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Romantic Getaway on 100 acre sheep farm with mountain view

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space 800 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Private charming two story cottage, 1 BR with 1.5 bath nearby Asheville

This charming private cottage at the edge of pasture, forest, creek, and mountains is an easy 16 miles NW to all the fun/food/sites of Asheville-- accessible to hiking, Appalachian Trail, natural hot spring spa, and Blue Ridge Parkway. Soothed by Sandy Mush Creek sounds, private and set back from the road sheltered by trees, on a farm with sheep and 105 acres. The cottage has full amenities, a serene atmosphere, is simply elegant and not overdone. Close enough to town for fun and far enough away to feel the "ahh..."

Beautifully constructed cottage with high cedar ceilings with entry at living room, eating area, with balcony overlooking the Sandy Mush Creek with lots of windows. Fully-equipped cabin home with galley kitchen, 48” flat screen SMART TV with Blue Ray player, DirectTV with HBO in the living room, 1.5 baths. Downstairs is bedroom with full bath, opens to patio with picnic table with grill and sitting area by the creek. The cottage has central air and heat, is passive solar, and has DSL and phone for local/toll-free calls.

More Details

John Johnson and Angela Whitney
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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 20, 2018

About John Johnson and Angela Whitney

John has lived in Sandy Mush since 1977, and Angela since 1985. They met at a holistic nursing conference at UNCA that John co-sponsored with the American Holistic Nursing Association, married, and purchased this 105 acre farm and retreat center in 1988, and have cared for it since. They've offered individual retreats at Light of the Mountains since 1988, and now are offering this vacation cottage. They enjoy 3 adult children, and granddaughter Soraya. They love gardening, taking care of the land, and living with their sheep, chickens, dogs, nature, and all the wildlife. There are beavers, otters, heron, woodpeckers, kingfishers, deer, turkeys, groundhogs around, and of course, summer crickets and lightening bugs. John and Angela's big friendly Great Pyrennes help take care of the farm. Preservation of the richness of these pastures, woodland with springs, creeks, and huge rocks is important to them. The farm has been "organic" for 40 years, and has 80 acres certified for wildlife preservation. Angela is a holistic family nurse practitioner in Palliative Care, a retreat guide, and a Polarity Therapist. Angela has had a wellness practice in Asheville, SynergyAlive, since 1996 where she offers Polarity with the RaphaeliteWork, and focuses on each client's personal growth. John, a retired private school headmaster, is presently having fun (and lots of work) as a "gentleman farmer", and a personal retreat guide. In addition. he teaches personal growth and meditation around the world. He’s created national and regional conferences on healing with a universal perspective, and helped start two flourishing "alternative" schools for children in Asheville. John and Angela appreciate their friends, neighbors, and community. They welcome you to Chestnut Cottage at Light of the Mountains farm. You'll find cozy relaxation and peace at this beautiful spot so close to Asheville fun, and yet seemingly far away to also enjoy nature, romance, and reflection.

John Johnson and Angela Whitney purchased this cottage in 1988

Why John Johnson and Angela Whitney chose Leicester

Sandy Mush is an incredibly beautiful area of the world. We have travelled to various parts of the world and though there are areas that match this area in beauty, none surpass it. Fall is splendid with color, winters are mild, spring comes early with a profusion of wild flowers. Evenings in the summer are cool. The Sandy Mush Creek brings a wonderful sound and feel. The people in the area are friendly. They actually wave when they see you on the highway! All this is only thirty minutes from downtown Asheville - a city full of great restaurants, theatre, festivals, and live music.

What makes this cottage unique

Great atmosphere, country charm--perfect for get away, romance, or enjoying the combination of what both country and city offer--a private peaceful spot thoughtfully accommodated, with balcony and outdoor relaxing areas by singing creek, with night time stars and crickets, surrounding farm and woodland, wildlife and an occasional view of sheep!


Leicester Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , Sink with small vanity
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Sink with small vanity.
  • Sink with small vanity, tub/shower combo, toilet off bedroom. There's a 1/2 bath on the entry level with living room, dining area, and galley-like kitchen.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, King-Size Bed with desk, dresser and seating area with full bath.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Balcony overlooks woods, creek, outdoor living area and pasture.


