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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Escape from the phones, emails, television, traffic. Come to the country!

The Nuthouse Cottage sits on a ridge with hardwoods to the south and a meadow to the east. Grazing cows, sheep or goats are within sight as are evergreens including a crop of Christmas trees for which Ashe County is well-known.

The cottage is a three story structure with a well-appointed and convenient kitchen including gas cooktop and oven and a dishwasher. The comfy living room has a wood-burning fireplace and it opens onto porches with rockers and tables, a gas grill, and gardens filled with perennial flowers in season.

On the second floor, there are two bedrooms with queen beds and a shared bath with a large walk-in tiled shower. The master bedroom features a gas-burning fireplace while the second bedroom has the spiral staircase up to the Crow’s Nest which has wide window seats for viewing the surrounding countryside. These are suitable for sleeping single and one sleeping bag is provided for this as well as blankets.

Amenities also include washer/dryer, DVD player and free WiFi. Firewood is available in season.

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Owner

Member since: 2013

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/07/2016

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1600 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Must be 24 to rent....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Children enjoy fishing, floating in the pond, bonfires and picnics in the shelter....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Small well-behaved pets can visit for a fee....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Master bedroom: 1 queen

    Linens are provided....moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    ...moreless

  • The colorful master bedroom has a queen bed, two comfortable chairs, a gas-log fireplace, a ceiling fan and seven windows. The second bedroom has a queen bed, a window seat and a spiral staircase to the Crow's Nest on the third floor....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    ...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet

    First floor, by the kitchen....moreless

  • The upstairs bath has a fully tiled walk-in shower, large vanity and screened toilet. Plenty of storage space. Bath linens are provided. Downstairs, half-bath near kitchen and porches....moreless

Other Amenities

  • When fishing on our pond, no license is required. You are also five minutes from Helton Creek a popular trout fishing location where NC fishing licenses are required. So catch some fish and cook them up! You can kayak, canoe or go tubing down the New River in summer. (Outfitters are available if needed.) You can hear first class bluegrass music, attend cultural festivals, visit arts and literary venues and shop antique stores in Jefferson and West Jefferson, NC. Since we are close to the Virginia state line, Mount Rogers National Recreation Area and Grayson Highlands State Park are both a short drive away. The Appalachian Trail is nearby for hiking and the Virginia Creeper Trail for biking starts at Whitetop, VA. Life is simple here, and unbelievably quiet. Enjoy birding, watching wildlife, and rocking on the porch or floating in the pond. Starlit nights are a specialty....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Television:

    Yes... but VERY limited channels (public TV)...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Something suitable for most ages....moreless

Theme

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

Attractions

  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    The Nuthouse Cottage sits on a hill with views of hardwoods and meadows. Cows, sheep and goats graze and wildlife abounds. Ashe County Christmas trees grow within view. Our pond is stocked....moreless

  • Rural:

    Come remember what it’s like to live close to the earth, where tree frogs serenade in summer while fireflies twinkle, where butterflies drift through the gardens and dragonflies hover around the pond. In autumn, experience the color changes of the hardwoods and reach for apples and pears as they ripen on the tree. Hike around in the crisp fallen leaves. In winter, suit up and sled down snowy slopes. Then build a crackling fire while the wind howls. By spring, you’ll want to warm in the sun while dandelions pop up. Why not sit on the pier by the pond and toss out a line with some fresh bait and tempt a bass or bluegill for your supper?...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Stocked pond with boathouse, pier, catwalk, picnic shelter, grill and bonfire ring....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Full size...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Wood burning fireplace in the living room and a gas-log fireplace in the master bedroom. Firewood is provided....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    Free WiFi...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Spacious with windows and a fireplace. Opens onto porches. Firewood provided....moreless

  • Parking:

    Private, beside the cottage. Space for 3 cars....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Full size...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Funnel type with filters provided....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    We intend to provide everything you would need for a dine-at-home stay....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped for those who love to cook....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Convection and conventional....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Popular paper and plastic products are provided....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Gas stove-top separate from oven....moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Indoor crow's nest with window seats for reading or computing in an elevated spot....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Rock patio with a chiminea surrounded by gardens. Wood for chiminea is provided....moreless

  • Golf:

