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UNIQUE Private Island *** Cool Rustic Cabin on French Broad River

Bedrooms 1
Space 400 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cabin, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)


This is a VERY UNIQUE property and is NOT SUITABLE for all people! But, the right guests will be delighted! PLEASE click on the blue "Ask Owner A Question" (below orange "request to book" button) FIRST to connect with us through the VRBO message system BEFORE requesting a reservation..

RENT AN ISLAND for your vacation! This is a one of a kind glamping style tiny house, situated on a beautiful private island in the French Broad River offering a unique opportunity to "get away from it all', but be just 10 minutes from shops & restaurants and 25 minutes from downtown Asheville.

Restored one room (plus modified bath) rustic cabin with large partially covered porch to enjoy the 'middle of nowhere' feeling of being on an island. Our Island Retreat is designed for the adventurous. This rustic retreat provides the ideal quarters for romantic getaways, fishermen, authors, bikers, hikers and the free spirited looking to get close to nature… but not too close!

** Note - Children under 12 are not permitted on the island. Ideal for 1 or 2 adults. We do NOT allow tent camping or non-paying visitors on this property.

Fish the French Broad, cook your catch over on the open fire pit grill, experience an outdoor rain fed shower, and watch the fireflies light up the mountainside. Bring your bike and enjoy the level ride along historic Old Marshall Highway. Catch some rays on your private riverfront beach or just relax in the porch hammock. Spend evenings by the campfire toasting smores and listening to the wildlife serenade. Day trip to kayak, whitewater raft, tube the river, hike or horseback ride. Explore history with a visit to the Biltmore Estate, Grove Arcade, historic downtown Asheville or the Vance Birthplace. Drive the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and have lunch on top of Mount Pisgah.

This is the only cabin on the island with incredible privacy and isolation, but just 15 minutes from Asheville, 10 minutes to Weaverville, and 10 minutes to the historic town of Marshall.

PLEASE scroll down to view all of our photos, click on 'comments from previous guests' to see what visitors think, and view our WEBSITE (see link below) for more details! We do allow one dog with a pet fee of $40 and a pet deposit if they meet our pet guidelines, and can make exceptions for 2 dogs with 2 fees. (No children under 12, no camping on island, no groups, three night minimum for advance reservations)

Keywords: Cabin,cottage,island

More Details

Liz and Paul Wiederhold
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About Liz and Paul Wiederhold

Paul and Liz Wiederhold moved to 'the river' in 2006 to follow their dreams. Their incredible new riverfront location begged to be shared... and 'Riverside Escapes' was born. More than vacation rentals, the future of Riverside Escapes will include riverfront weddings, family reunions, corporate retreats, and more. The Wiederholds were married on the property's island and live onsite where they provide personal service for their guests. The property is full of animals; Diamond - our very friendly campus mascot dog, a flock of very pampered free range chickens, a pair of mallard ducks who have taken up voluntary residency, and lots of other birds and critters. Paul owns a high end roofing company specializing in slate, tile, copper and metal roofs, and copper gutters. When not working, Paul loves to fish, kayak and generally enjoy the river. Liz enjoys hostessing and working 'hands on' at Riverside Escapes including fixing and building things, as well as designing, decorating, sewing and landscaping.

Liz and Paul Wiederhold purchased this cabin in 2006

Why Liz and Paul Wiederhold chose Alexander

The French Broad River is a spectacular river meandering through a spectacular town. 'Broad' is a descriptive name for this large, majestic river which is largely unspoiled by development. Yet, just down river, Asheville offers all of the excitement, arts, fine dining, nightlife, and eclectic culture that anyone could seek. The Blue Ridge Parkway, Appalachian Trail and so many other natural gifts are just a short drive away. Madison County offers some of the beautiful whitewater rafting locations, unspoiled mountain land, and even snow skiing in Wolf Laurel. Our location is ideally located just north of Asheville and south of Madison County. It is truly the best of both worlds.

What makes this cabin unique

Riverside Escapes offers the only island vacation rental in the area and one of just a few riverfront properties. Guests are encouraged to walk the swinging bridge, fish from the shores, sit by the riverside campfire, and generally immerse themselves in the incredible natural beauty of the property. There is something for everyone here. For the more adventurous type, our island cabin offers the feel of remote camping, but none of the hassles. For those seeking more luxury, our mainland cabin has all the comforts of home and more with a hot tub, custom tile showers, coffee bar, wireless internet access, and more.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful stay. You have an amazing cabin here. The eggs were wonderful & we never got too cold! Thanks again and we hope to come back here again. It is truly a special place; we love the rustic living.
Apr 2009
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Alexander Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin adult cot available upon request.
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • arboretum
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Cabin is situated on a Private island in the beautiful French Broad River and feels like it's a world away! Cooking is over fire pit with campfire grill, on deck gas grill, on wood stove top, or on induction burner in cabin. Shower is private outdoor rain barrel fed. A very special experience awaits our guests in this rustic, semi-camp setting where the only neighbors closeby are birds, fish and squirrels!


