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Last updated: 12/01/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:4.5
  • Property type:Lodge
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

A beautiful hand crafted lodge with its own private deck overlooking a beautiful waterfall on the cascading Hickory Nut Creek. The lodge 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. The lodge contains a great room/living room, kitchen, loft, four bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and a large downstairs room for yoga and movement. Laughing Waters is located in the Hickory Nut Forest Eco-Community. It is a very special place for a peaceful, quiet retreat in these beautiful sacred mountains!

There is also a Creekside Cottage located upstream from the lodge overlooking two waterfalls that sleeps two people and can be rented separately. (see listing #3565363)

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Owner

Member since: 2013

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/01/2016

Property Type

  • Lodge
  • 3200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    21...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Entertainment

  • Stereo:

    With jack for iPhone, cell phone or iPod...moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Forests
  • Pond
  • Ruins
  • Waterfalls

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Little Bearwallow Mountain and Little Mount Pisgah on both sides of Hickory Nut Gorge...moreless

  • Rural:

    A peaceful mountain setting only a short drive to Asheville...moreless

  • Water View:

    Cascading waterfalls off your back deck!...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone:

    Skype phone available...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio:

    Overlooking the creek and waterfalls...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
 

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$3,500

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Cleaning Fee $100
  • Tax Rate 6.75%

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.


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Location

19 Miles
Nearest Airport
Asheville Airport
13 Miles
Nearest Motorway
I-40 and I-26
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Chimney Rock and Lake Lure
7 Miles
Nearest Beach
Lake Lure

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 the lodge overlooking a beautiful waterfall, you can hike up to the top of Little Bearwallow Mountain through 200 acres of natural forest with amazing views. The lodge 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!

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: My wife Jane and I 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.

Why the Owner Chose Gerton, NC, USA:
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!

The Unique Benefits at this Lodge:
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 lodge 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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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/01/2016

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Photos

  • Hickory Nut Creek at Laughing Waters

    Hickory Nut Creek at Laughing Waters

  • .Front of Laughing Waters Lodge

    .Front of Laughing Waters Lodge

  • Weddings at Laughing Waters

    Weddings at Laughing Waters

  • The Great Room and Loft

    The Great Room and Loft

  • Windows overlooking Hickory Nut Creek and Waterfalls

    Windows overlooking Hickory Nut Creek and Waterfalls

  • Loft Space and Rocking Chairs

    Loft Space and Rocking Chairs

  • Creekside Room for Activities

    Creekside Room for Activities

  • First Floor King Bedroom

    First Floor King Bedroom

  • First Floor Twin Bedroom

    First Floor Twin Bedroom

  • Large Deck Space Overlooking the Creek and Waterfalls

    Large Deck Space Overlooking the Creek and Waterfalls

  • The Organic Apple Orchard in Bloom

    The Organic Apple Orchard in Bloom

  • Laughing Waters Pond and Turbine Shed Producing Hydropower for the Lodge

    Laughing Waters Pond and Turbine Shed Producing Hydropower for the Lodge

  • Waterfall at the Swimming Hole

    Waterfall at the Swimming Hole

  • Creekside Deck of Laughing Waters Lodge

    Creekside Deck of Laughing Waters Lodge

  • Hickory Nut Forest
-a Sustainable Neighborhood-

    Hickory Nut Forest -a Sustainable Neighborhood-

  • The Giant Poplar Tree Supporting the House

    The Giant Poplar Tree Supporting the House

  • Full Kitchen and All Appliances

    Full Kitchen and All Appliances

  • Sassafras and Cherry Beams in the Great Room

    Sassafras and Cherry Beams in the Great Room

  • Upstairs Queen Bedroom

    Upstairs Queen Bedroom

  • Rustic Pine Upstairs King Bedroom

    Rustic Pine Upstairs King Bedroom

  • 4 1/2 Bathrooms with Tile Showers and Mexican Sinks

    4 1/2 Bathrooms with Tile Showers and Mexican Sinks

  • Laughing Waters Waterfall Behind the Lodge

    Laughing Waters Waterfall Behind the Lodge

  • 1840's Gristmill next to Laughing Waters

    1840's Gristmill next to Laughing Waters

  • Laughing Waters Front Entrance

    Laughing Waters Front Entrance

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