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Spacious Retreat ** Unique property ** perfect for up to 20 guests

Bedrooms 10
Space 4,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

A 4500 sq/ft, 10 Bedroom home, on three levels with old school charm.

Located inside the gates of Montreat, BIRDWOOD is a unique 100 year old, 3 story, 4500 sq. ft. purposely vintage vacation home with a terrace and a wraparound porch on a double lot with a large circular drive. The layout of this historic home makes it perfect for a couples getaway, church groups, family reunions, weddings and corporate retreats. BIRDWOOD can easily handle up to 20 guests with 4 kitchens, 4 bathrooms, 10 bedrooms (15 beds), 3 sleeper sofas/futons, 4 day beds, 4 living/dining areas, a sitting room, a terrace, a large wrap around porch, and a screened in porch and lots of parking space. Absolutely perfect for togetherness AND privacy.

Four private areas, (TERRACE LODGE, TERRACE BUNGALOW, FOUNDER'S HAVEN, and TREE HOUSE) each has a separate entrance, one or more bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen, and laundry facilities.

The TERRACE BUNGALOW has one bedroom with a queen bed and is located on the first floor/terrace level.

The TERRACE LODGE has three bedrooms on the first floor/terrace level.

The FOUNDER'S HAVEN has two bedrooms and a study/bedroom and is the second/porch level

The TREE HOUSE also has three bedrooms and is located on the top/screened in porch level.

Please note that all floors are separate and there is no access between floors from inside except on the first level, which can be locked off if desired. All entrances are outside and in a covered space except for the TERRACE BUNGALOW entrance which is not covered and is directly off the ground floor terrace.

BIRDWOOD was built as a boarding house in 1916, so many bedrooms have a sink and mirror in them and direct access to porches or the terrace. In the FOUNDER'S HAVEN and TREE HOUSE you will see original hardwood floors, large windows, ceiling fans and antique doors & hardware. There is a definite vintage feel with many pieces of original antique furniture and numerous family heirlooms throughout the home.

Floor plan BIRDWOOD:

First/Terrace Level- two private sections which connect through a full size laundry room.

TERRACE LODGE - three bedrooms, full kitchen, living/dining area, bathroom with tub/shower, full size washer & dryer. Enjoy access to the terrace for outdoor grilling, dining, and entertaining. Sleeps 8 in beds.

Master bedroom- New KING sized bed

Bedroom 2 - one QUEEN 4-poster bed and a set of bunk beds

Bedroom 3 - two single beds

TERRACE BUNGALOW - intimate one bedroom suite, small kitchen, living/dining area, bathroom with shower, direct access to terrace which is perfect for eating, entertaining and enjoying the fresh mountain air, connects to a full size laundry room. Sleeps 2 adults and possibly 2 children on the day beds in the living area.

Master bedroom - Queen sized bed

FOUNDER'S HAVEN - on the middle level there are two bedrooms and a study/bedroom with a new Queen sleeper sofa. Boasts a large kitchen, updated bathroom with tub/shower, stacked washer/dryer, lovely living/dining room, bedroom/study with a sleeper sofa and a flat screen cable television. Huge wrap around porch has lots of rockers, tables & chairs, and a bench swing. Many parties, family gatherings and receptions have been held here. The porch and terrace combined can handle 50 guests graciously. Sleeps 4 in beds plus 2-4 on sleeper sofas.

Master bedroom- Queen sized bed, sink and vanity, direct access to porch

Bedroom 2- two single beds, sink & mirror, direct access to porch. This bedroom will make into a King size bed if desired.

Study/bedroom 3- queen sleeper sofa

TREE HOUSE- is a relaxing three bedroom area which is the third/screened in porch level. It has a sizable kitchen, updated bathroom with tub/shower, stacked washer/dryer, and a comfortable living/dining area with flat screen cable television. The screened in porch has a small day bed & table and chairs to enjoy the view of the treetops and listen to mountain streams nearby. Sleeps 7 in beds if the day bed on sleeping porch is used.

Master bedroom- Queen bed

Bedroom 2- two single beds, sink & mirror; may be changed into a King, if desired.

Bedroom 3- two single beds; may be changed into a King size bed, if desired

We look forward to making it perfect for you.

The location of BIRDWOOD provides easy access to the center of Montreat and Lake Susan, less than a mile away. The location also makes it perfect for enjoying nature, hiking and biking. BIRDWOOD is a short car ride to the center of Black Mountain with its quaint shops, excellent restaurants, and a large public golf course. While staying in Montreat you are able to join in local activities through the Montreat Clubs and Conference programs. However, our family has found the best places to be are rocking on the FOUNDER'S HAVEN porch with a book or napping on the swing, or up in the TREE HOUSE on the screened in porch with glass of wine or taking leisurely nap on the daybed, or playing with the children (large and small) on the terrace outside the TERRACE LODGE and TERRACE BUNGALOW.

