Small farmlette with mountain view waiting for you.
Our house is 800 square feet. We have a large covered deck to the east and south with a porch swing, rocking chairs, sitting and eating areas. Our half mile of gravel road has several houses on it.
Your accommodations are a small guest suite: queen bed, some dresser and closet space, and a small private bathroom with shower.
Our property is completely non smoking.
We have a semi Mother Earthy Farmlette: Solar electric (grid tie with batteries), solar hot water, small orchard, large veggie garden, creek fed water for the garden, a well potable water.
Nearby: Nantahala National Forest, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Qualla Boundary (Eastern Band of Cherokee), Appalachian and Bartram Trails, gem mining, trout fishing, waterfalls, natural waterslides and swimming holes, bike trails, greenway, fishing, boating, golf, birding, wildflowering, white watering. Nature photo ops abound. Grocery stores, Wal-Mart, library, bookstores, coffee shops, live theater, cinema, breweries. Local transit will come to the house with a day's notice. Asheville is 80 minutes away, Atlanta 3 hours. We have a folder of things to do in the area, such as visit the Museum of the American House Cat. During the summer, there are weekly outdoor concerts and occasional festivals.
Our farm is suitable for children but not for the very young.
We ask house sitters not to bring their personal pets
Kitchen remodel is totally functional but we haven't decided on countertops so half the countertops and kitchen table top are plywood and tile temporary.
We have 2 internet providers: satellite and slower DSL, a TV with DVD but do not have cable. Your cell will not work but we have a land line for US calls.
Basic critter care: Feed and water the critters, maintain their litter, walk the dog, play with the dog and cats, collect eggs.
Basic garden care: Water and harvest for yourself.
Critter care you might not expect:
Cats live outside, the only litter box is in the storage area where they sometimes sneak in and can't get out.
The dog likes to run once a day, in addition to walks. Either in the front yard, jogging with you, in the dog park, or on hiking trails.
The ducks have a tiny artificial pond that gets drained and refilled daily.
Depending on your gardening comfort level, we may be starting seedlings in trays or have some in the ground that will need hand watering.
Orchard: The orchard should not need any attention but there may be blueberries and peaches for you to enjoy.
House stuff that is unusual:
Compost plant based food scraps. Drop off trash and recycles on your way to town. The solar hot water may need attention. We'll bleed the air before we go and it should be fine.