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Featured on ABC TV Sweet Retreats! Stunning Views Fine Art Interiors Green Built

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Asheville is only 1/2 hour away but you can enjoy the best of both possible worlds by staying in pristine countryside in a beautiful, private cottage. You will be enchanted by the Clearfield Cottage which was just featured out of thousands of rentals in the area on ABC TV's reality show, 'Sweet Retreats.' Click on the video and watch the beautiful footage from the Sweet Retreats episode about the Clearfield Cottage. The cottage is nestled in the Smokies with a spectacular view of Mount Mitchell and surrounding mountains but is only ½ hour from Asheville’s world-class restaurants, entertainment, and the famous Biltmore Estate. The cottage and grounds have become a destination paradise for honeymoons, anniversaries, birthdays and even intimate weddings. This entire two story, romantic cottage is entirely new, fresh, green built, green furnished and eco-friendly The unique interiors feature original artwork and mosaics by owner and internationally renowned artist, Rachel Clearfield. The downstairs kitchen, dining and living area has a stunning mosaic floor, named 'Stepping Stones in a Flower Garden' made of Brazilian polished granite. Upstairs is the amazingly intricate, mosaic bathroom shower, called 'Magnolia Trees,” made of European marble and colorful stones. The kitchen has all granite countertops. The upstairs bedroom has a beautifully finished 100-year-old maple floor and a sumptuously comfortable queen size futon bed with luxurious linens.

Outside the cottage there is a peaceful shade garden with a rose covered gazebo in which you can swing, listen to the creek and watch the birds and butterflies. Guests are welcome to enjoy and roam through the beautiful flower gardens. You also have a lovely outdoor sitting area right by your back door, perfect for enjoying your morning coffee or sipping a glass of evening Chardonnay and stargazing the sequined night sky without light pollution. There's also a wonderful barbecue, chiminea and hammock area right by your own private creek.

This cottage is a perfect getaway for a romantic weekend, soulful retreat, girl’s time together or just a quiet, peaceful place to let go of the challenges of one’s life and return to the simple joys of existence and beauty. The owners are recording artist, cellist and conductor, Ron Clearfield, and his wife, fine artist Rachel Clearfield. There is an abundance of creative energy on this property for anyone who needs a place to find that seed of inspiration for their next book, album or painting. Without a doubt, this is a paradise for painters, photographers and nature lovers or just anyone who is looking for a beautiful, fulfilling time in the mountains.

Keywords: Fine art interiors, esthetic, peaceful, meditative, rural beauty, gorgeous views, organic flower gardens, green built, original artwork, wonderful hiking, owner managed.

More Details

Ron Clearfield
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2017

About Ron Clearfield

Owner's Ron and Rachel Clearfield are musicians and artists. We've practiced meditation, sustainable living and the joys of life for many decades. The beauty of nature, art, music and healthy lifestyles are foremost in our beliefs.

Ron Clearfield purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Ron Clearfield chose Smoky Mountains

We actually built this guest cottage just recently. A labor of love, situated on our beautiful land; a place to share with others who are looking for something unique. We chose nearby Asheville because Asheville rocks! Incredible restaurants, entertainment and always fun things to do and people to see. They don't call it the 'Paris' of the south for nothing!

What makes this cottage unique

We've personally stayed many times in the cottage and have always been impressed with how peaceful, esthetically inspiring, quiet and restful our stay was.


Leicester Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Broadband Access
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , italian marble with murals throughout
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , very comfortable futon bed
  • Queen size Beds (1) Comfortable Queen Sized Bed, Double Beds (1) Convertible Futon Couch into Comfortable Double Bed
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Golf
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • alternative lifestyle
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Spectacular views, fabulous hiking, 1/2 hour from Asheville's world class dining, entertainment and the Biltmore Estate, fine art interiors, marble and granite mosaic floors, green built and original oil paintings by Rachel Clearfield.


