Bella Vista is located in a gated community, just off Highway 28 which gives this cabin easy access to all of the most popular attractions of the western North Carolina smoky mountains. Along Hwy28 you will pass the Almond Boat Dock on Fontana Lake where you can rent a pontoon boat to try your skill at fishing or just motor around exploring this scenic lake. Another popular public lake access spot for swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and canoeing is also just around the corner. If you’re eager to explore trails through the smoky mountains atop a seat with two pedal driven wheels; then you will want to visit The Mountain Biking Mecca of the eastern United States, Tsali Recreation Center. It is only about 10 minutes further down Hwy28 from this cabin. For the adventurously spirited, White water rafting on the Nantahala River is about a 15 minute trip away. Don’t feel like cooking dinner or just want to search for a one of a kind souvenir; shops, restaurants, and train tours are about 25 minutes away in Bryson City. The popular Deep Creek section of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is also accessed in Bryson City. The main entrance to the GSMNP and the mountain farm museum is just past the cultural center of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, about a 35 minute trip up highway 74 from the cabin. Cherokee is also a great place to visit for shops and restaurants.
The paved road to Bella Vista, through this gated community, winds around and up the mountain terrain which can be moderately steep in spots but easily traversed by most all vehicle types. Along this road you will pass other beautiful custom built log cabins tucked amongst the trees and a few small waterfalls cascading next to the road. As tempting as a quick picture might be, please keep in mind that this road is a two way one lane road, though lightly traveled you could be blocking another vehicle trying to pass in the other direction. Multiple pullouts (wider spots to pull over, but not park) are located along the road as the terrain permits to allow vehicles ample room to pass by one another. As this windy road meets the driveway it leads you up and turns to reveal a secluded clearing in the trees where Bella Vista sits on the end of a smoky mountain ridge top. This ridge top location opens the forest to the front and back of the cabin revealing two stunningly beautiful long rang mountain top views. The front of the cabin face north where the mountains of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park fill the horizon and Fontana Lake sparkles in the valley below. The back of the cabin faces south where the Nantahala National Forest shapes the horizon. The seclusion created by the dense forest surrounding the cabin in the spring and summer, falls away in winter to merge the two views into an almost 270 degree scenic mountain views. Even without the leaves of summer this cabin remains quietly secluded atop its ridge top perch. A few other log cabins are visible on other mountain sides and tops.
When you make the turn up the driveway Bella Vista becomes visible atop the ridge ahead and as soon as you crest over on to the parking area, the view will capture and hold your gaze, just don’t forget to brake! The paved driveway leads past the side of the cabin and ends around the back of the cabin at a gravel parking area. This cabin is a three level custom built log cabin with a large 360 degree wrap around deck on the main level, concrete patio surrounding the lower level and a stone chimney reaching up through a metal roof supported by large timber beams.
The whole lower level wrap around concrete patio is covered by the deck above creating a cool shady spot to hide from the noon sun. The stairs on the side of the cabin lead up to the entry level and front door. Just past the stairs next to the drive way sits the hot tub. At first, this location may seem out of place but when you step into its warm messaging water and look to find the perfect seat, you’ll realize that this location offers every seat an excellent angle to watch both views from. What could be more relaxing to sore muscles after a long day of adventuring around the smoky mountains, than sitting in a hot tub and watching the sunset over scenic mountain views? To the right of the hot tub and across the front of the cabin on the patio are chairs to sit in the cool shade provided by the cover of the deck above. To create a flat pad for securely building the cabin atop the ridge top was excavated back. This also created a flat front yard, a rare amenity in mountain top homes. This flat yard is a favorite grazing spot of local deer and smaller wild life; though you may never catch them in their stealthy foraging; they frequently leave tracks behind confirming their presence. Near the end of the yard is a large circular stone fire pit. Spending an evening seated around the warm glow of a camp fire is a calming and relaxing experience anywhere. When you add a scenic mountain view, star filled sky and cool fresh mountain air the experience could be the vacation memory that last through the years!
