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Stay a month or longer! 3BR,1.5 meadow, creek, firepit, near town, vistas.

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 Bdrm, 1 1/2 Bath Home On Large Lot. (also see VRBO 387785) Hammocks Under

REFOCUS FIVE (482027) is an elegant ranch style home, 1000 sq ft 3 BR, 1.5 bath home. Fully furnished to accommodate MONTHLY renters or LONGER STAYS, this home is well appointed, uncluttered, chic and spotlessly clean! WIFI. Well-equipped kitchen with granite tops, maple cabinets, stainless fridge or charcoal grill on the backyard deck make cooking at home a pleasant option. The large back yard's vegetation and trees make it feel quite private and country in character even though it is LESS THAN 5 MILES to town. The mature pair of Apple trees provide shade for a nap in a hammock and there is a sweet contemplative spot creek side. Walk across the street to the meadow and REFOCUS COTTAGE - VRBO 387785. See this site and consider as an option in the future. A two acre meadow, creek access, an aisle of pine trees to promenade, a natural wooded area, large fire pit, pavilion, glen.) Less than 5 miles to Asheville and fewer to the historic GROVE PARK INN with its grand stone architecture, piano bar lobby with giant fireplaces. There, you can count the mountain ranges while dining at sunset on a porch that overlooks the Donald Ross designed golf course. When the clouds meet the fog curling in the valleys between the ranges, you can actually see the Smokies smoke in the MAGESTIC BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS. Tour the famous BILTMORE ESTATE, the LARGEST privately owned mansion in the United States built by the VANDERBILTS. This is the best tour of its kind in the United States. Providing a Downton Abbey type experience, this French Chateaux is unrivaled by the big houses of Europe. In addition to its natural setting of rolling hills and Appalachian forest, its formal and informal gardens were designed by famed landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmstead and they display breathtaking vistas year round. Eating there is a treat at any one of their restaurants serving what they grow and breed on the estate grounds. Visit their winery and taste, taste, taste then take some home to friends for gifts. Speaking of gifts - Asheville's UNIQUE SHOPPING opportunities include local and regional crafts and jewelry, fabric and clothing. Our FOLK ART CENTER features Appalachian crafts, pottery, blown glass, designer clothing, artifacts, quilts and prints. They always have an interesting special exhibit upstairs of one-of-a-kind furniture sculpture. The RIVER ARTS DISTRICT studios where artists are at work while you browse also has wonderful choices for dining including WHITE DUCK TACO, TWELVE BONES (Obama's favorite) and the SMOKY PARK SUPPERCLUB. BILTMORE VILLAGE below the estate has shops that include the locally owned NEW MORNING GALLERY in which the smartest collections of furniture, jewelry, ceramics and outdoor sculpture are displayed with such grace it makes you want to stop at the minor BASILICA OF ST LAWRENCE just across the street. Drive up the road and tour the THOMAS WOLFE HOUSE in downtown Asheville before attending the theater at NC STAGE - always cutting edge.

From REFOCUS FIVE you can get to glorious vistas with ease. There is a back way short drive to the BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY from the rental where your choices are to stop immediately and hike its trails or continue a short distance to CRAGGY GARDENS where the rhododendron covered hills tell a story of these mountains that the visitor center there can help you understand. Continue past it to GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN the regions most ecologically diverse nature preserve and a great place to hike and picnic. Its MILE HIGH SWINGING BRIDGE is fun to cross and its photography opportunities and guided towers with naturalists can help you bring home memories to frame on your wall. MOUNT MITCHELL STATE PARK takes you and family or friends to 6,683' heights, the highest peak in the Eastern United States with a 360 degree panoramic view at its summit. This is the home of wonderful hiking or biking, camping or mountaineering and the river - the FRENCH BROAD offers tubing when the weather allows (much of the year) that is not only beautiful on both banks but has trips of 1 hour or more from which you can hop out for lunch or a beer!

