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Bedrooms 1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type guest house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Utopia's Industrial Renovation - Follow Your Heart for Anything is Possible!

This is just one of several vacation rentals, please request details about our other luxurious Utopia or Cardinals Inn options with THEMED suites, hot-tubs & swimming pool, if this one doesn't suit your needs.

Just a 2 mile LYFT or Uber ride from Downtown Asheville, Utopia on her own well, appears to be hidden deep in the countryside, teaming with wildlife and noisy with birds.

This total industrial style guest house themed renovation commenced in April 2015, taking 24 months to complete the first 4 unique suites, all with access to the communal kitchen, dining-room and living-room.

Accessible by ramp and a staircase, The Master accommodates two people in a king size steel framed bed with luxurious 100% cotton ironed linens, accentuated by a pair of round stainless steel bedside-tables topped with silver angle-poise lamps. The custom latticework leather canopy adorning this cubed industrial bed is steel-riveted, from which hangs chains of steel.

The articulated 55" smart TV has access to Amazon & Netflix, located directly opposite a characteristic deep-sink red-leather tufted Chesterfield sofa cushioned by four furry white pillows. A pair of brass and granite-topped round tables are accentuated with undulating crystal trim, reflecting bouncing flames from the gas fireplace. To the left of the TV, an original Captains table is straddled by a pair of French Empire style panthera genus motif chairs for consideration of a modelled BW German army military gas mask M65Z.

To the right of the TV, is a sizable bird-cage fitted with submissive restraints to cuff your prey.

Open the luxurious ceiling-to-floor red curtains below the grey tasseled custom valance and the French doors reveal a private south-facing balcony overlooking the pool and hot-tub with winter views of Chunns Cove farm. Opposite, a matching window treatment frames the picturesque view of flower gardens and an orchard filled with apples, blueberries and strawberries.

The dominant west-end of this sizable 1,000sqft loft suite with 12ft ceilings, houses a memorable tiled bathroom fitted with peaked-and-barred windows overlooking a very bright dramatic black bathroom complete with sky-light-web. The shower comfortably fits two consenting adults (shampoo, conditioner and shower gel provided) while the jetted-tub provides sensational views of creative role-play art installations. A private WC opens to twin triskelion-inspired white sinks supporting aesthetic spiraling brushed nickel faucets contrasting textured black leathered granite counter and mirror frame (hair-drier provided). Finely constructed within, an intricately threaded steel-laced Catherine Wheel glistens below a horizontal 4ft light fixture.

Thick strewn red bathroom rugs please the podiatric senses while a convenient hand-carved brown leather chair accentuated with Slovakian Aaro-hand-forged iron circle-of-O motif restraints, is crowned and flaked with local memorabilia.

Beyond the bathroom, a coordinated steel hotel-dolly will accommodate all your hanging requirements while a matching steel-dresser with hand-forged Circle-of-O handles will store your travel garments. Besides your short-term storage facilities, a sturdy rusted-steel suitcase rack will facilitate easy unpacking.

Mirroring framed dominant St.Andrews rusted-steel crosses spread-eagle atop ribbed aluminum, flanking intense rays of sunshine through steel dungeon bars.

Directly afore the crux decussata, a teasing black granite-topped lattice-work table is dimly-lit by a disciplined candle-light dungeon-inspired steel-chained chandelier. The lavish black carpet spirals downstairs to the other world past 50 Shades of Grey tufted wall-paper to the left and red tufted silk to the right to a blue-lit corridor….

Since we are an Organic Household, we are happy to offer complimentary Organic Fair Trade Coffee to use in our Keurig Coffee machine and a selection of Teas with organic milk and local Haw Creek honey.

The spacious shared ozonated hot-tub seats 6 - open to Utopian guests throughout the year, optionally covered by a cantilever umbrella that we ask you to use in the event of rain or snow. The pool is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Our driveway accommodates up to 10 cars so you can easily park your car here and take a $9 LYFT or Uber Downtown. Utopia is gifted with abundant breath-taking wildlife such as black bears, bobcats, wild turkeys, groundhogs and rabbits amongst a few so please drive slowly, keep your eyes out for creatures crossing the road (they were here first) and take a look at our impressive collection of videos on UTUBE at CardinalsInn.