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Romantic Getaway on 100 acre sheep farm with mountain view
average rating of 4.7894735 based on 19 reviews

Equal parts beauty and consideration

  • 5 of 5

If peaceful seclusion in nature with the care of thoughtful hosts is your thing, this is the place to stay! The cabin and land are MORE picturesque than photos can express, the conveniences provided are perfect (from a coffee grinder to wifi--and everything between), and wonderful hospitality make this a must-visit VRBO location. The hospitality really sets this place apart from your typical experience! Trail maps, a varied reading selection, a picnic table and creek-side lounge chairs, plenty of tea, helpful directions to area attractions, and top-notch sleeping appointments are just a few of the many reasons we highly recommend a stay at this property!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful ❤️

  • 5 of 5

Shh!! This quiet little place is the perfect getaway for couples young and not so young to escape to. My husband and I just spent four days here away from the madness of beach life!!! Loved sitting by the brook relaxing and fishing. My husband caught a trout of which he released. Enjoyed the fresh eggs and jar of honey given to us from the Johnstons. Had a visit from Ada when she came wading through the brook! What a sweetie🐕?. All the amenities you could ask for and then some. All are modern and the place is immaculate! Needless to say we will return for more stays down the road. Next time will be longer. Also enjoyed seeing the sheep in the pasture, lightning bugs at night, a blue heron landing in the brook, and a groundhog I think! The t. v. Was awesome as well with lots of movie channels to watch. Only turned it on for a few hours at night before going down to that heavenly bed. So if you’re looking for “quiet” and peaceful surroundings you have found it🐑?🐑?🐑?!!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great cottage with perfect amenities. Felt comfortable the minute we walked in

  • 5 of 5

Felt comfortable the minute we walked in

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Awesome cabin!

  • 5 of 5

Had a great stay!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, peaceful and serene spot. Beyond what I had hoped for. Close enough to pop in to Asheville for the restaurant scene but I should warn you that you probably won't want to leave!

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home Away from Home

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our restful stay at Chestnut Cottage. Our four nights were very serene. The huge, comfortable bed and fluffy pillows gave us a peaceful night’s sleep. We especially appreciated how clean and well-equipped the cottage was. Everything needed was supplied, down to several guide books on the area. The owners even left us a gift of local honey.

The onsite WIFI was valuable, especially since our AT&T cell service was not available until closer to town (owner noted they have Verizon coverage).

If you like a more isolated location and don’t mind a little drive into town, this is a great place to relax. It was a perfect home base for our auto touring of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Asheville area.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Asheville-Hendersonville Airport
Nearest Barpub
17 Miles
Jack in the Wood in Asheville and others downtown
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Grove Park Inn or Asheville Municipal golf courses
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
New Leicester Hwy (Hwy 63)
Nearest Restaurant
18 Miles
Downtown Asheville
Car: necessary

The Restaurants rated as the top ten in Asheville are all 35 minutes away: Tupelo Honey Cafe, 12 Bones Smokehouse, Laughing Seed Cafe, Mela Indian Restaurant, Salsa Mexican-Carribbean, Sunny Pointe Cafe, White Duck Taco Shop, Chai Pani, and French Broad Chocolate Lounge, as well as Chestnut, Zen Sushi, the Grove Park Inn restaurants, Biltmore Estate restaurants, Limones, Early Girl, Zambra, and Fig.

Eight of the top places to visit are 35 minutes away: Biltmore Estate, Biltmore Village, NC Arboretum, Blue Ridge Pkwy, LaZoom Tours, Botanical Gardens, Thomas Wolfe Memorial, and the Asheville Tourist Baseball, in addition to Malaprops Book Store.

Other great places only 45 minutes away: the Blue Ridge Parkway,

the Folk Art Center, Appalachian Trail, WNC Farmers' Market, and the Pisgah National Forest.

60 minutes away or so: Hot Springs Spa, Appalachian Trail, town of Hot Springs, Mt. Pisgah, Mt Mitchell, Grandfather Mountain, Roan Mountain, Mountain to Sea trail, Cradle of Forestry, Craggy Gardens, Graveyard Fields...


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $125
Cleaning Fee $50

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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