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5-BD 5-BA Lodge. 2 Miles to Downtown, 4000 sq. ft on 3.5 acres, Mtn Views

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

A mountain-view lodge escape, 3 min from brews and art galleries? Yes it's real!

Looking for the perfect combination of modern convenience, lodge-like settings, secluded woods, mountain views, and art-filled decor -- but still close to everything? TreeTops Lodge is for you. At 4,000 square feet, this contemporary cathedral-ceilinged house has all the upgrades of modern living -- luxurious baths, granite countertops with state-of-the-art appliances -- but with the feel of an old lodge, nestled in the woods, 1000 feet above Asheville with ever-changing woods and long-range views.

With an enclosed sun porch, a private deck on the ground level and expansive patio/deck off the living room (complete with patio furniture for 12 and a BBQ grill), the outdoor space rivals the indoor! From the main deck, you have northeastern and southern views of the nearby ridges, and lush greenery (or fiery fall foliage!) within reach.

The house features a cathedral ceiling living room with fireplace focal point, deep plush armchairs and sofas with two distinct seating areas. The nearby dining room features a massive dining table that can seat 14, hand-made by a local artisan using local sustainably harvested hemlock. Both the high-ceilinged living room and dining room contain art pieces I have acquired over the years, much of which is by local River Arts District weavers, potters, sculptors and oil painters.

Whether you cook every meal at home, or just grab bite in the morning and sample the great local restaurant at night, you'll appreciate the massive kitchen off the living room, with its own six-person breakfast nook, ample granite countertops, two refrigerators and state-of-the-art gas appliances.

Beyond the kitchen in the south wing is the original master bedroom with king bed and a trundle daybed that sleeps two more, with the largest of the private bathrooms with jacuzzi tub, double-headed walk-in shower, double vanity and giant walk-in closet. The Mission-style king bed and daybed in this room were both hand-crafted by a local artisan using locally source Appalachian pine.

The other two large king-bed bedrooms on the main floor are in the north wing. They share one and half baths, including a large marble-lined shower. The plantation-style king in one room is also handmade by the same artisan who build the Mission bed in the Master. The other king headboard is made from two original queen headboards that Asheville's historic Grove Park Inn used in the 1920s which were sold to the public in 1976 when the Inn was remodeled. Both rooms also feature local art.

Downstairs features a very large family room with regulation-sized pool table, a second small kitchen and bar, an additional bath and a half and the remaining two bedrooms - a queen and a two-twin room. The family room also has two sets of bunk beds tucked away in the alcove for addl overflow, brining total sleeping count to 16.

The house, however, is not designed to support 16 adults. The trundle and bunks are better used for kids, and I generally prefer to rent to no more than 10 adults. Most of my booking are large extended families coming to Asheville for family events like a wedding or a reunion. I try to be thoughtful of the neighbors, and renting to families keeps the number of cars and noise level in the neighborhood to a minimum. I ask guest to please park in the large driveway and parking pad, not on the main road, as a courtesy to my neighbors.

The house is situated on a steep hill, surrounded by 3.5 acres of forest, out of sight and sound of neighbors. With the hillside falling ogf quickly below the house, the huge deck seems to float among the tree tops, offering shade when you want it, but magical views of far-off mountains. It will be easy to forget that you are less than a mile from Starbucks, fine dining, groceries, breweries and other conveniences.

Despite the steep terrain of the yard at the house, the drive in is relatively flat and on major roads, and the driveway is not steep. The house itself is on level ground (although there is not really much usable yard to speak of), with only one step up onto the porch to enter. Once in the house (up that one step), the entire main floor and deck are handicap accessible and wheel-chair friendly. Past guests with elderly or frail parents/grandparents have found the house well-suited to those with limited mobility.

I have lived in or visited Asheville on and off for more than 20 years. This house is my home about three months of the year. There is so much to do and see here. If you are planning a trip, book tickets to the Biltmore early. My house has lots of brochures about other local activities, and I can always provide a restaurant idea or two.

I hope you will choose to stay at TreeTops Lodge. Regardless of where you choose to stay, and whether you are coming for the art or the beer, please enjoy your time in America's most magical and relaxed mountain town.

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More Details

Mike Smith
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, some Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2017

About Mike Smith

I have lived in San Francisco since 1986 but have been splitting my time between there and Asheville, where my parents and two siblings live, for 20 years. I love the arts scene here, and there is so much to do outdoors! I am the co-founder the AIDS Memorial Quilt, which started on my back porch in 1987. (Younger people have no clue what this is, but a Google search should help...) I've been running AIDS or LGBT organizations my whole adult life and enjoy the community-building aspect of what I do. After 13 years, I recently stepped down as executive director of AIDS Emergency Fund and Breast Cancer Emergency Fund, two related non-profits that help low income people pay their basic living costs while disabled or going through surgery, chemo or radiation. Asheville has always been my escape space and un-stressing zone. I know it will be yours, too! Whether it’s a gallery opening, dinner with extended family, or just watching the Fall foliage, I know I can leave the rat race behind here.

