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In-Town-Charming Cabin-Mtn Views, Pets, Less Than 5 Min to Downtown, Spacioushug

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Fabulous sunset views of Asheville, Pisgah and Smokey Mountains

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Last updated: 07/25/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Asheville house description

Capture the Sunset. Relax on the deck with a drink and your loved ones while watching the sun set behind the beautiful Carolina mountains. Spend your vacation in this spacious house on the side of Sunset Mountain, overlooking Asheville. We are 3 minutes from Asheville, 10 minutes from The Biltmore Estate, 4 minutes from The Grove Park Inn and all that Asheville has to offer. This home will accommodate a large party without feeling cramped. It has an abundance of off-street parking, is very private (yet close) and is located on the original carriage road from Grove Park Inn to the Seely Castle. Seely Castle is just across the street and is the castle that Fred Seely (E.W. Grove's son-in-law) built after he finished construction on the Grove Park Inn.
Things to do: Downhill skiing,Cross Country Skiing, Spelunking, Hiking, Golf, Shopping and Racquetball. Fully equipped kitchen with eat in table and breakfast bar. 8 person hot tub located on lower level and enclosed in gondola for protection and child safety. HBO,Showtime, and more available. Garage: The upper garage is available for use. The lower garage is used for storage. Huge amount of off street parking. Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ( sorry not class A). Wood Fireplace: cozy fireplace in lower master suite/ firewood is provided.)

Why this house!: New on the vacation rental market. We both grew up in the Asheville area and certainly there is no nicer place to live or vacation than in Asheville. This has been our home for the past 9 years, but with all of our children grown and gone we no longer need the space and are moving into a somewhat smaller house. We plan to travel some and having a smaller house to care for on a routine basis will work better for our situation.
Sophie's Retreat is convenient to all that happens in Asheville. We have enjoyed living in this wonderful house and will certainly miss the convenience. It will however make a great vacation rental with its 3 fireplaces, many rooms, plentiful parking and decks that go on forever. Please enjoy!

Additional Information: We purchased Sophie's Retreat as our principle residence in 2002 and chose the location for the views and the convenience.
Sophie's Retreat is extremely convenient and is right in the middle of everything important going on in this area. The house has views, is very spacious and convenient. The house was bought to live in and recently converted to a vacation rental. There are 4 ski areas close by, on the same road as the famous Grove Park Inn( don't miss their Sunday brunch) and 3 minutes from downtown Asheville where one can find shopping (especially craft and specialty vendors) and a great selection of restaurants.

Dogs welcome.This reminds me of an old joke that goes like this: A man wrote to a small hotel he planned to visit on his vacation. He wrote 'I would very much like to bring my dog with me. He is well groomed and very well behaved. Would you be willing to let me keep him in the room with me at night. An immediate reply came from the hotel owner who wrote: SIR: ' I have been operating this hotel for many years. In all that time I have never a dog steal towels, bed sheets, pillows, silverware or pictures off of the walls. I have never had to evict a dog in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly. I have never had a dog run out on a hotel bill. Yes, indeed your dog is welcome at my hotel. And if your dog will vouch for you, you are welcome to stay here too.'

Property Type

  • House
  • 2800 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional

              Suitability

              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

                Minimum Age Limit for Renters: Minimum age of 25. This is a family oriented house & we won't have renters who have loud late-night parties. This is not the house for it & there are other options in Asheville for those groups. We are inside the city limits which has a strictly enforced noise ordinance and violation will result in immediate eviction and forfeiture of ALL MONEY paid including deposit. ...moreless

              • Pets Considered:

                Pet Friendly: We accept dogs with prior approval, a pet addendum & non-refundable pet fee. All dogs who come to the house must be treated with both flea & tick medicine prior to arrival & must be flea & tick free before your visit. No other pets besides dogs accepted. ...moreless

              • Long-Term Renters Welcome
              • Non Smoking Only:

                There is to be absolutely no smoking inside the house. Renters are allowed to smoke on any of the smoking porches. The porch on the lower level is covered....moreless

              • Children Welcome
              • Wheelchair Accessible:

                We have portable ramps that we can put in place to make the upper floor more accessible. Please let us know well ahead of time if you need these to give us adequate time to install them....moreless

              Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13

              • Bedroom 1: 1 king

                ...moreless

              • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

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              • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

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              • Bedroom 4: 1 queen

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              • King Bed, Queen Bed, Twin/Single Bed, Bunk Bed: twin on top and double on bottom, Convertible Bed (2) : queen futon in office adjoining upper master suite/ queen sofa-sleeper in exercise area on lower level....moreless

              Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

                MBR main level...moreless

              • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

                2nd bedroom main ...moreless

              • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

                2nd bedroom lower ...moreless

              • Bathroom 4: toilet, tub, shower

                MBR lower level...moreless

              Other Amenities

                  • We accept dogs with prior approval, a pet addendum & non-refundable pet fee. All dogs who come to the house must be treated with both flea & tick medicine prior to arrival & must be flea & tick free before your visit. No other pets besides dogs accepted. Wheelchair/Handicapped Accessible (may have limitations). Minimum age of 25. This is a family oriented house & we won't have renters who have loud late-night parties. This is not the house for it & there are other options in Asheville for those groups. We are inside the city limits which has a strictly enforced noise ordinance and violation will result in immediate eviction & forfeiture of ALL MONEY paid including deposit. There is to be absolutely no smoking inside the house. Renters are allowed to smoke on any of the smoking porches. The porch on the lower level is covered. Outstanding views of Mt Pisgah & the Asheville plateau. There are gorgeous sunset views so do bring your camera. Winter views of Grove Park Inn Golf Course....moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Satellite / Cable:

                    HBO,Showtime, and more available....moreless

                  • Stereo
                  • CD Player
                  • DVD Player
                  • Television

                  Theme

                  • Family
                  • Historic
                  • Romantic
                  • Tourist Attractions

                  Attractions

                  • Cinemas
                  • Museums
                  • Restaurants
                  • Autumn Foliage
                  • Botanical Garden
                  • Caves
                  • Churches
                  • Library
                  • Playground
                  • Pond
                  • Recreation Center
                  • Forests
                  • Synagogues
                  • Waterfalls
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Live Theater
                  • Health/Beauty Spa

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Sledding
                  • Antiquing
                  • Outlet Shopping
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Gambling Casinos
                  • Walking
                  • Miniature Golf
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Shopping
                  • Boating
                  • Wildlife Viewing

                  local services and businesses

                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Groceries
                  • Hospital
                  • Laundromat
                  • Babysitter
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Medical Services
                  • Fitness Center

                  Location Type

                  • Mountain
                  • Town
                  • Mountain View:

                    Outstanding views of Mt Pisgah and the Asheville plateau. There are gorgeous sunset views so do bring your camera. ...moreless

                  • Golf Course View:

                    Winter views of the Grove Park Inn Golf Course. ...moreless

                  sports and adventure activities

                  • Cross Country Skiing
                  • Hot Air Ballooning
                  • Snowboarding
                  • Kayaking
                  • Rock Climbing
                  • Spelunking
                  • Fishing
                  • Racquetball
                  • Ice Skating
                  • Mountaineering
                  • Equestrian Events
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Hunting Small Game
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Water Tubing
                  • Whitewater Rafting
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis
                  • Cycling
                  • Skiing
                  • Golf
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Hunting
                  • Hiking
                  • Rafting

                  catering options

                      • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

                      Dining

                      • Dining Room
                      • Dining:

                        We have the table shown in the photos as well as another table and chairs that will seat an additional 8 in the garage that will have to be carried to the dining room. ...moreless

                      • Seating for 12 people

                      forms of payment

                          • Accept Credit Card

                          General

                          • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
                          • Gas Fireplace
                          • Wood Fireplace:

                            cozy fireplace in lower master suite/ firewood is provided...moreless

                          • Towels Provided
                          • Fitness Room / Equipment
                          • Air Conditioning
                          • Linens Provided
                          • Alarm Clock
                          • Firewood
                          • Hair Dryer
                          • Security System
                          • Fireplace
                          • Parking Off Street:

                            hugh amount of off street parking...moreless

                          • Garage:

                            The upper garage is available for use. The lower garage is used for storage. ...moreless

