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"Castle in The Sky" 75 acre mtn top Panaramic Views in Franklin

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 Your own little piece of Paradise Castle in the Sky sits in the center of  75 private mountain top acres with many trails, Surrounded by national Forest. Very unique property with Extra large King master suite His and her seperate sink areas custom tiled with walk in shower and patio doors out towards the pool area. Very Private and quiet property Beautiful long range veiws all over the property Large pool and area, side patio Grilling area just outside dining room. Castle ranch has 5 bedrooms 2 king rooms and 2 Queen rooms with private baths and now 3rd queen bedroom just outside common bath Gas Jenn air grille and stove. jacuzzi tub in downstairs queen. upstairs suites both have small decks to enjoy the fresh mountain air and views. Sunk in living area with 48" flat screen. Pool season extended May through Oct 15th as long as we have some sunny days with new solar heat.  Now bookin 2014 season as of 3/10  5 dates booked so far and they're all returning customers. I've had 1 past vacationer write me 3 times how they can;t wait to get back and they can't stop thinking about it

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Last modified on 07-27-2014 at 11:19 AM.

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michael longley 828 775-3698

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Direct TV including HBO and stereo, DVD player, books, 18 x 35 in ground pool with diving board, Foosball table, Crouquet and horse shoes, great private hiking on 75 acres. Verizon works well at the house

activities and attractions in Franklin Smoky Mountains

Harrahs casino 25 miles

swimming pool season extended thru Sept with solar heater



Gem mining

Rockhounding on the property

vacation rental rates

High season rate is 1275 which begins june 7 thru august 15th 3 night minimum for a total cost of $600 3 to 6 nights are $175 a night and weekly rate is $1250

$100 cleaning fee unless you want to leave reasonably clean with laundry done

can be reserved with a $100 deposit   Deposit is forfieted is not canceled 3 weeks in advance

Sorry if paid and can't make it or dissatisfied we do Not issue refunds due to no time to rerent

Your well behaved pet is welcome with a $75 nenfundable deposit

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Top things to do in Franklin
  • Gem Mine
  • Antique shop
  • Hike see water falls
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  • Inner tube Deep Creek and picnic
  • spend a day at the Nantahala River
  • enjoy pool at your home
  • Gem Mine or rock hound property
  • Fish one of the many creeks or rivers
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Relaxing place to stay

Review submitted: March 15, 2014   Date of arrival: July 13, 2013

My wife and I had a wonderful time at the "Castle in the Sky". The pool was very clean and the view was fantastic. It was a great way to start the day relaxing by the pool with a cup of coffee, reading from God's word and then looking at the view he created for our enjoyment. There is plenty of seating area around the pool and a grill close by for burgers or hot dogs. There is a large yard area for horse shoes, croquet or other yard activities. The house is very large with many rooms and is well laid out with good amenities. The property is very secluded but located close to surrounding towns. There is no phone or internet but we would able to use our AT&T phones near the pool area. I would not recommend adding internet or phones to this property because you should be outside enjoying the 75 acres and surrounding towns. We traveled with a motorcycle and did not have any trouble getting in or out of the property. We found a flat area to part the bike and then walked up and unlocked the gate. The surrounding area is fantastic for motorcycle riding. The Blue Ridge Parkway is only a half hour away and there are many mountain roads to ride on. Our biggest issue was a week was not long enough and we have plans to vacation on this property for years to come.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, families with young children, families with teenagers, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 3 / 3


Not what it looks like

Review submitted: August 11, 2013   Date of arrival: August 3, 2013

Wow where do I begin on a review for this place. One word would probably sum it up “FILTHY”!

We rented this place for 7 days and left after 5. Every room was filled with dead spiders, cobwebs and general dirt. The sheets and towels (what little were there) smelled! The place didn’t look like it was even cleaned before we arrived. Food was left in the refrigerator and cabinets. How long has this stuff been there?

I had several communications with Mike (the owner) and he assured me that the house was in good condition (not). The carpets were extremely dirty, broken window, missing ceiling tiles, leaking water pipes, an outlet that looked like it caught on fire, seemed that only half the lights worked and the best part was there was only 1 trash can for the whole house! There was not a dumpster or someone coming by to take the trash so we had to leave 5 days of trash on the porch and pray that it didn’t attract any animals.

The pool was over chlorinated and the pool floor was covered in algae. There were only a few chairs to sit around the pool on. No table or umbrella to sit under to get out of the sun and still enjoy the outdoors.

