Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call VRBO Booking Assistance: 888-829-7076
Book Online or call VRBO Booking Assistance: 888-829-7076

Mountain Laurel Retreat - "Red House"

Bedrooms 2
Space 544 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

250 Acre Paradise

Mountain Laurel Retreat is a private, family owned paradise. The property sits on 250 gorgeous mountain acres with sweeping mountain views. Our "Red House" is a two bedroom and one bath board-and-batten cottage. Double bed in first bedroom and two twin beds in second bedroom. There is a queen sized sofa bed in the living room in front of a big stone fireplace. Fully equipped kitchen. Modern bath with tub and shower. Automatic heating system. Snug, cozy and cabinish. Favored by honeymooners, even in November.

Observation Deck: There is a fantastic view of the Back Mountains and Mt. Mitchell from our observation deck. The deck is an easy walk from the Red House and is an absolutely terrific place to watch sunsets as beautiful as you will see any place. As night falls and the stars come out, you can lie on the deck and see a show of shooting stars to remember forever.

The Red House has an eat-in kitchen. Bring your own towels, bed linen and paper products. The water source is spring water - you may want to take jugs of it home! Picnic table in yard.

The Red House is located on the perimeter of our privately owned 250 acre mountain top that is one mile long, half as wide and 800' top to bottom. It is bordered by the Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Parkway. The cottage is not on the mountain rim but the easily accessed observation deck with outdoor fireplace/grill and picnic tables is on the very top of our knob. At 3800', you are up there in the cool alongside the famed Blue Ridge Parkway. You will see Tennessee 30 miles away and Mt. Mitchell (highest mountain in the east) in full view right across the valley. Off to the right, the valley is dotted with big and little ridges and knobs as far as the eye can see. Often you see only their tops protruding through the mountain valley mist.

**Note: Our property is two miles down a gravel road off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The road may be impassable in winter weather, even with a four wheel drive vehicle. Motorcycles may have difficulty traversing the gravel. Closest grocery store is 30 minutes away so get your groceries on your way in. (Your won't want to leave once you are here anyway!)

More Details

Julie Starr
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 16, 2018

About Julie Starr

Jim and Susan Wilburn purchased Mountain Laurel Retreat from Susan's Father, George Wentzell. George and his wife Madge and Jim and Susan love the land fiercely and hope to pass this love onto many future generations to come.

Julie Starr purchased this cabin in 1962

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a perfect weekend! Beautiful wedding, gorgeous weather and the absolute perfect accommodations for these wild and wonderful West Virginians. Thank you so much for all your hospitality. We will certainly be back. Until next time!
Oct 2016
  • 1 of 2


Burnsville Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 544 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • No guns or shooting allowed on property.
  • Pet fee applies per pet. Pets must be approved in advance. Pets not allowed on furniture.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
We used to provide internet but the only available service was so slow we decided to discontinue. Cell phone service can be sketchy but there is a landline in the cabin.


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

66% Complete
26% Complete
6% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Mountain Laurel Retreat - "Red House"
average rating of 4.6 based on 17 reviews

Cozy, comfy, cute cottage

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed our stay here. The cottage was very cute. The property is AMAZING! It was rainy and foggy so we did not get to take full advantage of the overlook but we could tell it was beautiful. The cottage is in a good location right off the Blue Ridge parkway near some great hikes. Mt Mitchell is a must see as well as Crabtree falls. Overall the place was pretty clean but the bathroom could have been a bit cleaner as well as the inside of the cupboards. But we still really enjoyed our stay and would go back.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Fantastic Weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had two couples who were part of the trip to the Mountain Laurel Retreat for the weekend. We were full of anticipation and excitement while driving down the narrow gravel road just to reach the cabin. Pure amazement was felt as we first saw the red cabin. A sense of warmth, and tranquility quickly came to mind. The cabin is surrounded by woods, and had everything we needed, from clean water, heat, to A/C, and even wifi. We didn't stay inside too often because the weather was absolutely perfect! Two miles from the Blue Ridge Pkwy was convenient, and the overlooks were worth stopping to take the famous "autumn in the mountains photos." But we mainly stayed by the cabin, and walked around the knob. The observatory deck was a must view to check out the stars. We were lucky enough to visit during meteor showers. We did have some water issues, but Julie and Susan were quick to remedy the situation. We really appreciate the hospitality and hope to return again next Fall.

