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Designer rustic retreat, close to hiking, swimming, golf-perfect family getaway!

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 4,000 sq ft
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

6 Bedroom/4.5 bath Lodge, sleeps 12, less than 5 minutes to Lonesome Valley

Here's the story of the Mountain House....

In 2012, two travelers were looking for a vacation home in the gorgeous mountains of Cashiers ...when they stumbled across a house that just had so much promise waiting to be realized. They could see it....extended families gathering for vacations, birthdays, anniversaries...spending precious time together. Or perhaps headed to the mountains for a picture perfect wedding at nearby Lonesome Valley, High Hampton, Sawyer Family Farm or Cullasaja Club...where everyone can breakfast together or cook a great dinner, and have an evening glass of wine on the porch, or watch a movie. Something beautiful but comfortable, upscale but not forbidding, convenient to all those places yet with a secluded feel.

And then we found this house. Beautiful and beam architecture...plenty of room for a family or group of friends, it was perfect. So 3 new hvac systems, 1 new roof, 6 months designing interiors later....and there you are. If you read the reviews, they tell the story.

As longtime VRBO fans ourselves, we furnished this house to be the place we always look for, but rarely found. Mountain rustic...(modern mountain if you will), with designer details, antiques and a refined casual vibe thrown in for a lovely eclectic mix. This craftsman style, genuine post and beam house has heart of pine hardwood and slate floors throughout - no carpet. Whole house Google wifi, HD tvs with Netflix and Amazon streaming.

Not to name drop - ok, maybe just a bit - when actor Josh Brolin and his gorgeous Atlanta bride decided on Cashiers as the place for their 2016 Lonesome Valley wedding, it was quite the event. Matt Damon, La Streisand and many more in attendance. The bride's family chose the Mountain House as their wedding abode, which we took as a real compliment.. our little moment in the spotlight!

So what's so great about the Mountain House? We wanted amazing mattresses and linens, a kitchen with everything you need, not just a bit of it. Down comforters to snuggle in, big soft sofas, tons of tall windows to let in loads of light, surrounded by trees and rhododendrons.

Dog friendly, check... just let us know Fido is coming (treats in store!).

Cleanliness: It is top on our priority list, as it is for most travelers. We have a top notch cleaning team, and you can be assured your vacation getaway is clean, top to bottom.

Convenience: It's also important to us and our guests to be close to the supermarket, hiking, waterfalls, restaurants, and shops. While still secluded and pastoral, the Mountain House is just minutes to all these things.

Detailing: It's here, in every room, not just some of them. And it's just one thing that sets the Mountain House(and its baby sister, the Hobbit House - #655938) apart. All the rooms are unique, with great accents, from the ten foot antique French workbench coffee table in front of the fireplace to cool art throughout the house.

Family perfect: Aren't most of us looking for the place that can make can those family memories? Birthdays, anniversaries, reunions, holidays....the occasions that make you realize that time together is the gift that never wears out.

Space for everyone! The great room is perfect for family confabs in front of the soaring 24 foot rock fireplace...great in the winter season or on chilly summer nights(and a second, lovely living area downstairs)...plenty of seating to chat, or watch movies.

Family dining: A huge rustic trestle dining table that seats 10 to 12 easily, anchors the dining room. A large antique buffet against the wall for serving that gourmet dinner. Right by the screened porch is the open porch, where you can dine al fresco with your family and guests at a huge 10 foot table, enjoying the gorgeous summer weather in the mountains.

Cooking: The fully stocked, gourmet kitchen has beautiful soapstone countertops and farmhouse sink, TWO ovens (heaven for the cook), and a Dacor 5-burner gas cooktop...and everything you need to prepare and serve an amazing family meal. Beautiful dishes and serving ware, family size slow cooker, electric kettle, Bonavita coffee maker, blender, Cuisinart pots and pans, spices and cooking basics.

Relaxation: Sure, we all love togetherness (most of the time), but we also need some alone time, right? Try the screened porch, where I promise you'll spend a lot of time. The large daybed swing with tons of pillows and a foam mattress is the best place imaginable for reading or naps...and you may even sleep there one night! There are plenty of getaway spots for quiet moments.

