2 bedroom, 2 full bathrooms, pet friendly (dogs only) mountain view, sleeps 4
About Richard Fireman
About JoAnna and Richard Joanna is a retired psychotherapist and has had a varied career in the arts. She has exhibited in Asheville’s premier gallery Blue Spiral 1. Some of her outdoor art is displayed on our land. She currently teaches a movement class in Asheville. Richard is a retired Emergency room physician and currently is an environmental activist. We moved to the mountains after raising our family in Winston-Salem. After living in a Victorian city home where our gardening was limited to postage stamp lettuce beds, we wanted to live in a quiet natural setting where we could grow more of our food.
Richard Fireman purchased this Cottage in 2017
Why Richard Fireman chose Mars Hill
Why we chose a retreat environment near Asheville We both love the town of Asheville, yet wanted a place close enough to go back and forth easily while living in a beautiful retreat setting. Our first priority in finding land was to be near a beautiful river so we could spend time being nurtured by the sounds and animals of river life, - just sitting, reading, throwing sticks for our dog Morris and playing with grandchildren. We love the private feeling our land gives us while only being 20 minutes to Asheville, 12 minutes to charming Weaverville and 10 minutes to Mars Hill.
What makes this Cottage unique
What makes this cottage unique We are situated on 20 acres of wooded strolling paths, which includes private river front access for our guests to just relax, read, nap or fish. The cottage, named Herons Nest, is centered around an off-grid cabin we built when we first purchased the land. We fully up fitted the cabin and added 2 bedrooms and a deck, to make it a mountain modern cottage. The setting is very private and peaceful, with large windows connecting all spaces to the natural world and a deck that overlooks the Ivy River, where you can enjoy the sounds of the laughing river, see wonderful bird life, and relax. We love the quiet, restful surroundings; yet shopping, exploring, and eating out are easily accessible. Our land is conveniently located to all of Western North Carolina’s outdoor opportunities, including white water rafting, hiking, biking and horse back riding. Biltmore Estate is just 30 minutes away.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Pets allowed - Dogs only. To be discussed with owner at bookingDogs only. To be discussed with owner at booking
No smoking - E-cigs, vape pens can be used outside only.E-cigs, vape pens can be used outside only.
Max guests: 4 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 25
- If cancellation is made 30 days or less before date of arrival, there will be no refund unless the cottage is re-rented. Any refund will be pro-rated.
- If the reservation is cancelled 30 days or more before arrival date, there will be a $100 processing fee deducted from the refund.
This was our second stay and we can’t say enough about how wonderful it is. We love the location and Richard and Jo are the perfect hosts!! The property has such great energy and is so well cared for. Can’t wait to come back again!!! Thank you for everything and for sharing your home with us!
Beautiful, but extremely remote.
This property is beautiful! The views off the deck are amazing. The cabin is equipped well and the owners supply much more than most rentals. This property is hard to find in the dark, the owner gave detailed instructions, so come in during the daylight hours. There are no curtains or blinds on the large windows (which are in the guest bathroom and the master bedroom), blinds would be a great option, since you are staying in an area that you are not familiar with. This property is well built and worked perfect for our needs. We really enjoyed walking the driveway path, watching the sunrises and sunsets and the sounds of the river each morning and evening. Thank you Richard & Joanna for sharing and being great to work with.
We are disappointed that what read like a great review was downgraded to 3 stars because the guests arrived in the dark and were disappointed that there were no blinds on the windows.
The cottage is completely private - at the end of a mountain road, with no neighbors except my wife and I a quarter of a mile away. Yet we are only 5 minutes from shopping and 20 minutes from downtown Asheville.
There is no other dwelling nearby nor foot traffic that goes by the cottage, and that is why we elected to install large picture windows in the bedrooms and the guest bathroom and to put no blinds on the windows. This gives the cottage the magical sense of always being connected to the beauty of the North Carolina mountains, to morning mists and Carolina sunsets. One guest even thanked us for giving her the sense that she was showering in the midst of the outdoors beauty.