When you reach the top of the stairs you will appreciate an even better view of the mountains to the back and front of the cabin. The deck wraps all the way around the log cabin and has many seating options. At the top of the stairs is a gate that matches the railing of the deck. This gate and one on the opposite side of the cabin allow you to close off the exit points of the deck so your four legged companion can spend time in the fresh air with you. To the left of the main entrance door is the wider front deck. This deck overlooks the grass yard and faces north toward a scenic view of the GSMNP and Fontana Lake. The drive way up to the cabin is also visible below. The north facing nature of this section of deck keeps it shaded from the sun most of the afternoon. A large outdoor sectional sofa and chairs in this shade make a comfortable spot to relax in the afternoon and watch the clouds drift across the smoky mountain view. Just past the sectional is a large dining table that can seat up to six guests. The beautiful view, fresh mountain air, and quiet mountain top seclusion make dining out side at this table a far better experience than any crowded park picnic. All this peaceful atmosphere cannot make up for an over cooked stake or burnt burgers. So make sure you don’t get lost watching the view and forget about diner on the gas grill. The grill is located on the mountain side of the deck. A gate to a trail that leads past the back of the cabin is on this side as well. Past the gas grill is the back or southern side of the deck. This section of deck is also accessible from the right of the entry door. A log style table that seats four is just past the grill to offer another option to dine out to a different view. This side of the deck faces south towards the Nantahala National Forest. A few log style rocking chairs are positioned for watching the sunset over the mountains.
When you step through the front door it is immediately apparent that you are entering a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere. As the peaceful natural colors and textures of the mountain setting outside are echoed throughout the interior; in the large red cedar and Douglas fir timber beams, real wood paneled walls and ceilings, and accent colors painted by large picture windows displaying the scenic NC mountain views. To the right of the front door is the kitchen and dining table, to the left is the large vaulted ceiling open living room and straight ahead is a set of stairs that lead down to the lower level. This kitchen has all the appliances and utensils you would expect in your own home. Including a large island with a smooth cook top and additional seating. However, this kitchen does have one feature you most likely don’t have in your kitchen; an incredibly scenic view of the smoky mountains through a window that spans most of the kitchen’s width. With a view like this to stand in front of, you may opt to hand wash the dishes instead of using the dishwasher under the granite counter. The dining area has views of the Nantahala Mountains through a sliding glass doors and two picture windows across the side wall. Dinner at this table for 8 can often be upstaged by the sun setting over the mountains outside creating a view that few restaurants can match. Past the kitchen is a small hallway that turns sharply right. The end of this hallway is a half bath room. The living room to the left is filled with a view of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park through three large sliding glass doors and picture windows that reach to the height of the vaulted ceiling. Two comfortable leather sofas are positioned in front of a large stone gas log fireplace. Above the mantel is a large flat screen TV. Though this TV has HD satellite service with many channels to choose from, you will probably spend more time gazing out at the large beautiful mountain view than watching another episode of the same show again. At the back of the living room a set of log style stairs lead up to the loft. A glass door at near the bottom of the stairs open out to the deck.
At the top of the stairs from the living room is the loft or upper level. The vaulted ceiling of the living room forms the shapes of the loft. To the right is the open area of the loft where there is a queen size bed and futon. Guest that sleep in this bed get to wake to a view of the mountains through the living room window wall. This room has a small balcony where you can step outside to take-in some fresh air or just to admire either of the two visible views. To the right of the stairs is a private bedroom. This room has a king size bed with a satellite TV mounted on the opposite wall and also has a balcony that over hangs the back deck. This can be a great spot to find some quiet time and watch either of the views in peace. A full bath separates both of these rooms.
The real wood paneled walls and ceiling of the upper level are continued throughout the whole lower level. At the right of the bottom of the stairs is a door to access the yard . As you turn left to enter the family room a foosball table stand in the middle of the room. A wall of picture windows to the right fills the family room with scenic views of the smoky mountains. Just past the foosball table, a sofa and recliner offer a relaxing spot to enjoy the gas log fireplace. A video game console is connected to the TV located on the mantel above the fireplace. So you don’t have to run back up to the kitchen to grab another beverage; a mini fridge is under the wet bar. Next to the fireplace a set of French doors open into the master suite. The fireplace of the family room passes through to the foot of the king size bed in the master bedroom. A satellite TV is located above the fireplace.
