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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.

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.

Situated on 20 beautiful 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. We have three special outdoor areas for enjoyment. The first is our south facing deck. Accessed from either the main living area or master bedroom, it is perfect for watching a sunset while listening to the sounds of the Ivy River below. Just a few steps from the front door of the cottage in a wooded area shaded by a great oak, you can read, have an engaging conversation or take a relaxing nap in the hammock. We have also set aside a private spot on the river, a short walk from the cottage where you have your own beach area to sit, wade or fish.

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

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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 13, 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
  • Max. adults: 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
  • Wireless Internet
  • 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 29 reviews

A Classy Mountain Retreat

  • 5 of 5

The Herrons' Nest is elegant and peaceful, very tastefully designed and outfitted. The bathrooms are simple but luxurious with subway tiles and expansive views. The Master has an enormous window with a stunning view of the mountainside. The kitchen has everything you need to make simple meals with high ceilings and fans (no dishwasher). It opens into the cozy living room and out to the deck where you can sit all day with a book.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Rustic Modern Cabin

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time with our dogs and two adult children. The porch was awesome as was the view from inside the cabin. You can hear the river from the porch and actually see it if you're in the right rocking chair. Loved the blending of the old cabin with the new structure. The bathrooms are very up to date and beautiful.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Retreat for getting back to Nature

  • 5 of 5

My family really enjoyed our stay at this beautiful cabin in the woods. The views are spectacular! Area hiking is wonderful. Our favorite time was walking to the creek and fishing while enjoying the water. We highly recommend this home away from home.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent experience in a really special cabin

  • 5 of 5

Herons Nest was the most unique cabin we have ever stayed in. Super modern and comfortable with a funky eclectic modern meets rustic vibe. It was peaceful and restorative, but super close to everything my teen boys wanted to do. It was so easy to stay in, cook and enjoy the river or go out and enjoy the local food and outdoor adventures. Richard and Joanna have a very special place and we enjoyed every minute of our stay. Our dogs were also warmly welcomed and got a great daily dose of mountain climbing on the trails. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ah tranquility

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a private, peaceful place but with easy access to Asheville, this will suit perfectly. Pets allowed and the dogs give a BIG 4 PAWS up. Very clean, modern, comfy beds-just overall well done. The view from the deck is lovely and you can hear the laughing river. Great wifi and TV for those that need them. Trail to walk on and the river access down the road very appreciated (especially from the four footed guests). Richard helpful but not intrusive. Look for the interesting artwork pieces on the trees and along trail made by his wife. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Must be gorgeous in Fall amid the colors.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Mountain Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This is our second stay at Heron's Nest and loved it just as much as our first trip. The cabin is so well maintained, and the owners are delightful.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
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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
Property Damage Insurance $59
Refundable 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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