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Nottley River Cabin – NC Mountain Bliss

04/03/2011

Scenic views, rustic décor, comfortable necessities and a hot tub – can you ask for anything more? This Murphy cabin is perched on a quiet ridge just a few minutes from the downtown area (and a Walmart), boasting 180 degree views of the Nottley River.

This great place for 4-5 guests features a Queen bedroom and bathroom, a Twin duo and 2nd bathroom and a large comfy L-shaped leather couch and a 42+/- flat screen. The large back deck with picnic table, rustic bar and a great view of the river also opens to the smaller hot tub deck. A firepit and lawn chairs gave us quiet the relaxing evening under the stars, with dozens of frogs adding their voices to the moonlit night.

The cabin is very cozy, and the owners have gone out of their way to provide the necessities and niceties: robes, binoculars, flashlight, lighter, etc.

The gas log fireplace and garage were also appreciated. From start to finish, the owners were accommodating and friendly and we definitely recommend this cabin for a few days or weeks retreat into the mountains. It was very peaceful – we could see another cabin from the left but there was no one there the whole time we were there, so it was as if we had the mountain to ourselves.

Just a few miles away, there’s a river-side boardwalk, a great home décor shop (Moose Hollow Trading Company) and a cute downtown with great shops. About a 2.5 hour drive from Asheville and the Biltmore, this is a great stopping place for all the great stuff the NC mountains offer: whitewater rafting, hiking, Blue Ridge Parkway, rivers and lakes and … the Biltmore.

Highly recommend this cabin to anyone wanting a quiet place to enjoy some country air, quiet and yet still have all the amenities. With tax and the cleaning fee, nightly stays rounded to about $105; weekly and monthly rentals available as well.

Nearby we enjoyed (for a second time) the Daily Grind, complete with a handcarved imported-from-Ireland bar and delicious sandwiches and salads. After we stuffed ourselves there, we headed for a walk on the Murphy River Boardwalk (a 3.2 round trip river edge gravel/boardwalk path) at the “Old L&H Depot.”

Overall, if you’re looking for a quiet but convenient place in the NC foothills, just a short trip from a dozen sight-seeing “musts,” we definitely recommend looking no further than this charming cabin. Be sure to bring hot dogs and s’mores materials!

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