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A Castle in the Mountains for a Unique Blue Ridge Experience

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The Oaks -- A beautiful Victorian home, built in 1895 and waiting for you!


Last updated: 12/14/2013

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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Saluda house description

A classic Victorian home built in 1895, accessible to Asheville, the Biltmore estate!

The perfect way to experience all the history and natural beauty of Western North Carolina is to base your family or group in this unique mountain home, located in one of the most picturesque villages in the Blue Ridge!

The Oaks, with its 5-guest guest rooms (each with full-private bath), including a Carriage House Suite, are spacious, comfortable and private, providing accommodations for up to 15 happy people!

The 5-guest rooms in the main house are decorated in “guest-friendly” period antiques with queen-sized four-poster beds, paddle fans, cable TV with remote and individually controlled heat and air. The forward most room in the house features three comfortable single beds in two separate, yet adjoining rooms! The classic round turret is part of this unique sleeping arrangement, making the Turret Room a favorite with young people. The first floor accommodation in the main house includes all amenities with a private entrance and is accessible for guests with limited mobility.

The kitchen is every gourmet’s dream! Cookware hangs from pothooks overhead, shelves are filled with china service and the over-sized pantry allows storage for all your favorite foods. A breakfast area hosts a million dollar view of the densely wooded nature preserve and opens to a private deck with tables and umbrellas for outdoor festivities. The pride and joy of any chef, is the 6-burner, 2-oven, Five Star professional stove. A heavy-duty washer/dryer combo completes the service area.

The Carriage House is a fully equipped apartment suite with its own eat-in kitchen, refrigerator, range, microwave and coffee maker, living room, cable TV, paddle fans, separate master bedroom, private bath, individually controlled heat and air, plus a large private deck for quiet time spent bird watching or counting the stars. The master bedroom, with its queen-sized four-poster bed, features two closets and an amazing view of the nature area and mountains that border this beautiful property. The living room trundle bed allows two additional guests to sleep comfortably. The Carriage House also welcomes pets, with prior notice.

Relax in The Library and peruse the hundreds of publications that cover these walls. In cooler weather, a robust fire welcomes all who enter and after dark, a spectacular chandelier casts a magical glow on this magnificent room.

The Parlor is an ideal place to socialize. An alcove bar, with refrigerator, is where you will find a refreshing beverage or snack, while an antique piano waits for someone to entertain. French doors open to the garden terrace, overlooking the croquet lawn and woodlands.

The Dining Room is resplendent with an ornate fireplace mantle and group seating under a magnificent Murano Glass chandelier. A collection of board games and cards are available for a friendly game of Scrabble or gin rummy.
Find a comfortable spot on one of three verandas and deck areas and breathe in the purest air in the country and enjoy all the beauty that surrounds us. Then you will discover what has attracted guests to these mountains for over 130-years!

After discovering all the extensive public areas of this beautiful home, with all its history and charm, it is time to explore Saluda’s Main Street with its unique collection of bistros, shops, and galleries.

Property Type

  • 3 story
  • House
  • 3600 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional


              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

                21 with credit card approval...moreless

              • Long-Term Renters Welcome
              • Events Allowed
              • Non Smoking Only:

                Smoking on Verandas and decks only....moreless

              • Limited Accessibility:

                Ground floor recommended for guests with limited mobility....moreless

              • Pets Considered:

                Please notify manager....moreless

              Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15, Beds for 15

              • The Green Room: 1 queen

                Master Suite, four-poster queen w/ full bath. ...moreless

              • The Yellow Room: 1 queen

                Four-poster queen bed w/ full bath....moreless

              • The Red Room: 1 queen

                Four-poster queen bed w/ full bath....moreless

              • The Turret Room: 3 twin/ single

                Three single beds in 2 separate/adjoining rooms....moreless

              • The Carriage House, Cottage-Suite: 1 queen, 2 twin/ single

                Master Suite, trundle bed in lvng rm;private deck;kitchen. ...moreless

              • The Audobon Romm: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

                Queen bed w/ private bath. First Floor Accessible. ...moreless

              • All spacious, comfortable and private guest accommodations include queen-sized four-poster beds and full private bath. (Except the Turret Room, which features 3-single beds.) All accommodations provide individually controlled heat and A/C, along with cable TV w/remote, ceiling fans, as well as antique furnishing. ...moreless

