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Unique Craft Cabin in Mountains 45 min. NE of Asheville - 2 King Master Suites!

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Space 2,351 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights

Overview

About the property

Handcrafted | Spacious | High-end Kitchen | 2 Masters | WIFI | Pet Friendly

Our guests tell us all the time that pictures don't do it justice! Conley House is a modern cabin with stunning views of Mt. Mitchell and the Black Mountains from every room. Both master suites feature a comfortable king-size bed with a seating area, en suite bath, and sliding glass doors that let out to the terrace and view. Plus there's a spacious office/3rd bedroom. Located on 6 acres, the home is private, but still is close to restaurants (like award winning Knife and Fork), shopping, and supplies. Tastefully decorated with all original artwork and comfortable furnishings, there are handmade details throughout. The cabin is perched above a valley of Christmas trees and is located in a safe community of craftspeople and artists that's just 4 minutes away from the beautiful campus of Penland School of Crafts - America's oldest and largest craft school! Pet-friendly, fiber optic internet, smart home features, a good location, an awesome kitchen with everything you need, please read on to learn even more reasons why you'll love staying at Conley House!

LIST OF AMENITIES (detailed info by room follows):

- Optional rental of up to four single person kayaks for floating the North and South Toe Rivers!

- Safe, rural location that is 15 minutes from shopping

- 6 private & quiet acres

- Stunning mountain views from every room

- WIFI & super fast fiber optic internet

- Smart home features using an Amazon Echo

- Pet-friendly to pre-approved canines

- Terrace with fenced in area of yard - great for pets!

- 2 king master suites with seating area and attached baths

- Queen size fold-out couch in guest master suite

- Queen size bed, game table, and seating area in detached office

- New, comfortable mattresses and cotton bedding

- Fluffy "Allergy Free" duvets

- Optional plush, inflatable queen size mattress with bedding

- Printer and desk in office

- High-end kitchen appliances including stand mixer, blender, and stick blender

- Pantry staples like spices, olive oil, flour and baking supplies

- Cookware, dinnerware, kitchen tools, coffee maker, and French presses

- 4K HDTV, DVD (using Xbox with remote), and sound bar

- Xbox One S with 2 controllers

- Roku 4 device for streaming movies, TV and other content

- House accounts included: Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Sling, and many others

- Live streaming of ESPN sports channels & cable TV stations using Sling app

- Gas log fireplace

- HE washer and dryer

- Safety features like a smart lock and motion sensing exterior surveillance system

- One of a kind artwork

- Handmade details throughout

- Indoor seating (prep area/bar - 8, dining table 8)

- Extra-large Weber Classic Charcoal Grill

- Outdoor table, seating for 6

- Fire pot with seating (wood not included, but readily available)

- Easy access from state maintained roads

- Plowed driveway in winter weather and gas stove and gas log heat as a backup

- Apples, pears, strawberries, blueberries, and herb garden on the property when in season

DETAILED AMENITIES BY ROOM

COMMON AREAS:

Conley House is made for entertaining! Natural light streams into the open plan kitchen, living and dining space, making it great for entertaining and being a part of your own gathering. Just outside the living area is a large hand-laid stone terrace with seating and a teak dining table with room for 6. Plus a fire pot with additional seating around it. The living room has a large 4K HDTV with streaming using a Roku 4 device, Xbox One S/DVD player, and integrated sound bar. Our dining table can seat up to eight and the bar/prep table can accommodate an additional eight - making it terrific for casual entertaining and cooking. A half bath is available in the living area for guest's convenience. (See image of layout.)

KITCHEN:

It seems everyone plans to make biscuits or pancakes when on vacation, so we try to make that easy by keeping pantry staples like baking soda, baking powder, and salt on hand. Our kitchen has just about anything a cook might need from high-end appliances, cookware, carbon steel knives, and cutlery to handmade dishes, a salad spinner and a Kitchen Aid stand-mixer. We also try to keep organic herbs & spices and good extra virgin olive oil around, so guests don't have to buy large quantities of things they only need a little of.

