Our Best Mountain House Plans for Your Vacation Home

Whisper Creek
Photo: Southern Living

The South is home to some truly charming mountain towns with stunning views of picturesque mountain ranges, the vibrant changing color of leaves in the fall, and the freshest air you can find. From tree-tucked quaint cottages to grand rustic retreats, mountain homes give a sense of cozy serenity no matter your worries. If you're more into a natural, salt-of-the-earth style of living, a mountain vacation home is definitely the go-to getaway home for you. These house plans will get you started on your idyllic mountain retreat, complete with natural timber and stone accents, cozy covered porches, and (hopefully) a newfound sense of peace.

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Whisper Creek, Plan #1653

Whisper Creek
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This mountain home is full of rustic charm with its perfect size, wraparound porch, and natural wood accents.

2 bedrooms and 2 ½ baths
1,555 square feet
See Plan: Whisper Creek

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Fairview Ridge, Plan #1423

Fairview Ridge
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Stone, wood shake siding, standing-seam metals roofs, bracketed gables and exposed rafter tails add rustic charm to the exterior of this home. Multiple sets of French doors lead outside to the roomy, wraparound porch, and you can enjoy the double fireplace year-round from inside or out.

3 bedrooms and 4 baths
2,097 square feet
See Plan: Fairview Ridge

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Davidson Gap, Plan #1534

Davidson Gap
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While this house is designed to be eco-friendly, the architects did not sacrifice the traditional and timeless look and feel of this house.

3 to 4 bedrooms and 3 ½ baths
3,296 square feet
See Plan: Davidson Gap

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Blue Ridge, Plan #1554

Blue Ridge
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From the peak of its high gabled roof to the natural stone and cedar used in its construction, this rustic house has the hand-crafted quality of mountain houses in the Appalachian region.

3 bedrooms and 3 ½ baths
2,433 square feet
See Plan: Blue Ridge

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Wolf Laurel, Plan #1574

Wolf Laurel, Plan #1574
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The front steps, placed off to the side of the exterior, lead up to a second-floor porch and entry to this mountain home. A cozy screened porch, terrace, and plenty of stone accents make it perfectly rustic.

3 bedrooms and 2 ½ baths
2,396 square feet
See Plan: Wolf Laurel

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White Plains, Plan #1799

White Plains
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This plan is a more modern approach to a mountain home, but the folk-style design and detail give it a cozy, vernacular feel.

4 bedrooms and 4 ½ baths
2,942 square feet
See Plan: White Plains

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Elkhorn, Plan #1573

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The natural stone and wood on the exterior of this mountain home evokes the cozy, family-oriented feel that the interior features. A large family space in the heart of the home (combined dining and family room), a recreation room, a spacious deck, and a loft all create a sense of community to spend time together as the family—and to entertain a crowd.

3 bedrooms and 3 ½ baths
2,047 square feet
See Plan: Elkhorn

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New Bunkhouse, Plan #1948

New Bunkhouse
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This compact, re-designed bunkhouse looks great perched up high overlooking some stunning mountain views. The screened front porch is the heart of the home where you can lounge and entertain in the crisp mountain air.

2 bedrooms and 2 baths
1,031 square feet
See Plan: New Bunkhouse

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Bunkhouse II, Plan #1949

Bunkhouse II
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This rustic, low mountain cabin ensures a cozy atmosphere and complete mountain mindset upon entering. A front covered porch doubles as a family sitting room, while a smaller den is located in the heart of the home with the kitchen.

3 bedrooms and 3 ½ baths
1,371 square feet
See Plan: Bunkhouse II

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2006 Cottage Living Idea House, Plan #1330

Cottage Living Idea House
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This bungalow was designed to be flexible, built in stages over time as a family evolves.

4 bedrooms and 3 ½ baths
2,750 square feet
See Plan: 2006 Cottage Living Idea House

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Bitterroot, Plan #1698

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This is a more traditional mountain home with a log cabin feel and sprawling floor plan. Two large decks ensure plenty of outdoor space to entertain.

3 bedrooms and 3 baths
3,216 square feet
See Plan: Bitterroot

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Cedarbrook, Plan #408

Cedarbrook, Plan #408
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This quaint cottage will blend in nicely to the natural surroundings. Traditional country-style design is played up with a large covered porch, great room, and additional sleeping porch.

3 bedrooms and 2 ½ baths
1,715 square feet
See Plan: Cedarbrook

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Allegheny, Plan #1552

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This craftsman-style home plays up the rusticness of the mountain atmosphere with its choice of mixed materials, including timber and stone. A covered porch and exposed deck leave plenty of room for enjoying the crisp mountain air.

3 bedrooms and 3 baths
1,510 square feet
See Plan: Allegheny

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Appalachian Stream, Plan #1578

Appalachian Stream, Plan #1578
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Cozy up by the fireplace in the large vaulted great room in this mountain retreat. A covered porch and deck offer views of the mountain range, while a recreation room and loft offer plenty of space for family hangouts and entertaining.

3 bedrooms and 3/12 baths
2,709 square feet
See Plan: Appalachian Stream

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The Sage House, Plan #947

The Sage House
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This house has many options with its flexible floor plan, but the heart of the quaint home is found on the first floor with the kitchen, dining, and family rooms featured in one large space that share views through a large picture window.

3 to 5 bedrooms and 3 ½ baths
1,672 square feet
See Plan: The Sage House

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Boulder Summit, Plan #1575

Boulder Summit
Southern Living

Whether built as a mountain retreat or a full-time residence, this plan's open first floor and tucked-away ground floor make comfort and relaxation habit-forming.

4 bedrooms and 4 baths
1,588 square feet
See Plan: Boulder Summit

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