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Granny's Mountain Retreat located in peaceful Cowee Valley.

Bedrooms 2
Space 880 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 story mountain cabin. Drive up entrance to both levels. King size bed downstairs with bathroom with shower and laundry room. Upstairs -- full kitchen with microwave, coffee pot, necessary utensils, dishes and pots and pans. Living area with couch, recliner, TV with Direct TV access, DVD player. Separate bedroom with queen size bed looking out sliding doors to the open deck. Bathroom with tub/shower. Total living space 960 sq. ft. Deck 16 X 27 ft and concrete porch below 15 X 24 ft. Entrance covered porch upstairs 6 X 20 ft. Firepit, gas grill, swings and picturesque mountain porch.

Harold & Marla Johnson
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

About Harold & Marla Johnson

We are a retired couple who moved to Franklin in 2005. Harold graduated from Sarasota High School and ran a construction business specializing in concrete work for 35 years; working exclusively on Boca Grande. He enjoys woodworking, recreating the beauty of an old building and has volunteered over the last 12 years just helping ministries and people in need. Marla is South Carolina girl and enjoys quilting and managing this property. Raised in a minister's home, she loves working with the church and being a part of the "family". They have travelled the world on many missionary endeavors. With 6 children, 11 grandchildren and 5 great grands, they enjoy the life that God has provided.

Harold & Marla Johnson purchased this cabin in 2005

Why Harold & Marla Johnson chose Franklin

We bought this property with 25 acres in 2005. This building was an old canning shed on the lower level and storage on the upper level. Marla's mother suggested that Harold make her a summer house out of this old building. Thus, Granny's Mountain Retreat was birthed. Read the rest of the story when you stay with us.

What makes this cabin unique

Cowee Valley is quiet and peaceful. It's a place where you can sit on your porch and watch the deer and turkey feed and hear the geese as they fly into the pond closeby. There are times that you can actually hear the creek rushing through the valley. It's an escape from the busyness of life and enjoy, relax and rest.


Franklin Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 880 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom upper level - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom lower level - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom lower level - 1 king
    Bedroom upper level - 1 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
There is a covered area that is great for group gatherings with a rustic outside kitchen. This area is called "the man cave" and is available at an additional cost. Also, there is an RV hookup for those who rent the cabin and need RVer friends and family to come along. This too is at an additional cost.


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Granny's Mountain Retreat located in peaceful Cowee Valley.
average rating of 4.878788 based on 33 reviews

Peaceful and Quite

  • 5 of 5

This cabin is beatiful. You walk in and feel like you are HOME! Could not have asked for anything more.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Loved our stay

  • 5 of 5

My family really loved our stay. The location is so nice, quiet and beautiful. The cabin was neat and it was really home away from home. We will definitely come back.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great time.

  • 5 of 5

This was the third time we have stayed here. Love this cabin and Marla and Harold. The cabin is great and the hosts go out of their way to make it so. We'll be back.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great place to relax

  • 5 of 5

Another fantastic stay at Granny's cabin with the nicest hosts in the mountains. Thanks again Marla and Harold.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Family stay

  • 5 of 5

Nice place kids loved it. Very accommodating and friendly owners. Hope to stay there again.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: When it's not raining, kids can enjoy the mountain swings and fire pit.
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The cabin was great,can't say a lot more about it.

  • 5 of 5

We have lived in the mountains for a number of years,then to Florida.We plan on moving back to the mountains,in the FRANKLIN AREA. It was good to talk to another Vet,who knows the people and the people at the local VA.,looking forward to seeing and talking with you very soon.Thank you for allowing us to stay at your cabin. Ted,Gloria,Beth and Mel.



  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's true! The Franklin area is a great place to come back to! So good to share the benefits of the VA Clinic and any possible property for sale in the surrounding area.
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Clingmans Dome
Newfound Gap
Nantahala Outdoor Center
Caffe Rel
Historic Downtown Franklin
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
Unto These Hills
Newfound Gap (Appalachian trail)
Cades Cove
Nantahala Gorge
Dry Falls
Tail of the Dragon
Blue Ridge Parkway Entrance
Dillard House
Deep Creek Tube Centre & Campground
Anna Ruby Falls
Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
Fly Fishing the Smokies
Glen Falls
Oconaluftee Indian Village
The Factory - Franklin
Gazebo Creekside Cafe
Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Asheville NC
Car: necessary

Waterfalls, Fun Factory, Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts; 10 minutes from Highway 28 known for its curves and dips; snow tubing at Sky Valley and Maggie Valley; NOC whitewater rafting




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $40
Refundable damage deposit $75
Tax Rate 9.75%

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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