              Bathrooms: 6 Bathrooms

              • The Green Room: toilet, combination tub/shower

                Large well lighted, w/dressing table....moreless

              • The Yellow Room: toilet, combination tub/shower

                Well lighted....moreless

              • The Red Room: toilet, combination tub/shower

                Well lighted, step-up....moreless

              • The Turret Room: toilet, combination tub/shower

                Full-private bath located outside of room. ...moreless

              • The Carriage House, Cottage-Suite: toilet, shower

                Private, spacious, well lighted...moreless

              • The Audobon Room: toilet, shower

                Private, well lighted....moreless

              • All private baths are tub and shower. (Except The Carriage House Cottage-Suite and Audobon Room, which feature a step-in shower.) ...moreless

              Other Amenities

                  • 'Live' Music, Theater and Dancing – Festivals and Waterfalls: Saluda has it all! Besides creating truly delicious local cuisine, The Purple Onion and The Saluda Grade Café are serving up authentic Blue Grass, Americana and Beach Music, on Main Street every weekend. If line dancing and beach music (or just people watching) are your thing, you need to grab a table and a cold beer, at the Saluda Party Place and Event Center. They a dance hall atmosphere and and feature the area’s biggest acts. “Live’ theater can be found year-round at any number of centers for the performing arts. The North Carolina State Theater, The Flat Rock Playhouse, is literally in our backyard, as are theaters in Tryon and Hendersonville. A quick trip to Greenville or Asheville open larger venues for Broadway productions and concerts. ...moreless


                  • Satellite / Cable:

                    Full cable ...moreless

                  • Game Room:

                    Dining room doubles as game room for cards and board games. ...moreless

                  • Television:

                    Individual tv's in each guest room w/remote control....moreless

                  • Books:

                    Well stocked Library ...moreless


                  • Adventure
                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Historic
                  • Romantic
                  • Sports & Activities
                  • Tourist Attractions


                  • Arboretum
                  • Autumn Foliage
                  • Botanical Garden
                  • Churches
                  • Cinemas
                  • Coin Laundry
                  • Festivals
                  • Forests
                  • Library
                  • Live Theater
                  • Museums
                  • Playground
                  • Pond
                  • Recreation Center
                  • Restaurants
                  • Ruins
                  • Waterfalls
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Synagogues

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Antiquing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Horseshoes
                  • Paddle Boating
                  • Photography
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Sledding
                  • Walking

                  local services and businesses

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

                  Location Type

                  • Beach:

                    Orchard Lake is the local 'swimmin' hole'. Where locals gather to swim and relax. Surrounded by tall pines, this beautiful mountain setting is the perfect place for Fourth of July fireworks!...moreless

                  • River:

                    The Green River is famous in the world of tubing, kayaking and river rafting. Home to annual professional events. Outfitters on Main Street will help arrange for your day on the 'Green'. ...moreless

                  • Downtown:

                    The Oaks is located in the historic village of Saluda. A scenic stroll along tree lined streets take guests to Main Street with all its eclectic galleries, shops and bistros. ...moreless

                  • Lake:

                    Mountains and lakes surround us -- our closest being beautiful Orchard Lake, Lake Shelia, Lake Summit and of course, the famous Lake Lure, where the movie Dirty Dancing was filmed....moreless

                  • Mountain:

                    Saluda is located in the first peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains at 2,385 ft....moreless

                  • Rural:

                    The Oaks is on the threshold of the Greenville Watershed and a short drive to the Dupont State Forest, the Pisgah National Forest, Chimney Rock Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway....moreless

                  • Town:

