I was disappointed, nonplussed, and extremely surprised that though I attempted to contact several "vacation rentals" owners listed on this site (and also on other sites including property specific web sites), in many cases I received no response.
My questions were very specific to each individual property, not a "mass mailing" kind of inquiry that might turn some owners off.
I'm not sure why owners bother to list their properties and then ignore prospective renters.
If this is the way the owner treats you when you're trying to rent, imagine how bad the service might be if you had a problem in one of their homes.
In the meantime, one person's loss is another's gain - we are going to be in Waynesville for 3 nights next week and very much looking forward to it.