We like it so much up here that we acquired the adjoining lot on top of the mountain. So, starting in 2019, the Blue Ridge Aerie/Meditation Retreat will double in size to 2.4 acres tucked away on a mountain at 4100' overlooking Lake Glenville just north of Cashiers, N.C. adding a Meditation area, and a single potential RV camping spot.
The original Aerie Retreat consists of a recently constructed rustic cabin retreat with spectacular views that can accommodate 8 in comfort and privacy. The Aerie Retreat offers three formal bedrooms, a convertible couch, king or twin daybed, and 3 1/2 baths in a private wooded atmosphere with all contemporary features, utilities and electronics.
Relax in front of the two wood-burning fireplaces in comfortable rustic style but with all of the modern conveniences including DISH TV (basic), DVD, Roku, Netflix/Amazon Prime/Hulu, WiFi internet ((and back-up system), Sonos, X-Box and telephone landlines. Enjoy a full complement of exercise and entertainment equipment including both adult and child sized pool tables and ping pong; air hockey; fussball; rowing machine/weights/bench and TRX straps; treadmill; outside children's playground; 15' covered swim spa (winterized between November and April but available over the winter at extra charge); 14' trampoline; basketball, two paddle boards; kids kayak; fishing canoe and fishing kayak; fishing equipment; toys and board games; gas and stone grills, six person outdoor deck dining set, and much more.
The adjacent Meditation Retreat is fenced and accessible by private gate from the paved road and by groomed path adjacent to the Aerie Retreat. It will offer a large, flat grassy entertainment area, picnic table and fire ring with spectacular views of Lake Glenville and the Smokies, a partially covered meditation deck and fire pit with similar views, private gated parking for one 25'-30 RV, 30 AMP power, water hook-up but no other support facilities.
Both the Aerie Retreat and the Meditation Retreat have access to the POA docks on Lake Glenville. Numerous trout streams and lake fishing abound. Rent a pontoon boat at nearby Signal Ridge Marina. A sand beach is just down the road on Pine Creek by the dam. Just 15 minutes to Cashiers; 25 minutes to Highlands and 45 minutes to Brevard and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
This is high elevation Blue Ridge country where the temperature is routinely 15-20 degrees cooler than Atlanta, Greenville and the other lowlands. The air is clean and the neighborhood is uncrowded - no structures can even be seen from the Aerie Retreat or the Meditation Retreat ( other than parts of the former). Lake Glenville is the highest elevation lake east of the Mississippi, family and water-sport friendly. Photos cannot do justice to the beautiful mountain views. Nearby Cashiers has very good restaurants and shops and a modern Ingles supermarket. If you get Big Box fever, the Franklin Walmart is only 30 minutes down the mountain; if upscale shopping is your bag, the Highlands emporiums are less than half an hour. This is everything a high mountain retreat should be. And more.
The Aerie Retreat and the Meditation Retreat are not 'business' rentals or a mountain party crash pad, but our home in the mountains that we occasionally rent for family reunions, retreats or meditation. Except as otherwise agreed, guests of the Aerie Retreat will have shared access to the meditation deck facility but any Meditation Retreat guests would not have access to the facilities of the Aerie Retreat. Exclusive access to the entire compound can be arranged.
Any inquiries about booking the Retreats should include some information about the proposed booking party, numbers and ages of guests, purpose of visit and interest in securing exclusive access to the compound.
A Rental Agreement must be signed before arrival.
Absolutely no smoking inside the Aerie Retreat. Well-behaved pets considered on a case by case basis. Absolutely no dumping of any kind is allowed
Proposed guests should also be aware of the obvious fact that this is the mountains, the woods and the country and inhabited by the usual N.C. array of animals, rodents, birds, bees, snakes and bugs in the great outdoors, but not in the Aerie Retreat. A sunning copperhead was once spotted on the property ( without adverse result). The occasional bear shows up along with many foxes. Attention should be paid to small children at all times and caution exercised outdoors respecting the local fauna and on the steeper terrain and somewhat irregular sets of exterior stairs in both Retreats.
Reasonable advance notice is generally required because of the cleaning and preparation logistics.
Finally, please be sensitive to the fact that replacing and repairing things in the mountains is a fairly major production in almost every respect, not the least of which is the cost. As noted above, the Aerie Retreat is not a business rental that comes with two rolls of TP, one roll of paper towels, cheap tableware and one dishwasher tab. It is our home and comes with everything you would expect to have in a home. All you need to bring are your edible groceries and personal effects. As I do not have a property manager, guests are expected to attend to the minor maintenance issues of a home such as replacing burned out bulbs, batteries and the like. I am virtually always available by phone, text or email to answer questions or to deal with substantive issues. As a general rule, I usually drive to the Retreat to inspect it prior to your arrival and I can pre-stock your groceries at no extra charge other than their actual cost if you would like.