Heaven on earth- Simply Breathtaking
Pictures can't truly do this beautiful place enough justice. 5 being the highest I could rate this place, I'd still give a 10. Exceptionally clean, luxury to the finest detail: handmade soaps, stainless appliances, luxury bedding, impeccable taste. Milky Way cabin makes you feel like you are on top of the world. Georgina promptly responded every single time. The property was well maintained. Her hiking trails are a "must do". Waynesville is just a short drive away with some quaint shops and restaurants. If you go to Waynesville, don't miss out on going to the General Store! We came for a ski vacation at Catalooche but with temps in the 60's , no skiing obviously. We filled our time with so many other wonderful memories that I wouldn't trade for anything. One of our favorites was the kitchen farmhouse style table- "game nights." We truly enjoyed our time there and I can not say enough positive remarks about Georgina or her cabin. Let's not leave out Arturo who graciously showed us around. We were completely surrounded by God's amazing nature and beauty. Drinking coffee on the screened in back porch was my favorite time of the day. Her kitchen was well stocked with pots, pans and everything you could possibly need.. We cooked several meals and needed nothing. One morning we went to Joey's pancake house for breakfast and I see why trip advisor rates that #1 restaurant in Maggie Valley. Their pancakes were the best we had ever had. Asheville is within easy driving distance. All in all, this is probably my most favorite place I've ever seen or stayed; and believe me- I've been to many places. I wanted luxury and by golly I got it! Our family will definitely be back.
Thank you Georgina for sharing your gem of a place.
The Tackett's from Tupelo, Mississippi
Winner - Best Luxury Cabin w/ Privacy
After 5-6 cabin rentals over the years (in the Asheville / Smoky Mountains area) , this has been the best one yet for the following:
1) Luxury Cabin that includes high-end furniture, appliances and kitchen items you need for cooking "at home".
2) Super clean, not a spec of dust anywhere.
3) Privacy - 400 acres with only one other cabin. Talk about peaceful and almost zero light pollution at night.
4) Private trails providing great scenery and a great work-out too.
5) Great host who is always available to respond to questions.
6) 35-40 Minute drive Asheville, 20 Minute Drive to Waynesville, 1 Hour to Gatlinburg if you miss people and traffic ;)
Enchanting Cabin set in a fairytale setting!
We had a wonderful stay in this beautiful place with three kids (aged 11, 8 and 14 Months) and my mother-in-law :).
The cabin is equipped with everything you need from high end appliances down to kitchen gizmo's, tasteful work from local artists and handmade soaps in every bathroom.
We enjoyed evenings by the fire pit, cooking on the Webber grill and dining on the covered porch almost every night with stunning mountain views.
The bird life has been mentioned by others with woodland birds as well as humming birds enchanting the kids and adults alike with their non-stop visits.
Before we went we did not really appreciate the extent of the 'Private 400 Acres' being quite what it is! Georgina is undertaking an amazing "project" in managing the forest and its trails which are exclusively for your use! We walked each of them and whilst bears eluded us, owls, birds and a tortoise did not! But most of all it was complete tranquility with only the noise we made to disturb us!
The villa worked wonderfully as a family escape but would equally serve as a wonderful, very romantic getaway.
Whilst writing this review I feel slightly at odds with the fact that we are publicizing a little gem of a place when deep down you wish to keep that little secret to yourself for return visits but Georgina deserves all the plaudits she receives and many more families deserve the same wonderful experience.
In addition to the above we found the local Ingles supermarket to be excellent, Waynesville we loved and had a number of excellent restaurants. We had trips horse riding, visits to Cherokee, Ashville and Biltmore House during our stay all of which were easily reached. At the end of each day however it was a pleasure to reach the turnoff from I40, wind down the windows, suck in the mountain air and look forward an evening glass of wine at our cabin and then wake up the next morning to bird song and slowly evaporating mists in the valley below with a cup of coffee.
Thank you Georgina.... We will be back!
Mark, Anna, Nicky, Will, Erica and Zara
(Turks and Caicos Islands)
Beautiful Luxury Cabin
Milima Ranch is secluded and quiet and beautiful. We stayed in Milky Way Cabin and had an amazing week. The cabin and surrounding grounds are just beautiful. My very favorite spot was the screened porch. We ate all our meals out there .. And the sofa is so comfy. We read and napped and watched the birds who came to the feeder hanging just off the porch ... Goldfinches, indigo buntings, cardinals, doves, chickadees, and many I couldn't identify. We also hiked the trails on the property. Georgina has done a remarkable job of maintaining the trails. We even hiked up to Haynes Knob ... Just beautiful. The kitchen is well appointed and the beds and linens are luxurious. Definitely a 5 star stay!
