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Hike, Bike, Run, or Simply Retreat at 'Castellaw' at Sherwood Forest near Brevard, DuPont State Forest, and Caesar's Head. We named our home 'Castellaw' because it's one of our family's ancestral names that is Scottish for 'castle hill,' an apt name for a home that is on one level but is perched high on a hilltop among the trees, with an almost 180 degree view most seasons. We are uniquely surrounded by 'greenspace,' so the house is very private yet conveniently located near the Sherwood Forest entrance and just a half block's walk to beautiful Trout Lake!
From the expansive deck or with the screened doors and windows open, you'll be immersed in the sounds of nature, including the rushing stream in the woods below. Linger over coffee and breakfast on the deck, or enjoy the starry night sky after a sunset dinner cooked on the new gas grill or in the beautifully appointed granite kitchen with a locally-crafted black walnut table and benches. Or, you might rather dine at the antique DR table, served from the Hepplewhite sideboard. A second antique pub table from Great Britain expands your table options or makes a great game table.
Another room from which to enjoy the deck and outside world is the master bedroom with queen rice bed and a desk/sitting area. The private adjoining master bath has been updated with a travertine shower and toilet in one room, separated from the granite lavatory and dressing area, with closets to hide your suitcases...You might not wish to ever find them to go home!
The guest bedroom has antique maple pineapple-post twin beds, an adjoining bath with tub/shower combo, and extra bed options stored in the closet (roll-away twin bed, toddler pack-n-play, and 2 canvas camping cots (our kids' favorites)).
There is even a queen futon in the den, which we usually use as a playroom for our kids. The living room sofa, although not a hideaway bed, makes a comfy bedding option as well (it's our grandmothers' first choice!). The third full bathroom near the kitchen and living room is perfect for extra guests.
We have the internet to keep you in touch with the world (if you must...), 2 tvs with a variety of stations, and a dvd/vcr player for 'movie nights.' For cold winter nights, there is the central heat pump as well as the large-capacity gas logs, or you may wish to plug in the electric blankets. It's rarely warm enough for air conditioning, but we do have central a/c as well.
Fill your days with simple pleasures of strolling a half block to Trout Lake to sit and read in tranquility, swim, fish, or grab a community canoe (we'll give you an access code along with paddles and life jackets in the garage!). Or, put on your hiking shoes for over 22 miles of private trails (not counting all those less than 15 minutes away at Dupont State Forest or Caesar's Head!). You'll have access to Sherwood Forest's heated pool (seasonal) and upgraded tennis courts; the lovely 18-hole par-3 golf course is also available (very reasonable greens fees). There's so much from which to choose within the forest itself, but should you want to venture out, you're less than 15 minutes from Brevard (shops, restaurants, music and arts center), Dupont State Forest (waterfalls in the 'Hunger Games' movie), and Caesar's Head (SC) State Park. Another 15-30 minutes beyond Brevard will take you to Sliding Rock, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
So much at your fingertips and toes! Let us share 'Castellaw' at Sherwood Forest with you!
Glorious location for children. Garage doubles as rainy-day playroom + den is separate from LR. Great place to ride bikes, play in the woods, hike the trails, half-block walk to Trout Lake for swimming, canoeing, fishing (adult supervision under 12). Pool and tennis short bike or car ride away. We'll give you a key for access. Golf course perfect for kids and adults (18 holes all par-3). ...moreless
Non Smoking Only:
We're totally non-smoking. No exceptions, please. ...moreless
$50 per dog extra fee. Dogs only will be considered. Leash law in affect and no fencing allowed in SF. Please no dogs on beds/chairs/sofa. We keep ours in laundry room and 3rd full bath, so they have plenty of space. ...moreless
Ramp inside garage. Can send extra photos. Wide doorways. Master Bath has marble shower w/seat. All hardwood or tile floors (couple small area rugs can be moved). ...moreless
2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8
Bedroom 1 (Master): 1 queen
2 Folding Camp Cots + Portable Crib + Toddler Bed Available ...moreless
Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single
Additional twin roll-away in closet. Also see MBR notes....moreless
Den/Bedroom 3 has no closet and has unvented gas logs in the fireplace. NC regs require the hallway door to remain open if anyone is sleeping in the room. We sleep in it with the door open, or the sliding door and/or windows on the deck open. It is a beautiful room. Feel free to move the futon to the living room if this is an issue for you. We also have a carbon monoxide detector and the gas logs have been recently serviced with no problems.
