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Fabulous Fun Zone, Bike Trails , Convenient to all, Bright Light Yoga & Pottery!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Black Mountain Home Mountian Bike Friendly

Conveniently located brand new cottage will ensure a happy vacation! Open floor plan in the living /dining /kitchen areas with space for yoga practice. Pottery lessons at adjacent pottery studio where you can book a class! Private yoga lessons also available. Biking from the front door on the Royal Gorge Greenway or Kitzuma Trail with cottage bikes. Catawba falls hiking in ten minutes drive or hike an hour loop from the door of the cottage. Roomy bedrooms with comfy beds and a pullout couch for an extra person. Book now and make a memory to last forever! You will be returning yearly for fun and relaxation. Please note that there is a basement apartment with a separate entrance on the opposite side of the house that is rented year round. It does not take away from the privacy of the home. If you are planning to book pottery and yoga classes we advise inquiring early to ensure an opening.

Martha R. Nelson
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Martha R. Nelson

Jeff and Martha Nelson, both graduates from nearby Warren Wilson College, have lived in Black Mountain for over 20 years. Together they designed and built Kitzuma Cottage as a place where folks can come to enjoy the mountains and discover the beauty of the area as well as all that this area has to offer as a haven for all arts, music, food lovers, and outdoor enthusiasts. Martha's pottery studio is located adjacent to the Cottage. She teaches pottery in her fully equipped studio with four wheels and both gas and electric kilns. While Martha enjoys keeping her hands in dirt and clay on a small scale, Jeff works with the earth on a larger scale. His business, Riverrock Construction, is a company specializing in boulder retaining wall construction, excavation, site development, foundation and septic systems. Our two daughters, Emma and Lucy, grew up here in the Swannanoa Valley enjoying the hiking, biking, boating and the music and art of the area. We know that you will enjoy it too!

Martha R. Nelson purchased this house in 2014

Why Martha R. Nelson chose Black Mountain

We purchased the lot on which Kitzuma Cottage is built in 2006 originally planning to build a larger home. In 2015 we decided to build a vacation property instead. We have lived in and loved this area so much over the past thirty years we wanted to build a place where others can come and discover it too! Being completely involved from start to finish is really a dream come true for us.

What makes this house unique

In designing and building Kitzuma Cottage we kept in mind what makes a vacation home special for us. The house has an open living, kitchen and dining room area which allows for great together time while dining and relaxing. Location, location, location allows for the most fun! Being conveniently located to biking trails, hiking trails, as well as, art galleries, restaurants, and shops Kitzuma Cottage can satisfy everyone's tastes. Jeff is a biking enthusiast and Martha loves pottery and yoga and we located and designed the house with these activities in mind. We love living outside the busier city of Asheville but close enough to enjoy the additional restaurants and businesses that are only a 15 minute drive away. Black Mountain is a gem and we know that during your visit you will discover a love of Black Mountain too! Please note that our cottage is in a semi-rural area close to a scenic railway and light sleepers need to know that there is an evening and early morning train.


Black Mountain House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , glass shower door
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Both bedrooms have comfortable beds and a sitting area by the window for reading or relaxing.
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
Pottery classes can be arranged at nearby studio for up to five students for wheel instruction. Hand-building classes as well. Yoga classes also available. Owner is a certified instructor.


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Fabulous Fun Zone, Bike Trails , Convenient to all, Bright Light Yoga & Pottery!
average rating of 4.9 based on 20 reviews

Perfect location, very updated and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

I traveled with two other couples New Years Eve weekend. We are frequent visitors to the Asheville area and will say after staying in Black Mountain we will be changing for good. Black Mountain is close enough to Asheville you can get there in no time and has a very nice downtown area itself. This mountain house really is the perfect location being right off of the interstate. It made getting around very easy and quick.

The actual house is in very updated and great shape. Everything you need is already provided and very clean. Two very nice mountain bikes are even provided if you want to take advantage of some of the nearby trails.

Our group has stayed in more than 10 vacation rentals and we were all in agreement that this mountain house was one of, if not the nicest rentals we've stayed in.

