Spacious Retreat ** Unique Property ** Perfect for 20+
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- Minimum stay:2-7 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
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 and corporate retreats. BIRDWOOD can easily handle 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.
Each private area (TERRACE LODGE, TERRACE BUNGALOW, FOUNDER'S HAVEN, and TREE HOUSE) 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 FOUNDER'S HAVEN has two bedrooms and a study/bedroom and is the second/porch level. The TERRACE LODGE has three bedrooms on the first floor/terrace 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. 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 is two bedrooms and a study/bedroom with a new Queen sofa Bed. 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 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.
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Member since: 2013
- 4500 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Events Allowed
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only:
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20, Beds for 16-20
Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms
- 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....moreless
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Botanical Garden
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Pier Fishing
- Rock Climbing
- Water Tubing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Dining Area
- Seating for 12 people
- Clothes Dryer:
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine:
- Coffee Maker:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Deck / Patio:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Memorial Day BIRDWOOD
May 26 - May 30, 2017
3 night min stay
Jun 3 - Jun 30, 2017
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
July 4th 2017
Jul 1 - Jul 8, 2017
7 night min stay
Jul 9 - Jul 31, 2017
7 night min stay
Aug 1 - Aug 31, 2017
2 night min stay
Sep 30 - Oct 31, 2017
2 night min stay
Nov 19 - Nov 26, 2017
4 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Fees and Rental Conditions:
- Property Damage Protection $59
- Housekeeping $200
- Tax Rate 7%
housekeeping - $200
linens and towel - $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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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.
Year Purchased: 1927
About the owner: 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.
Why the Owner Chose Black Mountain, NC, USA:
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.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Flexibility to host group 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.
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BIRDWOOD 100 years old, stately and historic with 3 stories and 10 bedrooms
Entrance to the TERRACE LODGE on the first/ground level
King size bed in Master bedroom of Terrace Lodge
TERRACE LODGE bedroom 3 has two twin beds
Living area of The TERRACE BUNGALOW opens to terrace thru double doors
Corner of the wrap around porch on the Founders Haven level- perfect for a book.
FOUNDER'S HAVEN - large dinning room on second level
FOUNDER'S HAVEN - updated bathroom has a tub/shower and stacked washer & dryer
Living room of the TREE HOUSE has flat screen cable TV and dining area
TREE HOUSE master opens to the screened in porch and has a queen bed
TREE HOUSE screened in porch opens to master and living area.
TERRACE Lodge & Bungalow open to the patio for cookouts and entertaining
Living room of the TERRACE LODGE on the ground floor
Terrace Lodge bedroom 2 has a Comfy 4-Poster Queen bed & one set of bunk beds
Entrance to the TERRACE BUNGALOW on the ground floor has one bedroom
Kitchen/dining for the TERRACE BUNGALOW one bedroom suite
FOUNDER'S HAVEN on the main floor with large wrap around porch & dining table
FOUNDER'S HAVEN- large kitchen is fully equipped to entertain groups
Most bedrooms in the HAVEN & TREE HOUSE have sinks, ceiling fans & porch access
TREE HOUSE- full size kitchen stocked with everything needed to cook
TREE HOUSE one of 3 bed rooms, Boarding house sink in room & ceiling fan
To get to BIRDWOOD you go thru the MONTREAT Gate which is always open
This listing was first published here in 2013.
Date last modified - Thursday, December 01, 2016
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