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Enjoy the peaceful serenity of this unique, off-the-grid home at 3,500 feet elevation near Barnardsville in Western North Carolina, about 22 miles north-northeast of Asheville. Listen to the breeze through the trees and the brook falling over rocks from your bedroom or while enjoying a glass of wine on the deck. Set on 41 acres with private mountain trails and streams and surrounded on three sides by the Pisgah National Forest, the wrap-around deck and lofty windows offer views of the surrounding mountains and forest. Watch the moon rise in the skylight amid the natural pine posts and beams of this timber-frame home. The property rises sharply to the north for about a quarter of a mile through hardwood forest to its northern boundary with the national forest. To the east is Ivy Knob and to the south you can see Big Butt Mountain through the treetops. Facing west, across the stream in the deep ravine beside the deck, rise the large hardwoods of the national forest.
This home offers a chance to try off-the-grid living without serious hardship, since it is comfortably equipped but completely off the commercial power grid. Standard 120 volt AC is supplied via an inverter from a deep-cycle batteries. Power to charge the batteries comes from three sources: solar, mini-hydro, and a backup generator. Primary power comes from eight solar panels. The secondary source is a mini-hydro unit which is installed at the home of our daughter a little way down the mountain. Backup power comes from a quiet, highly reliable, propane-powered 11 kilowatt Caterpillar Olympian generator. The system has proven to be much more reliable than commercial power usually is this far out in the mountains, since it is unaffected by the thunderstorms that often interrupt commercial power. We use LP gas to cook, dry clothes, and heat water for household use and for the radiant-heat floors in the winter.
The home features a complete kitchen, microwave, washer/dryer, telephone with credit card long distance access, dial-up Internet, satellite TV with CD, DVD and VHS in the living room and a second TV in the daylight basement bedroom with satellite and VHS. An initial supply of soap and paper products sufficient for a few days is furnished. There are books, movies, and indoor and outdoor games for children and adults. The deck is 12 feet wide and wraps around three sides of the house with chairs, tables, and several riding toys for small children. The Jotul wood stove has a generous viewing window for the ambience of a fireplace with the efficiency of an excellent wood stove. Firewood is provided. The floors have radiant heat for cozy, foot-friendly winter warmth.
The master bedroom on the main floor has a queen size bed. The upstairs bedroom has one king and one twin. The daylight basement bedroom has a queen and a twin. The loft, which is a balcony area overlooking the living area, has a couch that unfolds into a comfortable double futon.
Wildflowers grow in great abundance and variety on the 41 acres of Brookside at Ivy Knob and throughout the region. Our favorite is theTurks Cap Lily, which blooms June through September and is fairly common on our land. Other favorites include Showy Orchis, Rhododendron, Trillium (Wake Robin and Tall Grand), Flame Azalea, Bloodroot, Pink Turtlehead, Black-eyed Susan, Phlox, several types of Aster, Coneflower, and Bee Balm.
The property has two streams close to the house which offer wonderful places for play and exploration by young children. Older kids and adults will enjoy the challenge of hiking the trails, particularly the climb to the top of Ivy Knob. The view from up there is well worth the effort.
Short drives from Barnardsville take you to two beautiful waterfalls. The continuation of NC-197 past Dodd Road takes you around the base of Mt. Mitchell, the highest point in NC. The road is gravel, but well maintained and no problem at all, and the entire drive is wonderfully scenic and serene.
Just 25 minutes from Asheville, 15-20 minutes from great golf, Weaverville, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the charming college town of Mars Hill. Clink on the link to our web page for more information and pictures.
King size beds (1) King and twin in upstairs bedroom., Queen size Beds (1) Queen in master bedroom. Queen and twin in basement bedroom., Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Couch in loft overlooking living room converts to double futon....moreless
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Refundable Damage Deposit$200
Pet Fee$75 + tax
Cleaning fee$200 + tax
Pet fee $75 per dog (no cats, please, due to allergies). Discounts available for 2 and 3 week stays.
Half of total amount when reservation is made, remainder not less than 60 days prior to check-in.
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