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Sleeps 1 to 20+; the BEST place to unwind, reminisce, explore, & make memories!

Bedrooms 7
Half Baths2
Space 5,200 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Spacious, 7 Bedrooms & Baths, Big Screen, Pool Table, Ping Pong; it has it all!

Just the perfect getaway! The cabin will accommodate honeymooners, weekenders, reunions, girl vacays,.. If you're in need of simply a room, we can cater to that! There's no need to rent the entire place so if you and your spouse or you and another couple want to come enjoy time away, let us know! :)

There are two houses that make up our abode. The Main House is a log cabin in which we have the kitchen, bath house, breakfast room, living room, screened-in porch, and 3 bedrooms; one full, one queen, and two sets of bunk beds. The Smokehouse is connected to the Main House and is the master suite.

The Guest House shares a deck and lots of common areas with the Main House, and it's comprised of two floors of residential; two queen rooms with twin beds and kitchens. Upstairs entails a queen bed and 4 twins.

Hugs decks with wonderful adirondack chairs, swings, hammocks, the spiral slide, the climbing wall, nearby hiking trails, bird watching, relaxing, grilling on the outside fireplace, floating in the South Toe, horseshoes, roaming around the property, cycling, and sitting by a cheery fire are some of past guest's favorite aspects of their stay!

If you like shooting pool, jogging on the treadmill, playing ping pong, watching movies on the big screen, etc, we have that too! There are a total 5 TVs on site, we have DirectTv, and provide very fast internet throughout the property.

If you have questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

More Details

Ginny Erwin
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2017

About Ginny Erwin

Hi, my grandparents bought and maintained this cabin for decades and my Dad, who's a builder, renovated it over a period of years and created the most wonderful place in which to relax and simply enjoy! Please come and 'take a load off' in this beautiful mountain cabin!

Ginny Erwin purchased this lodge in 1944

Why Ginny Erwin chose Blue Ridge Mountains

Family owned and managed. Sprawling yet cozy. Will accommodate huge groups. Situated in the gorgeous mountains of NC. "Away from it all", yet Asheville is an easy drive down 26, near the Blue Ridge Parkway, Mt. Mitchell: hiking and golf, close to Jonas Ridge Tubing, HVAC, Internet, DirectTV, Pool Table, Ping Pong, Treadmill, South Toe River, well stocked, Interesting atmosphere with an artistic combination of old and new, etc. Time slowly ticks up there; you'll unwind quickly, and have a wonderful time. Good sleep, hikes, fishing, fires, and food.

What makes this lodge unique

Incredibly well done with wonderful attention to detail, very well stocked and the home to many marvelous and happy vacations and reunions! You'll love it!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hey, Erwins! We had a blast, yet again! The house is perfect for big groups; we had youth invite their families up the last day and the final count was 74 for dinner! Incredible house and grounds. We were bundled up all weekend, drank 4 boxes of hot chocolate, and still slept anyway! I always sleep so well up here! It's a wonderful place to spend time in the Word and study. The kids loved all the "nooks and crannies" and enjoyed the bridge to the island where they played "hide and go seek" and explored. We hope to return twice next year! Thanks and God bless you!
Mar 2013
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Burnsville Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 22
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 40 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Master King - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Upstairs in Guest House - toilet , shower , Guest House Upstairs is a Queen with 2 twins & trundles.
    'Bath House' - toilet , combination tub/shower
    'Bath House' - toilet
    'Bath House' - toilet
    'Bath House' - shower
    'Bath House' - shower
    Master Queen - Plaid - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Master Queen - Chocolate - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The bathroom floors in the Guest House are heated for your chilly feet on those cool nights! We provide at least 1 roll of toilet paper in each of the 7 bathrooms. Towels and linens are included for your convenience.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 22
  • 'Sunshine' - 1 double
    'Independence Hall' - 2 bunk bed
    Bedroom in Main Cabin - 1 queen
    Upstairs in Guest House - 1 queen , 4 twin/ single
    'The Smoke House' - 1 king
    'Chocolate' - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , The water heater for The Guest House is in the closet.
    'Plaid' - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
  • See pictures.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
We know you'll love your time at Celo! :) Please don't hesitate to call and ask any questions you may have in order to help you in making your decision! We'd love to help however we can! Blessings to you all this 2016!!


