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VIEW just outside your cottage when the mist meets the morning fog.


Last updated: 12/02/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:5
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

REFOCUS COTTAGE is over the meadow and through the woods, but this is no grandma’s house. LESS THAN 5 MILES to downtown Asheville, VRBO 387785 is an elegant, uncluttered contemporary studio-style get-away on SPECTACULARLY LANDSCAPED GROUNDS and ample levels of hardwood decking invite you to gaze over it in style. Whether you are a city mouse or country mouse, an executive, teacher, doctor, writer, artist, dreamer, mountain lover, fly-fisherman or culture vulture this art-filled cottage is an inspired and inspiring retreat. Ideal for one person or a couple but suitable for four or more with a queen futon sofa/bed (mattress quality), a convertible and very comfortable chair bed and a blow up mattress option PLUS another sofa bed above, in a SECOND BEDROOM privately accessed from the outside decking with a lovely view of its own. Formally my art studio, this is a very private feeling property with the safety provided by the fact that it is a part of our property and we live here year round maintaining the very meadow you'll soon be romping in.
See also: VRBO 482027 REFOCUS FIVE for a 3 BR 1.5 B option. It is right across the street and perfect it you need more room. You only need to walk across the street to access the same outdoor amenities!

Chic and sophisticated, here is a clapboard cottage that is comfortable and cozy without being cluttered with cute. Its open floor plan features a cathedral ceiling and large windows framing woods, sky and meadow.

Come for a season. Stay for a year.

NEED AN EVENT VENUE? - think about our FOUR ACRES, our meadow, creek, promenade of pines, glen, pavilion and large fire pit, boccie ball, horse shoes... ideal for small weddings, parties, birthday celebrations. Great photo ops. (For our other listing, please SEE also REFOCUS FIVE VRBO 482027 - 3BR, 1.5 BATH with a garage. Because these properties are directly across the street from each other, the two rentals together (see VRBO 482027) make it perfect for a reunion, a birthday gathering, a small wedding, graduation or anniversary and call me for the catering options...

Write a best seller here. Compose a modern symphony. Or just drive 6 minutes to downtown Asheville for GREAT FOOD - Indian, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, South American, Mexican, Thai, Spanish tapas, French, Continental, vegan... Within 2 miles of your cottage is AMBROZIA - fantastic new local Bar + Bistro (chef originally from Albuquerque New Mexico) with an ever-changing southern influenced menu of creative small plates and magnificent farm to table meals. For great pizza, calzones and local beer... Marcos is also in the neighborhood. We have GREAT, often daring THEATER at NC Stage Company and several larger venues with popular presentations. Tour the largest privately owned home in America, the famed French Chateau the BILTMORE ESTATE built by the Vanderbilts on grounds of unparalleled beauty any time of year. When the LEAVES are changing or the rhododendrons and azaleas BLOOMING our vistas are breathtaking.

WANT TO SHOP? Only a short drive to downtown provides a walk-able shopping experience, an alternative to the mall (which of course we also have). There are too many to mention, but our galleries, The Blue Spiral, Haen Gallery, The New Morning Gallery exhibit brilliance and originality.
The Highland Craft Guild and the Folk Art Center display the best Appalachian crafts. WANT ART WITH YOUR BEER? Repeatedly named BEER CITY USA, Asheville boasts 20+ craft breweries and at the RIVER ARTS DISTRICT fine art meets fine beers while you stroll in and out of working artists studios, meeting the artists while they are creating unique pottery and paintings.

WANT TO DRESS UP? The Grove Park Inn hosts events worthy of your finest and it is ONLY A FIVE MINUTE DRIVE from your cottage! It's Ballroom Dance contest draws international visitors. WANT TO DRESS UP DIFFERENTLY? Attend a festival or bar hop. Our MUSIC VENUE'S are varied and fun. Rolling Stone has named THE ORANGE PEEL one of the top five music venues in AMERICA, just to mention one. I recently attended the symphony and found it exhilarating, particularly followed by some late night local blues, jazz or fusion...

WANT TO LAUGH? There are funny people everywhere, but particularly on the La Zoom Comedy bus tour.

WANT EXERCISE? Hiking, biking, fly-fishing, kayaking, white water rafting, horseback riding, zip-lining... golf. Donald Ross designed four of our GOLF COURSES. Grove Park Inn's Links is only 5 minutes away which houses a FIVE STAR SPA for relaxing in style afterwards. A short drive to SHOJI JAPANESE SPA provides a more remote-feeling to your soak. Here you can get a massage and then enjoy breathtaking vistas from private tubs over-looking the Smoky Mountains.

