About the property
- Lodge4800 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 nights
Magnificent Sky Lodge opened October 2017 in the mountains of Western North Carolina just 30 minutes north of Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway, white water rafting, hiking and all Asheville has to offer. This lodge is perfect for family reunions, retreats, weddings and business retreats and is situated on 24 private acres with long range views all the way to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Three spacious levels with new hardwood floors, tile and carpet, have gathering rooms on each floor, all with spectacular views and beautifully furnished. The main level has three sets of double French doors that open onto a huge deck from the living room, master bedroom and kitchen and has rocking chairs, dining table and gas grill. Inside the main level is baby grand piano and two long harvest tables that provide seating for 20. The gourmet kitchen with center island and all new top-of-the-line appliances is fully stocked. The second level with beautifully furnished great room has a huge large screen TV, game table and two queen sofa beds. The lower level (photos to come) with pool table and ping-pong table opens onto a deck with long range views through double French doors.
When you stay at Sky Lodge, your rental fee goes directly to Under One Sky Village Foundation, a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) that serves children in foster care from the Asheville and Piedmont areas of North Carolina. Sky lodge was a recent gift to our foundation and if you choose to stay here, you will be gifting us once again.
Our mission is to create a mentoring community of peers and adults for children in foster care and to renew the human spirit. Your rental fee helps us fulfill our mission. And we believe that when you experience the peace and natural beauty at Sky Lodge, your Spirit will also be renewed.
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- Response time:
- within one hour
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 26, 2018
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Diana was an exceptional host, accessible, providing guidance and thoughtful touches before and during our stay.
Sky Lodge is beautiful, spacious, abundantly equipped, and a perfect respite spot. (No need to pack linens, paper products or cleaning supplies...it’s all included). It’s a steep accent up the hairpin driveway as advertised so plan to arrive in daylight. Pastoral surround and mountain views are incredible and the home is well appointed, 3 levels with plenty of room to share or spread out.
Would definitely rebook or recommend to friends. And what an incredible mission associated that benefits from the rental!
Drive: The driveway up to the house wasn't too bad as you get used to it. It is a one-way road driveway but it wasn't a problem for us since our group of 3 cars traveled together on outings.
House: House really is big enough to have your own private space. The kids were downstairs basement playing ping pong or the pool table. The big teenagers were playing cards in the dining room. The adults were in the breakfast or living area (main and upper level) or outside balcony enjoying the view. Plenty of room for 3 families.
Bathrooms were very CLEAN and dust free - a huge point for us moms! There are 2 refrigerators and both were very CLEAN! The air vent for stove did not work but it wasn't a big deal as we opened the side door or windows when making bacon in the morning. The kitchen faucet was a little hard to turn off sometimes but we figured out a trick. They have a lot of utensils and all kitchen utensils you will need. Toaster for 4 slices, 2 ovens, microwave, Kuerig, regular pot coffee maker.
WIFI wasn't always up. We'd get dropped sometimes but with our big group on their devices, we may have reached the limit! :-)
Nice washer and dryer! They provided pods and dryer sheets!
Made smores for the kids on the outdoor fire pit! Kids loved searching for sticks and making their own! We grilled steaks twice on the outdoor grill and it was fantastic!
There wasn't a whole lot to do in Mars Hill but we drove 25-30 minutes to get to Asheville and 1 1/2 hrs to nearest Smokey Mt and Dupont State Park! We highly recommend Dupont State Park!! We went there on last day driving to Charlotte airport.
Overall, we had a really nice time and the house really made it so easy. Our kids wanted to just hang at the house! Thank you so much Diane! You were so accommodating and made sure we were doing okay especially when it snowed that one morning!
Sky lodge was a great place to stay.
We thoughly enjoyed our stay at Sky Lodge. It was everything we could have asked for in a mountain getaway. The owner was very accomidating and freindly. Everything we needed was there from sheets to towels, even a fully stocked kitchen. The property is very beautiful and you cannot beat the view. We look forward to coming back in the future and would recommend anyone to stay at the Sky Lodge.