    Two golf courses are within half an hour: Jefferson Landing in Jefferson, NC and Mountain Aire Golf Club in West Jefferson, NC...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    2 kayaks and one canoe available for use by renters....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Picnic shelter beside pond and boathouse with a pier on the pond. Picnic tables, hammock, charcoal grill and fire circle nearby....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    48 acres of farmland with meadows, hardwoods, walking trails, gardens: flowers, herbs, vegetables, trial vineyard with both red and white varieties of grapes, blueberries in July, apples in autumn. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas grill behind the cottage near a second porch with table and chairs and the patio....moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    About 1 hour drive to several NC ski resorts....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Life jackets. Some fishing gear....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Reflection Pond has kayaks, fishing pier and boathouse, catwalk over the far end near a picnic shelter with tables and chairs, charcoal grill and a larger fire-pit. Some fishing gear is available....moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter 2016-2017
Nov 28 - Apr 13, 2017
2 night min stay
$189
$1,253
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$195 $225
Fri, Sat
$1,225 $5,250
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Pet Fee $20 + tax
  • Tax Rate 10%

Notes:

Stay 2 weekday nights and get a third free. Contact owner for this rate special.


Owner's cancellation policy:

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


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133 Miles
Nearest Airport
Charlotte Douglas International Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Barpub
River House Inn and Restaurant
16 Miles
Nearest Golf
Jefferson Landing Golf Club
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
NC 16
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
River House Inn and Restaurant
49 Miles
Nearest Ski
Appalachian Ski Mountain, Blowing Rock, NC

Car: Necessary

Here in the highlands of Ashe County we have old-time mountain music, arts events, and unique hand crafts within an unspoiled rural environment near the New River and the Appalachian Trail.

Grayson Highlands State Park is just over the state line in Virginia as is Mt. Rogers National Recreation area while Jefferson State Park and the New River State Park are just south. These areas as well as Bluff Mountain Nature Preserve offer hiking, birding and observation of native wildflowers.

The Virginia Creeper Trailhead (Whitetop) is within half an hour. Biking is mostly downhill unless you are a champ and turn around and come back up.

Phipps Country Store is the place to be on Friday nights to hear bluegrass music. Sometimes you can't tell the pros from the amateurs!

On our property, there is a pond stocked with bream and bass, a funky boathouse and pier, a picnic shelter and a charcoal grill. There are grazing animals and we are also a registered wildlife preserve.

The Nuthouse Cottage is well-equipped for those who like to cook and there is a gas grill out back. A chiminea is available on the patio for outdoor fires and there are two porches with rockers and tables. There are indoor fireplaces as well.

For fine dining, weddings and events we recommend the River House Inn and Restaurant located just ten minutes away, on the New River. They have an excellent chef in a beautiful setting, home of the annual Wine Fest in July.

For shopping, arts and crafts, and more restaurants, the towns of East and West Jefferson are within half an hour. Be sure to see cheese made at the Ashe Cheese Factory. Arts events are frequent including monthly gallery crawls in season.

Nearby golf courses are Mountain Aire Golf Club and Jefferson Landing.

There is so much to discover when driving around the county. Save time for a 'Sunday drive' even if it's not Sunday.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2000

About the owner: We are Diana and Traylor Renfro, originally from Opelika, Alabama, where we grew up in the same church and schools. After college, we moved to Charlotte, NC, where I (Diana) worked as a Registered Dietitian and Traylor taught Economics at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). Traylor soon changed to a career in Human Resources and I turned to artistic endeavors, primarily writing. We both always loved gardening and growing vegetables, flowers, and landscape plants. Our two daughters, raised in Charlotte, learned to love good food and beautiful gardens. We found these 45 acres late in 1999, on a pilgrimage out of the city into the country to the highlands of Ashe County. It was love at first sight. Responding to an ad in the 'Second Hand News' on a drizzly November day, we walked the fence line trying to comprehend just how much land could be included in 45 acres. There was a large bowl of a meadow with a boggy bottom full of springs that drained into a winding branch. To one side, there were bare hardwoods with an under story of Rhododendrons and Mountain Laurel. A couple of hills were too steep and rocky to walk. Other areas were filled with brambles or “freeze-dried” wild-flowers. Spreading over a bluff in the sun, surrounded by barbed wire and locust fencing, was a wide flat hayfield, and, at the bottom, another flat field grew healthy green rye. The old farmhouse, unusable due to a fallen tree which exposed the interior to the elements, would have to come down, but there were two large barns and half a dozen other outbuildings. Everything needed attention. No one had lived on the property for fifteen years. We just knew from the beginning that it was meant to be ours. It was calling to us, showing us its great potential, and we couldn’t wait to get started. Now, in 2013, it’s the same place with amenities. And we believe as stewards of the land, it is meant to be shared. Come stay for a while.

