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Stunning Romantic & Spiritual Sanctuary: 100-Mile Views, Contemporary Design

Bedrooms 1
Space 2 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

One bedroom, one bath condo with upstairs loft & 40' vaulted ceiling,

The new renovated condo is located atop one of the highest mountain peaks in eastern Northern America... an 1,100 square foot one bedroom one bath condo with an upstairs loft, 40 foot vaulted ceilings, contemporary furniture, high end finish outs, custom paint, and a view that has to be seen to be believed. With only four units occupied in the building (of 12), and nobody else on the top floor, this is an extremely quiet and private area, ideal for romance or rejuvination.

In addition to the one bedroom, there is a single mattress upstairs in the loft -- and in a pinch, a guest can sleep on the oversized couch downstairs.

The upstairs loft features dim-able turkish lamps, soft rugs and pillows for lounging. There's an executive desk/chair, a brother laser printer, and extraordinarily inspiring view--many people come here to finish projects. In addition, there is a meditation corner, with soft blankets and pillows for seating, and an MP3 player with several meditations if you want to learn. A single mattress with bedding is stored in the closet.

It sits upon the grounds of The Art of Living Retreat Center, which (for extra charge) offers dining, Ayurvedic Spa services, yoga and meditation classes, hiking, and more.

You can have a lot of privacy, as only four of the 12 units in this building are currently occupied. Or, if you choose, you can explore the retreat center community a bit and socialize. If you don't want to cook or drive into town, the Art Of Living Retreat Center dining hall serves three delicious vegetarian buffet meals a day for around 15-20$ It's the big yellow building two doors down.

More Details

Property Manager
thomas bell
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2017

About thomas bell

I purchased this condominium during a four year hiatus from the corporate world, where I embarked on a bucket list adventure to visit the most sacred places on the planet, acquire the knowledge. From the Himalayas and the Ganges River to Machu Picchu, to Kauai, Joshua Tree, and The Black journey eventually led me to Heavenly Mountain, in Boone, NC.

Yes, Boone, North Carolina. The Blue Ridge Mountains--and this area in particular -- are considered to be among the most ancient and sacred mountains on earth. This condo served as my sanctuary, where I was able to write, do volunteer work, connect with nature and discover a deeper sense of purpose for the next chapter of my life. Mission accomplished!

To say that I enjoyed my time here would be a massive understatement. It is my pleasure to pay it forward and share this extraordinary place with you. Not because I have because I believe this condominium, this mountain are here for the purpose of supporting individuals on their journey of growth, rejuvenation, rest, and relaxation.

I have recently relocated to Dallas, TX, where I am a corporate and life trainer. I really wanted to live closer to my mother, who inspires me daily.

I am a live music nut, still seek out the best summer music and yoga festivals. Other passions include border collies, Thai and Indian cuisine, fly fishing, mountain biking, the Denver Broncos, John Steinbeck, Tony Robbins, the Allman Brothers, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Krishna Das, The Head and the Heart, and (obviously) the ancient wisdom teachings of the East, including Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Yogananda, Eckart Tolle and Rod Stryker. (my library is kept stocked for your enjoyment)

I return to Boone frequently to rest, rejuvenate and recharge the batteries.

thomas bell purchased this condo in 2012

Why thomas bell chose Blue Ridge Mountains

I believe in the mission of the art of living, which is one of the largest and most generous global non-profit, humanitarian efforts in the world. From programs for returning military veterans in the US, to prison reform, corporate trainings, youth and women's empowerment....I could fill this entire page with the GOOD they are doing. Suffice it to say, they set up shop on this mountain top. And are extremely humble, kind, and welcoming folks.

What makes this condo unique

If you like to hike, or just go for walks, I have five different ones I can direct you the casual stroll, to the advanced downhill, with waterfall cliff dives. There is a map on the kitchen counter with directions, and FAQs.

The Blue Heaven Spa is a three minute ride down the road. with full spa services and treatments. Call ahead, as they get busy on weekends. This is one of only a handful of authentic Aryuvedic spas in the nation, with an amazing array of traditional treatments. Also, they have a steam room and fitness center.

