Brand new, Sleeps 9, 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, tons of nearby activites
About Debra Pettinato-Ross
Debra Pettinato-Ross and Richard Ross created The Barn at Bhakti Manor in 2015 to provide a comfortable, contemplative refuge for those seeking to relax and enjoy the beauty and activities of the Smoky Mountains in western North Carolina.
Debra Pettinato-Ross purchased this Cottage in 2015
Why Debra Pettinato-Ross chose Franklin
We wanted a property where there was room to stretch out, relax, and slow down, in nature and yet be near activities like hiking, rafting, gem mining, etc.
What makes this Cottage unique
2.5 hours from Atlanta and 1.5 hrs from Asheville. 45 minutes to Harrah's Cherokee Casino. 30 mins to world class spa and restaurants in Highlands, NC On site trout fishing, fire-pits, and meeting facilities to accommodate up to 50 people.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
Please inquire for events
Smoking ok on porches
Minimum age of primary renter:21
Max guests:9 (sleeps up to 9 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Lots of Pro's and Con's
While the place is really nice and clean, it is by far NOT a barn, cabin or cottage. It is, however, a place that the owner felt should be decorated to her taste, not considering others or what this is advertised as. It would be so cute to lose the Hindu banners and decor and add barn type animals and make it a sweet barn theme. There is a lot of mixed decor and not much at all that pertains to being a barn. Lots of Hindu/Budda stuff and lots of mirrors. No bathroom on 2nd floor. The owner does provide a lot of staples. Most are spices and some foods the average person would not eat such as tons of Quino's, red rice, and so much stuff unlabeled, who knows what it is or how long it has been there.
They did supply us with two dozen fresh eggs and so much more. The bedspread in the master bedroom had blood stains and was so dirty. I doubt it had been washed in a long time. The TV situation is a joke. As listed you only get Netflix
( however, it doesn't always work) We were told by Richard
( ex son in law) that the modem is very old and needs to be replaced. He had to come many times to reboot the Netflix. Landline phone, Internet doesn't always work and even your cell phone is sketchy. BEWARE! The staircase on the front porch is a bit narrow making it hard to get lots of things up and down. Also, the porch off the kitchen has a step down which is crazy. I almost fell on several occasions. Very poor design. NEVER, EVER get in a conversation with Sarah the daughter. Although she is so sweet she talks endlessly. She actually told us we were a day early. Owners travel a lot and leave their daughter and ex son in law in charge. Everyone was really nice and they provided lots of DVD's to help make our stay a bit better. I would not go back for so many reasons and do NOT recommend this place if staying more than a few days. We were there for three weeks. The roads are very curvy but all paved and nice. We got lost several times when coming back from the stores( even with GPS) which are about 15 miles away. I was in love with the kitchen bit also no plastic tea pitcher. Only large glass spout type containers. Very hard to store and use. The place has a very poor design. SUPER large kitchen and dining area and super tiny living room with only a sofa, one chair and swing. We were told it was designed for large groups. I guess they have to stay in dining rm. Lots of beds upstairs. most folks don't want to sleep in the same room. We never went up there
Good Morning Jan I’m so sorry you feel this way. You never mentioned any of this when we talked.
I assure you that every time someone checks in and checks out we wash everything we have two or three of every thing that we use at the barn for bedding!
Yes internet is slow, and if Frontier doesn’t feel that I need a new router they won’t give me a new router and they are the only Provider in the area so there is nothing I can do. And yes it slow and doesn’t work sometimes
We try are best to make our visitors happy...be well and many blessings to you and your family
From the beginning to the end of our stay everything was awesome! Very welcoming, spacious and comfortable! Couldn’t have asked for it to be any better! Highly recommend!
Beautiful place. Our family had a wonderful time. Being close to the road was the only drawback. Hope my granddaughters remember our special weekend forever.
Wish we could have stayed longer
We had a wonderful time during our visit at The Barn at Bhakti Manor. The house is very nice, the bed are comfy, the kitchen is amazing- it had everything we needed to cook our meals, and Debra and Richard were wonderful and helpful! I wish we could have stayed for a longer visit!
Stay At Franklin.
Overall our stay was great. Our online reservation printout stayed that our stay was through Oct. 24, and you informed us it was only through Oct. 23. The only other problem was, I was sitting on the couch, and a man started banging loudly on the door and shouted is anybody here and burst into the room stating he saw the prayer flags and wanted to know if we had anything to sell. I told him we were just renting, and then he wanted to know if you had anything to sell. I thought that was very odd. He said it was very odd to see prayer flags in the middle of nowhere in the mountains, and thought we might have something to sell. That day we had forgotten to lock the door.
Good morning Ruth! I hope all is going well in your world and things are settling down with your family!
I’m really sorry that someone came banging on the door and ask there’s anything to sell it might have to do with my yoga room being downstairs.
I’m truly sorry 🤗
Also I wanted to remind you that you did stay till October 24 Thursday that was your check out day!
I’m glad other than the than the guy banging on the door that you had a good time!
WCU Family weekend
Property was well maintained everything was as described. Had plenty of room family of 5 plus grandparents. Kitchen equipment was in excellent shape and stocked above expectations. Beautiful location in the mountains of NC.