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.
- House2000 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Min Stay3 nights
3 Bedroom 2 Bath House on 5 acres of mountain property
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within one hour
- Calendar last updated:
- Jul 21, 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
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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. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Awesome, private, and clean!!
Awesome location, hidden in the woods! Clean, interesting architecture!!
Awesome and very unique property. Warm and inviting.
Loved the property. The screened-in porch was so nice to have morning coffee and evening wine. Our boys liked the ping-pong table, piano and drums. Enjoyed roasting marshmallows over the fire pit. Bedding very comfortable, nice fluffy towels and enjoyed the nice toiletries. Loved the house overall and appreciate the custom build, very neat display of the straw walls, and cement/tile floor is gorgeous. Everything you need is provided. Would definitely stay here again and the owner was very responsive and provided helpful info about the area before our arrival. Was our first trip to Black Mountain and we will definitely return. Loved the nice little town with fabulous local restaurants, beer and shops.
A great place to relax.
Away From It All!
When you arrive to the home, walking inside kind of reminded me of a trendy tree house. Every little detail was thought out when Bobby built the house. The kitchen floor was my favorite part of the whole house. It was so detailed with the mosaic pieces and marbles added in every now and then. An who doesnt love a spiral staircase?! We enjoyed our stay overall except for when it stormed on the last night. The power went out and didnt turn back on for some hours. We brought 2 flashlights and thats what we had to work with. I'd give 5 stars if there had been a back up generator or lanterns handy for situations like this. The driveway was a bit tricky once you find the house but if you know how to drive smart, youll be good to go. This house is truely out in the middle of nowhere. It had pretty much everything you needed otherwise and for those adventurous souls out there wanting to escape and get away for a while and dont mind a little backroads driving, this is your house!!! Its a great location for hiking in Black Mountain and the town itself, so cute!
Tranquil Cabin in the Woods
A bit of a drive up the mountain and then down a tree hugging road, but worth it when you pull up and go inside. Wow! What a beautiful place to get away from the chaos of everyday life and just rest. Very peaceful place with no distractions. Bobby was quick to reply and accommodating to our last minute request to arrive a day earlier. The only suggestion I have to offer is for the renter to plan to locate the house in the day time vs at night. This is definitely a place not to be missed! Thank you Bobby for sharing your place!
Wonderful house, a perfect place to retreat and refresh. Special touches throughout
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.