CLARK'S COTTAGES AND RESTAURANT CIRCA 1937
MOUNTAIN BROOK LODGE AND COTTAGES CIRCA 2014
FROM CLARK'S COTTAGES to
MOUNTAIN BROOK COTTAGES to
MOUNTAIN BROOK LODGE AND COTTAGES:
80 years of delightful hospitality on the
Mountain Brook Lodge and Cottages now offers something for everyone - even Fido! All cottages are family and Fido friendly, with fully outfitted eat in kitchens, a continental breakfast basket waiting for you in your fridge, one or two wood burning fireplaces, baseboard heat, large covered porches with swings and rockers, king beds in the master bedroom, linens, towels, & housekeeping services, fresh roast Panacea organic coffee in your cottage for each morning of your stay, privileges at Franklin Health and Fitness, a "necessary" pail, old towels, and couch covers for Fido, & the enjoyment of the beautiful and gracious 1937 Farmhouse common area, 36 spectacular mountain acres, hiking trails, & two tumbling brooks.
First, the gracious historic Farmhouse, a delightful place to gather & relax with family and friends, & a place to make new friends & share travel experiences. Built in 1937 by Hardy and Edith Clark, the Farmhouse served as their private home & farm for their successful roadside restaurant & motor court. Available to guests for the first time in 2014 as a common area for the cottage village, the Farmhouse offers a sweeping lawn with a spectacular view, yard games & picnic tables, & swings and rockers - a great place to relax & enjoy the mountain vistas and breezes. Inside, guests will enjoy a lovely living room with satellite TV & internet, a "land line" phone with free nationwide calling, a wood burning fireplace, game room, dining area, & modern kitchen. Guests have a key for 24/7 access, & families & groups can gather, cook, & eat together for no additional charge!
Next, the historic cottage village - nine quaint but fully modernized log and stone cottages, built by the Clark family in the 1930's as a motor court and tourist attraction for travelers on the newly opened and scenic Highway 23, the Asheville highway, & still the authentic mountain cottage experience. With the largest overshot water wheel in private use generating the electricity for the property, a souvenir shop, & a restaurant, Clark's Cottages and Restaurant provided delightful hospitality for over thirty five years. The Clark family modernized the cottages in the 1950's to provide full kitchens & bathrooms, but shortly thereafter NCDOT straightened the highway, which put the charming cottage motor court off road, & eventually out of business. But what put it out of business in the 1960's saved it...it remained intact, high on the hill & out of sight of the highway, to be purchased & refurbished as a delightful honeymoon resort by a young couple, the McMahon's, in the 1970's, renamed Mountain Brook Cottages. The McMahons lived in & raised their daughters in the gracious Farmhouse on the hill, & added what they called the luxury "Romancer" cottages to the historic village (three cottages with jacuzzis and saunas, and one more modern house). The McMahon family operated Mountain Brook Cottages & provided delightful hospitality as an off road resort for 35 years.
When the McMahon's retired in 2014, they sold the spectacular 36 acres & cottages they loved so much to Randi Taylor, an Architect from eastern North Carolina, who turned the lovely Farmhouse into a gathering area for the guests, built a beautiful lighted bridge from the cottage village over the creek to the Farmhouse, & reopened the historic resort as Mountain Brook Lodge and Cottages. All cottages are now Fido friendly, four cottages offer jacuzzis (three with saunas), & three of the newer cottages offer tv, satellite internet, & AC.
So, still the authentic and rejuvenating mountain getaway experience for family and Fido, with a little something extra for everyone, Mountain Brook Lodge and Cottages welcomes you, as one of the last remaining 1930's mountain cottage motor courts - & more!
So, whether you're old enough to remember when vacations were just like this, or young enough to have never experienced the sounds of crickets at night, playing in the stream, then some badminton on the lawn & making s'mores in your wood burning fireplace, the magic of Mountain Brook & the spectacular Smoky Mountains will touch your life in a way you will never forget...& we will look forward to welcoming you back to a place that is both special & timeless, time and time again...
MOUNTAIN BROOK COTTAGES CIRCA 1979
Enjoy our "silent movie" history on YouTube ...
80 YEARS & GOING STRONG...STILL THE AUTHENTIC SMOKY MOUNTAIN COTTAGE GETAWAY & GATHERING PLACE
Copyright 2017 - Randi Taylor, Architect