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IN-TOWN-Charming Cabin on Sunset Mtn. (1.3 mi to downtown), Mountain views, pets

Sleeps13
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Space 260 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

4 Bedrooms + Other private rooms w sleeping, 4 Baths (Sleeps 11-15)

Capture the Sunset. Relax on the deck with a drink and your loved ones and friends while watching the spectacular sun set behind the beautiful Carolina mountains. Just 5 minutes from downtown and conveniently located for everything else, this is the most convenient vacation rental in the area.

Please note that weekly rentals have a changeover day of Sunday. Friday and Saturday night will not bw split without prior approval.

Spend your vacation in this spacious house on the side of Sunset Mountain, overlooking Asheville.

We have just added a pool table in the game room. It can be used presently but is somewhat restricted. We should have a waist high wall removed shortly to better accommodate the size of the table.

This home will accommodate a large party without feeling cramped. It has an abundance of off-street parking, is very private (yet close) and is located on the original carriage road from Grove Park Inn to the Seely Castle. Seely Castle is just across the street and is the castle that Fred Seely (E.W. Grove's son-in-law) built after he finished construction on the Grove Park Inn.

Fully equipped kitchen with double ovens, eat in table, separate dining room and a 6 person hot tub located on upper level deck. HBO, Showtime, and more available.

The upper garage is available for use with prior notification.

The lower garage is used for storage. Huge amount of off street parking. Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ( sorry not class A). Wood Fireplace: cozy fireplace in lower master suite (firewood is provided in winter.)

Why this house!: We both grew up in the Asheville area and certainly there is no nicer place to live or vacation than in Asheville. This was our home for 9 years, we no longer need the space and have moved into a smaller house.

Sophie's Retreat is convenient to all that happens in Asheville. We have enjoyed living in this wonderful house and miss the convenience. It is a perfect vacation rental with its 3 fireplaces, many rooms, plentiful parking and decks that go on forever. Please enjoy!

Additional Information: We purchased Sophie's Retreat as our principle residence in 2002 and chose the location for the views and the convenience.

Sophie's Retreat is extremely convenient and is right in the middle of everything important going on in this area. The house has gorgeous views but may be blocked or partially blocked during the summer months by leaves. It is very spacious and convenient. The house was bought to live in but converted to a vacation rental. There are 4 ski areas close by. It is on the same road as the famous Grove Park Inn (don't miss their Sunday brunch) and 3 minutes from downtown Asheville where one can find shopping (especially craft and specialty vendors) and a great selection of restaurants.

Dogs welcome with restrictions. Please contact us for details.

If you wish to book a period that is designated "event - special pricing" and the dates are not dates you would like, please send us an inquiry stating the dates requested. We are flexible and try to anticipate what dates around holidays might be desired but don't always get it correct.

More Details

Owner
Charlie
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 25, 2017

About Charlie

We both grew up in the Asheville area and certainly there is no nicer place to live or vacation than Asheville. This was our home for 9 years, but with all of our children grown and gone we no longer need the space and are moving into a somewhat smaller house. We plan to travel some and having a smaller house to care for on a routine basis will work better for our situation.

Sophie's Retreat is convenient to all that happens in Asheville. We have enjoyed living in this wonderful house and will certainly miss the convenience. It will however make a great vacation rental with its 3 fireplaces many rooms, plentiful parking and decks that go on forever.

Where did Sophie come from - well Stephanie's grandfather didn't particularly like the name Stephanie, he preferred Sophie and called her that. Stephanie was always pretty much a tom boy and loved to help her grandfather on the farm. She loved to go with him in his wagon to the store and to do various chores on the farm. She was always Sophie to him.

We enjoyed living in this house, especially the closeness to town and watching the wild life in the yard. There was almost always a gentle breeze in the summer and quite relaxing to sit on the deck and watch the sunsets. In the winter, it's like a winter wonderland when it snows - so quiet and serene. We were quite fond of building a fire in the fireplace and just relaxing during snow periods.

We hope you enjoy the house for your vacation and hope you will make a stay at Sophie's Retreat an annual event.