Kitchen includes: gas range, electric convection oven, dishwasher, full-size refrigerator/freezer, garbage disposal, microwave, drip-style coffee maker, French coffee press, pour over coffee maker, tea kettle, and a full complement of cookware, serving dishes, kitchen tools, and dinnerware, as well as plastic wrap, dish soap, and dish towels.

BEDROOMS:

Master Suite - King size bed with new mattress, 100% cotton bedding, cozy "allergy free" duvets and coverlets, private seating area, HDTV with Roku streaming, generous closet and views of Mount Mitchell and the Black Mountains that can be seen as you drift off to sleep. Sliding glass doors open to the fenced-in terrace with a shade garden just around the corner. En suite bath is complete with an oversized jetted tub, separate shower, heated floors, magnifying makeup mirror, hairdryer, HDTV and all your necessities - plus, scented bath oils and bath salts.

Guest Suite - King size bed with new mattress, soft cotton bedding, warm "allergy free" duvets and comfy coverlets, generous seating area with queen-size foldout couch. En suite bath with magnifying makeup mirror, necessities, and bath salts. Patio doors in seating area open to the terrace, a great view of the mountains and an herb and flower garden around the corner. (An inflatable plush queen size mattress is also available.)

Office/3rd Bedroom (available on request): Located above the artist studio, this space is perfect for those who prefer a little extra privacy. Off by itself, it offers spacious accommodations including a sofa, game table, a queen size bed with a comfortable mattress and bedding, as well as a business center featuring an iMac computer and a laser printer. Off of the office, there is a private deck. Guests in this room will have access to the half-bath in the main house, which is a very short walk away down a lighted path, and will need to share showering facilities with another guest. To ensure guest privacy, the house and the studio are never rented to different guests at the same time.

PROXIMITY

- Ingles Market, a full-service grocery store with traditional, natural and organic selections and a full-service pharmacy, is 8 miles from the house.

- Walmart is 12 miles.

- Harvest Market & Cafe is the closest restaurant at 4.8 miles.

- Downtown Spruce Pine is 9 miles.

- Hospital & ER is 8.6 miles.

THINGS TO DO:

SPRUCE PINE

Locally - Spruce Pine is one of the best-kept secrets in the area. As a matter of fact, the town was voted "One of the Coolest Small Towns Around" by Romantic Asheville and Conde Nast's Traveler magazine recently dubbed it “One of the Best Small Town Food Cities"! What the town and area have to offer is often compared to Gatlinburg decades ago - authenticity - with a small town feel that's super friendly with beautiful scenery and locally owned, family-run businesses, galleries and studios that are anything but touristy.

Spruce Pine is a known retreat for people living in Charlotte, Asheville, and Knoxville, TN. Just 15 minutes away from the house, the downtown area of the town is like a stop in time when things were a bit simpler. A river runs right through the center and to one side are railroad tracks, small shops, restaurants, cafes and antique stores and on the other, you'll find a park with a pool, playground, and a put-in for canoes and tubing. It's a great spot for playing, picnics, and fishing. Ingles Market is closeby for groceries and supplies. Ingles is similar to a Kroger or Publix. On the outskirts, Walmart is on the other side of town for general supplies along with a host of mom and pop options, too!

THINGS TO DO IN THE AREA

- We highly recommend making reservations at The Knife and Fork. The Chef/Owner, Nathan Allen, was nominated in 2016 for the James Beard Foundation's "Best Southern Chef" Award. We also love his gastro-pub Spoon that is located above The Knife and Fork on "Upper Street" otherwise known as Oak Street.

- Rock-hounding for gems (emeralds and garnets are all over) and minerals

- Visit the National Mineral Museum

- Sightseeing - Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway!