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Sleeps 1 to 20+; the BEST place to unwind, reminisce, explore, & make memories!
average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews

One Amazing Place

  • 5 of 5

The property is huge and there are fun things to do for everyone.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Coolest place I've ever rented for a family gathering

  • 5 of 5

We had a group of 19 ranging in age from 3 months to 81. Everyone in our group had their favorite spots in the house. Poppy preferred snoozing on a chair near the outdoor fireplace, the little kids loved running around in the yard, the teens loved the game room, the adults loved all of the sitting areas. We really loved being on the South Toe River. 16 of us took tubes up to the campground on Hwy 80 and tubed all the way down the river to the house. It was so much fun that we did it again! We also enjoyed trails off of the Blue Ridge Parkway and some that were just past the Mt. Mitchell Golf Course on Hwy 80. Some days it was pretty hard to get motivated to go anywhere because we were having so much fun just hanging out together at this cool house!

The house has everything needed for large groups. All of the beds were comfortable. We were really impressed by the bath house section where there were separate shower rooms and separate toilet/sink rooms. What a great idea! Also, there is a large dining room with multiple was set up very well. I cannot say enough about how neat this house is set up. There are so many cute and comfortable "spots" to just hang out in.

Thank you Ginny for all of your suggestions on things to do and for making this process flow so smoothly. We appreciate the opportunity to stay in your beautiful home and look forward to a return visit!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4 generations in one place

  • 5 of 5

If you have been skeptical of all of the "glowing" reviews you have read about Celo - don't be! When I started looking for a place to host four generations of family, this place jumped out at me. A quiet location with lots of room and many activities - both on the property and nearby. With 20 people, and 20 personalities in close proximity - I was a bit apprehensive. IT WENT GREAT! Plenty to do for all and the layout of the property was great for getting together each evening or finding a quiet spot whenever. I have never seen a property rental this well stocked with, well - with everything. Nor have I dealt with an owner that was more responsive and helpful. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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You'll have to see it to believe it!!!

  • 5 of 5

I have never in my life experienced a vacation such as this (and I've traveled the world). From the planning of the trip with the amazing homeowner to the week stay, I can do nothing but rave about this cabin. I'll begin with the homeowner Ginny; I can't compliment her enough. She was beyond accommodating, kind, and very quick to respond. Each question I had (and I had plenty) was answered with such a warm and kind email making my planning of our first family reunion so much easier! She even provided me with options on how to save money, amazing right...?!!! She is Awesome!

Now to the home. Before we arrived to the home, of course as most people do, I wanted to read the reviews of the home to make sure it was a great vacation home for my family. Ginny and her family home has not had one single bad review and only 5 stars. I thought to my self this can't be possible and maybe she has a friend writing these reviews :-) lol. I was nervous during the whole 4 hour ride praying the home was just as pleasant as everyone was saying and oh my goodness was it! If I could give her 10 stars I would. I never expected the home to be as fully equip as it was with everything imaginable. From the kitchen supplies to all the fun indoor and outdoor activities. Each day we found more and more to do. Our family planned 3 in town excursions and only made it to one on the last day because we didn't want to leave the home. We enjoyed water balloon fights, horse shoes, baseball, football, game room activities, walks to the creek, much more, and still left not being able to do everything the home alone had to offer. The best part of it all was ending each and every night on the covered porch around the camp fire reminiscing about our family by the beautiful stoned fireplace (that we even lit and enjoyed on rainy nights).

This was my families first ever annual reunion and I was proud to say I planned it at Ginny's family home! Now my family has some very high standards to meet when planning future family reunions!

My review is just touching the surface of how amazing this place is and our stay was. You'll have to see it to believe it! In the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger, "I'll Be Back!!!"

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The perfect get-away for a family reunion!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 21 members loved this place! The house is charming and the setting gorgeous and serene. There was plenty of room for everyone! The kitchen and eating areas easily accommodated our needs. The game room was a huge hit with kids and adults alike. The yard is so spacious the kids were able to fly kites! Every evening would find us on the covered patio enjoying dinner by the light of a fire in the beautiful stone fireplace. Plenty of firewood is provided. That same patio was perfect for kid's crafts, games and activities even during the daily afternoon thunderstorms we experienced. The swings and hammocks provided the perfect spot for relaxing, meditating or taking a nap.

We loved that we didn't have to travel far to find hikes to waterfalls, tubing and other adventures. There is so much to do that we didn't even scratch the surface!

We were especially impressed by the quick response of the owners to our needs and questions. We were grateful for their kind hospitality.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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A truly wonderful property and experience. The Celo community is like none other.

