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Gorgeous Mountain Views!

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Space 278 m²
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Lodging For Up To 23 With Beautiful Mountain Views

The House of Joy is your own private mountain retreat in the heart of the Appalachians. There are spectacular views from the front of the spacious wrap-around deck, and soothing breezes and sitting areas on all three sides of the deck. . This lodge is set on 40 private acres, with your own personal hiking trails that extend to the top of the mountain. The House of Joy has a huge great room with gas fireplace and giant flat screen TV (for watching movies on Netflix or the DVD player), and full kitchen adjacent to it. This great room is perfect for group gatherings, with table space for 22, and much additional seating on the deck. Two half baths are also on this floor.

Downstairs are four family-sized bedrooms, each with a queen sized bed and a loft area with 3 twin mattresses for kids and teens (and youthful adults!). The lofts are accessed by "ladder-steps", and may not be safe for toddlers or the elderly. Each bedroom has access to the downstairs stone porch. Two full baths (with showers) are also downstairs, at each end of the hall. Additional beds include a pull-out sofa bed (double), and full size futon and one cot. The recreation room is on the top floor, and houses various games, as well as its own breathtaking view.

A large firepit area with stone and wood-bench seating is next to the House of Joy.

Outdoor games: Tetherball, horse-shoe toss & bean-bag toss (corn hole).

Also included for your enjoyment: DVD's and video tapes, books and games.

Wi-Fi is provided.

Large-screened TV only receives Netflix or DVD's, no cable or satellite access.

The laundry room houses a washer and dryer.

Linens are provided for each bed.

Towels are provided.

The kitchen has a standard fridge and stove/oven, microwave, dishwasher, trash compactor, coffee maker, toaster, two double-sinks, and plenty of dinnerware and cookware.

No smoking is permitted inside.

No AC (the high elevations provide cooler weather), and there is a fan in each room.

The House of Joy is only open from April to December each year.

The House of Joy is close to popular Maggie Valley and historic Waynesville, as well as the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and the Blue Ridge parkway. It takes about 45 minutes to drive to Asheville. Area activities include white water rafting, horseback riding, body flying (over a wind tunnel), fishing, hiking, shopping, gem mining, golfing, hot air ballooning and mountain biking. For more information and links to area attractions, go to (website: hidden).

The House of Joy is a special, peace-filled place. We hope you will come and experience it for yourself.

Driving tips: The last half mile leading up to the House of Joy is gravel and moderately steep. Most front-wheel drive vehicles don't have any problem, but some rear-wheel drive vehicles find they sometimes lose traction on the gravel. As you are going uphill on the steeper parts of the gravel roads, it helps to keep a steady speed and not stop. If you do find you are losing traction, just stop and back up to a flatter part of the road, and try again. When you are heading back down the steeper parts of the mountain roads, make sure to keep the transmission in a lower gear in order to save wear-and-tear on your breaks.

More Details

Property Manager
Holly Turner
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

About Holly Turner

The House of Joy is part of a nonprofit Christian retreat called Mountain Top Experience. It is available for rental on vrbo as a way to raise funds to support the ministry. Holly Turner, the property manager, will help you with the rental process.

Holly Turner purchased this lodge in 2000

What makes this lodge unique

When our visitors rent the House of Joy, they are not only experiencing the beautiful Appalachian Mountains; they are also helping to keep Mountain Top Experience Christian Retreat operational. All rental income goes directly into this nonprofit business.


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

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 278 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 22
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Before departure, please put any furniture that has been moved back where it was originally.
  • Events are allowed, but please limit any alcohol use and please ensure that your guests respect the property.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 24 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • There are two half bathrooms on the main floor, and two full bathrooms (with showers) on the lower floor.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 22
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 queen , 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • There are four bedrooms with a queen sized bed and sleeping loft in each. Each sleeping loft has mattress space for 3, and is best suited for young people, as the ceilings are very low with not enough room to stand up. There is also a small dressing room in each of the 4 rooms. Each room has its own access to the porch outside. There are two full bathrooms on this level. A fifth bedroom is on the top level next to the game room. It is very small, and has a double size futon. There is no bathroom on this level.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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Fabulous place!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I met at the House of Joy to celebrate Christmas. It was a great mid way point for us from Tennessee, South Carolina, and Georgia. The cabin has tons of space, every possible thing that you could need for your stay, and fun lofts in each of the rooms with three twin beds in each. A group went one day to a nearby place to snow tube, and they had a great time. We also went to downtown Waynesville for an afternoon and shopped in the Mast General Store and the local little shops. We were a little worried about the driveway the day we were going because it had rained and had frozen and thawed. All of us were able to get up the driveway with no problem, several without 4 wheel drive. Holly, the property manager, was excellent to deal with and was very helpful the whole time. We are already discussing our next trip!

