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Laurelwood Lodge - A Family Friendly Gathering Place

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


About the property

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

Laurelwood Lodge is a 5000 Square foot 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 cosy 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 cosy 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 beds, sleeping 4. 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 mountain.

Kim Gissendanner
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 28, 2017

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 Blue Ridge Mountains

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:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
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.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(54 traveler reviews)

Laurelwood Lodge - A Family Friendly Gathering Place
average rating of 4.685185 based on 55 reviews

Fabulous Stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Laurelwood Lodge. I had originally decided to take my children to Asheville for Spring Break. It quickly turned into family members driving and flying in to join us. The Gissendanner's had no problem accommodating a last minute booking for us. Directions were clear and Kim even checked in on us to make certain we had everything we needed. The cabin was clean and spacious. My children enjoyed playing in the game room downstairs and hiking the streams and waterfall in the Riverbend community. We saw a lot of wildlife including many deer, which thrilled my boys. I enjoyed my morning coffee in the rocking chairs on the large deck overlooking a small brook, pasture, and wooded area. It was beautiful, calm, and relaxing. We grilled and cooked at the cabin and were pleased to find a kitchen stocked with good cookware. To our delighted surprise we even found a deck of pinochle cards in a kitchen drawer. I cannot think of a better way to enjoy friends and family. The pictures do not do the cabin justice.

The cabin is 2 miles from a grocery store for anything we may need as well as close to Lake Lure and Chimney Rock. We drove into Asheville to the Biltmore for a day. The trip was not long, it took around 35 - 40 minutes, and it was a beautiful drive.

My only regret is that we did not stay longer! We will definitely book this cabin again in the future.

Thank you Kim for a wonderful VBRO experience.

Naomi Wallis

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Naomi, It was a.pleasure having you and.your family stay. Family memories like you mentioned are the reason we built Laurelwood. You are welcome to come back anytime. We look forward to having you back. Thanks again. Kim Gissendanner
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Goose Creek, SC

A family favorite

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time staying at Laurelwood Lodge. Our family has loved both times that we have spent in this house. Each time we stayed for almost a week. This home has everything you need to make it feel like a home away from home. The distance to Asheville, Flat Rock and to Chimney Rock is just right for those day trips when you decide it is time to venture out. But, with a jacuzzi, movies to watch, a great view and a game room in the basement, you have all you need to just stay in and relax too. The grocery store is only a few miles away. And, if there are any urgent needs, the owner is very responsive and only a phone call away!

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely home!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this adorable home with a few other couples. We all had a lot of private space as well as a lot of gathering space. Kim was wonderful to work with and was sure to keep us updated and just a phone call away. We loved the feel of the home and plan to bring some of our family up to visit. It was in a great area.... close enough to town and the grocery store. We loved it!

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind review. We are so glad that your group had a wonderful stay. You are welcome to come back to Laurelwood with your families anytime.
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Santiago, Chile

Great Family Time

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time with our family at your cabin. It is a beautiful place. We had lots of room for our family to have fun together. The cabin was very well stocked with everything that we needed. We made lots of memories together. The hot tub was amazing!!!! The owner was very helpful and answered all of my emails quickly. Thanks again!

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy Comfy Cabin

  • 4 of 5

My family and I decided to have Christmas in the mountains this year and when we discovered Laurelwood Lodge on the VRBO website, we knew we found just the place. This is rustic, comfortable, and very homey cabin nestled among the woods. The owners had even decorated it for the holidays! We loved how spacious it was, the beautiful back porch, and the cozy fireplace. I'm sure each season there has its charms. We loved the feeling of being remote and getting away from our busy lives but also loved the convenience of being so close to many amenities. The owner, Kim Gissendanner could not have been nicer and more accommodating. This was a Christmas to remember!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome cabin

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was exactly like the pic posted. There was enough room for my family to spread out during our Thanksgiving visit. Everyone loved the hot tub and game room. The kitchen was very well equipped....we were able to fix Thanksgiving dinner for 9 people with no problems with pans or casserole dishes!! It was so quite and peaceful at the cabin but was close enough to Biltmore house and Chimney Rock Village for visits and shopping. But the most important thing is the attentiveness of the owner....Kim. We were staying during the time of the Party Rock fire and of course were concerned about our holiday. But no worries. Kim kept me posted on the conditions and even let me know several good options I could take if I needed to cancel or leave early. That was a huge relief for me. Thank goodness we were able to stay our entire time and enjoyed every minute of it. We will definitely be going back!! Thanks Kim for all you did to make our Thanksgiving holiday wonderful!

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • 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

Lake Lure House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Nightly Rate
Jun 15 2017 - Jun 23 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Property Damage Protection $99
Pet Fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.75%

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.

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