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

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Last updated: 10/20/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

PLEASE INQUIRE BEFORE REQUESTING A BOOKING SO THAT WE CAN ASSURE THAT THIS IS THE RIGHT PROPERTY FOR YOU. This is a VERY UNIQUE property and is not suitable for all people! (PLEASE click on "message" to connect with us before requesting a booking). Rent an island for your vacation! This one of a kind camp style cabin, situated on a beautiful private island in the French Broad River, offers a unique opportunity to 'get away from it all'. 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 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. Absolute maximum 3 persons per rental, and we do NOT allow tent camping on our 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 over 3, three night minimum for advance reservations)

Keywords: Cabin,cottage,island

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Property Type

  • Cabin

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Children under 12 not permitted!...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking allowed outdoors only, and guests are asked to can all butts and dispose in waste container....moreless

  • Not Suitable For Children:

    Children over 12 years only permitted. Children over 12 must be accompanied by and directly supervised by an adult at all times...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    One dog allowed on premises with qualifications, additional cleaning fee, and additional deposits. NO bird dogs, aggressive dogs or unvaccinated dogs permitted. Some exceptions made for 2 dog families....moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 2-3

  • Bedroom 1


  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) Twin cot available for parties with 3 guests....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • 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!...moreless


  • Arboretum
  • Live Theater
  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Waterfront:

    Private island surrounded by French Broad River, accessible by private suspension bridge...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining Area


  • Air Conditioning:

    Portable room air conditioner available for additional fee....moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer


  • Cooking Utensils:

    Grill tools, cast iron cookware, tableware and serving utensils for cooking on fire pit grill or wood stove. Induction burner in cabin for rainy day cooking....moreless

  • Refrigerator


  • Outdoor Grill


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from 43 traveler reviews
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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • cleaning/linen $40 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $100
  • Pet Fee $40 + tax
  • Tax Rate 11%


Credit card payments welcome through Paypal.

Security deposit and pet deposit required, but fully refundable.

NO SUNDAY CHECK-INS. Owners honor Sunday sabbath.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 10/20/2016
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28 Miles
Nearest Airport
Asheville Regional
7 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Alexander, NC, USA
Nearest Restaurant
Stoney Knob Cafe
27 Miles
Nearest Ski
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


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2006

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose Alexander, NC, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
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.

Contact us

Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • French Broad River from Riverside Escapes' Private Island

    French Broad River from Riverside Escapes' Private Island

  • Kayaking the French Broad near the cabin!

    Kayaking the French Broad near the cabin!

  • Riverfront firepit and adjustable campfire grill.

    Riverfront firepit and adjustable campfire grill.

  • The big one caught!!

    The big one caught!!

  • Frequent visitors!

    Frequent visitors!

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This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Friday, October 21, 2016

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