This incredible 252 acre estate, complete with 5 bedroom 7000 square foot lodge, will delight and intrigue you and your guests. Enjoy this unique opportunity to experience life in this tranquil, natural paradise.
Located within a 25-minute enjoyable drive to Asheville, Laughing Frog is surrounded by thousands of acres of forests, with miles of private hiking trails, numerous creeks meandering through the property, a gorgeous koi pond filled with water lilies and lotus, where hundreds of frogs congregate to lull you to sleep at night with their sweet music. Enjoy your private tennis court, gaming room with billiard table and 60 inch home theater screen, fully equipped gourmet kitchen with commercial Wolf Stove, and waterfall just outside your front door.
This lovely home was designed in the style of the summer adirondack 'cottages' of upstate New York, with flowing grand rooms. The grandeur is reminiscent of the Biltmore house and Richmond Hill Inn, but with the down-home comfort of the Ponderosa. Built using many local materials, it has beautiful features such as walnut, oak, and granite flooring, antique paneling from England and 200 year old stain-glassed windows from one of the huge Rhode Island Seaport mansions, post and beam construction, soaring ceilings, with woodwork and stonework that took master craftsmen years to complete. You will luxuriate in the large, comfortable furniture, many of which are antiques, and wander through the sunroom, library, living room, great room, gaming room, huge kitchen and dining room, and 5 bedrooms. There are also numerous terraces, balconies, and porches to enjoy. There are so many wonderful spaces it is sometimes difficult to decide which one you want to be in!
The property is secluded and safe, with a full time caretaker nearby should you need anything. It is very close to many of the best things the Asheville area offers, such as art studios, galleries and museums, wonderful shopping, incredible restaurants featuring gourmet meals and outdoor dining areas, water sports such as rafting,tubing and kayaking, amazing private hiking trails, hotsprings, spas, and some very charming small towns, complete with cafes and antique stores.
The house has highspeed wireless internet, and a 58' HD home theater with dishnetwork. It is not often that a home of this quality is offered as a vacation rental. It was built over time, lovingly and thoughtfully. You will never want to leave.
Begin your day with a cup of gourmet coffee, sipped in the incredible sunroom which overlooks the many ridges of mountains to the south. Wander down to the private tennis court, built by our area's famous Gary Whalen, and drink in the serenity in this natural paradise. Hike on the 5 miles of private trails that meander through the mountains, then soak in the outdoor hot tub, completely private. You will be amazed at the tranquility and quietness, with no sounds of the outer world to disturb you.
Drive the short distance to stores, shopping, outdoor cafes, museums, or spend the day lazing in one of the cozy nooks in the home itself. Enjoy the best that the mountains have to offer in this incredible vacation rental, absolutely the finest that the Asheville area has to offer.
Such a beautiful sanctuary. We have truly enjoyed and appreciated all that Laughing Frog has offered us.
How to express our love for this place; our appreciation for your enormous talent, foresight and hard work- all so evident in things large and small- everywhere here; and our deep gratitude for your warmth, hospitality and friendship! We had such a magnificent time at Laughing Frog- everyone from 11 ½ to 80 ½ years old and hope to keep the memories cherished till we visit again (and make new ones)! Thank you and may you continue to bless the world with your special sparkle!
* Mountain Biking
* Downhill/Alpine Skiing
* Wildlife Viewing
* Rock Climbing
* Fitness Center/Gym
* Health/Beauty Spa
* Basketball Court
* Cinemas/Movie Theaters
* Live Theatre
* Miniature golf
* Horseback Riding
* Hot Air Ballooning