We have tried our best with pictures and descriptions, but if you have any questions or concerns one of our family members will be happy to provide more details.

We have numerous families, church groups and fall foliage observers that return year after year. Come turn back the hands of time and relax and recharge in our charming "big chill" house.

More Details

Lauren Nichols
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
June 28, 2017

About Lauren Nichols

Birdwood has been in our family since 1927 when my great great grandfather and grandmother purchased Birdwood. The current owners are descendants of the original owners and live in Houston & Atlanta. I grew up at Birdwood, because my parents wanted a retreat from the heat of Texas; I also went to college in Winston Salem because I loved North Carolina. BIRDWOOD is our home too, every summer we gather, cousins, sisters, uncles, aunts, grandparents, children, friends, and share our love for each other and Birdwood. We want to share it with you & your family.

The original owners were the Carrs from Bainbridge, GA and was used as a private summer home. The house was given to the three daughters Alice, Grace, and Anne in 1943. Current owners are descendants of Grace. One of which is a Clark Sister from New Orleans, who visited Birdwood during the summers, as an escape from the heat of New Orleans. We enjoyed it so much that we wanted to be as close as possible; Mary moved to Montreat in 1991 with her husband, Bill; Kitty settled in Atlanta in order to be a few hours from Montreat. One of our great joys is to sit on the porch with family and friends. As children we heard the story of Birdwood, while sitting on the porch.

The story goes: our mother, her sisters and brother and parents(our grand parents) loved Montreat and had stayed in various 'elegant Boarding houses', so they purchased their own home, Birdwood, in 1927, where they had once stayed. The Carr family had all their meals in the one large dining room, which continued until 1955. The Carr sisters had all married and they desired their own separate spaces, so Birdwood was lovingly and carefully remodeled into three separate areas. Today guests may enjoy all of these areas.

Lauren Nichols purchased this house in 1927

Why Lauren Nichols chose Blue Ridge Mountains

Birdwood has simple yet comfortable furnishings, so that guests feel right at home. Stealing away for a nap on the front porch swing is the best. There are many rocking chairs on the porch and terrace, so one may lounge, read a book or visit with friends. The scenery and healthy climate are also draws for this area. We have pleasant summers, usually 10 degrees cooler than Asheville. During Spring there are flowering dogwoods, fruit trees and rhododendron; Fall is ablaze with colors as the leaves change; and winter is cold and crisp, yet still invigorating for much outdoor activity. Some folks seek out Montreat in order to live comfortably and attend a conference at Ridgecrest (4 miles away) or at Montreat, the PCUSA Assembly grounds (3/4 mile), Montreat College, and the incorporated town of Montreat. There are about 500 homes, cottages and cabins, within the gate, both year round and summer homes open to all. Birdwood appeals to many: families, conferees, reunions and to participants of a wedding party. Of note, our parents married at the chapel in Montreat and had their wedding reception at Birdwood in 1929. This began the tradition of Birdwood receiving many guests, who enjoy the home for different occasions.

What makes this house unique

Flexibility to host groups of 20 guests. Great for entertaining outside on the terrace & wrap around porch. Big driveway and lots of parking.

The location, 2 miles from Black Mountain and only 15 miles from Asheville is a big benefit and provides many opportunities. Montreat was established at the turn of the century as a Presbyterian Conference Center, which it still in operation today. Yet many residents and visitors are not directly related to the conference center and enjoy all the amenities of the community. In addition to Montreat activities, there are many opportunities for recreation and fun in the surrounding area: Tennis, fishing, swimming, hiking and crafts are available in Montreat; in the surrounding area sightseeing, outlet shopping, rafting (French Broad River and the Nanahala River), golfing(2 miles, the Black Mountain Golf Course) and the Blue Ridge Parkway (entrance on Highway 70, East of Asheville) are all available. Don't miss the famous Biltmore House, the George Vanderbilt's mansion, English gardens and Winery are just one half hour away. Of course there's always just relaxing on the porch or patio.