                          • Washing Machine
                          • Clothes Dryer
                          • Internet
                          • Broadband Access:

                            Hi speed wifi and well as direct ethernet plug in...moreless

                          • Wireless Internet:

                            hi seed wifi...moreless

                          • Heating:

                            heat pump ...moreless

                          • Living Room:

                            flat screen tv with plenty of seating...moreless

                          • Iron & Board

                          house cleaning

                              • Housekeeper Optional

                              Kitchen

                              • Kitchen:

                                fully equiped kitchen with eat in table and breakfast bar....moreless

                              • Catering Available
                              • 4 Ring Stove
                              • Ice Maker
                              • Stove:

                                Electric cook-top with griddle. Jennaire....moreless

                              • Dishes & Utensils:

                                gobs of dishes and utensils. Probably one of anything you need and maybe 2. ...moreless

                              • Coffee Maker:

                                We have 2. One Mr. Coffee and we have a lifetime supply of filters - all brands and kinds. We also have a Kuerig single coffee maker but you will have to furnish your own coffee....moreless

                              • Toaster:

                                Large two piece toaster....moreless

                              • Dishwasher:

                                Fisher-Paykel separate drawer dishwasher. Ultra quiet and efficient....moreless

                              • Refrigerator:

                                Double door with ice and water in the door....moreless

                              • Oven:

                                double ovens on the wall....moreless

                              • Microwave:

                                Older model but works well....moreless

                              • Cooking Utensils:

                                Many. Most anything that you might need to cook....moreless

                              Outside

                              • Outdoor Grill Gas
                              • Patio
                              • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                              • Wood Deck
                              • Balcony
                              • Deck / Patio
                              • Outdoor Grill

                              Payment Type

                              • Visa
                              • Amex
                              • Mastercard
                              • Discover

                              Pool / Spa

                              • Outdoor Hot Tub
                              • Hot Tub:

                                8 person hot tub located on lower level and enclosed in gondola for protection and child safety. Because of the size of the hot tub (even though it is a 220V tub, at temperatures below 10 degrees it may not keep up with heat requirements, especially if uncovered. ...moreless

                               

                              Reviews

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                              Rental basis: Per property
                              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                              In season
                              May 12 - Sep 7, 2014
                              3 night min stay
                              $225 $385
                              Thu, Fri, Sat
                              $1,925 $7,500
                              Labor day
                              Aug 28 - Aug 31, 2014
                              4 night min stay

                              $1,675
                              flat fee
                              Mid-season Fall
                              Sep 8 - Sep 28, 2014
                              2 night min stay
                              $175 $325
                              Thu, Fri, Sat
                              $1,650 $6,500

                              Rates are based on 10 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

                              Leaf season
                              Sep 29 - Nov 2, 2014
                              3 night min stay
                              $255 $385
                              Thu, Fri, Sat
                              $1,925 $7,500
                              Late fall/Early winter
                              Nov 3 - Jan 14, 2015
                              2 night min stay
                              $150 $325
                              Thu, Fri, Sat
                              $1,500 $6,000
                              Thanksgiving
                              Nov 26 - Nov 30, 2014
                              5 night min stay

                              $1,675
                              flat fee
                              Hayne's Christmas Jamb
                              Dec 11 - Dec 13, 2014
                              3 night min stay

                              $1,050
                              flat fee
                              Christmas
                              Dec 23 - Dec 29, 2014
                              7 night min stay

                              $1,950
                              flat fee
                              New Years
                              Dec 30 - Jan 4, 2015
                              6 night min stay

                              $1,650
                              flat fee
                              MLK weekend
                              Jan 15 - Jan 19, 2015
                              5 night min stay

                              $1,500
                              flat fee
                              Off season
                              Jan 26 - Mar 15, 2015
                              2 night min stay
                              $150 $325
                              Thu, Fri, Sat
                              $1,500 $5,000
                              Celtic Adventure
                              Jan 30 - Feb 1, 2015
                              3 night min stay

                              $650
                              flat fee
                              Valentines Weekend
                              Feb 12 - Feb 14, 2015
                              3 night min stay

                              $1,155
                              flat fee
                              Socon Tournament
                              Mar 5 - Mar 8, 2015
                              4 night min stay

