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Reconnect with all that is you.

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Private mountain. Spectacular views. Organic berries. Healing environment.

Offered for rent is a unique and architecturally sophisticated cottage on a magical mountain in Asheville, NC. The setting is retreat-like, and excellent for those wanting to reconnect with nature, themselves, their friends, or their family. This a place where you can get away from the many distractions of everyday life so you can find what feeds your soul.

The house sits on the side of Pinnacle Knob, a 4150 foot mountain in Buncombe County. It is intended to make you feel as if you are living outdoors, connected with nature, but with all the amenities of indoor living -- kind of like a treehouse with the mountain being the tree. The house is green and healthy-built, and features reclaimed walnut floors, an 1890's Victorian staircase, historical lighting fixtures and a collection of 100-year old recycled doors. We place a premium on the importance of a healthy environment, with a HealthyBuilt certification, pristine well-water, organic mattresses and bedding and non-toxic cookware.

The yard has organic fruit trees and 75 blueberry bushes, which ripen and give you an abundance of anti-oxidants if you are with us in July or August. There are spectacular views, sunlit rooms, and outdoor refuges. Our mountain is cool in the summer, magnificent in the fall and spring, and peaceful in the winter.

It is easy to explore Asheville during the day and return home in the evening. We are 25 minutes from downtown Asheville and 20 minutes from groceries and other amenities. Because the house is on the top of a mountain, a four wheel drive is required. Because of its retreat-like setting, one has to like living in nature to feel comfortable renting this home.

Asheville, NC has world-class restaurants, local organic food, entertainment, and a popular and quaint downtown.

More Details

Angela Hind and Douglas Ruley
Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2018

About Angela Hind and Douglas Ruley

We built Flutterby Ridge in 2007 as a place for spiritual rejuvenation and deep connection with the natural world. It was built with respect for nature, using only sustainable, non-toxic, and reclaimed materials. It is LEED certified and HealthyBuilt certified. It is known for its seemingly magical ability to nourish, restore health, and connect people.

Angela Hind and Douglas Ruley purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Angela Hind and Douglas Ruley chose Leicester

This property is the perfect combination of being completely away, but still being able to access the quaint and vibrant and eclectic city life of Asheville, North Carolina.

What makes this cottage unique

Inspiration, reflection, and having fun.


Leicester Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • -Renter agrees to all policies outlined in Rental Agreement
  • -Renter understands that a four wheel drive is required to access this property
  • -Renter understands this property is in nature and is comfortable and knowledgable with regards to a natural setting
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs Bath - toilet , shower
    Upstairs Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • The Swallowtail - 1 queen
    The Monarch - 1 queen
    The Meadow Fritillary - 1 double
    The Lunar Moths - 1 bunk bed
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • water tubing
Wildlife frequents Flutterby Ridge, including turkeys, deer, butterflies, moths, and bumblebees and lots of lady bugs.


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average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews
Charlotte, NC

Away from it all with every comfort

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful, cozy pre-Christmas visit to Asheville. Despite arriving in the dark (not recommended), Angela kindly met us and guided us up the hill to Flutterby Ridge and oriented us to the house - even helping to carry our stuff in! The house is clean and modern, but classic and cozy all at once. A delightful stay and we hope to return.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful views and great house! A little ways outside of Asheville, but consider this great place your destination. Peaceful, pretty, modern house on top of a mountain. House is well stocked with dishes, etc. and a very solid house to ride out Hurricane Irma! Thanks to Doug and Angela!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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How I've imagined the Garden of Eden might be

  • 5 of 5

The only thing more idyllic than the land at Flutterby Ridge is the house. This might be the most magical place I've ever vacationed--and I live in Alaska. The property is remote, at the end of a steep gravel road, but I found it to be in good condition and fine to go up in a 4-wheel-drive small SUV. The pay-off is 100% privacy in surroundings impossible to describe in this space. You will see. The house is so beautifully designed. All the comforts of home in a zen retreat-like structure. We made a fire in the fire ring and made s'mores under the stars to the soundtrack of owls and crickets. In the morning, when work called, I was able to deal with the situation on the phone and Internet, thanks to the fast connection--honestly, the best of both worlds. Flutterby Ridge is unreal--in the best of ways. I will be back in the spring for a longer stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mountain top Oasis!!!

  • 5 of 5

My wife, whose currently 20 weeks pregnant, and I booked this Cottage for my 39th birthday. However, we decided to invite my parents to come up from Florida so we could tell them their 1st grandchild would be a BOY!

Our dilemma was, while my wife and I wanted a secluded oasis away from the world, we knew my family would want to visit Asheville / Hendersonville to explore all they had to offer. Also, since they drove up, they expressed that they would like to be near the city because they were tired of driving. Chasing a unicorn seemed like a daugnting task but I excepted the challenge.

I stumbled across this cottage, after a couple days of looking, but it had limited reviews at the time and minimal photos. However, I was running out of time and decided to just go ahead and book it; crossing fingers and hoping for the best.

First, the owners were extremely responsive and sent a personal email within an hour. I wrote back, to answer a few questions and ask a few of my own, and they actually called me rather than playing email tag. They went above and beyond to meet some of our needs; to the point I felt like a guest, rather than a paying customer.

As far as the house, and our actual time spent on the property, all I can say is it was nothing short of amazing! The home is beautiful and the pictures online do not do it justice. You are totally secluded; feeling as though you've left the world behind (actually below); however, you can see Asheville in the distance so it's still feels within reach.

The biggest compliment I can give this home can be summed up with a simple conversation we had one afternoon. To give some context, we only had one vehicle so splitting the group meant somebody would be stranded until the others group returned. Well, this meant our days had to be planned out and all parties in agreement... enough backstory hopefully you get the picture.

This particular day Dad and I went to play golf. The caveat though was we had to go early and then take my wife and mother anywhere they wanted to go for the entire afternoon/early evening. Heading back to the property, almost 6 hours since left, we called to see what we'd be doing/ where we'd be driving them for the rest of the afternoon/evening.

The response, "You're done already? Well, no rush, take your time heading back, we decided we wanted to stay up here instead of leaving. Can you grab some diner for tonight on your way?

It's a magical place... you won't want to leave

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Kurt for your kind words. It was our pleasure having you and your family at Flutterby Ridge! Best of luck in the coming months. I hope you will come back after the baby is born! Angela
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  • 5 of 5

There is absolutely nothing bad to say about Flutterby Ridge. The views are breath taking and house is roomy yet cozy. It is decorated beautifully. The outdoor living space was so nice that we didn't go in until near 9 every night! The flowers are lovely & attract butterflies by the dozens. Our girls loved it here because of the butterflies & wildlife. If you want to watch TV be sure to bring a lap TOP to connect to their TV but we never missed watching once the whole week. Instead, we enjoyed taking in the views of Asheville & watching lightening storms as the rolled in & most importantly, enjoying time together!! I highly recommend!!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy Mountain Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We recently rented the home for a couple nights. What a beautiful property and tranquil setting. The owners were gracious hosts, everything was in good working order and the home is just the cutest little property on the most peaceful mountain top meadow. The property is everything advertised and more.

Thank you Doug and Angela.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Dan (and Sheri)! It was great having you and your family at Flutterby Ridge. Thank you for leaving the house so immaculately clean! Please come back when you can stay longer. :)
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Asheville Regional Airport
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Damage Deposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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