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Luxury Living and Panoramic Views Abound in This High Country Paradise!

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Middleground side view with Grandfather mountain to the left.


Last updated: 04/19/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-6 nights
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:4.5
  • Property type:Estate
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

4 Bedrooms, 4.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10, we cannot accommodate weddings or events!

This spectacular custom-built luxury home in the gated Laurel Ridge community has one of the best views in Watauga County: 50-mile-long 200' mountain views! Middleground, designed perfectly to convey the feeling of rising from the Earth, is a perfect combination of rustic mountain charm with a contemporary edge and state of the art modern convenience.

The house was custom built with major name-brand furnishings and fixtures throughout, including Hickory Chair furniture, Viking brand kitchen appliances, antique Oushak rugs, Bobo and Curry & Company lighting, Arte I'talia fixtures, and many more high-quality touches throughout.

Enter the main level through a solid Alder wood door. The first thing that greets you is the wall of windows overlooking the stunning westward-facing mountain views, spanning from Grandfather Mountain in the south, overlooking Valle Crucis westward, and north to Tennessee and Virginia. Sunsets from this vantage point are simply breathtaking. The living area is furnished with a set of OLY Studio leather furniture and a coffee table made of 17th Century reclaimed wood from France, set over an antique Oushka rug. This is arranged around a natural stone gas fireplace stretching to the ceiling, and a 42' HDTV hidden away in its own cabinet. Original art hangs throughout the main level, including the impressive piece from which the home derives its name. There is also a half bath on this level, featuring a sink custom designed by the owner cut out of natural slate stone with a copper spout and standing on a pedestal made from a locally felled tree.

The chefs in your group will love preparing delicious meals in the gourmet kitchen. Stainless steel professional-grade Viking appliances and every gadget you may need are sure to make every kitchen operation simple. Not only functional, the kitchen is also beautiful with its granite counters, onyx tiled backsplash, and slate floors. The whole group can gather around the dining table, designed by Woodlands, and there is room for three more at the counter in padded chairs. There's even room for the four-legged family members in the built in doggie dorm under the kitchen counter.

The sumptuous master suite occupies the entire southern wing of the main floor. Decorated with a Provincial French theme, it features a chandelier by Bobo, furniture by local North Carolina company Hickory Chair, including a King bed and a plush sitting area arranged around a gas log fireplace and stocked built-in library. Beyond the sitting area, French doors lead to the deck and the view. The dreamy spa-like master bath, private to the King suite, promotes tranquility and relaxation with a hint of romance from the Jacuzzi tub and the two-person glassed in shower. The two vanities in this bath are custom made of travertine and limestone, and feature vessel-style sinks made of petrified zebra wood. There is a TV mounted over the Jacuzzi, perfect for relaxing, and there is a spacious closet as well.

There is another master suite on this level at the north wing of the home. This room is lavishly decorated with a Moroccan bazaar theme, with a canopied Queen bed, rich purple walls, unique wall hangings, and a private bath with a hammered stainless steel sink and a shower.

Descend the stairs to the lower level of the home. With 9 foot ceilings throughout, this level feels nearly as spacious as the upper level. The second living area, affectionately referred to as the man cave, is perfect for family gatherings with its leather-and-deerhide furniture, wall of windows overlooking the views, gas fireplace, 61' LCD TV, kitchenette with a wet bar, and a supply of family games. French glass doors lead to the expansive lower level deck, as well.

There are two bedrooms on this level, one at each end of the house. One room has a Queen bed, and the other end of the home has a room with two full beds. Each bedroom has a full bath nearby, with a shower and unique vessel-style sink basins. Between the two bedrooms, beside the kitchenette, is a unique triangular wine cellar room with antique iron doors. Beyond the bedroom with the full beds is a small room, ideal for those seeking a space to get away and do some office work, with a daybed and a desk and doors to the lower level deck. Also on this level is a large two-car heated garage, accessed from a flight of stairs off the lower living area.

Step outside and enjoy the crisp mountain air. At an elevation of 3600 feet above sea level, and with the house built into the side of the mountain, the breeze here is always fresh and bracing. The decks are connected to each other by a full flight of stairs, and can be accessed from the ground by the garage as well. Enjoy a meal al fresco on the unique handmade furniture fashioned from the wood of the Gembol tree native to Southeast Asia. Grill up a feast on the gas grill, tied into the house supply, so you will never have to worry about running dry, and enjoy the spectacular nightly show as the sun sinks behind the distant mountains and paints the sky in vivid tones.

You may not ever want to leave this haven of peace, but if you do, you'll be pleased to learn that despite its prestigious mountaintop location, it is located just 10 minutes outside of Boone in the quiet gated community of Laurel Ridge, near the Willow Creek Golf Course. Blowing Rock and Banner Elk are both just 20 minutes away, and the home is central to all the area's ski and tubing resorts, as well as other great High Country attractions such as ziplining, rafting, hiking, and more. Fabulous shopping and five-star dining is just moments away as well.

Come experience the contemporary mountain appeal of the beautiful Middleground today!

Amenities: Air conditioning, pet friendly (to well trained dogs), gas grill, internet, WiFi, three gas fireplaces, westward 200 degree mountain view, gated community, whole house a/v system, paved parking, heated two car garage, 2 wrap around decks.

