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Historic Stone "Chalet Switz" under a mile from center of Little Switzerland

Bedrooms 1
Space 650 sq. ft.
Property type chalet


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 ( 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.

Reserve directly with the owner and avoid uncertainties and complications so many have reported using on-line booking.

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

More Details

Bettie Sommer
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Bettie Sommer

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 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.

Bettie Sommer purchased this chalet in 1986

Why Bettie Sommer chose Little Switzerland

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.

What makes this chalet unique

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.


Little Switzerland Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Max. adults: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Bed (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The inglenook has a convertible bed
  • Books
  • Radio
  • Barbecue
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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


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Historic Stone "Chalet Switz" under a mile from center of Little Switzerland
average rating of 4.9117646 based on 34 reviews

This is really unique place for a great weekend getaway.

  • 4 of 5

The chalet is full of history, character and charm. It is small, but the space has been maximized, it is very nicely decorated and is very comfortable for two. If you are looking for a quiet weekend away, this is perfect. The fireplace is awesome. In winter, it can be a little cool inside, so a fire is a necessity. The tub/shower is right at the foot of the bed with no door or curtain, but is functional and there is enough hot water. The spiralling staircase is pretty and perfect for the small space, but has tight turns and small treads. The views probably would have been spectactular from upstairs, but it was cloudy/rainy when we were there.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Naples, Florida


  • 5 of 5

The DETAIL in EVERY inch of this enchanting little abode is remarkable. SoooOoooo much LOVE & time went into this one of a kind ...GEM. The architecture is unique and the stone walls are amazing. It was completely relaxing to snuggle up next to the cozy fireplace, surrounded by beauty. My husband & I were BLOWN away with the structure, layout, & design of the Chalet Switz. It was difficult and sad to leave.

Thank you Bettie for sharing your home & heart with us.

~Love, bob & bridgett

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful isolation

  • 4 of 5

Wonderful retreat especially for anyone who appreciates the historical aspect/context of Chalet Switz/Kilmichael Tower. Was 11 degrees with 50 mph winds while we were there and electric heat had trouble keeping up, so the fireplace is a ( very romantic) necessity. Just an FYI if you go in wintertime....wish I’d brought a DVD player so we could’ve watched a movie or two...adorable place & both owner & caretaker responsive to our questions.

  • Submitted: Dec 25, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nashville, NC

Charming, romantic, quaint

  • 5 of 5

The little Keebler Tree House was magical. The sunrise right out the front door was breathtaking and the cozy fire inside was so romantic. Being able to lie in bed and look at the night sky was very calming and relaxful. I will definately return!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy chalet in beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

The Charming chalet is up a winding mile road in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains. It is cozy and comfortable inside with a fireplace in the center. It has a small very well stocked kitchen. It had all the cookware I needed. I cooked all three days we were there. It was also stocked with paper products, foil, saran wrap, baggies, garbage bags. This was so helpful to have! It had a cozy bed and soaking tub. It was the perfect place for my husband and I to reconnect. The fireplace was wonderful as well. We hope to return to the chalet again soon.

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Columbia, SC

Quaint, Cozy, & Romantic!

  • 5 of 5

Chalet Switz is a wonderfully quaint, cozy, and romantic place for a couple to spend some time in the beautiful area of Little Switzerland! This is a perfect place to unwind, sit in front of the fireplace, drink coffee/wine/whatever, and read. There is no TV, and the cell signal in the area is very spotty, but the WiFi was very fast and reliable for us, so we were able to watch Netflix on an iPad when we wanted a change of pace. The kitchen is appropriately stocked with cookware and dishes, but be sure to bring any pantry items you may need for cooking meals. The shower/tub situation isn't ideal, but it gets the job done. The towels and blankets were comfortable, but we personally thought the bed itself was super firm and not very comfortable; however, mattress firmness is a totally subjective matter, and I acknowledge others may appreciate a super firm mattress, but it's worth noting if this is important to you. During our stay, the weather was super foggy, as in can't see past 15ft in front of your car foggy. That made driving up/down the single lane road to the Chalet Switz itself a bit scary, but the owner does warn of that in the information. Fortunately, it is very rare to pass another car, so that put us more at ease. We did say that driving up to the house in snowy/icy conditions would be quite scary/challenging, so consider the typical weather when you're planning to stay. Nonetheless, these matters did not detract from our stay, and we highly recommend experiencing Chalet Switz for yourself!

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Crabtree Falls
Drive 5 miles toward Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway to reach parking at the sweeping Cr...
Blue Ridge Pkwy
Just a mile from the chalet, this ribbon of two-lane road meanders through meadows and mount...
Grassy Falls
Step out the front door of Chalet Switz and head down to the village, walking along Grassy M...
Chalet Restaurant at Switzerland Inn
The Switzerland Inn with its distinctive dining areas and popular bar offers three meals dai...
Penland Gallery and Visitors Center
Founded in 1929, the Penland School of Crafts ( has made the Little ...
Nearest Airport
56 Miles
Asheville Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Switzerland Inn
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Grassy Creek Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
18 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Switzerland Inn
Nearest Ski
34 Miles
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




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $55 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.75%

You will need to provide a $250 damage deposit. Usually this is a check mailed by regular US mail to me that rather than deposit, I plan to mail back to you within a day after your departure with VOID written on it and the amount crossed out. If getting a check to me before you check in is not convenient for you, we can discuss other options.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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