Excellent -- Once Again
Like many of you, we look for 5 stars reviews. But what we also look for are people that have come back to the same properties for a second or third visit. This really makes a statement. This says, that of the thousands of choices on VRBO/Home Away, some folks have had such a great fist visit that they choose to come back to visit again .. and that's how it is for us. If you look down the list of reviews, you will see a couple of these.
Our first visit was in November, and we enjoyed the living room and the fireplace in the evening. For our most recent visit in July, we had a difficult time leaving that porch. I will make one pitch for a commercial establishment that we have never done before: Montgomery Street Market in Waynesville. They do carry an impressive line of seafood and meats .. wonderful for the grill .. and also a nice collection of cheese. Ask for Matt. He is quite a character.
... And to the owner: Georgina, you are one impressive lady. It was great to see you again.
Ed and Karen
Another Perfect Week at Milima!
Our second trip to Milima felt like going home-we love just being there. Milky Way cabin is beautiful and very well designed for families. Whether you want to sit on the screened porch all day and read or explore the private hiking trails, you will have a wonderful time. I highly recommend a stay here!
Incredible solitude and relaxation
This property is outstanding. We enjoyed a wonderful 3 days as a family of four. We had plans for exploring the area but soon gave these up to simply enjoy a few days in the mountains, walking the excellent hiking trails on the property and simply relaxing on the several terraces.
What a wonderful week. The Milky Way cabin and the Milima Ranch exceeded our expectations. The property description including photos was accurate; if anything an understatement. The cabin was very clean and in top shape. The property grounds/landscaping was beautiful and the surrounding ranch was like our own slice of the mountains with wildlife, a creek with falls, mountain vistas and miles of well-maintained and challenging hiking trails. The property had a feeling of isolation (good thing) but the road leading to it was well maintained, not very steep and the cabin is only about 10 minutes to I-40 making getting around easy. Day trips to Asheville, Waynesville, Brevard, Cashiers and Highlands along with driving the Blue Ridge Parkway, whitewater rafting and zip lining were among some of our activities when we could drag ourselves away from Milima Ranch. Our host, Georgina, was very nice and always helpful. My only complaint is that we had to leave. We will definitely be back and we won’t hesitate to recommend Milima Ranch to friends and family. We’ve stayed in numerous cabins, homes and lodges throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains over the years and this was far and away our best experience. If you’re looking for a mountain retreat in a really nice cabin/property look no further.
Perfect cabin at the best location
We spent the best spring break in the cabin. We are a family of 4 with one extra guest (3 adults and 2 kids age 9 and 13). We used our days hanging out in the beautiful and spacious cabin, on the big screened porch, in the perfect garden or hiking in the private lot that lead us all the way to the top. Everywhere we had a perfect view of the wally and mountains. We all slept like babies in the good beds and had plenty of room. We can definitely recommend this place - it is a diamond.
Better than expected!
We recently stayed at the Milky Way cabin for a week, and of all the properties we have stayed in during our many years of travel, This one was absolutely the BEST!! It was everything we wanted in our annual trip to see the leaves change, the views are amazing, the cabin itself is well decorated and so comfortable, there was not one thing we would change. Georgina is a wonderful hostess, and Aurtho was such a big help, we loved his stories about the area and the pictures he showed us of the wild flowers higher up the mountain. We will definitely return as long as we are able. Thank you for sharing your little piece of heaven.
Stellar property on beautiful mountainous land
We have been renting property every year in North Carolina for over 40 years. This is by far one of the best places we have stayed. Milky Way cabin is such a comfortable home with great beds and full amenities. If you had to work, the internet and phone service were very good. This is not commom in this part of the mountains. The views from the screen porch are wonderful- you could sit out there all day.
The well maintained hiking trails are right outside the door. We enjoyed hiking everyday and had a fabulous picnic up on the trail.The cabin is also close to many attractions such as Asheville, the Biltmore Estate and other hiking areas. Georgina is an excellent hostess and couldn't have been more helpful. We will be back!
Our family recently stayed for a week in September and had the most wonderful time .Milky Way Cabin exceeded our expectations in both location and the high quality accomadation. I am extremely fussy about where I book and spend a long time researching so I knew it would be good but the reality was even better. Fantastic location, views that were breathtaking, a feeling of such peace and tranquility . Inside everything was top quality, spotlessly clean and we cooked most nights with no problem before lighting a fire outside and enjoying the stars.
Georgina was a considerate and gracious Hostess , even buying some local speciality beer for my dad who had traveled from Ireland for the trip. We were 2 adults, 2 Seniors and 10year old twins and everyone had plenty of space and privacy . I would say if u visit this area there would be no better place to stay ...go ahead ...spoil yourself .
