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Eco-Cove Wildlife Sanctuary - an Elegant Vacation Home

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Den, 2.5 Baths.

Eco Cove House is located on a 117 acre wildlife sanctuary, adjacent to the Pisgah National Forest, halfway between Marion and Old Fort, NC, each seven minutes away. We are 20 minutes from Black Mountain, and 30 minutes from Asheville.

Meadows, forests, ponds and our lovely gardens draw birds and wildlife to our property. Eco-Cove is a secluded, romantic getaway with a peaceful ambiance, a perfect place to relax and enjoy our beautiful mountains. The house is filled with vintage decorations and original oil paintings.

Eco Cove House house is a 1500 square foot home with a 50' covered porch that has a swing, glider, and wicker furniture. It is situated next to a brook, in a meadow in the forest. We are private and safe, and located on a state maintained road, 1/2 mile from 70 Highway. The living room is spacious, with an adjoining formal dining room, and satellite TV with HBO.

Our king-sized master suite has a shower, double sink, and hot tub (filled for weekly rentals). There is a full walk-in closet and multiple dressers. The second bedroom is a queen, with a full bathroom and shower/tub across the hall.

Across from the kitchen's breakfast nook, which has a bay window overlooking the forest, is a den, which has a day bed. The kitchen has full amenities, pots and pans, refrigerator with an ice maker, dishwasher, stove, microwave, and toaster. On the other side of the den, there is a half bath and washer/dryer.

Our acre pond has koi that love to be fed, and we will be glad to give you fish food.

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times on the property. No pets and no smoking allowed.

The rate listed for this 2 bedroom house is for 4 people. The maximum occupancy is 6 people, with the use of the day bed in the open room den, which sleeps two. It requires an extra charge of $20.00 plus taxes per person.

We hope you'll join us at Eco Cove House.

Keywords: House, Forest, Tranquility, Asheville NC

More Details

Gabrielle Thompson
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, My husband speaks some Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

About Gabrielle Thompson

We built a 75' schooner in California and took guests for a week's sail throughout the Virgin Islands for 14 years. We decided to move to the mountains of North Carolina in 1991. We found our property at the end of the road next to the national park, and set about putting in an acre pond, a 35' pavilion, and many gardens. We have created a paradise that we adore. We wanted to share our beautiful location with guests, which we do with Eco Cove House.

Now that we are retired, we love to travel the world, but are always glad to come home to the prettiest place we know.

Why Gabrielle Thompson chose Marion

We love the natural beauty and tranquility of Eco Cove. It is secluded, yet only 1/2 mile from 70 Highway. As we are adjacent to the Pisgah National Forest and our property is mostly woods, meadows and ponds, we have an abundance of wildlife and bird varieties that visit. It is peaceful, and romantic.

What makes this house unique

The serenity and amazing variety of trees drew us here, yet the nearness to all of the myriad of activities that our mountains offer year round was another important aspect of our affection for Eco Cove. We lived in Black Mountain when we first moved here, but wanted the serenity of space and found it 20 minutes away. Asheville is our favorite city in the South. It brought us here after we left St. Thomas, the American Paradise. We established our own paradise in our cove.


Marion House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 1:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times on the property
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • The master bath has a glass shower, double sink and a 4 person jacuzzi that is filled for rentals of 1 week. It is drained and cleaned after the week's rental. The second bedroom's bath has a shower/tub and is located across the hall. The half bath is off of the entry, next to the washer dryer.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size bed room with sliding glass doors to porch that runs the full length of the house. En suite bathroom. Bath has hot tub/jacuzzi for 4 people- for weekly rentals only (fresh fill). Queen size Bed has its full bathroom across the hall. A day bed can sleep two children in the open den area, across from breakfast nook. This would be an extra charge of $20.00 per person plus tax for more than four people. Maximum occupancy is 6 people.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Wildlife love Eco Cove--see turkeys, ducks, herons, deer, bunnies and the occasional red fox or bear. It is so peaceful and beautiful, with flower gardens, meadows of wildflowers, koi in the acre pond. We provide fish food!


