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Laurelwood Lodge - A Family Friendly Gathering Place

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights


About the property

Modern, Multi Family 4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Log Home With Wooded Mountain Views

Laurelwood Lodge is a spacious Log Home nestled in a heavily wooded area within the gated community of Riverbend. Laurelwood was built as a gathering place for large families. The lodge includes two massive 400 square foot decks with 6 rocking chairs (Upper and lower levels) as well as a cozy, 240 square foot front porch complete with porch swing, bench and rocking chairs. For outdoor cooking and dining, a stainless steel gas grill and outdoor seating area are available. Light pours into the centralized well equipped, modern kitchen and great room area through 2 massive 10 foot long prow windows at the rear of the house. This is a great common area for entertaining, cooking and family gathering. There are also many cozy private areas in case you want to get away from the group. The lodge is 4 bedrooms with 3 complete bathrooms. The master bedroom includes a king size bed (sleeps 2), 2 dressers and it's own private glass patio door to the upper deck. The master bedroom has it's own adjoining 100 square foot bath area complete with a large corner style, garden Jacuzzi tub so you can unwind in private, and a shower and Jack and Jill vanity and sinks. Off the front entrance is the guest bedroom which includes a Queen size bed (sleeps 2), dresser, and has a door opening into the hall bathroom which is complete with bathtub, shower, and vanity. Climbing the heavy timber stairs to the loft opens up into 2 spacious - 300 square foot bedrooms. These 2 bedrooms are ideal for the kids with a bathroom in the middle that includes, a shower, a Jacuzzi tub, and 2 sink and dressing areas. One of the upstairs bedrooms has 1 full size bed, and two twin size bunk beds, and another twin bed sleeping at least 5. The other bedroom has a queen size bed and a twin size, window, day bed , sleeping 3. The loft connecting the upstairs bedrooms and bath overlook the great room area. Downstairs, the converted basement includes a seating area, game room area complete with pool table, foosball, air hockey, and many more activities for kids and adults alike. At the end of the day, you can relax by stepping out onto the lower deck and taking a soak in our well maintained, 6 person, Hotsprings Spa which overlooks the meadow with Fairfield mountain in the background.

Kim Gissendanner
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Kim Gissendanner

Hello, we are the Gissendanner family, living in Goose Creek, SC. Spending a lot of time in coastal areas , we were attracted to the change in scenery in the mountains of Western, NC. In the summer of 2008 I stood outside under the balcony at the Lake Lure Inn, sipping my coffee and admiring the beauty of Lake Lure. Later that afternoon while walking along the Lake with our two small children we began to talk about the adventure of building a log cabin in this peaceful place. The next weekend we returned to Lake Lure and began the process of looking at property.

Kim Gissendanner purchased this house in 2008

Why Kim Gissendanner chose Lake Lure

We came across this community that our home is built in quite by accident and after driving around not knowing where we were headed we drove by the property that soon purchased. We met a couple who were building the cabin next door. We immediately realized that there was a business connection from a few years before. Since then there has been an almost family like bond and s divine intervention would have it this became the place for us to build. For us it's perfect. Just far away from home to get away yet not so far as to make it a long drive. The distance we travel to the cabin let's us decompress and unwind so that we are on 'mountain time' when we arrive. We love this place in all seasons. The fall colors are spectacular and summers here are cooler and comfortable. On more than one occasion we've experienced a white Christmas.

What makes this house unique

Our cabin is located just 10 minutes from Chimney Rock and Lake Lure. Outdoor activities are everywhere and there is plenty of events going on year round. When you want a more peaceful visit you are far enough up the mountain and away from the main road where you can simply enjoy doing nothing. Today I enjoy stepping out on my back deck and admiring the beauty of the surroundings. You can feel the peace in the air. At night we s go out onto the back deck with lights off. Lifting our heads up we experience what we refer to as 'the big picture' (more stars than you can ever imagine.)