CAROLINA MOUNTAIN VACATIONS
VACATION RENTAL AGREEMENT
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Two night’s rental rate is required at the time of reservation
with balance due at check-in.
Returning Guest and Military Discounts can only be applied by
Reservation Specialist after confirmation of eligibility.
A. IF YOUR RESERVATION IS MADE MORE THAN 15 DAYS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL: A deposit of the first 2 nights will be required on a major credit or debit card (Master Card, Visa or Discover; we do not accept American Express). Balance is paid at check-in. Full payment is due at time of reservation if made 14 days or less prior to check-in (see below). Upon making your reservation, you will receive an email confirmation and a copy of our VRA. Please, read, initial and sign the VRA. You may return it by e-mail, Fax 1-828-488-7533 or when you check-in.
B. IF YOUR RESERVATION IS MADE LESS THAN 14 DAYS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL: Your reservation will be secured by phone with payment in full on a Master Card, Visa or Discover; we do not accept American Express. Upon making your reservation, you will receive an email confirmation and a copy of our VRA. Please, read, initial and sign the VRA. You may return it by e-mail, Fax 1-828-488-7533 or when you check-in.
C. All reservations incur 6.75-7% NC Sales Tax and County Occupancy Tax of 3%-5% in addition to the rental amounts and fees. Rates are subjected to applicable state sales and county occupancy taxes which are in effect during the time of your stay. Please note that these are subject to change as authorized by the appropriate governing body. Carolina Mountain Vacations will adjust your reservation to reflect current tax rates which are in effect at the time of your stay. Carolina Mountain Vacations will credit or debit your account for tax changes.
NO RENTALS will be permitted to ANYONE UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE.
All Guest are required to Check-In at our office:
40 Greenlee Street, Bryson City, NC 28713
For Directions to our office.
CHECK-IN is AFTER 4 P.M.
A.) Required to sign a rental agreement and Pet Policy (if applicable)
B.) Pay any outstanding balance in full.
C.) Security Authorization Hold is required on a major credit card (Master Card, Visa or Discover; we do not accept American Express). More info
D.) You will be handed printed detailed directions and information to access keys to your vacation cabin on the day you check-in at our office. Internet mapping devises and navigation systems are NOT recommended for use in the Western NC Mountains ( GPS does not always work in the mountains). Please be aware that some NC mountain roads may be steep and/or curvy. Access to some of our cabins may require driving on gravel roads or driveways. Please adhere to any recommendation or requirement for a four-wheel-drive vehicle when listed in a property description. It is highly recommended that Guests try to arrive during daylight hours for their first visit to our area to become familiar with the area and roads.
CHECK-OUT is by 11 A.M.
Early Check-In and Late Check-Out: If you are planning a late arrival time to your North Carolina vacation cabin rental, please contact our cabin rental office during business hours to make arrangements. Our office hours are 9 am to 9 pm, 7 days a week. Requests for early check-in or late check-out will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact our office no less than 24 hours in advance with requests for an early arrival or late departure. Consideration is given based upon the property’s “status” immediately prior to or following your reservation.
A Security Authorization Hold is required on a major credit card at time of check-in.
The Security Authorization Hold amount ranges from ($150.00 on 1-bedroom cabins, $250.00 on 2 and 3 bedroom cabins, $500.00 on, 4 and 5 bedroom cabins). Also, an additional Pet Security Hold of $100 if applicable will also be applied to the credit card on file. Your Security Authorization Hold must be made at check-in (Master Card, Visa or Discover; we do not accept American Express). Security Authorization Holds are released within 30 days of departure in accordance with NC law. Whether or not a Security Authorization Hold is required, a guest is responsible for any intentional damage due to willful negligence on leased Cabin. A guest agrees that charges can be processed on their credit card.
Cancellations with short notice are unfair to both Carolina Mountain Vacations as well as the Cabin owner.