Why the Owner Chose Grassy Creek, NC, USA:
Get away from it all! Escape from the phones and the emails, from television and traffic. Hide away in the country where you can hear music in the hills and watch the sky change colors. Come remember what it’s like to live close to the earth, where tree frogs serenade in summer while fireflies twinkle, where butterflies drift through the gardens and dragonflies hover around the pond. In autumn, experience the color changes of the hardwoods and reach for apples and pears as they ripen on the tree. Hike around in the crisp fallen leaves. In winter, suit up and sled down snowy slopes. Then build a crackling fire while the wind howls. By spring, you’ll want to warm in the sun while dandelions pop up. Why not sit on the pier by the pond and toss out a line with some fresh bait and tempt a bass or bluegill for your supper? You will find fresh foods grown organically right here on the farm or on nearby farms in Ashe County. Harvest fresh herbs, fruits and flowers in season. Ashe County North Carolina is a last frontier for exploring the Appalachian lifestyle. The arts venues and eco-tourism available within the natural rural setting create a rich life here. You will love it here.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Do you remember where food comes from? What it’s like to breathe deeply of fresh air? How the Milky Way brightens the sky on a moonless night? Need to change your point of view? Escape from the phones and the emails, from television and traffic. Hide away in the country where you can hear music in the hills and watch the sky change colors. Come remember what it’s like to live close to the earth, where tree frogs serenade in summer while fireflies twinkle, where butterflies drift through the gardens and dragonflies hover around the pond. In autumn, experience the color changes of the hardwoods and reach for apples and pears as they ripen on the tree. Hike around in the crisp fallen leaves. In winter, suit up and sled down snowy slopes. Then build a crackling fire while the wind howls. By spring, you’ll want to warm in the sun while dandelions pop up. Why not sit on the pier by the pond and toss out a line with some fresh bait and tempt a bass or bluegill for your supper? You will find fresh foods grown organically right here on the farm or on nearby farms in Ashe County. Harvest fresh herbs, fruits and flowers in season. River sports, hiking/biking trails, trout fishing, antiquing, bluegrass music events, and outstanding artisan creations are accessible nearby, but many who visit here prefer quiet time for reading, reflection and quiet activities like fishing and bonfires beneath the stars.


Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/07/2016

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Photos

  • Master bedroom (queen) surrounded by high country hills and meadows

    Master bedroom (queen) surrounded by high country hills and meadows

  • A mellow tranquility settles in after a winter snowstorm

    A mellow tranquility settles in after a winter snowstorm

  • Gas fireplace in master bedroom -- cozy up with your morning coffee / tea

    Gas fireplace in master bedroom -- cozy up with your morning coffee / tea

  • Fall color peaks in mid-October

    Fall color peaks in mid-October

  • Chiminea on the patio -- perfect for those cool mountain evenings

    Chiminea on the patio -- perfect for those cool mountain evenings

  • View from kitchen (spring)

    View from kitchen (spring)

  • Cooling off in Reflection Pond -- fed by underground springs

    Cooling off in Reflection Pond -- fed by underground springs

  • Fresh catch from Reflection Pond

    Fresh catch from Reflection Pond

  • Plug in your music and bask in the sun at Reflection Pod

    Plug in your music and bask in the sun at Reflection Pod

  • Experimental Vineyard, white grapes ripening up for harvest

    Experimental Vineyard, white grapes ripening up for harvest

  • When was the last time you took a walk in the woods--on your own private trails?

    When was the last time you took a walk in the woods--on your own private trails?

  • Summers offer cool nights and pleasant, not steamy, days

    Summers offer cool nights and pleasant, not steamy, days

  • The Nuthouse Cottage (side view)

    The Nuthouse Cottage (side view)

  • Fully equipped, gourmet kitchen... eat in, soak up the tranquility!

    Fully equipped, gourmet kitchen... eat in, soak up the tranquility!

  • Second bedroom (queen); spiral stairs to the Crow's Nest

    Second bedroom (queen); spiral stairs to the Crow's Nest

  • Crow's Nest with two window seats; 360-degree view of pastoral countryside

    Crow's Nest with two window seats; 360-degree view of pastoral countryside

  • Caught fish

    Caught fish

  • Nuthouse Cottage (left middle) from True North (highest elevation on property)

    Nuthouse Cottage (left middle) from True North (highest elevation on property)

  • Reflection Pond (view from True North) -- it's a long way back to the hustle!

    Reflection Pond (view from True North) -- it's a long way back to the hustle!

  • It's playtime at Reflection Pond -- make a picnic; spend the whole day

    It's playtime at Reflection Pond -- make a picnic; spend the whole day

  • Wind down your day at Reflection Pond

    Wind down your day at Reflection Pond

  • Harvesting Foch grapes, September

    Harvesting Foch grapes, September

  • Enjoy your unforgettable experience!

    Enjoy your unforgettable experience!

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Wednesday, December 07, 2016

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