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All time favorite reading spot Beautiful screened-in porch overlooking the spectacular views.
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26 reviews
Winter with snow in the valley....
All time favorite reading spot
Beautiful screened-in porch overlooking the spectacular views.
Outdoor dining on the screened-in porch
The best place in the Smokey's to watch the sun rise.
Sunrise one morning in winter from the screened-in porch.
Sunrise in summer with clouds in the valley
Kitchen has everything you'll need
Kitchen, indoor dining, hallway leading to half bath and staricase leading to upstairs bedrooms.
Kitchen, we have some spices and paper goods. Use whatever you'd like.
Autumn Leaves
Storm late one day
Living area, desk, kitchen.
Indoor dining table with view
Copper collection on the fireplace. New remote controlled gas fireplace.
Living room has a couch, 3 recliners, flat screen TV
fog lifting from the valley on a stormy day
My attempt at barn painting. I'll get better
Master bath
Master bedroom with flat screen tv
Master bedroom.
Lower deck area has a gas grill, picnic table, lounge chair and two person swing. Beautiful View!
Dogwood in Spring
Hallway connecting the two bedrooms and bath.
Guest Bedroom with Queen bed.
Morning World
Front Walk
My sweet cabin.
Wildlife
View from the master bedroom window
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Murphy, North Carolina

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Sharon K
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Level 6 Contributor
748 reviews
173 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
“Fantastic!”
Reviewed April 23, 2017 for a stay in April 2017

We love this place! I would love to keep it to myself but that really wouldn't be too nice. First of all, the view is .just amazingly spectacular. You look out over a valley surrounded by mountains from the whole rear of the house. The lounge chair on the screened-in deck was my favorite spot but, when I was inside snuggled up in the (very comfy) recliner, I had the same view. It really is a beautiful spot. The house itself is lovely - very well appointed with anything one can need. Joanie has thoughtful little touches for the renter everywhere. She has a designated power strip for charging all your electronics, every kitchen appliance you can think of, pillows, throws, even boxes of Kleenex for your spring sniffles! Complete privacy (yet very close to town), extraordinary views, a lovely house in a lovely location - what more can one ask for? Oh yes, a wonderful owner.......well, Joanie is the best. We travel extensively and I've dealt with owner/managers extensively.......Joanie is one of the most friendly and helpful I've ever met. My only problem with Retreat was dragging myself away from it!

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Mamasan20...
Niceville, Florida
1 review
“I felt very welcome and quite at home at Joanie's lovely retreat place”
Reviewed April 9, 2017 for a stay in March 2017

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!

Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
Apr 10, 2017
Oh Thank you Tanya for the beautiful cabins you left for me and the card . Also, My cleaner was so touched that you left her a card and chocolates.....that was SO nice of you. I wish you had let me know about wanting walking trails. There is a beautiful Murphy River Walk Park just 3 miles from the cabin and the paths along the river are wonderful. A full circuit is probably about 3 or 4 miles and it takes you all along the river & into a beautiful wooded area and if you go all the way to the Depot you can circle back through town, which is how I go. Next time you go up there you should give it a try....I think you would love it. Thanks so much for leaving the cabin so nice. Please come back again.
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lfnunn
Orlando, Florida
2 reviews
“"Retreat" says it all”
Reviewed March 30, 2017 for a stay in March 2017

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!

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Management Response
Apr 9, 2017
Please do come back....I loved having you there! I'll keep you posted on Short Notice Discounts in the event you can come up to the Smokies on the fly!!!
Thanks for taking such good care of my cabin, Joanie
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tch64
Sarasota, Florida
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Best Rental”
Reviewed January 22, 2017 for a stay in December 2016
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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 :)

Your age range 50-64
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Management Response
Jan 23, 2017
Thank you Tom for such a lovely review. I loved the thought that you and your family were there during the holidays, baking cookies, following your traditions and having such an amazing family time. The best part was how Wal-Mart gave you a Christmas tree since it was so close to Christmas day..... Hope to see you sometime in 2017!!!
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Keith W
Central Florida, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Warm, cozy cabin in the mountains”
Reviewed December 26, 2016 for a stay in December 2016

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!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Dec 28, 2016
Keith & Deidra, what a great review! Thanks so much for the high praise. I can't tell you how happy I am when you are staying at my cabin because I know you will treat it as if it were your own. I love my home there in the mountains so I appreciate your visits so much. I hope you come back again and again. See you in 2017! Happy New Year.....Joanie
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710carol
Katy, Texas
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
“One of the best views in Murphy”
Reviewed November 14, 2016 for a stay in October 2016

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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Liked best: The view and the deck
Liked least: Having to leave the peace and beauty of the Retreat!
Traveling group: Solo
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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1946diane
Brooksville, Florida
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Very nice place to stay.”
Reviewed March 2, 2016 for a stay in February 2016

I like to read and the lighting was not the best for reading. The kitchen was well appointed. I would have liked more window coverings. Overall the house was very comfortable. View was great.

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Liked best: The comfort of the house.
Liked least: The lighting for reading.
Traveling group: Solo
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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