Please enjoy!

Charlie purchased this house in 2002

Why Charlie chose Asheville

We purchased Sophie's Retreat as our principle residence in 2002 and chose the location for the views and the convenience.

Sophie's Retreat is extremely convenient and is right in the middle of everything important going on in this area. The house has views, is very spacious and convenient. There are 4 ski areas close by. Our house is on the same road as the famous Grove Park Inn( don't miss their Sunday brunch) and 3 minutes from downtown Asheville where one can find shopping (especially craft and specialty vendors) and a great selection of restaurants. The house if quite large and well suited for large groups with lots of room to spread out and have room to oneself. Our favorite of all was to take off on our motorcycle to the parkway for a short ride or a picnic after work or on the weekends.

What makes this house unique

The most unique benefit of this cabin is it's proximity to town and the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is at a higher elevation than the city but still has all of the protection and amenities of the City of Asheville. The cabin is well suited to large groups with lots of room to spread out and not feel cramped. It really is the perfect vacation cabin!

Guestbook comments from the owner

A great big thanks for letting us use your house for our stay. It was extremely convenient to Grove Park Inn and much more "homey". We had lots of room and really appreciate the high speed wifi as many of us had to work at night.

We will definitely stay with you again next year for the conference.

Many thanks
Dec 2012
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Amenities

Grove Park- Sunset House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 260 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Town
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Security System
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , MBR main level
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2nd bedroom main
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , 2nd bedroom lower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub , shower , MBR lower level
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
  • King Bed, Queen Bed, Twin/Single Bed, Bunk Bed: twin on top and double on bottom, Convertible Bed (2) : queen futon in office adjoining upper master suite/ queen sofa-sleeper in exercise area on lower level.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
We accept dogs with prior approval, a pet addendum & non-refundable pet fee. All dogs who come to the house must be treated with both flea & tick medicine prior to arrival & must be flea & tick free before your visit. No other pets besides dogs accepted. Wheelchair/Handicapped Accessible (may have limitations). Minimum age of 25. This is a family oriented house & we won't have renters who have loud late-night parties. This is not the house for it & there are other options in Asheville for those groups. We are inside the city limits which has a strictly enforced noise ordinance and violation will result in immediate eviction & forfeiture of ALL MONEY paid including deposit. There is to be absolutely no smoking inside the house. Renters are allowed to smoke on any of the smoking porches. Outstanding winter views of Mt Pisgah & the Asheville plateau. There are gorgeous sunset views so do bring your camera. Winter views of Grove Park Inn Golf Course. Leaves may block views in summer.

Reviews

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IN-TOWN-Charming Cabin on Sunset Mtn. (1.3 mi to downtown), Mountain views, pets
average rating of 4.3170733 based on 51 reviews
5

Spacious, Comfortable, Convenient

  • 5 of 5

The house and rooms were even larger than we expected. There was plenty of space for eight adults and two children to enjoy being together, while offering plenty of private bedrooms and baths. The kitchen is well-supplied with equipment for the family chefs and the grill fires up easily. One favorite spot was the hot tub, especially after long walks around the downtown and arts district, which is only 5-10 minutes away. It was especially nice to have the large dining table beside the sun room, a bright and cheerful area. The indoor swing was one of many unique features that sets this property apart as having "personality." Whether inside, or out on the deck, it is a relaxing retreat looking out at the treetops- very quiet and private to be so near shops and grocery stores.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Mary for the wonderful review. We are very pleased yhat our retreat exceeded your expectations! It's great to have what we advertise validated by guests - we surely miss the convenience of living there but it really makes a fabulous vacation place. It's great to have such wonderful guests! Pleasw come again and send your friends.
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Excellent

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay very much. The house was spacious and clean, and the hot tub was a big hit. The kitchen is the best equipped I have seen in a vacation house, although it was largely wasted on us. We were spoiled by the easy access to downtown and ended up eating out much more than we had planned. I am a fool over my dog and was grateful to be able to bring her. I would be happy to stay at this house again.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Our vacation stay at Sophia's Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This is a great house with tons of space for a family vacation and access to downtown Asheville and restaurants. The owner's are super nice and they do everything they can to make your stay great.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the grest review. The two best features of this vacation property are it's huge amount of space and the closeness to downtown making it an ideal spot for family get togethers. We do everything we can to make our guests stay comfortable and relaxing. We are very blessed to have such wonderful guests!
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5