Sure the house was very large, but 4 of the 5 bedrooms were hot because the air conditioning couldn't cool them down....and few had fans to help out. The sliding glass doors were hard to open because of all the dirt in the tracks and they didn't lock. The screens to the doors (upstairs) were broken and they couldn’t be used either to help circulate some air upstairs. The other sliding doors didn't have screens to use.

The road to the “castle” is all gravel (1 ½ miles) with deep ruts (6” to a foot deep)not maintained at all. We were on motorcycles and Mike assured me that motorcycles would make it up the mountain. WRONG! We couldn’t even make it up ¼ of the way and had to park the bikes and leave them in the woods.

My advice: take your money and rent someplace else. This CASTLE in the Sky is more like a DUMP in the Sky.

Owners response: “Filthy is definitely how it was left“; I've never seen so much trash. Total disrespect of our property they took the liberty to move a lot of the furniture in the house and not put anything back. There is a table and umbrella about 20 ft outside pool which was moved into pool area. The renters before them (like most) left it very clean. We had 2 people there 1 inside cleaning 1 mostly out cutting grass, vacuuming pool etc. for 4 hours before their arrival. They made no attempt to contact me and I'm completely caught by surprise by this reviewIt rented every week from middle of June thru August 15th with many nice notes left behind including returning vacationers and 1 who told me it was their favorite place ever.

We have over 20 outside seats that do get moved around because there are many nice sitting areas to enjoy the amazing views. A welcome letter is left with instructions for house including what to do with trash. I feel the house is in good condition with nice cherry hardwood floors and ceramic tile, ac vents in every bedroom, ceiling fans in 4 bedrooms and both living areas. That said it also is not super high end; not even granite counters, or marble showers with brass fixtures, no Mahogany doors

Pool is tested, adjusted and vacuumed before every renter. Road is gravel and we have had many severe storms this year it is definitely one of the better maintained gravel roads in the area and does not have large ruts. I only have 2 wheel drive and have never had trouble. This is not over the top polished everything is perfect property nor is it priced to be. This is a very unique property very large with large private pool and a view rare to have to yourself (very cool in morning at times when clouds are below and slowly lift). You sit in the middle of 75 private mountain top acres with (also rare) about an acre of flat kept cut grass to play and enjoy along with many hiking roads/trails to explore and see different angle views. Property goes to top with national forest owning from there.

We are in a great location on The Cherokee/Harrahs side of Franklin with better access to Asheville yet only about 12 miles from Downtown Franklin. Look for are own Gem mining in 2014 search our property or take your time sifting thru buckets from other local mines. I urge you to overlook this review (This week was also unfortunately a rain out) and come see for yourself and share our little piece of paradise.

Helpful votes: 5 / 6


Amazing View

Review submitted: June 28, 2013   Date of arrival: June 1, 2013

My wife and I stayed here with our 2 young daughters in June of 2013. The pictures really don’t do this place justice. The castle feel is impressive and the view is awesome. It was really cool to be swimming in a private pool looking right into the mountains. I liked having a diving board! You have views from the dining area, living room and master bedroom. It is really something.

However, there are a few things you should consider if you are going to stay here. You really are out there. It is about a 10 minute drive up the mountain on a gravel road. We forded a small stream. This would be a great time to use your 4WD, but our Honda Odyssey made it up just fine. Also there is no wifi and we did not have cell service. I wasn’t crazy about that, but it did help us to get away.

You should also realize that you are in the mountains. There are bugs. We saw some cool lizards and the biggest spider I’ve ever seen outside of the zoo. We did have to clean up and kill some bugs inside. It’s almost unavoidable in a place like this. You should just know you’ll be dealing with some bugs. This was probably a bigger deal for us than for others because of our small kids.

The owner is still making improvements on the house. He had been working on a plumbing issue before we arrived. There were some outlet covers off. In talking with him after our stay, he has already taken care of these issues. The house is mostly in good condition and it seems that he will keep working on the maintenance.

The house is huge. There is a lot of space. There are actually 5 bedrooms and 5 baths. Plus a TV room, living room, and upstairs play room. There are technically beds for 10 people (sleeping double). But with couches, air mattresses, pack-n-play’s, ect., you could have an awful lot of people stay there. I think this would be best for a large family or group who wanted to get away together.

We liked that you were pretty close to good hiking in Smokey Mountain National Park. We went to Cherokee / Deep Creek for hiking. There’s tubing down the river. We also did the gem mining right down the road in Franklin. That was good for the kids. We even did some hiking right on the property and could have explored more.

The owner was easy to work with both via email and over the phone. The price is reasonable, especially considering how much house there is. If you want to get away and have some peace in the mountains, this would be a good spot.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, families with teenagers, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 4 / 4


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