House, 10 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 6 Baths, (Sleeps 25-35)
About John Warthman
The Warthman Family-Kay, John, Jonathan, Josh and his wife, Natalie-own the Lodge. Kay is a long-ago retired nurse, who devoted her time to parenting and now focuses on church related activities. John is a retired real estate property management exec., who oversaw management of 17,000+ apartments, 3,800+ condominiums, 1 million+ square feet of office space and a number of home owner associations in a 30+ year career. Today, he is an instructor and speaker for a number of professional real estate organizations, which allows him to travel widely in both the U.S. and overseas doing professional credentialing courses.
John Warthman purchased this House in 1979
Why John Warthman chose Charter Hills
We bought this home when we lived in Charlotte and our oldest son was just born. We had visited the mountains during the summer and fell in love with Beech Mountain. A subsequent ski trip further cemented that feeling. John became aware of the Lodge itself while buying a pair of ski boots in Charlotte. During his preschool years and the summers of his first school years, he lived with his grandparents who lived in 5-bedroom converted stone barn. The Lodge reminded him of those wonderful childhood memories. Because he was in real estate management, he thought he could buy it, refurbish it, expand it and add a stone facade to the majority of the house. With the help of his brother Bob, who was a contractor, and some of his talented employees, he worked on the Lodge during weekends for 8 months to bring his vision to fruition. Initially, we thought that the Lodge would best be operated as a bed and breakfast, but quickly found that the most requests were to rent the entire house by larger groups. So, in our second year of ownership, we converted to whole house rental. In the mid-80's, we moved to Atlanta, where we still reside. So, for a long time now, we've been unable to enjoy the Lodge and its peaceful setting as much as we'd like. Over the 30+ years we've owned and operated the Lodge, we've been privileged to serve many families and groups. Many of them have returned again and again causing us to think of them as extended family. So, we derive pleasure from the enjoyment they experience as well as the relationships we've formed over the years.
What makes this House unique
The setting of the Lodge combined with materials contained within it just give us the feeling of living in another, less hurried time. However, it's 1.9 miles from the Beech Mountain Resort ski slopes. We think it's the perfect combination of yesteryear atmosphere combined with many nearby attractions and modern conveniences.
Check-in: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out: 10:00 a.m.
Owner must approve pet(s). Additional deposit.
Minimum age of primary renter:18
When presented, Traveler must sign lease with accompanying rules and regulations required by the state of North Carolina for all short-term rentals .
If rental is approved by Owner, any college-age or affiliated Traveler or group must pay an additional $400 refundable security deposit upon billing.
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
John does an amazing job of taking care of his property, and he alerts guests in advance if anything is not up to par. The rooms are clean, plenty of linens, and just a beautiful house. The ability to accomodate large groups is awesome, and we look forward to our annual trip here! Thank you John for your patronage.
Thank you so much for your patronage as well as kind comments. It’s always a privilege and pleasure to host your group each year. We look forward to doing so again next year! In the meantime, have a happy, healthy and successful new year! John W
Wonderfully Helpful & Wonderfully For our Family
The property was perfect for our large family gathering and provided a comfortable setting for all 24 of us. The beds were plenty, the house wonderfully rustic and the host amazingly informative and helpful. We had a number of families coming together from all over the country and the communication we received from the owner before and during our stay made it a great reunion for all of us!
Thanks for your kind comments as well as (again) for your patronage, Alan. It was a privilege and pleasure to be of service to you and your group. If we may do so again in the future, please let us know. In the meantime, best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous new year! John W.
Comfortable and Cozy
Our family spent 4 days in this comfortable and cozy home. We had plenty of bedrooms for everyone. The large living room with the wood burning fireplace was where we spent our family time. Thankfully the weather was warm enough that we were able to spend time outside on the deck. The kitchen was well stocked with cooking and serving utensils. Although the appliances are dated, they all worked and we were able to enjoy some great home cooked meals. John was easy to work with and communicated with me throughout the rental process. He even called once we got in the house to make sure everything was satisfactory. Great house for large families!!
Thank you so much for your patronage as well as kind comments, Rhonda. It was a privilege and pleasure to be of service to you and your family. We’re pleased to learn you enjoyed your stay. I presume that by dated appliances you were referring to the two refrigerators which have ice makers, but not ice and water dispensers. All other appliances including the flat top stove have been replaced in the last five years. We’ll look at possible replacement of them as well Please let us know if we may be of service again in the future. Thanks again and best wishes for a happy, healthy as well as prosperous new year! John W
Excellent and happy stay
Outside and inside 👌 specially the living room with the gorgeous fireplace, very well equipped and clean kitchen, the movable tables in the dining room, comfortable bedrooms.
Perhaps the lighting in the dining room could have been more cozy
Very impressed with out stay. We had 17 family members stay for the weekend and had a wonderful time. The house was clean ,everyone had plenty of room . We enjoyed the fireplace and John provided the wood. We have already talked about staying again next year. John was a great host also.
Thanks so much for your kind words as well as patronage, Jerry. It was a pleasure to be of service to you and your group. The owner of our cleaning service said your group was “perfect.” So, it would be our privilege to again be of service should you choose to return. In the meantime, best wishes for a merry Christmas and happy new year!
We had a great time. Owners were so helpful and kind. The house is amazing and great location for a retreat. We truly appreciate our experience.
Thanks for your kind words as well as again for your patronage, Nelson. We’re gratified to learn the Great Escape Lodge worked for you and your group. If we may be of service again in the future, please let me know. In the meantime, have a happy holidays! John W
4900+ square foot log home in moderately wooded setting located only .9 miles from Beech Mountain Club recreational facilities and 1.9 miles from Beech Mountain Resort entrance.
Other Activities: Downhill/alpine skiing, wildlife viewing, rock climbing, basketball, horseshoes, kayaking, mini golf, boating, cross country skiing, snowboarding