Private Classy/Rustic adjoins Cherokee Nat Forest


Entire cabin hosted by Desaree

  1. 2 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 1 bed
  4. 1 bath
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A quiet little get away on the edge of the Cherokee National Forest. It’s an experience...not just a place to sleep! =)

The space
🌟NEW!!! 50 amp charger!
(It’s not in front of the cabin, but beside the big barn.)

🌟HUGE PARKING LOT in case you are pulling a trailer or camper! (The parking lot is gravel and won’t be perfectly level.)

🌟Checkin is anytime after 3pm
There’s no time too late after 3:00pm for you to come in.
🌟Checkout is at 11:00am.

Please read the entire ad for house rules and directions.😊

🔴Because of my lung diseases, we do not allow any animals whatsoever. I have a medical exemption for this reason.

We do not provide body soap, shampoo, nor conditioner. We only provide hand soap.

Please check your messages in the app before your arrival. We change the key box codes every once in a while. I will send you a message in the app of any new codes. Thank you 😊

🌟🌟We just installed a new heat/air system. It works by the white remote hanging by the bathroom door. The unit itself is hung at the ceiling by the clothes rack. It is very quiet. 😊
The snowflake on the remote means the air conditioner is on.
There are two settings for the fan in the unit…low and high. Be careful not to set the timer on the unit.

‼️We take your health and safety very serious!! Due to covid (and me being a retired nurse) we take extra precautions while cleaning! Being a “germaphobe” does have its perks.‼️

‼️To make it a true getaway, there is no tv nor wifi at the cabin. The best cell service is Verizon.‼️(if you need wifi, you can walk to the playground and access the “cottage” wifi. The password is Cottage115)

🌟🌟The app doesn’t show your phone number until you book, so there is no way I can contact you other than through the app until you book.

🌟🌟If you have any problem whatsoever at any time, day or night, while you are here, please let us know as soon as you notice the problem so we can make your stay more enjoyable. Please let me know by texting my phone, as messages through the app are sometimes delayed.

🌟If I happen not to get right back to you, I’m probably busy, but I will respond. Thank you for your patience.😊

‼️If you’d like to build a fire in the fire pit, there are bundles of firewood in the outhouse on the upper side of the big barn. There’s a box inside for you to put the money in for the wood. It is $5 per bundle. Please do not get wood from the woodshed. We use that to heat our home in the winter.
🔴 Before building a campfire, please check for area “burn bans” through the Forestry Service.

🌟🌟🌟We have purchased a set of comfy chairs to sit by the fire pit. They are in bags inside the closet door on the back of the cabin. Please return them to their bags and in the closet (dry) after each use.

🌟🌟🌟🌟NOW OPEN!!!!!
“The Loft” penthouse living quarters is now open!!!!
It’s on the 3rd floor of the big barn! (Full kitchen, bath, huge bedroom, washer/dryer.) Make your reservations today!!!

🌟🌟🌟🌟NOW OPEN!!!!!!!
“The Cottage” is a two bedroom, one full bath, washer and dryer, dish washer, open kitchen , dining and living room home on the property. (It’s the yellow house on the property.) Make your reservations today!!

‼️The playground is offered for your children to use anytime! There’s also the creek for those hot summer days for looking for craw-dads and salamanders!
⭐️Playground quiet hours are 10pm-9am.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️We provide a small propane grill. You will need to bring your own small green propane bottles.

The Legend of The Donkey...
Our Lord Jesus called for a young colt donkey to be brought to Him to ride through the streets. The donkey loved the Lord so much that when Jesus was taken to Galgotha, it followed Him there. As our Lord Jesus was crucified, the little donkey stood to the side and watched its loving Master’s torture. As Jesus took His last breath, the little donkey couldn’t stand to see Him die, so it turned to walk away and there the shadow of the cross lay on the little donkeys back and has been there ever since. The one way to tell a true donkey is that the cross is still there on it’s back.
Thank you God for sending Your only Son to die for me! Praise God!🙌🏻
(The donkeys will love all over you and the gray ones love hugs around their necks!)

A Watauga Lake kayak experience! If you’d like to kayak on Watauga Lake, I can take you to a private area or near the beach area on Watauga Lake, along with our 2 kayaks, drop off the kayaks and come back to get the kayaks when you’re ready to come back to the cabin. All you have to do is call or text me. You can stay as long as you’d like! This includes (to use) life jackets, beach towels, bottled water, a basic necessities bag and small first aid kit. This is offered for an additional $150 for two people/2 kayaks. (Tipping is much appreciated.) (October trips are limited to specific days only.)