- Visit Waterfalls, Great Trails, and State and National Parks

- Kayaking, Tubing, Canoeing, WW rafting - try Loafers Glory

- Swimming, Biking, and Running

- Fishing & Cooking Outdoors - talk to us about scheduling an excursion!

- Rock Climbing & Hiking

- Farm Tours, Farmers Markets & Agritourism of all kinds

- U-Pick Fruit - including heritage apples native to the area

- Shopping & Antiquing

- Wineries & Craft Breweries

- Visit Artist Studios & Galleries - Shop for Fine Craft

- Go on Studio Tours (pottery, glass, basketry, metal, fibers and more!)

- Take a class at Penland ( 1 week, 2 week, and intensive courses available)

- Visit Yancey Theater - $6 a person for a current movie in an old-style theater

VISITING IN THE OFF-SEASON

Views in winter are amazing! Hiking the Roan or to waterfalls can be spectacular with almost no one else on the trail. However, in winter (usually mid-December through February or mid-March) some businesses keep different hours or even close, while others do creative things like popup restaurants and special winter openings. If you are concerned about what might be available please ask us. We'd be happy to assist you in deciding if visiting in the off-season would be a good fit.

NOTE: There is a $25 cancelation fee to cover credit card processing fees and like expenses which are not reversed in case of cancelation. This policy does not apply if only a partial refund is due.

More Details

Owner
Lisa Smith
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 20, 2017

About Lisa Smith

Owner Rick Smith is an artist/blacksmith and professor of metals and blacksmithing. He operates an independent studio making work for galleries and by commission, while also heading the metals program at SIUC in Carbondale, IL. Rick was a resident artist at Penland School of Crafts and has taught workshops there many times over the years. His work is in the permanent collections of the Mint Museum, Decorative Arts Museum, Metal Museum, and the John and Robyn Horn Collection, among others. Rick likes nothing better than to spend the day on water, sailing or fishing, and really loves to travel.

Lisa Smith is a branding professional with a background in graphic design. A homebody, her favorite way to spend the day is cooking and baking. Lisa wrote a food column for seven years and her passion for the culinary arts is evident at Conley House.

Rick and Lisa have one son, Isaac, who is a photojournalist. With his wife Megan, a fibers artist and teacher with a specialization in Waldorf education, they have a young son whose name is Henry.

Lisa manages the property and oversees the day to day functioning of the vacation rental with the help of a cleaning service.

Lisa Smith purchased this cabin in 2015

Why Lisa Smith chose Bakersville

At 3600 feet above sea level, the view is fantastic and the weather tends to be mild even in the depths of summer.

THE HOME'S HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE

The house was originally two cabins. Bill Brown, the first director of Penland School of Crafts after the retirement of its founder Lucy Morgan, connected the two cabins with a living space and made a home for his family. His studio and many of the original touches can still be seen, including the railings made by his son, Bill Brown Jr. who is now a studio artist.

Having been a resident artist and studio coordinator at Penland not long after Bill Brown retired, Rick Smith admired the property for years. When it became available, he and his wife Lisa knew they had found something special!

Penland School is important to the region of Appalachia because in the 1920s Miss Lucy, as she was often called, provided education and resources to local women, teaching them how to weave and sell their handmade goods. They now offer classes in all media and are the oldest and largest crafts school in America.

The history, beautiful surroundings, slower pace, artwork and the connection to the craft community all make Conley House quite exceptional! From the handmade cabinets and sinks to the stonework, artwork and tableware, you won't find another property like it . . . and, of course, it has a "million dollar view!"

What makes this cabin unique

We like to make it easy, because traveling can be stressful. By providing the basics like herbs and spices, flour, sugar and cooking oil, plus all the kitchenware and appliances you'll need, as well as things to help you relax, such as an assortment of teas, bath salts and infused bath oils our guests relax, get in vacation mode much faster and enjoy their stay more.

