Water Rock Garden

Secluded Retreat Panoramic Views, Low Rates, Hot Tub, Fire Pit

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.

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About The Owner

I have been living in Western North Carolina for over 25 years .

As a world traveler, I have still found this area to be the finest place to live. We chose Asheville to raise our family of four daughters as it is a progressive thinking , environmentally conscious community. As someone who loves the mountains I have created beautiful vacation retreats in Cherokee and developed several projects in the area to provide people the opportunity to have their own mountain retreat. My latest project is Big Laurel Mountain, a wonderful waterfront mountain community in Madison County.



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This is by far the best house we have rented in this area. The view is spectacular and I'm sure the flower gardens are nice in the spring. Hiking trails are close and there are wild animals are in the area. We saw several wild turkeys and a grouse. We even had one day of snow while the sun was out. The house is clean and well maintained. Take paper products as it doesn't have a dish washer. Our children loved the widow's watch as their private nook. The hot tub is labor intensive so we didn't try it. This is a great place to relax or to get out and hike. The waterfall is close and is gorgeous. Cherokee is close and Bryson City is only about 35 minutes away. Good restaurants in Bryson City. I would love to stay here again.


The listing information and pictures are accurate, the home is clean, well-maintained and has everything you need for a great get-away. Kitchen is clean and fully stocked (pots, pans, coffee maker, crock pot, but take your own paper plates, etc.). The gardens are beautiful. We did not try the hot tub, it's labor intensive Take marshmallows for the campfire, there is plenty of ready-to-burn wood already cut and waiting. Every room in the home has a great view of the mountains. Owners are readily available by phone to answer questions, we have already recommended this property to friends. Thanks for a great weekend.


What a way to relieve stress - back to nature. Wonderful hiking and spectactular 360 views wherever you looked was amazing. hit the fall color just right. The home is exactly that - a home not just a rental. Wonderful kitchen and the master bedroom - what a treat to wake up to such a view. The hot tub was fantastic after a day of hiking - just get the fire started go hiking and 5 hours later it is nice and toasty. We will definitely be staying here again.

Island Dwellers

Located on top of mountain, this awe-inspiring peaceful retreat is the perfect escape. With million dollar views from every corner, lush gardens, hummingbirds galore, and comfortable furnishings, my family and I did not want to leave. An interesting and delightful collection of books, CDs, and DVDs awaits. Hike to a waterfall, and return to a good soak in the cedar, rustic hot tub located under the stars. We did not leave the homesite for the first 4 days of our week long vacation, finding plenty to do include family bonding over puzzles, cards, and boardgames. We do recommend Smokemount Stables for excellent trail rides and Tuckaseegee Outfitters for white water kayaking or rafting. For souvenirs, I recommend the Qualla Co-op. This is across from the Cherokee Museum (a must do) and offers true Cherokee art, etc. Most of the trinket places around Cherokee offer junk made in China. Did not visit Harrah's...not our thing. Remember Cherokee is a dry reservation, so buy your wine and beer prior to arrival. Water rock is well stocked with all cooking gear, etc and we made wonderful meals every night. Very slim choice of restaurants in town and you won't be able to beat the views from the dining room or the upper deck at Water Rock. The drive up to the house is very long but beautiful. Relax and enjoy the ride. We certainly did. Water Rock was a truly amazing experience...zen-like, ethereal, rejuvenating. We cannot wait to return. As a final note, the owners of this property are wonderful. All plans went without a hitch, and all promises kept. Thanks again.


Seeking an off-the-beaten-path, tranquil, one of a kind spot with a view of the Smokey Mountains like NO other? Look no further. First, this house’s location is phenomenal. A rugged vehicle is your best choice for traversing the mountians, but hey, that IS part of this place on earth and the perfect path to this exquisite retreat. You will experience “getting away from it all” from your first step onto this property. This mountain retreat is much more than your typical listing but they have covered all your basic needs quite well. So, once you arrive, just kick off the shoes, sit, relax, and do nothing while enjoying the quiet splendor of the landscape -- both far and near -- from a plethora of comfortable perches -- both in and outside. I was seeking a weekend getaway from a busy daily life, with my husband and our 6 children (ages 15 to 22). Our spring time retreat to this rental home was simply perfect. The house was spacious, the “playtime” offerings (movies, books, games, suggested hikes) were plentiful, and each room was nicely appointed with all the comforts of home (without all one’s personal clutter!). Outside we found a flat lawn to play on, large stones and cozy spaces inviting meditative thought, a fire ring, a pond full of tadpoles, and even a wood-fired hot tub -- something we had never seen before. After a little instruction reading (helpfully left in a folder for all visitors) we built a fire in the hot tub shoot and easily warmed the fresh mountain water (clean & cool when used without the heat option). What simple, elegant engineering... with a spectacular view! We could not have asked for more or imagine anything better. More than once since our stay here, my husband and I have discussed renting this property again. The house comfortably fit our family of 8, but could have easily fit invited friends, too, .... or (as we hope to revisit it) it could be a magical place to spend just being together as a twosome. We wish to kindly thank the owners of this Utopia for sharing their slice of heaven on earth. Mom of many in Asheville NC

D. Burris

Water Rock Garden

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.