Rich in history and lavish with heirloom family legacy, Lonesome Valley is more than just a community – it is truly heaven on earth. Through its enchanted views and captivating atmosphere, this residential mountain farm community on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau brings together nature and luxury in a harmonious balance focused on the beauty surrounding the valley floor. Having remained in one family’s nurturing hands for more than a century, Lonesome Valley continues to flourish. As stewards of the land, the Jennings Family, help bring to life the idyllic vision: A closer connection with nature through the simple joys of a farm estate with the satisfaction of time well spent with family and friends.
The homes and amenities have been constructed in harmony with the 800 acres framed by green forests and meadows, watched over by thousand-foot granite cliffs. Home to the largest box canyon east of the Rockies, The Valley is made up of no more than 180 homes – with the remainder of the land being held in conservation and nearly 300 acres of common green space.
Lonesome Valley’s architectural designs reflect traditions of Southern Appalachian style. The homes are natural and rustic, yet modern and sophisticated. A purposeful design of expansive homesites and hundreds of common area acreage reflect an exceptional respect for the land. Each detail has been thoughtfully considered with an eye toward creating harmony with nature. Timber bridges, tin roofs, poplar bark siding, stacked stone chimneys and native landscaping set the tone for the homes to blend with their natural settings and exist in proper scale within their environment.
The Valley has a long tradition of mountain trout that make their home in the clear, cold, waters of Western North Carolina. Established as the earliest commercial trout farm in the Cashiers area, Lonesome Valley’s Trout Farm dates back to the 1950’s. Today, rainbow trout thrive in The Trout Pond and along Logan Creek. The Trout Pond is designated for ‘fly-fishing only’ and catch-and-release, ensuring a healthy trout population for future generations. Long Lake features a bis ideal for swimming, canoeing or paddle boating featuring boathouse and swimming area.
Those looking for a thrilling adventure can climb the two granite faces framing the property, Cow Rock Mountain and Laurel Knob (the tallest crag east of the Mississippi). Hiking is also one of The Valley’s most popular attractions. The carefully designed network of well-maintained pathways connect every corner of Lonesome Valley. Meadows, streams, waterfalls, magnificent granite faces and quiet forests provide the natural setting for these spectacularly scenic byways.
The amenities at Lonesome Valley bring the community’s vision to life. The Fitness Barn and pool are in keeping with the commitment to physical health and general well-being. Designed as a “tractor barn” to blend with our historic farm aesthetic, the Fitness Barn offers state-of-the-art equipment, a variety of group classes (indoor and outdoor), personal training, and steam showers & saunas. The pool is heated with covered and uncovered deck space perfect for relaxing or enjoying snacks from the food truck. True to its other recreational facilities, the Tennis Center is well-appointed with a pavilion, refreshments and comfortable sitting areas. The courts are carefully positioned, allowing them to blend naturally within their setting.
Housed in the restored Caretaker’s Cottage, Canyon Spa offers a full menu of natural body and facial treatments, therapies and products. The boutique spa features a cozy fireplace, sitting porch, three treatment rooms and intimate waiting areas. Many of Canyon Spa’s handcrafted, nurturing treatments use farm-fresh ingredients from the garden of Canyon Kitchen.
Lonesome Valley’s Canyon Kitchen offers an extraordinary connection to food that is both true to The Valley’s agrarian roots that awakens the senses and entertains your soul. Massive oak beams define the Jennings Barn while the open-air dining. Broad, rolling meadows and magnificent granite faces set the scene.