                    This classic Victorian home is located in one of the oldest established villages in NC. Originally a favorite with wealthy residents from the coast, who came to enjoy the mild year-round weather. ...moreless

                  • Village:

                    As the area is know for its natural beauty, we are surrounded by unique restaurants, shops, galleries and boutiques, 'Live' entertainment and theater, as well as famous vineyards and craft breweries....moreless

                  sports and adventure activities

                  • Basketball Court
                  • Cycling
                  • Equestrian Events
                  • Fishing
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Golf Privileges Optional
                  • Hiking
                  • Hunting
                  • Hunting Small Game
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Mountaineering
                  • Rafting
                  • Roller Blading
                  • Sailing
                  • Skiing
                  • Snorkeling
                  • Spelunking
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Water Tubing
                  • Whitewater Rafting

                  catering options

                      • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


                      • Dining Room
                      • Dining:

                        Fifteen guests can be comfortably seated in the formal dining room, while four can gather in the Carriage House dining area. Two tables w/umbrellas, on the back deck provide seating for 15 w/a view....moreless

                      • Seating for 15 people


                      • Heating:

                        Central Heating in first floor. Individually controlled electric baseboard heating in individual guest bedrooms....moreless

                      • Parking:

                        Lighted off street guest parking. ...moreless

                      • Washing Machine:


                      • Clothes Dryer:

                        Yes ...moreless

                      • Air Conditioning:

                        Individual units in each guest bedroom....moreless

                      • Linens Provided:

                        Yes ...moreless

                      • Fireplace:

                        Three gas fireplaces located in downstairs public areas....moreless

                      • Iron & Board

                      house cleaning

                          • Housekeeper Optional


                          • Refrigerator:

                            Side-by-side freezer/refrigerator w/ ice maker....moreless

                          • Kitchen:

                            Fully equipped gourmet kitchen includes, a large pantry, side-by-side refrigerator/freezer w/ice maker, dish washer, microwave, coffee maker and a 6-burner, 5-Star professional gas range, w/2-ovens. ...moreless

                          • Dishwasher:

                            Maytag Stainless ...moreless

                          • Dishes & Utensils:

                            All dishes and utensils provided for upscale and outdoor dining. ...moreless

                          • Coffee Maker:

                            Coffee Maker provided ...moreless

                          • Toaster
                          • Ice Maker
                          • Stove:

                            Five-Star Commercial Gas Range w/6 burners and 2 ovens. ...moreless

                          • Microwave:

                            Microwave provided. ...moreless

                          • Pantry Items:

                            To be provided by renter....moreless


                          • Deck / Patio:

                            Large deck at back connects main house and Acorn cottage-Suite. Side terrace off of Parlor and an expansive covered wrap around veranda at front....moreless

                          • Tennis:

                            Tennis courses are located at the school yard on Main Street, a short walk from The Oaks. ...moreless

                          • Golf:

                            Many golf courses in the area, the closest be 8-mi from The Oaks....moreless

                          • Outdoor Grill
                          • Lawn / Garden:

                            Beautifully manicured lawn and garden area with croquet set and badminton set available. ...moreless

                          • Kayak / Canoe:

                            Green River Adventures outfitters, and zip line located on Main Street....moreless



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                          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                          Labor Day Weekend
                          Aug 29 - Aug 31, 2014
                          3 night min stay

                          flat fee
                          Fall-Leaf Season
                          Sep 26 - Nov 24, 2014
                          3 night min stay
                          $800 $800
                          Fri, Sat, Sun
                          Nov 27 - Nov 29, 2014
                          3 night min stay
                          $800 $800
                          Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
                          Christmas/New Years
                          Dec 3 - Jan 3, 2015
                          3 night min stay
                          My Standard Rate
                          3 night min stay
                          $600 $650
                          Fri, Sat, Sun

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                          Fees and Rental Conditions:

                          • Cleaning Fee: $275
                          • Property Damage Protection $89
                          • Pet Fee $75
                          • Tax Rate 9.75%


