About the property
- Chalet650 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum StayNone
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
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 25, 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 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.
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Check-out: 11:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
We were looking for a place in the Blue Ridge Mtns to spend our anniversary. I came across the Chalet Switz on vrbo. Immediately, Ms. Sommer was very responsive and the booking process was smooth. She remained in contact with us up to the day we arrived. We didn't hear from the "groundskeeper" but we had no issues & he had set up the place so nicely for our arrival.
The Chalet itself was very cute & clean. My husband did find a half dead mouse dying in the dining room & got rid of it before I saw it when we arrived. lol I am still awed by how much character & history that little house has! The only regrets we had was not getting any wood and no was no direct mountain views from the Chalet itself. One of the many things I was looking forward to was enjoying a cup of coffee & watch the morning fog roll over the mountain tops. When we arrived, it was rather warm so we did not get firewood. It rained the next day, of course, and a fire would've been quite cozy. But we didn't want to bother Steve, so instead we enjoyed a wonderful evening listening to the rain.
Ms. Sommer, you have such a beautiful house here. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!
Krissi & Tong
Awesome and Cozy
We absolutely loved this little chalet. It was so comfortable that we only went out once in 3 days.
Enchanting Mountaintop Retreat
Really enjoyed our stay here. Great spot right off the blue ridge parkway. Perfect mountain get away. And great history to the property and surrounding area. Check out waterfalls, caves, mines, old towns, and stunning vistas.
Already planning our next get away
So beauiful and quaint. We had a great time!
This is really unique place for a great weekend getaway.
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.
We LOVE LOVE LOVE the “CHALET SWITZ!!”
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
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
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
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.