25 Best Mountain House Plans For Your Vacation Home

You deserve the best surroundings when you escape to the mountain home you have always dreamed of.

Whisper Creek
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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. These mountain 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 serenity.

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Plan #1423: Fairview Ridge

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

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.

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Plan #1534: Davidson Gap

Davidson Gap
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3,296 square feet
3 to 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths

While this house is designed to be eco-friendly, the architects did not sacrifice the traditional and timeless look and feel of this house. This home artfully demonstrates that green homes can be affordable and magically inviting places to live. A full family retreat, this home can easily sleep 12 people.

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Plan #1554: Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge
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2,433 square feet
3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths

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. Behind the rugged exterior is a comfortable plan, one that would serve a family well as a second home.

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Plan #1574: Wolf Laurel

Wolf Laurel, Plan #1574
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2,396 square feet
3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths

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. For a mountain getaway, this is quintessential.

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Plan #1799: White Plains

White Plains
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2,942 square feet
4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths

This plan is a more modern approach to a mountain home, but the folk-style design and detail give it a cozy, vernacular feel. This is a twist on the Carpenter Gothic style, with a corrugated metal roof that brings a playful feel. With these ample windows, your mountain days will be filled with nature's majesty.

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Plan #1653: Whisper Creek

Whisper Creek
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1,555 square feet
2 bedrooms and 2.5 baths

This mountain home is full of rustic charm with its perfect size, wraparound porch, and natural wood accents. A perfect weekend escape for anyone who is seeking a bit of peace and quiet, this quaint space will become your home away from home.

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Plan #1573: Elkhorn

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3 bedrooms and 3 ½ baths
2,047 square feet

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.

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Plan #1948: New Bunkhouse

New Bunkhouse
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2 bedrooms and 2 baths
1,031 square feet

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.

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Plan #1949: Bunkhouse II

Bunkhouse II
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3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths
1,371 square feet

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. Your family and guests will bond easily, with nature awaiting outside.

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Plan #1330: 2006 Cottage Living Idea House

Cottage Living Idea House
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2,750 square feet
4 bedrooms and 3 ½ baths

This craftsman style bungalow was designed to be flexible, built in stages over time as a family evolves. Once established, this lovely nest will be filled with life and light. Start small and work your way up to the full build, a true sanctuary that will be enjoyed for years to come.

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Plan #1698: Bitterroot

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3,216 square feet
3 bedrooms and 3 baths

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, giving those sunny mountain days the attention they deserve. The additional summer kitchen has us imagining nothing but al fresco meals during your fair weather visit.

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Plan #408: Cedarbrook

Cedarbrook, Plan #408
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1,715 square feet
3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths

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. Enjoy a mountain enhanced slumber during your frequent visits.

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Plan #1552: Allegheny

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1,510 square feet
3 bedrooms and 3 baths

This craftsman-style home plays up the rustic leaning of a 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. The fireplace on one covered porch makes outdoor living possible year-round.

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Plan #1578: Appalachian Stream

Appalachian Stream, Plan #1578
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2,709 square feet
3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths

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.

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Plan #947: The Sage House

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

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.

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Plan #1575: Boulder Summit

Boulder Summit
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1,588 square feet
4 bedrooms and 4 baths

This steep roof will shed any snowfall that may occur in your winter retreat. Whether built as full-time residence or weekend escape, this plan's open first floor and ground floor make comfort and relaxation a priority. Share the benefits of this mountain home with close friends and family, and find yourself living for those getaway occasions.

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Plan #2003: Evergreen Cottage

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1,921 square feet
3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths

The open plan kitchen and dining room in this comfortable cottage will allow your family and guests to relax and enjoy. The expansive screened porch provides yet another area where gatherings will occur. Think of the atmosphere as a special reward for choosing such an friendly layout.

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Plan #609: Lake Haven

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915 square feet
2 bedrooms and 1 baths

The cozy feel of this almost-cabin might just make it a perfect love nest. On the other hand, this could be the guest cottage that is shared amongst family with rotating weekends at play. However you choose to use this classic log home, the experience will be a joy.

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Plan #646: Walden Grove

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1,257 square feet
2 bedrooms and 2 baths

The fireplace in this home is enhanced by the spacious room it sits in, with a raised coffered ceiling as the icing on the cake. This plan opens into the heart of the home, and your kitchen memories will be delicious. Two covered porches are relaxation zones, making your mountain visit well worth the time.

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Plan #1775: Cobblestone

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2,352 square feet
3 bedrooms and 3 baths

The rear of this beautifully designed home features an elevated deck. With kitchen and common areas just inside, the livability of this mountain home is off the charts. When you are choosing site options for your foundation, just remember to consider wildlife viewing possibilities.

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Plan #1618: Mountain Laurel

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3,413 square feet
4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths

The abundant living space in this gracefully designed craftsman home will help to create moments that are memorable and special, The large uncovered deck opens off the great room, dining room and master suite, making outdoor living an integral part of this experience.

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Plan #457: Mountain Crest

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1,190 square feet
2 bedrooms and 2 baths

The master bedroom in this mountain house plan occupies the second floor, creating a sanctuary. Should you elect to have guests, the shared space includes a light-filled family room with a welcoming fireplace. A true alpine retreat, this dwelling will satisfy your need to unplug.

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Plan #1940: Cypress Lake

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2,609 square feet
4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths

This mountain house plan provides convenient one level living with three bedrooms and large kitchen and master suite and closet. The main house has expanded space in the daylight basement that is perfect for an in-law Suite or teenager retreat. The craftsman style of the early 19th century is reflected with its low roof pitches and large front porch.

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Plan #735: Cypress View

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897 square feet
1 bedrooms and 1.5 baths

Coming in at just under 900 square feet, this cozy cabin is perfect for a retreat that checks off all the boxes: intimate, warm, and practical. Think of the stand of trees that you might be able to tuck into with this small footprint. Your mountain retreat dreams are about to come true.

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Plan #730: The Ozarks

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974 square feet
1 bedrooms and 1.5 baths

Will the name of this mountain house plan inspire you to visit hills that feature lakeside views as well? The Ozark provides a spacious bedroom and bath upstairs, and the main floor celebrates economy of space. Plenty of mountain light will grace the interior if your site positioning is just right.

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