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                          23 Miles
                          Nearest Airport
                          Asheville Regional 23mi. / Greenville Intl. 41mi.
                          4 Miles
                          Nearest Beach
                          Orchard Lake
                          64 Miles
                          Nearest Ski
                          Wolf Ridge, Mars Hill, NC
                          8 Miles
                          Nearest Golf
                          Highland Lake Golf Club

                          Car: Recommended

                          Historically, visitors traveled to Saluda to escape the heat of the low country and enjoy the infinite vistas, cool summer breezes and pure mountain air. Today, the area has attracted famous actors, authors, artists, musicians, chefs and visionaries, who have created an environment that complements the natural beauty that surrounds us.

                          Many of North Carolina’s most popular attractions and points-of-interest — including Biltmore Estate, The Carl Sandburg Home, Flat Rock Playhouse, Chimney Rock, Lake Lure, the Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Parkway — are all within an easy drive from The Oaks.

                          While you feel as free as you can be in this tranquil mountain setting, know that you are only minutes from the excitement of the cities of Asheville, NC and Greenville, SC.

                          Asheville, is known for its laid-back attitude and recognized as home to more breweries per capita than any other city in the U.S. Recently, Southern Magazine has named the city among the top ten 'Tasty Towns' in the South for dinning.

                          Greenville has a sophisticated personality that lends itself to lavish restaurants and theater, while preserving its historic link to the past. As the stateside home of BMW and Michelin Tires, Greenville has an undeniable international appeal.

                          Spend your day doing as little, or as much as you desire, knowing that a comfortable spot waits for you on one of your expansive verandas, or by a welcoming fire in your library or parlor.

                          The Oaks is now, more than ever, a historic and memorable part of your Blue Ridge, North Carolina experience!


                          Manager info

                          Year Purchased: 2007

                          About: Dale Potruski, of Detroit, MI and Donna Gast, from Rochester, NY, met in Central Florida and were married in May of 1990 in an outdoor ceremony attended by family and friends at Lake Eola Park in Orlando. Donna’s focus at the time was raising two daughters, while furthering her career in the hospitality industry. Dale earned his Bachelors Degree in Journalism from The University of Central Florida while working in area hotels, restaurants and nightclubs. Collectively, Donna and Dale have over half a century of food and beverage/hospitality experience. Their resumes include such recognized “five-star” properties as Disney World, The Peabody, Orlando; The Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, Jacksonville; as well as Florida State University in Tallahassee. While living in Palm Beach, Donna worked at the Ritz-Carlton and Dale at The Breakers. In 1993 they decided to combine their experience and passion for the service industry and pursue an interest in becoming professional innkeepers. Their initial foray into the business saw them relocate to St. Marys, Ga. As the southern-most village in coastal Georgia, they catered to guests visiting Cumberland Island and King’s Bay navel installation “We made many friends in those days,” Dale will tell you. 'Some of which have stayed with us here at The Oaks.” From there, Donna and Dale continued to hone their skills as innkeepers in the nation’s oldest city, St. Augustine, FL. Donna remembers, “We worked hard and loved every minute!' They would delve back into a corporate existence, but held onto the dream of owning a historic home to share with guests. “From our previous experience, we knew exactly what we were looking for and what we wanted to offer our guests” and in 2006, they moved to North Carolina to take ownership of The Oaks. Dale and Donna continue to demonstrate the same passion and enthusiasm for their beautiful vintage home and the guests that visit from around the world.