Back DOWNTOWN, our sidewalk musicians are brilliant year round and the COMEDY BUS TOUR and the BREWS CRUISE are something to tweet home about. Tour the home BREWERIES in what is now BEER CAPITAL USA and then eat at a great assortment of restaurants. HIGHLAND BREWING and THE WEDGE are just two of the bar venues that we like. Where there is natural beauty and beer, there is MUSIC and we offer all varieties at unique venues from civic centers and historic churches to warehouses and bars. Look up THE ORANGE PEEL for instance or THE GREY EAGLE. See what is coming to the US CELLULAR CENTER (Asheville Civic Center) Come once. Come again.

Please don't forget to check out our other site VRBO 387785 REFOCUS COTTAGE, right across the street and creek from REFOCUS FIVE 482027. If you are in need of an EVENT VENUE - please think about booking our beautifully landscaped FOUR ACRES with a picturesque creek running through it, a promenade of pines, a glen with a pavilion, a large fire pit, horse shoes, Boccie Ball. The two rentals together make it perfect for a reunion, a birthday gathering, a small wedding, graduation, anniversary...

Did I mention FOOD? There are so many great restaurants in Asheville with unique dining experiences featuring cuisine of any kind you can think of that people diet before visiting! And if the 7 minutes to a downtown restaurant is too much trouble, there are some great places to eat on this end of town ~ tapas, fusion, vegetarian, vegan - even great vegan fast food! Asian - great sushi nearby and WONDERFUL pizza, cal-zones and antipastos at family restaurant and bar MARCOS. Or for pizza, salad and local brew WITH a movie (family fare during the day, popular mainstream titles at night) there is the BREW AND VIEW about three miles from the rental.

ALSO VERY LOCAL to the rental is BEAVERLAKE and BIRD SANCTUARY only a 3 mile drive. This small lake can be walked around in 45 minutes making it a popular guest exercise spot where the conversation is usually about where to lunch and what event to attend that evening. One of our personal favorite spots for making plans because it is so pleasant that we often give them up to simply enjoy ourselves is the BATTERY PARK BOOK EXCHANGE AND CHAMPAGNE bar in the GROVE ARCADE - our Art Deco . The exchange has wine and champagne by the glass and more importantly thousands of books to peruse in dozens of gathering spaces that feel like your favorite living, bistro or library nook defined by walls of books.

REFOCUS. Enjoy. From zip-lining to fine dining, Asheville is where I would vacation if I didn't live here. All carriers but verizon are spotty here but there is WIFI. Feel free to call or text 828 230-9697 Gayle

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Gayle Wurthner
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

About Gayle Wurthner

From Pittsburgh Pennsylvania I graduated with a Fine Art Degree from Carnegie Mellon University and worked in theater and film most of my life with forays and double-ups in teaching art and design. Our first property is my converted Art Studio. This one is across the street. Since they view each other, I decided to create a furnished vacation rental at #5 to provide a 3 BR, 1 1/2 bath option and here we are!

Gayle Wurthner purchased this house in 2001

Why Gayle Wurthner chose Asheville

The lovely couple who built this house rewarded our neighborliness with the right of first refusal and we didn't refuse. We love sharing it with those visiting our beloved adopted city.

What makes this house unique

This is a sweet spot with a country character. Skies filled with fireflies at night and birds by day AND YET you can be in the city in minutes. The brand new kitchen makes dining in a breeze and the hammock under the apple trees makes napping a breeze too! Cozy, comfortable, pet free, uncluttered and immaculate.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I LOVED living here!! I split my time between Rack Focus Five 482027 and the Cottage 387785, so my review is for both. Gayle and her husband Rob are the nicest people, and really went above and beyond to make sure my stay was memorable. As the other reviewers have mentioned, the property is beautiful. Both houses are clean, updated with modern amenities, wonderfully decorated, and just very comfortable. The view from the cottage is unbelievable and the high ceilings, open floor plan, and large windows really make staying here a treat. Rack Focus Five is better if you're travelling with more than 2 people as it has more space, separated bedrooms, and it's own backyard and BBQ. Either way, you can't go wrong and will certainly have a great time. Thanks again, Gayle, for such a great experience.
Aug 2013
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Asheville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • Small but complete full bath with a tub shower, new flooring and vanity. Very clean and nice.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 windows, desk.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , One window, small writing table, futon single.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1/2 bath in this master. 2 windows plus 1 in bath.
  • Master with half bath, Second BR - roomy with two window and a desk area, Third small BR/sitting room with a fouton bed/chair
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Close to everything with a Get-away From It All feeling; this is the best of both worlds. The property across from it features a big meadow, creek side benches, stone deck on creek, hammocks, fire pit and swing, horse shoes... You share access.


