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Patio view with Ofuru Japanese cedar soaking tub
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Patio view with Ofuru Japanese cedar soaking tub
Bathroom snapshot with copper countertops
Living Room with futon couch
Kitchen snapshot with copper countertops, hickory cabinets and handmade pottery dishes
Kitchen snapshot with handmade pottery face mugs, copper countertops, cheese and wine
Living room with view of the patio through the sliding glass door
Meadow Branch Cottage snapshot of loft bedroom, living room and kitchen
View of East Fork Farm sheep grazing and mountain background
Kitchen snapshot with Viking cook stove, copper countertops and microwave
View of East Fork Farm from hot tub
Cottage bedroom with queen size bed and high quality sheets / blankets
The gristmill
Sassafras trees on the farm hillside
Sheep grazing
Sheep grazing
Rabbits eating a treat
Laying hen perusing for bugs
Lamb playing in the pasture
Sheep grazing
Buddy our miniature sicilian donkey
Turkeys grazing in the pasture
Gathering eggs
Sam our friendly guardian great pyrenees
Pasture view
The gristmill
Snowy picture of the farm
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Cottage -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Marshall, North Carolina

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Evansthec...
Madison, Wisconsin
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104 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“I really shouldn't tell you about this-we want it to be our little secret”
Reviewed 25 September 2011 for a stay in September 2011
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Take a very close look at the pictures that are with the listing. That is EXACTLY what you are renting. Gorgeous, comfortable, beautiful. Although the farm is easy to find it is WAY off the beaten path (the neighbor's pet goats can regularly be found standing in the middle of the road) so you are assured of a quiet, peaceful stay. You arrive at the farm and the barns and holding pens are right there, so folks, if you don't like a farm smell and don't really want to think about where your food comes from, this isn't the place for you. The cottage itself is up a steep gravel road, but the parking area is actually poured cement. We visited in the immediate aftermath of Hurricanes Irene and Lee and the owner was aftraid there wouldn't be a road left for us to use, but it wasn't too bad and it was clear that he did some grading while we were out sight seeing one day.
The cabin foundation is cement and the first floor is cement that has designs cut in and is painted, You enter through the more than adequate galley kitchen (cook top, full refrig, convection oven, microwave, washer/dryer) and into the living/tv area-satellite TV. A radio/CD player is also provided. The living area opens up on to one of the prettiest views you will ever see. Gorgeous NC mountains with hanging mist and clouds, green pastures and content sheep grazing. Sliding doors invite you out to the patio where the cedar soaking tub is ready and waiting. We had never used a spa without jets, and we loved it! I don't know how many hours we spent out there gazing at scenery. It was perfect in the surroundings. The cottage is decorated in earth tones and local pottery is used liberally throughout, including the dining area. The counter top in the kitchen and bathroom are copper. The shower is a little small, but the on demand water heater is a charm. Towels are large and there is a more than generous number of them. The bar soap is made locally by an herbalist. The sleeping area is in a loft with fairly steep stairs, but the climb is solid and safe. The floor up there is wood. The loft railing is reinforced with decorative steel bars. There is a TV in the loft as well. Our only complaint was with the bed. It squeeks. And not just during "private time". Even shifting weight slightly while sleeping causes a loud enough squeek to wake you up. We found that odd when everything else is so geared to peace and quiet.
WiFi should have been available, but I couldn't get it to work. One of the teenage daughters told us it rarely does. I was fine with that.
One last message to potential renters-This is a working farm. The family is just wonderful. Their little girls are a delight. But there are very large, very friendly, very dirty dogs about. There are chickens for eggs (that are delicious) and chickens and ducks for eating that they dispatch on site and prepare for market. If you don't want to watch, don't go down there. The farm's specialty is lamb and I'm glad I wasn't around for lamb prep day. I am far from squeemish (my job is dealing with human body fluids and tissue) but I was a little unprepared for standing in a puddle of chicken blood while talking with our amiable hosts while large white dogs were rubbing up against my black pants (my bad).
Having said all that, I would stay there again in a heartbeat (a human one).

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Liked best: A quiet, couple only retreat
Liked least: Only the bed
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
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painternc
Asheville, NC
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“Peaceful cottage nestled in the woods”
Reviewed 19 September 2011 for a stay in September 2011

We were burned out from work, moving, etc and found this wonderful cottage at TA. The best for us that it was only a 40 minute drive from where we live in Asheville, NC. Just what we needed, peaceful, woods, very clean - the photos do not oversell and are very accurate. It was tastefully deorated and we enjoyed every minute.
If you want a combination of tranquil setting plus the excitedment of Asheville, NC - this is perfect.

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Liked best: cozy, nicely furnished intimate cottage
Liked least: liked it all
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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