We’ll hop in the Jeep one morning and I’ll take you to our favorite “secret” places in our area! I’ll take you to places like The Balds on Roan Mountain, the largest natural rhododendron garden in the world! We’ll stop by Elk River Falls, travel across Dennis Cove to our favorite little hidden gem, Frog Level where there is access to the Appalachian Trail, a creek, and a beautiful waterfall. Just this place is an area where you could explore all day long! We’ll travel across the mountain tops all day. An all day, top off the Jeep, riding through our gorgeous mountains all day long! It’s $200 for two people. Please let me know in advance if you’d like to take an all day adventure with me! I’ll even pack a picnic! (The last picnic I took was fresh Elk burgers, chips, drinks, and snack crackers/cookies, and during summer harvest season, I might take fresh old timey greasy beans, corn on the cob, and maybe sweet potatoes right out of the garden! I don’t take just sandwiches! Cold bottled water is included!)
(October excursions are limited to specific days.)(Tips are much appreciated!)

🌟🌟BIKE THE HISTORIC TWEETSIE RAILROAD TRAIL🌟🌟There is a bike rental company in Elizabethton on this end of the trail and one in Johnson City where you can rent bikes to ride the historic Tweetsie Trail. You’ll have to look up the history on it. It was once a vital piece of our town.
There’s beautiful scenery and lots of interesting places to stop along the way and explore. There are even restaurants along the way to eat at. We are only 2.3 miles from the trailhead here in Elizabethton! The entire trail is approximately 17 miles!

🌟🌟🌟🌟Please understand that this is a working farm. You will see bees here. They are not in over abundance. We keep nests torn down and we spray the cabin, cottage and the barn. Bees are supposed to be here. They pollinate our crops. If they’re we’re no bees, we’d have no fruits or vegetables. You will see bees, but they’re not aggressive unless you mess with them. If you are from a city, you probably aren’t used to seeing bees. You will see them here.

By my instruction, you will create a beautiful piece of art, worthy of hanging!! I provide all the materials for your experience. Paintings will be based on seasonal and farm items and backgrounds. We might be painting a donkey, a horse, a peacock, a turkey, a deer, or something for Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Fall, Spring, Summer or Winter. The class is generally two hours. You may BYOB. We’ll have a great time creating a wonderful piece of art worthy of hanging!!!!! The painting classes are $75 per person. This is especially great for a drab, rainy day! You will even get an original, signed print of our old cabin on the mountain back home in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. (I’m a ole Crackers Neck gal!)

I am a lifetime artist working in several mediums. I have rappelled from the tops of water towers to paint logos on them. When I was in 8th grade, I started co-teaching high school art. I have designed record labels for companies. I have painted many portraits for folks. I have painted murals in many businesses and homes. I was the residential artist in Burt Reynolds home, “Tara”, in LoganviIlle, Georgia where I designed their logo and painted lifesize oil paintings to hang in the home. I have been teaching painting classes for more than 5 years.

If you drive into Hampton, when you get to the red light, look straight ahead. You’ll see the water tower where I painted the bulldog on. I repelled from the top and hung on the side to paint the mural. Just the bulldog itself is 12 feet long by 8 feet tall. (That was in 1997! It’s now starting to fade.)

What we’ll do...
Create a painting with me worthy of hanging! I’ll provide all the materials and step by step instructions so you’ll have a true work of art worthy to be hung by the time you’re finished. Feel free to BYOB. During the activity, you’ll learn some interesting facts and features about the area. You’ll also hear some very interesting and amusing stories from growing up in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Have you seen the movie?

Where we’ll be...
In the cooler months, we will be inside the wedding venue. In the warmer months, we’ll either be outside on the wedding venue property, or we’ll sit in the “corn crib”, the covered outdoor stage. Using the wedding venue inside will be limited if we have weddings going on. (October painting classes will be on specific days only.) (Tips are much appreciated.)

