Mountain Getaway, Very Private on 10 Acres with Panoramic View(58 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
About the Property
House, 2 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-7)
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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Member since: 2007
- 1700 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 7
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Wheelchair Accessible
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 6-7
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Video Library
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Health/Beauty Spa
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Dining Area
- Air Conditioning:
- Broadband Access
- Clothes Dryer
- Covered Parking
- Linens Provided
- Parking Off Street
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Washing Machine
- Wireless Internet
- Wood Fireplace
- Wood Stove
- Cooking Utensils
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Apr 1 - May 15, 2017
2 night min stay
May 16 - Sep 22, 2017
2 night min stay
Sep 23 - Oct 31, 2017
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
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 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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Badminton and square dancing on weekends in summer and fall
Year Purchased: 1970
- Primary: (704) 575-1993 (North Carolina, USA)
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Sunrise and view from deck
Back side of Rieke Retreat in snow
Kitchen with granite countertops
House front from entry road
The lawn below the house
The old apple house we use for storage and post cards
We have 5 apple trees - 5 different varieties.
Great place to read or eat a meal on the deck.
House with view from entrance. Table Rock in distance.
Rhododendrons in full bloom in spring.
Hot tub at end of deck - the perfect place anytime - open year-round
Den with futons and fireplace
Front side of Rieke Retreat in snow
A place to contemplate and dream.....
The house from the back with wrap-around deck and hot tub....
Summertime in the hot tub
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.
Patio and wisteria - coolest area around the house in the summer months.
On the deck - for relaxing or eating.
The view you wake up to every morning facing east - incredible sunrises!
This listing was first published here in 2007.
Date last modified - Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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