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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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 8, 2017

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 4.9859157 based on 71 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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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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Beautiful River ~ Pretty Landscape

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful river, peaceful surroundings, comfy beds, perfect atmosphere for our Fall break vacation.

Diane (owner) couldn’t have been more gracious and helpful (my GPS dropped and directed us away from our route during the last few miles of getting there and Diane quickly got us back on track).

The kitchen is stocked with utensils and appliances for cooking, there are Ingles grocery stores in Mars Hill and Weaverville, and many other locations. Weaverville has a few wonderful coffee shops, restaurants and art studios. Asheville, a little further out has amazing food (I need to eat gluten free and found this to be no problem wherever I went). Asheville also has many sites, art galleries, museums, music and shops. You’ll find more tourists in Asheville.

We brought our bikes - there is plenty of outdoor activity to be found, if you want. We were content to enjoy the solitude this trip.

The property is pretty, the cottage warm and welcoming; wood stove, three outside deck levels, the gorgeous views, the sounds of the river and the sounds of Nature were a few of our favorite things.

We loved it here! We plan on returning. Would absolutely recommend this place to others.

~Lenore and Steve Corey

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing, welcoming, comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great long weekend at One Heart! Beautiful, peaceful setting with all the comforts of home. We definitely hope to return soon.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful River Cottage Vacation

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, plus our maltese, Kody, had the pleasure of staying at One Heart cottage on the Ivy River. What a fantastic experience! The cottage provided the perfect setting for relaxation, peace, and solitude while watching the blue heron, beaver, deer, and muskrats. We were able to sit on one of the three decks for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and listen to the bubbling river as the water moved over the rocks. This was also the perfect location to explore Ashville, Mars Hill, Weaverville, and the surrounding charming towns. If visiting Ashville, make sure to spend a day at Biltmore touring the house, gardens, and Antler Village. This is about 25 minutes from the One Heart Cottage. When you visit the charming town of Weaverville, just 10 minutes from the cottage, make sure to dine at the Glass Onion, the Creperie, and Well Bred Bakery! The quality of food is simply outstanding! There is a park in Weaverville that has trails and is wonderful! The little town of Mars Hill has the Mars Hill College campus which we strolled for exercise each morning. And make sure you try Stackhouse in Mars Hill. The home smoked brisket was some of the best we have ever had. After all the excursions head back to your peaceful river cottage to unwind and relax. The owner of the cottage has made sure you want for nothing and you'll have a wonderful memorable vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Property lovely as described. Warm welcome by Diane.

  • 4 of 5

Being seniors we found the steep steps a little challenging, also prefer harder beds. However, the location right on the Ivy River was superb and relaxing. The choice of 3 decks was a pleasant surprise.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. I enjoyed having you all as guests and loved hearing your music. Your feedback about liking harder mattresses was important to me and so I removed the feather bed (I like the coziness of feathers but it was topping a new firm mattress). That may be better for most people. Hope to see you again!
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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.