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Mountain Getaway, Very Private on 10 Acres with Panoramic View

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Last updated: 12/27/2014
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  • Pets considered:No
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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
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Wheelchair Accessible

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

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          Other Amenities

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

              Entertainment

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

              Attractions

              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Restaurants

              Local Services & Businesses

                  • Fitness Center

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Antiquing
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Horseshoes
                  • Shopping
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Sledding
                  • Wildlife Viewing

                  Location Type

                      • Mountain View:

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

                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                      • Cross Country Skiing
                      • Cycling
                      • Fishing
                      • Golf
                      • Hiking
                      • Hunting
                      • Kayaking
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Rafting
                      • Rock Climbing
                      • Skiing
                      • Snowboarding
                      • Swimming
                      • Tennis

                      General

                      • Air Conditioning:

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

                      • Broadband Access
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Covered Parking
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Parking Off Street
                      • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
                      • Telephone
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wireless Internet
                      • Wood Fireplace
                      • Wood Stove

                      Kitchen

                      • Cooking Utensils
                      • Dishwasher
                      • Kitchen
                      • Microwave
                      • Refrigerator

                      Outside

                      • Balcony
                      • Deck / Patio
                      • Outdoor Grill

                      Pool / Spa

                           

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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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                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 1970


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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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                          2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 7

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                          Member since: 2007
                          Speaks: english
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                          • Calendar last updated: 12/27/2014
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                          (704) 575-1993 (North Carolina, USA)

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