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Mountain Getaway, Very Private on 10 Acres with Panoramic View

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-7)

Right off the Blue Ridge Parkway, one of America's most beautiful scenic routes is your own private mountain getaway. Enjoy the spectacular view of the Blue Ridge mountains while relaxing in the 6 person hot tub on the deck (open year-round).

Tucked away in your own hollow of 10 acres, there is cleared land for badminton, volleyball, croquet, barbecue and hiking. And in the winter months, hot tubbing and riding a tube or sled down a hill in the snow. Of course there is nearby skiing (Banner Elk).

Fine dining is less than 1 mile away. The Biltmore House, America's premier castle is 40 minutes away in Asheville, NC. Linville Caverns are 30 minutes away via the Parkway. 2 hour drive from Charlotte and 40 minutes from Boone. Golfing and hiking easily accessible.

We call our mountain getaway in Little Switzerland the 'Rieke Retreat'. It has been in the family since 1970. It used to be an old homestead for the 'McKinney family' starting in the 1920's.

Starting Dec. 1st, we decorate the entire house with Christmas decorations including a Christmas tree with lights in the main room. Outside there is a live Blue Spruce Christmas tree below the deck which is strung with little white lights. You just plug in the outdoor extension cord, and the tree lights up. It can be seen from all over. Wreaths, bows, and lots of special effects for Christmas are yours and stay until mid-February. All you have to do is pray for snow and put another log on the fire.

What is 'LSD'? 'LSD' means Little Switzerland Downtown. It is only nine-tenths of a mile from our house. In the non-winter months, the New Book Exchange is the highlight. Here you can relax on a sofa in front of a big fireplace, sip coffee or wine and get lost in the book of your choice (I forgot the classical music in the background). Hungry? Go next door to the Little Switzerland Café and have the best Trout BLT in the world followed by apple pie and ice cream! Need a bottle of wine and some cheese for later on? Go through the doors to the Little Switzerland General store and they have quite a selection. You have entered another world. And you are not dreaming.

In the non-winter months, Grassy Creek Golf course is a public course only 10 minutes away in Spruce Pine. Mount Mitchell Golf Course is about 20 minutes away and is under the largest mountain East of the Mississippi River - Mt. Mitchell. It is well-established and famous for its layout and views.

In the winter months (Dec., Jan., Feb., March) there is great North Carolina skiing only 40 minutes away. Main resorts are Sugar Mountain, Beech Mountain and others near Blowing Rock and Banner Elk. Many people stay at our house to rest and hot tub after a long day day of skiing nearby. Keep in mind we are at 3500 elevation and it snows often. (Our driveway is not steep, don't worry).

Other Activities: Gem Mining

In the summer, the best organized whitewater rafting which is closest to the Rieke Retreat is the Nolichucky River about 45 minutes from the house in Erwin, Tennessee. Little Switzerland is the perfect place to train for bicycling. You can start at the Little Switzerland entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway and try to 'Assault on Mt. Mitchell' which is about 33 miles.

More Details

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 15, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

We just returned from the Rieke Retreat. The rhododendrums were in full bloom - lavender and red colors! Hot tub was great. New rug in the den and the new oil mountain paintings in the living room really added a lot. Thanks for adding a DVD player.
May 2003
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Switzerland Cafe and General Store
"Smoked Rainbow Trout BLT is best! "
Crabtree Falls
Blue Ridge Pkwy
Mountain View Restaurant
Switzerland Inn
Crabtree Meadows Coffee Shop
Emerald Village
Spruce Pine Gemstone Mine
Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Asheville, NC
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
MOuntainview Restaurant
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Grassy Creek Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Hwy 226
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Little Switzerland Inn
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Beech Mountain, NC
Car: necessary

Badminton and square dancing on weekends in summer and fall


Spruce Pine House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Max. adults: 7
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master bedroom: Queen bed + large closet, TV Bedroom 2: double bed, chest of drawers, TV Den: 2 double futon beds, TV Living Room: Double Futon Bed, closet
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
BBQ pit, outdoor picnic area, badminton, horseshoes, radiant heat in floors, checkers, and games.


