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Haven in the Woods – Cabin Rental in Bryson City, NC

August 5, 2020

Haven in the Woods – Cabin Rental in Bryson City, NC

August 5, 2020
A privated, secluded cabin tucked away into the woods with views of the Smoky Mountains

While on vacation, we shared little snippets of our cabin rental in Bryson City, North Carolina but didn’t provide the link until…. now! Many people asked for the link, so here it is:

Link to cabin rental:
Haven in the Woods – Bryson City, North Carolina

We rented through Bryson City Cabin Rentals, a vacation home rental agency located right in town. They were very responsive, the house was immaculate, and we have nothing but good things to say. (Not sponsored! 🙂 We just like to share the good things and people we come across)

After choosing Bryson City, North Carolina as our “home base” town for the week while we explored the Smokies, we set off looking at vacation home rentals. The usual rental sites had a huge selection – overwhelming, actually. The good thing about this is there is literally something for everyone and we had a hard time deciding the best location for us. We debated whether we wanted to be out of town and tucked away in the mountains or within walking distance to town. We ultimately found this cabin and were sold on the location (5 minute drive to downtown Bryson City) and the all the space and amenities for the price ($1800 for 7 nights).

“Haven in the Woods” cabin – true to it’s name!

Not to toot our own horn or anything, but we’ve haven’t picked a bad rental yet! We’re always pleasantly surprised when we arrive and find the cabin even better than we expected.

Large mudroom upon entering the front door
Foyer looking into mudroom (with a surprise room for kids under the stairs!)
Looking down the hall from the living room room – two bedrooms + reading room and bathroom with door leading out to the hot tub deck
Large living room with two full couches (not pictured) + recliner and fireplace. Dining table has seating for 8 plus 3 counter stools at breakfast bar

Cabin logistics are always important to us, as we try to figure out the best way to sleep everyone, so here is how it is laid out:

Main Level:
– Mudroom | Foyer | Kitchen | Dining | Living Room
– Screen porch | Deck 1 with Hot Tub | Deck 2 with Patio Set + Grill
– Bedroom 1 — King Size bed (no closet), entry to bathroom
– Bedroom 2 — Bunk Bed (double on bottom, twin on top)
– Bathroom 1 — Full bathroom (tub + shower) with shared entry from hallway
– Reading Room — small room with oversized chair (has window)

Upper Level:
– Bedroom 3 — King size bed + private living room, en suite bathroom (shower only)
– Bedroom 4 — King size bed + Bunk bed (double bottom + twin top) and private en suite bathroom (shower only)
– Laundry Room — oversize room with laundry + Pack & Play (has window)

Important things to note: the website states the cabin sleeps 10. This may be the limit for this rental, but the cabin could easily sleep more. The beds alone would sleep 12, not accounting for any additional sleeping arrangements. Each bedroom is spacious enough to accommodate cots, air mattresses or Pack & Plays for the younger ones. We think 3 families could easily fit in this home.

Main level bedroom 1 with King bed
Main level bedroom 2 with Bunk (Double + Twin)
Main level reading room with oversized chair
Upper level master bedroom 3 – living room area
(rest of the bedroom not pictured but contains a King Bed + Private bathroom)
Bedroom 4 – Kid’s Bunk Room with King bed + Bunk Bed (double + twin) and private bathroom


Read the website for the full list of amenities. We do like to share some of the more pleasant and unexpected surprises we found:

– Fully stocked kitchen
. Nearly every kitchen appliance you can think of, including coffee grinder! We’re snobs and like freshly ground coffee so we’d brought a grinder from home, only to be surprised there was already one there. A huge selection of dishes, glassware, and everything you’d need to cook and serve meals.
So much space and storage! We’ve had rentals before where there is limited closet or dresser space. The mudroom area was huge and kept all our equipment corralled, the upstairs master had two huge closets, the laundry room was full of counter and cabinet space, and even the outdoor spaces had plenty of hooks to hang towels, etc.
Screen porch! This was a pleasant surprise, as it looked pretty small in the photo. However, it featured a full couch + 2 chairs and a fun, swinging egg chair with amazing views.
Outdoor spaces. There were two decks – a large one with a hot tub and outdoor shower, plus one off the screen porch and kitchen with a patio set and grill. A large paved driveway allowed the kids to safely run and play. While we were staying there, an outdoor firepit was delivered so we’re guessing that’ll be installed outdoors somewhere soon too.

The only negative we found, and it was clearly stated in our instructions, is the very steep driveway. We had anxiety every time we had to drive our 15-passenger van uphill (of course the boys didn’t worry about it all!) but we made it. We’d imagine this driveway would be trickier in a small vehicle or with bad weather, but maybe not. We tend to panic a little bit more than most when it comes to driving on steep hills, cliffs, bridges and tunnels 🙂

Enjoy the photos! Stupidly, we forgot to include photos from the upstairs master bedroom and laundry room, but a full video cabin tour is highlighted in our Instagram Stories under the “North Carolina” bubble.

Screen porch with great views
Deck 1 with hot tub
Deck 2 with dining set and grill (and great views!)

Nearly half the fun for us is planning the trip – including researching all the cabin rentals. We love a good cabin photo binge and hope you do too! This place was truly as beautiful in photos, if not more, as it is in person.

Don’t forget to visit our Instagram account for the videos and check back as we update the blog with more recaps from our trip – including Top 5 Things to do in Bryson City, NC and our itinerary for the week.

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