Some of the Gem's 40+ five star reviews:


We loved it!

The house is awesome! Mark and Jean are very responsive owners. The kitchen is well equipped and the beds are comfortable. We loved sitting on the porches enjoying the views and relaxing in the hot tub. The location of the house is the perfect central location to everything we wanted to do. We had a blast visiting the Biltmore House, hiking, swimming at Skinny Dip Falls and Sliding Rock, whitewater rafting on the Nantahala, enjoying the mountain views on the Parkway, and horseback riding at the Cataloochee Ranch. Downtown Waynesville is a quaint mountain town that offers great shopping and restaurants. We appreciated a break from the Florida heat and our busy lives and hope to visit again soon!

Vicky R.     June 2017

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Exceptional home!

Great view! The house is new, updated and immaculate! Cleanliness is a make or break for my travel. It was a pleasure staying in a home that is so well taken care of. I also appreciate such a nice place to stay that allow's dogs. It is favorable to vacation in a place that you would be happy to call home.
Simple but thorough directions were provided for arrival and departure and the listing on VRBO was just as described.
Our next trip will be longer then the 3 days that we stayed there, but our short amount time was appreciated. Looking forward to a return trip some day.

Amanda S.     Dec. 2016

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Amazing Mountain Views!

We stayed for a week at this beautiful house. The decor is great, the views are amazing. We enjoyed our "hike" down and up the driveway every morning. It's so peaceful and quiet, and we were able to see lots of wild-life..(wild turkey, rabbits, deer, skunk, and groundhogs). The hot tub was a very nice plus too...kids and adults enjoyed it a lot! The beds were so comfortable, and the kids really had fun with their "own" room and the foosball table. Definitely a wonderful place to spend a vacation.

 Julia F.     May 2016

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A Gem Indeed!

This is my favorite house we have ever rented in the area. It is beautifully appointed and has everything you could need. The attention to detail is wonderfully thought out. We were there when the spring flowers were blooming and loved watching the rhododendron, lilacs and azaleas bloom on the property. The views are spectacular. The beds are super comfortable with very nice linens. Everything was immaculately cleaned. The owners were extremely responsive and friendly. These owners do everything right!!

Sandi K.     April 2016

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Another excellent week in the mountains!

After our first stay in this home in May, we couldn't wait to return. And renting the same house is not something we usually do. But the views, the decks, the furnishings and the house itself will call you back!

Thanks for sharing your home with us Jean and Mark! We hope to be back again in May!

Alina H.     October 2015

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Just lovely.  

We prefer rental homes when visiting areas so we can make our own food, have privacy and feel like we are at home. We wish this was our home! As soon as we walked in we were in awe. The great room is more spacious than most places we have rented. Even though it is the kitchen, dining area and living room, we never felt crowded. That may be because we spent most of our time on the large deck!

We want the bed. If the owners ever want to give it up, we will take it - mattress and all!

The view is spectacular. There are long range as well as short range mountains. We had a few lovely sunrises and enjoyed seeing clouds nestled in the valleys other times.

We would definitely return to this great home! My hubby just said he wants to stay here for the next two months!

Alina H.     May 2015

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Such a great escape to the mountains!

We loved this house and our stay. We are from NYC and wanted a mountain-themed escape from the city and this house was perfect. The pictures are accurate and everything was in great condition, perfectly clean and very comfortable. It's perfect for anyone wanting to escape with great views and total peace and quiet!!

Sarah     May 2015

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Serenity...

Staying here was like a dream vacation! This place has everything that you could ask for... Beautiful view, perfect location for sightseeing all the surrounding areas, plenty of room and games for the kids, hot tub and grill on decks... Sitting on the balcony listening to the birds and feeling the morning dew was so refreshing. If you want to make the sweetest memories with your family... This is the place to go! We will definitely be back! We loved it and feel so blessed to have stayed there! Mark & Jean were beyond nice and helpful! Thanks again!

Abby     March 2015

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Tidings of comfort and joy!

Our first Christmas away from our home felt surprisingly homey! We were thrilled to spend a week in your lovely home. The setting felt secluded for privacy/peace, yet conveniently proximate to Asheville and Bryson City where we visited friends and family. The days bring gorgeous views of surrounding valleys and mountains. The night brings complete silence accompanied by stars and moonlight. The furnishings are new and comfortable. The bedding is perfect for winter nights. The master bedroom on the main floor is welcoming with nice finishes. The two basement bedrooms provide space for the older kids. Even the foosball table and board games were enjoyed by our group. The hot tub provided extra time for those college kids to have real conversations without texting or social media, however the WIFI and Direct TV were much appreciated. We toured the Biltmore Estate, hiked at Deep Creek in Bryson City, watched the elk in nearby Cataloochee Valley, and hosted a small gathering for Christmas morning brunch. Our favorite meals out were at Joey's Pancake House and Frankie's Italian Trattoria both in Maggie Valley. By far the best VRBO experience so far!

Tom T.     December 2014

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Gorgeous Home with Amazing Views!

We have stayed at a series of cabins and rentals, but this home greatly exceeded any and all expectations we could have had. It was only my fiancé and I, but the home is easily able to accommodate larger groups. We loved the open floor plan; with the gas fireplace, it was such a cozy and intimate setting. The views of the Smoky Mountains were easily seen from every room in the house, and waking up to such a gorgeous backdrop was just breathtaking. The master bath was large, spacious, and updated. The bed was the most comfortable bed we've ever slept in - so much so that it was really hard tearing myself away from it every morning. The kitchen is well appointed, which was great since we cooked a few meals while we were there. And the location was easy to get to and close to town. The hot tub was immaculate and perfect for a leisurely soak while taking in the views. There is plenty of seating on the two level deck, which would be great for summer visits (nonetheless we used it in the cold weather because we couldn't resist). And finally, the owners are a gracious, kind couple who made us feel so at home, and the property managers were extremely helpful in getting us settled. I cannot say enough good things about this rental. Our only regret is that we couldn't stay longer! Thank you so much for a wonderful, relaxing vacation :-)

Lee Bee     December 2014

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Wonderful getaway!!

Thank you again for sharing your beautiful home with us. We had such a wonderful & relaxing time, and really appreciate that we were able to bring our Golden with us. We loved everything about the house, it was such a warm and comfortable home. The kitchen was amazing and had everything we could possibly need, and the views off the deck were excellent. I could just go on and on about every room in the house. :) We enjoyed having our morning coffee looking out over the mountains. The quality of everything in the house was exceptional, and decorated perfectly. Also the location of the house was perfect, not far from downtown Waynesville for shopping and dining. We highly recommend Sweet Onion for dinner. We definitely look forward to coming back for another visit, hopefully soon. :)

Jeff     November 2014

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Thanksgiving 2013 :)

Excellent communication! Outstanding customer service! The entire family of six had a great time! The house is fully equipped and very organized, super clean, including the kitchen. Great selection of DVD's. We were all very comfortable day and night. We did not go out of the house for most of our vacation there! We were even lucky to get some snow! Looking forward to go back again :) Thanks :)

Mary C.     November 2013