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average rating of 4.830986 based on 72 reviews
Black Mountain, NC

Still One of the Best

  • 5 of 5

We've visited this wonderful hide-away many times since we honeymooned here in 1990. This was our first return since the kitchen/dining area remodel and gorgeous decor upgrade. Did not want to leave. If you love long range vistas, privacy, and easy access to mountain area attractions, this is your place. We reside in the Asheville area, but this is still one of our favorite "sneak away" places - all the amenities of home with none of the chores. Clean, beautiful mountain cabin decor. Great chicken salad at the LS Cafe and Dannys in Spruce Pine. The Blue Ridge Parkway drives and vistas change with every visit. Exceeded our expectations.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2008
  • Stayed: May 2008
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A perfect mountain getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Rieke Retreat! We spent three nights 11/15 - 11/18 at the cabin after getting married on 11/11/17. For our honeymoon we planned to head down to the Western NC mountains for a bit of relaxing and hiking for a few nights, then head to Asheville for a few nights on the weekend. Our plan worked perfectly, and RR was an absolutely amazing place to kick things off!

The cabin is beautiful, very cozy and rustic but modern at the same time. The view is gorgeous and the hot tub was a perfect way to welcome us after returning from nearby hikes. We hiked Mt. Mitchell one day and did a hike in the Linville Gorge another day. Each was about a 50-minute drive from the cabin, but there are so many other hikes along the way if you didn't want to drive that far, although I would definitely recommend each. Linville was stunning and the views from Mt. Mitchell were amazing.

We had the whole place to ourselves, but it has plenty of room for a group of friends/couples or a family. It is hard to capture the beauty of the place with pictures, so it's not a knock when I say that pictures don't do it justice. We kept hearing ourselves say "this place is really amazing" during our stay.

We absolutely loved our time at Rieke Retreat, and we definitely plan on making a return trip here in the near future. We were pretty active about exploring the area during our 2 days/3 nights, but there is plenty to do just at the property if you wanted to relax a bit more.

One thing to note, I had the address punched in to my phone using Google Maps and it helped get really close to the house, but actually took us down a wrong road and to a different house nearby. To avoid any confusion, if you are using GPS to get there, once you get to Little Switzerland take a look at the written directions that Peter provides and you will have no trouble finding the house. Peter also provides a thorough set of instructions/guidelines for just about everything you can think of.

Thank you, Peter for offering your beautiful home to us! We hope to stay here again in the future!

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

Very nice place. Love the table that we had thanksgiving dinner on. Very nice plan to stay there again.

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Well maintained. Gorgeous view. Love hot tub

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Exceeded expectations

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful place in a great location with plenty to do. The house is very well kept with a nicely equipped kitchen for cooking. Awesome views. Would recommend to anyone looking for a place to stay in the area.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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House was very nice and clean.

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house, the hot tub, the view, the yard, the fire pit, the seclusion, the easy access to the town and surrounding areas. We plan to come back soon!

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Refundable damage deposit $50

$75.00 Required Maid fee. Maids come in at end of stay. $50 refundable deposit is returned within 3 weeks of your departure by mail, echeck, or bank to bank funds.

• Refunds are not made if you cancel less than 4 weeks prior to your confirmed arrival.
• Refund exceptions are: water or electricity not working more than 6 hours during your stay.
• No refunds for snow/ice. You should check weather before arrival and determine if you need to apply chains to your tires which should allow you to arrive in any conditions. If we determine travel to Rieke Retreat is unsafe the date of your arrival, we will let you know and give you full refund.
• All cancellations require a $50.00 cancellation fee (plus VRBO service fees) to cover administrative overhead.
Refund of $25/day if hot tub is not working.

Checkin is after 4pm. Checkout is noon.

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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