About the property
- House3200 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 5 nights
Hike, Climb and Zipline thru The Mountains Of Western NC at Truly Breathless!
Truly Breathless offers an Extraordinary Setting! Hike and enjoy the peace in your own private paradise at 4,000’ on historic Cold Mountain! Breathtaking views from every room. Craftsman custom post and beam with dramatic 30' ceilings. Gourmet kitchen, antique doors, skylights, and stained glass windows throughout. Gourmet kitchen with Subzero and Jenn Aire appliances. Loft for the kids and TV, and a Master on the main. Huge covered decks with hot tub... Only 30 minutes from downtown Asheville.
4WD Vehicles are required because when you sit at the top of the world, there's always a hill to climb to get there! When you're approaching the house, please be prepared for a long and steep gravel driveway. Before starting up the driveway, shift into a low gear, then keep a steady pace of 10-15 mph throughout the scenic climb.
We found our piece of heaven at 4,000 feet elevation on 4 acres lying on the side of Cold Mountain, North Carolina. The breathtaking views of six, seven, and sometimes eight layers of the Great Smoky Mountains – all the way into Tennessee – are a sight to behold.
We have four seasons. Quiet and beauty beyond our wildest dreams. The sunsets are spectacular. We overlook the valley of the historic Pigeon River and we look down the mountain at the farms below. Watching the weather change is our pastime. Often the clouds temporarily settle below our house and the mountain peaks poking up through the clouds look like islands in a white sea. At night we see the lights of the community of Bethel in the valley surrounded by the gorgeous simplicity of the Nantahala National Forest.
Our temperatures are about ten degrees cooler than in the valley and twenty degrees cooler than Asheville (just thirty minutes away). The sounds of the howling wind are incredible…
There are more than fifteen original logging trails, which are now padded with grass. There are many springs on the steep mountain road ascending to our house.
As a frequent traveler to Asheville for mountain getaways, we always reviewed home listings carefully for the most perfect one to truly experience all that the beauty of North Carolina offered. When we came upon our home, we were so taken aback that we couldn't even walk in. It was the best of all the homes we had ever stayed in, the things we wanted in a mountain home experience are all here, it is exactly perfect.
Our timber frame home is made of all natural wood supported by mortise and tenon bracing, held in place by wooden pegs. The view is the main decor. The posts are handmade the old way, with no metal brackets.
The house includes sky lights, wooden floors, stucco walls, walk-in closets, a stone fireplace, a steam shower, an Italian glass block shower, and a hot tub that sits at the edge of the mountain overlooking the valley. The cowboy motif continues into the downstairs guest suite and tv room, which feature collectible posters from cowboy movies and rodeos. The breakfast bar was made by an artist with a tree as the support. The bathroom tub and shower have a drop dead views. Large french doors open onto our fabulous, partially-covered timber-framed deck, overlooking the pigeon river valley. Windows are floor-to-ceiling across the entire front of the house.
From outside we hear coyotes and see black bear, grouse, white tail deer, and wild turkeys. There are a huge variety of trees: spruce, pines, chestnut, blooms of rhododendron and mountain laurel.
The area is full of folklore and history. The movie Cold Mountain was about a Civil War soldier named Inman; one of his grandchildren was the original road builder up to our home...
Our reaction to the peace, serenity and beauty of home when we first saw it gave us its name ….Truly Breathless.
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- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- May 26, 2018
About Owner/Property Manager
We're a blended family with lot's of kids and dogs that share a passion for the outdoors and the Blue Ridge Mountains!
Owner/Property Manager purchased this House in 2003
Why Owner/Property Manager chose Pigeon
Our family has stayed at many mountain houses in the Asheville area and we all agreed on some specific criteria: 1- The view must be breath taking. 2- We needed to have luxury in a rustic environment. 3- We wanted to walk out of our home and go hiking. 4- We wanted a place with a 'special feeling'. You just don't know that until you experience it. 5- We wanted to be close to Asheville (We are 33 mins from door to downtown and have also discovered the gem of a town called Waynesville only 20 mins away). 6- We wanted a place with enough room for family and friends to gather and re-connect! We found it all at 'Truly Breathless'!
What makes this House unique
The previous owner built a 'one-of-a-kind' home on a beautiful mountain slope. The location is the perfect blend of mountain solitude and closeness to small town convenience.
Pool / Spa
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Wish we stayed longer
This was the best cabin rental my wife and I have ever done. It was like staying at a private spa. Amazing views, very secluded! Sundowner cocktails in the hot tub - two thumbs up. Yes, you absolutely need AWD/4WD to get up there, and its a drive to get anywhere from here, but it was worth it. My wife threatened every day to take home one of the miniature donkeys that you pass headed in or out from the road. There is just enough “yard” around the cabin for our hounds to enjoy and explore, and there was a small hike up the mountain (moderate skill level) for us to explore. We have rented cabins elsewhere, where the water is from a well and smells like sulfur. Not here, the water was fresh, pressure was great and hot was hot.
We plan to go back again.
Just like the pictures!
Definitely requires a four-wheel drive to get to the cabin, the views are spectacular.
Thanksgiving was truly breathless! This cabin is wonderful and probably the best mountain home we have ever stayed in.
We loved everything about the cabin, location, views and even the driveway!
We would love to visit again.
Neil, we we're delighted to host you and your family over Thanksgiving. We very happy you enjoy the home, the mountain and the surrounding area as much as we do. Please do come back soon!
Jeff and Monica.
Amazing part of the world with awesome views and anA+ house
Thanks for the kind words! So happy you enjoyed your stay with us. Come back Soon!
Jeff and Monica
This was the perfect house for our group of 5 adults to stay in comfortably. The view is worth every bit of the climb up the mountain. I want to reiterate the need for 4WD vehicles as mentioned in the house details. We had 2 trucks and had zero problems going up and down. The property is an easy 30ish minute commute to the sites in and around Asheville. The house is very well decorated, top of the line appliances and comfortable bedding and towels. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a relaxing, refreshing mountain get away.
2nd stay in as many months!
This home is beyond peaceful and the views are as advertised. We have found the owners very easy to deal with and responsive! The sunset views are incredible. The hiking is incredible. The view of the valley is incredible. I think it would be hard not to love this home, it's coziness and it's location! We made a mistake regarding the 4x4 on our first visit but the owners were very reasonable and it didn't impact our stay one bit. Our second trip was even better and it's only a matter of time before we stay for a 3rd time. Love this place!
Close to the world famous Biltmore Estate (26 miles); Harrah's Cherokee Casino (33 miles) and Lake Junaluska (12 miles)
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Discounts for bookings greater than 2 days will be applied at quote and range from 5-12%. Rates are subject to change and will be confirmed by our Asheville Management company. Please remember **4WD REQUIRED**