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Laughing Waters Lodge Overlooking Hickory Nut Creek

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Last updated: 07/08/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Asheville lodge description

A beautiful hand crafted lodge with its own private deck overlooking a beautiful waterfall on the cascading Hickory Nut Creek. The lodge is nestled at the base of Little Bearwallow Mountain next to 200 acres of natural forest with five miles of hiking trails. It is located only 25 minutes from downtown Asheville, NC in the heart of the incredible Hickory Nut Gorge. The lodge contains a great room/living room, kitchen, loft, four bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and a large downstairs room for yoga and movement. Laughing Waters is located in the Hickory Nut Forest Eco-Community. It is a very special place for a peaceful, quiet retreat in these beautiful sacred mountains!

Property Type

  • Lodge
  • 3200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            21...moreless

          • Children Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Wheelchair Accessible
          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

          Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          Entertainment

          • Stereo:

            With jack for iPhone, cell phone or iPod...moreless

          Theme

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

          Attractions

          • Autumn Foliage
          • Forests
          • Pond
          • Ruins
          • Waterfalls

          Leisure Activities

          • Bird Watching
          • Eco Tourism
          • Photography
          • Scenic Drives
          • Sight Seeing
          • Walking

          local services and businesses

          • ATM/Bank
          • Groceries

          Location Type

          • Mountain View:

            Little Bearwallow Mountain and Little Mount Pisgah on both sides of Hickory Nut Gorge...moreless

          • Water View:

            Cascading waterfalls off your back deck!...moreless

          • Rural:

            A peaceful mountain setting only a short drive to Asheville...moreless

          sports and adventure activities

          • Cycling
          • Fly Fishing
          • Hiking
          • Mountain Biking
          • Mountain Climbing

          catering options

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Dining

              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 8 people

              General

              • Telephone:

                Skype phone available...moreless

              • Internet
              • Wood Stove
              • Air Conditioning
              • Heating
              • Linens Provided
              • Towels Provided
              • Washing Machine
              • Clothes Dryer
              • Parking
              • Living Room

              Kitchen

              • Kitchen
              • Refrigerator
              • Stove
              • Oven
              • Microwave
              • Dishwasher
              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Coffee Maker
              • Toaster

              Outside

              • Deck / Patio:

                Overlooking the creek and waterfalls...moreless

              • Outdoor Grill:

                Charcoal grill (charcoal not provided)...moreless

              • Balcony
              • Lawn / Garden
               

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              Rental basis: Per property
              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              Off-season rate
              Dec 1 - Apr 15, 2015
              2 night min stay
              $450
              $2,700
              My Standard Rate
              2 night min stay
              $500
              $3,000

              Additional information about rental rates

              Fees:

              • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
              • Tax Rate 6.75%

              Cancellation policy:

              Policy available by contacting owner when booking.


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              Last updated: 07/08/2014
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              Location

              19 Miles
              Nearest Airport
              Asheville Airport
              13 Miles
              Nearest Motorway
              I-40 and I-26
              7 Miles
              Nearest Beach
              Lake Lure
              7 Miles
              Nearest Restaurant
              Chimney Rock and Lake Lure

              We are located only a short 25 minutes drive from downtown Asheville in the heart of the Hickory Nut Gorge. This deep valley is carved between high ridgelines from the continental divide down to Chimney Rock State Park and Lake Lure. From the lodge overlooking a beautiful waterfall, you can hike up to the top of Little Bearwallow Mountain through 200 acres of natural forest with amazing views. The lodge is part of the Laughing Waters Retreat Center in Hickory Nut Forest. This sustainable Eco-community includes organic gardens and apple orchard, conserved lands, renewable energy, and solar-green homes. Guests are welcome to hike, swim, enjoy the gardens, or just relax on the deck and listen to the sound of the rushing water. Enjoy dining in Chimney Rock, Lake Lure, Asheville or make your own feast in the cottage kitchen. Come experience a special place for a peaceful, quiet retreat in these beautiful sacred mountains!

               

              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 2004

              About the owner: My wife Jane and I were best friends in high school in Ohio and fortunately re-connected here in North Carolina 30 years later. Jane first discovered Asheville and Western North Carolina in the 1970’s, drawn to the beauty of the area and the wild character of the mountains. John was living in New York and working with non-profits to protect over 20,000 acres of land for parks and trails. An avid rock climber, John also fell in love with the southern mountains. In 2003, we heard about the land through a friend whose family had owned it for nearly 100 years. The land was in the heart of Hickory Nut Gorge and had not been occupied for over 60 years. We discovered a wild jewel with tumbling waterfalls along the tumultuous Hickory Nut Creek, overgrown stone walls of a farmhouse and the ruins of an old gristmill. We immediately fell in love for the place. Over the next 10 years, our vision for the land has continually expanded from conserving the wild lands to creating a sustainable community with organic gardens and orchard, hiking trails, renewable energy from the sun and water, green-solar homes and the Laughing Waters Retreat Center.