If you must cancel be sure to do so at least 31 days in advance of your arrival date.
a. All cancellations made within 31 days of arrival are non-refundable. In the event you must cancel your reservation within 31 days of arrival, please notify us as soon as possible. We will make every effort to re-rent the Cabin for your original dates. If we re-rent the Cabin for the total number of reservation nights, all monies (less a $75 cancellation fee) will be returned within 30 days after re-booking. If we re-rent the Cabin for less than the total number of reservation nights, we will refund the monies for this portion of the rental rate (less a $75 cancellation fee) within 30 days after re-booking. If after diligent effort, we are unable to re-rent the Cabin, the full rental payment will be forfeited.
b. If cancellations are made outside of the 31 day arrival, your deposit will be refunded minus a $75 cancellation fee within 30 days of the cancellation date.
c. Your reservation may be switched to a different cabin if you notify us 31 days or more prior to your arrival. Reservations CAN NOT be transferred to another cabin within 31 days of arrival.
d. Please remember that you are making an agreement with CMV for an individually owned Cabin. If you are disappointed or unsatisfied with the cabin due to different tastes according to decor, accommodations, location, construction, mountain road conditions, etc. and decline to stay at the cabin, this will be considered a cancellation and no rent reduction or refund will be issued. If you have particular needs such as a disability or severe medical condition, CMV will attempt to answer and address all concerns. If the Cabin is not fit and habitable, CMV will substitute a reasonably comparable property. If a Cabin cannot be substituted, CMV will refund to the guest all payments made by guest. CMV will conduct all activities in regard to this Agreement without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap or familial status of any guest. Guest agrees to hold harmless Carolina Mountain Vacations for any inaccuracies.
Failure to disclose an accurate Guest count or the presence of unregistered Guests could result in immediate eviction, forfeiture of any remaining rent and an additional charge of $250 deducted from card on file.
Children 12 and under stay free.
Additional guest are $10.00 per night, per guest extra, this must be approved prior to checking into your vacation rental cabin.
Maximum occupancy refers to all persons over the age of one year old. Violations of maximum occupancy can cause property damage as well as violate local laws and regulations. (Most mountain cabins and homes run on private septic and well systems. Overtaxing these systems can cause serious problems.) Any maximum occupancy violation constitutes a breach of contract and Guest agrees that any such violation, in addition to any other remedies herein, will result in immediate eviction of Guests, forfeiture of any remaining rent and an additional charge of $250 representing liquidated damages.
Policies for Carolina Mountain Vacations Pet-Friendly Cabins
Guests will be required to sign the CMV Pet Policy at Check-In.
There are potential consequences for bringing an unauthorized pet onto any CMV property.
1. For pet friendly cabins, there is a $45 non-refundable pet fee for the first pet, $20 for the second pet and $20 for the third pet. Any misrepresentation regarding the number of pets at the cabin will be charged accordingly.
2. Pets are only permitted with prior approval. Be sure to notify us if you are bringing a dog to one of our pet-friendly cabins. If prior approval has not been authorized and there is evidence of a pet having been at the property, the penalty may include a $200 charge, immediate removal of the pet and eviction from the cabin with the forfeiture of all rental payments.
3. CMV only accepts well-behaved, housebroken dogs into our pet friendly cabins. Even though we love all pets, we regret that we are unable to allow any animals other than dogs in our rental cabins. Absolutely no cats are permitted in CMV rental cabins. For the purpose of this agreement, the term “pet” is always used in reference to a dog. In the interest of protection your dog, a leash should always be used when your dog is outside. While North Carolina does not have a state leash law, please note that cities and counties may have stricter regulations. No dog shall be tied outside the Cabin unless supervised by a responsible adult
4. As a general rule, dogs should not be left unattended in cabins. In an unfamiliar environment dogs may act uncharacteristically and unpredictably. They may get nervous and bark, causing a disturbance to neighbors. Or they may harm the cabin by chewing, scratching or making messes that they would not typically make at home. Please remember to be respectful of nearby neighbors. Always use a crate in the rare event that a dog must be left alone.
5. Legal Disclaimer: Any damages to the cabin or cabin property or another person because of a pet will be the sole responsibility of the registered Guest. Guests are held financially responsible for all physical damages to the Cabin (i.e. chewing, scratching, flea infestation, etc.) inflicted on the Cabin by the presence of a pet. If extra cleaning is deemed reasonable due to the presence of a pet (i.e. soiled furniture and/or flooring, hair on furnishings or bedding, fleas), the Guest will be held financially responsible and the credit card on file will be charged for the amount of the repair/recovery. CMV is not responsible for harm caused to any pet.