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Welcome to 
Once Upon a Stream

NEW lightning-fast ultra-high-speed (Gigabit) Wifi service throughout the cottage! Chapter One of our storybook collection of mountain cottages in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Sapphire, NC. Plan your next mountain getaway in this 4BR, 3.5BA English cottage complete with a rushing mountain stream that will keep the kids busy for hours! The cottage sleeps up to 14 guests and features a large lower-level "kid-cave" and rec room. Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature from the large upper and lower decks with tree-top views of the heavily wooded 2-acre property. Relax, roast marshmallows, and make memories after a long day of hiking by the oversized stone fire pit. This property is the ideal setting for your next extended family gathering or reunion with friends.



Once upon a stream

The stream

Here's a sneak peek at the rushing mountain stream out back. Great for entertaining the kids and dogs!

Once Upon a Stream front

Welcome to Once Upon a Stream! Despite the small cottage facade, this home is actually quite large- just over 3,100 sq ft on three levels.

Once Upon a Stream driveway

The gravel driveway is relatively flat, easy to navigate, and has room for several cars to park.

Fire pit area

Let the fireside chats and stories begin- don't forget the marshmallows!

Front entrance

The very welcoming front entrance and foyer.


The large and open kitchen is fully equipped with everything you'll need to prepare gourmet meals for family and friends.


Plenty of counter space to prepare gourmet meals.

Welcome to the Mountains!

Words to live by in the mountains!

Great room

The main-level living area features a large sectional sofa and additional seating. 50" HD TV with Dish Network "America's Top 120" programming. French door lead to the covered deck.

Open-concept living area

The open-concept living and dining space means everyone will be together- even when preparing meals.

Dining area

Features a large farmhouse table and additional seating at the bar.

Great room

Enjoy the tree-top wooded view throughout the main level.

Great room

Large sectional sofa.The designers added extra pillows for your comfort.

Great room

Relax by the gas fireplace with a book (iPhones and tablets are acceptable too). We have ULTRA-HIGH-SPEED Gigabit Wifi throughout the cottage.

Sitting area

The additional seating area with stately leather chairs is so inviting.

Upper deck

There is a gas grill and additional seating on the deck.

Upper Deck

The main-level (upper) deck is the perfect place to relax after a long day of hiking.

Upper Deck

You'll be at peace in the woods on the 2-acre property. The upper deck has a view down to the boulder fire pit area and the pathway down to the stream.

Master Suite

Features a King bed and ensuite bathroom.

Master Suite

There's even a bed for the small pups.

Master Suite

The master suite features a 32" HD TV with Dish Network.

Master Bathroom

Features dual vanities, a separate shower, and jetted soaking tub.

Master Bathroom

Relax and enjoy tree-top views from the jetted soaking tub.


Stairs form the main level take you up to the second level which features a loft, two more bedrooms, and a bathroom.

Loft on Second Level

Curl up with a book in the upstairs loft.

Loft on Second Level

The perfect place to take a nap.

Bedroom #2

Bedroom #2 upstairs features two Queen log beds with memory foam mattresses.

Bedroom #2
Bathroom- second level

The full bathroom features a shower-tub combo.

Bedroom #3

Upper level Bedroom #3 features a Queen bed.

Bedroom #3
Bedroom #3

The tree-top views make this bedroom one of the most-desirable in the cottage.


Stairs form the main level lead down to the lower level.

Kid Cave

Welcome to the Kid Cave! They have their space down here, so you can relax up there.

Kid Cave

Let the Foosball tournament begin.

Kid Cave

Plenty of space for the kids to be kids.

Kid Cave

The lower level Kid Cave features two sets of log bunk beds.

Kid Cave

The Kid Cave also features a large sectional sofa and rec area with 50" HD TV with Dish Network and Blue-Ray player. We have a nice library of movies for all ages for your viewing pleasure.

Kid cave

The Kid Cave leads out to the lower deck.

Lower Level Bathroom

An additional full bathroom on the lower level also connects to Bedroom #4.

Bedroom #4

Bedroom #4 on the lower level has a Queen bed.

Bedroom #4

Bedroom #4 has an ensuite bathroom.

Lower Deck

The lower deck off of the Kid Cave

Lower Deck

The lower deck also has great views of the property and is very popular for Yoga.

Lower Deck

View of the fire pit area from the lower deck.

Outside Stairs

Stirs from both decks lead down to the fire pit area.

Fire Pit Area

The large stone fire pit area links to a stone and gravel path that leads down to the stream.

Trail to the Stream

Follow the boulder steps from the fire pit to the gravel trail that leads to the stream.

Trail to the Stream

The gravel and boulder trail leads down the hill to the stream.

