views! We had a great time exploring the nearby towns of Sylva and Franklin with their breweries, unique restaurant and antique stores. Thank you to Lara for a wonderful, relaxing experience. It is so nice to find a place you can't wait to return to!!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A private retreat from florida's heat

  • 5 of 5

Lara, We really enjoyed our stay at your home on gentle ridge. The location is convenient to the highway, the parkway and the surrounding attractions. It is very private and has a beautiful view toward the setting sun. We cooked in every day and found the kitchen to have everything we needed for meal preparations. We enjoyed the hot tub at the end of the day to sooth away those aches and pains of hiking, biking and walking the grounds of the Biltmore estate. It was rejuvenating to relax amongst your art and creativity and to enjoy the cool mountain air. Our trip was a success. Thank you, Sean and Patricia

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Sean and Patricia Soooooo glad to hear your experience and your vacation was wonderful. I think you said the last time you have been to the mountains was six years ago. Even little Sylva has gone through a healthy growing spurt. New restaurants, a couple breweries, and a beautiful library with lots of local happenings. I wish we could have connected in person, although I completely respect space and privacy. (Vacation time is hard to come by these days.) I hope you got to work on the soap stone carving you had planned. Please send me a pic. And thank you Patricia for the lovely book. Your work is beautiful. Come back again soon! Lara
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $120
Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $500

Rates are subject to change until confirmed bookings. Pets accepted under 60lbs.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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