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5-BD 5-BA Lodge. 2 Mi to Downtown, 4400 sqft , 4 acres, Mtn Views, sleeps 12-16

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Space 4,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

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 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 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 and sound of neighbors. The road to the house and the driveway are NOT hilly or steep. But with the hillside falling of 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/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
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english, some Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 19, 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 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.


Grove Park- Sunset House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Max. adults: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • 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 16
  • 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 Mi to Downtown, 4400 sqft , 4 acres, Mtn Views, sleeps 12-16
average rating of 4.9459457 based on 74 reviews

We were very happy with the house.

  • 5 of 5

We were very pleased with the house and the accommodations. We had to get use to the parking situation as I'm afraid of heights and was scared to either back up or park in the lower area, but it did not affect what we thought of the house overall. Would definitely recommend to any of our friends! We would of signed the guest book, but did not find it.

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Uh oh. Where is the guest book? We will look for it! The driveway is not steep. There is just that hump when you come in where you don’t quite see the rest of the driveway right away. A quick moment of startle for many people!
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Great for family gatherings!

  • 5 of 5

Very clean and well appointed property. Close to town, but feels secluded with a great view of he mountains. Couldn't have been prettier with the fall colors. We had a few bears visit that we could watch from the deck - a lot of fun. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful views, convenient to Asheville, perfect for family or girls getaway

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful views from entire house. Well equipped kitchen, convenient to Asheville (abt 10 minute drive down the hill, plenty of towels, many places for our group of 6 to sit and catch up would definitely recommend and stay at Tree Tops again

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best of both worlds in a beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

This house is certainly located in "nature-" we saw bears twice!!! But it was also less $12 to get downtown in an Uber XL. The house had everything we needed and was extremely comfortable. The layout was perfect for our group, especially the screened in porch. Mike was extremely accommodating and a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend this rental.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truly Beautiful, Spacious and Relaxing Property

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. For 4 years, our cousins group has been scheduling a fall retreat. In the past, we have gone to Gatlinburg so this was our first retreat in Asheville. It was nothing short of magnificent! Our first day we experienced the beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway enjoying Mount Mitchell (and the skies that day were clear!), down to Looking Glass Rock, and after our hike to Skinny Dip Falls, we ran out of daylight! We thoroughly enjoyed the downtown Asheville nightlife with street musicians, artsy shops and fantastic eateries. Another day was spent touring the Biltmore mansion and gardens, and mid October was simply amazing with temps in the low 80's. The mum gardens were a dream! Our last day was spent in Black Mountain, an old town just east of Asheville with spectacular mountain views, great bistros with patio dining, and so many shops to explore. Our final night was spent at this gorgeous home with a very competitive dart competition in the game room! There is so much to explore in Asheville and we will definitely be back. Your home provided us luxurious comfort and the wonderful convenience of being so close to downtown Asheville. The enclosed porch with fantastic views was a favorite gathering spot to plan our daily excursions. Thank you for a wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing October Weekend!

  • 5 of 5

Tree Tops is by far one of the best locations in Asheville, if you are looking to be close to the city and feel like you are in the mountains. We used Uber the entire weekend which averaged from 7-11 dollars a trip. It only took a few minutes and Uber XL was able to pick us up always. 12 women slept comfortably in the home with ample bathrooms, towels and top of the line sheets, hot water was never an issue with everyone getting ready at once. The owner even provides, shampoo conditioner and body wash in all the bathrooms. This is my second time booking the home and not a single guest has been disappointed. There is plenty of parking, with 12 women coming from all over the country everyone had a space.. I use VRBO often and many homes are represented quite differently upon arrival verses the web page. Tree Tops is everything advertised and more... The owner was fabulous, easy to work with and had quick and timely responses. Directions were easy to follow even in the night. I recommend anyone with a large or small group rent this home. It does not disappoint.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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