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Featured on ABC TV Sweet Retreats! Stunning Views Fine Art Interiors Green Built
average rating of 4.895349 based on 86 reviews
Rock Hill, SC

Lovely place

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in this charming and unique space. Ron and Rachel were very thoughtful and responsive, brought us flowers on night one, and invited us to select from their excellent herb and vegetable garden. Original paintings throughout courtesy of Rachel and Ron's music on CD. Thick walls meant for a cool and quiet interior. The setting is classic Appalachia with beautiful flower garden, Very highly recommended.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Greg, Thank you for such a fabulous review! It was wonderful having you and your wife stay back in May. The details you gave were definitely right on! All the best, Ron and Rachel
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An eclectic paradise

  • 5 of 5

Clearfield cottage is a wonderful place to replenish the soul!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Bruce, hey thanks for the great shout out!! Short and simple but right to the point. All the best, Ron and Rachel
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  • 5 of 5

The cottage was absolutely perfect for our family. The brightness and coziness was delightful. Our two young girls were mesmerized by all the beautiful butterflies, flowers, garden and of course the horses. Ron and Rachel opened their entire property up to us and we could not have asked for two better humans to spend time with on our journey. The Cottage was more than just a place to stay. It offered a lifetime of memories and experiences our girls will cherish forever!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Kory, Thank you, this is such a beautiful, heartfelt review. It was our pleasure to have you and your wonderful family stay in the cottage. We're particularly overjoyed that the cottage, rural setting and all the care and ambiance offered here added up to memorable time well spent for you, your husband, and your special daughters. All the best, Ron and Rachel
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Beautiful place and delightful hosts

  • 5 of 5

This place is gorgeous inside and all around! We loved it! All the good stuff about the interiors that everyone says. The gardens are amazing. It is a good drive from Asheville, so if you want close to the city, this is not for you. The higher elevation makes for cooler temps than Asheville, a welcome thing in July! Tips for future loggers: The place has a coffee maker and filters; however, I would bring a coffee measure with me next time as there are no measuring spoons or measuring cups. You might want to pick up some ice on your way in. There's are ice cube trays, but there wasn't really enough when we got there, although we refilled them and had plenty the next day. These were minor problems. We loved our stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ione, It was wonderful having you and your husband stay in the cottage and thank you for the inspiring review you wrote. So kind and descriptive! Thanks also for pointing out the need for more ice trays and some measuring spoons which we just added to the cottage. We want our guests to be happy and we really appreciate it when improvements are mentioned. Warm regards, Ron and Rachel
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  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place and we made a world of memories that will lasta lifetime~~ Hope it can become an annual trip~~

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely amazing stay here. This beautiful cottage stays with you. Rachel and Ron are amazing hosts and artists. There is a beautiful white horse that we were convinced was truly a unicorn if we could only see. There is so much thought and love put into every nook and cranny of this cottage. Rachel's art is beautiful and throughout the cottage. Ron's music is so soothing and brilliant. It's very close to Asheville which was easy to get to. This location is great bc it satisfies your need for peace, beauty, and harmony, while being an easy drive to the happening restaurants and culture of Asheville. I highly recommend this property. A nature and art lover's haven.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Melissa, What an amazing review! You're the best! It was sooooo nice having you and your husband stay in the cottage. I hope all our interested future guests get to read your wonderful review. I says it all! All the best! Ron and Rachel
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
AVL (Asheville)
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Turkey Creek Cafe
Nearest Beach
200 Miles
Charleston, SC
Car: necessary

Painter's and gardener's paradise, great hiking, creative space, spiritually uplifting and inspiring ambiance, ultimate retreat, perfectly quiet for meditation/yoga, cook's access to organic vegetable and herb garden. The cottage is green built and hypoallergenic.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Additional Guest Fee $25 per person per night
Damage Deposit $200

7% North Carolina Tax and $50 cleaning fee are required in addition to rental fee
A $200 returnable security deposit placed on credit card upon arrival
Deposit of 50% of total stay is required upon making reservation
Full payment must be received 2 weeks prior to arrival
Credit card payments accepted

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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