Back to BEER... take the BREWS CRUISE on a pedal assist electric bike. If wine is your beverage of choice, visit the Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar - a library filled with books old and new, where wine is poured in intimate lounges among the stacks.

TIRED OF RUNNING AROUND ON VACATION? Your kitchen is fully loaded with granite counter tops and herbs right outside your door. Let the birds wake you or the insects sing you to sleep. STAR GAZE through the generous breadth of windows and sky light. Stars here don't compete with street lights. Roast marshmallows in the meadow's fire-pit. Grill outside beneath the sky. Enjoy boccie ball and horseshoes or waste some time reading and sunning on the deck.

WALK in the park-like meadow and sway in one of the hammocks under trees whispering alongside the CREEK. Bring your Nook or even a real book (these are like connected blogs typed onto bound paper). Enjoy the evening by the fire pit and walk the woods on the property. PROMENADE the pine corridor, amble in the glen or walk the wooded path above the cottage where nut hatches rustle in the fallen leaves and the woodpecker types away in Morse-code.

REST on a stone bench in a contemplative spot of garden and shut off your phone to hear an old fashioned kind of twitter. Spin in the sky chair under a one hundred and fifty year old maple and feel like a kid again.

SOAK in your claw foot bath tub after a bike ride or day hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains, then curl up under a down duvet on soft linens and turn on the heated mattress on your side. Hardwood floors. Spotlessly clean. Large HD flat screen, cable and high speed internet. Wi Fi.

This place offers the best of both worlds - On FOUR ACRES in a safe eclectic neighborhood provides a remote country retreat minutes to a cultural excursion in the PARIS OF THE SOUTH - Asheville.

Visitors to REFOCUS COTTAGE include lady bugs, chattering squirrels and chip monks, wild turkeys, a blue heron, crow, wood-peckers, jays, finches and an occasional furry fox, possum or raccoon. And of course, you. Bring your camera.

Keywords: Sophisticated contemporary cottage, pastoral, country, loft-like, open studio floor plan, mountain view, meadow, wooded, scenic romantic get away, inspired location, unique design, clean, comfortable artist or writer's retreat, accessible, close to downtown Asheville, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Grove Park Inn with its GINGER BREAD HOUSE display this time of year, the Biltmore Estate with its CANDLE LIGHT TOUR this time of year, biking, hiking, fly-fishing, great dining, scenic views, craft, micro-breweries, wine, crafts, Appalachian trail, lake walk nearby, bird watching, holiday destination, hand-made crafts, THE BEST SHOPPING, concerts, theater, entertainment variety, arboretum, river walks, studio crawls, art galleries, craft fairs, festivals, dance venues, conference destination, spas, health clubs, vegan options, locally grown food in restaurants, wine bars, winery, fall color, SPRING COLOR, mountain WALKS or HIKES or BIKE RIDES, fully stocked kitchen for dining in, cathedral ceiling, light, airy generous windows, new appliances, soft cotton linens, heated bed, down duvet comforter, soaking tub, rain head shower. Verizon works best here in the mountains. There is Wi-Fi.

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Member since: 2011

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/02/2016

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 780 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    There is a chair bed and a room with a separate entrance providing privacy for an older child but the Bath is shared and the property is IDEAL for children with its meadow, creek, wooded area, HUGE fire pit, corn toss, horse shoes, badminton, sky chair......moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    decking and lofts make the additional loft bedroom an ideal private escape or office option....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

  • MAIN BR in open studio space w/privacy wall: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    QUEEN bed, SINGLE chair bed, QUEEN futon bed in LR area. ...moreless

  • LOFT : 1 sleep sofa /futon

    WIDE SINGLE sofa bed w/topper private w/outside access only....moreless

  • Queen size Beds (1) Beautiful new with head and foot board. All new linens., Twin or Single Beds (1) Single blow up mattress, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Comfortable chair converts to a single bed...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • 1 with a claw foot tub for soaking with a rain head AND a hand held. Guests love the tub/shower....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Relaxing retreat, stylish studio get-away, uncluttered comfort, chic country contemplative cottage, airy artistic loft-like, cathedral ceiling/windows and skylights, mountain view, park-like landscape, expansive meadow, woods, glen, creek-side hammocks, majestic trees, sky chair, fire pit, gas grill, bird-watching, tranquil escape, near DT Asheville, inspired romantic interior, open floor plan, hardwood floors, sunny south-facing deck, cocooned quiet canopied wooded back yard, minutes to the Appalachian Trail, Italian, Indian, Japanese, South American, French, vegan and continental cuisine. Off road parking, covered parking if required, central heat and air, period claw foot soaker tub with European shower halo, chef's kitchen, new brand name appliances - DW, W/D, gas stove, granite counter tops, blender, food processor, Keurig coffee maker, dishware, cookware, settings for four. Flat screen, entertainment center. Near hiking/biking trails, kayaking, fly-fishing, Bring your camera...moreless


