Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled
Book Online or call Booking Assistance 888-829-7076
Book Online or call Booking Assistance 888-829-7076

Best Views In Murphy! Close to Town, Huge Deck, Private Mt, Excellant Reviews!

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms, 11/2 Baths, Sleeps 4

I have another cabin on this site, listing number. This cabin is up for sale and we are no longer taking reservations for it at this time. Please contact us through this

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

Joan Willis
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 17, 2017

About Joan Willis

I love to Travel and love the Murphy area. I am a part time resident of both Murphy and Sanibel Island Florida. I enjoy renovating, designing websites, computer work and I am the author of the Cancer Patient's Workbook. My first book was a print edition published in 2001 and sold really well. The new edition is a digital book selling in iTunes and is struggling to find its intended audience.I'd say that I enjoy life more than life itself but that makes no sense. Point is, I'd give anything to be in two places at once. I love my family, my dog, my friends, painting, anything artsy craftsy, the beaches, the mountains, travel, beading, quirky art. I want to do it all and I want to do it all right now! Unfortunately, I'm the one that put the 'wanna' in wannabe, so I have a bucket list a mile long.

Why Joan Willis chose Murphy

I Take care of both the Sanctuary and The Retreat, which are both on the same mountain. I own one and my friend owns the other. I love the mountain these homes are on because they are so close to town and yet you feel like your out in the middle of nowhere. Over 60% of our business at both cabins are repeat and we try hard to make sure our guests feel right at home.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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
  • 1 of 41


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

Top Thing to do in City:

* Golf.

* Ocoee White Water Rafting.

* Zip Line in the Natahala.

* Horseback Riding.

* Smokey Mountain Train Rides.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Taccoa River Tubing.

* Smokey Mt. National Parks.

* John Campbells Folk School.

* Hiking, Mt. Bikiing, Fly Fishing.

* FiresCreek Hiking and Picnic Area.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* White Water Rafting.

* Waterfalls and Hiking.

* Hiawassee Marina Pontoon Rental.

* Helen Ga, Cherokee & Asheville.

* for more go to my website cabinsinmurphy.

Art Galleries


Bird Watching





Fine Dining


Forest Areas

Golf (Nearby)


Historical Places

Horseback Riding





Mountain Biking





Rock Climbing

Skiing (Cross-country)

Skiing (Downhill)



Tennis (Nearby)


Water Skiing


Murphy Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • You will receive instructions on how and where to dispose of your garbage. Please make sure you don't leave any behind when you check out.
  • Payment indicates that the Renter accepts the terms of the rental contract, in full, upon payment.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • 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
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 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
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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

100% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Best Views In Murphy! Close to Town, Huge Deck, Private Mt, Excellant Reviews!
average rating of 5.0 based on 55 reviews
Pensacola, Florida

Sanctuary Cabin was my Sanctuary for a week

  • 5 of 5

After weeks of researching many mountain cabin homes in Tennessee and North Carolina, I kept going back to this one. I am glad I did. It was very important to me to be close to nature, have a beautiful view of the mountains, and to be away from the crowds. When me and my Great Pyrenees arrived, the cabin looked small from the outside. When we went inside, it was large & roomy. The first thing I did was go out to the wonderful deck, and there was the beautiful mountains without obstruction. The inside was very comfortable but we pretty much stayed on the deck most of our stay.There was no need to bring anything except food, clothes and personal items. Everything else was there. VERY NICE.

There were so many beautiful places we visited in the area within a few hours drive. So much to do, for single person or family. And there are waterfalls everywhere, you just have to find them. Gatlinburg, Cherokee, Smoky Mountain National Forest, and many more, were so easy to drive to.

I will definitely return to this cabin one day. The beautiful view from the deck and from all of the windows in the back of the cabin would make anyone not want to leave.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying with us. I was thrilled to hear you enjoyed all the different places in the Smokies! Please come back and see us! My best, Joanie
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Good prpoerty, great view, rug needs cleaning.

  • 5 of 5

Dog loved the place. Got along with all the other dogs. We loved the view and the hummingbirds. Bed was comfortable. Almost made us want to own property up there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

This was our second visit to the Sanctuary !

  • 5 of 5

Second visit was just as good, if not better, than the first! We love the quaint and quiet town of Murphy with the yummy eateries, shops, and wine tasting! It is also close to just about anything you want to do. Our favorite eats, Shoebooties, right here in Murphy, Southern Charm, which is over in Blue Ridge Ga, a short drive away with lots of great shopping. We also loved a great latte at the Coffee Grind in Murphy, and you can't beat the pizza at the Downtown Pizza. Over in Tenn, outside of Coppertown, we ste at the Ciderhouse cafe. Wonderful southern cooking and friendly folk! A stay at the Sanctuary in the sky is one you will remember for always. You will find the view breathtaking! None like it! Everything you need for a comfortable stay in the mountains. I highly reccommend.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ellen, Thanks fo coming back to our cabin AND thanks for the wonderful review! It looks like you went all over the place and had loads of fun! I hope we get to see you again next year, just let me know. We loved having you there. Joanie
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

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: October 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
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
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: October 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

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: September 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
cleaning for one bedroom $65
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.75%

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.

Personal Check.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.