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Truly Breathless....Luxury Mountain Lodge, Long Range Mtn View with Hot Tub

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Last updated: 04/17/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-5 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

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 24’ ceilings. Gourmet kitchen, antique doors, skylights, and stained glass windows throughout. Gourmet kitchen with Viking 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.

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 are in this house and exactly perfect.

Our home made of all natural wood supported by mortise and tenon bracing, held in place by wooden pegs. The view is the primary decor. There are posts handmade the old way, with no metal brackets.
The view is the centerpiece. The house includes a 30’ ceiling and post-and-beam great room, 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.
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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Member since: 2013

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/17/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 3200 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Minimum age for renting is 25 with references and copy of driver's license...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Great Family gathering area...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    There is a modest pet cleaning fee of $85....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Master Bedroom: 1 king

    Master bedroom with large walk-in closet. ...moreless

  • Guest Bedroom #2: 1 queen


  • Guest Bedroom #1: 1 queen

    Bdrm has great view and walk out to hot tub w/ mtn view...moreless

  • Loft : 1 double

    Extra comfortable Futon ...moreless

  • Spacious Master Bedroom with HD TV and large walk-in closet. Large sunny private Keeping / reading area with a view right outside the bedroom door. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Master Bath: toilet, tub, shower

    Great Soaking tub with awesome view of the mountains! ...moreless

  • Guest Bath: toilet, shower

    Features a Steam Sauna...moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television:

    HD TV in every room including 55' Theater Samsung in the loft...moreless

  • Video Library


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


  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    One of a kind view from Cold Mountain facing west. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining:

    Handcraft Oak table with Federalist Chairs...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Fully air conditioned....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Great stacked rock fireplace and outdoor firepit on the ridge. ...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    Unlimited high speed internet. No need to miss the football game!...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Space for 4 -5 Cars...moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Provided, enough for 12...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Chef's Gourmet Kitchen that is fully stocked and provisioned for the expert Chef...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Built in Pantry with pull out Drawers...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Over the top high end Viking Refrigerator...moreless

  • Stove:

    Gas Jenn Aire Range...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio:

    Covered Deck with 2nd Outdoor Living space below...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Nearby x river and y river...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Nearby Magie Valley...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Hot tub sits on the edge of cliff overlooking the mountain valley. It feature it's own deck with teak deck lounges...moreless

  • Sauna:

    Guest Bath features a Wet Steam Sauna...moreless



Write a review 5
from 20 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 18 - May 24, 2017
2 night min stay
Early Summer
May 25 - Jun 28, 2017
3 night min stay
Mid Summer
Jun 29 - Jul 31, 2017
5 night min stay
Late Summer
Aug 1 - Aug 31, 2017
4 night min stay
Labor Day
Sep 1 - Sep 3, 2017
3 night min stay
Early Fall
Sep 4 - Oct 7, 2017
2 night min stay
Fall Foliage
Oct 8 - Oct 31, 2017
4 night min stay
Late Fall
Nov 1 - Nov 19, 2017
2 night min stay
Nov 20 - Nov 26, 2017
4 night min stay
Nov 27 - Dec 19, 2017
2 night min stay
Dec 20 - Dec 28, 2017
5 night min stay
New Years
Dec 29 - Jan 7, 2018
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $400
  • Pet Fee $85
  • Cleaning Fee $75 + tax
  • Tax Rate 11%


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.

Owner's cancellation policy:

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

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Last updated: 04/17/2017
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33 Miles
Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Nearest Ski
Maggie Valley Ski Area

Car: Necessary

Close to the world famous Biltmore Estate (26 miles); Harrah's Cherokee Casino (33 miles) and Lake Junaluska (12 miles)


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2003

About the owner: We're a blended family with lot's of kids and dogs that share a passion for the outdoors and the Blue Ridge Mountains!

Why the Owner Chose Canton, NC, USA:
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'!

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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.

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Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/17/2017

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  • Amazing view from 4,000!

    Amazing view from 4,000!

  • Long range mountains.

    Long range mountains.

  • Loft above the Main Family Area

    Loft above the Main Family Area

  • Gourmet Kitchen with a full size Viking Refrigerator

    Gourmet Kitchen with a full size Viking Refrigerator

  • Warm details, the detail and luxury you want. Guest bath has full Steam shower.

    Warm details, the detail and luxury you want. Guest bath has full Steam shower.

  • Private sitting room outside the Master Bedroom.

    Private sitting room outside the Master Bedroom.

  • Guest Room #1

    Guest Room #1

  • Manicured Backyard

    Manicured Backyard

  • Outdoor dining area with a view

    Outdoor dining area with a view

  • Dining area off the kitchen

    Dining area off the kitchen

  • Quiet reading area.

    Quiet reading area.

  • Beautiful wood burning fireplace.

    Beautiful wood burning fireplace.

  • Truly Breathless - A Unique Mountain Home

    Truly Breathless - A Unique Mountain Home

  • Spacious Living Area

    Spacious Living Area

  • Reading and TV Loft with a queen sized futon for extra sleeping

    Reading and TV Loft with a queen sized futon for extra sleeping

  • Amazing private view while soaking in the tub.

    Amazing private view while soaking in the tub.

  • One of the many Hiking Trails right out the back door

    One of the many Hiking Trails right out the back door

  • Log Master Bed

    Log Master Bed

  • Guest Room #2

    Guest Room #2

  • Expansive covered deck perfect for entertaining

    Expansive covered deck perfect for entertaining

  • Even on a rainy day, the view is still wonderful

    Even on a rainy day, the view is still wonderful

  • Perfect way to see a sun set!

    Perfect way to see a sun set!

  • Beautiful mountain sunset

    Beautiful mountain sunset

  • Swing with a view!

    Swing with a view!

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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