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Luxurious Riverfront Mountain Home!!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,300 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

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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More Details

Melba Ballew
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

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 Canton

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.


Guestbook comments from the owner

We all had a wonderful relaxing 40th birthday celebration at your beautiful home for our son and family. Beautiful mountains and setting for your home. Plenty to do around the property! You thought of every detail to a perfect week for us! All of your instructions were very helpful. We loved the frost in the mornings. We live in Florida so to have a fire again was so much fun. We hope to be back someday. Might bring the grandchildren since there is so much to do for kids. Thank you for sharing.
Nov 2017
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Canton Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3.5
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - Trundle bed
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2),
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Fishing rods for guest use, gorgeous riverside fire pit, 1/2 mile of the clear waters of the East Fork for fishing, tubing, relaxing, covered pavilion and recreation for cooking out, stocked trout pond, stocked catfish pond, miles of nice hiking trails, sunset knoll garden. Sorry, no weddings are allowed on the property. No four wheelers, mini-bikes or motor homes. We are the owners of the Laurel and Willow Cottages within Cold Mountain, a private, gated community. There are other lot owners who may visit the property to enjoy the wonderful amenities from time to time.


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average rating of 4.9722223 based on 153 reviews

Warm, cozy, just right

  • 5 of 5

A lovely stay! Plenty to do around the grounds. Great location from downtown and other sites. I'm coming back to experience another season.

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Love this place!!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Great family vacation.

  • 5 of 5

Great family vacation.The grounds are exceptional. The house is beautiful.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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The property was absolutely beautiful. The accommodations were exceptional.

  • 5 of 5

The property was absolutely gorgeous with a view of the mountains. Accommodations were very homey. Adorable cottage with breathtaking views

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Colleyville TX

Perfect retreat!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time to stay at this property and it was just as lovely as we remembered it from 6 years ago. The house was spotless on our arrival and all of our needs were anticipated by the owner. Loved the well-stocked open kitchen, the generously furnished dining terrace, the bottles of Hazelwood Soap at every sink, but mostly the serenity and the views. You can do as much or as little as you like and be perfectly content.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)
Nearest Golf
0.05 Miles
Springdale Golf Course
Nearest Ski
24.5 Miles
Cataloochee Ski Area
Car: necessary

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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 11.0% weddings allowed on the property.
No pets.
There is a 3 night minimum.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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