Alisa and Scott

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Absolutely beautiful secluded mountain laurel retreat with wonderful friendly owners!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a wonderful 5 days on this 250 acre property. We stayed in the little red house which I believe was built in the 50's. The moment you open the door, you experience the warmth and love and care this cabin has received throughout the years. The cabin was perfect, from the stone fireplace, wood and stone floors, to the selection of the bedding and decorations in both bedrooms. The bathroom was very clean as was the good size kitchen and cozy living room. There was plenty of light throughout the cabin. The heater heats very quickly. There's a porch off the kitchen with grill, table and chairs. There are also cut logs for the fireplace.

We brought our two boxers and they thoroughly enjoyed walking the property, playing on the knob, and hiking with us the 4 mile round trip from property to Blue Ridge Parkway. We also went to Crabtree Falls, and took a day trip to Blowing Rock. Mostly we wanted to enjoy staying on the beautiful property!

The Wilburns are wonderful people we would like now to call friends. They welcomed us upon arriving and wanted to be certain we had everything we needed. Other than that, they gave us our privacy unless we approached them. The Red House is secluded and private. There is also a Blue House rental which is also private.

The Wilburns are "down to earth" real friendly people. You feel more like family than a guest. Susan Wilburn actually painted a number of paintings which decorated the cabin rooms.

We feel very fortunate to have been able to stay on their property and bring our fur babies. We wish we had reserved longer than 5 days. We certainly will be back! Some guests have come for 20 years! We can certainly see why!

Susan and Jim, thank you so much for sharing your 250 acres of "Heaven on Earth".

Sincerely, Valerie, Mort, Banjo, & Zoey

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Nice clean little cabin waaay back in the woods

  • 4 of 5

Nice and clean just a little way back in the woods. Over 2.5 miles off a paved road. Not great for motorcycles but it is very quite and clean

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Beautiful, VERY REMOTE

  • 3 of 5

The location was beautiful, the view from the observation deck was phenomenal, and the proximity to Little Switzerland and the parkway was delightful. The beds could have been more comfortable. There needed to be a book of "how to work things and where local things are." Most of all the phone should be fixed as our cell phones would not work unless we were on the observation deck. The remoteness of the cabin should be stressed more as there is no way of purchasing groceries nearby at all. There are quite a few spiders, bugs and other squiggly critters, but if you enjoy the rustic outdoors you won't mind. Overall we had a nice stay and enjoyed the solitude and views immensely. It could have been better however.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Heather, we appreciate the feedback and are sorry your experience was not perfect. Yes, the property is remote and there are some wild animals (both big and small :)) but the trade off is the peace, quiet and gorgeous views. We'll be sure to make it clearer that grocery stores are in nearby towns, not adjacent to the property. The mattresses are new so I wonder what you found uncomfortable about them? Also, we were not aware the phone was not working and would have contacted our provider if we'd known. We'll be sure that is corrected. We do appreciate your stay and your kind comments.
Did you find this review helpful?
3 0

Great getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful stay in this spacious and homey cabin. It is well taken care of, very clean, and has a wonderful fireplace (included a supply of firewood). It is truly off the beaten path down a gravel road (c. 2 miles) from the Blue Ridge Parkway and you really do have a mountaintop to yourself where the deck is (quick 2 minute walk from the cabin). Lovely hosts. Thanks for a great visit!! We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
2 0


Wonderful nearby places to visit: Mt. Mitchell, Little Switzerland, Grandfather Mountain, Mt. Mitchel Golf Course, Linville Caverns and Falls


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $40
Refundable damage deposit $200
Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $25

Owner'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.

You might like these similar properties