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Bedrooms 5
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Perfect for gathering space, mountain get away, family, events, retreats etc.

Rental Options:

$360/night–Unit 1: Downstairs, 2BD, 1BA, SLP 6 & Unit 2–Upstairs–3BD, 2BA, SLP 8

If you are wishing for peaceful escape to the oldest mountains, consider yourself invited to retreat in the privacy of High Tower. Located in Swannanoa, NC there is easy access to Asheville and Black Mountain. High Tower is tucked away in a cove, and perched up overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains with long distance views of the pristine forests of the Asheville watershed and the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is easy to enjoy it here all times of year, the summers are cool on this mountain slope and outdoor activities are plentiful.

Spacious and secure, this is a fun mountainside chalet. Your rental includes both units, each on separate stories with their own private entrances and kitchen/living rooms. It is well equipped with 5 car parking spaces, air-conditioning, and a hot tub. No smoking inside, please. Some pets are permitted with prior written approval.

The upper residence has three bedrooms, two baths, and sleeps 8. There is a queen size bed, a full bed, two twin beds and a fold out queen. The lower residence has two bedrooms, one bath, and sleeps 6. There is a full bed, two twin beds and a fold out queen. The spacious home is decorated and fully furnished. There are separate decks accessed from the living room and the bedrooms.

A lookout tower is reached via a ladder from the upper unit. Conveniently, the owners have a 10-acre forest farm that is located off a private drive minutes below the High Tower. Many grocery stores, shops, video rentals and restaurants are quickly accessible in Swannanoa, Black Mountain, and Asheville. Swannanoa is 5 miles from the chalet, and only 9 miles from the quaint town of Black Mountain. Asheville and Pisgah National Forest are within 10 miles.


Gas fireplace, wireless internet access, electric stove and oven, central heat and air, refrigerator with ice maker, radio, alarm clock, ceiling fans,TV, VCR, DVD player, games, telephone, full kitchen, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, toaster, linens, cookware, utensils, and soaps provided. A Jacuzzi is set in beautiful private wooded glen. Covered carport space for 3+ cars is available on site.

Activities and Attractions in Asheville

High Tower is easily accessible to numerous attractions including the Biltmore Estate, the town of Black Mountain, and, Montreat, and both Mission and VA Hospitals. Only 3 miles from Warren Wilson College and sharing Camp Rockmont's ridgeline (location of the LEAF Festival). The Blue Ridge Parkway's Folk Art Center is on the way into delightful historic downtown Asheville. Museums including those for art, history, crafts, automobiles, gems and minerals are in the area as well as the historic Thomas Wolfe Home, Smith McDowell House Museum, and Vance Birthplace. The more adventurous will easily find white water rafting, rock climbing, snow skiing, horse back riding, and hiking available. The natural beauty of the area is featured in the local Nature Center, Asheville Botanical Gardens and the Arboretum, as well as nearby Chimney Rock, Lake Lure, and Grandfather Mountain. Innumerable restaurants tempt the palate with a wide range of cuisines. The Asheville Civic Center and local theaters are venues for many types of shows, and sporting events. The area is well known as home to skilled folk arts, local agriculture, and exceptional breweries. The tailgate farmer's markets are plentiful and offer fine crafts and fresh local produce. There is plenty to see and do in the area besides simply take in its natural beauty.

More Details

Property Manager
Joe Holmes
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2018

About Joe Holmes

The Holmes' are from Columbia, SC. Son, Everest, manages the High Tower vacation rental in Swannanoa, NC. Our passion is to create a place where other people can come to retreat at an enjoyable mountain home of peaceful relaxation and plenty of fun!

Joe Holmes purchased this chalet in 2014

Why Joe Holmes chose Swannanoa

Joe and Debbie both graduated from college in Western NC, love the mountains in the Asheville area and vowed to come back to retire. It’s wonderful to share the delightful High Tower with you and your loved ones and friends. For we know it is perfect here at the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

What makes this chalet unique

Everest lives in Swannanoa, NC just minutes away from the High Tower where he is creating a forest farm of demonstration and discovery for the community and travelers alike to enjoy homesteading experience, the ecological abundance, and tranquil nature trails.


