Escape from the everyday routine. Come up to Ashe County--N.C.'s coolest corner
Diana and Traylor Renfro
About Diana and Traylor Renfro
We are Diana and Traylor Renfro, originally from Opelika, Alabama, where we grew up in the same church and schools. After college, we moved to Charlotte, NC, where I (Diana) worked as a Registered Dietitian and Traylor taught Economics at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). Traylor soon changed to a career in Human Resources and I turned to artistic endeavors, primarily writing. We both always loved gardening and growing vegetables, flowers, and landscape plants. Our two daughters, raised in Charlotte, learned to love good food and beautiful gardens. We found these 45 acres late in 1999, on a pilgrimage out of the city into the country to the highlands of Ashe County. It was love at first sight. Responding to an ad in the 'Second Hand News' on a drizzly November day, we walked the fence line trying to comprehend just how much land could be included in 45 acres. There was a large bowl of a meadow with a boggy bottom full of springs that drained into a winding branch. To one side, there were bare hardwoods with an under story of Rhododendrons and Mountain Laurel. A couple of hills were too steep and rocky to walk. Other areas were filled with brambles or “freeze-dried” wild-flowers. Spreading over a bluff in the sun, surrounded by barbed wire and locust fencing, was a wide flat hayfield, and, at the bottom, another flat field grew healthy green rye. The old farmhouse, unusable due to a fallen tree which exposed the interior to the elements, would have to come down, but there were two large barns and half a dozen other outbuildings. Everything needed attention. No one had lived on the property for fifteen years. We just knew from the beginning that it was meant to be ours. It was calling to us, showing us its great potential, and we couldn’t wait to get started. Today, it’s the same place with amenities. And we believe as stewards of the land, it is meant to be shared. Come stay for a while and discover North Carolina's "coolest corner."
Diana and Traylor Renfro purchased this Cottage in 2000
Why Diana and Traylor Renfro chose Grassy Creek
Get away from it all! Escape from the phones and the emails, from television and traffic. Hide away in the country where you can hear music in the hills and watch the sky change colors. Come remember what it’s like to live close to the earth, where tree frogs serenade in summer while fireflies twinkle, where butterflies drift through the gardens and dragonflies hover around the pond. In autumn, experience the color changes of the hardwoods and reach for apples and pears as they ripen on the tree. Hike around in the crisp fallen leaves. In winter, suit up and sled down snowy slopes. Then build a crackling fire while the wind howls. By spring, you’ll want to warm in the sun while dandelions pop up. Why not sit on the pier by the pond and toss out a line with some fresh bait and tempt a bass or bluegill for your supper? You will find fresh foods grown organically right here on the farm or on nearby farms in Ashe County. Harvest fresh herbs, fruits and flowers in season. Ashe County North Carolina is a last frontier for exploring the Appalachian lifestyle. The arts venues and eco-tourism available within the natural rural setting create a rich life here. You will love it here.
What makes this Cottage unique
Do you remember where food comes from? What it’s like to breathe deeply of fresh air? How the Milky Way brightens the sky on a moonless night? Need to change your point of view? Escape from the phones and the emails, from television and traffic. Hide away in the country where you can hear music in the hills and watch the sky change colors. Come remember what it’s like to live close to the earth, where tree frogs serenade in summer while fireflies twinkle, where butterflies drift through the gardens and dragonflies hover around the pond. In autumn, experience the color changes of the hardwoods and reach for apples and pears as they ripen on the tree. Hike around in the crisp fallen leaves. In winter, suit up and sled down snowy slopes. Then build a crackling fire while the wind howls. By spring, you’ll want to warm in the sun while dandelions pop up. Why not sit on the pier by the pond and toss out a line with some fresh bait and tempt a bass or bluegill for your supper? You will find fresh foods grown organically right here on the farm or on nearby farms in Ashe County. Harvest fresh herbs, fruits and flowers in season. River sports, hiking/biking trails, trout fishing, antiquing, bluegrass music events, and outstanding artisan creations are accessible nearby, but many who visit here prefer quiet time for reading, reflection and quiet activities like fishing and bonfires beneath the stars.
Pool / Spa
Children allowed - Children enjoy activities at Reflection Pond.Children enjoy activities at Reflection Pond.
Pets allowed - Small well-behaved pets can visit for a fee.Small well-behaved pets can visit for a fee.
