Huis, 6 slaapkamers + Overige (zie beschrijving) 4 baden, (Sleeps 2-16) 13 bedden WiFi
100% terugbetaling bij annulering ten minste 30 dagen voor de aankomstdatum. 50% terugbetaling bij annulering ten minste 14 dagen voor de aankomstdatum.
Beautiful outdoor space, Cluttered/tight living quarters
I'd like to start by saying that Linda was super nice. The gardens and neighborhood were absolutely gorgeous. And if you are renting just one room/portion of the house, this may work great for you.
We rented the whole property for a family reunion and, for us, there was not enough common space to hang out. In fact, there is no indoor common space at all, so we spent the whole weekend outside. That would have been wonderful if it weren't for the biting no-see-ems which left welts all over our legs and feet.
The house feels cluttered, with tons of video tapes, books, and blankets in cabinets everywhere. The kitchens are pretty small for so many people and there is no dishwasher. So while there are plenty of dishes, it would be challenging to wash and dry them all by hand.
Lastly, many of the rooms don't have doors (including one of the bathrooms), so there isn't much privacy. The Loft and Hobbit Room in the Eco Cabin are just mattresses on the floor, nothing else. Oh, and the WiFi is pretty much useless.
We did not complain to Linda because we made the best of it and enjoyed our time together, but I just wanted people who come for a trip like ours to have an accurate idea of what the place has to offer. Again, small groups or people who won't cook or hang out on property could do well here. We hold this family reunion every year and for us it was not ideal. We will not be back.
Side note: We went strawberry picking at Darnell Farms - YUM. Their DreamWhip (soft serve ice cream treat) may be the most delicious thing I have ever tasted. Do yourself a favor and get a large one.
Thank you for your kind comment about me personally and that the gardens and neighborhood were absolutely gorgeous.
Re booking rooms for your family reunion. I wish I’d been informed in advance that in addition to the 16 people in the paid reservation, that there would be additional people come and stay over, plus local family members who would spend most of the day and evening at the location. At one point, there were at least 10 vehicles.
The listing says “guests say it’s a GREAT RETREAT setting w/enough rooms for a 14 person reunion”
If I had known, there would be so many more people than the maximum capacity posted on the listing, I would have informed you that the listing wasn’t suitable for that large of a family reunion and would have suggested that you rented a hall in nearby Bryson City or Franklin.
The 2-story Eco Cabin has the Hobbit & Loft with mattresses to allow more head room as represented in the photos and in the detailed descriptions. Additionally, the accommodations have 11 raised quality beds. The Nature's Rest Suite, Wood Room & Fireplace Room each are very large. Plus there is a separate bunk house not listed.
The accommodation is spacious and suitable for groups up to 16 people indoors but not for a large family reunion with several dozen people & 8 children.
Re bathrooms: there are four separate bathrooms, three of which have a regular door, and the fourth which is an ensuite off a bedroom has a double set of curtains instead.
Re doors: There are stairs in the rocking chair room & the loft doesn’t not have a formal door due to it being a loft.
The WiFi provided is sufficient for streaming video and normal usage, that said, there has never been such an over capacity group before, and if so many people were using the WiFi that could account for a slower speed.
Two unique homes in a serene setting
Our small group of 5 families enjoyed our weekend at these two lovely homes. Linda is a terrific hostess who shares her environmentally-responsible property so well! We loved the fire pit!
Thanks so much for visiting Smoky Mountain Rose Manor.
I am pleased that you enjoyed the Property and understood the sustainability aspect of it. I look forward to your visits in the future!
eco friendly cabin and peaceful rest
I wish I could have spent more time at this lovely property. The eco cabin was spacious, clean, and homey. I slept soundly and felt well rested and relaxed during my stay. What a perfect location - the drive through the Smoky Mountain National Park was incredible.
I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay !
And thank you for the lovely handwritten note you left on your departure.
Many guests thank me in person or leave handwritten notes when they leave but it's especially appreciated when guests take the time to write a digital review that can be shared. Thanks again !
Comfort in the Smokies!
