Sweetwood Lodge overlooks the majestic Blue Ridge Mountain Range. Enjoy the ever-changing mountain view by day and marvel at the brilliant stars against the inky black sky at night. Mount Mitchell, the tallest peak east of the Mississippi River, is directly in view. The property is located in Gateway Mountain, a 3000 acre hardwood forest and preserve, which offers a peaceful respite from hectic day to day life. In addition to the varied and breathtaking vistas, guests within Gateway enjoy unspoiled, woodland surroundings and amenities including hiking trails, a private lake in which you can swim if you’d like, a spectacular and private waterfall park and picnic area, and even a small catch and release trout pond (no license required). We find that time spent on the mountain is always uplifting and restorative and would love for Sweetwood Lodge to be home base for your getaway.
MAIN FLOOR: Open living room and dining area, artfully appointed, with sliders opening onto the spacious upper deck. The living room has a 70” TV (Direct TV included) and a fireplace with gas logs. There is a bedroom with a queen bed across from the full hall bath with jacuzzi tub and hand held shower. A very fully equipped kitchen makes the preparation of anything from a simple snack to a large holiday feast a pleasure for the cook(s) in your party. The master suite has a king bed and opens onto the screen porch, (which is also accessible from the upper deck) and a full bath features a multi-jet shower. A laundry/mud room with washer/dryer is also on this level.
LOWER LEVEL: Den with a sectional couch, 50” TV with DVD player, game table seating 4-6, and a collection of board games, playing cards, puzzles and books. An electric Franklin Stove provides both extra warmth and charm to the space. Sliders open onto the lower level deck and a bedroom with queen bed has a full hall bath. (Shower only – no tub) The library contains books, travel brochures, local reference materials and a wireless printer for guest use.
OUTDOORS: Gas grill off the kitchen door, bistro seating for two on the front porch, two large mountain-facing decks and a screen porch. Upper deck has a dining table with seating for six adjacent to the wood-burning chiminea. Lower deck is furnished with four Adirondack chairs and another bistro set seating two. Screen porch is outfitted to seat four, but can easily accommodate six with extra folding chairs.
Sweetwood Lodge is a true mountain retreat, yet its close proximity to the community gate (just 1 mile) on a gently sloping, paved street provides for easy access onto main roads. It’s a comfortable and often very scenic drive to a great variety of active outdoor pursuits, charming mountain towns, small artisanal farms and markets, artist studios/galleries, restaurants, breweries and historical sights.
I40 – 10 minutes
Black Mountain – 15-20 minutes
Asheville – 35-40 minutes
Lake Lure/Chimney Rock – 30 minutes
Blue Ridge Parkway – 25 minutes
Lake James – 40 minutes
We love animals, but no pets in this home please, and no smoking .