About the property
- Cottage1600 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay2 - 4 nights
Escape from the everyday routine. Come up to Ashe County--N.C.'s coolest corner
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.
Diana and Traylor Renfro
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 21, 2018
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. Today, 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 and discover North Carolina's "coolest corner."
Diana and Traylor Renfro purchased this Cottage in 2000
Why Diana and Traylor Renfro chose Grassy Creek
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.
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The most incredible place to stay. Sunrise walks to the top of an overlook, daily pond swimming for the dog, local hiking, Helton creek fishing. This place has it all. Plus great owners who go the extra mile!
Weather doesn't matter
I suppose that an abundance of snow might make getting to this cottage more of an adventure, I see enjoyment for all seasons at the Nuthouse. For our visit, we had 4 days of rain out of 6, but that just made the sun all the more lovely when it came out.
Note for allergy sufferers: This is a "pet friendly" place. While it was very clean, my wife did have some allergies flare up.
Perfect in every way!
One of our favorite vacations ever! The host, Traylor and family have created an vacation spot that does not disappoint. The pictures do not give the Nuthouse or the grounds justice. Care has been given with every detail, from the chefs kitchen, to the bed linens, to the bath towels, to the paper towels! No expenses have been spared.
Cabin is close to West Jefferson, which has amazing shops, Grayson Highland Ponies & Virginia Creeper Trail to name a few. However, you don’t even have to leave the property. The grounds, trails and reflection pond had us busy for hours.
Truly a fantastic vacation and one you will not regret booking. Fantastic in every sense.
We had such a fantastic time during our stay. We are already planning our next trip 😊
Wonderful Cottage - Perfect for any adventure
This is our 3rd or 4th trip to the Nut House. We always enjoy our stay at this beautiful well furnished cottage. It truly is a great escape from life stress. It is a beautiful drive to get to the cottage and then you never want to leave. This time we also had snow, way more than we expected to get based on the forecast- But it made the visit even more beautiful. The owners are available if you need them for any reason but truly they supply you with most everything you could need. I highly recommend this cottage and anticipate you will have the same wonderful adventure we do every time we visit.
We stayed at the Nuthouse at the end of November into the first few days of December. We have stayed in many cabins in the Ashe County area, but this one is by far our favorite. The home is very cozy and inviting. The location and view are breathtaking. My husband, who is the chef in our family was pleasantly pleased with the overstocked kitchen. We did not want for anything, as the owner's have anticipated every need. The cabin is located on a farm and we enjoyed walking the property and observing the deer, turkey's and other wildlife. It was so nice to enjoy the tranquility of surrounding area.
We hope to return next year!
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.
Rates & Availability
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We do our best to accommodate early check-in (noon) and late check-out (2 pm). Contact owner for availability.