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Historic Stone Chalet Less Than a Mile from Center of Little Switzerland

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Outside the front door at the top of Grassy Mountain Road

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Last updated: 03/26/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Sleeps:3
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Chalet
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Chalet, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 1-3)

Stay in your own little haven -- a stone chalet that was once the Kilmichael Tower. This one bedroom chalet, with impressive two-foot thick stone walls and 23-foot cathedral ceiling, harks back to the days when the Kilmichaels left their mark in history on the Isle of Arran. Chalet Switz today offers Blue Ridge mountain ecology, imaginative architectural design and the perfect setting for a memorable getaway.

Located on the very top of 4000-foot Grassy Mountain, the Chalet is a 20-minute walk from Little Switzerland's village center, a historic 100-year old town with quaint shops, homes of extraordinary character and fine and casual dining. Unlike at many residences in Little Switzerland, there is no traffic noise from the Parkway or other paved roads in the area since you'll be located on the very top of the mountain. As you walk down a country road to the village you will enjoy breathtaking views and the countryside filled with wildlife and natural forest, passing a few residences on the way as you descend 800 feet.

Your walk can easily be extended to Grassy Falls by going under the stone bridge and taking a right onto the untraveled dirt road that takes you about another downhill mile to the falls.

Chalet Switz is made of natural materials with the finest of craftsmanship. Cozy nooks include the kitchen and the inglenook with wood-burning stone fireplace. The airy loft above with its 13' cathedral ceiling offers spectacular views of the night sky right from your bed! Amenities for your comfort include down pillows, Ralph Lauren linens, and a Kohler Greek tub with hand-held shower in which you can relax and enjoy the serenity. The kitchen is equipped with refrigerator-freezer, stove/oven, coffee maker, toaster and distinctive dinnerware. A pleasant garden surrounding the Chalet can be enjoyed while dining outdoors or relaxing on chaise lounges. Feel free to roam the several acre mowed Commons area too.

Between 5 and 24 miles away along the Blue Ridge Parkway is spectacular hiking at Linville Falls, Crabtree Falls, Craggy Gardens and Mt. Mitchell. Penland (www.penland.org) is less than 15 miles away, the crucible for the dozens of pottery, glass, wood, iron and other fine craft studios and shops in the area.

A 50-mile drive on the scenic, forested Blue Ridge Parkway takes you past the Black Mountains with 6 of the highest 10 peaks -- including Mt. Mitchell, the highest mountain -- east of the Mississippi to the city of Asheville and the Biltmore.

In the winter, when 'the season' has ended and most village shops and the Switzerland Inn (but not the Mountain View restaurant) have closed, there is peaceful quiet and endless views. You can lie in bed or bath and listen to the wind roar in the trees -- or sit in front of a fire in the cave-quiet inglenook. The super-insulated home with silent, dry electric heat combined with warmth emanating from the 23' tall rock chimney is truly a haven.

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Keywords: Haven for one person, Chalet for two, Mountaintop Getaway

Owner

Member since: 2010

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/26/2017

Property Type

  • Chalet
  • 650 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 3
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children:

    Occasional exceptions...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

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

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Radio

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All

Attractions

  • Arboretum
  • Autumn Foliage
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Pond
  • Restaurants
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain
  • Mountain View:

    To the right of the chalet is a grassy several acre Commons Area that in the winter -- when the leaves are off the trees -- has unsurpassed sunset views of Mt. Mitchell....moreless

  • Resort
  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    High speed wireless internet throughout chalet and garden. Best in the area....moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Spices and paper and plastic products...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Full size...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Barbecue
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Standard
Jan 9 - Sep 29, 2017
1 night min stay
$90 $125
Fri, Sat, Sun
$599
Leaf Change
Oct 2 - Nov 1, 2017
1 night min stay
$125
Winter Holidays
Dec 18 - Jan 5, 2018
1 night min stay
$125
My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
$90
$599

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning $55 + tax
  • Tax Rate 11.75%

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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Location

  • Crabtree Falls

    "Drive 5 miles toward Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway to reach parking at the sweeping Cr..."

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  • Blue Ridge Pkwy

    "Just a mile from the chalet, this ribbon of two-lane road meanders through meadows and mount..."

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  • Grassy Falls

    "Step out the front door of Chalet Switz and head down to the village, walking along Grassy M..."

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  • Switzerland Inn

    "The Switzerland Inn with its distinctive dining areas and popular bar offers three meals dai..."

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  • Penland Gallery and Visitors Center

    "Founded in 1929, the Penland School of Crafts (http://www.penland.org/) has made the Little ..."

