"My Husband and I stayed at Aerie Retreat the last week of October 2016 for our honeymoon. While spacious for larger groups, we found it to perfect for an upscale, intimate hideaway. Aerie Retreat offers magnificent views even the photos provided cannot capture. The lake below is clean and beautiful, adding to the views. The same magnificent view is seen from the large windows in the living room. We spent much of our time on the screened porch, enjoying warmth from the large gas-starting wood-burning stone fireplace while relaxing and viewing the mountain range. The owner has thoughtfully provided comfortable outdoor seating, often missing from most rental houses we’ve stayed in the past. The lower level of the house also offers a large deck for sunning, views, and of course, the covered area with a 15’ swim spa, which was thoroughly pleasant.
The interior of the house, open in design, has a warm ambiance perfectly reflecting a mountain cabin while simultaneously offering upper-end amenities. Newer, well-kept, well-supplied, clean. The master bath has a large soaking tub with a private view of the trees – an enjoyable way to pamper oneself! The kitchen is spacious for cooking, well-supplied, and includes features one typically does not see in rentals including a wine refrigerator and coffee bean roaster. The house was built by the owner and this contributes to the private home atmosphere which made our stay that much more comfortable and enjoyable.
The house is in a well-cared for private gated area on a mountain, and gave us the seclusion we desired. It’s a lovely drive to the nearby town of Cashiers which had well-equipped grocery stores, markets, restaurants in all price ranges, as well as casual shopping.
As others have mentioned, the owner is the perfect host, initially providing us with information regarding the house, followed by much appreciated recommendations on everything we mentioned in our correspondence – Peter’s personal attention made our honeymoon a wonderful respite and celebration we won’t forget. I would recommend using Peter’s excellent directions – although Verizon and google maps took us on a longer more scenic route which we would have sadly missed otherwise – we did loose cell service a few times and found our way due to my husband’s ‘inner navigation’. Peter’s route was faster and easier.
Not only would we recommend this house in the mountains to families, it’s the perfect honeymoon hideaway or retreat for couples."
Guest: Jerry R.
Date of Stay: October 2016
Review Submitted: November 11, 2016