Maximum occupancy: 10
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Member since: 2013

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/19/2017

Property Type

  • Estate
  • 4800 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 10
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Children Welcome:

    Children are welcome, however due to the steep staircases both inside and out and the quality of the furnishings, we kindly ask that parents consider whether or not it is suitable for their little ones....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Well trained dogs are welcome. When unaccompanied by their owners, we kindly ask that pets stay in the heated garage area. (No chewers, please!)...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Main floor accessible, but not ADA code....moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

  • Downstairs Bedroom 2: 2 double

    TV, Closet and bath beside in hall area...moreless

  • Downstairs Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    TV, Large Closet. Bath beside in hall area....moreless

  • Smaller Master Suite-Main Floor: 1 queen

    TV, Private bath, Large Closet...moreless

  • Master Suite- Main Floor: 1 king

    TV, Library, Sitting Area, Access to deck, Large closet...moreless

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Smaller Master Suite Main Floor: toilet, shower

    Hammered Stainless Steel sink and large tiled shower...moreless

  • Master Suite Bath-Main Floor: toilet, shower, jetted tub

    Dble Vanities with Vessel Sinks, Makeup area, Large Shower...moreless

  • Foyer Bath- Main Floor: toilet

    custom sink made from local tree stump and slate slab...moreless

  • Lower level bath 1: toilet, shower

    vessel sink...moreless

  • Lower level bath 2: toilet, shower

    vessel sink...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Many great restaurants abound in this area! Conveniently located to Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk, our home is a 'foodie's paradise'. We have a book of menus to help you choose! We also have a library of brochures featuring the high country's most popular attractions, from skiing to shopping! Boone take out also delivers from area restaurants! Great for snowy days when you want to curl up by the fire!...moreless


  • Books:

    Books are located everywhere throughout the house. ...moreless

  • DVD Player:

    Blue ray on large TV in downstairs 'man cave'. DVD players on most of the other main TVs....moreless

  • Games:

    Chess, Checkers, Dominos, Scrabble and Clue...moreless

  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Basic Cable ...moreless

  • Stereo:

    The whole house is wired with speakers, including the deck areas. Please refer to the literature in the house regarding how to use the sound system. XM radio also included....moreless

  • Television:

    There are TVs in every bedroom as well as both great room area, man cave....moreless

  • Video Library:

    In great room cabinet....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    3 gas log fireplaces. Master Suite, Great Room and Man Cave!...moreless

  • Garage:

    Heated garage area...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:


  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Granite counter tops and onyx backsplash. Bar area seats three people. Island with a vegetable sink. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Viking Professional double ovens and warming drawer...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Basics- Flour, sugar, spices, coffee, oil and vinegar...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Viking Professional side by side fridge and freezer...moreless

  • Stove:

    Viking professional gas stove....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Kayak / Canoe:

    in the area there are places that provide this equipment and offer tours....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Culinary herb garden on deck when in season...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas grill tied into propane supply...moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Sugar Mountain, Beech Mountain, Appalachain Ski Mountain are all within a 10-20 minute drive away....moreless



Write a review 4.7
from 6 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early Spring
Mar 8 - Jun 14, 2017
3 night min stay
Sweet Summer
Jun 15 - Sep 5, 2017
6 night min stay
Back to School Special
Sep 6 - Sep 27, 2017
3 night min stay
Autumn Leaves
Sep 28 - Nov 7, 2017
3 night min stay
Special November
Nov 8 - Nov 22, 2017
3 night min stay
Give Thanks
Nov 23 - Nov 28, 2017
6 night min stay
tis the season
Dec 21 - Jan 3, 2018
6 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Reservation processing $88
  • Accidental Damage Ins $40
  • Tax Rate 12.75%


In the winter months, snow removal is included in the rates and the neighborhood is cleared as soon as possible. Due to the steep climb four wheel or all wheel drive vehicles are recommended in case of icy or snowy weather. Please note that VRBO does does not compute the pet fees correctly and so calculation of fees and taxes are not exact until discussed with contact person. Nightly Pet fee of 35$ per pet or weekly pet fee 175 per week. Add 15 per night and 75 per week for each additional pet.

Please contact Blue Ridge Mountain Rentals for information regarding taxes and fees and payment. Included in taxes above is a 6 percent lodging tax, 6.75 percent NC Sales tax. Other fees apply and rates are subject to change. Partial payment is due upon booking. All rates are subject to change without notice. All rates include towels, linens, cleaning and trash pick up. Signed contract required.

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Last updated: 04/19/2017
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Calendar last updated: 04/19/2017

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  • Middleground side view with Grandfather mountain to the left.

    Middleground side view with Grandfather mountain to the left.

  • Evening view of great room

    Evening view of great room

  • Master suite

    Master suite

  • Master Suite Jacuzzi

    Master Suite Jacuzzi

  • Half bath

    Half bath

  • Dining area (seats 8-10) comfortably

    Dining area (seats 8-10) comfortably

  • Dining area view from kitchen

    Dining area view from kitchen









  • Sunset from the deck!

    Sunset from the deck!

  • Great room view looking back to front door

    Great room view looking back to front door

  • Master suite sitting area with fireplace and doors leading out to deck

    Master suite sitting area with fireplace and doors leading out to deck

  • Master suite vanities and vessel sinks

    Master suite vanities and vessel sinks

  • Gourmet Kitchen

    Gourmet Kitchen

  • Open dining area showing views to kitchen and great room

    Open dining area showing views to kitchen and great room

  • Dining area view from great room

    Dining area view from great room







  • Downstairs reading room/office

    Downstairs reading room/office

  • Winter view from deck toward Tennessee

    Winter view from deck toward Tennessee

VRBO #508218

This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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