If you are looking to "unplug", unwind, relax, slow down, and enjoy a little taste of country living, you can do all of that in my log home. With the treat of visiting the mountains of Western Carolina as an added bonus.
I want you to enjoy your vacation and visit to the mountains. I don't want the house vacant and I need to make ends meet like everyone. So the rate will stay low as long as everyone follows the rules and takes care of my home. Bring your clothes and groceries. Pots/pans, silverware, and other kitchen essentials are supplied. This is a 28x36 handcrafted rustic log home consisting of three levels.(Absolutely no smoking inside). The finished walk out basement has two 14”ICF walls and two 8” walls. The basement level consists of one full bath, one large bedroom(no bed), one large living area (24x18), and one storage area (At this time there is no bed in this room, feel free to bring an air mattress). There are two exits, one sliding door, and one French patio door. The main floor consists of kitchen, dining room, half bath, laundry room, and living area (24x18). Full size natural logs are exposed in the kitchen/dining area and serve as the floor joist for the master bedroom. A large natural cedar post is the support for the upper landing off the master bedroom. A handcrafted half log staircase leads to the master bedroom. The large master bedroom has a walk-in closet and a pebble stone walk-in shower. A large deck allows for peaceful sitting and views. A note about the bathrooms, the main level and master bath do not have doors. If privacy is a big deal, please go down to the basement, close and lock the door!
All trim throughout the house is rough sawn hemlock lumber, all beams are exposed, and ceilings are 2x6 T&G. The home is well insulated with blown in cellulose (8” walls in basement, 6” walls in master bedroom. The roof is 9” SIP panels covered with galvalume. The exterior walls of the master bedroom are covered with Nichiha fiber concrete siding cedar plank look. The railing for the stairs and outside deck has cedar top and bottom rails, and locust with bark on pickets. The railing for the master bedroom is hand hewn white cedar logs. The main level is 8x8 square hemlock logs.
The home is heated with a Lennox signature series 3 ton heat pump zoned for the main level and basement. The master bedroom has a ½ ton mini-split heat pump unit. A wood pellet stove is located on the main floor for a secondary source of heat. You really must see this home to appreciate the craftsmanship, the privacy of the location, and ease of access. Within 7 miles of Franklin, NC and 5 miles to Dillard, GA, lots of local scenery, hiking, antique malls, and much more.
The driveway is NOT motorcycle friendly, it is slightly steep incline with loose gravel. I drive my Prius up and down with no problem. I tell people just "put your foot in the gas and go like you mean it"
AND yes the house is for sale!
You will have access to the whole house! There is no WI-FI, but cell reception on major carriers is generally good, Verizon works best.
Interaction with Guests
You most likely won't see me, but I will be available by phone, text, and/or email.
I have always lived in the country, and this little spot caught my eye due to the seclusion, but at the same time close to the town, or large cities were a short drive.
You will have to drive everywhere, but walks on Middle Creek aren't bad.
Other Things to Note
Please read all of the details of the house guide. I have tried to anticipate all questions, but I am still learning.
The house will be vacant during your stay. Absolutely NO SMOKING inside the house. This is my home, treat it better than your own. Feel free to look around the house and ask questions. I built the house myself with the help of subcontractors and day laborers. If you get it out, put it back, if you dirty it clean it. The kitchen is yours to use, please feel free to use my recipe books and spices. Put all dirty linens and towels in the washer on the main level and start it before your departure, if your time permits put them in the dryer. Same with dishes, wash them by hand or place in dishwasher and start it. A charcoal grill is available bring charcoal and lighter fluid. A bird feeder is on the bedroom deck, please feel free to put out bird seed. I love sitting in bed watching the cardinals, Carolina chick-a-dees, nuthatch, and others. Pets are welcome, just clean up after them.
What a beautiful cabin and comfy bed! We packed a cooler and grilled out on the patio which was lovely. But there is a grocery store near as well as lots of cute shops. We detoured out to dry falls which was one of her recommendations and was well worth the scenic trip. Lots of good hiking in the area. Would definitely recommend.
Love this rustic, yet seemingly majestic cabin of Charlotte's. Went away row a refreshing weekend and got all that and more. Cannot wait to find the good fortune and stay here again.
