Sassafras Lane is the place to unplug and take part in mountain living. Located near the charming town of Black Mountain, North Carolina this home provides a serene headquarters to launch your adventure into the area. Relax on the screened porch, play a game of ping pong, and make a fire in the stone fire pit whilst countless stars and planets remind you of the beautiful place this is. Hire a local massage therapist and turn this home into a spa for the day.
3 Bedroom 2 Bath House on 5 acres of mountain property
- Calendar last updated:
- Dec 9, 2018
About Bobby McHugh
This was the first house designed and built by Bobby McHugh in 2003-2004. He is now the owner of McHugh Designs, a local green design + build firm. He is also the current owner with his daughter who helps him "run this hotel." Bobby first heard about straw bale building while living in Washington State, but when he moved to the area and met other straw balers, he knew he had to fulfill that dream. The 330 organic wheat bales in the walls were grown at local Warren Wilson College. One of the thrills of the house is to open the "truth window" which reveals the true nature of the wall construction. The natural stucco on the interior and exterior is mainly sand and hydrated lime. The recycled granite mosaic in the large main room, a tradition with many local straw bale homes, was laid by 20 volunteers who helped move the 5000 pieces weighing about 6 ton. The 15 trees taken down for the main part of the house were milled to provide the main room beams and all the oak woodworking throughout the house. The doors in the main part of the house are either salvaged or built by the homeowner. Along with most of the house details, there is furniture, mostly benches and the armoire in the main bedroom that were built by the homeowner as well. Sassafras Lane is a place to share. It always has been a place to celebrate and share with friends and family. One night in this house will communicate the many visits and countless hours of peace, serenity, laughter and the constant communion with nature that all visitors and residents have fed this place.
Bobby McHugh purchased this House in 2003
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Charming, unique, and rustic with modern amenities
Four of us stayed at Sassafras Lane for the Thanksgiving holiday and it was perfect. I loved feeling like I was surrounded by the woods. The construction of the house is very cool, we especially loved the stucco walls and all the mosaic work inside. My husband and I stayed in the upstairs bedroom and it was a real treat. I love the colors used, and the wooden closets in the room as well as the peek-through window that looks across the loft and also into the main part of the house (can close the shutters for privacy). The en-suite bathroom has great counter space and a HUGE tub which was wonderful. Our friends stayed in one of the downstairs bedrooms and they liked that it was right beside the ping-pong table and the stand-up shower stall in their bathroom. We all loved the radiant heat in the floors and we were toasty warm the whole time!
My husband is a drummer and my friends and I play wind instruments so we had a lot of fun gathering in the drum set room and practicing together. The piano is downstairs in the living room, which we all dabble in and enjoyed playing some Christmas carols on. We also watched a few movies on the smart TV in the living room.
The kitchen was well-equipped for making Thanksgiving dinner. I brought some of my own roasting pans for the Turkey and some other dishes, but otherwise we found everything we needed.
We enjoyed sitting on the screen porch and enjoying the views during breakfast. We also went down to the firepit one night and had a great time building a fire and roasting marshmallows. I am so happy that we stayed at Sassafras lane! It was a peaceful and special place to get away to. Would absolutely go back!
Beautiful family experience here! Earthy & comfortable interior- many custom touches!
coolest rental yet
We’ve rented VRBO multiple times this by far was our coolest house ever, it’s made of straw! It’s super remote but only 15 to the interstate and 20 more to Asheville. Not hard to get into the home but if you walk with a cane it might be hard to get in and out. If you appreciate unique architecture, artistic touches, or just a different kind of home you will appreciate this place. Everyday we’d find something different we hadn’t noticed before. Love that he recycles and no satellite tv but he’s left an hdmi cord free so we streamed our mountaineer football through our laptop- worked perfect. Loved the outdoor screened porch and spiral staircase. The location is perfect...we’d love to stay again and can’t recommend this house enough.
Thank you so much for your eloquent review! Having built this house I’m always so appreciative of people’s loving it as much as I do and it keeps me able to offer its peacefulness to others. You’re always welcome.
A Visit of Contrasts
This is a charming, unique home with an attentive owner. There are a few suggestions that would help elevate this home to a high VRBO standard (such as I have come to expect): improved outside tidiness, hair dryers, a welcome/instruction notebook, updated directions and WiFi code, improved kitchen cleanliness, repaired screen door screen, and porch exit that is locked because of unsafe stairs.
Fabulous baths, bedrooms, bedding and towels.
I’m not surprised by your review as it seemed you were skeptical right from the get go. Giving you a 5 star review was premature I guess, since even after I came out especially to take care of your complaints you write us a 3-Star review? That’s very unfair, but I’ll suppose you can take your high brow self elsewhere next time. Staying out in the woods is not squeaky clean, even the forest and humidity compound the effects the very earth has on this beautiful house. There’s no reason for this bad review especially in light of the special treatment I delivered. I feel if you weren’t satisfied it is very much you who is unsatisfactory and I bid you goodbye.
Wonderful cabin in the woods!
Lovely, spacious cabin. Perfect for us and our two children. Bobby’s house was obviously well cared for, and had everything we needed. Wonderful for anyone seeking some quiet isolation.
Great stay in a funky house!
This was our first experience staying in a straw bale house. So so cool! The Truth Window was a cool touch. The house is a little far from things to do, so each day we left and planned to return in the evening. Hiking, biking, drinking, etc. are all a good 20 minute drive (minimum). The kitchen was well stocked and we loved the game room! Thanks so much!
Located in the Broad River Headwater Basin, this mountain home sits atop the "dry ridge" above Glade Creek and an old farm meadow. This is the place to unplug and take part in the beautiful setting and mountain living. Conveniently located between Black Mountain and Chimney Rock SASSAFRAS LANE is equipped to be your launching pad into the area. The main section of the house features gorgeous, warming Straw Bale walls and bright southern exposure. This is a craftsman house through and through, designed and built by the current owner. Heavy timbers and oak trim were milled from trees onsite. An easy starting woodstove warms the main room if the solar radiant floor heating system hasn't already. The kitchen is well appointed for the chef in the family---we suggest cooking up a meal using meats and produce found at many local shops and farmer's markets. An heirloom teak dining table and ladderback chairs is the perfect place to share time with your friends and family. Relax on the screened porch and listen to the creek in the glade roll by. There's a ping pong table that can be folded away so one of many local massage therapists can set up for a spa day in the country. Nearby are fabulous local businesses such as the Straightaway Cafe (the local pub), Hickory Nut Gap Farm, the Looking Glass Creamery, Painter's Greenhouse, and many more. We are 15 minutes south of the charming mountain town of Black Mountain, 20 minutes north of Chimney Rock State Park, and a mere 30 minutes to the city of Asheville.