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Laurel River Retreat : Riverfront…Secluded, Riverfront

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Winter on the Laurel


Last updated: 02/23/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Just 25 miles north of downtown Asheville, Laurel River Retreat is a charming, comfortable and fully-equipped chalet. This is a truly unique property that sits on the bank of the scenic Laurel River in a 130-acre undeveloped forest. The Laurel River is the area's most scenic waterway. Its rapids are a practice run for Olympic kayakers. The river is stocked with trout and greatly enjoyed by area fly fisherman. For others the river is popular for bird watching, wild flowers, swimming, tubing and hiking.

Laurel River Retreat is just five miles from Hot Springs, North Carolina, where the Appalachian Trail intersects and famous for its natural hot springs spa.

No other house for at least one-half mile. No motorized vehicles are allowed except retreat visitor'. No all-terrain-vehicles, motorcycles, guns, or fireworks. The sounds throughout the day and night are the Laurel's rapids, the wind in the trees and the birds.

Secluded and serene, this is a place to sit on the large screened porch, two stone patios, or front deck and read, meditate, be. Its perfect for friends and family to gather and reconnect and a wonderland for kids.

A panoramic deck, 25 feet off the ground, spans the front and overlooks the Laurel River. A comfortable screened porch overlooks the surrounding forest. Each room has electric base-board heat with its own thermostat. A brick fireplace is the focal point of the lhe living room/dining room. Pinewood floors are in kitchen and living/dining areas. The stairway and the bedrooms are fully carpeted. Each bedroom has its own closet. The ground-level basement area has recently been renovated as a 300-square-foot heated work/play area with five windows overlooking the river and access through glass doors to patios on each side of the house.

The house is tastefully furnished in traditional antique and completely equipped with kitchen and bedroom supplies. The dining room has a large, circular, glass-top table on a cypress trunk base with chairs. An eight-foot-long picture window faces out to the deck, bringing in the sky, mountainside, and river. One of the upstairs bedrooms has an outside balcony with sliding glass doors. Enjoy original art in every room.

Keywords: House, riverview, mountain retreat, chalet, cabin in the woods,
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Member since: 2004

Speaks: english, french, spanish, dutch
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 60%
Calendar last updated: 02/23/2017

Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Large Front Deck overlooking River, Screened Porch, Patio with Fire Pit, Tiled shower with forest views, Upstairs Bedroom with Balcony, Cooking/Eating Utensils provided, Hammock, River Rafting Tubes, Trail Bike, Original Art on Walls, Large Kids Playroom...moreless


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Water View
  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Swimming


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance:

    Domestic only...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone:

    Cell phone service in area is limited. Verizon works well. ATT does not cover area....moreless

  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    House has modem with wireless internet. Can also be plugged directly to computer....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace


  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill


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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $50


Lower rates are available for weekday stays excluding any weekend nights.

Payment is made directly to owner, check, credit card or PayPal. Deposit required at reservation, balance due 30 days before arrival.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 02/23/2017
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25 Miles
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Asheville, North Carolian

Natural Hot Springs Spa, White-water Rafting, bird watching, wild flowers along river and trail, trout/flyfishing, landscape painting/art


Owner info

Year Purchased: 98

About the owner: We consider it one of our greatest fortunes in life to have found Laurel River Retreat more than 14 years ago. Developing it, enjoying it, and sharing it have been among our highest enjoyments. We live and work in Charlotte, NC. Robert is a writer/consultant. Terry is a professional artist. Her paintings are on exhibit in galleries in Charlotte and in corporate and private collections. (Some are on the walls of the house.) It is our great pleasure to share this treasure with rental guests. Almost every year, we have sought to improve Laurel River Retreat. Two years ago, we completely remodeled the larger upstairs bathroom, adding windows, all new lighting, ceramic tiles and river stones and a signature stained glass in the beautiful walk-in shower. In 2012, we totally remodeled the kitchen, with ceramic counter tops, wood ceiling, an bar/island with antique barnwood, an ultra-quiet dish waster and a disposal. We also now have high speed internet service, satellite cable and free long distance phone. Above all, Laurel River Retreat is unique because of its location. It sits almost invisibly among poplars, mountain laurel and hemlocks on a hill overlooking the Laurel River and Laurel River Trail. The sounds of the river rapids envelop the house. The water, tree canopy and hillside breezes keep it cool in the summer. It is well insulated and heated in cold months. The fireplace adds a cozy warmth. Laurel River Retreat offers a respite from the pressures and routines of daily life. It is an opportunity to connect with nature -- to hear it, smell, feel it, and truly be in a beautiful natural environment; yet also enjoy the comforts and conveniences of a well equipped home. Sincerely, Robert FitzPatrick, Terry Thirion

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Speaks: english, french, spanish, dutch
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 60%
Calendar last updated: 02/23/2017

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  • Winter on the Laurel

    Winter on the Laurel

  • Dining area looking out to the front deck and river

    Dining area looking out to the front deck and river

  • Deck is 20 feet high and overlooks the Laurel River

    Deck is 20 feet high and overlooks the Laurel River

VRBO #37280

This listing was first published here in 2004.

Date last modified - Monday, February 27, 2017

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