Luxury and Simplicity in a Mountain Canyon
Lonesome Valley celebrates simplicity, family, nature and more than 120 years of one family’s thoughtful stewardship.
A master planned community, Lonesome Valley encompasses nearly 800 acres of verdant forests and meadows surrounded by 1,000-foot granite mountain faces. Elevations range from 3,200 feet at its valley floor to 4,200 feet atop signature Cow Rock Mountain.
Located on Highway 64 between Cashiers and Sapphire, its amenities include extensive hiking trails, fly fishing in streams and ponds, lake activities, a fitness facility with a heated outdoor pool, rock climbing, fine dining and a day spa.
The Jennings Farm
With a history dating back to 1895, what we know today as Lonesome Valley was once part of 35,000 acres near the Village of Cashiers acquired by Pittsburgh entrepreneur E.H. Jennings.
Nestled in a canyon at the base of commanding, granite-faced mountains, it was first known as The Jennings Farm. The Jennings family started the first trout farm in the Eastern United States on the property.
The Great Outdoors
Meadows, streams, a pond stocked with trophy-size trout and Long Lake are a few of the community’s natural amenities. A boathouse, swim platform and rope swing are located on Long Lake’s five acres — a great place to canoe, kayak, paddle board, fish and swim.
Great Meadow is the community’s outdoor lawn where Lonesome Valley residents gather to play volleyball and partake in social activities. Cow Rock Mountain and Laurel Knob often draw rock climbers hoping to scale its summits. Approximately 10 miles of groomed trails leading to Panthertown Valley and Nantahala National Forest beckon hikers of all skill levels inside the gated community. West Canyon Falls and East Canyon Falls are both 200-foot cascading waterfalls on the property. The community’s garden is located just beyond its gates.
Located on the property is Canyon Kitchen, widely known for its award-winning cuisine featuring creative, classic southern dishes. To reflect the seasonal bounty of the valley, its acclaimed chef grows herbs, vegetables and fruit in the gardens to create his masterpieces. The dining experience includes stunning views of Cow Rock Mountain and the spacious valley from the porch. Adjacent to Canyon Kitchen is Jennings Barn, authentically crafted with massive oak beams, and the orchard.
Aptly located in the quaint accommodations of the original caretaker’s cottage, Canyon Spa offers natural body and facial treatments. Professional staff provide soothing therapies in harmony with natural products to quiet and calm body, mind and soul.
Lonesome Valley’s Fitness Barn and Pool were designed as a “tractor barn” to blend with its historic farm aesthetic. State-of-the-art equipment is complemented by a variety of group classes (indoor and outdoor) along with available personal training. Steam showers and saunas are available in both the ladies’ and men’s locker rooms. The pool is heated with covered and uncovered deck space for relaxing or enjoying culinary delights and snacks from its food truck. Lonesome Valley also offers a playground and disc golf course.
Living in Lonesome Valley
With its purposeful design of expansive homesites and nearly 300 acres of common green areas, Lonesome Valley reflects respect for the land and those who reside upon it. The community’s architecture reflects the rich, regional tradition of the southern Appalachian homestead.
The unique terrain of Lonesome Valley allows for an array of mountain vistas. Property owners have a stream, rock-faced mountain, lake or open meadow views, or private wooded forest.
Cottage homes featuring rustic mountain architecture overlook Long Lake, while estate properties are positioned to take in Cow Rock, Laurel Knob or other views from their windows. Homesites range from one-half to eight acres.