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Mountain Getaway, Very Private on 10 Acres with Panoramic View

(61 Reviews)

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Last updated: 05/27/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:7
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

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.

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Owner

Member since: 2007

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/27/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1700 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 7
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 6-7

  • Bedroom 1

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  • Bedroom 2

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  • Den

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  • 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...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • BBQ pit, outdoor picnic area, badminton, horseshoes, radiant heat in floors, checkers, and games....moreless

Entertainment

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Video Library

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • Fitness Center

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    View of Table Rock, Hawk's Beak, and Linville Gorge...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining Area

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    2 window units which will cool entire house. ...moreless

  • 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

Kitchen

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

 

Reviews

4.8
from 61 traveler reviews
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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer
May 16 - Sep 22, 2017
2 night min stay
$140
$865
Fall
Sep 23 - Oct 31, 2017
2 night min stay
$150
$950
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$130
$800 $3,300
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning Fee $75
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $50

Notes:

$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 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 30 days before arrival date.


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Last updated: 05/27/2017
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Location

60 Miles
Nearest Airport
Asheville, NC
3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
MOuntainview Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Grassy Creek Golf Course
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 226
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Little Switzerland Inn
25 Miles
Nearest Ski
Beech Mountain, NC

Car: Necessary

Badminton and square dancing on weekends in summer and fall

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1970


Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/27/2017

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Photos

  • Sunrise and view from deck

    Sunrise and view from deck

  • Back side of Rieke Retreat in snow

    Back side of Rieke Retreat in snow

  • Kitchen with granite countertops

    Kitchen with granite countertops

  • Bar

    Bar

  • House front from entry road

    House front from entry road

  • The lawn below the house

    The lawn below the house

  • The old apple house we use for storage and post cards

    The old apple house we use for storage and post cards

  • We have 5 apple trees - 5 different varieties.

    We have 5 apple trees - 5 different varieties.

  • Great place to read or eat a meal on the deck.

    Great place to read or eat a meal on the deck.

  • House with view from entrance.  Table Rock in distance.

    House with view from entrance. Table Rock in distance.

  • Rhododendrons in full bloom in spring.

    Rhododendrons in full bloom in spring.

  • Hot tub at end of deck - the perfect place anytime - open year-round

    Hot tub at end of deck - the perfect place anytime - open year-round

  • Den with futons and fireplace

    Den with futons and fireplace

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Front side of Rieke Retreat in snow

    Front side of Rieke Retreat in snow

  • A place to contemplate and dream.....

    A place to contemplate and dream.....

  • The house from the back with wrap-around deck and hot tub....

    The house from the back with wrap-around deck and hot tub....

  • Summertime in the hot tub

    Summertime in the hot tub

  • 2 Christmas trees - one gets strung with lights every year Dec-Feb.

    2 Christmas trees - one gets strung with lights every year Dec-Feb.

  • The place to gather on the deck to watch the birds and the view.

    The place to gather on the deck to watch the birds and the view.

  • Patio and wisteria - coolest area around the house in the summer months.

    Patio and wisteria - coolest area around the house in the summer months.

  • On the deck - for relaxing or eating.

    On the deck - for relaxing or eating.

  • The view you wake up to every morning facing east - incredible sunrises!

    The view you wake up to every morning facing east - incredible sunrises!

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This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Saturday, May 27, 2017

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