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Welcome to
Top of the rock

NEW lightning-fast ultra-high-speed (Gigabit) Wifi service throughout the cottage! Presenting Chapter Two of our storybook collection of mountain cottages in Sapphire, NC. Located in the exclusive Bald Rock community high atop Sapphire Valley, our quaint craftsman cottage sits on 3.5 wooded acres at 4200 feet of elevation. Enjoy stunning long-range mountain views from nearly every room. Situated at the end of a quiet private road, the cabin features open-concept living, a fully equipped kitchen, three bedrooms, and two full bathrooms. You'll love relaxing by the newly constructed outdoor stone patio and fire pit. The home is accessible in all weather- 4WD is not necessary but is recommended in the winter months due to the potential of ice and snow. The Bald Rock community is adjacent to Panthertown Valley which offers over 25 miles of hiking, riding, and biking trails.



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Property Details

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3 Bedrooms- sleeps 10 guests

Master (main level)- Log King bed with 12" green tea-infused memory foam mattress, luxurious sheets, micro-fleece blanket, decorative quilt, and premium down-alternative pillows

Queen Bedroom 2 (lower level)- Queen bed with 12" memory foam mattress, premium sheets, micro-fleece blanket, decorative quilt, and premium down-alternative pillows

Bunk Room (Lower level)- two sets of log bunk beds- twin over queen. All beds feature memory foam mattress, premium sheets, micro-fleece blanket, decorative quilt, and premium down-alternative pillows.

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Refrigerator and freezer


Electric cooktop

Small appliances include a toaster oven, blender, & coffee maker

All kitchen utensils one would need

Cookware, baking dishes, and cutlery

Plentiful dishes

Paper towels provided- two rolls



Farmhouse Dining table seats 8 people- two benches on the sides and chairs at each end

Center island breakfast bar has four bar stools

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Two full bathrooms

Master bath has a deluxe vanity with two sinks, large walk-in shower, and separate toilet room (main level)


Guest bathroom has tub/shower combo (lower level)


Towels, soaps, shampoo, conditioner, and toilet paper are provided



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Lightning-fast, ultra-high-speed (gigabit) WiFi service

DirecTV satellite television- Top 120 channel package

Telephone (land-line) with unlimited local and long-distance calling

Central heating and air conditioning

55" 4KHD smart TV in living room with Blue-Ray and DirecTV

Master BR- 32" HDTV with DirecTV

Bedroom #2- 32"HDTV with DirecTV

Bunk Room- 32"HDTV with BlueRay and DirecTV

Washer and Dryer

Wood-Pellet burning stove in Living Room

Iron and Board

Hair Dryer in each bathroom

All linens and towels provided

Assorted DVD's, games and puzzles


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Large covered outdoor two-level deck with gas grill

sectional sofa, dining table, long-range mountain views. Stone patio with large fire pit- perfect for roasting marshmallows and relaxing in the natural surroundings.


Access to all Sapphire Valley Association amenities for $2/person/day (extra charge for golf, Skiing, snow-tubing, and zip-line)- please see "Sapphire Amenities" tab



Most dogs okay with owners' permission

(we request a non-refundable pet fee)

NO CATS- the owner is allergic to cats.

Large dog crate and dog bed available.

Food and water bowls



Flat and level paved driveway. 

Room for 3 or more cars in the driveway.



All primary renters must be at least 25 years of age. 

Children and families are welcome.






Sapphire Valley Resort amenities

Bald Rock Equestrian Center

Ski Sapphire Valley (seasonal)


Gambling and casinos (at nearby Harrah's)

Biltmore Estate (in Asheville)

Waterfalls- too many to name

Hiking & Horseback riding

Shopping & Dining

Nearby North Carolina mountain towns: Highlands, Cashiers, Brevard, Asheville, Sylva, Franklin, Maggie Valley

Lake Fairfield

Lake Toxaway

Lake Glenville

Blue Ridge Parkway & Scenic Drives



local services


Ingles Grocery Store


Starbucks and Buck's Coffee Shop 

Gas stations

Hospital and medical clinics

Emergency 911 service

Pet Services and Veterinarian

Automobile repair

Bald Rock & Panthertown Valley Details

Bald Rock is a very special mountain community that sits high above beautiful Sapphire Valley, North Carolina. Situated at the peak of our namesake mountain, the gated grounds encompass 778 acres divided into 120 mountain home sites. The property contains numerous creeks and waterfalls, a rare mountain bog, and 9.2 miles of hiking and equestrian trails. Of special interest to nature lovers, Bald Rock borders the spectacular U.S Forest Panthertown Valley Backcountry Area. In the words of the Forest Service: Panthertown Valley, referred to as the Yosemite of the East, lies on the eastern continental divide in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains.


With more than 25 miles of designated trails in this 6,300 acre backcountry area visitors can enjoy deep gorges and broad valleys, mountain bogs and granitic rock domes, tranquil creeks and plunging waterfalls while hiking, biking or horseback riding. Bald Rock owners enjoy direct access to this mountain wonderland by virtue of a connecting Forest Service trail that is approved for hikers, bikers, and horses.


Speaking of horses, Bald Rock offers the finest equestrian center in the mountains. Our independently managed Equestrian Center has sixteen 12' x 12' full stalls in two barns, plus a separate isolation stall. The center contains 3 hot/cold water wash areas (one inside), nine pastures, one paddock, two training pens, and a 100' x 200' riding arena. The independent Barn Manager offers complete care of horses, lessons, and training. Bald Rock was developed by Westmark Development Corporation of Dubuque, IA in 1995. Westmark President Dave Bauer took a great personal interest in each roadway, trail, & every homesite, and dreamed of Bald Rock becoming the "Gem of the Mountains". He spent months hiking through the forest to develop what has become one of the finest communities in the Western North Carolina Mountains. Dave claims to have worn out two pairs of hiking boots, 1 Jeep, and 1 ATV! Located on the 3500 to 4200-foot ridge line of the Blue Ridge Mountains, we enjoy great weather year round, with very cool summers and occasional brief but lovely snows in the winter.


Between the Barn Center and the Pavilion at The Divide at Bald Rock (our sister community), we have dozens of activities during the summer season. Bald Rock is part of the Sapphire Valley Resort system which offers 2 golf courses, eight Har-Tru tennis courts, indoor & outdoor swimming, whirlpool, sauna, steam room, fitness room, and game room. In addition to the nature center and planned activities (kids summer camp also) at the Community Building, you can sail, canoe, swim and fish on the 55 acres Lake Fairfield. During the winter visit the Ski Sapphire Valley lodge with its ski slopes and recently renovated "Frozen Falls" snow tubing. Bald Rock is located a few minutes from the quiet friendly town of Cashiers, NC We are the gem of the Sapphire Valley Community which offers golf, tennis, swimming, and playgrounds just down the road from our gates. We are an hour from the Asheville airport, and within 3 hours of Atlanta, Knoxville, and Greenville


Getting around


Our community is extremely well-maintained with paved roads and underground utilities. While it is never a bad thing to have 4WD in the mountains (especially in the winter months), our cabin is easily accessible despite the 4200 feet of elevation and 4WD is not necessary. Don't forget to bring your HORSES! Our community is very rare in that it offers a full-service equestrian center onsite. Please contact us for more information in advance. Also, bring your mountain bikes and hiking boots- we have amazing trails inside the community as well as direct access to 6300-acre Panthertown Valley which boasts over 25 miles of trails.