Joanie's home is most beautifully decorated and well equipped. With the covered and screened in porch, I spent many hours at the home itself while I was there. On cooler days the fireplace was a very welcome source of warmth and made one feel even more comfortable and at ease. The only "downside" of the home for me is it's location at a very steep road and no walking trails nearby. I discovered the beautiful grounds at the Folk School in Brasstown with its walking trails only 10 minutes drive away from Joanie's home which were worth the drive and a delight to see. Folks there were very friendly and welcoming as well. Thank you, Joanie, for being willing to share this wonderful blessing with us!!! May the LORD richly bless you!
Our stay at the "Retreat" cabin in Murphy was short but very relaxing. We loved sitting in the swing on the deck, watching the birds. We also enjoyed having our meals in the screened room overlooking the beautiful mountains. The "Retreat" cabin felt very private and quiet, but was close enough to downtown Murphy and anything we needed. We will definitely come back for a longer stay next time!
This was without a doubt the best rental experience our family has had in the last 5+ years. Everything was better than promised. We found a lot to do in a short radius from the cabin. Although you are only 5 minutes from town, you truly feel you are in the middle of nowhere, and the views are exactly as pictured. Communication with the owner was awesome -- just can't say enough except that we cannot wait to come back :)
We stayed for the week before Christmas. We are from Florida and like to experience some cooler temperatures and we both love western NC. Third time at Above the Clouds Retreat. The amenities of the cabin are great, nice kitchen, gas fireplace, lovely screened-in porch, beautiful mountain views! Nicely equipped with flat screen TV, DVD player, wi-fi, gas grill, washer and dryer, you name it! This cabin is only minutes from downtown Murphy and shopping, but you would not know it. Our host Joanie is wonderful. We have rented from her no less than half-dozen times and have not been disappointed. There is plenty to do in and around Murphy. I have a couple of favorite places, but we explore and venture out each time we go. My favorite lodging? Above the Clouds! It's like being at home and on vacation too!
This is my second stay at the Retreat and it was just as wonderful as the first. Joanie is great to work with. She is so helpful and ,by far, the best owner that I've ever dealt with. She is always concerned about her guest.
The Retreat is on a mountain, but the road is paved and well maintained. The home is private, but not secluded. There are neighbors, but none are visible. Traveling alone I feel perfectly safe at the Retreat. The home has everything that you need to feel at home.
The view is spectacular. You can see for for miles. The mountains are beautiful at any time of the year. If you are looking for a cute, cozy, very clean vacation cabin, give the Retreat a try.
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