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UNIQUE Private Island *** Cool Rustic Cabin on French Broad River
average rating of 5.0 based on 46 reviews
Virginia Beach

OMG. Complete relaxation! Just amazing. We can't wait to come back!

  • 5 of 5

This place is truly fabulous & we **LOVED** our time here. We were entirely fortunate as the weather was perfect, & we got to experience the Aug 2017 solar eclipse while laying out in the French Broad River using large boulders as our headrests.

Liz & Paul have put just about everything you can think of in the cabin other than food and drink. A cute cabinet with mugs, wine glasses, cookware, salt, pepper seasonings, bug spray, cooking oil, etc.. The little kitchenette has cast iron cookware & an induction hot plate, silverware, oven mitts, a coffee pot, filters, sugar, etc. etc. A comfortable bed (quite firm) is ready for a deep sleep with quilts, & an electric-heated bed pad (if needed), the cutest lights around the cabin that looked like lanterns but were electric, tons of reading material, cards, wooden games, binoculars, a radio and more. A large fan mounted to the wall helped to circulate the air coming in through the open windows (screened).

There were already four camp chairs around the fire pit and we bought a 24" square of wood, & the fire pit had a built-in grilling shelf you could swivel over your fire for cooking. A small gas grill, 2 hammocks, one on the deck & one by the river, & a nice little dining table on the deck as well as a small booth-type table inside. And a double float tied to a tree for hanging out in the river = YAY! A train passed by across the river a few times a day!

Few wildlife other than geese, heron, a small snake feeding on a fish, green grasshoppers, black crickets and some long-legged spiders that didn't seem harmful. Very few biting bugs. I was sad that the humming bird feeders weren't there but we saw one hummer come zooming by looking for them.

The outdoor shower warms up after about 10-15 pumps of the foot pump but the flow from the shower head is minimal, so my advice is to not expect to do much other than rinse off in the shower. We chose to soap up in the river the second day.

The incinerating toilet really was a cool thing actually, although it ran for hours after you hit "start" so at night it seemed to run a long time.

TOP TIP: bring as little as possible; carrying it from the car, across a very BOUNCY bridge & then the walk to the cabin is bit of a hike in the heat. (There is a wagon on the island side of the bridge.) There's stairs at one end of the bridge too, so forget about rolling stuff.

You will LOVE this place if you are a camping kind of person. Rustic, private & peaceful!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Secluded and peaceful!

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is rustic but has everything you need to enjoy a unique camping experience. Just bring your clothes and food and you are good to go! No neighbors or noise other then birds chirping! My only wish would have been nice to have a small microwave to reheat up leftovers. And a portable fan to move to the porch if needed. Fortunately I brought my small fan which was a huge help. The owners are great and respect your privacy but are close by if you need them. We would definitely stay again! Thanks Dennis and Debra

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Perfect weekend in a beautiful setting.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful weekend at the cabin. Greeted with every charming amenity, clean, and cozy.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cleveland, TN

Perfect getaway !!!

  • 5 of 5

Ok so I must say I am not necessarily the "outdoorsy" type but this place was perfect! If you enjoy a nice campfire and the sound of the river and some relaxation!!! We will definitely come back here , the toilet is different and the outdoor shower can get a little cool but the feeling you get after a long weekend here is well worth it! It is far enough out to be secluded but close enough in to visit the Biltmore and downtown Asheville! The owners are very easy to work with and very thoughtful having smores and eggs at our cabin waiting on us! Definitely worth it!! Thanks so much for a wonderful long weekend !!


  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exactly what we were looking for!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay! The cabin was the perfect combination of rustic charm and modern convenience, therefore, satisfying myself and my husband! The river offered a peaceful backdrop to our campfire and live entertainment with the Blue Heron's daily visits. Our plan was to use the cabin as our home base for trips into Asheville and some day trips, however, we found ourselves anxious to get back and just sit around the campfire! We can't wait to come back.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pure Serenity!

  • 5 of 5

What a relaxing, fun experience!! Absolutely loved the rustic cabin....the bed was super comfortable! Sitting on the porch watching my hubby fish, enjoying the hummingbirds that came to visit, tubing, campfires, relaxing on the hammock.....couldnt have been more relaxing and refreshing! Our wonderful hosts provided everything we could have needed and some very sweet extras! We can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
28 Miles
Asheville Regional
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Stoney Knob Cafe
Nearest Ski
27 Miles
Wolf Ridge Ski Resort, Wolf Laurel
Car: necessary

Private island, campfire, 20 minutes to Appalachian Trail, 20 minutes to Biltmore Estate, 15 minutes to Vance Birthplace, 15 minutes to Blue Ridge Parkway, 20 minutes to Hot Springs


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $40
Pet Fee $80
Damage Deposit $100

Credit card payments welcome through Paypal.
Security deposit ($100) and pet deposit ($50) required, but fully refundable.
NO SUNDAY CHECK-INS. Owners honor Sunday sabbath.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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