No smoking - Smoking outdoors, including porches, is permitted.Smoking outdoors, including porches, is permitted.
Max guests: 6 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 25
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Gorgeous place! Luxury in the mountains!
We have been going to the Blowing Rock area for years, staying at the Gideon Ridge Inn, which is known for its luxury accommodations. The Inn doesn't take children under 12, and we just had a baby, so I found myself looking in an ever-widening radius for just as magical a spot for us to relax (and with a dog, too!). The Nuthouse Cottage was just as amazing as we'd hoped it would be (sometimes it can be hard to tell from pictures). From the high quality kitchen appliances to the artwork and craftwork sourced from local artists and craftsmen to the gas fireplaces to the trails to walk to the needed isolation we'd been looking for in the mountains, Nuthouse Cottage gave us everything we'd been looking for. It was also an easy drive to good restaurants and galleries in the area. My husband says, "I am still blown away that you can stand up there in the crow's nest and not see *any* lights." We will return!
Ideal relaxation spot
We vacationed to the Nuthouse Cottage with 3 adults and 5 kids ranging in age from 6 to 14. We all fit comfortably in the home and found plenty to do on property and the surrounding area. We loved the gas fireplaces and the chiminea out back- so many stars to gaze at while sitting by the fire! The kitchen had everything we needed to cook for our crazy crew. Just prepare, it is a long car ride to get to most outside locations as this is a secluded property, which we were perfectly happy with. We would definitely plan a trip back to this property!
Tears of beauty!
We came up here from Charlotte to change things up for our Christmas this year. The entire three days was magical and awe inspiring. Traylor knocked on the door Christmas Day and invited us to go for a drive to Grayson highlands state park. We jumped at the opportunity. We spent a good 4 hours enjoying hiking and wild pony watching.
The Nuthouse has better kitchen accoutrements than our own. The house was built by a wonderful and high end builder. We cannot day enough about our stay. Praying if the Lord calls us back we will go willingly!
It doesn’t get better
This is the second time we have stayed at The Nuthouse. The home itself is so incredibly clean and well stocked and the incredible craftsmanship of the construction is so impressive. The property itself offers so many benefits from the short hiking trails to the pond to the view at the top of the hill. We just LOVE being at The Nuthouse what tops it all is how thoughtful and caring the owners are. They clearly want you to feel right at home and have a wonderful time. Their home is a good distance away, but they are super responsive if you have any questions at all. We will definitely be back and in the meantime we will carry our fond memories with us.
House and land are spectacular! Absolutely a beautiful place.
Owners are very nice and friendly!
Like a fairytale!
Short of nymphs and fairies, this property was a dream. The house was so cozy and comfortable and there was ample acres to roam. The views were stunning. There is plenty to do around and plenty to do if you want to enjoy privacy and serenity.
Here in the highlands of Ashe County we have old-time mountain music, arts events, and unique hand crafts within an unspoiled rural environment near the New River and the Appalachian Trail.
Grayson Highlands State Park is just over the state line in Virginia as is Mt. Rogers National Recreation area while Jefferson State Park and the New River State Park are just south. These areas as well as Bluff Mountain Nature Preserve offer hiking, birding and observation of native wildflowers.
The Virginia Creeper Trailhead (Whitetop) is within half an hour. Biking is mostly downhill unless you are a champ and turn around and come back up.
Phipps Country Store is the place to be on Friday nights to hear bluegrass music. Sometimes you can't tell the pros from the amateurs!
On our property, there is a pond stocked with bream and bass, a funky boathouse and pier, a picnic shelter and a charcoal grill. There are grazing animals and we are also a registered wildlife preserve.
The Nuthouse Cottage is well-equipped for those who like to cook and there is a gas grill out back. A chiminea is available on the patio for outdoor fires and there are two porches with rockers and tables. There are indoor fireplaces as well.
For fine dining, weddings and events we recommend the River House Inn and Restaurant located just ten minutes away, on the New River. They have an excellent chef in a beautiful setting, home of the annual Wine Fest in July.
For shopping, arts and crafts, and more restaurants, the towns of East and West Jefferson are within half an hour. Be sure to see cheese made at the Ashe Cheese Factory. Arts events are frequent including monthly gallery crawls in season.
Nearby golf courses are Mountain Aire Golf Club and Jefferson Landing.
There is so much to discover when driving around the county. Save time for a 'Sunday drive' even if it's not Sunday.