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56 Miles
Nearest Airport
Asheville Regional Airport
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Switzerland Inn
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
Grassy Creek Golf Course
18 Miles
Nearest Motorway
I-40
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Switzerland Inn
34 Miles
Nearest Ski
Sugar Mountain

Car: Recommended

Hiking to nearby waterfalls; Mt. Mitchell; star gazing in one of the few places east of the Mississippi without light pollution; gem mining; visiting and observing glass, wood, clay, iron and other fine craft artists that live in the area, which has one of the finest collection of artists in the US, centered on the 75 year old Penland School of Crafts, less than 15 miles away

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1986

About the owner: The day I happened upon the Kilmichael Tower during an idyllic vacation in Little Switzerland, I decided to turn it into a residence although I resided 600 miles away in Winter Park, Florida and worked as a tenured professor at the University of Central Florida. Currently, I am developing a website at Bike-Sync.com featuring innovative and time-tested bicycle transportation systems and also launching a second career in photography, inspired in part by the beauty of leisurely days spent in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I like having kindred spirits enjoy the chalet.

Why the Owner Chose Little Switzerland, NC, USA:
Pristine forests, meadows and waterfalls are right there in the town within walking distance. The Switzerland Inn offers breakfast-through-dinner fireside dining with a lively bar, a grand flagstone lobby with massive fireplace and views south into the valley and newly added stone bar and dining patio and fire pit seating below. The village of Little Switzerland is informal, energetic and blessedly free of pretense. commercialism, and “development.” The area is internationally renowned for both its welcoming fine craft artist studios and rustic arts. In the area, folks play mountain music, clog and square dance, work iron and wood, make cane chairs, and engage in other traditional activities that are open to visitors. Surrounded by wild nature, Grassy Mountain offers the opportunity to be among deer, rabbits, wild turkey, fox, huge owls and other birds, wild apple trees, forests with hillsides of blooming native plants, and the annual monarch butterfly migration.

The Unique Benefits at this Chalet:
Location, location, location right in the village of Little Switzerland -- surrounded by nature, in a historic building on a mountaintop, and near the Blue Ridge Parkway. A fun vacation getaway tailored to one or two persons in a spacious residential mountain neighborhood with nature still intact. The romance of interior stone walls and holiday architecture and furnishings. A delightful stroll downhill in an ever-changing landscape to the village center and a waterfall. Scenic drives to Mt. Mitchell, Crabtree Meadows and Falls, Linville, Penland and America’s best fine craft studios, and the always fascinating Asheville.


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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/26/2017

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Photos

  • Outside the front door at the top of Grassy Mountain Road

    Outside the front door at the top of Grassy Mountain Road

  • The all-wood dining area in Chalet Switz

    The all-wood dining area in Chalet Switz

  • Close up of the fireplace

    Close up of the fireplace

  • Spiral Stair to Loft

    Spiral Stair to Loft

  • Sunny upstairs bedroom loft

    Sunny upstairs bedroom loft

  • Sunrise on walk down to the village center along Grassy Mountain Road

    Sunrise on walk down to the village center along Grassy Mountain Road

  • Fall leaf change along Grassy Mountain Road

    Fall leaf change along Grassy Mountain Road

  • Stairs built almost a century ago leading off of Grassy Mountain Road

    Stairs built almost a century ago leading off of Grassy Mountain Road

  • Our old artesian well house and stream along Grassy Mountain Road

    Our old artesian well house and stream along Grassy Mountain Road

  • Another excellent place to dine in the village, next to rare and used bookstore

    Another excellent place to dine in the village, next to rare and used bookstore

  • Guest cottage on walk to Grassy Falls

    Guest cottage on walk to Grassy Falls

  • Grassy Falls, a two-mile hike from Chalet Switz

    Grassy Falls, a two-mile hike from Chalet Switz

  •  The front of Chalet Switz

    The front of Chalet Switz

  • The inglenook with its stone wood-burning fireplace

    The inglenook with its stone wood-burning fireplace

  • Kitchen with range/oven out of view behind the fireplace chimney

    Kitchen with range/oven out of view behind the fireplace chimney

  • Bedroom loft with Kohler Greek tub

    Bedroom loft with Kohler Greek tub

  • South yard with New Dawn Climbing Rose and Berry Bushes

    South yard with New Dawn Climbing Rose and Berry Bushes

  • An evening mood along Grassy Mountain Road

    An evening mood along Grassy Mountain Road

  • A neighbor's home at the beginning of Grassy Mountain Road

    A neighbor's home at the beginning of Grassy Mountain Road

  • Dusting of snow on our road

    Dusting of snow on our road

  • The nearby Switzerland Inn, a great place for meals and taking in the views

    The nearby Switzerland Inn, a great place for meals and taking in the views

  • Below the Switzerland Inn on the hike to Grassy Falls

    Below the Switzerland Inn on the hike to Grassy Falls

  • Nearing the falls

    Nearing the falls

  • Chalet Switz as a Tower in 1932 with NC Supreme Court Justice Heriot Clarkson

    Chalet Switz as a Tower in 1932 with NC Supreme Court Justice Heriot Clarkson

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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