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Peaceful riverfront retreat near Asheville dining, nightlife and activities

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Riverfront cottage with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, den sleeps additional 2

This riverfront cottage on 2 plus acres opened in October 2014 and overlooks the Ivy River for exploring, fishing or just relaxing on one of three decks to enjoy the inspirational beauty. The cottage features continuous windows along the living room, dining room, window seat and den that bring nature and the river indoors. Beautifully and comfortably furnished, hardwood floors, cathedral ceilings in living room and both bedrooms, den that doubles as 3rd bedroom has shed ceiling and floor to ceiling windows on the river. Peaceful, rural setting ideal for couples and families who want spectacular scenery and river right out your door. Three decks lead you down to the river and a side yard has fire ring area, comfortable seating and steps that lead you down to the river. This cottage has been inspired by and is in loving harmony with the extraordinary beauty of its surroundings. We are located 20 minutes north of Asheville & 10 minutes north of Weaverville five minutes from Mars Hill with easy access off the highway.

We invite you to read our five star reviews and hope they will provide information that will help you make an informed decision. The reviews were written by guests that included families, couples and even a women's retreat. We are proud to have earned these reviews by lovingly preparing the cottage for each guest...with an eye for detail, cleanliness and aesthetics.

More Details

Diane Delafield
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2018

About Diane Delafield

We moved to the mountains of Madison County in Mars Hill 30 years ago and was drawn to this land and river in 1993. The cottage is on the land where we live, we call it One Heart. Inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds it, we added many unique features to this cottage such as window seat in the living room, pine paneled den with wall of windows on the river and cathedral ceilings in the bedrooms. Our intention was to create a space of comfort, beauty and solace. It's our hope that those who come here will experience the same rejuvenating effect that renews our heart and Spirit daily.

Why Diane Delafield chose Mars Hill

I have always wanted to live on a river and this part of the river is exceptionally beautiful with a rock gorge across the river. It is quiet, private and peaceful...yet only 20 minutes from all Asheville has to offer and 10 minutes from some wonderful restaurants in Mars Hill and 15 minutes from the charming town of Weaverville. We have hosted many family vacations here as well as women's retreats.

What makes this cottage unique

This land is quiet and peaceful and the sound of the river provides a scenic and harmonic background yet it is only 20 minutes from all Asheville has to offer. Great restaurants and shopping are only 10 minutes away in Mars Hill and 12 minutes from the charming town of Weaverville. Families with children will enjoy playing in the river, walking wooded paths and playing board games together on the window seat overlooking the river. Nearby is white water rafting, hiking and horse back riding. Biltmore Estate is 30 minutes away.


Mars Hill Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , First floor with window overlooking river, washer & dryer
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Master bath 2nd floor, separate tub, toilet and sink areas
  • Both bathrooms have luxury towels; first floor bathroom has window that looks onto the river, upstairs master bath has two octagonal windows--one looks over river to wooded gorge
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Attached bathroom, cathedral ceiling, large windows on river
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Vaulted ceiling, new firm mattress, luxury linens
    Den - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Brand new sleep sofa in den with wall of windows on river
  • Both bedrooms are on the second floor and have high ceilings, luxury linens with down comforters and pillows; master bedroom has attached bathroom with shower/tub, toilet room and separate room with sink, huge windows overlooking the river that lets river sounds in. Second bedroom has large windows and high ceiling with brand new firm mattress. Third bedroom is a den on the first floor (off the living area) with futon couch that makes into a double bed--wall of windows overlooks the river. Other pillows available that are not down.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Kayaking, river rafting, hiking and horse back riding nearby, Asheville dining and entertainment is 20 minutes away and Biltmore Estate and Blue Ridge Parkway are 30 minutes away.


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Peaceful riverfront retreat near Asheville dining, nightlife and activities
average rating of 4.9866667 based on 75 reviews

Relaxing retreat close to fishing, hiking and downtown Asheville

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at One Heart. Diane thought of every detail. She left crackers, cheese, chocolates and a nice note for us, and a water bowl, towels and dog treats for our two pups. The house truely felt like a retreat. It was far enough from the hustle and bustle but only 20 minutes from downtown Asheville. We enjoyed fishing in the creek behind the cottage and hiking the loop each morning. Its central location made it easy to access hiking, fishing and shopping in the surrounding towns as well. We are already planning out next stay at One Heart!