Overall we were very happy with the stay and we will be back.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very Nice & Thoughtful

  • 4 of 5

Kitzuma cabin is nicely outfitted with everything you need for having fun, including two mountain bikes inside. Nice separation exists between bedrooms and baths with laundry in between, made connectable with pocket doors. Modern new kitchen and comfy open living space with ample windows has 'tree house' appeal. The hidden gem was the private outside hot/cold shower over a gigantic rock base. We brought fresh rosemary and mint herbs to steam in a pot for fragrance plus a little humidity inside, later making the perfect final rinse 'tea' splash after chilly crisp morning showers outside. Only downside is close proximity to I-40 and train tracks. You do hear them, even at night.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nicely Done. Now added to one of our favorite vacation spots. 4.5 stars

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I were looking to get away for a few days. We originally thought we'd go to Charleston, SC but we've never been to NC and had heard great things about the Asheville area. Lucky us we chose wisely as hurricane Matthew came through Charleston a few days before our trip which would have ruined everything. Asheville is awesome. If you haven't been it needs to be on your bucket list. This turned out to be one of our favorite vacations. We initially tried to find a location in Asheville but things were booked pretty tight and expensive. Having never vacationed in NC, we were a little concerned about finding something far away from the city. As it turns out, Black Mountain is a fabulous little town with some great restaurants and shops with no traffic while Asheville is pricey and crowded. If I get to go again, I will scratch Asheville off the list and look only in the Black Mountain area. The cabin was very comfortable and perfectly located only a few minutes from town and ~15min from Asheville. You're right off the interstate so you can get where you're going quickly. Cabin looks to have been recently remodeled and everything is nicely done. The inside looks brand new from the floors to the ceilings with new appliances and clean bathrooms. Very comfortable and perfect for us. You could easily add another couple or some kids and have plenty of room.

Negatives were all minor but if you want some here they are...1) You are only a quarter mile from I40 and can hear the trucks loading up. 2) Between you and the interstate are the train tracks. Expect a couple of trains per day including some at night complete with train whistle. They pass quickly but if you can't stand trains you should look somewhere else. As a point of reference, my wife slept through them but I did not. 3) TV in the living room only, none in the bedrooms. We like watching late night movies in bed so we missed this.

I highly recommend with 4.5 stars.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A perfect retreat in Black Mountain!

  • 5 of 5

Such a cozy yet modern little cottage. Well appointed, beautifully decorated and a well stocked kitchen for cooking. We loved being able to use the bikes to bike up and down the mountain. Martha was Super helpful and welcoming. We will certainly stay here again when next in the area. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location and great stay

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Kitzuma cottage. The location made it so perfect for us. It's right next to the highway so it made for easy access to Asheville, Black Mountain and Old Fort. The Kitzuma trailhead is just down the street. Cute house with modern high end appliances made it easy for us to prepare meals for the family during our stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

When I walked in the cottage my first thought was"love it!!!" The cottage is both very comfortable and georgeous. All of the design is well thought out with two comfortable bed rooms with a chair, two full baths, (both a shower and a tub) and well supplied kitchen. Beautiful wood floors and some wood furniture that Jeff created and pottery dishes that Martha created.

I took several pottery classes. Martha is a potter who is also an amazing teacher. She also incorporates a few yoga moves that helped us relax before and after our class.

Jeff wasn't available due to an injury but Martha was a great hostess.

Highly recommend!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great to host BJ and Becky for a week of private pottery lessons. They walked over to the pottery studio to join me for classes in the morning afternoon and some evenings. Then returned to the cottage to cook meals in between. I loved getting to know them and enjoyed the dinner at Fresh Pizza as well! Thanks for being great guests and students, BJ and Becky!
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Asheville Regional Airport
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Car: necessary

Convenient to premier mountain biking trails including Kitzuma (bike here from the door of the cottage), the Royal Gorge Greenway, and Bent Creek. Ten minutes to the Blue Ridge Parkway and the art and crafts lovers' shopping hotspot of the Folk Art Center. Ten minutes to the Lake Eden Arts Festival grounds in Black Mountain. Visit downtown Asheville for extensive choices for dining and art galleries (15-20 minute drive). Or just stay at the cottage and cook fresh food from our local tailgate market in the modern kitchen.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

Rates are subject to change until payment is made.

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.