USA North Carolina Western North Carolina Sylva Listing #23414

River Romance - Sylva, NC

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51 reviews
Max. occupancy: 5 1 King Bed, 1 Queen Bed, 1 Twin Bed 2 bedrooms 1 bathroom No pets 
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Cottage on the Tuckasegee River with firepit, covered picnic area & central AC

This stilted river cottage is the perfect getaway! Just a few feet from the Tuckasegee River but also close to town, this retreat is perfect for groups looking to get a real sense of the mountain atmosphere. The thoughtful orientation of this modest-sized cabin keeps the river-song in your ears and heart. Guests can use the hot tub on the front deck, the outdoor firepit, and the covered picnic shelter. The master bedroom offers a widescreen TV with surround sound speakers.

What’s nearby:
Walk 1/2 mile into Dillsboro to shop, dine or canoe the river. Trails fill the area for hiking and exploring the surrounding mountains.

Things to know
Please note the hot tub is currently not operational
Full kitchen (no dishwasher)
Free WiFi
Firewood not supplied
Maximum Parking Spaces: 2
This property is managed by Vacasa North Carolina LLC
Limited cell service and GPS

You must be 25 years or older to rent this property.



Washer/dryer : Private

Heating & cooling

Central AC

Partial AC

Kitchen & dining






Water view



Internet : Frontier



DVD player

Wireless router

On-site activities

Hot tub : Private


Gas grill : Private





Shared Charcoal Grill



51 reviews

Stacy N. Nov 2022
Great Views of the River!
Tina B. Nov 2022
We loved it...the house was great and the view of the river was amazing.....great time with my family ...already planning a trip back soon
Rita T. Sep 2022
Cute little house so close to the river loved the hot tub and the big beds and the covered deck with rocking chairs very nice and the covered picnic table
Latisha M. Aug 2022
Loved the vacation home! Right on the River! So relaxing and beautiful! Clean and comfortable!
Christine H. Aug 2022
This property was perfect for our 10 day family vacation! The house itself is very minimal and somewhat outdated, which was fine with us because we spent most of our time outside. However, it could use some repairs and deep cleaning, as well as stocking of cooking/eating utensils. I ended up buying and leaving a set of basic steak knives because there were none.
The access to the river and covered picnic area is perfect! Pictures don’t do justice to how gorgeous the view is!
Unfortunately, we did not have a good experience with the management company. While preparing for our trip, I noticed some fine print stating that the washing machine wasn’t currently working. I emailed Vacasa 3 days before check-in to inquire and did not receive a response until over a week later.
When we arrived, the hot tub water was cloudy and had a foul odor. We called the management company multiple times over several days. We FINALLY got a call back after the 3rd call. They asked that we email pictures, which we did. That was 5 days into our 10 day trip, and I’ve yet to get a response (even though it was “escalated”). Thank goodness we didn’t have any major problems because management's response is majorly lacking.

