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Gorgeous Home In A Wooded Private Paradise - 7 Miles From Downtown Asheville!

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2Br/1.5Ba On A 55 Acre Private Sanctuary 15 Min. Drive To Downtown Ashevile

2 BR 1.5 BA Sleeps 4

Our beautiful home has just been completed and is ready for to host you on your next visit to Asheville! This secluded getaway rests within a private 55-acre natural sanctuary graced with peaceful and relaxing hiking trails throughout. At the end of a half a mile gravel driveway, you'll have your own forest adventure just outside the the door. Yet only 15 minutes from the vibrant culinary, music, and arts experience in downtown Asheville to just 10 minutes from the funky West Asheville scene and 20 minutes to never-ending Pisgah Forest, it's the best of all worlds. We are dog friendly!

Inside your home, you'll find an open, inviting and artsy gathering area. This space includes a cozy living room, kitchen, dining area, and half bath. The well-equipped full kitchen has a refrigerator, range, and dishwasher with plenty of space to prepare food while enjoying an appetizer on the natural bartop. Beyond the dining table, relax on the cozy couch or chairs by the stand alone gas fireplace and view the never-ending wilderness out the windows...or turn on the TV and enjoy Netflix and SlingTV on the Roku before turning in for the evening. Enjoy wifi throughout the house as well.

Downstairs there are two spacious bedrooms each furnished with a queen bed, independent heating/cooling systems, and full closets with plenty of additional storage. A large bath consisting of a marble double vanity and overhead shower with pebble stone floor will ease your day's adventures. Along with a washer and dryer on the same level, there is a second living area with laid back chairs and a second flat-screen with Apple TV. This area is a great hangout spot for kids in the evening.

Venturing outside, there is a relaxing and open patio with the forest beyond. It's the perfect place for a grilled evening dinner on the gas grill or morning coffee under the unique Mangolia tree. Make sure you use the stone fire pit for evening stories and, of course, don't forget the smores...just keep an ear out for the whippoorwills and local owl.

As you continue outside, it's good to know that this property has been known as 'Shinn Gardens'. For years it was a top location for the Asheville Botanical Gardens to lead a semi-annual tour of the vast expanse of local plants and flowers only found in the Western North Carolina region, one of the largest collections in the state. The Shinns had spent over 30 years collecting and relocating local fauna to be put in it's natural habitat and create a sanctuary of local plants. Beyond these several short loops flooded with rare and native plants there are miles of traverses with an excellent camping spot at the top of the mountain...all within the private seclude of the property.

But we also know you are here for Asheville, so go enjoy. Biltmore Estate, Blue Ridge Parkway, Downtown Asheville, beautiful Pisgah Forest...all is within 15-20 minutes of here. And if on your way home you're not ready to settle in, check out Noble Cider off Leicester Highway. Only two miles from the house and on the way home, it boasts the best cider brewery Asheville has to offer.

If you're looking for privacy, nature and quiet solitude but still want to be minutes from a thriving downtown like none other, this is the place for you.

Signed rental agreement required for all reservations, please ask if you have any questions!

More Details

Property Manager
Anne Black
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018


Leicester House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 1 full bath on lower level 1 1/2 bath on main level
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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Gorgeous Home In A Wooded Private Paradise - 7 Miles From Downtown Asheville!
average rating of 4.8292685 based on 41 reviews
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Well appointed lovely home

  • 4 of 5

Well appointed lovely home. Truly enjoyable stay, had everything we needed.Would have liked to be able to turn the outside lights off when I was enjoying a fire. Very small issue. Would gladly come and stay again.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice new cabin in the woods

  • 5 of 5

This was a great little cabin close to Asheville. Time to downtown was only 15 to 20 minutes. The cabin had two bedrooms downstairs with a shared sitting room and bath and a nice open living room/dining room/ kitchen with half bath upstairs with exterior entrances on each floor. It had a private location with one other house about 50 yards away that was blocked by trees. The TV/internet speed was good for not having cable. The beds and furniture were new and very comfortable.The kitchen was well equipped and there were plenty of games and books if needed. The patio fire pit area was close and there was plenty of split wood on hand. My wife, two adult daughters and I stayed here December 26 - 29 and had an wonderful time.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Exactly as Expected

  • 5 of 5

This little house is the cutest! My husband and I spent the weekend there with another couple and it was lovely. Both bedrooms are pretty much the same size and layout, which was great for 2 couples! The living area and kitchen are modern and comfortable with large windows, which provide a relaxing view of the woods. The location is good, 10-15 min drive from downtown and the woods provide some nice little walking trails for morning strolls. Anne was super responsive and very easy to work with - would definitely consider this house in the future!

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise in the woods.

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect location for us. Close to downtown Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway. We did so much each day and in the evenings it was so nice to come back to this beautiful cabin to relax. The fire pit was used each night. We also grilled out 1 night. The décor in the cabin was so cute. Interesting pieces of art through out. Very private but not too far off the beaten path. Communication with the owner was flawless. We will definitely will be using this as our go to lodging for our future visits. Highly recommend this cabin.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely gorgeous!

  • 5 of 5

Quick sister weekend trip!! It was so nice to be tucked away in the woods! Spacious open concept made for a relaxing trip. The natural light was amazing in this home!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy Private Cabin in the Woods Perfect for a Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our weekend stay at this cabin while visiting Asheville. It had everything we needed and more! It was a short drive in to downtown Asheville and close to restaurants and grocery stores. The upgrades that were done to the house were amazing. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Car: necessary




Additional information about rental rates

Linen and Cleaning Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $100
Tax Rate 13.0%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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