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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! PLEASE click on the blue "Contact Owner" (below orange "request to book" button) FIRST to connect with us before requesting a booking.

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 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 over 3, 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 few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 20, 2017

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 Blue Ridge Mountains

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 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!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(44 traveler reviews)

UNIQUE Private Island *** Cool Rustic Cabin on French Broad River
average rating of 5.0 based on 45 reviews

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: Jun 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: Mar 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: Oct 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: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mike Y

  • 5 of 5

Wow, If you are looking for a place to unwind, this is it. Sitting down by the river enjoying a cup of coffee first thing in the morning was absolutely wonderful. Clean comfortable cabin . I highly recommend it for a romantic getaway.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 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

Alexander Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
May 25 2017 - Sep 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning/linen $40 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $100
portable air conditioner $25 + Tax
firewood chopping $10 + Tax
2nd pet fee $40 + Tax
Pet Fee $40 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

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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