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Best Views In Murphy! The Sanctuary

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)


Property Details

Updated: Nov 11, 2016
Cabin, 2 Bedrooms, 11/2 Baths, Sleeps 4

OUR cabin the Sanctuary in the Sky, HAS THE BEST VIEWS IN MURPHY on a VERY private mountain only 2 miles from Downtown. Our Best Renting Cabin Hands Down! Read our REVIEWS! Please email me for a link to tons more pictures or go to my website. Briefly, this homey and cozy 2 bedroom/ one and a half bath cabin has 50 mile views with gorgeous night lights of Peachtree and the mountain ranges of Murphy, Andrews, Georgia and beyond! The Sanctuary sleeps 4 persons and is located on a privately owned mountain only 2 miles from downtown Murphy, has beautiful furnishings, a gas log fireplace, two large decks (one is covered, one is open), a detached garage….. We have it all! Pictures can not possibly do this cabin and it's view justice, however, for an enticing taste of just how beautiful this mountain and our cabin really is…..

In detail, our cabin is a unique home located just four miles from Ingles and Wal-mart BUT you will feel as if your miles from nowhere. The home is two stories with the main living area and the two main bedrooms on the main floor. There is one and a half baths upstairs and a shower downstaris as well. The spectacular views are from every room and there are an abundance of windows to show it all off. I really believe that we have the best views in all of Murphy. You can see Peachtree and Andrews and at night the lights are just so beautiful!

The decks are incredible. There is one covered with an outdoor dining table and one exposed with lots of seating to sit and enjoy the nature. Our living room area is cozy with a charming gas rock fireplace, comfortable couch and recliners and tasteful art work. We have a bear theme going and love all things BEARS. There are sliders across the whole back of the living room for looking out at our long range mountains. I can not say it enough......The views are truly spectacular!!!!! The kitchen/dining room is airy, cheerful and has everything you will need. Large windows in both bedrooms on the main floor look out over the Mountain ranges insuring the mountins will be the first thing you see when you awake in the morning. We want the cabin to feel as if this is your home away from home. Therefore, it has many of our treasures and special touches that we know you will love as much as we do.

Our philosophy is we would rather have guests in our home every week at a more than reasonable price than have an occasional rental at a higher price. I think you will find our prices a lower than the average for a cabin with the views, charm and close location to downtown Murphy and shopping that we offer. You will save money in gas alone being so close to town. By the way, our weeks are a full 7 nights. Do not believe me about how great this cabin is; read the reviews! Prices are subject to change. I don't keep a calendar online so please contact me to find out availability.

PLEASE email me for my personal website address because I have so many beautiful pictures of the home that I could not put here...

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Recent Review

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Guestbook comments from the manager

We had no expectations when we started out because so many online places aren't represented properly. Joanie was great in giving information about the cabin and area around Murphy. She interfaced with the owners and we sent our money. When we arrived the cabin was exactly as it was represented plus much more! In reality the cabin was perfect. The furniture was very nice and comfortable and the beds were4 extremly comfortable as well. The Kitchen was so easy to work in and I loved the "bears". This is certainly a place we woudl visit again-especially in leaf season. Thank you all for a really nice visit in NC!
Apr 2014
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11 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)


A slice of heaven in the clouds.

  • 5 of 5

The Sanctuary was amazing. We loved the cabin, it looks just it is pictured. Now the view, well you just have to be there to believe it.You can see for miles and miles. We saw a golden eagle soaring by, he was so close.It is peaceful, so peaceful you can literally hear a leaf drop. Met some of the neighbors, all great folks. The town of Murphy was great. We ate Chop House, shoeBooties, and The Grind, did the Riverwalk and flea market. Cherohala drive was amazing . The first day the road was a little intimidating, but by the time I left it was like I had been doing it forever. I loved every minute and cannot wait to get back to Willscott Mountain. We are so glad we found you on the internet Joanie, thank you Al and Davalee for sharing that little spot of heaven. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm thrilled you did so many wonderful things in and around Murphy and that your got to see the leaf change. We just loved having you at our cabin. Thank you so much for your kind words and please keep us in mind for your next vacation to our area. Joanie
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Vero Beach, FL

Best location in Murphy

  • 5 of 5

Its all about location! The Sanctuary is not even two miles from downtown Murphy yet it has incredible, long distance views. Paved roads make for easy access and the garage was perfect for storing our mountain bikes. The dog run out back made it easy to let our dogs out first thing in the morning while the coffee brewed. This was our fifth stay at The Sanctuary and it consistently ranks as the best place we've stayed in Murphy.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Our 3rd time at the Santcuary