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our family enjoyed wonderful stay at Laurelwood Lodge during the Thanksgiving Holidays. The kitchen was very clean and was well equipped to handle cooking for a my large group with hungry appetites. It was great to have a gas oven and stove to cook with. After the Thanksgiving meal we enjoyed sitting on the back deck relaxing. Sorry to say we won't make it this year. It's a wonderful, quite and peaceful place to be.
Nov 2015
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Lake Lure House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Master Bath adjoins the Master Bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Guest Bath accessible from the guest bedroom or the foyer
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Double Sink and vanities. Upstairs between the 2 bedrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Very spacious with Jacuzzi Garden Tub, Jack and Jill sinks, granite counter tops, shower, and toilet. Adjoins the Master Bedroom. Bathroom 2 - Accessible from hallway or other main floor bedroom. Has a combination shower and tub, granite counter top on antique sink cabinet. Bathroom 3 - Very spacious bathroom between the 2 upstairs bedrooms with 2 separate sinks, jacuzzi window tub, and walk in shower. Cultured marble counter top.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Private Glass sliding entrance to deck. Jacuzzi garden tub
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Entrance from bedroom to hall bathroom with Tub and Shower
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , Country Shabby Chic style room for the girls
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 2 bunk bed , Perfect room for the boys. Lots of wood and room to play
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Laurelwood Lodge is a great place to start your Western, NC adventure. Conveniently located just minutes from Chimney Rock and Lake Lure, you can spend your day outdoors with activities such as kayaking, climbing, zip lining, fishing and hiking. Perhaps you prefer antiquing in Hendorsville, an art excursion to Black Mountain or a romantic trip to Asheville to Biltmore Estates and the wineries. There are many exciting things to do within 1 hour of Laurelwood. If you prefer an easy laid back day with the grilling out and swimming with the kids, you can be at Mirror Lake in just a couple of minutes.


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Laurelwood Lodge - A Family Friendly Gathering Place
average rating of 4.703125 based on 65 reviews
Miami, Florida, USA

Beautiful, peaceful and large cabin

  • 5 of 5

Our family has been to Lake Lure, NC a few times for family gathering. This cabin is all you want. Very spacious, many amenities and well kept. The owner was always there to answer any questions we had and to ensure we had a good stay. It has a large porch where you can just sit and look at the creek, gaze at the stars at night or look for deers. Very close to town and to supermarket. It also has plenty of towels (rare in most cases) and kitchen well stocked. I would highly recommend this cabin. Kim, thank you for staying in touch with us even when you were away in a cruise. Oh forgot to mention, the owner even had a Christmas tree for us with lights and decorations, making our Christmas complete! We would definitely come back to this lovely cabin!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review. We enjoyed having you as guest at Laurelwood Lodge and we'd love to see you and your family back again sometime soon. We built Laurelwood as a family gathering place so it's so nice to hear about families getting together and enjoying the holidays there!
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Fun birthday weekend

  • 5 of 5

This was a stunning log home. This was our first time going to lake lure and had a blast. Kim always messaged me to make sure everything was going as planned. This house is very close to resturaunts and the National Park. The game room and hot tub was very fun when you wanted to relax or have fun. I hope to go again sometime!

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

Very nice house in a peaceful, beautiful setting. The owner was easy to reach and helped make our stay very enjoyable. I highly recommend this house. It is large enough to accommodate a good sized group. We saw deer each day, which was very cool.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful location, beautiful scenery.

  • 5 of 5

The deck and hot tub make it! Beautiful Mountain views and close to Lake Lure and Chimney Rock, which we loved! At night the stars are amazing.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home! Very comfortable,Hot tub is amazing on a cold night! Owners are quick to respond if any questions ,super nice . Will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lori, We were delighted to have you and your family stay. You took great care of our home and we're happy to know that you had a great time. We'd love to have you back again soon and you are welcome anytime. Thanks for choosing Laurelwood Lodge.
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Very Relaxing During Wedding

  • 4 of 5

This was a very relaxing place for our family to relax while gathering for our daughter's wedding. We would definitely stay here again when coming to the area.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Larkins on the Lake
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Lake Lure Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 64A
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Larkins on the Lake
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Mirror Lake
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150
Damage Insurance $99
Damage Deposit $300

Pets (small dogs) allowed only by prior arrangement with owner. $5000 property damage protection is available for $89. The renter is responsible for damages above or beyond this insured amount. Renters agree that they will abide by all Riverbend Community rules and regulations. Renters agree that they are responsible for actions of guest that they bring onto the Riverbend Property & Laurelwood

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.