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Peaceful mountain modern retreat cottage near Asheville, river view and access

Bedrooms 2
Space 960 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

2 bedroom, 2 full bathrooms, pet friendly (dogs only) mountain view, sleeps 4

Like an actual heron’s nest, our new mountain modern cottage overlooks the Ivy River and is just a short drive to Asheville’s vibrant cultural and food scene and Western North Carolina’s amazing recreational opportunities.

The cottage is your perfect retreat setting, featuring a newly redecorated open living, dining and kitchen area with 2 just completed addition of 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, sleeping 4. We have named the cottage Herons Nest because on our first visit to look at the land, a Great Blue Heron flew off a a large boulder next to the entry onto the property. It was an auspicious sign. We purchased the land, and have had no regrets since building the original cabin in 1997, and moving into our home in 1998. The original cabin was 320 square feet, and new additions and complete renovation of the interior of the cabin now provide 960 square feet of comfortable living space, giving the feeling of deep relaxation once you enter the completely private interior of the cottage.

Situated on beautiful 20 acres of land with private river access for fishing or relaxing, you can walk on trails through ever-changing woods or stroll along the Ivy River. Only 20 minutes from downtown Asheville, the peaceful retreat setting provides the best of both worlds. Just completed June 2017, this stylish cottage was designed to create a blend of a mountain cabin’s harmonious connection with the natural world and all of the newest, luxury amenities of home. Wide sweeping views from your deck or home interior provide opportunities for spotting our resident heron and other wonderful bird life, to listening to the sounds of the laughing river. Each room, including a bath with a large picture window connects you to the revitalizing experience of nature.

The cottage is ideal for small families, 2 couples or a small group. Dogs considered.

When you check out the photos, you can take a video tour of Herons Nest by clicking on the 25th photo. Your browser will take you to a YouTube video taken by me and JoAnna during the Fall season, 2017.

More Details

Richard Fireman
Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

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.


Mars Hill Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 960 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • 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.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , There is an electric baseboard heater for your comfort.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , There is an electric baseboard heater for your comfort
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Each bedroom has its unique view from a large picture window. The bed and bedding are Kingsdown with luxurious sheets. Each bedroom has a separate AC/heat micro-split system controlled by a remote, and also a 3 speed ceiling fan. The clock also serves as a USB port for your phone or pad The closets have more than ample space for all of your clothes, whether you are staying for 3 days or a month
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Western North Carolina has full complement of outdoor activities from rock climbing, mountain biking, to world class whitewater rafting, canoeing and kayaking to gentle hikes looking at wild flowers, mushrooming. Herons Nest is just a short drive from Asheville, the #1 destination city in the USA according to Frommers 2015 Guide. Dining, music, crafts, and craft beer and distilleries are a leading attraction.


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Peaceful mountain modern retreat cottage near Asheville, river view and access
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews

Beautiful Cabin!

  • 5 of 5

Just as described, a wonderful cabin above the river. Two beautiful bedrooms on each side of the cabin. Very clean, seems like brand new. Very comfortable beds. Love the modern decor blended with the old. Very convenient to Mars Hill and Asheville, but feels like you're all alone in the mountains. Rained the entire weekend we were there, so hope to come back in the summer when we can take advantage of the deck and the river.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mountain retreat, yet close to Asheville

  • 5 of 5

Heron's Nest was exactly what I wanted... a peaceful place to relax and absorb nature, while having all the luxurious creature comforts I could ask for.

The windows were bigger than they appear in the photos, bringing in so much natural light and views.

This is a mountain cabin, so be prepared to drive (carefully) up a narrow track to get there. The payoff is privacy, serenity, birdsong, the gurgling river, starlight, and the best night's sleep ever!

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Utter Magic in the Mountains!

  • 5 of 5

Having stayed in the Asheville area several times, we thought we'd take a long family weekend in the Mars Hill area. Heron's Nest was more than we imagined! Nestled high above the river, we had great views while hearing the quiet tumbling of the river below. Each room has an incredible view, each large modern window, a panorama of nature. The kitchen is well stocked, we cooked breakfast and dinner, relaxed watching the Olympics. The stroll down to the river is a lovely walk, delightful to fly fish or just sit and enjoy the soothing sound of the water rushing by. The decor is impeccable, the home is newly appointed, great bathrooms, comfy beds with personal touches of art and whimsy. We loved it here and could have stayed for, well, almost forever. The local hikes are nearby, Asheville is one of our favorite places to visit, fun pinbabll arcade, antique cars, local artists at the Grove -- all so close. We even got to see the Bluesgrass festival while we were there. We visited and fished at Lake Nebo. Richard and Joanna included the original rustic nature of the cabin, when they added on the stunning modern touches that blended both worlds beautifully. Loved the deck, loved everything. Hope to be back again!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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In love with Herons Nest

  • 5 of 5

Herons Nest was an amazing experience. The morning hikes were so peaceful and enjoyable. The view from the back porch is amazing. We could sit there and drink our morning coffee or enjoy and afternoon drink. The cabin itself is so nicely decorated with everything you need and more. I loved the outside view from every room in this cabin. Richard and JoAnna go out of their way to make you feel welcomed. Looking forward to going back.

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  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Better than we imagined it could be!

  • 5 of 5

Seriously could not ask for a better place to stay. Perfect location, beautiful accommodations and the most welcoming host and hostess. We were already planning our return trip on night 1. Thank you, Richard & Joanna!

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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A true getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home! Wonderful hosts! Great location! Would highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Nearest Airport
31 Miles
Asheville Regional AIrport
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Grove Park Inn
Nearest Train
125 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Interstate 26
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Wolf Laurel Resort
Nearest Beach
280 Miles
Charleston, SC
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $75
Damage Insurance $59
Damage Deposit $250

Cancellation Policy:
If Guest wishes to cancel his/her reservation:

100% if cancelled at least 30 days prior to the Check-in Date minus a $100 cancellation fee

30 days or less: There is no refund of the booking fee unless the property is rented for the dates of the booking. In the event that the property is rented for some of the booked dates, the amount of the refund will be proportionately determined.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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