About the property
- Cottage330 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
A Cozy 1BR Cottage With A Private Deck Overlooking Two Beautiful Waterfalls
Enjoy a get-away in an comfortable cottage overlooking two beautiful waterfalls on the cascading Hickory Nut Creek. The cottage is nestled at the base of Little Bearwallow Mountain next to 200 acres of natural forest with five miles of hiking trails. It is located only 25 minutes from downtown Asheville, NC in the heart of the incredible Hickory Nut Gorge. This all-log cottage contains a kitchen/living room, bathroom and a bedroom that sleeps two people. It is part of the Laughing Waters Retreat Center in the Hickory Nut Forest Eco-Community. A special place for a peaceful, quiet retreat in these beautiful sacred mountains!
If we happen to be booked for certain dates, try our neighbor's house which is also next to a waterfall in nearby Bat Cave. (https://www.vrbo.com/815476).
John Myers and Jane Lawson
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- Calendar last updated:
- Mar 26, 2018
About John Myers and Jane Lawson
We were best friends in high school in Ohio and fortunately re-connected here in North Carolina 30 years later. Jane first discovered Asheville and Western North Carolina in the 1970’s, drawn to the beauty of the area and the wild character of the mountains. John was living in New York and working with non-profits to protect over 20,000 acres of land for parks and trails. An avid rock climber, John also fell in love with the southern mountains. In 2003, we heard about the land through a friend whose family had owned it for nearly 100 years. The land was in the heart of Hickory Nut Gorge and had not been occupied for over 60 years. We discovered a wild jewel with tumbling waterfalls along the tumultuous Hickory Nut Creek, overgrown stone walls of a farmhouse and the ruins of an old gristmill. We immediately fell in love for the place. Over the next 10 years, our vision for the land has continually expanded from conserving the wild lands to creating a sustainable community with organic gardens and orchard, hiking trails, renewable energy from the sun and water, green-solar homes and the Laughing Waters Retreat Center.
John Myers and Jane Lawson purchased this Cottage in 2004
Why John Myers and Jane Lawson chose Gerton
We don’t feel we 'own' this land. Rather, we feel more aligned as stewards, here to protect it. We are full of wonder and awe at nature’s intricate beauty. Living here is about discovering mysteries and miracles: the springtime sprouting shoots on the forest floor, the blooming of delicate wildflowers, the soaring trees spreading green leaves in a summer canopy, the magical transformation into vibrant fall colors, and the reappearance of the distant mountain vistas in winter. We have kept the most special places wild for all to enjoy: the cascading streams, tumbling waterfalls, sheer cliffs, and distant vistas. Residents and visitors can enjoy miles of hiking trails on our land, in the adjoining 600 acres of the Florence Nature Preserve, and down the gorge in Chimney Rock State Park. If you love the outdoors, this is magical place!
What makes this Cottage unique
We are deep in the heart of the Hickory Nut Gorge, a steep valley carved out of the mountains starting at the continental divide dropping down to Chimney Rock State Park and Lake Lure. From your cottage overlooking two beautiful waterfalls, you can hike up to the top of Little Bearwallow Mountain through 200 acres of natural forest with amazing views. The cottage is part of the Laughing Waters Retreat Center in Hickory Nut Forest. This sustainable eco-community includes organic gardens and apple orchard, conserved lands, renewable energy, and solar-green homes. Guests are welcome to hike, swim, bird watch, enjoy the gardens, go mountain biking, or just relax on the deck and listen to the sound of the rushing water. Enjoy dining in Chimney Rock and Lake Lure, or make your own feast in the cottage kitchen. And we are only 25 minutes from all the music, restaurants and culture in Asheville. Come experience a special place for a peaceful, quiet retreat in these beautiful sacred mountains!
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Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
what a little slice of heaven!
cabin and grounds were simply beautiful! Everything was clean and away from all the noise of the road. The trails are great and views are breathe taking! We really hated to leave and can't wait to come back! Having no TV in the cabins are a blessing! Thank you for sharing your awesome place in the Forest!