Swannanoa Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 bathroom is shared by bedroom 2&3. Bedroom 1 has private bathroom.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
    Living Room - 2 sleep sofa /futon , These are not a private sleeping quarters.
  • Bedroom 3 is the Master Suite with a private bathroom, walk in closet and sofa. Bedrooms 2&3 as well as 4&5 share a porch with views. The sofas are a pull-out in the living room.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews

Nice quiet place to rest your head

  • 5 of 5

The house had plenty of room for us, it was great sitting in the observation tower just taking in nature. The hot tub was a great way to end a day. Working with Joe was super easy, all of the information that is needed was included in the email. We enjoyed staying at this home. I did have my dog which I walked through the neighborhood, the neighbors that I did encounter were friendly. Would stay there again when i'm in the area with friends!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exactly as advertised

  • 5 of 5

Was perfect for my friends and I.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely in LOVE!

  • 5 of 5

This place, the owners and experience could not have been more enjoyable!! If you're looking for a weekend getaway or family vacation - this is the hidden gem for you! Absolutely stunning views, plenty to do nearby, yet nustled away on a mountain with a draw dropping skyline of the blue ridge mountains. I cannot wait to go back!!

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice place!

  • 5 of 5

This place is very nice. It's really two separate units in one house. There's plenty of room in both. The surroundings are beautiful especially in the Fall when the leaves are changing.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house for a large group!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I had a lovely stay at the High Tower house. We had 9 people in our group and the two units were extremely comfortable for us to stay in. We used the hot tub a few times and it sits outside the house surrounded by the beautiful woods in the region. We also used the kitchen in the upper unit extensively and it was extremely well stocked for cooking utensils. Ernest checked in on us the day we arrived to make sure that we knew how to operate everything and it was easy to get in touch with him. Asheville taxi services and uber were able to get us from the house to downtown Asheville easily. I would highly recommend this house to a large group looking to enjoy secluded woods and easy access to Asheville. My group and I would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely 3 bedroom house

  • 4 of 5

Lovely home, well equipped for our needs. Definitely need a car to access as it is in the hills and a drive down to town and back. Would stay again if in need of a 3 bedroom place. Love the layout of the rooms.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
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Nearest Airport
21.6 Miles
Asheville Regional Airport
Nearest Motorway
8.3 Miles
Nearest Beach
32.7 Miles
Lake Lure
Car: necessary

• Spring Festivals & Events: Street festivals, art tours, flower show and much more. Most are free to attend.

• Chocolate, beer, zip lines and much more.

• Restaurants: Delicious culinary scene with many farm-to-table, locally owned restaurants and world-class dining.

• Biltmore Blooms: Their festival of flowers (March 20-May 23) includes 75,000 tulips, amazing orchids, massive azalea gardens and more.

• Blue Ridge Parkway: Plan your adventures with our Top 50 things to do along one of America's most scenic drives.

• Beer: Cheers! to our Beer City with 20 craft breweries in western North Carolina. Walk to many of them in downtown Asheville.

• Top 50 Waterfalls: Discover our many waterfalls. Most are in state and federal parks with no admission fee.

• Top 50 Hikes: Take a hike to appreciate the natural mountain splendor with options for all fitness levels.

• Great Outdoors: The Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains have limitless options for nature lovers, incluiding Zipline Canopy Tours and Whitewater Rafting.

• Spring Packages & Specials: Find current vacation packages and great deals for hotels, cabins and B&Bs.

• Spa & Massage: Rest and rejunvenate with a wellness day for you and your sweetie.

• Madison County: Hike the Appalachian Trail, raft the French Broad River and soak in the Hot Springs.

• Art Galleries: Discover amazing creations in hundreds of art galleries, River Arts District, art festivals, shows and tours.

• Chimney Rock Park: Ride the elevator to the top or hike up the famous rock formation with scenic views overlooking Lake Lure.

• Romantic Spots: Create lifetime memories with your sweetie.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Pet Fee $30
Refundable Damage Deposit $100

Rates are subject to change until rental occurs. The price per night listed is the lowest rate. Higher rate applies to rental of larger unit. Bargain price if both units are rented together.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.