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Guest House at Dogwood Ridge - Gorgeous View, Gazebo, WiFi in Franklin

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The Guest House at Dogwood Ridge - More than just a vacation rental!  Like a blending of a vacation rental and a bed & breakfast, The Guest House at Dogwood Ridge is a beautifully appointed mountainside home, where you are not just renters, you are guests! Our Guest House sits perfectly perched on 23 acres of private mountainside property next door to our main home with majestic views and woodland contentment in lush Iotla Valley, Franklin, North Carolina.

The Guest House at Dogwood Ridge is actually TWO HOMES IN ONE with a two bedroom unit upstairs and one downstairs in a lovely studio unit, making this ideal for families who travel together and share or large families with older children who like their privacy. The units are separate, but both are always rented out as one for your comfort and enjoyment. Our lovely Guest House features three spacious, comfortable bedrooms - the upstairs unit features one with a king size bed and one with a queen and a full and the downstairs unit features one with a queen.  There's a full bath upstairs and a full en suite bath downstairs. The living room is in the main area upstairs and has a gas 'wood-stove styled' fireplace to create the perfect ambiance.  Everything you need for a home cooked meal is at your disposal in TWO fully stocked kitchens. Our Guest House also features two laundry rooms! Wake each morning to a beautiful sunrise and enjoy your coffee on the enclosed porch while the birds serenade you! Take a walk on the property and enjoy the woods and breathe the fresh mountain air!

The Guest House at Dogwood Ridge is conveniently located to area attractions and activities!  Just minutes from the Macon County Airport (no, there is no noise. It's only small privately owned planes and barely any traffic :) ), 10 minutes to Downtown Franklin, 45 minutes to Highlands, 45 minutes to Bryson City and Cherokee and The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  We are only a few miles from great gem mining, zip lining, tubing and white water rafting.  There are many fabulous trails in the area as well, including the Appalachian Trail and the Bartram Trail.  If antiquing and crafts are your thing, that's here, too.  For motorcycle enthusiasts, the Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap is just in the next county.  If you are looking for something a little more metropolitan, Asheville is only an hour and a half away. There is so much to do in the area that you'll have a hard time deciding!

The Guest House at Dogwood Ridge has captured our hearts! We love it here so much that we want to share it with others!  That's why we've opened our Guest House to you!  We live next door to The Guest House in the main house on the property, but we are committed to your privacy and peaceful vacation.  We take pride in our property and are responsive to any of our guests' needs.  We enjoy providing great perks for all our guests like a batch of our award winning signature cookies, TWO bottles of wine and even a breakfast casserole for your first morning in the fridge.  Since we are local, we can deal with our guests directly, but unless you need us we will leave you to enjoy yourselves.  Most of our guests never see us and the ones that do have asked us to come over and say hello! We want you to feel that this is Your Home Away from Home in the Smokies, not just a place to sleep!

 We invite you to come, be our guest and share in the beauty of the mountains with us!

For more photos and information please visit our website: theguesthouseatdogwoodridge com

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Amenities in The Guest House at Dogwood Ridge:

(Upstairs and downstairs are separate units for added privacy yet we rent them as one to accommodate large groups and for additional comfort and space)

Indoor Features:

  • Every guest is treated to a fresh breakfast casserole for their first morning in the fridge along with juice and coffee.  Also included is a batch of our award winning signature cookies and two bottles of wine - one white, one red.
  • Central Heat and Air Conditioning: Brand new in summer 2011
  • Washer and Dryer: TWO brand new front loading, HE washers and dryers, one set upstairs and one set downstairs.  All laundry supplies provided.
  • Ironing Board and Iron: One upstairs, one down
  • Linens Provided: All sheets, towels, washcloths, blankets, etc.  All sheets are 300 thread count or greater.
  • Lovely gas 'stove' - same design as a wood stove, only no mess!
  • The Master Bedroom features a comfy king size bed with lovely linens and a TV with Direct TV.
  • Bedroom 2 features a queen size bed and a full size bed for a variety of sleeping arrangements.
  • Downstairs features a queen size bed and en suite full bath and kitchen.
  • There is a poker table with chips and cards and four chairs set up in the garage.
  • TWO Flat screen TVs with Direct TV, DVD players and a VCR. Choose from a collection of DVDs.
  • There is no land line provided, but cell coverage is available on the mountain.
  • Free WiFi (Wireless Internet): Provided for your wireless devices.
  • TWO Full Kitchens: Open and clean - the cook can still be a part of the action in the living areas.
  • Cooking Utensils Provided: All pots, pans, utensils and basic staples are at your finger tips!
  • TWO Refrigerators: w/Ice Makers
  • Dishwasher:  (in upstairs kitchen)
  • TWO Microwaves: New