  • Books:

    A few good choices in case you've forgotten yours. ...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    A board game or two, but outside... badminton, corn hole toss, horse shoes... ...moreless

  • Music Library:

    There is a Bose in the kitchen and a CD case filled with both familiar and unusual choices....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    premium HD cable with HBO and Showtime. 46' Flat screen TV. Blue Ray DVD/CD player...moreless

  • Stereo:

    We have a Bose radio/cd player in your kitchen. ...moreless

  • Television


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


  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    NOT downtown but only a few minutes drive from your country-feeling get-a-way...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Nestled in a valley, Rack Focus Cottage has mountain views from the deck....moreless

  • Rural:

    ONLY minutes to Asheville but WONDERFULLY landscaped with a meadow, creek and woods to FEEL LIKE A COUNTRY RESORT ESCAPE. Plenty of contemplative spots, hammocks and benches. Fire pit and pavilion. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Skiing
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining:

    In this open floor plan the dining table is a part of the environment doubling as a desk. It is solid and seats four....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    powerful and powerfully effective...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking:

    We have a carport if needed (additional cost)...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Brand new 600 thread count cotton, brand new duvet, down-filled pillows. Dual control heated mattress pad for cold nights. Custom throws of polar fleece...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Open floor plan with a living room area between the kitchen and bedroom. Easy living......moreless

  • Mobile Phone:

    Bring your phone. Verizon works best in this part of the mountains....moreless

  • Parking:

    guests are welcome to the carport or ample parking between cottage and house, near entranceway additional......moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    parking available right outside your cottage; several other options nearby on property...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Washer and dryer laundry unit....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:



  • Coffee Maker:

    KEURIG coffee maker (coffee provided),...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    EVERYTHING you will need will be in your kitchen....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    More than enough is provided...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Brand new Bosch full size....moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Large fully loaded brand new kitchen with brand new and brand name appliances, gas stove, oven etc. Granite counter tops, window, ice maker, DW, W/D, microwave....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Brand new Whirlpool....moreless

  • Oven:

    new oven...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Olive oil, sugar for coffee and a complete set of herbs are provided. Fresh herbs are outside also (basil, thyme, rosemary, lavender and marjoram...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Brand new Frigidaire, full-size with an ice-maker....moreless

  • Stove:

    new gas stove...moreless

  • Toaster:

    What can you say about a toaster? It toasts....moreless


  • Balcony:

    Very generous decking on three sides with lofts for resting in the shade or sunning. ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Large overlooking beautiful meadow below with some mountain views. Table and chairs for 4 on deck, lounges on second deck....moreless

  • Gazebo:

    covered pavilion in the meadow 12' x 13' near fire pit and creek...moreless

  • Golf:

    nearby golf opportunities include the Grove Park Inn (5 minute drive) or the Asheville Country Club (less)...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Spectacular options of wooded walks, glen, flat lawn for balls, bocci, bean toss, huge fire pit with benches, creek side walking, lounging, hammocks, tree sky chair......moreless

  • Outdoor Grill


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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 26 - Dec 22, 2016
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Nightly Rate
Dec 23 - Dec 23, 2016
2 night min stay
Dec 24 - Dec 24, 2016
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$1,250 $3,600
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • cleaning $79
  • Tax Rate 7%


If booking is two months or more in advance, two payments will be acceptable. If booking months in advance, 50% at time of booking and the remaining balance at check in will be acceptable. If booking for OVER TWO MONTHS or MULTIPLE MONTHS - discounted pricing is available. AND booking in the gaps (week days shown available on calendar) is negotiable. Just call: 828 230-9697

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21 Miles
Nearest Airport
Asheville Airport
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Marcos. Avenue M, Ambrosia
3.7 Miles
Nearest Golf
Grove Park Inn
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Marco's Pizza, Ambrozia, Avenue M
30 Miles
Nearest Ski
Wolf Ridge- Mars Hill,Cataloochee in Maggie Valley
43 Miles
Nearest Beach
Lake Lure

