The Cottage House/Adjoins Cherokee Nat Forest


Farm stay hosted by Desaree

  1. 4 guests
  2. 2 bedrooms
  3. 2 beds
  4. 1 bath
Dedicated workspace
A private room with wifi that’s well-suited for working.
Self check-in
Check yourself in with the lockbox.
Free cancellation before Mar 21.


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It’s an experience! Not just a place to stay!!!!!!

The space
🌟NEW 50 amp car charger.
(It is beside the big barn.)

🌟HUGE parking lot in case you are pulling a boat, trailer or a camper. (It is a gravel parking lot.)

🌟🌟This is a brand new space so please be patient with my editing of the description as we continually add additional items and updates to the cottage house. We are trying to do some renovations between guests’ bookings. Please be patient with us as we are updating a Classic 1970’s Ranch style home.

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

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

Please check your messages in the app just before your arrival for any new information you may need. Thank you 😊

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

‼️Please do not use bath bombs in the tub. They stain it really bad.

⭐️Please do not download nor delete any apps on the tv. If you access/download any movies, apps, etc. that cost money….you will be charged for it.

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

🔴Please do not throw away any pots or pans out of the kitchen! If you “burn them up”, they are still cleanable! Just let us know and we will take care of it. (If you throw away pots or pans, you will be charged for a new set.)

🌟🌟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. Messages through the app are sometimes delayed.🌟🌟

‼️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.‼️

🌟The wifi you’ll connect to is Cottage. The Wifi 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 I happen not to get right back to you, I’m probably on the mower, tractor or bobcat. But I will respond. Thank you for your patience.😊

🌟To get to me quickly, please text my phone at the number provided. Sometimes the app has delayed messages which won’t get to me quickly. Thank you.

‼️The playground is for your children to play anytime!😊
Quiet hours for the playground are 10pm-9am.

🌟🔴🌟🔴🌟Please note that due to the home losing heat too quickly and birds and bats getting in the chimney, (bird and bat poo puts you at risk for several breathing diseases and your health and safety is number one to us) we’ve had to cover the it is not usable. I am so sorry.🌟🔴🌟🔴🌟

‼️If you are building a fire outside at the fire pit, there are bundles of wood in the outhouse on the upper side of the barn. They are $5 per bundle and there’s a box inside to leave your money. The wood in the woodshed is what we use to heat our home in the winter. Thank you 😊

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!🙌🏻

A Watauga Lake kayak experience! If you’d like to kayak on Watauga Lake, I will take you to the beach area on Watauga Lake, along with our 2 kayaks, drop you off and come back to get you when you’re ready to come back to the cabin. 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. 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. I’ll even take a picnic. The last lunch I packed fresh Elk burgers, chips, snack crackers/cookies. I don’t just throw sandwiches together. In the summer harvest season, I might take ole timey greasy beans, fresh corn on the cob, and sweet potatoes right out of the garden. Please let me know in advance if you’d like to take an all day adventure with me! (Cold bottled water is included!)
(October trips are limited to specific days only.)

Theres a bike rental shop in Elizabethton and at the trail head in Johnson City. You’ll be biking the historic Tweetsie Trail that 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.

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!

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.

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 on the front balcony of the third floor loft apartment overlooking the beautiful northeast Tennessee mountains. Using the wedding venue and loft will be limited if we have weddings going on.
(October painting classes are limited to specific days only.)

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 few seeds to start your own beans next season! This is a day and a half process by the time you pick, string and break, prep everything, then can the beans. (October canning days are limited to specific days only.)
(Beans this year are over $80 per bushel. That’s more than double what they were last year.)

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.

Feel free to hike the entire 33 acre property. Our farm adjoins the Cherokee National Forest. You can hike over the line if you’d like. There is a creek behind the red hay shed. If you cross the creek there, you can follow the creek to the top of the mountain where the two springs come right out of the ground! (I’d pack a machete for the thickets.) That’s the best water you’ll ever drink in your life! We actually have a line running to our house from which we get fresh spring water. (The Cottage House is on city water.)

Please note, we do have different wildlife in our area. Turkey are abundant here, since we don’t allow hunting on the property. Deer are also in the area. We also have black bear here. You may catch a glimpse of one, but I promise...they are more afraid of you than you are of them. A bear can smell your scent from a mile away and they usually steer clear of people.

🌟🌟🌟🌟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 cottage, cabin and the barn loft. 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.

🌟We sometimes host weddings in the big barn wedding venue. On the night of the wedding (usually a Saturday night) there will be music in the barn, possibly until 11:00pm. Usually it subsides earlier because their time in the barn ends at 11pm, so they usually begin cleanup way before then. From the cottage, you don’t hear a lot during a wedding, as the cottage is across the road from the venue.

🌟Please be aware of the electric fence.