Outdoor Features:

  • 23 acres of private property - plenty of room to roam!
  • Gas BBQ Grill: For cooking out!
  • All-season porch and balcony: Enjoy the sunrise from the enclosed porch which faces northeast! Brand new railings have been added to the balcony for safety.
  • New to the property - a gazebo with a view!
  • Our home is mountain view: Nestled in Carson Cove in the Smoky Mountains and the Nantahala National Forest. There are long range views of the Cowee Mountains, in particular, Cowee Bald. There are close range views of the surrounding mountains of Carson Cove and Willis Cove and down into the green, rolling pastures of Iotla Valley.
  • Feel free to walk around and explore your surroundings in the lovely woods that surround our home.
  • Ample Parking: Parking is available under the carport or anywhere in front of The Guest House.
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer: We have a full size, locked RV garage with electricity and full bathroom if you are bringing your RV.


  • The Guest House is suitable for up to 8 people.
  • No Pets Allowed: But the 'Bed and Biscuit' is not far down the road; a boarding house for your furry friends.
  • Kid Friendly: Yep! Games, puzzles, crayons etc. and we have a couple of sleeping bags if the kids want to "camp out" on the porch.
  • The Guest House is a NON-SMOKING home.  You may smoke outside, but we kindly ask you not to dispose of butts on the property.

activities and attractions in Franklin Smoky Mountains

  • Activities (on site and nearby)
    • Golf
    • Tennis
    • Shopping
    • Kayaking
    • Boating
    • Swimming
    • Mountain Biking
    • Downhill/Alpine Skiing
    • Snowboarding
    • Snowmobiling
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Fishing
    • Hunting
    • Health/Beauty Spa
    • Antiquing
    • Live Theatre
    • Miniature golf
    • Horseback Riding
    • Zoo/Wildlife Park
    • Restaurants
    • Rafting
    • Sledding/Tubing
    • Hiking
    • Rock Climbing
    • Fitness Center/Gym
    • Cinemas/Movie Theaters
    • Museums
  • Other Activities
    • Gem mining, Waterfall viewing, Appalachian Trail, Canopy Tours/Zip lines, Whitewater Rafting, Bird Watching, Art Galleries, Near Highlands, Asheville, Cherokee, Gatlinburg TN, Pigeon Forge TN, Dollywood, Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap

vacation rental rates

Year Round Rates:

                   $135/night .. $750/week .. $2250/month

*Save $195 for 7 nights! Get 4 weeks for the price of 3 when you book a month!*

We do not charge higher rates for 'in season'!  Our great service and great rates are good year round!                  

Cleaning fee and 9.75% state and local occupancy tax are included in the rate!

A $200 refundable damage deposit is required for all stays.

Three night minimum stay.

Check-in/check-out days are flexible.

Secure online or telephone payments accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and eCheck; personal checks accepted 

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Top things to do in Franklin
  • Waterfall Viewing
  • Hike the Appalachian Trail
  • Gem Mining
  • Tubing/Kayaking
  • Scottish Tartan Museum
Top things to do on a budget
  • Picnic at Cliffside Lake
  • View Dry Falls
  • Visit the Gem and Mineral Museum - FREE!
  • Take a Scenic Drive
  • Hike one of the many of fabulous trails in the area
Top things to do with a family
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Ziplining/Canopy Tours
  • Hiking Waterfall Trails
  • Trout Fishing
  • Gem Mining

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Fantastic retreat!

