I cannot describe how great this chalet is, but I will do my best. I rented this chalet because I wanted a peaceful retreat away from people and traffic and all of the noise that comes with both - and this chalet delivered. Let's begin - to access this beauty, you must drive a few miles up a two lane road winding through the mountain forest until the paved road turns into a gravel road, and then up another 1.5 miles. Don't let the gravel road intimidate those of you without a 4 wheel drive - the road is in great shape and very drivable. I witnessed several cars driving up the road with absolutely no problems at all. The gravel road will wind you up along mountain creeks to this beautiful chalet nestled on the side of the mountain with a deck overlooking the splendor of the majestic Smokey Mountain skyline. On the deck awaits a heated softtub, barbecue grill, and patio table for outdoor meals. Lounging in the heated softtub was absolutely phenomenal while watching the sun set over the mountain skyline. In the back of the chalet is a firepit which also offers views of the mountain skyline. If that isn't enough, inside the living area of the chalet is a fantastic Ponderosa wood stove, which does a fabulous job of heating the entire living/dining area. Firewood is provided on-site in two seperate locations - the first location is outside the deck, and the second location is at the back of the house by the outdoor fire pit. The chalet has a beautiful kitchen boasting granite counters and slate rock tile floors. The chalet has three bedrooms - two on the main level and a loft-style master bedroom upstairs. There are two bathrooms - one adjacent to the master upstairs and another on the main floor equipped with a full size washer and dryer. There is a full size dining table to enjoy family meals. The kitchen comes equipped with all necessary dishes and utensils - just bring groceries! Groceries can be purchased a few minutes away in the charming historic town of Sylva. Make sure to stop by Pie Times in Sylva for a GREAT wood fired sourdough pizza!!! The Great Smokey Mountain National Park is only a 20-30 minute drive, and the town of Cherokee is also only a few minutes away. Don't forget - this chalet is pet friendly with a max of 2 dogs. I love this chalet - I am looking forward to my future visits!
It's in the perfect spot, only a few miles from town, but far enough away to have an incredible view of the stars at night and mountains in the morning. It's only about 5 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway with all of its overlooks and waterfalls, making it the perfect place for swimming and hiking. The chalet is also close to Cherokee, which has its own fun to offer, such as tubing, gem mining, and fireside Native-American storytelling (a must by the way). There is a guest book full of recommendations from other people who have visited the area as well. I didn't have a pen, but if I did, I would have suggested all of the above, plus mountain-side horseback riding at Queens in Maggie Valley. The owner is pleasant and readily available to take phone calls and answer questions. She also keeps the chalet stocked with dishware, towels, and other things you may have forgotten, making this a great place to eat in or just hang out. Morning coffee on the outside swing is amazing. I definitely hope to stay again.