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Come experience absolute tranquility... without roughing It!

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

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.

More Details

Owner
Diana and Traylor Renfro
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2017

About Diana and Traylor Renfro

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.

Diana and Traylor Renfro purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Diana and Traylor Renfro chose Blue Ridge Mountains

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.

Amenities

Grassy Creek Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , First floor, by the kitchen.
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master bedroom - 1 queen , Linens are provided.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Crow's nest - 2 child bed , 2 window benches; not suitable for adults
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Notes:
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.

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5

Beautiful and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Perhaps the most enjoyable and memorable family vacation ever! We took full advantage of our time at this beautiful mountain property & lake with hiking, fishing, kayaking, swimming, grilling at the cabin, making dinner & smores over the fire pit by the lake, and relaxing on comfy furniture around the wood burning fireplace. Our dog had the time of her life and seemed reluctant to leave. The owners were very friendly and accessible. It is obvious they put a lot of themselves into every detail of this wonderful place. The cabin was very well stocked with kindling & firewood, good quality knives & cookware, plenty of paper goods, soaps, shampoos, etc. The accommodations and amenities were above and beyond and very comfortable. We hope to be back soon!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

This will be a top quality experience!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I look for long term rentals during the summer where we can write while getting to know the surrounding area. The Nuthouse experience will be hard to beat. We typically cook our own meals and search out locally sourced foods. The kitchen is extremely well appointed, and we found local fish, eggs, meats, vegetables, and fruits. The immediate area is peaceful with beautiful views. We saw deer and turkey wander by. My "office" was the porch of the cottage while my husband wrote from the kitchen table. During breaks we traveled the back roads and visited rivers, an alpaca farm, a trout farm, local artists' studios, and nearby towns and restaurants. When we didn't feel like driving we swam and floated in the pond on the property. Fireflies appeared promptly at 9:00 at night and it was cool enough in August to have a small fire. Everything in the cottage was top quality including the linens and towels. The owners, Traylor and Diana, want to make all renters' experiences the very best possible and are eager to fulfill every need. My husband has been around the world and he says there's no finer place.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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5

Wonderful Getaway!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary. The cabin was awesome. Everything was decorated nicely, was extremely clean, the bed super comfy, and the bath linens were very high quality. The shower is awesome too! The host, Traylor was very kind and friendly. There were beautiful flowers on the table and a bottle of "bubbly" in the frig. waiting for us when we arrived! We rode bikes on the Virginia Creeper Trail one day and enjoyed a day trip to West Jefferson another day. Reflection Pond on the property is very beautiful and a relaxing place to be. Coffee on the porch in the morning was a great way to start the days.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

We had another amazing stay at the Nuthouse Cottage. The combination of creature comforts and nature is perfect. The Renfro's are lovely and know just how to make you feel at home.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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5

Outstanding!!!

  • 5 of 5

The property description was completely accurate and in fact exceeded our expectations. If you are particular about your kitchen amenities and bring it all with you like we do, relax and do not bother; they really do have it all for you and we were impressed. We seriously needed to get away from it all and we got it here! They were attentive to our needs and we hold these folks in our highest regards. It is obvious that they put their entire heart and soul into this beautiful retreat and we hope that they wake up each day with a warm feeling of accomplishment and pride in this masterpiece. We will return as soon as we can and plan to stay longer next time. Our thanks to Diana, Traylor, and Paige.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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5

Amazing stay

  • 5 of 5

The Renfros have created a truly magical vacation spot. There isn't a detail overlooked in their rental home and truly the best home we have ever rented. For a secluded cottage, it has all the comforts of home and then some. We stayed here so we could visit Grayson Highlands State Park and Mt. Rogers. It's only a 30 minute drive from the cottage. We also drove into West Jefferson for lunch at the Rosebud Bakery & Diner. It's a small restaurant that serves just breakfast and lunch but it was super yummy. We enjoyed also walking around the Farmer's market and shops in town. The rest of our stay, we took long walks on the property with our dogs and just relaxed & read books. The kitchen is well stocked with everything you need to eat in, which we took full advantage of as well.

As a fellow artist, I especially loved all the art displayed in the cottage. I spent time just wandering around appreciating the artwork. It's a magical place to stay. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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133 Miles
Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
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Nearest Golf
16 Miles
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Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
NC 16
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
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Nearest Ski
49 Miles
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.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $20

We do our best to accommodate early check-in (noon) and late check-out (2 pm). Contact owner for availability.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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