Absolutely amazing! The care taken to make this home spectacular is beyond any rental we have had.
Beautiful views, well stocked kitchen, comfortable furniture and beds, plenty of towels, many personal touches, spacious, close to Asheville and entertainment, pool and ping pong tables were awesome for our teens, great place for large families such as ours, 2 refrigerators, very nice gas grill, dining tables and chairs to accommodate our family of 21 plus a baby, a trash compactor, recycling containers which is important to us, nice TVs, and I could go on and on.
Love this home and will return. Ms Diane and Mr David were a delight to work with. God Bless you and your foundation!
Amazing property with fantastic views!
The pictures don't do this place justice - it is absolutely gigantic with all updated everything! There isn't a single outdated item in this house. We had a group of 16 adults and had plenty of space to hang out without being on top of each other. At the same time, the main rooms were big enough to accommodate our entire group if we wanted. At one point we had 3 different couples cooking in the kitchen without any issues. The basement/game room is amazing with a pool table, ping pong table, and what has to be a 65-70" flatscreen TV. The 2nd floor living area/bonus room also has a huge TV and tons of seating for large groups. We hung out in both areas.
Diane and John, both directors of Under One Sky Foundation, were extremely responsive and friendly. I coordinated with Diane in the weeks prior to our trip and met with John during check-in. He gave us a full tour of the house, noting little details and making suggestions on places to check out in the area.
It did snow when we were up there - the driveway is very long and quite steep at parts. I would definitely recommend 4WD if there is any inclement weather in the forecast. There are plenty of places to pull off at the bottom of the driveway though, so if you have one 4WD vehicle, you could always make it work.
Lastly, I want to touch on the views! They are incredible from multiple bedrooms as well as the back porch that covers almost the entire length of the house! The picture in the listing looks like it could be a stock photo from somewhere, but no, that is definitely the view you get when you go there. The porch also has a bunch of rocking chairs, an outdoor table for cards or meals, as well as a gas grill.
I would absolutely recommend this house - it goes to a great cause and is fantastic all around. It is definitely great for large groups but is also not so big that a smaller group of 10-12 would feel overwhelmed.
Both John and I are thrilled that you enjoyed Sky Lodge as much as you did! We enjoyed getting it ready for you. Thank you for mentioning where the rental fee goes, which is to fund our programs for the children in foster care we work with. Our staff and Board of Directors of Under One Sky Village Foundation have enjoyed outfitting the Lodge with new furnishings, linens and fun activities for families to enjoy. We are grateful that we were gifted this lodge on 24 acres and that we can provide families and friends with a beautiful place to gather and to hold reunions. Thank you for taking the time to write this thoughtful review...we hope to see you return!
Our stay was wonderful!
Our family group of 9 (3 generations) had a wonderful stay at Sky Lodge over the Christmas holiday. We had plenty of room for conversation, eating, playing games and working puzzles, and sleeping. The kitchen was large and well-equipped. The slow cooker took the stress out of meals on days that we were out and about. The view was fantastic. We were able to enjoy the fire pit one evening despite the cold. The house was decorated for Christmas which added to our holiday spirit (a little snow on Christmas Eve made it perfect.) The only issue we had was getting our shower water warm enough (we were careful to stagger showers but it didn't seem to matter what time of day or night you took your shower - it never got too warm.) We loved Sky Lodge!
Thank you for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review. We solved the problem with the two luke warm showers immediately. We encourage guests when we greet them, to let us know if they need anything so that we have the opportunity to meet their need while they are there.
I’m glad you enjoyed the Christmas decorations. We held a holiday retreat there for some of the young people in foster care that we work with and wanted your family to enjoy them as well.
I’m so glad three generations of your family enjoyed all that sky Lodge had to offer. We hope to see you again.