Manager response:
We're glad you stayed with us, Christine, and apologize for our slow communications due to being short-staffed. Local staff is bulking up the kitchen inventory, and our property caretaker is taking care of the washing machine and spa. Hopefully we can host you again during a slower season. Thank you!
Laura S. Aug 2022
We stayed here for 6 nights and it was the cutest small cabin! Right on the water! It’s small, the king size bed was not uncomfortable. The kitchen was small and lacked a few things we could have used but we made it work! The town is small and cute also! We brought the motorcycle so there was lots of nice rides in the area! We Would definitely stay here again!!
Ashlie W. May 2022
Very clean and comfortable. Cute little nook on the Tuck!
Melanie K. Oct 2021
Loved the location and views. Right on the river with a hot tub on the deck overlooking it. Cabin was quite rustic but had everything we needed. Close to town with lots of restaurants and shopping. Even got to the Great Smokey Mountain Railroad stop in town. Nice outdoor covered picnic table, grill and fire pit.
Timothy M. Sep 2021
Love river, love spa, love location.
Lynette S. Sep 2021
The cabin was nice and enough space for the 2 of us. We sat under the pavillion listened to the river and just relaxed. The hot tub was nice also. We would live to visit there again! The cabin is close to everything, plenty of day trips and eating out at different restaurants was nice. All in all this was a good trip. Thank you!
Richard A. Aug 2021
Quiet but close to restaurants
donald s. Aug 2021
Close enough to town but felt like an escape. The hot tub, grill, pavilion and fire place as well as the river were all well used amenities. Family had a great time, would definitely book here again.
Sue L. Jun 2021
I loved the location right on the river, it was perfect for my husband to fish and the sounds of the water was very relaxing while sitting on the rockers on the deck. We had a wonderful few days there.
Roniece W. Jun 2021
The river view was amazing. Close to town but not loud. Cozy beds and a decently stocked kitchen.
patrick m. May 2021
Cleaner than clean !
Michael S. Oct 2020
Love the cabin being right there on river. Caught 2 rainbow trout. Cabin is just right for 2 people so get rid of futon and replace it with a more comfortable sofa or loveseat. Also I would replace the older big screen tv in bedroom for a more updated smaller tv. Also lamp doesnt work in den. Other than that everything was perfect.
Manager response:
Thank you for staying with us, Michael! We are pleased to hear that the home met your expectations! Thank you for making mention of items in the home that need some TLC. We take this feedback seriously and please know that local staff is available to assist with any issues you encounter while in the home. We hope to have the chance to host you again. Thank you!
Dawn C. Oct 2020
The cabin is small, but the perfect size for my husband and me. It was clean aand provided everything we needed in the way of kitchen appliances, dishes, and linen. The only thing I would recommend in that area would be to take a blanket. There were throws, but we needed another blanket on the bed.
It is truly right on the river. My husband enjoyed fishing. He caught trout, then cleaned them and we grilled them for supper. Delicious! The hot tub on the porch overlooking the river was nice too!
Kenneth W. Oct 2020
The river was nice and the cabin was really nice we really enjoyed it .
River Romance is the perfect name for this cabin!
Connie B. Oct 2020
We enjoyed staying at the River Romance cottage. It was very serene listing to the river flow while sitting on the front porch. We were very close to alot of things so we saw and did something different each day. The cottage was spacious for my husband and I. I would recommend this cottage for a quiet getaway.
Diana S. Sep 2020
View was great. The king bed was hard. The top bunk did not have a pillow case. When I took the sheets off the bunks before we left the top bunk mattress pad was ripped and had blood in it. Some of the pans were greasy. The shower ceiling was coming down. When you take a shower dirty steam ran down the walls. It needs a vent and a deep clean. No sign outside to say it is a va asa home. When you check out I had to get the sheets and towels and start doing laundry all before 10:00. I would not recommend property.
Manager response:
Hello Diana, thank you for your review. We apologize for the cleanliness and maintenance issues you experienced during your stay. We confirm the home is scheduled for a deep clean and the mattress pad will be replaced. While we always appreciate guests who strip the beds and start laundry it is not required of guests to do so. However, it does help our housekeeping staff quite a bit. We hope to have another chance to impress you in the future!
Robert O. Sep 2020
My fiancee and I absolutely loved this property and VIEW! We spent 80% of our time here enjoying the porch and watching the birds.

We found the kitchen a little lacking in terms of available of pots and pans for cooking meals. Also the stove is small and is missing a knob, leaving it with only 3 burners.

Also, be prepared to bring Keurig coffee pots. The property only offers a Keurig machine but does not provide pods or a reusable filter.