                              $1,540
                              flat fee
                              Mid - season spring
                              Mar 16 - May 10, 2015
                              2 night min stay
                              $200 $350
                              Thu, Fri, Sat
                              $1,750 $7,000

                              Rates are based on 10 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

                              Moogfest
                              Apr 23 - Apr 25, 2015
                              3 night min stay

                              $1,050
                              flat fee
                              In Season
                              May 11 - Sep 6, 2015
                              3 night min stay
                              $235 $395
                              Thu, Fri, Sat
                              $2,050 $7,700

                              Rates are based on 10 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

                              Memorial day
                              May 20 - May 25, 2015
                              6 night min stay

                              $2,000
                              flat fee
                              July 4th
                              Jun 29 - Jul 5, 2015
                              7 night min stay

                              $2,500
                              flat fee
                              Midseason - fall
                              Sep 7 - Oct 4, 2015
                              2 night min stay
                              $200 $325
                              Thu, Fri, Sat
                              $1,575 $5,250
                              My Standard Rate
                              3 night min stay
                              $245 $385
                              Thu, Fri, Sat
                              $1,925 $7,500
                              * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                              Additional information about rental rates

                              Fees:

                              • Refundable Damage Deposit $350
                              • Cleaning fee $200 + tax
                              • Pet Fee $75 + tax
                              • Tax Rate 12%

                              Notes:

                              Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

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                              Last updated: 07/25/2014
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                              Location

                              1.3 miles from downtown Asheville/ 1/2 mile from Grove Park. The house is centrally located to the Asheville.One can easily be in downtown Asheville in less than 5 minutes. There are many restaurants, grocery stores and craft pubs located within several minutes of the house.

                              Other Activities: Kayaking, Wildlife Viewing, Hot Air Ballooning, Boating, Snowboarding, Rock Climbing, Health/Beauty Spa, Miniature Golf, Shopping

                              Golf: There are many courses in the area ranging from highly rated and pricey to less expensive. Our municipal course is surprisingly well groomed and affordable. Black Mountain is also a great, affordable course. Grove Park Inn course is one of the top rated in the area but is usually somewhat pricey. One can see this course from the house.

                              Ski: There are several ski areas within easy driving. Which one you choose depends on skiing ability and other factors. The larger areas are Beech and Sugar Mountain, are 1 1/2 to 2 hours away and tend to cater to more advanced skiers while the closer areas are Cataloochee and Wolfe Ridge. These are more family oriented and both have tube parks for those who don't ski or board. Both of these are about a hour away. There are other areas like Ober Gatlinburg and Appalachian that should be checked as well.

                              Charlie has been on ski patrol at Cataloochee for a number of years and is of course somewhat prejudiced but feels that this area is far superior to the others over all unless you are a very advanced boarder or skier. We have awesome snow making capability and are usually the first area to open on the East Coast. We also have the most professionally run operation and are the most family oriented. This is not only my opinion but am told this by customers every time I ski.

                               

                              Owner info

                              Year Purchased: 2002

                              About the owner: We both grew up in the Asheville area and certainly there is no nicer place to live or vacation than Asheville. This has been our home for the past 9 years, but with all of our children grown and gone we no longer need the space and are moving into a somewhat smaller house. We plan to travel some and having a smaller house to care for on a routine basis will work better for our situation. Sophie's Retreat is convenient to all that happens in Asheville. We have enjoyed living in this wonderful house and will certainly miss the convenience. It will however make a great vacation rental with its 3 fireplaces many rooms, plentiful parking and decks that go on forever. Where did Sophie come from - well Stephanie's grandfather didn't particularly like the name Stephanie, he preferred Sophie and called her that. Stephanie was always pretty much a tom boy and loved to help her grandfather on the farm. She loved to go with him in his wagon to the store and to do various chores on the farm. She was always Sophie to him. We enjoyed living in this house, especially the closeness to town and watching the wild life in the yard. There was almost always a gentle breeze in the summer and quite relaxing to sit on the deck and watch the sunsets. In the winter, it's like a winter wonderland when it snows - so quiet and serene. We were quite fond of building a fire in the fireplace and just relaxing during snow periods. We hope you enjoy the house for your vacation and hope you will make a stay at Sophie's Retreat an annual event. Please enjoy!