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with family and friends for my birthday celebration. What a wonderful time we all had. The house is like none other. Such a special place. We enjoyed the outside fireplace and all the decks. My kids loved the slide and there was plenty of room for everyone. A big thank you for letting us enjoy your place. Can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Asheville, NC
Nearest Barpub
9 Miles
Downtown Burnesville
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Mt Mitchell Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Highway 80
Nearest Restaurant
9 Miles
Downtown Burnesville
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Sugar Mountain
Car: recommended

This cabin has been in our family since the '40s and about 15 years ago, my dad who is a very gifted builder made this special place his priority. He artistically combined old and new and created a large cabin, that maintains a cozy and warm environment. Come get lost in 'The Ritz on the South Toe' and you'll understand what I'm failing to adequately describe.

The grounds are most beautiful in peak season (September, October and early November), but it's a nice place to unwind year round as fire places are tucked in throughout and make awesome blazes whether for warmth or ambiance, find a hammock and spend an afternoon dozing, decks are many and hummers are too, outside sleeping opportunities make for an awesome experience on clear nights, grilling on an open fire, sitting around enjoying serene settings, good food with friends and family, a night of darts, board and card games, hide and go seek, a fabulous slide, a sand box, pool table, ping pong, a climbing wall, treadmill, theater room, 5 TVs, horseshoes, football, Frisbee, warm reading nooks, beautiful strolls, strenuous hikes, perching in the river, floating the river.. My favorite thing to do in summer months, is to put tubes in at the Carolina Hemlock Campground which is about 5 miles down Highway 80, and spend a few hours floating to our river dock! There isn't a better way to enjoy a warm afternoon!

This home stole my heart ages ago, and I promise it'll steal yours, too!

For the more adventurous who want to get off the property -

- Hike to and enjoy waterfalls at the end of White Oak, and tackle a trail or two at Mt. Mitchell; nearby National Parks

- Kayak, Tube, Canoe, and Swim

- Bike and run Hannah Branch and Seven Mile Ridge, numerous nearby trails, or the Blue Ridge Parkway

- Fish, & return to our outdoor fireplace to grill what you catch!

If you like to explore neighboring towns, head into nearby Burnsville or Spruce Pine for an afternoon or evening.

- Farm Tours, Farmer's Markets & Agritourism of all kinds

- U-Pick Fruit - including heritage apples native to the area; there are also apple trees on our property, that you're welcome to pick in-season

- Shopping & Antiquing

- Wineries & Craft Breweries

- Visit Artist Studios & Galleries - Shop for Fine Craft; go on a hunt for quilt art

- Studio Tours (pottery, glass, basketry, metal, fibers and more!) - close to the house on Highway 80 is a great little studio, and there's another in Micaville that I recommend.

- Take a class at Penland ( 1 week, 2 week and intensive courses available)

- Visit Yancey Theater - $6 a person for a current movie in an old-style theater

- Festivals or outdoor concerts make for a fun afternoon or evening activity.

Locally - Burnsville is a quaint town just 12 miles from the cabin, and it's there that you'll find a myriad of beautiful sites, yummy restaurants, mom and pop shops, and nice people!

- My favorite stop is Snap Dragon, which is an awesome restaurant that boasts great atmosphere; go see for yourself. I definitely recommend going there for dinner and a cocktail or two while in the area.

- Bubba's has a good bowl of chili and great environment! I've watched many a ballgame from my table there.

- Pig and Grits is a new fav that I've recently discovered! You can get a little bit of everything there! Good ole home cookin'!

- Rio is excellent Mexican in an authentic and clean environment!

- Starbucks is a common stop for my crew!

Also close by is Spruce Pine, which is 1 of the best-kept secrets in the area; it was voted "One of the Coolest Small Towns Around" by Romantic Asheville! Spruce Pine is a small town feel, super friendly with beautiful scenery and lots of locally owned, family run businesses.

Just 15 miles away from the cabin, the historic downtown area is a place to which to retreat for a nostalgic walk through time. Aside from the typical small town experience, you can go to the park, which has a pool, playground, and a put-in for canoes and tubing. It's a great spot for playing, picnics, and fishing.

Some favorite dining stops include The Knife and Fork, Spoon, which is a gastro pub, Mountain View, The Pizza Shoppe, The Fox and the Fig, Lower Street Tavern, The City Drive-in, Foxfire Restaurant and Bar, Bonnie & Clyde's, DT's Java, etc!

- Rock Hounding for gems (area is known for emeralds) and minerals

- Visit the National Mineral Museum

- Sightseeing - Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway!


Rates & Availability

Burnsville Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Aug 12 2017 - Nov 11 2017
2 night minimum stay
Winter 2017
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 22 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $275
Damage Deposit $200

We have Two Suites, "Plaid" and "Chocolate" that include kitchenettes. If you're traveling alone or with one other person and don't need the entire lodge, just renting one of these rooms is an option. You'll get to enjoy all the decks and "Personally Fireplace". The minimum stay is 2 nights and the rate is $140/night.

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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