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Mountain Getaway, Very Private on 10 Acres with Panoramic View

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Last updated: 09/18/2014
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  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Little Switzerland house description

Right off the Blue Ridge Parkway, one of America's most beautiful scenic routes is your own private mountain getaway. Enjoy the spectacular view of the Blue Ridge mountains while relaxing in the 6 person hot tub on the deck (open year-round).

Tucked away in your own hollow of 10 acres, there is cleared land for badminton, volleyball, croquet, barbecue and hiking. And in the winter months, hot tubbing and riding a tube or sled down a hill in the snow. Of course there is nearby skiing (Banner Elk).

Fine dining is less than 1 mile away. The Biltmore House, America's premier castle is 40 minutes away in Asheville, NC. Linville Caverns are 30 minutes away via the Parkway. 2 hour drive from Charlotte and 40 minutes from Boone. Golfing and hiking easily accessible.

We call our mountain getaway in Little Switzerland the 'Rieke Retreat'. It has been in the family since 1970. It used to be an old homestead for the 'McKinney family' starting in the 1920's.

Starting Dec. 1st, we decorate the entire house with Christmas decorations including a Christmas tree with lights in the main room. Outside there is a live Blue Spruce Christmas tree below the deck which is strung with little white lights. You just plug in the outdoor extension cord, and the tree lights up. It can be seen from all over. Wreaths, bows, and lots of special effects for Christmas are yours and stay until mid-February. All you have to do is pray for snow and put another log on the fire.

What is 'LSD'? 'LSD' means Little Switzerland Downtown. It is only nine-tenths of a mile from our house. In the non-winter months, the New Book Exchange is the highlight. Here you can relax on a sofa in front of a big fireplace, sip coffee or wine and get lost in the book of your choice (I forgot the classical music in the background). Hungry? Go next door to the Little Switzerland Café and have the best Trout BLT in the world followed by apple pie and ice cream! Need a bottle of wine and some cheese for later on? Go through the doors to the Little Switzerland General store and they have quite a selection. You have entered another world. And you are not dreaming.

In the non-winter months, Grassy Creek Golf course is a public course only 10 minutes away in Spruce Pine. Mount Mitchell Golf Course is about 20 minutes away and is under the largest mountain East of the Mississippi River - Mt. Mitchell. It is well-established and famous for its layout and views.

In the winter months (Dec., Jan., Feb., March) there is great North Carolina skiing only 40 minutes away. Main resorts are Sugar Mountain, Beech Mountain and others near Blowing Rock and Banner Elk. Many people stay at our house to rest and hot tub after a long day day of skiing nearby. Keep in mind we are at 3500 elevation and it snows often. (Our driveway is not steep, don't worry).

Other Activities: Gem Mining

In the summer, the best organized whitewater rafting which is closest to the Rieke Retreat is the Nolichucky River about 45 minutes from the house in Erwin, Tennessee. Little Switzerland is the perfect place to train for bicycling. You can start at the Little Switzerland entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway and try to 'Assault on Mt. Mitchell' which is about 33 miles. Lance Armstrong has been known to train in this area.

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Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Suitability

          • Limited Accessibility
          • Wheelchair Accessible
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 6-7

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Microwave
          • Kitchen
          • Dishwasher
          • Cooking Utensils
          • Refrigerator

          Amenities

          • Air Conditioning:

            2 window units which will cool entire house. ...moreless

          • Covered Parking
          • Wood Stove
          • Wood Fireplace
          • Parking Off Street
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Linens Provided
          • Washing Machine
          • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer

          Other Amenities

              • BBQ pit, outdoor picnic area, badminton, horseshoes, radiant heat in floors, checkers, and games....moreless

              Entertainment

              • Stereo
              • DVD Player
              • CD Player
              • Video Library
              • Satellite / Cable

              Communications

              • Broadband Access
              • Wireless Internet
              • Telephone

              Pool & Spa

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Deck / Patio
                  • Balcony
                  • Outdoor Grill

                  Location & View

                      • Mountain View:

                        View of Table Rock, Hawk's Beak, and Linville Gorge...moreless

                      Activities

                      • Restaurants
                      • Rock Climbing
                      • Swimming
                      • Tennis
                      • Golf
                      • Hiking
                      • Snowboarding
                      • Skiing
                      • Fishing
                      • Cross Country Skiing
                      • Rafting
                      • Hunting
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Fitness Center
                      • Wildlife Viewing
                      • Antiquing
                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Shopping
                      • Horseshoes
                      • Sledding
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Health/Beauty Spa
                      • Kayaking
                      • Cycling
                       

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                      May 15 thru Oct 31 .. $125/night   $775/week.
                      Nov 1 thru May 14:$95/nt,$600/wk. $500/week in Jan./Feb.
                      Add $75 required maid fee (cleanup at end of stay including.
                      $50 refundable deposit.  Maximum of 7 guests.
                      Paypal accepted.
                      Will not rent by the month.
                      2 night minimum.
                      

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                      Location

                      60 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Asheville, NC
                      4 Miles
                      Nearest Motorway
                      Hwy 226
                      3 Miles
                      Nearest Barpub
                      MOuntainview Restaurant
                      25 Miles
                      Nearest Ski
                      Beech Mountain, NC
                      5 Miles
                      Nearest Golf
                      Grassy Creek Golf Course
                      1 Miles
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      Little Switzerland Inn

                      Car: Necessary

                      Badminton and square dancing on weekends in summer and fall

                       

                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 1970


                      Contact us

                      Speaks: english

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                      Photos

                      • Sunrise and view from deck

                        Sunrise and view from deck

                      • Back side of Rieke Retreat in snow

                        Back side of Rieke Retreat in snow

                      • Kitchen with granite countertops

                        Kitchen with granite countertops

                      • Bar

                        Bar

                      • House front from entry road

                        House front from entry road

                      • The lawn below the house

                        The lawn below the house

                      • The old apple house we use for storage and post cards

                        The old apple house we use for storage and post cards

                      • Summertime in the hot tub

                        Summertime in the hot tub

                      • One of dozens of birdhouses near the house - great birdwatching!

                        One of dozens of birdhouses near the house - great birdwatching!

                      • 2 Christmas trees - one gets strung with lights every year Dec-Feb.

                        2 Christmas trees - one gets strung with lights every year Dec-Feb.

                      • Roses

                        Roses

                      • The place to gather on the deck to watch the birds and the view.

                        The place to gather on the deck to watch the birds and the view.

                      • Hot tub at end of deck - the perfect place anytime - open year-round

                        Hot tub at end of deck - the perfect place anytime - open year-round

                      • Den with futons and fireplace

                        Den with futons and fireplace

                      • Master bedroom

                        Master bedroom

                      • Front side of Rieke Retreat in snow

                        Front side of Rieke Retreat in snow

                      • A place to contemplate and dream.....

                        A place to contemplate and dream.....

                      • The house from the back with wrap-around deck and hot tub....

                        The house from the back with wrap-around deck and hot tub....

                      • Front of the house from the driveway.

                        Front of the house from the driveway.

                      • Wisteria Patio - coolest place in the summer.

                        Wisteria Patio - coolest place in the summer.

                      • We have 5 apple trees - 5 different varieties.

                        We have 5 apple trees - 5 different varieties.

                      • The wishing well.

                        The wishing well.

                      • Great place to read or eat a meal on the deck.

                        Great place to read or eat a meal on the deck.

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                      Date last modified - Tuesday, May 06, 2014

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                      2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 7

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                      Speaks: english
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                      Mountain Getaway, Very Private on 10 Acres with Panoramic View

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