                              Why the Owner Chose Asheville:
                              We purchased Sophie's Retreat as our principle residence in 2002 and chose the location for the views and the convenience. Sophie's Retreat is extremely convenient and is right in the middle of everything important going on in this area. The house has views, is very spacious and convenient. The house was bought to live in and converted to a vacation rental in 2009. There are 4 ski areas close by. Our house is on the same road as the famous Grove Park Inn( don't miss their Sunday brunch) and 3 minutes from downtown Asheville where one can find shopping (especially craft and specialty vendors) and a great selection of restaurants. The house if quite large and well suited for large groups with lots of room to spread out and have room to oneself. Our favorite of all was to take off on our motorcycle to the parkway for a short ride or a picnic after work or on the weekends.

                              The Unique Benefits at this House:
                              The most unique benefit of this cabin is it's proximity to town and the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is at a higher elevation than the city but still has all of the protection and amenities of the City of Asheville. The cabin is well suited to large groups with lots of room to spread out and not feel cramped. It really is the perfect vacation cabin!


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                              Photos

                              • Fabulous sunset views of  Asheville, Pisgah and Smokey Mountains

                                Fabulous sunset views of Asheville, Pisgah and Smokey Mountains

                              • Large kitchen where everyone has room to lean and bug the cook.

                                Large kitchen where everyone has room to lean and bug the cook.

                              • Enjoy watching a movie on surround sound in front of a fire.

                                Enjoy watching a movie on surround sound in front of a fire.

                              • Sun room. The perfect place to sit, read a book or the morning paper.

                                Sun room. The perfect place to sit, read a book or the morning paper.

                              • Main level master suite with fireplace and king bed.

                                Main level master suite with fireplace and king bed.

                              • Lower level master suite with wood burning fireplace and seperate entrance

                                Lower level master suite with wood burning fireplace and seperate entrance

                              • Bath tub in lower master suite(there is also a separate shower.

                                Bath tub in lower master suite(there is also a separate shower.

                              • Lovely gardens. Sit, listen to the birds, smell the flowers. Paradise!

                                Lovely gardens. Sit, listen to the birds, smell the flowers. Paradise!

                              • Front door and breakfast deck. Private but a stone's throw from action

                                Front door and breakfast deck. Private but a stone's throw from action

                              • Front of house from gardens.

                                Front of house from gardens.

                              • Upper floor guest bedroom with queen bed and separate full bath

                                Upper floor guest bedroom with queen bed and separate full bath

                              • Master bath with separate shower and soak tub

                                Master bath with separate shower and soak tub

                              • View of Asheville and Mt Pisgah. Long range views over 100 miles.

                                View of Asheville and Mt Pisgah. Long range views over 100 miles.

                              • large eat in gourmet kitchen, fully equipped

                                large eat in gourmet kitchen, fully equipped

                              • Living room with big screen surround sound tv and cozy fireplace.

                                Living room with big screen surround sound tv and cozy fireplace.

                              • Master bedroom with King bed separate sitting area and queen size futon

                                Master bedroom with King bed separate sitting area and queen size futon

                              • Sitting area in Master bedroom with fireplace

                                Sitting area in Master bedroom with fireplace

                              • Wood burning fp in lower master suite/also full bath with tub & sep. shower

                                Wood burning fp in lower master suite/also full bath with tub & sep. shower

                              • Lower gardens. Great place for solitude and meditation. Over an acre of privacy.

                                Lower gardens. Great place for solitude and meditation. Over an acre of privacy.

                              • Front door and brick paved driveway.

                                Front door and brick paved driveway.

                              • There is lots of parking and an upper garage

                                There is lots of parking and an upper garage

                              • Enjoy dining while viewing Mt Pisgah through the sunroom

                                Enjoy dining while viewing Mt Pisgah through the sunroom

                              • Full guest bath in main level.

                                Full guest bath in main level.

                              • Lower level hall way bath.

                                Lower level hall way bath.

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                              Date last modified - Monday, July 28, 2014

                              $150 - $395 per night (USD)
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                              4 Bedroom / 4 Bathroom
                              Sleeps 13

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