Would you like to learn how to pressure can fresh green beans?!
I will teach you how to pressure can your very own green beans!!
This is a dying art! Most people just buy cheap, processed, canned green beans in the grocery store. I raise my own “Ole Timey Greasy Beans”. You can’t find them in any grocery store. They are heirloom beans, which means that if you don’t save bean seeds to plant the following year, then the beans cease to exist. You must keep them going every year. I’ll teach you how to string and break beans, prep all your beans, jars, lids and your pressure canner. I’ll then teach you how to “can a run of beans”. I’ll even teach you how to “cook a mess” of beans. In this day and time, this knowledge is priceless!!!! To learn to pressure can the old fashioned way, it’s $100 per person and you’ll get to keep a quart of the green beans and a some seeds to start your own beans next season! (2022 green bean prices are $87 per bushel! That’s more than double what they were last year.) This is a day and a half process by the time you pick, string and break, prep everything, then can the beans. (You’ll only be stringing, breaking, and taught to prepare the beans, jars, lids, rings, pressure canner and how to operate/can a run of beans which will be an approximate 3 hour process.) All you will need is a pen and small notebook to take notes or you can even video the process. October canning days will be limited to specific days only.)(Tips are much appreciated!) This needs to be scheduled ahead of time for me to get beans, jars, lids, rings and the pressure canner ready.

THIS is a dying art! Not many people make homemade quilts anymore. I remember me and my grannie sitting in my dads living room in Big Stone Gap, Va, (Crackers Neck area if you’ve seen the movie) in front of a huge fireplace with a fire, quilting until 3 or 4 in the morning. Grannie got to where she couldn’t see to thread her needle so I’d have to. She had 14 kids and there was never a dull moment. There’s even a song about my dad and his brothers. It’s called “Saturday Night in Begleyville” by RidgeRoad Riders! While working on your quilt, you’ll get to hear some of the hilarious stories my grannie told me and some I witnessed myself, like using a quart jar of moonshine as a level while building the old cabin on the mountain. You’ll even get to take home a copy print of my original artwork of the old cabin. It’s gone now. Only the precious memories remain. My papaw died when I was two so grannie raised 13 on her own! And boy, alllll the stories! I will provide all the materials for you to make a small lap quilt. I’ll give you instructions, step by step, while I put one together to show you side by side. When your quilt is finished, you can frame it or just use it as a lap quilt. (We will be using a machine because by hand, it would take a couple of days working on it all day.) Making a homemade quilt is $100 per person. This needs to be scheduled ahead for me to get all the supplies ready.

‼️Due to my allergies to pet dander, no pets allowed. Thank you. If after you check in and we find that you have brought a pet, you will be billed $250 for a professional cleaner to clean the loft. I have asthma, sarcoidosis and I am highly allergic. When I go into a space where a pet has been, I can’t breathe and my eyes swell shut. Please, please no pets, period. (Also, donkeys will kill a dog or anything that gets in the fence with them.)‼️

‼️Due to my horrible allergies to smoke, a lung disease called Sarcoidosis and having asthma...please, please no smoking nor vaping in nor on the porch of the loft. Thank you so very much for not smoking. (Please no vaping inside the loft.) Thank you for respecting our property.) If after you leave, we smell smoke or vape scents in the loft, you will be charged a $250 professional fumigation fee. If I walk into a room where there’s been cigarette/cigar/vaping, my eyes and throat start to swell. It is a huge health risk for me. I can’t stress this enough. Please, please no smoking/vaping.‼️

‼️Please note, if after you leave, the key is not returned, you will be charged $250 for a new lock system to be installed by a professional. Please return the key to the key lock box. Each time you open or close the lock box, you have to enter the code.‼️

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What this place offers

Mountain view
Valley view
Free driveway parking on premises
EV charger - level 2, tesla only
Central air conditioning
Private patio or balcony
Private backyard – Not fully fenced
Luggage dropoff allowed
Hair dryer
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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Where you’ll be

Elizabethton, Tennessee, United States

The cabin sits on the upper portion of our 34 acre farm just at the edge of the woods.

Our farm borders the Cherokee National Forest and is on a dead end road. Our farm is on a mountain at the 2,500 foot elevation mark, allowing us to have more snow in the winter months. Our farm is just one and a half miles from Highway 19-E in Elizabethton, Tennessee. We are right in the middle of many attractions in our area.

The Appalachian Trail is only 10 minutes away and can be accessed from Shook Branch parking lot at Watauga Lake or at Little Wilbur Dam on our side of the mountain. Watauga Lake has many attractions with fishing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, boat and paddleboard rentals and is only 10 minutes away.

It's only 10 minutes to the Laurel Falls trailhead.

Its only 5 minutes from our famous hometown Stateline Drive-In Theater, open seasonally.

It's only 20-30 minutes from Bristol Motor Speedway.

It's only 45 minutes to an hour to snow skiing in the Western North Carolina mountains.

Its only one and a half hours from Dollywood in Pigeon Forge. It’s only two hours from Cherokee Indian Reservation where the casino is.

