About the property
- House4400 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay2 - 5 nights
Mountain-view lodge escape, only 5 min from brews & 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 4,400 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 a 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, two ovens, two sinks, and state-of-the-art gas appliances.
Beyond the kitchen in the south wing is the master bedroom with king bed and a trundle daybed that sleeps two more, with the largest of the private bathrooms with jacuzzi tub, 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 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 two full baths bath -- and the remaining three bedrooms - a queen room for two, a room with two twin-over-full bunk for four (or even 6) and the kids' "bunkhouse" with two bunk beds for four more. That adds up to a total sleeping count of 20.
The house, however, is not designed to support 20 adults. The bunks are better used for kids, and I generally prefer to rent to no more than 12 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 from neighbors. The road to the house and the driveway are NOT steep. But with the hillside falling off quickly below the house, there is not a lot of yard. 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.
The house itself is on level ground, 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 or grandparents have found the house well-suited to those with limited mobility. There is a portable wheelchair ramp in the hall closet near the front door that can be used for that one front step.
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.
I do not advertise on craigs list. If you see the ad there it is scam. Please report it! If you are more than 12 people, I may have to raise the cleaning fee by $100. It can take two people most of a day to clean up after larger groups. If your stay creates a "turn" where staff only have five hour to prepare the house for the next guests, I will also need to charge an additional $100. I value my cleaning staff and there families, and I compensate my cleaning team ( and landscaping and maintenance people) and at a livable wage, well above the minimum. Please join me in supporting our service workers in Asheville's tourist economy!
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- English, Some Spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- May 23, 2018
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 in Asheville, 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 Grove Park- Sunset
There is something magical about life in a forest, watching the season change from every window -- on 4 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 would be a shame for a 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.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Perfect place for our large group
We were a big crowd in town for UNCA graduation. Hosts were incredibly accommodating. My father-in-law is wheelchair bound and the house worked perfectly for him.
The house is immaculate, well-maintained, well-provisioned and incredibly easy for all of us to be comfortable. It is also very close to downtown.
The house and surroundings were lovely. Everything we needed was available. We had a power issue that was dealt with promptly. We enjoyed the deck and sun room the best. And the restaurants in town were awesome! A nice get away and environment to relax.
Fantastic place to stay near downtown Asheville
This was the perfect location for my college reunion friends. There were 7 of us, and we all enjoyed this beautiful, spacious home. The common areas were perfect for gathering. The living room, dining area, sun room and decks were great places to gather and enjoy the mountain views. The kitchen was well stocked and convenient. The bedrooms were large, private, and very comfortable. Also, the bathrooms were well equipped with fresh towels, soaps, hairdryers, etc. The entire house was spotless. The location is very quiet and private, but the house is also convenient to downtown Asheville. Access to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Mountains to Sea Trail is easy. The home is beautifully decorated with some of the owner's art. The owner was very responsive to our questions. It is the perfect spot for a family gathering, reunion, or retreat. We would definitely stay there again.
Outstanding vacation location
My friends and I had a wonderful trip to Asheville. It's a wonderful community, and this beautiful home added a lot to our visit. It's spacious, comfortable, well maintained and lovely. Worth the stay for the views and artwork alone I highly recommend this place.
Superb home for a big group
There were 9 of us women meeting up for a reunion (friends since high school). We found the house the absolutely perfect place for us. It was spacious and bright. Plenty of places to sleep, to hang out, to eat. Great kitchen stocked with all you need (plates, bowls, utensils). Although we’re up in the tree tops with a beautiful view we were minutes from town. The owner and the caretaker were excellent in communicating with us. We highly recommend this lovely home!!!
Stay here for your next family trip to Asheville!
We love Asheville! We try and visit every year and our goal is to live there part time when we're lucky enough to retire. This year we were able to visit Asheville with the whole family: parents, sister & spouse, sons, nephew, daughter-in-law & our two dogs. We were a group of 10 and this house was perfect for us all to stay together under one roof (we normally stay downtown). There was plenty of room to spread out, be comfortable and sit together for meals. The house had everything we needed and more, it's well equipped. We had fun building puzzles, cooking meals and soaking in the mountain air. The location was wonderful, just outside of town and up the mountain. You felt like you were away from it all (but it was all just a few miles away). The views from the house are gorgeous, we loved sitting on the deck overlooking the lights in town at night. Getting to town was a quick 10 minute drive and it was easy to get an Uber as well. We certainly enjoyed our much needed family time in this beautiful house. We recommend visiting Curate, The Admiral, Storm Rhum Bar & Bistro and Tupelo Honey for restaurants. There are so many good Breweries - some of our favorites are Wicked Weed Funkatorium, Sierra Nevada, Green Man and Burial. Every time we visit, we discover new places and treat ourselves to a new piece of art. If you're looking for a beautiful house to accommodate your whole family, I highly recommend this house. Mike is a pleasure to rent from and is very attentive to any questions you have. Consider this house for your next family trip to Asheville, you won't be disappointed.
Sam & Phil Kolodziej
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.