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

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Half Baths2
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

Overview

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

Owner
Mike Smith
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, some Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
July 24, 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.

Amenities

Grove Park- Sunset House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • 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 ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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
Bedrooms:
  • 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
Entertainment:
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • 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

Reviews

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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 4.9344263 based on 61 reviews
5

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
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Winchester ky
4

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
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Absolutely Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We had our very first family reunion at this five bedroom lodge. There were ten of us, 9 adults and my granddaughter who is almost 5 years old. We were very comfortable. Even my 91 year old mom, who is in a wheelchair, was able to enjoy herself in this spacious home. I spent hours and hours on line looking for a place that could accommodate her special needs. I finally saw this place in Asheville. My mother has always wanted to visit the Biltmore Estate, so this was an answer to my prayers. Mike was very helpful in answering my questions regarding my mother's needs. My mom, having lost a leg to cancer, has had many challenges, but has not let that stopped her from enjoying life.

We loved spending time on both decks out back. The views were spectacular! We were even rewarded with several bear sightings. The layout of the house was spacious, with room to retreat from each other when needed. The kitchen was well stocked with cooking utensils and pans and the dinning room seemed as if it were made for us. We certainly felt right at home.

The lodge is in such a good location for all activities including our visit to the Biltmore Estate, going to the highest elevation east of the Mississippi, zip lining, whitewater rafting, restaurants, dog parks, hiking, etc.

I do need to mention that this was a Christmas present for my mother. She was overjoyed, since this was the very first time we were all together in one place for an extended amount of time. She was in tears a few times because of her happiness and joy of not only being together, but also being in such a beautiful location.

My granddaughter and I were constantly looking for more bears. Unfortunately, I did not get one picture of the bears, however, when we were packing up to leave, my daughter and granddaughter caught sight of a bear by the entrance to the driveway. They were so excited! They were able to get pictures. That was the perfect ending to a perfect vacation!

Thanks, Mike, for making our family reunion/vacation so memorable!

Joyce S.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Minneapolis
5

Beautiful, large home.

  • 5 of 5

I stayed in this home in June 2017 with my family of four plus two grandparents. This house was plenty large for all of us. The house is nicely furnished and decorated and had everything we needed. We all enjoyed the pool table in the basement and the porch/sunroom overlooking the hillside. The owner and manager were both very responsive and friendly when we were unable to find something in the house. The location is close to downtown Asheville. The house is beautifully situated on the side of a hill, surrounded by trees. There is no grassy yard, but we didn't need one so it was fine. I would recommend this house for a large family, and I would absolutely stay here again. It is one of the nicest we have stayed in.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

AMAZING house to call HOME when on Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

BEST HOUSE in ASHEVILLE to explore and see the town... many rooms, bedrooms, levels that you will never feel cramped!!! Everything the owner detailed in the description is up-to-par if not exceeded expectations! The atmosphere on the outdoor decks is breathtaking... relaxing, comfortable, plenty of room for a few families, minutes away from downtown with gourmet restaurants and WOW! crafted breweries everywhere! A quick Uber ride for a safe night out! Stop for groceries, stock the fridge, and sit back on the deck and BBQ in style!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Westminster, CO
5

Amazing getaway!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful property!!! Very large and very well furnished with everything you'd ever want or need. The house is beautiful and perfectly maintained. It's a lovely peaceful neighborhood that's still only minutes from the activity of downtown Asheville. Large gathering spaces made getting the whole family together easy - but there were also plenty of places for a quiet moment alone. The deck and sunroom are amazing. The bear was a bit of a surprise, but not menacing in any way - just added a bit of excitement! Would definitely stay here again. The owner, Mike, was also a delight to work with. Nothing negative to say about the property or the experience. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Map

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.

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Rates & Availability

Grove Park- Sunset House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
SUMMER/FALL 2017
Jun 11 2017 - Nov 6 2017
3 night minimum stay
$500
 
 
Nov 2017
Nov 7 2017 - Nov 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
$450
 
 
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 21 2017 - Nov 26 2017
5 night minimum stay
$600
 
 
December 2017
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
$475
 
 
Xmas/NewYears '17-'18
Dec 21 2017 - Jan 1 2018
5 night minimum stay
$600
 
 
Winter 2018
Jan 2 2018 - Mar 15 2018
3 night minimum stay
$500
$3,200
 
 
SPRING 2018
Mar 16 2018 - May 24 2018
4 night minimum stay
$475
From
$525
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
 
 
SUMMER 2018
May 25 2018 - Sep 4 2018
5 night minimum stay
$625
$3,900
 
 
FALL FOLIAGE
Sep 5 2018 - Nov 5 2018
4 night minimum stay
$600
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$650
$4,250
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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