                          Why Saluda:
                          To experience the Blue Ridge Mountains is to know one of the most beautiful places on earth. You will discover an environment that satisfies every human desire and stimulates your senses in a way you never thought possible. The Oaks is a beautifully restored Queen Ann Victorian, built in 1895, the same year that George Vanderbilt finished his home in nearby Asheville. Built as a physician’s home, The Oaks offers every comfort and detail and provides guests a unique glimpse of how a family of privilege might have lived all those years ago. With its fireplaces, chandeliers and verandas, you can imagine how it must have been when guests visiting Saluda arrived by carriage or train and stayed the entire season. The village of Saluda, only three blocks from The Oaks, is as quaint and charming a town as you will ever find. Main Street appears much as it did over a hundred years ago and is still home to its library, City Hall, police department, general store and post office. Every storefront proudly wears the badge of the National Historic Registry and makes the perfect setting for shopping, antiquing, dining and entertainment. Many painters, sculptors, jewelers, writers and poets find inspiration in Saluda as well as chefs and musicians, making this unique mountain community a haven for creativity. A few nationally recognized painters live amongst us in anonymity, satisfied to call Saluda home. Discovering a vintage home such as this is a rare find; it’s like looking upon a work by Rembrandt or Monet, holding a rare diamond, or falling in love. Come share this incredible experience.

                          The Unique Benefits at this House:
                          We originally became smitten with this area as tourists. We established a “wish list” of what we wanted in our next home. At the top of that list was the desire to be “in or near a (historic) town or village” that would provide us restaurants, shopping, entertainment and a social environment to share with guests and friends. Next, we looked for a location with four distinct seasons and a mild year-round climate. A home with an expansive front porch that would allow us the space to enjoy comfortable afternoons and starlit nights. We thought the perfect home should be in a pollution-free environment with lots of trees ans access to parks, trails, lakes and streams. While we would enjoy a genuine feeling of independence, we also had to have access to the cultural advantages of theater, malls and an airport. A calendar of seasonal festivals and events, celebrating local arts and culture, would be nice we thought – a reason to get out and explore. Finally, to find a home of historical architectural significance would be the icing on the cake! Ultimately, we wanted a home to share. A home that would provide guests a warm and comfortable place to gather with family, friends and co-workers. . . A home where people can create mountain memories to last a lifetime!

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                          • The Oaks -- A beautiful Victorian home, built in 1895 and waiting for you!

                            The Oaks -- A beautiful Victorian home, built in 1895 and waiting for you!

                          • Victorian Splendor.

                            Victorian Splendor.

                          • The Dining Room

                            The Dining Room

                          • The Green Room

                            The Green Room

                          • The Yellow Room

                            The Yellow Room

                          • The Turret

                            The Turret

                          • A view of the 100+ year-old Black Oak and veranda from the front entrance.

                            A view of the 100+ year-old Black Oak and veranda from the front entrance.

                          • Living Room, Carriage House

                            Living Room, Carriage House

                          • Main Street, Saluda, NC

                            Main Street, Saluda, NC

                          • Artists preserve the abundant beauty the surrounds us.  The Oaks at top center.

                            Artists preserve the abundant beauty the surrounds us. The Oaks at top center.

                          • One of many historic store fronts on Main St., only a short walk from The Oaks.

                            One of many historic store fronts on Main St., only a short walk from The Oaks.

                          • A sunrise in the Blue Ridge.

                            A sunrise in the Blue Ridge.

                          • One of three expansive wrap around verandas, decks and terrace areas.

                            One of three expansive wrap around verandas, decks and terrace areas.

                          • The Library

                            The Library

                          • The Parlor

                            The Parlor

                          • The Red Room

                            The Red Room

                          • The Turret Room

                            The Turret Room

                          • A group gathers for a meal on the back deck with beautiful wooded-mountain view.

                            A group gathers for a meal on the back deck with beautiful wooded-mountain view.

                          • The Carriage House

                            The Carriage House

                          • Master Bed Room, Carriage House.

                            Master Bed Room, Carriage House.

                          • One of many fine restaurants, shops and galleries in Saluda.

                            One of many fine restaurants, shops and galleries in Saluda.

                          • Friends gather on the veranda to sketch and chat.

                            Friends gather on the veranda to sketch and chat.

                          • The Road to Saluda.

                            The Road to Saluda.

                          • If outdoor activities are what you are looking for?  This is the place!

                            If outdoor activities are what you are looking for? This is the place!

                          $600 - $800 per night (USD)

                          6 Bedroom / 6 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 15

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