Great time and great house

  • 5 of 5

Great house. It was as advertised and close to downtown (short Uber ride). The house was clean and Charlie was very responsive to questions leading up to the trip. Great spot for a large group looking to enjoy Asheville.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Great place. Both secluded and close to town

  • 5 of 5

We loved the place. I have to imagine this is one of the very few houses on VRBO where the pictures do not do the house justice. Arrival was super easy, the house was very close to town and yet completely by itself on the top of a mountain. We used Uber to get everywhere and never had to wait more than 7 minutes for a car. I highly recommend this house.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect House with Huge Character for a Great Weekend Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Upon arrival at this house, we felt at home. The house was extremely clean and had all of the necessary items for our stay. There were many interesting quirks about this house that gave it so much character. There was more than enough room for our entire group to stay, and the surrounding mountains were amazing to look at! Charlie certainly knows how to take care of his guests, and made sure that we had everything we needed for our stay. It was extremely convenient to get to the downtown area from the house by using Uber, and it was only a few minute ride down the mountain. All of the beds and couches were very comfortable, and there was an abundance of linens, towels, blankets, etc. The kitchen was fully stocked with modern appliances and cookware. There is nothing more we could have hoped for in a house for our trip to Asheville. Everything about the house was perfect!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Eric for the terriffic review. You have restored my faith in your generation! It was great meeting you guys and we really appreciate taking such wonderful care of the house. We are glad you found everything to your liking and fpund the location convenient to downtown Asheville. Uber knows the place well - just a great service for transportation! We certainly hope you will come stay again with us as a group or individually to visit Asheville. Thanks again for being terriffic guests!
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Map

1.3 miles from downtown Asheville/ 1/2 mile from Grove Park. The house is centrally located to the Asheville.One can easily be in downtown Asheville in less than 5 minutes. There are many restaurants, grocery stores and craft pubs located within several minutes of the house.

Other Activities: Kayaking, Wildlife Viewing, Hot Air Ballooning, Boating, Snowboarding, Rock Climbing, Health/Beauty Spa, Miniature Golf, Shopping

Golf: There are many courses in the area ranging from highly rated and pricey to less expensive. Our municipal course is surprisingly well groomed and affordable. Black Mountain is also a great, affordable course. Grove Park Inn course is one of the top rated in the area but is usually somewhat pricey. One can see this course from the house.

Ski: There are several ski areas within easy driving. Which one you choose depends on skiing ability and other factors. The larger areas are Beech and Sugar Mountain, are 1 1/2 to 2 hours away and tend to cater to more advanced skiers while the closer areas are Cataloochee and Wolfe Ridge. These are more family oriented and both have tube parks for those who don't ski or board. Both of these are about a hour away. There are other areas like Ober Gatlinburg and Appalachian that should be checked as well.

Charlie has been on ski patrol at Cataloochee for a number of years and is of course somewhat prejudiced but feels that this area is far superior to the others over all unless you are a very advanced boarder or skier. We have awesome snow making capability and are usually the first area to open on the East Coast. We also have the most professionally run operation and are the most family oriented. This is not only my opinion but am told this by customers every time I ski.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $235
Additional Guest Fee $39 per person per night
Pet Fee $200
Damage Deposit $400

Friday and Saturday nights will not be split up. Guests must rent both nights.
Please call or email before booking to ensure the house is available.
Our minimums are 2 nights Sunday through Wednesday,
3 nights Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, except in winter, in between and fall.
All weeks containing federal holidays rent at in season rates.
Standard rates are 225 Sunday - Wednesday, 375 Thursday - Saturday. Please call for booking or more information

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Please call us if you have a pet or pets - ,rates subject to size.. We will need to provide you with a pet addendum.
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Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.