It's 15-20 minutes from Johnson City. It's 10-15 minutes to downtown Elizabethton where grocery stores and the shopping district are.

There is a car show downtown Elizabethton in “the old part” of town every Saturday night throughout the summer months. This is on East Elk Avenue.

🌟Painting class by me
🌟Jeep Excursion by me
🌟Learn to can green beans
🌟Kayak rental by me
🌟Bike Tweetsie Trail by me
🌟Make a homemade quilt by me
🌟Twisting/Compression Falls
🌟Laurel Falls
🌟Blue Hole (water falls)
🌟Beauty Spot Gap
🌟Roan Mountain (Balds)
🌟Roan Mountain State Park
🌟Sycamore Shoals State Park
🌟Caving in Erwin/Unicoi County
🌟Appalachian Trail
🌟Bike the Tweetsie Trail
🌟Please schedule your activities through the app. If you have trouble with scheduling, please let me know and I will help you.

FOOD: If you’re looking for the BEST, most authentic Thai food, then you must go to Thai AM in Hampton. It’s a very small restaurant with the only cook being our friend, Wanta. Her husband Dave and their friend Berta helps out. She’s only open on certain weekend evenings, and if you don’t order early, you won’t get food. (She’s only open 4pm-8pm when she’s open.) This is a hidden treasure of a restaurant by locals who love Thai! She also only opens in the warmer months. She goes home to Thailand in the winter. If you’re looking for a true homemade breakfast with real brown gravy and biscuits fixed the old timey way, then our friend Lisa at The Laurel Fork in Hampton is the place to go! She also has daily specials and if you’re lucky to be here on a Wednesday, you’ll love the bbq boneless pork ribs! But order early! (By 4:00) They run out quick! If you're looking for good pizza in our area, we suggest Jiggy Rays Downtown Pizzeria...ask for "The Gobble Gobble" if you want an unforgettable turkey sub! If it's BBQ you're yearning for, check out Big Dan's BBQ. There's also The Escape Room downtown for those on a search for a bit of mystery and fun with a little of our area history thrown in! The second weekend of June, The Covered Bridge Days is a celebration you don't want to miss. Little Wilbur Dam is only 10 minutes away and features Observation Knob with a gorgeous panoramic view of the lake and mountains. You'll find a very interesting history to the lake inside the observatory at the point. The mountains seem to rise straight up out of the lake. Watauga Lake is just on the other side of our mountain. In the fall months, the leaves are the brightest on our mountain because the cool air from Watauga Lake comes over the ridge. Watch for all the wildlife while driving on area roads.

Hosted by Desaree

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I am a breast cancer survivor. I was given 3 months to live in 2009. I give all glory to God, our heavenly Father! I have a husband (Curtis), a son, a daughter, a son in law, a grandson and a granddaughter. They are my world. My husband and I host barn weddings. The barn is actually a wedding venue with indoor restrooms and a full kitchen. I pride myself on my kitchen state health score of 100%!
My husband and I own and operate a seasonal corn maze, Beck Mountain Corn Maze, here on our farm the month of October every year. We have 2 haunted attractions every Friday and Saturday night in October. The cabin sits above the barn and has an amazing view of the beautiful Northeast Tennessee mountains. We do mountain hay rides and sometimes host fundraisers, company, and family functions. We also raise cattle. Our farm is an actual working farm.
I am an artist what time I'm not working here. Painting is my passion and I've rappelled from the top of water towers to paint murals on them. I am from Big Stone Gap, Virginia, but I call Tennessee my home sweet home. When you visit with us, we expect you to make yourself at home. By the time you leave, you just might feel like part of our family!

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Be blessed!! =)
I am a breast cancer survivor. I was given 3 months to live in 2009. I give all glory to God, our heavenly Father! I have a husband (Curtis), a son, a daughter, a son in law, a gra…


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During your stay

We are always available for whatever you need. We live on the lower part of the property. We like to give guests their space, but we can be of service at anytime. In October we operate a corn maze here on the farm. You can check it out by searching Beck Mountain Corn Maze. Guests are always welcome to hike the property. Watauga Lake is on the other side of the mountain. During winter months, we sometimes have snow when our town doesn't because we are at the 2,500 ft elevation mark. We have all 4 seasons here and each is beautiful in it's own way.
We are always available for whatever you need. We live on the lower part of the property. We like to give guests their space, but we can be of service at anytime. In October we ope…

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Check-in: 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

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