Thank you so much for your beautiful words! It just fills our hearts that you enjoyed everything! We think no TV is a blessing too! Thanks for saying and appreciating that! Makes it even better to be with loved ones without the distraction of tv. Thank you for choosing us for your stay and we hope that you will come back to see us again, you are most certainly welcome back anytime!
Beautiful and Peaceful
Laughing Waters is a beautiful and peaceful location. Nestled among trees and your own private waterfall, you feel an instant relief of rejuvenation of your soul. I sat by the waterfall, practiced yoga on the back deck of the cottage while listening to the sounds of the waterfall and the sounds of the surrounding forrest. There are several paths with benches to sit and reflect. Plus, you are only 20 mins from downtown Asheville.If you are looking to recharge, reset and renew your soul this IS the place.
You are wonderful! Thank you for your loving, kind words! We are honored you felt fulfilled from your visit! Thank you for taking care of the property and we look forward to your visits with us in the future!
It was perfect! Great nature get away, lots of good bird watching & very peaceful. It was amazing being next to waterfalls. We did not leave the cabin :) Thank You!
So very glad to hear that you loved everything! Thank you for your lovely, kind words! We hope that you have found your home away from home! You were wonderful guests and are welcomed back anytime!
The miles of trails right outside the property were a huge plus. Also, the view with the waterfalls can't be beat! The property mgr was very quick to respond to any calls/texts. My only suggestion would be to have all the outlets and the large overhead light in working order, along with an outside light that could be left on if returning after dark. And possibly some brief instructions on how to operate the heater with the remote control.
This was a very quiet, peaceful isolated spot and I would recommend it or stay here again myself.
Thank you for your kind words! we are so glad that you enjoyed the property and glad to hear that you will be back again! Thank you for your patience while we were working through the breaker that went out before your stay. I would like for others to know that I did inform you about the breaker before your arrival and I do apologize that, after our electrician came out, we were not able to fix it due to this being an older breaker that was difficult to find. We do want you to know that we have since fixed this breaker and all is well. We look forward to your visit with us in the future!
Laughing Waters Property manager
The location is tranquil and beautiful
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the cabin; it was exactly what we wanted. The only sounds were of water falling over rocks and the wind through the trees. It was secluded and quiet - no television and not even good radio reception. The cabin had everything we needed for our stay except food which we found at an organic farm down the road and an Ingles within a short drive. We enjoyed hiking and pretty much stayed on the property. We thoroughly enjoyed evenings sitting on the deck sipping a glass of wine. We look forward to returning next year.
Thank you so much for your wonderful and kind words! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit! Thank you for taking such beautiful care of the property and we look forward to your return visit with us in the future! You are welcome back anytime!
Beautiful serene setting!
The setting of the cabin is terrific but the cabin was not as comfortable as we hoped. We did not realize there was no TV and wanted to see college football. I prefer a firmer mattress and had difficulty sleeping on the bed. Otherwise it was clean and serene and cozy.
So sorry to hear that the mattress was uncomfortable and I wanted to let you know that we have since replaced the mattress with a new one. Thank you for your suggestion. We will probably not add a TV to the cottage, but it might be good for me to make sure future guests know that there is not a television and a suggestion of a place they could visit close by to catch a game...etc.
Thanks for taking good care of the property and we hope that you will visit us again in the future!
We are located only a short 25 minutes drive from downtown Asheville in the heart of the Hickory Nut Gorge. This deep valley is carved between high ridgelines from the continental divide down to Chimney Rock State Park and Lake Lure. From your cottage overlooking two beautiful waterfalls, you can hike up to the top of Little Bearwallow Mountain through 200 acres of natural forest with amazing views. The cottage is part of the Laughing Waters Retreat Center in Hickory Nut Forest. This sustainable eco-community includes organic gardens and apple orchard, conserved lands, renewable energy, and solar-green homes. Guests are welcome to hike, swim, enjoy the gardens, or just relax on the deck and listen to the sound of the rushing water. Enjoy dining in Chimney Rock, Lake Lure, Asheville or make your own feast in the cottage kitchen. Come experience a special place for a peaceful, quiet retreat in these beautiful sacred mountains!