  • 5 of 5

This was our 3rd time staying at the Sanctuary cabin. Love the views and convenience as it is close to town. It has a traditional "cabin" feel to it and wonderful long-range mountain views!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Million Dollar View

  • 5 of 5

The pictures of the view from the cabin and deck do not do it justice. It is an ever-changing landscape with the fog and clouds moving in and out and is beautiful. Although the property is less than five minutes from downtown Murphy it is so quiet you could think you were 10 miles out of town. You can be to Georgia in fifteen minutes and Tennessee in 30. There is hiking, waterfall viewing, swimming and golfing all nearby. Our three month stay here was great and we were treated like old friends by the owners and everyone around. If we return to Murphy we will be sure and try and stay here.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Love this place

  • 5 of 5

I'm remiss in writing this review and apologize for the delay, Joanie. This place is absolutely amazing and I'm quite serious when I say it deserves more than 5 stars. The view truly outstanding.- nothing but mountains rolling off into the distance - mist rising from the valley making "islands" in the morning - beautiful sunrises. I'm not at all a morning person but even I was happy to awaken for that! And I must say that the rental agent, Joanie, was great. She's charming, friendly,, knowledgable and helpful. I've dealt with the many VRBO owners & agents and Joanie is one of the best. We met the owner briefly and I have to say the same about him. I kinda hate to rave about this place so much because I'd love to keep it to myself! We will definitely return.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying with us and for taking such good care of the cabin and treating it like it was your own home! We loved having you and I'm so very happy that you were so happy! Let me know when you're ready to come back up and I'll help to arrange that for you and in the meantime, I'll keep you up to date with any short notice discounts we run.....Hope to see you soon, Joanie
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Great cabin with awesome views!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second two week stay at the Sanctuary. We came in July and fell in love with these gorgeous mountains and the awesome views from every room. We can't get enough of the spectacular sunrises! As native Floridians and lifetime 'Flatlanders', we are fascinated by the 'islands in the sky' created by the fog and clouds in the valleys. We couldn't put our cameras down and all pictures posted got rave reviews.

The cabin is always comfy and cozy. Al and Davalee are wonderful hosts. They always go above and beyond to make sure we have everything we need. We stocked up on groceries and ate in most of the time. We just couldn't pry ourselves away from those beautiful panoramic views from the deck. We drove over to the waterfalls near Highlands. The foliage was especially bright and colorful on the drive up the mountain. It's so cool to drive under and walk behind the falls. It was an enjoyable day trip full of 'wows'.

The time flew by and we hate to leave but we'll return as often as possible to this fantastic Sanctuary in the Sky!

Jan & Family

DeLand, FL

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jan, Thank you so much for coming up to the Sanctaury AGAIN!!! We just love having you at the cabin and I'm thrilled that you enjoy yourself so much. Davalee and Al are so wonderful and Al has nothing but praise about what a great guest you are. We run winter specials so let me know if you want to try a "cooler" week up there on Willscott! Thanks for everything! Joanie
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : Downtown Murphy at 1.5 Miles Nearest Golf : Cherokee Country Club at 4 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Downtown has many restaurants at 1.5 Miles Nearest Ski : Maggie Valley at 50 Miles

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Rock Climbing

Skiing (Cross-country)

Skiing (Downhill)



Tennis (Nearby)


Water Skiing


Rental rates

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning for one bedroom $65
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 11.0%

These rates DO NOT refect holiday rates. These prices are estimates and must be negotiated with the owner. Cleaning for one bedroom is $65, two bedrooms is $75. 4 persons only. 3 night minimum except for holiday weeks which are 7 night minimum. $50 fee per pet and $100 extra security per pet.

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Property Type

  • cabin


  • Adventure
  • Luxury
  • Romantic


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • pets considered

Location Type

  • Downtown
  • Mountain View


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, shower


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2


  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill


  • Guests provide their own meals

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website


  • 2 large decks, one covered, one exposed with comfortable deck furniture. 2 Bed/1/2 Bath Beautiful Mature Trees Long Range Views of 50 miles or more. Rock gas Fireplace Paved Road Patio Table for dining outdoors Bird & Humming Bird Feeders Central Air & Heat Unlimited Local Phone (bring a phone card for long distance) Cathedral Ceilings Dish Satellite TV DVD Player Ironing Board & Iron Computer and Internet Access Detached Garage Parking BBQ Gas Grill Towels & Linens Provided Microwave/Dishwasher/Refrigerator Cooking Utensils/Blender /Mixer Washer & Dryer Cabin is very private and resides on nearly an acre

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