For the kids/teens: other bedding options in Bedroom 2's closet: roll-away bed, 2 canvas camping cots, a plastic 'car' bed with crib mattress for toddlers, and a pack-n-play. Use these where most convenient for your group. Also, our grandmothers actually prefer the LR sofa (not a hide-away) for their bed. This gives them first dibs on the coffee in the morning! ...moreless
Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower
Adjoining to Bedroom #2 and Near Den as Well...moreless
Master Bathroom: toilet, shower
Adjoins MBR; Door betwn Shower/toilet & sink/closets....moreless
Bathroom 3 very convenient for extra guests and as a mudroom. Off laundry room between garage and kitchen. Near front hall to Living and Dining Rooms, too. ...moreless
You're 5-15 minutes away from so many things: Brevard's shops and restaurants, DuPont State Forest, Caesar's Head State Park, Sliding Rock (15 min beyond Brevard), the Blue Ridge Parkway (30 minutes above Brevard), Cherokee Indian Reservation (45 min) Asheville 45 minutes...apple orchards, local pottery and crafts just minutes from Sherwood Forest. But, you might decide to stay 'put' inside the Forest, and you'll be delighted with our own 22-miles of trails and miles of paved roads for biking/walking/jogging. ...moreless
Not huge collection, but you can also borrow from Sherwood Forest office bldg's library. We'll give you the access code. ...moreless
Winter 2014/15 Dec 1 - Mar 27, 2015 3 night min stay
Christmas Week 2014 Dec 20 - Dec 26, 2014 7 night min stay
$1,100 flat fee
New Years Week Dec 27 - Jan 2, 2015 7 night min stay
$1,000 flat fee
Valentines/Pres Day Wkd Feb 13 - Feb 15, 2015 3 night min stay
$500 flat fee
Spring 2015 Mar 28 - May 21, 2015 3 night min stay
Summer 2015 May 22 - Sep 6, 2015 7 night min stay
July 4th Week Jun 28 - Jul 4, 2015 7 night min stay
$1,150 flat fee
My Standard Rate 3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit$150
Housekeeping included stays 4 nights and longer; extra $50 (total) for 3-night "short stay." Totally Non-Smoking. Dogs considered! $50 each/max 2. Refund in full up to 30 days before arrival (when 2nd half due if not paid already). Less than 30 days, we'll mutually reach another time unless "re-sells." We'll work with you. Lockbox and other access codes will be provided a week before arrival.
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Location of 'Castellaw' is at the 3000' elevation just 8 miles south of Brevard, NC, in Sherwood Forest, an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary of 1000 private acres w/over 22 miles marked hiking trails, 5 lakes for swimming, boating, and fishing, plus a large heated pool (seasonal), free tennis, and miles of paved roads for walking/jogging/bicycling. Beautiful golf course (18 holes all par-3) is available for very reasonable greens fees (with llamas for caddies on Tuesdays!). You're less than 15 minutes to Dupont State Forest (film location for the Hunger Games), Caesar's Head State Park (overlook of 50+ miles) and 45 minutes to the Blue Ridge Parkway and all its overlooks and hiking trails. Asheville is just 45 minutes away for extraordinary antiques / Biltmore Estate / art/music/restaurants. Brevard Music Center's summer programs are magnificent and less than 15 minutes from Castellaw! So much to see and do...Many additional golf courses within 15-45 minute drive.
Year Purchased: 2012
About the owner: We live in South Carolina, less than 3 hours from Castellaw at Sherwood Forest. We have been blessed with two children after marrying in our 40's. Needless to say we put a high priority on meaningful family-time as well as their connection with their grandparents, uncles and aunts, and cousins. We want Castellaw to be a retreat for our family and yours. Today's world is too frenetic. It's time for restoration in the fresh mountain air and to enjoy simple joys and pleasures!
Why the Owner Chose Brevard: We chose this house and Sherwood Forest itself because of its convenient location near Brevard, and the fact that it is in excellent condition, is an easy half-block walk to Trout Lake, is in the woods above the rushing stream leaving the lake, and has such a wonderful deck with covered eating area.
The Western NC mountains were a part of each of our childhoods, and we wanted such for our children. Truly 'the land of the waterfalls'! So many things to do and see! It brings back such good memories from childhood visiting grandparents, camp...Sliding Rock and the Blue Ridge Parkway...wow! Seeing our young children gleefully jumping off the dock at Trout Lake into its cold clear water or grabbing a canoe...half a block from the house...that's what sold us on this house. Also, our house is rather uniquely surrounded by 'green space' of Sherwood Forest, so we're ensconced in our own little world on top of the hill. Wonderful neighbors are close enough to meet on a walk, but not within sight when on the deck or looking out the windows. Besides Trout Lake and 4 other lakes, the pool, tennis courts and golf course are a quick bike ride, good walk, or short car ride away. There is always something to do or the peace to not do anything.
The Unique Benefits at this House: Castellaw is a one-level updated home with hardwood and tile floors incredibly located near SO much to see, feel, and breathe. Room for large or extended family without being overwhelming. No dank basement with which to contend! Double garage with ramp into house to roll suitcases without steps (just 2 anyway at front door). Larger laundry room and nicer kitchen than we have 'at home.' Comfortably appointed, yet livable. A fun house! The stars from the deck at night - January or July - just awesome!