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

Sleeps3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 650 sq. ft.
Property type chalet

Overview

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.

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

Owner
Bettie Sommer
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 16, 2017

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 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.

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.

Amenities

Little Switzerland Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
Meals:
  • 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
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • 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 ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Bed (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The inglenook has a convertible bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Radio
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • 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

Reviews

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Historic Stone "Chalet Switz" under a mile from center of Little Switzerland
average rating of 4.967742 based on 31 reviews
Nashville, NC
5

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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5

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
5

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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5

Love the Hobbit House

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful setting and cutest cabin I've ever seen. Worth the experience. Very comfortable for two people. Loved sleeping in the loft area with the huge windows to look at sky and watch the moon and stars above, made me feel as though I was camping with my family as a kid. Don't expect to take a shower here and bathroom is out in the open. Not a place for kids or those with issues dealing with climbing stairs. Staircase is small and round. Ok for younger couples. Otherwise great place. Loved cooking with her "Emeril" pots. Thanks Bettie

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Vanessa. It was a pleasure having you as guests at the chalet. Here's a description for future guests to imagine the bathroom layout: The three bathroom fixtures are Kohler rose -- the Greek tub with handheld shower in acrylic and the Chablis pedestal sink and low-back commode in porcelain. The tub and sink are in the open space in the loft and face the gable glass to the west, under the tulip tree. The cabinet to the left of the sink opens to a 3-way mirror with a pair of mirrors flanking a single mirror, and the entire cabinet door in turn opens to shelving. Near the sink and backing the rock chimney is a fancifully-designed, custom full length mirror. The commode is the only enclosed space in the chalet. Behind a wood door and Douglas fir walls enclosing the space are perimeter walls that are a continuation of those visible throughout the chalet -- rough sawn Douglas fir on the south and rock on the west walls. The floor is real and thick oak. There is an operable Pella window that goes nearly to the floor, being identical to the other three in the loft. Then there is a second window -- the high gable glass so that gents have a view west toward Mt. Mitchell. A stained glass lamp with a dimmer sits on the stone ledge. Bettie, the Owner
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5

Enchanting stone chalet offers all the peace and serenity of Little Switzerland!

  • 5 of 5

The chalet was more that we anticipated with it's stone walls, rustic charm, and beautiful mountain top setting. However, we were only minutes form good restaurants, sights, and the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway.

The home is very accommodating with a well equipped kitchen, breakfast nook, comfortable den with a stone fireplace, and a wonderful loft/bedroom/bath area. The bed was very comfortable and provides star and moon gazing from the front and rear glass gables.

The owner and the caretaker were very responsive. Upon our arrival, the caretaker had the windows open, classic jazz playing, and wood for the fireplace for cooler nights. The home was clean and we immediately felt the comforts of home. Bettie, the owner, was so nice to deal with and we thank her for making Chalet Switz available for our use! We will return to this beautiful property.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Murfreesboro, TN
5

Hidden Gem

  • 5 of 5

The Chalet Switz (which we affectionately nicknamed the "Hobbit House") exceeded all my expectations. The masonry and history of the home is impressive, plus it was stocked with all the necessary amenities (often times you must bring in your own paper towels/toilet paper/dish soap/etc, but not here). It's located a mile down a private gravel drive minutes from town, 226, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. The direct route to Mt Mitchell is 25 miles and a beautiful drive - or ride. We visited primary to ride our bikes and logged nearly 300 miles during our three-day trip. The car/motorcycle traffic was light and everyone we met in town was friendly and helpful. It was especially lovely to ride back to the chalet and relax each evening. We took full advantage of the well-stocked kitchen, grill, and outdoor seating. It was lovely to eat under the stars! I do wish there was a direct view of the sunrise/sunset from the chalet, but a quick walk to the neighbor's (or a longer walk/drive to the Inn) is all that is needed for the full experience. I'm going to be raving about this trip and home for a long while. I can't wait to return!

~Marybeth

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

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..."
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 (http://www.penland.org/) 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
I-40
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

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

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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