Water Rock was designed specifically to showcase the incredible natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains and to provide an example of mountain area permaculture. The retreat also showcases ever-expanding beautifully landscaped terraced grounds covered with an abundance of gorgeous flowers for the enjoyment of our guests. There is lots of flat yard space for the kids to run around and a great firepit area for nights around the campfire.
Water Rock Garden Retreat is ideal for people who love solitude, unspoiled views, spectacular gardens, wildlife, starry nights and full moons, and the sound of rushing mountain streams in the distance. It is beautiful any time of year!
Water Rock Garden Retreat is located on a 15-acre knoll just outside of Cherokee, North Carolina. At an elevation of 4500 feet, there are breathtaking 360-degree views with a 30-mile view of Tennessee and the great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The property now encompasses a 200-acre tract with a 200-foot waterfall and hiking trails being established to Black Rock - an amazing destination at 5800-feet elevation with a 360-degree panorama as fine as any found within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The Retreat's ground floor is open and spacious with ten-foot ceilings and a fireplace. The house has four large bedrooms (three upstairs, one downstairs), including a large master bedroom. The rooms are equipped with two queen-sized beds, one full-sized bed, two twin beds, one twin-sized futon, and two twin-sized bunkies. The house has two full baths, an antique claw foot and a wood-fired hot tub! We will provide one set of sheets and blankets for each bed as well as plenty of towels.
The large custom kitchen is well equipped with utensils, dinnerware, pots, pans, and an outdoor grill. The house also has a 500-square-foot, partially covered, cedar deck and an enclosed crow's nest atop for all-weather viewing of the incredible, panoramic view. A wood-fired hot tub awaits you to step in!
The phone is set up to make only local, credit card, or collect calls. Ask us for the phone number at the house.
The Retreat is located three-point-seven miles up a well-maintained (but bumpy in spots) gravel road. Water Rock Garden Retreat is easily accessible by car, SUV and even trucks with trailers. The road dead ends at the cabin. The road is passable by almost any car except under snowy or icy conditions when a four-wheel drive would be necessary. It takes approximately 15 minutes to travel the road. Cars that ride extra low (such as some luxury or sport cars) may not be appropriate. Ask us if you are not sure about yours.
Located 10 miles from Harrah's Casino in Cherokee and the Blue Ridge Parkway, central to the Smoky Mountains Country Club Golf Course and the Great Smoky Mountain Railway Station in Historic Dillsboro where you will find unique shops, galleries, collectables, and crafts.
Centrally located to Maggie Valley, Cherokee, Bryson City and to Rafting and Tubing in the Nantahala Gorge with numerous hiking and biking trails throughout the area. Enjoy outdoor recreation along nearby waterfalls, hike and commune with nature, float the many rivers and streams on tubes or rafts, or visit local area flea markets.
No hunting or shooting on, or near, the retreat, please. We encourage wildlife to stay in the area. While we love our pets, some pets are inappropriate for Water Rock Garden. If you wish to bring a pet, please inquire when making reservations.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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Enjoy panoramic views from the top of the Mountain
The open-concept great room is spacious enough to accommodate large groups
Large, fully equipped kitchen with incredible views
Large custom dining table hand built by a local craftsman
Beautiful Clawfoot Soaking Tub in Downstairs Bath
Master bedroom with king sized bed and spectacular views of the Smokies
View from Master Bedroom
Views from EVERY window in the house!
Authentic cedar wood fired hot tub. Perfectly relaxing anytime of year!
View of the Blue Ridge Parkway from beautifully maintained gardens in back yard
Four season stargazing the wood fired hot tub-views of the Blue Ridge Parkway
Spectacular western sunset views into the Great Smoky Mountain National Park
This is truly a place to retreat from the modern world and reconnect with family
Enjoy true peace and quiet.
The gardens attract an amazing variety of birds and butterflies.
A Summer Day at Water Rock
Enjoy summer vegetables and flowers from the cutting garden (in season).
Abundant flowers and vegetables in season
The view from Water Rock front lawn- the views are panoramic and spectacular!
Amazing hiking trails cover the mountain- Black Rock trail is our favorite!
Winter view from Black Rock
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Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $15 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $125 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%
The moment we walked through the canopy of gorgeous green plants we knew this trip was going to perfect. We made memories and shared so many laughs. The view is unbelievable and we sat countless hours just sitting on the hill and taking in the surrounding lands. We already have talked about returning next year and staying longer. I would recommend this to anyone that loves that mountains. The house was a perfect match for us to have a small reunion of old friends. And the owner was so helpful and nice.
It’s an annual tradition for our family to visit the mountains every Thanksgiving. We choose a cabin based on the location (we love seclusion with a great view). Typically we never stay at the same location twice. Not this time, we have already booked our vacation for next year, back at Water Rock. The pictures do no justice at all. The views are amazing. It is almost like you’re in your own little world. Another plus, there are great hiking trails within walking distance from the cabin. Typically we have to drive to them. A first for us, the wood burning hot tub! Our teenagers loved it. We don’t have those in Florida ???? We can’t thank you enough for sharing your “little slice of Heaven” with us! We’re looking forward to coming back.
We had a party of 12 coming from different states.. enjoyed the stay.. definitely arrive during the day if you are not prone to mountain driving ... the owners were great and very helpful, loved the book collection located in the home
We loved our stay here. We did have a couple of issues, but the owner fixed them immediately. Breathtaking views and plenty of room for our large group.
This house was perfect for our group of 12. It was a little off the beaten path; which is what we wanted. The directions that the owner provided to get to the house were very clear and concise. If you are at all familiar with the area, you will have no problem finding it. Very nice, and spacious terraced garden property; with a large, beautiful home with wonderful views- especially the master bedroom. The owner was very reasonable, accessible, and helpful with the couple small issues that arose. We would definitely stay here again!