              Why the Owner Chose Asheville:
              We don’t feel we 'own' this land. Rather, we feel more aligned as stewards, here to protect it. We are full of wonder and awe at nature’s intricate beauty. Living here is about discovering mysteries and miracles: the springtime sprouting shoots on the forest floor, the blooming of delicate wildflowers, the soaring trees spreading green leaves in a summer canopy, the magical transformation into vibrant fall colors, and the reappearance of the distant mountain vistas in winter. We have kept the most special places wild for all to enjoy: the cascading streams, tumbling waterfalls, sheer cliffs, and distant vistas. Residents and visitors can enjoy miles of hiking trails on our land, in the adjoining 600 acres of the Florence Nature Preserve, and down the gorge in Chimney Rock State Park. If you love the outdoors, this is magical place!

              The Unique Benefits at this Lodge:
              We are deep in the heart of the Hickory Nut Gorge, a steep valley carved out of the mountains starting at the continental divide dropping down to Chimney Rock State Park and Lake Lure. From your lodge overlooking two beautiful waterfalls, you can hike up to the top of Little Bearwallow Mountain through 200 acres of natural forest with amazing views. The cottage is part of the Laughing Waters Retreat Center in Hickory Nut Forest. This sustainable eco-community includes organic gardens and apple orchard, conserved lands, renewable energy, and solar-green homes. Guests are welcome to hike, swim, bird watch, enjoy the gardens, go mountain biking, or just relax on the deck and listen to the sound of the rushing water. Enjoy dining in Chimney Rock and Lake Lure, or make your own feast in the cottage kitchen. And we are only 25 minutes from all the music, restaurants and culture in Asheville. Come experience a special place for a peaceful, quiet retreat in these beautiful sacred mountains!


              Contact us

              Speaks: english

               

              Photos

              • Hickory Nut Creek at Laughing Waters

                Hickory Nut Creek at Laughing Waters

              • .Front of Laughing Waters Lodge

                .Front of Laughing Waters Lodge

              • Weddings at Laughing Waters

                Weddings at Laughing Waters

              • The Great Room and Loft

                The Great Room and Loft

              • Windows overlooking Hickory Nut Creek and Waterfalls

                Windows overlooking Hickory Nut Creek and Waterfalls

              • Loft Space and Rocking Chairs

                Loft Space and Rocking Chairs

              • Creekside Room for Activities

                Creekside Room for Activities

              • First Floor King Bedroom

                First Floor King Bedroom

              • First Floor Twin Bedroom

                First Floor Twin Bedroom

              • Large Deck Space Overlooking the Creek and Waterfalls

                Large Deck Space Overlooking the Creek and Waterfalls

              • The Organic Apple Orchard in Bloom

                The Organic Apple Orchard in Bloom

              • Laughing Waters Pond and Turbine Shed Producing Hydropower for the Lodge

                Laughing Waters Pond and Turbine Shed Producing Hydropower for the Lodge

              • Waterfall at the Swimming Hole

                Waterfall at the Swimming Hole

              • Creekside Deck of Laughing Waters Lodge

                Creekside Deck of Laughing Waters Lodge

              • Hickory Nut Forest
-a Sustainable Neighborhood-

                Hickory Nut Forest -a Sustainable Neighborhood-

              • The Giant Poplar Tree Supporting the House

                The Giant Poplar Tree Supporting the House

              • Full Kitchen and All Appliances

                Full Kitchen and All Appliances

              • Sassafras and Cherry Beams in the Great Room

                Sassafras and Cherry Beams in the Great Room

              • Upstairs Queen Bedroom

                Upstairs Queen Bedroom

              • Rustic Pine Upstairs King Bedroom

                Rustic Pine Upstairs King Bedroom

              • 4 1/2 Bathrooms with Tile Showers and Mexican Sinks

                4 1/2 Bathrooms with Tile Showers and Mexican Sinks

              • Laughing Waters Waterfall Behind the Lodge

                Laughing Waters Waterfall Behind the Lodge

              • 1840's Gristmill next to Laughing Waters

                1840's Gristmill next to Laughing Waters

              • Laughing Waters Front Entrance

                Laughing Waters Front Entrance

              $450 - $500 per night (USD)
              2

              4 Bedroom / 4.5 Bathroom
              Sleeps 8

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              Minimum stay: 2 nights
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