This beautiful cabin was exactly as described. My girlfriend and I spent a lovely Easter vacation here with her 2 year old daughter. We made a great Easter dinner with food from the local Ingles supermarket which was in the same shopping center as our hosts dinner recommendation of Fat Buddies which was delicious as well. We visited local waterfalls including the paved Dry Falls you can walk behind, went gem mining, took our car up a mountain to the Wayah Bald Look Out Tower, and spent every evening enjoying the view from the master bedroom porch after the little one was fast asleep from the days fun. It rained two nights and the porch was a perfect spot to watch the storm roll in and listen to the rain. We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay and our little one loved Charlotte's home as well.
The cabin was a great space for a relaxing vacation for my husband, my son and me. It was close enough to the Appalachian trail that we went and hiked a portion of it one day. Other days we checked out the many gorgeous waterfalls in the area, did some antiquing, chatted with a knowledgeable weaver in Franklin, drove to Asheville and visited Biltmore and the Folk Art Center. Even in mid-March the signs of spring just awakening made this a great trip. As others have said, the driveway up is a challenge. But once to the top, you arrive at a wonderful log cabin ensconced with trees. We were comfortable and had a good week!
PROS: My partner, Jared, and I are small business owners. We have limited funds and even less time, but really needed a place to escape to for the weekend. We loved staying here. We loved that there was no cell phone reception and no internet. We totally unplugged and relaxed in quiet, which is something we both desperately needed. We brought our small doggie and she slept the day away in the sunshine pouring in from all the huge windows in the cabin.
Charlotte had a ton of analog maps near the door that showcased all the waterfalls in the area. We loved that and thought it was a really nice touch. Our normal lives are jam packed every minute and we had ZERO time to research the area before we came. Without internet or cell reception we definitely wouldn't have found such cool places without the maps she left. We spent a whole day exploring the area and really fell in love with how beautiful Otto/Franklin/Highlands are.
We ate most of our meals on the gorgeous porch, soaking in the sun and nice weather.
Everything was clean, well laid out, and comfortable. Dish TV for late night zoning out, maps by the door for day exploring, peace and quiet all of the time. There is literally nothing more you need.
You're entering someone else's home. It's not a hotel, but that's part of the charm. It has a feeling of normalcy and warmth. We are so grateful to have been able to come here and at a price we could afford. We'll definitely be back!
NOTE ABOUT THE ROAD UP: From the other reviews it sounds like a lot of people didn't drop their car's gear down to ONE when climbing the hill. We have a Honda Fit, great on gas but only great for city driving. Drop your gear down to one, floor it, and even the smallest of cars will make it up the driveway. No problems here! Even after a muddy almost-spring-rain.
Charlotte's cabin was amazing. We really enjoyed staying there. We didnt have any phone signals but that wasn't an issue for us as we had planned our days before getting there. Charlotte answered every emails within 5 minutes of me sending them, that was outstanding. She has notes in the cabin to help each guests get accommodated. The cabin is quite large and is basically 3 levels with the bedroom on top, living room/kitchen on the first and an extra bedroom downstairs; every little details of the cabin was thoughtful, loved it. Our dog really enjoyed the cabin and sitting on the porchs admiring the views and cool weather. The view from the cabin is amazing, we wished we had better weather but that has nothing to do with the host. We definitely want to come back either in fall with the beautiful colors or when everything is covered with snow.
I stayed at Charlotte's cabin for a few nights with my dog, and it was spectacular! The location was great - perfect if you want some seclusion, but still close enough to several small towns and hiking spots. The cabin itself is amazing and the amount of hard work that was put into it really shines through. There are little notes around the house letting you know how to work various things, which came in handy, and I had no troubles.
Charlotte is a wonderful hostess. Although I was unable to meet her, she was very responsive to my messages and really went out of her way to make my stay as comfortable as possible.
I have recommended this place to all of my friends and I will definitely be staying here again!
My job, scattered friends and family, keep me busy and on the road a lot. I have the pleasure of living in the one place I consider my favorite place to travel, and I would like to share it with everyone. I grew up on the Northwest Gulf Coast of Florida.