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Description from owner


In 2006 our home was totally rebuilt and updated with hardwood floors, granite kitchen and bath, stainless appliances in kitchen, roof over 30' deck overlooking the river and mountains, best grade ceiling fans, flat-screen TV/stereo, massive reading library best quality bed/mattresses on the planet. We recently put hardwood throughout the rest of the house except bath and kitchen. Beautiful feel in every room. We also had the entire exterior of the house remodeled including the new gabled front porch.

GEM MINERS DREAM - Our beautiful home is from 100 yards to 20 minutes away from every gem mine in Franklin/Macon County. Some fabulous gems have been nearly next door and another 5 minutes away.

MOTORCYCLISTS DREAM: Plenty of room to park 8 or more motorcycles. Facilities for washing bikes, is near parking area. HELLBENDERS/MOONSHINE 28 right there for an awesome ride. About an hour to Tail of the Dragon i...and the drive to the Tail is absolutely beautiful along the Little Tennessee River and Lake Fontana on beautiful winding Hwy 28.

HIKERS/TRAIL WALKERS DREAM: If you head in any direction there is a trail to walk or hike. The Appellation Trail is about 20-25 minutes away. There are 2 outdoor outfitters in town a few minutes away for trail and hiking maps.

FISHERMANS DREAM: The owner of the property, Tom Hopkins, is a popular fly fishing guide and fly fishing/fly tying instructor. You can make reservations for a charter or for local information with Tom Hopkins for these areas: fly fish the Tuckaseegee River; fly fish the Oconoluftee River; fly fish the Pigeon River; fly fish Cherokee; fly fish Waynesville; fly fish Sylva; fly fish Highlands; fly fish Cashiers; fly fish Maggie Valley; fly fish Nantahala; fly fish the Cullasaja River; fly fish Franklin, NC. Wild trout fishing in the nearby National/State Parks. Go to the westernncflyfishingguide for more information.

There is also Smallmouth Bass fishing right in front of the house and many more miles down stream for wading or kayaking.

KAYAKING/WHITEWATER KAYAKING DREAM: There is a kayak/canoe launch site about 100 yards from our drive and a canoe/kayak livery about 3/4 mile upstream.

Whitewater kayaking is on the Nantahala River 45 minutes away. Lake Emory is about 15 minutes away for canoe/kayak launching. Slow moving water into Lake Emory.


Asheville (1:15) including the Biltmore Estate, Tourists Baseball Team, UNC Asheville, Asheville Art District, Outlet Store Mall, more wonderful eateries and craft breweries than you can possibly cover in one trip.

HIGHLANDS (:45) The village of Highlands 4400 ft elevation is one of the prettiest in Western NC with shops and eateries galore.

WATERFALLS: (:20 and more) Bust Your Butt Falls, Cullasaja Falls, Bridal Veil etc and many others are a short drive away.

ACTIVITIES CLOSE BY: Snow Skiing and Snow Tubing (1hr); Horseback riding: (:45); Ziplining (:45); Shooting Range (:45;) Auto racing: 1:15; Flea Markets (:15) too many to mention within an hour;Gun show (:15) twice a year; Gem Show (:07) one of the nations largest May and July; Mountain Biking (:10); Bowling (:10)

STATE/NATIONAL PARKS etc: Smoky Mountain National Park ;(:45), Standing Indian (:40); Cherokee Indian Reservation (:45); Blue Ridge Parkway (:35); Western Carolina University (:40)

Please see our amenities section for more details about our home. Our reviews only tell half the story. Nearly everyone says "Your pictures don't do the beauty of this house and view justice".

Beds: 1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds

About the area

Cowee Woods is conveniently located 5 miles north of downtown Franklin, NC; 45 minutes to Highland;30 minutes to Sylva/Dillsboro; 45 minutes to Waynesville; 40 minutes to Cherokee Casino; 75 minutes to Asheville; 2 1/2 hours to Atlanta. There is local gem mining all around us, whitewater rafting/kayaking, trout/bass fishing, hiking trails. Tail O' The Dragon cycling route is a few minutes away. Hospital is in town as well as a Lowes Home Center and a Walmart and K Mart. Local trout fly fishing includes: fly fishing on the Tuckaseegee River, fly fishing Nantahala River, fly fishing Little Tennessee River, fly fishing Cullasaja River,fly fishing Cherokee NC, fly fishing Highlands NC, fly fishing Cashiers NC, fly fishing Franklin NC, fly fishing Dillsboro, fly fishing Sylva NC, fly fishing Waynesville NC, fly fishing Maggie Valley NC, fly fishing Bryson City, fly fishing Murphy NC. For more information on fly fishing/trout fishing in western North Carolina, NC go to westernncflyfishingguide Tom Hopkins, the owner of this property, is a popular Western NC fly fishing guide in western NC and provides: 1/2 and full day fly fishing charters, fly fishing instruction, and fly tying instruction. Gift certificates available for a nice surprise. You can contact through this site. See contact information at bottom of Details page.