One the aspects of the house that sets it apart is all the attention to detail. From the complimentary bowl of chocolates and bath salts to the original artwork and craftsmanship, Conley House is not like any other vacation rental. Our guests often tell us that we "thought of everything!" We take pride in that, because we strive to make your stay something you will remember for years to come.

Conley House is clean, very private and has unobstructed views! It is located in a safe community of mostly studio artists and craftspeople. Being just 15 minutes to shopping, good restaurants and cafes, it is conveniently located, too.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The cabin was beautiful, the grounds lovely, and the view to die for. The cabin was well-appointed and we lacked for nothing. LIsa is very quick to respond to any questions or needs. We will plan on returning in the future! The driveway is steep and we were glad we had a truck to get up to the house.



Owner Response: Thank you, Gwen!
Jul 2016
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Amenities

Bakersville Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2351 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Only flush toilet paper and effluence.
  • Do not park on the grass across from the studio. The septic system is underneath and could collapse.
  • Follow the framed information in the kitchen. It gives important guidelines for care of the home.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 2nd Bedroom Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Common Half-bath - toilet , Off the living/dining area just inside entry door.
    King Master Bath - toilet , shower , jetted tub , The jetted tub is extra large. There is a tv installed above
  • Bathrooms feature clean towels, washcloths, hand towels, magnified makeup mirrors, hair dryers, bath gel/shampoo, lotion, bath salts and infused bath oils. All sinks are made by well known ceramicist, Cynthia Bringle. Master bath ironwork by Nathan Blank.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • 2. Guest Master Suite - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen is a size sleeper sofa.
    1. Master Suite - 1 king , Also offers an HDTV with Roku.
    3. Studio Office/Guest Bed above studio - 2 queen , 1 Queen bed, 1 Queen inflatable plush-top mattress
  • Both suites offer new, very comfortable king size mattresses and cotton bedding. All bedrooms have sliding glass doors and a view of Mount Mitchell and the Black Mountains. The studio office/bedroom has a living area, queen size bed and a private deck. This space does not have a bath in the same space. Guests using this room would use a bath in the main house, which is down a short path to the main house. (The studio office/bedroom is not available in winter months due to the possibility of snow or ice.) A plush, queen size mattress is available.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
The office/3rd bedroom can be made available upon request for no additional charge. It offers a business center that includes an iMac computer and laser printer that guests may use help plan the day's festivities or get a little work done. We are happy to help you plan fun things to do on your trip, so please let us know if you would like personalized suggestions.

Reviews

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5

Lovely stay and host!

  • 5 of 5

The photos really can't do the Conley House justice. Everything that we needed in the house was there. A rental that even has a sharp knife!? Unheard of in my travels. All the living spaces were very comfortable. We spent most of the time on the back patio. What a view! My family really enjoyed our time there and Lisa was very helpful and quickly responded to any inquiries. We hope to be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! What kind words. All the best until we have you again. :-)
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5

Tranquil perfection !

  • 5 of 5

We came for our first ever stay in this area, bringing friends and 2 sets of dogs. You step into a setting that is warm, inviting, and visually rewarding— the inside showcases local art and ceramics. Furnishings are comfy, functional and thoughtfully chosen. Any- and everything you might need in a kitchen was available. I tend to travel with my own favorite kitchen implements, but put them all back in the car:)

The property itself is beautiful with stunning views and a lovely terrace. Within 5 minutes of arriving, we knew we were coming back!!

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very well designed and outiftted cabin in exceptional location

  • 5 of 5

We rented the cabin for two weeks in September, 2017 and have rebooked for three weeks in September, 2018. The cabin is very well designed and decorated - minimalist/rustic with all the creature comforts - a pitch perfect mountain esthetic. The furniture is comfortable and there is very good ambient lighting at night. The unit is clean with good bed linens/towels (all washed w/no scent detergents) and the kitchen is charmingly functional - we cooked all nights save two. The views are nothing short of exceptional, both from inside the unit and out on the terrace. The location was better than we expected - you are isolated enough to have unadulterated vistas from the property but can get to Spruce Pine, the parkway, and Asheville very easily. We had a splendid time at Conley House.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rustic, inviting hide-away with a fabulous view!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed staying here so much that we've booked again for next year. Lisa has thought of everything her guests need because she stays there, too.