Mike Smith purchased this house in 2014

Why Mike Smith chose Asheville

There is something magical about life in a forest, watching the season change from every window -- on 3.5 acres, out of sight of neighbors, but SO close to town. I fell in love with the long-range views, the fireplace, and the quick access to everything. Although I spend most of the year in San Francisco, I am here about three months of the year. It's a shame for big house like this to sit empty, so I am sharing it with you. I've downsized a bit in San Francisco, and have sent most of my big art pieces to this house, including many pieces from local Asheville artists, that I have acquired over the years. This in my retreat house, with the birds in the trees (and at the feeder) and the sound of the wind. Art galleries in town and the working artists' studios of the River Arts District are my daily hunting grounds when I am here. But the quick drive back up the mountain to the house nourishes my soul.

What makes this house unique

I love the seclusion, the access to town, the modern conveniences of a newer house, the soaring cathedral ceilings, having all my art accessible around me, and sharing it with new friends.


Grove Park- Sunset House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Luxury master bath with double vanity, jet tub, huge shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Huge marble shower bath, shared by both King rooms
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Half bath off entry foyer, close to King 3
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , half bath off kitchen area of family room
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Lower level bath, just outside Queen Room
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king , King Bed w/shared bath, sliding double door access to deck
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , King bed with shared bath
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Queen bed, lower floor, shared bath
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , Twin beds with shared bath, lower level
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2 child bed , King Master w/Jacuzzi tub, trundle sleeps 2, kids preferred
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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5-BD 5-BA Lodge. 2 Miles to Downtown, 4000 sq. ft on 3.5 acres, Mtn Views
average rating of 4.9384613 based on 65 reviews

Amazing tree top lodge in Asheville

  • 5 of 5

Wow! Tree Tops Lodge is the most beautiful and well-equipped home we have ever rented! Needing lots of space, flexibility and nice amenities for our daughter's wedding weekend, we hit the jackpot with this large house up Vance Gap Road from downtown Asheville. The owner was very responsive to any questions we had and keeps this gorgeous home up nicely.

Offering two floors of huge living spaces, including several living areas, a great kitchen, a nice deck, the lovely sunroom (that has become my favorite place to relax with morning coffee), plus lots of bedrooms and bathrooms, this property checked all the boxes for a beautiful experience. The decorating is tastefully done, including local artwork; the photos tell the tale. The kitchen and every bathroom were stocked with thoughtful amenities. We had no trouble serving an elegant dinner for 10 within 3 hours of checkin!

Because of the secluded location up in the hills, this is a wonderful place to relax and get in touch with your inner peace - or to host family and friends for a fun vacation (or wedding weekend!). We would definitely choose Tree Tops Lodge again when in Asheville.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
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A wonderful, spacious home that felt far from the rush but was so close to downtown Asheville.

  • 5 of 5

Loved the home, especially the sun room with blinds pulled up and windows open to the mountain breezes. Kids enjoyed the pool table and dart board but disappointed we saw no bears!

Only suggestion is that all lights should be checked to be sure bulbs not burned out. There were quite a few. Thanks for sharing your home.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed staying here. It was almost 10 minutes to anywhere in town

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Very nice.

  • 5 of 5

A family of five - 2 parents, a 1 yr old, a disabled 5 year old and a 7 year old; a family of three - 2 parents and a 2.5 year old; a grandmother and a granddad; and another granddad really enjoyed the stay. When we had questions our contact Cara was very helpful. There were plenty of pots and pans, tableware, dishes, etc. A nice enclosed deck and an unenclosed deck (nice and cool in the morning!) was enjoyed. On the lower level is two bedrooms and a game room featuring a pool table, a dart board, and a TV which we hooked up a video game device which we brought. The living room TV also has this capability. The only downside was the internet connection. Time slowed down in the afternoon. I understand this is because of the house location and the owner still pays big bucks to provide the service.

The location is up a high elevation, but within ten minutes of downtown Asheville. We would stay again!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Beautiful Home

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place for a family vacation. The first floor is exceptional. The basement could use some TCL, but is still an exceptional place to stay. This home is so close to everything. We play a lot of games in the evening and the chairs in the dining room are very comfortable. Thanks Mike you are great owner to deal with. Any questions asked you answered right away.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Great place for a family get together!

  • 4 of 5

Tree Tops is a terrific place for several families to gather; we had nine of us from three families, including teens, adults and one pre-schooler. We had a great time: plenty of room to spread out, a dining room and a living room big enough to accomodate everyone; plenty of bathroom facilities for when everyone is hurrying to get ready to go out; roomy kitchen to enable "group cook", nice deck and grill; wonderful pool table and dart board in the downstairs game room. We encountered a minor problem, and the local manager was on the spot in less than 30 minutes and fixed it up - - GREAT service! The proximity to downtown Asheville, the interstate and the Blue Ridge Parkway made this ideal for our week together celebrating three anniversaries. Seeing the three bears on our last evening made it even more special. This was a terrific success! Thank you Mike!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Asheville Regional Airport
Car: necessary

Welcome to TreeTops Lodge, your tastefully appointed, serene escape in the Blue Ridge Mountains, remarkably close to downtown Asheville. After a quick 3-4 minute drive up Town Mountain Road from the center of town, you'd never know the City was just over the hill. At 1000 feet above town, you have only the hawks and eagles to share your space.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.