Car: Recommended

GREAT park like property with woods, meadow and creek and minutes to the best hiking in the country - the Appalachian Trail in the Smoky Blue Ridge Mountains. Just FOUR MILES to downtown Asheville and TWO MILES to the GROVE PARK INN. SHOPPING downtown or at the FOLK ART CENTER, the RIVER DISTRICT and BILTMORE VILLAGE is a delight because of our unique opportunities from Appalachian crafts and antiques to Urban custom-designed furniture and boutique clothing, local JEWELERS, CRAFTERS, POTTERS... CRAFT BREWERIES are sprinkled around to fuel your purchases. Nothing is far away. Minutes to THE BILTMORE ESTATE, UNCA campus walking trails and nature center, theater, library and medical facilities. BEAVERLAKE, a small beautiful lake in a bird sanctuary with a walking trail is less than 5 minutes away. A renowned arboretum is around a 20 minutes drive. Wildlife abounds year round on the grounds of RACK FOCUS COTTAGE with spectacular seasonal beauty in one of the ten finest micro-climates in the world. Horse shoes and corn hole toss right here on the grounds. A walk in the woods, meadow to run in, hammocks creek side to rest in, a sky chair to swing in... all RIGHT HERE AT HOME. Asheville is a destination for musicians, artists, writer's, campers, bikers, kayakers, zip-liners, fly- fishermen and spa soakers. There is GREAT DINING on farm-to-table locally grown and raised produce and meats. It is a VEGAN PARADISE. FESTIVALS all the time. We've hosted visitors from Alaska, Hawaii, New Zealand and most of the states in the US! Come and add yourselves to our guest list.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2011

About the owner: Since graduating from Carnegie Mellon - quite a few years ago as a painter, I have had many creative occupations including theater, film and teaching. A strong desire to share the property that my husband and I have sculpted together for 15 years has led to converting my free standing art studio to REFOCUS COTTAGE. We love to travel and recognize that this is our favorite destination. Home.

Why the Owner Chose Asheville, NC, USA:
Designed and built as an artist's studio, it has evolved to a guest house for our many visitors, seasonal guests or long term tenants.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
This is a calm, restorative, inspiring, unpretentious place. All who visit want to stay. Read in a hammock. Build a fire in the meadow or a dam in the creek. See stars you've forgotten from your skylights and many windows. Have a wine on the deck. Or a nap.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/02/2016

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  • VIEW just outside your cottage when the mist meets the morning fog.

    VIEW just outside your cottage when the mist meets the morning fog.



  • Look up. Step into your back yard for a star display you haven't seen in awhile.

    Look up. Step into your back yard for a star display you haven't seen in awhile.

  • BACK DECK - meadow view.  Feels like a resort without the excessive manicure.

    BACK DECK - meadow view. Feels like a resort without the excessive manicure.

  • Well lit, new and well appointed KITCHEN with all you need.

    Well lit, new and well appointed KITCHEN with all you need.

  • This is RACK FOCUS COTTAGE.  Stay a season. Need a reason?

    This is RACK FOCUS COTTAGE. Stay a season. Need a reason?

  • Cooking is easy and saves time for sight seeing.

    Cooking is easy and saves time for sight seeing.

  • Unique bath with tub for soaking in the meadow view.

    Unique bath with tub for soaking in the meadow view.

  • Sleep in - in comfort w/dual control heated bedding, fine linens. Luxurious.

    Sleep in - in comfort w/dual control heated bedding, fine linens. Luxurious.

  • Climb the decking to the 2nd bdrm. It has no bath but WHAT A VIEW!

    Climb the decking to the 2nd bdrm. It has no bath but WHAT A VIEW!



  • 2nd BR entrance from the deck only (not accessed from inside the cottage).

    2nd BR entrance from the deck only (not accessed from inside the cottage).

  • Lofted decking leads to second bedroom above.

    Lofted decking leads to second bedroom above.

  • Chic, uncluttered, clean interior with original artwork, skylights...

    Chic, uncluttered, clean interior with original artwork, skylights...

  • READING CORNER/Chair bed that is actually COMFORTABLE.  Linens in ottoman.

    READING CORNER/Chair bed that is actually COMFORTABLE. Linens in ottoman.

  • Dine in and gaze over the meadow. Or have coffee in the morning and set out!

    Dine in and gaze over the meadow. Or have coffee in the morning and set out!

  • Stairway to the Heaven... I mean Meadow access in Autumn.

    Stairway to the Heaven... I mean Meadow access in Autumn.

  • The pavilion for a gathering or quiet glass.  Fire pit near by.

    The pavilion for a gathering or quiet glass. Fire pit near by.

  • New kitchen. What would you like?

    New kitchen. What would you like?

  • Rain shower above.

    Rain shower above.

  • Picnic in your own back yard.

    Picnic in your own back yard.

  • Front entrance leading to deck and meadow view.

    Front entrance leading to deck and meadow view.

  • Queen size memory foam sofa bed ~ VERY COMFORTABLE.  Linens in closet.

    Queen size memory foam sofa bed ~ VERY COMFORTABLE. Linens in closet.

  • Open Studio Style Cottage, well-lit and breezy.

    Open Studio Style Cottage, well-lit and breezy.

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This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Sunday, December 04, 2016

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