Six bedrooms: Three bedrooms on the main level: 1 king, 2 queens, with 2-1/2 baths (both with heated stone floors). Upstairs are 2 more guest bedrooms (1 queen and 2 twins) that share the hall bath. The 6th bedroom is a king on the lower level, very private, with glass doors and windows onto the back garden with lots of rhododendrons. It also has a full bathroom with heated stone floors and a seating area outside for your morning coffee!!

Laundry: Yep, it happens, even on vacation. But here it's easy...a beautiful (yes, it can be) laundry/mud room just off the kitchen, and a side entrance (great place to unload groceries)...with top of the line front loading washer and dryer, prep sink area just off the kitchen, and a lovely summer herb garden just outside the door.

No TV struggle: A lovely 2nd family room with HDTV is on the lower level, with big windows, built in bookshelves, mini-fridge and sink...and a game room with foosball and ping-pong. Game on!

More s'mores! No problem. Just outside is a new boulder firepit with cedar Adirondack chairs perfect for a chilly mountain night and we have long, stainless marshmallow roasters!

Location: The Mountain House is located in a lovely, gated neighborhood just behind the Country Club of Sapphire Valley...a wooded, gentle, level road for walking, biking or driving (not so far out and up hairpin twist roads you think twice about going anywhere). Snow is cleared by the neighborhood assoc. in the winter, as is our driveway.

Activities: Done, and done. The Sapphire Resort facilities with indoor and outdoor pools, winter ski slopes (great fun!), exercise room, playground, two hot tubs and saunas, and massage...literally just down the street, and beautiful Fairfield Lake just down the road with canoes and paddleboards. You have access for a small daily fee.

Hiking, waterfalls, golf, fishing,'s all here. We're also very close to several top notch restaurants, including the famous Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley, which is 5 minutes away.

Baby, oh baby: You won't have to pack all your baby gear! We have a wonderful Four Moms Breeze Pack and Play, a Cybex stroller, Phil & Ted's lobster high chair, a new exer-saucer and vibrating baby rocker for your convenience.

More Details

Donna H Paulson
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2018

About Donna H Paulson

Thank you for your interest in our private retreat in the mountains of North Carolina! After traveling the globe for 20 plus years for the tv biz...I have had the pleasure of seeing some of the world's best. But Cashiers is the spot that stopped me in my tracks. It's the perfect place to reflect, regain your senses and relax. The Mountain House and its little sister, the Hobbit House (655938) are for those who appreciate the outdoors, a beautiful setting and family time. Warning: you may never want to leave!

Donna H Paulson purchased this lodge in 2012

Why Donna H Paulson chose Sapphire

Its secluded feel but convenient location....the Mountain House offers privacy and greenery, but is 5 minutes to great shopping and restaurants...the perfect balance.

Beautiful four seasons a year, the area truly offers something for everyone, no matter what your interests.

What makes this lodge unique

Tranquility. Rest. Relaxation. Balance. Fun.

Our goal is to provide you with the perfect family vacation!


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation lodge rental in Sapphire, North Carolina

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 10:30 AM
  • /
  • Check-out: 3:30 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please load and start the dishwasher when you leave, and remove garbage and recycling to garage, making sure door from garage to outside is UNlocked.
  • Please set thermostats to 59 in winter, 80 in summer. Close and lock windows.
  • If you bring your dog, let us know....there is a pet fee for the cleaner. Plus we ask you use the provided dog sheets if they get on the furniture.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Heated stone floors
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Double vanity, walk in slate shower, heated floors.
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , Heated stone floors
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • master bath with separate shower and jacuzzi tub, two guest baths all with stone floors...
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king
  • two king, 3 queens, 2 twins...We also have a blow up pillow top mattress available.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 3 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Indoor Pool
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Additional housekeeping can be arranged if desired.


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average rating of 4.9863014 based on 73 reviews

Beautiful and accommodating

  • 5 of 5

Donna thank you so much for opening up your home. We were greeted with a bottle of wine, chocolate cake and treats for the dog. Although the weather didn’t permit us to go into town and look around, there was more than enough things to do at the house. Ping pong, fooseball, movies and games. Plenty of room for 7 adults 3 babies and 2 dogs. I would definitely love to rent your home again.

  • Submitted: 14-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Greenville, SC

Loved every minute in this house!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for our second year in a row and had a great time! The house is so cozy and accommodating. The whole family had a blast... we skied, tubed and enjoyed the indoor pool. Thanks again and we will be back soon!

  • Submitted: 11-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Greensboro, NC

A wonderful house.