We have cattle, donkeys, and miniature horses. The donkeys, absolutely love people!!!!! They are the sweetest natured animals we have. They will love all over you if you pet them. The white miniature donkey is Angel. The miniature gray donkey is Tucker. The full size gray one is Myrtle. If you sit on the ground, they’ll surround you and Angel will almost sit in your lap wanting you to scratch her rear end. =D
My favorite is Tucker. He’s my biggest baby and the sweetest of any of them.
My big black cow, Annabelle is another big baby. I bottle fed her from when she was three days old until she was weaned and she’s very gentle. If you pet her, just watch that you don’t get in the way of her head swinging around to swat flies off her back. She’s got some real force with that swing.

There is a fire pit in front of the barn, if you’d like to roast hotdogs or s’mores. We do have bundles of firewood for sale for $5 per bundle, or your more than welcome to bring your own. The firewood is in the “outhouse” above the barn. It sits just at the back of the big barn. There’s a box hanging inside. You can leave your money in there. We just ask that you not start a fire on a windy day, nor leave the fire unattended. We prefer you stay with the fire until it almost burns out with no embers flying in the smoke or air. Please do not pour water over the fire to put it out. It will bust the concrete pad underneath. Thank you for respecting our property. 🔴Please check for area “burn bands” before you start a fire.

We hope you enjoy yourself while you’re here and that you leave refreshed and renewed. We hope you have a very blessed stay with us! We want you to make yourselves at home!

If you need anything at all, please let me know (by text to get to me the quickest) and I’ll do all I can to make your stay more enjoyable.

Thank you and God bless you and your family! =)

🌟There is a new fire tv. The wifi you’ll connect to is cottage.
Password: Cottage115

🌟There is a starter roll of toilet paper in the bathroom.

‼️Please dispose of sanitary items into the trash can. Please do not flush anything but toilet paper down the toilet. Please do not flush “flushable wipes” down the toilet. They do not break down and they clog the sewage system.

🌟We provide liquid hand soap only. We do not provide bath soap nor shampoo.

🌟All comforters, blankets, sheets, towels and couch covers are washed before each guest arrives. We do not reuse comforters or blankets between guests.

🌟🌟When you shower, please be sure all the shower curtains are inside the tub.

We are always available for whatever you need. We live on the lower part of the property in the solid rock house. We like to give guests their space, but we can be of service at anytime. 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.

‼️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 cottage. 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 cottage. Thank you so very much for not smoking. (Please no vaping inside the cottage.) Thank you for respecting our property.) If after you leave, we smell smoke or vape scents in the cottage, 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.‼️

🌟🌟🌟🌟Please note that you are going to be staying on a working farm, so you will be seeing and experiencing things that are on the farm.

Place all dirty dishes in the dishwasher and put the dishwasher detergent in the place indicated inside the dishwasher. The detergent is under the sink. Please start the dishwasher.
Place all trash in the kitchen trash can. Just leave it there.
Place all wet towels in the basket inside the bathroom closet.
No need to strip beds. We do that.
Place the key back in the lock box. You close the box by punching in the code (6814) then pull the silver knob and push the door closed.
Have a safe trip home!😊

The cottage 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. 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 35-45 minutes to snow skiing in the Western North Carolina mountains.

It's 15-20 minutes from Johnson City.

It's 5-10 minutes (5 miles) to downtown Elizabethton where grocery stores and the shopping district are.

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

🌟Painting class by me
🌟Jeep Excursion by me
🌟Learn to can green beans
🌟Kayak rental by me
🌟Make a homemade quilt by me
🌟Bike Tweetsie Trail
🌟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 want a home cooked supper, see Nancy at Nancy’s Kitchen! It’s soooo good! Tell her we sent you!

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 in Elizabethton, or if you want a scenic drive…head up to Highlander’s BBQ! It is delicious!!!

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 5-10 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.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed

What this place offers

Mountain view
Valley view
Dedicated workspace
Free parking on premises
52" HDTV with Netflix, Fire TV
EV charger
Free washer – In unit
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

7 nights in Elizabethton

Mar 22, 2023 - Mar 29, 2023

4.87 out of 5 stars from 167 reviews


Where you’ll be

Elizabethton, Tennessee, United States

Please see description for information. Thank you!

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!

Live today on purpose and...
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 realize that you are on vacation, so we like to give you space, but…we are here anytime, day or night, if you should need anything at all. Please don’t hesitate to call or text either myself (Desie) at 423-543-1045 or Curtis at 423-747-1190.
We realize that you are on vacation, so we like to give you space, but…we are here anytime, day or night, if you should need anything at all. Please don’t hesitate to call or text…

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House rules

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

Health & safety

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Nearby lake, river, other body of water
May encounter potentially dangerous animal
Climbing or play structure

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