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Eco-Cove Wildlife Sanctuary - an Elegant Vacation Home
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Gabrielle was a gracious host and always available when we had questions. Very comfortable home.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Anne. We appreciate you booking Eco Cove House, and hope you'll all return for another stay. I enjoyed meeting you all. Best regards, Gabrielle
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Great location and house

  • 5 of 5

There were six adults and it took some figuring to make it work, but we did. Gabrielle and Tom were very welcoming and it was a pleasure to meet them. We hope to stay there again sometime soon.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Weekend retreat

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Eco-Cove Wildlife Sanctuary for the weekend while visiting relatives in the area. The house was very clean and interestingly decorated. The gardens looked just the way they are pictured. We enjoyed walking on the property, and my husband enjoyed swimming with the Koi in the pond. Our hosts were very welcoming and helpful. We hope to return soon.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying at Eco Cove House. We enjoyed getting to know you and look forward to your return. All the best to you and your family, and thanks for the great review, Gabrielle
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Beautiful, private, peaceful and exceptionally clean.

  • 5 of 5

During an extensive search of online rental properties in the Lake Lure area, we happened upon Eco-Cove near Marion, NC about 30 minutes east of Asheville. Entering the sanctuary, going past the koi pond and past our hosts, Gabrielle and Ed's home, we were pleasantly surprised to find at the end of the lane what we would soon call our home away from home. This beautiful well maintained , fully equipped and extremely clean home is located in a private, secluded natural setting. The warm welcome and gracious hospitality extended to us during our stay including the personal touch of fresh floral arrangements throughout the home, made our stay even more special and enjoyable. Awakening to the woods coming alive with bird song in the morning, relaxing on the porch watching the hummingbirds and huge butterflies flitting about, listening to the trickling of the nearby brook, just enjoying the peace and tranquility and feeling the stress and tension draining away, we felt we had found a little piece of Heaven on earth and wished we could have stayed longer. We especially enjoyed visiting with our hosts down by the pond watching the koi feed. We highly recommend Eco-Cove and look forward to our return in the not so distant future. Thank you Gabrielle and Ed for making our stay truly special and memorable.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your great review. We loved having you on your birthday and filling the house with flowers since you mentioned how much you cherished them. I am so glad that you enjoyed the koi, pond and our time together feeding the fish. Our preserve is secluded and quiet and peaceful; as you say a bit of heaven. I appreciate your mentioning how clean it is, since I take great pride in maintaining a clean, beautiful, well furnished home. We do hope you will indeed return soon, hopefully in the spring when the foliage is spectacular and you can stay even longer. We loved meeting you and having you here. Thanks also for leaving it so spotless when you left. You are fabulous guests.
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Clean and Spacious

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four enjoyed a two-night stay at Eco-Cove. Gabrielle and Ed were gracious, welcoming hosts. We really appreciated how clean and well maintained the house was. During our stay, we traveled to nearby Grandfather Mountain, Lake Lure, and Linville Caverns. The kids loved the animal room as well as seeing fireflies in the garden every evening. The home sits on a secluded, relaxing property. If our stay was a little longer, we would have definitely spent some time at the pond. Next time!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Happy guests from New York

  • 5 of 5

We feel very lucky to have found Eco-Cove for our week in North Carolina. The location was simply beautiful and private -- a serenely beautiful retreat in nature. We felt peaceful and happy in this beautiful natural environment. Our eight year-old could have spent the entire week just going for walks in the woods and swimming + canoeing in the pond (yes, it was just warm enough).However, the location was also great for outings to places like Linville Caverns, Asheville, Grandfather Mountain and all the other attractions of the area. The house is excellent - spacious, well-equipped, charming and super clean. Close to grocery and (excellent) ice cream, yet wonderfully peaceful and secluded. Finally, the owners were fantastic, fun, kind and helpful. I highly recommend this house as a place to rent and hope we can make it back some day.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2012
  • Stayed: April 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Nearest Ski
55 Miles
Sugar Mountain
Nearest Point of Interest
acre pond
Car: necessary

We are centrally located in the gateway to the mountains of Western North Carolina in Pleasant Gardens, halfway between Marion and Old Fort, each 7 minutes away. We are 20 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, Linville Falls and Caverns, and Black Mountain. We are 1/2 hour from Asheville, The WNC Nature Center, and Grandfather Mountain. Catawba Falls and Tom's Creek Falls are 10 to 15 minutes from our door, as is the Carson House. Biltmore House is 40 minutes, and the airport is 45 minutes. Snow tubing, and ski resorts are 1 to 1 1/2 hours away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

I will send a contract via email when booking is confirmed.

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.

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