Heather from Jacksonville, FL writes:

Rejuvenating escape from everyday life

Located on top of mountain, this awe-inspiring peaceful retreat is the perfect escape. With million dollar views from every corner, lush gardens, hummingbirds galore, and comfortable furnishings, my family and I did not want to leave. An interesting and delightful collection of books, CDs, and DVDs awaits. Hike to a waterfall, and return to a good soak in the cedar, rustic hot tub located under the stars. We did not leave the homesite for the first 4 days of our week long vacation, finding plenty to do include family bonding over puzzles, cards, and boardgames. We do recommend Smokemount Stables for excellent trail rides and Tuckaseegee Outfitters for white water kayaking or rafting. For souvenirs, I recommend the Qualla Co-op. This is across from the Cherokee Museum (a must do) and offers true Cherokee art, etc. Most of the trinket places around Cherokee offer junk made in China. Did not visit Harrah’s…not our thing. Remember Cherokee is a dry reservation, so buy your wine and beer prior to arrival. Water rock is well stocked with all cooking gear, etc and we made wonderful meals every night. Very slim choice of restaurants in town and you won’t be able to beat the views from the dining room or the upper deck at Water Rock. The drive up to the house is very long but beautiful. Relax and enjoy the ride. We certainly did. Water Rock was a truly amazing experience…zen-like, ethereal, rejuvenating. We cannot wait to return. As a final note, the owners of this property are wonderful. All plans went without a hitch, and all promises kept. Thanks again.

Recommended for:People with disabilities, age 55+, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, pet owners, families with young children, girls getaway, sightseeing.

Island Dwellers from St. George Island, FL write:

Spectactular and Peaceful

What a way to relieve stress – back to nature. Wonderful hiking and spectactular 360 views wherever you looked was amazing. hit the fall color just right. The home is exactly that – a home not just a rental. Wonderful kitchen and the master bedroom – what a treat to wake up to such a view. The hot tub was fantastic after a day of hiking – just get the fire started go hiking and 5 hours later it is nice and toasty. We will definitely be staying here again.

Janie from Loganville, GA writes:

Wonderful Long Weekend

The listing information and pictures are accurate, the home is clean, well-maintained and has everything you need for a great get-away. Kitchen is clean and fully stocked (pots, pans, coffee maker, crock pot, but take your own paper plates, etc.). The gardens are beautiful. We did not try the hot tub, it’s labor intensive Take marshmallows for the campfire, there is plenty of ready-to-burn wood already cut and waiting. Every room in the home has a great view of the mountains. Owners are readily available by phone to answer questions, we have already recommended this property to friends. Thanks for a great weekend.

Recommended for:Age 55+, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway, sightseeing.

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Lucy from Atlanta, GA writes:

Fantastic Winter Vacation

The views from the mountain top are gorgeous. Our large group found plenty of space and the wood stove(and electric heat) made the whole house cozy. There is a telephone land line and Verizon works, but we were happy to be a little less connected to the outside world. Instead we hiked, enjoyed the wood fired hot tub and made family meals in the large kitchen. A great way for our family to reconnect! The owner is a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend this property.

Recommended for:Age 55+, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, pet owners, families with young children, girls getaway, sightseeing.

Andrew from Lexington, SC writes:


Water Rock looks great online but it is so much better than the pictures. The owners of this home/property have thought of everything and it shows in the home’s layout and the grounds. The view is spectacular and the sunsets cannot be described in words. Unbelievable. The multiple entries to the house make it easy to access from any point in the yard. Even different areas of the yard have multiple access points. The grounds are wonderfully landscaped with rock gardens, water features, a Zen garden, and the neatest hot tub we’ve ever seen. We spent hours in the hot tub looking up at millions of stars. Spectacular! Every room in the house has wonderful views. The library of books, CDs, movies, and games/puzzles is huge. The house is fully stocked with linens and cookware and utensils and plenty of wood for the firepit and hot tub is provided (so convenient!). The location is perfect for pet owners. It is secluded so our dog ran free and he has not moved a muscle since arriving home this afternoon because he is exhausted from all his exploring. His favorite lounging spot was in the Zen garden next to Buddha, which made for some great photo ops! Both bathrooms are wonderful, with a clawfoot tub in one and a fabulous steam shower in the other. The slate and hardwood floors throughout the house are beautiful. The lookout room was a huge hit among the children and adults alike with 360 degrees of mountainous beauty. The room contains two children’s beds and our children were very comfortable sleeping there. The road leading to the house was long but as the web site describes, it is easy to travel. Some of our family arrived after dark but using the detailed directions provided, had no problem getting to the house. This is the first home I have visited that has been done exactly the way I’d do it if I had the know-how. The Dickersons’ attention to detail is apparent in every square inch of the property. Thank you so much for sharing your home with us. We could not have asked for a better weekend.

Recommended for:Age 55+, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, pet owners, families with young children, girls getaway, sightseeing.