More Details

Fay Cullen
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 26, 2017

About Fay Cullen

Marc and Fay decided to strategically align themselves to cope with the downward economic trajectory by increasing the number of income streams in an effort to prevent financial enslavement. Originally dependent on the master company Chocolate Drop LLC managing an online jewelry site, the decision was made to add more economically viable fun-stuff, of which hosting was a natural choice since interior design and food production were high up on their list. Marc’s natural talent for making people groan in ‘sweet’ pleasure coupled with his chocolatier talents made him a hit not only at parties but at home in the kitchen, and so was born Truffle Nature LLC and Cardinals Inn LLC which also encompasses Utopia.

Fay spent the best part of a year learning to throw pottery on the wheel, from which a new multi-media art arose, in the form of a Phoenix (LLC), rising from the ashes of previously unsatisfying occupations.

But the story is not yet complete.

Marc and Fay moved into their new home in December 2013, since which dynamic steps have been taken in the name of expansion and development to now encompass Utopia, a unique industrial installation.

Fay Cullen purchased this guest house in 2015

Why Fay Cullen chose Smoky Mountains

Utopia was purchased in 2015 after listening to Chip Conley (Airbnb Global Hospitality Manager) being interviewed by Jonathan Fields. Chip's motivational approach led to Marc & Fay purchasing their 2nd STVR and investing the best part of 2 years in Phase 1, completely gutting and renovating over 3,000sqft to the tune of $500,000.

Utopia had such potential that Marc and Fay were drawn to the artistic opportunities that lay ahead to entirely theme the building into unique suites for guests seeking new opportunities.

What makes this guest house unique

Utopia awakens daily to the sound of birds, occasionally turkeys and frequently mooing. Utopia has a Memorial Day to Labor Day pool and hot-tub, idea for relaxing guests and the interior was designed to give everyone access to the communal kitchen, dining-room and living-room, a manipulative move to encourage community.

While 2 suites have exterior access two suites have interior access and the last 2 planned suites will also have exterior access, totaling 6 unique themed suites.


Asheville Guest House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • guest house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , The sink & toilet are separate from the shower
  • Twin sinks, separate WC, jetted hot-tub.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • This unique thick-carpeted, very bright, south-facing bedroom accommodates a king size bed with ironed linens, luxury blankets, wireless internet, a flat-screen TV, independent A/C & heat & private bathroom.
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
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
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
If you are looking to spend several days outside-the-box, in unique surroundings that encourage inspiration and demand you tap into the creativity that lies deep within, this is your opportunity to listen to the callings of your heart to ensure you are following your passion and your wildest dreams....


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(20 traveler reviews)

average rating of 4.9 based on 20 reviews

Stunning setting - comfortable stay

  • 4 of 5

We were last to stay in the Airstream Safari before it was sold. All amenities were as advertised. Only glitch was a total lack of access to coffee in the morning, in the privacy of our own unit, even though there was an electric kettle, sink, stove top etc. A French press would have made it easy.

  • Submitted: May 12, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The owners are amazing! Very clean and comfortable! We have already recommended it to some friends and definitely plan to come back to stay longer.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Weekend

  • 5 of 5

The unit we stayed in ( Airstream ) was well kept and maintained. The host couple were wonderful people, Marc does some rather glorious things with chocolate, and Fay is driven in her desire to please. The facility itself is only 2 miles or so from downtown, yet, has the feel of being remote. When next we stay in Ashville, we will stay with them again.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A great time in a fun place

  • 5 of 5

Thanks to Fay and Marc for having us! We had a great time exploring Asheville and enjoyed the unique setting of staying in an Airstream :) Very hospitable, great location, accessible to everything by a short drive. Thanks again!

