Fantastic Cabin. Quiet and Peaceful. Great Place to unwind and recharge. The balcony/patio was a great place to sit and listen to the creek outback. The gas fireplace was perfect to keep the temperature comfortable in the cabon
This was an awesome place to stay. So much nicer than a hotel and you have your own rooms and private baths. We enjoyed our vacation so much more. It was beautiful, perfect weather, refreshing atmosphere.
We like the sound of the creek, so we stayed at the cabin. Didn't realize that it's not really a bed and breakfast. Not very secure, although we weren't really concerned about it. We woke up one morning and found the front door opened sometime during the night. No soap in the shower. No explanation of how to make the tv work -- we never were able to get it on. Wi fi was really slow.
Loved the haven!! We stayed in the cabin, couldn't have been more perfect! The sounds of the river at night to put you to sleep and the welcoming barks of baby and kitty in the morning to gently wake you up, What more could we ask for. We will stay there as often as we can!!
We were greeted by Jade who was pleasant and helpful. Our "Couples" room was cozy, comfortable and inexpensive. We were concerned about the yipping dog caged in the living room, but he quieted down at night. Since we were the only guests the house was quiet and we slept well. We were given 3 breakfast choices, all sounded great. Breakfast was served at either 9 or 9:30 am, which seemed a little late until we slept till 8:15. We can agree with previous reviewers about the unusual bathroom plumbing, a plumber could probably reverse the hot & cold in the sink and eliminate the pipe shudder for $100. This B&B should be fun in ski season. It is quirky but not bad. You might like it.
We just had a tremendous experience in Banner Elk and Banner Haven played an integral role in making us feel at home and welcome! We were gifted a weekend here from our kids to take in fall colors, but came away with so much more...We just stayed there last weekend, and were extremely pleased with our stay...The owners were away, but we were treated extremely well by Jade, our inn keeper...She was warm and inviting and sat with us engaging in conversations...One of our many highlights of the weekend was when she pulled the 2 macaws out of their cage and we watched them show off sitting on her lap only inches away...If you are there, ask to have them "imitate Jade flapping her wings"----amazing!!! Our breakfast both days were prepared extremely well and were filling...in passing, she mentioned pancakes were on the menu for the next morning, and we jokingly said that chocolate chip pancakes were a staple in our house on sunday mornings while the kids were growing up...To our surprise (and gratitude), guess what we were served the next morning!!!! She also made a killer bon fire Friday night! The amenities were nice for an older mountain home...as expected...it was very clean...Upon arrival, we met 2 very small and friendly white house dogs, but they were kept upstairs the rest of our stay...we have a 125 lb newfoundland and are dog lovers...Of importance to note because Banner Haven is pet friendly, is that I am extremely allergic to cats, and I did NOT experience any allergy problems all weekend, a testament to it's cleanliness! We had the bedroom w/the attached bath which we highly recommend (or the cabin out back) vs. the other bedroom w/the bath across the hall...the mattress was very comfortable and the TV and WiFi were an added bonus...Another highlight was that even though we stayed in the house, Friday evening we enjoyed a romantic bottle of wine on the hillside overlooking the rushing water behind the cabin... Banner Elk has so many offerings and most are just a few minutes from Banner Haven...We went to 4 different vineyards all within easy driving distances and all were great destinations allowing us to walk their vineyards, taste their wines as well as purchase the ones we liked to bring home---and extend our weekend memories longer...We marveled at the fall colors, country roads and vast x-mas tree farms (1 had over 1.5 million trees!!!). We also hiked on different trails, drove the Blue Ridge Parkway, had nice dinners in Banner Elk as well as just up the road from Banner Haven on Beech Mountain overlooking the valley, and also stumbled upon a horse back riding stable only a couple miles away.…
I will start with our experience from the beginning. Upon entering the residence we were barely greeted by who we assume to be was the caretaker of the house since we never met nor saw the innkeepers. The caretaker never gave us her name and all she asked was "have you stayed at a B&B before?" When we stated yes she promptly said "then you know how it goes" and pointed us to our room. Since she was not the innkeeper I suppose I cannot expect her to care much about the guests or give any advice on the area..but we had expected a bit more of a welcome. Another issue was the Two small dogs in the house were riddled with fleas and we unfortunately had some in our room. Breakfast was mediocre, but coffee and tea selection were pretty good. Lastly the plumbing in our bathroom made a horribly loud sound and I was more concerned for the other guests that had to hear the racket early in the morning when we woke up to leave. All in all it was a cheap room, bed was pretty comfy, but the charm and hospitality that I have come to expect from a B&B was not there and I wouldn't stay there again.…
Banner Elk is an expensive town to visit and Banner Haven has some of the best prices around, but there is a reason. Our room was separated from the bathroom by a common hallway. The bath itself was a Do-It-Yourselfer's nightmare. It was decorated in early plumbing store. The faucet in the sink (wooden bowl) was reversed and the fixture was cobbled together pipe and solder which made a terrible racket when turned on. The shower was in a claw foot tub. Cute but not to practical as climbing in and out of this monster was at a minimum, dangerous. The house was cluttered and overrun with dogs, a cat and birds. Wifi was iffy at best. In three days there were only a couple of times that it worked - sort of.
We stayed over Memorial Day weekend and had a wonderful time in the High Country! To start, the Gardners were very welcoming. I was very impressed with their knowledge of the area, things to do, the history, and how to get anywhere we wanted to go. I thought breakfast was delicious! You can tell they have put a lot of thought into their property. They were very pet friendly as well. We brought our dog and had no issues with keeping her there while we were off to dinner or exploring Boone. The accommodations were nice and very well kept up. We would definitely come back again!
The cabin was well maintained and warm. Because of renovations, they just gave coupons for breakfast at a restaurant. But the folks were really nice and seemed glad to have us. Too cold to enjoy the deck, but we'll try that another time.
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