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed here several times and have always loved it!

  • Submitted: 26-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Multi-Family Vacation/Intimate Marriage Ceremony

  • 5 of 5

My now-husband and I, along with both of our immediate families, stayed here for a week in February for a combined family vacation/marriage ceremony. The house was spacious enough for both families to enjoy without feeling crowded. The game room provided plenty of entertainment. The house and surrounding area are gorgeous! We gathered everyone (plus a few more family members and close friends staying nearby) together on the back porch one afternoon and had our wedding ceremony right there followed by an informal reception inside. The large kitchen and dining area were perfect for cooking and serving our group of 20-30 people. We danced out on the porch under the stars. It was like something from a movie, and a large part of that was because the Mountain House had everything we needed and is so wonderfully designed. Besides the house itself, the location is great - close to the grocery store and hotels. I didn’t get to check out the ski but my sister did and had a great time. It’s a beautiful area for a drive, lots of waterfalls and hiking nearby. The icing on the cake is how hospitable and helpful Donna was. Any questions or concerns we had, she was quick to help with. Overall, we LOVE the Mountain House and will definitely be staying there again!

  • Submitted: 14-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Home!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place for a multi-generational family gathering! The home is so very welcoming and comfortable, and there’s plenty of space to spread out. We appreciated the nicely-equipped kitchen and all the little touches throughout the home. Thank you for allowing us to use your lovely home.

  • Submitted: 7-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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West Point Ga

Amazing property and people!

  • 5 of 5

Our time in the mountain house was truly wonderful .everyone relaxed with comfortable beds and furniture.. we felt at home!!

We are people who love good food and cooking . So , everything we needed was avail able for our use. With an Ingles grocery close by , we had all needed.. We thoroughly enjoyed the outdoor fireplace !!!!

Our children developed a skill for ping pong and had many tournaments! The downstairs was just perfect for them!! Our teen and preteen girls loved have their space too when they weren’t playing ping pong!

Don’t think TV was even mentioned.but, the audio/video equipment was more than expected.

We did an afternoon of tubeing too!!

Thank you so much . Donna and David, we hope to return.

Martha Jo oliver

  • Submitted: 23-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The Library, Cork and Barrel Wine Bar
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Sapphire National Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 64
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Canyon Kitchen, Mica's, The Library, Table 64
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Sapphire Valley Resort pool, snow skiing
Car: necessary

There is also a New Sport in the area called Foot Golf. You can challenge each other to this new sport that combines Soccer and Golf, and compete on the Redbird Par 3 golf course.just down the road! It is a Must Do activity while on your vacation here!

Lloads of things for the kids to do from summer camps to fishing to hiking to gem mining...and the same goes for adults(minus the summer camps!). In the evening, there are many upscale restaurants for foodies and the weather is perfect. Warm sunny crisp nights that call for a blanket!

Save some time to see some of the gorgeous waterfalls in this area...some are just a few minutes drive away. And while a few require a good hike, others are easily accessible by everyone.

The city of Ashville is a great day trip, just an hour or so away...incredible shopping and restaurants, lots of artists call Ashville home.

And if you've never seen the Biltmore mansion...this is a must visit. Allow a full day to see the's that big, and that fascinating. Good places to eat lunch right there.

White water rafting, fly fishing, zip lining, horseback's all here!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation lodge rental in Sapphire, North Carolina

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 1 2018 - May 24 2018
3 night minimum stay
Memorial Day
May 25 2018 - May 28 2018
3 night minimum stay
May 30 2018 - Jun 30 2018
5 night minimum stay
July Fourth Week
Jul 1 2018 - Jul 7 2018
6 night minimum stay
Summer II
Jul 8 2018 - Aug 26 2018
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day 2018
Aug 31 2018 - Sep 3 2018
3 night minimum stay
Sep 4 2018 - Nov 18 2018
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2018
Nov 19 2018 - Nov 25 2018
5 night minimum stay
Nov 26 2018 - Dec 20 2018
3 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year
Dec 21 2018 - Jan 1 2019
4 night minimum stay
Jan 2 2019 - Jan 17 2019
2 night minimum stay
MLK Holiday
Jan 18 2019 - Jan 21 2019
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$384.78
Pet Fee C$128.26
Damage Deposit C$1,923.9

If you are booking a year or more out, we can easily break the payments into three, instead of two...just let us know that's what you would like.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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