Even pottery and copper pans in the lovely kitchen!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful House, Beautiful View

  • 5 of 5

Conley House was our home away from home for three weeks, and we couldn't have made a better choice. The house itself is thoughtfully and artistically furnished, and comes with a fully stocked kitchen and plenty of room for a family gathering or a group of friends. There is a large dining room table for serving meals, but we ate all of ours out of doors on the patio overlooking one of the finest mountain views we've ever seen in North Carolina. The towns of Bakersville, Burnsville and Spruce Pine -- short drives away -- offer restaurants, art galleries, farmers' markets and shopping, while Asheville at an hour away is a good deal larger and always a treat to visit. There are hiking trails for all levels in warm months and skiing in winter. Owner Lisa Smith was delightful and always ready and available to answer our questions.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Outstanding

  • 5 of 5

Outstanding. A beautiful, tranquil place with incredible, long range views of Roan mountain and Mount Mitchell. Spotless and comfortable, lightfilled and spacious quarters augmented with original art and local pottery from the Penland area. Helpful and responsive owners. Restaurants, galleries, groceries, parks and spectacular hiking opportunities close by. I would absolutely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Map

Nearest Airport
67 Miles
Asheville
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Spoon (and others in Spruce Pine)
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Grassy Creek Golf & Country Club
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highway 226
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Knife & Fork (excellent farm to table restaurant)
Nearest Ski
34 Miles
Sugar Mountain
Nearest Beach
345 Miles
Washington, NC
Car: necessary

The nearest full service grocery store, Ingles Market, is just 15 minutes away in Spruce Pine. This store also sells beer & wine. Spirits are available at ABC stores in the state of North Carolina.

A river runs right through Spruce Pine, making a convenient and fun day of all sorts of water fun! The region is chockfull of blues, bluegrass and other music festivals, plus an annual gem & mineral show. Every September sees the launch of a new ASAP (Appalachia Sustainable Agriculture Project) Farm Tour that features farms all over the region where participants can learn about farming, tour the farm, meet the farmers and even buy their produce and products.

The locals are very friendly and helpful. We like to spend time in the mountains, in Asheville (Salsas Restaurant, Discount Shoe Warehouse, and The Blue Spiral are not to be missed), and exploring the shops and galleries in the smaller towns like Bakersville (In Tandem Gallery and Mica Gallery), Burnesville (Crimson Laurel Gallery at Micaville exchange and Carriage House shops) and Spruce Pine's antique shops, restaurants and the like. Spruce Pine is a 'wet' town, offering beer, wine, and spirits locally. Grocery stores can sell beer and wine, ABC stores sell liquor. Sunday sales are made after 12:00 pm Noon.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75 + Tax
Damage Protection Ins. $59 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $125
Tax Rate 9.75%

Kayak rentals are $50 base plus $10 per night of the rental. A signed waiver and contract are required per user. Certain restrictions may apply. You must be at least 18 years old to rent kayaks. An additional deposit may be required. Up to 4 kayaks are available. Rental includes kayak, paddle, and life vest. (Example: a party of 4 wishes to rent four kayaks during their three night stay. Each kayak would cost a base of $50, plus $30 for the three nights, not including tax.) other rental arrangements can be made depending on circumstances. Please inquire.)

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Housekeeping is available for our extended stay guests. Please let us know if you would be interested in this additional service.

We welcome children. However, the house may not be suitable for especially young children or children who are not familiar with being around artwork.

We love pets! Therefore dogs are accepted on approval and MUST be fully housebroken and current with their flea and tick medication and shots. Pets are not allowed on the furniture. A water bowl is provided. Please bring their bedding and food bowl. Thank you for your cooperation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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