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this wonderful are our first guests this spring! I'm glad you enjoyed everything so much and that the cottage truly felt like a retreat...that's my intention. I love sharing One Heart with guests...the river, walking paths through the woods and surrounding activities that Asheville, Weaverville and the Blue ridge Mountains offer. I look forward to your return!
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Bradenton, FL

Peaceful getaway, yet convenient to Asheville

  • 5 of 5

I have stayed at many VRBO locations, but none can compare to the warmth and hospitality of this home. My husband and I selected One Heart for our 25th Wedding Anniversary and we were welcomed with a lovely gift basket and card. Diane has gone out of her way to make this retreat as comfortable and relaxing as possible. I was impressed by how detailed her instructions were and her availability to me during our stay. Often times you read descriptions of rentals and then come to find that their definition of luxury linens is different than yours - but not at One Heart. Diane has lovely taste and decorates with intention. I highly recommend this retreat and will be going back again myself in a few months with my children. The drive to Asheville was quite easy, but we found we had no desire to leave the cottage!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lexington, SC

Peaceful, relaxing family vacation

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here over the Christmas weekend for a little family getaway. We've never traveled for Christmas, so this was different for us. The cottage is a hidden gem with a river right outside. It was cozy and warm. Games were provided, the kitchen had all essentials. We stopped by the store for a few things such as breakfast food. There is a tv but it was rarely watched. Neighbors were friendly, there is a walking trail to explore. We took our dog and this was a nice trail to walk. The kids enjoyed the area as well. It was a really cold weekend but the cottage stayed plenty warm and we used the fireplace. We enjoyed exploring Asheville and a little hike off the parkway. Diane was a pleasure to deal with. No communication issues. We enjoyed our snacks as well that she left along with suggestions about the area. If you are looking for a nice peaceful time away this is the place.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy Cottage Conducive for Comtemplation

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent four days at "One Heart" ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. This home is a perfect getaway for city dwellers looking to spend some quiet time in a warm, comfortable place that makes you feel like it's yours. Every convenience was at hand, fully stocked kitchen, proper wine crystal, throw pillows, blankets, a quaint wood stove and a never-ending gentle rush of water audible at all times. Very soothing.

Diane made certain we had full instructions (directions and house-specific details) and even met us at the main road at night to make sure we got there. It's tucked away, so that was a big help. But, we managed to navigate in the following days with no problem.

Weaverville and Mars Hill are very close with stores and restaurants. Asheville just about 25 minutes south.

The photos are exactly what you will find when you get there, but they don't quite capture the feeling you get when you walk in the door. Great place.

Thank you, Diane and please enjoy the two ceramic hearts.

Jonathan and Liz Blecher.

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Who knew Heaven was so close?

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were at this amazing home last week and poor Diane had to almost kick us out because we never wanted to leave! Everything about this place is perfection -- the grounds, the long, winding gravel path that takes you there, the river that never stays silent, the heart stones everywhere, all the treats that Diane leaves for you and your happy dog, the linens, the window seat, but perhaps more than anything, the delightful and kind Diane. You better rent this place while you can because my husband and I might just book it for the rest of our lives!

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful and Private

  • 5 of 5

Very enjoyable stay. The house is not far off the highway, convenient to Asheville, but still has a good sense of privacy in a quiet, tree-surround. Evenings on the creek with bonfire are exquisite. Would definitely stay here again and can't wait!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Stackhouse Restaurant (pub)
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Wolf Laurel, Mars Hil
Nearest Motorway
2.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Mars Hill
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Wolf Laurel, Mars Hill
Car: necessary

This retreat is located 20 minutes from Asheville in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains with beautiful hikes, white water rafting, snow skiing, fishing, birding and the Blue Ridge Parkway just 30 minutes away. Downtown Asheville area restaurants are 20 minutes, Biltmore Estate is 30 minutes away.

Also, charming towns of Mars Hill and Weaverville have wonderful shops and restaurants and only 10 and 15 minutes away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75
Tax Rate 6.75%

Check in: 4:00 p.m.
Check out: 10:00 a.m.
A full refund will made if notified 60 days from reservation; a 50% refund will be made within 30 days of reservation and no refund after 30 days from reservation date. We do not permit smoking or burning candles. Plenty of battery operated candles are in the Cottage. The river is spectacular; if going in the river you must use river shoes due to slippery and sharp objects below the surface. Always use caution when going in the river, which is at your own risk.
The Ivy River Retreat is available monthly at a reduced rate from November through April. Please inquire for more details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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