Montreat House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Terrace Lodge bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Terrace Bungalow bathroom - toilet , shower
    Founder's Haven bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , stacked washer/dryer
    Treehouse Hideaway bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , stacked washer/dryer
  • Each level of the house has it's own individual bathroom with a tiled bath and shower. Upper floors have stacked washer & dryers in the bathroom.
  • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Terrace Lodge Master (first level) - 1 king
    Terrace Lodge bedroom 2 (first level) - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , one bunk bed/two twins stacked, sleeps 4
    Terrace Lodge bedroom 3 (first level) - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , day bed in room in addition to the 2 twins, could sleep 3
    Founder's Haven bedroom 2(second level) - 2 twin/ single , sink in room, also opens to porch
    Founder's Haven Master (second level) - 1 queen , sink and vanity, also opens to porch
    Founder's Haven bedroom/study (second level) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , fold out sofa, cable TV in this room, sleeps 2
    Terrace Bungalow Master (first level) - 1 queen , two day beds outside bedroom, also serve as seating
    Tree House Master (third level) - 1 queen , sink in room, opens to screened in porch w/ day bed/seating
    Tree House bedroom 3 (third level) - 2 twin/ single
    Tree House bedroom 2 (third level) - 2 twin/ single , sink in room
  • Each bedroom is fully appointed: chest of drawers, pillows, blankets, bed pads, and bed spreads.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
There are many activities near by or in a short car ride, including crafts and gift shops in Black Mountain, many churches, with national preachers each week at Montreat Anderson Auditorium during the Conference Season (June 1-August 9). Don't miss the beauty of a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, with an entrance off Highway 70 towards Asheville; Asheville offers many attractions, including multiple creative arts, museums, and music, local and mountain venues, as well as performances at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium and Diana Wortham Theatre.


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Spacious Retreat ** Unique property ** perfect for up to 20 guests
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Super Clean Great Neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

Very cool old home with 3 separate units in one home. The wrap around porch is to die for with tons of seating. We had 20 and had plenty of space in the home. Thanks for a great stay!

  • Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Bird wood Montreat, NC

  • 5 of 5

We spent 4 days & nights at Birdwood. There were 19 of us, with 3 generations from Raleigh, Cinncinati, Jaxinville &

Orlando. We all had a fabulous time. The place was everything we needed & more. We all said we would be happy to go there again. We highly recommend Birdwood to any family who want to be together, but have our oun quarters.

Thanks to the owners.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bradenton FL

Amazing property

  • 5 of 5

Staff was awesome to work with. The home was perfect for 19 people. Privacy when needed,and lots of spots for being together,too.couldn't have been more perfect.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Could not have asked for a better place!

  • 5 of 5

We just got home from an amazing weekend at Birdwood. This location is beautiful! So close to downtown Black Mountain, the Assembly Inn, and not too far from Asheville! We were able to put all of the kids in the "tree house" and had a great time downstairs after they were in bed. This is the perfect place for a family reunion- I hope we are able to book it again soon!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Great house to entertain large group in Black Mountain!

  • 5 of 5

We had a large group of old college friends get together for a long weekend and could not have picked a better house. There was plenty of space for everybody to feel comfortable, and the porch and patio area got plenty of use. The house is a cheap uber drive from downtown Asheville which was very convenient for us! There is no air conditioning, but there were plenty of fans provided, and for the most part, the house stayed cool. (especially the third floor) I can only imagine the fall is beautiful at the house with all of the windows open! The house was stocked with everything we needed for our short stay. I would definitely choose this property again for future get togethers!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful spot for a family reunion!

  • 5 of 5

We just left Birdwood this morning after an amazing 3 day family reunion. All 22 of us were comfortable and relaxed the entire time. Our ages ranged from 76 to 1, and Birdwood suited us all. The wrap around front porch and the terrace were favorite gathering spots. The 4 "apartments" under one roof allowed for plenty of privacy, but also plenty of opportunity for togetherness. The owners were very responsive and accommodating. Highly recommend Birdwood and Montreat!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Black Mountain
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Black Mountain
Nearest Train
70 Miles
Greenville, SC
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
interstate 40
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Black Mountain
Nearest Ski
70 Miles
Boone and Sugar Mountain
Nearest Beach
420 Miles
South Carolina Coast

The Asheville area is know for it's natural beauty; in order to see the broad panorama, one must take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, designed for a leisurely drive and viewing the most magnificent mountain vistas; stop at Craggy Gardens for a picnic, watch for the 159 species of birds and the 100 varieties of trees and 1000s of plants.

One of my favorite Asheville activities is a two day visit to the famous Biltmore House and gardens. Wear comfortable walking shoes, spend the days viewing the Mansion, the gardens, the Antler Hill Village; also enjoy free wine tasting and guided tour of the Winery; you may bike, hike and can bring the kids for free.

One of my favorite Montreat activities is a hike up to Lookout Mountain, which takes only 1 hour and a half round trip. The view of Montreat, Lake Susan and surrounding mountains is well worth the climb. During the summer months check in at the Nature Center on Lookout Road for hiking maps or to sign up for a guided hike.


Rates & Availability

Montreat House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
June 2017
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
July 4th 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
July 2017
Jul 9 2017 - Jul 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Aug 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Sep 30 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 19 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping $200
Linens-sheets & towels $200
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 7.0%

housekeeping - $200
linens and towels - $200
Events, such as a reception or large dinners are welcomed. Additional charges may apply.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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