  • Submitted: 23-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Snowed in and Happy!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 20 stayed at the House of Joy and we ended up getting a sweet surprise. SNOW!! For a few of our crowd it was their first snow. The house was beautiful and clean upon our arrival. Headed to get groceries and everything was close to us Plenty to keep 12 kids busy, thanks to the upstairs game room. I could go on and on but Holly is a jewel to rent from and she is on top of things. She made our stay comfortable and checked to see if we needed anything during the snow. I felt like I have known her forever. She also had put a tree up for us to enjoy. Thank you Holly!!! Will recommend you to all. Lynn

  • Submitted: 13-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lynn, thanks for your kind words! It was great getting to know you and your family. I hope to see you again! Holly
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Stay Above the Clouds

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at The House of Joy. We were overjoyed with the accommodations, the view, and all the comforts of home! They have everything you might need to feed your family or large group, from 2 regular coffee makers to a large percolater, crock pot, chafing dish, large pots, mixing bowls, serving bowls, utensils...... We pack most of those things for family trips but it is not necessary they have everything you might need including plenty of linens. The space is spacious and well appointed. The view from the porch is breath taking. The trails provided a nice diversion and allowed us to explore the mountain. The kids loved the rock slide and fire pit. Thanks so much for helping us celebrate my mother's birthday!

  • Submitted: 28-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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More than adequate facility with stunning views!

  • 5 of 5

Our three families – six adults and seven children aged 9, 5, 4, 3, 3, 16 mos and 6 mos - found this home to be thoroughly enjoyable with no disappointments! The wooded setting and stunning views provided a soothing vacation. The tetherball, fire pit, Alpine slide outside and the play room inside gave the children plenty of chances to run off their energy! To top it all off, it was very clean! The accommodations were more than adequate!

  • Submitted: 24-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful house and the scenery was amazing. The driveway can be a little scary for flatlanders.

  • Submitted: 16-May-2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Great Place

  • 5 of 5

My family and I (11 adults, 3 children and 2 babies) spent Christmas at the House of Joy. Common areas are wide enough to enjoy time together without stepping on each other and the four large bedrooms downstairs (+1 one upstairs) offer some privacy to rest. The house was very clean when we arrived and it was exactly what we expected: it is very practical with labelled drawers, a detailed house guide, sufficient cooking ware, etc. Holly (Property Manager) was very helpful and even set up the Christmas tree and brought in fire wood for us. The house is located in the mountain, it is very calm and we had an amazing view over the valley. As indicated in the property description there is a path of gravel to reach the house - it may seem impressive at first but we had a Honda Odyssey minivan and had no issue going up to the house with seven people + luggage in the car (make sure you put your gear on low ("L")). Our other cars were a VW Passat and a Ford Expedition and they went up as well without issues. Everyone in our party had an amazing time and if we were to do it again, we would not hesitate to rent this place again.

  • Submitted: 30-Dec-2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Maggie Valley
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Maggie Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Waynesville or Maggie Valley
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Cataloochee Ski Area
Car: necessary

The House of Joy is close to popular Maggie Valley and historic Waynesville, as well as the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and the Blue Ridge parkway. It takes about 45 minutes to drive to Asheville. Area activities include white water rafting, horseback riding, body flying (over a wind tunnel), fishing, hiking, shopping, gem mining, golfing, hot air ballooning and mountain biking. For more information and links to area attractions, go to


Rates & Availability

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

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$256.24
Cleaning Fee C$128.12

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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