Review submitted: June 26, 2012   Date of arrival: June 17, 2012

The pictures don't do justice to this beautiful mountain "home away from home." From the moment we arrived, my family enjoyed every minute spent at this wonderful place. Music was playing, candles were burning, and fresh flowers greeted us. We were really impressed with the cleanliness, roominess, and comfort of both the upstairs and downstairs accommodations. Stephanie had prepared a scrumptious breakfast casserole for our first morning so we didn't have to rush out to round up food. Also on hand were orange juice and delicious cookies. (Plus two bottles of wine!) A washer and dryer, with supplies, gave us the benefit of not having to get back home with a suitcase full of dirty laundry. The two main tv's kept our guys happy and I managed to watch a bit of tv on my own in the master bedroom. We also made good use of the dvd's and games provided. There are so many perks provided that I can't begin to list them all. The views from the gazebo and screened in porch are gorgeous. Flowers and greenery abound; we saw plenty of birds at the feeders.
The location is close to Franklin, where there is plenty to see and do. Other towns with activities are only a few miles further. We took a day trip to Gatlinburg; went antiquing in Dillard, and found some great flea market buys in Clayton. It was pleasant to be busy in the day and come back to sit on the porch relaxing with a book or playing games. There is wifi and cell service, how great is that!!
Stephanie visited us once early on to make sure all was well, instructed us to call her if we needed her, then left us to ourselves. A most excellent hostess!
I would definitely recommend this property to my friends and relatives.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 4 / 5

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Our most recent review from a FlipKey guest....

Review submitted: December 6, 2013   Date of arrival: October 21, 2013

"Comfortable, Well-appointed Guest House in a Fantastic Location"

My husband and I had a wonderful anniversary trip staying in the charming Guest House in Franklin, NC. We found the house so comfortable, and the trip so relaxing, that we didn't want to leave! Stephanie, the gracious hostess, provided delicious homemade macaroons and a breakfast casserole, along with wine, o.j., half & half, and fresh flowers. These personal touches made us feel right at home, and you won't find these amenities at many other places! We've stayed in several wonderful homes but none that provided so many little extras as The Guest House. The king bed was extremely comfortable (and the sheets amazingly soft!), as was the living room sofa- I found myself wishing I had such comfy furniture at our house, but I suppose I wouldn't get much work done if we did. :) I really loved the way the house was decorated- comfy mountain-style furnishings with a touch of mid-century modern. It seemed a perfect match. We took advantage of the wonderful gas fireplace every day of our week! The gazebo was a great outdoor amenity- I spent one blissful afternoon lying in the hammock with a book and watching the chickens "free-ranging" on the hillside. I wish I had done more of that! There is so much to see and do in the area, though, if you enjoy driving curvy mountain roads, breathtaking scenery (gorges, waterfalls, amazing views), antiquing & checking out local arts & crafts, visiting unique mountain towns, eating amazing food, and trying out new things (gem mining!). We hope to return to The Guest House again soon!

Helpful votes: 1 / 1


What a view!

Review submitted: September 29, 2013   Date of arrival: June 8, 2013

We stayed here for several weeks while house hunting. This home was better than expected and the charming owners were absolutely wonderful. We were greeted with macaroon cookies, a breakfast strata, wine and freshly cut flowers from the property. The soothing music and pine scented candles were a nice touch as well. The views from the screened in porch were breathtaking-especially the sunrises and sunsets! The Proprietor, Stephanie, set out a basket that contained menus from area restaurants and much needed information about the area. She was extremely helpful and was quite a concierge during our stay. We appreciated Stephanie's recommendations and she was invaluable with our relocation. We felt "at home" instantly and were grateful she was immediately available. Stephanie maintained our privacy and the property was as described. It was clean, well-maintained, and we loved having so many places to wander outdoors. We had plenty of room for guests and they enjoyed the property also. The amenities were incredible and we were sad to leave. It was convenient to downtown Franklin, yet secluded making it the perfect place for us to stay. Whether you are staying a few days or a few months, we HIGHLY recommend staying here.

Recommended for: age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 2 / 2


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