Hidden Retreat is the closest 5-bedroom house to downtown Asheville that is listed with VRBO/HomeAway.
THE WOODED BUT CENTRAL SETTING
Less than two minutes off I-240â€™s downtown exit for Charlotte Street, this grand 100-year old gem is just two blocks up into the hills above North Asheville, hidden by banks of trees. But the tall house sits in an open field with light pouring in year-round, and is taller than the trees that protect it. So your in-town escape comes with relaxing (even breath-taking) sunsets and views of the ever-changing Smokey Mountains. At Hidden Retreat, youâ€™ll feel miles from town, until you need that coffee and muffin awaiting you just two blocks down the hill at Starbucks and the award-winning City Bakery.
YOUR HOME IN ASHEVILLE
This is a big house: more than 4,200 square feet of interior and exterior living space. Its high ceilings and original â€œheart of pineâ€ floors make Hidden Retreat seem even larger than it is. It was once a rambling home with open porches and decks off most bedrooms, which have now been enclosed to maximize livable square footage.
The main floor is a massive 1,800 square foot one bedroom/1.5 bath apartment, with a larger kitchen, separate outdoor BBQ area, giant living/dining space and a front porch with four traditional North Carolina rocking chairs. The bedroom on this level is a master and has the largest of the now-enclosed sun porches with light streaming in on three sides. There is a half bath with toilet and sink in the hall as well. Off the kitchen door is a flagstone patio with fire pit and chairs.
Sometime in the 1930s or 1940s the sun porches upstairs were enclosed, making the top floor much larger than the main floor. So two of the upstairs bedrooms have massive sun porches that double the size of the already large rooms and add additional light and air to the spaces. Later, a second kitchen and living/dining was created upstairs, and Hidden Retreatâ€™s 2400 sq ft upper floor was transformed into its own 4BR, 3BA house with a huge eastern and southern facing deck and a 12â€™ x 12â€™ open air viewing deck with western views of the Smokey Mountains!
Together, the floors create one unified space of five bedrooms, 4.5 baths, two kitchens and two living spaces - a house so big it's easy to get lost!
I want you to be comfortable and relaxed in the house! Both floors have Internet wi-fi service, large screen TVs, cable service, and two central heat/ air conditioning systems controlled separately on each level. 700-count Egyptian cotton sheets, plenty of extra blankets and bedding, and a variety of pillows of different firmness.
I like to cook (have you seen my picture?), so both kitchens have all the essentials, but also a few upgrades. There are granite counter tops, place settings, serving pieces, glassware and silverware for 8 upstairs and 16 downstairs, so you wonâ€™t be spending your vacation washing dishes when clean ones run out. Both kitchens are fully equipped for major holiday dinners, with enough serving pieces and cookware for large dinners, and BBQ grills on both levels. There are two dishwashers, two coffee makers (12 cups each), two 4-up toasters, two coffee grinders, and a large and small blender. There is even a lobster pot that my New England family has used a few times!
ENTERTAINING AT THE HOUSE
Asheville is a destination city for weddings, family reunions, and annual gatherings of old college friends. As a college town, it also draws parents and extended families for graduation, homecoming and other events.
Hidden Retreat, with its ample public spaces and two kitchens makes a great place to host a family meal or throw an impromptu wine and cheese event. Feel free to show off the house and view for that casual slumber party after the newlyweds have departed, or that last minute brunch before friends scatter back to the spouses and children across the country.
ABOVE AND BEYOND
The home comes with two additional day beds, two futons and an Aero bed for extra guests, as well as a 'Pack & Play' folding crib for infants. The two enclosed sun porches upstairs each have a set of bunk beds for additional kids in summer (these rooms are not heated). This means the house could sleep 15-16 people in winter and 18-20 in summer if some are children. (While this is great for you, it creates a burden for my housekeeper who sometimes has five hours to launder all the sheets and towels and prepare the house for the next guests.) If you have more than 12, please be honest and let me know. There may be an addition rental or cleaning charge.
There is ample parking for 6-7 cars.
EXPLORING THE REGION FROM THE HOUSE
Hidden Retreat is about a five minute drive to the River Arts District, home to one of Americaâ€™s largest and most diverse artistsâ€™ communities. I know several potters, painters and fabric and encaustic artists that I will gladly make introductions to.
There are brochures at the house for local inner tube rafting, zip lining, hot air ballooning and more. But there is also info on yoga, pilates, fine dining and golf for the less adventurous.
You are about three minutes drive north to the famous Grove Park Inn, where every visitor to Asheville should have lunch on the terrace with panoramic Smokey Mountain views. Ten minutesâ€™ drive south instead of north takes you right to the front gate of the Biltmore Estate, Ashevilleâ€™s (and Americaâ€™s) most stunning single family home. The year-round tours are amazing, but the Holiday dÃ©cor tours in November in December are staggering.
Want to see fewer buildings and more wilderness? The house is one parcel off Town Mountain Road, and the road up the side of the house takes you right there. That will connect you to the Blue Ridge Parkway in under ten minutes, where you will then have access to over 500 miles of scenic drive, protected US National Park, and some of the best biking and hiking trails on the Eastern Seaboard.
There is always something to do in Asheville! And Hidden Retreat is the perfect base of operations for all your adventures -- and a warm and inviting place to come home to after a full day of Asheville adventures.
As you can see, the configuration of the house leads to endless possibilities. Feel free to email or call me to discuss your specific needs.Get the full listing »