Owner profile

Thomas H



  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Grill
  • Heating
  • Fireplace
  • Linen provided
  • Parking Included


  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • CD player
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite TV
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • Video player
  • Washing machine


  • Cycling Trips
  • Fishing
  • Water sports

Reviews (39)

Excellent – based on 39 reviews Excellent
39 reviews

“Mountain Paradise”

Reviewed 31 Oct 2016

We loved our stay at this beautiful home. Tom and Carol were so accommodating and we wanted for nothing! Tom took my brother and I trout fishing on the Tuskegee River and we had a blast! Caught a lot of fish with this awesome guide! The view of the mountains, Little Tennessee River, and the birds was breathtaking! Cannot wait to go back next year!

Owner's reply: We loved having you here. Please do come back.

“A Little Slice of Mountain Heaven”

Reviewed 31 Oct 2016

We had an awesome stay at this beautiful home! Tom and Carol were so accommodating and we wanted to nothing. The view of the mountains and the Little Tennessee River below were breathtaking. Tom took my brother and I trout fishing in the Tuskegee River and we caught so many fish! We had a blast. I would recommend this vacation rental to anyone who loves gorgeous views, great accommodations and the my gracious hosts ever!! Thanks again for your awesome hospitality!! We will be back next year!!

Owner's reply: Thank you Tracy. We really enjoyed you, your brother and Mom during your stay. Will look forward rob your next time in the mountains. Thank you again, Tom and Carol

“Beautiful home”

Reviewed 1 Oct 2016

As you can see by looking at the photos of Tom & Carol's home , they have a gorgeous place with very comfortable furnishings and terrific art . The kitchen is fully equipped and the bed , quite comfortable . We really appreciated that they had so many different pillows available , so we could choose what we were most comfortable with . The location is good , about 15 minutes from Franklin. The river and mountain view is lovely . We enjoyed looking out the windows and being in the trees . We highly recommend this property .

Owner's reply: Thanks for the nice review Carol. You were a lovely guest and look forward to your return. Tom and Carol

“Very relaxing”

Reviewed 25 Sep 2016

My wife and I lead very busy schedules. although there is a ton of things to do away from the house, we mainly just stayed there and rested. The house is absolutely beautiful. The house was cozy enough to stay close but large enough for us to go in separate rooms to study and read. It was nice to meet Tom and Carol too. We definitely want to return in the future.

“Great place to relax!”

Reviewed 11 Jul 2016

This was our first time staying at this property and we were very comfortable. Great location and plenty of in-home amenities. We lacked for nothing! Just like being at home. Our hosts greeted us shortly after we arrived and were always available for anything we needed. Ate all our meals on the back deck overlooking the Little Tennessee River, watching all the families go tubing by. As an added bonus, there was a bird house on the back deck with 3 or 4 baby birds inside. Their parents were constantly flying back and forth bringing the little ones food all day, every day. They didn't seem to mind us sitting there at all. On our last day the young birds finally came out of the nest and tested their wings. Thank you Tom & Carol for letting us stay in your lovely home.

Owner's reply: Thank you John. You were a delight to have and hope to see you again. Tom and Carol

“The Great Escape”

Reviewed 19 Jan 2016

Wonderful, updated, well furnished and comfortable home. Very quiet area, big porch up high, with view of mountains and a river. Lots of beautiful birds. Five minutes to Franklin. Gracious, helpful hostess. Two bedrooms upstairs and master bedroom on first floor, two up and one down. This house is spacious, and the master bed was extremely comfortable. The upstairs bedrooms were large with good beds. Decorated nicely with a comfy feeling. A ton of wonderful books, magazines, and games. We wanted for nothing! No disappointments with this rental.........we didn't want to leave.

Owner's reply: Thank you Mary. Sorry I was out of town and couldn't meet you. Next time!


Reviewed 22 Aug 2015

The house was fantastic. Clean, great view, and very peaceful. We met the owners Tom and Carol, they were great people. I would recommend this vacation home to anyone who is wishing to stay close to Franklin or in Franklin. Even if you have to drive a few miles to get here, it's worth it. We went gem mining for several days. Many gem mines within 2-25 minutes away from the house. It was just the best location for us. In the morning sitting on the deck overlooking the mountains and the river having a cup of tea was so relaxing. This was one of my favorite parts of the day. I can't say enough abut this vacation home and its owners. If I could go back tomorrow I would! Everything was GREAT!

“Relaxing getaway”

Reviewed 15 Apr 2015

This home was just what we were looking for. It was a quiet place for our family to relax, yet was still close to the hiking trails and gem mines we wanted to visit. It was very family friendly, with plenty of activities to do inside. However, I think we spent most of our time outdoors on the porch enjoying the view and watching the wildlife! We wished we could have stayed longer.

“A snug house for a memorable vacation”

Reviewed 23 Mar 2015

A perfect retreat in the mountains next to the Little Tennessee River and close to Franklin, peaceful meadows, Nantahala National Forest, creeks and meanders, water falls, and hiking trails. Tom and Carol are impeccable hosts, always available, helpful and considerate. Their home is fully equipped and wonderfully decorated; a place that will long live in your memory.

“Nice place”

Reviewed 27 Nov 2013

This was a nice rental property. There were plenty of beds. The beds were comfortable. The kitchen was well equipped. The shower had plenty of hot water. The house was clean when we arrived. There was a washer and dryer if needed.

Owner's reply: 😊......and you were a 5-star guest. Please plan some. Time for your Dad to tell us his D-Day experience. Tom.

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