Sitting Area at Stream

The sitting area next to the stream is the perfect place to enjoy your morning coffee or glass of wine in the evening.


The rushing mountain stream provides hours of entertainment for the kids (and pets). They can explore up and down the stream.


Our namesake stream is the #1 reason people choose this property for their vacation.

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Property Details

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Once Upon a Stream features 4 bedrooms plus a lower-level "Kid Cave" and sleeps up to14 guests.

Master en-suite (main level)- King bed with luxuriously soft sheets and blanket, premium down-alternative pillows, and decorative quilt and shams- sleeps 2.


Bedroom 2 (second level)- Queen bed with premium sheets and blanket, duvet, and premium down-alternative pillows- sleeps 2


Bedroom 3 (second level)- features two log Queen beds with very comfortable memory foam mattresses, premium sheets, duvet, decorative quilts, shams, and down-alternative pillows - sleeps 4

Loft (second level)- a couch for overflow


4th Bedroom en-suite (lower level basement)- Queen bed with premium sheets, blanket, decorative quilt and shams, and down-alternative pillows- sleeps 2


Rec-Room & "Kid Cave" (lower level basement)- Features two sets of log twin over twin bunk beds- with very comfortable new memory foam mattresses, premium sheets, blankets, decorative quilts and shams, and down-alternative pillows- sleeps 4. There are also couches for overflow.

Kitchen & Dining

The kitchen has everything you'll need to prepare gourmet meals at home. New full-size refrigerator and freezer with ice make and  dispenser in-door.

Electric oven and gas cooktop.

Small appliances include toaster, toaster oven, blender, hand mixer, & Crock Pot, and more.

KEURIG coffee maker and starter coffee pods.

All kitchen utensils one would need.

Plentiful dishes, cookware, and baking dishes

Drinking glasses, coffee mugs, and wine glasses.

Paper towels provided- two starter rolls provided.

Farmhouse dining table seats 10 people.

The breakfast bar has 4 bar stools.

Outdoor upper deck has additional seating.

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Once Upon a Stream features 3 full & 1 half bathrooms


The Master bathroom (main level) has large soaking tub, separate shower, his/hers vanities and boasts beautiful treetop views.

Powder bathroom (main level) is off the living room.

Guest bathroom (2nd level) has tub/shower combo and is shared by two bedrooms upstairs.

Guest bathroom (lower level) is shared by the rec room and has direct access to the bedroom. It has a tub/shower combo and two vanities.

We provide soaps, shampoo, conditioner, and toilet paper.



Interior Amenities & Entertainment

Ultra-high-speed Gigabit WiFi

Dish Network satellite- Top 120 channel package

Central heat & air conditioning

Living Room (main level)- 50" HD TV with Blue-Ray player and Dish Network

Master BR- 32" HD TV with Dish Network

Rec-room (lower level)- 50" 4kHD TV with Blue-Ray player, Dish Network, Polk Sound System, & Foosball table

Washer and dryer (we provide detergent), iron and Board, hair dryer

Gas fireplace in living room (main level)

DVD library, assorted toys, games, and puzzles

All linens and towels provided

For our smallest guests

Port-a-crib with memory-foam mattress

Hiking pack carrier for baby or toddler

Booster chair

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Outdoor Amenities

Once Upon a Stream is situated on a private, wooded, two-acre lot and backs to a rushing mountain stream.


The large covered upper deck features a Jenn-Air gas grill, dining table, and Adirondack chairs 

The lower deck has some additional seating and is popular with Yoga enthusiasts! Just off of the deck, is a large stone gathering area with stone fire pit.

Follow the stone/boulder walkway downhill to the stream. This path is the perfect place to take in a workout- its an easy walk, but makes for an intense jog up and downhill. Alternatively, venture down to the stream and sit and relax watching the kids play.

Our guests have access to all Sapphire Valley Resort amenities for $2/person/day (extra charge for golf, Skiing, snow-tubing, and zip-line) including the private and beautiful Fairfield Lake.


Also within walking distance of the cottage is Hogback Lake which is great for fishing off the dock, or kayaking and canoeing (you will need to provide the vessel).




Most dogs are welcome with owners' permission- we do charge a non-refundable $150 pet fee.

NO CATS- the owner is allergic to cats.

We provide a large dog crate, dog bed, and bowls. All pets must be current on shots and also on flea/tick prevention. We reserve the right to restrict certain breeds.



The gravel driveway is relatively flat, level, easy to navigate, and has room for multiple cars. Unlike many other mountain properties, the driveway is NOT steep and is easily accessible.



All primary renters must be at least 25 years of age. Children and families are welcome. Absolutely no parties or large gatherings are permitted.

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