Visitors always seem to find what they are looking for. I get a lot of compliments on my the loft office, with laser printer. The space seems to inspire reflection. I get an equal number of compliments on the morning sunrises, the hiking trails, and just lounging or enjoying meals on the patio furniture.


Boone Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 3
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • There is one bathroom with itallian marble tile, updated fixtures, bath and shower, plenty of new towells, and a washer and dryer. The shower curtain is on a hoop so it gives extra room.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • The bed is queen, with a nice expensive mattress, down comforter and duvet, nightstand and reading lamp. Upstairs, in the loft, is a single mattress, perfect for a child. The couch is broad and firm, with removable has also housed many guests.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • 1 bicycles
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing


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Stunning Romantic & Spiritual Sanctuary: 100-Mile Views, Contemporary Design
average rating of 4.5 based on 8 reviews

Just as described!

  • 5 of 5

Just as described. We enjoyed staying in this peaceful condo that has a beautiful view.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Winter Haven, FL

Nice place. A bit out of the way.

  • 4 of 5

For the price, this was a great deal. After wrestling with the front door for five minutes trying to figure out how to open it, saw that the pictures were accurate. Google maps is a little sketchy getting you up there but you will eventually make it. It runs about 15 seconds behind.

Everything was very clean and I really don't have any complaints. Well worth the cost.

Closer and easier drive to Boone than Blowing Rock

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice peaceful place with an outstanding view

  • 5 of 5

Unit is part of a 12-unit building, but most units were empty and everyone else was really quiet. Views are fantastic from the porch and even better from the upstairs area. Bed was comfortable and bathroom was good. Would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, James! Glad to hear you enjoyed yourself, I will love to have you back.
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north carolina

Peaceful and Quiet

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful location, very quiet except for a few neighorbors sharing a patio/terrace area. Unit was very nice and had wonderful views and 2 story interior. Owner was very kind and helpful and had bottled water in unit for us. It was a little hot and no AC but windows and cross breeze helped. Some of the buildings were indeed of some maintenance but the inside of this unit was in good shape. The retreat itself if unique. We booked pottery class and had a nice adventure there.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Spot with Spectacular View

  • 5 of 5

Tom has created a lovely peaceful oasis. It was perfect for me because the workshop I was attending was just down the road and we had our meals at Art of Living, so it couldn't have been more perfect.

I had a few friends over for an impromptu mini-bday celebration for a friend and the living room is cozy and comfortable for people to sit around and chat.

Waking up to that view is nothing short of spectacular and then at night the star show is equally amazing.

The building is very quiet. it felt like it was just me and the neighbors just right next door because everyone was so quiet, but I noticed later there were others in town in the building. It's just so peaceful you don't feel like you are in a condo building at all.

Will recommend to others in the future too!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful views, sparse amenities.

  • 3 of 5

We had a great stay at this property. The views are spectacular, and the apartment was comfortable. The roads can be difficult to navigate during a big snow, as they are not plowed. My largest take away from the trip was that the owner reported a chair broken after I left. I found this strange, because to the best of my knowledge, we had not sat down on the only chair in the apartment during our entire stay. The property insurance covered the cost, so I was not charged anything more than the $100 fee I had already paid. When I contacted the insurance company they told me there had been no description of damages or picture submitted. I am happy no additional charges were asked of me, but I am sceptical of and do not appreciate a claim filed against me with out any description of damages or proof they occurred. Aside from this

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Three housekeepers all agreed the chair was damaged during his stay. But it still didn't cost him a penny. No harm to either of us, really..The damage protection covered it -- so I didn't bother him with it. In terms of kitchen utensils, there is a list of all the pots, pans, etc. I forward upon booking -- haven't had anyone complain until now. If you are staying for a week or more, you may want to bring some of your favorite kitchen items.
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Charlotte or Greensboro
Car: recommended

This property is located about 12 miles from Boone, NC, and about four miles from what is widely considered the most scenic stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Though i own the condo outright, it is situated on the grounds of the Art of Living Retreat Center., so you can keep to yourself, or take advantage of the many courses, activities, programs and offerings they have, including a dining hall, and full service Spa.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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