About the property
- Cottage2300 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 nights
Cottage, 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8 adults)
The Laurel Cottage is one of only two cottages on Cold Mountain's 200 Riverfront Acres. This page features The Laurel, but if your dates are taken for the Laurel, please check the availability of VRBO Listing #325383 or simply email or call us. Please visit us on Facebook: The Cottages at Cold Mountain. Above all, watch the video. You'll be glad you did!
One of two cottages on Cold Mountain's 200 riverfront acres, the Laurel Cottage was designed by renowned architect Keith Summerour and the idea was to take the very finest elements of luxury homebuilding and scale them down to an enjoyable, sensible size of 2300 feet. In the indoors, we wanted guests to be able to enjoy the very best materials, craftsmanship and design--understated elegance. The exterior features locally harvested stone, cedar siding, and unbelievable Ludowici clay tile roofing. Guests will feel at once that they are stepping back in time to an era when craftsmanship and materials still mattered, and stepping forward into the future with flatscreens wired with digital cable, GoogleTV and unlimited on-demand Netflix. The Laurel's hidden, walk-in pantry is reminiscent of an English larder.
The kitchen, dining and living areas are fully integrated with an all-stone terrace timber-framed porch. The kitchen features plaster walls, beautiful views, a Wolf range, Subzero refrigerators and beautiful soapstone countertops and custom cabinets.
The Laurel Cottage is one of only two cottages located within the private, gated riverfront conservation community called Cold Mountain. The clear waters of the East Fork River run through the property, and our guests have access to 1/2 mile of it. The 200 acres features the river which is within 300 feet of the cottage and a stocked trout pond. The cottage is located in the heart of the meadow area of Cold Mountain and is within 100 feet of an historic dairy barn (no animals today). The Laurel Cottage fronts a beautiful activity field for soccer, volleyball or chasing fireflies and an apple orchard, small vineyard and raspberry and blackberry patches. (Great for the morning's cereal.) The upper 1/3 of Cold Mountain is very mountainous and guests can hike, mountain bike, ride horses, camp or picnic at 4,000 feet if they wish.
You will need to carefully consider the town that is close by. If you haven't discovered Waynesville, do yourself a favor and check it out. This year, no less a source than the L.A. Times called Waynesville 'the perfect blend of mountain charm and sophistication.' Art galleries, tailgate markets, and an incredible wine store (The Wineseller) all just 15 minutes away. Want to take advantage of something in Asheville? It's just 35 minutes away. We love Asheville, but the truth is it is a city, which is what we believe a lot of people are seeking to escape. Stay in the country, use Waynesville as your anchor town and cherry-pick the best of Asheville's offerings. Now, you're 35 minutes away from Asheville and 15 minutes from Waynesville, but that gives you the payoff of a spectacularly beautiful, riverfront setting. Plus, you are in the direction of something...Pisgah National Forest begins just 5 minutes south of the property and leads you into some of the most beautiful and iconic places in the Eastern US--Sliding Rock, Mount Pisgah Inn, Looking Glass Falls and many more are within 20 minutes for a truly unlimited amount of recreational potential. Finally, Springdale Golf Club (18 holes) is directly across the street for any family members wishing to keep a swing sharp.
We built and furnished the Willow and Laurel Cottages because we were generally disappointed with the quality of both the homes and properties available for vacation rental. Also, being flatlanders from Hilton Head, we had grown tired of those terribly steep properties that have nice views, but nothing to do. The Cottages at Cold Mountain are absolutely unique offerings in Western North Carolina with views, water and lots of room to roam...thank you for taking a moment to consider us. We look forward to hearing from you. We regret that the covenants of Cold Mountain do not permit weddings.
Keywords: 2010 Custom, Luxury, Cottage, 2 King Suites, 1 Queen Suite, and daybed with 2 twins in extra room, porch, green built, reclaimed oak and chestnut floors and doors, plaster walls, Wolf/Subzero appliances, soapstone countertops, Waterworks fixtures, Views to meadow and river from porch, teak outdoor dining table and porch gathering area, Professionally-Designed interior, riverfront, historic Farm, 11 Mi to Waynesville, 35 Mi to Asheville, 5 Mi to Pisgah National Forest (Sliding Rock, Pisgah Inn, Etc.), hiking trails onsite, Flyfishing onsite, riverside fire pit onsite, golf across the street.
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About Melba Ballew
The Cottages are owned by three families, one from Hilton Head, another from Santa Fe, and a third from Hendersonville who came together to create a vacation offering that they had always sought, but seldom found: sufficient beauty, warmth and luxury to restore the adults, but lots of room-to-roam onsite in free pursuit of adventure for kids (and kids at-heart) so that they must be called-in from outside.
Melba Ballew purchased this Cottage in 2010
Why Melba Ballew chose Pigeon
We chose Cold Mountain and the Cruso Valley as the location for the Laurel Cottage because it is the perfect balance between country and city living. Any closer to Asheville, and we were not getting our “River Runs Through It” fix; any farther from Asheville felt a little too “Deliverance” or required traversing winding, nauseous roads. Also, our two owners from the popular tourist destinations of Hilton Head and Santa Fe wanted a mountain experience that felt like a genuine getaway, rather than a duplication of their country club environs back home or, worse, the contrived resort-town experience.
What makes this Cottage unique
The stage is set for you to create your own experiences. Help a child catch a first fish in the pond. Work with a local chef for a catered dinner on the sunset knoll or pack pimento cheese sandwiches to eat riverside. Tube the river or read a novel start-to-finish in the hammock under the birches with the river flowing alongside. Risotto and your favorite red at The Chef’s Table in Waynesville, or hamburger, fries and a chocolate malt at Jukebox Junction in Cruso. The list goes on and on and we are available to give you as much help as you like in planning activities for a long-remembered mountain vacation. .
Pool / Spa
Sports & Adventure Activities
Our family enjoyed exploring the river, hike up the mountain, fire pit, and the outdoor pavilion with kids activities (on the one rainy day we were there). Beautiful golf course across the street from entrance, and only about 20 min to the blue ridge parkway. Kitchen very well stocked. Definitely recommend this place!
Warm, cozy, just right
A lovely stay! Plenty to do around the grounds. Great location from downtown and other sites. I'm coming back to experience another season.
Love this place!!
This was our second time to the Laurel Cottage and it never disappoints. Our long weekend away in the mountains has been wonderful thanks to this beautiful home and property! We will be back again! Thanks!
Both cottages are out of a dream. I truly hated to leave and will be counting down the days until I can go back. STAY HERE!
Great family vacation.
Great family vacation.The grounds are exceptional. The house is beautiful.
The property was absolutely beautiful. The accommodations were exceptional.
The property was absolutely gorgeous with a view of the mountains. Accommodations were very homey. Adorable cottage with breathtaking views
Since the cottage is located in a private setting, there can be some customization of the experience; clay pigeon shooting, camping along the river onsite and the like can be easily arranged.
We apologize but we do not allow weddings on the property.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Sorry.....no weddings allowed on the property. No pets. There is a 3 night minimum.