Ben from Houston, Tx writes:

Fantastic property

We stayed here a couple of days around new year and had a blast. The property is exactly as described by owner, and I will have to agree with all positive reviews before us. If you love the outdoors, messing with small fires, hiking (long or short), incredible views from everywhere, and the luxury of a well equipped home which is still very much in harmony with the seemingly untouched nature all around, this may be for you. The design of the place is pretty cool too. This place must be even more awesome in the other seasons. We were lucky enough to have snow, which indeed calls for a 4WD or at least a car equipped with proper snow tires and snowchains available. We stayed with 4 adults and 4 kids, ranging in age from 8 weeks to 5 yrs old, and that fitted well. Wood fire hot tub under the stars (in the snow) was epic. Cell phone: there was Verizon coverage, no AT&T. No 3G on Verizon so internet a bit slow, but hey, you like to be in a remote place or not. Owner is super friendly and responsive. Highly recommended, hope to go back some day.

Recommended for:Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children.

Todd from Charlotte, NC writes:

Best mountain views, period

I stayed at this house with some friends for a long weekend and I cannot rate the experience high enough. The property is beautiful and the mountain views are breathtaking. While most mountain houses have a view of a mountain or two, this house provides a view of multiple mountain ranges. The sunset is amazing. We hardly drove anywhere the 3 days we were there. One understated aspect of this place is the awesome hiking that is available. The Black Rock peak is only a 2 mile hike from the front door and there is a nice waterfall less than half a mile away. Black Rock peak is a must see if you are comfortable hiking mountain trails. 360 degree views of all the ranges and towns.  We grilled out in the evenings and made full use of the hot tub and fire pit. As mentioned in other reviews, if you are expecting all the amenities of modern homes, like dishwashers and Internet, then you will be disappointed (I will mention that Verizon gets enough of a signal to surf the web, however AT&T cannot place a call). I highly recommend this property for anyone looking for an awesome nature experience.

Recommended for:Age 55+, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing.

Stephen from Wilmington, NC writes:

Buddies and I enjoyed this house!

A bunch of buddies rented this house in the early fall (September 2011) and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The road (if you haven’t read the reviews) will surprise you as it states does take 3.7 miles and about 15 miles to get up. Once you get to the top of the road you can see FOREVER. So beautiful. I am NOT a mountain person, but even I enjoyed this place. They have a great hot tub overlooking the mountains of TN, they have a great steam room mixed in with your upstairs shower, the kitchen is huge, the place is comfortable all the way around. I had the priveledge of sleeping in the loft the first night (I would call first dibs on another bed if you are NOT a morning person). We went to Harrahs Cherokee every night for gambling and drinks and had a good time. ( I lost, but it was still fun ) Harrah’s is packed every night and is about 10 minutes from the place’s driveway. You can get the best of both worlds (Casino-out with lots of people and crowds and Home-away from everyone except who you come with) I would recommend this property to anyone and if you would like to email me to ask questions I am sure I will be willing to tell all. Also the others would probably too!

Recommended for:Age 55+, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, pet owners, families with young children, sightseeing.

Diane from Asheville, NC writes:

Simply spectacular!

Seeking an off-the-beaten-path, tranquil, one of a kind spot with a view of the Smokey Mountains like NO other? Look no further. First, this house’s location is phenomenal. A rugged vehicle is your best choice for traversing the mountians, but hey, that IS part of this place on earth and the perfect path to this exquisite retreat. You will experience “getting away from it all” from your first step onto this property. This mountain retreat is much more than your typical li

sting but they have covered all your basic needs quite well. So, once you arrive, just kick off the shoes, sit, relax, and

do nothing while enjoying the quiet splendor of the landscape — both far and near — from a plethora of comfortable perches — both in and outside. I was seeking a weekend getaway from a busy daily life, with my husband and our 6 children (ages 15 to 22). Our spring time retreat to this rental home was simply perfect. The house was spacious, the “playtime” offerings (movies, books, games, suggested hikes) were plentiful, and each room was nicely appointed with all the comforts of home (without all one’s personal clutter!). Outside we found a flat lawn to play on, large stones and cozy spaces inviting meditative thought, a fire ring, a pond full of tadpoles, and even a wood-fired hot tub — something we had never seen before. After a little instruction reading (helpfully left in a folder for all visitors) we built a fire in the hot tub shoot and easily warmed the fresh mountain water (clean & cool when used without the heat option). What simple, elegant engineering… with a spectacular view! We could not have asked for more or imagine anything better. More than once since our stay here, my husband and I have discussed renting this property again. The house comfortably fit our family of 8, but could have easily fit invited friends, too, …. or (as we hope to revisit it) it could be a magical place to spend just being together as a twosome. We wish to kindly thank the owners of this Utopia for sharing their slice of heaven on earth.

Recommended for:Age 55+, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway, sightseeing.


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