What a luxurious cabin to unwind and enjoy the wonders of God's splendor in His creation. We spent a lot of time on the screened porch, watching the morning fog ebb and flow among the hills and mountains that were before us. We were treated to star gazing and a contest of who can spot the most shooting stars in the night sky. The view this property offers is special because you would not be looking at rooftops of other houses as many view properties would have. Everyday we looked forward to returning to our very comfortable cabin from a day of activities. This rental exceeded our expectations and it will exceed yours too.
Our stay at Milima could not have been a more perfect vacation for our family! Milkyway Cabin was just beautiful! Every detail was taken care of-there were even fresh flowers upon our arrival! Our teenage children loved the freedom they had for their daily hikes, and my mother, sister and I loved our quiet, peaceful days of reading on the porch. There is a lot to do within the area as well-rafting, tubing, Cherokee, Smokies, etc. The most pleasant surprise of our trip was the owner, Georgina. She could not have been more gracious. She always made sure we had everything we needed and much more. We were as sad to leave her as we were Milima! I cannot say enough good things about staying here. We can hardly wait to go back!
Perfect in every way! Beautiful unobstructed views
We were very pleased with the property, layout, design and decor of the Milkyway cabin. We had been burnt before on smokey mt rentals and were nervous... but the actual views were just spectuacular, no looking over someones yard or roofs ! We spent a good deal of our time on the main floor porch enjoying the fantastic weather (warm days, cool/chilly evenings) We were either up there or at the fire pit on the lower level enjoying the garden and our grilled entrees with fresh vieggies from nearby farm stands. We even enjoyed rainbow trout that we caught, really my husband but I did catch something besides trees or rocks on this trip... too small to keep but was still a victory! We enjoyed the trails on the property so much and the assorted views that we barely went to maggie valley or waynesville which was our original plan. The beds were oh soo comforable and we relaxed and enjoyed ourselves tremendously. We checked out the horse pasture as next time we may bring the 4 leggeds along too. Either way, we know we will be back. Georgina was just the BEST Hostess, fun, sweet, informative and johnny on the spot if you needed something.
What a perfect place! The views, the views, the views! At night, the cove was alive with fireflies and frogs and coyotes. Our 15 yo daughter called Milima Ranch the most beautiful place she had ever been. The vista from Milky Way cabin is mesmerizing, and the trails on the property are great (though steep in some places -- I didn't realize how out of shape I was). The hike from Milky Way to Hayes Knob was a fun family adventure, and the view at the top was definitely worth the hike. The cabin is luxurious and well appointed without being cheesy or cluttered. We are a family of six and it was perfectly sized. We spent seven days here and can't wait to go back.
WOW!! Milky Way cabin was all we wanted and more. The views are incredible. The furnishings and decorations are top quality. Landscaping around the cabin was beautiful. We hiked the property trails on day one, day two went into Pisgah and hiked including Max Patch then returned to hike and picnic on the property, day three chose to just hike the trails on the property again...they really are as good as anything else around. If you enjoy birds you're in for a pleasant surprise...great variety and constant activity around the cabin. We really loved this place and hope to return soon. I wouldn't change a thing about the cabin...it really is that good. Very private and quiet as well. Thx for sharing!!
Wow, what a great place!
My wife and I just returned from a 4 night stay at the Milky Way cabin and are already trying to plan our return trip. We were pleasantly greated by Georgina upon our snowy arrival, and she graciously had a warm fire burning in the beautiful fireplace. What a great way to kick off the week. The next day the sun came out and we took to the hiking trails on the property that she has clearly marked with a copy of a trail map in hand. We listened to her recommendation to climb to the top of the mountain in search of "The Rock". 2 hours later we found it, and as she mentioned, the views were worth every step! The following day was spent recuperating enjoying the nice little mounatin city of Waynesville and an evening Elk Tour in the Cataloochee valley. Then the remainder of our time we spent enjoying the trails again on her property. The trails were as good as any we have seen before in National parks. They were colored coded and well maintained and even had hand rails and log steps dug into the mountainside in a few locations.
Most afternoons and evenings were spent enjoying the amenities that the cabin had to offer...Great Views of the mountains and valley floor below, beautifully landscaped gardens surrounding the cabin and grounds, cool air and warm sunshine made for great basking in the sun on the deck. Then once the sun set behind the mountains, we would head back inside to enjoy the evenings by the fireplace.
