The Griffin house is located in “The Croft” a 140 acre mountain community in Mitchell County, North Carolina. The property is situated between charming Bakersville and scenic Roan Mountain. A vacation in the Griffin house offers spectacular views, great hiking, tranquility and comfort. The house was built in 2010 and has all the comforts of home in a country retreat. Amenities in this 3000 square foot home include: wifi, cable, flat screen TVs, DVD player, VCR, microwave, two ovens, washer and dryer.
The main floor has a spacious kitchen and large dining and living room with a gas log fireplace. The living room and dining room open onto a wide wrap-around porch. Also on the main floor are a half bathroom, the laundry room and the master bedroom (queen bed) with ensuite bathroom (double sinks, separate shower stall, tub, private toilet).
Upstairs are two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. One bedroom has a queen bed and the other has two twin beds. There is a sitting room with a balcony between the bedrooms. The sitting room sofa converts to a comfortable double bed.
The finished basement has a large room with two double futon beds and a full bathroom. There is also a ping pong table, a corn hole game and board games.
A highlight of the home is the covered wrap-around porch. Rocking chairs, a porch swing and dining table make this the ideal place to enjoy the outdoors no matter what the weather.
The property is situated in a high valley with altitudes ranging from 3200 to 4200 feet. From the spacious wrap-around porch there are beautiful views of Roan Mountain. At 6285 feet, Roan Mountain is one of the highest peaks on the East Coast. It is renowned for its rhododendrons, wildflowers, rare plants and balds (open grassy areas).
At the Croft, you can hike the gravel roads up to the mountain ridge or down to the creek. Beautiful Christmas trees grow along some of the lower land and deer play throughout the property. Pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic at the creek. A walk from the house to Thomas’s Grocery store is like a walk back in time. Just down the road is a trout farm – bring the fishing poles from the house and see if you can catch your dinner.
The Griffin house is the perfect place for a family reunion, an artist’s retreat or to just enjoy nature. The large wrap-around porch can easily accommodate a family celebration or a group of painters and their easels. For large families or groups requiring more than one rental property, please contact us as there are other nice rental properties nearby.
Mitchell County, NC is rich with nationally recognized potters and artisans. The town of Bakersville, “Gateway to the Roan, Home to the Arts” is just 7 miles away and has beautiful shops with works by local artists, tea houses, a library and a charming creek walk. It is known for its annual NC Rhododendron Festival in June and its Creek Walk Arts Festival in September. Don’t miss the Crimson Laurel Gallery which specializes in studio ceramics, jewelry and other fine arts.
Also 7 miles from the property are the Rhododendron Gardens in the Pisgah National Forest. From here you can access the Appalachian Trail and enjoy hiking with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Spruce Pine, the largest city in Mitchell County is just 17 miles away and is situated along the North Toe River. Spruce Pine offers many attractions for visitors such as the Mineral City Heritage Festival (early August), the Fire on the Mountain Blacksmith Festival (October), the Hammerin’ by the Toe Blacksmith Jamboree (April), Toe River Storytelling Festival (July) as well as spring and fall tours of art studios. Also located in Spruce Pine is Grassy Creek Golf and Country Club.
Other nearby activities and sights include:
Blue Ridge Parkway, famous for scenic skyline drives and recognized as one of the best road cycling routes in the US.
Penland School of Crafts (15 miles) which offers extensive courses and has its own art gallery and shop;
Roan Mountain State Park (16 miles), a 2000 acre state park with fishing, hiking and swimming;
Linville Falls, Linville Gorge and Linville Caverns (27 miles), the Grand Canyon of North Carolina;
Little Switzerland (30 miles), popular for gem mining and a nice place to go for lunch or dinner.
Grandfather Mountain (40 miles), brave the mile high swinging bridge, tour the nature museum, hike and picnic in a spectacular setting.