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Log cabin
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Description from owner

5 bedroom, 3 bath log home with it's own private ruby mine. This home was built on part of the old "Jacob's Ruby Mine" property in world famous Cowee Valley. It offers easy access from a paved road on a gently sloping 2 acre lot. The home offers 5 bedrooms and 3 baths on two levels. The main level has the greatroom and kitchen as well as two bedrooms and a common bath. One of these bedrooms has a king bed and the other has a queen bed. Up stairs you'll find the master bedroom and bath with a king bed. There are two other bedrooms upstairs, one witha queen, the other has a twin and a full size bed. Outside, you walk down to your own private flume with enough seating and equipment for six people. The piles of virgin ore provided were dug right onsite and the rubies, saphires, and other gemstones you find in that ore were only put there by the hand of God. Just bring your toothbrush and a change of clothes. We supply all linens, paper products, soap products, common condiments, gas for the BBQ grill, complimentary coffee, firewood for the campfire, and much much more. Very close to world famous Sheffield Ruby Mine and Cherokee Ruby Mine. Free wi-fi.

Beds: 2 King Beds, 2 Queen Beds, 1 Double Bed, 1 Twin Bed

TripAdvisor Property ID: 4826345

About the area

The 2 acre creek-front lot has a large swingset and plenty of room for the kids to roam. Close to few remaining ruby mines that offer native gemstones from world famous Cowee Valley. Away from the hustle and bustle, but close enough to all shopping, dining and entertainment conveniences. Just 10 miles from downtown Franklin.



  • Air conditioning
  • Grill
  • Heating
  • Fireplace
  • Linen provided
  • Mountain Views
  • Parking Included
  • Pet Friendly
  • Waterfront


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


  • Cycling Trips
  • Water sports

Reviews (8)

Excellent – based on 8 reviews Excellent
8 reviews

“Great, clean vacation home!”

Reviewed 13 Oct 2016

Beautiful view and great big yard. Quiet, peaceful place to rest and relax. Very clean. Comfortable beds. I wish we stayed longer!! We booked at the last minute and we were not disappointed!

“Franklin NC Cowee Valley Vacation”

Reviewed 26 Jul 2016

We had five adults and five children stay at this vacation rental home in Cowee Valley, Franklin, NC in July. There are enough bedrooms to easily accommodate all. We found the home to be very clean and comfortable and easy to locate. The driveway is not steep and the barbeque grill on the porch is readily accessible. The great room tv is small for evening viewing, but we were there for outdoor activities during the day anyways. There is a large washer/dryer on the main floor, and a large refrigerator. The swing set is old and needs replacing, but if you don't have little ones, that would not be on your priority list. The back yard creek is accessible within a short walk. It is just a short drive to three different gem mining businesses. Would definitely rent this vacation home again and can recommend it. Roomy for all and the manager is accommodating.

“Terrific Vacation getaway”

Reviewed 2 Nov 2012

This cabin and adjoining property is a dream spot for anyone interested in prospecting for gem quality North Carolina rubies. The cabin is spacious with room for a large family gathering, and the yard is rich in gems.

“Vacation Dream”

Reviewed 4 Aug 2012

We rented Cabin One from Carl Bates for one week in July. It was wonderful, clean, comfortable, and well stocked with everything we needed. No surprises. We had a group of six, the cabin could easily have held more people. The flume area was great. Our only complaint was that the dirt pile should be fluffed up and renewed.

“Great retreat”

Reviewed 20 Oct 2011

My family spent a fun and relaxing week here. We did the mining, looked at the falls and leaves and hiked trails. The cabin is easy to find in a beautiful location. We had a very positive experience with the owner and had no problems that interfered with our week. As with any place there are a few minor issues but none that required owner attention during our stay. Good for groups up to 10.

“Happy with cabin in Franklin, NC”

Reviewed 28 Jul 2010

We were very happy with our recent stay in Cabin 1 of the Bates rentals. Every small detail had been thought of and prepared for to make our visit comfortable. We found all the amenities provided were superior; even the cookware was very upgrade!

“Great place!”

Reviewed 6 Apr 2010

Great little out of the way getaway, right down in the mountain valley. Cozy and well equipped, the creek runs right through the front yard. Myself and the in-laws stayed for a long week in early April and had a great time. Thank you very much for all that you did to make our stay a memorable and fun one.

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