About the property
- House650 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
Dryad Cottage: New Remodel, High Ceilings, Light & Air, And A Large Covered Deck
In Greek mythology, a dryad is a tree spirit, and that spirit resides in this cozy getaway. Dryad Cottage is the result of an extensive 2015 renovation on an early Black Mountain home. We added 17-foot ceilings in the living room and kitchen area, all-new windows and flooring, a large loft with a second queen bed and writing desk (accessible by ladder), new A/C and heat, new plumbing and electricity, entirely renovated kitchen and bathroom, and the addition of a washer, dryer, and dishwasher. Designed for outdoor living, the cottage features a 400+ square foot covered deck with outdoor dining table and chairs, in addition to a smaller front porch. Clean, bright, and compact, Dryad Cottage is a few hundred yards from Lake Tomahawk, with walking trails, a playground, a pavilion, croquet, and a public pool. It’s just a five-minute walk to the Black Mountain Golf Course, and a 15-minute walk to historic downtown Black Mountain. Asheville is only twenty minutes away, and Montreat is three miles up the road.
Come enjoy this sweet little house, friendly Appalachian town and the beautiful mountains that surround them. We look forward to welcoming you.
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- english, french, spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 14, 2018
About David LaMotte
Owners: David and Deanna LaMotte. David is an internationally touring musician, author and speaker. Deanna works for Buncombe County Health & Human Services in the population health division. Both David and Deanna love the outdoors and feel nurtured and renewed by the gentle mountains that surround their home town. David has lived in Western North Carolina since 1990, and Deanna moved here in 2003, the year before they were married. Together, as an unexpected result of their honeymoon, they also founded PEG Partners (pegpartners.org), an organization that supports schools and libraries in Guatemala.
David LaMotte purchased this House in 2014
Why David LaMotte chose Black Mountain
David and Deanna, and their young son Mason, live a few houses down from Dryad Cottage, in another small but artful house. David enjoys loving old houses back to life, and enjoys designing a bit of whimsy into them. The house that became Dryad Cottage was tiny and in disrepair, but some imagination and most of a year transformed it into a bright, airy, fun, and welcoming space. In this region, the climate allows for a lot of outdoor living. The LaMotte family eats dinner on their own back deck most of the year, and when they rebuilt Dryad Cottage, they designed it with an accent on the outdoor space. The inside is bright and warm, and, due to the high ceilings, large loft abundant windows, it feels spacious, despite the small square footage. It also features conveniences like a washer & dryer, and dishwasher. There is a queen bed in the master bedroom, a pop-up trundle in the second bedroom (converting to a king), and even another queen bed and writing desk in the loft above the living room, though that is not included in the square footage/living space.
What makes this House unique
Trees and leaves are a motif in the cottage's art, and some of that art is built right into the house itself. The front wall of the house includes a built-in leaded clear glass window high in the wall with a flower petal pattern. It beckons visitors warmly from the outside at night, and invites the outside light in during the daytime. It is a charming place, from the large stones in the approaching walkway to the writing desk in the loft.
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Excellent stay! Great fenced in back yard and cute cottage! Could not ask for more. Highly recommen!
Wonderful experience and excellent hosts!!
Clean, cozy cottage with very responsive owners
Though it was small, this was a well-located and reasonably priced place for our family to stay while in the Asheville area. Great restaurants and shops and walks in Black Mountain as well. Owner was very helpful when we couldn't find the extra toilet paper, etc.
Fantastic little cottage, convenient to everything.
Our family of four had a wonderful time at Dryad Cottage. The LaMottes are such dear people, and they really thought of everything to make their cottage comfortable. Word of advice: pay attention to the instructions not to put anything but toilet paper in the toilet!
Sweet little house with everything we needed!
This place was fantastic and we'd stay again - lovely location, simple and peaceful space, and very nice and responsive homeowners. Highly recommend!
Great little cottage
I chose this house for a solo mindfulness vacation. I was so impressed with the hospitality and kindness from the host. The space it’s self is small, but open for a comfortable and cozy feel. I enjoyed staying in the house and just being so close to nature. There is a small lake with incredible views close by that you can walk to in just a few
minutes. The town of Black mountain is a hidden gem with lots of restaurants and the house is so close to the cute, downtown area. I highly recommend this house for a romantic weekend, a small family, a girls trip or a solo adventure. Cheers
It was wonderful to have you here, and we would love to have you back any time. Thanks much for your kindness!
Fantastic cottage and great location!
You’ll love this place! Beautiful cottage - couldn’t have been any happier with my stay!
Dryad Cottage is right around the corner from Lake Tomahawk, with a well-maintained walking path, playground, tennis courts, beautiful mountain views and a (seasonal) public pool. A 15- minute walk to the center of town provides excellent restaurants and pubs, the Town Square (with a children's splash fountain), the White Horse (an intimate concert venue), and the Dripolator, a beloved local coffeehouse, as well as theater, craft and music and lessons at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts. The cottage is also less than a mile from the Black Mountain Golf Course, and there's mini-golf across town at Phil's Barbecue for the junior golfers. Dynamite Roasting Company and Coffee Bar is a few blocks' walk in the other direction, as is good Mexican food at Las Cazuelas. Three miles up the road is Montreat, with excellent hiking trails and a lovely little lake with paddle boats and canoes (in season), and great ice cream at the Huckleberry (back in Black Mountain, the best ice cream is at Kilwin's!). Black Mountain is 17 miles from Asheville, with its eclectic cuisine, excellent arts and music scene, and endless opportunities for river and mountain adventures. Come and be nourished by this friendly little town and the gorgeous mountains that surround it—and let us know your favorite parts!