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Stay a month or longer! 3BR,1.5 meadow, creek, firepit, near town, vistas.
average rating of 4.861111 based on 40 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The perfect place for our girls weekend get away. Close enough to everything we needed, with the comfort and space for everyone.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy Fall Visitor

  • 5 of 5

The home was very cozy and very clean. It was 5 minutes from my sister’s home so it was very convenient. The Halloween candy and pumpkins were a nice touch, Thank you❤️😍❤️💗💜😍

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank YOU! Please come again and take a look at VRBO 387785, right across the street. It is perfect, particularly if fewer are coming. Keep my phone number on your phone for spontaneous visits. 828 230-9697
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Perfect home base for Asheville exploring!

  • 5 of 5

The home was clean, comfortable, and well-equipped for this family of five. It was the perfect home base for hiking in the Pisgah National Forest and an easy drive to downtown Asheville for dinner. The neighborhood is lovely and quiet but close to stores and restaurants on Merrimon Ave.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Overall, we enjoyed the house

  • 4 of 5

Overall, we very much enjoyed the house. The location was fine and close enough to sites that we wanted to visit. The street was quiet. House was clean and well stocked with necessary cooking equipment and other useful items. Our only two concerns were the fact that 1) the toilet runs so at night when it is quiet it is somewhat irritating 2) the blind in one of the bedrooms was see-through at night. We communicated both of these issues to the owner so I am assuming they will be resolved. We would stay there again--assuming these items were fixed.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in this rental. It's very close to town, very clean and new inside and has a great yard. The owner was friendly, accommodating and easy to work with. I would recommend this home if you want to be close to all that Asheville has to offer without being in the City.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cute spot, immaculately clean, low on hospitality

  • 3 of 5

We loved that this little house was absolutely spotless. It is very cute and well maintained and has an adorable back yard deck perfect for breakfast. It is "close" to town as long as you have a car. We felt there were several key things missing. First there was no electricity in the second bedroom. Gayle did bring some flash lanterns, (the second more useful one when she wanted us to turn off the light), but thievrate was not inexpensive per night (including taxes and fees). Pretty unacceptable. Secondly when my friend arrived from a long trip and checked in there wasn't even a bottle of water in the house. Come on! A bottle of water may cost 10 cents at the most in this day an age, it is not too much to ask. Similarly there was pod coffee but no creamer not even cremora! I mean this is just basic hospitality. Motel 6 has water and cremora. Then the bed issue: the mattress in the second bedroom does not fit well into the box spring so it wobbles and makes a creaky noise all night long, secondly the third bedroom has a very hard futon to sleep on which was very uncomfortable for my friend who ended up sleeping in the couch.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
21 Miles
AVL (Asheville)
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
3.7 Miles
Grove Park
Nearest Train
63 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Wolf Ridge
Nearest Beach
43 Miles
Lake Lure but in 2 mi is Beaverlake lovely walk

REFOCUS FIVE is near the BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY, the GROVE PARK INN, The BILTMORE ESTATE and downtown Asheville and not far from anywhere you might want to go, really. Hike the Blue Ridge Mountain trails or simply walk around Beaverlake and bird sanctuary - only 2 miles away. Find a bike trail or get on the river for tubing, kayaking or fly-fishing. Return in time to soak or get a massage at the GROVE PARK INN spa or at SHOJI JAPANESE spa. ZIP-LINING lets you span the ravines and feel the hollers in these mountains filled with deciduous trees that turn colors you can't find in your special giant edition of crayons. There is GREAT FOOD here and micro-breweries that have made us the BEER CAPITAL of the USA and the MUSIC of all genres from classical to blue grass with jazz, pop, reggae and fusion in between in a wonderful variety of venues. Sidewalk dining exposes the street vendor talent and our bus tours expose the hidden history, ART DECO ARCHITECTURE and eccentric style... We dare you to come to Asheville just once.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $89

No pets.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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