Please take a look at all the pictures. They give an accurate sense of what delight Herons Nest offers.
Such a wonderful experience at this private, pup friendly home! The cabin is light and airy, modern and has the most spectacular windows for viewing the landscape. Richard was a fantastic host as well. Highly recommend!
Absolutely loved our stay here! So peaceful and serene. My sister, pups, and I really relaxed in this area of Mars Hill in this cabin. While here, we saw a deer in its natural habitat :). The views from the cabin are absolutely breathtaking and the cabin itself was very clean. Just a note, there are no window coverings in order to absorb all the glorious fall colors. Richard is a great host and communication was awesome. Every detail was meticulously thought out.
Herons Nest was the perfect place for us to get away from the busyness of our normal daily routine. Although the property is truly secluded and accessible only by a one lane gravel road, which reminded us of driving through Ireland and only added to the adventure, we were still just a short 20 minute drive to all the activity in Asheville.
From the original confirmation of our reservation, to the flexibility regarding our need to change the dates of our stay on fairly short notice, to the warm greeting upon our arrival and follow up correspondence after our departure, Richard and Joanna were two of the most hospitable and helpful hosts we have ever encountered in our many VRBO experiences.
We felt like we were truly part of nature with beautiful views of the surrounding trees and sky from almost any spot in this unique home. The kitchen was well appointed, the beds were quite comfortable and the raised deck with the view of the setting sun beyond the facing mountain and trees, with the sound of the river rushing by in the valley below the house made our stay very memorable.
I highly recommend Herons Nest as an oasis to just "chill" and relax and as the perfect jumping off point to explore all the Blue Ridge Mountains and Asheville area have to offer. You won't be disappointed!
Some things to do in the Asheville area other than outdoor activities, which are too numerable to list. Guide books are available. When you book, we can communicate to help you pick and choose what would suit you for your interests and length of stay.
Biltmore House-the Inn at Biltmore has a veranda with spectacular view and lighter food (priced reasonably) and great wine! Most people don’t know about this wonderful spot so there is a table available most times I’ve been there.
Grove Park Inn-Sunset Terrace is great for a meal or drinks; food is good but a little pricy for what you get; also Grovewood Art Gallery is behind the Inn and has museum quality art for sale—beautiful!
Folk Art Center-along the Blue Ridge Parkway showcases beautiful art from our region, as does the Blue Spiral 1 gallery on Biltmore Ave., downtown Asheville.
Restaurants downtown Asheville- you can’t go wrong. I would park the car and walk around downtown to see the variety of restaurants, unique shops, breweries and art galleries. Grove Arcade has great little restaurants where you can eat outside. There is also a pub cycle that you can ride with others—you sit along a bar and peddle your way around downtown. There is a designated driver.
Some of our favorite downtown restaurants include: Laughing Seed (vegetarian), Plant (vegan), Wasabi (sushi). Curate (gaining national attention as a tapas restaurant) is difficult to get a reservation at. Best to go mid-day for late lunch and call ahead please. Restaurants outside of downtown with their own parking include Gan Shan Station on Merrimon Ave. and All Souls Pizza on Clingman Ave.
Asheville is becoming well known as a craft beer, and craft distillery destination hot-spot. The best we can do is give you a couple of links:
Weaverville—explore this quaint town just 15 minutes South on I-26 on your way to Asheville. Favorite shops include Mangum Pottery, Curtis Wright (outdoor clothing), Miya Gallery, Maggie B’s (wine), Shop Around the Corner (antiques), and restaurants include Well-Bred Bakery, Glass Onion, Blue Mountain Pizza, Twisted Laurel, and Soba Sushi and Noodles
Mars Hill—Stackhouse Restaurant has good pub food and salads. Also, Main Street Burrito and Papa Nicks for pizza are casual places to eat.