Overall a very nice property and we will be back!
Alex Y. Sep 2020
I didn’t want to ever leave! the river is RIGHT there, the hot tub was great, the king bed was super comfy. The bathroom is definitely small, but it didn’t matter. Loved every second!
Rebecca M. Aug 2020
Loved the hot tub, fire pit, rocking chairs, covered picnic shelter, privacy!
shellie m. Aug 2020
This was a perfect spot. The water was right out your door.
Kim B. Aug 2020
Great location! Very clean:) We will be back.
Wesley B. Jul 2020
The cabin is the perfect place to stay for a mountain vacation. It has everything you’ll need inside and the outside space is incredible! It’s decorated perfectly and feels like home. The river is a great spot to fish, we were surprised by how many fishing guides bring their clients right there to fish! My family caught trout, bass and a few other fish right off the bank in the yard. They were also able to swim right from the steps and even wade out in the river to fish. We would definitely stay again for another vacation.
John T. Jul 2020
Very quiet, clean home right on the river. Had everything we needed for a week stay. Would definitely go back.
Janice m. Jun 2020
this home was right in the water! It also has a hot tub! The bathroom is alittle small. We will definitely be going back!
Todd A. May 2020
The outside canopy and proximity to the river is awesome!!
Marcus H. Mar 2020
Location, location, location! The house is small, but it’s location on the river is what you’re paying for. The views, sounds, and fishing are top notch!
Heidi I. Mar 2020
Loved the location! Cozy place that fit my family perfectly
Cheyenne R. Mar 2020
The cabin was so small and cozy for just two people. The only downside is the road across from the river and the master bed was a little uncomfortable, maybe a mattress topper could fix this issue. Otherwise it had all the amenities we needed for a small getaway. We will definitely be returning!
Sammy R. Feb 2020
This was our first time here. It was very clean and well stocked with everything you would need for a quiet relaxing weekend. Already trying to figure out when we can come back. Great little town.
marilyn r. Dec 2019
Quaint little cabin along the Tuck! Enjoyed the hot tub overlooking the river. Perfect spot for 2 people.
Michael C. Dec 2019
This house was perfect for us! Right on the river for a little trout fishing. Close to the Smokys for some great hiking and waterfall viewing. Dillsboro,Sylva and Bryson City were all fun little towns all decked out for the holidays! My only recommendation would be a few extra blankets for the bedrooms!
We hope to come back in the summer for some kayaking on the river!
Manager response:
We will be sure to address your comments about the blankets with the local staff! Thank you!
Jason F. Nov 2019
Camp was as described. Just the rite size for the two of us!(would sleep more). My wife and I enjoyed the river front location along with the convince of being close to town. We didn't spend a lot of time in the camp we spent most of our time in the backroads taking in the scenery. We normally take three to four trips a year to the mountains and would rent again if go back to the Sylvia area.
Robin S. Oct 2019
Stayed for five nights. Loved the location.
Diann S. Oct 2019
Loved it, the deck overlooking the river, beautiful scenery, the hot tub!! Secluded and yet close to everything, mountains, sightseeing, hiking, window shopping all of the cute mountain towns! We had a great time, would definitely recommend!
Dean M. Oct 2019
The river , the view, the mountains, the hot tub . All of it was great
Myra L. Sep 2019
Location and hot tub
Melissa W. Sep 2019
Everything about the place said relaxation. Would have given 5 stars, except the bathroom was a little dirty. Hot tub, fire pit, grill, river, master bedroom was all fantastic. We will definitely be return tenants.
Scott G. P. Aug 2019
"The river is RIGHT THERE Daddy!" We had a great time. Fantastic fishing spot (be aware of Delayed Harvest rules!) and we were so busy we never used the hot tub. Very tiny bathroom warning for big men. Clean, bug free, and the best view from the porch you could want. Close to lots of fun things in the area. We road the Great Smoky Mountain Railway. Several of my friends wanted the link after seeing my pictures.
Jasalyn M. Jul 2019
Cute as a button. We loved the hot tub overlooking the river.
Jennifer K. Jul 2019
Perfect getaway with beautiful river view. Definitely would book again
Emily M. Jun 2019
We enjoyed our stay in North Carolina and River Romance was the prefect home base. I loved waking up and having my coffee on the balcony while my son “communed” with the local geese. We were so lucky to have a family with 3 baby geese nearby and they were so cute to watch.
Courtney V. Jun 2019
Good, clean cabin.
Charlene S. May 2019
Absolutely loved everything about our trip and definitely will be booking this place in the future!!