While I stayed at Eco Rose Manor, I thoroughly enjoyed the fireplace room, its complete bathroom, and fully equipped second kitchen. Being in the mountains constantly adds to this lovely lodging as I went to sleep listening to crickets and awoke to birds chirping. Linda's beautiful property and extensive collection of books and movies may tempt you to stay in, but there is so much to explore in every direction! Water activities in Nantahala, hiking in Deep Creek, music in Sylva, and so much more is near (Franklin, Dillsboro, Cherokee, Highlands). Asheville is 1.5 hours away and definitely worth a trip! What makes this rental even better is Linda's friendly personality, knowledge of the area, and commitment to keeping a clean, eco friendly property!
peaceful interlude in the green zone
My lady and I stayed for several days at Linda's ecologically-minded enclave. No sound of traffic, elevator music or yelling in the distance. I'm talking total silence. This place is really out-of-the-way. Not that far from Asheville but quite secluded, deep into woods and farms but convenient to Bryson City, Franklin and Highlands, NC. Linda has created a peaceful and eco-friendly spot, with two beautiful stone houses. The rest is just landscape and woods. You're surrounded by greenery and natural peace. Great place to get away from it all! BTW, this place is motorcycle heaven for those so inclined. The roads are gorgeous and twisty!
Thank you for your nice comments & the lovely thank you note I received in the mail.
The Gem Club & most of the rain left the day you arrived so I am happy you were able to do some hiking,
Very pleased you enjoyed the Biltmore, The Smokies and Rose Manor.
I Value repeat guests !
Group organizers arriving first
The home and cottage are very attractive on arrival.
With all the owner's emphasis on non smoking and eco friendliness, we expected it to be immaculate for respiratorily sensitive people: dry and dust free for our group who were more than half people with allergies and sensitivities.
Just opening the door, the damp and smell of mildew hit me hard, my face and ears completely stopped up and left me dizzy. Homeowner said she had never had a problem in 300 guests, but you wonder, allergies are not rare.
A number of our guests developed respiratory problems from allergies to the mustiness. An elderly gentleman was forced to sleep in his car, not that he wanted to. One member had such deep congestion from the musty house, it caused severe vertigo,which made it impossible to participate in the 2 most important of our 3 activities. The vertigo caused a bad fall in a bathtub.
There were huge dehumidifiers all over the houses, so the owner was indeed aware of the severe dampness even as she denied it.
I slept upstairs, which was less musty, but had been overly sprayed with an artificially scented room freshener that hurt my sinuses and made me feel sick.
Downstairs batheooms had toilets too tall or child sized for adults. The.kitchen was so tiny, the kitchen sink replaced the bathroom sink in the adjacent bathroom. Nobody could believe a kitchen sink just a couple ft from the toilet.
One "room" was a walk in closet with a twin bed in it, that cost one of us $67/ night for three nights. A closet!
Owner also required us when leaving to sweep, vacuum, and dust, or a service would be charged to a member's credit card.
We were disappointed, because the congestion we developed due to the mildew in the houses affexted how we felt and slept, it took a lot of the funout of the trip for five of our ten.
I was standing beside this reviewer when she opened the doors & there was no mention of mustiness or a problem of any kind then or during their stay so this is an anomaly to all our other positive reviews & quite surprising.
The only incident I was made aware of was one casual mention of sorry that a guest's car horn went off after 2 am as it was because of the group's smoker coughing so he decided to stay in his car to avoid bothering others. The man told me he had a chronic condition whereas the reviewer made out that "he developed it because of mustiness." No guest has ever made such a claim before.
I, myself suffer from allergies & am sensitive to mildew & musty odors, so if there had been an issue I would have addressed it.
I have NEVER used "an artificially scented room freshener", instead what the reviewer smelled was the natural citrus cleaning product that is used to steam mop the floor.
Over the course of 3 days, prior to the reviewer's arrival on July 28, EVERY surface in the guests' areas were thoroughly cleaned, and all 13 beds had their mattress pads, comforters, blankets in addition to sheets and pillows washed with non-toxic natural laundry detergent. Several of the beds & pillows are less than 1 year old.
It is true that it rained during most of this group's stay, & that the air in general outdoors was moist and humid, as by door. The First Level & Eco Cabin have efficient dehumidifers & air conditioners; I do not know if these guests had turned them on, off or not.
The unique Harry Potter's Room that reviewer called the closet, is one of our popular rooms & when added on to a package, ranges in price from $30-35 depending on how many people are in the group. There were 12 other bed choices with several of the suites over 400 sq. feet. The reviewer booked & organized for a group of 12 (but had 10) & divided fees however the $67 she charged is clearly twice what I would have charged.
There are two kitchens. The largest kitchen is in the Eco Cabin, & there is a smaller "bonus" kitchen which is the one she is referring to. There is also a lovely outdoor BBQ & fire pit area that they didn't use.
It saddens me that this is a misrepresentation of Rose Manor, as I go the extra mile to make the place eco-friendly and a special retreat for groups, as evidenced by all the positive reviews and repeat guests.
Wildwatervaren slechts 11 mijl van onroerend goed!