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great experience with nice hosts

  • 5 of 5

Loved everything about the airstream and our wonderful hosts, Fay and Marc. The homemade jams and croissants they served for breakfast were yummy. The location was nothing less than perfect, about 10 min from anywhere in Asheville and nearby endless outdoor fun.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome long weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time staying in the Airstream! From the moment we met Fay at the check-in until the moment we were hugging her goodbye, we felt like we were at a home away from home! The Airstream was all we hoped it would be, cozy, private, quiet, comfortable, adorable, relaxing, and inviting! Breakfast each day was something we looked forward to each night as we fell asleep! The croissants, the fruit, the jams--magnificent! The property is in a perfect location--it seemed to be central to everything! The only thing we drove any distance to was the Blue Ridge Parkway, and that was still under an hour! We did antiques and restaurants and shopping--all were close. We are already looking at our schedules for next year to see when we can go back. 100% recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Asheville Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Mack Kells Pub & Grill
Nearest Ferry
267 Miles
Charleston, SC
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
The Omni Grove Park Inn
Nearest Train
65 Miles
Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, Bryston City
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Cornerstone Restaurant
Nearest Ski
31 Miles
Wolf Ridge Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
267 Miles
Charleston, SC
Car: recommended

Although Utopia is just 5 minutes drive from Downtown Asheville, one could be mistaken for thinking that the the views and wildlife found in Chunns Cove were National Forest or even a Costa Rican Rainforest. Surrounded by greenery and wildlife, Utopia presently hosts 4 vacation rentals. Just a 2 minute drive to Ingles Grocery Store or 4 minutes to Walgreens, there is almost nothing in Asheville that is further away than 5 minutes.

In each vacation rental, there is an up-to-date collection of books and magazines from the Chamber of Commerce featuring the best places to eat, hike, drink beer, etc

If you have any questions, Marc & Fay are available in person or by phone 24/7.


Rates & Availability

Asheville Guest House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
July 23
Jul 23 2017 - Jul 27 2017
1 night minimum stay
July 28
Jul 28 2017 - Jul 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
July 31
Jul 31 2017 - Aug 2 2017
1 night minimum stay
August 4
Aug 4 2017 - Aug 5 2017
2 night minimum stay
August 11
Aug 11 2017 - Aug 12 2017
2 night minimum stay
August 18
Aug 18 2017 - Aug 19 2017
2 night minimum stay
August 25
Aug 25 2017 - Aug 26 2017
2 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sept 8
Sep 8 2017 - Sep 9 2017
2 night minimum stay
Sept 15
Sep 15 2017 - Sep 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
Sept 22
Sep 22 2017 - Sep 23 2017
2 night minimum stay
Sept 29
Sep 29 2017 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Oct 1
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 5 2017
2 night minimum stay
Columbus Day
Oct 6 2017 - Oct 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
Oct 9
Oct 9 2017 - Oct 12 2017
2 night minimum stay
Oct 13
Oct 13 2017 - Oct 14 2017
2 night minimum stay
Oct 15
Oct 15 2017 - Oct 19 2017
2 night minimum stay
October 20
Oct 20 2017 - Oct 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Oct 22
Oct 22 2017 - Oct 26 2017
2 night minimum stay
October 27
Oct 27 2017 - Oct 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
Oct 29
Oct 29 2017 - Nov 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
November 3
Nov 3 2017 - Nov 4 2017
2 night minimum stay
Veterans Day
Nov 10 2017 - Nov 12 2017
3 night minimum stay
November 17
Nov 17 2017 - Nov 18 2017
2 night minimum stay
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
December 1
Dec 1 2017 - Dec 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
December 8
Dec 8 2017 - Dec 9 2017
2 night minimum stay
December 15
Dec 15 2017 - Dec 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
December 29
Dec 29 2017 - Jan 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
Martin Luther King
Jan 12 2018 - Jan 15 2018
3 night minimum stay
Feb 16 2018 - Feb 19 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 13.0%

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.
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