2 bedroom, 2 bath, amazing mountian views, private, new furnishings, clean
About Beverly Rhoads
I grew up on Balsam, and have owned property there for over 30 years. BalsamSKY II is now the getaway cottage for my wife and me on 30 acres of my beautiful WNC mountain homeland. Since we are both college professors living and working in Virginia, we share our cottage with rental guests who desire a quiet mountain vacation in a charming cottage with a fabulous mountain view. We have two delightful small dogs, Lily and Jingle, who love the property as much as we do. In addition to our NC property, we own and operate seasonal rentals on the Panhandle of Florida and the coast of Maine. Obviously, we love to travel and enjoy the outdoors.
Beverly Rhoads purchased this Cottage in 1988
Why Beverly Rhoads chose Balsam
As people who enjoy outdoor adventure and living in a natural environment, we love the setting. We hike, bike and run from the front door, though the climb back up is interesting! BalsamSKY II is convenient to all that we love about WNC--the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Nantahala Outdoor Center, Tsali, and everything Asheville.
What makes this Cottage unique
What's most unique about our property is that it's a reasonably sized cottage that is well-kept, and completely private. The setting offers great mountain views and comfortable accommodations. If you are looking for quiet and peaceful mountain experience without the crowds, BalsamSKY II is for you. Dogs love BalsamSKY II!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Owner takes fussy to a new level
We are a coupe in our mid-50’s and have rented many, homes all over the world and many in the U.S. More specifically we have rented in the Smoky Mountains every Christmas in Gatlinburg, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Hendersonville, also three times in Maggie Valley. To say that we are very experienced renters is a qualified statement. We have never had an issue and have always received our deposits back in full upon completion of the rental.
This home has some nice positives. The home is clean, very clean and tidy. The kitchen is well appointed with plenty of glasses, plates, bowls… etc. The bed we slept in was comfortable and the bathroom was nice with a big tub and decent shower. It is rather remote on a mountain top, but that has it’s advantages as well. The views are stunning as the mountains seem to change hourly. There is no cable/sat TV, but the owner provided access to Netflix and wireless internet and that was just fine.
The property was ultimately not our issue, it was dealing with the owner in the end. We are very responsible renters. In this case, we never cooked in the kitchen. We cleaned and put away all dishes, took the trash off the property to the transfer station, etc. I’d describe our leaving the property fairly clean.
We specifically asked when renting the property if our dog was allowed and he was approved. However there came message after message about keeping the dog off furniture, bring a dog bed or dog crate, two mentions of wiping mud off the dog’s feet with a towel. Always have the dog on a leash. Looking back it was adding up.
Our black lab is nine years old, not a puppy. In all of those places mentioned above (in the U.S.), over the past 8 years we have brought along our dog with zero issues. He does shed some hair. He was not allowed in the bedrooms or furniture. We brought his dog bed. But in the end, we were charged additional fees for pet fur cleaning. Our dog sheds about half a lose handful of fur every week in our house. The owner made a dramatic and absurd claim that the cleaners had to “empty the vacuum twice, and that was in a small house”.
I would recommend if you rent this property, you do not bring your dog. The owner is like a grandmother who invites you over and then complains about your children. She has your deposit and she is the judge and jury about giving it back… minus what she sees fit to keep. Would I rent from this owner again? Sorry, but no. Good luck to you if you do
Thanks, Carl, for the nicely balanced review that you wrote with the same sort of amiable consideration you showed us during your stay on Balsam. We like that you, your wife, and Skipper found our home clean and comfortable—everyone does enjoy the view, and that’s nice to hear. We like pleasing our guests, which is why we always leave welcome treats for dogs and their people. The photo of Skipper with his treats made us smile.
Let me too lay out our street cred. We have owned and operated four rental homes in three different states, and we, too, travel the US and the world. We’re all very fortunate, I’d say. Yes, we are fussy about the cleanliness of our homes, smallwondercottages, and if you read the review for all three, you’ll see that cleanliness matters the most to almost all guests.
Actually, I am not the judge and jury about the length of time it takes to clean our home after our guests depart. My professional cleaning crew does that, and they have been bomb proof over the many years we’ve used them. Because we do not charge a dog fee, if the professionals determine that I have to pay them for extra time cleaning up pet hair and for dry cleaning a bedspread, as a business owner, I pass that along to the customer. We make this policy as clear as possible in all of our rental information. In eight years of owning and operating vacation rentals, we’ve retained part of a guest’s damage deposit only twice. So if we’re known as fussy, we’ll take it. Please, just don’t call us grandmotherly.
Excellent property for 2 couples seeking to explore the region. Fully appreciate the comfort.
Comfortably secluded in a beautiful mountain region.
Perfect little getaway!!
The views are spectacular!! A more beautiful view simply cannot be found for the price. The cottage is completely private, no neighbors to worry about. It is conveniently located in Balsam and a short drive from Waynesville, Maggie Valley and Cherokee. The cottage is immaculate and comfortably sleeps 4. I plan to book this cottage again!