The cabin and property show Georgina's love for the outdoors as well as her attention to details. The cabin was very nicely decorated and well stocked with almost anything needed to prepare a feast. The furniture and beds were very clean and comfortable. I cannot say enough about this place, other than that we plan to return again soon. Thank you Georgina for making our weekend a very memorable one, you & your property exceeded our expectations!
There are many fine properties listed on VRBO .. not as many that are gated, and still fewer that have 400 acres of private property, complete with hiking trails. Maybe there is only one.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Milky Way cabin. Western North Carolina is very scenic. But some days, we didn't even feel the need to leave the cabin, and we didn't. All we needed was a good fire and that view from the porch.
If you look at the comments below, you will only see 5 star reviews. There is a reason for that. A previous reviewer said it best: "You will remember this property long after you have departed through the gate." So true.
Ed and Karen
We had a wonderful time and hope to come back soon. Your place and the area exceeded our expectations in every way.
Thank you for the perfect balance between warm hospitality and refreshing privacy.
Joel, Leticia and Lucy P.
What a beautiful and serene place to stay and celebrate our 45th Anniversary. We feel very grateful for having this opportunity. Also what a personal touch to receive such a beautiful bouquet upon arrival.
we explored the property and found it so beautiful and natural. Loved the plants, the mountains, the weather, the mountain streams- almost all to ourselves. The porch was so relaxing to enjoy.
Interior of property shows your refined taste-just the right touch and the furniture was so comfortable. Thank you, so lovely.
We wish you well on your ownership of this pristine property. May it bring you much peace and comfort for many years. Thank you very much again for this wonderful opportunity and experience.
If your property is available in the future, we would love to return and bring our grandson. He would love it too.
Bill and Kathy H.
Serene Mountain Get Away
Over the years, we’ve rented many vacation homes, and Milky Way is definitely one of our favorites. Georgina is the most gracious proprietor who is very thorough, thoughtful, and personable. Milky Way is a gorgeous cabin surrounded by 400 acres of picturesque beauty. We loved all the trails, hiking along the creeks, springs and water-falls, the beautiful vegetation and the sounds of nature. At the top of white trail, there is a rewarding grand view of the mountains and valley below. We threw out our tourist check list and spent our time simply decompressing and exploring Milima Ranch. Thanks for sharing this beautiful place with us. We will be back.
Spectacular Stay in the Smokies
My wife and I have rented homes for many years from Yosemite to Tuscany. Milkyway would rank among the top places we have ever stayed! The setting for the house is spectacular, and the house rises to the occasion. The attention to detail within the property is flawless. The open concept living room,dining area, and kitchen provide a great general area. The screened porch beyond this main area provides the ideal place to sit in the morning to watch the sun dapple the surrounding mountains and hills. Wow! All of the bedrooms were nicely appointed with their own tv. The entire house was immaculate. The owner has found the right balance between being available and being too hovering. All in all, Milkyway proved a wonderful rental. Despite all the beauty we experienced in the area, our most enduring memory of this trip will be our time I this home.
MILKY WAY CABIN AT MILIMA RANCH
An outstanding experience for a girls week retreat and I look forward to bringing my family. The pictures of the cabin do not do it justice. It is 5 Star throughout and I have been at many cabins. Our host went above and beyond to ensure that we had WIFI access for a business conference, fresh flowers in the candle tiara on the dining room table as well as ensuring the bird feeders were filled repeatedly so we could enjoy the hummingbirds and many birds. Bring nothing – it is all there. All views from the cabin are a joy, the hiking trails are well groomed, the locals (if you are lucky enough to meet them) and the valley below they treasure are beautiful. Waynesville has much to offer if you have an afternoon to wander and have great restaurants. Asheville is a short 30 minute drive on the interstate.
Will Return Again For Third Consecutive Year
For the second October in as many years, my wife and I, together with two other couples, have enjoyed the stunning vistas and the first class accommodations provided by the Milky Way cabin. Whether enjoying an early morning coffee on the screen porch or the late night glass of wine around the outdoor fire pit, the experience is indeed unique. The natural beauty of the Southern Appalachian highlands is on full display both inside and outside Milky Way. The beauty of both the surrounding natural environment and the cabin itself are well illustrated by the photos on this site. The hiker is rewarded by vistas that a camera can never accurately replicate. We will be returning for a third trip this October.
The best property in the N.C. Mountains
I had forgotten to rate this property until I began making plans for my 2013 vacation. When it comes to restaurants and accommodations I readily admit I am very picky. This mountain gem is the best I have rented in the NC mountains and being a Tar Heel I have rented many. The beauty, surroundings, tranquility, and the house are all outstanding. To make your stay even better, the owner, Georgina knows how to react with and accommodate people. You will remember this property long after you have depart through the gate.